first_imgAPTN National NewsA Naskapi First Nations family from a community near the Quebec-Labrador border is frantically raising money so it can stay in Montreal for the holidays and into the new year.That’s because a member of the family was nearly killed when a balcony collapsed.Allan Nabinacaboo suffered serious injuries.And his family is hoping to stay by his side while he heals.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

During the meeting with the TNA today Jaishankar was briefed on moves to create a new constitution, the military presence in the North and the need for a political solution for the Tamils. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be briefed on the concerns of the Tamils in the North.Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar gave this assurance when he met the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Colombo today. Jaishankar had told the TNA, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be briefed on the concerns of the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) Jaishankar is in the country for brief talks with the Sri Lankan Government and also to set the groundwork for a visit to Sri Lanka next month by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. read more

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.An OPP tactical unit was stationed beside the Hells Angels display on Main Street during the well-attended rally last July.Police confirmed this week they had received reports of a possible incident occurring in Port Dover involving the Hells Angels and a rival gang. Nothing happened but police aren’t sure how long they can keep the peace.“Tensions are rising between motorcycle gangs,” Varga said after council voted. “These tensions are spilling over to the Friday the 13th event.”Varga shared a number of other concerns with council.In the name of tourism, Varga said the county has promoted Friday the 13th “to the point that the event has become dangerous in regards to public safety.”Friday the 13th had humble beginnings in 1981 as a one-night party at the former Commercial Hotel. Varga said it has since sprawled into a three- or four-day event requiring hundreds of police officers.He noted that the front-line complement at the Norfolk detachment totals 96 officers.Meanwhile – at last July’s event – a total of 450 officers were required from across Ontario. Nearly 200,000 people were in Port Dover July 13 along with more than 15,000 motorcycles.“The actions of Norfolk County over the years have sanctioned the growth of the event and have attracted known criminal organizations such as the Hells Angels,” Varga said.“By promoting the event and attracting these criminal organizations, Norfolk County has increased the risk to an unacceptable level to both attendees and county residents, as evidenced by documented events which took place at the July 13 event.“Norfolk County sells vendor permits for street booths to allow vendors to sell goods and earns income from these sales. The fact some of these vendors are known criminal organizations – Hells Angels – means Norfolk County is essentially supporting these criminal organizations and enabling them to fund criminal activity.”Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, chair of Tuesday’s meeting, is also a member of Norfolk’s Police Services Board. He told council the OPP’s concerns are not new. Columbus said the PSB has frequently discussed the criminal element in association with Friday the 13th.“They are very concerned about public safety and liability to Norfolk County and its taxpayers,” Columbus said.Varga also told council that the presence of motorcycles on congested streets is a disaster waiting to happen. He said police, fire officials and paramedics agree the lack of access and egress due to the huge crowds is a serious threat to public safety.“Norfolk County is putting these police officers, general public and the motoring public at physical risk by continuing to promote an event that is essentially causing traffic chaos,” Varga said.“At a very minimum, the OPP would like to see the event moved onto a private-property venue and utilize licensed private security for some duties and paid-duty officers for required policing duties.”Council acknowledges the OPP’s concerns. But Mayor Kristal Chopp wonders how exactly the county would prevent motorcycle riders from showing up in downtown Port Dover on Friday the 13th.“As to Mr. Varga’s suggestion, it has merit but I don’t believe there is any way to stop enthusiasts from coming to Port Dover at this point,” Chopp said Wednesday in an email. “It’s a non-starter for this year. They are coming whether we like it or not and we need to be ready.“That said, we will certainly take the suggestion under advisement and the PSB and council will meet to discuss public safety and other issues for future events.”The next rally in September has the potential to be as large as the rally last July. If the weather is good, demand for a run to Port Dover will be high due to the 14-month interval between events.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

In a statement issued in Beirut, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative in Southern Lebanon noted with concern that six Israeli air violations, consisting of a total of nine aircraft, took place across the withdrawal line – known as the Blue Line – on Sunday. “Such repetitive violations of the Blue Line and Lebanese airspace potentially aggravate an already tense situation,” said Staffan de Mistura, reiterating his call to the Israeli authorities “to cease these violations and fully respect the Blue Line.” The UN has drawn attention to air violations by Israeli military aircraft across the Blue Line on various occasions, including in recent reports to the Security Council. read more

In a late night statement yesterday from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the political parties “to abide by the constitutional timeline that governs the nomination of the Prime Minister.” He also called for “reason and wisdom to prevail” and urged all leaders in Iraq to form “a broad-based government that is acceptable to all components of Iraqi society.”Such a government should be able to mobilize the nation to confront the threat from IS in a way that will bring security and stability to the whole country, Mr. Ban added.Iraqi politicians on 15 July chose Salim al-Jubour as the new Speaker of the Council of Representatives, and Fuad Ma’soum as the new President on 24 July. Per the Iraqi Constitution, the political leaders have until the end of today to nominate a Prime Minister, who would then form a new Government. In his statement, Mr. Ban noted that as the Organization and the international community are closely following the political developments in Iraq, he also remains “deeply concerned” about the evolving humanitarian and security situation in the country.The situation remains particularly dire on Jebel Sinjar, or Sinjar Mountain, where an estimated 50,000 people, many of them women, children and the elderly, are believed to be trapped since IS displaced them from their homes one week ago. Aid workers are particularly concerned about high temperatures in the northern area. Those can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) at this time of year. read more

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 22 points, JaMychal Green had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held the Los Angeles Clippers to a season scoring low in a 96-86 victory Wednesday night.Memphis held Los Angeles to 34 per cent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 13 points for Memphis, which pulled away in the fourth quarter.Boban Marjanovic led the Clippers with a season-high 19 points and had eight rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 17 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lou Williams contributed 12 points apiece, with Williams hit 2 of 8 shots.The Clippers were within 75-74 with just under nine minutes left, but the Grizzlies rattled off eight straight points for an 83-74 lead.Los Angeles struggled in the first half but snapped back early in the third quarter with 11 straight points to take its first lead at 53-51. The Clippers defence was much more active than in the first half. The game settled into an exchange of leads and ties, including 69-all at the end of the third.The Clippers endured terrible first-half shooting, converting only 27 per cent from the field, including 3 of 12 from outside the arc. That allowed Memphis to lead by as many as 15 in the second quarter.Marjanovic provided a spark for Los Angeles, preventing Memphis from stretching its lead. Marjanovic was perfect in the first half, converting all three of his shots from the floor and six free throws for 12 points.Conley had 17 points, including a 33-footer at the end of the half for a 51-42 lead.TIP-INSClippers: Tobias Harris missed all 10 of his shots through three quarters before connecting on a 3-pointer early in the fourth. … Galinari, among the league-leaders in free throws, missed consecutive foul shots in the third and missed four over the game. … Montrezl Harrell had eight points, ending his streak of 13 straight games scoring at least 14 points off the bench.Grizzlies: Conley or Marc Gasol have led the Grizzlies in scoring in 12 of the last 13 games. … C Joakim Noah, signed by the Grizzlies on Tuesday, made his first appearance to start the second quarter. He played 13 minutes and scored four points. … Conley had seven rebounds.UP NEXTClippers: Host Miami on Saturday.Grizzlies: Play at New Orleans on Friday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsClay Bailey, The Associated Press read more

Last week, my colleague Neil Paine wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who is probably the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year but who has so far been among the least efficient players in the league according to a variety of advanced statistics. The article triggered a lot of objections on Twitter and in the comments section. Many readers thought it was ridiculous to assess any player, especially a 19-year-old rookie, after just a couple dozen NBA games. Others were skeptical of the array of advanced statistics that Neil cited.So let’s look at Wiggins’s case through the lens of traditional statistics instead. And let’s measure him directly against his peers. Wiggins played in his 30th NBA game on Tuesday night; we can compare his performance so far against other 19-year-old rookies through their first 30 games. I ran a search on Basketball-Reference.com for players who:Were age 19 or younger in their rookie season (based on their age as of Feb. 1 of their rookie year);And who averaged at least 24 minutes per game (i.e. played at least half their teams’ minutes) during their first 30 NBA games.Since 1985-86 there have been only 15 such players (counting Wiggins). The list puts Wiggins in pretty good company. It includes a number of superstars and All-Stars, among them LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Bosh. There are only one or two total busts, most notably Dajuan Wagner. The rest of the list includes players, such as Luol Deng, who turned into good NBA regulars, and others like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about whom it’s too early to make an assessment.But in other respects the data is less favorable for Wiggins. When comparing his first 30 games against the first 30 games of those other players, he’s been among the least effective. In the chart below, I’ve listed each player’s statistics per 36 minutes played in the 10 categories that are most commonly used in rotisserie basketball leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, personal fouls, 3-pointers made, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. (For personal fouls and turnovers, fewer is better.) Then, again in the fashion of a rotisserie basketball league, I’ve ranked the players from No. 1 to 15 in each category and added up the rankings to produce an overall score.As a reminder, these stats reflect each player’s performance through the first 30 games of his rookie season only. On this basis, Wiggins ranks about average in points scored, steals, 3-pointers made, turnovers and fouls committed. He’s been somewhat below average in rebounds and blocks — two categories where his athleticism has not yet translated into good numbers. He’s also been a below-average shooter, and his assist rate — 1.6 assists per 36 minutes — has been poor.By the fantasy basketball scoring method, Wiggins ranks 13th out of the 15 players. It’s tough to be a rookie in the NBA, but some of the rookies who came before Wiggins showed more early on. James ranks ahead of him in nine of 10 categories; Durant and Davis rank ahead of him in eight. Even Luol Deng, a player with whom Wiggins is sometimes compared, ranks ahead of him in eight of 10.On the other hand, some rookies who weren’t much better than Wiggins in their first 30 games turned out to have nice NBA careers. Parker and Bosh, in particular, weren’t very productive early on. Overall, a player’s performance through his first 30 games does seem to tell us something — you’d rather take the players from the top half of the rotisserie-style rankings than those from the bottom. But it’s a fairly noisy list.So Wiggins might have lost some value based on his performance so far this year, but he hasn’t crashed. (This conclusion is pretty similar to Neil’s.)What about those advanced stats showing Wiggins to be awful (instead of just mediocre)? They’re probably not the thing for him to worry about right now. Most of those stats will punish players who shoot relatively often but relatively poorly, as Wiggins has so far. But the 5-25 Timberwolves don’t have a lot of better options, and Wiggins has shown some development this year, like shooting well from 3-point range. (And keep in mind that James shot just .417 through his first 30 games.) The bigger concerns are Wiggins’s low rates of rebounds, assists and blocks, deficits that show up in advanced and traditional statistics alike. read more

Breaking balls typically have greater whiff rates than fastballs, and breaking balls are being thrown more frequently.On sliders, pitchers are often looking for more horizontal break — and less vertical movement — than on a curveball. They’re getting both this season: Velocity is still certainly at play in these nastier breaking balls: Increased velocity generally leads to an increase in spin rate. (The average curveball spin rate this year is 2,536 rpms, up from 2,315 rpms in 2015). More spin (specifically, transverse spin) creates more of the phenomenon known as Magnus Effect, which plays a key role in determining a pitch’s movement.But velocity hasn’t surged as dramatically as pitch movement has in recent seasons. And it isn’t just that fresh faces with killer breaking balls have replaced older, craftier pitchers: 86 pitchers who threw at least 50 curves in 2017 and 2019 averaged an increase of 1.4 inches of greater vertical break, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. Something else must be at work.One possibility is that new methods of training, and new technologies, are playing a role in creating better breaking balls. For example, when Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer revamped his slider in the 2017-18 offseason, he wanted a pitch with zero inches of vertical movement and an elite level of horizontal movement. At Driveline Baseball, a data-based training center, he used new pitch-tracking technology, allowing for improved feedback of the pitch-in-progress. Specifically, he wanted to create a certain spin axis, which determines the direction the ball moves, while spin rate determines how much the pitch can move. Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who also designed a slider at Driveline, has quietly become one of the top pitchers in baseball. His slider ranks as the game’s seventh best since 2018, in terms of runs saved compared to the major league average per pitch type. “I’ve worked on it at Driveline a ton in recent years,” Boyd told FanGraphs. “At Driveline, we were on the Rapsodo [pitch-tracking tech] and the Edgertronic [high-speed camera] a lot. … Again, we were working that thing, working that thing.” The technology allowed him to monitor the spin rate and spin axis of the pitch. High-speed cameras showed him how his grip was imparting spin on the ball. The work paid off: In 2017, Bauer saw just 2.83 inches of horizontal movement on his slider, which ranked him 131st in baseball. But this season, he’s up to 11.1 inches, putting him third. Major League Baseball seems to be on an unstoppable pathway to more and more strikeouts. After a record share of plate appearances ended in a strikeout last season (22.3 percent), this season is winding up to set another record: If the to-date strikeout rate of 23 percent holds or increases over the season, it would mark the 12th straight year of a record set for strikeout rate.Fastball velocity is often cited as the source of the strikeout surge, along with hitters willing to trade contact for power. The constantly increasing fastball velocities of recent years are such a concern that MLB is partnering with the independent Atlantic League next year to move the mound back by 2 feet — to 62 feet, 6 inches from home plate. Still, there may be another culprit behind all of the K’s: Breaking balls have never moved more. According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of PITCHf/x and Statcast data at Baseball Prospectus, sliders and curveballs this season are darting away from bats at their greatest levels in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). White Sox left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer became yet another pitcher to look into designing a pitch this winter. In a Driveline-like facility called Dynamic Velocity in Omaha, Nebraska, he created a cut fastball to better combat right-handed hitters. After righties hit .338 against him last year, they are batting .095 this season. Bummer has allowed only one earned run in his first 11⅓ innings this season. His cutter and fastball rank among the best in the game.“It’s actual proof that your ball is moving, not someone sitting behind you and saying, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a great pitch. That looks really good,’” Bummer said of the tech-aided pitch development. “You have instant feedback that tells you, ‘Did that pitch do what it’s supposed to do?’ To me that was a huge deal. The belief behind it.”While the effort to create better pitches began with curious (and/or motivated) players going outside the game to independent facilities, teams are hiring more and more outsiders to pitch-design roles within their organizations. Over the offseason, the San Francisco Giants hired former Driveline pitch-design guru Matt Daniels, and the Philadelphia Phillies hired another design specialist in Eric Jagers. The industry is so interested in pitch design that the Edgertronic SC1, the most common high-speed camera, is selling more quickly than Sanstreak can produce it. This year, the Edgetronic and Rapsodo devices were seen in spring training bullpen mounds all over Arizona and Florida. The Orioles held “mandatory group spin axis seminars” this spring.Pitchers’ pitches will likely keep getting better, moving faster and with more movement. There is seemingly no end to the increasing frequency of strikeouts. While the home run surge has masked other areas of offensive decline, technology and training is giving pitchers a new edge.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

first_img“A person may have the expectation of becoming a better person through meditating, and may believe that to be the case – but in fact this has not been proven.” Initial analysis carried out indicated that positive effects were seen by making people feel moderately more compassionate or empathetic, compared to if they had done no other new emotionally-engaging activity.However further analysis revealed it played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone was. The research reviewed more than 20 studies that investigated the effect of various types of meditation, such as mindfulnessCredit:Andrew Crowley If you want to be more compassionate go and volunteer at a charityDr Miguel Farias Meditation does not make you a better person according to a new study despite widespread claims that meditation can make you calmer and more compassionate towards other people.Researchers have found that despite popular beliefs that meditation can make people more compassionate and less aggressive the evidence for this is limited. The research by scientists at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and Radboud University in the Netherlands, reviewed 22 studies involving 1685 people to investigate the effect of various types of meditation.The practice, incorporating a range of spiritual or religious beliefs in a bid to boost the mind, body and spirit, has been touted as being able to make the world a better place.Initially research found that meditation did have an overall positive impact, however further analysis revealed a core methodological flaw that greater levels of compassion only increased if the meditation teacher was also the author of the study, suggesting bias.  Unexpectedly the study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that the more positive results found for compassion had important methodological flaws.Namely compassion levels in some studies only increased if the meditation teacher was also an author of the published report.Overall the results suggested the moderate improvements reported by psychologists in previous studies may be the result of methodological weaknesses and biases.Dr Farias added: “When we first looked at the data set together we had what looked like positive effects. However, it appeared that people only became more compassionate when there was bias in the data set. “None of this, of course, invalidates Buddhism or other religions’ claims about the moral value and eventually life changing potential of its beliefs and practices. The lack of a positive change in compassion he said was not surprising as in most instances to improve compassion or empathy this would involve spending more time interacting with others.“Why would people get compassion from meditating alone. There is a belief that Buddhists meditate for 12 hours a day, but this is not true. They spend a large amount of time interacting with one another,” he said.“If you want to meditate because you want some quiet time and time to relax, I see no issues, but the benefits it can have on a person’s character are limited, if you want to be more compassionate go and volunteer at a charity.” Meditation has been touted as being able to make the world a better placecenter_img “But our research findings are a far cry from many popular claims made by meditators and some psychologists.” 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. Meditation has been touted as being able to make the world a better placeCredit: ImagesBazaar Dr Miguel Farias, from Coventry University’s Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, said: “The popularisation of meditation techniques, like mindfulness, despite being taught without religious beliefs, still seem to offer the hope of a better self and a better world to many.”We did not find that meditation had any negative effects, however the good impacts can be compared to a placebo effect. The research reviewed more than 20 studies that investigated the effect of various types of meditation, such as mindfulnesslast_img read more

first_img Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Image: ABACA/PA Images 71,794 Views ADULTERY AND GAY sex in Brunei in Southeast Asia will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities have said.Rights groups have reacted in horror to the latest hardline move from the resource-rich nation on Borneo. The country practises a stricter brand of Islam than its neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia and is imposing the new law under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism.Brunei will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday.Homosexuality is already illegal in Brunei but it will now become a capital offence. The law only applies to Muslims. The new penalty for theft is amputation of the right hand for a first offence, and the left foot for a second offence. Amnesty International Wednesday urged Brunei to “immediately halt” implementing the new penalties.“To legalise such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself,” Brunei researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard said in a statement.“Some of the potential ‘offences’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender.”A notice on Brunei’s Attorney General’s Chambers dated 29 December 2018 said the provisions will take effect on 3 April. Brunei first announced the measures in 2013 but implementation has been delayed as officials worked out the practical details and in the teeth of opposition by rights groups. Under a shift towards hardline Islamic law, Brunei banned excessive Christmas celebrations in 2015 for fear that Muslims could be led astray. By AFP ‘Appalling’: Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery The new law is due to come into effect next Wednesday. 132 Comments Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 2:24 PM Mar 27th 2019, 2:24 PM center_img Share1317 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4563479 Short URL Image: ABACA/PA Images Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Vintage Shelf: John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness’12 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019 Stay on target Halloween is almost here, and you know what that means. Teens are taking each other on dates to see horror movies where other teens get murdered. It’s so heartwarming. But before the gore and weirdly repressive 1980s politics hit the screen, every slasher movie starts as a script a real life person dreamt up and wrote down. Sounds like a good racket to get in on.Screenwriting is an art form made infinitely more convenient by technology. While writing countless scripts in film school, I frequently considered how prohibitively tedious the process would have been if I had to use a typewriter instead of a laptop and some screenwriting software. And you do need screenwriting software. Your scripts have to be formatted in a specific way to be taken seriously, and doing that formatting in non-specialized word processors like Microsoft Word or (heaven forbid) Notepad is annoying and prone to errors.So if you’re thinking of writing your own movie, here are some programs to get started. And to celebrate the season, I’m using Malware, my own awful 2010 slasher movie script, as an example.Final DraftFinal Draft is my personal program of choice, as well as the preferred program of many professional screenwriters. It’s ubiquitous enough that shows like Comedy Bang Bang joke about it. I’m most familiar with Final Draft 8, but Final Draft 10 is the latest version. At $299, Final Draft is the priciest program on this list. But its features make it a breeze to bang out your deadly ideas. You can easily convert scripts between different files types. Keyboard shortcuts let you quickly switch between dialogue and action and scene headings and other script essential that are tedious to write out by hand.On a more macro level, you can arrange scenes in different ways, like by character arc, to get a better view of your story. Track revisions, add watermarks, use the iPad companion app, and even listen to the program read your script back to you. It’s great!In this scene, George Walsh, our slasher and a child driven violently mad by a chip put in his brain, murders his mentor and stalks his next target. His family, including his well-meaning nerdy sister who put the chip in his brain, remains oblivious.CeltxCeltx is another tool I’m fairly comfortable with. It’s the program they made us use in film school. It’s easy to understand why. First off, it’s free, which is a big deal for poor college students studying film of all majors. But more importantly, the tool has the features you and your collaborators need to actually start shooting your script. Making movies is hard. It takes a lot of people and a lot of coordination. Celtx helps would-be studios figure out and delegate the tasks necessary for producing your film.The catch is those larger production features are only available with a subscription, starting at $8.25 per month. But if all you want to do is write, you can use the free iPad app, and it’s pretty good. It has the formatting options you want. It includes templates for writing stage plays and audio plays and comic books. You can mark up your script, sync changes across your Celtx account, and even import files into Final Draft. But if you want your movie to actually be a movie and not just words on a page, consider paying for Celtx’s upper-tier tools.In this scene, our victim, Ms. Naglionne, desperately tries to escape George. She’s in a hardware store, so it’s probably not going to end well.WriterDuetWriterDuet also gates features behind a paywall, but the free version is still quite robust. You can import scripts from other programs, easily write in standard formats, and track revisions. Also, as the name implies, the collaboration tools are excellent, which is good even for just a writing-specific programs. Lots of today’s best screenwriters are part of teams like Lord and Miller, Markus and McFeely, and pretty much any pair not named Orci and Kurtzman. However, the free version of WriterDuet is limited to a Web client. You have to be online to use it and there’s no mobile version.Paying anywhere from $8 per month to a one-time $199 payment gives you access to WriterDuet’s premium features. These range from expected perks like an offline desktop client and expanded backup options for your drafts to more creative tools like video tutorials and an “Intro to Screenwriting e-book.”In this scene, George confronts Ms. Naglionne and does the thing villains in slasher movies tend to do. (Any producers interested in reading more should hit me up!)There are other quality screenwriting programs you can check out. Fade In is another recent favorite. But none of these tools will do you wrong if you’re just getting started. So there you go, all the software you need to start killing people… in your movie scripts. Happy Halloween!last_img read more

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY (AP) — One of Central America’s most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring 20 while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash.National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said an undetermined number of people were missing following the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “volcano of fire,” which is 27 miles from Guatemala City.Cabanas said four people, including a disaster agency official, died when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, and two children were burned to death as they watched the volcano’s second eruption this year from a bridge.David de Leon, spokesman for the disaster agency, said about 300 people evacuated areas near the volcano.Ash was falling on the Guatemala City area as well as the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua, a popular tourist destination.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla’s Jesus Navas believes that they must be as focused as they were against Barcelona a few weeks ago, as the sides prepare to meet for the final of the Copa del ReyPreviously the two clubs met in March at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with Sevilla being denied a victory due to the late heroics of substitute Lionel Messi saving Barcelona from a near certain defeat with the sides settling for a 2-2 draw.Navas, who has previously won the Copa del Rey in both 2007 and 2010, believes that Sevilla must show the same level of intensity and attitude with the Rojiblancos looking to avenge themselves for their 2-0 defeat in the 2016 final.“I think we played a very serious game here a few weeks ago and we have to start with the same intensity and attitude.” Navas told FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Manchester City defender is counting on his prior experience of winning the tournament for Saturday’s final.“Very much so. For the fans, and for us to be able to win another title, would be something very big. We have to be very focused, though, because we know that any detail can mark the game.” said the 32 year-old.The Spaniard disregarded the impact of Barcelona’s Champions League exit: “They have players who are very experienced and know how to disconnect from one match to another. It’s a final, and they’re going to play it with maximum intensity. We have to be very focused.”For the fans, Navas added: “That we’re going to give it our all in every game we have left in the league, and in this final. We’re going to give it our all in every game to go far and win the title for our fans.”last_img read more

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman believes he and his teammates need to work harder to improve the club’s fortunes this season.The Toffees have been inconsistent all season, and currently in 11th position in the Premier League after their 2-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday.“There is no magic potion – we just need to work hard and keep battling,” said Coleman, according to the club’s official website.“Hopefully with wins the confidence will come but at the minute we are not winning enough, we are not getting back-to-back wins, which always breeds confidence.”“The past six or seven weeks… we’ve won a game, performed well and looked forward to the next game, but it hasn’t gone quite so well. You don’t want to keep saying we had new players coming in and are trying to organise that… as a whole we need to be better, we need to stand up and be counted.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Seventh is up for grabs and there will be a lot of teams fighting for that position. We can only look at ourselves and that starts with going on the training ground on Monday and preparing the best we can and having a great attitude like all professional footballers should.”“The only way you can do it is on the pitch and be proud to play for your club. At the minute, we all need to do better.”Speaking about Everton’s FA Cup tie against Millwall, Coleman said: “I’ve never played there and I hear it’s a great atmosphere. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can win it and advance in the Cup.”“Silverware is massive for this club and I want to win the Cup. That would be a great achievement and give the fans something to celebrate.”last_img read more

first_imgBomb experts were sent to Hathaway Park in Washougal after someone reported finding a suspicious container.The container turned out to be someone’s attempt to make a primitive explosive device, said Washougal police Sgt. Brad Chicks. Washougal police went to the lower part of the park, just north of Hathaway Elementary School, after a fisherman found a suspicious-looking container made out of a spray can. The police called in the metro bomb squad to check it out. “Anything that looks like a device, we don’t touch it,” Hicks said. Technicians from Vancouver and Portland examined the device from a distance and then dissembled it after determining it couldn’t ignite. Although the bomb technicians deemed the primitive bomb benign, they lauded the Washougal Police Department for taking the precaution to call it in.last_img read more

first_imgA third (32%) of all UK adults in full-time employment have suffered from poor mental health in the workplace. However, more than two-fifths (44%) of these individuals have never disclosed their issues to a manager, according to research by health technology organisation Mynurva.The survey of over 2,000 employees also found that, among sufferers, 37% have never sought any professional help for their mental health problems, with men (42%) being more likely not to seek help than women (32%).More than half (55%) of sufferers stated that they feared admitting their problems to a manager as it might hinder their chances of a promotion.Dr Zain Sikafi, chief executive and founder of Mynurva, said: “The research shines a light on just how many people in full-time work across the UK are suffering in silence with their mental health problems. Clearly, employees still live in fear of what will happen to their careers and colleague relationships if they were to open up about the problems they are facing, and this is a serious concern.”Approximately three-fifths (59%) of respondents to the survey believed that if their mental health issues became common knowledge in the office then it would negatively affect their relationships with colleagues, with the figure rising to 71% among workers aged between 18 and 34. A similar percentage (58%) said they worried that their mental health problems would not remain confidential if they were to discuss them in the workplace.Sikafi added: “Society is certainly taking positive steps forward in talking more and more about mental health, but evidently there is still much more to be done in a professional context. Stress, anxiety and depression significantly impact employees and their organisations, and so people must have the support and confidence they need to talk about their problems and seek the help they need.”last_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – NASA’s Curiosity rover spotted a mysterious object sitting on the surface of Mars, leaving many people asking: Is it a sign of alien life or just space debris?A high-definition image that surfaced online this week shows what appears to be a metal object reflecting light on the red planet.The image dates back to March, but it was recently posted to Reddit. Some say it was an object left behind by aliens. Others say it’s probably entry debris left behind by the rover itself.One user posted, “Uh nasa? UFO Caught on Mars Rover Mission? Is this real?”Real or not, the image has sparked a large debate.“It might look like a spaceship, but as usual the picture is out-of-focus and there is no guide to tell the viewer how big or small this object is,” Nigel Watson, author of UFO Investigations Manual, told the Daily Mail.NASA has not offered any insight as to what the object is. last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An American Airlines flight heading to Miami from Paris was diverted after experiencing engine trouble.One engine shut down on the Boeing 777 about two hours after take-off, Thursday.The pilot turned the plane around over the Atlantic Ocean, landing safely in Ireland.Passengers will be put on another plane en route to Miami International Airport, Friday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgDefense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday announced the 2015 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence:Army: Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.;Marine Corps: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.;Navy: Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.;Air Force: Joint Base Andrews, Md.; andDefense Logistics Agency: DLA Distribution Center Susquehanna, Pa.The award recognizes outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations, Pentagon officials said.“Excellent installations enable better mission performance and enhance the quality of life for military men and women and their families,” officials said in a statement announcing the winners. “Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions.”In addition to ensuring a superior quality of life for their personnel, the winners also made significant contributions outside their gates. The Camp Lejeune workforce donated more than 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, while more than 600 volunteers from NAS Pensacola helped 20 different agencies with 30 projects.The winners also made great strides to increase their sustainability. Fort Stewart, for example, partnered with Georgia Power to install a 30-megawatt solar farm. Joint Base Andrews renovated seven facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons. Distribution Center Susquehanna carried out more than $170 million in renovation and construction projects to improve energy efficiency.Fact sheets on each of the winners are available on the DOD website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more