A Hollywood icon at Houghton

first_imgHoughton Library Manuscript Cataloger Michael Austin (left) holds the Academy Award presented to Johnny Green, Class of 1928, for his original composition The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, a subject in MGM’s Concert Hall series. Austin recently completed a major project to catalog Houghton’s Johnny Green Collection, which consists of thousands of manuscript scores, printed scores with hand-written notes, and correspondence. For more information about the collection, visit the Houghton Library Blog. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Coach Sarpong joins Aduana Stars

first_imgFormer Liberty Professionals coach, J.E Sarpong has joined Aduana Stars as their head coach.The veteran trainer will be assisted by Kwabena Ameyaw who was the interim head coach.The appointment of coach Sarpong brings to an end speculation about the possible return of their former Romanian coach, Arsitica Cioaba.Sarpong can boast of a lot of experience in the Ghanaian top flight after stints with so many teams.His deal with Aduana is reportedly a one-year contract subject to renewal.Aduana will open their campaign in the 2013/2014 league season with an away match at the Baba Yara Stadium against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.last_img read more

Former Boca School Principal Fired After Holocaust Email

first_img(Boca Raton, FL) — A former Boca Raton principal is out of work after sending a controversial email to a parent about the Holocaust. It read quote, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee. Wednesday night, Palm Beach County public schools fired former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson Wednesday, four months after comments he made about the Holocaust prompted a national outcry.By a 5-2 vote, county school board members approved the veteran principal’s termination on grounds of “ethical misconduct” and “failure to carry out job responsibilities.”The official justification for Latson’s termination was not the explosive comments that drew international attention but his failure to return messages from district officials in the days after his comments became public.The decision culminates months of political turbulence and legal wrangling over Latson’s case, in which the district found itself caught up in an unprecedented furor over the principal’s refusal to state unequivocally to a parent that the Holocaust was a historical fact.Latson was reassigned three months ago and his firing will take effect November 21st, but his lawyer tells the Palm Beach Post he’ll file an appeallast_img read more

New device to get West Palm Beach drivers to pay up

first_imgA big heads up, because there is a new device coming to West Palm Beach that is expected to hold drivers accountable and reduce violations.It’s called the Barnacle, an immobilization device to expedite revenue collection.Rojay Morrison, who is a local parking enforcement representative, says they are specifically looking into expired meters, registrations, and handicap parking violations.He also said officials would begin driving into parking garages for a list of other non-moving violations including, expired tags, protruding vehicles, people taking up two spaces.The move comes as parking spaces have become limited in recent months due to the areas in the city that remain under construction, according to West Palm Beach Parking System Administrator Edward Davis.“We had to have an effective enforcement program to ensure that those who pay for their time on the meter adhere to that time and once that time is over with they need to go ahead and depart or either move to the garages, so we have spaces available on the street,” said Davis. “I think we had cases where there has been up to $600 to $700 worth of unpaid tickets by the time the boot had been applied.”Effective Nov. 6, the Barnacle will now be placed on vehicles within city limits that have three overdue violations.Parking enforcement says it’s faster and easier for them to apply and remove than a boot.There will also be a GPS tracker inside and an alarm that sounds if motorists try to tam with it or attempt to move the vehicle.The new system is expected to “help drivers adhere to the posted parking restrictions,” Davis added.last_img read more

Health Dept Confirms 12th Case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has confirmed another case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade, bringing that county’s total count to 12 for the year.Statewide, Miami-Dade has the most locally transmitted cases. Broward is the only other county to report a local case since the year began.According to The Miami Herald, the increase in cases comes as dengue fever, which is a mosquito-borne tropical disease, continues spreading throughout Latin America.The latest case, which the Department of Health announced on Monday, does not appear to be connected to any other case.Dengue, which can cause a fever and other symptoms such as vomiting, headache and eye pain, is typically spread through the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito.last_img read more

Great White Sharks are Florida’s Newest Snow Birds

first_imgThere are at least five great white sharks hanging out off the coast of Florida for the winter like water-logged snow birds.A great white shark, first tagged in Nova Scotia, is now hanging out off the coast of Florida.Unama’ki, a 15-foot female weighing more than 2,000 pounds, pinged off Panama City Beach on Saturday night.Ocearch has been following Unama’ki since 2019 when crews tagged her off Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia. She’s traveled more than 2700 miles since then.Unama’ki is the biggest white shark currently pinging on the shark tracker, Ocearch said.In fact, there are five great white sharks near Key West or west of that area.They include: Nova, male, 11 feet, 6 inches, 1186 lbs. (Last ping: Feb. 4) Brunswick, male, 8 feet, 9 inches, 431 lbs. (Last ping: Jan. 27) Helena, female, 12 feet, 5 inches, 1314 lbs. (Last ping: Feb. 1) Ironbound, male, 21 feet, 4 inches, 994 lbs. (Last ping, Jan. 5)You can track the sharks using the Ocearch Shark Tracker.last_img read more

Authorities search for former mall employee who killed manager

first_imgEverett is described as 6′7 with a short or bald cut and may be traveling in a 2012 silver Kia Sorento with Florida plates IH21AC.Everett is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information about his whereabouts you are asked to contact your local police station. The Orlando Police Department is currently searching for a former store manager who killed another manager after he was fired.The incident was reported on Monday just after 8:00 pm inside of the Under Armour store at the Orlando International Premium Outlets.Officials say 46-year-old Daniel Everett walked into the store and opened fire killing 37-year-old manager Eunice Vazquez as several customers watched.He then fled the scene.When authorities arrived, they pronounced Vazquez dead.During their investigation, authorities found that Everett also made a list of names he planned to target.Officials say they believe Everett planned to target the people on the list because he believed they made complaints about him and caused him to lose his job.As of Monday night, authorities say they have made contact with all of those on the list and marked them as safe, however, Everett is still on the run.last_img read more

New report shows agriculture productivity consistently up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers in Ohio have been producing more and, on average, earning slightly more too.Improved technology, rising crop yields, farmer ingenuity and lower prices for farm inputs have led to higher agricultural productivity, specifically annual increases of 1.6% since the 1950s, according to a report produced by a team of agricultural economists from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The just-released report examines trends in Ohio’s agricultural and food production sectors, analyzing data from 2015, the most recent statistics available.Farm incomes too have steadily improved, having increased an average of 2.2% a year since 2005.Combined, Ohio’s agricultural and food production cluster employed 402,874 (one out of every eight) Ohioans in 2015 and contributed $33 billion (5.3%) to Ohio’s gross state product, a measure of the market value of all goods and services produced within the state.Along with the $33 billion, the state’s agricultural and food production cluster contributed an additional $20 billion to Ohio’s 2015 economy indirectly through farmer payments for various expenses such as rent and accounting services, as well as income that farm employees used to buy goods and services.Adding the direct and indirect earnings, the total contribution of the agricultural and food production sectors to Ohio’s economy in 2015 was $53 billion.“It’s going up, but slower than other parts of the state’s economy,” said Tim Haab, one of the report’s authors and chair of CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.As expected, increased productivity on the farm has led to decreasing commodity prices and a reduction in employment opportunities in agricultural and food production, according to the report. Since 1994, Ohio’s employment has declined by 23.5% in the farm input sector, 38% in agricultural production (farming), 16.9% in food processing and 47.1% in food wholesaling/retailing. The loss of agricultural jobs is especially challenging for people living in Ohio’s rural areas, where employment opportunities are already limited, Haab said.“Employment matters, especially in rural communities,” he said. “Manufacturing and employment have been declining, disproportionately affecting rural communities.”Consistent with national trends, the food-processing sector in Ohio has seen a continuous decline since 2005, the report states. Food processing involves changing anything that is grown or raised into a marketable product, such as cattle into steak or tree into lumber. Much of that decline was driven by the drop in demand for wood for either paper or furniture. Once a thriving industry in Ohio and nationwide, forestry has seen significant losses in recent years.Among the positive trends highlighted in the report is that Ohio’s restaurants and bars have experienced strong growth, employing more people and contributing an increasing amount to the state’s economy since 1994. Restaurants and bars employ 496,342 Ohioans, a 37.5% increase since 1994.“According to the Economic Contribution of Agricultural and Food Production to the Ohio Economy report, agricultural and food production in Ohio continues to grow despite decreasing employment and decreasing commodity prices,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Total sales in the agricultural and food production cluster with restaurants and bars in 2015 was $123.8 billion up from $105.2 billion in 2010.”Agriculture and food production remain a vital part of Ohio’s economy, Haab said.“This report is an opportunity to identify the trends and determine the implications so that all parties involved can work to ensure the future of rural communities and all of Ohio,” he said.The report is the result of a collaborative analysis and writing process that included the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics outreach committee, external peer reviewers and stakeholders. The last report outlining the contribution of Ohio’s agriculture and food-related industries to the state’s economy was released in 2012.last_img read more

Why Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft Light

first_imgIn this article, we take a look at why most filmmakers and photographers prefer to light their subjects with large, soft light sources.Soft light is so much more flattering to the face and body than hard light — it diffuses hard shadows, softens dark areas, and generally eliminates the edges that can distract from the natural angles of the human form. All of which are good reasons why filmmakers and photographers prefer soft light. If you watch behind-the-scenes footage of Hollywood blockbusters, you’ll see the huge scrims and diffusion frames that DPs use to get that quality of lighting. And 20×20 foot diffusion frames aren’t unusual. Roger Deakins, ASC, is famous for his “Cove Light,” which is an 80-foot long piece of bleached muslin line on an entire room with a key. This creates a flattering, wrapping light for his subjects — instrumental for the look he creates.Despite this prevalence of soft lighting, there’s no real metric for measuring how soft light is, or how to get the right level of softness.One aspect to take into account is that softness is comes from the size of the source, relative to its distance from the subject. I have always worked from the assumption that soft light comes from a light the same size as the subject — or the part being photographed — and the same distance from the object you’re lighting.To put this into practical terms, if you’re shooting an actor’s head and shoulders, a roughly 2×2 foot area, you can produce objectively soft light by placing a 2×2 foot light two feet away from the actor. If you want the same level of softness in a mid-shot of two people talking at a table (a roughly 5×5 foot area), you’ll need to place a 5×5 foot light five feet away.If you’re only looking for softish light, you can get away with a 5×5 foot source ten feet away, or a 10×10 foot source twenty feet away. Because of the inverse square law, which dictates that light is 1/4 as bright every time you double your distance from it, it’s difficult to get bright enough light from far away. Most DPs and their gaffers keep the lights just out of frame and go for the biggest source available.If you want very soft light, you could put a 10’x10’ source five feet away. This is what Deakins does with his Cove Light. For a scene in the movie Unbroken, Deakins rented almost every 20K light in Australia (over twenty of them), to illuminate the windows forty feet from the conversation taking place between characters. This gave him soft wrapping light, without making the scene look artificially lit.Image via Unbroken (Universal Pictures).This metric has been used in photography for a long time, and it’s slowly making its away into mainstream cinematography.Those giant diffusion frames on film sets usually aren’t the result of the DP trying to get the softest light possible; rather, they’re an attempt to light very large subjects — like a group of people or a house — and still maintain some sense of evenness of light. The crane-mounted rig Greig Frasier used to light the Bin Laden raid in Zero Dark Thirty was massive. However, it was still only the size of the part of the compound they were lighting, and it followed the same rule.Image via Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures).Close-ups are easy to light with soft sources because you can get the light very close to the subject. Wides are much harder because you need to back up the lights to keep them out of the frame. Tracking shots are harder still because of the distance they cover.Cover image via Revolutionary Road (DreamWorks).Looking for more on lighting? Check out these articles.Inside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety SkillsEfficiently Lighting and Shooting Product Shots for YouTubeLighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile PhoneOn the Market: Five Great Key Lights for Five Different BudgetsAre Bedsheets a Viable Option for Low-Budget Light Diffusion?last_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukic

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more