Batesville, IN—Mr. Andy Allen of Batesville High School announced today that Adam S. Moster has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented to senior, Adam Moster. Adam is the son of Sebastian and Angela Moster.About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
High school students across California attended the Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Program at the Radisson Hotel at USC on Saturday where they listened to keynote speakers discuss the importance of women taking on leadership positions in politics, government and public affairs.The event was presented by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Women’s Student Assembly, Political Student Assembly, Arsalyn Program of the Ludwick Family Foundation, Junior State of America, California YMCA Youth and Government, California Women Lead and Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy. Representatives from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Community College District Board and the Price School of Public Policy were in attendance.Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, kicked off the event by giving a brief opening statement to the students and by introducing two USC student leaders and co-moderators for specific panels, in the realm of politics: Sarah Dhanaphatana, news editor of the Daily Trojan, and Camille Patrick, a junior majoring in business and cinematic arts. During the introduction, Dhanaphatana and Patrick explained the importance of the event and encouraged the young high school students in attendance to take action to bridge the gender inequality present in politics.Dhanaphatana explained there must be a shift of discourse when it comes to talking about women in politics. She said that individuals must change the question from “Are women capable of fulfilling a role in politics?” to “Yes, women are capable; now what steps will they take to successfully shape politics?”Following that introduction was a brief panel featuring Kyle Finck, the section lead for the High School Insider of the Los Angeles Times, and Suzy Jack, vice president of projects of the Los Angeles Times and USC alumna, provided the young women with advice on how to kick-start their careers in politics at a young age.The next panel featured Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath of the city of West Hollywood, where she discussed the challenges she faced as a woman in the political realm. She recognized that many women do not feel confident in the political arena, and she encouraged them to reverse that stigma.At the end of her speech, Horvath gave out her phone number so that the girls could reach out to her.Guest speakers also included Mona Pasquil, former deputy lieutenant governor for California.In the afternoon, USC students participated in a panel where they provided the young women with networking tips.Jordan Fowler, Undergraduate Student Government vice president, told the girls about the importance of staying true to themselves.“It is so important to remain confident,” she said. “You are all so amazing and leaders in companies can learn as much from you as much as you can learn from them.”Shyann Murphy, executive co-director of the Women’s Student Assembly, spoke to the girls about failure.“Failures are going to happen, but it is through failure that we learn most from,” she said.Murphy also addressed the importance of getting involved.“Really jump in and get involved as much as possible and find something that you are truly passionate about,” she said.Fowler said that these events are important to empower women to step up and take on leadership roles.“I was really shy when I was growing up, and it is so important for young girls to constantly be encouraged. Growing up, if I would not have had people telling me to get out of my comfort zone, I definitely would not be where I am now,” she said.Rini Sampath, USG president, talked about the reception after the event where the girls had the opportunity to network.“These girls are so talented and they benefit a lot by hearing from college students,” Sampath said.Sampath said that the program throughout the years have given her the opportunity to meet young women and hear about their journeys to positions of leadership.“Last year, I met a young girl at the reception of this same event and we kept in touch,” she said. “She ran to be president of her class and won.”
While filming at dusk may look beautiful, it can quickly become problematic. Follow these tips to get the most out of “magic hour.”Cover image via Shutterstock.If you’re not familiar with the term, “magic hour” in film and video production, it is the period just before sunrise or just after sunset when the sun is not visible, yet its light is diffused evenly. In the world of cinematography, magic hour filming creates a “magical” effect that makes it easy to light subjects evenly and quite beautifully.As you can see below, while it may be popular now with directors like Terrence Malick, it has provided gorgeous backdrops throughout film history.If you’re looking to make the most of magic hour cinematography in your films and videos, here are four important tips to keep in mind to maximize your production experiences.Time ConstraintsImage via Shutterstock.To begin with, the most obvious aspect of filming during magic hour you need to know about it is the time constraints. Let’s also use this opportunity to distinguish between magic hour and “golden hour,” which are not one in the same. Golden hour, which is more predominantly associated with photography, is the time shortly after sunrise or before sunset when the sun appears redder and softer while still in the sky. While it’s similar, it’s not the true magic hour effect becase it still casts shadows and creates bright colors in red and yellow. Magic hour lacks the sun completely and diffuses its signature soft hues.True magic hour only lasts about 25 minutes, making it a bit of a misnomer and severely limiting your production capabilities if you aren’t set up and prepared to continuously shoot for every second. Thankfully, technology and cinematography-friendly inventors have created some helpful resources for finding exact times.Color TempImage via Shutterstock.It’s also important to keep tabs on your color temperature and white balance when shooting during magic hour because while the light seems even, it is actually changing quite rapidly. You also want your camera to embrace the blue tones, rather than fight them, so try to adjust nominally. If you’re shooting with a camera with built-in presets, the cloudy setting may be your best bet (which is around 6000k).ISO ChallengesImage via Shutterstock.By the same token, if you’re shooting auto, you may find yourself at a disadvantage during magic hour if you let your camera slip into an ISO that’s too high. Again, you want to embrace all of magic hour’s majesty, which means working with the darker aspects that may look a little more overcast. If you’re pushing your camera well above its native ISO in magic hour, you’re cheating yourself of its natural beauty.LightingImage via Shutterstock.Even without direct sunlight, shadows can still play a role in magic hour filming. This is obviously (and doubly) true for golden hour filming when the light is angled and bright, but magic hour’s clean dissipation should eliminate major shadowing — yet it still works the way you would expect backlighting to. As the light spreads evenly across the sky, it may darken aspects of your subject that aren’t facing upward enough to catch the illumination. Working in an environment where light can bounce more freely (or even using bounce boards yourself) can help you can spread the magic hour lighting on your subject.If you’re looking for some resources on utilizing magic hour filming in your productions, check out some of these articles.Understanding Golden Hour, Blue Hour and TwilightsThe Rise of Natural LightFilming in Golden Hour — DSLR Cinematography TipsThe 5 Worst Mistakes To Make When Shooting In Golden HourHow to Get That Terrence Malick Look in Your Next Film
The Rajasthan government will shortly announce a new road policy involving safety audit of flyovers and accident-prone areas, while taking steps for utilisation of new technology to develop a better road infrastructure. The road network will be built in an eco-friendly manner to connect remote villages and hamlets.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who also holds the Public Works Department portfolio, said that the department’s officers would visit other States to study the technologies used there and replicate them. He said the road policy would have several innovative aspects to resolve the issues of difficult geography.Addressing a meeting of Rajasthan Road Sector Modernisation Project, Mr. Pilot said the duration for action plan for improving road infrastructure would be reduced from 10 years to four years for better results. Detailed project reports would be finalised after review to ensure good quality of road work.Mr. Pilot said the safety audit would help identify and remove “black spots” on major roads and facilitate the upkeep of flyovers and bridges.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday claimed that incidents of crime against women are on the wane in the State. He said the accused were now hardly acquitted and the punishment ratio increased. Mr. Deb was speaking at a capacity building programme for police officers on investigation of crime against women. The Tripura police organised the event in collaboration with the National Commission for Women.“We now have an improved situation with lesser incidents of crime against women. 2018 saw 8% reduction [in crimes against women] and situation is well again this year so far,” Mr. Deb asserted.The BJP-led coalition government came to power in Tripura in March last year.Mr. Deb said the accused were caught in 99% cases. For this reason, the punishment ratio also increased. Top police officials including Director General of Police A.K. Mathur spoke.
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Man City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he grew up a fan off Liverpool.And he says Michael Owen was his favourite striker.Aguero has been Manchester City’s main man for eight years, winning four Premier League titles in the process. His latest league triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, who were searching for their first in the competition. Owen revealed his own admiration for Aguero in his book when discussing the finishing of United striker Marcus Rashford.He argued: “Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane, these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”It seems the respect is mutual, as Aguero wrote in his autobiography Born To Rise: “I’ve always liked Liverpool, maybe because I used to play for Independiente who also played in red.”As a kid, I wanted to be Michael Owen and when I saw him score that goal for England against Argentina I thought ‘you little sh**’! Even aged 10, I knew they couldn’t allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-thru breakfast is taking place next Thursday.The event will see club members selling reusable lunch bags filled with breakfast items as well as fresh cups of coffee. Breakfast is by donation but the Rotary Club is asking for donations to be a minimum of $5. The drive-thru will be set up next to the Fort St. John Recreation Centre. Anyone wishing to pre-order a bagged breakfast for themselves or their office can also do so in advance.Last year the club raised close to $12,000 and sold out the 500 breakfasts by 9:00 a.m. Marva Kosick of the Rotary Club explained that this year the club will make 1,000 breakfasts in hopes of raising even more money. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go the completion of the new Rotary Spray Park.For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-Thru Breakfast committee members:Marva (250) 263-7660Lourdes (250) 263-3014Donna (250) 262-6665Carina (250) 794-1606
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.
New Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.