The setting: 12,000 feet over the choppy, menacing Pacific Ocean. A fictional, crippled TOPAC Airlines DC-4 descends, preparing for possible ditching. Aging girl-next-door Sally McKee turns to haunted nuclear scientist Donald Flaherty and blurts out, “I’m not going to run away anymore.”“What are you hiding from?” he shoots back.“Myself,” snaps Sally (she’s flying from Honolulu to San Francisco to consummate a pen-pal romance). “He’s a clean, wonderful man,” she continues. “He has a right to know what kind of person I am. I’m going to tell him,” she says, furiously rubbing off layers of facial make-up. “I’m not wonderful, not clean, not kind. Telling you these things is easy. You’re a stranger and I’ll never see you again.”The film, of course, is The High and The Mighty, the airline movie against which all others are measured. While John Wayne battles fate and edges his aircraft on to a safe landing, the real action is back in the cabin.Ah, there’s the essence of it: conversational confession on high, with few, if any, consequences. Although figures are elusive to non-existent, it’s anecdotally amazing how many people open up on airplanes, baring their souls to seatmates they’ll probably never see again. Driving the exchanges are passionate issues and pure proximity believes Marc Berman, a million-mile frequent flyer and licensed psychotherapist from the Boston area. “You’re strangers on an airplane,” he says. “I think it’s the anonymity of it…being in the same place, the same space.” Then there’s the absence of consequence. You’re able to vent emotion, to connect with someone “and know there are not going to be any ties going forward.”For some flyers, airliners are the perfect incubator for verbal intimacy between perfect strangers. Berman labels it a “protected environment.”Emotional triggersEmotion is often at the epicenter of such exchanges. Flying back from the West Coast to Hawaii after the death of her father, Jeanne, a long-time friend and colleague of mine, was sandpaper-sensitive, emotionally wrung out. So was her seatmate.The conversation, as virtually all do, started off casually enough. Jeanne remembers it began “with the usual question.” Her seatmate asked why she was going to Hawaii. Jeanne told her she was returning home after the death of her father on the Mainland. That really broke the ice. Out tumbled the reason her seatmate was headed for Hawaii. “Her husband (in the military) had attempted suicide and was in intensive care…For the next four hours, I learned her life story” remembers Jeanne.A father was dead; a husband’s life hung in the balance. Each woman took the other into her confidence, “dealing with death in the same odd fashion.”Unlike most such encounters, these two temporary seatmates kept in touch. When Jeanne e-mailed her to ask how things were going she wrote back that her husband had died. Jeanne agrees with the premise that the reason people talk to strangers on airplanes is, “They don’t think they will ever see the stranger ever again,” that nothing will come of the personally intimate conversation. Yet this time it did. And that’s unusual.Also unusual is exchanging names. Berman says it’s part of the code entailed in anonymous interaction. In this case, Jeanne – an innately compassionate person – broke both taboos.It’s amazing how many people face common challenges. The wife of a writing colleague of mine was on a flight to Los Angeles. Her seatmate was a candy company executive. They struck up a conversation about children. My colleague’s son was in his teens, beset by a learning disability and the disciplinary problems that can go along with it. By chance, her seatmate’s son had the same problem. “The discussion centered on how to deal with the situation,” remembers my friend. The seatmate’s advice was not to try to exert iron-willed control over her kid, that the goal is to give guidance, “to keep them in the race until they figure it out themselves.”“So,” says my friend, “that’s what we did.”It worked. The young man did figure it out himself. Today, “He makes a hell of a lot more money that I do,” smiles my colleague.Conversations leading to action perhaps aren’t as common as those which follow the “clean break principle.” As colleague Lisa Davis, a Chicago-based travel journalist says, people feel free “to discuss all their personal drama…because their seatmate has no influence on their lives. If you tell a friend, then there’s accountability. You have to answer to someone.”TimingEver notice how the chatter seems to pick up not too long before landing. Conversation can end up three ways: somebody puts their headphones on and politely turns away. They engage into soul-searching dialogue. Or, they exchange surface pleasantries and go about their own lives. It’s the latter – not dismissive, not intimate – that’s most common aloft.Berman believes the reason for that “is their no strings attached…no obligation to feel you have to continue to talk with somebody. Because the flight is over.” He says such a strategy avoids the deep-probe interchanges “where you feel, ‘Uh oh. If I open up a can of worms here I’m going to have to manage it.’”Location – the first class divideFate and timing factor into who talks and who doesn’t. So does where you sit. There’s not a lot of conversation up front, in the pointy end of the airplane. First class “is generally a very, very quiet place,” says David Marcontell, a high-mile aerospace executive. It’s one of those intuitively understood things. “It’s not because [business travelers] are not friendly,” he says. It’s because they’re there to work, unwind or relax. It’s their time; their space. The last thing they want is an intimate interchange.A globetrotting U.K. resident accedes he’s, “not very sociable.” When hurtling through the heavens, if a seatmate persists in trying to fire up a conversation he immediately starts talking about his job: compiling and analyzing statistics. “That normally stops them very quickly.”While coach may not be a veritable conversation pit, a lot more talk goes on in the back. “It’s a very different place,” says Marcontell. Behind the curtain, the aft of the airplane is a land inhabited by folks who often don’t fly as much. Marcontell says, “They are far more willing to talk about their sports teams, their families.” They’re excited about flying, in good spirits and want to share the experience. He contends such elbow-rubbing (literally), we’re-all-in-this-together ambience can “spawn some interesting conversations.”Unexpected encounters – welcome and otherwise Books are a way to break the monotony aloft, while keeping psychic intruders at bay. Business traveler and friend Marian Boyd was on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to New York JFK and looking forward to reading a mystery novel. A couple of times the guy sitting next to her made a comment or two, but Boyd smiled politely and succinctly and continued to read. “He took the hint and started reading his book.”As the flight approached JFK, the pilot put the aircraft into a holding pattern. That’s when Boyd noticed the book her seatmate was reading was in another language. She asked the man if it was a good read. The question broke the ice, leading to “one of the most interesting conversations I’d ever had,” remembers Boyd. The man sitting next to her was Astronaut Tom Stafford. He was on his way to the then Soviet Union for the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. “I was kicking myself,” for not having taken up his verbal invitation to speak earlier. For the next 45 minutes before the flight landed the Apollo astronaut “patiently and thoroughly answered every imaginable question I could possibly ask.”An in-flight encounter of a decidedly different kind befell Kathy, my wife and then-fiancé. On a flight from Atlanta to Dallas Love Field the guy in the seat next to her clumsily tried to strike up a conversation by asking, “Hey babe, what’s your sign (these were the late sixties folks). The one-sided conversation cascaded down hill from there, all two-and-a-half hours of the flight. Near the end of the trip he suggested they get together later for some “tea” – the decidedly illegal variety.The awkward silence was followed by another question. “What do you do?” he asked. Having just gotten a fellowship to study criminal justice Kathy responded to the guy by stretching the truth a tad. “I’m a narc (narcotics officer)” she shot back.The silence for the rest of the trip was deafening.Some passengers deliberately turn a deaf ear to those next to them. Others open up and let their souls be seen. Most merely exchange passing pleasantries. Either way, “people share some common social currency when they’re aloft,” says Marc Berman.The value of that currency can be as cheap, or precious, as you want. Just how you choose to redeem it is up to you.
“So it is still the responsibility of the Sudanese state to act on those matters.” An African Union (AU) panel on Darfur, headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, has submitted its report to the pan-African body. Mbeki argued, however, that for justice to be effective, it had to be accompanied by peace and reconciliation. 9 September 2009 Mbeki said the panel’s research turned up no desire among Darfuris for independence from Sudan. However, he noted that while Darfuris didn’t want to secede from Sudan, their feelings of marginalisation and underdevelopment should be recognised. “The resolution of the conflict in Darfur has to be brought about by the Sudanese people themselves and cannot be imposed from outside,” Mbeki said at the handover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Source: BuaNews “That root cause is the marginalisation and underdevelopment of Darfur as a result of policies and practices implemented throughout Sudan during both the colonial and post-colonial periods,” Mbeki said. Delivering the panel’s findings to AU Commissioner Jean Ping on Thursday, Mbeki said that the Darfur conflict could only be resolved by the Sudanese people. He pointed out that while the panel’s mandate had been confined to Darfur, they had had “no choice but to consider the wider Sudan setting as it relates to the resolution of the conflict in Darfur”. Justice, peace and reconcilliation Mbeki said all parties in the region agree that Sudan’s judicial system must take the lead role in Darfur war crime prosecutions. “Whatever the ICC might have done does not absolve Sudan from acting on crimes that might have been committed,” he said. The panel was created in February as the International Criminal Court (ICC) was about to prosecute Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was charged with two counts of war crimes: pillaging, and intentionally directing attacks against civilians. “Our interlocutors also recognised the reality that the objectives of peace, justice and reconciliation in Darfur are interconnected, mutually independent, equally desirable and cannot be achieved separately from one another,” he said. ‘No desire to secede’
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180104_RyanMartinLake effect snow is still a story in NE Ohio today. In fact, we won’t rule out lake snows in these typical areas right on through tomorrow and into the start of the weekend. We can see accumulations north and east of Cleveland, and light snow and flurry action can pop up from time to time over the next couple of days along the south shore of the lake. In general, this action will not make it any farther south than US 20. The rest of Ohio will see mixed clouds and sun, with no major weather issues. A cold front worked in overnight, so we look for colder temps the next couple of days, and subzero temps are not out of the question, particularly tomorrow morning, over northern and central parts of Ohio.Temperatures will moderate dramatically this weekend. Strong south winds kick up later Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Those winds bring temps up ahead of our next system. We expect to see a mostly dry Sunday, with precipitation not starting to nose into western and southwestern Ohio until after sunset Sunday evening. The system brings precipitation in for Sunday night and Monday. We still like a track of the low to the south and east, and we are also seeing a slight decrease in overall total available moisture. We still have action starting as snow Sunday night through Monday morning. There can be some mixing and changeover to rain in the southwest and west central part of the state, Monday morning but an all-out rain event is not likely. As cold air returns behind the cold front, we do not see as much snow potential – moisture is already leaving to the east by that time. We are reducing our total precipitation range to a liquid equivalent of .25”-.5”.The map above shows total liquid equivalent precipitation for the event. The highest end of the range looks to be over southern and southeastern Ohio. This means we see snow in a lot of the state, but should be able to miss out on any absolutely epic snow storm development. Our official snow totals will be out tomorrow morning, but we are leaning toward a 2-5 inch range over basically all of the state.Arctic high pressure comes in behind the front for Monday night through Thursday. This will take temperatures to below normal levels through most of the week. A front slowly works into the northern half of the state for next Friday. Cold air from the north butts up against moderating air over southern Indiana and into southwest Ohio. We expect snows, potentially several inches worth, from I-70 northward, and the best snows actually could be along and north of US 30. Closer to I-70, we may see an attempt at mixing with a bit of rain. Generally, the southern half of Ohio misses out. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals can be from .2”-.4”. Coverage will be at 90% of areas north of I-70.The extended 11-16 day forecast window starts with a nice front around the 14th, but this front has lost a good deal of its moisture. It likely is being robbed by the front for late next week. Still, we can add a little more light snow to the area. Cold air holds through mid-month, but with a strong upper level ridge building over the western US, we think that eventually, we will see a bit of a “thaw” the second half of the month, before another arctic blast takes over.
Here’s a quick tip that comes in handy when creating a storyboard edit in Premiere Pro CC 2015.A storyboard edit is a method of quickly assembling a sequence by selecting the in and out points within a series of clips in a bin, arranging the clips into the right order, and then creating a sequence from those clips based on their in and out points. A storyboard edit is a great way to snappily produce a fast first assembly of a scene.The quick tip we’ll get on to is how to change the default poster frame of a given clip, which is helpful if you have a clip that contains an action or movement that changes the look of the shot completely, and you’re assembling a complex sequence. It’s also just a handy thing to be able to do! But first, how to create a storyboard edit.How To Create A Storyboard Edit in Premiere ProIn order to create a storyboard edit, get the clips that you need for the scene into their own bin or folder. Double click on that bin to open it up in its own window and stretch it out to give yourself plenty of room to work with.If you’re used to Final Cut Pro 7, you’ll remember that you used to be able to drag icons around anywhere in a window and they just ‘floated freely’ in the window. This made storyboard edits a little more visually responsive, but you can still achieve the same results in Premiere’s more orderly interface, which locks the placement of clips into neat rows.With the new bin window open, turn on Thumbnail view, adjust the size of the icons to your liking, and then ensure that ‘User Order’ is selected in the ‘sort icons’ drop down menu. This means you will be able to drag them about, rather than being arranged by, for example, clip name.Next, arrange the clips into the right order for the scene’s edit. To do this, click and drag a clip to move it about in the sorting order. You’ll see the cursor icon change to a hand, and white bars appear showing you where the clip will land when you let go. If you compare the image above with the one at the very beginning of the post, you’ll see I’ve re-arranged the clips.Now set the in and out points of each clip by using these keyboard shortcuts: I for In point and O for Out point. You can play through your clips by either hover-scrubbing through the clips, or clicking on a clip and using the J, K, and L keyboard shortcuts to play forward (L), pause (K) or play backwards (J). Pressing the Spacebar will also play and pause your clip.When you click on a clip in the bin window, a small blue bar will appear with a mini-playhead in it (see image above). This shows you which portion of the clip has been selected with the In and Out points.Lastly, select all your clips by pressing CMD+A. Right click on one of them and choose ‘New Sequence From Clip.’ This will create a new timeline, matching the format and frame rate of your selected clip, and create an edit of your clips in the order you chose. This is a fast way to order your clips and create a simple first edit.Changing the Poster Frame of a clip in Premiere ProOften if a shot contains an action or camera movement that substantially changes the content of that shot, then being able to change the poster frame to more accurately portray what’s in the clip is a useful thing to be able to do. It’s also useful if you wanted to make the poster frame a shot of the clapperboard (like when syncing rushes).As you can see in the image above, it appears this is a scenic shot of some hills and trees, when actually it has some children walking through the shot, which is what it’s really about.To set a new poster frame for a given clip, hover scrub or move the clip’s playhead to the desired image.Then simply press Shift+P (Windows) or CMD+P (Mac) to set a new poster frame. You can also simply right click on the clip and choose ‘Set Poster Frame’. If the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work, check that it is set under Premiere Pro CC > Keyboard Shortcuts > Set Poster Frame.Hopefully this quick tip will help you with your storyboard edits in the future. Here are a few more Premiere Pro articles from your friends at PremiumBeat:How to Find Where You Used a Clip in Premiere ProPrint Your Own Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts!Quick Tip: How To Find Black Flash Frames in Premiere Pro CC 2015Got any useful tips for your fellow Premiere Pro users? Share them in the comments below!
New Delhi: Adani Power on Friday said its arm Raigarh Energy Generation Ltd (REGL) will supply a total of 295 megawatts (MW) to Tamil Nadu and Telangana over the next three years under a pilot scheme. REGL would supply 185 MW to Tamil Nadu and 110 MW to Telangana from its 600-MW power plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, under the power ministry’s Pilot Scheme-II. The scheme is to facilitate the procurement of power for three years from coal-based power plants that are already commissioned and do not have power purchase agreements (PPAs). Since a PPA is a prerequisite for getting coal linkage, these plants are under stress. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary REGL (formerly known as Korba West Power Company Ltd) has been issued a letter of award by PFC Consulting Ltd (nodal agency under the scheme) for supply of total 295 MW power (i. e. 185 MW to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd and 110 MW to Telangana State Power Coordination Committee) from its 600-MW power plant situated at Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, for a period of three years under Pilot Scheme-II through NHPC Ltd,” according to a BSE filing by Adani Power.
Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press CALGARY — A friend of the man accused of killing a Calgary Stampeder player maintained Friday that the alleged shooter confessed to pulling the trigger shortly after shots rang out. But in a lengthy cross-examination by Nelson Lugela’s defence lawyer, Darwin Concepcion acknowledged he was drunk on the night of the shooting and is still trying to piece together what happened.Lugela is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Canadian Football League player Mylan Hicks at Marquee Beer Market on Sept. 25, 2016.Concepcion testified he was drinking heavily with Lugela and another friend that night. He said he was outside the bar at closing when he heard a gunshot.“I heard a bang in my left ear. Everybody started running and everybody was panicking. My ears were ringing,” Concepcion told defence lawyer Alain Hepner.“I just turned around and Nelson looks at me and said ‘let’s go’ or something. ‘We gotta go.’ So we all hopped in the vehicle.”Concepcion said it wasn’t until they left the scene that he noticed Lugela was holding a gun in his hand and then said “I hit two shots. I don’t think he’s going to make it.”But Hepner challenged Concepcion, pointing out the man never mentioned that Lugela admitted to shooting Hicks in his original interview with police three days after the shooting.“You didn’t tell the detective this last phrase that you told us yesterday. Am I right?,” asked Hepner.“Yes,” Concepcion responded.“That was three mornings after. What I’m suggesting to you is you only heard the phrase ‘I don’t think he’s going to make it.’ That’s all you heard. Was that true? Is that all you heard? Am I right?“I was drunk,” replied Concepcion.“Sure it was three mornings later, but I’m still trying to piece out the story.”Lugela, 21 has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Hicks was a member of the Stampeder’s practice roster and court has already heard the team was out celebrating a win when the shooting happened.The shooter and two other young men jumped into an SUV and sped away. Police arrested three people, including Lugela and Conception, about 45 minutes later when they returned to the scene.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Environment Canada says that despite lots of talk on preserving caribou habitat little has been done.A report from the agency says not much has changed since a survey in April found significant gaps in protecting the threatened species from coast to coast.The report does list dozens of ongoing negotiations, draft plans and provincial promises to restore caribou populations to sustainable levels.But it concludes problems first outlined nine months ago persist.Chief among those is that provincial agencies that license development on caribou habitat aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.Environmental groups say that sooner or later federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will have to step in with emergency protection orders for some of the vanishing herds.They also say the report shows few new areas to protect caribou have been created.The Canadian Press
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nuit Blanche has travelled broad-ranging turf in its nearly a dozen years, from spectacle to activism and everything in between. Next year, it ranges farther than it ever has: To Scarborough, where a sizeable chunk of the annual overnight art event will touch down at dusk on Sept. 29, 2018.If Alyssa Fearon, the Scarborough segment’s newly named curator, has her way, Nuit’s move will break ground in more ways than one.“You always hear about Scarborough as a place that’s underprivileged, that’s at risk, that’s a ‘priority,’” she says. “I really think that does a disservice to what’s happening there. There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate — the great things that are there already.” Nuit Blanche, Scarborough edition, will centre around its Civic Centre, which will serve as a hub in much the same way as Nathan Philips Square does for the downtown core. The two events will take place the same night.READ MORE Facebook
Senior forward Anthony Greco during a game against Canisius on Nov. 13. OSU won 4-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUWhen Ohio State senior captain Anthony Greco was notified that Friday’s game against Nebraska-Omaha would be his 100th as a Buckeye, he gave an uncommon response for a college hockey player reaching that type of milestone.“It is? Really?” he asked. “I didn’t know that.”It is actually fitting that he said that. If one sees him play, it’s clear he skates with the energy of someone stepping on the ice for his first college game.The son of Paul, a New York City firefighter, and Mary Jane, a nurse, Greco has dedicated his life to the game of hockey, leaving home at the age of 12 to attend perineal hockey powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota.For a kid that young to make that impactful of a decision on his life says a lot, but the now 22-year-old Greco did not mind at all.“It wasn’t tough for me at the time because I kind of just saw it as one big vacation at the time of making the decision,” Greco said. “When you get there, you realize it’s a lot different. You can’t go home to mom and dad after a game, after practice or after a day of school. It was an adjustment, but I really enjoyed the people that I met there. It definitely made me grow up a lot faster.”Following his stay at Shattuck, Greco spent time with the Waterloo Black Hawks and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States.Then it was time to make his decision on where to play in college.In his second year in the league, after participating in the USHL Fall Classic, the most highly scouted event in the country attended by NCAA and NHL scouts alike, Boston University, Ohio State and St. Cloud State were among his top choices.His decision to come to OSU was based off of the loyalty of coach Steve Rohlik and his staff, as well as his desire to come to a city that has a lot to offer.“I’m from New York, so I wanted to go to a big school and be surrounded by a lot of people,” Greco said. “I don’t think in the Big Ten there’s a better city to go to with so much stuff to do.”A total of 99 games later, Greco has been through a lot. There have been many highs, but also many lows, like being a goal away from an NCAA title birth his sophomore year. Still, he has plenty of games yet to play this season.“To be able to come and play 100 games, that’s a lot of college hockey games, and he still has a lot to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s put some bricks in the wall here at Ohio State. When he leaves here, hopefully he can do something special.”After solid seasons in his freshman and sophomore years, Greco enjoyed a breakout campaign last year in which he put up a team-high 15 goals. He added eight assists for a career-high 23 points in 36 games played.So far this year, he is on pace to pass that point total after 10 games with four goals and four assists.“He brings passion and excitement to the rink every day,” fellow captain and classmate Craig Dalrymple said. “As a player, we know what he’s got, what he is going to bring every day. You see speed, you see skill, you see a guy that is going to be the first on the forecheck. As a person outside of the rink, he’s everything you could ask for. If you need him for something, he is going to be there for you.”In terms of what the future holds for Greco, he is no different than any other player who laced up the skates for the first time as a young boy, chasing the ultimate dream of playing in the NHL some day.“Everyone says that they want to play in the NHL,” Greco said. “I’m going to take the best path to get there. Whether that’s going hopefully to the American Hockey League or going over to Europe in Finland or Sweden or something along those lines, I want to play at the highest level that I’m capable of playing at and do the best I can and see where it takes me.”Greco’s 100th game is set to be played on Friday at Nebraska-Omaha. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m., followed by a rematch at the same time the following night.