Supreme Court dismisses two Site C lawsuits from BC First Nations

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s top court won’t hear an appeal from two B.C. First Nations worried that construction of an $8.8-billion hydro-electric dam would violate their constitutionally protected treaty rights.Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nation have been fighting the B.C. government in court for more than two years, hoping to halt construction of the Site C project.After losses at both the provincial court and Federal Court level, the Supreme Court refused to grant the First Nations leave to appeal.Site C will flood more than 5,500 hectares of land along the Peace River in northeast B.C., creating an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and providing enough power to light up 450,000 homes a year.Project construction started in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.A review of the project concluded that there would be significant adverse environmental effects, impacting indigenous treaty rights in the area, but the previous Conservative government ruled it was justified.last_img read more

Shameless Star Emma Kenney Calls On Viewers To Ditch Meat In Powerful

first_imgEmma Kenney — currently filming season 8 of the hit Showtime series Shameless — is teaming up with Mercy For Animals to expose the animal cruelty and environmental devastation caused by factory farming.Video: Paper PrisonUsing her celebrity to bring attention to the truth about how meat is produced, Kenney narrates Mercy For Animals’ just-released animated video, “Paper Prison,” which presents a 3D model of a factory farm to scale.“When you picture a farm, you might imagine a peaceful landscape, animals grazing in big, open fields—but today’s farms don’t look like that,” Kenney’s narration opens. “This is what the average farm looks like today. You wouldn’t know because it’s tucked away in a rural place out of sight. Its 10 metal sheds are plain and windowless. Its perimeter is fenced, like a prison.”Released exclusively by NowThis to its millions of millennial followers, the PSA uses groundbreaking 3D animation to model the interiors of factory farms, revealing shocking facts about the environmental and ethical impacts of food production.Emma Kenney and Mercy For Animals are calling on viewers to help create a world free of factory farms by cutting out or cutting back on animal products. “I love animals so much, and I want to use my voice to inspire empathy and compassion for them. That’s why I partnered with Mercy For Animals to narrate their newest PSA,” Kenney said.Kenney joins a growing list of celebrities who have joined forces with Mercy For Animals in speaking out against factory farming, including Alec Baldwin, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Emily Deschanel, James Cromwell, Mya, Tony Kanal, and Russell Simmons.“Emma has been very vocal about her love for animals, and she certainly does her fans proud by lending her voice to this important issue,” says Nik Tyler, celebrity relations manager at Mercy For Animals. “We hope this new PSA will inspire people of all ages to move toward a plant-based diet and away from supporting factory farming, for the sake of the animals and our planet.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Gillian Genser’s sculpture of Adam, the first man, created out of the mussel shells that poisoned her for years. GILLIAN GENSER Facebook Advertisement “I was flabbergasted,” Genser, 59, told The Washington Post. “Absolutely flabbergasted.”For 15 years, Genser had been grinding up mussel shells to create a sculpture of Adam, the first man. She had no idea, though, that mussels can accumulate toxins, like lead and arsenic, over years of feeding in polluted waters. When Genser breathed in the shell dust or touched the powdery remains, some of that metal made its way into her body, too.For Genser, who first wrote about her case in Toronto Life magazine on Nov. 28, the poisoning is deeply ironic. By using a natural material, like mussel shells, to depict a biblical character, she wanted to comment on humanity’s skewed relationship with the now-contaminated natural world. Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment At first, Gillian Genser thought the headaches and vomiting were just the latest signs of autoimmune disorders she had battled for years. But then the symptoms got stranger. She felt agitated. She’d wake up nearly unable to move. Hearing vanished from one ear. Her muscles cramped and her speech slurred.What was going on? For years, doctors were baffled by what was afflicting the Toronto-based sculptor.Then, a blood test three years ago came back positive for heavy-metal poisoning. And Genser realized her art was killing her. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

UN meeting aims to spotlight forgotten tropical diseases mobilize action

Political leaders and scientists as well as representatives of banks, foundations and a number of leading pharmaceutical companies are gathered in Geneva today for a meeting organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in a bid to galvanize action to combat ‘forgotten’ tropical diseases, which afflict some 1 billion people annually.“This event marks a turning point in the long and notorious history of some of humanity’s oldest diseases,” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told participants. “The burden imposed by these diseases, measured in terms of human misery alone, is unacceptable. We are committed to take action.”Most of the neglected diseases are caused by parasites that thrive in impoverished settings, where water supply, sanitation and housing are poor, according to WHO, and they permanently deform and disable large numbers of poor people, trapping them in poverty.Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people – one sixth of the world’s population – are affected by one or more of these diseases. But the agency voiced hope that immediate action can now be taken, for the first time in history, thanks to the availability of safe and effective drugs in large quantities.A “decisive” factor in turning the tide has been the decision by industry to supply drugs for prevention or treatment at low or no cost, WHO said.At today’s meeting, for example, Dr. Chan and Merck KGaA’s Executive Board Member Elmar Schnee signed an agreement aimed at fighting schistosomiasis. Under the initiative, a donation of 200 million tablets of the drug praziquantel – worth $80 million – will be given to WHO, potentially protecting millions of children from the parasitic worm disease.Substantial progress has already been made in the fight to control and eliminate many neglected tropical diseases. The number of leprosy cases has decreased from 5.2 million in 1985 to less than 220,000 today, and 14.5 million people have been cured of this disease. Guinea worm disease is set for eradication. Previously, only one disease – smallpox – had ever been eradicated. 19 April 2007Political leaders and scientists as well as representatives of banks, foundations and a number of leading pharmaceutical companies are gathered in Geneva today for a meeting organized by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in a bid to galvanize action to combat ‘forgotten’ tropical diseases, which afflict some 1 billion people annually. read more

Enhancing Iraqi womens participation in peace efforts focus of UN forum

The forum brought together senior UN officials with women advocates, leaders and parliamentarians for the Global Open Day for Women and Peace, an initiative by the world body to examine how to increase women’s participation in the maintenance of peace and security. Speakers at the gathering, including Acting State Minister of Women’s Affairs Khuloud Al-Majoun and parliamentarian Hanan Al Fatlawee, stressed the importance of having the necessary measures and resources to advance women’s empowerment, such as proper legislation, dedicated budgets and training in areas such as negotiations and national reconciliation. “This morning’s inspiring discussion marks a crucial moment for the UN – to hear directly from Iraqi women who are taking the lead in addressing and advancing the role of women in society, whether through government or civil society,” said Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, who chaired the forum.Mr. Melkert, who heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), stressed the world body’s willingness to consider, and where possible to support, the recommendations highlighted at the meeting.Today’s consultations were organized by UNAMI, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Iraqi Gender Task Force. Along with similar gatherings in other countries, they are taking place in the lead-up to the anniversary of resolution 1325 on women and peace and security, adopted by the Council in October 2000.The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. It also stresses the need to increase the representation of women at all decision-making levels, appoint more women as special representatives and envoys of the Secretary-General, involve women as participants in peace negotiations and agreements, and protect women and girls from gender-based violence, among other issues. Recommendations resulting from all Open Days will be forwarded to the Security Council ahead of its October meeting on the implementation of resolution 1325. 26 July 2010Increasing the participation of Iraqi women in conflict resolution and in building a lasting peace were among the issues discussed today at a United Nations-organized forum in Baghdad to highlight the 10th anniversary of a landmark Security Council resolution on the subject. read more

Loonie rises amid signs that BoC will continue handsoff approach to currency

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar climbed more than half a cent Tuesday amid signs from the Bank of Canada that it doesn’t plan on interfering with the direction of the loonie.The dollar was up 0.66 of a cent at 91.16 cents US.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said the central bank continues to take a hands-off approach when it comes to movements of the Canadian dollar, adding that trying to target the exchange rate would hurt its ability to pursue independent monetary policy in the country’s best interests.Without a floating currency, prices, wages and unemployment could fluctuate wildly and that would create havoc for people and business, Poloz said.“A floating loon is a thing of beauty, and so is a floating loonie, at least from this economist’s perspective,” he said.Economists have long suggested that Poloz’s “dovish” talk on interest rates has helped take some of the shine off the loonie.“The speech appears geared to refute the persistent speculation that governor Poloz would like to see a weaker Canadian dollar,” Benjamin Reitzes, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a note.“While the latter may be true, he stresses the bank will not intervene except possibly ‘in the case of a breakdown in the market.’ From a policy perspective, there’s nothing in the speech to shift our view that the Bank of Canada will be on hold well into next year.”Earlier this month, the central bank indicated that it didn not foresee enough of a change in Canada’s economic fortunes to adjust its key interest rate from the one per cent level it has held for the last four years.In his speech, the governor also mentioned that he was cautiously optimistic about Canada’s exports. A high dollar hurts exports, which can be a key factor in driving economic growth.Meanwhile, the latest Canadian manufacturing sales figures reaffirmed that the recovery is faring well.Statistics Canada said Tuesday that manufacturing sales rose 2.5 per cent to $53.7 billion in July, exceeding the previous record of $53.2 billion set in July 2008. Economists had expected a gain of just one per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Meanwhile, traders continue to wait for Wednesday’s interest rate announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Markets will be looking to see if the U.S. central bank gives any hint on whether it will raise interest rates sooner than mid-2015. Short-term rates have been near zero since the financial crisis of 2008-09.The Fed has long reassured markets that “it likely will be appropriate to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends.” Traders will look to see if the central bank will drop the phrase “considerable time.”“It really is predicated on the Fed announcement,” said Allison Mendes, a senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“If interest rates hit higher in the U.S., you’ll expect to see a stronger U.S. dollar and expect to see a weaker Canadian dollar. That will be positive for export-oriented sectors of the economy.”Overseas, there continues to be uncertainty in the markets over Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence. The result is generally believed to be too close to call. A Yes vote would result in huge complications from currency to membership in the European Union and NATO.In commodities, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.96 to US$94.88 a barrel after OPEC’s secretary-general said he expected the group to lower its oil outputs for the year when it meets in late November.December gold bullion added $1.60 to US$1,236.70 an ounce, while December copper was up eight cents to at US$3.17 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter Loonie rises amid signs that BoC will continue hands-off approach to currency AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2014 7:22 am MDT read more

Human security approach essential to tackling 21st century challenges – UN officials

“This debate – writ large – is about billions of peoples, in all corners of the world, who are caught in a vicious circle of poverty, marginalization and insecurity,” declared General Assembly John Ashe in remarks to the thematic debate on “Responding to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century: Human security and the post-2015 development agenda.”He said the threats faced by many around the world, sometimes on a daily basis, have called on UN Member States to look beyond State-centric notion of security and move towards people-centred responses to challenges as diverse as climate change, rapid urbanization and post-conflict reconstruction.“By affirming that security includes “freedom from want,” the human security approach calls on us to examine the relationship between income distribution and economic, social and environmental dynamics,” he continued, and as such, it recognizes and seeks to address the multiple dimensions of poverty – including underemployment; poor health; lack of access to education; inequality, including gender inequality – in a more coherent and systemic manner.Finally, with a focus on early prevention and risk mitigation, strategies rooted in human security can strengthen State-society relations and empower communities as active agents of change. “This approach can be particularly useful in the context of human-centred threats with a global character, such as climate change or large-scale pandemics,” said Mr. Ashe.“Indeed, by underscoring the importance of inclusive, targeted and comprehensive solutions to widespread and cross-cutting challenges, human security can provide useful methodology for the analysis and development of policies and programmes in formulating the post-2015 sustainable development goals,” he said, referencing the work of the United Nations to craft a global agenda to succeed the landmark, largely anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).In his remarks, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson recalled that earlier this year, the Secretary-General had released his third report on human security, based on contributions from Member States, regional organizations, the UN system, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. It catalogues a wealth of examples and lessons learned in removing obstacles to sustainable development and tackling poverty.“Governments are starting to rise to the challenge,” continued Mr. Eliasson, citing reports from Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia and Lithuania that showed how adopting an approach focused on human security is allowing Governments and people to develop national and local solutions to seemingly intractable problems. “It is clear that the principles enshrined in human security, including the right of people to live in freedom and dignity, can help us in our efforts to achieve peace and security,” he said, underscoring that such principles can have a positive impact on dealing with a raft of diverse challenge sand have also helped underpin much of the successful work the UN has been able to carry out around the world.Noting that the term “human security” was introduced at the United Nations 20 years ago and that substantial contributions have been made by Member States since then, Mr. Eliasson said: “We now need to look ahead and consider how the underlying principles of human security also can be applied to our post-2015 development agenda.” read more

Urban Meyer releases statement clarifying media coverage

Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference as he fields questions about his handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations on Aug. 22, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday clarifying statements he believes the media has made regarding the outcome of the investigation on Aug. 22. Meyer said in the statement he was not suspended because he knew about alleged domestic violence made by former assistant coach Zach Smith.The Ohio State head coach referenced what the lead investigator said stated at the press conference announcing his suspension, saying “Coach Meyer impressed us with sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses.” He also referenced that the Board believed, in its findings, that Meyer would have fired Smith if he believed he committed domestic violence against his— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Meyer reiterated that he did not lie at Big Ten Media Days. He referenced the investigative report, which stated Meyer was not part of “a deliberate cover-up” for keeping Smith on the coaching staff. He also said “his fault was not in taking action sooner” against Smith and his “work-related issues.” Meyer said he and athletic director Gene Smith knew about “multiple examples of inappropriate conduct” while Zach Smith was on staff, but that both Meyer and Smith went too far in trying to help the former assistant coach in “allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of repeated misconduct.”Ohio State, in a statement given to The Lantern, reiterated what president Michael Drake said in the statement announcing Meyer’s suspension.“Based upon the independent investigation, I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse,” Drake said. “However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith — and he was not as complete and accurate at media days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day.”Meyer was suspended by the university for the first three games of the season. Meyer will be allowed to return to the team on Sept. 2 to coach Ohio State during the week leading up to the games he is suspended in. Smith was fired from the university on July 23 for the domestic violence allegations made against him by ex-wife Courtney Smith. Updated at 4:34 with statement from Ohio State. read more

Shop owner turns CCTV footage of botched burglary into ad

first_imgA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA grocery store owner is trying to profit from a suspected thief’s botched burglary attempt that was caught on video and went viral.Footage shows the man breaking the Redding store’s window last month and tripping twice as he ran away.Now store owner Kent Pfrimmer has turned it into a television commercial for his business, Kent’s Meats and Groceries.The sound of shattering glass can be heard before pastrami appears on camera, followed by the voice-over: “So good, some people will do just about anything to get more.” (sugarpinemedia/YouTube) WATCH: These team mascots were not hired for being graceful >last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_img Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 11:57 PM Short URL NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND  GRA President Ciarán O’Neill leaving the Labour Court this evening. Source: Sam BoalEfforts to avoid a garda strike tomorrow dominated headlines all day, before a late night breakthroughMeanwhile, there were no fresh developments in the teacher dispute this eveningFare increases for public transport were announcedA man was stabbed in an attack in Dublin city centreA major study found one third of Irish 18-year-olds have had sexual intercourseThere was a major megalithic art find at the Hellfire Club site in the Dublin MountainsIn an unwelcome turn of events, the weather forecast for the next few days isn’t greatBut in a more a welcome development, it was confirmed Bruce Springsteen will be on the Late Late tomorrow Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,848 Views By Daragh Brophy Nov 3rd 2016, 11:57 PM Share1 Tweet Email No Comments center_img WORLD Frost covered leaves in Winchester, England. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#TRAGEDY: More than 200 people are feared dead after two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, according to migration officials [BBC]#BREXIT: The High Court in London has ruled that parliament, not the government, must approve the start of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, in a landmark decision that could delay Brexit#HOLLYWOOD: Mila Kunis has revealed she was told she would never get a job in LA again if she refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazineINNOVATIONSilicon Valley is worried about a US election day cyber attack [CNN]How to explain the internet’s obsession with brain teasers? The Guardian takes a look PARTING SHOTAnyone? I lost my favourite red scarf. Had it @ Kilmainham yesterday evening. It answers 2 name of Rua. Reward 4 its return.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) November 3, 2016 Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Efforts to avert the garda strike dominated the day’s headlines. Get our daily news round up: last_img read more

Young hero honoured for bravery

first_imgAfter saving his grandparents from their burning house in Northcote in 2012, 13-year-old Peter Gouskos has been nominated for a Young Citizen of the Year award by the City of Darebin. The honour is unexpected for the young hero, who didn’t think much of his brave actions and didn’t expect much fuss. “When the fire happened, I expected that to be it,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “I just acted spontaneously.” Peter was one of six to be nominated, and although he didn’t win the award, he joined the ranks of talented young people honoured for their bravery, their charitable work and their goodwill. That fateful day, Peter was the driving force for saving his grandparents and their house. He ran out of the burning house to notify neighbours and seek help for his elderly grandparents, thereby saving their lives and, thanks to his quick response, the house only suffered minor damage to the roof. His mother Sophie Tzirozidis, who was out walking the dog when the house fire began, heard her young son screaming on the street, waving his hands for help, and immediately ran home to see her family home in flames. The fire took firefighters between two to three hours to contain, and caused approximately $350,000 damage to the property. Ms Tzirozidis says she believes the fire started from the smart meter installed, after she saw flames coming from the box. For Peter, he says he’ll be on the watch to help other people avoid dangerous situations around fire. “If I see someone trying to light something I’d be a bit more cautious,” he says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for December 17 2014

first_img Twitter WWE Network live-stream schedule for 12/17/14:9:00 AM ETWWE MAIN EVENT WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.10:00 AM ETMONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.11:00 AM ETDX: CONFIDENTIAL Triple H and Shawn Michaels take you inside all things Degeneration X in this tell-all panel. Are you ready?12:00 PM ETWWE MAIN EVENT WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.1:00 PM ETMONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.2:00 PM ETDX: CONFIDENTIAL Triple H and Shawn Michaels take you inside all things Degeneration X in this tell-all panel. Are you ready?3:00 PM ETWWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.4:00 PM ETTUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Andre The Giant stops by and does a little singing with the band and more.6:00 PM ETWCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Lex Luger puts his career on the line against Randy Savage. Hulk Hogan looks to confront The Giant.7:00 PM ETPRIME TIME WRESTLING Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan host Prime Time Wrestling featuring The Hart Foundation, King Kong Bundy, and many more.9:00 PM ETTUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Andre The Giant stops by and does a little singing with the band and more.11:00 PM ETPRIME TIME WRESTLING Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan host Prime Time Wrestling featuring The Hart Foundation, King Kong Bundy, and many more. WhatsApp Facebook Video: Watch the AEW Double or Nothing Ticket Party Announcement live stream WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Judge disqualifies attorney in former VPD officers case against the city

first_imgA Clark County Superior Court judge ruled this week that Vancouver lawyer Greg Ferguson cannot represent former Vancouver Police Officer Chris Kershaw in his wrongful termination case against the city, saying that Ferguson violated rules against representing clients with conflicting interests.Judge Barbara D. Johnson on Tuesday upheld a motion by the city to dismiss Ferguson as Kershaw’s attorney. Kershaw is in the middle of a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city, Assistant Police Chief Nannette Kistler and City Attorney Ted Gathe.In a motion filed in January, lawyers for the city had argued that because Ferguson represents both Kershaw and VPD Sgt. Dave Henderson, Kershaw’s former supervisor, he cannot represent either without damaging the other’s case.Henderson has filed a tort claim, noting an intent to sue the city. Both Kershaw and Henderson say they have been targeted for termination or discipline for speaking up on behalf of former Officer Navin Sharma, who won a $1.65 million wrongful termination settlement from the city in 2008. Ferguson was co-counsel in that case.Testimony in conflict?Seattle lawyer Mike Patterson, who represents the city, said that Ferguson can’t interview one man as a witness without compromising the credibility of the other, which is a violation of ethical rules.last_img read more

CEO to Acquire Emmis Take it Private

first_imgIn addition to owning several radio stations, Emmis publishes seven magazines, including Texas Monthly, Los Angeles and Atlanta. In 2006, Smulyan proposed to acquire the outstanding publicly held shares of Emmis for $15.25 per share in cash. He withdrew that offer after an agreement with the board of directors could not be reached.Emmis’ stock last traded Tuesday at $2.14 per share. One month after entering into a letter of intent to purchase Indianapolis-based regional magazine publisher and radio broadcaster Emmis Corporation, chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan has signed a definitive agreement to legally merge the company with his firm JS Acquisition and take it private. The agreement was approved by Emmis’ board of directors on Tuesday.Under the terms of the deal, JS Acquisition will effectively purchase all of Emmis’ roughly 37.6 million outstanding shares of Class A common stock for $2.40 per share—or approximately $90.2 million. It also includes an offer to exchange senior subordinated notes for Emmis’s preferred stock.The deal, which still requires stockholder approval, is being financed by an affiliate of equity partner Alden Global Capital, which currently owns holds more than 40 percent of Emmis’ preferred stock. last_img read more

AB de Villiers gives South Africa fighting chance

AB de Villiers gives South Africa fighting chance

first_imgAB de Villiers hit a rapid 64 to lift South Africa to a competitive total of 283 for seven in the series-deciding third and final one-day international against New Zealand on Kingsmead on Wednesday.The South African captain was the only batsman who made batting look easy against a steady New Zealand bowling attack on a pitch which offered the New Zealand bowlers good bounce and some sideways movement.De Villiers hurried to a half-century off 38 balls before being bowled by Doug Bracewell after a 48-ball innings which included eight fours and a six. Also Read – A league of his own!When De Villiers was on 19 he reached 8000 runs in one- day internationals in his 182nd innings – the fastest to the milestone. The previous record was held by Sourav Ganguly of India, who took 200 innings.After a poor batting performance in the second match in Potchefstroom, where they were bowled out for 204, South Africa fulfilled their objective of making a solid start as Morne van Wyk (58) and Hashim Amla (44) put on 89 for the first wicket.But the scoring rate was languishing until De Villiers and David Miller (36) put on 86 off 65 balls for the fourth wicket. Left-arm opening bowler Ben Wheeler took three wickets but conceded 71 runs, while medium-pacer Grant Elliott bowled ten overs in an unbroken spell and took two for 41.last_img read more

Save your nails from discoloration in simple steps

first_imgAre your nails brittle, discoloured, growing slowly, weak or easily breakable? Use different mixtures like olive oil and lemon juice or soak your hands in some beer, suggest experts.Olive oil and lemon juice mixture: Apply the mixture of a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice to your nails and massage it thoroughly, let it soak in, then slip soft manicure gloves on and let the mixture work its magic overnight.Sea salt treatment: Mix together two teaspoons of fine sea salt with two drops each of lemon juice or oil, myrrh oil and wheat germ oil. Put this mixture in Luke warm water and soak you hands for 10-15 minutes. Repeat it twice a week. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeer therapy: Take a half cup of beer, mix it with warm quarter of a cup of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Now, soak your hands in the mixture for 10 minutes until the nutrients get soaked in.Egg yolks and milk: Moisture is boon to nails. Massage the mixture of egg yolk and milk onto your nails that helps you to retain moisture overnight.Vaseline: In addition to curing various skin problems this petroleum jelly is also useful for curing brittle nails. Simply smear Vaseline once a day onto your nails for healthy nails. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHerbal mask: Mix a teaspoon each of chamomile and peppermint tea in a cup of boiled water and allow it to soak for an hour or half, and remove the herbs away. Then add a few drops of olive oil and two teaspoons of wheat floor. Stir it well, apply it to your nails and keep it on for half an hour.Avoid nail polish remover: Nail polish remover consists of chemicals, enemy of skin, it not only damages your skin but also make your nails brittle. Instead of using nail polish remover go for cheap perfumes or natural nail polish remover.last_img read more

How Giphy Became the Internets GoTo Gif Brand

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 21, 2016 This story appears in the April 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 15+ min read Tyler Menzel watches television or movies or cable news, and he no longer sees what regular people see. He filters for the magical few seconds — a woman’s uncontrolled smirk, a man’s harrumph, a candidate’s shrug, the briefest of experiences that are, all at once, visually comical and expressive and entirely relatable. He’s trained himself to do this by being editorial director at Giphy, the fifth employee the company hired three years ago. His team used to be one person: him. Now it’s six people. By the end of this year, it’ll be 16. And like him, they will all have an eye for the overlooked. An eye for the moment. And they will transform that moment into a gif.For the uninitiated: You’ve seen a gif before. It’s a looping image used across the internet — the thing that isn’t quite a video, that has no play button and no sound, that repeats until you look away. It’s lingua franca on social media. It’s on the New York Times homepage. It is silly and rudimentary and yet widely beloved, emailed and texted alongside emojis and emoticons. The gif’s inventor, Steve Wilhite, insists it is pronounced “jif,” like the peanut butter, but don’t you dare say it that way. The internet at large uses a hard g, like “gift.” Case closed.The Giphy team Giphy has a big idea: It wants to be the brand that owns the gif — that becomes synonymous not simply with a particular product or service but with the digital thing itself. Crazy? Maybe. It’s certainly an enormous branding challenge. But YouTube managed to own “internet video,” and Google owns “internet search.” Giphy already has a robust, searchable database filled with millions of gifs that it adds to daily, and has created tools so anyone can easily create clips and add to the collection. It has drawn in nearly $79 million in investments, and gets 500 million monthly page views on its websites and billions of views of its gifs. The company reportedly turned down a big acquisition offer from Facebook. So, maybe not so crazy.But none of this is possible without the moment.Tyler Menzel, Editorial DirectorHere are the lengths that Giphy goes to in order to capture that moment. The company has begun live-giffing (or is that giphing?) events — converting memorable seconds from live TV into instantly shareable gifs. This year’s Golden Globes was an all-hands-on-deck situation. Giphy sent two staffers to L.A. to work inside Entertainment Tonight’s production booth, while four others were perched at their office computers — three in Giphy’s Manhattan headquarters, and one in Laguna Beach. They were hunting. Waiting. Anytime they spotted a moment that the internet might enjoy, they spliced it, tweeted it and uploaded it to the site. Things were going fine. There were some OK moments, but nothing stood out. And then while Lady Gaga was walking to the stage to accept an award, looking very self-serious, she bumped into Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor looked up. He was startled, and then, for a split second, his eyes bugged and — wait, what was that? Indignation? Condescension? It happened so fast. “And it was such a small moment. It was such a small moment. But as it was happening, I saw it and was like, That’s not only a gif, that is the gif of the night,” Menzel says. Super Bowl winners have spoken with less enthusiasm than how he relays this story. “As I was cutting it, I couldn’t even explain the moment. I was telling the team, ‘I can’t explain what I have, but I have something great. Wait until you see this. This is going to be good.’” Within seconds, he’d created the gif. The internet hurtled forward. The five-second loop was viewed 50 million times and became the most talked-about moment of the night. Days later, DiCaprio told Vanity Fair that he’d seen the gif, had laughed at it, but remained perplexed by the whole situation. “I guess I’m of a different generation now,” he said. “I have no idea where this stuff comes from or how it’s even captured.”He’ll learn soon. Giphy’s moment has only begun.Let us pause for this important consideration: What the hell is going on here? Why are gifs so desired? So pleasurable? How is it possible for gifs — for the very concept of gifs — to be a business opportunity? It’s not as if anyone will pay to see a gif, at least not any more than they’ll pay to see a JPEG or a PDF or any other standard file format. And that’s all “gif” is, to be clear: It is a type of file. Entrepreneur.gif — there’s the name of a file that might show us all scrambling to make this magazine by deadline, then scrambling to make this magazine by deadline, then scrambling…and so on, endlessly looping. “Gif” stands for “graphics interchange format.” Snooze-fest.Giphy’s top guys — CEO Alex Chung and COO Adam Leibsohn — are eager to indulge these questions. We’re inside their office, a typical startup space with long tables of computers, glass-walled conference rooms and two dogs running around. “Ludwig Wittgenstein was a philosopher who had this language theory: Words are really, really good at literal things but really clumsy at abstract things,” says Leibsohn. (Non-spoiler alert: Both he and Chung were philosophy majors.) And Wittgenstein felt that this limited people’s ability to communicate. But what were we going to do, make another limited language? No.Today, roughly 60 years after ol’ Ludwig fell fatally ill (doctor: “You’re going to die within days”; patient: “Good!” — that’s the tale, anyway), the world has, in fact, developed totally new ways to communicate. “And you realize the trick to getting out of the problem he proposes is not language; it’s visual,” Leibsohn says. Selfies. Gifs. Memes. This is how digital natives express themselves. “So when you start to pull content from culture, you can use the content to express yourself, and it opens up the variety and the nuance of any of those bigger thoughts. ‘I love you’ can be cute, funny, sarcastic, mean, tongue-in-cheek, romantic, passionate — you can’t get that in just saying, ‘I love you,’ but if you can find the right gif in the right moment, you have something immediately understandable.”Jess Gilliam, Studio Creative DirectorIn 2012, Chung and a friend, Jace Cooke, were at brunch geeking out over this kind of stuff and realized there was no good way to actually find gifs. Google didn’t have a search function for them. So Chung, who had worked at many startups and MTV, spent a few months building a tool that scoured the web for the files. He called it Gifgle (like, you know, gif-Google). “Then I thought, This is dumb. We’re going to get sued,” he says. So he changed it to Giphy. In January 2013, he emailed a prototype to a few friends, and gif-like, it looped — friends emailing friends emailing friends. Four hours later, funding offers were coming in.So Chung and Cooke — who are cofounders, though Cooke would eventually leave to pursue a different startup — thought bigger. Giphy could be far more than simply a search engine. But to do that, it would need to act very deliberately, growing in just the right way and in just the right order.Julie Logan, Director of Brand StrategyFirst up: Giphy needed to reach its ready-made audience. Tons of people were already googling for gifs, but they needed to be trained to head to instead. So the startup spent the year mostly on search-engine optimization, making sure it was the top result for all gif-related searches. It also reached out to artists who created gifs and invited them to post their stuff on the site. When brands started asking Giphy for help creating gif-driven ad campaigns — Subway was the first — the company connected them with artists on the site and took no cut of the deal. Giphy didn’t need the cash; what it needed was goodwill and community. It still does this today with its Giphy Studios arm, recently with Converse, McDonald’s and Selena Gomez.(Google seemed to take notice: A few months after Giphy launched, the search giant introduced its own gif search function.)But of course, the gifs that go nuts online aren’t usually made by quirky artists; they’re larger cultural moments. So by Giphy’s second year, it had begun trying to sign licensing deals with major content producers — studios, TV networks and so on. “They’re like, ‘What? Gif rights? We don’t even understand,’” Chung says. Giphy needed to prove that this was worth a studio’s time, so it built a way for other popular services to use Giphy’s trove of gifs. You can see that work in action today on Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Tinder, Twitter, and 600-plus other services, all of which offer some way for its users to use Giphy’s database. “So we’re doing billions and billions of requests a month. Once studios saw the numbers, and that one of their gifs could do 100 or 200 million views, they were like, ‘Oh, this is a thing.’”Other times, Giphy would serve more as a problem solver. The L.A. Galaxy, a pro soccer team, had been tweeting out gifs for a while by the time Giphy called up, but still had plenty of needs. “We’d never thought strategically about these things,” says Chris Thomas, the team’s director of digital media and marketing, “but we were getting really good engagement and spending a lot of time on it.” Giphy created a page on for the Galaxy’s gifs (as it does for every partner) and provided gif-making tools, creative strategies and a big social promotion. The Galaxy is now a total convert: It even recently hired someone away from another team, specifically because the woman is so good at making gifs.Giphy makes its partnerships official with no-cash arrangements, which it now has with tons of major players in TV, movies and sports. The deal goes like this: We’ll make gifs out of your content and help distribute them across the internet, and both of us benefit. That’s how, say, Giphy was invited to work with the Golden Globes — and to show the world DiCaprio’s side-eye. Thomas says he might be skeptical of a deal like that from another company, but Giphy won him over with its enthusiasm and expertise. “One of their main goals seems to be to do cool stuff, and that’s what I want to do,” he says. “So there’s an immediate level of trust.”Ralph Bishop, Director of DesignJulie Logan used to text gifs to her friends, which they loved. But they’d never text gifs back. “I got mad and was finally like, ‘Why aren’t you doing this?’” she says. “And they’d say, ‘You’re the gif queen! We can’t compete!’” Lame excuse, but not without merit: This was 2014, and you couldn’t insert a gif into a text without going through a series of burdensome steps. So she built an app called Nutmeg, which offered a curated set of easily textable gifs. Then Giphy bought Nutmeg in March 2015 and made Logan its director of brand strategy. “It was an easy transition because Giphy was the same as Nutmeg — just a much bigger, more comprehensive go at it,” she says.Both companies operated on the same basic observation: There were lots of ways people wanted to use gifs but just couldn’t. As the jargon masters would say, gifs contained pain points. Finding gifs was hard. Sharing them was harder. And making them yourself? Damn near impossible. So once Giphy had built its traffic and its community, it moved on to the next phase of its grand brand-building adventure: It began releasing tools to ease all the pain.These things have been rolling out for the past year or so. There’s a web tool that easily turns video — from your cellphone, YouTube and more — into gifs. Giphy’s first app, released last March, is a mobile search engine that makes sharing easy. Its second app, Giphy Cam, is like a video camera that records only in gif, and layers on dozens of goofy animations (like, say, snapping lobster claws or a cascade of dollar bills). All these services are free; Giphy says it’s currently focused on user growth. Revenue will come later, presumably through ads. “We follow basically everything Google did in the ’90s,” Chung says, “and we just do it with gifs, which have higher CPMs” — digitalspeak for the price of a thousand views of an ad—“so we’ll do the same thing. If they’re making billions of dollars, I’m sure we can make 1 percent of that.”But here’s Giphy’s secret: All this technology was made with a dual purpose. Often the company had to create technology to use internally, like a way to turn videos into gifs. Once the product was refined, Giphy released a consumer version. “A lot of us have backgrounds at other tech companies, where maybe before building something, we’re going to justify it first,” says Nam Nguyen, director of platform products. “But here, it comes from our genuine interest in having these things available to us. The first step of our thinking is, I just want that. Here’s the reason why: I just want it.” And if Giphy’s employees want something, there’s a good chance its users do, too.The company has many ways to riff on this mentality. Consider what happens with one of Giphy’s partners, the popular messaging tool Slack. If you type “/giphy” and some words into Slack — “congratulations,” for example — a related gif will pop up in your chatroom. But Giphy’s employees use Slack all day and are always joking about other tricks they should put into the product. If one seems funny enough, a developer might spend a few hours making it. There’s no mission statement. No project manager to run it by. The person just does it. As a result, Slack is stuffed with silly Giphy Easter eggs. With the right keywords, users can create a gif that zooms in on a friend’s face — try it: “/giphy #enhance” and then the url of a photo — or layers on a caption, or displays the temperature in any zip code atop a weather-related image of, say, a dog on a sled. Nam Nguyen, Director of Platform Products“So when we come out with these crazy ideas,” Nguyen says, “we like to think about the components that make this exist, and think, How can that go further?” The weather gag is a good example. To make it work, a developer first had to tap into data from another source (in this case,, then create a system that matches up the data with an appropriate gif, then pastes the two together and serves it to the user — all within seconds. That’s not just a silly trick; that’s a new platform with all sorts of applications. What if Giphy struck a deal with ESPN, and sports fans on Twitter or Facebook could instantly create gifs showing the score of a game along with a gif highlight that just happened? Now it’s technically possible, all thanks to a lark.But these are all small tools. When Giphy’s executives talk about building things they need, there is one core, until-now secret product that fits the description above all else. “We have this thing called — uh, we can talk about it,” says Chung, the CEO, as if he’s giving himself permission, as Leibsohn shifts a little on the couch next to him. “Yeah. We can talk about it. We have this other thing called Giphy DVR.”Giphy had created a problem for itself. It positioned itself as the central place for gifs, and partnered with the creators of the greatest giffable content, but how can a little startup possibly keep up that level of production? Giphy DVR is its answer: a software system that takes in a limitless amount of video — live broadcasts, entire movies, it doesn’t matter — and instantly spits out, as Chung describes it, “every possible gif.” Its algorithms splice in tons of ways. The system detects when a scene begins, when a person begins a motion, when closed-captioning starts and more. It also splices at various seconds-long intervals. An hour-long television show could be spun out into maybe 10,000 possible gifs — most of them useless, of course, but that’s what an editor is for. A human simply grabs the greatest gif, the Lady Gaga moment of every live event, and shares it with the world. Soon Giphy plans on giving this technology to its partners. If CNN or NBC or whoever wants to produce its own gifs, Giphy DVR will splice their content into 24 hours’ worth of them. “We’re basically going to tap into every live feed there is,” Chung says. “Imagine all the moments just there for you, and you pick the ones you want. We have that tech right now.” And one day, Chung says, once its partners are comfortable with the technology, Giphy might create a version for consumers as well. Because that’s what it always does.David Rosenberg, Director of Business DevelopmentAbout a year ago news came out that Facebook tried to buy Giphy. No terms were made public. Very little was said on it. But Facebook is a big spender — it bought Instagram for $1 billion and Whatsapp for $19 billion — so it’s fair to guess that the offer was at least interesting. Why turn it down?“Yeah, no comment,” says Chung.Pause. And then he can’t resist.“I mean, one comment we’ll say is, once you own the format and we have the scale that we do, it’s obvious that someone’s going to want to be a part of this, right?”Leibsohn comments next: “I’d also say if you follow our logic, and our trajectory, we are the main player in this space, and it’s going to be essential to what happens in culture moving forward. So, we’re going to be a pretty big force to reckon with.”There’s no way to guarantee their trajectory, of course, but their logic is easier to forecast. That earlier question about Giphy — how do you become the brand that owns something as random as the gif? That’s no longer their big question. Giphy envisions itself as more than just a place for gifs. That’s why it’s obsessed with the moment that gifs capture — because the moment is bigger than the gif. The moment is emotion. “You never search ‘happy’ on Google,” Chung says. But you can on Giphy. So what is Giphy, to him? It’s the beginning of a different kind of search engine, one based on experience instead of information. “You don’t get too many opportunities to compete with Google,” he says. “We competed and we beat them at the gif search. And you’ve seen the office — it’s pretty small. There’s not too many of us. So imagine if we had thousands of people.”Leibsohn is convinced that the world is ready to think this way—that rather than gifs capturing the world, the world caters itself to the gif. Look at Drake, creating a music video intended to be spliced. Look at Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, dismissively brushing her shoulder in an instantly giffable way. “Come on, that’s not just happenstance,” Leibsohn says. “She’s being coached to be visual on purpose. You’re going to see everyone start to think about how they can be translated and remixed and repurposed again and again.”Is that true? I put it to Stacy London, host of TLC’s Love, Lust, or Run, whose contemptuous eye rolls and shocked jaw drops are regularly giffed. Does she operate her face with the internet in mind? Well, not exactly. “I’ve always kind of done them,” she says. She knows the looks are popular with TV viewers, so everything else is gravy. Still, she does love her gifs. “One of my best friends likes to respond to my texts only with my eye-roll and side-eye gifs,” she says, “which I think is hysterical.”It’s all the same to Giphy, really: Regardless of why she does it, she makes moments. That’s what counts.  Join our live video chat with the Giphy team on March 22 at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. Submit your questions on the event page or tweet them with #GiphyChat. last_img read more

Konica Minolta Healthcare Leads MD Buyline Rankings in DR Customer Satisfaction

Konica Minolta Healthcare Leads MD Buyline Rankings in DR Customer Satisfaction

first_img News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 11, 2016 Konica Minolta Healthcare Leads MD Buyline Rankings in DR Customer Satisfaction Company earned highest category score for system performance, installation/implementation, applications training, service response time and service repair quality Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more October 11, 2016 — Konica Minolta Healthcare announced that it was awarded the No. 1 overall DR (digital radiography) User Satisfaction rating in the third quarter of 2016 by MD Buyline.  MD Buyline is the leading strategic sourcing provider serving hospitals and vendors. It uses evidence-based research and consulting services to advise hospitals on critical purchasing decisions.The MD Buyline value analysis process evaluated top user satisfaction composite ratings. In addition to the highest composite score of 9.5, Konica Minolta earned the highest category score for System Performance (9.8), Installation/Implementation (9.4), Applications Training (9.4), Service Response Time (9.4) and Service Repair Quality (9.4). The scoring is on a 10-point scale.”The AeroDR family of flat panel detectors is receiving a warm welcome across multiple types of imaging scenarios, ranging from large hospital systems to urgent care clinics and independent imaging centers,” according to the MD Buyline analysis. MD Buyline also recognized the AeroDR portfolio for its competitive pricing and noted buyers’ positive feedback on the Blue Moon service offerings for detector and interface coverage.For more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Related Content Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systemscenter_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more last_img read more

Implementing Unity 2017 Game Audio Tutorial

Implementing Unity 2017 Game Audio Tutorial

first_imgBackground music and audio effects play a big role in determining any game’s success or failure. Creating engaging game audio, importing audio from other sources and working and customizing Audio FX clips as per the game flow is a vital task for any game developer.  In this article, we are going to discuss about how to create, customize and use third party audio in Unity games. This article is a part of the book titled “Unity 2017 2D Game Development Projects” written by Lauren S. Ferro & Francesco Sapio. Basics of audio and sound FX in Unity Adding sound in Unity is simple enough, but you can implement it better if you understand how sound travels. While this is extremely important in 3D games because of the added third dimension, it is quite important in 2D games, just in a slightly different way. Before we discuss the differences, let’s first learn about what and how sound works from a quick physics lesson. Listening to the physics behind sound What we hear is not just music, sound effects (FX) and ambient background noise. The sound is a longitudinal, mechanical (vibrating) wave. These “waves” can pass through different mediums (for example, air, water, your desk) but not through a vacuum. Therefore, no one will hear your screams in space. The sound is a variation in pressure. A region of increased pressure on a sound wave is called a compression (or condensation). A region of decreased pressure on a sound wave is called a rarefaction (or dilation). You can see this concept illustrated in the following image: The density of certain materials, such as glass and plastic, allows a certain amount of light to pass through them. This will influence how the light will behave when it passes through them, such as bending/refracting (that is, the index of refraction), various materials (for example, liquids, solids, gases) have the same effect when it comes to allowing sound waves to pass. Some materials allow the sound to pass easily, while others dampen it. Therefore, sound studios/booths are made of certain materials to remove things such as echoes. It has a similar effect to when you scream underwater that there is a shark. It won’t be as loud as if you scream from your kitchen to tell everyone dinner is ready. Another thing to consider is what is known as the Doppler Effect. The Doppler Effect results from an increase (or decrease) in the frequency of sound (and other things such as light, ripples in water) as the source of the sound and person/player move toward (or away from) each other. A simple example of this is when an emergency vehicle passes by you. You will notice that the sound of the siren is different before it reaches you when it is near you, and once it passes you. Considering this example, it is because there is a sudden change in pitch in the passing siren. This is visualized in the following image: So, what is the point of knowing this when it comes to developing games? Well, this is particularly important when creating games, more so in 3D, in relation to how sounds are heard by players in many ways. For example, imagine that you’re nearing a creek, but there are dense bushes, large pine trees, and a rugged terrain. The sound that creek makes from where a player is in the game world is going to sound very different if it was a completely flat plane free from any vegetation. When it comes to 2D games, this is not necessarily as important because we are working without depth (z-axis) but similar principles apply when players may be navigating around a top-down environment and they are near a point of interest. You don’t want that sound to be as loud when the player is far away as it would be if they were up close. Within the context of 2D and 3D sounds, Unity has a parameter for this exact thing called Spatial Blend. We will discuss this more in the Audio Source section. There are several ways that you can create audio within Unity, from importing your own/downloaded sounds to recording it live. Like images, Unity can import most standard audio file formats: AIFF, WAV, MP3, and Ogg, and tracker modules (for example, short instrument samples): .xm, .mod, .it, and .s3m. Importing audio Importing audio into Unity follows the same processes as importing any other type of asset. We will cover the basics of what you need to know in the following sections. Audio Listener Have you heard the saying, If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? Well, in Unity, if there is nothing to hear your audio, then the answer is no. This is because Unity has a component called an Audio Listener, which works like a microphone. To locate the Audio Listener, click the Main Camera, and then look over at the Inspector; it should be located near the bottom, like in the following image: If for some reason, it isn’t there, you can always add it by clicking the following button titled Add Component, type Audio Listener, and select it (click it) from the list, like in the following image: The important thing to remember is that an Audio Listener is the location of the sound, so it makes sense as to why it is typically placed on the Main Camera, but it can also be placed on a Player. A single scene can only have one Audio Listener; therefore, it’s best to experiment with the one that works best for your game. It is important to remember that an Audio Listener works with an Audio Source, and must have one to work. Audio Source The Audio Source is where the sound comes from. This can be from many different objects within a Scene as well as background and sound FX. The Audio Source has several parameters; later we will briefly discuss the main ones. To see more information about all the parameters, you can check out the official Unity documentation by visiting the link or scanning the QR code: You may be wondering why we should have a slider for Spatial Blend, instead of a checkbox. This is because we need to fade between 2D and 3D, and there is a good reason for this. Imagine that you’re in a game and you’re looking at a screen on a computer. In this case, your camera is going to be fixated on whatever is on the screen. This could be checking an inventory or even entering nuclear codes. In any case, you will want the sound that is being emitted from the screen to be the focal audio. Therefore, the slider in the Spatial Blend parameter is going to be closer to 2D. This is because you may still want ambient noises that are in the background incorporated into the experience. So, if you are closer to 2D, the sound will be the same in both speakers (or headphones). The closer you slide toward 3D, the more the volume will depend on the proximity of the Sound Listener to the Sound Source. It will also allow for things, such as the Doppler Effect, to be more noticeable, as it takes in 3D space. There are also specific settings for these things. Choosing sounds for background and FX When it comes to picking the right kind of music for your game, just like the aesthetics, you need to think about what kind of “mood” you’re trying to create. Is it a somber or uplifting kind of mood, are you ironically contrasting the graphics (for example, happy) with gloomy music? There is really no right or wrong when it comes to your musical selection if you can communicate to the player what they are supposed to feel, at least in general. For this game, I have provided you with some example “moods” that you can apply to this game. Of course, you’re welcome to choose sounds other than this that are more to your liking! All the sounds that we will use will be from the Free Sound website: You will need to create an account to download them, but it’s free and there are many great sounds that you can use when creating games. In saying this, if you’re intending to create your games for commercial purposes, please make sure that you check the Terms and Conditions on Free Sound to make sure that you’re not violating any of them. Each track will have its own attribution licenses, including those for commercial use, so always check! For this project, we’re going to stick with the “Happy” version. But I encourage you to experiment! Happy Collecting Angel Cakes: Chime sound ( Being attacked by the enemy: Cat Purr/Twit4.wav ( Collecting health: correct ( Collecting bonuses: Signal-Ring 1 ( Background: Kirmes_Orgel_004_2_Rosamunde.mp3 ( Sad Collecting Angel Cakes: Glass Tap ( Being attacked by the enemy: musicbox1.wav ( Collecting health: chime.wav ( Collecting bonuses: short metallic hit ( Background: improvised chill 8 ( Retro Collecting Angel Cakes: TF_Buzz.flac ( Being attacked by the enemy: Game Die ( Collecting health: galanghee.wav ( Collecting bonuses: SW05.WAV ( Background: Angel-techno pop music loop ( Not everyone can hear well or at all, so it pays to keep this in mind when you’re developing games that may rely on audio to provide feedback to players. While subtitles can enable dialogue to be more accessible, sound FX can be a little trickier. Therefore, when it comes to implementing audio, think about how you could complement it, even if the same effect that you’re trying to achieve with sound is subtle. For example, if you play a “bleep” for every item collected, perhaps you could associate it with a slight glow or flash of color. The choice is up to you, but it’s something to keep in mind. On the other end of the spectrum, those who can hear might also want to turn the sounds off. We’ve all played that game (or several) that really begins to become irritating, so make sure that you also check this while you’re playtesting. You don’t want an awesome game to suck because your audio is intolerable and there is not an option to TURN THE SOUND OFF! You’ve been warned. Integrating background music in our game Once you choose which music better suits the kind of feel you want to create for your game, import both the sound and the music inside the project. If you want, you can create two folders for them, SoundFX and Music, respectively. Now, in our scene, we need to do the following: Create an empty game object (by clicking GameObject | Create empty), rename it Background Music. Attach an Audio Source component (in the Inspector, click Add Component | Audio | Audio Source). Next, we need to drag and drop the music we decided on/downloaded into the AudioClip variable and check the Loop option, so the background music will never stop. Also, check that Play on Awake is checked as well, even if it should be by default, so the music will start playing as soon as the game starts. Hit Play to start the game. Lastly, adjust the volume, depending on the music you chose. This may require a bit of playtesting (remember to set the value after the play mode, because the settings you adjust during play mode are not kept). In the end, this is how the component should look (in the image, I chose the happy theme music, and set a Volume of 0.1): Here in this article we have shown you how to incorporate game audio effects and background music in Unity games. If you liked this article, then check out the complete book Unity 2017 2D Game Development Projects. Read Next AI for Unity game developers: How to emulate real-world senses in your NPC agent Working with Unity Variables to script powerful Unity 2017 games How to use arrays, lists, and dictionaries in Unity for 3D game developmentlast_img read more

First count shows Bouterse party gets majority in Suriname

First count shows Bouterse party gets majority in Suriname

first_imgBouterse now needs a two-thirds majority vote in Parliament to be re-elected president. If he wins, he would rule Suriname for another five years. Legislators have to be sworn in by June 30.There were no reports of violence or irregularities, according to election observers with the Organization of American States. There are 353,000 registered voters in the country of some 550,000 people.Bouterse is a two-time coup leader and former dictator accused of executing 15 political opponents in 1982. He also was convicted in absentia in the Netherlands in 1999 on drug trafficking charges, but Suriname does not have an extradition treaty with its former colonial ruler. Bouterse also obtained immunity as head of state when he was democratically elected in 2010 amid widespread discontent with Suriname’s economy.Santokhi had accused Bouterse’s party of financial mismanagement, noting that Suriname’s debt had increased to more than $1 billion in recent years. He also had vowed to reverse an amended amnesty law and restart Bouterse’s prosecution for the 1982 killings if elected president.Bouterse’s son, Dino, also has faced legal problems.A U.S. judge sentenced him earlier this year to more than 16 years in prison after he admitted to offering Lebanese militant group Hezbollah a home base in Suriname. Dino Bouterse once led Suriname’s anti-terrorist unit. PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The party of former military dictator Desi Bouterse obtained the majority of Parliament seats in the South American country of Suriname, according to preliminary results released Tuesday.Bouterse’s National Democratic Party obtained 26 of 51 seats following Monday’s general election, while the main opposition V7 alliance party led by former Justice Minister Chan Santokhi obtained 17 seats, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories center_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories Suriname President Desi Bouterse greets supporters as he leaves a polling station, after casting his ballot in the general election, in Paramaribo, Suriname, Monday, May 25, 2015. Bouterse is betting that Monday’s election to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years. (AP Photo/Ertugrul Kilic) Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more