Cutting on the Blink: Editing Tips From Walter Murch

first_imgWalter Murch’s work as a film editor and sound designer is vital to the history of cinema and he has some serious wisdom to impart to any film and video maker.Top Image: Walter Murch on Apocalypse Now via TransomWalter Murch is a master film editor and sound designer with many famous film credits to his name, including Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, and Jarhead. He’s even directed a movie, Return to Oz. In his highly regarded book, In the Blink of an Eye, Murch offers film and video makers a wonderfully succinct guide to approaching the craft and philosophy of editing. Rule of SixMurch’s “Rule of Six” is a nice hierarchical breakdown to keep in mind when deciding upon where to make a cut, and lists the decision-making factors in this order:Emotion (51%)Story (23%)Rhythm (10%)Eye-Trace (7%)Two-Dimensional Plane of Screen (5%)Three Dimensional Space of Action (4%)Nikole Hidalgo has made a video to illustrate Murch’s rule:Murch admits that the percentage assigned to each item on the list is not the thing to fixate upon, even though it does indicate a significant value difference between the two extremes of emotion and screen space. Rather, the order of the items is the key here and the resulting guide is a good editing checklist when in doubt about a crucial edit on your next movie.Return to Oz via DisneyThe BlinkPerhaps more interestingly, Murch has proposed a theory about how the rate, or speed, in which we blink our eyes may actually be suggestive of our mental state and the way in which we are processing information.According to Murch, to refrain from blinking suggests intense concentration whereas rapid blinking suggests agitation and distraction. There is a middle ground between these two extremes where our blinking coincides with a rhythmic digestion of thoughts and ideas. In other words, the visible evidence of our brain chewing information is through our eyes. This blinking principle can apply to life and it can also apply to filmmaking. It has seemingly guided Murch’s editing razor over the course of his career as he has searched for rhythm and cinematic truth in countless movie scenes. The Conversation via ParamountMurch believes that good actors blink in a way that seems natural to the flow of information within a narrative and the editor can structure cuts and scene rhythms around the way actors blink their eyes. With this advice, it’s seems advisable to schedule a screen test into your casting process whenever possible. The way an actor blinks may be the window into their ability to be natural and believably emotive in your movie. Sven Pape has put Murch’s blink technique into direct action in his own editing work, and has even made a video about editing the film Flesh and Blood:About a decade ago, Transom ran a great article by Walter Murch about his perceptions on sound design. There are some cool examples from his work on Apocalypse Now and THX 1138.If you’d prefer to hear from the man himself, have a look at this video presentation, where Murch talks about making the right editing choices when putting a film together. Murch’s wisdom is undeniable, and his thoughtful approach to cinematic endeavors sets an important precedent for film and video makers. One should aspire to Murch’s contemplation of the medium.Have you employed any of Murch’s suggested techniques in your own work? Has cutting on the blink helped you work your way through a film scene? Please share below.last_img read more

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Gudjohnsen: Mourinho isn’t defensive

first_imgManchester United ‘Mourinho always plays to win’ – Gudjohnsen refutes claims Man Utd boss is defensive Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 03:39 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea Premier League The former Chelsea striker has worked with the Portuguese in the past and insists that it is never his intention to simply play for a point Jose Mourinho is a winner and talk of defensive methods and parking the bus at Manchester United have left Eidur Gudjohnsen bemused.Mou’s Reds 21/10 to beat ChelseaDespite leading the Red Devils to three trophies in his first season at the helm and forcing them into Premier League title contention this term, the Portuguese continues to face criticism. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has been accused of being too conservative in big games, with a 0-0 draw at Liverpool in October held up as a perfect example of that mindset. Some narrow victories since then have done little to change the opinion of some.Gudjohnsen, though, insists that a manager he enjoyed considerable success with at Chelsea always sets out to win and merely favours the best tactics to get over the line.The 39-year-old forward, who announced his retirement from football in September, told the Daily Mail on Mourinho’s approach to heavyweight encounters: “When we worked together there was no difference whatsoever.“We always set up the same way, we always played the same way.“He is not the type that goes out not to lose, he always goes out to win.Eidur Gudjohnsen Jose Mourinho methods“Sometimes the games just pan out that way. One team is putting pressure on the other and when you are under pressure, you have to defend. It is part of football.“Manchester United have looked far more exciting than they did last year. Losing Paul Pogba was a blow for them but I think they look more like a Mourinho side this season.”It remains to be seen what approach Mourinho will adopt in United’s next outing, as he prepares to head back to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.United know that victory over Chelsea will keep them hot on the heels of Manchester City, while defeat will drop them off the pace.The Red Devils suffered a 4-0 defeat in west London last season, but Antonio Conte’s defending champions have not looked as strong of late and suffered a 3-0 Champions League humbling at Roma in their last fixture.Gudjohnsen does not believe that result will influence Mourinho, even if the Blues’ defensive display in Italy suggested that United should look to attack from the off.He added: “Chelsea’s situation doesn’t have anything to do with Mourinho’s thoughts.“He will analyse the game and set out in the best way he thinks they can win.”last_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tablet streaming options abound as London 2012 Olympics near

TORONTO — Gadget fiends who can’t bear to be without their tablet or smartphone — and perhaps feel like they can’t remember life without them — may find it hard to believe that the London Olympics will be the first of the iPad era.When Clara Hughes carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies of Vancouver’s Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2010, the game-changing iPad was still about two months away from being launched. In fact, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had just unveiled the tablet during a press event only two weeks earlier.So it’ll be interesting to watch how Canadians take in the Games this time around, now that so many of us are carrying around a large screen capable of streaming live video anywhere we go.“I remember having a discussion in the fall of 2009 with our digital folks and basically (tablets) were just coming on the radar,” said Adam Ashton, president of Canada’s Olympic broadcast media consortium.[np-related]“These Games will really be the first where we see the power of tablets and smartphones. … Around the world, these Games are already being dubbed the digital Games.”For the Vancouver Games, Canadians could catch live TV coverage across a number of channels but also had the option of watching online on their computers. Some viewers took to watching TV with a laptop nearby, either to follow multiple events or to use the computer to display stats and social media chatter.There was also a mobile phone streaming option available for Bell customers, with several live channels available to view on the go. But it was early days for mobile video back then and it wasn’t common to see people using the feature in public.“The novelty of it at the time amazed people,” said Nicolas Poitras, vice-president of marketing at Bell.“Obviously it was at the beginning of this (mobile video) trend and we did not expect huge consumption. But we were pleasantly surprised by how many people actually tried it out in 2010.“2010 was really introducing the innovation and 2012, I think, is making it even better. And I think it’s going to be consumed in a much greater fashion than it was in 2010.”There are two different mobile apps for smartphones and tablets that Canadians can use to stream live video during the Olympics.The free CTV Olympics London 2012 app, which will be available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices, will stream live coverage and video highlights, and will also include results, schedules, news and social media integration. The app will only stream video over Wi-Fi and not over mobile networks.Bell has the exclusive rights to offer video streaming over mobile networks and is charging $5 a month for 10 hours of viewing, per device. A Bell spokesman said some users might have to pay for two months of service for the Olympics package, since the $5 fee is based on each user’s billing cycle. For example, if a user’s billing cycle refreshs on the first of the month they’d have to pay $5 twice — once to start viewing video when the Games begin on July 27 and a second time to watch content from Aug. 1 through Aug. 12.Like in 2010, the broadcast media consortium will stream all its Olympics coverage at CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca for free. Archived competitions and highlights packages will also be available on demand for viewers who can’t watch the action live.While Twitter and Facebook have been around for years, social media is expected to be bigger than ever during these Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee is maintaining a list of tweeting Olympians, past and present, (https://twitter.com/#!/CDNOlympicTeam/canadian-athletes/members) which includes the likes of Donovan Bailey (@donovanbailey), Alexandre Despatie (@ADespatie), Adam van Koeverden (@vankayak), Silken Laumann (@SilkenLaumann), Marnie McBean (@MarnieMcB), Kyle Shewfelt (@kyleshew) and Canada’s opening ceremonies flagbearer Simon Whitfield (@simonwhitfield).This post was updated to correct pricing information in paragraph 13. read more

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Economic and Social Council opens substantive session in Geneva

Delivering an opening address this morning, ECOSOC President Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said the Council would accord special attention during this year’s session to African development, particularly poverty eradication, in a context marked by the debt burden, economic stagnation, declines in international assistance for development, decreases in foreign direct investment, and difficulties associated with armed conflict and HIV/AIDS. Also addressing this morning’s meeting, Nitin Desai, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said ECOSOC must build on the many momentous recent events held under UN auspices, including the Millennium Summit which had produced the ground-breaking Millennium Declaration, the Conference on Least Developed Countries, and last week’s General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS. This year, the Council’s “high-level segment,” which runs from 16 to 18 July, will discuss the UN’s role in supporting the efforts of African countries to achieve sustainable development. The high-level segment will bring together ministers and representatives from the Council’s 54 member countries as well as observer States. The heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other UN officials will also take part in the discussions.Among other events being organized in conjunction with the high-level meeting there will be a panel of eminent personalities which will hear a keynote address by Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa.ECOSOC, which was established by the UN Charter, serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to the UN and its Member States. The Council can initiate studies and make recommendations on international economic, social, cultural, educational, health and related matters. The Council is also mandated to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. In addition, it assists in preparing international conferences and coordinates the activities of UN agencies. read more

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Annan recommends UN mission stay another year in Afghanistan

Video of Council meeting In a report to the Security Council released today, Mr. Annan says “much remains to be done” outside Afghanistan’s cities and it cannot be claimed that there is “one successful social or economic project in every district.””Many Afghans still feel that the peace is not irreversible and act accordingly,” he says. The report comes as voter registration continues across Afghanistan and preparations are under way for an international conference, to be held in Berlin next week, on the future of the country.Mr. Annan identifies several issues as crucial: extending the effective authority of the central government across the whole country; jointly deploying Afghan and international security forces more widely; and disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating local militia.But he says many advances have been made in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, including the successful running of the Constitutional Loya Jirga at the end of last year.”The fact that the very serious differences that emerged during the Constitutional Loya Jirga were managed, and compromise and consensus reached, is testimony to a new will to engage in the democratic process,” he writes.Introducing the report to the Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi said the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections – scheduled for later this year – presents an enormously complex challenge for UNAMA and the Afghanistan Government.So far voter registration has been restricted to the country’s eight biggest cities, but in May it moves to rural areas, with 4,200 registration sites across the country to be established for the month. Some areas remain unsafe, and will have to be secured by international or Afghan forces, Mr. Annabi told an open briefing of the Council.He added that few Afghans have electoral experience, which makes it difficult to train enough staff to handle the registration and the running of the elections, which are scheduled for June.Mr. Annabi also says the weekend’s deadly clashes in Herat, previously considered to be relatively stable, highlighted the security problems across Afghanistan. He urged the international community to show more support to the disarmament of militia groups. read more

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Bell not giving up on buying Astral and will make its case

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell not giving up on buying Astral and will make its case to federal Cabinet MONTREAL – Telecom giant Bell isn’t giving up on buying TV specialty and radio station company Astral Media and plans to make its case to federal cabinet, though Ottawa has suggested it has little appetite to intervene.Bell said Friday that it will petition the Harper government, arguing the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission didn’t properly follow its own rules, and if it’s successful will re-submit its $3.4-billion deal to buy Astral (TSX:ACM.A).“I think if government spends even just a bit of time looking at it, it will become so readily apparent and obvious that yesterday’s (Thursday) decision is an absolute travesty, an absolute farce when it comes to regulatory administration,” said Mirko Bibic, chief legal and regulatory officer for BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE).Bibic said Bell isn’t asking for the decision to be appealed or overturned, but for cabinet to tell the CRTC to apply the current rules.Bell said it will a request on Monday that cabinet issue a “policy direction” to the CRTC under Section 7 of the Broadcasting Act, requiring the commission to follow its already in-place policies when reviewing change of control transactions in broadcasting.“The Broadcasting Act explicitly empowers the cabinet to issue directions to the CRTC on broad policy matters,” Bibic said.“With such a policy direction in place, Bell would then re-submit its application for approval of the Astral transaction.”The CRTC nixed the deal by Bell on Thursday, saying it wasn’t in the best interest of Canadians.CRTC commissioner Jean-Pierre Blais said had the regulator allowed the deal, BCE would have controlled almost 45 per cent of the English TV viewership and almost 35 per cent of the French. As well, it would have become the largest radio station operator in Canada and would have controlled over half of TV pay and specialty services.But Bell disagrees, saying Bell and Astral combined would have an English-language TV market share of 33.5 per cent. The combined companies would have a 24.4 per cent of the French-language TV market, both within the rules, Bell said.Bibic said Bell will argue that its proposed acquisition of Astral was guided by, and complies with, the CRTC’s 2008 Diversity of Voices policy, which states it would approve broadcasting transactions resulting in a company controlling less than 35 per cent of the total TV audience share.But Industry Minister Christian Paradis said that the CRTC is an independent commission that makes its own decisions.“The CRTC operates on an arm’s length from the government,” Paradis said at an event at the Canadian Space Agency, south of Montreal.“I understand that they held hearings and they made their decision so at that point I will no longer comment since the decision is still there,” he said.“Bell, I don’t know what they will do, but the decision was clear in terms of a conclusion and we do respect what the CRTC said on this regard.”Chief executive George Cope said Canadians are the losers and BCE’s competitors are the winners.“The cable guys, they won again today in this decision,” Cope told BNN, the all-news business channel, owned by Bell Media.“Consumers lost. The investment community lost. It’s the wrong decision for Canada.”Cope said the CRTC overestimated Bell’s share of the English-speaking market because it did not include U.S. content viewed by Canadians.A CRTC spokesperson has said a challenge could go to the Federal Court of Appeal rather than to the government.Cope said based on the ruling, he doesn’t believe that BCE would be allowed to bid on Astral’s assets if they were put up for sale again.The surprise decision by the CRTC was announced after stock markets closed Thursday and marked the first major ruling for newly-installed commissioner Blais, who took over in late June.Astral Media Inc. shares tumbled 16 per cent in response to the decision that blocked the friendly takeover of company. Astral owns specialty TV and radio stations, including the pay TV channel, The Movie Network.Astral’s class A shares (TSX:ACM.A) fell $7.49 to close at $39.51 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine said there is likely no other sole buyer for Astral.“Assuming Bell moves on, we don’t see any other party stepping forward to bid on Astral in totality,” Shine wrote in a research note.“Corus and Rogers would have to be considered possible bidders for Astral’s English-language assets, with Transcontinental a potential player that may seek to acquire French-language assets or more,” Shine said.BCE Inc. shares were down 77 cents to close at $42.86.RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds said he doesn’t believe the deal can go ahead at all.“To our knowledge, there is no precedent for cabinet intervention in a broadcasting merger and acquisition transaction,” McReynolds wrote in a research note.“Furthermore, the breadth of the expressed CRTC concerns and overall lack of clarity around the regulatory framework underpinning this decision, make another bid for Astral by BCE unlikely, in our view.”BCE Inc. shares were down 77 cents to close at $42.86. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 19, 2012 6:07 pm MDT read more

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US workers gain jobs and raises in final preelection report

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2016 at 9:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US workers gain jobs and raises in final pre-election report WASHINGTON – Workers enjoyed their best pay raises in seven years last month as employers added 161,000 jobs, the government said in the last major snapshot of a slow but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week.Friday’s report sketched a picture of a resilient job market that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates when it meets next month. Yet the economy remains pocketed by weaknesses that have left many feeling left behind on the eve of Election Day. Job gains have been steady, but pay raises have only recently become widespread. And millions of Americans are working part time but would prefer full-time work.In October, the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 per cent from 5 per cent, and the government said employers added more jobs in August and September than it had previously estimated.An alternative gauge of joblessness that counts not only the officially unemployed but also the part-timers who’d prefer full-time work and people who have stopped looking for jobs, fell to 9.5 per cent. That’s the lowest point since 2008. Still, it is higher than is typical in a healthy economy.Average hourly pay took a big step up in October, rising 10 cents an hour to an average of $25.92. That is 2.8 per cent higher than a year ago and is the sharpest 12-month rise in seven years.“If you wanted to show that the economy is still getting better for the typical voter, this report gives you what you needed,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist with Indeed, the job site.The pickup in pay follows a substantial increase last year in earnings for the typical household. The economy appears to be finally delivering widespread raises after years of sluggish pay gains. With the unemployment rate hovering around healthy levels, businesses are likely having to try harder to attract workers.When businesses are forced to offer higher pay, they may raise prices to cover the costs, potentially boosting inflation. That dynamic has helped make a Fed rate hike likely in mid-December.“The only remaining obstacle to the Fed hiking in December would be a significant adverse financial market reaction to the US presidential election,” Chris Williamson, an economist at IHS Markit, wrote in a research note.Friday’s report said employers added 44,000 more jobs in August and September combined than it had earlier estimated. That put recent hiring in line with this year’s solid if less-than-robust pace. In September, it had appeared that hiring was slowing.Fewer teenagers worked or were looking for work last month. That trend reduce the proportion of Americans in the workforce, which is defined as people who either have a job or are actively seeking one.But Americans in their prime working years — ages 25 through 54 — extended a recent trend of returning to work, perhaps drawn by rising pay. More than 78 per cent of people in that age bracket now have jobs, the highest proportion since November 2008, in the midst of the Great Recession. Still, that’s down from 80 per cent before the downturn.Despite last month’s progress, the economy is growing at the slowest pace of any in a recovery since World War II. Growth picked up to a 2.9 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the government has estimated, much faster than the 1.1 per cent pace for the first half of the year.But most analysts foresee only modest expansion in the October-December quarter, leaving growth at an anemic rate of about 1.8 per cent for all of 2016.Hiring in October was led by professional and business services, a category that includes mostly higher-paying jobs in engineering, accounting and information technology. Those companies added 43,000 jobs, followed by health care providers, which gained 39,100.Yet many companies are shedding workers. Manufacturers cut jobs last month, as did retailers despite October being the month where stores usually ramp up for holiday shopping. Both are factors that could weigh on economic growth this year.“It’s not a uniformly positive report,” said Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics. “There is some patchiness to it.”Consumers — the U.S. economy’s primary fuel — are showing some staying power, even though their spending slowed in the July-September period. Consumer spending did rise at a robust pace in September alone.Much of that spending was on higher-priced items, including cars and homes. Auto sales are running close to last year’s record high of more than 17 million. And while home sales have levelled off this year, they have done so at a nearly healthy level of 5.5 million.Businesses, though, have been cutting their spending on machinery, computers and other equipment. They have reduced such spending for the past four quarters — the longest such stretch since the recession officially ended in mid-2009.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber . read more

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Ohio State football picks up former Orgeon commit Dontre Wilson

Four-star football recruit Dontre Wilson verbally committed to Ohio State Monday for after previously stating that he would play for Oregon. Wilson’s pledge comes just days before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the first day that recruits can sign a binding letter of intent with their future schools. OSU is expected to do very well on this year’s signing day. Rivals.com has the Buckeyes tied with the Florida Gators for the second best-recruiting class in the nation. The only other Big Ten team ranked in the website’s top 10 is Michigan at No. 6. Wilson made the switch to OSU after former Oregon coach Chip Kelly elected to take his high-powered offense to the NFL and signed as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Oregon’s loss, however, is likely Buckeye fans’ gain. Wilson, a hybrid running back and wide receiver, is the No. 5-ranked athlete by ESPN.com and the 55th-ranked player overall in the ESPN 150. Wilson, who hails from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, is ranked as the 100th best recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. During his announcement on Dallas’ KDFW-TV, Wilson said the way Kelly handled his exit was “wrong.” Kelly had visited Wilson’s high school the day before he announced that he would be leaving Oregon. “It hurt a little,” Wilson told KDFW-TV. The success of this year’s Buckeyes team also played a role in his decision to commit to OSU. “I feel like coach (Urban) Meyer has something going good there right now,” Wilson told the station. “They could’ve been in the national championship (game) this year if it wasn’t for the bowl ban.” When asked if the team had told him anything about his role as a freshman, Wilson replied, “They said I would get a lot of (playing time).” read more

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Stowaway mouse causes British Airways flight to be delayed for hours

first_imgA British Airways flight was delayed for hours because a mouse was spotted on the plane.Passengers had already boarded the 10.40am flight from Heathrow to San Francisco when it was announced there was going to be a delay.They were told they had to change planes, but were informed that it would be several hours before a gate would be available for the new plane. Now we are of course discussing the mouse’s potential travel looks. pic.twitter.com/3KlKe6OrdT— Midland (@midlandsound) March 1, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A passenger told the BBC that it was announced that “a rather unusual occurrence has occurred”.They then said rules stipulate that planes cannot take off if a mouse is found on board.The passenger, called Carly, said: “I’m not sure people knew how to react. There was general disbelief.”center_img Just had my flight to SFO cancelled because of a mouse on board the plane. Could it not get a visa?? #britishairways— Mark Watt (@markwatt) March 1, 2017 Some passengers tweeted about the flight, with one writing a Haiku about the mouse.Another flight was provided for the passengers four hours later.British Airways said: “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco, but on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate.”Everyone with two legs is now on their way to California, and we are sorry for the delay.”last_img read more

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NEAGU Romanian girls win epic battle against 15000 Danes

Romania are the last team in the Women’s World Championship 2015 semi-final! Right wing Adriana Nechita netted historical goal for her team in the alst second of the second extra-time against Denmark 31:30 (26:26 – 13:10) for a win in front of 15.000 fans in “JUSK BANK Boxen” Arena in Herning. Romanian girls were led by outstanding, absotely brilliant left back Cristina Neagu, who netted 15 goals in total!Romanian princess had the chance to score for a win in the last second of the regular part of the match, but Poulsen saved his 7-meter shot. However, Romanian girls were strong enough to keep their heads up, beat the pressure and put host nation out of the medals battle.STATISTICSRomania will play against Norway for the final. Norway beat Montenegro 26:25 (13:11). ← Previous Story Meshkov Brest want Siarhei Rutenka Next Story → SECOND WCh semi-final in a row: Poland beat Russia again! Cristina NeagueDenmarkDenmark 2015NeaguRomania handball read more

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Over 12000 mobile phones have been stolen in the last year

first_imgAll too often we see smart phones worth hundreds of euro being left out on tables in bars, nightclubs, café or restaurant tables while people chat and this makes it very easy for criminals to simply walk past and steal them. People should also avoid using their phones while walking on the street as it means you are distracted and won’t be able to react to prevent your device being taken from you in mid-sentence.Gardaí have released a number of tips, such as taking note of your phone’s IMEI number and using a location finder app. They can be found here.Read: Five smartphones battling for your Christmas stockingRead: 5 apps worth downloading this week AN ESTIMATED €5 million worth of mobile phones – the majority of which were smartphones – was reported stolen in Ireland in the last 12 months.Gardaí today launched the inaugural Crime Prevention Day of Action, which aims highlight the safety measures that phone owners can take.Their figures show a 33 per cent increase in reports of stolen phones.Sergeant Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit said that gangs are targeting phones.“Mobile phone theft is on the rise as gangs target high-value smart phones. These are expensive items and people should take the same care of them as they would any item that costs up to €500 and more.“Smart phone owners need to be more vigilant, particularly when we are coming into a time of the year when they are more likely to be out socialising,” he said.Roughneen added that phone owners should be more careful when out socialising.last_img read more

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Solar flares could strip the Moon bare

first_imgNASA scientists have recently completed a study that would indicate that the Moon is taking a licking while sitting peacefully in space. Thanks to bursts like the one above, which took place on June 7th, 2011, massive amounts of energy in the form of coronal mass ejections are buffeting the lunar surface, causing almost two-hundred tons of debris to be lifted off it and flung into space.The study suggests that because the moon has very little atmosphere and no magnetic field to protect its surface, the CME’s are left unchecked. With the top surfaces of the moon being so loose, these huge bursts of solar “wind” would be quite destructive. While the results of the study come strictly from observations of the sun and the moon from afar, NASA believes that the upcoming Lunar Atmosphere And Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launching 2013 will be able to confirm the theories brought forth by the Dynamic Response of the Environment At the Moon team (DREAM). The LADEE is a lunar orbiter that will analyze changes in the moon’s atmosphere, making it the perfect platform from which to study the effects of CME’s.The moon is not the only heavenly body to be affected by this energy, Mars is at risk as well. With very little of the red planet actually covered with a magnetic field, a fast traveling burst of energy in the direction of Mars would have the same sandblasting effect. As far as Earth goes, if you have ever had the privilege of witnessing the Northern Lights, then you have seen the protection that our planet’s magnetic field affords us. CME’s are one cause of the beautiful light displays.There is a short video below of the CME that took place on June 7th, make sure to check it out.More at NASAlast_img read more

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Conductive rubber leads to a cool new type of musical instrument

first_imgThough it’s been predicted by everything from Star Trek to Futurama, the future (which we now inhabit) has produced remarkably few new musical instruments. It’s both surprising and a shame, since the evolution of music has always moved in tandem with technology. New materials and manufacturing techniques allowed the creation of standardized strings, while valves and a mathematical understanding of pressure gave us the pipe organ. Somewhere along the line, though, even trying to create a new form of musical instrument was labeled as silly, or presumptuous, or artistically bankrupt. New instruments have tended not to bring anything new to the table, but rather to reinterpret the old in new ways — the electric guitar, for instance, or the synthesizer, both of which are mere updates of classical instruments.Now check out a video of one of the few attempts to achieve something truly novel in musical hardware: the Elasticsynth. Not only is it physically structured to require new ways of playing, but its mode of turning input into sound makes it a real, actual new music-creation experience. It works by interpreting elastic tension as input, like playing a guitar by quickly adjusting the tuning pegs rather than plucking the strings. Combined with the harp-like physical shape of the thing, it looks and sounds quite unique. If that description doesn’t make sense to you, view the video below, then rejoin for a quick technical explanation.The elastic principle at work here is one of elastic conduction. In other words, as the rubber lines are stretched, their ability to conduct electricity changes in a measurable way. It should be noted that the stretch sensors are not the large white bands the player is stretching in the video, but the small white ones visible in the photo below. By putting the vast majority of the stretch-length into regular elastic, which has a much greater ability to snap back, the player is able to affect very slight changes in the elastic length without having to be too precise with her movements.To be perfectly honest, I can’t quite tell how the light is involved — but the team at NYU claims it is, somehow. Details on this DIY instrument are a little sketchy, as is the audio fidelity on the instrument itself. But I truly appreciate the creativity that went into this. Art of all forms has become too much about elaboration on and perfection of what’s come before. Efforts like this show an admirable wish to push into some territory that is in some way actually new.last_img read more

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Pollution les poids lourds taxés pour leurs émissions polluantes et bruyantes

first_imgPollution : les poids lourds taxés pour leurs émissions polluantes et bruyantes Europe – Réunis à Luxembourg lors d’une conférence des ministres européens des Transports, les États membres de l’UE ont conclu ce vendredi 15 octobre un accord de principe, visant à taxer les poids-lourds quant à la pollution et aux nuisances sonores qu’ils engendrent.Après deux ans de négociations houleuses, le projet a, d’après une source diplomatique citée par l’AFP, été approuvé par les ministres des Transports européens. Cet accord permettra pour la première fois l’introduction du principe “pollueur/payeur” dans le transport routier de marchandises.La taxe devrait consister en la création de frais de péage spécifiques pour la pollution et les nuisances sonores provoquées par les poids-lourds. Le projet vise à élargir le texte encadrant les péages baptisé “directive Eurovignette”. Jusqu’alors, il n’autorisait que les taxes prélevées pour couvrir les coûts de construction et d’entretiens de routes. Avec l’accord conclu ce vendredi, les États européens auront la possibilité d’augmenter le tarif des péages en prenant en compte pour la première fois les critères environnementaux que sont le bruit et la pollution.Alors que les péages actuels coûtent entre 15 et 25 centimes par kilomètre en moyenne, ils pourraient augmenter de 3 à 4 centimes. Un principe fermement défendu par la France et l’Autriche, et rejeté par d’autres, tels que l’Italie et l’Espagne, qui craignent une trop importante pénalisation de la profession.L’Europe entend, grâce à cette taxe, encourager un transfert du transport de marchandises de la route vers le rail, et pousser les transporteurs à s’équiper de véhicules moins polluants qui seront moins taxés aux péages.Le 15 octobre 2010 à 16:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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WWE talent in New York City at Radio City Music Hall for the NBC…

first_img Pinterest Twitter Video: Nikki Bella announces her retirement from WWE during “Total Bellas” Facebook “Total Bellas” renewed for a fifth season, New episodes to premiere in early 2020 Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Stephanie McMahon, Ronda Rousey, John Cena, RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair and Nikki and Brie Bella are all scheduled to appear at the NBC Upfront Presentation today in New York City with NBC Universal.E! News is featuring an interview with Brie and Nikki Bella as part of the red carpet this morning, with Nikki discussing her breakup with John Cena. Brie and Nikki are in attendance today to promote the third season of “Total Bellas.”Nikki Bella was hesitant to include her breakup with John Cena in the upcoming season of Total Bellas, but ultimately decided that it’ll give her fans “courage and bravery to speak up.” https://t.co/CunBnsUuBi— E! News (@enews) May 14, 2018The upfront will feature NBC making announcements for the fall season, including the return of “Total Bellas.” PWInsider.com reports that a WWE wrestling ring will be setup as part of the presentation today at Radio City Music Hall.It’s been pointed out by many that having WWE involved with the upfronts could be hinting at a television rights fees renewal between WWE and NBC Universal, which is set to expire next year. FOX is one of many potential outlets interested in WWE right now.Jax has not been part of the current European tour as a result of this appearance. As reported over the weekend, Charlotte Flair was forced to leave the tour early to undergo dental surgery after suffering an injury to her teeth in Germany.center_img Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Nikki Bella wins Best Actress in a reality series at the 20th Women’s Image Awardslast_img read more

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Khaleda to be treated at BSMMU Minister

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said they will take step for treatment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as per prescription of her personal physicians, reports UNB.He, however, said the prison authorities were not aware that she collapsed on the ground and got fainted as no one has seen it.The home minister replied the reporters when his attention was drawn about Khaleda Zia’s personal physicians’ prescription after attending the Iftar Mahfil hosted by inspector general of prison at the convention centre of the Department of Prison of Bakshibazar in the city in the evening.The four personal physicians who met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zai at the abandoned central jail on Saturday feared that she might have suffered a mild stroke as she informed them that she collapsed on the ground and fainted on 5 June.The home minister said the BSMMU is the biggest as well as a best hospital in the country. All kind of facilities are available there, he said.”We will take step for her treatment at the BSMMU as per prescription of her personal physicians,” he said.After visiting Khaleda Zia inside the jail in the afternoon, professor FM Siddique of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s (DMCH) Medicine Department, told reporters that more physical examinations of Khaleda needed to be done in a specialised hospital to know whether she had suffered any stroke as well as to know what the present health condition of the former prime minister is.FM Siddique along with three other personal physicians of the BNP chief-professor Wahidur Rahman, professor MA Kuddus and professor MD Alamin– met her in the jail at 4:00pm.They have examined her for more than one and half hours and a four-page recommendation about her treatment was handed over to the prison authorities.last_img read more

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Sony is planning a Killzone 3 PS3 bundle

first_imgWe have Amazon’s French website to thank for this bit of news. It should come as no surprise that Sony has decided to release a new PS3 console bundle that includes a copy of Killzone 3 and a 320GB console.The release date is listed as February 23. U.S. gamers get the game on its own on February 22, so we assume you’ll get the bundle a day earlier than Europe too. The price on Amazon France is 348 euros, which is $478. But that’s not representative due to taxes and we think it will most likely be around $379 in the U.S.If you’re not sure about wanting the game then don’t fret, the demo is out on February 15 giving you a chance to try it (on a friend’s PS3) before deciding to buy the bundle a week later.Read more at Destructoidlast_img read more

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