FDA adds Florida to the list of states recalling cut melon…

first_img Mama Mia Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with state health officials to determine the source of the contamination. June 18, 2018 at 12:30 am Cut watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, as well as fruit salads containing these melons, have been recalled from stores in these states, including Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco and Whole Foods/Amazon. The FDA has posted a full list of retailers and locations where it believes contaminated melon was sold.Consumers who have purchased cut melon from these locations should throw it away. In addition, the agency has advised retailers not to serve or sell precut melon products distributed by Caito Foods Distribution, Gordon Food Service or SpartanNash Distribution. According to the CDC, at least 60 people became ill in this outbreak from April 30 to May 28. Those illnesses were reported in five Midwestern states where the outbreak was initially announced. Although the FDA has expanded the list of states warned about consumption of melon, the CDC has not updated the number of illnesses reported.Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Most people recover in four to seven days.According to the CDC, salmonella is to blame for 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths every year in the United States. In the vacant fields that used to be around our house here, before all the homes were built around here, there were little wild watermelons (so I thought) growing across the fields. I picked a couple of them, while we were hitting golf balls, killing time, and roaming around, and I took them home, and cut into them, to taste, and I found out they were not like watermelons at all. Citrons, I think I spelled that right…..that is what they were. My husband laughed at me, but I had never seen a citron before. Looked like a mini watermelon to me…… June 18, 2018 at 12:18 am Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here My cousin swears that the watermelons with seeds have more flavor than the seedless types. I have had both, but not sitting next to each other for the taste test, so I am working on testing that theory of his, and for that little scientific test, I would need some small amounts of pre-cut watermelon of both kinds, because my husband doesn’t eat watermelon anymore, like he did as a kid, because he complains that if he eats watermelon, he will taste it all day long. So I will try to buy smaller ones just for myself. Joey Bo Bo Buttafucco likes watermelon though, and he begs me for it, whenever I cut some. Guess, I will have to pass on pre-cuts, due to the salmonella scare. Please enter your name here TAGSFDAFood and Drug AdministrationRecall Previous articleFlorida Farmworkers Association unveils agenda for next governor, legislatureNext articleCookies and Milk with a Cop coming this morning Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From CNN Alabama, California, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where cut melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the US Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. This brings the total number of states to 23. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 2 COMMENTS Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

Faculty Position in Entrepreneurship

first_imgThe Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena VistaUniversity (BVU) seeks a dynamic teacher who is committed toexcellence in undergraduate entrepreneurship education. Thesuccessful candidate will teach a variety of entrepreneurshipcourse s in the undergraduate curriculum as part of theentrepreneurship program such as Introduction to Entrepreneurshipand Ideation, Entrepreneurial Business Planning, AdvancedEntrepreneurship, and other courses in the business core consistentwith the candidate’s credentials and interest. This position offersthe opportunity to serve as lead faculty in the entrepreneurshipprogram and work collaboratively with the Director of the LambertiCenter for Rural Entrepreneurship to develop hands-on educationalopportunities for students and aspiring entrepreneurs.The Business major in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Businessis designed to develop in students strong analytical,interpersonal, and professional skills grounded in a comprehensiveunderstanding of contemporary business. The Siebens School iscommitted to transforming students into exemplary business leadersand entrepreneurs by immersing them in a challenging businessenvironment through course work, simulations, internships,participation in projects through the business incubator, travelopportunities and professional conferences, and partnering withfaculty on research.The Siebens Forum and the Harold Walter Siebens School of Businessrecently completed a $15.1 million-dollar renovation project toinclude state of the art classrooms, trading room, and refreshedoffice, gathering and dining spaces. In excess of $3,000,000 inphilanthropic support have made possible the establishment of theLamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and its businessincubator “The Foundry,” which is currently under renovation. TheHarold Walter Siebens School of Business is an endowed school whosegenerous donors make it possible to support excellent value-addedlearning and professional development opportunities for studentsand faculty.Essential Functions: Ph.D. or D.B.A. in entrepreneurship or business administrationor closely related field (tenure track or non-tenure track,depending on candidate’s qualifications and interests).Experience teaching entrepreneurship at thepost-secondary/university levelExperience working with a business incubator.Experience teaching courses in face-to-face and onlinesettingsRelevant professional experience in entrepreneurship and smallbusiness development. Preferred Qualifications: Teach 12 credit hours per fall andspring semesters, with the possibility of course release for workwith the Lamberti CenterDeliver an innovative entrepreneurship curriculum to grow keyskills and knowledge in our studentsWork to incorporate experiential learning opportunities andcollaboration with the Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurshipinto classes and the student experience.Practice quality interpersonal, written, and verbalcommunication skillsFunction independently and work effectively as a teammemberPossess ability and willingness to work withdiverse populationsSupervise, mentor, and advise students and studentorganizationsRemain active and current in the field through professionaldevelopment activitiesBe responsible for Universit y service such as committee workand participation in departmental projectsAssist in recruitment of students tothe UniversityPerform other duties as assigned Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship,Business Administration, or a closely related field (non-tenuretrack).Ability to teach a variety of coursesin the business core and entrepreneurship programAbility to teach, advise, and guidethe professional development of students.Ability to build connections with professionals in industry andwork with the entrepreneurial community. To ApplyTo apply, submit your letter of application, graduate schooltranscripts (photocopies acceptable with application; officialcopies will be required for appointment), teaching philosophystatement, current vita, and at least four professional references(including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number).Review of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position is filled, with the priority deadline forsubmission of applications being April 25, 2021 for an August 2021start date.A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. BuenaVista University is an EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employer, and especiallywelcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to anyaspect of the university’s diversity.This position is not eligible for an employer-sponsored visa andall applicants must be currently authorized to work in the UnitedStates on a full-time basis.A background check will be conducted on the final candidate.Buena Vista UniversityBuena Vista University is located on the shores of beautiful StormLake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in Northwest Iowa. Since1891, we have prepared students for lifelong success and blendedliberal arts with real-world applications. BVU expands access to aquality education by empowering the people who propel Iowa forwardin order to power rural vitality and personal prosperity. We fosteran environment based on success both for our students and ouremployees, and we strive to build and support a diverse community.BVU firmly stands behind our motto, Education for Service, and wasrecently awarded the 2020 Carnegie Community EngagementClassification.In Storm Lake you will find impressive amenities perfect forfamilies, students, young professionals, and retirees alike.Residents and visitors enjoy an energetic downtown that is home toa variety of locally-owned retail stores that complement severalnational chains. There is an array of shopping, dining, andprofessional services, as well as a vibrant arts and multiculturalenvironment. We are a diverse community in both population andopportunity. Most important, Storm Lake residents enjoy arelatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. Learnmore at BVU.edu/StormLake. Minimum Qualifications:last_img read more

Syracuse blows 2nd-straight 3rd-period lead against Vermont, rues missed chances in 5-4 loss

first_img Published on November 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse players plodded off the bench toward goalie Jenn Gilligan, some with their heads held low. They skated to Gilligan and slowly made their way through the handshake line. Amanda Carridi, SU’s third-string goalie, came off the ice bent over with her hands on her knees.In the final minute, head coach Paul Flanagan pulled Gilligan for a 6-on-4 power play opportunity, looking to tie the game. But the opportunity just slipped SU’s grasp.Vermont (8-4-1, 1-2-0 Hockey East) beat Syracuse (3-6-5, 2-2-1 College Hockey America), 5-4. For the second consecutive game, Vermont stole a one-goal, third-period lead from SU. SU forward Melissa Piacentini thinks the lines gelling and players’ improved shooting helped the offense score the second-most goals it has all year. Despite the four-goal output, the Orange left Tennity Ice Pavilion disappointed on Saturday with missed opportunities ensuring a Syracuse loss.“I mean it hurts, it’s a one-goal game both times, so it’s a heartbreaker especially that we had the lead in the third period twice in both games,” senior forward Julie Knerr said. “So it’s hard, but we’ve got to bounce back.”UVM jumped out to a two-goal lead less than eight minutes into the first period. A Piacentini goal put SU on the board 11 minutes in, but before Syracuse fans stopped cheering, Vermont’s Brittany Zuback buried another goal, making the score 3-1 and awakening the visiting fans. A late first-period goal from Knerr closed the gap to 3-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA scoreless second period led into a decisive third period. From the left of UVM goalie Molly Depew, Syracuse center Jessica Sibley wound up and fired a slap shot past an outstretched Depew. The SU goal tied the score at three. Nearly a minute later, a Catamounts’ defender covered Piacentini one-on-one as she skated down the ice with SU defender Nicole Renault trailing her.“It was a 2-on-2 pretty much and they’re pretty lazy backcheckers, so there’s no one backchecking,” Renault said. “I was wide open and she dropped it to me.”Renault maneuvered the drop pass from Piacentini and smacked the shot past Depew, giving SU a 4-3 lead with 16:23 left in the game.But the Catamounts stormed back to take the lead.Nearly midway through the third period, Gilligan left a rebound for UVM’s Casey Levillee who finished the shorthanded scoring chance for Vermont. With the score tied at four, UVM defender Amanda Drobot knocked a pass in front of the net past Gilligan. The goal gave the Catamounts a 5-4 lead, one they wouldn’t give back.With just more than a minute left on the game clock, UVM’s Bridget Baker shoved Sibley to the ice. The Vermont checking penalty gave SU one last opportunity to save the game. Flanagan pulled Gilligan, opting for six players to UVM’s four.SU manned the offensive zone with three players near the blue line and three more wandering near the net. Knerr, left wing Stephanie Grossi and Sibley took control for SU’s offense. Renault fired a shot that Depew saved and Knerr followed up with another shot, but Depew covered the puck.Sibley won the ensuing faceoff and kept the puck for SU. Grossi fired a shot, but Vermont defender Rachel Ade blocked the shot, so Grossi put another shot on net and a scrum ensued. SU players poked at the puck for nearly 15 seconds, but none could finish the play and the buzzer signaled the end of the game.“I was told by Sibley it was sitting right on the doorstep, the puck was right by her skate. We were that close,” Flanagan said, closing two of his fingers. “So, obviously, an inch away or two, we would have been really happy to tie that up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rethinking Parasitism

first_imgParasitism is bad.  Parasitism is evil.  Parasites wage war against innocent hosts.  This is our mindset.  What if parasites can do good?  This change of heart seems to be happening in one case, the case of transposable genetic elements.  If they are only doing harm to the host, why did some biologists find that “positive selection” seems to be maintaining them?  That makes it sound like the cells need them.An article in Science Daily began with the warfare metaphor: “Many living organisms suffer from parasites, which use the hosts’ resources for their own purposes. The problem of parasitism occurs at all levels right down to the DNA scale.”  The article went on to describe the “intracellular battle that is constantly being played out between the host and invading DNA.”While no one would deny the suffering parasites cause, a team of scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna was surprised to find a possible beneficial side of genetic parasites known as transposable elements.  These are pieces of DNA that “are capable of moving around within and between genomes, generally represent a drain on the host’s resources and in certain cases may lead directly to disease, e.g. when they insert themselves within an essential host gene.”The scientists logged all the transposable elements (TE’s) they could find in a population of fruit flies.  “The findings were dramatic,” the article said.  The insertion points of TE’s varied widely between individuals, meaning that many of them were apparently not “fixed” or permanent in the population.  At first, this led Christian Schlötterer to maintain the warfare metaphor: “the genome is like a record of past wars between hosts and the parasitic DNA. There have been waves of attacks and the majority of them have been repelled, with only few transposable elements managing to survive and spread throughout the population.”But then another surprise cast doubt on that metaphor, and supported a more cooperative picture:Even more surprisingly, the scientists found about a dozen sites of insertion that were more frequent in the population than would be expected from their age (assessed via a different method). It seems, then, that there is positive selection for transposable elements at these sites, suggesting that insertion has a beneficial effect on the host. Such an effect had previously been shown for two insertions that give increased resistance against insecticides and these cases were refound by Schlötterer’s analysis.The researchers do not know what benefit these TE’s confer such that they are being maintained by selection.  Schlötterer is considering a new, happier metaphor: “perhaps we shouldn’t really think of transposable elements as parasites at all. They represent a way for organisms to increase their genetic repertoire, which may be advantageous in helping them meet future challenges.”The suggestion is too premature to apply to other parasites, let alone all of them, but provides an occasion for thinking about metaphors in science.  The human mind naturally tends to classify phenomena in nature into moral categories: good kitty, bad dog; good dog, bad kitty.  We do that with parasites because we know how often some of them harm or kill us.  No one is going to suggest from this story that there is anything good about a guinea worm or malaria.  The suggestion of a benefit in TE’s may be entirely isolated to a few cases in fruit flies.  What’s instructive about the story is that the team started with the assumption that TE’s are bad.  They are at war with the host, Schlötterer  said, using the host’s resources for their own good.  The evidence they gathered suggested the opposite; they might be beneficial.Biologists classify parasitism on one end of the scale of interactions among many things: sapping the resources of the host for the parasite’s own benefit.  Examples are mistletoe and tapeworms or parasitic roundworms.  At the other end are mutualistic interactions, where each organism benefits from the other: examples are the yucca moth and cleaner fish (1/13/2003).  Some of these interactions are so finely tuned, it is difficult to imagine how they could have evolved.  Perhaps our categories are too simplistic.  We often put viruses in the “bad” category, since they invade a host cell and use its machinery to make copies of themselves.  Why, then, do only a small fraction of viruses cause disease?  What are the others doing?  Many of them kill bacteria; that’s “good,” isn’t it?  Maybe we should take a look afresh.  In biology there are many pushes and pulls.  Pushes and pulls are not good or bad; they are opposite forces that maintain homeostasis.  For more along that line, see the 3/14/2003 commentary.A possibility open to those of a Biblical perspective is that these interactions began as all beneficial but became destructive, either as direct judgment on sin, or as an indirect judgment through the relaxation of controls that would have kept them beneficial.  Like machines run amok, mutations might have planted bugs in the software that led to disease and suffering. The Genesis account of the curse suggests this: it was easy and pleasant in the garden, with the Tree of Life, but once the judgment came, life became toilsome and difficult, ending in death.Such thoughts stray beyond what science can reveal.  The findings in this article, though, do lend themselves to new ways of thinking about parasites as designed mechanisms originally intended for health, a few of which have subsequently gone bad.  For readers who cannot accept that, the story is a lesson about not trusting metaphors as reliable guides to understanding the natural world.  See “Metaphors Bewitch You,” 7/04/2003.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Young Pluto Stuns Scientists with Astonishing Maps

first_imgCharon from New Horizons, July 14, 2015, showing reddish Mordor Macula at top.Its largest crater, named Dorothy, is 155 miles across and 3.7 miles deep.“Charon has a topographic range over the observed hemisphere from lowest to highest of ~19 km [11.8 mi], the largest topographic amplitude of any mid-sized icy body (including Ceres) other than Iapetus.”“Unlike Saturn’s icy moons whose topographic signature is dominated by global relaxation of topography and subsequent impact cratering, large-scale tectonics and regional resurfacing dominate Charon’s topography.”Oz Terra on the northern hemisphere “is broken into large polygonal blocks by a network of wide troughs with typically 3-6 km relief; the deepest of these occur near the illuminated pole and are up to 13 km [8 miles] deep with respect to the global mean radius, the deepest known surfaces on Charon.”Vulcan Planitia to the south is made up of “rolling plains, locally fractured and pitted, that are depressed ~1 km below the mean elevation” with indications of flow from the north. It “could be due to volcanism of breakup and foundering of Charon’s crust.”The north pole is dominated by a large basin named Mordor Macula, 233 miles across, filled with reddish material.Secular scientists are wedded to the latest version of the old Nebular Hypothesis—the idea that the planets condensed from a cloud of dust and gas—and they don’t want to divorce her, despite irreconcilable differences. We’ve discussed numerous conflicts over the years with physics. Planets don’t want to form from dust; they want to disperse. Even if you get planets, they want to migrate into the sun.Let’s assume for the moment that you get our system of planets to form 4.6 billion years ago. To a first approximation, things should decay from there, based on the laws of thermodynamics. Bodies should cool down as their initial gravitational heat begins to dissipate into space. The smaller the body, the faster it should cool. Planets and moons should break up as they collide. What can keep them active?There are several sources of energy to keep a body going:Atmospheres and oceans can absorb energy from the sun or from planets to drive currents, weather, and other kinds of flow.Radioactive isotopes in the core can add heat. Many of these are too short-lived, though, to last for billions of years.Tidal pumping can squeeze a body to generate heat, as is suspected for Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io. Whether it is enough heat for the current level of activity is another question.Gravitational perturbations with other bodies can add heat.Impacts from comets, asteroids and meteors can supply temporary heat, and cause fractures and flows.Pluto has a highly eccentric orbit, which varies roughly from 30 to 49 AU (astronomical units, 93 million miles) over its orbit of 248 earth-years. Its orbit is also the most highly inclined of any of the classical 9 planets (though now it is dubbed a “dwarf planet”). If Pluto and Charon are really 4.6 billion years old, what made them active recently? None of these energy sources seems sufficient to build volcanoes as tall as Mt. McKinley, or to have glaciers flow across deep basins. The fact that so few craters exist on many parts of Pluto require that they be considered “young” according to the view that impactors come in at a roughly steady rate.Yes, the moyboys will need “many years” to unravel the history of Pluto and Charon. Don’t expect any answers soon. Since the dawn of the space age, they still haven’t figured out Io, Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, Titan, Umbriel, Ariel, Triton, Iapetus, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Hyperion, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Earth… (Visited 651 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New color maps score high on the Wow Factor. How can this lonely dwarf planet still be active? Its moon Charon looks young, too.After two years of detailed work since the 2015 flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons team has released the most detailed maps ever of Pluto and Charon, and they are stunners. Mountains as high as Alaska’s Mt McKinley, and canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon have been revealed. Cliffs of razor-sharp ice dominate one region, and glaciers flow miles below the average elevation in another. A ridge-and-trough system wraps around the globe from pole to pole. And that’s just Pluto. Its moon Charon is equally fascinating, with its red north pole and cracks miles deep. Both show evidence of volcanic activity in the recent past. This is not what planetary scientists expected to see in the cold, remote regions of the outer solar system.Portion of Hyecho Palus SW of Sputnik Planitia on Pluto, showing Wright Mons (center). Credit: Schenk et al, Icarus, 2018Pluto’s SuperlativesFirst images of the two-day encounter in September 2015 generated an “overdose of awesomeness” (17 September 2015), but it would take almost another year for the stored images from the spacecraft to finish trickling in (29 Feb 2016). The first scientific papers were published in March (19 March 2016). By June, the science team was confirming reports of active geology (4 June 2016).Now, after two years of painstaking work stitching together images, the true 3-D significance of Pluto’s features has come to light. The final global mosaic of the sunlit side of Pluto has been published in Icarus by Paul Schenk, Alan Stern, William McKinnon and other leading planetary scientists in a paper titled, “Basins, fractures and volcanoes: Global cartography and topography of Pluto from New Horizons.” It reads like an official diary of a voyage of discovery, and the photographs are really amazing. Here are some highlights:Pluto is very two-sided, with the south dominated by heart-shaped Sputnik Planitia plain.The tallest mountains rise 3.7 miles above the average elevation, comparable to Denali, “one of the highest mountains on earth base-to-peak.”The “bladed terrain” mountains east Sputnik Planitia are nearly as tall, from 2 to 3.5 miles high—the highest-standing terrain on Pluto. They may be younger than Sputnik Planitia.A global-scale ridge-trough system runs from north to south pole in a great circle, with several miles of relief. It is 150 to 250 miles in width.Sputnik Plantia, believed to be an impact scar filled with ice, is 2.5 miles deep relative to its rim. It has very few craters.Some pits outside Sputnik Planitia are over 2 miles deep; some are filled, “but not all!” They may show evidence of explosive volcanism.Glaciers from the highlands reveal that ice has flowed into Sputnik Planitia, breaking up blocks and moving them.Wright Mons has a total relief of 6.8 miles from peak to floor, and is probably volcanic. The surrounding plains are “essentially crater free,” indicating recent resurfacing.Domes in the Wright Mons area are reminiscent of the volcanic dome forming in the crater at Mt St Helens.The rich variety of terrains on Pluto suggests different regions have different ages and different geological histories. Is the global ridge-trough system a ring collapse feature, as suggested for Iapetus at Saturn? Did a large impact fracture the planet, and if so, when? “The morphology and topography of Pluto is complex and can be divided into provinces of distinctive characteristics, the origins of which are only partly understood,” the authors say, adding that it will require years to unravel the history of this body. See Astrobiology Magazine for a few more images.Charon’s SuperlativesPluto has several small satellites, but Charon is the largest of any satellite in size relative to its parent body. It was discovered only 40 years ago, so it was a real treat for its discoverer, James Christy, to see it up close (Space.com). A separate paper in Icarus, titled “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Global Cartography and Topography of Pluto’s Mid-sized Icy Moon Charon from New Horizons,” lists some of its outstanding characteristics:last_img read more

How to Record Better Narration and Voice-Over

first_imgRecording voice-over and narration can be a daunting task. Before starting your next project, consider these methods and equipment.Top image via The Washington PostOn my recent trip to Adobe Video World, I attended a session on how to properly record voice-overs and narration put on by Cheryl Ottenritter from Ott House Audio. Though some of the information was obvious, I found several hints and tips to be pretty interesting and clever. Whether you’re working on corporate video, a documentary, or your own feature, at some point you may need to step in front of the mic or direct somebody to do so. Recording voice over work and narration might seem like a dull or simple task, but there are intricate details to remember in order to efficiently get quality audio.Choosing the Right MicImage via ShutterstockThe first step in your journey is finding the right microphone for your recording. There are many different kinds of mics available, all with varying capabilities. Before you spend an unnecessary amount of cash on a mic you only end up using a handful of times, consider the bulk of work you’ll be doing. Is the majority of your work in a studio or out in the field? Answering this question should help you find the right mic.For strictly studio-based recording, a lot of pros go with the Neumann TLM 103 with a Popper Stopper. An excellent option for studio and field-based recording is the Sennheiser MKH 416, essentially the industry standard. This hypercardioid microphone picks up great quality sound when pointed at your subject. With a $1000 price tag, this mic isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for. Though this is a boom mic, it still works great for voice-overs and can be used in the field as well. So, you know, win/win. This is also a great mic for inexperienced talent to work with. If you’re looking for a less expensive option, the Sennheiser MKE 600 is an excellent choice.Script-wise, one helpful hint is to always use a tablet like an iPad or a Galaxy if you have access to one. Instead of reading the script from paper, turning pages, and general ruffling, the tablet is silent and will give you a better finished product. Whichever you decide to use, be it tablet or paper, make sure to place it on a rubber pad to avoid noise.Time to RecordImage via ShutterstockIt’s important, if possible, to do the recording in a small room with padding and soundproof blankets to absorb the sound. Remember to stand always — NEVER SIT. This opens up the diaphragm and allows the voice to reach its full potential. Ideally, position your body at a slight angle to the mic and don’t have the headphones too hot (in order to prevent the sound from bleeding into the mic.)DODrink room temperature water prior to recording.Eat apple slices or lemon wedges to help with the smoothness of your voice.Record in .wav.Record six inches away from the mic.Have pencils handy if using paper scripts.Drink hot tea anytime before recording to help with hoarseness.Re-record the first two pages of dialogue (now that the voice is warmed up) before ending your session.DON’TWear jewelry.Wear a loud starched shirt.Wear noisy nylon.Record in 16-bit or mp3.Drink milk before you record — this coats your vocal chords and creates a dull sound.Be right on top of the mic.Use an omnidirectional mic for voice-overs. Have any of your own tips for recording stellar VO? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Demo Reel Tips: Use Smoke and Fog to Make Your Work Stand Out

first_imgCreating Another WorldWonderment: that’s what you want somebody watching your demo reel to feel. This fog setup will get you moving in the right direction. The process is simple. Purchase a insect fogger, and instead of filling it with insect repellent, fill it with mineral oil. Now, I wouldn’t recommend doing this inside, as it will be too thick and visibility will be poor, but in the appropriate outdoor setting, like the woods or a field at magic hour, you can create a really otherworldly scene.This fog has a long hang time, and it’s fairly dense, so you’ll have ample time to get all the shots you need. If you can get some light shining through your fog, the volumetric possibilities are off the charts.But what if you don’t have access to a forest? Well, last year, RocketStock released a pack of 16 free 4k volumetric light and dust elements. They’re super easy to use, and they improve the end result tenfold. Check this little gem out.Oh, and, let’s say you also want to add a few lens flares to your final product. Last week we put out a free pack of 17 anamorphic lens flares, all organically captured in-house.So that’s it. Go forth and shoot the most epic demo reel ever. If you end up using any of these elements, send us your work on Facebook and Twitter! We’d love to see some amazing demo reels. And here are a few more free assets while we’re on the subject.70+ Free Action Compositing Elements40+ Free Space Textures and Elements21 Free Motion Graphic Elements40+ Free Footstep Foley Sound Effects for Sound Design17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics Atmosphere can be the difference between a boring shot and an incredible one. And colored smoke is about as atmospheric as it gets.No matter your experience level, how often you shoot, or what you’re shooting on, one thing is for certain: getting outside and just shooting can never hurt your craft. And a good demo reel full of creative footage is a good way to advance your career. So what’s something you can shoot to spice up that reel? Something that just really takes it to the next level and starts bringing you bigger clients?How about smoke and fog? How to Approach the SmokeOf course, the creative direction is completely up to you, but there are a few things you should know when choosing the type of smoke. In the video, Robbie used Enola Gaye pull-cord smoke sticks. You can twirl them around, send them up in the air, or attach to a variety of different moving objects. However, they do get pretty hot, so you can slide them into a PVC pipe and tape the outside if you are or an actor is handling them.The smaller the device producing the smoke, the better your video will look because the focus won’t be on the source of the smoke — it’ll be on the smoke itself and what’s happening inside it. The smoke should enhance the production value of your shot, adding flare, mystery, and feeling. It shouldn’t detract from itWhat to Do with ItAs you can see in Robbie’s video, there are all kinds of ways to make creative use of the smoke. All of these methods involve movement because the slow-moving smoke cloud is only interesting if there’s an object or person doing something inside it. Whether that’s a dancer in the woods, a long boarder cruising down a hill, or an intense protest scene, the audience needs something to pay attention to — even if it doesn’t make sense. If it looks cool, it looks cool.And remember, if you’re going for the slow-motion look, shoot at a high frame rate and double the shutter speed. So if you’re shooting at 120fps then set your shutter speed to 240.How to Shoot itKeep in mind the most significant aspect of shooting a demo reel: every shot matters. When making a piece of work for the sole purpose of showcasing your talent, every shot needs to be an accomplishment. So mix up your shots and try new things. If you’re shooting something, and it’s not working, tilt the camera or get low. Add a little dynamic turn with your reel by showing off some surprising angles and shots. For the smoke sequences you see above, Robbie used the new DJI Ronin-S to pull off all of these movements.What About Fog?Now, smoke this thick can really improve a tight shot, but let’s say you want to go wider. What do you do? You can’t get too far from the smoke stick, and you need the haze to sit a while as you get the shot setup. Good thing Todd Blankenship is here to fog up your life.last_img read more

Asian Games: Tejinder’s shot at glory as India earn seventh gold

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh and Bharat Sharma Jakarta/Palembang, Aug 25 (PTI) Shot-putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor’s record-shattering gold gave a perfect start to India’s athletics campaign and lifted a relatively dull day for the country, which also picked up three singles bronze medals in squash, in the 18th Asian Games. In the medal standings, India were placed eighth with a compilation of seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze. Toor, the season’s leader, smashed the Games record and the national record to claim the top prize, something that was expected of him. The 23-year-old was heads and shoulders above the field, throwing the iron ball to 20.75m to better the six-year-old national record of 20.69m in the name of Om Prakash Karhana. The Indian’s domination can be gauged from the fact that silver-medallist, China’s Liu Yang’s best throw was 19.52m. The athletics campaign was, in fact, off to a very good start in overall analysis with strong medal hopes such as Muhammed Anas (men’s 400m), Arokia Rajiv (men’s 400m), Hima Das (women’s 400m), Nirmala Sheoran (women’s 400m) advancing to the finals with strong showing in heats as well as semis races. Dutee Chand (women’s 100m) made the semifinals by winning her heats. The squash players’ singles campaign ended in the semifinal stage but that was enough to yield three bronze medals, there bes performance in terms of number of medals won. Seasoned campaigners Saurav Ghosal, a silver-medallist the last time, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost their respective last-four matches. Dipika lost to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia while Joshna was shown the door by Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia. Top seed Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China.advertisement “I don’t want make excuses but it’s hurting badly. Against this player, you need to have high intensity. Towards the end of the second game it flared and I lost my intensity. But credit to him for fighting back after losing two sets,” Ghosal said. The debut sport of bridge also delivered some good news for India as medals were assured in the men’s team and mixed team events. The two teams made the semifinals of their respective competitions. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot. The women’s hockey team also continued its fine run so far and advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over defending champions South Korea. Gurjit Kaur’s two penalty corner conversions late in the game was high point of the match for India. In badminton, top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents in straight games. Olympic and World Championship silver-medallist Sindhu outwitted local favourite and world No.22 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12 21-15 after Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Saina dispatched another crowd-favourite Fitriani 21-6 21-14. There was no shooting medal to celebrate in Palembang today as the Indians drew a blank in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event in which there were expectations from 15-year-old Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala. In the boxing ring, 31-year-old debutant Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarterfinals after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen in a bout that lasted just one round. But there was no end to India’s archery woes as they continued to misfire. The recurve archers will return empty-handed from the Games with both the men and women’s sides crashing out in the quarterfinals of the team events in Jakarta. After a disappointing campaign in the individual recurve events, the Indian women’s team lost 2-6 to formidable Chinese Taipei, while the men were beaten by Korea. Similar was the story of the country’s weightlifters. Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category with a total of 335kg (145kg+190kg). India’s medal chances were also dented in golf after all four players shot over-par scores in the third round of the men’s competition. Rayhan Thomas (73), Aadil Bedi (74), Kshitij Naveed Kaul (76) and Hari Mohan Singh (77) endured disappointing outings. India, who had a total of 12-under from three best cards to be second after first two days, today slipped to tied fifth place with a total of seven-over from the three best cards. PTI AT/BS PM PMlast_img read more

Salah sets PL record as Liveprool hit 100 goals

first_imgMohamed Salah Salah sets Premier League scoring record as Liverpool hit 100 Ben Valentine 01:16 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Mohamed Salah Liverpool Liverpool v West Ham United West Ham United Premier League The winger became the most prolific left-footed scorer in the league’s history and contributed another goal as the Reds hit the century mark Mohamed Salah’s brilliant Premier League season has now seen him snatch a record for his troubles.The Liverpool winger continued his run of impressive form this season as he scored the second goal for the Reds to put them up 2-0 early in the second half at Anfield against West Ham United.Salah popped up in the right place at the right time as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s run through the Hammers defence resulted in a ball that ended up at the feet of the Egypt international, who slid it past the diving Adrian for his 23rd goal of the Premier League season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It was Salah’s sixth straight game with a goal and seventh tally over that stretch as he continues to be one of the most in-form players in the world.The goal was also Salah’s 20th scored with his left foot this season — no player in the Premier League has ever scored more in a single campaign. Salah is the spearhead of one of the world’s most devastating attacks this season — and one that has now eclipsed the century mark in all competitions.While Liverpool’s forward play has always been good under Klopp, they have never been this good and it is the first time in the manager’s Anfield tenure that his side as eclipsed 100 goals.20 – Mo Salah has scored 20 goals with his left foot in the Premier League this season, the most by a player in a single season in the competition’s history. Phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/M6ybeBTWFF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018The 100th came off an Emre Can header in the first half. Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane added three more to the tally in the 4-1 victory.Only Manchester City, who have bagged 111 goals this season, have been more productive.It is Liverpool’s best attack since 2013-14’s near-title winning campaign, when Brendan Rodgers’ side put up 110 in all competitions. With 10 Premier League games and likely at least three Champions League contests remaining, Klopp’s side seem almost certain to eclipse that mark in the near future.In the meantime, the Reds will take pleasure in their victory, which sees them move up to second in the Premier League table, with Manchester United to square off against Chelsea on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more