Harvard sweeps Yale with 6-4 and 4-3 wins

first_imgThe Crimson had to come from behind twice last Friday night, including scoring three goals in the final period, to defeat a determined Yale squad by a score of 6-4 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.Harvard went on to beat Yale again Saturday night, 4-3. With Saturday’s victory, Harvard advances to the ECAC semifinals at Lake Placid, N.Y., where they play Quinnipiac this Friday.Crimson goalie Merrick Madsen ’18 is upended by Yale’s Chris Izmirlian. Harvard went on to win Friday’s game 6-4. On Saturday, Harvard and Yale met again on the ice, with the Crimson beating Yale 4-3. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn last Friday’s game, the all-senior line of Sean Malone, Tyler Moy, and Luke Esposito combined for nine points, with Esposito scoring twice and Malone registering a goal and three assists. Moy tied the game in the third period, with Alexander Kerfoot ’17 potting the game-winner midway through the period. This was a best-of-three series, which the Crimson concluded the next night with Saturday’s 4-3 score.Though ranked No. 1 in the ECAC, the Crimson (24-5-2) will have to be at their best on Friday, having split regular season games with Quinnipiac. If the high-flying team, currently No. 2 in the country, can win at Lake Placid, they will automatically advance to the Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. Short of winning, Harvard can still advance if they are among the 10 teams chosen by a committee vote, in addition to the six conference winners.Freshman defenseman Adam Fox was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award, the conference office announced Friday.For more information about Harvard men’s ice hockey, visit the Harvard Athletics website.Harvard photographer Jon Chase contributed to this story.last_img read more

Ride of a lifetime for Winters & Company

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe rollercoaster ride for Jill Winters & Company ended on a high Sunday night at the Summerland Curling Club.The West Kootenay rink held off a late charge by Karla Thompson to edge the Kamloops rink 7-6 in the C Final at the Interior Women’s Curling Championships.Winters, third Samantha Almquist of Trail, second Natalie Nowicki of Rossland and lead Heather Nichol of Castlegar now advance as one of the two rinks from the Interiors qualifying for the 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships in Cloverdale.“Ya it started to sink in today,” Winters said Monday from her Snowpack Experience store on Baker Street. “We finished about 8:30 p.m. and jumped in the car and got home about 1:30 a.m. and all went to work so we’re all super tired. But I’ve had a few people come in to congratulate me so it’s pretty neat feeling.”A-event winner Jenn Fewster of Prince George joins the Winters rink.The marathon weekend started Friday with the Nelson-based rink posting a pair of wins over Siomne Groundwater and Jerri-Pat Armstrong-Smith.However, Thompson spoiled the day by blowing past Winters 9-4 in A-event play.The loss dropped Winters into the B event where the skip started steamrolling the competition winning three straight games Saturday. Sunday Winters got past Desiree Schmidt of Trail 10-7 by scoring four two enders. That set the stage for Winters to head home early if the rink could oust Thompson in the C Final.But the Kamloops skip had other things on her mind, bouncing Winters 11-6 to force a B-C Final.“We totally dropped the ball in that game,” Winters lamented. “Halfway through the game we got down by three points and had to push to get two points but literally fell apart. We went for the steal in nine, let some rocks build up but they ended up getting four to win.”And the B-C-event game didn’t look good early for Winters. Thompson struck for three in the opening end forcing Winters to play catch-up.“They got those points in the first end when I nicked a guard,” Winters explained. “But it was no big worry being down that early in the game. We just kept playing a stole two and then one.”“The ice was really tough to defend a lead on and I think that’s the mode they got into,” Winters added.After Thompson tied the contest by scoring one in the sixth, Winters struck for a deuce in the seventh before holding off Thompson for the narrow win.“We really stuck together as a team,” said Winters. “If one players was not curling well, having a bad end or game, the other teammates would pick her up.”“The last two games I thought I struggling out ther but my team was rocking it,” Winters added.This is the second time in three years Winters had skipped a team to the B.C. Scott Tournament. That rink included Allison Hurley and Loreen Amonson of Nelson and Lisa Nevakshonoff of Castlegar.Winters also curled at the provincials in 1998, 2006 and 2007.The Cloverdale Curling Club hosts the 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships January [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay Wildcats open season with pair of wins

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats opened the 2011-12 B.C. Female Midget Hockey League with a 2-1 record during a tournament in Nelson.The Cats started the campaign with a 5-1 loss to Okanagan Rockets before reeling off two consecutive wins over Vancouver Fusion, 5-4 and Prince George Cougars, 4-2.Kootenay is tied for top spot in the league with Fraser Valley Phantom.However, the Phantom played only two games during the weekend.Against Okanagan, the Rockets built up a 5-0 with two goals in the first period and three in the second.Maggie Shykula-Ross scored twice to lead the Rockets.McKayla Yuris (Trail) scored the lone goal for Kootenay.The Cats rebounded during game two to outlast the Fusion by a goal.Kathryn Haegedorn (Kaslo) led Kootenay with two goals with singles going to Shea Weighill (Nakusp), Courtney Donald (Cranbrook) and Holly Nikrik (Invermere).Kootenay held period leads of 1-0 and 3-2.The Cats then completed the weekend above .500 by doubling Prince George.Goals by Denomie Vockeroth (Rossland) and Christina Bonacci (Trail), with a pair, sparked a three-goal third period allowing the Cats to grab the win.Heidi Haegedorn (Kaslo) scored the final goal for Kootenay.Morgan Flynn and Kayla Keraiff, both of Castlegar, shared the netminding duties.The Cats return to action this weekend with a pair of games against the Fusion in Pitt [email protected]last_img read more

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: [email protected] 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