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(HZ) Lithuania Races
Title:
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Summary: Thousands of equestrian fans watch horse racing on ice
Story No: 755213
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/02/2007 06:01 AM
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1. Mid of traditional dancers opening races

2. Mid of spectators

3. Close up torch being lit

4. Wide of man lighting up fire

5. Mid participant of races

6. Wide of spectators

7. Wide of pan race

8. Close up victory cups

9. Wide stable

10. Mid of man cleaning carriage

11. Mid of Alfredas Zarnaukas with his horse

12. SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian) Alfredas Zarnaukas, oldest racing participant (72 year old):

"I have been with horses for a very long time, I used to come here for competitions since 1962, many times I was a winner. I was riding for Lithuania abroad and now I am the oldest rider, I am 72 already."

13. Mid of Alfredas Zarnaukas, riding his horse

14. Mid of spectators

15. Wide of races

16. Mid of girls holding awards for the participants

17. Wide of crowd

18. Wide of finish line and winner

19. Mid of Vida Vilkiniene, wife of a winner celebrating

20. SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian) Vida Vilkiniene, Wife of a winner:

"I don't know how to say it better, I am a very strong fan, i always support this competition."

21. Wide of winner surrounded by press

22. SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian) Algis Vilkinis, Sartai race winner:

"I was very worried, feel very tired. Today i had five starts and won three of them, once i came third. Tired from worrying so much, from responsibility. Main start wasn't good for me, on the corner i was the last.(but won in the end)"

22. Wide of women marching, small fireworks

24. Mid of youngest participant Albinas Drota presented turkey

25. Cutaway of photographers

26. SOUNDBITE (Lithuanian) Albinas Drota, youngest participant (14 year old) of the race:

"I was confused, thought it my performance would be worse, didn't know exactly what to do, i am only riding for the forth time, didn't even expect such finish."

27. Wide shot of race

LEAD IN:

Thousands of equestrian sports enthusiasts descended on the banks of Lake Sartai in northeastern Lithuania to watch horse races on ice.

On the first weekend in February ( 02 - 05 February 2006) people from across the country gathered to enjoy Lithuania's favourite sport, watch dancers and listen to traditional music.

STORYLINE:

Chariot racing is among Lithuania's favourite sports.

Thousands of spectators gathered in the Zarasai region, which is 130 km (80 miles) from Vilnius, to bet on their favourite horses.

Sartai Winter races date back three hundred years.

Locals celebrate the winter by staging chariot races and competitions on the ice.

Harsh icy winters prompted locals to set up horse races on ice to test horse riders' abilities and entertain locals.

Horsemen and women aged between 18 -70 years compete on ice tracks rather than on conventional turf courses.

Well-groomed horses and racers in their carriages ride as fast as they can to win the prestigious competition and its prize.

Riders race around a 1km (0.6 miles) ice track over ten races to win the grand prize of 2000 Euros (2,590 US Dollars).

Races last only two or three minutes,and horses pick up speeds of 40 - 50 kilometres per hour (24 -31mph).

Horse riders believe the winter course is the best test of a jockeys skills.

The slippery ice surface creates greater challenges for the jockeys.

Riders have to keep their chariots on course whilst controlling the horse galloping.

72 year old Alfredas Zarnaukas has been taking part in Sartai races since 1962.

He has won many ice races and even went abroad to represent Lithuania horse racing.

Now he is the oldest participant in the race.

Zarnaukas says he's been around horses all his life and loves taking part in the competitions.

Algis Vilkinis, is this year's winner of Sartai race with a result of 2 minutes and 7 seconds.

Vilkinis received 2000 Euros (2,590 US Dollars) and a cup from the agriculture ministry.

Vilkinis says his start was bad but he won the race on the last corner.

14 year old Albinas Drota was the youngest participant and received a frozen turkey for winning his race.

Drota says it was only his fourth race he has competed in and did not expect to win.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

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Subjects: Horse racing, Sports
Locations: Lithuania, Eastern Europe, Europe
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(HZ) US Baby Yoga
Title:
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Summary: Yoga for mothers and babies
Story No: 608424
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/06/2009 01:59 AM
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Los Angeles, US, March 3, 2009

1. Pullout of mother and infant doing yoga

2. Wide shot of mother and baby yoga class

3. Wide shot of mothers and infants in yoga class

4. Medium shot of mothers doing Yoga with their children on lap

5. Close up of Itsy Bitsy Yoga book

6. Mid shot of mothers sitting and stretching

7. Mid shot of a mother doing yoga with her child on mat

8. Exterior of Yoga West studio

9. Wide of mothers swinging their babies

10. Mid shot of Helen Garabedian, founder and CEO of Itsy bitsy Yoga

11. Close up of DVD

12. SOUNDBITE: (English), Helen Garabedian, founder of Itsy Bitsy Yoga

"The benefits of yoga for children, better sleep, better digestion, it increases the parent child bond and it helps neuromuscular development. It's a great way to introduce a healthy lifestyle to young children, for parents too it's a great way for parents to meet other parents and feel confident and happy and healthy. "

13. Wide of mothers and infants in a circle

14. Mid pan of mothers lifting infants

15. Wide pan of mothers doing Yoga

16. Mid shot tilt down of mother lifting baby on her knees

17. Mid shot of baby legs being rotated

18. Wide of mothers dancing with their infants

19. Mid shot of instructor stretching

20. Mid shot of Khefri Riley sitting and meditating with baby

21. SOUNDBITE (English) Khefri Riley, Itsy Bitsy senior instructor and owner of Urban Goddess Yoga school

" Yoga is nurturing for moms and babies because of the connection that it forms from the babies' heart to the mothers' heart, from the babies' breath to the mothers' breath, to the babies' spirit to the mothers' spirit. There is a science and technology that helps mothers and children connect and therefore that comes into their home life, into their work life, into their personal and family lives and so when mothers and babies do Yoga together it empowers the entire family."

22. Wide pan of mothers working out

23. Mid shot of instructor rocking baby

24. Mid shot of mother rocking baby

25. Pullout of baby asleep on mothers chest

26. Pullout mothers bouncing their infants

27. Khefri Riley, Itsy Bitsy senior instructor and owner of Urban Goddess Yoga school

" Yoga for children helps strengthen their vestibular system and the Children's Center For Neuro Developmental Studies shows that by gentle rocking, moving and touching your baby and getting them back and forth up and down helps to strengthen their entire vestibular system, which in turns strengthens the development of their nervous system."

28. Mid shot pan of of mother playing with infant

29. Centres for Disease Control (CDC) website

30. Wide shot of mothers aching their backs

31. Mid shot of mothers bouncing infants on knees

32. Wide of mothers moving babies up and down

33. SOUNDBITE (English) Galit Levi, mother, (voxpop)

"My child looks forward to it. You know we talk about it throughout the week. Oh we're going to yoga and he knows he's going to see his friends and he feels really comfortable when we're here. He's very calm and afterwards he always has really nice naps and he likes it. It's our, you know, our thing together."

34. Mid shot of mother Juliet Wright with baby

35. SOUNDBITE (English) Juliet Wright, mother (voxpop)

"For us it's really been just calm and an ability to self-sooth, sleeping and napping. I noticed a marked difference after the first couple of times, we don't have to get up and rock her down and always kind of be the one soothing her, she's learned how to do that herself which has been wonderful, so I think for her and for us."

36. Set up Francine Lederer, mother

37. SOUNDBITE (English) Francine Lederer, mother

" For first time mothers, it's a great support system. It's a great to get out and interact with other moms. For babies I think it's really good just to, just to visualise"

38. Wide of mothers doing Yoga

39. Mid shot of paediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp sitting with mums

40. Dr. Harvey Karp's DVD

41. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Harvey Karp, paediatrician

"I think it's a wonderful thing for developing good health in young children. What it can do is help teach them to be calm and when you can be calm you can think clearly, you can reduce the drama in your life and you can also be more resilient which means you bounce back from adversity faster."

42. Medium of baby lying on mat

43. Pullout of a baby bouncing on mothers knee

44. SOUNDBITE (English), Dr. Harvey Karp, paediatrician

"The goal again is to have fun. That's really the opportunity so you can start with even a little baby, but this isn't about pushing the limit and trying harder and certainly you have to be very safe so you don't want to put any pressure on the babies head of neck. I think of yoga for young children kind of like the little league of yoga. Later on they will learn all the big poses and twists but early on you learn breathing, you learn to flow with the mother and the child and it helps to build that bond."

45. Mid shot of baby on mothers chest

46. Wide of mothers rocking babies

LEAD IN:

It seems no age is too young to start exercising.

In LA young mothers are being encouraged to take their babies to Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes.

STORYLINE:

Classes like this are becoming very popular in Hollywood.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga groups have a programme which aims to teach parents to improve their motor skills, help them sleep better and ultimately, feel happier.

Instructors of Itsy Bitsy Yoga say it's important that more attention is paid to a baby's exercise and movement, especially as children are forced to spend so much time confined in cars, or in the home.

At Yoga West in Los Angeles, parents spend an hour rocking, calming and bonding with their children to a variety of musical sounds.

Itsy Bitsy's founder and Chief Executive Officer Helen Garabedian is a Hatha yoga and infant massage instructor. She became the first to be certified as an infant developmental movement educator.

She wrote the Itsy Bitsy Yoga handbook and sells DVDs of the classes.

Garabedian says the Itsy Bitsy classes have many benefits for babies, including better sleep and digestion and neuromuscular development.

They've grown so much in recent years that they are taught across the United States and a number of other countries.

Garabedian restricts her time to teaching other people to become Itsy Bitsy instructors, so they can open their own schools.

The class involves over 150 poses, tailored to suit the physical needs of babies and toddlers.

Khefri Riley of Golden Goddess school is an Itsy Bitsy instructor in Los Angeles.

She's convinced the classes help to form a connection between the mothers and children which, she believes, helps problems from post partum depression to motor skills.

Some parents are signing up for these classes in the hope that their children do not become another statistic in America's huge obesity problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obese children and teenagers are at risk of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure.

They are also more likely to have high blood pressure, abnormal glucose tolerance, asthma, liver diseases, sleep problems and suffer from Type 2 Diabetes.

In a sample of five to seventeen year olds, seventy per cent of obese children had at least one risk factor, thirty-nine per cent had two or more.

Mother, Galit Levi, says she likes the class for its fitness benefits and the bonding aspect, while another mum, Juliet Wright ,says her child is able to soothe herself to sleep.

Francine Lederer says she enjoys the opportunity of interacting with other moms and as well as improving her baby's ability to pay attention to things around them.

While it is often accepted the classes aid bonding between mother and child, there are no studies proving the numerous claims made by Itsy Bitsy Yoga and some paediatricians are sceptical of the supposed benefits.

Experts say any interaction, whether it's with a babysitter, or another adult is probably as beneficial as attending a yoga class.

Also they say baby Yoga doesn't not prevent childhood obesity and children need to eat well, play and be active every day.

Doctor Harey Karp, paediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block says it is good for keeping children calm, but he warns that parents must ensure they don't put any pressure on the babies head, or neck.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga claims it is suitable for mothers with babies as young as three weeks old.

KEYWORD Wacky health

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Subjects: Yoga, Childhood obesity, DVDs, Parenting, Exercise, Child and teen health, Child development, Fitness, Lifestyle, Fitness, Health, Yoga, Obesity, Diseases and conditions, Childhood obesity, Film distribution, Entertainment distribution, Entertainment, Relationships
Locations: Los Angeles
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Entertainment China Tightrope
Title:
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Summary: 4:3 High wire walker almost falls during attempt at 100 metres
Story No: 700156
Source: China Central Television
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 07/08/2011 05:44 AM
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HIGH WIRE WALKER ALMOST FALLS DURING ATTEMPT AT 100 METRES

Chinese Dawazi performer (tightrope walker) Saimaiti Aishan on Saturday failed to walk across a wire suspended 100 metres (328 feet) above the ground between two hot air balloons.

Saimaiti undertook the challenge on Saturday morning in China''s Hunan Province.

He failed to travel the wire''s 15-metre (49-feet) distance due to a strong air current, losing his balance but managing to hang onto the wire by wrapping his arms and legs around it.

Saimaiti then hung on one hand and pulled himself back up onto the wire.

Despite failing the challenge Saimaiti finished the journey.

The balloons descended to a height of 30 metres (98 feet) and Saimaiti made it across the wire to the safety of one of the hot air balloons.

CCTV VNR - NO ACCESS CHINA - FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY CHINA''S STATE BROADCASTER ON BEHALF OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT

1. Wide of two tethered hot air balloons floating at a height of 100 metres (328 feet), shot from ground ++MUTE++

2. Aerial shot of the two tethered hot air balloons

3. Wide of Dawazi performer (tightrope walker) Saimaiti Aishan walking on 15-metre (49-feet)-long steel wire with balancing pole in his hand

4. Close up of Saimaiti''s feet showing ground below

5. Wide of hot air balloons with Saimaiti walking on wire between them, shot from ground

6. Mid of Saimaiti''s legs as he walks along wire, pull out to wide of Saimaiti walking

7. Mid of Saimaiti walking

8. Close up of Saimaiti''s feet showing ground below, pull out to wide of Saimaiti walking

9. Wide of Saimaiti falling off wire steel wire and wrapping arms and legs around wire

10. Mid of Saimaiti with arms and legs wrapped around wire, spectators below, Saimaiti holding on by two hands, pulling himself back onto wire

11. Various of Saimaiti safely hanging onto wire

12. Mid of Saimaiti walking wire back to hot air balloon after failing challenge ++MUTE++

13. Mid of Saimaiti reaching hot air balloon, waving to spectators ++MUTE++

14. Various of Saimaiti waving to spectators ++MUTE++

15. Wide of hot air balloons descending

16. Saimaiti hanging onto wire, being brought back to the ground

17. Wide of spectators

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World Cup Fifi
Title:
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Summary: Final of this weekend's unofficial 'World Cup'
Story No: 485611
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2006 13:14 PM
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1. Wide shot of Tibetan football team

2. Pan of teams

3. Various of finalists Zanzibar and northern Turkish Northern Cyprus teams walking onto pitch

4. Pan of teams

5. SOUNDBITE (English): Elton, FIFI tournament director:

"For me it's great fun here, everybody should have fun in this place but the players and especially the coaches are very nervous and they want to show their best, so the fun is a bit off side."

6. Footballer landing on football pitch by parachute

7. Various of teams playing in final

8. Zoom out from onlookers to match

9. Fans in football stand cheering

10. Various of fans

11. Wide shot of scoreboard

12. Zanzibar missing penalty shot

13. Turkish Northern Cyprus scoring and celebrating victory

14. Various of Hamburg love parade near football stadium

STORYLINE:

Just a week before the kick of of the world's most famous sporting events - the football World Cup in Germany - the final of an unofficial "World Cup" football tournament called FIFI took place in Hamburg.

Tibet, Greenland and Zanzibar were just some of the teams taking part in the unofficial "World Cup" event staged by FIFI (The Independent Football Association).

Other participants included teams from Gibraltar, Tibet and Greenland.

Not officially recognised by FIFA and therefore unable to access the official world championship event they set-up their own "World Cup".

Teams representing Turkish Northern Cyprus and Zanzibar qualified for the final.

With footballers arriving by parachute, the tournament showed the humorous side of the game.

But for the teams taking part in the final, it was a serious match.

"For me it's great fun here, everybody should have fun in this place but the players and especially the coaches are very nervous and they want to show their best so the fun is a bit off side," said Elton, FIFI tournament director.

After 90 minutes of play, Turkish Northern Cyprus won 4-1 on a penalty shoot-out.

This was FIFI's first World Cup tournament but organisers are hoping there will be more in the years to come.

The final coincided with Hamburg's love parade taking place just outside around the stadium with music and dancing expected to go on late into the night.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

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Subjects: 2006 FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup, Professional soccer, Men's soccer, Events, Soccer, Sports, Men's sports, Men's soccer, International soccer, Soccer, Sports
Locations: Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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(HZ) Middle East Medics
Title:
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Summary: Paramedic games put rescue services on their marks
Story No: 577818
Source: AP Television News
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/09/2008 05:01 AM
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Ein-Gedi, Southern Israel - 8 September 2008

1. Wide of Israeli paramedics standing next to rescue helicopter

2. Medium shot of paramedics team carrying mannequin into helicopter as part of simulating scenario

3. Zoom in on paramedic handing a baby mannequin to the hands of an actor playing a man wounded in gas explosion

4. Pan from paramedic treating wounded mannequin to paramedic calming down actor playing another wounded

5. Tilt down of one of the championship organisers showing places on map of dead sea where various stations of competition are located

9. Medium of Dead Sea

6. Medium of paramedics team carrying wounded to chopper as they compete in one station

7. Medium of judge writing down evaluation

8. Medium of paramedics team running to scene of simulated event, AUDIO: siren on

9. Pan from fire at simulated event to paramedic talking to actor playing injured man

10. Over the shoulder of judge writing scores as he watches the team handle the scenario

11. Zoom in on paramedic performing CPR on mannequin

12. Medium of paramedics team working at scene of simulated gas explosion

13. Close up of score sheet, moves to close up of paramedics leaning over wounded

14. More of paramedics carrying wounded on stretcher

15. Tilt up of feet of crew as they ran with stretcher

16. Medium of ibexes under tree

17. Medium of actress playing friend of man attacked by leopard leading team of paramedics from Czech republic to mannequin without leg

UPSOUND: (English) Actress "he has been twenty minutes like this... do something"

18. Medium of team attending 'patient'

19. Medium shot of judges looking at paramedics deal with 'patient'

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Eyal Zehavi, Israeli Paramedic and judge at championship

"The European teams are very accurate, the Americans teams or the Canadian team work very strictly by the book, and it is amazing to see it. This is something we have to learn from them. The Israeli groups are very fast and efficient and they work by the feeling, they feel the patient and they react"

21. Medium of paramedics around mannequin of man attacked by leopard

UPSOUND (English) Paramedic

"can we get a ventilator, an automatic ventilator ? "

22. Cutaway of sign on ambulance reading: "Czech Republic"

23. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomas Carnol, Paramedic from Prague

"Israeli MDA (paramedics) is more experienced in the mass disasters, the trauma, like shotguns and so. We don't have this. We have accidents and we have usually cardiac problems, because we treat old people in Prague and usually there us hypertension, heart failure and so this is our job"

24. More of Czech crew at one of the championship stations

Zohar creek, Dead Sea area , Southern Israel - 8 September 2008

25. Medium of paramedics working on cooperation exercise

25. Tilt up of paramedics team trying to walk when their legs are all attached to the same bar

26. Medium of paramedics working on a memory game

27. Medium of paramedics climbing a mid-air ladder as part of physical competition

28. Medium of ambulance of French team driving by

29. SOUNDBITE (English) Didier Fagegaltier, Doctor from the French rescue services

"I can not say I am the best and I can not say I am the worse. You know? Just I hope to be good, yes"

30. Wide of Dutch team trying to climb ladder

31. Close up of member of team instructing colleagues from ground

32. Medium of Dutch paramedics climbing

33. Close up on Dutch paramedic presenting her cup with Netherlands flag on

34. SOUNDBITE (English) Gerda Van Maaren, Dutch paramedic

"It is the first time that we participate in this championship but I think we can learn quite a lot from it for next time and next time we come here then we go for the championship (laughing)"

35. Wide of paramedics climbing, mountains in background

36. Wide of mountains around Dead sea

LEAD IN :

Paramedics are usually the first emergency services on the scene after an accident, disaster or other emergency.

Every day they test their skills in an effort to save lives.

And now they are competing to win the prize of International Paramedic champions, plus share knowledge and techniques with colleagues from across the world.

STORYLINE:

In a remote location in southern Israel near the Dead Sea, 180 paramedics from 13 countries are competing in the second international EMS championship (September 7-10) organised by the Israeli EMS (emergency medical services) organisation.

The paramedic teams from each country are given different scenarios that they must react to as if the incident had really happened.

Their work is assessed by a team of judges, according to different criteria such as speed, cooperation, number of mistakes and so on.

The incident stations were located in various places around the Dead Sea and the crews were also tested on their ability to navigate their way with a map in an unfamiliar area.

Actors and mannequins awaited the teams in each station acting out a different scenario such as gas explosion, car accident and leopard attack.

The crew had to react to the scenario, locate all the patients and give them the right treatment.

The judges were watching them all the time, writing down evaluations of their team work and efficacy.

The judges were able to observe the different ways the various nationalities tackled the same task.

One of the judges, Eyal Zehavi, who is also an Israeli paramedic, says that the European and North American teams were very precise, whereas the Israelis were fast.

Tomas Carnal, a paramedic from Prague in the Czech Republic, says that he is more used to dealing with heart problems, than disasters.

The Israeli paramedics are known locally as MDA, which stands for the Hebrew words "Magen David Adom" which means Red star of David.

In addition to learn new techniques from their colleagues the teams had another goal .... winning.

Didier Fagegaltier, a doctor from the French EMS, says he hopes to do his best.

Gerda Van Maaren, a Dutch paramedic, says this is her team's first time taking part in the championship, but next year they hope to aim higher.

The 2008 winners are :

International competition for ALS (Advanced life support) the Polish team.

National (Israeli teams) competition for ALS (Advanced life support) the Israeli team from Carmel region.

BLS (Basic life support) - this was judged for all together because only one foreign team from Norway participated and the winner was an Israeli team from Gilboa region.

Keyword wacky

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Subjects: Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: ‘En Gedi, Southern District, Israel
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(HZ) UK Bog Snorkelling
Title:
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Summary: Snorkellers head to Welsh bog for World Championships
Story No: 703384
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 01/09/2011 04:36 AM
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Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales - 28 August, 2011

1. Various of man in fancy dress putting mask and snorkel on

2. Low angle mid of competitors walking past camera

3. Competitor in wetsuit

4. Wide of spectators standing by bog watching competitor jump in and snorkel

5. Close up man snorkelling

6. Wide of spectators

7. Mid of man snorkelling

8. Close up of man snorkelling through shot

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Bell, Bog Snorkeller :

"You put your snorkel on, your mask on and that''s it. It''s absolutely, completely dark. So it''s very cold and you can hear people cheering for you which you need. But it''s an awful long way down there, it''s an awful long way and so you really wonder if you''re going to make it. It''s much more tiring than it looks."

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Swivell, Bog Snorkeller :

"Basically, there is nothing to prepare you for a bog. I''m not sure Australia''s a pretty big country and I''m not sure there''s a bog from one tip to the other."

11. Wide man snorkelling away from camera

12. Spectators in white coats

13. Close up of man snorkelling

14. Mid of woman clapping

15. Man finishing race

16. Mid of men in fancy dress getting ready

17. Wide of bog, man snorkelling

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Galvin, Bog Snorkeller :

"Training, training is very important - both aerobic and anaerobic. Find yourself a good team. What else have you got to do? Eat lots of sweets. Carbo-loading is the answer to everything. That''s what has me the way I am today."

19. SOUNDBITE (English) John Lund, Bog Snorkeller :

"That was absolutely fantastic. I dedicated that race to my family back on the East Coast of the United States."

20. Wide of man snorkelling

21. Close up of man snorkelling towards camera

22. Wide man dressed as Spiderman jumping in

23. Close up of man dressed as Spiderman adjusting his mask

24. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheila Tompkins, Event Organiser :

"It''s very cold, it''s eleven degrees (Celsius, 51 degrees Fahrenheit) constantly, lots of scorpions, eels, lots of creepy crawlies in the bog. And it''s a peat bog so your legs go like lead when you get half way down and you''ve got to breathe really slowly through the snorkel. You''ve got to do sixty yards (54 metres) there and back without lifting your head out of the water. It''s really tough."

25. Wide of competition

26. Mid of men with snorkels on

27. Wide of man in bog lifting head up and standing up thus leaving race

28. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheila Tompkins, Event Organiser :

"I just think it''s something quirky, something different. People have such serious lives, they need to let their hair down and where else could you win a world record?"

29. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Swivell, Bog Snorkeller :

"I mean I''ve got the bit between my teeth now and I''m sure I''ll come back next year and clean up the competition, it''s a bit of a recce (meaning reconnaissance mission) this year!"

30. Wide of timekeepers

31. Close up of stopwatch

32. Close up man snorkelling away from camera

33. SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Holmes, Bog Snorkelling World Champion :

"You can''t see, you can''t see a thing. It''s so cold you can''t breathe properly. It is just painful."

34. Wide of man snorkelling

35. Wide of woman snorkelling

36. Wide of crowd on bank

37. Wide of Julia Galvin being helped out of bog, receiving medal and kissing it, UPSOUND (English) Julia Galvin, Bog Snorkeller :

"Thank you. Oh wowee (kisses medal) and all that."

LEAD IN:

Britain may be preparing to host the Olympic Games in 2012, but one sport that certainly won''t be featuring is bog snorkelling.

It involves swimmers, complete with mask and snorkel, racing in trenches cut into muddy peat bogs.

Some 200 bog snorkellers took part in the World Championships in the tiny Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells (Pronounced: CLAN'' - twid Wells).

STORY LINE:

This man is putting on his mask and snorkel and adjusting his wig in preparation for his swim in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships 2012.

The fields of the Llanwrtyd Wells, officially the smallest town in Britain, are an unlikely setting for this unusual sporting events.

Every year the World Bog Snorkelling Championships attract huge interest from across the globe.

Over the last 26 years competitors from Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, South Africa, and the USA have all plunged into the murky bog in an attempt to become bog snorkelling champion of the world.

Bog snorkeller Anthony Bell explains how it is done.

"You put your snorkel on, your mask on and that''s it. It''s absolutely, completely dark. So it''s very cold and you can hear people cheering for you which you need. But it''s an awful long way down there, it''s an awful long way and so you really wonder if you''re going to make it. It''s much more tiring than it looks."

Fellow competitor Mark Swivell says it is unlike anything he has done, anywhere in the world.

"Basically, there is nothing to prepare you for a bog. I''m not sure Australia''s a pretty big country and I''m not sure there''s a bog from one tip to the other."

The dense Waen Rhydd peat bog is regarded as having the perfect conditions to cut the special 60 yard (55 metre) trench in which the swimmers race in the murky waters.

The experience is described as like trying to swim through thick pea soup.

Competitors range from the young to the old and everyone is required to wear a mask and snorkel, but fins or flippers are optional - as is fancy dress.

Bog snorkeller Julia Galvin says there are some things she does in preparation for the big event.

"Training, training is very important - both aerobic and anaerobic. Find yourself a good team. What else have you got to do? Eat lots of sweets. Carbo-loading is the answer to everything. That''s what has me the way I am today."

While John Lund, says he has come all the way from the USA to take part.

"That was absolutely fantastic. I dedicated that race to my family back on the East Coast of the United States."

There are strict rules for competitors with no recognised swimming strokes allowed - only doggy paddle is permitted.

Swimmers are only allowed to raise their heads from the dirty waters for orientation.

The race takes place over two lengths or a total of 120 yards (110 metres) and the fastest person at the end of the day is declared the World Champion.

Event organiser Sheila Tompkins says the competition is not for the faint hearted.

"It''s very cold, it''s eleven degrees (Celsius, 51 degrees Fahrenheit) constantly, lots of scorpions, eels, lots of creepy crawlies in the bog. And it''s a peat bog so your legs go like lead when you get half way down and you''ve got to breathe really slowly through the snorkel. You''ve got to do sixty yards (54 metres) there and back without lifting your head out of the water. It''s really tough."

The current world record stands at one minute 30.6 seconds, and was set at last years championship.

The competition in 2011 is extremely tough however, as the extreme swimmers battle it out for first place.

Tomkins says it appeals to those looking to do something a bit different.

"I just think it''s something quirky, something different. People have such serious lives, they need to let their hair down and where else could you win a world record?"

Bog snorkeller Mark Swivell says he hopes to win the competition next year.

"I mean I''ve got the bit between my teeth now and I''m sure I''ll come back next year and clean up the competition, it''s a bit of a recce (meaning reconnaissance mission) this year!"

Over 200 competitors raced on the day and eventually a first timer from Yorkshire in northern England was declared the winner with a world record breaking time of one minute twenty four seconds.

Bog snorkelling World Champion Andy Holmes says his win was not easy.

"You can''t see, you can''t see a thing. It''s so cold you can''t breathe properly. It is just painful."

Competitor Julia Galvin says she is delighted to receive her medal for taking part.

"Thank you. Oh wowee (kisses medal) and all that."

After it is all over, many of the competitors head off to the local pub for a well earned a drink with many saying they''ll be back next year for another crack at what could be the worlds quirkiest World Championships.

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Subjects: Snorkeling, Swimming, Recreational water sports, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Aquatics, Sports
Locations: Llanwrtyd Wells, United Kingdom
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SNTV Extreme Flying Bikes
Title:
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Summary: Travis Pastrana 'nac-nacs' his way to victory at FMX.
Story No: S00425
Source: SNTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 28/07/2004 09:16 AM
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Travis Pastrana thrilled the 23,000-strong crowd in Madrid's premeire bullfighting venue on Thursday (15/07) to win the latest edition of the Freestyle Motocross circuit.

In his European debut, the 21-year-old American took Las Ventas, Spain's holy site for bullfighting, by storm, leaving fans in no doubt as to why he is regarded as the best Freestyle Motorcyclist in the world at the moment.

Not even compatriot Nate Adams' heroic 'Superman backflip', a trick never seen before, could steal the limelight from Pastrana - Adams had to settle for second, with another American, Ronnie Renner, third.

SUGGESTED VOICEOVER:

Las Ventas, in the Spanish capital Madrid, is the holiest of sites for bullfighting fans.

But on Thursday (15/07) fans of a different kind flocked to the arena as the 'X-Fighters' Freestyle Motocross (FMX) circus roared into town.

It is the only sport other than bullfighting that has ever been allowed to take place here, and eight of the best riders from all over the world were determined to make use of the opportunity.

Spanish favourite Dani Torres was there.

No bulls in the arena today.

Instead metal monsters snorted around the ring as fans were treated to some awesome aerial displays.

The event has been held here since 2001, and has become more and more popular.

23,000 petrol heads crammed into the venue this year, and they weren't disappointed - cue stunts like the 'no-hander', the 'superman', the 'rock solid', the 'tsunami' and the 'kiss of death'.

There were plenty of 'supermen' as riders catapaulted 25-metres into the air with the aid of two specially-designed 'kicker' ramps at either side of the ring.

But at the end of the awesome display, we were left with just three grand finalists, all of them Americans.

Ronnie Renner, Nate Adams and Travis Pastrana, the hottest thing in Extreme Motocross at the moment, would go head to head, wheel to wheel, in the Grand Final as night descended on Las Ventas.

Ronnie Renner, nickname 'Who's your Daddy', kicked things off.

Winner of two FMX events in 2003, Renner is having a lean year in 2004.

The 27-year-old gave a solid performance, grabbing some big air and hitting the traditional backflips but it was only enough for third place.

Certainly not Adams' or Pastrana's daddy tonight.

Nate Adams then exploded into action, wasting no time in laying down a 'superman backflip'.

According to the ring announcer it was the 'world premiere' for this trick - never seen before.

A 'superman' is when the competitor launches himself into the air and lets the lower half of his body fly off the motorcycle.

But to do it while pulling off a backflip - that is truly heroic.

It is even better in slow motion and yet Adams' run was still not good enough for first place.

Adams, 'The Destroyer', was himself destroyed by the red-hot Travis Pastrana.

Widely regarded as the best extreme motocross rider in the world today, Pastrana left no-one in Madrid in any doubt after this performance.

The run was full of original tricks from Pastrana, nickname 'The Gimp'.

'Nac-nac backflips', 'can-can backflips', 'flatspin three-sixty' - it was all there from Pastrana.

The 21-year-old wonderkid won his first extreme motorcycling event at the age of 14, and has never looked back.

In his European debut he revved things up with an array of original tricks and was the deserved winner of the 2004 X-Fighters Freestyle Motorcross event.

On the podium, 'The Gimp' could not mask his delight at the surroundings and his performance.

SOUNDBITE: (English)

"This was probably the coolest chase, or race event, whatever you call it. This place and this bullfighting arena is probably the coolest thing I have ever done in my life. Low pressure, high fun, high excitement, best riders in the world were here. That's good."

SUPERCAPTION: Travis Pastrana.

Take a bow Mr. Pastrana.

SHOTLIST: Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain - July 15, 2004

1. 00:00 Exterior shot of bullfighting ring.

2. 00:04 Mid shot of fans gathered outside venue.

3. 00:10 Aerial shot of bullfighting ring.

4. 00:14 Mid shot of crowd chanting.

5. 00:17 Close up of Spanish rider Dani Torres.

6. 00:22 Motorbikes, flanked by trainee bullfighters, come out into the ring.

7. 00:31 Wide shot of motorbikes and bullfighters in ring.

8. 00:37 Motorbike rides past bullfighter with cape.

9. 00:43 Unidentified competitor performing trick.

10. 00:49 Slow motion replay of competitor hitting 'superman' jump.

11. 01:04 Unidentified competitor performing trick.

12. 01:10 Cutaway fans.

13. 01:14 Wide shot of bullring ahead of grand final.

14. 01:18 Various shots of Ronnnie Renner's (third place) jumps in grand final.

15. 01:35 Cutaway spectators.

16. 01:37 Various shots of Nate Adams' (second place) jumps in grand final, including first ever superman backflip (first trick).

17. 01:52 Slow motion replay of Nate Adams' superman backflip.

18. 01:59 Various shot sof Travis Pastrana's (winner) jumps in grand final.

19. 02:11 Close up of spectator applauding.

20. 02:13 Various shots of Pastrana's winning performance.

21. 02:21 Cutaway to crowd.

22. 02:24 Various slow motion replays of Pastrama 'nac nac backflkip'

23. 02:40 Mid shot of Pastrana (left), Renner (middle) and Adams (far right) on podium.

24. 02:45 Close up of Pastrana celebrating.

25. 02:54 SOUNDBITE: (English) Travis Pastrana.

26. 03:06 Slow motion replay of Pastrana in action.

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Subjects: Motocross, Bullfighting, Motorcycle racing, Sports
Locations: Spain, Madrid, Western Europe, Europe
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China Flying Man 2
Title:
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Summary: WRAP 4:3 Wingsuit Flyer jumps from heli through cave, other stunts, reax
Story No: 707035
Source: CCTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 24/09/2011 10:44 AM
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SHOTLIST:

++WITH COMMENTARY++

1. Wide of helicopter carrying wingsuit flier and flier jumping off

2. Mid of Corliss flying into Tianmen Hole

3. Corliss flying through hole and emerging on the other side

4. Various of Corliss flying

5. Various of Corliss using parachute to land and landing

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeb Corliss, American wingsuit flier:

"Spectacular. That was one of the greatest wingsuit flights in my entire life. Thank you China, that was amazing."

++WITH COMMENTARY++

7. Mid of another wingsuit flier jumping from a steady basis

8. Various shots of wingsuit flier from the cameras on them

9. Wide of wingsuit flier descending while flying

10. Various of wingsuit flier using parachute to land and landing

11. Various of another wingsuit flier descending while flying and then using parachute

12. Wide of another wingsuit flier descending while flying

13. Wide of three wingsuit fliers using parachute

14. Wingsuit flier landing using a parachute

15. Another wingsuit flier while descending

16. Another wingsuit flier landing

17. Various from a camera on a wingsuit flier while flying

18. Various of wingsuit fliers using parachutes

STORYLINE:

An American professional wingsuit flier on Saturday successfully performed a jump and dive through the Tianmen Hole - an actual hole through a mountain - in Hunan province, central China.

The 35 year old American Jeb Corliss jumped from a helicopter 6,000 feet (1,830 metres) above the Tianmen cave, flying towards it, and went right through it.

The professional wingsuit flier failed at his first attempt, but succeeded the second time round.

"That was one of the greatest wingsuit flights of my entire life. Thank you China, that was amazing," he said after he landed safely.

According to Corliss, the first attempt failed due to smoke brackets on his feet that did not work properly and forced him to take a detour.

He has become the first wingsuit stuntman to fly in China.

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Subjects: Skydiving, Caves, Recreational sports, Outdoor recreation, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Environment and nature
Locations: Hunan, China
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DV Baby Races
Title:
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Summary: Baby races
Story No: 752063
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 20/11/2006 13:00 PM
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HEADLINE: Tots trot at baby races

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CAPTION: Some cried. Some crawled. Others just slid. Toddlers showcased their own unique styles at recent baby races in New York City. (Nov. 20)

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[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE]

[Notes:Sound up, clip of babies at starter 'gate' APTN]

And they're off.

Toddlers of all shapes and sizes were on hand for a recent baby crawling derby in New York City.

Some prepared for the event with a warm up lap.

For others, a nap seemed to do the trick.

[Notes:Video of baby crying]

It's a struggle but someone has to do it.

Don't worry. He's just fine.

SOT: Juan Ropas, father of Christopher, the winning baby

"He did great. He got scared, and now he's going to fall asleep, as you can see."

The event was organized by "Babies R Us.' Winner Christopher got a big toy for his efforts.

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Locations: Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea
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Entertainment WCup Robots
Title:
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Summary: World Cup for robots begins
Story No: 486685
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 14/06/2006 15:11 PM
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1. Wide of robot football hall with robots playing on mock football field

2. Close-up of robots playing football

3. Wide shot with people watching in front of monitors and keyboards

4. Robot scoring goal

5. Wide of robot dogs playing football

6. Various of game with robot dogs

7. Tilt up to show Mathias Junge cheering

8. SOUNDBITE (German): Mathias Junge, German team, Humboldt University:

"It's a robot game - the robots are not guided by remote control. They have a little camera in the front and so they can see their surroundings and they can move. They know one goal is yellow and the other blue and the ball orange so they can build a memory."

9. Various of robot dogs playing football

10. Various of workshop

11. Tilt up from Mexican robot footballers

12. Mexican supporters wearing sombrero

13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Mexican supporter, Vox Pop:

"We came to support our electronic football team and we hope we will win."

14. More of Mexican robot team playing

15. Mexican supporters wearing sombrero and waving flag

16. Various of exhibition hall

17. Multiplex Modellsport robots dancing

18. SOUNDBITE (English): John Han, Multiplex Modellsport, Sales Manager for Europe:

"This is a product, material for introduction to robotics, for example. The real advantage here is that if you programme it, you can transfer it in a second and you see what the result of your programming is."

19. Various of Multiplex Modellsport robots dancing

STORYLINE

As the world's best footballers compete in Germany for the sport's top prize, the World Cup, mechanised players in the northern town of Bremen took part in their own competition on Wednesday, a tournament called RoboCup 2006.

More than 440 teams from 36 countries will fight for 33 world championship titles at Robocup's tenth anniversary.

After 50 years of research within artificial intelligence, it has been determined that robots can be better programmed to play football than the game of chess.

In one game, four-legged robots, shaped like tiny dogs, move in unison as they crawl toward the ball.

About 2,500 participants from all over the world and 20,000 visitors are expected to take part in RoboCup 2006.

RoboCup is an international project to promote artificial intelligence and robotics research.

The ultimate goal, or should that be dream, is to develop a team of fully autonomous robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer by the year 2050.

Keyword-wacky -bizarre

Keyword-world cup 2006

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Subjects: Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Computing and information technology, Technology, International soccer, Soccer, Sports
Organisations: Mexico National Soccer Team, Germany National Soccer Team
Locations: Bremen, Bremen, Germany
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