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11 TIPS FOR WRITING ANIMATED COMEDIES FROM THE CFCDHX ANIMATION BOOTCAMP

first_imgWriters who want to work in animated comedies need to love animated comedies. This means watching animated series that they love, and also those they … love less.Animated comedies are often required to create episodes that have some serious genre tropes, such as a Christmas special, a Halloween episode, and the all-too-familiar birthday episode. Get inspired in your own writing by watching how other series approach these specials without falling into clichés – which requires a creative approach to the characters and their flaws, personalities and desires.A premise is a simple idea, which lays out a beginning, middle, and end. The intention behind a premise is to sell the story, while being short, simple and communicative. The premise should match the characters and the format of the show, but should also be unique and imaginative. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook CFC and DHX recently teamed up to host a bootcamp for 25 CFC alumni on writing for animation, where participants learned from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs series creators Mark Evestaff and Alex Galatis as they deconstructed their creative process on this Saturn Award-nominated series.Evestaff and Galatis shared inspiring and practical insights on writing for an animated comedy series learned throughout their years of experience. Here are a few of the great takeaways from the bootcamp that are especially helpful for creators looking to break into the animated comedy world: Login/Register With: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ Advertisementlast_img read more


Moderate earthquake hits China

first_imgSHANGHAI – The earthquake occurs 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam, but does not cause any damage to it.A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Enshi Miao Autonomous Prefecture of central China’s Hubei Province at 1:04 p.m. (Beijing time) on Monday.Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported that the earthquake at a depth of 5 km occurred 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam. The dam did not sustain any damage and continued to function regularly.last_img


Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on trade war anxiety

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower Wednesday as investors watch for developments in the trade dispute between the U.S. and China.A day after steep losses on Wall Street, the opening declines were modest. Health care companies and makers of household goods fell the most.TripAdvisor shares dropped 8.3% after the vacation ratings company reported flat first quarter revenue.Electronic Arts shares jumped 6% after the video game maker’s fourth quarter profit and revenue topped Wall Street estimates.The S&P 500 fell 9 points, or 0.3%, to 2,875.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 53 points, or 0.2%, to 25,911. The Nasdaq fell 27 points, or 0.4%, to 7,935.Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10 year Treasury held steady at 2.44%.The Associated Press read more


Top UN political official arrives in Nepal to review progress

6 October 2010The top United Nations political official arrived in Nepal today during what he called a “crucial period” for the South Asian nation as it moves forward with its peace process and the world body’s special political mission prepares to wrap up its work in the country. Last month, the Security Council passed a resolution to wind up the mission, known as UNMIN, on 15 January 2011, following the Four Point Agreement reached by Nepal’s opposing political groups on completing the final tasks of the stalled peace process by that date.“There is a lot of work to be done between now and then,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said upon his arrival.During his two-day visit, he will hold talks with the Government, political parties, UNMIN officials, the UN Country Team and others on what needs to be done to ensure a smooth transition.“I need to get a good feel for where the process is at the moment,” Mr. Pascoe said, voicing hope that he will have “very positive” discussions with the leaders of the parties and the Government.In 2006, the Government and the Maoists signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, ending a decade-long civil war which claimed some 13,000 lives. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, Nepal abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic.Mr. Pascoe held talks today with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal; Sushil Koirala, the new president of the Nepal Congress party; Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M); and Jhala Nath Khanal, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML).During those discussions, views were exchanged on what needs to be accomplished in the remaining time and where there needs to be greater focus. The Four Point Agreement was also a topic of discussion in the UN official’s meetings.That Agreement, reached on 13 September, calls for documents prepared in the Special Committee to be finalized; Maoist combatants to be brought under the Committee; completing the remaining tasks of the peace process by 14 January 2011; and extending UNMIN’s mandate for four additional months from its 15 September 2010 expiration date.UNMIN was established in 2007 and its mandate includes monitoring the management of arms and armed personnel of both the Maoists and the Nepal Army, as well as in assisting in monitoring ceasefire arrangementsLast month’s Council resolution called on the parties to expedite the political process and “work together in a spirit of cooperation, consensus and compromise in order to continue the transition to a durable long-term solution to enable the country to move to a peaceful, democratic and more prosperous future.”In his latest report to the Council on UNMIN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “the United Nations interest is to see UNMIN complete its mandated tasks and bring closure to its work in Nepal.”He pointed to resolving the future of the two armies – that of Nepal and the Maoists – and completing the drafting of the constitution as some of the main outstanding tasks in the peace process.The deadline for finishing the constitution has been extended by one year until 28 May 2011. read more


Meadowlark Lemon Harlem Globetrotter Dies at 83

Meadowlark Lemon also known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball” died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz at the age of 83.The famous Harlem Globetrotter was a legendary prankster and athlete that wowed audiences with his raw talent. Meadow Lemon III (commonly known by his stage name Meadowlark Lemon) played nearly 16,000 games in nearly 22 years.  A graduate of Florida A&M University, he was a Navy man for two years after graduating. Throughout his career, he traveled the world, performing for all kinds of people.Lemon joined the Globetrotters in 1955 at the young age of 22, and played on the team until 1983. Between 1983 and 1994, he joined and created a variety of different teams before heading back to play for the Globetrotters. He played 50 games at an advanced age.“I don’t worry that I never played against some of those guys,” Lemon said in a 2010 Sport Illustrated interview when asked about never having played in the N.B.A. “I’ll put it this way… When you go to the Ice Capades, you see all these beautiful skaters, and then you see the clown come out on the ice, stumbling and pretending like he can hardly stay up on his skates, just to make you laugh. A lot of times that clown is the best skater of the bunch.”After leaving the world of basketball, Lemon became a minister and family man, spreading good cheer to the people he loved the most. His likeness has been captured in two 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated shows, The Super Globetrotters and Harlem Globetrotters. Lemon was also inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” Chamberlain said in a television interview not long before he died in 1999. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even Jordan. For me, it would be Meadowlark Lemon.” read more


Duke and Duchess of Sussex to embark on walkaboutfree royal visit after

Security forces charge at protesting teachers during a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco And so here we are, buffeted and rocked by the winds of fate, yet still holding fast. Borne on a lucky tide towards the moment of arrival of the #RoyalVisitMorocco now only 25 hours away. What a sense of anticipation and excitement. To coin a phrase: « It’s gonna be Great »— Thomas Reilly (@TSAReilly) February 22, 2019 Morocco sees an average of 48 protests daily according to the ministry for human rights, AP reported, while official Foreign Office travel advice states that “demonstrations and protests can occur at short notice across the country”.Neither Kensington Palace or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would comment on matters of security. Prince Harry and Meghan in Australia Protesting teachers run from security forces attempting to disperse a demonstration in Rabat, MoroccoCredit:AP The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a walkabout in BirkenheadCredit:Reuters Prince Harry and Meghan in AustraliaCredit:Reuters Unusually for a royal visit, no walkabouts are planned, with the couple only meeting members of the public invited to carefully-controlled engagements. During the royal tour to Fiji last year, the Duchess was rushed from a public market in Suva ahead of time amid what the palace later described as “crowd management issues”.Since then, the couple have undertaken numerous successful walkabouts in their away-days to British cities, often overrunning as they got carried away greeting the public and answering questions from admirers.In Morocco, no such event is planned although they may make an impromptu decision to greet people if the situation allows it.Their schedule will see them emphasise the Duchess’ particular interests, shining a light on the importance of girls’ education in rural Morocco and cooking with children from underprivileged backgrounds. When the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made an official visit to the country in 2011, they were faced with similar conditions and a 4,000-person-strong anti Moroccan monarchy protest just a day before they arrived. British Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas Reilly, shared his excitement about the visit on Twitter with a daily countdown, saying on Thursday: “Off to get my haircut. Then final preparations. Feels like the day before an exam. There is nothing more you can do to make it go right.   “A wonderful mix of excitement and anticipation.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a walkabout in Birkenhead Security forces charge at protesting teachers during a demonstration in Rabat, MoroccoCredit:AP They will also visit a programme which helps children with special educational needs through riding, see a market with arts and crafts from young social entrepreneurs, and attend an evening reception with the British Ambassador in Rabat. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal visit to Morocco will go ahead despite violent demonstrations in the capital this week, with a walkabout-free programme keeping them safely out of harm’s way. The couple will spent two days in the country in what is expected to be their final tour before the arrival of the Sussex baby, travelling to the Atlas mountains and conducting engagements inside homes, hotels and walled gardens.The safety of the couple, including the seven months pregnant Duchess, has been made a priority, with plans assessed in the wake of protests in Rabat on Wednesday in which teachers’ unions marched near to the royal palace.The Association Press reported that police officers had beaten several protesters to the ground, with multiple teachers injured and water cannons used.Coincidentally, the Duke and Duchess’s first full day of engagements will focus particularly on education, taking them out of Rabat to the Atlas mountains to see the work of charity Education For All. Clarence House said security arrangements would be monitored “closely” and the trip went smoothly, with the Prince and Duchess only seeing protestors camped outside the education ministry to demand better pay and conditions as they drove past.The protest on Wednesday marked the eight year anniversary of the Moroccan Arab Spring protest movement. The Sussex visit has been made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is intended to help build the bilateral relationship between the UK and Morocco. It is understood that the security services in each country have been in contact to ascertain the probability of further disruption, with the couple’s protection officers supported on the ground by local police. Protesting teachers run from security forces attempting to disperse a demonstration in Rabat, Morocco read more


Tescos market share fell over Christmas while discount retailers saw a boost

first_imgSUPERVALU SAW ITS market share rise above 20 per cent for the first time since 2009 as it attracted 40,000 new households over the Christmas period.The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel Ireland show the retailer increased it’s share to 20.1 per cent, an increase of 1.3 per cent from the year previous.The ‘vegetable price war’ also has an effect on the market, with consumers buying 4 per cent more vegetables, but spending 10 per cent less on them.Discounter retailers Lidl and Aldi both experienced boosts in their market shares, at 12.2 per cent and 20.1 per cent respectively, with Superquinn and Tesco both taking the hit with a fall of over 6 per cent each.Commercial Director at Kantar Worldpanel David Berry said that although Tesco didn’t perform as well as others, it still dominates the market.“The sales decline is beginning to show signs of slowing, which is welcome news for Tesco, with a slight improvement from -6.5 per cent in October to -6.2 per cent”, he said.“Dunnes’ sales dropped by 0.9 per cent compared with last year, resulting in a slight dip in market share to 23.9 per cent following four months of positive sales growth for the retailer.”See the full list below, or click here to view a larger version.Read: Irish consumers in ‘notably more positive mood’ last month >This year: How to catch the consumer eye in 2014 >last_img read more


At least four operators to compete for Hokkaido IR as Mohegan moves

first_img RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR US tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment is set to become the fourth gaming company to open an office in Hokkaido as competition for a regional Japanese IR license continues to heat up.Local media is reporting that Mohegan will launch its office in Tomakomai City in April, with Vice President of Corporate Finance Christopher Jones stating, “We hope to proceed with its use and application as the home base of information related to business PR [around an] IR.” The office will also serve as a showroom for the communication of information, while Mohegan is considering partnering with local corporations to host joint seminars.The building Mohegan has its eye on is the same one fellow US casino operator Rush Street Gaming moved into last December.Canadan investment company Clairvest Neem Ventures was the first to arrive in Tomakomai when it established an office in January 2018, while Hard Rock Japan will join Mohegan in opening its Tomakomai office this April.Caesars Entertainment and Foxwoods have also shown interest in Hokkaido.The next cue for these operators to kick it up a gear will be the gubernatorial election on 7 April, which will decide what direction Hokkaido will take in the IR bid.last_img read more


Police search for suspect who robbed Northwest MiamiDade dollar store

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a dollar store in Northwest Miami-Dade.Police said the suspect attacked the employee at a Family Dollar, located near Northwest 27th Avenue and 93rd Street, and forced him to let him inside.Once inside, the man beat the employee when he was unable to get any money, before taking off.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Future Of DACA Affecting Mental Health Of Young Undocumented Immigrants

first_img Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTDACA protests.In September 2017, President Trump announced that protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would end for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., who were brought into the country illegally with their parents.Trump gave Congress six months to extend protections to these young immigrants, but no solution appears to be on the horizon. So how is this heightened threat of deportation affecting their mental health?Luz Garcini, postdoctoral fellow at Rice University’s Department of Psychology, has been studying the psychological stresses of rescinding DACA on the undocumented community.Garcini has found that undocumented immigrants between the ages of 18 and 25 appear to be most at risk for psychological stress.“II think their stresses were very unique to this group,” Garcini said. “This is a group that is highly acculturated, (who) were often brought to the United States by their parents.”Garcini added that this demographic is predominantly English speaking and the majority of them have at least a high school education, in contrast to other age groups of undocumented immigrants.“Literally, they almost perceive themselves as being U.S. born,” she said.Garcini began collecting information during the Obama administration in 2014 and 2015. When the Trump administration announced its decision to phase out DACA protections, Garcini discovered that those actions have psychological and physiological effects on the undocumented population.“We don’t know if some of these actions are preventing them from seeking mental health services, going out to work, even from spending and stimulating the economy,” Garcini said. “That’s what motivated me to conduct this survey that I’m currently doing to try to obtain at least (some information) into what’s happening.”Garcini’s research has revealed that young undocumented immigrants report high levels of anxiety, followed by depression. She said symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder could also arise with the possible removal of DACA protections.“If deportation occurs for them or for a friend, we could see symptoms of trauma-related distress such as nightmares and flashbacks, or over-obsessing over distressing thoughts,” she said.Cultural barriers often exist that prevent young undocumented immigrants from finding psychological help.“In the case of this population,” Garcini said, “we’re not only seeing a cultural variance or a cultural factor that is there in terms of mental health-seeking behavior, but we’re also having the contextual additive effect of fear — fear of deportation.”Many high school and college students often don’t take advantage of counseling available for free on their campuses, Garcini said, and “often these services are free, but they don’t go because of fear of being identified.”Undocumented immigrants instead often reach out to nonprofit faith-based organizations, in part, because of the confidentiality those groups provide.Garcini is reaching out to DACA recipients and their families through an anonymous online survey.   “People are very much afraid of talking,” Garcini said. “Whereas before (during the Obama administration), people were talking to us or talking to the media. People are afraid of retaliation. There’s an increasing mistrust that is happening.”CREDIT RICE UNIVERSITYLuz GarciniBut even with an anonymous survey,  other obstacles exist.  “It’s a little challenging because it requires access to technology,” she said. “We know sometimes this is a limitation in our community, not so much for the Dreamers … but some of their families might not.”Garcini is also reaching out to the National Latino Psychological Association and Hispanic-serving educational institutions to help gather information.  Garcini said the number one thing young undocumented immigrants need to keep in mind is to validate their experience, “not to put it down or minimize their distress.  To sit down with their feelings, with their emotions and acknowledge that there is a reason why they feel that way.”Young undocumented immigrants are also encouraged to not suppress or ignore their distress. Garcini said they have “to learn to identify their symptoms of distress so they can monitor how their mental health is moving along the lines. Rather than trying to suppress them or ignore them.”It’s also recommended young undocumented immigrants find someone to talk to. “Look for support social networks that will make them feel stronger, that will help them validate their experience, that will help give them the support they need.”Garcini said young undocumented immigrants have the support of a lot of the Latino community. “I always say the undocumented experience not only affects the undocumented immigrant, but affects all of us as a community. Most of us know at least one person that we love who is undocumented. They’re not alone in the fight. We’re here for them and it’s important that they know that.”10 Tips To Help Young Undocumented Immigrantslast_img read more


DC Community News

first_imgAttorney General Karl A. Racine. (Courtesy Photo)On Aug. 14, Attorney General Karl A. Racine congratulated the Howard University Law School Juris Doctor Class of 2018 and the Master of Laws Class of 2016 at their annual pinning ceremony, inducting the new law-school students into the legal profession. Racine called on students to represent their future clients with zeal, integrity, and empathy.last_img


This App Tells You How Legally Stoned You Are

first_img The Best Food Apps for a Festive 4/20Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying Cannabis Stay on target It’s a weird weed world we now find ourselves living in, at least here in America, and not just on 4/20. State after state is legalizing cannabis not just for medicinal use but just for straight-up recreational use. Some are even wiping the criminal records of those stuffed in overcrowded prison for selling some pot (although this isn’t happening fast enough considering all the folks now angling to get rich for selling some pot). So as more people potentially become (legal) potheads, culture and technology are going to have to catch up.You know who is already prepared? Whichever government employee decided to fund Am I Stoned? an app that tells you how stoned you are.While marijuana doesn’t impair you as much as quickly compared to, say, alcohol, it can impair you. And naturally the more you smoke (or vape or eat or dab) the more impaired you will be. But unlike alcohol, there aren’t easy and reliable ways for measuring how high you are, for recording your THC levels. There’s no such thing as breathalyzer for weed.The solution Am I Stoned? came up with is so brilliant you have to imagine the creators were high themselves when they came up with it. The app challenges you to complete some basic tasks and estimates how stoned you are based on factors like memory, motor skills, and cognitive reaction time. Anyone who has spent hours trying to order a single Taco Bell meal can attest to the accuracy of this kind of testing.Am I Stoned? isn’t perfect yet, though. And that’s a bummer. Elisa Pabon and other doctoral students from University Chicago got their result from 24 volunteers. Test subjects got either a mild dose of THC, a moderate dose, or none at all. The mobile app only correctly guessed in one of the four tasks, while the desktop version guessed in three. And users could theoretically practice to get better results even while high. It can’t even test for other possibly impaired factors like judgment planning and vigilance.Still, even just having some kind of way to quantify how high you are, besides the shockingly accurate tactic of just asking the person how high they are, is a step in a good and healthy direction for a world of legal marijuana. Apropos of nothing, here’s an incredible video of CNN having people drive while stoned.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Evidence found for midsized black hole near center of Milky Way

first_img Over the years, scientists have found a lot of physical evidence of large and small black holes, but very little evidence for those in the mid-size range. This has led to an intense search, which until now, has come up mostly empty—mid-size black holes are exceedingly difficult to spot.The team reports that last year, they discovered a gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way that appeared to behave in odd ways—some of the gasses were moving faster than others. The cloud, named CO-0.40-0.22, was intriguing because not only did it represent the possibility of finding an intermediate black hole, but it could also explain how massive black holes come to exist at the centers of galaxies, such as our own Milky way.The team originally spotted the gas cloud using the Nobeyama radio telescope in Japan—but to learn more about what they had found required something bigger, so they ventured to Chile, where they gained access to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. The researchers found that there was a dense part of the gas cloud near its center that also showed varying velocities. Better yet, just next to the clump, they found a source of radio waves that was very similar to those generated from the giant black hole at the center of Milky Way, but 500 times weaker. The two findings together suggested very strongly the presence of a mid-sized black hole. To add further evidence, the researchers built a simulation of the gas cloud and its characteristics, particularly the gas velocities, and found that it, too, pointed to a mid-sized black hole.These findings offer strong evidence of a mid-sized black hole, though it is not clear how it might have come to that location. But as more research is done and the find is confirmed, the mid-sized black hole could explain how giant black holes at the centers of galaxies are formed—by swallowing nearby mid-sized black holes, perhaps. More information: Tomoharu Oka et al. Millimetre-wave emission from an intermediate-mass black hole candidate in the Milky Way, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0224-zAbstractIt is widely accepted that black holes with masses greater than a million solar masses (M⊙) lurk at the centres of massive galaxies. The origins of such ‘supermassive’ black holes (SMBHs) remain unknown, although those of stellar-mass black holes are well understood. One possible scenario is that intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs), which are formed by the runaway coalescence of stars in young compact star clusters, merge at the centre of a galaxy to form a SMBH3. Although many candidates for IMBHs have been proposed, none is accepted as definitive. Recently, we discovered a peculiar molecular cloud, CO–0.40–0.22, with an extremely broad velocity width, near the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. Based on the careful analysis of gas kinematics, we concluded that a compact object with a mass of about 105M⊙ is lurking in this cloud. Here we report the detection of a point-like continuum source as well as a compact gas clump near the centre of CO–0.40–0.22. This point-like continuum source (CO–0.40–0.22*) has a wide-band spectrum consistent with 1/500 of the Galactic SMBH (Sgr A*) in luminosity. Numerical simulations around a point-like massive object reproduce the kinematics of dense molecular gas well, which suggests that CO–0.40–0.22* is one of the most promising candidates for an intermediate-mass black hole. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Keio University in Japan has found evidence of a mid-sized black hole near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes their study of a gas cloud cluster near the center of our galaxy and why they believe it offers evidence of a mid-sized black hole. Explore further A possible explanation for why no intermediate sized black holes have been found © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Evidence found for mid-sized black hole near center of Milky Way (2017, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-evidence-mid-sized-black-hole-center.html Journal information: Nature Astronomy Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Malania Trump accused of plagiarism for RNC speech Florida ISIS claims German

first_img Advertisement Netflix green lights more ‘Making A Murderer’ episodes. (The Playlist)Netflix has announced that more episodes of ‘Making a Murderer’ are currently in production. pic.twitter.com/nMbS2n9i5r— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) July 19, 2016 Attacker on German train was “fighter” of the Islamic State, the group says https://t.co/QN2TmBfahp— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 19, 2016 ISIS claims responsibility for terrorist ax attack on a train in Germany. (Bloomberg) Plagiarism questions surrounds Melania Trump’s RNC speech from a Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. (Washintonian)ICYMI: Watch Melania Trump straight copy her speech from Michelle Obama. https://t.co/cKJn7ALXhi #RNCinCLEhttps://t.co/Bf7VSTU7RC— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 19, 2016center_img Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Melania Trump’s speech at #GOPConvention https://t.co/VNXBSeoU8Q— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016 3.7 magnitude Earthquake in Florida likely caused by military testing. (WSVN -7)So that weird #Earthquake off the east coast of Florida was actually an experimental Navy explosion?!?!? pic.twitter.com/utmxPDsS8I— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) July 19, 2016NY Mag story says Ailes out at Fox. (NY Mag)BREAKING: The Murdochs have decided to remove Roger Ailes, possibly within days. My latest: https://t.co/0hP9G6fUIf— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 18, 2016 German train attack: ISIS-like flag found in attacker’s apartment, police say https://t.co/dcnOK3Ws8Y pic.twitter.com/gaVy40T4iX— KTLA (@KTLA) July 19, 2016last_img read more


Startup Boosts Mobile Game Development

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 29, 2012 This story appears in the November 2012 issue of . Subscribe » With more than 730,000 mobile applications available for download from Apple’s App Store, it’s more challenging and expensive than ever for developers to grab consumer attention. W3i, a developer monetization and distribution network, reports that the average cost of acquiring new iPhone and iPad users grew in the first half of 2012 from 59 cents to 92 cents per install–a 56 percent leap in just six months. W3i credits the hike in part to increasing promotional efforts from deep-pocketed players like Japanese social gaming giantDeNA–companies with marketing muscle that small, independent developers simply can’t match.Chartboost thinks it has the answer to the dilemma small developers face. The San Francisco-based startup’s platform enables developers to cross-promote their mobile games via interstitials (customizable, full-screen ads that pop up at launch or between game-play sessions), integrated into other titles in their catalog or into higher-profile games built by other firms. Chartboost users can cross-promote their own games for free. Each interstitial is seamlessly integrated and designed to minimize disruption of the user experience.”We’re a technology for developers to own their distribution power and use it across their games,” says Chartboost co-founder and CEO Maria Alegre. “Now you can leverage your portfolio of games every time you launch a new game. You can have Zynga’s reach even if you’re just two guys in a garage.”Alegre and CTO Sean Fannan launched Chartboost in 2011 after a stint at Tapulous, the developer behind the iPhone music-discovery game series Tap Tap Revenge (acquired in 2010 by The Walt Disney Company). The original Tap Tap Revenge was one of the App Store’s earliest breakout hits, spinning off licensed sequels spotlighting Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Tapulous leveraged each title to promote other games in the franchise, an approach that directly inspired the Chartboost model.”Once we discovered the power of [Tap Tap Revenge], we started getting amazing artists and amazing music,” Alegre says. “We were able to manage our distribution power and connect all these games in one network.”Not all Chartboost clients have large game catalogs–those just getting off the ground can connect with other publishers via Chartboost’s Direct Deals Marketplace, which plays matchmaker for developers looking to buy and sell interstitial inventory. Publishers can specify the location and frequency of each interstitial campaign and filter out games they don’t wish to promote; Chartboost also supplies analytics that detail impressions, clicks and installs.Developers bill Chartboost advertiser partners on a cost-per-click or cost-per-install basis, determine the terms of each Direct Deals agreement and collect 100 percent of the proceeds on inventory sales. Separate from Direct Deals Marketplace, Chartboost also helps publishers sell their remaining inventory, claiming 30 percent of revenue.”Chartboost is not a mobile ad network–we don’t do advertisements from consumer brands,” Alegre explains. “We’re about games using other games to promote their products.”There are now 7,000 mobile games across the Chartboost platform, reaching 105 million unique users in 100 countries and serving 4 billion game sessions per month. Publisher partners include Gameloft, Kabam, Booyah and TinyCo. In October 2011 Chartboost (which has been profitable since last year) raised $2 million in Series A financing from investors including TransLink Capital, SK telecom ventures and XG Ventures. Register Now »last_img read more


Philips Integrates Reacts TeleUltrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | March 30, 2018 Philips Integrates Reacts Tele-Ultrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems Integrated tele-ultrasound solution enables remote collaboration and virtual training through face-to-face conversation along with simultaneous viewing of live ultrasound images and guided probe positioning Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 12, 2019 VIDEO: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and CEO of HOPPR, discusses the economic advantages and costs presented by… read more Image courtesy of Philips HealthcareMarch 30, 2018 – Philips in partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) announced an industry-first integrated tele-ultrasound solution on Philips’ Lumify portable ultrasound system powered by IIT’s Reacts collaborative platform. This innovation connects clinicians around the globe in real time by turning a compatible smart device into an integrated tele-ultrasound solution, combining two-way audio-visual calls with live ultrasound streaming.With this intuitive, easy-to-use integrated system, clinicians can begin their Reacts session with a face-to-face conversation on their Lumify ultrasound system. Users can switch to the front-facing camera on their smart device to show the position of the probe. They can then share the Lumify ultrasound stream, so both parties are simultaneously viewing the live ultrasound image and probe positioning, while discussing and interacting at the same time. In addition to clinicians seeking virtual guidance, Philips said the Lumify with Reacts is a valuable tool for teaching institutions, medical students and junior doctors, emergency medical service providers, disaster relief providers and hospitals with satellite clinics.Lumify with Reacts can help advance patient care by bringing experts into an ultrasound exam anywhere in the world:A professor can go on virtual ultrasound rounds with students, helping them learn anatomy and probe positioning quickly and efficiently, unrestricted by location;A doctor can consult a colleague and receive expertise and guidance using live streaming ultrasound;A midwife in in the community can call upon an obstetrician in a hospital or different location to receive perspective and guidance, discussing the ultrasound exam as if they were in the same room; andAn emergency medical technician in an ambulance can stream the live ultrasound exam and discuss a patient’s condition with an A&E physician, expediting care delivery upon arrival.For more information: www.usa.philips.com News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more The Economics of Artificial IntelligenceVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:21Loaded: 1.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Videos | Digital Pathology | July 11, 2019 VIDEO: Integrating Digital Pathology With Radiology Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado Scho read more read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. 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Thailand takes a more focused marketing approach TTM

first_imgThailand tourism is re-focusing its marketing strategy to attract niche market visitors through the new campaign, ‘Customise Your Experience’, according to Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT).Addressing delegates at the Thailand media briefing held during the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2012, deputy governor for international marketing Juthaporn Rerngronasa highlighted the importance of developing new marketing schemes.“One of the reasons we chose the logo, ‘Customise Your Experience’ as this year’s marketing campaign is because we’re re-focusing our strategy to attract niche market visitors, creating a personalised holiday experience that’s truly unforgettable.”Highlighted by royal projects, Thai cultural events, traditional celebrations and more, the new campaign aims to attract visitors from emerging markets including the Baltic’s, Latin America and South America.“Our marketing strategy for 2012 will focus on enhancing Thailand’s brand image and promote sustainable tourism,” Ms Rerngronasa said.“Through the utilisation of modern marketing concepts we will be able to enhance the experience of our visitors and continue to re-enforce concepts like value for money and generous hospitality.” TTM+ 2012 is a major driver in stimulating support for Thailand’s tourism industry and according to Ms Rerngronasa 47 percent of this year’s buyers are new buyers.“TTM+ 2012 also supports intra-regional travel. NTO’s from the greater Mekong sub-regions are present to boost awareness and procure new business.”Countries represented in this region include Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Yunnan and Bhutan.The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecasts international tourist arrivals to Thailand to increase by three to four percent, reaching the historic one billion mark by the close of this year.“We are targeting 20.5 million international arrivals. Revenue generated is expected to total 766 billion baht,” Ms Rerngronasa said.Thailand was ranked number one for value for money on the seventh annual Future Brand Country Brand Index 2011/2012.Watch Tourism Authority Thailand’s new promotional marketing film, ‘Discover the Other You’, below. Media Briefing, Thailand Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for International Marketing TATcenter_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


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first_imgThe skies will be clear on Friday, while dust levels are just a little higher than normal. Temperatures which are poised to rise gradually today and on Saturday are forecast to rise to 29C on the central plain, 25C along the coast and 22C in the higher mountains.The clear weather will last over the weekend and on Monday while the dust is expected to settle by Saturday.Temperatures are going to stay the same on Sunday and Monday.You May Likehealthyandpretty20 Foods That Are Killing You SlowlyhealthyandprettyUndoMeasure A Shipping BoxHow To Determine What Size Shipping Box You NeedMeasure A Shipping BoxUndoPensAndPatronShe Inspired The Most Beautiful Song Of All TimePensAndPatronUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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