Underdog Trojans capture Pac-8 title in final seconds

first_imgFor more than 59 minutes, USC never led the Pac-8 Hockey Conference Championship Game.As it turned out, the Trojans needed only 20 seconds to make their move.With time winding down in the third period and the score tied at 4-4, junior forward Alex Lofthus streaked down the left wing and threw the puck toward the net. Junior forward Ryder Fyrwald tipped it past Washington goaltender Danny Dougan giving USC a 5-4 victory and the conference crown.The title was USC’s eighth in the league’s 15-year existence.“You know, for us, the real problem was the first period,” coach Mark Wilbur said after the game. “We couldn’t get it out of gear. But every single game the guys responded.”Fyrwald, playing for the first time after a three semester break, recorded a hat trick on the game winner. He finished the tournament with six goals, earning him MVP honors.“It was surreal,” Fyrwald said of the final few seconds of the game. “It was just such excitement.”The Trojans have become accustomed to raising banners at the Anaheim Ice rink, but this title might have been the most improbable of all. USC was counted out every step of the way.Washington led 3-1 after the first period and seemed to have all the momentum in its favor.The Trojans notched a late second-period goal on freshman forward Nick Helmer’s power-play shot but still trailed 3-2 heading to the third period. Despite the deficit, the Trojans never felt out of the game.“We have the most heart of any team in this league,” sophomore forward James Anderson said. “We wanted it more than anybody else.”Fyrwald tied the game about eight minutes into the third period with his second goal of the night. His wrist shot from the right circle deflected off a Washington defenseman and past Dougan.But the Huskies continued to push. Lofthus took a penalty with about seven minutes to play and Washington freshman Corey James scored on a scramble in front of the net, giving the Huskies a 4-3 lead.Yet the Trojans maintained their composure, something Wilbur credited to his squad’s desire to add to the program’s storied history.“I told them, ‘We have banners hanging in this arena, but they’re not yours, they’re somebody else’s,’” he said. “I go, ‘Go get your own damn banner.’”Helmer tied the game at 4-4 late in the third on a beautiful backhand goal, sweeping past a Washington defender and roofing the puck past Dougan. The game seemed destined for overtime until Fyrwald scored his third goal of the game with 12.6 seconds left.“When you take somebody whose got great athletic ability and you put that creative juice to it, he’s really difficult to stop,” Wilbur said of Fyrwald.USC played from behind the entire tournament and faced tall odds in the process. The Trojans trailed UCLA 2-0 before coming back for a 7-4 victory.They trailed Oregon, who they hadn’t beaten since 2007, 2-1 in the first period before scoring late in the third to win, 4-3.Even before the tournament, USC wasn’t expected to lift the trophy. The Trojans entered as the No. 5 seed, having finished the regular season 9-19. In the tournament’s previous 14 years no team seeded lower than No. 2 had ever won.The Trojans also ended that stretch on a four-game losing streak, dropping the Crosstown Cup to UCLA for the third time in 16 years. But Wilbur said the week off gave his team time to get over the loss to UCLA and prepare for the tournament.He challenged his team before the tournament began, telling it: “You guys have three games left in your season. How bad do you want it? Is it worth it?”The Trojans responded to their coach’s questions with a resounding answer.last_img read more

Olympic National Forest Christmas Tree Permits On Sale

first_imgSubmitted by Olympic National ForestThe Christmas season is fast approaching and you are invited to visit beautiful Olympic National Forest to enjoy the winter splendor and cut your own Christmas tree.  “You-Cut” Christmas tree permits are available from now until December 24 at various locations around the Olympic Peninsula.  The permits cost $5.00 each and credit cards are now accepted as well as cash and checks.Permits are available during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, with special weekend hours at some locations. The permits are valid only in specified areas of Olympic National Forest.  Maps and a list of cutting locations will be provided with each permit sale.Please contact your local office for hours and additional information, as well as for current road and weather conditions.  Please be prepared to drive in winter conditions, wear warm clothing, and bring extra food and water.  Note that all offices will be closed on November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.Olympic National Forest Headquarters in Olympia (360-956-2300)Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene (360-765-2200)Pacific Ranger District Office in Quinault (360-288-2525)Hoodsport Visitor Information Center (360-877-2021)Forks Visitor Information Center (360-374-6522) Facebook54Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Dinosaurs Evolved in the Blink of an Eye

first_imgEvolutionists figure that dinosaurs evolved from pre-dinosaurs rapidly, despite no significant change in the environment.Once again, major science news sites parrot an evolutionary paper uncritically, embellishing the tale with hyped-up headlines:Thunder-Thighed Dinosaurs Arose Quickly from Predecessors (Live Science)Dinosaurs evolved much faster than previously thought (Science Magazine)First dinosaurs arose in an evolutionary eye-blink (Nature)Dinosaur relatives and first dinosaurs more closely connected than previously thought (Science Daily)“… than previously thought”? Who thought that? Why, evolutionists, of course. They’re the only ones permitted to have a thought on such matters. One might think they would have a thought or two about the soft tissue turning up in dinosaur bones everywhere (12/01/15, 6/10/15), but apparently that thought falls into a black hole in their evolved brains.The basic idea from a new paper in PNAS is that dinosaurs arose from “dinosauromorphs” (a fancy word for “dinosaur shapes” — alleged predecessors that “arose” after the Permian extinction) in just 10 million years. That’s “an evolutionary eye-blink” to Nature. Evolutionists don’t mind speeding up evolution or slowing it down (see “The Stretch and Squish Theory of Evolution”, 12/14/04), as long as evolution wins the game (which game? Calvinball). This way, they can have modern comb jellies and sea lilies remain virtually unchanged from their Cambrian-explosion ancestors, but believe in eye-blink-fast appearances of whales, flowering plants and dinosaurs by Darwin’s famous “law of nature” known as Natural Selection (see “Stuff Happens Law” in the Darwin Dictionary). Since skeptics of this catch-all explanation are ruled out of court, no wonder dinosaur evolution happened “much faster than previously thought”. One-sided thinking also provides a free pass around falsification:“To discover that these early dinosaur relatives were geologically much younger than previously thought was totally unexpected.“A look into the PNAS paper shows some damning admissions that are actually more surprising than the conclusions. Dinosaurs are icons of evolution; people think they prove evolution. Well, read this. The South American team practically says the Emperor is naked — at least he has been till now. Some sample quotes:Triassic origin and subsequent rise to dominance of dinosaurs and their closest relatives (dinosauromorphs), all lack critical support from a precise biostratigraphically independent temporal framework.Among the third group is arguably the most contentious of Mesozoic macroevolutionary events: the origin and rise of dinosaurs.Although dinosaurs have often been cited as a classic case of an evolutionary radiation, many disparate hypotheses have been proposed for their origin and subsequent rapid rise to global dominance.One of the major difficulties with testing these hypotheses has been the lack of precise biostratigraphically independent age constraints for early dinosaur-bearing assemblages, which would provide a firm temporal basis for comparing origin scenarios across time and space.Without precise independent age control (other than vertebrate biostratigraphic correlations), it is impossible to determine if these faunal differences vary across time, space, or a combination of both.Among the many uncertainties regarding dinosaur evolution is the timing of the origin and subsequent radiation of this clade and their closest relatives (early dinosauromorphs).…. the significance of these fossils for understanding the early evolutionary history of the group is unclear as they lack a precise time framework, with the age of the strata based solely on vertebrate correlations among unconnected Gondwanan basins. This problem has been exacerbated by the recent recognition that these vertebrate index taxa may differ in age across Gondwana.Biostratigraphically independent age constraints are essential for robust testing of macroevolutionary and biogeographic hypotheses in the fossil record.They went scrambling for fig leaves to cover up this shameful situation. And they found some in the form of zircons. A look at the hill where they dug them up, however, the Chañares strata in Argentina, seems unconvincing. None of the layers have dates on them. Oh, but they do, an evolutionist will say: zircons prove how old they are. Do they? Zircons are very cooperative prisoners. They’ll give you any date you want if you torture them enough (see 10/06/04, 4/08/11, 3/25/13).The new dates, though, are hardly helpful. For one thing, they require evolution with explosive speed. For another, there’s no apparent cause for them to evolve so fast; the Permian extinction was long past, according to their story. Nature explains,The finding suggests that dinosaurs appeared and spread quickly through the same leafy, humid environment that their ancestors inhabited, says Marsicano. It discredits earlier ideas that dinosaurs did not arise until environments changed and gave them a new ecosystem to move into.Thirdly, there’s not that much difference between dinosauromorphs (“dinosaur shapes”) and dinosaurs. Science Magazine News says,The fossils analyzed in the new study are among the earliest of a broad group of creatures called dinosauromorphs. That group includes all dinosaurs but also includes their earlier predecessors and their subsequent kin, which had the same general body plan but didn’t have distinctive anatomical features in their hip bones that all true dinosaurs shared….The creatures in those two groups looked and behaved pretty much the same, but “dinosaurs were slightly larger overall,” he notes. So, an overall mix of creatures dominated by early dinosaurs didn’t really look that much different from earlier ones where dinosauromorphs were predominant, he notes.So does this nomenclature signify a distinction without  difference? Except for the contrived dates, one wouldn’t really know. But dinosaurs had to evolve from something, so why not from “dinosaur-shapes”? So there you have it. Problem solved. Darwin spared. Just don’t let any creationists in the door. They might talk about soft tissue and carbon-14, messing up the cute story.“The story is that there was a very rapid evolution and a very rapid achievement of dominance in the fauna as they go from [early] dinosauromorphs to dinosaurs,” Lacovara said. It shows that “being a dinosaur is a really good idea. It really works. It allows them to outcompete things that aren’t like dinosaurs. And if you include birds, being a dinosaur is still a pretty good thing.”Other Dinosaur NewsAustralia has a new armored dinosaur (PhysOrg). It looks a lot like the well-known ankylosaur, but the discoverers gave it a politically-correct native name.A new toothed pterosaur was found in Texas (Science Daily). The only other two toothed pterosaurs were also found near Dallas. Must be due to the barbecues there. But something about it is strange; it’s a lot like its relatives in England.The Texas and English Cimoliopterus cousins are different species, so some evolutionary divergence occurred, indicating the populations were isolated from one another at 94 million years ago, Myers said.The similarity between the two species, however, implies minimal divergence time, so gene flow between North American and European populations would have been possible at some point shortly before that date.“The Atlantic opened the supercontinent Pangea like a zipper, separating continents and leaving animal populations isolated, so gene flow ceased and we start to see evolutionary divergence,”….A swimming lizard with binoculars was found in Japan, PhysOrg says — eyes with binocular vision, that is. It’s like the mosasaurs, only smaller. The “unusually well-preserved” fossil allowed the paleontologists to reconstruct the original skull showing “astounding detail and beautiful, undistorted condition.”When the fountains of the great deep burst open, the supercontinent Pangea split open “like a zipper”. That’s what some creation scientists say about the Flood. That idea, if scientists would only give it some thought, answers a number of mysteries: why creatures on different continents are so similar, why so many dead things are buried in sediments, and why many are in a state of astounding preservation. The antecedent event—recent creation—also explains the exquisite design of living things (binocular vision included), their abrupt appearance, and their global distribution. No storytelling required, because we have the word of the most trustworthy Eyewitness in the universe.(Visited 131 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How to Remove Condensation From a DSLR Viewfinder

first_imgYou’ve invested in a DSLR and tried to protect it — and then you notice moisture trapped in your camera. Don’t panic! Here’s how to go about removing condensation from your DSLR viewfinder.Top image via Mohamed Nohassi. All other images via Shutterstock unless noted.One of the worst feelings for any person working with expensive video equipment is the thought of it being broken. I had one such dreadful moment just the other day.I was filming in moderate to heavy rain. I had a rain sleeve to protect my DSLR. The camera had been certified as weatherproof, so the rain sleeve was more to protect the vintage lens in use. When the rain would ease, or if I had to check a shot’s focus more specifically, I’d remove the rain sleeve for a few minutes, exposing my gear to the elements. About an hour into the shoot, I noticed something a little different with the viewfinder. It looked almost white. Upon closer inspection, I could see that condensation had built up inside of the viewfinder. While I was able to check the shots via the monitor and LCD screen, taking photographs with the camera (which I needed to do later in the day) while looking through the viewfinder was a no-go.Image via UglyMcGregorThe web is filled with forum posts on this matter, but only after a few hours of reading was I able to find a concrete solution by compiling a few answers together. While many who have had the same problem stated that it would be fine after a couple of days, it’s not practical to wait that long if you use your DSLR daily.Here are a few quick tips on how you can prepare for this. I should mention, as stated in the title, this post is aimed toward those currently shooting with a DSLR, either as a primary filming camera or for stills. DSLRs don’t have the same heat output as a cinema camera, and in most cases, a cinema camera will hold up just fine.How to Keep Condensation From Forming Without entering a science lesson, they key element here is Dew Point Temperature.The dewpoint temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer “hold” all of the water vapor which is mixed with it, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water. The dew point is always lower than (or equal to) the air temperature. – Weatherquestions.comThe key to avoid the condensation issue is to keep your camera’s temperature above the dew point. In my instance, I was a direct cause in making the viewfinder fill with condensation. As I kept removing the weather sleeve, I kept exposing the camera to different temperatures. The camera was at a temperature above dew point while under the fabric sleeve, and then when I removed the sleeve to inspect the shot correctly, the camera would start to drop to the temperature of the exterior (rainy) location.I had obviously let the camera become exposed to the cold environment for too long. Putting it back into a warmer environment caused the condensation to form. In a cold environment, keep your camera temperature above the dew point to avoid condensation. You can do this several ways.1. Keep the Camera Under a Protective CoatImage via B&HThere are several DIY and low-budget rain covers. In most cases, they are a thin plastic sheet with a branded name on the front, or you can make one yourself using a sandwich bag.Other than keeping the rain off your camera, these plastic rain sleeves aren’t going to do much in the way of protecting your camera from the cold temperature. Instead, look at a coldproof bag. These are thick nylon cases that will keep your camera and lens warm — and free of condensation — in colder environments.  The problem is, it’s unlikely that they will be waterproof. You can look into acquiring something like the Camera Duck All Weather Cover. Not only are these waterproof, but they have small pockets in which you can place warming packs which will keep your camera (and your fingers) nice and warm.2. Keep the Camera Close to Your BodyAdmittedly, this might not be very practical when it comes to filmmaking. However, the closer you can keep your DSLR to your body, the warmer the camera will remain. At a cost, you can handle the camera without gloves to maximize heat transference. In this instance, you then expose yourself to the cold weather which may result in the shoot finishing early.3. Use a Heating Strap/Dew StrapThese are primarily used by stargazers on a cold night when they don’t want their telescope lens disrupted by condensation.Dew Zapper Heating bands gently replace lost heat, bringing the temperature of the corrector lens back above the dew point to keep dew from accumulating and disrupting the quality of view.This, of course, increases the complexity of your situation, as you will need to acquire a power supply for the strap. Not to mention, the strap is for the lens, not necessarily the viewfinder.What if Condensation Has Already Formed?If you have found condensation on your viewfinder, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. Yet. There are a few things you can do to help speed up the process of bringing your camera back above dew point to correct this.1. Car HeatersIf you’re at a location where you have a vehicle nearby, quickly hop inside one and turn the heaters on — but not at full blast. You want to gradually heat the camera’s core temperature back up to remove the condensation. It won’t be an instantaneous change — you are likely to wait 15-30 minutes. Please be careful if using a hairdryer. A friend once used a hairdryer to remove the fogging from a lens. He kept the hairdryer pointing at the same spot for too long and, well, now that lens doesn’t work correctly.2. Silica Gel PacketsAnother method (which I’ve used a good few times) is to place your camera in a contained space, such as your gear bag, with a few silica packs near the camera. Silica gel packets are the small paper packets you usually find in a shoebox along with a new pair of shoes. In short, they absorb moisture. When you place these with your camera in your gear bag, remove the memory card and battery to allow a better airflow throughout the internals of all camera compartment.By combining all of the tips above, you should be in a position to stop — or at least contain — the condensation forming on your viewfinder.A bonus tip for the reverse of this problem: If you’re out in the cold and are returning to a warm environment, place the DSLR into a zip-lock bag. The moisture forms on the plastic bag instead of the camera itself.Got any tips for handling gear emergencies out in the field? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club. last_img

14 days agoTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back four

first_imgTottenham legend Waddle: Pochettino must fix back fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle says Mauricio Pochettino must start by fixing his defence if he wants to turn around their poor run of form.Pochettino has been thrown under pressure after Spurs’ terrible start to the season, which has seen them win 3 games from 11 matches across all competitions.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “Tottenham have the best training ground in the country and probably the best stadium in the world, it’s certainly the best I’ve ever been to. Everything is geared towards success. But success is determined on the pitch.”There are key players who will soon be out of contract. You don’t see that with Liverpool or Manchester City. Big clubs nail down long-term deals for their best players.”Looking at the back four, Serge Aurier wanted to leave but they kept him and got rid of Kieran Trippier, who didn’t want to leave. Toby Alderweireld is out of contract, Jan Vertonghen wants a new deal and defence is a weakness for Spurs. It doesn’t help that they play very high.”Alli was poor last season and Lucas Moura is a hit-and-miss player. Christian Eriksen is running down his contract and should never have been allowed to get in that position.”The Champions League and new stadium should have been a stepping stone but Spurs have lost confidence and shape – the system which was working before isn’t now. Playing against them at the moment is very easy.”For what Mauricio Pochettino has done at the club, he has to be given time. The club must sit him down and ask him what he needs.”If it means signing five players then that’s what it takes. If it means playing on the counter-attack against big teams then so be it. They can’t keep playing so high or they’ll be carved apart. Tottenham need to finish in the top four – it’s as simple as that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoJuventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.” last_img read more

One Bourbon Rhode Crew Member Confirmed Deceased

first_imgOne of the crew members from the sunken anchor handler tug supply (AHTS) vessel Bourbon Rhode has been confirmed as deceased, according to the latest update from French offshore vessel owner Bourbon.The body of the missing seafarer was located by one of the aircraft involved in the search and has been recovered by one of the five vessels that came to assist. The seafarer’s family was immediately notified and they requested that the identity not be disclosed, the company added.Rescue operations are continuing to find the other 10 crew members, with significant maritime and air search resources deployed by the French and American authorities.“We remain fully mobilized on search operations to find the other missing seafarers,” Gaël Bodénès, Chief Executive Officer of BOURBON Corporation, said.Bourbon Rhode sank in the Atlantic Ocean after developing a water ingress in the rear part when it was hit by a category four hurricane. At the time, the ship was some 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique Island and 60 nautical miles south-south east from the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo in the Atlantic Ocean.Mobilized rescue teams earlier recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members inside. At the time of the incident there were a total of 14 seafarers aboard Bourbon Rhode.last_img read more

Bradley Cooper Registers As Blood Marrow Donor

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer DKMS has announced that Academy Award nominated actor Bradley Cooper has registered as a bone marrow donor and is joining the organization’s efforts to register more donors.Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS introduced Cooper to Anthony Daniels, a young man who has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer for five years. Cooper was inspired to help Anthony and others who are also battling the disease. Cooper, a donor himself, is helping to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a donor.“When I lost my father to cancer, I lost my best friend, my hero and my confident. It was devastating for my whole family. When I first heard Anthony’s story, I knew that it was time I joined the fight against blood cancer and become a donor,” said Cooper. “When I signed up to be a donor, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the process was quick and pain free – a simple swab of my cheek. I hope that I can be a match for someone, and inspire others to register as well.”“I am truly moved by Bradley’s support. When I approached him, he immediately offered his help. Both of us have lost a parent to cancer. It’s devastating, but what we have both learned through this journey is that there is hope for patients battling blood cancer, and everyone can help save a life,” said Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer. “Delete Blood Cancer has made tremendous strides and we work with people all over the world to help find donor matches. The process is simple, painless and can truly save lives.”Each year, more than 160,000 Americans are diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. Even more staggering, blood cancers kills more children in the United States than any other disease. Of this group, 70 percent in need of a transplant cannot find a donor match within their family so they turn to the national registry to find a match. This makes Delete Blood Cancer’s bank of registered donors more important than ever to save lives.Registering to be a donor is quick and easy. It all starts with a simple swab of the cheek. Any generally healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55 can register as a donor. Interested donors can visit www.deletebloodcancer.org to register or learn more about how to help.last_img read more

3 Ohio State womens volleyball players recognized for outstanding play

At the end of the regular season, No. 14 Ohio State women’s volleyball team didn’t just earn an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, but three Buckeyes were also recognized for their spectacular play on the court as well. Leading their team to a 22-10 overall record, with a 13-7 record in the Big Ten, senior outside hitters Mari Hole and Emily Danks, along with junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary earned All-Big Ten honors as the league announced on Tuesday. Hole was one of the eight players that were voted unanimous All-Big Ten selections, while her teammates were awarded All-Big Ten honorable mention. For the second time in her career with OSU, Norway product Hole snagged All-Big Ten honor by being one of the best hitters in the country. She led her team with a 4.36 kills per set average in her conference that is the second best among all Big Ten student-athletes. Danks aced her way to her second All-Big Ten honorable mention honor by being one of the best in serving up aces. Against Big Ten opponents, Danks totaled 29 aces and led her team with 62 blocks. In a breakout season for the Parma, Ohio, product, Leary captured her first Big Ten honor as she finished second on her team with a 3.20 kills average against teams within her conference. She ended up with 243 kills for the year. The Buckeyes will continue their season into the 2012 NCAA Tournament, as they will face Notre Dame on Friday at Lexington, Ky. Tip-off for the game will start at 5 p.m. ET. read more