160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU — After cramming for days and trying not to notice the paradise just outside their hotel rooms, the El Camino Real High School Academic Decathlon team can finally relax. The team breezed through the Super Quiz portion of the U.S. Academic Decathlon on Friday to earn a solid third place — and the possibility of clinching a fifth national title. The eight-member group representing California has endured two days of oral and written tests during their stay in Hawaii. They are now hours away from learning whether they have won the competition against 39 other high schools, as decathlon officials tally the scores. Final results are expected today. “We feel good,” coach Lissa Gregorio said. “We weren’t sure if we would place or not because we’re one member short.” The Super Quiz comprises 40 percent of the 60,000 points a team can earn in the entire competition. Although teams can compete with as few as six students, each typically has nine. Because El Camino’s team was one member short, their score was adjusted, and they earned 39 out of 40. Nine-member teams could earn 45 points. While the team from Whitney Point, Ill., dominated the Super Quiz, Gregorio said the title can now be in anyone’s hands. “The teams from Wisconsin, from Arizona, Texas and obviously Illinois are our toughest challengers,” she said. “We’re one of their toughest challengers, too.” This year’s Super Quiz focused on climatology, with questions such as: “In the desert region of the American Southwest and Mexico, at what elevation does tundra appear?” And: “Since 1970 in the tropics, the elevation above which temperatures are always below freezing has risen by?” After the test, El Camino members hugged one another for a job well done and smiled with relief as the days and nights of studying in seclusion in their Honolulu hotel rooms came to an end. “The pressure is finally off,” said a weary Cheyna Cao. “I just want to go to the beach.” “My brain is a little mushy,” agreed Venus Vakhshori. “I just want to take a nap.” El Camino earned its place in the national competition after winning the state title in March. The team had entered that event as a “wild card” after finishing in second place to Granada Hills Charter High School during the Los Angeles Unified School District regional competition. California has won 13 of 25 national championships, with nine of those brought home by LAUSD teams. Last year, Taft High School won its third national championship. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, in addition to the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, interviews, speeches and essays. After days of working to keep her team focused on studies, Gregorio said now her job is to help her team enjoy all the distractions they were kept away from for the past four days. “A lot of them will have a hard time relaxing now,” she said. “But hopefully, Saturday will be a wonderful day.” — Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Color Rendering Index can help you get the best LED color reproductions.Cover image via Shutterstock.The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is the go-to measure when speaking about the quality of different sources of light; the CRI rating can have a big effect on the reproduction of colors in your video shoot, so it’s important to keep in mind when selecting and using lights. However, do not confuse it with “color temperature,” which describes other aspects of light.What Is CRI?The CRI describes how accurately a light source reproduces colors on a scale from 1 to 100. The lower the number, the worse the reproduction of the color. Some spectrometers, such as the Sekonic C-700 or Gossen Mavospec, can read and display the CRI of a metered light source. That makes them brilliant tools for comparing different manufacturers and sources when working in videography and photography. However, these meters may be too expensive for many shooters, and while you can rent them, they aren’t a necessity on set. (Manufacturers will often list the CRI ratings of their lights on their websites.)As a general rule, any source with a CRI rating of 90 or above will faithfully render colors. Most good tungsten sources will have a CRI rating of 90 or above — often over 95. Sunlight will have the best CRI rating of all.The following is an example of the CRI rating of sunlight.Notice that the rating divides into eight different colors. This is a problem when using the CRI rating to analyze manufactured light sources — the sampling is only an average of eight colors. It is possible for a light to have a good CRI rating in regards to these eight colors, but it could still have a low rating beyond these color samples. It may not score highly for a deeply saturated red, for example, which would lower the rendering rating. Some LED lights can show large variations in different parts of the color spectrum when compared to tungsten or daylight; therefore, it is necessary to look beyond the standard eight colors when analyzing LEDs in particular.Beyond CRIThe Television Lighting Consistency Index (TLCI) is an improvement upon the CRI rating. It samples twenty-four colors, and it is more reliable for analyzing how light renders on a camera’s sensor. However, this index was initially for broadcast television cameras and arguably does not account for single-chipped cameras that are more common in the film and video industry.The Extended CRI rating (sometimes referred to as Special CRI) is the most useful for the majority of film and video applications. It is also what the Sekonic C-700 will display. The Extended CRI rating adds R9 – R15 colors to the standard CRI samples — including, most importantly, R9 Saturated Red, R13 Skin Color (Light), and R15 Skin Color (Medium), which are all difficult colors to faithfully reproduce.The image below shows an example of the Extended CRI rating of sunlightThis is as close as you are likely to get to a perfect CRI rating on a spectrometer on set. It shows that even sunlight is not getting a full 100 rating. This could be due to any number of reasons — even bounced light affecting the reading. However, it is a very good gauge of the reliability.Cheap LEDsIf we now look at a cheap LED, you will see a big difference.There are many areas of the color spectrum that this light will not render correctly. This would most likely result in odd hues in skin tones or other color casts within the image that are unexpected, undesired, and uncontrollable. However, the manufacturer could justifiably give this light source a CRI rating of 83. This is not an excellent rating but, at first glance, should at least imply a decent rendering of most colors. If this light source is priced well, it may be a viable alternative to more expensive options. Now the importance of the Extended CRI rating becomes more relevant. One can’t use sources such as this and expect faithful color reproduction across the spectrum. You would likely see similar inconsistencies with other cheap sources, most commonly with halogen and fluorescent lights.So, if you are looking to save money when renting or buying LEDs, halogens, or fluorescents, then always start by checking for an Extended CRI rating or a TLCI rating. If you can’t find one, consider renting a spectrometer and checking the rating yourself.Do you have tips for assessing lighting sources? Let us know in the comments.
It’s been said that you will become the composite of the books you read and the five people with whom you spend the most time. If you study the concept of memetics, the way ideas spread from person to person, you’ll find evidence to support this assertion. Even without any validation, anyone who has a mastermind group will tell you how important it has been to their growth, their development, and their success.A good mastermind group will help you see how much potential you have, allow you to share best practices and strategies, provide a sense of camaraderie, and create a sense of personal accountability. I don’t want to extol the virtues here, but rather share with you how you start one.The WhoIt’s essential that you find people who are growth-oriented for a mastermind. The people in your mastermind must be driven to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more (my shorthand for striving to reach your full potential). It isn’t enough that they want the camaraderie alone. They need to bring something to the table. You can’t build an effective mastermind with people who aren’t striving, or who are merely drifting.You also want to find people who have a powerful locus of control, people who believe that they are acting on the world, not allowing the world to work on them. You will be able to identify these people by the fact that they always have projects followed by more projects. A mastermind is a collection of people who are empowered, intrinsically motivated and driven.The people you invite into a mastermind must also be willing to share and teach. There are some people possessed by a scarcity mindset. They are not willing to share because your success might diminish their success. You need people who are confident that sharing with you will help you improve, and your sharing with them will benefit them.I have described myself as a scientist. I try things to see if I can make them work. It’s good to have people who try things and measure the results in your mastermind. The more experiments your mastermind members are running, the more insights you can share.An excellent and effective mastermind requires the trust that you can share your successes and your failures, both of which provide lessons and feedback. You can’t share things like your financial results if you don’t trust the people in your mastermind group. You can’t share your strategies and tactics with people who won’t respect what you have shared in confidence. You have to be able to share and to be transparent, especially around your challenges.The WhatA good mastermind has frequent, but not too-frequent, meetings, always with an agenda. Like any useful meeting, you need to prepare your thoughts, ideas, challenges, opportunities, and questions. Starting the session with a primary question to answer is one way to get the most out of each meeting. You are going to leave with takeaways, and you’ll need time to gather feedback before the next meeting.Your mastermind will invariably share strategies with which you are unfamiliar but equally important will be their network. They will know people who can help you, providing you with referrals for service providers you might need, or referrals and introductions to people who need your services. You will know people and have relationships that will benefit them as well.What might be the most useful outcome of belonging to a mastermind group is being challenged by your peers. Your mastermind members will have different ideas and different opinions, all shaped by their different experiences, biases, and preferences. You will find the most value in being challenged to look at what you’re doing through a different lens.Interview Potential MembersYou are going to want to interview potential members for fit. You have to want to spend time with the members of your group. The more you like and respect the members of your mastermind group, the higher the odds of you helping everyone in the group to grow towards their full potential. Spend time together, and see if there is chemistry.Explore what they are reading, as non-readers don’t often make the best members. Ask questions about the new things they are trying in their life and in their business to test for their desire to improve and determine their motivation. You also want people who spend time thinking. People who write—even if they write for themselves—often make good mastermind group members.You don’t want more than six people in your group unless you are part of a moderated mastermind group. You need time to share, and larger groups tend to be more unwieldy.“But wait,” you say. “I am a salesperson or sales manager, not an entrepreneur. Can I start a mastermind of salespeople or sales managers?” Not only is it true that you can start a mastermind, but you should also do so with great haste.If you want to improve your performance, a group of people dedicated to doing so and sharing their experience will accelerate your growth. Start a mastermind.
“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ferrari’s Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel will not face any further sanction for his ‘road rage’ collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the governing FIA said on Monday.The German, four times world champion, had been given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty during the race for angrily banging wheels with his Mercedes rival while they were behind the safety car.He had risked a heavy fine, disqualification from the Baku results or even a race ban after the International Automobile Federation decided last week to review the causes of the incident.Vettel, who turned 30 on Monday, attended a meeting at the FIA’s Paris headquarters with Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.The driver admitted full responsibility, pledged to make a public apology and also “committed to devote personal time over the next 12 months to educational activities across a variety of FIA championships and events”.The governing body said that “in light of these developments, FIA President Jean Todt decided that on this occasion the matter should be closed”.He also instructed that Vettel should not endorse any road safety activities until the end of the year.’ROLE MODELS’ Todt, a former Ferrari boss, recognised that top-level sport was an intense environment where passions ran high and noted also that the Italian team were aligned with the values and objectives of the FIA.”However, it is the role of top sportsmen to deal with that pressure calmly and to conduct themselves in a manner that not only respects the regulations of the sport but which befits the elevated status they enjoy,” he said.advertisement”Sportsmen must be cognisant of the impact their behaviour can have on those who look up to them. They are heroes and role models and to millions of fans worldwide and must conduct themselves accordingly.”Todt said any repetition of such behaviour would lead to Vettel, who already has nine penalty points on his Formula One licence and is just three away from a race ban, being immediately referred to the FIA’s International Tribunal.The collision in Baku on June 25 divided opinion within the sport. The German ultimately finished fourth, a place ahead of Hamilton, and some commentators suggested he had got off lightly.Hamilton had led from pole and was keeping a distance to the safety car, which was about to return to the pits, when Vettel hit the rear of his Mercedes.The German, who accused his rival of ‘brake testing’ him by suddenly slowing, pulled alongside and waved his fists before banging wheels.The race was halted soon after. When it resumed, Hamilton had to pit to fix a loose headrest, losing what had looked like a nailed-on victory. Afterwards, the Briton called Vettel “a disgrace”.FULL RESPONSIBILITYThe FIA said Monday’s meeting was attended by top officials including race director Charlie Whiting and safety director Laurent Mekies.”Following detailed discussion and further examination of video and data evidence related to the incident, Sebastian Vettel admitted full responsibility,” the FIA said.A formal apology was published on Vettel’s personal website (www.sebastianvettel.de).”During the re-start lap, I got surprised by Lewis and ran into the back of his car. With hindsight, I don’t believe he had any bad intentions,” he said.”In the heat of the action I then overreacted, and therefore I want to apologise to Lewis directly, as well as to all the people who were watching the race. I realise that I was not setting a good example.”I love this sport and I am determined to represent it in a way that can be an example for future generations.”
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.
WASHINGTON – House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.The plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress is a top legislative priority. The details originally were to be unveiled on Wednesday, but that was delayed until Thursday, said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.The committee had worked throughout the day and evening to produce a plan for the first overhaul of the nation’s tax code in three decades.“We are making excellent progress. We are very close,” Brady told reporters late Tuesday night. “A lot of work remains with the drafters, they are continuing to work through the night. We are moving forward.”At the White House, an official said Trump looked forward to seeing legislation this week, adding the administration was confident the delay wouldn’t affect the ultimate timing of the bill. Brady said his panel plans to vote on the bill next week.Although they had settled on some key details — such as a cut in the corporate tax rate to 20 per cent and maintaining the top personal income tax rate for the wealthy of 39.6 per cent — other elements still had to be resolved, including the income levels for the tax brackets.Trump has intensified his lobbying for the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan, seeking a major legislative achievement after the collapse of the health care repeal. Republicans see taxes as a political imperative that will decide whether they keep their congressional majorities in next year’s midterm elections.The president set an ambitious timetable and predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.”Late Tuesday, Trump renewed his cheerleading on Twitter.“The Republican House members are working hard (and late) toward the Massive Tax Cuts that they know you deserve. These will be biggest ever!”The plan originally unveiled by Trump and congressional Republicans called for shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three, with respective tax rates of 12 per cent, 25 per cent, 35 per cent. That plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats, who complained it was too favourable to the wealthy and undermined Trump’s rhetoric about it benefiting the middle class.The current Republican plan calls for nearly doubling the standard deduction used by most average Americans to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families, and increasing the per-child tax credit. In addition to slashing the corporate tax rate, it also seeks to repeal inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, a big break for the wealthy.Brady did not answer directly when he was asked — while leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan’s suite Tuesday — whether the drop in the corporate tax rate would happen immediately. But, he said: “I want as much growth right from Day One as I can.”Trump intensified his lobbying for the tax overhaul plan even as its shape was still under negotiation by the Republicans on Capitol Hill.“The process is complicated but the end result will not be that complicated. It’s going to be: People are going to pay less tax by a lot, companies are going to pay less tax by a lot – that’s a big difference — and companies are going to start rebuilding and they’re going to stay here,” Trump said in the Roosevelt Room, where he was joined by the heads of more than a dozen business and trade allies.Trump said he’s directing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and other administration officials to stay behind when he heads for Asia on Friday so they can help sell the tax proposal. The White House said Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, had cancelled plans to accompany the president to China and South Korea to help push the package.The president said he was hopeful the House will approve the tax bill by Thanksgiving. But his overly optimistic timetable didn’t address the concerns of lawmakers from states such as New York and New Jersey who have opposed a proposal to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, arguing it would hurt their constituents and subject them to being taxed twice.A battle continues over contributions to 401(k) retirements accounts. The financial industry and some Republican lawmakers insist that the GOP plan not change the tax benefits of the popular savings vehicles, as has been floated by GOP leaders.__Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor, Marcy Gordon, Erica Werner and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.
TORONTO – Luxury home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville and Hamilton-Burlington have fallen by almost 60 per cent year-over-year, according to a RE/MAX report.The real estate company says 76 freehold and condominium properties in the GTA sold for more than $3 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, down from 180 sales during the same period last year.In Oakville, six homes in the same price range sold early this year, in comparison to 15 a year ago.Homes priced above $1 million in Hamilton-Burlington saw a 55 per cent drop to 59 homes sold at the start of the year from 133 in 2017.Though RE/MAX says the luxury market’s record-breaking pace from last year has slowed, it is still expecting plenty of activity this year.Already RE/MAX says it has seen increases in luxury home sales in the GTA’s Kingsway/Princess Anne Manor and Rosedale neighbourhoods, where 10 homes have sold so far this year, including the most expensive one for $8.4 million.
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on a collision course with Parliament over her Brexit plan.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Tuesday leading up to a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce deal agreed between May’s government and the European Union.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people.” But there’s a strong chance Parliament will reject it, leaving Britain staring at a Brexit precipice: exit on March 29 with no deal in place.Here’s a look at what might happen if lawmakers vote down her deal.___RENEGOTIATE AND TRY AGAINAn EU summit is scheduled for Dec. 13-14, and Britain could go back to the bloc seeking changes to the deal. EU leaders insist it is not renegotiable, but while the 585-page withdrawal agreement is locked down, the declaration on future relations is shorter and vaguer.If that were tweaked, the government could bring the amended deal back to Parliament and hope for a different result.But British lawmakers differ on what a better deal would look like. Many Brexiteers seek a cleaner break with the bloc, and want to change the Irish border “backstop” that would bind the U.K. in a customs union with the EU. It is very unlikely the bloc would re-open this.Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called “Norway option” — that keeps Britain inside the EU single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to the idea, but it would mean accepting free movement of people from the bloc to Britain, a red line for many U.K. Brexit supporters.___CHANGE THE LEADERMay insists she has no plans to resign, but she may have no choice if she loses the vote by a wide margin.Alternately, pro-Brexit Conservative rebels who have long wanted to oust her can trigger a no-confidence vote if they amass 48 letters of support. If May lost the vote, there would be a leadership contest with the winner decided by a ballot of party members — a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much in the way of authority or a mandate, as the clock ticked down to March 29, the day Britain officially leaves the EU.___HOLD AN ELECTIONThe main opposition Labour Party says it will try to trigger an election by calling a no-confidence vote in the government.Winning it would require support from some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to support an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a no-confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.___NEW REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side last time around — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.But the government is firmly opposed, and it’s unclear whether a majority of lawmakers would back the idea in a parliamentary vote.And what would the question be? Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option. There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.There also is not enough time to hold a plebiscite before March 29, so Brexit would have to be paused — and that would require agreement from the EU.___NO DEAL“No deal” is the outcome almost no one wants — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that a “no-deal” exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___NO BREXITThe government says stopping Brexit would betray voters’ decision to leave the bloc. But some lawmakers want it to be an option, and have asked Europe’s top court to rule on whether Britain could unilaterally change its mind about Brexit. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice’s advocate general said that in his opinion, it could. The full court ruling is due within weeks.___ALL BETS IN PLAYIt’s difficult to predict which outcome is most likely. Bookmakers certainly don’t know how the Brexit process will end, though they appear to be pretty sure that May won’t get her deal through Parliament next week. Ladbrokes, for example, is offering odds of 4 to 1 against her deal getting approved.“I would not want to bet on anything,” said Rob Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.“This is a situation of what some probability scientists would call radical uncertainty. We just don’t know what the relative chances of these options are because this is an unprecedented situation in lots of ways, and these outcomes are interacting, they’re dynamic, they’re complex. It’s like a chaotic weather system.”___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Press
Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor speeds in school and playground zones, high crash zones, and neighbourhood streets. Volunteers record the speed of vehicles and forward these reports to police and ICBC. Areas with high incidents of speeding will be considered for future RCMP enforcement.Cpl. Francoeur said that the program is now also able to be expanded to include distracted driving campaigns.The Block Watch program is a partnership between police and citizens that draws on members of the community for help in preventing and reducing neighbourhood crime. It is a neighbour-helping-neighbour program that teaches citizens to secure their property, be aware of their surroundings, and report any suspicious activities to police.Block Watch contributes to more cohesive neighbourhoods as a result of encouraging camaraderie between neighbours and can also facilitate the resolution of minor issues locally.“Volunteering with the RCMP is an opportunity to invest in safety and security of the community,” added Cpl. Francoeur.To inquire about volunteering with the RCMP, call the Fort St. John detachment at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is currently recruiting volunteers for several crime prevention programs in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur says that the RCMP has partnered with the North Peace Justice Society for the Speed Watch and Block Watch programs.Speed Watch is an educational program sponsored by ICBC that is aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. This program not only provides awareness to drivers who are speeding, but also provides valuable data to the RCMP and ICBC in areas where speeding is a significant problem.