France most skeptical about science and vaccines, global survey finds

first_img Country Disagree Country FranceDisagree33% Country GabonDisagree26% Country TogoDisagree25% Country RussiaDisagree24% Country SwitzerlandDisagree22% Country ArmeniaDisagree21% Country AustriaDisagree21% Country BelgiumDisagree21% Country IcelandDisagree21% Country Burkina FasoDisagree20% Country HaitiDisagree20% A woman gets vaccinated at a Paris hospital. Quelle surprise. France, cradle of the Concorde, the face transplant, and the first isolation of HIV, is more wary of vaccines and the economic value of science than more than 140 other countries, according to a global survey of public attitudes toward science and health released this week. But French scientists say the skepticism is familiar and doesn’t affect their work; some suggest it instead reflects a deep-seated mistrust of institutions. “We think there’s a problem of trust in government, in particular in health authorities,” says Pierre Verger, an epidemiologist who studies vaccine hesitancy at the French biomedical research institute INSERM in Marseille.When asked whether vaccines are safe, one-third of the 1000 French respondents to the survey disagreed—far more than in other nations. (In the United States, 11% disagreed.) The mistrust didn’t vary much across age, gender, or education, according to the survey, conducted by the Gallup World Poll for the Wellcome Trust, a biomedical charity based in London.Verger’s research points to high-profile health scandals as an explanation. In 2009, for example, years after other countries, French regulators withdrew approval for Mediator, an amphetamine-based diabetes drug linked to hundreds of deaths, amid concerns of undue industry influence. The French have also been unhappy with heavy-handed public health campaigns, such as a costly mass vaccination for swine flu that same year. “France is one of a few countries where [such controversies] have been so frequent,” Verger says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The survey also reveals French pessimism about the economic value of science. Some 55% say they see science and technology as a threat to local jobs in the next 5 years. Although France is the only country scoring above 50% on this question, a similar gloominess spans other parts of Europe, whereas most regions in Africa and Asia are optimistic about science boosting job prospects. The survey suggests France’s sluggish economy and relatively high unemployment as plausible causes. That fear about the future is understandable, says Catherine Pélachaud, an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher at Sorbonne University in Paris. “We see factories closing down and it can be very hard for less-qualified people to adapt.” By Tania RabesandratanaJun. 19, 2019 , 12:01 AM These are the countries that trust scientists the most—and the least It might be unfair to label France as averse to science based on a single survey. There is plenty of enthusiasm for specific technologies, according to a 2017 OpinionWay survey of 1059 people in France commissioned by Quattrocento, a scientific business incubator in Paris. It found that more than three-quarters of respondents were hopeful about research in transport and renewable energies. At the same time, about two-thirds were worried about nuclear energy research and studies of genetically modified (GM) foods. The French government, a global leader in producing nuclear energy and exporting its technology, has largely ignored public dissent in that arena, but it has taken up public suspicions about GM foods by, for example, banning the cultivation of GM maize. Just say ‘non’ When asked whether vaccines are safe, a survey finds French people disagree the most. Related Phanie/Alamy Stock Photo France most skeptical about science and vaccines, global survey finds Some French scientists are unsurprised by the survey results, and point out that opinions don’t always correlate to behavior. Of the French parents surveyed, 91% say their children are vaccinated, in line with the global average of 92%. “It’s the French paradox: We have doubts about many things; we grumble. But thankfully, vaccine coverage remains high,” says Olivier Schwartz, scientific director of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, which depends on public donations to carry out its work, including vaccine research. “I don’t perceive a hostile climate,” Schwartz adds. “On the contrary, I feel that [people in France have] a thirst for knowledge.”The survey data back this up: Some 71% of respondents in France say they know “some” or “a lot” about science—placing France in the top 10 globally. And 46% say they sought scientific information in the past month—compared with a median of 30% worldwide. Schwartz attributes the French vaccine skepticism to a lack of information, and says researchers and institutions need to fill that gap in a “simple and rigorous way.”But Brice Laurent, a sociologist at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation in Paris, warns against this “deficit model” of communication, which implies that ignorance breeds skepticism and that people would embrace technologies if only they knew enough science. Studies show that more informed people are often more skeptical, he notes.“It would be annoying if decision-makers saw this [survey] and thought, ‘French people just don’t get it, so we’ll repeat the message,’” Laurent cautions. He believes skepticism is ingrained in the culture of France, a place where all high schoolers are taught philosophy. “You could look at these stats and say: The French are critical thinkers; they are interested and ask questions,” he says.Pélachaud agrees that a vigilant public can help push scientists to consider societal impacts. “When I started 30 years ago, we didn’t ask ourselves ethical questions” in the AI field, says Pélachaud, who works on animated chatbots capable of nonverbal communication. “The French may be grumblers, but their critical thinking is important.”last_img read more

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Former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passes away

first_imgAjit Wadekar Ajit Wadekar cricket 0 Published on COMMENT × deathcenter_img August 15, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL people  Former cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led India to their first overseas wins in England and West Indies, passed away today after prolonged illness.He was 77 and is survived by his wife Rekha, two sons and a daughter.He breathed his last at the Jaslok Hospital in South Mumbai.The aggressive batsman was a trailblazer in Indian cricket despite a mere 37 Test appearances, leading India to triumphs in England and the West Indies in 1971.Wadekar scored 2,113 runs in his Test career, including one hundred.He was also India’s first ODI captain, although he appeared in just two matches.Wadekar also served as India’s manager in the ‘90s during Mohammad Azharuddin’s tenure as captain. He later went on to become the chairman of selectors as well.Ajit Wadekar will be remembered for his rich contribution to Indian cricket. A great batsman & wonderful captain, he led our team to some of the most memorable victories in our cricketing history. He was also respected as an effective cricket administrator. Pained by his demise.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2018 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Brandt set to snub Liverpool and Barcelona

first_imgTransfers Brandt set to snub Liverpool and Barcelona interest Chris Burton 18:02 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Julian Brandt Getty Transfers Barcelona Liverpool Bayer Leverkusen Primera División Bundesliga Premier League The Bayer Leverkusen winger has drawn admiring glances from across Europe, but his representative is expecting the youngster to stay put for now Julian Brandt is ready to snub interest from Liverpool and Barcelona in favour of remaining at Bayer Leverkusen, claims his agent.The highly-rated 21-year-old has drawn admiring glances from across Europe, with Bayern Munich another of those to have been linked with a big-money approach for his services.Liverpool were reported to have identified the Germany international as a top target in the summer of 2017 before eventually being forced to look elsewhere and tie up a £36.9 million deal for Mohamed Salah. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca were also keen at that stage, as they sought to find suitable cover for the departed Neymar, but Brandt stayed put then and looks like doing the same during the winter window.His father and agent, Jurgen, told Sport Bild of the ongoing transfer talk: “Julian’s objective is to play in Europe with Leverkusen next season.“He’ll definitely be here until 2019. Julian feels he has unfinished business at Leverkusen.”Brandt is only contracted to Leverkusen until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.It is also reported that the terms of that agreement will see his asking price lowered from this summer, which is likely to ramp up the interest in his signature.Leverkusen, though, are flying high in the Bundesliga table at present, with only runaway leaders Bayern ahead of them.Brandt has contributed four goals and two assists to their top-flight cause, with a five-goal haul across all competitions having already seen him better his return from 2017-18.His value to Leverkusen remains without question and they are understandably keen to retain his services for as long as possible, with it possible that fresh terms could be put in place to help fend off an every-growing list of suitors.General manager Jonas Boldt has said on talks with Brandt: “We think that there’s every chance he’ll extend.”last_img read more

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2011 First Contact Sports and Cultural Festival

first_img92 teams will take part in the Men’s and Mixed divisions across the weekend, while 22 teams will compete in the Schools/Youth division on Friday. It will be three big days of Touch Football as well as other entertainment, with plenty happening as part of the festival in addition to the games.  Games start at 8.30am on Saturday, before two exhibition games, an Australian Indigenous versus New Zealand Maori game followed by an invitational Papua New Guinea versus invitational Indigenous game are played, at 12.15pm and 12.45pm respectively. Round games will continue in the afternoon, before three exhibition ‘battle of the states’ games are played on Saturday night. Queensland and New South Wales will battle it out in the schools division at 6.30pm, followed by a Mixed game at 7.15pm, and a Men’s game at 8.00pm. Round games will continue on Sunday morning, followed by finals, with the Mixed Grand Final to be played at 4.00pm, followed by the Men’s Grand Final at 4.45pm. The weekend is not only about sport, but also showcases the fine talent that is on offer to the public by way of a community stage with non-stop entertainment throughout the festival.There’ll be plenty to see and do throughout the weekend, with free kids rides, cultural stalls and entertainment, while on the field the teams will be battling it out for $30,000 in prizes and trophies. For more information please visit http://www.firstcontact.asn.au/festival.htmlast_img read more

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a month agoSHOCKER! Real Madrid break unwanted record in Paris

first_imgSHOCKER! Real Madrid break unwanted record in Parisby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid broke an unwanted record for their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG last night.Real did not have one shot on target during the 90 minutes, something that has not happened for the past decade.They have played a total of 578 official matches in the last ten years and, in all of them, had at least once found a shot on target. Until last night.#OJOALDATO – El Real Madrid no ha realizado NI UN SOLO DISPARO A PUERTA en un partido oficial POR PRIMERA VEZ EN LA ÚLTIMA DÉCADA (estamos hablando de un intervalo de tiempo en el que el Madrid ha jugado 578 partidos oficiales).— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) September 18, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UNC’s Brice Johnson On Grayson Allen: “He Likes To Trip People”

first_imgBrice Johnson interview on Grayson Allen.Brice Johnson Grayson AllenIn anticipation of tonight’s NBA Draft, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson did a feature for The Player’s Tribune about his time playing for the Tar Heels.Johnson also took part in a quick version of the always-fun “First Thing That Pops” game, where you’re given a word or topic and asked to immediately say the first thing that pops into your mind. Johnson was asked about the NBA city he’s most excited to play in (New York), the player he most wants to play with (CP3) and other topics, but he saved the best for last when discussing UNC’s top rival.When given the word Duke, Johnson responds by saying how he gave them 19 and 21 in Cameron (it was actually 18), and referring to Blue Devil star Grayson Allen, Johnson said he “likes to trip people.”“I gave them 19 and 21, in Cameron.”@UNC_Basketball‘s @BJohnson_23 on DukeREAD: https://t.co/zf4g3t8sXyhttps://t.co/jy0jOMyGb3— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) June 23, 2016Johnson is of course referring to Allen’s controversial “trips” of players from Louisville and Florida State last season. Duke fans probably won’t enjoy hearing his interview.last_img read more

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‘We don’t want PL like Serie A where Juve win it every year’

first_imgLiverpool chairman Tom Werner saw the Reds endure Premier League title pain in 2018-19, but he is adamant that English football doesn’t “want a league like Serie A where Juventus win it every year without any competition”.The Reds missed out on the English top-flight crown last season by a solitary point, with Manchester City pipping them to the post in a thrilling fight to the finish.A wait for domestic dominance at Anfield is now set to reach the 30-year mark, with Jurgen Klopp still being charged with the task of bringing that barren run to a close. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Werner insists there will be no letting up in that pursuit, with Liverpool happy to form part of such a competitive division and to have seen more major honours come up for grabs on their 2019-20 schedule.He told The Athletic of the ambition driving the Champions League winners forward: “I think our fans are like our players, manager and us as owners, they want to win everything.“Of course the league title is a big, big ambition but I think last season taught us the key is to focus on just winning the next game and being greedy to keep winning and see where that gets us.“There’s so much to compete for this season thanks to our success in Madrid. The Super Cup, the Club World Cup competition, domestic cups, the Champions League again and yes, the Premier League.“We go into every one of them knowing we are good enough to be in the conversation to win them. I think that’s pretty cool.“The Liverpool team on that pitch over the past year was such a united team. Listen, we have to compliment Man City. They played flawless football in the Premier League for the final four months of last season. They didn’t drop a point after January.“I’m not taking anything away from our season but City are a magnificent football team and it’s going to be a big challenge for us again.“I think last season was very good for the sport. It’s important for the Premier League that the competition is there. We don’t want a league like Serie A where Juventus win it every year without any competition.”Werner added on a stunning climax to the 2018-19 campaign, which saw Liverpool counter their Premier League disappointment with European glory: “As special as last season was for Liverpool, it was bittersweet towards the end. As successful as we were, we didn’t finish the job in the Premier League.”To have the opportunity to win the Champions League was so special. We came into this experience wanting to win trophies for the team and for our fans. It was really gratifying to witness that in Madrid. It was an extraordinary evening.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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ESPN’s Laura Rutledge Announces She’s Stepping Away For Now

first_imgLaura Rutledge of ESPN stands with a Florida player.BIRMINGHAM, AL – JANUARY 03: Adam Lane #22 of the Florida Gators stands with ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge following a victory over the East Carolina Pirates in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field on January 3, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama. Florida won the game 28-20. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Laura Rutledge has been a mainstay of ESPN’s college football coverage for years, though the network will have to make do without her – for now, anyway.The veteran ESPN reporter announced this morning that she’ll be stepping away from her hosting duties on doctor’s orders.Rutledge is pregnant with her first child.“Due to doctor’s orders, I’ll be stepping away from SEC Nation and Get Up! to focus on our growing family, but can’t wait to be back with these guys, Greeny & the Get Up crew & all of YOU later this fall!” she tweeted. Thankful for an incredible week 1 of college football! Due to doctor’s orders, I’ll be stepping away from #SECNation & @GetUpESPN to focus on our growing family, but can’t wait to be back with these guys, Greeny & the Get Up crew & all of YOU later this fall! pic.twitter.com/S5dSSfVpe1— Laura Rutledge (@LauraRutledge) September 3, 2019Rutledge, a Florida fan, talked to us about how she’s going to raise her daughter as a college football fan.“It’s definitely going to be a battle,” she told The Spun. “But I will say that I am adamant that she gets to make her own choice. So if she says that she wants to be an Alabama fan and that’s on her own terms and she can make that choice then I will accept it and I will support her – to a certain extent. I will say it’s kind of funny, we’ve been blessed with many great gifts and we’re so thankful for that, but she doesn’t have as many Alabama outfits as she had Florida outfits. So she may start to feel an affinity for Florida and I won’t go out and say that I strategically planned that, but I may have used a little strategy. No but we’re excited to see what she likes and see who she wants to pick as her favorite team.”We can’t wait to see Rutledge back on the air later this season.last_img read more

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Mike Mayhall: Stuntman/Story Teller

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Some people make their way into show business following the standard path: they take acting classes and then start auditioning. They get bit roles and then, with luck, land roles that are a bit bigger. Then they get noticed; get an agent… get that one great booking that gets them on the map. Then come the sexy parties and weird diets. (Usually. Not always, but usually.)On the other side of the camera you have the producer/director types who go to film school and then start working on sets, maybe starting as a grip on commercials or as DP for friend’s indie film. They work their way up by working hard on other peoples’ projects, and then at some point have the clout/cash/luck to make their own film or show. And if it works, they go on to make more.Mr. Mayhall looking more suave than youThen you have the route Mike Mayhall followed into his cinematic career, and it hardly fits either of those two descriptions, despite the fact that Mike is both an actor and a director/producer.He’s also a stunt man, by the way, but you likely guessed that from the title of this piece. You can see his stunt work in such major films as LOOPER and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. In many ways, stunt work is what led to the rest of Mike’s career, but rather than listen to me prattle on, let’s hear from the man himself.He was classy enough to give me/The Manual time for an interview, after all…I reached him by phone (as opposed to by telegraph or smoke signal… why do we even bother pointing that out? Oh well) from my Los Angeles chateau home office in his native hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.ME: What do you consider to be your main vocation? Stunts? Acting? Directing?MIKE: Storytelling. My role depends on the story being told, on how it has to be told. Whether it’s acting, directing, producing, doing stunts, I just want the story out there. So it’s really never just one thing. I came up in the theater, and in theater I was always doing everything: acting, behind the scenes work, all of it. The collaborative process is important; I want to create my own projects, my own stories, but I’m happy to work with someone else’s vision too, to help them get their story out there, alive.ME: How did you get into the industry?MIKE: Well it started with an award-winning, truly amazing high school theater department. I went in one afternoon, auditioned for a part, and I got it. I’d always wanted to act, but I never — I guess I was hesitant — I waited until my senior year to try it. You should have seen my parents’ faces when I told them; they were super supportive but it was a surprise. I think waiting all that time and being as ignorant about acting as I was made me fearless, and that helped me a lot. Soon I was doing improv, acting in theme parks, and soon I was auditioning for roles in shows and films.ME: If you weren’t directing films and being thrown through windows and such, what would you be doing?MIKE: I… I really don’t know. When I started all this, it just became the only thing I wanted to do. I guess maybe I’d have gotten into business. Probably studied law, because it runs in the family. I guess I’d like to say something adventurous, but I really don’t know.ME: Have you ever been injured in your work as a stuntman?MIKE: Knock on wood. No. I haven’t taken any serious injuries, and I get superstitous thinking about it. Sure, I’ve gotten bruises, hits, bangs, but I’ve never gotten hurt myself yet, blessedly, so.ME: Has your life as a stuntman ever helped out in your everyday life?Ye Olde Green ScreenMIKE: Let me think… I remember once taking what should have been a bad fall, slipping off something — what was it? — anyway, slipping and falling and I just naturally tucked into a roll and came up just fine, so I guess that was the training and experience helping out.ME: What is the hardest stunt you’ve ever had to pull off?MIKE: Well, they’re all hard the first time you do them. Every time I step into something new I’m outside my comfort zone, there’s risk, no matter what the stunt is. For example flying backward through a window? I did that for the first time recently, and that was pretty tricky. I remember in earlier days, when I was in a live stunt show in Orlando, there was an act with a rope swing, which sounds easy enough, just a rope swing, right? But there were all these marks we had to hit, there was timing, and I was flying through the air with pyrotechnics blasting, others guys spinning around, there were just so many variables, but when we all practiced, controlled the variables as much as we could… it all went OK.ME: On the back end of the camera, what has been your greatest success so far?Buy Your Copy Today!MIKE: Well directing and producing JAKE’S ROAD for sure. It’s a smaller film, an indie film, obviously, but everyone I talk to who has seen it, everyone who watches it genuinely says they like it, and that’s my main measure for success right now. Obviously films are for the audience, so if people are liking it, then we were successful.ME: What are the biggest challenges to getting a project made?MIKE: It’s funding. And that really sort of dictates, unfornately, what you can or just can’t do. What I’ve been lucky to do is make a lot of good friends who, say maybe I can’t pay them what they’re worth, but if you all work together, lending your skills in return for help down the road, you get the quality you need out of the crew and even the cast. More funds would alleviate so many problems, but still there’s the difficulty of trying to match what’s in my head and putting it out there into the film, getting everyone on the same page, learning to comporomise, learning to tell the DP I want this when he says we have to do that, so on. Trying to get “The Vision” while working with a whole team? It can be hard.ME: How did growing up in New Orleans influence your career?MIKE: There’s just an amazing amount of creativity here, you can just feel it. You can walk down the street and there are characters to study, to be inspired by; it’s just vibrant. I can’t say “This is the moment the city showed me so and so,” or “This is a character I’ll use for… that,” but the whole city kind of gets inside you.ME: What advice do you have for an aspiring stuntman or stuntwoman?MIKE: I got training in the theater, then I got training in Orlando at theme parks and such, and then because I had training in that very physical background, friends made a recommendation to a stunt coordinator, and I flew in to meet him; he gave me my chance. I managed to pull it off, and since then it’s just about training, keeping fit. Studying what you need to. The biggest advice is just training; martial arts, fitness, practicing stunts, whatever it is. But also, have some modesty, have some professionalism. I see a lot of stunt workers who think they’re a big deal, but even once you make it in the field, you have to be part of the team, or you’ll find yourself outside fast enough.A Cheery Scene from JAKE’S ROAD Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and Morelast_img read more

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Adrian Grenier Visits Bali To Raise Awareness Of Cleaner Oceans

first_imgEarlier this week, Adrian Grenier visited Bali, where he participated in The Economist’s World Ocean Summit in an effort to spread his message about saving the world’s oceans.Adrian Grenier at 2017 World Ocean SummitOn his trip, Adrian was able to speak to a group of world business leaders, politicians, foreign ministers and environmental advocates about the threat plastics have on our world’s oceans. He also participated in an ocean clean up project and met with the two young girls in charge of Bye Bye Plastic Bags which helped organize the largest beach cleanup in Bali’s history.The 2017 World Ocean Summit started with a call to action. There have been many conversations about creating a sustainable ’ blue economy’, but the time has come to start doing something about it.There are huge economic and growth opportunities from investing into the ocean, but also a massive environmental responsibility that needs to be considered.Video: Adrian Grenier to raise awareness about #CleanSeasPanels and interviews included in-depth discussions about plastics and other marine litter, financing the transition to more environmentally-friendly ocean industries, and the complications of moving to more sustainable fishing practices.One immediate problem driving the conversation around responsible financing is the alarming volume of plastic and solid waste polluting our oceans. Each year, over 10 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into the sea and at current rates, by 2050, plastic in the ocean will weigh more than all of the fish combined, putting intense strain on the ocean and marine life.Against the backdrop of the Summit, Erik Solheim, President the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced a global campaign to eliminate marine litter.Actor and passionate ocean advocate Adrian Grenier pledged his commitment to reducing his use of single use plastics and appealed for everyone to commit to “conscious consumption” through changing personal habits. He also rallied the audience into forming alliances with friends and groups to take collective action that can influence businesses and corporations to evolve sustainable and responsible business models.Indonesia, the home of this year’s World Ocean Summit is likely the 2nd largest contributor to ocean plastics, and according to the Minister for Coordinating Maritime Affairs in Indonesia, marine plastics in Indonesia are a “slow motion catastrophe.”Crucially, the summit saw governments, organisations and businesses pledge their commitment to take direct action to staunch the rate of ocean degradation and key ocean economy stakeholders put forward solutions to achieving this through innovative investment frameworks and business practices.last_img read more

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Family members dont believe in inquiry after MMIW meetings postponed

first_img(Charmaine Desa, also known as Gina Hele with her daughter Jacqueline in 1988. She was murdered in 1990 and her killer has never been found. Photo courtesy of the family.) Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsColleen Cardinal was set to fly out to Edmonton from Ottawa this week for regional advisory meetings by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.But the meetings were abruptly postponed last Thursday. The commission said in a statement it needs more time to be ready for future meetings with families.“I don’t believe in the inquiry,” said a disappointed Cardinal. “I want to…but there’s so much work to be done.”The meetings were being held across Canada to seek out input from survivors and families leading up to family hearings set to start at the end of May.Cardinal has a vested interest in the inquiry. Her sister and sister in law were both murdered.It’s been almost 30 years since Cardinal’s sister was found dead at a park near downtown Edmonton. Charmaine Desa, also known as Gina Hele, was 20 when she died after being beaten.Police said she was murdered by a man she met at the park where she was buying pot.She was married and a mother of two.Cardinal’s sister-in-law Lynn Jackson was found dead in a ditch in Wetaskiwin, Alta., in 2005. RCMP have labelled her death as “suspicious,” but have no information about her killer.Cardinal said she met Waneek Horn-Miller, the director of community engagement for the inquiry in Ottawa at a similar meeting. Horn-Miller invited Cardinal to participate in the Edmonton meetings and said all of her expenses would be paid.Cardinal said she just happened to call Horn-Miller last week to inquire about logistics when she was told the event wasn’t happening.“I was told it was postponed because families complained it was too short notice and too close to Easter,” said Cardinal who said it sounded more like an excuse and not a good enough reason to put the meeting off.She had already been feeling anxious about the inquiry, even though it’s something she hoped would happen for many years now.The postponement has made her misgivings worsen.Paul Tuccaro was planning to fly to Edmonton from his home in Fort Chipewyan, in northern Alta., to attend the meeting on behalf of his sister Amber Tuccaro.Amber Tuccaro. Photo courtesy of the family.Amber disappeared in August 2010 during a trip to Edmonton. Her skeletal remains were found two years later in a field near Nisku, just outside the capital city. Her murder remains unsolved.Tuccaro said it took some time to prepare emotionally to attend the meeting and that even his mother was too upset to go.“It’s all confusing,” he said about the postponement. “It’s overwhelming. Now imagine all the other people that were planning to go. It’s getting them thinking of their lost loved ones. Now we’re having all these feelings brought up (of our loved ones) only to be told it’s put off until further notice?”Every day is a roller coaster ride for Eva Potts since her sister Misty Potts went missing in March 2014. Misty was last seen on highway 43 located near her home at Alexis First Nation, Alta.Eva Potts feels left in the dark she said she didn’t even know about the inquiry meetings.“I’m really confused about what’s going on,” she said after learning about the meetings on Monday from APTN.Eva does what she can to keep alive the efforts to find her sister. She has helped to keep Misty’s face in the media and keeps in contact with RCMP on a regular basis for updates on the case.She said had she known about the meetings, she would’ve gone. Anything to help find her sister.With the postponement of the meetings she feels it’s important for the inquiry to put together a better communication system for families.And supports need to be put in place for families impacted by the ups and downs of the inquiry process.Misty Potts. Photo courtesy of the family“We’re already hurting on the inside and not everybody knows how to deal with that. The pain can destroy you,” said Eva.She plans to attend the inquiry meetings when they come back to the area if she is made aware of the details.Meetings scheduled in Thunder Bay this week were also postponed. There is no word on when the meetings will be rescheduled.Regional advisory meetings were held in Wendake, QC, Ottawa, Montreal, Alton, Ont., Vancouver and Whitehorse.The inquiry was launched in September 2016 and commissioners are expected to deliver an interim report in November 2017. The final report is due in November of 2018.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Orlando Shooting 50 People Killed in Deadliest Mass Shooting in US

New York – At least 50 people were killed in Orlando shooting, Orlando police said Sunday morning.The number of people killed in the mass shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of Sunday has increased to at least 50 people.The attack occurred between 2 and 5 am local time, when Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a US-born citizen, identified as the suspect, opened fire inside Pulse nightclub, a gay nightclub in Orlando, before entering the premises of the nightclub and taking hostages. In addition to the dead, there are at least 53 injured.The incident is being described as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.Orlando authorities said earlier this morning they were investigating whether Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, who is of Afghan descent, has any ties to Islamic terrorism.Police said the shooter was well prepared and heavily armed.“It’s appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said, adding that the shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and “some type of (other) device on him.” read more

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Initial numbers suggest it was a Merry Christmas for retailers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Initial numbers suggest it was a Merry Christmas for retailers FREEIMAGES.COM As Christmas shoppers wait for those bills to roll in, retailers are starting to get an idea how much traffic they saw over the holiday season and so far, it doesn’t look like the economic downturn had much of an impact.Most malls won’t have final sales totals until later this month but Darren Milne, general manager at Market Mall, says things are looking good.“Overall, sales throughout the entire year have actually been up over what they were last year, and so while we haven’t seen finally sales figures for December, our expectation is that trend will continue,” he said.There was a decrease in overall traffic at Market Mall this year, but Milne adds that was being compared against a year when they still had Target in the mall, so the drop was expected.Chinook Centre figures the number of shoppers was up about two per cent in December.James Moller, General Manager at CrossIron Mills, says their traffic was up about one per cent, thanks in large part to retailers themselves.“They seemed to have more products and they seemed to have deeper discounts and sales promotions going on,” he said, adding he’s never seen such a concerted effort to get people in stores, and he expects many retailers will be rewarded for their hard work. by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 6, 2016 7:12 am MDT read more

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Apple offering 10000 iTunes Gift Card for ten billionth app download

first_imgApple is approaching the ten billionth app download from the App Store, and has decided to reward whoever manages to download number 10 billion.The Apple website has been updated today to show a counter which updates in real-time the number of apps downloaded from the App Store. It currently sits at around 9,764,170,000. The rate at which it changes is phenomenal making it difficult to predict (and screen capture for the image above) exactly when we’ll reach the 10 billion mark.AdChoices广告If you are the lucky person, then Apple will be sending you a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. That’s certainly going to buy you a lot more apps, and make for a very happy 2011.We’ve been trying to figure out what day the 10 billion mark will be reached. Sal’s guess is in 8.2 days time based on the current rate of downloads (projected time, assuming the rate stays constant is 5pm on Saturday the 22nd), but it should get faster when people learn of the prize awaiting the ten billionth app downloader. So I reckon it will be in 5 days time. Anyone mathematicians out there that would like to venture a guess?Read more at the Apple websitelast_img read more

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Le grand requin blanc plus menacé que le tigre

first_imgLe grand requin blanc plus menacé que le tigre ?États-Unis – Les grands requins blancs seraient plus en danger que les tigres. Ils seraient à peine 3.500, dispersés dans tout l’espace océanique.”On estime que le nombre total de grands requins blancs est en fait inférieur au nombre de tigres” a affirmé Ronald 0’Dor, scientifique au Centre de recensement de la vie marine.L’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) a établi une liste rouge des espèces les plus menacées, où figure notamment le plus célèbre des grands squales. “Les tigres sont déjà très menacés. Apparemment les requins blancs sont soumis au même sort terrible. Certaines personnes disent qu’elles s’en fichent, que ces animaux dévorent les baigneurs mais je crois qu’il serait mieux de leur laisser un peu d’espace pour vivre” a expliqué M. O’Dor à l’Association américaine pour l’avancement des sciences (AAAS) lors d’un meeting à San Diego. Aucune estimation officielle n’a pu quantifier le nombre exact de requins blancs évoluant actuellement dans les océans du globe, mais selon une récente enquête, ils ne seraient plus que 3.500. Une équipe menée par Barbara Block, biologiste marin à l’université de Stanford, a utilisé des émetteurs radioélectriques pour pister plus de 150 grands requins blancs de la côte de Californie du sud. “Les Australiens ont actuellement un système qui leur permet de détecter les grands requins blancs grâce à des émetteurs placés sur l’animal. Ainsi, dès que l’un d’eux s’approche de la côte, le récepteur effectue un appel vers le téléphone du responsable de plage qui peut instantanément fermer le lieu. Il est tout à fait possible de coexister avec la vie marine” a ajouté Ronald O’Dor.En 2007, les biologistes marins de l’Université Dalhousie au Canada ont analysé des dossiers de recherche contenant des informations sur la vie marine pour la période 1970-2005. Ils ont pu constater l’évidente chute de l’effectif de requins. Le nombre de requins tigres et marteaux avait ainsi décliné de plus de 97% au milieu des années 80. La pêche et les collisions avec les bateaux seraient entre autres à l’origine de ce phénomène inquiétant. Le 28 février 2010 à 19:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Schizophrénie lancement dune étude concernant les causes environnementales

first_imgSchizophrénie : lancement d’une étude concernant les causes environnementalesFrance – Pour la première fois, une étude est menée en France sur l’influence des facteurs environnementaux dans le développement de la schizophrénie et d’autres troubles psychotiques.On sait aujourd’hui, grâce à de précédentes études, que quelqu’un qui a grandi et qui vit en ville aurait deux fois plus de risques de déclencher une schizophrénie ou un trouble psychotique, qu’un habitant de la campagne. D’autres facteurs peuvent également y mener : l’émigration ou encore la consommation de cannabis. Comme chez certains de nos voisins européens, une étude de grande envergure a été lancée en France, explique l’AFP. Menée par la Fondation de coopération scientifique FondaMental, elle a débuté le 1er juin. Une centaine de patients, leurs proches et des sujets témoins seront suivis pendant 5 ans dans le Val-de-Marne, en zone urbaine. Pour l’étude du monde rural, c’est le Puy-de-Dôme qui a été choisi. Les cas seront recensés, questionnés, analysés et les chercheurs espèrent que leurs résultats permettront une meilleur compréhension du développement de la schizophrénie et des autres troubles psychotiques. Ainsi, le traitement et même la prévention seront peut-être facilités. Cela constitue un espoir pour de nombreux adolescents et jeunes adultes puisque 2 à 3% de cette population est atteinte par ces maladies. Le 21 juin 2010 à 17:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Weekend Highway Closures Planned For I45 And Highway 290

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:16 Listen Google Maps/Matthew PrendergastWeekend closures: Highway 290 eastbound connectors to 610, north and south; Southbound lanes of I-45 from Scarsdale to NASA Bypass. Closures are from nine Friday evening through Monday morning at five.The closure starts at nine this evening. Southbound lanes of I-45 will be closed from Scarsdale to NASA Bypass. Deidrea George is with the Texas Department of Transportation. “There is going to be a large area that is closed, but once it is open, they will go from three to five main lanes.”   Southbound drivers will exit at Scarsdale and travel the frontage road. The closing is for crews to complete striping, signage and other finishing work. It’s a busy section of the interstate, with a lot of traffic to Baybrook Mall as well as travelers headed to Galveston. George says the widening work will continue later this year, as I-45 is widened from six to eight lanes from NASA 1 to FM 518. “They should actually be starting on that very soon. The next phase will pick up at 518, and eventually the plan is to widen I-45 all the way into Galveston County.”   Weekend closures are also planned on Highway 290’s eastbound connectors to 610, north and south. “And so, of course, we are advising motorists to expect delays, and we are strongly encouraging them to seek alternate routes.”   The closures will be in effect until Monday morning at five X Share last_img read more

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Selena Gomez gushes about Zedds beautiful eyes

first_imgSinger Selena Gomez feels that her rumoured boyfriend Zedd has “beautiful eyes.” The 22-year-old has been romantically linked to the DJ since they collaborated on her new single “I Want You to Know” a few months ago, and although she won’t confirm if they are dating, she can’t help but gush about his physical features and talent. Speaking on a radio station, Gomez said: “He’s this cute little German, and he’s got really beautiful eyes, and he’s very sweet and funny.”last_img read more

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Undergraduate Visva Bharati students protest demanding supplementary examinations

first_imgKolkata: Some undergraduate students of Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan has been staging a protest demonstration on Sunday morning on the campus demanding supplementary examinations.The students armed with posters related to their demands staged a sit-in demonstration infront of the Central Office where the Vice chancellor and other senior administrative officials sit. The agitating students also put the office of the VC under lock and key. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested. Hence, we have decided to press for our demand in this manner,” an agitating student said. Officiating V-C Sabujkali Sen found her office under lock. She stayed for a while on the campus and after speaking to the students for less than a minute,she left the campus. “She did not give any assurance of resolving the issue by talks,” a student said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the university, a year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, had brought out a notification stating that there will be no supplementary examination at theundergraduate level.But there are students who have not been able to clear one or two semesters. These students have demanded supplementary examinations.They have also made similar demands earlier and had submitted a deputation to the VBadministration .VC Sabujkali Sen said: “I am the officiating V-C and as per the ordinance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, I cannot take any decision on holding supplementary examination.”A senior VB official said that the students’ demand have already been communicated to the MHRD but there has not been anyresponse as yet.The agitating students’ have threatened to continue their agitation until the V-C sits for talks with them.last_img read more

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