How to Create Original Work: A Q&A with Filmmaker Christophe Thockler

first_imgChristophe Thockler is a filmmaker with a propensity for creating innovative work. We shot a few questions at him to get insight into his creative success.Originality is one of the hardest things to accomplish as a filmmaker. We are influenced by the films we watch , as well as similar stimuli from the world around us, so it’s not surprising that many films also share similar themes and visual styles.We came across the following music video on Vimeo and were amazed at the creativity and originality. Its creator, Christophe Thockler, is a filmmaker/graphic designer that is known for his creative stop-motion and practical effects. His work has received 5 of the coveted Vimeo Staff Picks, not to mention thousands of likes. If you haven’t seen the music video check it out:Crazy right? If you’re like us than you probably have a ton of questions for Christophe. So we reached out and he agreed to answer a few…1. Many of your videos have been staff picked by Vimeo. Were you trying to get Vimeo Staff picked or did it just happen?I was lucky enough to get those Staff Picks, and it’s really amazing, but unfortunately, there is no magic rule. It just happen sometimes if the staff enjoys your video. On the other hand, I try to do a little bit of communication by mailing art and design websites when I release a video.2. What did the pre-production process look like for the “Victoria + Jean: Why Won’t You” music video?Pre-production was not very complicated for this video. The band wanted something full of energy and [to me] the track immediately inspired fire. I wanted to create a video only using flames, different shapes, difference colors, sparks, smoke, etc… The challenge here was to make something metaphorically sensual and to try and stay entertaining for 3 minutes.I quickly did a one night test with a simple lighter and sent it to the band. They enjoyed it a lot, so I knew the direction to take. I bought 10 liters of gasoline, 5 kg of powder and 10 boxes of matches, and started to collect used things that I would be able to burn for the video. With all this I was ready to shoot!3. Did you encounter any problems on set?I always encounter many problems during shooting. I am a DIY lover so everything on set is not perfect. You may be distracted at one time, and that’s where bad things happen. During shooting [in the past] I fell badly slipping on a block of ice, burnt my arms with sodium lights, shot under heavy rain and realized after 30 minutes that the place where I plugged all my powered material was flooded! I cut my hands various times, opened old french minitel computer screens with large stickers saying “Warning : X-radiation”etc.But surprisingly, during the shooting of this video involving flames and explosions, there was no problem at all. I assume it was because I was afraid of working with fire, so I made sure everything was safe.4. Did you have to take any special precautions to protect yourself and your equipment from the fire?I wore gloves, glasses and a leather jacket, I also had a fire extinguisher and buckets of water near me. I put a black metal plate on an elevated chair to burn things, and managed to create safe bursts of flame with lighter gasoline. As the flames were not very warm, the camera was safe most of the time, however, during the sequences where the flames are coming in front of us, I simply put a window in front of my camera to protect it.5. How did you achieve the amazing stop motion effect with the burning pictures?The band was filmed playing guitar and singing. Then, I extracted frames from these videos and printed them in order to have 400 real photos. After that, I burnt all the photos one by one. I put my camera in front of my metal plate where the pictures were, put gasoline on them, then ignited them, one by one. I filmed every photo burning in order to be able to get the best frame, then I extracted two frames for each burning photo to achieve this real stop motion effect.I sometimes do some Twitch sessions where you can see me, in live, shooting music videos. I recorded this session, and you can actually see me doing one of the photo sequence here (it’s in french, but full of tips).6. It seems like there are a lot of post production techniques used to generate your desired effects. How did you approach editing? Did you find it easy or difficult to edit such an artistic video?The amount of post production can vary from a music video to another. For the Why Won’t You music video, post production was really at the center of the project. The aim was only to use fire, so one challenge was to create a real variety of flames during shooting. The other challenge was to make something entertaining and play with the rhythm of the images and the song, and in the meantime mixing images together to get something smooth and interesting to watch.I must say that my favorite thing in this job is the shooting, I found editing a little bit harder because it can be playful, but not as much as shooting can be. That’s why I am not fond of storyboards for these kinds of projects, I like to make a small kind of blueprint of what I should do, and then I built everything piece by piece, from scratch, to slowly manage to link things together. For example, in this video, when I started to edit, I was not sure about how to illustrate the break in the song. After some attempts with slow motion flames, I tried to put some smoke instead, and I immediately loved the idea.7. Where do you draw your inspiration from?I think that a part of my inspiration comes from movies and music videos I saw when I was younger. I was a movie buff, but never had the chance to experiment video making. I only started to create things, for fun, when I get my first computer, when I was 23, and it was like all those things I saw started to emerge and mix together in my mind. I grew up in the 80’s and was a teenager in the 90’s, so I always loved stop motion, music videos like Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer or the ones directed by Gondry were mesmerizing.Other than this, I really find inspiration in music. I have a sort of “inspiration trigger” which is very simple: I create a great playlist with music I love, put it on an MP3 player and wander a bit in the streets or in nature with my headphones on. I look at things, simple things like clouds moving behind a streetlight, leaves in the trees moving in rhythm with the music, etc. Try it and you will notice that everything around you can be interesting to look at…it’s a beginning.8. How important is originality to you as a filmmaker/artist?I always try to do something I have never seen. Each time I have an idea I try to look over the Internet to see if someone’s already had the idea or not. Only then, if the idea is “fresh” I consider exploring it.I am very demanding when I watch a video or a movie. I like original, well crafted works that wonder, intrigue or surprise me, so I simply try to make interesting things myself.9. Do you feel like creating artistic videos is more or less challenging than creating “traditional” style videos?Making an artistic and original video is always a challenge, and a very time consuming one. I have to find ideas, meanings and explore them, then, I start doing tests. My shoots take many weeks, not to mention editing. I do everything alone. I can spend 2 or 3 months on a video, I did some projects like Cusp or Un Jour come un Autre, made with more than 35,000 photos for 5 minutes of video. It’s a challenge every time!When you do something artistic, you have to be able to move the viewer, only with images and what that conveys. I am really into onirism and dreamlike extra diegetic narration. I like the idea that, in my videos, each viewer can see something different and create his own story. It may not sound very complicated at first sight, because for some people there is no “real” story, but there is a lot of thinking behind every frame. I also put a lot of thought into how sequences are mixing together to get something metaphorically interesting.What I like in video (and what cinema nowadays tends to forget), is the narrative power of images…how a camera angle and the relation of two shots can create meaning with the power of suggestion, without any dialogue or any narration technique. This was the cinema style of Sergueï Eisenstein or Dziga Vertov, and what a beautiful one.But I’m sure that creating ‘”traditional” videos, if the director is really passionate and into what he is doing, can be very complicated too. I like devoted directors, because you can see a lot of passion and thinking in their work, even if what they are producing is not very artistic. I’m sure that, for example, some documentaries made by Werner Herzog were quite challenging to do.10. What advice can you give someone who is looking to create a one-of-a-kind video?The best advice I would give to anyone attempting to make an original video is…Try! Take your camera and shoot things, then try to edit them. I really think the more you try, the more you master your tools, and the more your work will be interesting.Try to find inspiration everywhere and always say to yourself “what is the thing I have never see and want to watch in a video?”When you do a stop motion shoot, be sure to be relax. Have something to drink or eat near you, and a bit of music. You will sit here for hours only moving an arm!Play! I believe in the work/play balance, so have fun during shooting…make it playful,. You’ll be in a good state of mind to do something creative.11. Where can people see more of your work?You can watch my videos and most of my graphic design works on my website and follow me on Twitter and Facebook. I usually post behind the scene stuff and news about me and my work there. I have Youtube and Vimeo channels as well.What did you think of this video? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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BJP MLA asks Fadnavis to resign and sit at home

first_imgDisgruntled Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ashish Deshmukh on Friday alleged that the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra had lost the trust of common people and demanded that the chief minister should resign.“The Devendra Fadnavis government has lost the confidence of the people of Maharashtra and when you don’t have the people’s trust, the Chief Minister should resign and sit at home,” Mr.Deshmukh said at a protest rally in his assembly constituency Katol.Poser on Vidarbha issueMr.Deshmukh, the son of former Maharashtra Congress president Ranjeet Deshmukh and the first-time MLA from Katol assembly seat in Nagpur district, has been openly making rebellious postures since the winter assembly session of Maharashtra Assembly last year.He had also written a long letter to the Chief Minister on the eve of the winter session reminding Mr.Fadnavis “of his promise to carve out a separate Vidarbha state.”Mr.Deshmukh had also fueled speculations about his future course of action when he skipped the RSS’s customary annual workshop for the BJP MLAs in Nagpur during the winter session of the state assembly.He was also served a notice by the BJP but Mr. Deshmukh chose to overlook it.‘2014 trust is gone now’When asked about his demand for his own party’s Chief Minister’s resignation, Mr.Deshmukh said, “I have been moving around in all parts of Vidarbha region as a part of my ‘Vidarbha Atmabal Yatra’. I have traveled to almost all assembly segments in Vidarbha. The confidence, with which the farmers and the youngsters voted for the BJP in 2014, is missing now. The common public has lost faith in Devendra Fadnavis and his government. There is no point for him to continue in office.”The MLA from Katol has also received support former union finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who participated in his protest rally on Friday.When asked if he has any plans to resign from the BJP, Mr.Deshmukh said, “I am sitting on an indefinite protest here now because hailstorm has wrecked havoc here. We raised the same issues even before elections. But now if they feel that this is an anti-party act, they can take whatever action they want.”He does not have the capacity: BJPReacting to Mr.Deshmukh’s demand for the CM’s resignation, BJP spokesperson Girish Vyas said that the MLA had been disturbed since last few months.“The particular MLA (Mr.Deshmukh) does not have the capacity of demanding the CM’s resignation. There was a natural calamity and there was a loss to the farmers. The government is making every effort to help those who suffered losses during the hailstorm. Mr. Deshmukh only wants to make a political issue out of it. Our parliamentary committee and high command will definitely look at his conduct and think about the action to be taken against him,” Mr.Vyas told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Liv Tyler flashes underwear

first_imgActress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.During her recent outing, “The Leftovers” star suffered wardrobe malfunction, flashing her thigh and black underwear as the strong wind blew, reports aceshowbiz.com.She sported a black-and-blue wraparound dress and a pair of sunglasses and was apparently unaware of the incident. Actress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.last_img

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PBL 2019: Bangaluru Raptors beat Awadhe Warriors 4-2 to enter final

first_imgSingles stars B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth while the men’s doubles pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan helped Bengaluru Raptors beat Awadhe Warriors 4-2 in the first semi-final at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.Awadhe Warriors’ mixed doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and Mathias Christiansen gave their side a brilliant 2-0 lead against Bengaluru Raptors by winning the trump match. However, B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective men’s singles matches to put Bengaluru Raptors back in the game.In the Trump match of Bengaluru Raptors, men’s doubles pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan raced to victory in straight games over Lee Yang and Mathias Christiansen of Awadhe Warriors to seal the contest.With the two teams tied at 2-2 on completion of the two men’s singles and mixed doubles rubbers, it was left to the Raptors’ Trump pair of Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan to deliver the win for their team, and they duly obliged.The Bengaluru team will hope to erase their setback from the previous season in which they lost the final narrowly to the Hyderabad Hunters.Srikanth had accounted for the former World No. 1 Son Wan Ho twice on his way to winning four Superseries titles in an incredible 2017 season.Showing every bit of that hunger and determination, the Bengaluru skipper blew away the Awadhe icon player 15-7, 15-10. The win enabled him to remain unbeaten in seven matches this season.Srikanth’s smashes absolutely ruled the court and he even displayed his finesse in a superb 22-shot rally to go up to 10-4. If the Awadhe shuttler hoped to see his opponent relent in his intensity, he was disappointed.advertisementThe Bengaluru shuttler was thoroughly in charge of the second game as well, finishing the win after going up 11-6.Former world champions Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan lost their last league match on Thursday but the erstwhile No. 1 pair showed how to lift their game under pressure.Showing nerves of steel in the first game, the Raptors pair staved off a brilliant fightback from Awadhe’s Yang Lee and Christiansen on golden point.In the second game, Setiawan’s delicate dropshots did the trick as the pair inched ahead to 11-4 and soon wrapped up the 15-14, 15-9 win much to the delight of the home crowd.Sai Praneeth had a 1-2 head-to-head record against Lee Dong Keun in the BWF circuit. But the Bengaluru shuttler simply pushed it out of his mind to grab a 15-9, 15-4 victory.The former Singapore Open has been sensational this season, as validated by his wins over Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy. And he continued his immaculate form once more by giving absolutely no chance to the Korean.From 2-4 down, he raced past Keun to 13-6 by using his attacking shots to perfection. In the second game he built a whopping 12-3 and held on to it to record his sixth victory on the trot.Earlier, the Awadhe rightly chose to award their Trump to their efficient mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Mathias Christiansen. With Bengaluru’s CWG silver medallists Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith remaining winless so far, they delivered a commanding 15-7, 15-10 win for their team.The Awadhe stamped their authority right from the start by building a hefty lead of 8-2 and only kept adding points steadily from thereon.Christiansen was all over the English pair in the second game, exposing their weakness with his array of smashes and dropshots, and easily fetched the win.last_img read more

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10 months agoNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insider

first_imgNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insiderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway PM Erna Solberg admits she was wrong to declare Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager before the club had announced it.The appointment was officially announced by United on Wednesday morning – several hours before Solberg’s socia media post.Speaking Thursday at her twice-a-year news conference, Solberg said she had no inside information on Solskjaer’s appointment, adding: “I was seen as an oracle of truth. “I deleted the tweet as I felt I wasn’t the authority to confirm it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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‘Hazard & Jovic have returned excitement to Madrid’

first_imgReal Madrid legend Fernando Hierro claims “excitement has returned” to the club on the back of big-money deals for the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.The Blancos were expected to invest heavily in the summer transfer market.They have not disappointed, with Ferland Mendy another of those to have been brought in at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? There is also the promise of more to come, with Real continuing to be linked with the likes of Paul Pogba and Neymar.Whatever happens from this point, iconic former captain Hierro believes optimism has been brought back to the Spanish capital on the back of a disappointing 2018-19 campaign for all concerned.He told Marca: “The excitement has returned.“They’re making great signings, something logical after a bad season. They’re moving quickly and well.”Hierro also believes that having Zinedine Zidane back at the helm bodes well for Madrid, with the Frenchman having previously overseen a La Liga title success and three Champions League triumphs.“This has been the best news for Real Madrid,” said Hierro.“With him at the helm, everything will go back to normal.“He will be the reference point of the group. His return to the club has been the best thing that could have happened to Real Madrid.”Real Madrid's Fernando Hierro lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2002Hierro was among those linked with a move into the Bernabeu dugout as Santiago Solari’s reign came to a close.He has previously worked as an assistant to Zidane, while he also oversaw Spain’s campaign at the 2018 World Cup following the pre-tournament dismissal of Julen Lopetegui.The 51-year-old has been out of work since that interim role in Russia and is keeping his options open as he mulls over a next move.Hierro added on his future: “I’m not in any rush.“I’m relaxed, enjoying the moment, enjoying life and living all the situations that I come across day by day.“Things will happen and decisions will have to be made, but I’m relaxed for now. When something really calls out to me, that will be when I think about the next step.“I’m enjoying everything that comes my way. It’s not a question of missing something or not. I’m enjoying life.”last_img read more

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Jimenez helps Mexico earn Gold Cup final place

first_imgMexico needed a contentious penalty from Raul Jimenez to edge past Haiti 1-0 after extra time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals.With suspended coach Gerardo Martino watching on from the stands at State Farm Stadium, Mexico were frustrated by the minnows on Tuesday.They were unable to create much of note through 90 minutes, but eventually found a breakthrough early in extra time through a Jimenez penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 After a soft spot kick was awarded, Jimenez stepped up to send 10-time champions Mexico into the decider.#2TE HAI 0-1 MEX¡Últimos 15 minutos del encuentro! ¡Vamos juntos por el pase a la Final! #GoldCup2019 | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/koYse5sL6x — Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) July 3, 2019 Mexico had struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the first half as Haiti defended desperately.Roberto Alvarado fired a decent opportunity wide in the 10th minute before Jimenez put an effort over the crossbar from close range.Haiti were well-organised and frustrated Mexico, who struggled to put shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.Jesus Gallardo and Jonathan dos Santos missed the target with efforts, while Jimenez forced a relatively comfortable save from Johny Placide with a 35th-minute header.Haiti also had their moments, threatening early in the second half as Frantzdy Pierrot fired wide on the turn in the 49th minute.Andres Guardado was the next to threaten for Mexico, his curling 20-yard free-kick tipped over by Placide, whose last-ditch tackle later denied substitute Uriel Antuna.Forced to go into extra time, Mexico finally forged ahead in somewhat controversial fashion through Jimenez. The forward went down in the area under the slightest contact, before stepping up to convert from the penalty spot.¡GOL DE MÉXICO! Raúl Jiménez de penal pone en ventaja al Tri ante Haití en tiempo extraMás videos exclusivos en APP Goldcup. Descarga iOS https://t.co/4GIZh6UBwf | Android https://t.co/NMJjuZ0ped pic.twitter.com/CwmLFI8mhk — Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 3, 2019 Haiti’s brave effort went to the end as they almost stunningly equalised in the 119th minute, Mikael Cantave’s 20-yard strike hitting the crossbar with Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa beaten, while Luis Montes missed an open goal at the other end.What does it mean? Mexico’s struggles continue Martino’s men looked in fine form leading into the tournament and again to open the Gold Cup. However, they have battled to wins over Martinique, Costa Rica and Haiti in recent matches.Jimenez delivering for Mexico The forward was the most threatening for Mexico and won and converted the match-winning penalty for his fifth goal of the tournament. Jimenez has now scored in three straight games for Mexico.Haiti almost cause a shock This was quite the performance by Haiti. The minnows, who stunned Canada in the quarter-finals, sat relatively deep and frustrated Mexico for long periods, only to be undone by the extra-time penalty.What’s next? Mexico will face either the United States or Jamaica in the final in Chicago on Sunday, while Haiti look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read morelast_img read more

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Diallo praises ‘real killer’ Mbappe

first_imgKylian Mbappe has become a “real killer” in front of goal as Abdou Diallo hailed the Paris Saint-Germain star’s development. Mbappe has flourished at PSG since arriving from Monaco, helping the French giants to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles. The 20-year-old World Cup winner scored a league-high 33 goals last season, and 39 across all competitions.  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? Diallo – who left Borussia Dortmund for PSG in the off-season – knows Mbappe from the pair’s time together at Monaco and the centre-back told reporters: “He grew up, he gained a bit of weight. “But he is the same. Of course, he is more mature. Now, we can talk about more things with him. “When I was in Monaco, he was very, very young. But he is still the same. “In the game, he is becoming a real killer. He didn’t have those qualities when he left Monaco, even if he scored many goals for Monaco. Now, he is very accurate.” Mbappe scored as PSG opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win at home to Nimes last week.  The club are still in the middle of a transfer saga surrounding Brazilian star Neymar, who continues to be linked with a move to La Liga, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his signature.  PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has said that the Brazilian could still stay with the French giants, with Neymar having returned to training, but ruled out him being part of the starting side as the club look to continue their strong start to the season away to Rennes on Sunday.  “He started the training session with us, but finished individually,” Tuchel told a news conference. “It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’ home. “He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us. That leaves Mbappe to once again lead the line and help carry the load in his absence, which the French forward has done exceptionally well. The club will then have a week to recover before taking on Toulouse on August 25.last_img read more

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Feel Good Friday: Gear Up and Give Back with Victorinox Travel Gear

first_img 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season Editors’ Recommendations Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More Whether you are gearing up for back-to-school or just looking for a new bag to lug around office, gym, camping or weekend must haves, Victorinox has a great line of bags ‘with the individual in mind.’The Altmont 3.0 (the 3rd iteration of the Altmont collection launched last January) collection has standard backpacks as well as ones designed specifically to carry lap tops.  They also have surprisingly good-looking brief cases. There are  some great looking totes and ‘mono-sling’ bags perfect for biking;  just please don’t wear them over your suit. Every bag is made with durable Versatek fabric  which is a super durable, highly breathable, windproof and water repellent fabric that Victorinox uses throughout the collection for extra protection from the elements.This month, Victorinox is gearing up and giving back by partnering with the Boys Hope Girls Hope and Blessings in a Backpack organizations to provide backpacks to students in need – just in time for back-to-school.For every backpack sold from the Altmont 3.0 Collection, Victorinox will be donating a backpack to help students in need, getting them excited for the coming school year. Regardless of sales, at least 200 students will receive brand new backpacks.Both Boys Hope Girls Hope and Blessings in a Backpack help children reach their full potential in school by providing the tools they need to focus on their studies; from a stable living environment and academic support to balanced meals to take home on the weekends.We have included a little video below about the Altmont 3.0 Collection. Enjoy and start shopping! The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Menlast_img read more

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G6 Alliance Plans Expansion to Trans-Pacific West Coast …

first_imgzoom Members of the G6 Alliance today announced plans to expand their cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and Trans-Atlantic trade lanes.The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency. For example, on the Asia-North America West Coast trade, each G6 Alliance member will be able to offer almost twice as many sailings, compared to what is currently offered separately by The New World Alliance and the Grand Alliance.“The proposed expansion will complement our existing services in the Asia-North America East Coast and Asia-Europe trades, allowing us to deploy the most suitable ship for each loop across the trades,” member carriers said in a statement. “With greater service flexibility and operational synergies, the G6 Alliance will have an even more resilient and robust network – giving shippers a wider coverage area and shorter transit times without reducing the total capacity.”The G6 Alliance plans to deploy about 76 ships across 12 services connecting 27 Asian and North America West Coast ports. Approximately another 42 ships will be deployed across five services including two pendulum services in the Trans-Atlantic trade lane calling at 25 ports covering the US East Coast, US West Coast, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Netherlands, the UK, France, Belgium and Germany.With this step, the G6 Alliance will provide a network comprising all East-West trade lanes deploying a total of about 240 vessels connecting 66 Asian, American and European ports.The new services are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval. Details on services and port rotations will be announced at a later date.G6 Alliance members will continue to market their services individually as they do today.The G6 Alliance was formed in late 2011 and began operation in March 2012 in the Asia-Europe and Mediterranean trade. The cooperation expanded to the trade lane between Asia and North America East Coast in May 2013.The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.NYK, December 3, 2013last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_img -30- YARMOUTH COUNTY: Port Maitland Bridge Port Maitland Bridge on the Main Shore Road will be closed from today, July 9, to Friday, Aug. 3 for replacement. Traffic control consists of detour signs and traffic control people. There is a detour on Main Shore Road and Quaco Road. Local Area Office: 902- 742-2415 Fax: 902- 742-0649last_img

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Night Work, Highway 102 During nighttime hours, northbound traffic on Highway 102 may be reduced to one lane between Exit 2B at Larry Uteck Boulevard and Exit 4 in Bedford. On weekdays, lane reductions will occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, lane reductions will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. There will be similar lane reductions on southbound lanes between the Hammonds Plains Road Interchange (Exit 3A) and Larry Uteck Boulevard. On weekdays, southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. On weekends, lanes will be reduced between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers should be prepared for delays, or use alternate routes. Work will last until the end of November. HANTS COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Bog Road will be closed for repairs from Monday, Sept. 15 until Saturday, Sept. 20. Traffic can detour through Hantsport on Highway 1. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 332 Route 332, from Riverport Bridge towards Bridgewater, has alternating lane closures for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Moores Ford Bridge The Moores Ford Bridge on West Branch Road, between Route 256 and College Grant Road near Tatamagouche, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 19. A detour route is marked. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new, two-lane bridge will be completed in summer 2015. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Sections of Highway 105, from Grand Narrows Road, east to the Pleasant Street/Route 305 overpass and on-ramp, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs, repaving, and guardrail upgrades until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset, but there may be some night work. Drivers should use extra caution in the area and be prepared for delays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 4, Port Hawkesbury Beginning Monday, Sept. 15, sections of Highway 4, from the Port Hastings rotary at the intersection with Highway 105, east for about three kilometres, will have stop and go traffic for repaving. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles are onsite. Work takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of September. The work will require lane reductions at various times. Work takes place from dawn to dusk until Monday, Sept. 15.Drive with extra caution through work areas and obey signs and flag people. CAPE BRETON: Little Bras d’Or Traffic on Highway 105 (Trans Canada Highway), between Exit 17 and 18 near the Little Bras d’Or bridge, is reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until Friday, Sept. 19. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 21 at Westville to Exit 25 at Stellarton, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Speed limit in the work zone is 80 km/h. PICTOU COUNTY: Alma Road Alma Road, from Sylvester Road north to Route 376, about four kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Sandy Point Road Sandy Point Road, from Lower Jordan Road south for about five kilometres, will have one-lane closures for road repairs until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on sections of Highway 4, west for about seven kilometres from east of MacNabs Bridge, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and repaving until Monday, Dec. 1. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Traffic on Highway 104 is detoured for one kilometre onto Dunns Loop until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h through the detour. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Lane Reduction Traffic on Highway 101 near Coldbrook is reduced to one lane during work on the railway overpass 500 metres west of Exit 14. Traffic will be controlled 24 hours a day by traffic signals. Work will be completed at the end of September. HANTS COUNTY: Route 277 Traffic on sections of Route 277, between Old Trunk Road and Hurshman Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road) Sections of Route 354 (Beaver Bank Road), from the Hants County line south for about seven kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Traffic is controlled by flag people and a pilot vehicle. The work is scheduled to be finished Tuesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Stewart Road Stewart Road, from Route 376 west to Durham Road, about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cherryfield Road: various sections from the intersection of Highway 10 to East Dalhousie Crousetown Road: between Conquerall Mills Road and Italy Cross Road Vaughn Road: from Highway 3 to end of road West Street (Queens County): from the Town of Liverpool north for about two kilometres. NEW WORK HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Traffic on Route 236, between Route 215 and Gosse Bridge, is reduced to one lane to allow for slope repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Crouses Settlement Road Crouses Settlement Road, from Route 332 to Grimm Road, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing until Thursday, Sept. 25. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347, from the intersection of Garden of Eden Church Loop to the intersection of Woods Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Delays are expected. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. CAPE BRETON: Grand Narrows Road, Georges River The Grand Narrows Road in Georges River has lane closures for culvert work and ditching. Work is about three kilometres west of Highway 105 and will end Tuesday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG/QUEENS COUNTIES: Road Paving Sections of the following roads are reduced to one lane for repaving: HANTS COUNTY: Route 202 Route 202, in the West Gore area, has stop-and-go traffic with a pilot vehicle for gravelling and repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. Work on these roads will be completed by the end of October. Route 256 (from west of Truro Road to Route 246) Sand Point Road (from Brule Shore Road to end) Brule Shore Road (from Sand Point Road to Brule Point Road) HANTS COUNTY: Woodville Road and Ashdale Road Sections of Woodville Road, from Ashdale Road south to Ardoise School House Road, and Ashdale Road, from Woodville Road, west for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Drivers should use caution and obey signs and traffic control people in the area. Work will be completed at the end of October. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River, until September 2015. A detour bridge allows two lanes of traffic in both directions, however, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, there is a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route is marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Halfway River Flat Bridge Trunk 2, from Canaan Road to Lakelands Road, will be closed for timber bridge repairs on the Halfway River Flat Bridge from Monday, Sept. 15 until Friday, Oct. 3. A detour is in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road and Llewellyn Road Hirtle Road, from Highway 103 toward Route 331, and Llewellyn Road, from Hirtle Road to Highway 103, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON: Port Morien Traffic on sections of Route 255, between Homeville and Port Morienis, will be reduced to one lane for clearing work until Friday, Oct. 31. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Tatamagouche Area There is brush cutting, ditching and gravelling on the following roads in the Tatamagouche area: CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, Cumberland Co., is closed until further notice. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road There are alternating lane closures on South River Lake Road for road upgrading, including gravelling and paving. Work is taking place at the intersection with Larrys River Road and moving west. Work will finish Friday, Oct. 17. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Traffic on sections of Forties Road, from the intersection of Fraxville Road to the intersection of Barss Corner Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of September. Traffic is controlled by flag people. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Alders Bridge Alders Bridge on Saunders Road is closed for repairs until Sunday, Aug. 31. A detour is available on Haley Road. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

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Casablanca Hosts 17th Annual Freight Forwarders Conference

Rabat – Five-hundred experts and business leaders from 20 countries gathered May 4 to 6 at Hayat Regency in Casablanca for the 17th Annual Conference of Freight Forwarders of Africa and the Middle East region (RAME).Under the title “Connect and achieve with efficiency and sustainability”, the three-day symposium aimed to motivate and discuss the development of investments as well as to highlight achievement of Moroccan Freight Forwarders Association (AFFM) members during International Federation of Freight Forwarders (FIATA) meetings.AFFM chairman Rachid Tahri said that 2017 is an opportunity for Morocco and AFFM to emphasize the “Africanity” of the kingdom. The global event also showcased the efforts made by the Morocco in the development of logistics and transport sectors. “By organizing this international meeting Morocco asserts its African leadership and confirms its role as an international logistics hub in the Mediterranean area and Africa,” explained AFFM president.The event was organized by FIATA in coordination with the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water and the AFFM. read more

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New Judges Trained in Tamazight Digital Justice to Join Moroccan Courts

Rabat – New Moroccan judges from “Group 43” have taken courses in Tamazight (Berber) for the first time in the country, in line with the Justice Ministry’s preparations of an official Tamazight alphabet.In addition to Tamazight, the judges have received professional digitization training to prepare them for online courtrooms in the near future, such as accessing and participating in hearings remotely via video.At the ceremony, justice minister Mohamed Aujjar stated that the new judges are “fortunate” to be part of an independent judicial force in the current technology age to pave the way for the integration and success of digital justice by 2022 in Morocco’s judicial system. Photo: HespressPhoto; HespressThe president of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Mohamed Abdennabaoui, pointed out that the profession of a judge is a “dangerous” one and “not for anyone” because judges must maintain high ethics, confidence, and keep an eye on the latest legal updates and developments.The ceremony, which took place at the higher institute of the magistracy, was attended by the first president of the Court of Cassation, Mustapha Fares, who said that the aspirations of the Moroccan society rest on the shoulders of the new generation of judges.The new graduates will enter the next stage of practical training on Monday before assuming their roles officially.Read Also: Morocco Wins Gold and Silver Medals at Arab Math OlympicsTamazight in schools and administrative institutionsFor Tamazight’s better integration into Morocco’s education system, the government presented draft laws 26.16 and 04.16.The first law relates to the integration of Tamazight into national education and administrative institutions and the second to the National Council for the Languages and Culture of Morocco to protect and develop both Arabic and Tamazight.The number of primary school children studying Tamazight in the current academic year has increased to 600,000, according to the secretary of state at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Scientific Research, Khalid Samadi.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has repeatedly stressed on the use of Tamazight alongside Arabic as the two official languages of the country, in essential documents such as contracts, ID cards, passports, drivers’ licenses, and banknotes.El Othmani repeatedly asserted the need to use only Arabic and Tamazight in official documents instead of foreign languages, such as French, but noted the administrations’ “lack of consideration” of the government’s calls. read more

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Renewed deadly clashes in northcentral Somalia send thousands fleeing in October –

In an update on the situation in Gaalkacyo, which is in the north-central part of the country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said local authorities estimate that some 20 per cent of the fatalities and injuries are from stray bullets, and 60 per cent of the internally displaced (IDPs) in north Gaalkacyo face secondary displacement. Approximately 40,000 people have faced secondary displacement, moving to the outskirts of the town. Almost a year ago, the political leadership at the Federal level and the regional bodies such as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) launched successful efforts towards a cessation of hostilities. They promise to bring peace this time as well. An assessment conducted by humanitarian agencies and local authorities reported no civilians currently within the fighting perimeter. However, the lack of progress to establish peace in the region has been stressed by the locals. OCHA also reported fresh clashes this morning.There is also an urgent need for humanitarian aid, as all the resources previously deployed will no longer be enough if people continue to flee their homes. Humanitarian partners in Somalia are scaling up response to displaced people after violence broke out in Gaalkacyo on 7 October 2016. Photo: OCHA/Guled Isse Humanitarian partners report 13 IDP settlements in south Gaalkacyo and eight more in the north of the city abandoned. The displaced people are in need of shelters, food, water and sanitation services, and protection, according to the OCHA update. With the Deyr rainy season under way, many displaced persons – 80 per cent of whom are women, children and elderly – will be effected by potential natural hazards, such as flooding. There is also little to no access to the port of Bossaso due to the fighting, which has affected Gaalkacyo’s livestock and trade. In addition, all schools remain closed due to the violence, which has affected more than 20,000 students. The danger of the armed conflict and concerns about staff safety have prevented humanitarian agencies from easily moving around the area to assist the population, resulting in a limited movement of humanitarian supplies. read more

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ALROSAs Severalmaz deploys UAVs at Lomonosov mining complex

first_imgDiamond mining giant ALROSA at its division Severalmaz has tested unmanned aerial vehicles – a quadcopter and an airplane – for mine surveying of land objects of Lomonosov Mining and Processing Division. Preliminary estimates show that the use of unmanned technologies provides high survey accuracy, increases the speed and safety of work.Geoscan 401 Geodesy quadcopter and Geoscan 101 Geodesy aircraft by Geoscan were used for mine and geodetic surveying. There was test mine surveying of the open-pit mine, dump, ore storages and other bulked land objects. The total area of the survey exceeded 3 km2, and the flight time was 2 hours 40 minutes. To accomplish the assigned tasks, unmanned aerial vehicles flew a total of about 100 km.The processed results of mine surveying showed high survey accuracy. The resulting measurement error is within acceptable limits with a large margin. Besides that, the use of drones made the survey much faster compared to traditional laser scanning (for one of the objects the duration of work was reduced from 115 to 65 minutes), and significantly improved their safety.“Right now, mining companies in our country are only testing the drone-based surveying technology. For Severalmaz, as well as for ALROSA as a whole, this is also the first experience of their use,” says Chief Engineer of PJSC Severalmaz Igor Ivanov. “We still need to do an in-depth analysis of the results, but preliminary estimates show that the use of drones for mine and geodetic surveying can be very promising.”The unmanned aerial vehicles involved in the tests are designed specifically for mine and geodetic surveying and require no special modification.“The use of drones for surveying is one of the components for building the concept of digital production at a mining enterprise. The resulting polygonal digital model of the open-pit mine can be used to automate the processes of calculating the volume of excavated rock mass, comparing the current state of mining operations with the mining project, planning of mining operations, and to solve some other tasks,” noted the project director of ALROSA’s Strategic Projects and Analytics Center Alexey Tikhonov.last_img read more

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Camper carries 85pound pack to capture amazing video of Mt Whitney

first_imgWe here are Geek.com are big fans of time-lapse videos. They’re a ton of fun to watch and are very easy to get sucked into. However, we rarely stop to think what kind of physical effort it took the photographer to capture such amazing shots. Take photographer Sheldon Neill for example. His latest time-lapse video was shot over a five-day camping trip where he climbed Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous U.S.Climbing to the summit of Mount Whitney, which has an elevation of 14,505 feet, is bad enough, but climbing with an 85-pound backpack sounds… well, let’s just say it isn’t exactly our ideal vacation. Neill said the trip was one of the toughest challenges of his life, but, from looking at the footage, we would say it was well worth it.The video shows Neill and his two companions making their way from Cotton Wood Lakes to the summit of the mountain, which is located between California’s Inyo and Tulare counties. Neill said the weather was actually “too perfect,” and there weren’t very many clouds in the sky. Normally a camper would prefer clear skies to rainy ones, but without clouds, it’s often difficult to portray time passing in a time-lapse video.The lack of clouds may have a silver-lining though, since it makes us watch other parts of the video to notice movement. For example, the first few shots at the Cotton Wood Lakes show very few clouds in the sky, but you can notice the ripple of the water moving feverishly. There’s also a lovely scene showing water flowing down a stream in a whimsical fashion around the 39-second mark.Unlike most nature-centric time-lapse videos, Neill added a quick scene of him and his friends sitting by the camp fire, which gives the video a true sense of adventure and wilderness exploration. And, like many good time-lapse videos, there are a few shots of the night sky and what we think to be the Milky Way Galaxy around the 1-minute mark.Neill used a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 24mm f/1.4 L USM II lens. He had to carry six Canon LP-E6 batteries and 18 AA Energizer batteries to power his camera and Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly. Neill said he received the dolly the day before his trip so didn’t have time to practice with it. If this is the kind of footage that results from zero practice, we’re looking forward to seeing what kind of videos he produces once he plays around with it a bit more.As we’ve seen demonstrated in other time-lapse videos, the Stage Zero Dolly can provide great fluidity for the footage. However, it’s a little unwieldy to be carrying while camping as it’s made up of a six-foot-long aluminum track. Neill said he got a ton of curious looks and people stopping to ask him what he had strapped onto the side of his pack. Perhaps Dynamic Perception will create a more travel-friendly version sometime soon.last_img read more

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Access to one of Cretes most stunning beaches to be restricted

first_imgCrete is home to some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches. But with tourism to the island on the rise, Greece is taking measures to avoid congestion and protect the environment.According to reports, a presidential decree is expected to be issued any day now with restrictions on the number of people permitted to be at Elafonisi beach each day.Located in western Crete, Elafonisi is renowned across the globe for its crystal clear blue waters and light pink sand. But aside from being popular among locals and tourists, it is also home to rare species of animals and birds, whose habitat, which includes dunes, cedar trees, white lilies, and black rocks, needs to be protected.Photo: Protothema In 2017 the Association of Hoteliers of Chania put forward a proposal for visitors to pay a €10 (AUD$15.90) entry fee to spend the day at the beach, in a move to discourage overcrowding and protect the environment.“The beach is at risk from the uncontrolled flow of people,” read the proposal, which was rejected by the local council.Aside from Athens, Crete has been attracting the second largest number of tourists to the country. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lenvoi en masse de vidéos est désormais possible sur Dailymotion

first_imgL’envoi en masse de vidéos est désormais possible sur DailymotionPour sauver ses utilisateurs les plus fidèles et les plus actifs de l’utilisation répétée et fastidieuse de leur formulaire Web d’upload, Dailymotion publie un logiciel de transfert de masse. Bugs, lenteurs, l’envoi de vidéo via un formulaire web n’est pas l’idéal. Pour ceux qui souhaitent diffuser d’importants volumes de vidéos sur Dailymotion, l’outil « Dailymotion Mass Uploader » est sans doute la solution. Ce petit logiciel qui vient de sortir permet de systématiser l’envoi de vidéos, mais aussi d’éditer à la chaîne les méta-données, c’est à dire le titre, la chaîne, les tags, la langue et bien d’autres. Il permettra aussi d’arrêter et de reprendre les transferts en cas de besoin. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Le client est encore en béta, mais il a au moins une seule version unifiée pour tous les systèmes d’exploitations comme Windows, Mac OS et Linux. C’est gràce à AIR, le logiciel d’Adobe, qui le fait tourner. La simplicité est également au rendez-vous : après une simple installation, il suffira de réaliser un glisser-déposer pour les envoyer. Plus de détails sur le site de l’éditeur !Le 21 décembre 2011 à 14:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Police seek help finding runaway girl 13

first_imgSevelin Hernandez-Mendez The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help finding a runaway 13-year-old girl.The girl, Sevelin Hernandez-Mendez, was last seen at her home at around 12:30 this morning. She is 5-foot-4 and weighs about 105 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark-brown hair with purple highlights.Anyone who sees the girl is asked to call 911.last_img

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