APTN reporter backed out of attending Las Vegas concert hour before shooting

first_img(NBC News photo of Las Vegas shooting.)Kathleen Martens APTN National News An APTN National News reporter is crediting “an angel” for keeping her and her friends safe in Las Vegas Sunday.Larissa Burnouf said she changed her mind and gave her concert wristband to someone else, keeping her away from the country music concert where gunfire broke out.A Nevada man is being blamed for killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 500.“I’m safe. My friends are safe. We’re all pretty freaked out,” Burnouf said in an email to her co-workers at APTN, based in Winnipeg, Man.“I went to Day 1 and 2 of the concert, and an angel is watching over us because for some reason we changed our mind one hour before the last two acts not to go, and gave our wristbands to our friends. They went and shots rang out less than an hour after we saw them.”APTN reporter Larissa Burnouf, second from left, with her spouse Steven Jim, far left, and friends Trent Campbell, Sheylee Campbell and Chelsea Belanger. The photo was taken on Day 2 of the festival. Sam Hunt was on stage behind them with the Mandalay Bay in the background.Burnouf is a video-journalist based in Saskatoon, Sask. and mother of two young children.“We were playing poker in MGM when people came screaming ‘Shooter! Shooter!’ and we all hit the deck. I scraped up my leg from the sheer panic and hysteria and we all hid under tables and ran and fled for our lives,” she wrote.Burnouf and four friends from Saskatoon made it to their hotel rooms in the MGM Grand Hotel and were kept under lockdown. She said they had no internet access and didn’t know where the shots were coming from.She said they had no information about what was going on other than what they saw on social media and the tv. At one point they feared it was at the front of their hotel, on the famed Las Vegas strip.She said the lockdown was lifted a little while ago and she was able to get to the airport to catch her flight home to Canada.The death toll continue to mount in what authorities are describing as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Two police officers, including one who was an off-duty member of the Las Vegas police department, are among the dead.Contact Kathleen here: kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Alan Smith on Mislintats departure

first_imgThere is no point in Arsenal retaining the services of Sven Mislintat if the club is unwilling to spend money, according to the club’s legend Alan Smith.Mislintat, 46, was appointed as Arsenal’s head of recruitment in November 2017 but rumours are rife he is set for an exit after masterminding some of the club’s major deals including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million in January 2018.The club are said to be looking to appoint a technical director, and former striker Smith believes it’s the right call considering the club is not keen on any buys.“The Ramsey situation is a funny one,” he told Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport and cited on Football London.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He’s such a good player and to see him move to Juventus, where I’m sure he’ll do well, it’s a bit galling for Arsenal fans – especially given the situation in midfield.“We’ve got Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, and Granit Xhaka – they’ll do a shift but they’re not going to create too many chances. It’s certainly an area Arsenal are lacking in.“I think all Arsenal fans were hoping this would come to an end,” added Smith, hinting at his frustration at another quality player be allowed to leave the club.“They’ve got a new backroom team in place with Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, who seems to be leaving. He’s head of recruitment but there’s not much point him being there if they can’t recruit because they’ve got no money.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Shannon Smith Named To Deans List At University Of Maine

first_imgORONO, ME — Shannon Smith, of Wilmington, received Dean’s List honors for spring 2018 at the University of Maine, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.The University of Maine recognized 2,214 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2018 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,634 are from Maine, 533 are from 31 other states, and 47 are from 21 countries other than the U.S.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of Maine.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”last_img read more

Its the last blue moon of the decade and you can totally

first_img Share your voice 1 Sci-Tech 12 Photos This is a full moon. A blue moon looks like a full moon. That’s it.  NASA/Kim Shiflett I’m all for an exciting “blood moon” (aka: a total lunar eclipse) or even a just slightly interesting “supermoon” when the full moon looks a smidge bigger in the sky, but there is absolutely no reason to get excited about this Saturday’s “blue moon.”You may have seen other headlines declaring that this will be the last time this unique full moon will rise until 2021, but there’s actually nothing astronomical that sets a blue moon apart from any other full moon. According to the Library of Congress, a blue moon occurs when a particular season has four full moons rather than the typical three. When this happens, the third moon of the four is labeled a blue moon. It has nothing to do with the actual coloration of our natural satellite, or anything to do with space, for that matter. It’s just one of the naming conventions from the old Farmers’ Almanacs: the same as calling January’s full moon a “wolf moon” because wolves were often heard howling at winter moons long ago, apparently.  That’s the most old school definition of a blue moon, a least. It’s also come to be defined as the second full moon that falls within the same calendar month. So if there’s a full moon on the first day of any month (except February), you’ll get a blue moon about four weeks later. Again, this newer definition really has nothing to do with the moon itself, which is just going about its normal orbiting business. Rather, a blue moon is dependent on the rather arbitrary calendar that we’ve all decided to use to keep track of our lives. So while blood moons aren’t actually bloody and supermoons are really more “kinda neat” than full-blown super, both are worth stepping outside to see. A blue moon, on the other hand, is really just the same as last month’s full moon. If you miss it, there’s a repeat showing four weeks later, just without the fancy title. center_img Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos Tags Comment Spacelast_img read more

Swan Song

first_imgMusic has always been a pivot of Hindi cinema. Whether love ballads or heavily choreographed masala numbers or item songs, music not only embellishes our films but is integral to the movie-viewing experience. But, in the last few years, the industry appears to have lost its musical ear. While songs are being generated at a rapid rate, the tunes being composed are no longer striking a chord or tugging at the heart strings as they once did. From ‘Bom diggy’ and ‘Dil chori sada’ in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to ‘Tareefan’ in Veere Di Wedding and ‘Dilbar dilbar’ in Satyameva Jayate, we have only one blockbuster that is an original composition. All the others have been tried and tested before. And now, remixed versions of certain songs are also failing to live up to the mark. This week, we raised the question – why is the Hindi film industry seeing a dearth of original songs? Are even recreations failing to work? We spoke to a few film directors, music composers and lyricists and asked them to help figure it out. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShashank Khaitan, Writer-Director As filmmakers, we are all trying to see what is good for our movies, whether situational songs or promotional songs. Some original songs have done well. Some recreations have done well. The industry, right now, is figuring out how to take songs forward. As we speak, I am writing my next script and figuring out what to do. I am trying to see how I can integrate musical numbers in the story so that they can authentically take the storytelling forward. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNow we need to figure out whether a song that has already released can be used if it is apt for the film or do we need to create original music for every film? If the song is in line with the situation, may be it is better to use an already existing song over creating a new one. Having said that, we are all working to create original songs; they are a part of Hindi cinema. I hope and pray that such songs continue to be a part of Hindi cinema. We are trying to understand and strike a balance between originality and commerce. Hopefully, we can arrive at a balance between original songs and recreations. Milap Milan Zaveri, Writer-Director There has to be a good mix of both, original songs and recreations. In Satyameva Jayate, we had both ‘Dilbar’ and ‘Paniyon sa’ – one a recreation and the other an original song. ‘Dilbar’ notched up record-breaking numbers. ‘Tareefan’ from Veere Di Wedding and ‘Paniyon sa’ from my film have done well. The songs of Dhadak, although remakes of their Marathi versions, were pretty new for the Hindi audience. It is not that original music is not doing well. What has happened is that some recreations like ‘Dilbar’ have become successful because they are new songs for this generation. They are not aware of the original numbers as they released a long time ago. Amit Trivedi, Composer-Singer Original compositions are not grabbing the limelight or becoming successful these days because recreated songs are being heavily promoted. There is also a surge in the number of songs being released… an overdose. People are exposed to songs from new releases, almost every day. There are so many songs. When something is available in abundance, it diminishes in value. That’s exactly what’s happening with songs today. It seems that supply is far outstripping demand. It feels as if the audience is being burdened with too much and that is not really necessary. Vishal Mishra, Composer – Singer Today, we are living in the best times to make music. We have never before had such a big talent pool, so many great writers, music directors, music producers and music equipment. The labels are so strong and so many platforms have cropped up exclusively for music. As far as recreations are concerned, some of them work and I think it’s a beautiful process. Shalmali Kholgade, Singer-Composer I think at the root of all the speculation on the longevity and workability of music today is the shortening attention span of the audience and the effort to cut through the clutter on the part of creators. At a time when there’s so much information out there to consume, it’s a risk for most artistes to try something new and different. Most creators would consider it wiser to present an existing piece of music in a relevant context (remix/reprise) and thus get the audience’s attention, before treading on new terrain. It’s just a business model, I guess. Some people are stubborn and believe firmly in their sound and negate the demand. They stand a chance to either make a mark or go unnoticed. This is probably why we have fewer original songs that have made a mark. Why aren’t recreations working? We see a recreation in every other film and the novelty factor is lost. There is very little room to be surprised. Familiarity works for recreations but over-familiarity can work in the other direction. Rachita Arora, Composer I think it is unfortunate that we have so many remakes but there are also some amazing musicians coming up with original stuff, experimenting and exploring. I feel we do have some numbers that are hitting the charts. So I don’t fully agree with the question. One bright side is that a lot of new composers are getting the chance to showcase their work and are getting the chance to do it their way.last_img read more

Snap a pic for a chance to win two tix to the

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Snap a pic for a chance to win two tix to the U.S. with Collette MISSISSAUGA — Travel agents can test out their photography skills with Collette’s newly launched photo contest, which runs from now until Aug. 31.The contest aims to highlight America’s National Parks, and includes a grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in the U.S. Travel must be done by Nov. 30, 2017.Agents can submit a photo of themselves at or near any U.S. National Park to enter into the draw. They can also submit a photo of the park itself. Along with their photo, agents must describe why that park is special to them.“We recognize the commitment of our travel agents and want to reward them with a fun opportunity to win a chance to travel themselves,” said Doug Patterson, President of Collette Canada.To enter go to gocollette.com/nationalparks. Posted bycenter_img Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Tags: Collette, Contests Sharelast_img read more