Palestinian attacker plows truck into Israeli soldiers, four dead

Chaos broke out at the scene when the truck plouwed through the crowd, with hundreds of soldiers having arrived there as part of a tour for troops about the history of Jerusalem. “It is reprehensible that some choose to glorify such acts which undermine the possibility of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis,” he said. Soldiers starting shooting. Bodies were later covered in sheets. Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged the attacker “supported” the Islamic State group, though he provided no details on what led to the finding. They told them to hide behind the wall because there was fear of another attack.”
Netanyahu later visited the scene along with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Rosenfeld said it was not yet clear if the attack had been planned earlier or was spontaneous. “I heard my soldiers screaming and shouting,” said one of the tour guides, Lea Schreiber. “There is nothing heroic in such actions.”
A wave of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks broke out in October 2015, but the violence had greatly subsided in recent months. Medics also reported that three of the victims were women, while all four were in their 20s. Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and Palestinian neighborhoods are located nearby. Since October 2015, 247 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed, according to an AFP count. “A lone terrorist drove his truck into a group of soldiers standing on the side of the road,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told reporters at the scene. Police only confirmed four people were dead, but a medic at the scene said they were soldiers. It occurred in what was formerly designated a no-man’s land between mainly Palestinian east and Israeli-dominated west Jerusalem, near UN headquarters at a spot that leads to a promenade with picturesque views. … Video said to be of the incident being shared online shows a flatbed truck with a crane in the rear drive through a group of soldiers standing next to a bus. Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some died in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian attacker rammed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers visiting a popular tourist spot in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four and wounding at least 15 people, authorities said. “We know the identity of the assailant, who according to all indications supported IS,” Netanyahu said, according to a statement from his office. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed, as the capital of their future state. There were orders and screaming everywhere. US President-elect Donald Trump recently stirred fresh controversy over Jerusalem’s status by vowing to break with years of precedent and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. “They got off the bus, and as they were getting off the bus and getting organized, he took advantage.”
Israel’s military said one of its soldiers fired on the attacker and distributed video of him saying he shot after realising it was not an accident. ‘Reprehensible’
The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned the attack in a statement. ‘Orders and screaming’
Ambulances rushed to the location and video showed visitors, including soldiers, running for cover as the incident began. Multiple bullet holes could be seen in the windshield of the truck. Israel views the whole city as its capital. “I saw a truck that went on the side of the road. Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a leading cause. The status of Jerusalem is one of the most difficult issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fawzi Barhum, a spokesman for Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, saluted the attack, calling it “heroic and brave.”
Palestinian security officials in the West Bank city of Ramallah said the driver was a Palestinian in his late 20s from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber, located close to the scene. Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement-building in the West Bank, comatose peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest. The driver was also killed at the location, overlooking holy sites in the Old City such as the Dome of the Rock and providing one of the most spectacular views of Jerusalem. The driver then pulls off to the side and tries to reverse back toward   where the soldiers were hit before the truck eventually comes to a stop. Last week, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned that doing so would cross a “red line” and could jeopardize peace prospects.

Inside the enigmatic, multinational Golden Globes voting bloc

Soria, who spoke briefly with AFP, said the shrinking pool of foreign correspondents worldwide made it harder to recruit new members. This year, the voters include a Russian former body-builder turned actor, an ex-Miss Universe from South Africa and an ex-engineer from Egypt. Becoming a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is not that simple. Still, the Globes —   which honor the best in film and television —   have repeatedly been dismissed by some as a publicity tool for Hollywood studios who wine and dine HFPA members year-round with an eye towards awards night. “It ceased being a joke when it became a show with good ratings and every manager, publicist, producer, studio exec saw that it was another way to advertise their goods,” he explained. Here’s an antidote. “Keep in mind that … Past scandals
The association has also been embroiled in a number of scandals. Millions of television viewers will tune in on Sunday to watch the Golden Globe Awards, one of Hollywood’s biggest and glitziest affairs that sets many movies on the path to Oscars glory. “The   Golden Globes   are to the   Oscars   what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. Just weeks before, Zadora’s then-husband, billionaire businessman Meshulam Riklis, had invited members on an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for a private screening of his wife’s film. “It used to be considered a joke in Hollywood,” said Howard Suber, who has taught film at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for 51 years. HFPA members denied that the junket had influenced their decision. “They hide behind this curtain and everyone believes that they are really powerful. “That’s not always the case with the HFPA members. Who belongs to the HFPA? In his suit, which was settled for an undisclosed amount, Russell claimed that “HFPA members abuse their positions and engage in unethical and potentially unlawful deals and arrangements which amount to a ‘payola’ scheme.”
The group’s former president Philip Berk, who has been with the HFPA for decades, in 2014 took a voluntary leave of absence after fellow members became upset over what was written about them in a memoir he published. Current president Lorenzo Soria, who has been with the HFPA since 1989, said four new members were admitted last year, including two who work for publications in China. Read more:   Hollywood is a white boy’s club, says one report. But then you pull the curtain back and what you see is a little old man with a microphone.” Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily   bought,” he told the audience in 2012. One of the most memorable scandals to rock the HFPA came in 1982 when Pia Zadora accepted a Golden Globe for her performance in “Butterfly” before a gobsmacked Hollywood. Founded in 1943 by a small group of foreign journalists seeking more access to the showbiz world, the association over the years has mushroomed into a formidable institution. not many publications can afford to have correspondents the way they did in the past,” said the Argentina-born Italian journalist. Even Ricky Gervais, who has hosted the show four times including last year, has poked fun at the association and insinuated that the studios can influence the voters. It has also earned accolades for its charity work. Though some members of the HFPA work for well-respected foreign media outlets, many are freelancers employed by obscure publications. I find their choices very often more interesting than the Academy’s.”
Still, some say the association has a long way to go before achieving the credibility of the Oscars. A Globes victory can help cast the spotlight on films that might otherwise be overlooked for the Oscars, which take place in late February. Once admitted, members have to produce six articles a year to maintain active status, all the while gaining unfettered access to press conferences and special events. ‘Wizard of Oz’
In recent years, the organization has embarked on a course toward more respectability and sought to attract younger members. “The Academy is pretty mainstream in its taste when it comes to foreign films,” said Fredell Pogodin, a publicist who specializes in foreign-language and documentary films. In 2011, outgoing publicist Michael Russell filed a lawsuit alleging he had been sacked for denouncing shady practices within the association. But the sheer magnitude of the event —   and the momentum it can create for some films ahead of the all-important Oscars —   has upped its credibility. “It’s still considered an inside joke in terms of who these people are, but it’s treated seriously because it’s on television,” he added. Several major media outlets, including France’s Le Monde, The Times of London and the New Zealand Herald, have complained in the past of being shut out. They are all members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a somewhat opaque group of about 90 journalists —   and one of the most exclusive and secretive clubs in Tinseltown. “They are the Wizard of Oz,” said Suber. But few are likely to know who actually decides on the winners. Any foreign journalist seeking entry must be sponsored by two members, and a newcomer’s application can be rejected if one member of the association vetoes it.

The art and science of composing movie scores

Ostrich eggs can hold and store water,’ which is really quite amazing.”
Another clip, called “Dawn of Symbolic Thought,” complements an exploration of Blombos Cave in South Africa, where ancient bone tools and even a 100,000-year-old paint factory   have been discovered. Imagine what some of the most thrilling films ever made would be like without their musical scores.Player utilitiesPopout
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downloadListen to the Story. Some of it is incredibly magical. Fung says the clip goes along with a part of the film describing how early humans adapted to survive in an extreme, quickly changing environment. But when it comes to science films, composing a stirring score can be a tough order. We rely on music to immerse us in onscreen drama   and heighten our emotional response to characters and plot twists. Fung recognizes that his cue for the Blombos Cave exploration is, in essence, a musical backdrop for an archaeological dig. So those are the emotions that you latch onto, and that’s where as a film composer … I can really spread my wings and show what I can do with that.”
One cue from the score, called “Change is Constant,” relates to feelings of danger, but, also, resilience. Here, the music builds dramatically. Something a little more quiet, or something a little more pensive.”
“And then, finally, you return to something bigger. This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s   Science Friday. It’s our ability to adapt. (Listen to clips from the score on Science Friday’s website.)
“The Earth went from wet to dry, and back to wet again,” he says. “The Godfather” minus the brooding background music? So how do we score to this adaptability?”
He admits that it’s tough to score to adaptability in and of itself — so he scores to associated emotions. How did we move from Africa into Europe?”
“When you take a look at what those emotions are, a lot of it is mystery,” he says. “If you’re looking from a typical Hollywood perspective, it’s not, perhaps, the most exciting thing,” he says. But then again, some call Blombos Cave the “cradle of the human mind.”
“And it’s my job to help the viewers realize the significance of all of these things,” Fung says. “How did humans survive all of this, and how did we avoid extinction? Just ask Darren Fung, who came up with the score for a three-part documentary called the   “Great Human Odyssey,” which aired on PBS this past October. “You score the danger, the apocalyptic nature of these extreme environmental changes, and then you move into something a little more inquisitive when you talk about innovation and adaptability. “You have to figure out a way to tie those sort of abstract ideas, the ideas that don’t necessarily have this emotional chord to you, and figure out how to translate that into emotion,” he says. As an example, we talk about humans’ ability to use ostrich egg [shells] to carry and store water. PRI.org

“Star Wars” without the crescendo of the opening credits? We see something almost angelic and miraculous when we talk about the ingenuity and the resilience that helped us realize, ‘Yes, wow! How did art come to be? “There’s grandeur to a lot of this stuff. In the “Great Human Odyssey,” Fung found inspiration in some of the film’s biggest questions, like: “How did we survive through the Ice Age? For Fung, the trick to scoring science films has to do with tapping into the material’s emotional appeal.

Crossword puzzle-making tips from a pro at The New York Times

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Before you hit the Audubon books, here’s another hint: “The English language is incredibly fluid,” says Brendan Emmett Quigley. You don’t need to overthink your theme, but you should have fun with it. So if an answer requires some kind of specialized knowledge (for instance, if it’s a proper noun), Quigley advises making the answers going the other way in the puzzle easier to solve. It’s totally unfair. Quigley discovered this rule the hard way:
“A crossword blogger by the name of Rex Parker critiqued one of my puzzles in The New York Times, where the illustrator ‘N.C. From now on, this shall be known as the Natick Principle.’”
Some crossword solvers might not find the answers of Wyeth and Natick to be so arcane, but for Quigley, that’s beside the point. “When you solve a puzzle, you want to go, ‘Wow, I am so clever for figuring out all of these clues, and figuring out the theme and that was a great puzzle. Quigley says the easiest way to fill in a puzzle grid is to choose answers that follow the pattern of “vowel, consonant, vowel, consonant.”
“We want to think of answers that will give us the most flexibility going down,” he says. “You want to find a new way to sort of play with the English language. What’s a nine-letter phrase   for “colorful swallow?”Player utilitiesPopout
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downloadListen to the Story. Once you have your grid filled out, you can start writing entertaining clues — steering your solver back towards the puzzle’s theme, if need be. That makes him a “cruciverbalist” — and as he explains it, his job is to twist the mind of the crossword puzzle’s “solver.”  
“You want to make things that look like verbs, [but] actually are nouns and that sort of thing,” Quigley says. And for more puzzle-making inspiration, check out the crossword puzzle that Quigley created (in just a few minutes!) with Studio 360. And really the hardest part of any puzzle is coming up with that gimmick.”
With your theme chosen, next up is slotting answers into your grid (which can be small for your first puzzle —   Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen made one using a 4-inch by 4-inch grid). “[Parker] said, ‘Who in their right mind is going to understand what’s going to fit in that one square? Otherwise, your solvers will have a tough time filling in the square where the two answers cross. He says the theme is the puzzle’s “calling card,” and links all the long answers in the grid. Again, the emphasis here is on wordplay. “And the answer was ‘bacon.'”
For Quigley, the goal is to make crossword puzzles that stymie the solver for just long enough. “It could be something incredibly simple like a category, where you have a bunch of answers — say, answers that begin with parts of a bicycle, like ‘chain of fools,’ ‘pedal pushers,’ ‘handlebar mustache,'”   he says. I had a great time with that.’ You don’t want them to go, ‘Brendan, you’re a jerk for putting those two answers in there.’”
Hint taken. Quigley has been making crosswords for The New York Times for two decades, ever since he was a senior in college. (The answer to the colorful swallow   clue, by the way, is “jello shot.”)
To set up your own crossword puzzle, Quigley suggests starting with a theme. It was, ‘strips in a club,'” Quigley says. “One of my all-time favorite clues Mike Shenk wrote for The Wall Street Journal. This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s   Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. Wyeth’ crossed the Boston town ‘Natick,’” Quigley explains. “There’s a rule in puzzle making that says, ‘This is a battle, and that the puzzle maker is expected to lose,’” he says.