Boston Marathon 2019 winners: Lawrence Cherono takes men’s race, Worknesh Degefa cruises to women’s title

first_imgFirst time was the charm for a pair of elite runners at the Boston Marathon with an eye toward the past as the famous race was contested on April 15 for the first time since terrorists’ bombs marked it forever in 2013.Lawrence Cherono, running in his first Boston Marathon, edged out two-time winner Lelisa Desisa by two seconds to win the men’s title and Worknesh Degefa, also a first-timer in Boston, ran away from the elite women’s’ field to claim the victory in the 123rd running of the famous race. Degefa, of Ethiopia, covered the 26.2 miles in 2:23:31. Cherono, of Kenya, covered the distance in 2:07:57, just two ticks head of Ethiopia’s Desisa, who won in Boston in 2013 and 2015. What a finish! Congratulations Lawrence Cherono! 2019 Boston Marathon Men’s Elite Champ🥇— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Kenneth Kipkemoi, also of Ethiopia, was eight seconds back of Desisa at 2:08:07. Cherono was well off the record set by countryman Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 at 2:03:02.Men’s Elite #Boston2019 results:🥇Lawrence Cherono🇰🇪 (2:07:57)🥈@LelisaDesisa🇪🇹 (2:07:59)🥉Kenneth Kipkemoi🇰🇪 (2:08:07)🏅Felix Kandie🇰🇪 (2:08:54)🏅Geoffrey Kirui🇰🇪 (2:08:55)— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Women’s Elite Race #Boston2019 results:🥇Worknesh Degefa🇪🇹 (02:23:31)🥈@KiplagatEdna🇰🇪 (02:24:13)🥉Jordan Hasay🇺🇸 (02:25:20)🏅Meskerem Assefa🇪🇹 (02:25:40)🏅@des_linden🇺🇸 (02:27:00)— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Some 30,000 runners set off from Hopkinton in damp but relatively warm conditions, with temperatures in the 50s as the race progressed on the sixth anniversary of the bombings that killed three and injured hundreds more, some very seriously.Since 2015, April 15 has been dubbed One Boston Day. Announcers at the marathon’s finish line were to offer a tribute just before 2:49 p.m. ET, the time the first bomb went off in 2013.Meanwhile, the Red Sox (wearing uniforms with “Boston” on the front instead of the usual “Red Sox” on home whites) held a moment of silence before facing the Orioles in the annual Patriots Day morning game.Also at Fenway Park, two first-responders — EMT Christopher Holgate and paramedic Randall Souza — were to be honored in the middle of the fourth inning. They were stationed near the finish line of the 2013 marathon and were among the first to provide care.At times running without another woman in sight, Degefa, who finished well off countrywoman Buzunesh Deba’s time of 2:19:59 in 2014, was comfortable enough with her lead in the late going that she was smiling and waving to the crowd as she made her way to the finish.  Cherono wasn’t allowed that kind of relaxation, as he led a pack of runners at the 25-mile mark (his split at that point being 4:09 for the previous mile) and held off Desisa by mere seconds at the finish line.Among American runners, Jordan Hasay finished fourth in the women’s race in 2:25:20 and Scott Fauble was seventh in the men’s race in 2:09:09.Your first American woman in the #BostonMarathon Women’s Elite race and 3rd overall! @JordanHasay— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019Earlier Monday, the push-rim wheelchair races saw Daniel Romanchuk prevail on the men’s side and Manuela Schaer win the women’s category. At 20, Romanchuk became the youngest push-rim athlete to win the event and the first American to claim the Boston Marathon title since 1993.He did it! Daniel Romanchuk🇺🇸 is your #Boston2019 men’s push rim champion 🏆At just 20, he is the youngest push rim athlete to win the race here in Boston and the first American to do it since 1993! Big day for Daniel 💪— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 15, 2019last_img read more

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 Player 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

#OperationKabootarbazCricketers: Immigration Fraud Stumps Cricket

first_imgIn an unprecedented detection of an immigration fraud in first-class cricket, an India Today investigation has found several state-level players passing off hopeful migrants as team members.The probe uncovered former Ranji cricketers pulling off the scam for a high fee from dollar-dream chasers.India Today’s special investigation team found the suspected lynchpins of this ring in Jaipur.A first-class cricketer for 19 years, who captained Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, Mohd Aslam and his accomplice Harsh Kaushik were caught on camera, confessing to their involvement in a human smuggling racket.WATCH FULL VIDEOAslam runs the Star Cricket Academy in Jaipur and is also the president of the district’s cricket association.India Today’s undercover reporters met him and Kaushik, a former under-19 player, at a Jaipur hotel.”You have hit fours and sixes,” Aslam told reporters inquiring about the possibility of sending small-time businessmen overseas disguised as cricketers.He readily agreed, saying cash calls the shots in this business.”It’s all about money, brother. Just keep in mind that our understanding should be such that we feel like doing our own work,” he said.Aslam delegated the fraud to Kaushik, who disclosed how he weaves fictions to execute illegal migration in the garb of cricket.”Harsh (Kaushik) looks after these tours. He takes the groups himself. I used to go myself long ago to England. I stopped going four or five years ago because of some disputes. I also got involved in cricket politics (of the Rajasthan Cricket Association),” said Aslam.advertisement”That means whether we speak to you or to him is one and the same,” the undercover reporter probed.”One and the same. You speak with brother Harsh. That will be alright,” replied the former Ranji player.When India Today’s SIT met Kaushik separately, he offered to impersonate migration clients as cricketers in an upcoming tour of South Africa.”There are two ways. One is real in which professional cricketers are taken to foreign countries to play there and come. The other is called a ‘slip’. That’s also done as part of our tours,” he explained.”You must be touring frequently for cricket. Why don’t you send our men to South Africa as part of a cricket squad?” the reporter investigated.”I have a tour next month. Many more tours are also in the pipeline. I’ll send them along,” Kaushik promised.He offered to take fake cricketers to South Africa in the first week of July.”It’s a team of 15 people but I can apply for 25. Twenty-five people can apply (for visa) as part of a cricket team,” he said.”Send four of my men to South Africa. But they don’t know how to play cricket” the reporter told Kaushik.”Everything will be done,” he answered.And they were not hollow claims.Kaushik showed India Today’s investigative team images of impostors he had sent to South Africa in a cricket team in May.”I can show you the team right away I sent to South Africa last month. They too didn’t know how to play cricket. See this,” he said, pointing toward the cell-phone photo.”How many of them are fake?” the reporter asked.”Five to six,” Kaushik replied, confessing that they went to South Africa to disappear.As a skilled forger, he gave firm guarantees for illegal migration.”We won’t charge you for the visas. You’ll come to us when your people depart because we know you. You’ll bring the money in cash in exchange for copies of visas and air tickets. You are free to verify them online or wherever,” he said.Kaushik’s charges were high — around Rs 30 lakh for each potential migrant.”It will come down to around Rs28-30 (lakh),” he said.By his own admission, Kaushik’s deception has remained undetected in multiple nations including Australia and the UK.”It’s a fact that I already have 15 people from Punjab (for the UK tour). They are all fakes,” he said.India Today’s investigative reporters also met Vinod Chanwirya, a 32-year-old former first-class player from Rajasthan and member of a Canadian league team, the Vancouver Island Shell.The meeting in New Delhi followed a tip that he was taking potential migrants abroad as cricketers.Canada might be a rank outsider in mainstream international cricket but it does have a national organization governing the sport since 1892.Canadians also participated in the ICC World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.Chanwirya revealed how he’d have bogus cricketers authenticated by a Pakistani promoter of a Canadian league before they apply for visas as part of a team.advertisement”I quoted Rs 5-6 lakh. I said even if it’s Rs 25 lakh (they want to spend) but with Punjab mentioned on the passport visas are not issued,” he said.That was his way of negotiating a fee to take a group of Punjabi businessmen to Canada impersonating as players.”I have been going there for four to five years now to play,” Chanwirya said, identifying his Canada-based Pakistani promoter as Javed Bhai.”I’ll send the (copies of ) passports to them (Javed Bhai). Only then would letters (of invitation) be issued,” he continued. “That will be a secured file. No one else would have access to it.””How will you take them? As part of that cricket league, right?” the reporter asked.”Yes, we will fit them in somehow,” Chanwirya said, confirming fake players would be moved to Canada as participants in a cricket league.Chanwirya now gave his fee structure.”I said Rs 25-30 lakh (per person). People are paying that much,” he said.”And what about people going there for six months to work illegally and then come back within the visa period?” the reporter asked.”Rs 5 lakh,” Chanwirya replied. “We’ll show you as a team manager or whatever (on paper), forget the real purpose.”FORMER INDIA CRICKETER MADAN LAL REACTS TO #OperationKabootarbazCricketers”These things have been happening since our playing days. There are a couple of guys who are blacklisted. They used to get the guys from Punjab, who wanted a visa. Nobody reported it because it was a cricket group. But everyone knows what is going on,” Madan Lal told India Today.”We have heard of several such tours where players have played in a few matches but then stayed back there. But there was no concrete proof.”This practice has been going on for a long time. A couple of these players stayed back,” he said.last_img read more

Trial hears Manitoba Mountie made disastrous tactical decision before shooting

first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. — An expert in police use of force testified an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba made a disastrous tactical decision to step in front a vehicle before he shot the driver.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the 2015 death of Steven Campbell, who was behind the wheel of a Jeep that the officer had tried to pull over for erratic driving.At the time of the shooting, police said the Jeep came to a stop after a brief chase and when Letkeman approached the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated and hit the officer, prompting him to fire.Christopher Butler, a retired Calgary police inspector, told court it was a major error for the officer to step in front of the Jeep and Letkeman put himself in jeopardy.But Butler says if the vehicle moved toward the officer and the officer believed he could die, firing his gun would be consistent with RCMP policy.The trial previously heard Campbell was shot at least nine times and his girlfriend was also injured on one side of her head.The Canadian Presslast_img read more