How to Choose the Right Epic Music for Your Film

first_imgQuestions to Ask When Looking for Epic MusicWhat is my story?What is the story you’re trying to tell? Not the big story, the micro story in the scene. How is this scene working towards your narrative goal and what are the music requirements to get you there? For example, if you’re main character is going through battle in which he is going to lose, it doesn’t make sense to have music that is happy victorious orchestral music. Maybe it makes more sense to have music that is dissonant?In some circumstances you may want to use music that is the complete opposite of the feelings in the scene. The best example is a child singing during a horror film. In most circumstances a child singing isn’t scary, but in the context of a suspenseful scene it is extremely uncanny, thus progressing the narrative story. The same could be said about an epic movie. For increased effect it might be helpful to have a soft piano instead of a full epic orchestra.What do I want my audience to feel?Do you want your audience to feel empowered or defeated? Joyful or somber? It’s actually really easy to find music related to your specific feeling online. Feeling, like story, should follow a pre-defined structure laid out by the editor. When music the music complements the feelings conveyed in the footage it is easy to make your audience feel happy, sad, and every emotion in between.Will music drive the scene?Music can sometimes be in the driver’s seat and sometimes it can simply emphasize all of the other on-screen elements. If music is going to be front and center then you probably want to find a good track before you begin refining your edit. If it’s in the background you can simply incorporate it later in the editing process.Will this music work with my other audio?Not every song will work well when you incorporate sound effects and dialogue. Songs with horns and high pitch instruments tend to compete with other audio elements. My personal recommendation is to download a free audio preview before you actually commit to purchase your music. Once you’re ready to finalize you’re edit you can simply purchase the unwatermarked track and replace it in your timeline.Do I have the rights to this music?You can’t simply put any music into your film project (that’s a quick way to get sued). You must have the rights to use the music in your scene. So really you have two options: hire a musician to create the music or license it. Hiring a musician can be a great option (Gasp!), but it can be a huge pain to not only find the right musician, but also convey your creative vision to said artist.The best option is to license music that you find. Unfortunately, licensing Hanz Zimmer is extremely expensive so you might need something a little more reasonable like say…PremiumBeat. Here on PremiumBeat we have thousands of tracks specifically designed to work perfectly in video or film productions. And when it comes to epic music there’s no shortage of grandiose tracks.ConclusionAt the end of the day picking epic music is all about motivation. Each element from cinematography to music should all progress the story and add interest to your film.Want to learn more about incorporating epic music into your projects? Check out a few of the following links:How to Pick the Right Tone, Shots, and Music for Trailers – PremiumBeatCutting Trailers: Understanding How To Create One That Works – PremiumBeatRoyalty Free Music Playlist: Epic Sci-Fi! – PremiumBeatHave any tips for finding epic music? Share in the comments below. What Epic Music Can Do for a Film?Epic music is epic because of the emotions it generates inside the minds of your audience. While the epic category has traditionally been categorized as massive classical compositions it’s not uncommon to see more non-traditional music works in modern cinema. So what can (the right) epic music do for your film? Well…1. Epic Music Raises the Narrative StakesA good story is all about contrast:Good vs. EvilInternal vs. ExternalLove vs. LogicYou get the idea. The greater the contrast, the greater the stakes. When there’s more to lose there’s more for the audience to worry about and your music is a great opportunity to enhance these feelings. Epic music makes the illusion of grandeur even greater. It makes your audience care about the person falling off the cliff. More practically, it makes the audience worried about characters even if they already know their fate.At the end of the day your audience isn’t in any real danger if your hero is killed. Sure it’ll make them sad, but the stakes aren’t real. However, epic music can materialize your audience feelings despite their apathy or intrigue towards your story.2. Epic Music Guides Your AudienceA film can be confusing, especially considering the fact that most film audiences don’t watch movies in the same way you do. As storytellers we’re often keen into the narrative structures that filmmakers use to progress the story. Things like editing, lighting, and shot choice are easily recognized by filmmakers, not so much by the average audience.Epic music tells your audience what to feel. It may seem simple, but without music an audience isn’t always keen to what’s important and what’s less important. Music will tell your audience when get on the edge of their seat and when to lean back.3. Epic Music Makes Everything Else More EpicIt’s a scientific fact that music can change the way an audience perceives your film. In a way, music is the metaphorical lens through which they will watch your movie. When you include epic music in your film it has the power to make everything else more epic. From acting to editing, epic music can make your film seem bigger and more dramatic to your audience. Here’s a few things to consider when looking for that perfect epic track.The filmmaking world is massive in every sense of the word. From the sheer number of those working in the industry to the size and scope of the films being produced, the love for both filmmaking and cinema has never been bigger. And if you have a big film coming up you will need an epic song. Here’s a few tips for picking the perfect epic track.How Does Epic Music Change a Film?Music has the ability to radically change your audiences perceptions and emotions towards your film. While it would be certainly overstepping to say that music has the power to make a bad film good, it can certainly make a good film great. Don’t believe me? Check out this example of what the Star Wars Throne Room scene would look like with no music.Here’s the same scene with music. Notice how the overall tone of the entire scene is different.While these above example was a bit extreme, on a practical level choosing the right music is a task worthy of your time and efforts.last_img read more

Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Shahryar Khan likely to step down as PCB chairman on August 20

first_imgShahryar Khan, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has indicated he might step down on August 20 after completing two years in office.”Mind you I have taken no final decision as yet on whether I will step down or continue but when I was initially appointed as chairman, the patron in chief gave me a two-year tenure which ends on August 20th,” Khan said.Khan minced no words in expressing his disappointment at the prevailing cricket culture in Pakistan.”It is disappointing and drags you down that every time the team does not do well the knives are out for the board officials. If anything after the World T20, Sri Lanka who were the defending champions, Australia and England should all have been more disappointed than us at not performing well in the event. But in Pakistan the board is held responsible for everything,” he said.Khan said people needed to understand the board was there to facilitate the players, improve the cricket structure and earn revenues for cricket development and players.”We can only make the best appointments of technocrats the rest is up to them we can only facilitate them and we have been doing that regularly. If the team is not performing, how can you hold board officials responsible for something the players and coaches are supposed to deliver,” he said.’NEVER CRAVED FOR PCB JOB’Khan made it clear he never craved for the job of PCB chairman. “I lead a quiet retired life and I enjoy teaching assignments. I didn’t need this job as I had already headed the board and I don’t take any salary. but two years back when cricket matters had gone to the Supreme Court the prime minister and Najam Sethi told me to come in and I initially agreed only for a year. But they told me I should be there for atleast two years as one year was not enough to get things done,” he said.advertisementKhan said he had faced lot of pressure in his career as a diplomat.”I can take the pressure but obviously at my age it becomes exhausting for me. But it is my earnest desire to see things improve in Pakistan cricket to see our team doing well and most of all to see us resume bilateral cricket ties with India. These are challenges for me.”Khan confirmed he had at one stage decided to step down but was persuaded to continue till August 20.”I will be going to England for my annual vacation and will come back fresh and than take a decision whether I should continue or not when my term expires,” he said.”There is no doubt we have fallen behind other cricket nations and we need to make up time. We are confident that with a new management set up in the team, new selectors and administrative changes in the board’s cricket department things will improve soon.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Team India in West Indies: Playing hard and partying harder

first_imgTeam India members have been playing non-stop cricket since August last year and are currently in the West Indies for the five-match ODI series.After hammering the hosts by 105 runs in the second match the Men in Blue took a 1-0 lead in the series (the first ODI got washed out) and now have a few days to themselves before the third match is played on June 30.The players are making sure to make the most of these few off days and are being accompanied by their wives on this tour.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who shares a terrific rapport with most the Indian cricketers thanks to the IPL, hosted the team at his home in Trinidad before the players headed to Antigua for the third ODI.Bravo posted a series of pictures with India captain Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with innovative captions along with each of them.For Dhoni he wrote – “It was great to have my brother from another Mother at my house last night along with his beautiful daughter an my mom.”While a picture with Kohli, Rahane and Dhawan was captioned – “Last night at my home my brothers from team india in having a chill night.”And with Bhuvi the caption read – “The only two players in the history of ipl to won purple Cap 2 times.”Dhawan, who is probably the most active Indian player on social media, has also posted quite a few pictures on Instagram while spending some quality time with his family and teammates in Trinidad.Dhoni’s wife Sakshi also uploaded an adorable picture with Dhawan and Bravo’s boys and captioned the picture – “My two boys !!! #dhawanjr #bravojr.”The ODI series will end on July 6 following which both the teams will play a lone T20I in Jamaica on July 9. The Indian cricketers will then enjoy a 15-day break before leaving for Sri Lanka to play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I from July 26.last_img read more

Amazon original captures agony and ecstasy of the most iconic race in motor sport

first_imgThe new Amazon original, Le Mans: Racing is Everything, effectively captures the emotional rollercoaster drivers experience during what’s arguably the most iconic race in motor sport. And I should know: I was actually driving in the 2015 edition of the 24-hour race that features in the documentary.The six-part series follows,The new Amazon original, Le Mans: Racing is Everything, effectively captures the emotional rollercoaster drivers experience during what’s arguably the most iconic race in motor sport. And I should know: I was actually driving in the 2015 edition of the 24-hour race that features in the documentary.The six-part series follows various distinct characters, rookies, veterans, drivers at the top and teams that are having a nightmare run. Filmmaker James Erskine and his team have been able to tell the story of the whole Le Mans week, including everything that happens off the track.Watching some of the heartache stories was a bit difficult for me, because they involved friends of mine, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Jann Mardenborough. They were also moments that I can totally relate to. Though racing at Le Mans is truly one of the greatest experiences for a racing driver, it can also be one of the worst. I remember a particular race in 2014 where we were very fast but I ended up in a crash with eight other cars during a rainstorm that ended our chances.Erskine does especially well in communicating how important teamwork is at an event like this. Unlike Formula 1, at Le Mans you have three drivers sharing the same car and the dynamic between them is key to success. The drivers all have to get along and compromise in the interest of the team. This is a unique and tricky balance when you’re involving highly competitive individuals who are used to being selfish sportsmen.advertisementThe other angle that’s captured well is the family perspective. For example, in one of the episodes, the camera crew visits the home of Darren Turner to speak with his wife Katie about her feelings on the risks involved. Le Mans remains one of the most dangerous races in the world where drivers get hurt every year. I often think back to the race in 2013 when Darren’s teammate, Allan Simonsen, was killed. As drivers, we accept the risks involved, but the film reminds us, and shows viewers, how hard it is for the wives and parents to watch from the sidelines, knowing that when the driver leaves the pit lane, he might not come back alive.-Karun Chandhok is a racing driver and the first and only Indian to compete at Le Manslast_img read more

World Championships: Usain Bolt leads Jamaica into final, U.S. run year’s fastest time

first_imgUsain Bolt, running the penultimate race of his career, led Jamaica safely through their semi-final in the 4×100 metres relay at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday while United States ran the fastest time of the year.Bolt, who announced on Monday that he would also run in the heats, will race for the last time in the final on Saturday when he hopes to bow out with his 20th global championship title.Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).Jamaica are aiming for a fifth successive world title in the event but will face a stiff challenge from the U.S. who won the first heat in 37.70 seconds, with Christian Coleman, silver medallist in the 100 metres, running the anchor leg.”It feels like second nature because we work well together. We are confident we can win. We will go and prepare well for tonight,” said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the United States.Britain were second in the first heat in 37.76, also faster than Jamaica’s time, while Japan were third. Canada and Turkey also qualified as the fastest losers.Bolt’s presence ensured a capacity crowd for the morning session. “It’s hard to be sad because of the energy I’m getting from the crowd,” said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat in the 100 metres when he took bronze.last_img read more

Shuker and Sonda get fitting farewell

first_imgAustralia won the third and final game of a thrilling Men’s Open series.Garry Sonda had been a workhorse for the team all weekend and was determined to go out a winner. Sonda lead from the front and set up the opening touchdown after a long ball to Chris Farrow.Robert Nakhla scored an acrobatic touchdown in the corner as Joel Willoughby threw another long ball to the right corner. Willoughby had been superb all weekend and his lethal long ball is probably the best in the Australia at the moment.Chris Farrow scored another touchdown in a low scoring first half as Australia went to the break 3-0 up.New Zealand got back into the game in the second half with Saturdays match winner, Michael Cavanagh scoring consecutive touchdowns.Dylan Hennessy, relishing the opportunity in the senior line-up scored again but New Zealand came right back through Lani Kaiwai after a brilliant ball and set to pounce at 4-3.With moments remaining, Chris Farrow scored his third touchdown of the day. Farrow scored a hat-trick in all three games, truly a remarkable feat from a remarkable player.It was raining touchdowns for the first two games of the series but credit to Tony Trad as changes in defensive policy and interchange rotations had their desired effect with Australia winning the game 5-3 and the series 2-1.Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda had been able to go out as winners in the Australian colours they had to work so hard to wear. Shuker had been an outstanding leader of Men and an individual his players and the Touch community respect and admire.Garry Sonda had the difficult task of breaking back into the Australian side after injury. Eighteen months after a knee injury and in his mid-thirties, it was going to be tough for even someone of Sonda’s talent and stature in the game to fit into a talented Aussie line-up and the hectic pace of the modern day game. Sonda repaid the faith showed in him by the selectors to put in a vintage last performance. The game will miss GS7, one of the most ferocious competitors in Touch Football history.The Australian combinations worked well with Drummayne Dayberg-Muir and Jason Stanton leading the talented team to victory but New Zealand is building an empire. The young and talented line-up on display in Wollongong will be the nucleus for a Champion Team of the future.last_img read more

Companies Urged to Get Certified Locally

first_imgLocal businesses are being encouraged to attain internationally accepted certification for their management systems right here in Jamaica, through the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).The NCBJ, which was established in 2007, is accredited by the National Accreditation Board to offer internationally recognised certification to quality management system and environment management system standards.Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott Brown, said the agency currently offers management system certification to ISO 9001 2008, which refers to the quality management system, and ISO 14001, which is the environmental management system.Mrs. Scott Brown explained that certification is important, as it not only improves a company’s image, but it also tells customers that their goods and services are of a particular standard.She said gaining certification through the NCBJ is a sign that customers can expect consistency in the delivery of quality products.“What we have seen is that, globally, companies are now going for certification, because it is an attestation that they have a system in place that deals with consistency. And, once they have a recognised system, it can assist with market penetration, because having certification, which is accepted internationally, means that your goods or services will be accepted,” she said. Furthermore, Chairman of the Standards Council at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Professor Winston Davidson, explains that management certification, especially to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, is seen as the minimum that a company must demonstrate in order to gain market acceptance.“It opens the door for trade negotiations and other opportunities,” he said. However, Professor Davidson notes that “certification to these international standards does not, on its own, guarantee any business. But without it, you may have a hard time convincing customers that you can, in fact, deliver products of suitable quality.”Two local companies which have recently been added to the growing list of ISO certified entities are National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) and Corpak Jamaica Limited.Managing Director of Corpak Jamaica Limited, Shelly Sterling, told JIS News that the benefits of becoming ISO certified through the NCBJ are far reaching.“One of the reasons we went for the ISO certificate is that we were at a point where we were growing very quickly, and we felt that it will help us to develop systems and structures that will give us a solid foundation to grow on. And that has in fact proven to be so,” she said.Management representative for Corpak Jamaica, Howard Walters, noted that there are countless benefits that can be attained, once a company becomes ISO certified through the NCBJ.He outlined that since certification, his company’s profile has been raised to a much higher level, and pointed out that structurally, there has been significant improvements.“The structures are better, the systems are way better, the production is better, our controls and our traceability are also clearly better. If we have a problem, we know what happened, and we know how to fix it,” he said.This is part of the reason why Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is encouraging organisations which have attained certification in other domains, to transfer that certification from foreign based providers to the NCBJ.“There is no reason any longer for persons to be using precious and hard earned foreign exchange to be bringing in foreign certification…whilst we have competent organisations here. Indeed, that is one way of keeping some of the well-needed foreign exchange in Jamaica and above all, ensuring that Jamaican standards are international standards and the best practice globally,” the Minister said.The NCBJ has become the first certification body in the Caribbean region to be accredited to offer certification of management systems to both manufacturing and service industries, in the private and public sectors.The agency is an independent certification unit of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). Companies wishing to become certified through the NCBJ can contact them at 619-1131, 632-4275 or visit: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

H.O.P.E. For Areas under Enhanced Security Measures

first_img Efforts are being made to forge tangible partnerships between the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and security forces on duty in communities declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) and areas where States of Public Emergency (SOPE) have been instituted. Lt. Col. Rickman said HOPE is seeking to reach as many unattached youth as is possible, noting that “we have, so far, been able to identify four former detainees under the State of Public Emergency being undertaken in St. James.” Story Highlights Efforts are being made to forge tangible partnerships between the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme and security forces on duty in communities declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) and areas where States of Public Emergency (SOPE) have been instituted.This was disclosed by National Coordinator for HOPE, Lt. Col Martin Rickman, who was speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s head office in Kingston.Lt. Col. Rickman said HOPE is seeking to reach as many unattached youth as is possible, noting that “we have, so far, been able to identify four former detainees under the State of Public Emergency being undertaken in St. James.”He pointed out that these persons are currently undergoing training through HEART Trust/NTA.Lt. Col. Rickman noted that not all persons identified for assistance will be able to register for HOPE because of the age requirements.“The cut-off is twenty-four years… but we are committed to assisting individuals in the best way we can. We can direct those who fall outside of the target group to existing programmes where they are able to access training to further develop themselves,” he indicated.Lt. Col. Rickman emphasised that this undertaking is the beginning of the engagement being embarked on, adding that the programme will continue to make an impact on the youth in a coordinated and inclusive manner.Talks are now underway with teams deployed in St. Catherine to continue the initiative to direct willing participants to the programme and offer them meaningful opportunities to make significant changes to their current situation.Negotiations have also commenced with a number of private sector organisations, which have been coming forward to pledge their support to assist in facilitating trainees with the completion of their apprenticeship.The HOPE programme was launched in May 2017 as part of the Government’s thrust to take a coordinated approach to engage, in a meaningful way, unattached youth islandwide. This was disclosed by National Coordinator for HOPE, Lt. Col Martin Rickman, who was speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the Agency’s head office in Kingston.last_img read more

Siem and Harkand Enter Charter Agreement for OSCV …

first_imgzoom Siem Offshore and the Harkand have entered into a charter agreement for the Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (OSCV) “Siem Spearfish”, which is under construction in Norway.The agreement is made at market terms and is for a firm period of five years with three yearly options. The charter shall commence in May 2014 following delivery of the vessel from the Norwegian yard.The vessel will support the development of the Harkand group in the provision of inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services in the deep water Gulf of Mexico.The Siem Spearfish is designed for subsea operation duties such as construction and installation work, inspection and maintenance. The vessel is of clean design, has particularly good seakeeping abilities, station keeping performance and is able to keep a high transit speed. It is environmental friendly with focus on low fuel consumption through its diesel electric machinery. The vessel is classed according to SPS 2008 and Clean Design.Siem Offshore, November 22, 2013last_img read more

Indonesian leader threatens sackings over rampant forest fires

first_imgJakarta: Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest fires that are belching out toxic smog over Malaysia and Singapore. The threat came as Indonesia faced pressure from its neighbours to douse the blazes, which are blamed for sending air quality plummeting in parts of Southeast Asia. “I’ve told the military and police chiefs to sack people who don’t tackle forest fires,” Widodo told a ministers meeting on the issue in Jakarta. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We’ll be humiliated in front of other countries if we can’t solve this haze problem. “No matter how small the fire is, put it out immediately,” he added. Indonesian authorities are deploying thousands of extra personnel to prevent a repeat of the 2015 fires, which were the worst for two decades and choked the region in haze for weeks. The blazes are an annual problem during the dry season but they have worsened in recent weeks. Many of the worst fires occur in carbon-rich peat, which is highly combustible once drained to make way for agricultural plantations. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Widodo said the 2015 fires caused some 221 trillion rupiah ( 15.5 billion) in financial losses and burned about 2.6 million hectares (6.4 million acres) of land. “That should never happen again,” Widodo said. Officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei discussed the pollution issue at an annual meeting in Brunei which wrapped up Tuesday, Malaysia’s environment ministry said. Malaysia will ask participants to “take pro-active action” to make sure that forest and peat fires in Southeast Asian countries can be controlled to avoid haze, the ministry said in a statement ahead of the gathering. Malaysia said smog had appeared around Kuala Lumpur and on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia due to fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island and the Indonesian part of Borneo island. Air quality dipped to unhealthy levels in some parts of Malaysia last week. Conditions were better Tuesday afternoon, with air quality recorded as “moderate” in many places. Skies over Singapore looked hazy with the environment agency saying that air quality was moderate. Last week, Indonesia sent almost 6,000 extra personnel from the military, police and disaster agency to fight the blazes while an emergency has been declared in six provinces. “We’re working hard and doing everything we can to stop the fires so it (the haze) will not reach neighbouring countries,” Indonesian disaster agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.last_img read more

Toronto company lets you come facetoface with a miniature 3D model of

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto company lets you come face-to-face with a miniature 3D model of yourself TORONTO – Holding a lifelike miniature version of yourself in the palm of your hand is a tad unsettling at first — but once the initial shock wears off, a strange fascination begins to set in.That’s the experience Selftraits, a Canadian 3D printing business, bets will trigger a swirl of enthusiasm around its “3D selfies” in the coming months.After years of giving a family portrait to grandma for Christmas, the Toronto-based company hopes more people will substitute their old traditions with a pocket-sized figurine that fits as nicely on a fireplace mantle as it does atop a wedding cake.“The key here is capturing a moment in time and a memory,” said Steve Cory, the founder of Selftraits.“These little figurines are going to capture exactly who you are.”He readily admits the whole idea appeals directly to people who are willing to entertain their narcissistic side. But it also attracts the curious who have sauntered into the company’s storefront in downtown Toronto.Some of them walk inside with their jaws dropped as they stare at realistic models of past customers on display throughout the showroom.If they’re brave enough, the onlookers can step inside the Selftraits photo booth at the back of the store themselves, strike a few poses and put their own 3D model into production.The process begins with the tent-like booth where 135 synchronized Canon Rebel T3i cameras capture the subject from every angle. Selftraits’ staff encourage action shots, like a kick or a jump, which bring another level of showmanship to the 3D image.“A lot of people bring props and costumes and try to do something really interesting,” Cory said.Many customers have gone further with their imaginations.One man brought his dog into a shoot and then had the staff digitally swap their heads with each other.Another surprised his girlfriend by popping the question while the cameras snapped images of his proposal. A multi-stage figurine of that moment now sits on display at the company’s headquarters.The figurines are assembled in a 3D printer, building layer upon layer of the image as it swipes back and forth through a bed of gypsum powder.Prices start at $120 for a five-inch, full-colour model and can climb well above a thousand dollars, depending on size and complexity.Selftraits is just one of several companies that have made a foray into the “3D selfie” business in Canada.It is the sister company of Objex Unlimited, a 3D printing business on the outskirts of Toronto that Corey started after reading an article on the breakthrough printing technology in the Economist nearly five years ago.“I couldn’t believe the possibilities,” he said.With a background in mathematics, and no training in design, Cory decided to dive into the world of 3D scanners and printers while it was still in its infancy.He still sells printers and runs a business that handles industrial orders for 3D plastics, but with Selftraits he hopes to resonate with the average person looking to have fun with the technology.The company has partnered with George Romero to make a 3D model of the “Night of the Living Dead” director holding a severed zombie head. Fans can pay a premium price to have their own head in Romero’s hand.Another spinoff of the business promises to bring your pets back from the afterlife, even if they never have been in the photo booth.The company says it can take two-dimensional images of Sparky and painstakingly create a three-dimensional model that it can run through its printers.“Frankly, it’s one of the most emotional products I’ve ever sold,” Cory said.“People cry almost every single time when they open the box and look at their pet. It’s really amazing to see the reaction.”Cory wants to push the boundaries even further in the future.Selftraits is trying to get a portable version of the studio into various events, like trade shows and fundraisers. Another idea they’ve experimented with is making 3D images from CAT scans and MRIs.Cory said his hope is that one day he’ll convince Canadian rapper Drake to turn his heart into a 3D model.He stops for a moment and admits that might sound a little creepy.But the idea is kind of cool.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. Steve Cory, President of Selftraits’ parent company Objex Unlimited, is pictured in the Selftraits photo booth in their downtown Toronto store on Monday December 7, 2015. The photo booth contains 135 dslr cameras which take a 360 degree image of the subject which are then printed using 3d technology to produce miniature models. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

FROM THE FIELD Guinean peacekeepers walk a fine line in Mali

Mali, in West Africa, is currently the most dangerous place in the world to serve as a peacekeeper. Some 850 Guinean blue helmets are based in the volatile town of Kidal, in the north of the conflict-affected country.Roadside bombs are a constant hazard there and it’s the role of the Search and Detect team from Guinea to make sure those explosive devices do not kill or maim peacekeepers nor civilians.Read more here about the work of the peacekeepers: And see more powerful images from MINUSMA, here: MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Nov 16

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Co-op programs let students learn and earn: Brock student Maggie Sainty and Goodman School of Business Dean Andrew Gaudes were quoted in a Globe and Mail article that discussed the University’s dual degree programs. Sainty completed co-op work terms in Niagara during her studies at Brock and is now taking part in similar opportunities while living in France.Four-way amputee a problem solver since birth: A presentation from Alumna Tracy Schmitt (BRLS ’95), which was a part of March of Dimes Canada’s Opening Doors for Accessibility program, was the subject of a Welland Tribune article. Schmitt, who is a four-way congenital amputee, has completed an array of physical feats and was speaking about problem solving.Canadore alumni nominated for 2018 Premier’s Awards: An article on the My Northbay Now website featured Ernest Matton (Elder Little Brown Bear) who has been nominated by Canadore College for an annual Premier’s Award in Community Services. As a respected Métis Elder and alumnus of Brock’s Certificate in Aboriginal Adult Education, Little Brown Bear has developed an award-winning approach to addictions treatment for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Huggins Fresno St squeeze Weber St in 7152 victory

FRESNO, Calif. — Braxton Huggins scored 17 points and Noah Blackwell 16 and Fresno State beat Weber State 71-52 on Wednesday night.Fresno State (6-2) gradually began to take control in the latter part of the first half with a 15-5 spurt in a little more than seven minutes for a 30-20 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held Weber State (5-3) to 7-of 27 (26 per cent) shooting including 2 of 12 from 3-point range. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause and missed 6 of 10 foul shots.The Bulldogs picked up where they left off with a 12-2 run and extended the lead to 42-22 with Blackwell’s layup with 16:37 remaining.Nate Grimes added 14 points and Lazaro Rojas scored 10 for Fresno State. The Bulldogs outscored Weber State inside 36-22.Cody John scored 17 points for the Wildcats and Jerrick Harding had 13.The Associated Press read more

Artisan Vehicles reflects on its mission to make vehicles that change the

first_imgCalifornia-based Artisan Vehicles has confirmed a statement from Sandvik that it is to be taken over by the Finland-based company and has now explained why it feels the partnership will set a new course for the mining industry.“In Artisan’s main conference room, there is a simple, but powerful message displayed prominently in the centre of the main presentation wall. Cut through a half inch thick aluminium plate are the words “Our Mission: To Make Vehicles That Change The World”, Artisan said.“When we started in 2010, we were focused on commercial trucks. But in that same year, Artisan was approached by an innovative mining company that needed help with a big business problem. That problem was getting to a deeper and very rich orebody using an existing underground mine site. Their plan was to access this orebody without spending the huge sums spent by everyone else (more than $100 million) in customary ventilation infrastructure.“Our solution was to eliminate diesel fumes with zero emission battery-powered loaders and haul trucks.”Mike Kasaba, Artisan CEO, reflected: “The business case was so compelling that I quickly realised that this was the way for Artisan to achieve its mission.“Not only did this mean a cleaner environment for underground workers, but also lower costs and a better return on investment for our customers. It was truly a rare opportunity to transform an industry with a cleaner, more powerful alternative to diesel while also saving money by lowering overall costs.”Fast forward eight years, Artisan has installed its technology in underground mining vehicles that are now deployed in several countries around the world. Some fleets have been in operation for more than five years, making Artisan the most experienced mining OEM using battery-electric technology, Artisan said.“Now Artisan is taking a giant leap forward in its mission to change the world.”Kasaba said: “In picking a partner, our criteria is simple.“We want a partner that has set the standard of today so that together we can set the standard for tomorrow. I am absolutely certain that we have selected the right partner.”Brian Huff, Artisan’s Chief Technology Officer, added: “With our technology and Sandvik’s experience and worldwide reach, I know we are going to change the world. Sandvik’s expertise in machine design, coupled with our expertise in electric powertrains and battery technology, will set a new course for the global mining industry.”Artisan calls itself an original equipment manufacturer of zero-emission, battery-powered mining vehicles.“Artisan’s underground mining loaders and haul trucks are designed from the ground up to include the best thinking in vehicle engineering and to maximise the performance of its high-powered, highly-reliable, field-proven battery-electric powertrains.”last_img read more

Four arrested after cashintransit van raid

first_imgGARDAÍ IN TALLAGHT have arrested four people in relation to a robbery outside Jobstown Post Office this afternoon.At about noon today, an armed man threatened a staff member at a cash-in-transit van which was on the street. An amount of cash was taken but no shots were fired and the worker was not physically injured.In a follow-up operation, Gardaí searched a house at Cloonmore Green in Tallaght and recovered a firearm and a large quantity of cash. A vehicle was also recovered.Three men and a woman remain in Garda custody in relation to the incident. They are all aged in their 20s and are being detained at Rathfarnham and Tallaght garda stations under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.last_img read more

Seven closure orders served on restaurants and a food stall in Ireland

first_imgSEVEN CLOSURE ORDERS were served on food businesses in Ireland last month for breaching food safety laws.The HSE also carried out successful prosecutions against three takeaways in July.Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Prof Alan Reilly, said that vigilance is always required in food safety. Legally, the onus is on food businesses to ensure that the food they serve and sell is safe for consumption and each closure order undermines the industry “as a whole”, he added.“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case.”We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur.The closure orders served last month were to the following food businesses:Sur La Mer (restaurant), Station Road, Rosslare Strand, Co WexfordMonsoon Valley (restaurant), Unit 5, Building 2, Retail Park, Bundoran, Co DonegalThe Swiss Cottage Kitchen (restaurant), 400 Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1st Floor, 88 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Co LouthRuposhi Indian Restaurant, 1 Whitworth Road, Dublin 9Heaven’s Cakes (food stall), trading at the English Market, Grand Parade, CorkThe Coachman’s Tearooms (restaurant), Dublin Road, Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co LouthAll of the seven orders have since been lifted.And the three prosecution carried out by the HSE in July were against:Omniplex Cinema Wexford (takeaway), Strandfield, Drinagh, WexfordIndian Taste (takeaway), 43 St Mary’s Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3The House Pizza (takeaway), 1 Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate, LimerickIs Canada’s a-pork-alypse coming to Ireland? >last_img read more

Le bisphénol A lié à des troubles du comportement chez les fillettes

first_imgLe bisphénol A lié à des troubles du comportement chez les fillettes des mères exposéesSelon une étude publiée hier, les fillettes exposées au bisphénol A lorsqu’elles étaient in utero montrent davantage de troubles comportementaux à l’âge de trois ans que celles dont la mère avait absorbé un plus faible niveau de ce composant chimique.Après l’interdiction en Europe et au Canada des biberons contenant du bisphénol A, ce composant chimique, accusé de perturber le système hormonal, sera interdit en France à compter de 2014 dans tous les contenants alimentaires (bouteilles en plastique rigide, boîtes de conserve ou cannettes par exemple). Il le sera même dès 2013 concernant les produits destinés aux enfants de moins de 3 ans.À lire aussiBoulimie : définition, causes, conséquences, de quoi s’agit-il ?Une interdiction plus justifiée encore si l’on en croit une étude américaine qui a porté sur les données recueillies auprès de 244 mères et leurs enfants de moins de trois ans. Celle-ci révèle que l’anxiété, la dépression, l’agressivité et l’hyperactivité se rencontrent plus chez les petites filles dont les mères avaient d’importants taux de bisphénol A dans les urines pendant leur grossesse. Les échantillons d’urines ont révélé la présence de bisphénol A dans 85% des urines des mères et dans 96% de celles des enfants. Mais selon les résultats de l’étude, plus les taux de ce composant chimique étaient forts pendant la grossesse, plus les risques de troubles comportementaux des petites filles se sont révélés élevés à l’âge de 3 ans. Une tendance qui serait, comme le soulignent les auteurs qui publient leur résultats dans la revue Pediatrics, plus prononcée pour les filles, suggèrant qu’elles sont plus vulnérables que les garçons à l’exposition au bisphénol A in utero.La période in utero, un moment critique d’exposition ? Si aucun des enfants n’avait de comportement cliniquement anormal, certains d’entre eux présentaient plus de troubles comportementaux que d’autres, a indiqué le principal auteur de l’étude, Joe Braun, chercheur en santé environnementale à Harvard. Outre le fait de présenter une conduite plus agressive, anxieuse, hyperactive et dépressive, les fillettes avaient une inhibition et un contrôle émotionnel plus faible.Au vu de tels résultats, cette étude semble confirmer des enquêtes antérieures suggérant un lien entre l’exposition au bisphénol A pendant la grossesse et le comportement de l’enfant, rapporte Elle est toutefois la première à démontrer que la période in utero est le moment critique au cours duquel le bisphénol A peut produire des effets altérants. Etant donné le faible échantillon de participants, les chercheurs précisent néanmoins qu’ “il y a un débat important sur la toxicité de l’exposition à faibles taux au bisphénol A et les résultats présentés ici méritent de nouvelles recherches”.Le 24 octobre 2011 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wilmington Sons Of Italy Dominators 3rd Annual Car Show Set For July 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy will hold its third annual car show on Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 9am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July Building’s parking lot (142 Middlesex Avenue).The show is presented by The Dominators Hot Rod Club.  (Previously, the club ran a show each year in the Wilmington Sonic parking lot.)  Hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, and classics will be featured.  The first 75 car shows receive a dash plaque.The event will include BBQ/food, drinks, and trophies. The Wilmington Farmers Market will take place from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green, next to the show.The event is FREE to the public. There’s a $10 entry fee for participating cars.  Contact Jim Gustin (781-929-0335) with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hold 3rd Annual Car Show With Dominators Hot Rod ClubIn “Photo of the Day”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 28In “Community”last_img read more