Girls’ soccer: Hart seizes Foothill

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – The end result was the same, but the performances couldn’t have been more different for the Hart of Newhall girls’ soccer team. Already having the Foothill League title wrapped up before last year’s regular-season finale, the Indians suffered a humbling four-goal loss at Saugus to deny them an unbeaten crown. “We just went out there knowing we had to win,” said Clark, who delivered her team-leading 22nd goal with Sarina Coutin heading the ball in the back of the net for good measure. “It was the game of the season and we were looking forward to meeting them again. We came out with heart. We wanted it and it showed.” Canyon (18-2-4, 7-1-2), which recorded a 1-0 win at Hart in their first league meeting, had plenty of chances to deliver the equalizer. Gina Walker was stopped by Brittany Tippet on a 12-yard shot before the first-half whistle and later fired a 15-yard shot just over the crossbar. Sierra Goff also had a second-half shot miss high. “The bottom line is we didn’t play nearly good enough to win the game,” said Canyon co-coach Eric White, whose team suffered its second loss to the Indians (22-3-1, 9-1), the first a 4-2 setback in the final of the Hart tournament. “They’re a good team and they finished and we didn’t.” In Thursday’s showdown at rival Canyon, it was a winner-take-all scenario and Hart wasn’t going to let another opportunity slip away. Brittany Clark’s corner kick from the right side in the fifth minute deflected off the hands of Canyon goalkeeper Danielle Michel and landed inside the left post, and Hart’s defense handled the rest, securing consecutive titles with a 1-0 victory. center_img Tippet had seven saves en route to her school-record 18th shutout for Hart, which could receive the top seed when the Southern Section Div. II playoff pairings are released Monday. “We weren’t letting up for anything,” Hart senior sweeper Michelle Mason said. “(This year) definitely has more drama involved, but it’s a better sense of accomplishment.” Said Hart coach Louis Romero: “This is the way we wanted to finish it. They gave us all we got and that’s all I can ask.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

70th birthday and charity hack raise €2,740 for Raphoe’s Riding for the Disabled

first_imgTwo fantastic fundraisers have gathered €2,740 for the Raphoe and East Donegal branch of Riding for the Disabled.Mr Graham Bell recently held his 70th birthday party in aid of the volunteer group. He and his guests gathered €2,040 to make a very generous donation to his chosen charity.The money was gratefully received following a presentation by Mr & Mrs Bell with Adeline Temple, Suzanne Carroll, Jacqueline Witherow and Isobel Roulston from Raphoe and East Donegal RDAI. Mr & Mrs Bell with Adeline Temple, Suzanne Carroll, Jacqueline Witherow and Isobel Roulston from Raphoe and East Donegal RDAIAlso in June, the Tir Conaill Riding Club hosted a charity ride-out at Lough Eske to raise €700 for the group. The members took part in a 16km trek across the Bluestack Mountains before Mr Noel Cunningham and Harvey’s Point Hotel provided a beautiful lunch afterwards. Raphoe and East Donegal RDAI are very grateful to all concerned for their kind contribution  and generous hospitality.Tir Conaill Riding clubRaphoe’s Riding for the Disabled is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving. 70th birthday and charity hack raise €2,740 for Raphoe’s Riding for the Disabled was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Raphoe and East Donegal branch of Riding for the Disabledlast_img read more

Pilot psychological testing: how far should it go?

first_imgIn the wake of the tragic crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 the airline industry has been quick to adopt cockpit procedures designed to help prevent the kind of thing that allegedly brought down the A320. A French prosecutor contends 9525’s first officer Andreas Lubitz’s “intention [was] to destroy this plane,” by locking the captain out of the cockpit and commanding the aircraft to descend on a fatal trajectory into the Alps March 24th. All 150 souls on board perished.Following post-9/11 U.S. regulations, the European Aviation Safety Agency published “a temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including one qualified pilot, are in the [cockpit] at all times of the flight.” Airlines are now making that standard.That is the easy part. Far more difficult is what others propose: increased, on-going psychological testing of pilots to make sure bad apples aren’t in the cockpit to begin with.In many cases it all starts with a pre-employment psychological assessment. Most airlines do such testing, focusing on pilots’ attitude about themselves, how they solve problems, how they deal with others. There is no standard pre-employment test by which airlines fashion a psychological profile of a prospective pilot.“Can we do more than [psychologically] screen pilots when they’re first hired? Sure,” asserts Kit Darby, a retired United Airlines captain. “We can do it annually. We can do it every six months. We can do it every five years. Anything would be more than what we do now.” Darby, now heads the U.S.-based aviation consultancy Forms Fall Short?If commercial airline pilots are under 40 they must have a medical exam once a year, if over 40 every six months. In the United States it’s administered by a Federal Aviation Administration-designated doctor. This is essentially a physical examination. In a prepared response to’s questions, FAA says, “the medical application form includes questions pertaining to the mental health of the pilot.” In other words, it’s the pilot’s duty to tell the doctor if he or she thinks something’s wrong by checking the right box.FAA says the designated Aviation Medical Examiner, “will use this self-disclosure to ask additional questions about mental health issues. The AME can order additional psychological testing.”Psychological screening is “very cursory now,” asserts Darby. “We’re counting…on all pilots to self-report if they have an issue and for other pilots around them to report them if they’re acting strange.” As for fellow pilots assessing the mental state of their colleagues, Darby says they’re simply not trained to do it.The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) establishes standards for the medical exams, but in some instances those standards can be met by something as simple as filling in a form.Once basic ICAO requirements have been met the member nations and airlines can make the physical and mental assessments as comprehensive as they please.Darby believes a pilot answering a few questions embedded in a medical form falls short of an “extensive” psychological exam.If psychological screening can be less than extensive so can communication between doctors. Retired Boeing 747-400 Captain R. Michael Baiada says pilots can “go to their personal doctor with an issue, whether it’s physical or mental.” Problem is “that information probably would never get to the FAA doctor if the pilot chooses not to reveal it.”Baiada, who now heads up the U.S.-based aviation consultancy ATH Group, says it is unlikely a pilot’s personal physician talks to the FAA doctor. This despite the fact that FAA says it requires pilots to report “any health professional visits during the previous three years.”Two issues here: is the psychological information gleaned from the annual or bi-annual medical checks sufficient, and is it communicated among those who need to know? Both questions may be far more than academic as investigators sift through the remains of Andreas Lubitz’s life.Kit Darby says, “serious abnormalities [are] rarely found,” by the time a pilot goes to work for an airline. “Typically, a civilian pilot getting hired by a major U.S. airline has about 6,000 hours [flight time],” he says. “You don’t get people who are very outside the norm who have gotten that far.”Lubitz had 630 flight hours, joining Germanwings in September 2013 from the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen. What demons may have driven the 28-year old aviator to allegedly kill himself and 149 other human beings remains to be seen.What also remains to be seen is how the industry responds in the regulatory arena. Calls for more thorough, more frequent psychological testing, believe Darby, could well meet with opposition among pilot’s unions. “Pilots are going to resist” pressure for increased screening, he says. “They’re already heavily monitored…The unions are going to fight it.”In a prepared statement Air Line Pilots Association, International, the world’s largest pilot union, says, “Airline pilots in the United States and Canada are subject to rigorous screening prior to being hired, including an assessment of the pilot’s mental and emotional state. Once hired, pilots are evaluated continuously throughout their careers…all flight and cabin crewmembers monitor and evaluate each other while on duty.”The same is true in most areas of the world.A Bit of Perspective, PleasePerspective is always a casualty when it comes to public perception of air crashes. International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO Tony Tyler says; “Each day about nine million people board aircraft as passengers. We work very hard to earn and keep their trust by transporting them safely to their destination.”Our trust in the people up front in the cockpit is implicit and ingrained. That’s why something such as Germanwings 9525 shakes us so. Crashes of any kind are rare despite the rash of them we’ve seen over the last year. Crashes where a pilot purposely precipitates the tragedy are rarer still.It’s a perspective too easily forgotten.last_img read more

Color Grading Footage in After Effects with Lumetri

first_imgUnderstanding Lumetri ScopesIf you have never used scopes before, here is a quick breakdown of each scope.The Waveform MonitorWith a typical display of 0-100, the waveform measures your shot’s data and lays it out across the display. Information at 0 IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) is black pixels, or clipped information. Data that peaks at 100 IRE is white, or blown-out information. Essentially, the waveform displays the exposure across your shot.A good rule of thumb when correcting for lighter skin tones is to keep the highlights around 70 IRE.The VectorscopeThe vectorscope measures chroma in the shot. It displays the red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta values. Depending on your shot, you’ll see the data favoring certain areas of the vector. For example, if your shot includes a grassy field, the data in the vectorscope will lean heavily toward the greens. When you saturate your image, the data will pull outwards to the edges of the scope.The ParadeThe parade is best for correcting multiple shots in the same sequence. The parade usually displays in RGB, which shows the dominance of each color. With the parade, you can easily balance the color in your shot and monitor how it matches up with the other shots in your scene.The HistogramSimilar to the waveform scope, the histogram displays your luma and RGB from 0 IRE to 100 IRE.Tips for Great Color CorrectionEven though you may be a motion graphics artist or a compositor, when you are color correcting and grading footage, you are a colorist. Your job as a colorist is to put the final touches on the story. Your grade needs to set the final mood and ensure that there are no distractions from shot to shot. Scopes make sure your video is good across all displays and that the end result is broadcast legal. There aren’t many wrong answers when it comes to grading. It’s important to create your style and make sure you deliver what the client wants.What’s your opinion on color correcting and grading footage in After Effects? Let us know in the comments. Learn how to color correct your video with the new Lumetri Scopes in After Effects.Cover image via Shutterstock.With the addition of Lumetri Scopes in After Effects, color correcting and grading footage is easier than ever for AE users. The update provides the four essential scopes: histogram, vectorscope, parade, and waveform. After Effects users can now accurately match light levels and color information in their shots. While DaVinci Resolve and even Adobe Premiere Pro are still the go-to options for correcting and grading, video producers who do compositing work can now keep a larger portion of their workflow in After Effects.Here’s what you’ll take away from our video tutorial:How to use Lumetri ScopesWhat multiple color correction filters can do for your footageUnderstanding how to color correct for skin tonesLet’s get started.last_img read more

London Olympics: Mahe Drysdale wins gold in single sculls rowing

first_imgFive-time world champion rower Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand powered to gold in the single sculls event at the London Olympics on Friday. Drysdale won by a length to clock six minutes, 57.82 seconds ahead of Czech rower Ondreij Synek, the silver medallist in Beijing, who was 1.5 seconds back.Britain’s Alan Campbell won the bronze in 7:03.28, pushing Lassi Karonen of Sweden into fourth.last_img