Santa Clara to end 49ers’ event management at Levi’s

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A long-festering feud between Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers has erupted, with the city now moving to terminate an agreement that allows the team to operate non-football entertainment events at Levi’s Stadium, such as the recent Rolling Stones concert.In a letter to Al Guido, president of the 49ers Stadium Management Company, the city says it wants to end the team’s management agreement effective Nov. 15, citing allegations of fraud and a failure to comply with state …last_img read more

AgTube: USDA Helps Veterans Find a Place in Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA is prioritizing support for military veterans who want to transition to jobs in agriculture. See how USDA Farm Service Agency programs assisted veterans in Chestertown, MD, and Fredericksburg, VA. To learn more about USDA programs for veterans and new farmers and ranchers, visit: https://www.usda.gov/veteranslast_img

The Art of Lens Whacking

first_imgLens whacking can elevate your shot in seemingly magical ways, from adding light leaks to creating a vintage look. Here’s everything you need to know about the technique.Top Image via UglyMcGregorLens whacking. It sounds like something that will cost you a night in jail. However, it is indeed a very creative use of the camera and lens which can help produce a gorgeous in-camera effect which can never be replicated as organic in post.What Is Lens Whacking?All images are captured after the light has passed through the lens and hit the sensor (or film). The light passes through many elements within the lens that have been engineered in a very specific way. A 20mm has different elements than an 85mm. Nonetheless, the light passes through in an orderly fashion.Lens whacking is where you remove the lens and physically hold it in front of the sensor. Light then passes through both the lens and the gap between the lens and the camera body. This essentially causes a light leak.As you are partially pushing one part of the lens forward to let in the light, it also will cause a section of the image to fall out of focus, and, to some extent, produce a slight tilt-shift effect. This is entirely done by hand, and as a result of this, no two takes are going to look remotely the same — it’s wildly unpredictable, and as a result, it’s great fun.How To Do ItThe lens choice is the first important step to undertake. Lens whacking a 200mm, well, it’s not going to happen. Not successfully, anyway. Lenses that have a short focal length are ideal for lens whacking, as you want the focus window to be as wide as possible. If you were to use a lens such as an 85mm, you might find yourself trying to find the subject in the viewfinder more than perfecting the light leak. Older lenses with manual aperture and focus are preferred, as it can be quite a pain to have to keep reconnecting your lens to the camera if you wish to change the aperture.You want to set your lens to have the smallest aperture available to you. Again, this is to stop the extremity of your subject falling too much out of focus.Set up your framing, start recording, and then remove the lens from the camera. You only want your lens to be detached from the camera like the cover image above. If you open the gap too much, you’ll flood the sensor with light and wash out the image. (Although, that in itself can work very well for a creative transition.) The best method for lens whacking is not to keep the lens fully removed from the camera at all times, but to bring it in and out every so often. The shot can become very distracting if there’s a constant light-leak focus-loss throughout the entire shot.Image via SLR LoungeFor the best results, try removing your lens to the side where light is hitting the camera. You’ll have a much more powerful flare. Alternatively, if you find that the light leak is too strong, place a finger over the gap you’ve created. The light will still find its way to the sensor, but your finger will diffuse most of it, creating a softer light leak.Many lens whacking examples often have the camera free in the hands of the operator, which in most cases, causes shaky footage. I would recommend locking the camera down onto a tripod for a smoother shot. You can then delegate panning/tilting to another person while you take the sole focus of the lens whacking.If needed, you can also take lens whacking to the extreme, and cause mass blur and washout. Just remove both sides of the lens away from the body. I recently used this method to put emphasis on how dazed and confused a character was. He’s awoken after watching himself die, enough to cause confusion to anyone, I would imagine. The character is going to be in a state of confusion, and he’s not going to understand why he is alive.  To emphasize this, I removed the lens quite far away to completely wash out the image at points to add to his hysteria while he was coming around.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2016/09/Sequence-05_1.mp400:0000:0000:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Why Do It?The most important aspect of any filmmaking choice is asking, “Will this further the story?” Or, “Will this enhance the emotional impact?”If the answer is no, then at most times it’s probably best to ditch that idea. While lens whacking is extremely popular with music and fashion videos, it’s also ideal for many creative storytelling elements. Here’s a small list of scenarios where you can creatively implement the technique.The character has been poisoned.The character is under the influence of drugs.The character is disoriented.The character is dying.A dream sequence.A scene involving magic.A flashback.The list is almost endless; I’m sure there are many other creative applications to lens whacking that haven’t even crossed my mind. In the still below from Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik, the character is under the influence of drugs, and lens whacking (along with several other in-camera effects) has been applied to help portray his state.There are some considerations to take into account. This effect is, of course, in camera, and there’s no removing or “fixing” it if you change your mind later on. Test and practice the effect within your free time. If you have an important job coming up and think the lens whack effect may look great on a few shots, but you’re not 100% confident, have a look at a few digital elements you can use to help mimic the effect in post.Have you used lens whacking within your projects? Post your clips in the comment section below.last_img read more

9 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi. last_img read more

Health Ministry to Step Up Public Education Campaign on HPV Vaccine

first_img The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be ramping up its public education campaign on its initiative to prevent cervical cancer, through the introduction of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme.In a Statement to the House of Representatives today (October 3), Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said experts from the Ministry have been on the airwaves explaining the vaccination campaign and will continue to facilitate any opportunity to enlighten the public.“The MOH, through the regional health authorities and the local health departments, will continue to engage the parents through the parent-teacher associations (PTAs) and the schools’ administration to ensure the dissemination of information, education and communication material,” Dr. Tufton said.He said the Ministry is aware that there are lingering concerns in the public and that such members can call the Ministry’s toll-free line 1-888-ONE LOVE or 1-888-663-5683 to clarify those concerns.The vaccine is being offered to girls in grade seven, between the age of nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection.To date, more than 300 students in four schools have received the vaccine, while 20 opted out of the process. The four schools are Oberlin and Papine High in Kingston and St. Andrew, and Titchfield and Happy Grove in Portland.Various stakeholder sensitisation sessions have been conducted, including sessions with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; public-sector healthcare workers; the Paediatric Association of Jamaica; Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; National Parenting Support Commission; Jamaica Council of Churches; Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches; school nurses; guidance counsellors; and Health and Family Life Education coordinators.Dr. Tufton informed that “Dear Parent” letters and accompanying fact sheets were distributed to schools for inclusion in the grade-seven school packages at the end of the last academic year to sensitise parents/guardians to the planned vaccine introduction.Six Focus Group discussions with parents and girls were conducted in Kingston, Montego Bay and Clarendon and parent/student sensitisation sessions were done in Westmoreland, St. James, St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, Portland and St. Ann. A Media Sensitisation Forum was held on September 29.Media Interviews are ongoing with the Jamaica Information Service, IRIE FM, Nationwide 90 FM, News Talk 93 FM, RJR Group of Companies, and CVM Television. Print Placement of HPV information is ongoing and radio and television commercials will be placed.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton highlighted that the HPV vaccines are safe, noting that more than 200 million doses have been given around the world with no major side effects.He said the most common side effects of the vaccine include redness, swelling and tenderness to the injection site. Other less-common effects include fever, nausea and upset stomach. The vaccine is being offered to girls in grade seven, between the age of nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection. In a Statement to the House of Representatives today (October 3), Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said experts from the Ministry have been on the airwaves explaining the vaccination campaign and will continue to facilitate any opportunity to enlighten the public. Story Highlightscenter_img The Minister further informed that the HPV vaccine was included in the national schedules of France (2007), the United Kingdom (2008), the Netherlands (2009), Canada (2007-2009), Mexico (2012), Panama (2008), USA and Puerto Rico (2006), Bermuda (2008), St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago (2013), and Barbados (2015), to name a few.“The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has carefully monitored the safety of the HPV vaccine and thoroughly investigated reported cases of adverse effects supposedly attributed to the HPV vaccine,” Dr. Tufton said.The World Health Organization (WHO) Committee on Vaccine Safety has confirmed that none of the conditions investigated were due to the HPV vaccine, and in December 2015 issued the following statement: “To date, GACVS has not found any safety issue that would alter its recommendations for the use of the vaccine.” he added.Dr. Tufton said that cervical cancer is a major public health problem in Jamaica, as almost 50 per cent of the women who are diagnosed each year will die from this preventable disease.He said the MOH has, therefore, introduced the HPV vaccine to provide 90-100 per cent protection against HPV types 16 and 18.The Minister noted that the HPV vaccine has been available in the private sector for several years now and is, therefore, not a new vaccine to the population.In addition, Dr. Tufton said the MOH has employed a school-based strategy for implementation to facilitate greater access to the population, as parents will not have to miss work or students school in order to benefit.He also informed that prior to immunisation, education sessions are held with the girls to be vaccinated. A brief medical history is conducted to ascertain the girls’ fitness and eligibility for vaccination.“As is customary with all outreach and school vaccination programmes, safety measures are in place to treat emergencies. Additionally, the surveillance mechanism monitors and investigates all events supposedly attributable to vaccination or immunisation,” the Health Minister said.A budget was crafted for approximately $100 million for year one of the HPV vaccine introduction, which includes social mobilisation and communication; cold chain equipment; training and sensitisation; and procurement of vaccines and vaccination supplies. The estimated annual cost after introduction is $73 million.A total of 48,000 doses of bivalent vaccine were ordered for 2017, through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Expanded Programme on Immunization Revolving Fund, at a cost of US$7.80 per dose.Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Jamaica and remains a significant public health concern. Current estimates indicate that every year, 392 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer; 185 die from the disease, with the majority of deaths occurring in women between 40 and 64 years of age.For further information, the public can email the Ministry at: hpvinfo@moh.gov.jm. Additional information is available at www.moh.gov.jm. The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be ramping up its public education campaign on its initiative to prevent cervical cancer, through the introduction of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine programme.last_img read more

Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

first_imgHONOLULU — A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren’t rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii.The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers abandoned the burning vessel, which stretches 650 feet (198 metres).Ships in the area rescued 16. Four were listed as unresponsive in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for one missing crewmember.Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. owns the Panamanian-flagged vessel.Company spokesman Darrell Wilson says tugboat crewmembers who arrived Monday are trying to find the remaining crewmembers before towing the ship.He says vessels in the area are asked to look out for bodies.Wilson doesn’t know if the ship is still burning.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Travelling lawyers bringing legal services to Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two Vancouver-based lawyers will be hitting the road in a 24-foot RV to bring legal services to residents in Northern BC over the next few weeks.Two of the three founders of Reach Legal, which was launched last month, will be clocking more than 2,500 kilometres over 10 days this month to bring much-needed legal services to residents of underserved communities. Reach Legal operates on a web-based platform to offer individuals and businesses across the province convenience, flexibility, and options when choosing a new lawyer.“We believe that all BC residents should have access to specialized legal services, regardless of the size or location of their community,” said Erin Brandt, one of the lawyers behind Reach Legal, and the official route planner for the RV trip. Lawyers Erin Brandt, left, and Paula Krawus are travelling Northern B.C. in The Law Bus. Supplied photo.The “Law Bus” journey will visit communities from Williams Lake to Fort Nelson, including: Quesnel, Mackenzie, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd.“In smaller communities it can be a real challenge for residents to find expert legal representation. In some cases, it’s practically impossible,” said Simon Kent, another of Reach Legal’s founders.Kent cites examples of cases where a community may not have two lawyers available for a divorce case, leaving one spouse without representation. Reach Legal hopes to fill this gap with its innovative plan to offer legal services via video conferencing and other mobile options. The legal team said it will travel as needed for court appearances, and is also planning to provide support for their fellow lawyers already practising across B.C.“Lawyers in smaller communities are often asked to take on complex cases that require specialized knowledge outside their primary practice area, simply because there are no other local options,” said Brandt. “We hope to act as a bridge for these lawyers, connecting them with legal professionals who can consult on specific cases and specialized areas of law. The idea is to build a stronger community of legal professionals in these regions, by supporting what is already working.” The Reach Legal RV’s itinerary is as follows: Tuesday, May 8: QuesnelWednesday, May 9: MackenzieThursday, May 10: Tumbler RidgeThursday, May 10: Dawson CreekFriday, May 11: Fort St. JohnSunday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 15: Fort NelsonTuesday, May 15  Thursday, May 17: Fort St. JohnThursday, May 17: Chetwynd (tentative)last_img read more

Climate change will intensify extreme heat waves Study

first_imgLos Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.last_img read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack Release Date Set

first_img Email Facebook “Game Of Thrones” Season 7 Soundtrack Release Date Set News Twitter center_img The set will again feature music by GOT composer Ramin Djawadi, with selections from the current season — we just hope that Ed Sheeran’s “pretty” song from the season opener is included.The GRAMMY-nominated Djawadi has helmed the music for the binge-worthy show since its inception, in addition to working on shows like “Prison Break” and “Westworld” and films such as Iron Man.The previous season six “Game Of Thrones” soundtrack topped Billboard’s Soundtrack Albums chart and placed at No. 27 on the Billboard 200. And the album’s cinematic “Light Of The Seven” reached No. 1 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.Coupled with seas of merchandise, concert tours, dedicated blogs and the epic GOT Memes page on Facebook, the series’ dynamic music adds further testament to the show’s game-changing status for television and how it’s dented all facets of pop culture.Ed Sheeran To Mastodon: Vote For Your Favorite “Game Of Thrones” CameoRead more Pre-Order “Game Of Thrones” New Soundtrack game-thrones-season-7-soundtrack-release-date-set Attn. Throners: New GOT soundtrack coming in September — will Ed Sheeran’s song be included?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s been the best season of “Game Of Thrones” ever, hasn’t it?As we wait for the next episode to see if Jaime Lannister survived the wrath of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, “Game Of Thrones” has set a Sept. 29 release date for its season seven soundtrack.last_img read more