Previous articleKenny Hill named as starting quarterback for 2016 seasonNext articleTCU volleyball picking up where it left off Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printComing off its second-best season in program history, TCU volleyball is eyeing a deep NCAA Tournament run. The Horned Frogs kick off their season Friday against North Carolina State.Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said she likes the way her team looks. She said the team is healthy, blocking well and has bulked up its non-conference schedule.“They put a lot of work in and preparation,” Kramer said. “They all trust and believe in one another and that’s what it takes to get things done. I believe we have to people to do that this year.”Last season, the team was ranked as the seventh-best blocking team in the country.“We only have three players under six feet on the team, but blocking isn’t always about size,” Kramer said. “We spend time on teaching girls to read the game well and that is what a lot of blocking is about.”Outside hitter Ashley Smith, one of six players to be named unanimously to the Preseason All-Big 12, is coming off knee surgery.But Kramer said that Smith’s injury might have actually helped her become a more complete player. She said while recovering, Smith focused on aspects of her game that she didn’t need her knee for — like loosening her arm swing and her passing platform.“Ashley’s stronger in her core, which directly affects her arm swing, that’s the biggest thing I’ve seen, and her passing platform was already good, but she’s been able to improve her platform and her court vision,” Kramer said.The team’s most important position, setter, is still in play. Last season, senior Alexia Heist and sophomore Kaylee Smith split time at the position, yielding positive results. This season, Smith is in the hunt to be the top setter, but faces new competition from junior Lamprini Konstantinidou.Konstantinidou followed Kramer from West Virginia and sat out all of last season due to the NCAA transfer rules. She is also the setter for the junior Greek national team.In addition to N.C. State, the Horned Frogs non-conference schedule includes University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University.“Now, I know this team really well and they’re hungry and ready for the challenge,” Kramer said. “I don’t see them backing them down from anyone.”The 2016 TCU volleyball recruiting class is ranked No. 15 according to the Top 30 Collegiate Recruiting Classes that was released by PrepVolleyball.com, which marks the first time in program history that TCU’s incoming recruiting class is ranked.Fans are also a key part of the team’s success. TCU sold out all but one home game last season; that was the best attendance in the Big 12 and one of the best in the nation.“We had Penn State’s head coach here, Russ Rose, doing a coach’s clinic with us over the summer,” Kramer said. “He said, ‘I’m never bringing my team to come play here, this is one of the toughest places to play in the country.’”First serve against the Wolfpack is 7 p.m Friday in the TCU Recreation Center. Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Twitter Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook Garrett Podell TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
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Burlington Airport passenger traffic hit record high this summerPassenger traffic at Burlington International Airport set back-to-back all-time highs in July and August. Julys record of 59,030 was quickly outdistanced the next month when August numbers reached 65,264. Augusts total surpassed August 2003 by 22 percent. In its first full month in service at Burlington International, Independence Air contributed almost 5,000 to those record numbers.The two months put the airport in a position for an overall record year. Numbers equal dollars, as part of each outbound ticket supports the passenger facilities fund, which helps pay for the airport expansion. The airport also receives money from the Federal Airport Trust relating to the number of annual passengers. That money goes toward capital improvements.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced that workers compensation insurance would cost less for most Vermont employers when new rates approved by the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) become effective on April 1, 2010. This is the fourth straight year Vermont rates have decreased. I am pleased to announce another year of decreased workers compensation rates. This is excellent news, especially for the many Vermont small businesses that will benefit from this decrease, said Governor Douglas. Four consecutive years of decreased rates would not be possible without employers continued attention to the issue of workplace safety, and the work of state regulators who successfully maintain a positive business environment for insurers.In the voluntary market the competitive market offering the most favorable rates loss costs will decrease by an average of 4.1 percent. Loss costs are the primary component of workers compensation rates. 93.4 percent of Vermont employers receive voluntary market coverage. In the assigned risk market the market for employers unable to obtain coverage in the voluntary market rates will also decrease by an average of 2.9 percent.BISHCA Commissioner Paulette J. Thabault echoed the Governor s comments. The health of Vermont’s workers’ compensation market has clearly improved over the past several years, as reflected in these lower rates and the declining number of employers in the assigned risk market,” said Thabault. It is also important to recognize that businesses across Vermont have worked hard to create a culture of safety at their workplaces, and the reduced costs that many employers will experience with this rate decrease are a direct result of their efforts.Rate changes vary by industry and classification. Of particular note among 2010 rates are significant reductions for two iconic Vermont industries: dairy farms (-18.9%) and ski areas (-12.9%).Source: Governor’s office. 3.1.2010
A coalition of disability rights groups has turned to the Supreme Court to challenge a number of articles they deemed problematic under a presidential regulation issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the National Disabilities Commission (KND).The National Coalition Working Group on the Implementation of the Law on People with Disabilities argued that some provisions in the presidential regulation, Perpres No. 68/2020, contradicted at least four prevailing laws.They included Law No. 19/2011 on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Law No. 8/2016 on people with disabilities, Law No. 39/1999 on human rights and Law No. 12/2011 on the drafting of laws and regulation. “We have submitted a judicial review petition to the court. We urge the President to stop the process to fill the positions at the KND and wait for the court’s decision,” the coalition said in a statement on Thursday.According to the coalition, Article 7 of the regulation — which allocates only four out of seven seats in the KND’s membership for disabled people — is limiting people with disabilities from become members of the commission.Read also: ‘Nothing about us without us’: Groups call for revision of disabilities commission regulationThe regulation also places the disabilities commission as a work unit under the Social Affairs Ministry, a provision that the coalition feared would tarnish the independence of the commission itself. They pointed out that under the 2016 law on people with disabilities, the KND is categorized as an independent and non-structural institution tasked with monitoring, evaluating and advocating for the protection and fulfillment of the rights of the disabled.The coalition also accused the government of not having fulfilled the principle of “applicable” and “openness” during the making of the Perpres, as is required under the 2011 law.“The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry has never conducted public dissemination in the drafting process of the disabilities commission regulation, and has never officially published the draft,” they said.In February, the coalition met with Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, during which the minister promised to review the draft, but they claimed there had not been further communication since.They also called on the House of Representatives to oversee the KND’s establishment since it has yet to meet the disabled people’s aspirations, noting that 140 disability rights organizations from across the country had signed a petition to urge the President to revise the regulation.Topics :
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Miranda Bradshaw is the new physical education teacher at Wellington High School.Â She loves her job, she loves working with female students and she is ready to help these young women embark on a new project that will hopefully change their lives.Â Â Being a young lady is harder now than ever.Â The need to pursue the â€œperfect youâ€ according to the standards set by society is ever growing.Â That pursuit leaves many beautiful girls feeling as if they have fallen short of the mark and that they simply are not good enough.That is where Operation Beautiful comes in.Â Operation Beautiful seeks to celebrate the beautiful things in all of our daughters.Â To let them know that they are enoughâ€¦just the way they are.On Monday, Wellington High School female are encourage to wear a pink shirt and no make-up to remind people of a woman’s natural beauty. This has two purposes: the project and Breast Cancer Awareness.Males can also help by wearing pink to support the girls as well as giving compliments. In fact everyone is encouraged to compliment the other.Hopefully the project sparks new light to how girls and guys view themselves. Hopefully it brings new confidence to themselves and others.Two Wellington women, Coni Adams and Dena Martens, are seeking sponsorship to purchase a pink â€œI am Beautifulâ€ t-shirt to be worn on â€œNO MAKEUP MONDAYâ€ for every girl enrolled in USD 353.Â These shirts will be printed this weekend and given to the girls in the high school to start the NO MAKEUP MONDAY and it will spread from there.Â There are student ambassadors that will be speaking along with Ms. Bradshaw to the middle school students on Monday as well to kick start their participation in Operation Beautiful.Â The total needed for the 900 shirts is $4,500.We are also seeking donations of STICKY NOTES.Â Encouraging words and sayings will be printed on these sticky notes for the girls to put in public places.Â Mirrors in their school restrooms, the makeup isle at the store and the windshield of a carâ€¦anywhere the girls think they can spread their positive vibes! Close Forgot password? 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I hope everyone participates and it makes an impact on our young men and women! Beauty is so much more than our society and the mass media portray it to be! YOU GO GIRLS! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Proud mom · 357 weeks ago Love this idea! How can I donate! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Kaitlin · 357 weeks ago This is also being done at Lincoln. Staff is encouraged to wear no make up and not do their hair on Mondays. There will be staff announcing on the intercom why we are beautiful. We are also doing other things like having kids wear shirts inside out to represent that it’s the inside that’s beautiful. We are also having students decorate brown paper bags and wear on certain days to show that it doesn’t matter what you wear your still beautiful! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jferguson · 357 weeks ago Mrs.bradshaw is amazing woman herself. This is so great what she is sharing with these young girls. It is hard being a young adult these days and this is amazing. Keep up the good work!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 357 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down julia · 339 weeks ago Whenever I need some problem relating this issue I come to your site and get very informative stuff thanks a lot for your article . Keep it up. Pageant beauty Tuscaloosa County Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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22 Feb 2016 Girls’ golf is about to get rocking! Girls’ golf is about to get rocking with the launch of a campaign in nine counties to encourage new players. Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from county squads will act as ambassadors to share their enjoyment and inspire other girls, aged five to 18. The campaign will return to Essex, where it was successfully trialled last year and attracted 90 girls to try the game. It will also start in Cheshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. In each county there will be free taster sessions at local clubs, supported by the squad players. These will be followed by four-week structured coaching programmes provided by PGA professionals at each of the clubs, with the county girl players mentoring the newcomers. All the girls who complete the coaching programme will be fitted with a free seven iron to help them continue to play. The finale will be a fun par three competition in each county when new young golfers can enjoy playing alongside their mentors. Currently, figures show that only 1% of golf club members are girls, with an average of just two per club. When Girls Golf Rocks was trialled in Essex last summer 90 youngsters were inspired to try the game. Of those, 40 went on to take a four-week coaching course; 30 played in the par three competition and six became golf club members. Wendy Cook, the Essex county junior organiser, said: “Girls Golf Rocks was an ambitious project last year, which required the involvement of many volunteers, and the result was absolutely fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the 2016 campaign and I’d like to say to all the Golf Girls who are about to Rock: I salute you!” The Essex ambassadors include Lily May Humphreys, the English U14 girls’ champion, who took up golf when she was 10. Lily May, aged 13, plays at Channels Golf Club and said: “I have made the best friends ever and not just girls, you can play golf with the boys as well. You also get to travel to different places and meet up with friends you’ve made from other parts of the country.” Alex Saunders of Bristol and Clifton Golf Club is one of the new ambassadors in Gloucestershire. The 20-year-old said: “I have loved playing golf since the age of 11 and during that time I have met some amazing people and made some incredible friends. Golf is really fun sport and I’m so glad I play.” Girls Golf Rocks is a joint project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation with the support of county associations and sports partnerships. Lauren Spray, the England Golf Women & Girls’ Participation Manager, said: “Girls Golf Rocks sets out to focus on the fun, social and friendship aspects of golf rather than just the playing and coaching side and we’ve had brilliant success. “The ambassadors have been fantastic – they all love golf and they’re sharing their enthusiasm with our new players. They’ve also given us lots of feedback and really helped us give us a presence on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 and Facebook.” Girls Golf Rocks coincides with a growing focus on the women and girls’ game, with the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation. The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives. Visit www.getintogolf.org/ggr for more information and to book on to taster sessions. Caption: Ambassadors for Girls Golf Rocks (© Leaderboard Photography)
Facebook16Tweet0Pin1Submitted by ComcastComcast announced that it has made nearly 2,000 hours of programming and thousands of free titles available to Xfinity video customers to give children and parents quick and easy access to educational programming by grade level as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis.The collection is a joint effort with Common Sense Media, the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families whose trusted age-based ratings and reviews are integrated into Xfinity on Demand. A subset of the education collection is also available on Xfinity Flex and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and website.“Today Xfinity is making thousands of hours of educational programming and resources available to our customers through Xfinity on Demand as we know how challenging it is for families right now who are suddenly homeschooling young children – many with both parents working, as well,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast. “The programming selected in partnership with Common Sense Media is available in one comprehensive destination organized by grade level to make it as easy as possible for parents to find what is most relevant to their family.”Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “Education” or, if their voice search language is set to Spanish, “Educación,” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grades “K-2,” “3-5,” “6-8,” and “9-12” and also “for all ages” currently including:Free programs from subscription video on demand services (SVODS) Bluprint, CuriosityStream, The Great Courses Signature Collection, Grokker Yoga Fitness, HISTORY® Vault, Kids Room and The Reading Corner.Additional free adult continuing education programming from these SVODS focused on the “Mind,” “Body,” and “Soul” spanning biographies; podcasts on a range of topics including technology and business; yoga; dance; food and cooking; fitness; wellness; ballets and operas; and gardening.Educational series from networks and streaming services including Animal Planet, HBO, HISTORY®, Nick Jr., PBS KIDS, Prime Video, Smithsonian Channel and more.Spanish language programming available from networks including CBeebies, Discovery Familia and Kids Central.Firsthand interviews and historical narratives from Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Comcast’s signature commemorative programming initiative honoring the impact and legacy of the movement.Additionally, Comcast has enlisted the guidance of Natascha Crandall, Ph.D., a psychologist and educator to program the content across English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies based on grade appropriate guidelines aligned with the current U.S. school curriculum.“When schools close and other community places people congregate are off limits, it can feel overwhelming for families with kids, so we’ve partnered with Xfinity to curate a list of educational recommendations to help kids learn and keep them engaged during their time indoors,” said Ellen Pack, President of Common Sense.Beyond free education content and resources, Comcast has undertaken a comprehensive COVID-19 response inclusive of making its low-income Internet Essentials program free for new families for the first 60 days of enrollment, opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers), pausing data plans, creating a COVID-19 news destination on X1 and Flex (in Spanish and English), and offering rolling free entertainment previews to Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers.
JACOBSON A ‘NEW OLD FACE’ AT SANTA ANITA David Jacobson was in his teens when his father sent him to work with Bobby Frankel at Santa Anita four decades ago. Now he’s here from the East Coast with a string of his own for the marquee Winter Meet that starts Saturday.Jacobson has a multitude of memories of Frankel, who will be honored Sunday with the running of the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, named for the late Hall of Fame trainer who died Nov. 16, 2009, at the age of 68.“I wish I had a horse to run in there, but I don’t,” Jacobson said. “Bobby was really good to me and very close with my father back in the day. It brings back memories when I see his picture hanging at Clockers’ Corner. Frankel was a trendsetter.”David’s father was Hall of Fame trainer Buddy Jacobson, who died in May 1989 at 58.Multiple graded stakes winner Salutos Amigos is among the horses Jacobson has at Santa Anita. He is scheduled to run in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Jan. 2.“I came out here for the weather and the free coffee,” Jacobson said, joshing about the hot cups of java now available gratis at Clockers’ Corner. “Seriously, the racing looks good and I have some horses that fit.“I was at Santa Anita in the 70s as an assistant with Bobby when my father sent me out here, and I’ve had fond memories of Santa Anita ever since. (Santa Anita Racing Director) Mike (Lakow) approached me and I decided to give it a shot and see what goes. Right now I’ve got 15 horses here and another 10 coming at the beginning of the year.”Trainer Eddie Truman, who turns 69 on Jan. 23, was excited to see Jacobson back at The Great Race Place.“I’ve known David for 40 years,” Truman said. “We both worked for Bobby way back when. David’s a good guy. I knew his dad in Florida, even rode for him in the 60s at Hialeah when he was stabled real close to our barn.“At Santa Anita after the races, I would play volley ball with David’s brother, Douglas, who works for him now.“Like most of us, I’ve got many memories of Frankel. I respected him so much. He was a genius. He knew his horses and we really worked well together. He was really good to me; he respected my opinion.“But I’d wonder why he did some of the things he did and ask myself, ‘Why’s he doing that?’ but it worked. He just knew what to do.” FOUR DECADES LATER, JACOBSON’S AT SANTA ANITARATTATAPTAP READY FOR GRADE I LA BREA STAKESOM OK OUTSIDE IN GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILETRAINER HOPES IT’S MILLER TIME IN DAYTONA STAKESMANDELLA ENTERS TWO FOR SUNDAY’S FRANKELLIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY MILLER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN DAYTONAPeter Miller entered two horses in Saturday’s Grade III Daytona Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, Big Cazanova and Richard’s Boy.Big Cazanova has been routing and has never run down the hill. Richard’s Boy has been sprinting and is one-for-one on Santa’s unique downhill course.“We thought we’d give it a shot,” Miller said in explaining Big Cazanova’s participation. “A lot of the milers run really good down the hill, and he’s doing very well. The post (two) isn’t very good, but the horse is doing very well, so we’re going to give it a go.“Richard’s Boy fires every time I run him. He’s just a rock-solid horse.”As for an overview of the meet, Miller always looms a threat to win the training title, or at least be a major presence.“We feel good about it,” Miller said. “We’ve got a lot of live horses. Hopefully, we can carry on from 2015.”Big Cazanova worked three furlongs on a muddy main track Wednesday in 36.60 with Flavien Prat aboard, while Richard’s Boy went the same distance in 37.80.The field for the Daytona: Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Big Cazanova, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Mystery Train, Martin Pedroza, 30-1; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Big Bane Theory, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Bench Warrant, Abel Lezcano, 20-1; Holy Lute, Santiago Gonzalez, 9-2; The Great War, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Somethings Unusual, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 7-2; Toowindytohaulrox, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; and Coastline, Tyler Baze, 20-1. LA BREA TIMING GOOD FOR RATTATAPTAPTrainer Phil D’Amato, who finished with a flourish at the recent Los Alamitos meet, hopes to continue on a roll when he sends out Rattataptap in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, one of four graded stakes on opening day, including the Malibu for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.“She’s doing well,” D’Amato said of the gray daughter of top sire Tapit, winner of a one-mile allowance race at Del Mar Nov. 21 by 4 ½ lengths. “The timing is right for the La Brea.“We’re backing up from two turns to one. Hopefully we can get the money in a Grade I.”The La Brea: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 3-1; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 20-1; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 8-1.First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.OUTSIDE POST NO CONCERN FOR OM IN MATHIS MILE Del Mar Derby and Twilight Derby winner Om drew post position 10 in a field of 12 for Saturday’s Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on turf but trainer Dan Hendricks was not unduly concerned about the outside post. “He’ll be able to break right on out and he’s got a long run to the first turn,” Hendricks reasoned. “He’ll get a good position, either be first or second, and hopefully run a big race.“If they go silly-fast, he’ll just sit right behind them. If they set a moderate pace, he’ll be in front; pretty simple.”Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, the chestnut son of Munnings has been a gem of consistency, with a 4-1-2 record from nine starts with earnings of $430,500.The field: Ground Rules, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Crittenden, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Professor Berns, Brice Blanc, 15-1; Soul Driver, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Mister Brightside, Mike Smith, 4-1; Acceptance, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Ike Walker, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Vigilante, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; and Fueled by Bourbon, Joel Rosario, 10-1. MANDELLA PLANS ONE-TWO PUNCH IN FRANKELRichard Mandella has two horses entered in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, and seems covered whether the race stays on grass or comes off due to recent rains.“Alexis Tangier is a nice mare; she would run only if it stays on turf,” Mandella said. “If it happens to come off the turf, Gas Total will run anyway. She’s a pretty good mare on either surface. It would probably be to her advantage if it did come off.”Alexis Tangier won the restricted Swingtime Stakes at a mile on grass Oct. 3 at Santa Anita. Eight of her 11 lifetime races have been on turf. Gas Total was 10th and last by 33 lengths in a one-mile dirt race at Del Mar Sept. 2, but won the restricted Osunitas Stakes on a “good” dirt track at the seaside course on July 18. She was second in the Possibly Perfect on turf at Santa Anita last June and second in the Grade I Vanity here in May.The Frankel: Nancy From Nairobi, Drayden Van Dyke; Three Hearts, Joe Talamo; Alexis Tangier, Gary Stevens; Rusty Slipper, James Graham; Star Act, Kieren Fallon; Peace and War, Joel Rosario; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux; Fresh Feline, Victor Espinoza; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze; Sweet as a Rose, Brice Blanc; Gender Agenda, Rafael Bejarano; Glory, Mike Smith; Honey Ride, Abel Lezcano; Gas Total, Flavien Prat. LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30Santa Anita will offer a five-day racing week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 3. First post time throughout the week will be at 12:30 p.m.Excluding weekday holidays, live racing usually is conducted Thursday through Sunday, but with the holiday season in full swing, an exception was made. Santa Anita will be dark on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29.LONGTIME TRACK EMPLOYEE STEVEN GUINEY KILLED IN ACCIDENTLongtime backside employee Steven Guiney, son of former jockey and trainer Irv Guiney, was killed early Tuesday morning while riding his bicycle to work in Austin, Texas, according to his mother, Francis.Steven, 55, was employed by the late Willard Proctor as a groom and hot walker for nearly 20 years and worked a total of 30 years in Southern California for other trainers such as Tom Proctor, Howard Zucker and Gary Mandella.Guiney is survived by his parents, a sister, Cindy, and brothers, Michael and Irvin, Jr.Funeral services will be private.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last. The theme of the artfully crafted 2016 calendar is “What’s in a name,” describing how some Thoroughbreds come by their peculiar monikers . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of the Mathis Brothers . . . Santa Anita will offer an opening day Trackside Package that includes special trackside seating, a free first drink, and an officially licensed American Pharoah T-shirt commemorating the first-ever Grand Slam champion of horse racing. Use promo code PHAROAH for $5 off the package price . . . There will be a $1 million guaranteed pool on the Late Pick 4 opening day, and a $150,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 6. Each Thursday, Friday and on holiday Mondays, there will be $300,000 guaranteed in the Late Pick 4, and Saturdays and Sundays, it will jump up to $500,000, while the Pick 6 guarantee will remain at $150,000 . . . Belvoir Bay, an English-bred filly formerly trained by Bill Mott, worked five furlongs Wednesday on a muddy main track in 1:04 for Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Northern Stakes scheduled for one mile on turf. Flavien Prat was aboard for new trainer Peter Miller . . . Harlington’s Rose, who won the Kalookan Queen Stakes last year, will be back to defend her title in the $75,000 race at 6 ½ furlongs Dec. 30, trainer Steve Knapp said. Joe Talamo, who was aboard for the Kalookan Queen win in 2014, again rides the bay daughter of Harlington. Talamo also won the Grade III Las Flores Stakes on Harlington’s Rose in March of this year . . . The Elite Racing Network, with former jockey Corey Black an on-air host, is up and running. For further information, visit www.eliteracingnetwork.com.
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Need to remove blemishes or smooth skin textures in your footage? Check out this tutorial to see how it’s done in After Effects.Knowing how to retouch skin in a photograph is truly an art form. Retouching skin in a video, however, is a completely different ball game. You’re not just retouching one photograph — you need to retouch hundreds if not thousands of the individual still images that make up your video clip. Also, you need each photograph to seamlessly blend with the next. This requires a unique approach that includes masks, tracking, and a little patience. Let’s take a closer look at one method to get you started. In this example, I’ll be removing a small blemish on my interview subject’s cheek. Step 1 — Duplicate your videoFor the first step, I need to duplicate my layer. I’ll rename the duplicate layer cheek. Labeling the layers will help me stay organized once I do a lot of retouching. If I avoid this step, I can get lost in my project and quickly throw something out of sync. The duplicate layer I create will serve as a patch over the original layer. The original layer will remain untouched.Step 2 — Apply a MaskNext, I need to apply a mask to the cheek layer. Think of this method as similar to using the clone tool in Adobe Photoshop. To get a patch for our blemish, I’ll use the Ellipse tool to mask an area directly adjacent to the blemish. This area needs to match the color and general movement of the blemish area. I’ll also make the mask slightly larger than the blemish. I need to be careful to not move the layer forward or backward on the timeline, as both of my layers need to be in sync for the effect to work.Step 3 — Track the MaskOnce I have my mask applied to the cheek layer, I’ll track it. To do this I’ll simply control-click the mask and select Track Mask. This will bring up the Tracker panel, where I can select the method and direction of the tracker. I can track by playing back the current time indicator. For more complex tracks, I can go frame by frame. Once the mask track is complete, I’m ready to patch the blemish.Step 4 — Move Layer Over BlemishTo patch up the blemish, I need to move the cheek layer over the blemish within the composition panel. To make sure the patch blends, I’ll play back the clip and check the movement. It helps to watch the clip a few times, once in full screen and once zoomed in tight on your patch. I can also check out the patch by isolating the layer as I watch it.Step 5 — Fine-Tune the MaskFor the last step, I’ll do some fine-tuning to the patch so it blends perfectly. There are a few ways I can accomplish this. The main thing I’ll do is add a feather to the mask. Since it’s a relatively small mask, a 10-pixel feather will do. If I need to further match colors or brightness, I can add an RGB curves effect and adjust accordingly.Final NotesMask tracking is a powerful feature in After Effects that you can use for a variety of different purposes. Use it to put a mosaic over a face, blur out logos and signs, create a moving vignette, or color correct specific areas of your image. You can also remove wall outlets and other distracting objects.Looking for more on skin retouching? Check out the following.How to Use False Color to Nail Skin Tone ExposureReduce Unwanted Skin Shine In Post-Production with DaVinci ResolveHow To Make Someone Look Ill Without Makeup in DaVinci Resolve