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3 Tips for Picking Your Documentary Subject

first_img3. What Is the Most Visually Interesting?The final question you should ask yourself deals with the superficial. What will the documentary look like, and why will people be interested to see it? It’s not always the case that what you’re interested in and have available to you, will be visually interesting to audiences. This is where you must look outside yourself, to friends, family or mentors to decide what makes your documentary interesting.When going through lists of the most financially successful (Really IMDb? Jackass 3D?) and critically praised documentaries, the subjects tend to be all over the map — but all seem to be attuned to interests and issues of their time.Perhaps one of the most definitive guides for the current climate of documentary filmmaking might be Michael Moore’s 13-point manifesto from his 2014 keynote speech at the Toronto International Film Festival.While you are filming a scene for your documentary, are you getting mad at what you are seeing? Are you crying? Are you cracking up so much that you are afraid that the microphone is going to pick it up? If that is happening while you are filming it, then there is a very good chance that’s how the audience is going to respond too. Trust that. You are the audience, too.Trust that. And get to shooting.How do you pick your documentary subjects? Have any other advice on how to choose? Let us know in the comments below! 2. What Is Available to You?If your first step involves looking existentially, the second step would be to look practically at what is available to you to shoot. Take a hard look at your resources and your flexibility to decide what subjects are available to you. If you live in Alaska and have a limited budget, it might be hard to follow an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea.That being said, as long as you keep a creative mindset, practicality is subjective to your ability to solve problems and adapt.  For inspiration, here’s a terrific mini-doc shot on a Canon T3i 600D. Here’s everything you need to consider when deciding the subject of your next documentary.Top image via ShutterstockSo you’ve decided you’re a documentary filmmaker. You’ve gone to film school (or just as good, you dropped out). You’ve studied the classics, from Flaherty to Pennebaker to Moore. You’ve watched every Vice Guide, Independent Lens and 30 for 30 feature ever shot. You’ve gone out in the field and you’ve honed your chops.Now, you’re ready to make your own path and shoot your documentary film.Question is: who or what is your film going to be about? And better yet — why?1. What Are Your Interests?The best place to start is by looking at yourself. Making a documentary is a very long process that sometimes takes years to complete. From research, to filming out in the field, to editing through hard drives of footage, you’ll need to pick a subject that won’t wear thin on your interest and focus.Here’s documentary filmmaker Kevin Lindenmuth talking more in-depth on the importance of your interests.last_img read more

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U.K. Researchers Ask the Public to Share Medical Data

first_imgU.K. medical research charities today urged residents to allow scientists to access patient data from the country’s National Health Service (NHS). Making their plea through colorful advertisements in the national press, the charities weighed in on a raging national debate.Patient records in NHS—which is free for all and paid for through taxation—are now held by a patient’s general practitioner. But in a few months, doctors will begin sending that data to a central NHS database known as care.data. That information will then be made available, anonymously, to researchers and possibly also to drug companies.This month, the government will send a leaflet to all 22 million U.K. households explaining the changes and telling people how they can choose to opt out of sharing their data. Medical research charities are hoping that not too many will take up that option, however, and today published an ad explaining how important the data could be to medical science. 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And civil liberties groups worry that the anonymity of the data cannot be guaranteed. “I believe people will be willing to make the public-spirited act of sharing their medical records with researchers as long as they are confident that their data will be treated with care to protect their identity, competence so that leaks and mistakes will not occur, and used only with their consent, allowing those who do not wish to take part to opt out,” added Sharmila Nebhrajani, head of the Association of Medical Research Charities.last_img read more

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LeBron Hits Winning 3-Pointer at Buzzer; Rockets Advance to 2nd Round

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass, took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career.James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) shoots a game-winning three point shot over Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young (21) in the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points, and Young had 16 for the Pacers.ROCKETS 122, TIMBERWOLVES 104HOUSTON (AP) — Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and Houston pulled away in the third quarter to finish off Minnesota in five games.Houston will await the winner of the Utah-Oklahoma City series. The top-seeded Rockets are headed to the second round for the second year in a row after taking care of the eighth-seeded Timberwolves.Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 20 points. Minnesota was in the postseason for the first time since 2004.Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)THUNDER 107, JAZZ 99OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 45 points and Oklahoma City rallied from 25 points down in the second half to fight off elimination and beat Utah.Westbrook also had 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds.Utah takes a 3-2 lead back to Salt Lake City for Game 6 on Friday.Oklahoma City took advantage after Utah’s post players, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, got into foul trouble. Both finished with five fouls, and Oklahoma City was able to get to the basket consistently for the first time in the series. Jae Crowder had a career playoff-high 27 points for Utah. Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, and Joe Ingles added 16.RAPTORS 108, WIZARDS 98TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and Torontobeat Washington in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 in Washington. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.The only team in the NBA to avoid a three-game losing streak this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year’s second-round sweep against Cleveland.Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Raptors. John Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bill Snyder on OSU’s Quarterbacks: ‘Both of Them Can Do the Same Things’

first_imgI think Bill Snyder is confused. He was asked about J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph this week at his press conference and he said the following. “I do not know if it is wrinkles, but I think both of them can do the same things,” said Snyder.Hmmm … the same things?“In their offense, you anticipate that No. 4 comes in the ball game and they are going to run the quarterback run game with him because he can run the ball. But you might go back, he completed about 67 percent of his passes against us in 2013 when we played them. So, he threw the ball around pretty well in that ball game.”Well … that’s true. Walsh did have a good game against Kansas State in 2013. But they’re really pretty different quarterbacks, aren’t they?“I would not preclude him being on the field. My guesstimate about him, or anybody else, is he could play one snap or he could play 80 snaps. It is just whatever they choose to do, but I do know that he is capable, and he proved to us that he can throw the ball around. We know he can run it because that is what they use him for now. But, he will do both when he is in the ball game – he will throw it as well as run it.”Gundy actually agrees with Snyder.“J.W. could play five plays in a game or 25 plays in a game,” said Gundy.Speaking of Gundy, he’s always been so big on QB secrecy that I imagine him reading these quotes about Snyder not totally being sure how much each guy is going to play and pulling this move.Maybe I buried the lede here, by the way, but Snyder also commented on Stillwater and whether it’s a difficult venue. “Well, it is tough if you do not play well. If you play well, it probably was not all that hard.”“You have to go play. We need to make more about the game and less about the fact that we had to spend a couple hours on a plane. If we make it more about what’s in the stands and what the color of the stadium looks like, we might as well forfeit.”Kansas State has lost four straight in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Man Utd to participate in EFL Trophy

first_imgManchester United are set to participate in next season’s EFL Trophy for the first time in their history.The Red Devils will enter a team comprised largely of Under-21 players as they make their debut in the competition.The rules of the EFL Trophy state that at least six of the club’s starting line-up must be 21 years old or younger as of June 30. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Additionally, no more than two of the players over 21 can have made more than 40 first-team appearances, also as of June 30.United’s Head of Academy, Nicky Butt, explained that the motivation for entering the tournament was to provide young players with the opportunity to test themselves against older, more experienced opposition.“We are looking forward to being involved in the EFL Trophy next season,” Butt said on Manchester United’s official website.“The competition provides a range of experiences that will act as the ideal platform for the development of our homegrown talent.”We are always looking to be innovative in order to find the best development path for our young players; the opportunity to face senior opponents will benefit them greatly.”United will be hoping to blood promising youngsters such as Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood in the tournament, as they look to younger players in a bid to improve on a disappointing season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that participation in the competition spurs the development of some of his young players along enough for them to make an impact in the first team as they bid to return to the Champions League in the 2020/21 season.Liverpool will also be involved for the first time, meaning that every one of the Premier League’s top six clubs are participating in the competition, with 10 other sides also invited to enter their youth teams, alongside the 48 senior teams from League One and League Two.Last season, Portsmouth ran out winners after a penalty shootout victory over fellow League One outfit Sunderland following a 2-2 draw, beating both Tottenham’s and Arsenal’s youth teams en route to the final.The Gunners were debutants themselves last year and made it to the first knockout stage, but were bested by the eventual winners. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Get Wasted on these 3 Sustainable Cocktail Recipes that Actually Minimize Food Waste

first_img 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Photo by Sierra PrescottThe first instance of sustainable cocktails can be traced to the classic Tiki drink, in which fruit shells were used to hold flaming garnishes. However, for the most part, “the bar scene has always been a place of luxury and excess,” says Edwin Cruz, beverage director at Winsome on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. “The sustainable cocktail movement is a way for us to show we care as much as everyone else about the environment and the impact that we make on it.”So how do you make a cocktail sustainable? You design it to produce the lowest amount of food waste and attempt to use all parts of ingredients that go into the recipe.“The idea of it came from chefs taking a ‘snout-to-tail’ approach to cooking,” Cruz adds. “Food waste is a huge issue in the average cocktail bar. Think of the amount of fruit scraps, spent citrus shells,and old garnishes, not to mention the disposables (straws, coasters, napkins, picks, etc.) that go to waste. It adds up quickly.”The same goes for your mini-bar at home, where a whole lemon usually goes bad after using one curl and stalks of garnish rot in the fridge. “The easiest ingredients to reuse for sustainable cocktails are raw scraps of fruit and vegetable clippings/shells/peels. Day-old pastries and anything with sugar works as well,” Cruz says. “But stay away from anything egg- or dairy-based.”Winsome has limited amounts of storage, so chefs and bartenders share ingredients and come up with an inventive use of everything in house. If the kitchen can’t use a part of the product, they’ll offer it to Cruz. “If they have overripe fruits and vegetables that we could potentially use for a shrub, liqueur, or syrup, we’ll use it,” he elaborates.So dip your cocktail spoon into these three recipes that can reduce food waste … while helping get you wasted.Tiki NovelaPhoto by Skandia Shafer Photo by Skandia ShaferCruz uses pineapple rind (which would otherwise be trashed after juicing the pineapple) as a main flavoring ingredient. He cooks the rinds with purple corn, baking spices, and sugar to create chicha morada, a Peruvian corn syrup, which gives the Tiki Novela it’s brilliant color.1.5 oz mezcal (preferably La Niña Del Mezcal Primario)1 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum1.25 oz chicha morada syrup¾ oz lime juice¾ oz grapefruit juice6 dashes Angostura bittersMethod: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake well with a pinch of crushed ice (learn how to mix like a pro here). Pour all into swizzle glass. For an optional garnish, use pineapple leaf, pineapple slice, cherry, and lime wheel.PB & JBar director Chris Amirault of Los Angeles’ fine-dining restaurant Otium came up with an ingenious way to put ordinarily wasted piece of burnt toast to good use. Amirault grates the toast to top his nostalgic cocktail, lending texture and a hint of smoky flavor.1 oz The Botanist Gin.5 oz peanut butter-washed Campari.5 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino.75 oz lemon juice.5 oz grenadine.75 oz egg whiteMethod: Combine all ingredients. Shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Finish with a sprinkle of peanut butter powder and grated “burnt” brioche crumbs.The BarcelonaCreated by sommelier Frankie Mace, who’s based out of Amali in New York City, this cocktail makes use of ruined fruit. Mace infuses gin with bruised strawberries and adds dashes of basil, black pepper, white balsamic, and, of course, fresh strawberries. The result is a refreshing, adult strawberry soda.2 oz strawberry-infused gin1 oz fresh lemon juice.75 oz simple syrup5-6 fresh basil leaves, tornMethod: To make the strawberry-infused gin, combine 1 liter of Brooklyn Gin with 1 cup of strawberries and let it sit for 4-5 days. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a glass. Top with a splash or two of soda water, and enjoy!Feature image by Sierra Prescott. Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

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Workers’ Week and Labour Day to be Launched May 1

first_img This year, Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23, while celebrations for Workers’ Week will begin on Monday, May 14 and culminate on Labour Day. Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 will be launched on Tuesday, May 1, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Over the past weeks, members of a National Planning Committee, including representatives of key ministries and agencies, have been meeting to discuss the programme for Workers’ Week and Labour Day. Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2018 will be launched on Tuesday, May 1, at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).This year, Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 23, while celebrations for Workers’ Week will begin on Monday, May 14 and culminate on Labour Day.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to deliver the main address at the launch.Over the past weeks, members of a National Planning Committee, including representatives of key ministries and agencies, have been meeting to discuss the programme for Workers’ Week and Labour Day.The Committee, chaired by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon Olivia Grange, is responsible for the organisation of all activities relating to the National Launch, the National Thanksgiving Service and the activities for both Workers’ Week and Labour Day.Speaking with JIS News following a committee meeting on April 26 at Jamaica House, Miss Grange said the two areas of focus for this year’s activities will be Health and Education. She explained that this will involve the upgrading of health centres and the building of wheelchair ramps to facilitate access to the ground floor of public schools.“We will have two areas of focus this year for national projects, and that is a focus on a health centre that will be repaired and the building of ramps in particular schools,” she said.Miss Grange said that further details relating to the National Labour Day Projects as well as the Parish Projects will be unveiled at the launch ceremony.The Minister lauded the work of the committee and subcommittees, noting that she was impressed with what has been done.“The Labour Day Planning Committee, so far, has done an excellent job in pulling together the plans for Labour Day,” she added.She is inviting the private sector, the Opposition and community organisations “to come on board and to be a part of this national team that will see to the implementation of the programme across the island”.Miss Grange said letters were sent to all the mayors in each municipal corporation to seek their support for the islandwide activities.Labour Day is a day when communities participate in work projects across the island, while Workers’ Week activities are held to recognise Jamaican workers and National Hero, Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe, who was martyred on May 23, 1832, as a result of his determination that slavery should be abolished. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Better Support Reinstated for Recovery Houses

first_imgPeople living in recovery houses will get better access to the clinical help they need to get healthy and move towards a productive future with the return of the homes’ management to the Department of Health and Wellness. “People who are taking the brave step to receive treatment deserve to have the best available support,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Many of these people are dealing with issues related to addiction and mental health. It only makes sense to ensure that they have access to the experts in these areas and are more closely involved in their recovery.” In 2008, recovery house management was moved from the Department of Health to Community Services. Today’s change, ensures services are better connected with the government’s mental health and addictions strategy that was released this spring. Under the Health and Wellness umbrella, recovery houses will remain provincially funded and monitored as they were with Community Services. Residents will benefit from the department’s strong relationships with the province’s district health authorities, getting more complete and collaborative care. Nova Scotia’s recovery houses are: Alcare Place, Freedom Foundation, the Salvation Army Anchorage Program, and the Margueritte Centre. The change of recovery house management is effective immediately.last_img read more

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Man caught on video allegedly threatening family Toronto police investigating

first_imgTORONTO – Police are investigating after a man allegedly threatened a family in an incident caught on video at a Toronto ferry terminal.A video posted to Facebook shows a heated argument between a blond man and a family that includes women wearing head scarves.The blond man can be heard on several occasions demanding to know where the family is from, and telling them they can’t “ask me a question in my (expletive) province.”He is heard threatening to kill one of the men, and to “smash his head in.”The blond man exchanges shoves with at least two men in the family, and at one point tries to slap one man’s hand.Police say they were called to the scene on Monday evening, but are still gathering information and cannot confirm the religion of the family, or whether officers are investigating the incident as a hate crime.last_img read more

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First Nations woman accuses Winnipeg police officer of beating her

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany in Winnipeg have been congratulating police for arresting suspects in the Rinelle Harper case.But Thursday night another group was protesting outside City Hall.They say an incident between members of the force and a First Nation mother was police brutality.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has the story.last_img

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Fed announces wideranging review of its practices

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve says it will conduct a wide-ranging review next year of the strategies and tools it uses to achieve its congressionally mandated goals of maximum employment and price stability.The Fed says the review will also examine ways the Fed communicates with the public.In a statement, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell says with the economy doing so well at the moment, “now is a good time to take stock of how we formulate, conduct and communicate monetary policy.”As part of the review, the Fed says it will sponsor a research conference on June 4-5 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Other regional banks will host their own events.The Fed says it will use the findings of the year of review to develop future policy.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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TSX ekes out gain boosted by big banks Bombardier and Husky loonie

Canada’s main stock index barely advanced amid a quiet trading day, while U.S. markets took the session off for Memorial Day.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index inched up 4.98 points to 15,421.91 as bank and industrial stocks made gains.The Canadian dollar climbed 0.05 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 74.37 cents US.In electronic trading, the July crude contract was up 19 cents at US$49.99 a barrel and the July natural gas contract was down 10 cents at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The June gold contract pulled back $1.60 to US$1,266.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was unchanged at US$2.57 a pound.The Canadian Press read more

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Hamilton Bulldogs outscored by Oshawa Generals 21

The Hamilton Bulldogs hosted the conference leading Oshawa Generals, Friday, but couldn’t pull off a win – instead, the visiting Generals left with a 2-1 victory and a nine-point lead over Hamilton in the Eastern conference standings.The Dogs didn’t get off to a great start in the second period giving up a power-play goal as Mitchell Vande Sompel made it 2-0 Generals.  The Bulldogs were able to put the puck in the net to cut the Oshawa lead to 2-1 before the period ended.There was no scoring in the third period as Hamilton’s season record drops to 13-11-3-0 while on home ice they are now 5-5-3-0.The Bulldogs are back at the rink Saturday night to host the Kingston Frontenacs. Game time is at 7 p.m. read more

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Google Starts Censoring Piracy Related Terms

first_imgStarting yesterday, Google began a subtle censorship of “piracy related” terms from its instant and autocomplete services. The following “pirate” terms are now blocked from autocompete: bitTorrent, megaupload, uTorrent, rapidshareIf, and any combination of terms ending with the word “torrent.”If you try to enter “utorrent” into the search box, it stops supplying suggestions after you type “uto.” However, you can still type out the complete word, and it will supply suggestions, including “utorrent download” and “utorrent search” and you type out the entire term, Google will complete the search. So, you can still access these sites through a search, you just have to type out the entire term. But, “uTorrent”, a popular piece of software, and “BitTorrent”, a file transfer protocol and name of BitTorrent Inc., are both completely legal, but they are nonetheless being censored. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems wrong.Remember when Google fought against censorship in China? Google was all for freedom to information. But, apparently, Google thinks censoring against piracy is okay though. Supplying information and access to legal sites it not encouraging piracy. Our friends at PCMag, recently had a bit of a scuffle with the RIAA over a simple news article, which they requested PCMag retract (they didn’t).Although this is new censorship is slight, the entertainment industries shadow is being cast farther. And it raises some questions: How far will it this censorship stretch? And will other industries be able to succeed in censoring certain terms and info on Google? Via TorrentFreaklast_img read more

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Un champignon génétiquement modifié pour combattre le paludisme

first_imgUn champignon génétiquement modifié pour combattre le paludismeDes scientifiques anglais et américains sont parvenus à créer un champignon capable d’infecter les moustiques et de les empêcher de transmettre le parasite du paludisme.C’est un véritable espoir dans la lutte contre le paludisme. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Westminster en Angleterre ont trouvé une nouvelle idée pour tenter d’enrayer l’épidémie : un champignon génétiquement modifié et capable d’infecter les moustiques porteurs du parasite. En effet, le paludisme qui tue chaque année 1 à 2 millions de personnes est dû à un parasite connu sous le nom de plasmodium et qui se transmet par les piqûres de moustiques. Alors qu’il n’existe aucun vaccin, les seuls moyens de se protéger se concentraient donc jusqu’ici sur le contrôle de ces insectes. Mais la découverte des chercheurs anglais pourraient constituer un véritable tournant.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Aidés par des scientifiques américains, le Dr Kang et ses collègues ont inséré un anticorps humain anti-paludisme dans un champignon communément retrouvé dans des plantes. En exposant cet OGM à des moustiques porteurs du parasite, ils se sont alors aperçus que le champignon diminuait de 85% le taux d’infection des insectes. Mieux encore, lorsqu’ils ont ajouté une toxine de scorpion le niveau de paludisme chutait à 97%. Selon les chercheurs, les spores fabriquées par le champignon “creusent” à l’intérieur du moustique et envahissent son système circulatoire. Alors que le plasmodium se multiplie dans l’insecte, les anticorps empêchent alors le parasite d’atteindre les glandes salivaires du moustique, qui n’a alors théoriquement plus la capacité de transmettre la maladie. Au bout de quelques semaines, le champignon serait même capable de tuer l’insecte. Assez concluante, la technique présente de plus de nombreux avantages et notamment celui d’être moins invasive. Pour qu’il soit efficace, il suffirait ainsi de pulvériser le champignon sur les murs et les moustiquaires sous forme d’insecticides. Par ailleurs, l’OGM permettrait de résoudre le problème croissant des moustiques résistants aux insecticides. “Avec ce champignon, aucun résidu chimique ne traînerait. Ce serait juste un champignon très similaire à ce que l’on trouve déjà dans la nature”, a expliqué à Associated Press le Dr Kang. Une technique d’autant plus intéressante qu’elle pourrait également être utilisée pour d’autres maladies telles que la dengue ou l’infection par le virus du Nil occidental, selon les chercheurs. Une efficacité à prouver dans la natureSi l’expérience a été concluante en laboratoire, les chercheurs attendent désormais de voir ce qu’il en est sur le terrain. Selon certains experts, des problèmes de stabilité ou de mélange pourraient intervenir au niveau du champignon muté. L’équipe anglaise devrait donc tester d’ici peu la technique dans des pays comme le Burkina Faso, le Kenya ou la Tanzanie. Si celle-ci fonctionne, les chercheurs ont néanmoins indiqué que le champignon seul ne suffirait pas à stopper l’épidémie : “Nous avons encore besoin de meilleurs médicaments et d’autres interventions. Le paludisme tue environ 1 million de personnes chaque année, donc nous devons tester tout ce qui peut marcher”, a précisé le Dr Kang.Le 8 avril 2011 à 19:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Are Media MA Reports Just a Bunch of SelfServing Fluff

first_img“I don’t know how or why the M&A firms can say ‘life is great’ over and over again before it begins to wear thin,” another tells me.Indeed, the traditional markets that many of these brokers serve—the sectors that magazine publishers  have been serving in for years—are still on the decline (see JEGI’s by-sector chart here). “With very few exceptions, all trade show and trade magazine deals for the past two years has not been for strategic growth, but fire sale transactions,” says one M&A player. Other sub-markets, such as regional magazines, seem to still be constricted and tight and might not start to see an uptick until 2011.Media Isn’t So Traditional AnymoreBut the overall media market has changed pretty dramatically over the last few years, with the number of deals (and number of brokers serving those markets) growing much faster in emerging sectors than traditional consumer and b-to-b media. A number of brokers are shifting their focus away from traditional media in favor of those more active, profitable areas.“While it is true that there have been some distressed sales and divestitures among the more traditional media sectors during the 2010 M&A upturn,” says JEGI COO Bill Hitzig, “consider this: of the nearly 450 transactions covered in our six-month report, the four most traditional media sectors (Newspapers, Consumer Magazines, B-to-B Media and Exhibitions & Conference) accounted for a mere 12 percent of the transactions and less than 8 percent of the transaction value. Take out the CanWest newspaper sale and that number drops to less than 3 percent.“The real M&A story,” he continues, “is that larger strategic transactions are taking place in the growth sectors (namely Marketing & Interactive Services, Online Media & Technology and Database & Information Services), with both private equity and cash-rich strategics.”Hitzig goes on to defend JEGI’s quarterly media M&A reports, saying the group “goes to great lengths” to provide an accurate and in-depth look at the market. “We track down deals from dozens of sources to present a thorough update in deal volume and value year-to-date,” he says. “As I said, our six-month report covered nearly 450 transactions, including ours, and the accompanying narrative talked up what is newsworthy, not what is self-serving.”Berkery Noyes also responded. According to communications director Patrick Scanlan, the firm’s reports are data driven and drawn from a proprietary database, which is constantly updated and reviewed.  The deals are “thoroughly vetted by our research department,” he says, and are coded to classify them into various spaces and segments.”More importantly, BNC has released these Trend Reports throughout the market decline of the past two years, despite little in the way of good news to report,” he tells me. “True to this philosophy, our current reports look not only to the current half-year, but trends across several preceding years.  These trends signify not a miraculous revitalization, but recovery, within certain segments of our covered industries.  Had we intended to distort this pattern for our own benefit, we would have compared first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010, a juxtaposition that would have displayed a meteoric rise in M&A activity.”But, after all, even if reports like these come off as  boastful to some, then maybe that isn’t such a terrible thing right now. “After the last 18 months, I don’t even mind the bragging [by the larger investment bankers],” says another M&A player. “At least they are finding something to brag about.” Two of the media industry’s biggest investment banks/deal brokers put out reports in recent weeks, looking back at the mergers and acquisitions that have been announced over last six months. According to the report from Berkery Noyes—which was released this week and analyzes merger and acquisition activity of private equity companies in the Information Industry—while total aggregate transaction value decreased by 9 percent to $13.54 billion during the first six months compared to the second half last year, the total number of transactions (143) increased 22 percent.The first half report from the Jordan, Edmiston Group—which tracks deal announcements across 10 media sectors and compared them to the same period in 2009—says media M&A is “heating up,” and that six of those 10 sectors showed “strong” growth over the first six months of the year.Sounds like great news, especially after the media M&A market nearly dried up last year. But not everyone is buying the rosy picture painted by reports like these. “Do not believe some of these self-serving reports that the large industry investment bankers are releasing,” says one media M&A professional who wishes to remain anonymous. “They are just talking up their book and trying to generate some activity.”last_img read more

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Bus collision kills one

first_imgA bus passenger was killed and 10 others were injured following a collision between two buses on Bagerhat-Mawa highway in Kendua of Mollahat, Bagerhat on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known yet.The collision took place between a ‘ Greenline Paribahan’ bus and a ‘Didar Paribahan’ bus around 8:30am, leaving one passenger dead on the spot and 10 others injured.last_img

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Independence torch travels through a fractured Central America

first_imgDozens of people waited for the independence torch in Peñas Blancas, the Costa Rican town on the border with Nicaragua. There, the two countries are divided by a diagonal line where Costa Rican asphalt meets Nicaraguan cement.There are two huts, just a few meters apart where police from different nations stand guard all day. It’s exactly there where dozens of people await the torch, which has traveled the same path for more than fifty years.But this time’s different.For days, the torch moved through a Central America submerged in protests, repression, assassinations, and violence. In the early hours of Sept. 13, it passed through that asphalt line at Peñas Blancas and through an implicit enmity between Ticos and Nicaraguans, which has been stronger in recent months. The independence torch crossing the line that divides Nicaragua and Costa Rica. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)There are serious and angry faces in the north. Flags of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) fly above the Nicaraguan one. A giant sign with the faces of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo welcoming you or saying goodbye looms over travelers. Soldiers with military weapons roam the place with an air of despair and distrust. Nicaraguan border officials stand guard at the border. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)Some Costa Rican police spoke among themselves:“Do you realize that the torch is moving from North Korea to South Korea?” one immigration officer said.Nicaragua’s partisan alienation and political radicalization has made it worthy of comparison with the enigmatic Asian nation.“Don’t you read the news? It’s not perfect here. There are protests too,” his partner said.Costa Rica has been enveloped in protests against a proposed tax-reform law since Monday. It was a central part of Carlos Alvarado’s campaign but now unions, public sector employees, students, and political groups opposed to the ruling party have hit the streets to oppose it. Public sector employees, union members and citizens during a general strike against a proposed tax-reform law on Sept. 10, 2018. Protesters at the general strike in San José on Sept. 10, 2018. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)The protests stopped Édgar Mora, Minister of Public Education (MEP) from attending the torch handover at the border. Vice Minister Rosa Odolio had to take his place.It’s ironic to think that this symbol of international freedom and liberty passed through Daniel Ortega’s hands a day earlier. The same man who the United Nations (UN) says does not provide an environment of peace and freedom for his people.Costa Rican journalists and government officials who hadn’t signed up beforehand weren’t allowed to cross the border to document the delivery. I asked one of the Costa Rican immigration authorities if it is common to see the scene. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R) receives the torch of Peace and Freedom of Central America for the 197th anniversary of the Nicaraguan Independence during a ceremony at the National Palace in Managua on September 12, 2018. (AFP Photo / Inti Ocon)“[The Nicaraguan immigration police] are like that. That doesn’t surprise me. You’ll get used to it,” he said.According to reports from the MEP, the delivery between countries only had a few formalities from Nicaragua and the notes of the Costa Rican hymn were played. It was something small, simple.In her speech, Miriam Raudez, Sandinista Minister of Education, insisted that in “Nicaragua everything was normal and peaceful,” contrary to reports from the Organization of American States (OEA) that say there is a serious state of repression in Nicaragua. Raudez affirmed that there wasn’t any type of crisis.“A victorious greeting from the president Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo. We are not a people that get scared, we are a people of peace, we want peace. This country has been able to transcend any plan to destabilize and break peace in Nicaragua, they couldn’t and they won’t. These heroic people work for peace,” said the minister, according to La Nación.Later the torch was taken by Deylin Ugarte, a student at of La Cruz’s night school.Six years ago, Deylin, tall and imposing, had to leave school because she got pregnant. This year she was chosen as the best student of her school and was in charge of crossing this symbol between the two borders.The torch, which has been recognized as a Costa Rican patriotic symbol since 2005, entered Costa Rica late. It was held up in Liberia because of strikes and delayed more due to blockades in Guanacaste and Puntarenas. A roadblock in Puntarenas during the general strike on Sept. 13, 2018. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)In these provinces, a group of protesters decided to block roads to the capital to protest tax reform and protect themselves from police.As reported by the MEP, protesters with the National Association of Educators (ANDE) and the Association of Teachers of Second Education (APSE), detained and harassed students, teachers and MEP officials, forcing them to airlift the torch Cartago.The Education Minister, Edgar Mora, acknowledged these reports and noted that this was the first time the torch’s route was interrupted in since the tradition started 54 years ago.“It is a lie that there were no deliberate acts to delay, delay, interrupt and use this patriotic symbol in a different way than we have used it for years,” Mora said. Deylin Ugarte and other students from La Cruz’s night school were the first Costa Ricans to carry the independence torch this year.  (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)The torch will end up in San José on Sept. 15, the Independence Day of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.The future of Central America is uncertain. The region is home to some of the most violent cities in the world. Nicaragua is engulfed in a dictatorship. Costa Rica, a beacon of stability in the region, is facing an economic crisis.Central America, a territory that was celebrating its liberation and independence 197 years ago, is filled with people fighting for freedom and peace again.It seems like a cycle that will never end. 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18 things to eat do and experience in the Greek Islands

first_imgGet your ticket to Rhodes Wine and cheese are a perfect pair – so why not combine the two? That’s what the folks of Sifnos did with Manoura, a wine-cured dairy delight and one of Greece’s must-try cheeses. For something heartier, try mastelo – juicy lamb marinated in rich red wine, then slow roasted with enticing herbs. In general, the question on this Greek island is not “what to eat” but “can I have more, please”. 8. Join an intoxicating raki feast in Crete Chios, one of the best Greek islands that hasn’t yet been discovered, is a vacation for eyes, nose, tastebuds and soul. It starts, of course, with the famous mastic gum, made from the resin of Chios’ native mastic trees. Its refreshing, ‘green’ aroma blends with the scents wafting from citrus orchards, and the gum itself is added to everything from sweets to coffee. And to please the eyes, there’s the hypnotic patterns of Pyrgi and Mavra Volia’s black sand beach. 10. Pair fiery ouzo with grilled octopus and freshly salted sardines in Lesvos Catch a flight to Kefalonia 3. Taste the wine-tinged flavours of foodie island Sifnos 9. Bathe in Giola pool (or world-class olive oil) in Thassos 17. Take a postcard-worthy picture of the colourful houses of Symi 2. Breathe in salty air and pine scents on a yacht tour in the Northern Sporades 15. Take a fresh bite out of a watermelon pie in Ios Ibiza? What Ibiza? Mykonos is the life of the party not just in the Greek islands, but also across the globe. Here you might run into Hollywood actors, NBA players, and Instagram celebrities, but the real stars are behind the decks. EDM’s biggest names, from Steve Aoki to Diplo to Ricardo Villalobos will keep you on your feet all night. Cavo Paradiso and Paradise Beach Club, in particular, are hot spots. Crete Chania flights, this way 13. Sunbathe next to a shipwreck at Navagio in Zakynthos (Zante) It’s exactly like being a hero in one of those movies where you find yourself on the shores of some exotic land… except you’re just a short boat ride from civilisation. Not that you’ll want to return. Search for flights to Greece Mykonos hotels to bass yourself 7. Savour the sweet scents of citrus and mastic gum on Chios Karpouzopita, made with watermelon juice, flour, sugar, sesame, honey and cinnamon, is an absolute treat on a hot summer day in Ios. Or, for that matter, its Cyclades cousin Milos. It’s also what to eat on this lively member of the Greek islands if you want a fresh boost for a hike, or a night out. 11. Climb to get this view at Grande Grotta Cave in Kalymnos The creamy white, smooth volcanic surfaces of Sarakinko might almost make you forget that there’s actually a gorgeous beach nearby. Don’t, as its turqoise waters are not to be missed. This place is so out of this world, even the locals sometimes refer to it as ‘Lunar’. 4. Experience an epic sunset in Santorini… …with a side of white aubergine and PDO-level fava puree. The golden glow over the Caldera and the dreamy white walls of Oia may be legendary – but don’t forget to savour the signature foods of Santorini too. Trust us, they’re among some of the best things to eat on the Greek islands. Crete Heraklion deals, here When you think of the Greek Islands, you probably think of all shades of blue, green – and maybe red if you’re a vinophile. But on Lemnos, you can have all of that, plus an oasis of a desert right in the middle of an Aegean paradise. Looking for a reason to visit later in the season? Autumn marks raki distilling season – and considering the folks here love this strong spirit enough to call it ‘the nectar of Crete’, that’s cause for celebration. Try to make it to a boisterous ‘cauldron feast’, and mark November’s Raki Festival in Chania in your calendar. But make sure you have something to eat before or after – like Crete’s famous fried snails. Or a tomato and cheese toped dakos, if you’re less adventurous. Zakynthos flights from the UK Find Santorini flight deals 1. Discover the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko in Milos Most in Greece will agree that the best ouzo comes from Lesvos, the beloved drink’s spiritual home. As such, they know what they’re doing with mezes – the tasty companions to this anise-heavy, potent spirit. Grilled octopus or sardeles pastes – scrumptious salted sardines caught fresh that day – are its best friends. However, as the Greeks will tell you, the best meze is good company. 18. Tune into peace and quiet at Porto Katsiki in Lefkada Even in the wine wonderland of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia stands out. The stand-out here is the rare Robola. Expect sweet citrusy flavours, and a smile on your face. Later, as you stroll about, you might hear a group of locals burst into a melodic kantada, putting you in an even better mood. Fitting for the island where Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed, no? This 24 island archipelago is home to amazing beaches – like golden Koukounaries, or Instagram-darling Lalaria – and also covered in green. To immerse yourself completely in this idyllic part of the Aegean, join a charterted sailing tour (or charter your own boat) to visit the uninhabited islands as well as the better known Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. 12. Feel like you’re in the desert at Ammthones on Lemnos ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Also known as kapama, this dish is reason enough to visit Rhodes. Less of a turf and more of a surf person? We can recommend oven-baked fish with sesame paste. Speaking of sesame; the cinnamon-y, honey-y melekouni makes for a sweet snack during long treks. The goddess Aphrodite, as myth would have it, was born off the coast of this sweet island. Which might explain why it’s so easy to fall in love with. The main attraction to get your heart beating is the stunning – if a bit out of the way – Kaladi Beach. That, plus Kythira’s fragrant thyme honey, which is a lot easier to access. Feeling lazy? Blue-flag winning Kapsali Beach is minutes from the Chora. Got a taste for the Greek islands? See which flights can get you there for less: 6. Dance yourself clean to the music of EDM masters in Mykonos 16. Mellow out with heavenly honey and hidden beaches in Kythira 5. Sip on Robola wine and listen for singing and mandolins in Kefalonia With a steep wall of rock blocking out the rest of the world – and with access only possible via sea – you can focus on basking in the glory of the sun, or dipping into the serene waters. Soon, you might even forget you’re on holiday and that you’ve just gone to heaven. Tucked in the south of Thassos, this little lagoon is probably the only acceptable excuse to choose a pool over the sea. Once you’re back in town, you can indulge in delicious dishes made with Thassos’ award-winning, PDO-grade virgin olive oil. In summary, this is a magical place where oil and water do, in fact, mix. The Greek islands are spoilt for bright, beautiful buildings. But Symi, the cutest of the Dodecanese Islands, has to take the (pastel coloured) cake. Its signature tiny shrimp are just as tasty as the little houses dotting the harbour. Oh, and if you find the sights so pretty you can’t even anymore – just take a water taxi to a secluded beach. In partnership with Visit Greece 14. Dig into rice-stuffed goat and sweet sesame goodies in Rhodes The Greek islands are a festival for all five senses, and full of experiences you’ll savour forever. To whet your appetite, we’ve put together a tasty menu of what to eat, what to see, and which Greek islands experiences to add to your plate. Speechless. That’s what you’ll be after making it to the top of this amazing eye in the sky. However, we should let you know it’s not an easy journey, so make sure you’ve got the experience or the support. Luckily, the island’s got paths perfect for beginners too. RelatedLast minute flight deals to AthensIn partnership with Visit Greece Here are some of the best Athens flight deals from the UK: Flights from London to Athens from £48* Flights from Bristol to Athens from £99* Flights from Manchester to Athens from £82* Flights from Belfast to Athens from £114* Flights from Edinburgh to Athens…The best Greek islands to visit for every holiday typeIn partnership with Visit Greece Which Greek islands are the best to visit? All of them? Joking aside, that’s a bit of an impossible question to answer. With 6000 islands to choose from – only 227 of which are inhabited – there’s enough secluded beaches, ancient history, simply epic food,…Secret spots and insider tips for a weekend in AthensIn partnership with Visit Greece We don’t need to tell you that Athens, cradle of ancient architecture, philosophy and drama, is a classic destination. But even if you’re stopping by on your way to the Greek islands, you can do more than see the Parthenon. You can get to see…last_img read more

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first_imgMayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, NYC & Company Chairman Emily K. Rafferty and CEO George Fertitta, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin today unveiled the City’s new OfficialNYCInformationCenter in midtown Manhattan and launched nycgo.com, the new online resource for exploring New York City. The opening of the center fulfills a commitment the Mayor made in the State of the City speech, where he discussed the importance of making investments to promote culture and tourism in New York City. The information center and website are designed for both visitors and residents and will allow people to better navigate and manage their visits to and within the five boroughs. The new website offers information on hotels, dining, attractions and events, and NYC & Company joined with the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs to include on the website a calendar of New York City’s cultural events. Mayor Bloomberg also announced new corporate partnerships with companies such as Google and Travelocity to provide advanced online capabilities and with content providers such as Time Out New York, Paper magazine, the New York Observer and Greenopia for up-to-date event listings. The Mayor was joined for the announcement by Google Senior Vice President Tim Armstrong and Travelocity Chief Marketing Officer Jeffrey Glueck at the new InformationCenter, located at 810 Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Manhattan.“Our City’s travel and tourism industry is as important today as ever, and we’ve invested in new tools to attract visitors and formed innovative partnerships with brands such as Google and Travelocity to promote the City to people around the world,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “And by extending these new travel resources to our residents, we are giving New Yorkers the chance to more actively take advantage of the City’s diverse and exciting neighborhoods.”The new center, designed by WXY Architecture and Urban Design Local Projects, will feature new interactive capabilities, including personalized itineraries. The center features digital NYC maps and up-to-the-minute event and venue information on attractions throughout the five boroughs. Wall-mounted multi-lingual information kiosks, available in nine foreign languages, offers information on how to navigate New York City with transportation tips and an array of services.NYCgo.com features a comprehensive one-stop hub of information for visitors and residents, tailored to the interests of a variety of lifestyle categories, with select information available in nine foreign languages. The website, developed in conjunction with interactive agency Huge, Inc., will also feature user-generated content through a new MyNYC feature, allowing site visitors to create personal profiles, provide input on New York City experiences, rate and review venues and events, and share recommendations among users with similar interests“Our goal with the new center and nycgo.com was to curate the best of what the City has to offer while providing unique and effective platforms to help maximize the NYC experience,” said George Fertitta, CEO, NYC & Company. “The synergy between nycgo.com and our InformationCenter technologies will expose residents and visitors to new dynamic content and information each day. By ensuring that our content is as robust as possible, we will also strive to develop a loyal following of visitors and residents.”nycgo.comlast_img read more

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