How to Get the Most Out of Your Single-Location Shoot

first_imgOrdinary Locations Become ExtraordinaryImage via Universal.By melding ordinary objects in the scenery with bizarre and visually striking elements, Carpenter creates a sense of confusion and wonder in his audience. The two opposing elements create a scene that suggests intrigue and suspense. We see an example of this in Escape from New York, wherein the mundane background becomes a visually stimulating backdrop that captures the audience’s attention. As we hear in the video, “You don’t know why you’re staring at it, but deep inside, your brain is trying to make sense [of it].” You can control the location and the scene by doing your own production design. Fill out the space with opposing visuals, and the weight of the scene will carry itself.LightingImage via Universal.If you’re working in a boring location, or if you’re trying to differentiate a house or a room from the last scene, throw light on what you want the audience to see, and keep the rest in the dark. Carpenter is famous for keeping his characters in the dark for the majority of a scene. This works really well in the horror and thriller genres that he is known for, but this type of thinking could work for any genre if the story calls for an under-exposed sequence. Carpenter’s films often feature a red, green, and blue motif. Compared to the old, “cheap” film stock that Carpenter used, the modern DSLR or mirrorless rig can perform much better in these low-light scenarios.Location As CharacterImage via Embassy Pictures.One of his most famous films, The Thing, is one of the best examples of how location can be its own character. The actors are interacting and addressing the location of the story as much as anything else. Carpenter creates a world, populates it with his characters, and then lets you join them on the journey. One of the ways he does this is by shooting with anamorphic lenses. By doing this, you see more of the background, which creates a greater understanding of the key spatial details he wants you to notice. (Consider also Tarantino‘s use of anamorphic lenses in the cabin in The Hateful Eight.)Image via Universal Pictures.Getting your hands on anamorphic lenses may be less likely than shooting in only one location, but you can still shoot these claustrophobic scenes with your widest lens to get enough of the background in the shot to immerse the viewer. Wolfcrow also emphasizes the economic savings of stretching out scenes as long as possible: you don’t have to reset your crew, and you can shoot longer throughout the day. This will allow you to populate your feature with fewer scenes while still hitting that feature length.Trapping the CharactersImage via Jack H Enterprises.A consistent element of Carpenter’s work is the relatable character trapped in one location. Then, to top it off, he adds a deadline that the characters must beat. He also finds ways to work in a description at the beginning of the film that details the geographic layout of the building, house, or compound, letting the audience know where certain things are (that most certainly pop up later in the film). The villains are almost always human (or taking the form of a human), so he doesn’t need heavy prosthetics or VFX. On top of that, Carpenter scores his own movies. Obviously we can’t all be as talented as Carpenter, but we do have access to the same frugal approach to gear and techniques that he uses to make his films seem bigger than they actually are.Also, make sure to include one camera trick or gag that will catch the audience off guard. Creating a memorable, mind-bending scene (even if it devours half your budget) means your project can stick in the audience’s mind for years to come.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Recreate the Camera Rotation Transition from the “Atlanta” TrailerEverything You Need to Know About Stabilizing a ShotA Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 SetupHow to Clean up Noisy Video and Audio in 30 SecondsTips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online Get the most out of your single-location shoot by following in the footsteps of one of the greatest low-budget directors of all time.Cover image via Universal.John Carpenter has proven himself a master of the tense, boundary-pushing practice of isolating an entire feature film in one location. Although many films have used this same technique, Carpenter’s iconic films stand the narrative test of time, cementing themselves as horror artifacts that influence all other films in the genre. This video by Wolfcrow takes a look at how Carpenter maximizes his budget’s potential by restricting the set while still telling stories that last.last_img read more

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HIGHLIGHTSOUTHERNREGION2100

first_imgChennai, Jul 27 (PTI): Top stories from SouthernChennai, Jul 27 (PTI): Top stories from Southern region at 2100 hrs today.MDS11 TN-KALAM-WORK CULTURERameswaram : The work culture in central government offices has now changed from what it was earlier when employees used to have a tea break within an hour or so after reporting to work, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.MDS12 KL-RAPEKochi: A still photographer has been arrested for allegedly raping and cheating an aspiring actress on the pretext of getting her a lead role in a movie, says police. MDS13 POL-LD JDU-KERALANew Delhi: Kerala JD(U) president M P Veerendra Kumar expresses shock over party chief Nitish Kumars decision to align with the BJP and said the state unit would not follow the chief minister into the NDA fold, “no matter the price” it may have to pay.MDS14 TN-KALAM-MODI-FISHINGRameswaram: Acceding to a long-pending demand of the Tamil Nadu government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches a deep-sea fishing scheme for fishermen of this region, saying it would help them overcome problems of fishing in Palk Strait. MDS15 DHARAMSINGH-OBITBengaluru: A seasoned political leader with decades of administrative acumen, N Dharam Singh was known for his gentle demeanour and Urdu shairis and considered an Ajatashatru (with no enemy) in Karnatakas political circles.MES8 KL-AICTEThiruvananthapuram): The recent downward trend in employability of engineering graduates is due to an outdated curriculum, says All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe.BOM17 SPO-MITHALI-PROMOTIONHyderabad: Recognising her performance, the Ministry of Railways has promoted Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj to the post of OSD (Sports) in Hyderabad-headquartered South Central Railway (SCR).advertisementBOM21 TL-DRUGS-LD PROBEHyderabad: Special investigation team of Telanganas excise department conducts fresh raids in parts of the city here in connection with a state-wide online drug racket and also question actress Mumaith Khan for seven hours. PTI BNlast_img read more

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Akshay Kumar: I would be a fool to make a biopic on myself

first_imgRajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, which is based on the life of Sanjay Dutt, is still in theatres and raking in the moolah. However, Akshay Kumar will never make a film on himself.Emphasising that he would “never ever” make a film or write a book about himself, Akshay told PTI, “There are so many amazing stories in history, like Tapan Das (his character in Gold), Arunachalam Muruganantham on whose life Padman was based, who have steered India in a positive direction. I would be a fool to make a biopic on myself.””I would never even think of it, it will be a shallow thing to do for myself. I want to make biopic on real heroes and not reel heroes,” he added, sparking rumours that he is taking a dig at Sanjay Dutt.Bollywood is bitten by the biopic bug and currently, there are several films on real-life personalities in the pipeline, including ones on Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mathematician Anand Kumar, music mogul Gulshan Kumar, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, Rani Laxmibai and famed writer Saadat Hasan Manto.Talking about the overdose of biopics, Akshay said, “It is a known (fact) in our industry that if something works, almost everyone does the same thing and this is not just about biopic or sports biopic or something else. If a few films fail, everyone will run after something else.”Akshay will be seen next in Reema Kagti’s Gold, which tells the story of independent India’s first Olympic gold win.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)ALSO READ: Before Akshay Kumar’s Gold, all you need to know about independent India’s first Olympic goldALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Names 5 Teams That Impressed Him The Most

first_imgespn's kirk herbstreit catches a pass on the field. He recently discussed the upcoming Alabama vs. LSU game.STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kirk Herbstreit plays catch before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 29, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Save for a few makeup games, the college football regular season wrapped up last weekend. There were a number of big-time performances in Week 13.As he does every week, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit highlighted his top five team and individual performances from the previous weekend. His list this week features plenty of heavy hitters.The five teams that impressed Herbie the most over the weekend ere all Power 5 schools.Ohio StateWashingtonOklahomaArizona StateWake ForestNot only does Ohio State have the No. 1 spot on Herbstreit’s team list, the Buckeyes have two players among his individual honorees: quarterback Dwayne Haskins and wide receiver Parris Campbell.They are joined by Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Hollywood Brown, Washington’s Myles Gaskin and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley.My performances of WEEK 13Team1-@OhioStateFB 2-@UW_Football 3-@OU_Football 4-@ASUFootball 5-@WakeFB Player1-D.Haskins @OhioStateFB 2-Tua @AlabamaFTBL 3-M.Brown @OU_Football 4-Parris Campbell @OhioStateFB 5-Jake Bentley @GamecockFB 5-Myles Gaskin @UW_Football— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 27, 2018Three of the teams listed above–Ohio State, Washington and Oklahoma–will play this coming weekend.last_img read more

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Linda Carvery Appointed Federal Citizenship Judge

first_imgCarolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Immigration and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, congratulates council member Linda Carvery on her recent federal appointment as a citizenship judge in Halifax. “Ms. Carvery’s appointment is wonderful news. I am confident her commitment to this position will parallel her dedication to her community overall,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. Ms. Carvery is an entrepreneur with interests in the community, economic and social development and the arts. She has worked for many years on behalf of persons with disabilities, families in crisis and youths and is former executive director of the African Nova Scotian Training Centre. In addition to longtime involvement on the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ms. Carvery has served the community through the National Parole Board, the Congress of Black Women, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. “The council has benefitted from Ms. Carvery’s caring and expert participation for many years,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “Now the citizens of Canada will benefit from one of Nova Scotia’s leading women.” She is also a singer and recording artist and winner of the East Coast Music Award Jazz Artist of the Year. During Ms. Carvery’s three-year term as a citizenship judge, she will make decisions concerning citizenship applications, preside over citizenship ceremonies and administer the oath to new citizens.last_img read more

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Helicopters holding fire thats crossed into Canada at avalanche path

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Crews battling a wildfire near the U.S. border in Alberta are hoping an avalanche path will prevent the flames from spreading further into a national park that was badly burned last year.Dry and windy conditions Friday afternoon pushed the Boundary Wildfire north across the border for the first time into Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta.Parks Canada says in a news release the area received a small amount of rain overnight, but it was so small that it couldn’t be measured, and Saturday’s forecast called for strong winds and sun.John Stoesser, a spokesman for Parks Canada, says the flames have reached a stretch of mountainside that has been swept mostly bare of trees by winter avalanches.Stoesser says sparks have crossed the avalanche zone and ignited spot fires on the eastern side.He says helicopters are dumping water on those spot fires to keep them from growing and burning further through the Boundary Valley towards the Waterton Valley.“When the fire burns through those coniferous trees leading towards the avalanche path, those are a little bit more flammable. But then when it reaches that avalanche path, there’s not as much trees there, there’s not as much vegetation there so the fire activity slows right down when it gets to that line,” Stoesser said in an interview Saturday.“So that’s why it’s a good place to drop water from the helicopters.”Parks Canada said two helicopters were on the job at the avalanche boundary on Saturday and that a third chopper was on its way.Stoesser said it’s an aerial effort at this point, since it’s steep, rocky terrain. Once the flames are knocked down a bit, he said firefighters can go into the area and do what they can from the ground.Waterton was devastated a year ago by a wildfire which consumed more than 190-square kilometres within the park and led to a two-week mandatory evacuation.An evacuation alert was issued last month for Waterton Lakes National Park due to the fire that’s been burning on the U.S side in Glacier National Park, but the alert was later lifted when the area got rain.A Parks Canada news release on Saturday said the agency and U.S. fire managers are working together and are in constant communication about fire activity and response.The fire is estimated to be about 11-square kilometres in size.last_img read more

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Adrian Grenier To Speak At Oceanic X Ibiza Event

first_imgAdrian Grenier will speak at Oceanic X Ibiza: A Festival For Our Ocean next week.Video: Oceanic x Ibiza : July 20thOn the 20th of July 2017, Oceanic will present its inaugural event as part of its city-by-city immersive experience series, set to take place in the heart of Ibiza, Spain.A conscious festival for our ocean, Oceanic x Ibiza will be a thoroughly cultural, artistic and inspirational experience. It will unite top musicians, celebrities, conservationists, institutions, NGOs and brands, transcending the barriers of language and human diversity to create a universal voice for our ocean.Oceanic x Ibiza is designed to transport participants through the depths of our ocean. Immersive content on-site will juxtapose the natural beauty of our ocean with the destructive impact of plastic and seafood consumption, as well as provide the Oceanic community with engaging solution for restoring ocean health.For more information, click here.last_img read more

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Eldorado shares fall as it cuts production guidance at Kisladag mine in

first_imgTORONTO – Shares in Eldorado Gold Corp. fell more than 10 per cent in late-morning trading after the gold miner cut its guidance for gold production from its Kisladag mine in Turkey.The stock was down 49 cents or about 18 per cent at $2.24 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The company says gold recovery from the leach pad at the operation has lagged internal expectations.Eldorado says it now expects production from Kisladag this year to be 170,000 to 180,000 ounces at cash costs of $500 to $550 per ounce. It also placed its guidance for 2018 and beyond under review.The revised guidance was down from an estimate of 180,000 to 210,000 ounces in June and the company’s original 2017 guidance for 230,000 to 245,000 ounces.Eldorado, which has operations in Turkey, Greece, Canada, Romania, Serbia and Brazil, calls Kisladag its flagship gold mine.last_img read more

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Watchdog group urges probe of Ivanka Trump tax break role

first_imgWASHINGTON — A watchdog group is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka violated federal conflict-of-interest law by her key role in promoting an Opportunity Zone tax break program from which she could potentially benefit.The complaint from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington follows an Associated Press investigation last month. The AP found that, as White House aides, Trump and her husband Jared Kushner both backed the Opportunity Zones program, which could financially benefit the couple.Kushner owns a $25 million to $50 million stake in Cadre, a real estate platform has announced plans to invest in several cities under the Opportunity Zones program.The CREW complaint says that, under the law, Kushner’s financial interests are considered of value to Ivanka Trump.Stephen Braun, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The NFL Is No League For Old Men

Carolina6 Teams that had the most players age 30 or older who started at least eight games last season Excludes kickers and puntersSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Could there be a market inefficiency in older players today, similar to the one that Allen exploited nearly 50 years ago? It seems like Jon Gruden is determined to find out. Last year, the Raiders had eight 30-something starters, tied with Arizona for the league high. A total of six — safety Reggie Nelson, tackle Donald Penn, running back Marshawn Lynch, tight ends Jared Cook and Lee Smith, and defensive end Bruce Irvin — remain. And the team has added linebacker Derrick Johnson (36 this year), safety Marcus Gilchrist (30) and wideout Jordy Nelson (33) as projected starters. Plus, the team signed 32-year-old Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week to fortify an injury-depleted defensive backfield. Gruden was surprised that he was even available.“Somebody that has a history in this league,” the Raiders coach said to The Fresno Bee. “He’s got a lot of clout, and a lot of people know who he is. We’re hoping we can rejuvenate him and get him acclimated to our defense and potentially utilize his skills he’s proven for a long time.”So it seems like the Raiders are set to put a lot more gray into the Silver and Black. For that, in today’s NFL, they don’t have much competition. Buffalo6 Oakland8 Roster construction appears to be a big factor. Last year, the eight division winners spent an average of 52.1 percent of their total salary cap on their top 10 players.2The Saints spent the lowest share on their best players at 42.4 percent, but that was due largely to one of the most productive rookie classes in history. And players on rookie contracts, which span up to five years when including option years for first-rounders, are huge bargains relative to their level of on-field production. That left only about half the available money for 80 percent of those teams’ rosters. This would mean that a lot of minimum contracts are being used to fill in the gaps — and because minimum salaries increase according to service time, only the elite 30-somethings may be surviving.This isn’t necessarily the wrong strategy. Once they hit 30, average players are either in the midst of or rapidly approaching the downside of their careers. Data shows that players at all positions generally see performance declines by age 30, with players’ peak ages ranging from 24 for running backs to 28 for most offensive linemen and quarterbacks. The subsequent declines are gradual from year to year, but the result is pronounced for all positions. So teams seem to be prioritizing younger players who are hitting their peak or ascending at the expense of veterans.There are certainly high-profile examples of older players still at the top of their game. But even the New England Patriots, who have been witness to the age-defying brilliance of 41-year-old Tom Brady, haven’t stockpiled older players. Brady was joined by only three other Pats players 30 or older who started at least eight games last year: Danny Amendola, Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. And the Patriots let Amendola leave via free agency to the Dolphins.Teams in the past have bucked this trend, though. The George Allen-coached Washington teams in the 1970s were nicknamed “The Over-The-Hill Gang” after they systematically traded draft picks for veterans. In 1971, the average age of Allen’s starters was 29.4, and the team had 11 starters over the age of 30. But Washington won nine games that season and 11 the following year, in which they regularly started nine 30-somethings en route to the NFC championship. Baltimore7 Arizona8 You could hardly find a group of people less likely to share an ethos with the counterculture movement of the 1960s than NFL decision makers. But increasingly, they don’t seem to trust anyone over the age of 30, either.In 2007, there were 201 players — not including kickers and punters — over 30 who started at least eight games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.1Pro-Football-Reference.com gives a player’s age for the season as the age he was on Dec. 31 of that season. That number was down to 133 last season, equating to roughly four per team. That’s a drop of 33.8 percent. Miami6 Cincinnati7 TeamNo. Players Age 30+ read more

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Crane logistics group gets A100 million Olympic Dam contract

first_imgBoom Logistics, Australia’s leading provider of crane logistics and related industrial services, has confirmed that following a competitive tender process, it has secured a five year contract to supply crane services to the BHP Billiton Olympic Dam maintenance operation. This represents a new business opportunity for Boom and the contract is scheduled to commence on 1 June 2012. Olympic Dam is an underground mine 564 km north of Adelaide, and is a globally important producer of copper, uranium, gold and silver. In October 2011, BHP Billiton announced approval for $1.2 billion of pre-commitment capital for the first phase of the Olympic Dam Expansion project to develop the operation into a major new open pit mine. This funding will facilitate the procurement of long lead items such as trucks and accommodation, infrastructure development and early site works for the first phase of the project.The Boom Mobile Cranes Services contract involves setting up a purpose built maintenance facility in Roxby Downs, establishing a contract management team and providing dedicated cranes and labour to deliver all crane related maintenance works at Olympic Dam. Revenue from this new contract will be approximately A$100 million over the next five years with capital investment in the order of A$20 million. Over the last four years, Boom has progressively been aligning its Crane Logistics business with the mining and resources sector. At the end of 2011, this sector accounted for 58% of its yearly revenue and this level will continue to increase as a result of this contract win and in-line with growth expectations in this sector.Brenden Mitchell, CEO of Boom said: “This new contract is in line with our strategy of building long term sustainable revenue in the resources sector with quality customers committed to safety. It also confirms our value proposition and consolidates our position as the leading crane logistics provider across Australia. Our experience and knowledge of BHP Billiton’s operations in Western Australia, Queensland and NSW, and our commitment to our customers’ quality and safety frameworks, were some of the key factors in securing this new contract. This contract further broadens Boom’s national footprint by establishing a more substantial presence in South Australia. This contract will strengthen our position in FY13 and beyond.”last_img read more

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Atlas Copco marks sale of 100th ST7 Scooptram

first_imgAtlas Copco is celebrating the sale of its 100th Scooptram ST7 loader, confirming the international success of this new generation LHD in terms of underground loading technology and design. Vostok – Metall TransLLP of Kazakhstan has become the company to place an order for the world’s 100th machine. The loader, to be delivered in July, will be used for contracting underground development work at Ridder- Sokolnyi mine which is a gold mine operated by Kazzinc, located in East Kazakhstan region. This milestone sale confirms the global success of this Scooptram model since its launch in 2010.The ST7 journey began at the field test stage when Sweden’s Lovisa mine gave it “top marks for productivity, serviceability and comfort, reporting dramatic improvements in loading operations as well as the operator’s underground working environment.” The German industrial minerals group, Geomin Erzgebirgische Kalkwerke, became the first in Germany to introduce the Scooptram ST7 at its white marble mine in Hermsdorf near the Czech border, recently visited by IM. Service intervals are longer than for older generation LHDs at the mine, and fewer spare parts are needed due to improved parts wear. The vehicle features an air conditioned cab, lower noise levels, improved lighting and more efficient emergency/alarm systems. It also has excellent traction control which is easy on the tires, meaning fewer tyre changes or longer tyre life. The on-board computer calculates the optimum power needed at any one time during operations, resulting in lower fuel consumption and lower emissions, compared with operating on full throttle for most of the time.The new Scooptram ST7 is a high performance loader with a 6.8 t tramming capacity, articulated steering and oscillating rear axle. It has a comfortable and ISO FOPS/ROPS certified cab, a tramming height of 2,160 mm and a width of 2,280 mm.last_img read more

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3M launches new hearing protection range for mining

first_imgDiversified technology company 3M has announced the launch of the Peltor X ear defenders series, a new range of ear defenders offering enhanced comfort and protection. The Peltor X ear defenders range by 3M consists of five different models offering increasing levels of protection, each available as a headband or helmet-mounted version giving ten products in total. The Peltor X5 ear defenders model is protective enough to deal with high-noise environments such as mines and processing plants, offering “the highest attenuation of the range and the greatest level of protection currently available on the ear defender market” (SNR 37dB). The range is colour-coded to provide easy recognition between levels, while the modern styling and comfortable fit can help to aid workplace compliance.Sarah Broadbent, Technical Services Engineer for the 3M Personal Safety Division, says: “Combining the latest attenuation techniques with the leading features of our existing Peltor brand Optime ear defenders range by 3M has led to the development of the Peltor X Series. The Peltor X5 model in particular is ideally suited for mine staff who require the highest levels of protection against noise. The five levels of protection offered by the Peltor X Series from 3M make it suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, while the new foam sealing rings on the higher-attenuating products minimise bulk, making it easy to incorporate with other pieces of personal protective equipment without compromising on safety.”last_img read more

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Stolen condoms arent safe for sex manufacturer warns thieves

first_imgCAN’T GET THOSE condoms out of the vending machine?Blowing it up is NOT the answer.That’s the message a condom manufacturer is sending to the thieves who opted to resort to explosive measures in order to get what they wanted.The Local reports that a Ritex condom machine in Aachen, Germany was blown up some time between Sunday night and Monday morning.A police statement released on Tuesday revealed that a nearby resident heard a “large bang” at around midnight. “The perpetrators must have used a very large firecracker or a homemade explosive. The machine is completely destroyed”, police spokesman Thomas Hinz told N24.A number of condoms and a sum of money is believed to have been stolen but Ritex isn’t taking the hard line with the offending individuals.In fact, they’re offering some friendly advice via their spokeswoman:The condom packaging is likely to have been damaged by the explosion. As soon as the packaging is damaged, the condoms are no longer safe.Some might go as far as to say they’re a bit of a soft touch. Source: GiphyAre these lads actually the 25 biggest Irish rides?>This condom ad is ‘The Talk’ you NEVER want to have>last_img read more

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 launch sparks riot in Indonesia

first_imgHere in North America, RIM has had a bit of a rough year. The PlayBook struggles to compete against the iPad (even at $199) and BlackBerry phones have steadily lost share even in the business world where they once dominated. There was also that black-eye of a service outage, which led the company to offer up millions of dollars in free apps and business support.But there’s a whole world out there beyond Android and iPhone-loving North America. In some countries, the BlackBerry brand is as strong as ever. Places like Indonesia, where a recent handset launch resulted in a large-scale riot.The stage was set when a store in Jakarta announced a launch-day price cut on the BlackBerry Bold 9790. For the first 1,000 customers, the new Bold would be half price: $270 instead of the $540 the unlucky remainder of the crowd would be paying. A crowd began forming on Thursday night and by launch day morning more than 3,000 BlackBerry-hungry shoppers were ready to storm the gates.When doors opened, the Bold quickly sold out. That didn’t sit well with the thousands of locals who missed out, though riot police on the scene were able to keep the situation under control. While several faintings were reported (over a BlackBerry? Really?), the bruhaha paled in comparison to one earlier this week in Jakarta.Two soccer fans lost their lives  as the Gelora Bung Karno stadium crowd rushed in prior to the opening kick of the Southeast Asian Games final. Several other fans were taken to hospital.More at Yahoolast_img read more

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Changement climatique une base de données pour centraliser les recherches

first_imgChangement climatique : une base de données pour centraliser les recherchesL’ONERC vient de mettre en ligne une base de données réunissant des informations sur les projets de recherche auxquels la France a participé depuis 2008. Ce lancement entre dans le cadre du plan national d’adaptation au changement climatique présenté le 21 juillet dernier par le gouvernement. On devrait y voir plus clair sur les recherches scientifiques conduites sur le thème du réchauffement climatique. En effet, l’Observatoire national sur les effets du réchauffement climatique (Onerc) vient de mettre en ligne sur son site Internet (lien non disponible) une base de données centralisant diverses recherches menées depuis 2008. Des études achevées ou en cours, réalisées par des organismes publics français, mais aussi au niveau européen et mondial, qui couvrent prioritairement la France et l’Outre-mer, précise l’Onerc.À lire aussiUne scientifique compose la terrifiante musique du réchauffement climatique (Vidéo)Cette base de données, dont la création était prévue par le plan national d’adaptation au changement climatique présenté au mois de juillet, “a pour but de faciliter et accélérer la diffusion des résultats de la recherche”, souligne le ministère de l’Environnement. Et si elle ne saurait être exhaustive, elle sera régulièrement mise à jour, promet-t-il. Les chercheurs, décideurs, ONG, bureaux d’études, comme le grand public, pourront affiner leurs recherches au sein de la base de données développée avec le Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique Climat-Environnement-Société, selon divers critères comme les zones géographiques ou les milieux concernés par les projets.Le 7 octobre 2011 à 15:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Berbatov Pogba has nothing to prove at Man United

first_imgA world champion like Paul Pogba doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, says former Manchester United striker Dimitar BerbatovThe French midfielder was left out of United’s 4-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday after making a 15-minute cameo against Arsenal last week.However, United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Pogba will be recalled to the starting line-up for their final Group H game at Valencia tonight in the Champions League.The 25-year-old has endured a frustrating start to the 2018/19 campaign, but a strong performance at the Mestalla could lead to further starting opportunities.Although Berbatov doesn’t believe the pressure is on Pogba to perform.“Pogba does not need to show how good he is because we know he’s a good player, he’s a world champion,” Berbatov told BT Sport.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Obviously people expect a lot from him, sometimes maybe too much, and he can’t do it all by himself.“He’s got nothing to prove but hopefully he can get his game going and I don’t think this is a sign that means he definitely won’t play against Liverpool. Maybe it is, but I don’t know.“Sometimes even if you play a lot of games in a row you can still feel good. Say for example, Pogba scores twice against Valencia what does that mean for the Liverpool game?“Personally I would like to see him do well in the Champions League, not just him but the whole team, and then play against Liverpool.”Berbatov also added that Leicester City defender Harry Maguire would be an ideal January signing for his old club.The Valencia-United game will begin at 21:00 (CET) tonight.last_img read more

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Man arrested after reportedly breaking into 10 vehicles in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man suspected of burglarizing 10 vehicles on Christmas Day has been arrested.Miami Police arrested 30-year-old Stetson Pierre in connection to the break-ins at an apartment building on Northwest Second Avenue and 57th Street, Tuesday.Officials said residents woke up to shattered glass and items missing in the parking garage of the building.The 30-year-old has since been charged with burglary.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Legislative Analyst Offers Gloomy Budget Outlook

first_imgEach week during the legislative session, various interest groups and lawmakers will host catered lunches as a way of drawing staffers to learn about their pet issues. Often, the selling point is the pizza or the sandwiches. But this Thursday, the food was beside the point. A standing-room-only crowd gathered to watch a special budget presentation that had been discussed in murmurs for weeks. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the outlook was somewhere between gloomy and apocalyptic.Download AudioThe Legislative Finance director’s model illustrated what he had long been saying:“You simply cannot cut your way to a sustainable budget.”Manipulating an Excel spreadsheet with dozens of inputs, David Teal showed what would happen if the state cut formula programs, added a variety of taxes, and shrunk its agencies. None of the actions taken on their own made any difference. At projected oil prices, the state still does not close its multi-billion-dollar deficit.Teal played with one scenario where the Legislature cuts its budget by 12 percent each year until the state’s $1.4 billion education program was shrunk to $400 million. When the model continued to show a deficit, the audience muttered a few “wows.” House Finance Co-Chair Steve Thompson had to stop Teal at another scenario. Whole agency operations were shut down — and still, the state faced a shortfall.THOMPSON: You mean no state troopers? No [Department of Transportation]?TEAL: No Corrections. No prisons.THOMPSON: No prison guards? All of those?TEAL: But of course that isn’t workable.The only scenario that seemed to make a difference was one where the state cut spending, oil prices rose some, a modest income tax was implemented, and the state drew some money from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve while paying out a potentially smaller dividend. That account is separate from the Permanent Fund’s principal, and legislators can draw on it at any point with a simple majority vote. However, the fund is a third rail, and rarely discussed because of its political consequences.That was illustrated halfway through the presentation when Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, logged onto Twitter from his phone and accused the Republican House Majority of making moves to “raid the Permanent Fund.” He elaborated on the comment after the presentation.“When you talk about raiding the Permanent Fund what you’re talking about is taking money out of the earnings reserve and using it for government expenses or using it for something else other than paying out dividends,” said Wielechowski.Thompson, who sponsored the lunch-and-learn event, responded with some exasperation to the suggestion.“We’re not raiding the Permanent Fund, and nobody’s going to do that. I mean, I don’t even see how that’s even a possibility,” said Thompson. “We’ve got to have a discussion about how can we fund the core services that are expected under our Constitution by the citizens of Alaska.”The Fairbanks Republican said the purpose of the presentation, which came from a non-partisan analyst, was to give the public a better understanding of the state’s fiscal outlook. The model had already been shown to many lawmakers and some staff, but — with only a few weeks of session to go — had not been public until now.Rep. Les Gara, another Anchorage Democrat who was in attendance, said he did find value in seeing the hard numbers, even if he would have liked to see more attention to the effect different policies on oil taxes and credits have on the state budget.“I think it’s worthwhile to have over, and over, and over again for the public to see all over the state so they can plug in numbers,” said Gara. “Look, if they’re oil tax people, they can say, ‘What would oil tax changes do?’ If they believe in other sources of revenue, they can plug in those numbers. But I think it’s important to lead to an honest public discussion.”The Walker administration also had at least one member present. Tax Division Director Ken Alper said he thought the presentation captured the urgency of the state’s budget situation. He added that the executive branch is working on its own model as it figures out the next step in tackling the revenue shortfall. But he stressed that for now, the focus is simply on cutting the budget.last_img read more

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OnePlus 7 Pro camera samples show promising results day or night

first_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classy OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are one of the most anticipated flagships of 2019 and the wait is almost over. On May 14, the Chinese smartphone maker will unveil the OnePlus 7 series to finally end the suspense around its features, specifications and price. But before that, OnePlus decided to let a Wired reporter try out the triple camera setup and the results seem promising.OnePlus phones have always managed to ace performance, usability, design and battery, but the cameras haven’t been the strongest suit. As companies have come up with phones featuring 4-5 lenses and delivering the impossible in terms of mobile photography, OnePlus is catching up to the trend by offering a triple camera setup in its upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro.Rumours have indicated that the OnePlus 7 Pro will sport a 48MP primary sensor alongside a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto sensor. The Wired’s Andrew Williams, who had the chance to test the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera before release, did not go on to spoil the surprise, but OnePlus’ imaging director Simon Liu was more than willing to shell out a few details.”I think we have a shot at competing with the first tier phones. I don’t think we can beat them, but the imaging world is always subjective,” Liu said of the new OnePlus 7 Pro camera. But a lot of advancements have been made in areas of zoom, portrait and low-light, which have been shown with examples in the Wired report. OnePlus is expected to launch three dual-tone OnePlus 7 models with gradient finishT3 via Tiger MobilesOnePlus 7 Pro will support 3x optical zoom, an upgrade from 2x zoom in the 6T model. While some rumours suggested that there might be a ToF lens in the setup, it is now clear that the special depth sensor won’t be included after all. Despite that, the 7 Pro is said to support 10x digital zoom, which is no match for Huawei P30 Pro’s 50x zoom, but certainly gets the job done. OnePlus is relying on software for its 10x zoom.At first glance, the shots taken during the day or night seem promising. The details are just about right, there’s high dynamic range and shooting a subject with the sun in the background didn’t seem to be much of a problem for OnePlus 7 Pro, thanks to the improved Auto HDR option.”We’re bringing a lot more clarity and density to our pictures. Our pictures are a lot more detailed compared to our previous phones,” Liu told Wired. The report also suggests that OnePlus 7’s camera uses pixel binning to create 12MP images and the option to create photos at full resolution was not available at the time of testing. Pixel binning is a technique used to reduce noise in images. OnePlus 7 Pro hands-on images leakWeiboFinally, OnePlus 7 Pro’s bokeh effect is going to be more natural although we did not see any samples proving that claim. “The bokeh effect is closer to what you’d get from a professional lens. Previously it was more artificial, to prove that there is an effect, but when you’re using a digital camera, it’s not actually that strong,” Liu explained.The biggest takeaways from the OnePlus 7 Pro’s hands-on test is that the cameras are vastly improved over the predecessors and this could be the flagship ready to compete in the big league with the likes of Samsung, Huawei and Google. We will be testing out the handset to see how much of the 7 Pro’s camera claims are true, so stay tuned. Closelast_img read more

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