3 Directing Tips For Adding Suspense To Your Thriller

first_imgA thriller without suspense falls as flat as a comedy with no jokes. Crank up the tension and get the audience reaction you want with these tips.Top image of Alfred Hitchcock from Leva FilmWorksThere’s a very common thread among films in the thriller genre that don’t succeed: they sell the steak and not the sizzle. In other words, they’re so focused on the payoff of the idea and the delivery of the film’s premise, that the buildup and suspense of the whole piece falls short. A great thriller is far more concerned with the anticipation of an event than with the payoff moment, yet time after time directors seem to make poor choices when working in this genre. So if you’re gearing up to direct your next thriller, consider the three tips below for adding real suspense to your next film:1. Be Selective With the ActionImage: Cary Grant in North by Northwest via IMDbMany poorly executed thrillers wind up feeling more like action films once they eventually hit the screen. And the reason why often has to do with pacing above all else. Directors without a lot of experience in the genre are often fearful that their stories aren’t moving quickly enough, and wind up flooding their scripts with unnecessary action sequences that are designed to “thrill” the audience but really just take away from story’s pensiveness. Thrillers are all about anticipation, and when you take away an audience’s breathing room to bite their nails or sit on the edge of their seats, you’re left with an action film – not a thriller.2. Don’t Overdo the Music in the EditOn the opposite side of the coin, there are films that move far too slowly and don’t have genuine suspense built into them, which is equally problematic. In these cases, filmmakers will often overuse suspenseful music in order to compensate for a lack of true depth in their scenes. If you ever reach this point, I can assure you that laying the soundtrack on thickly isn’t what your film needs… chances are you need a re-shoot.In the above scene (via Fandango Movieclips) from Steven Spielberg’s 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds, you’ll find a great example of a sequence that successfully utilizes music and silence to create an atmosphere thick with tension and suspense.3. Focus on One Major Idea at a TimeImage: Jimmy Stewart from Rear Window via IMDbThis note applies equally to the writing phase of making a thriller as it does to editing one. Many directors attempt to force too many ideas into their thrillers as a means to keep their audience guessing. While their intentions are in the right place, in practice this just doesn’t work. By flooding your film with potential ideas, outcomes, and suspects, your audience will feel disoriented and disinterested pretty quickly. A far better approach would be to focus on a singular idea (or two at the most) at any given point, and then twist and turn only when absolutely necessary to ensure that you’re always staying ahead of your audience.What are some of your favorite moments of suspense in the world of film? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Woman chided for 4th child dies in labour

first_imgA pregnant woman who was chided by the Shahjahanpur district magistrate for conceiving a fourth child died during labour on Saturday.In a video that went viral on Friday, Rekha, a resident of Singha village in the district’s Mirzapur area, was seen complaining to DM Indra Vikram Singh against the government hospital administration for not admitting her. In turn, Mr. Singh derided her for expecting her fourth child. “Tumhe sharm nahin aati (Don’t you feel ashamed),” the official was heard saying. When the local media approached him for a comment, Mr. Singh is reported to have said that he didn’t believe in answering impromptu questions.On Saturday, Rekha passed away during labour. Her family members claimed that despite the DM’s intervention, no doctor had come to see her after she was admitted at the government hospital. “She felt disheartened and said that she should be taken out of the hospital,” said the woman’s brother-in-law Mukesh.Pooja Pandey, the spokesperson for Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil Memorial Hospital is reported to have told local journalists that the pregnant woman hadn’t visited the hospital to get admitted. The hospital, however, had admitted her after the DM intervened. Ms. Pandey is reported to have asserted that as per the woman’s ultrasound report the delivery was due on August 28 and that as she was anaemic, the hospital had asked her family members to arrange for blood. However, the relatives had insisted on taking her away and the hospital had allowed it after taking a written statement, Ms. Pandey reportedly claimed. The hospital administration had constituted an inquiry committee to look into the claims of the family members, she had added.On Saturday, Mr. Kumar asserted through a video message that he had only sought to advise the woman, who he claimed had taken it ‘in the right spirit’.Family members and local leaders have demanded action against the district magistrate for showing ‘insensitivity’ towards a woman.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios right to hate French Open, says Bernard Tomic after exit

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The final set on a chilly and damp Court 14 was over in just 20 minutes and the match in 88 minutes, the quickest of the tournament so far.Fellow firebrand Kyrgios withdrew from Roland Garros with an elbow injury last week but not before saying: “Get rid of the clay, man. Who likes the clay, it is so bad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks. Absolute sucks.”Tomic, never far from controversy, was happy to concur. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “I agree with him, with everything,” he said during a monosyllabic press conference.“The tournament is not for me.”Tomic’s lack of enthusiasm for the task in hand was encapsulated on match point where a serve he thought was out led him to the net to offer his hand.“I thought the match was over, it would be nice to give him the point because that’s how I felt. But it’s okay. We replayed it.”Accused in the past of not trying in matches and once dubbed by the Australian media as ‘Tomic the tank engine’, he insisted he was at 100 percent on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Pretty sure I did (gave his best). But, you know, the surface is not good for me.”“I mean, it’s not difficult. It’s just my game is not built for this surface. Everything I do is not good for it.“But as long as I’m doing the right thing now, for the next month, is important for me. That’s my focus.”That focus, however, does not include where his next tournament will be as Wimbledon fast approaches.“Honestly I have no clue. I’ll go to the hotel and see. I have no idea where I’m playing,” he added.The fiery Australian, who shot to fame by making the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011 and went on to reach the world top 20, arrived in Paris deep in another slump.Ranked 84 in the world, he retired with illness at Lyon last week against Canada’s Steven Diez, ranked a lowly 262.His most recent Grand Slam appearance in Australia in January was overshadowed by a feud with Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.The head of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley described Tomic as “bad for the culture of Australian tennis”.Tomic is not hoping for a thaw in the cold war anytime soon. Cherry Rondina out to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I haven’t even thought about it since January, so no.”For Fritz, it was a first career win at Roland Garros and backed up a solid season on European clay.The 21-year-old American, ranked 42, was a semi-finalist in Lyon last week, losing to eventual champion Benoit Paire.He also qualified for the Madrid and Rome Masters before falling to Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori respectively.The city is also special for the American — back in 2016, he proposed to his girlfriend Raquel Pedraza in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.The two are now married with a son, Jordan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – Bernard Tomic of Australia looks on against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day five of the Miami Open Tennis on March 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPBernard Tomic suffered a dispiriting exit from Roland Garros on Tuesday and admitted Australian compatriot Nick Kyrgios was right to say the tournament “sucks.”Tomic slumped to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 defeat by Taylor Fritz of the United States, leaving him with just three wins in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Karun Nair, Manish Pandey to lead India A teams in South Africa

first_imgSenior team players Karun Nair and Manish Pandey were named skippers of India A’s unofficial Test and one-day teams respectively, for the upcoming tour of South Africa.India A will play a one-day tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A followed by two four-day matches against the hosts.The tour starts with the first one-dayer of the triangular series in Groenkloof on July 26 between India A and Australia A.Karun and Jayant Yadav are two current India players who are in both the squads, while Pandey needed to be checked after coming from an injury.The squad for the one-day series is packed with IPL and domestic limited-overs (Vijay Hazare Trophy) performers such as Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Basil Thampi, Mohammad Shiraj and Siddharth Kaul.On the other hand, the team for the four-day (first class) matches is full of Ranji Trophy performers such as Priyank Panchal, the top-scorer in the season gone by, Ishan Kishan, Sudeep Chatterjee, Ankit Bawne and Shahbaz Nadeem.Also part of the first-class squad is senior India fringe player Abhinav Mukund.Since India’s tour of Sri Lanka also starts on July 26, it is a given that Nair won’t be a part of the senior squad for the Test series.Nair, who had started his Test career with a triple century on debut in the last home season, has since been going through a bad run of form, including in the Indian Premier League where he led Delhi Daredevils in some of the matches in the absence of regular skipper Zaheer Khan.advertisementOne-day squad:Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey (captain), Deepak Hooda, Karun Nair, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Vijay Shankar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Siddarth Kaul.Sqaud for four-day matches:Priyank Panchal Abhinav Mukund, Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Karun Nair (Captain), Sudip Chatterjee, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Jayant Yadav specialist, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot.Fixtures:1st one-dayer – India A vs Australia A – July 262nd one-dayer – South Africa A vs India A – July 283rd one-dayer – South Africa A vs Australia A – July 304th one-dayer – India A vs Australia A – August 15th one-dayer – South Africa A vs India A – August 36th one-dayer – South Africa A vs Australia A – August 5Final – August 81st four-day match – South Africa A vs India A – August 12-152nd four-day match – South Africa A vs India A – August 19-22.last_img read more

MS Dhoni offers prayers at Ranchi’s Deori temple ahead of Australia ODIs

first_imgMS Dhoni will be back in action in international cricket after a gap of more than two months when India take on Australia in a three-match one day international series from January 12. Before flying to Australia, MS Dhoni visited Ranchi’s iconic Deori temple to seek blessings ahead of an important series.MS Dhoni, who was excluded from India’s Twenty20 squads for series against the West Indies and Australia last year, has also been recalled to the side for a T20 series in New Zealand. Dhoni will also be part of the ODI side in New Zealand where India will play five matches.Dhoni’s form in 2018 had been a cause of concern for the team management given he remains an important part of the Indian team setup for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales later this year.2018 was Dhoni’s worst year in international cricket since he sensationally announced his arrival in 2005. In 20 matches last year, Dhoni managed to score only 275 runs with a highest score of 42 not out.Dhoni has only a handful of ODIs left to prove his doubters wrong before India decide on their core group for the 2019 ICC World Cup.Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 and stepped down as India’s shorter formats captain in January 2017. Under his leadership, India won the World Twenty20 in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.Also Read | MS Dhoni is Bittu Bhaiya in advertisement with Hardik Pandya: Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | MS Dhoni deserves a World Cup farewell: Sunil Gavaskar to India Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

Flu Vaccination Campaign Begins

first_imgThe flu vaccine is free again this year and, with flu season fast approaching, the province is encouraging everyone to be immunized. “Here in Nova Scotia, our Better Care Sooner plan places a priority on disease prevention,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The free flu shot will help keep people well and is part of our overall plan to reduce pressure on our emergency rooms.” “Each year, many Nova Scotians become ill because of influenza,” said chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang. “This, in turn, has an impact on our workplaces and our health care system. However, getting immunized can help prevent the flu safely and easily.” The flu vaccine has been delivered to doctors’ offices and will also be offered in workplace and public health clinics. The H1N1 strain will be part of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. Certain risk groups are especially encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine. These include: Flu symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Proper hygiene, such as handwashing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, are also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. Government expects to invest $1.5 million to $1.7 million on influenza vaccine. During the 2010-11 influenza season, about 38 per cent of Nova Scotians received the flu vaccine. For more information on the flu, visit www.gov.ns.ca/flu . people older than 65 people who are residents of long-term and other chronic care facilities adults and children with chronic health conditions children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid adults and children with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or increase the risk of aspiration children between six months and five years of age pregnant women people who live with, or care for, someone in one of the above groups health care students and workers first responders such are firefighters and police Aboriginal peoples those with morbid obesity people living in a home where a newborn is expected during the regular influenza season.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP launching Safe Place program to support local LGBTQ

first_imgLocal businesses and organizations are able to participate by placing a decal in their window that clearly identifies the premise as a safe haven and ally for members of the LGBTQ community.In January, Prince Rupert became the first community in Canada with an RCMP-led Safe Place program, and other detachments across B.C. have followed suit.Cpl. Francoeur said that to his knowledge, Fort St. John is the first community in Northeast B.C. to launch the program.Any businesses or organizations can sign up to participate in the Safe Place program by calling Cpl. Francoeur at the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at (250) 787-8100, or by emailing steven.francoeur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.With files from The Vancouver Sun and CBC News. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is launching a new anti-hate crime program in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the Energetic City.Cpl. Steven Francoeur said that the local RCMP detachment will be starting a Safe Place program in Fort St. John after the program was launched by the Vancouver Police Department ahead of that city’s Pride Festival two years ago.Cpl. Francoeur explained that the Safe Place program offers anyone who feels they are in an unsafe environment a place where they will be welcomed and are able to call the police and wait for officers to arrive.last_img read more

Intelligence unit of the Welikada Prison disbanded

The intelligence unit of the Welikada Prison has been disbanded with immediate effect.The unit was removed following an order issued by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Athukorale. The Justice Ministry said the decision had to be taken following allegations of corruption and irregularities in the Prisons Department. (Colombo Gazette)

UN experts voice concern over increase in unsentenced detainees in Canada

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, headed by Leila Zerrougui, highlighted concerns over both pre-sentencing detention in the criminal justice system, as well as the detention of asylum seekers and immigrants, at a press conference in Ottawa on the conclusion of a 15-day visit to the country at the Government’s invitation. The team stressed that such detention affected marginalized persons the most.“Detention on remand disparately impacts on vulnerable social groups, such as the poor, persons living with mental health problems, Aboriginal people and racial minorities,” the team said. In addition, they said, Canada’s vast geography often made access to legal counsel difficult for such people, even though the right to counsel is enshrined in law.In regard to the detention of immigrants, the team expressed concern over several aspects of detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that hampered the ability of immigrants to seek release from detention, including the lack of a requirement for counsel for their first review hearings. The UN Working Group’s visit, which was mandated by the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights, included stops at 13 detention centres throughout Canada. In addition to talking to Government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the members interviewed approximately 150 detainees.The Group will present its final report on Canada to the Commission’s next session, which opens next March in Geneva. It has conducted previous fact-finding missions in countries as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Iran, Mexico, Peru and the United Kingdom, it said, and last year visited China, Latvia and Belarus. read more

Automotive Academy to debut at CV Show Skills Centre

The Automotive Academy is to make its debut in the Skills Centre at the heart of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show at the NEC.The Skills Centre, open from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 April, will include a host of hands-on vehicle demonstrations, computer simulators and job advice. The Academy is joining other firms and training organisations in supporting this initiative to tackle skills shortages in the automotive manufacturing and engineering, road transport, logistics and aftermarket industries.The Academy will offer a range of advice and guidance on its validated and approved courses that are available to all levels of automotive manufacturing, from shop floor to boardroom and from SMEs to vehicle manufacturers. It will aim to demonstrate in a hands-on, interactive manner, the benefits in quality, cost and delivery performance that can be achieved from its range of lean manufacturing training programmes.Academy chief executive, Dr Alan Begg, said, ‘The Skills Centre at the CV show is a great opportunity to show visitors the whole range of career development available to them, whether they are looking for their first job in the industry, or wanting to develop their own skills. The UK automotive industry has more volume car, commercial vehicle and small and niche manufacturers than any other EU country – a strong message that needs to be more widely appreciated. There are still tremendous opportunities for employment and advancement in the UK. We can only maintain our strong position if we have the very best workers who are constantly improving their skills to globally competitive levels. That is what the Academy is focussed on achieving.’Skills Centre details can be found at: www.cvshow.com/skills.htmClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Big rise in patients falling victim to NHS surgical mistakes

first_imgHealth campaigners have blamed inadequate staffing and pressure in the NHS for a rise in the number of hospital attendances caused by “mistakes” during medical care.Between 2005 and 2015, the number of attendances by patients caused by an “unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage during surgical and medical care” rose from 2,193 to 6,082.Peter Walsh, of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said that more complex procedures and better reporting of incidents could also partly explain the rise.”I suspect inadequate staffing and increased pressure at work are also factors,” he told the Daily Mail. Mr Walsh said some surgeons were concerned that their training was not as thorough as it once was.He added: “Of course it is a known risk of surgery that these things happen, but that doesn’t make it OK and much of the time they are really bad errors that are perfectly avoidable.”One of the most common mistakes we hear of during laparoscopic surgery is perforation of the bowel. This is very, very serious and can be fatal if not repaired very quickly.”He also said the the increase was worrying and called for an investigation into its cause.The figures are released annually by NHS Digital. They include patients whose unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage was at a private hospital and who had later been cared for by the NHS.They also include readmissions for ongoing complications related to the damage sustained.In 2014/2015 the NHS carried out 1.6 million more operations compared to 2009/2010. NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedyDepartment of Health spokesman A Department of Health spokesman said: “NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedy.”That’s why this government has focused relentlessly on driving up standards through a safer, seven-day NHS, with extra support for staff to speak out honestly when things go wrong, and a tough new watchdog to probe patient incidents – the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

RHS Wisley accuses Highways England of land grab over plan to widen

first_imgAerial view of RHS WisleCredit:Invicta Kent Media/REX/Shutterstock The Walled Garden at RHS Garden Wisley “Wisley is the UK’s centre of excellence for horticulture and horticultural science and helps millions of people to garden and grow plants.”I’m calling on the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners to make it known that a disregard for these important trees and lack of appreciation of the national importance of this garden would not be acceptable if the short-sighted and environmentally damaging option was chosen.”Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said the charity was investing £70 million at the gardens in horticulture, new laboratories and visitor facilities.”It would be criminal for this irreplaceable woodland to be lost when another viable plan would avoid cutting down these century-old trees and still meet the important need to widen the A3,” she said.The role the trees play in mitigating pollution, providing habitat for wildlife and creating a noise and visual barrier must not be underestimated, she added, warning the noise of the A3 without them could impact on visitors and the future of the garden. Five trees identified as “threatened and endangered in cultivation” and huge giant redwoods would be lost if the scheme went ahead, the charity said.The RHS is urging Government agency Highways England to choose the option on the east side, which it said would not take any woodland or fell trees at Wisley. It would also provide better road access to the gardens, which get 1.2 million visitors a year, the charity said. Aerial view of RHS Wisle Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Highways England said the RHS was presenting the “worst case scenario” as if there had been no mitigation and insisted that they took their environmental responsibilities “very seriously”.A spokesman said the current access road to Wisley was “not particularly safe” and often caused traffic to queue onto the A3.The agency has proposed to close that road and build a new access road half a mile down the road as part of improvements to junction 10 of the M25.It is expecting to announce its preferred route within the next month, which is the “starting gun on the planning process.”After that, a detailed design will be submitted to the planning inspectorate before there is another public consultation.Work is not due to start before 2020. The Royal Horticultural Society has warned that one of the UK’s most popular gardens faces losing acres of woodland in a “criminal garden grab” by Highways England.Plans to widen the A3 could result in the loss of 500 trees at RHS Wisley in Surrey, including one planted by the Queen to mark her silver jubilee, and some that are more than 100 years old, it has claimed.RHS ambassador Alan Titchmarsh has called on the UK’s army of gardeners to oppose the plans, saying: “We must stand together and protect our gardens.”The RHS said there were two options to widen the A3, one on the road’s east side, and one on the west alongside the century-old garden.The west option would take out the protective bank of trees which separates the busy road from the trials field where varieties of blooms are assessed, as well as part of the woodland garden, worsening noise and air pollution at the garden. The Walled Garden at RHS Garden Wisley Titchmarsh said: “This potential garden-grabbing plan would be another unacceptable example of this Government’s poor perception of horticulture and lack of appreciation of the vital role that plants play for the environment, for the nation’s health and well-being and for the UK economy.last_img read more

Unvaccinated university students driving rise in mumps cases experts say

Dr Mary Ramsay, PHE head of immunisation, said: “Although it is normal to see mumps outbreaks in universities every few years, we are seeing a significant number of cases, the highest quarterly figure since 2009.”Coupled with the continued measles outbreaks, these figures clearly demonstrate the need for sustained high vaccination rates.”We’re urging parents and their children, no matter how old they are, to check they’ve had two doses of MMR.”Measles is easy to catch and can kill. Vaccines are there to stop the spread of disease and save lives.”It’s never too late to protect yourself and others.”The mumps component of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is effective at protecting young children but immunity can reduce over time. Therefore, older teenagers and adults who received two doses of MMR in childhood can still get mumps although generally in a much milder form than in those who are unvaccinated.The mumps cases in the second quarter of 2019 were reported across England, while measles were confirmed in all regions except the North East.Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: “Parents have enough to worry about without misleading anti-vaxxers sowing seeds of doubt about vaccines, which remain the best chance we have of protecting our children from potentially deadly illnesses.”These stark rises in mumps and measles cases show that complacency about vaccines is misplaced and dangerous, which is why the NHS is taking action to boost take-up rates and tackle the fake news peddled on social media and elsewhere.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Unvaccinated university students have been blamed for a surge in cases of mumps, after the highest total in a decade was recorded. Some 2,028 cases of mumps were confirmed in the second quarter this year, Public Health England (PHE) said.This is the highest quarterly figure since 2009, PHE said.Nearly half of the mumps cases this quarter were in people who were not vaccinated, and were mostly driven by outbreaks in university students.Cases of measles also increased, with 301 cases confirmed over the same period.Around 88% (266) were in unvaccinated individuals aged 15 and over, PHE said. read more

Dragana Cvijić in Budućnost Podgoricaa

One of the best young line player in the world of women’s handball,  Dragana Cvijić (21) from Krim Mercator, after this season will happiness try to find in Budućnost Podgorica. The best U19 player in the world in 2008, Cvijić is recovering after knee ligaments injury in last October. That is the reason why she missed almost whole season. She came to Ljubljana in summer 2009 from Crvena zvezda Beograd, his first professional team.After Andrea Lekić decided to left Krim and went to Hungarian Gyor, with speculations that Andrea Penezić will move to Danish Viborg, now it is clear that Krim Mercator won’t be so competitive for the EHF Champions League next season.Contract with a team from Podgorica, who achieved CL semifinal this season, will be sign in next few days. ← Previous Story Nemanja Zelenović ready for Celje PL? Next Story → Germans interested in Petar Djordjić? Dragana Cvijić read more

Top marks for students in Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of students taking this year’s VCE Greek exam is up from last year. This year, 268 students will sit the exam, an increase of 12 students from last year, according to provisional numbers provided by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment authority. And while the oral part of the examination has been completed, the Victorian students are currently preparing for the written examination on Monday 18 November. In past years, students studying Greek have fared quite well, and Greek is one subject in VCE where the students perform exceedingly well, with the average mark being 75-76 per cent. And most Victorian students are sitting on an A and B+ as their final year 12 results for Greek. John Milides, Principal of the Greek Afternoon Schools of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, and Vice President Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria, attributes this to their, and their parents’, ongoing commitment to learn Greek. “Greek is such a unique subject because students start from grade prep to year 12 and they dedicate four hours of their week attending Greek school on top of their studies,” Mr Milides tells Neos Kosmos. “And we know most of the kids do it in Greek afternoon schools, community schools; there aren’t many subjects that parents dedicate their time to every week for their children for 13 years as they do with Greek, and that’s the reason why the children are doing so well.” He says the number of students studying Greek – 270 – is representative of their desire and interest in the subject. However, he said even when the number of students reached the thousands in previous years, the results were always high. And, he says judging by the attendance to Greek subject seminars – organised by the Greek teachers association – the community can rest assured that interest in the Greek language is high. “This year we had 250 students attend [seminar to prepare them for their VCE Greek exam] compared to last year were only 110 students attended, so there’s a strong feeling that the subject of Greek in year 12 is worth studying and is rewarding culturally and academically with marks.” The trend shows that Greek students are performing well in the exam, and due to this, examiners made last year’s exam harder to see a spread of results, but the results still showed high performance by all 256 students. “Although the exam has gotten harder over the years, the performance of the students is still really good,” says Mr Milides. “The results show that about 80 per cent of the students are performing in the A and B+ range and that doesn’t happen in many subjects in the VCE.” Questions about culture, geography of Greece, history of Greece and questions about Greeks living in Australia – their habits and customs – are the subjects covered in the Greek exam. “The students perform very well in the oral section listening and responding, according to the examiners report,” says Mr Milides. “They also do well in reading and responding but have some trouble in the essay writing so that’s where they need to pay most of their attention to.” Mr Milides says all Greek teachers read the examiners report that is created after all the results have been analysed. By reading this, they can clearly see where the students are suffering and are having difficulties and focus on that in their studies the following years. “Every VCE teacher should be guided to read the examiners report, as they point out where the students went well, what they found hard, and their writing and spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes.”last_img read more

Photographer Creates Camera Lens Out of Ice And It Actually Works

first_img Photos: Animals Rescued From Illegal Trafficking in ColombiaEagle Steals Rabbit From Fox in Mid-Air Battle This is one camera that will always take “cool” photos. A photographer has created a working camera lens made from ice taken from an iceberg — and the shots are surprisingly clear.Mathieu Stern said creating an iceberg lens has been his dream for two years. “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it, too,” he said.Stern  first 3D-printed a custom lens body designed to hold ice within as its main lens element. He also hacked an ice ball maker to be able to create optical half spheres. Stern then traveled to Jökulsárlón Beach in Iceland to find the clearest ice possible, which can then be shaped in the ice ball maker.According to the photographer, it took five hours and four attempts to create a working iceberg lens. “The four previous attempts broke in the mold, resulting in a lot of stress and frustration,” he wrote on his website.  The life span of the lens (before it melted) was one minute.“I was amazed by the images I saw on my screen,” Stern said. “Of course they are not sharp or clean like a modern lens, but they are amazing when you know it’s just a piece of ice that focused light.”More on Geek.com:Eerie Underwater Sculptures Help Reef Growth63 Incredible Images of Earth from SpaceListen to the Sounds of an Antarctic Ice Shelf Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ranieri tips Seri to shine at Fulham

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has described midfielder Jean Michael Seri as a “very important” player for the club and has vowed to help build his confidence.Jean Michael Seri signed for Fulham from Nice for a club record of around £25million in July 2018.The Ivorian was impressive in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday but failed to make much of an impact as they lost 4-1 to United on Saturday.Ranieri believes that once his confidence is back, he can help Fulham stay in the Premier League this season.“It’s important he continues to play because I believe he can improve more,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“In Nice he played so well two years ago, he was fantastic. In the newspapers it was that Barcelona wanted him.“Maybe he stayed there in Nice and his confidence went down a little – maybe he wanted to go, but he stayed in Nice, and the second year was so-so.The team of OGC Nice line up during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice at on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.Report: Nice has been sold to billionaire Ratcliffe George Patchias – August 27, 2019 French Ligue 1 club Nice has been sold to British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos chemical company.According to the BBC.co.uk, one of…“For this reason, Fulham had the chance to buy him, and for me, he’s a very, very important central midfielder.“He’s a key player because a lot of the play goes through him, and the other midfielders.“This is very, very important, because he always shows for the ball, plays with the ball, and is important for his team-mates.“I give him a lot of confidence, and him to his team-mates. It’s very important to have the confidence of the manager.“He is very, very important. If you [climb] off the bottom, confidence gets higher and we can do something more.”last_img read more

City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulations

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday voiced support for a suite of proposed regulations on dockless scooters and directed city staff to draft a fleshed-out version.Mayor Kevin Faulconer introduced the proposed regulations Oct. 18 after the city spent months wrestling with how to both ensure public safety and allow dockless scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor to continue operating in San Diego. Faulconer’s plan would mandate that scooter companies limit the maximum speed of scooters in high-traffic areas of the city, send monthly data reports to the city detailing things like parking and trip information, educate riders on local traffic laws, and indemnify the city for liability for riders injured within city limits. The companies would also have to obtain an annual permit and pay associated operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said when he announced the proposal. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common-sense regulations.”According to a spokesman for the mayor, Faulconer’s office intends to have the full proposal back before the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee in early January. By that time, new council members could be seated in the wake of the November election. Once the committee approves the full regulatory proposal in early 2019, the full council will then consider it.Councilwomen Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf, who voted along with fellow committee members Chris Cate and Georgette Gomez in support of the concept, expressed concern about each company’s use and sharing of data with third parties. Zapf suggested that the companies are able to keep ride fares cheap because they make large amounts of money from data sharing. Representatives from Bird and Lime flatly denied the claim.Residents voiced their opposition to the scooters at both the committee session and a meeting of the full City Council last month, when representatives from the three companies reported on ways they’re attempting to make the scooters safer to use in busy areas. One part of the proposal by both Faulconer and the scooter companies is using the GPS information on each scooter to limit speeds from 15 mph to 8 mph in areas like Balboa Park, the downtown embarcadero and various boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. This “geofencing” technology has been available for roughly six weeks, according to a Bird spokesman, and is already being implemented on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.Zapf proposed a ban on the use of scooters on city boardwalks last spring, but the City Council voted against the proposal, 6-3.Representatives of the public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego and Razor USA joined Faulconer on Monday to discuss the proposal.“Razor has a proven track record of working with cities to create shared scooter programs that best address their particular needs. Since we launched in San Diego, we have collaborated with the mayor’s office, City Council and city staff to create a great last-mile solution for the city,” said Razor Government Affairs Manager Brandon Cheung. “We support regulations that will continue to encourage San Diegans to leave their car at home while enhancing rider and pedestrian safety.”Zapf and Bry suggested a similar amendment to the proposed regulations during the committee meeting but Cate nixed it, suggesting that there will be time to add amendments at a later date either during a full council meeting or when the proposal returns to committee. Zapf also expressed support for adding larger notifications on the scooters about local and state traffic laws.“I don’t want people to be surprised, we don’t want to ding our tourists,” she said. “I’m not trying to be the fun police, I’m trying to be the safety police and I think there’s definitely a place for scooters … when responsible riders are riding them and they’re going to work and they’re doing the last mile.”Bry said: “We’re already behind in getting something done. You understand the concerns that Councilmember Zapf and I have about their use in certain areas, so I think that needs to be looked at when we reconvene with a fuller framework to look at.”Gomez said a lot of backlash to the scooters is due to riders using sidewalks because of a lack of suitable infrastructure to safely park and ride them on the street.“I cannot stress that we need the infrastructure for safer mobility because it’s not going to get solved by today’s actions,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a step in the right direction, but at the end of the day, if we are not creating paths for people to take, they’re going to take what’s safe.” October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulationslast_img read more