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first_imgBengaluru: Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin played down the animated reaction from his Royal Challengers Bangalore counterpart Virat Kohli after taking his catch near the boundary rope, saying both of them react out of passion. With 27 runs needed from the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger. “I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said at the post-match press conference here on Wednesday night after KXIP lost to RCB by 17 runs. KXIP skipper said his team failed to come good during crunch situations. “Three overs for 60 odd runs wasn’t desirable, but we were in the chase all along and I thought we couldn’t finish it off in crunch situation. That is what you back the senior players to do. Didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted. That is exactly how that is gone for us the entire tournament. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Whenever we played those crucial moments, we won, and whenever we haven’t, we have lost it, because the games are really really tight for us,” said Ashwin. The 32-year-old said KXIP lost the plot in middle overs despite Nicholos Pooran and David Miller bringing them back into the game. “When you chase down 200, you ideally like one of your batsmen to make 70-80. We were not in it. We were 105 in 10 overs or something like that. We lost momentum similar to what RCB did in middle overs, but I thought Nicholos Pooran played really well and he got us back into the game. “I thought we were cruising at 4 overs 45 or 46 needed. From there on, it is quite disappointing that we could not finish the game on this ground.” Ashwin felt it was important to curtail AB de Villiers as he could make a lot of difference in end overs. “I think (Marcus) Stoinis was 26 off 30 balls before the last over started. So I don’t think that was quite the parameter. I think AB de Villiers is someone who definitely makes a difference in those end overs. It is very important we curtail him. Like I said our execution was all over the place towards the last two-three overs,” he said. India off-spinner said 30 runs in two overs was getable here at Chinnaswamy track, given the bowling attack of RCB, which had crumbled a lot in this season. “I don’t think it was really tilted. It was a balance like 2 overs 30 is still getable in this ground against the bowling attack we have seen that has crumbled before,” he said. Ashwin said had Miller connected one out of the park, KXIP would have won. “If David (Miller) would have connected one out of the ground it was – like I said it was that close. Just that we could not close out the game. That is really been our downside of the year so far. Hopefully, we can correct it in the coming games,” he said. On winning three out of their remaining games now, Ashwin said it is important to take one game at a time. “I think we have a couple of more players who get fit by the time we go to Hyderabad which will be a good boost for us. You can look at it as three out of three now, but it is very important to see that we have to win one at a time. The last two games are home games for us where we played reasonably well,” he said. “We have played some good cricket to actually end up only winning five games in the season. It is not quite pleasing that way, but going into the next three games, I am pretty confident that we can turn it around,” he said. Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis lavished praise on de Villiers for his match-winning knock by saying, “What a superstar. He showed it again how good he is.last_img read more

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) met with both victims of Cyclone Nargis and with Government officials during her visit to discuss how to help relief and recovery programmes, especially in the Ayeyarwady Delta region.“What we need is a seamless global lifeline of relief supplies,” Ms. Sheeran said. “Progress has been made, but urgent work remains on the critical last leg.”WFP still needs nearly two-thirds of the $70 million it requested to pay for food assistance operations, while its logistics operation has a shortfall of $32 million.“There is so much work to be done which requires sustained support by the international community,” the Executive Director stressed. “With current contributions, we will run out of food by mid-July.”UN humanitarian officials estimate that more than 77,000 people have been killed and 55,000 others are missing since Cyclone Nargis struck on 2 May. As many as 500,000 to 600,000 people, mainly in the delta, have had to be relocated.During her talks, Ms. Sheeran thanked Myanmar officials for granting visas to WFP’s international staff, but also urged an end to the bureaucracy delaying the deployment of the workers into the delta. While access has improved, she said Government procedures for clearing the deployment of workers remained a constraint.WFP says that it has so far handed out a first ration of rice to about 575,000 people, but added that many people have not been reached and others now need a second round of food.Ms. Sheeran said that she was encouraged by the start of a new WFP project in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, which provides cash to 200,000 people whose lives have been uprooted by Cyclone Nargis. Under the project WFP and four aid partners provide about 50 cents – equivalent to the cost of a food basket in the local markets – per person each day for four weeks.“WFP is committed to being resourceful and finding better ways to reach a large number of people who are struggling to put their lives back together. This project allows us to focus our food delivery efforts on the delta, where most food stocks have been destroyed and markets are not functioning properly.” 1 June 2008The head of the United Nations food agency today called for greater support for its growing relief operations in Myanmar in the wake of last month’s devastating cyclone after wrapping up a two-day visit to the country’s hardest-hit areas. read more

18 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announced cessation of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. “The Secretary-General hopes that these efforts will both provide security and an easing of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and end rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli targets,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He also hopes that this cessation of violence will lead to a controlled and sustained opening of the Gaza crossings for humanitarian and commercial purposes. The Secretary-General looks forward to all sides acting with care and responsibility in ensuring that this cessation of violence endures.”Mr. Ban also congratulated Egypt on its “persistent efforts to achieve calm through this agreement.” read more

first_imgLes papillons monarques sont de retour au MexiqueAprès un effondrement incroyable l’an passé, la migration des papillons monarques vers le Mexique a repris cette année.Les papillons monarques, ces insectes aux ailes noires et oranges qui migrent traditionnellement depuis le Canada et les Etats-Unis vers le Mexique durant la période hivernale, sont de retour cette année. L’an dernier, une baisse de 75% du nombre de ces animaux avait été enregistrée au Mexique durant l’hiver.Le directeur du WWF-Mexique, Omar Vidal, précise néanmoins que le niveau atteint cette année est encore bien en-dessous de la normale, les papillons occupant 9,9 acres de forêt en cet hiver 2010-2011, plus que les 4,7 constatés l’an passé mais encore bien moins que les 20 acres de 2008-2009. Le réchauffement climatique continue de faire des siennes… Le 19 février 2011 à 17:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target 19 New Gecko Species Uncovered in Tiny Section of MyanmarHumans finally figure out how to climb buildings using artificial gecko … Step aside, Wolverine and Spider-Man: Geckos are real life superheroes—with a growing list of natural powers.A new study, published in the journal Current Biology, reveals how the wide-eyed reptiles walk across water, moving at impressive speeds to stay afloat.While a majority of gecko species use adhesive toe pads to stick to most surfaces (from smooth glass to rugged tree bark), their supernatural ability to cross water was, until now, a mystery.“Animals move in such weird and different ways, and geckos are a good example of that,” according to first author Jasmine Nirody, a biophysicist at the University of Oxford and Rockefeller University. “Geckos make use of several locomotive modes when running across water, which makes it more difficult to characterize.”The mouse-sized lizards are too big to float on water using only surface tension, like insects, but too small to rely on foot slapping, as basilisks might.“The gecko’s size places them in an intermediate regime—a middle ground, Nirody said in a statement. “They can’t generate enough force to run along the surface without sinking, so the fact they can run across water is really surprising.”In experiments with flat-tailed house geckos, she saw that the animal’s legs slap and stroke the water, creating air pockets that keep most of their little bodies afloat. The action is not dissimilar to how they run on land.Water-repellent skin also helps, while swishing tails can stabilize and propel  movement forward.“All are important to some extent, and geckos are unique in combining all these,” senior study author and University of California, Berkeley, professor Robert Full said.“Even knowing the extensive list of locomotive capabilities that geckos have in their arsenal, we were still very surprised at the speed at which they could dark across the water’s surface,” Nirody added. “The way that they combine several modalities to perform this feat is really remarkable.”This new level of understanding, she said, could inspire high-tech designs.And it wouldn’t be the first time: Simon Fraser University researchers previously created a robot tank that scales vertical surfaces in the same way a gecko does.The University of Cambridge is also holding out hope for large-scale bio-inspired adhesives that could let humans climb to new heights.“Nature has so much to teach us. It’s built all these amazing machines to look at and learn from,” Nirody said.Study co-authors include Judy Jinn, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at UC Berkeley; Thomas Libby of UC Berkeley and the University of Washington; Georgia Tech graduate research assistant Timothy Lee and associate professor David Hu; and Max Planck Institute research group leader Ardian Jusufi.More on Geek.com: 19 New Gecko Species Uncovered in Tiny Section of Myanmar Gecko Toes Inspire Reusable Adhesive That Sticks to Almost Any SurfaceNASA Has New Gecko Bots That Can Climb Anythinglast_img read more

WWE Championship New stipulation set for WrestleMania in two weeks

first_imgFacebook Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Xavier Woods Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns The Miz Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Videos Articles More changes are now official for the WrestleMania 35 card.As reported earlier, Big E and Xavier Woods won a tag team gauntlet on Smackdown Live last night to help Kofi Kingston earn a shot at the WWE Championship in two weeks.It was also confirmed that The Miz vs. Shane McMahon will now have a new Falls Count Anywhere stipulation for the event at Metlife Stadium.Here is the updated card for WrestleMania 35 as of Wednesday:RAW Women’s Championship – Triple Threat MatchRonda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky LynchWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth RollinsWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi KingstonNo Holds Barred Match, Triple H’s career is on the lineTriple H vs. BatistaRoman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyreWWE Intercontinental ChampionshipBobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn BalorWWE United States ChampionshipSamoa Joe (c) vs. Rey MysterioRetirement MatchKurt Angle vs. Baron CorbinFalls Count Anywhere MatchShane McMahon vs. The MizRandy Orton vs. AJ StylesWWE Women’s Tag Team Championships – Fatal Four WaySasha Banks and Bayley (c’s) vs. Natalya and Beth Phoenix vs. Nia Jax and Tamina vs. The IIconics (Peyton Royce and Billie Kay)Andre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalConfirmed so far: Braun Strowman, Colin Jost and Michael CheWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipBuddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony NesePlus, Alexa Bliss will be hosting WrestleMania 35Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Videos Articles Twitter WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlottelast_img read more

first_imgMultiple citations were issued in association with a crash Tuesday night that resulted in a 6-year-old girl being hospitalized with abdominal pains, according to the Washington State Patrol.Michael A. Sovel was allegedly driving under the influence of unspecified drugs, with the child in the front seat, when the vehicle he was driving collided with the rear of an SUV near the intersection of state Highway 500 and Falk Road. The accident happened about 7 p.m. Kelly L. Szabo, 44, of Vancouver was stopped at a traffic light on eastbound Highway 500 waiting to turn left when her Toyota SUV was struck from behind. Six-year-old Katie Sovel was not seated in a car or booster seat, according to the state patrol. She was in satisfactory condition Wednesday night at Southwest Washington Medical Center.Sovel, 37, of Vancouver was cited for DUI, reckless endangerment, speeding and not having a proper child restraint, according to a bulletin issued by the WSP. Charges will be referred to prosecutors for review. His Mitsubishi Montero incurred $2,000 worth of damage. Szabo’s 4Runner sustained about $1,000 damage.Szabo and Michael Sovel were not injured.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Berube Mills Named To Deans List At Clark University

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Rachel Elizabeth Mills, of Wilmington, has been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List while Sarah J. Berube, of Wilmington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. These selections mark outstanding academic achievements during the spring 2018 semester.To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (All A+s).About Clark UniversityFounded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing natural, social and human imperatives from local to global scales. Nationally renowned as a college that change lives, Clark is a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences.Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change.The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Clark University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Sarah Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mills & Berube Named To Dean’s List At Clark UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

NAACP WE tv Host Concert for Child Literacy at HUs Cramton Auditorium

first_imgThe NAACP partnered with WE tv to host “Concert for a Cause: A Night to Support Childhood Literacy” in Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18.WE tv stars and musical artists SWV (Sisters With Voices), along with solo artists Erica Campbell of the gospel group Mary Mary and Traci Braxton, star of the WE tv’s “Braxton Family Values” series, were the headline performers—though the issue of reading proficiency took center stage.This concert was part of “NAACP Reads,” the civil rights organization’s public awareness campaign geared toward increasing grade-level reading proficiency among minority and low-income students.“We are proud to support the NAACP’s childhood literacy initiative through this special one-night concert at such a historic University,” Marc Juris, WE tv’s president, said in a statement.According to the National Center on Education Statistics, among fourth-graders, 53 percent of African-American students, 52 percent of Hispanic students, and 48 percent of American Indian students scored below the “Basic” level on the on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test. Among eighth-graders, 44 percent of African-American students, 41 percent of Hispanic students, and 37 percent of American Indian students scored below the “Basic” level on the test.There were similar results by income: 49 percent of fourth-graders eligible for free and reduced-price meals finished below “Basic” on the reading test and 40 percent of eighth-graders eligible for free and reduced-price meals scored below “Basic.”The NAACP’s campaign is supported by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.“The NAACP is excited to partner with WE tv to host such a creative and important event,” Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president and CEO, said in a statement. “Our goal is to cultivate a generation of young people committed to reading as studies show that children who begin reading at an early age are more likely to excel in school and in life.”last_img read more

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story appears in the September 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » September 1, 2006 Good news, telephone bill-payers: They’ve pulled the 3 percent federal excise tax, or FET, and will credit your payments next tax season. Originally levied a century ago to pay for the Spanish-American War, it was not repealed by Congress. Rather, after losing in court five times, the Treasury Department simply gave up on it.Don’t spend your refund yet. You may need it for increases in the dozen or so other taxes on your cell bill (depending on your locale). Few people know what they’re for, but most fit the rubric “state and local taxes.” When lumped in with still-rising federal levies like the Universal Services Fund, they add 12 percent to the average American’s cell bill and as much as 19 percent in many of our most populous states, says Scott Mackey, economist and partner with government affairs firm Kimbell Sherman Ellis. For some reason, they’re half again as high as sales taxes on other goods and services, and growing nine times faster. For a tax-by-tax breakdown in your state, check CTIA- The Wireless Association’s tax website.Those are consumer taxes only and don’t include groundbreaking new levies localities are charging communications providers that can’t be passed on. Obviously, those companies are directly impacted, as are entrepreneurial ventures developing new cellular services. But it also turns out that we phone users are a price-sensitive bunch and reduce our phone usage by more than 1 percent for each percentage point increase in our bills. “When a state like Florida or New York imposes a 16 percent tax, demand is reduced by as much as 20 percent,” Mackey recently told Congress.Curb your phone minutes, and you could miss out on some of the productivity our new communication methods deliver. A joint study by Ovum and Indepen Consulting attributed 80 percent of U.S. productivity growth in 2004 to telecommunications and related information and computer technologies.Savor FET’s removal. With authorities at every level rallying for new internet sales and phone taxes, it could be another 100 years before the experience is repeated. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global No one expected Apple to stand on the smartwatch sidelines and now that they have decided to jump in the game, they are coming out swinging.The company is reportedly planning several different designs for its upcoming smartwatch, one that will feature more than 10 sensors to track health, fitness and medical information. The wellness components should come as no surprise. Last month Apple launched Health, an app that gathers user’s fitness and health information, along with its HealthKit platform, an application focused on tracking. The company has also applied for patents pertaining to health and fitness.The device will be able to perform many functions independently as well as messaging, voice calling and video calling when paired with an iPhone and other iOS devices, Reuters reports.Related: Meet Ringly, Where Wearble Tech Meets High-Fashion BlingThe smartwatch could become available as soon as October, as production will most likely begin in July at Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc 2382, the longtime supplier of Apple’s computers, media outlets state. Estimations vary with some speculating that Apple will produce between 10 and 15 million units by the end of year and others stating 50 million units will ship within the first year.   The new device is aimed at beating competitors in terms of usefulness and functionality. The wearable tech that’s currently on the market from Google and Samsung has been criticized for not being meaningfully different from smartphones, an obstacle that Apple hopes to overcome as the company prepares to make good on Tim Cook’s promise to break into new product categories before year’s end.Several other companies including Sony, Motorola, LG and Samsung have released smart watches that analysts have dubbed mostly as failures, but Apple thinks it has the answer.Related: This Company Wants You to Wear Your SIM Card 2 min read June 20, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_img In this series, YouTube Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular YouTube channels to find out the secrets of their success.Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski started experimenting with filmmaking together in ninth grade, inspired by ‘90s sci-fi action movies and later, video games. To learn the basics of creating visual effects — their speciality to this day — they sought out tutorials for photo and video editing software.After high school, they both ended up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study fine art and film. Fine art, in particular, made them well-rounded as filmmakers, learning to sketch realistic images, convey their desired message, learn how the human eye responds to stimuli and take and dole out constructive criticism. Two degrees later, they moved to L.A. to partner on freelance visual effects work.Over the years, their team has expanded to nine men, including high school friend Jake Watson, with whom they co-own their nearly 10-year-old production company, Corridor. Watson serves as operations director, while Pueringer and Gorski are co-creative directors.Related: How This Artist Makes Money Off YouTube Without Brand SponsorshipsThe company is best known for its eponymous YouTube channel (previously Corridor Digital), which has just shy of 5 million subscribers. It puts out an action-filled, mind-bending short film every few weeks. One popular video follows a man dressed as Superman flying from the perspective of a GoPro camera strapped to his head. Another features the “world’s longest lightsaber” pointing toward the sky and destroying an airplane in flight. Corridor won the visual and special effects award at the 2017 Streamys.Then there’s the ancillary channel, Corridor Crew (previously named Sam and Niko). While the visual splendor of the main channel sometimes draws millions of viewers per video, the Crew channel takes a look behind the scenes. It helps the guys connect with and teach skills to their most devoted fans and caters to YouTube’s orientation toward less production-intensive, more frequent content.Corridor has funded its YouTube creations through brand integrations and ads as well as Patreon support over the years, and YouTube has helped the crew publicize their talents and attract clients. Their management style is based on “duos”: Two people run the main Corridor channel, two others run the Corridor Crew channel and the three partners have a higher-level involvement. Watson is also part of a business development duo, and there’s another person who focuses on visual effects. Plus, Corridor works with costume designers and other effects specialists on a per-need basis.“I’m a filmmaker. I’m not a manager,” Pueringer tells Entrepreneur. “The duos are self-driven, so I can work on my projects and know that other people are working theirs without me having to give them all tasks.”Pueringer and Watson share how Corridor found its way onto YouTube, what goes into making one of their cinematic pieces, how the founders discovered an unexpected niche by chasing their interests and more.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.How did you get your start with YouTube?Pueringer: Coming out of college, we shot a feature film — a low-budget monster movie. We were working on post-production on that movie, and we moved out to Los Angeles in December of 2008. Corridor started around that time.We did freelance visual effects for about two years to try to build up some savings and get our roots down a little bit. Around 2010, YouTube became a viable platform for people to make revenue on. It was still pretty small at the time. You had to have every video manually approved for ads, which generally took about 48 hours.It wasn’t that easy to make money in that realm. But it was an avenue to connect directly with an audience, and if you have an audience, you have value. After we had actually been doing freelance visual effects for a while, learning how to do the movie thing — make it look good for cheap — that skillset helped us out with YouTube. Corridor Digital, as the YouTube channel business that it is now, kicked off in 2011.At what point were you like, OK, YouTube is the best way for us to get our name out there?Pueringer: Pretty much right away, around 2010. After working with feature film we wanted a break from the longform, nose-to-the-grindstone-for-six-months production thing. We wanted to do something quick that had immediate returns. We could get that thing every artist craves, which is people looking at and reacting to your work. In freelance visual effects, you might do a project and never see it. It just wasn’t very fulfilling.Around 2012, our audience had grown and we were able to start thinking about expanding and what our next steps were. We were working to build this up into something bigger than just two dudes making videos.How much time do you spend on a video, and what does that entail?Pueringer: Making a Corridor video is a pretty heavy endeavor. The whole endeavor tends to take about three weeks per video. First off, you have to actively put yourself in a space where you’re welcoming ideas. Over time, you make a list of them, and every once in a while, you sit down to crank out a script.One to two people break down where you’re going to shoot and the people, props, costumes, time and equipment you need. Which, if it’s your first or second time, that’s a lot of big questions to figure out. But you know, by your 80th video, it’s not that big of a deal anymore. Usually that phase lasts about a week.We tend to have five- to 10-person crews. You’ve got to feed everybody on the day, you’ve got to figure out where they can park, you’ve got to figure out where you’re going to go to the bathroom, you’ve got to keep people from overheating in the L.A. sunshine and all that kind of stuff. We try to have two-day shoots maximum, sometimes we have three-day or four-day shoots.Then, we get into post-production edits, followed by visual effects. You have to get sound design, music and color grading done. Finally, you have to think about your thumbnail and your title.When we’re working on a Corridor video, there’s always problem-solving to be done. There’s also a lot of knowledge and experience being shared, which are things that people want to see. That can become content for the Corridor Crew channel, whether we’re teaching something or showing a dramatic issue that we had to resolve. It’s like mining for gold, but you also have to get a bunch of zinc and copper in the process as well.What is your content strategy?Pueringer: More and more, we found ourselves actually inspired by video games. Just the way the way the action happens, the way you make your own story, the way you experience the drama of a fight through a video game versus a movie. People make gameplay videos and that kind of stuff, but there really wasn’t anybody else filling the niche of cinematic game content on YouTube. And in theaters, the video game movie never really succeeded, so there’s been a gap in the market. We were the first ones to bring some high-level production expertise to that niche. But you can only make so many video game movies before you want to make something else, so these days, it’s expanded into a whole variety of things, whether it’s playing with a cool story concept or a cool visual concept.Related: YouTube Star and ‘The Older Sister of the Internet’ Anna Akana Explains How She Found Her Honest VoiceHow do you leverage YouTube and to what extent do you monetize it?Watson: We leverage YouTube in a variety of ways, first and foremost as a living resume. As creators, YouTube is a great place to stand out and be recognized, which formerly did not exist. It has helped us land a series of other longform narrative projects, branded projects, commercials and other opportunities. We monetize YouTube both through ad revenue made on videos and through direct relationships with brands.What is your advice for others who want to build brands on YouTube?Watson: First and foremost, don’t get into YouTube for the fortune and fame. Pick some aspect of creativity you love and go after that. You’ll be working for anywhere from one to three years before you find financial success on YouTube, so make sure you’re doing it because you love it. If you do find financial success, then great! You’re doing what you love and making a living at it. Once you have something you love, build a brand around that thing and corner your niche. Just remember, as you personally evolve, so will your brand.Pueringer: There’s a great film-writing tip in a screenwriting book that I read where the script writer was talking about how people always question — let’s say you’re writing a mystery — how smart or how challenging do you make your mystery? Is your audience going to figure it out, or do you need to make it more complicated so they don’t? And the tip was, write for yourself. Write what you could figure out or you couldn’t figure out. I’ve stuck with that as my ethos. I make it so I like it, so I would click on it and I would watch it, and that tends to be the stuff that performs the best.What’s a misconception people have about YouTube?Watson: People often think that success on YouTube does not involve actual hard work, but mostly comes by luck and making a fool out of yourself. While a minority of quote-unquote creators have unfortunately earned this reputation, the real truth is a lot more boring: Ninety-nine percent of successful creators have accumulated large audiences over years, and are, at the end of day, successful entrepreneurs. We’ve been on YouTube nearly nine years, and the creators we’ve grown up with, as well as many of the brilliant younger stars, have a business acumen and a formidable work ethic.See below for the Corridor team’s picks of their five favorite videos. “This was our first viral video, and it set the tone for our gaming-inspired content. We were huge fans of the game at the time and the open world universe really lent itself to creativity in-game, which we tried to bring out in this piece. With this video, we were able to go full time on YouTube.”“This is a recent video based on some of our original sources of inspiration, video games and action comedy, but with years of YouTube experience under our belt. We hadn’t filmed a video with our good friend Freddie Wong in a long time, so we came together to come up with this concept, which was a blast to film and create.”“This is a classic game-inspired live-action short, but with the Corridor twist. As huge fans of the Team Fortress game, as well as of Nerf, it wasn’t long before we realized that all the weapons in the game had a Nerf equivalent.”“This is another great example of a classic pop culture reference with a Corridor twist. Everyone knows at least some of the lyrics to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ but who really knows what they mean? As huge fans of their music, this concept explores what happens when you take the lyrics of the song and turn them into dialogue for a movie scene.”“This video showcases a darker, cinematic side of Corridor, inspired by the popular survival game DayZ. We had the opportunity to go back to our home state of Minnesota to film this project, where we worked with some really talented actors. It was a blast, and it’s a great representation of our cinematic, storytelling side, combined with sci-fi thriller elements.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 11 min read August 8, 2018center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Silverseas Grand Voyage will completely circumnavigate South America

first_img Share Silversea’s Grand Voyage will “completely circumnavigate South America” Travelweek Group Friday, August 18, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Latin America, Silversea Cruises MIAMI — Silversea has unveiled new details about its Grand Voyage 2018 onboard the Silver Muse, which will sail roundtrip form Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 3, 2018 to some of the most enticing destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.The ship will completely circumnavigate South America, says the cruise line, visiting 34 ports in 14 countries. Highlights include a crossing of the Panama Cana, cruising Chile’s majestic fjords, a three-day stopover in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, plus overnight calls in Valparaiso, Punta Arenas, Buenos Aires and Manaus.“Grand Voyage 2018 is perfectly tailored to travellers who have the time and passion to indulge in travel on a grand scale. It combines adventure and immersive cultural experiences with leisurely days wrapped in the exquisite luxury and impeccable service of our beautiful new Silver Muse,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas.Aboard Silver Muse guests will enjoy spacious ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine at eight dining venues, the personalized service of a butler and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including a complimentary selection of wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining service; lecture and enrichment programs; roundtrip transportation into town (in most ports); and onboard gratuities (exclusive of spa treatments).More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyDining is a major highlight of the voyage, with guest chefs, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and a new Chef’s Table interactive experience available onboard.Guests will also enjoy a gala Bon Voyage dinner and overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 2, a ‘Panama Hat Party’ at the Montecristi Golf Club in Manta, Ecuador on Jan. 12, and a box-seat view of the Carnival Winners’ Parade at the Sambadrome in Rio on Feb. 17.Full-voyage guests enjoy added benefits including: US$2,000 onboard spending credit per suite; free unlimited Wi-Fi; baggage valet service; visa service; and commemorative gifts.Fares for Grand Voyage 2018 start at $36,955 per guest, double occupancy. To view the complete itinerary go to silversea.com/destinations/grand-voyages-cruise/grand-voyage-2018-south-america. Posted bylast_img read more

first_imgShadow Minister for Tourism Bob Baldwin has described Labour’s carbon tax as a “slap in the face” to people in the Australian travel industry.The new carbon-reduction scheme was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gilliard earlier this month, and will see major companies like Qantas redirect the price into its fares.  Mr Baldwin explained that charging travellers extra on domestic holidays will make it “less price competitive” compared to international holidays.“Taxing only domestic flights shows just what an environmental farce the carbon tax really is,” Mr Baldwin said.“Tourists will pay carbon tax if they fly 320 kilometres from Sydney to Port Macquarie, but they won’t pay carbon tax if they fly 2,481 kilometres from Sydney to Port Vila in Vanuatu.“It’s not hard to work out you’ll burn more fuel, and generate more emissions, flying 2,481 kilometres than you will flying 320 kilometres.”He added that the tax is likely to “clean out” airports before it will “clean up the environment” and it will increase the cost for Aussies to travel around their own country.“Ms Gillard is penalising Australians for holidaying in their own country and that is a slap in the face to every one of our tourism operators and the 500,000 Australians working in the tourism industry,” he stated.According to the Shadow Minister, in 2007, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson explained that a $30 per tonne carbon tax would “kill the aviation industry”.  “If a $30 carbon tax would kill Australian aviation, and the tourism industry that relies on it, how is a $23 carbon tax suddenly good for the industry?”While Mr Baldwin expresses concern for the domestic travel industry, Voyager Travel chief executive Richard Savva told e-Travel Blackboard last week that he does not believe the carbon tax will impact the Australian MICE industry.Click here for more news on the carbon tax. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Blurred Lines in the FHAs Appraisal Policies

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Appraisal FHA Real Estate Agents Single Family Policy Handbook 2016-05-12 Staff Writer Share Blurred Lines in the FHA’s Appraisal Policiescenter_img When the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced numerous changes to its Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook last year, many in the industry, including real estate agents and appraisers, were confused about the lack of clarity regarding the blurred lines between appraisals and inspections.Real estate agents and appraisers have experienced “confusion and delays” related to the changes made by the FHA to the property valuation policies, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).“FHA appraisal guidelines are stricter; the standards set the benchmark for appraisals in the industry,” Gary Eisenbraun, Appraisal/Technical Support Branch Chief of the FHA said at the NAR’s 2016 REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. “The guidelines are strict though to protect consumers and safeguard FHA’s mortgage insurance fund and taxpayer dollars.”Any property bought with a FHA loan must be appraised by a HUD-approved home appraiser. Unlike a conventional loan appraisal, the FHA-insured loan appraisal not only determines market value but also inspects the home to ensure it meets certain minimum property standards. This requires appraisers to conduct home inspection-like duties to ensure standards are met.NAR said that this conflicting information from the FHA “blur[s] the line between appraisals and home inspections and has raised questions among consumers, agents and appraisers.”Last year, the FHA announced that it would move its delivery of mortgage origination appraisals online. The Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) portal for FHA insured single family will be used to provide information necessary for mortgagees to prepare for delivering both forward and reverse origination appraisals, HUD announced through a mortgage letter. Mortgage lenders will be required to use the web-based platform for mortgagee submissions of FHA appraisal data and reports for case numbers assigned on and after June 27, 2016.According to HUD, the EAD portal will make it easier to do business with FHA by offering process and technology efficiencies that “streamline appraisal data transmission, promote quality up-front appraisal data, and reduce post-endorsement appraisal data corrections,” HUD said in a statement. The EAD portal will allow transmissions to FHA of only those appraisals that comply with FHA’s Single Family Housing Appraisal Report and Data Delivery Guide.“When submitting an appraisal, the portal provides a confirmation of a successful submission, or information regarding required corrections that may need to be made before resubmitting and transmitting to FHA,” HUD said.”Web-based, on-demand training will be available,” HUD said, adding that mortgagees are “strongly encouraged to ensure their authorized users and/or designated third-party service providers complete the training before accessing the EAD portal.” May 12, 2016 616 Views last_img read more

Twomonth adjournment in coop case

first_imgProsecutors on Thursday secured a two-month postponement of a criminal case against former senior co-operative bank officials in connection with wrongdoings relating to loans worth around €3.6m.The prosecution requested adjournment for two months to give time for a subpoena to be delivered to one of the defendants who is in Greece.The judge granted the request, scheduling the hearing for the morning of March 27.The charge sheet names seven individuals and two companies, former co-op boss Erotokritos Chlorakiotis, former Strovolos co-op boss Demetrakis Stavrou, and former co-op development commissioner Constantinos Lyras.It also includes Maria Chlorakiotou, Carolina Angelopoulou, Maria Chrysanthou, Giorgos Mavreas, Detiero Enterprises and CHL Enterprises.They are facing 19 charges relating to conspiracy to defraud, obtaining goods under false pretences, unlawful acquisition of property, and money laundering.According to the details, between May and July 2007, the defendants had conspired to defraud – to secure illegal loans worth CYP2.1m (€3.6m) from Strovolos co-op.The defendants also failed to disclose the real reason for a €119,602 loan and the recipient. They also provided false information, including the values of two properties used as collateral, to secure CYP2m (around €3.4m) from the same co-op.During the same time, the defendants also secured CYP30,000 or €51,000 from Strovolos co-op under false pretences, the charge sheet says.They are also accused of forging the minutes of the bank’s managing committee to show that it had approved a CYP200,000 (€341,720) to Detiero Enterprises.Stavrou is also accused of preparing a loan review report long after the money had been given. The offence details said he forged the report between October 2012 and April 2014 when it should have been done in 2007, before the application for the €3.4m loan was presented to the committee for approval.Stavrou faces a second charge for a similar offence relating to a €51,258 loan.Chlorakiotis also faces a single charge of unlawful acquisition of property in relation with the €3.4m loan.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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