Conservation work saves Blackwood Films

first_imgFilm conservators at the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) and Weissman Preservation Center recently completed a massive effort to slow or stop damage to thousands of hours of film – including hundreds of hours of one-of-a-kind out-takes – that capture virtually every important painter, sculptor, musician, film director, architect or choreographer working in the United States during the late 20th century.Part of the Michael Blackwood Collection, the films were presented to the library several years ago, but didn’t begin arriving at the HFA until last year. It quickly became clear, however, that as much as two-thirds of the collection was deteriorating due to age, poor storage conditions, or had suffered damage of one sort or another, and was in danger or being lost forever.“The value of this collection lies in the intimate, backstage perspective it offers on the creative life of some of the most important artistic figures of the 20th century,” said HFA Director Haden Guest. “Understanding the importance of this material, we had staff within hours working to protect the films and ensure they were stored in conditions that would halt any further deterioration.”last_img read more

FREDERICKSBURG REGION: VIRGINIA’S ADVENTURE MECCA

first_imgConveniently located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., the Fredericksburg region, consisting of Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: ON THE WATERRappahannock RiverThe Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia is the country’s longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Enjoy the river on your own or discover a number of river outfitters in the area that offer kayaking, fishing and tubing trips.Lake AnnaAmong Virginia’s most popular lakes, Lake Anna offers 13,000 scenic acres of sailing, water-skiing and sport fishing. Boaters can launch boats at the lake’s marinas or take a rental for a spin. At Lake Anna State Park, guests can rent cabins, yurts and lodges for up to 16 people. The park boasts miles of pristine hiking and horseback riding trails. Widewater State ParkWidewater State Park, which just opened in the fall of 2018, offers two miles of shoreline along the Potomac River. The park features beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, a public boat launch and a visitor center. TAKE A HIKE Government IslandNow a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history (the stone from the Quarry was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol). With a 1.5 mile trail, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.Crow’s Nest Natural Area PreserveThe topography of Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. Crow’s Nest also includes a shoreline birding/nature trail to viewpoints of Accokeek Creek, and an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch facility for the Crow’s Nest Water Trail.BattlefieldsGeographically located halfway between the Union and Confederate capital cities, the Fredericksburg region is surrounded by Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse all raged within a 20-mile radius. These battlefields are all protected by the National Park Service and offer a number of activities.GRAPES & GRAINSPotomac Point WineryPotomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean-style winery. The estate includes a delicious bistro, tasting room, internal courtyard, pavilion and event room. Just one mile from the Potomac River, the location was selected because of its rich history, fertile soil and river influences.Smith Bowman DistilleryA staple of Spotsylvania, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The distillery offers a large venue to gather, as well as tours and tastings throughout the day.Spencer Devon BreweryA full-service brewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, Spencer Devon focuses on providing exceptionally crafted beer and a quality dining experience using locally derived ingredients.Start planning your Fredericksburg area adventure at visitfred.com. last_img read more

Cuomo: Southern Tier may reopen on May 15

first_imgCuomo says the other phases of reopening will begin based on how well regions perform once phase one takes affect. As of May 11, the Southern Tier meets all the criteria for reopening. 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day avg)14 day decline in hospital deaths or under five (3-day avg)New hospitalizations must be fewer than two people per 100,000 residentsShare of total hospital beds available must not be lower than 30 percentShare of total ICU beds available must not be lower than 30 percent30 people tested per 1,000 residents30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the Southern Tier is ready to reopen on May 15 when the state’s New York On-Pause Order ends.center_img Regions must have: On May 15, as part of phase one of reopening, manufacturing and construction workers will be able to return work. Additionally, Cuomo says some retail locations may open if they can provide curbside pick-up.last_img read more

Serie A 2020-21 season gets kick off date

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge The 2020-21 Serie A season will get underway on September 19, the Italian FA confirmed on Monday.With both England and Spain starting up their forthcoming domestic campaigns on September 12, Italy have clarified their position to fall in line with the start of the German Bundesliga. Fixtures are to be released on September 2 when Juventus’ new boss Andrea Pirlo will see the path ahead as he looks to make it 10 straight league titles for the club.The 2019-20 Serie A season officially wrapped up on August 1 before Atalanta, Juventus, Inter and Napoli continued with Champions League and Europa League participation.Only Inter Milan progressed, reaching the Europa League final where they were beaten by Sevilla in Germany on August 21.In a report carried in a recent edition of Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are keen to see their opening match of the new league postponed so as to give them more recovery time following their late finish in comparison to rivals.Despite Juventus’ unrelenting dominance in Serie A over the last nine seasons, there will be plenty of interest in intrigue in the new campaign as Andrea Pirlo prepares for his first managerial role. He had been expected to gain experience with the youth team but nine days after being unveiled in that position he was promoted to the first team following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri.Pirlo has managed to get down to work on the training field with his players and there will be plenty of Juventus fans counting down the days until he takes charge of his first official league match.Tags: Italian FAkick-off dateSeptember 12thSerie Alast_img read more

CAF presidency to be limited to 12 years

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidents will be limited to three four-year terms with effect from the 2017 elections, the organisation confirmed Monday.There has been no limit previously with incumbent Issa Hayatou leading the African body since 1988.The 70-year-old Cameroonian has not indicated whether he will stand for re-election, but would be expected to retain his position should he do so.In charge for 28 years, Hayatou is the longest serving CAF boss. Deceased Ethiopian Yidnekatchew Tessema was president for 16 years from 1972.CAF spokesman Junior Binyam told AFP the change, announced during an extraordinary general assembly in Cairo, brought the African organisation in line with world governing body FIFA.The three-term ceiling will also apply to CAF executive committee members. Share on: WhatsApp Assembly delegates voted 32-16 against a Djibouti motion that CAF presidency candidates should not be restricted to executive committee members.CAF second vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea and executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana were voted on to the FIFA Council (formerly executive committee).Camara received 37 votes and Nyantakyi 31 to fill two vacancies with executive committee member Ahmad, a single-name Malagasy, getting 30.Other Africans on the FIFA Council are Hayatou, Egyptian Hani Abo Rida, Constant Omari from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisian Tarek Bouchamaoui and Burundian Lydia Nsekera.last_img read more

Idaho Shaken By Magnitude 6.5 Quake

first_imgThe initial quake was felt from Nevada to Montana. It’s said to have been the second strongest ever in the state. (Boise, ID) — Aftershocks continue to rock Idaho. First came a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday evening about 80 miles outside of Boise. That trembler was followed about 30 minutes later by a magnitude 4.8 aftershock.last_img

New-look senior events for men and women

first_img28 Nov 2012 New-look senior events for men and women England Golf will run three senior tournaments next year which offer competition to both men and women. There will be separate men’s and women’s competitions at each event, with both sections playing their own 36-hole stableford, off handicap. These events replace the senior women’s regional tournaments and it is hoped they will attract full fields. Entries, costing £50 per person, will be accepted online from 1 February 2013 on a first come, first served basis. The tournaments are open to women aged 50 and over, with a handicap limit of 24.4, and men aged 55 and over, with a handicap limit of 20.4. They are: Senior Men’s and Women’s Midland Tournament at Leamington & County, Warwickshire Practice day: 17 July Competition: 18-19 July Senior Men’s and Women’s South Tournament at Liphook, Hampshire Practice day: 27 August Competition: 28-29 August Senior Men’s and Women’s North Tournament at Pannal , Yorkshire Practice day: 4 September Competition: 5-6 September Caption: English senior stroke play champion Janet Melville, who also won a regional senior women’s title in 2012. Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon

first_img30 May 2019 Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon Charlie Strickland shot a bogey-free 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds.The 20-year-old from Sussex was five-under par in tough conditions of wind and drizzle, holding tight to his score with good par saves on the final two holesHis closest challenger in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play is Cornwall’s Harry Hall on 68, while four players are grouped on two-under 69 and another six on 70.Strickland’s confidence is high after finishing third in the recent Irish Amateur and he started with a pair of birdies. “I just kicked on from there,” he said. “I missed a few chances going out, but it was really steady.”He reached the turn in three-under and added another pair of birdies on 11 and 12, holing from 25ft and 12ft. “From there I knew it was really hard coming in, so I concentrated on getting it on the fairway and on the green.“I felt there was a good score coming. I’ve been playing well, but not really carrying it through the round, so I’m happy with that,” said Strickland, from Ham Manor Golf Club.Harry Hall (West Cornwall) returned from university in the USA only on Tuesday, but after four years of crossing the Atlantic he’s learned how to dodge the jet lag.During his final year at college he won twice and he demonstrated his form at Alwoodley, collecting an eagle and three birdies alongside a couple of bogeys.But most importantly, he produced a string of solid pars at the end of the round: “It was really brutal into the wind on the last five holes and it was a solid finish,” said Hall, who got up and down from a bunker behind the 18th to complete his 68.The Yorkshire challenge is led by 16-year-old Ben Schmidt from Rotherham Golf Club. He posted two-under 69, with a strong finish of birdie, par, and shares third place.“I kept the ball in play, didn’t make any major mistakes which cost me and I had a couple of good par saves,” he said. Among them was the 13th, where he had to come out sideways from a bunker, but then got up and down from 100 yards.Schmidt, from the England boys’ squad, is playing in this event for the first time and is keen for a good result. He has plenty of inspiration from within his county: Yorkshire has provided two of the last three Brabazon champions, with Nick Poppleton winning last year and Jamie Bower in 2016.The group on 69 includes England A squad player, Jake Bolton of Ogbourne Downs in Wiltshire. He missed the cut in the recent French Amateur – but turned it to his advantage. He went straight back to his coach to refresh his swing and was hot off the blocks today with four birdies in his first five holes.“I hadn’t seen my coach for eight weeks so we tightened everything up,” said Bolton, who also switched back to his old putter after trying a new model over recent weeks. “It’s got my confidence going for the rest of the week,” he said, after signing for his 69.Also on two-under are Scotland’s James Wilson and Jake Hapgood of Wales.The best start in the championship belonged to Kent’s Cameron Lombard (Canterbury) who holed a 15ft putt for birdie on the first, then chipped in for eagle two on the second. But the finishing holes were less kind to him and he finally signed for one-over 72.Click here for full scoresImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Alwoodley Golf Club, Brabazon Trophylast_img read more

Thurston County Adopts Ordinance to Advance Youth Health

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TOGETHER!Thurston County became the first jurisdiction in the state to adopt a marijuana- and- alcohol-focused “social host ordinance”, a model policy to help prevent underage substance abuse and improve public health and safety. According to the most recent (2014) Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), more than half (56%) of Thurston County 12th graders who drank alcohol got it from a friend or at a party.Limiting access to alcohol and drugs helps prevent youth use and related harms, but parents also play a huge role. The new ordinance sends a message that while the majority of Thurston County parents already actively prevent underage drinking and marijuana gatherings on their property, all parents and caregivers are expected to do so. “Parents matter,” says Meghan Sullivan, Executive Director of a youth-focused agency, TOGETHER!. “This policy is another reminder of the import role parents play in their kids’ lives. Ask them where they are going, who they will be with and whether or not an adult will be present. Tell them regularly that you don’t approve of them using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.”The ordinance also aims to address other factors affecting a youth’s decision to stay substance free. About one third (32% of 10th grade and 36% of 12th grade) of Thurston County high school students say laws and norms are favorable to substance use (HYS, 2014), a risk factor for youth use and related problems. Further, public and traffic safety were also considered. Aside from alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently-occurring drug used by drivers involved in deadly crashes in our state (Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 2015). Twenty-nine percent of Thurston County 12th graders report they’ve ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who had been using marijuana (HYS, 2014), and among those who current use marijuana, that number sharply increases.In 2016, TOGETHER! partnered with County Commissioner Bud Blake to create a plan for introducing the model policy concept in Thurston County, building upon a foundation laid by Rainier, Mercer Island and other communities. On Tuesday February 28, the Thurston County Commissioners took a step to adopt the policy, which takes effect 30 days later. “I’m excited that Thurston County is taking a leadership role in encouraging responsible behavior with our youth. We hope parents and adults will use this as an opportunity to talk with kids about their expectations.”Other key partners include Commissioners Hutchings and Edwards, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and Thurston County Drug Action Team. Social host ordinances are an effective environmental policy for communities interested in reducing underage drinking and marijuana use supported by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.TOGETHER! is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to serve youth and families in the South Sound and beyond with a mission to advance the health and well-being of all young people. TOGETHER! offers direct service youth programs, mobilizes communities through coalitions, advocates for healthier laws, norms and systems and promotes health through community and individual education.For further information, contact, Johnna Knoerr, Program Director at 360-493-2230 ext. 110 or [email protected]last_img read more

Front Street to Get Makeover in August

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — A particularly problematic stretch of roadway through the borough will be getting Monmouth County’s attention beginning in August.Front Street – from its western portion in the area of English Plaza to its east section near Riverview Medical Center, across from Washington Street – is scheduled to have some rehabilitation and renovation construction work intended to make that corridor safer for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, according to William Heine, a Monmouth County spokesman.The project is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 6, and will take about four months to complete. It had been slated to start earlier but was delayed by gas utility work in the area, Heine said.The work has been budgeted at $634,000 and will be paid for, in part, by federal dollars, administered by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and county funds, according to Heine.The intent of the project is to standardize the width and “improve the geometry in the corridor to provide well-defined lanes in each direction,” Heine said. The work will include creating turning lanes and some additional on-street parking.Contractors are expected to install friction- and skid-resistant material along portions of the roadway and resurface the road. The area, especially near the medical center, will be constructed to comply with the American with Disabilities Act by building handicap accessible ramps. Flashing pedestrian crossing signs and slightly elevated crosswalks also will be installed, along with colored striping that should help make pedestrians more noticeable to oncoming traffic, Heine said.The project calls for curb extensions, which will narrow the roadway in spots to force vehicles to merge into single lanes, and the installation of “bulb-outs,” which Heine said are curb extensions at intersections, that will give those waiting to cross the street greater visibility.The traffic light at East Front Street and Globe Court will be upgraded to enhance traffic flow, he said.The section of the Front Street corridor, intersecting the downtown business area, has been the site for a number of collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles and with vehicles and vehicles. In April 2006 there was a fatal accident on East Front Street when a vehicle struck a Riverview employee as he crossed the road.Earlier this month, a 24-year-old Ocean resident was hit by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries as she crossed at the corner of West Front and Broad streets. The vehicle was attempting to make a left from Broad to West Front when it struck her.The driver, a 31-year-old Highlands man, was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian, according to Capt. Darren McConnell, a police spokesman.McConnell said it was appropriate for county engineers to address that portion of roadway, “because we have a high accident frequency in that whole stretch.”last_img read more