Area races still too close to call

first_imgElections: Visit the elections page for more stories, final results NORWALK – In the race for a seat on the East Whittier City School District board, there’s been a change of positions. Carlos Aparicio overtook Michael A. Cirasole by five in the second tally of votes released Friday. The election was Tuesday. “I have no idea how I even got as many votes,” said Aparicio, . “I just feel I was an underdog right from the get-go. I was very surprised and happy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Two other races remain close. A contest for the second available seat on the Pico water board saw two candidates separated by 15 votes Tuesday night, but the gap is widening. The race for the second seat on the Orchard Dale Water Board remains divided by 17 votes, up from 15 on Election Night. Four more updates will be given, ending with a final tally Nov. 21. In East Whittier City School District, teacher Dimitri C. Elbling’s firm lead with 39.12 percent of the vote remains, but Aparicio and Cirasole both said they expect the race will be a nail-biter until the end. The race among four challengers, because neither incumbent chose to run again, surprised Cirasole. “Well you know, I went and put out signs and did some mail orders, so it surprised me that the vote turned out as close as it did,” Cirasole said. Cirasole, a business consultant who had previously led by 16 votes, now trails by five. He holds 21.91 percent of the vote, while Aparicio holds 22.02 percent. The Orchard Dale water board race remains close, with challenger Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez still leading, now by 17 votes instead of the 15 she held over incumbent Clifford E. Lee. Incumbent Joe Kennedy, 84, won his seat easily with 36.2 percent of the vote. Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, the only candidate to spend more than $1,000 in the race, now leads with 25.54 percent of the vote, while Lee, 77, trails with 23.87 percent. “I’ll wait until the certification letter is received by the registrar’s office,” Stevenson-Rodriguez said, adding she was not ready yet to call the race. In the Pico Water District, incumbent Robert A. Martinez, 53, easily regained his seat with 43.4 percent of the vote. Martinez ran in support of Rick L. Mercado Sr., 73, who was leading on Election Night by 15 votes over Richard Briones, 75. Mercado’s lead has widened to 28 votes. He now has 29.51 percent of the vote while Briones has 27.09 percent. middle-school teacher airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Brown captures 94.7 Cycle Challenge

first_img21 November 2011Johannesburg’s biggest cycle race, the Momentum 94.7, drew 25 000 riders to the City of Gold on Sunday. The result came down to a bunch sprint of 10 men, with MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown emerging as the winner ahead of teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.It is a race that has been good to Brown in the past. He won it in 2009 and finished as runner-up in 2010.The racing began at a fast pace as the cyclists made their way along the M1 highway, which is normally packed with traffic making its way into the Joburg city centre during the week, but was closed for the road race on Sunday.SplinteredAfter 18 kilometres, with the leading bunch closing in on the King of the Mountains checkpoint, the group splintered into four groups, with 11 riders breaking away at the front just after the King of the Mountains, which was won by Tasol GT rider David Maree, with MTN Qhubeka’s Dennis van Niekerk in second.Sprinters Arran Brown and Tyler Day (Team Bonitas) were the last two men to make it into the leading pack as the race front-runners powered their way through the city centre.Two men expected to challenge for the title, Nolan Hoffman of Tasol GT and Herman Fouche of Cape Town Fish Market, were, however, missing from the break and sent their team-mates to the front to begin the chase.Up front, Team Bonitas riders’ Darren Lill, Johann Rabie, Jason Bakke, Tyler Day and Hanco Kachelhofer, as well as MTN Qhubeka’s Martin Wesemann, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Arran Brown were setting the tempo. Also with them, but without the assistance of their teams, were Louis Meintjes (Team Toyota Academy), James Perry (Team Tasol GT) and Ian McLeod (Team Northcliff Cycles).Three-minute leadEventually the chasing bunches merged and that took the sting out of the tail as the breakaway riders built their lead to three minutes with 25 kilometres to go.James Perry attacked twice in the last five kilometres, but his efforts were to no avail as the remaining 10 riders readied themselves for a bunch sprint. Ian McLeod’s chances were blown, though, when he suffered a puncture.SA road race champion Lill set the tempo up the final drag before the left turn to the finish. Martin Wesemann (Team MTN Qhubeka) then took over the charge, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg on his wheel, followed by Hanco Kachelhofer and 2011 Cape Argus Cycle Tour winner Tyler Day.Picture perfectBrown sat behind Day and was in fourth place as the riders the final right turn around the roundabout. In a picture-perfect finish for Team MTN Qhubeka, Brown and Jane van Rensburg then powered away from their nearest rivals up the incline to the finish.It marked the 32nd race win of the season for the MTN-Qhubeka men’s team.WomenThe women’s race saw four riders go clear of the rest, with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Jo van der Winkel (both Team Nashua Toyota), Cherise Taylor (Team USN) and Lise Olivier (Team MTN Qhubeka) maintaininga lead of two minutes over their nearest challengers for the whole race.In the end, it was Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio who got the better of defending champion Cherise Taylor in the sprint to the line, with Van der Winkel taking the final podium spot and Olivier finishing fourth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Why China’s own ‘Bay Area’ matters now for your company

first_imgTags:#China#featured#Greater Bay Area#Internet of Things#IoT#ReadWrite Labs#startups#top Follow the Puck Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China. However entering a new market can be overwhelming without the right information or guiding trip. So here’s a quick start guide for anyone currently thinking about expanding into China.1. Largest consumer market globallyIt’s no secret that China has the largest consumer market in the world with almost 1.4 billion people and rising. What some may not be aware of is that China will present what will be the greatest middle-class growth bump of any country since the United States beginning in the early 1950s. In fact, by 2022 over 76 percent of China’s urban population will be considered middle class according to a McKinsey & Company study. That’s roughly (in today’s numbers) over 550 million people who are ready to be your customers. As that population continues to grow so will the country’s internet users, specifically mobile. Today China alone has over 700 million (with 30% growth in 2016) active mobile internet users. Which equates to the largest sandbox for applications, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.2. The Greater Bay AreaFor those unfamiliar with the term, it is not an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, in fact, it’s more than three times larger. The Greater Bay Area is part of China’s initiatives to drive innovation throughout the country. To put it in perspective here’s just a few stats about this newly defined region, 11 cities make up the region (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou (third largest city in China), Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing)67+ million people now within less than a one hour drive16 and growing Fortune 500 companies have a headquarters within the region – more following$1.36 trillion dollars in combined GDP for the area in 2016 (compared to the San Francisco’s Bay Area of $431.7 billion GDP in 2015)Each city will have a dedicated focus on an industry (Manufacturing, Finance, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) with local benefits provided for those doing business locally3. Innovation at scaleThe days of copycats are fading away throughout China in favor of innovative ideas that push industries forward rather than oversaturate. These changes are gaining momentum at astounding rates thanks to ambitious entrepreneurs and corporations, along with enormous governmental support. All three are hungry to lead with entrepreneurs craving advice and education on Silicon Valley success. Local businesses are opening their doors welcoming global partners and providing support or insights on the local markets. Governments throughout all cities within China are offering to make it easier for foreign companies to soft-land and establish while providing necessary benefits for those that decide to expand to China. Don’t believe that innovation is growing at scale in China? Here are some stats that might help, China is now the No. 1 interactive game market globally beating the USChina accounts for 67% of ALL global on demand transportationBike sharing users now make up more than 20 million people with 100%+ monthly growth rateChina mobile payment volume in 2016 reached over $5 trillion dollars (2x compared to last year)E-commerce in China is now taking place 71% on mobile devicesChina online advertising revenue is now a $40 billion dollar marketTencent, the largest gaming company in the world now has over 1.5 billion active users worldwideHuawei is the No.1 telecommunication equipment company in the worldHuawei is also leading the development of our future 5G wireless infrastructureDJI currently represents almost 90% of global Drone marketThe takeaway for this article is that there’s no better time to get started in China than now. While also understanding that China isn’t shying away from its goal to be the leader in innovation, nor to become the global business hub. In their efforts, they are welcoming all those interested in joining the ride. But if you’re still not convinced why you need to be in China or if it’s right for you, join me on a trip around the country. We’ll spend 5-days in China meeting with the local government and community leaders, as well as corporations that can serve as strategic partners, and to talk with the founders and executives of the largest and most successful companies in China. To learn more and get started, click here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Kyle Ellicottlast_img read more

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Why Upgrading to V-Log Is Worth the Money for GH4 Users

first_imgPanasonic recently announced the long-awaited V-Log picture profile for their GH4. The cost to upgrade is $99. Here’s why it’s worth it.When Panasonic first teased customers with the prospect of V-Log, the response was overwhelming. It quickly became very clear that GH4 owners desperately wanted the ability to shoot in a Log color space, and for the last year or so, many users have been eagerly anticipating the release.As of last week, V-Log was finally officially announced — but the announcement came with a catch: the upgrade wouldn’t be free and would cost current users $99 to upgrade. While some GH4 owners were upset by this, I personally understand the upgrade pricing. It’s not the first time a camera manufacturer has charged for a firmware update, and while the $99 isn’t cheap, it isn’t outrageous either. In my opinion, the upgrade is well worth our money for these three reasons:1. Added Dynamic RangeWith V-Log enabled, you’re now able to capture twelve stops of dynamic range with the GH4, which is about two stops more than any other picture profile — and those 2 stops will go a very long way. Under certain circumstances it may mean that you need less lighting and/or grip gear, and the upgrade could potentially pay for itself on your first shoot.This video shows us the cinematic potential of the new V-Log format:2. More Flexibility in PostFor anyone out there like myself, who enjoys color grading — this update is for you. Not only will your images have more dynamic range, but you’ll have a far greater ability to grade the images in the editing room. If you’ve ever color corrected log footage, you know how much more freeing it can be when compared to working in a Rec 709 color space.3. LUT IntegrationOver the years, many LUTs (Look Up Tables) have been created for log footage, and now they’ll all be compatible with your GH4 footage. You could theoretically use an ARRI ALEXA LUT (or any other LUT designed for Log) with your GH4 footage and get some very instant results that may not need a whole lot of tweaking. Not to mention, one of the biggest issues with the GH4 in the past (for me at least) has been skin tones. The combination of Log and the right LUT will help with that immensely.There are also a lot of really good free LUT resources online. This article from Johnny Elwyn shares a few links to a few free resources.Pricing and AvailabilityThe new V-Log update for the Panasonic GH4 will cost $99.99 and be available mid-September.Are you excited about the new v-log format in the GH4? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Police probe Pulwama boy’s death as family blames forces

first_imgThe police have started an inquiry into the death of a minor boy from Pulwama, who allegedly committed suicide hours after his “brief detention and beating” by the Army in the wake of a grenade blast in the area.“It’s a case of suicide; we have started an inquest proceeding,” said Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Chandan Kohli. “The matter was taken up with the Army after the family’s allegations. However, the Army has denied any such incident,” he added.The victim, Yawar Ahmad Bhat, who the family said was just 15 and a Class 10 student, “apparently consumed rat poison” on the evening of September 17 at his home in Chandgam area.“Yawar was picked up by the Army during the day when he was on the way to Pulwama town,” said the victim’s uncle Gulzar Ahmad Bhat. “His identity card was also snatched. The previous night there was a grenade attack on the security forces in Pulwama’s Tahab area. Yawar consumed poison on Tuesday evening and breathed his last on September 19,” he added.“He was weak at heart,” said the victim’s cousin Rayees Ahmad Bhat. “He was fearful that he would have to visit the Army camp again for his identity card,” Mr. Bhat claimed. “In fact, when we shifted him to the District Police Hospital, Pulwama, the doctors enquired if he has any history of physical trauma, as his kidneys were also damaged,” he added.An Army spokesman asserted that the family’s allegations were “completely baseless”. “The boy was neither detained nor tortured in any manner.”last_img read more

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James Rodríguez Gets 2nd Chance After Return To Real Madrid

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Having gone from star to cast-off at Real Madrid, Colombia midfielder James Rodríguez now has a second chance to regain a prominent role with the 13-time European Cup winners.James arrived at Madrid after an outstanding 2014 World Cup, when he was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. He earned support from fans and coach Carlo Ancelotti with his ability to score and create chances for others, and appeared set to triumph with the Spanish powerhouse.But an injury and competition from his teammates led to falling minutes. He eventually lost his starting spot and became unhappy when Zinedine Zidane used him sparingly. He left in 2017 on a two-year loan for Bayern Munich.James’ future was up in the air again this past summer when Bayern opted not to exercise the option of buying his contract outright, sending him back to Madrid. Rumors abounded in the Spanish media that he would be shipped out to Atlético Madrid or Napoli to be reunited with Ancelotti.Neither of those moves materialized, though, and he started the season back with Madrid and its squad full of talented midfielders. James was facing an uncertain.But injuries to Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Francisco “Isco” Alarcón and Luka Modric, and the exit of Dani Ceballos, left Zidane in need of a healthy player to link up with his forwards.James seemed clearly thrilled to get the opportunity on Saturday when he made his first start since returning to the club. He hustled when pressuring the ball, and showed his excellent playing skills, combining vision and passing precision to set up Karim Benzema for his second goal in a 3-2 win over Levante.Now he may have another chance to lead Madrid’s attack when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.“You can see he is very good. He is a player who has lots of talent,” Zidane said Saturday. “He still needs to reach his peak fitness, but he left it all on the field with his aggressive attitude. I am happy for him.”IS HE READY?Barcelona could start its European campaign at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday without Lionel Messi, who hasn’t played since injuring his leg in the preseason.In his place, 16-year-old Ansu Fati has become a fan favorite after scoring twice to set records for the youngest Barcelona player to score in the Spanish league and the youngest player to score at Camp Nou.That leaves coach Ernesto Valverde with the intriguing question of whether Fati should take the next step and make his first appearance in the continent’s elite competition.If Messi does not recover in time, then Valverde will likely need to find somebody to accompany Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann in attack. That could either be the versatile Sergi Roberto or reserve team player Carles Pérez.Or he could give his teen sensation another go at Dortmund.“With Ansu there is going to be a lot of hype and huge expectations, but we have to take the pressure off him. Our job is to protect the player,” Valverde said after Fati scored once and set up another goal in a 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday.“I see that he is a boy who is focused. But it is not easy to play for Barca, and for someone as young as Ansu Fati it is even more difficult.”BAD TIMINGValencia is in chaos before it plays at Chelsea on Tuesday.Owner Peter Lim fired successful coach Marcelino García Toral, who led the team to a Copa del Rey title last season, over García’s complaints that the club had not reinforced the squad to his liking.Several players voiced their disagreement with the decision on social media, and the team was beaten by Barcelona in its first match under new coach Albert Celades.Not the best situation before a high-profile trip to Stamford Bridge, where Valencia has not won in three visits.ATLETICO WOMENIn Spain’s women’s league, Atlético Madrid has started its bid for a fourth consecutive title in perfect fashion ahead of its showdown with Barcelona.Atlético won its second straight game to begin the campaign when it rolled past Sevilla 3-0.Barcelona needed a late penalty by Spain forward Jennifer Hermoso to salvage a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona trails Atlético by two points in third place.Barcelona, a Champions League finalist last season, hosts Atlético next weekend.By: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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