Month: May 2016

EgyptAir flight MS804

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The plane was flying overnight from Paris to Cairo. It departed at 21:09 GMT in Paris and disappeared from the Egyptian radar at  00:30 GMT on Thursday 19 May.

It was later reported that the plane had crashed in the Mediterranean sea. A fire may have occured at the front of the aircraft. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

All 56 passengers, seven crew members and the three security personnel from the flight are presumed dead. The passengers comprised 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, one Briton, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Belgian, one Algerian and one Canadian.

Floating debris have been found to the east of the plane’s last known location. The search is now focused on finding the black box flight data and voice recorders of the plane in an area with a 65 km (40 mile) radius. The area in which the plane crashed is one of the deepest in the Mediterranean sea and ridges from the ocean floor could block signals from flight recorders and sonars from vessels searching for wreckage. Therefore, finding the black boxes may take up to one month.

 

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Greece, France, the United States and other nations are searching about 130 nautical miles southeast of the Greek island of Karpathos. The European Space Agency said that its Sentinel-1A satellite had spotted an oil slick near where the plane is believed to have crashed. However, this oil slick may not have been caused by the plane.

The preliminary report of the investigation will be available within a month.

 

 

Cannes Film Festival

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The closing ceremony of the 69th edition took place on May 22, 2016 where the prizes for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival were announced

The festival always have surprising results, and very few, for instance, saw it coming that 79-year-old Briton Ken Loach’s social commentary, I, Daniel Blake, would win the Palme d’Or, Cannes’s top prize. The film portrays a handicapped laborer struggling to provide for his family, and Loach himself acknowledged (in French) the dissonance of accepting an award for the movie in such a glamorous setting. He won the Palme d’Or once before, in 2006, forThe Wind That Shakes the Barley.

The Grand Prix, went to 27-year-old auteur Xavier Dolan for It’s Only the End of the World, starring Gaspard Ulliel as a famous playwright who returns home after a 12-year absence to tell the family he abandoned (which includes Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, and Marion Cotillard) that he is dying. The movie, comprised of endless close-up shots and cacophonous arguments, is not easy to watch and was one of the most divisive films here, but Dolan already has a long history with Cannes, having first shown a picture at the festival in 2009 when he was only 21. The young director is also known for directing Adele’s sweeping video for “Hello”.

Director Xavier Dolan, awarded the Grand Prix for the film “It’s Only the End of the World”, and director Ken Loach, awarded the Palme d’Or for the film “I, Daniel Blake”, onstage during the closing ceremony of the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2016.

 

Here is a full list of the festival winners :
Palme d’Or: I, Daniel BlakeGrand Prix: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only the End of the World
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Best Director: Cristian Mungiu (Graduation) and Olivier Assayas (PersonalShopper)
Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma ‘Rosa
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Caméra d’Or (for best first feature): Divines (director: Houda Benyamina)
Short Film Palme d’Or: Timecode

 

Etienne Chauvet

About the BDE at Insa

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BDEWe met with Léo Pape, a second year SCAN student who is a member of the Bde. We asked him to talk to us about how he got there and how things work in the Bde.

« To get in the BDE, I was first in a CDP list (Comité de parrainage). We did an election campain when we were in first year to promote ourselves. There were 8 lists and only 4 got elected, we were one of the winners. I had to organise the integration for the first year students and in order to do that, I was in a team of 100 fairly elected second years and we had a huge amount of work to do this summer befor their arrival. This helped me discover the associative world and have an idea of what is happening « behind the scenes ». Since I really liked it, I decided after the integration to get involved in another team in the Bde which is the COWEI team. The COWEI team is a team of 16 people that are in charge of organising the integration week-end of the first years, also known as the WEI.

I like it a lot and it is a really fun experience that you should try.

You should be careful though since it can take a lot of time and you are not sure to get elected. »

Demonstrations against “loi du travail”

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During this 1st May, 2 days before the project of law is presented to the Parliament, the demonstrations are getting worse. The usual parade of the Labour Day gave place to a violent figth between CRS and demonstrators, with explosions, teargas, grenades.

But if the demonstrators does not really do this in order to break anything they see, and even if they have political ideas behind their acts, they give a bad image of their movement. They stopped counting legere wounds (burns, hematomas..) but there were two people who were severely injuried.

As I said it earlier, law El Khomri is presented to Parliament next tuesday, the 3rd. We can hope that they will find an agreement that satisfies everyone, and that will put a stop to the “nuits debouts”, which is very annoying for the inhabitants of Paris.

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Etienne

Captain America: Civil war

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Captain America: Civil War is the final movie of the Captain America trilogie. It takes place about one year after the defeat of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage,  the distrust of the international community in the Avengers’ work increases.  A lot of political pressures results in the creation of the Sokovia Accords with the aim of controlling the supernatural population and monitoring the actions of the Avengers.  These Accords cause division among the Avengers  and result in the formation of  two factions: one supporting governement oversight and the Accords, the other refusing to sign them.

Marvel Studios produced an action-packed  superhero blockbuster with a captivating plot. The introduction of new characters like the Black Panther and Antman is well justified and included in the plot. The producers explore the characters’ evolution since the events of Age of Ultron. The characters remain engaging and are put in difficult moral dilemmas. The fight scenes remain epic and the special effects are up to the challenge.

Here is the trailer of Captain America: Civil War :

So if you like the last Captain America and other Marvel superhero movies, don’t hesitate to watch it !

High Five 2016

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Who was at the High Five this year?  I was, and let me tell you, it was AWESOME. You might be aware that, this year, INSA Lyon was the host of the big inter-INSA sports competition. But wait; I’m saying “sports” but in fact a new concept emerged this year: scientific and cultural sections. You don’t have to be good only in sports to participate to the High Five; you can now on show off your brains or talent.
So, all the INSA students from all over France (unfortunately, INSA Fez did not come) set foot in Lyon on Thursday night, already really… I might say, jolly. They were scattered all over the campus, most sleeping in the “travées” or in their bus. Lucky were the INSA Lyon students who could take warm showers, sleep in a real bed and not with 2O other “jolly” fellas in a classroom. Well, let’s not brag about that too much because from what INSA students told me it was just really fun to sleep with all their friends after those tiring competition days.

Ok, let’s get back to the organisation: on Thursday, we all received our badges and shirts and on Friday all the competitions were launched. All the INSA students played against each other in sports like Rugby, Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball but also helped each other by completing some of the teams of other INSA. At the end of the day, were qualified for the finals:

Football – Girls :Lyon – Rouen
Boys : Rouen – CVL
Rugby – 
Girls: Lyon – Rouen
Boys : Rouen – CVL/Rennes
Handball – Girls : Lyon – CVL
Boys : Lyon – Strasbourg

Volley – Girls : Lyon/CVL – Rouen
Boys : Lyon – Rouen
Basket – Girls : Strasbourg – CVL
Boys : Lyon – Rouen

On Friday night, celebrations had to be made for all teams which had qualified for the finals. Hence, everyone headed to the K-Fet to party until 3 a.m. And since the real sportspersons that they are, never give up (even after 2-3 hours of sleep and a lot of beer flowing in their veins), everyone (almost) showed up to play their finals or just to encourage their friends.

The bleachers were full to breaking point, the crowd could not stand still (or could not help sleeping for some), the matches were tensed, the “bandasse” played to soothe everyone – no in fact they just made a lot of non-soothing but cool sounds – and we were just waiting for that last winning point where we would all roar of joy for those who won. It was like that for every match until the talent show began at 4; one word to describe it : Mind-blowing ( *pou-pooohw* in everyone’s brain). The cheerleaders were amazing, USA-style with breathtaking stunts and uniforms and choreographies and… fiou! Impressive.

The real talents then were also super impressive : some defied the laws of gravity with their diabolo, others defied all laws about hip bones while dancing on an epic Tahitian song, one stood up alone and showed his beat-box talent, another one played a guitar song, and finally students from Rouen showed another dance item.

At the end of the day, the results were:

The best Talent : CVL 
The best cheerleading team : Rouen
The best scientific team : Lyon-Strasbourg-CVL
The best in sports : Lyon (because, yes, they won 6 finals out of 10)

And the winner of the HIGH FIVE 2016 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis *drum roll*

 

INSA LYOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!

Yes, we won guys! Everyone, in fact, fought hard to bring our honour back, and it was a success.

It was again the time of celebrations, now for winning the finals. We all headed to the K-Fet again, to party again, but until 5 a.m and with a long day of rest afterwards.

This HIGH FIVE was one of my best experiences at INSA. I cannot put words on the atmosphere or the spirit, you really just have to live it. The other INSA students are people that I hope I will meet again; I also wanted to say a special thanks to all the “orgas” hard and soft who worked during the whole event until they were dead tired so that everything went smoothly. And our biggest triumph is that no one was seriously hurt, nothing was broken and everyone respected the premises. That’s the spirit homies!

So, if by any chance, you get to go to the HIGH FIVE, go go go! And enjoy with the rest of them 🙂

Marie