Journalism 360 Challenge 2018

first_img Reddit Pocket Deadline: 28 June 2018Open to: journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, gamers, software developers and academics, news organizations, startups, established businesses, nonprofits and individuals, anywhere in the worldAward: ten grants of up to USD 20,000 eachDescriptionThis is an open call for ideas using immersive storytelling to discover new ways to engage audiences and advance the field of journalism. From May 30 to June 28, invite you to submit your idea to win a share of 200,000 USD, which will be awarded at the Online News Association conference in Austin, Texas September 13 – 15, 2018.The Online News Association, Knight Foundation and Google News Initiative are partnering to launch this open call for ideas, offering ten grants of up to USD 20,000 each to test, refine and build out a project.Journalism 360 is a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism. Journalism 360 mission is to help news organizations, journalists, technologists, content creators and journalism educators experiment with all forms of immersive storytelling, including but not limited to 360 video, augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality.EligibilityThe challenge is open to journalists, technologists, entrepreneurs, gamers, software developers and academics, news organizations, startups, established businesses, nonprofits and individuals, anywhere in the world.AwardTen grants of up to 20,000 USD each to test, refine and build out a project.How to Apply?Before applying please red the FAQ’s. In order to apply fill the online application.For more information please visit the official website. Rest and Refuge Scholarship 2018/19 → LinkedIn 0 TFF Challenge 2021 ← Regional Restoration Camps 2018 D-Prize Challenges Watson Semester Accelerator 2021 June 11, 2018 Published by Ivona Share 0 Similar Stories +1 Tweet Journalism 360 Challenge 2018last_img read more

From zero to 15 million: The story of Outlast

first_imgFrom zero to 15 million: The story of OutlastRed Barrels’ Philippe Morin on turning a $1.4 million budget into a $64 million franchise with 15 million salesMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 14th May 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRed Barrels StudioVery occasionally, it’s possible to see that a game is important or influential before it is released. Most of the time, though, that kind of recognition arrives with hindsight.For the last console generation, the best example is Epic’s Gears of War, a game that pretty much everybody agreed was fun and visually spectacular when it launched, but many cooled on due to the muscular dude-bros at the heart of its story. By the time Xbox One and PlayStation 4 arrived, however, Gears’ influence seemed to be everywhere, from the feel of its characters to the position of the camera to the importance of cover in its combat system. Add in the second game’s “Horde” multiplayer mode, and one could make a convincing case for it being the most influential IP of the entire generation. It just didn’t feel that way at the time.In terms of content, Gears of War and Outlast have very little in common, of course, but we may come to see Red Barrels’ debut as one of the more quietly important games of the PS4/Xbox One era. I attended a panel at Berlin’s Quo Vadis conference recently, which discussed “AAA indies” as an emerging trend, one galvanised by the launch of Ninja Theory’s excellent Hellblade last year. Track back to 2013, though, and you’ll see that Red Barrels had already laid the groundwork.”We’ll never know what the first month sales would have been without PS Plus, but I personally think it was the right move” That much is evident from its co-founders David Chateauneuf, Hugo Dallaire and Philippe Morin, all of whom had worked at both Ubisoft Montreal and EA Montreal. Red Barrels was started when their project at EA was cancelled and, recognising that single-player action-adventure games were becoming harder to get off the ground at big publishers, they decided to take matters into their own hands. According to Morin, Red Barrels’ CEO, starting a studio was the only way to make that kind of game, “without having to worry about all of the stuff that big studios have to worry about.”However, it was 2011, and the common perception of digital indie games was out of line with Red Barrels’ goal: to establish a model that reduced the financial risk associated with what Morin calls “single-player action-adventure type games”, while still offering scale and production values that resembled a AAA release. Despite the pedigree of Red Barrels’ team, however, funding Outlast was far more difficult than anyone predicted.”We couldn’t find anybody to invest,” Morin recall. “We searched for 18 months. We were 18 months without a salary, except for little contracts here and there.”On the VC side, it was still the mobile bubble. The thing we were hearing the most was that they’d rather invest $50,000 in ten projects than $500,000 in us. Maybe on that side there was a lack of knowledge or understanding in terms of the [console] industry.”On the publisher side, Morin observed a lack of belief: in the potential for a bigger, more expensive indie game to make money on digital platforms, and in the demand for the horror genre itself.Outlast reaped the benefits of being free through PS Plus, and attracting the attention of the emerging streamer community”David [Chateauneuf] and I tried to convince Ubisoft Montreal to let us work on a horror concept in around 2009,” he adds. “There was no interest, and the reason mainly was that, although there was a minimum amount of money we think we can make it for, we cannot reach a big enough audience.”Ultimately, Red Barrels found an investor in the form of the Canada Media Fund – you can read about that process in more detail here – through which it raised $1 million to add to money from personal savings and loans. Along a handful deals that brought in contractors for below market rate in exchange for a small slice of eventual revenue, the full production budget for Outlast was $1.36 million CAD. When the PC version shipped in September 2013, the Red Barrels bank account was virtually empty.”Every time we did sales projections for Outlast over the next year, they were always below the actual sales” “We were all in, for sure – but I still have my house,” Morin chuckles. “We basically had to launch a game before we ran out of money. There were options to find more money, but at that point we felt that we’d worked so hard to get where we were, it would have been a shame to give away shares in the company just to get a few more months of production.”Indeed, resources were so strained that Red Barrels needed revenue from the PC sales to start work on a planned DLC episode and, crucially, a console port. The importance of the console version speaks to another way in which Outlast has proved to be influential: when it made its console debut in early 2014, it did so exclusively on PlayStation 4, as a free game through Sony’s PS Plus subscription service. According to Morin, trading what it could have made in sales revenue for a flat fee was, “definitely one of the most difficult decisions we had to make” – one ultimately decided by a narrow vote. PS Plus wasn’t entirely new, of course, but it was new to many PlayStation 4 owners, and even those who were used to getting free games every month had rarely seen a new release of Outlast’s quality. Psyonix would reap huge rewards by launching Rocket League in the same way almost 18 months later, but here again Red Barrels had laid the groundwork.”Our plan was to start a franchise, and we knew we needed as many people as possible to be aware of that franchise,” Morin says. “We also knew we had DLC in the pipeline, so it would increase the number of potential buyers for the DLC. “It was a gamble. We’ll never know what the first month sales would have been without PS Plus, but I personally think it was the right move. We didn’t have a marketing budget, so it was our way to do marketing without having to spend money.””Our goal was to work for two years, maybe two-and-a-half years tops on Outlast 2. Ultimately it was more like three years” Looking back, there is little doubt that it was the right move. In the digital games market, where positive opinion can spread virally in a matter of hours, and where a product’s tail can be as long as its creator can sustain public interest, units sold had ceased to be the only metric worth considering. The PS Plus launch fit that new landscape perfectly, and also allowed the game to gain the attention of YouTube streamers, who were emerging as the dominant force in the games-focused media at that exact moment. Some of that was simply fortunate timing, Morin admits, but other aspects were a carefully calculated risk – a risk that paid off handsomely.”Every time we did sales projections over the next year, they were always below the actual sales,” he says. “The sales of Outlast have always been steady. They’ve gone down in the last 18 months maybe, but we still sell a lot of units when we do a promotion.”The success of Outlast had allowed Red Barrels to think bigger for the sequel, but Morin says that the initial plan was a good deal more restrained than the available resources could have allowed. The second game wouldn’t launch through PS Plus, and while the studio could set a higher budget and not be taking as much of a risk as it had with the first game, it was still unclear how much consumers were willing to spend on a digital indie game.Outlast 2 was a more ambitious game than its predecessor, with a 5x bigger budget”We wanted to make a game that would be the scope of Outlast and its DLC together,” Morin says. “Our philosophy was to keep our fans and hope they play full price this time.”In the end, the ‘full price’ of Outlast 2 was higher than the first game – $29.99, where Outlast was $19.99 – but that was a reflection of the time and cost of its development. It had cost $1.4 million CAD to create and release both the PC and PS4 versions of Outlast, but the budget of Outlast 2 rose to around $7 million CAD, with the planned launch delayed by at least six months.”We had to keep pushing back the deadline,” Morin says. “This was the first time in our careers that we were in total control of what we can ship. We wanted to give ourselves that freedom. This is what we wanted to do from the beginning, so let’s keep working until we have the game that we want to make. At some point, of course, your body tells you, ‘No, no, that’s enough.'”Initially, our goal was to work for two years, maybe two-and-a-half years tops on the game. Ultimately it was more like three years, and I would say three years is the maximum – for the fans, and for us.””In big studios, they can say, ‘If you’re burnt out we can always give the IP to a different team’. But that’s not the case here” Outlast 2 launched at the very end of April 2017, and Morin says that the fiscal year since that date has been the most lucrative in the company’s history. The sales of Outlast 2 are a big part of that, but Morin says that there are days when they sell more units of Outlast – at a lower price, of course, but it shows that there are customers encountering the series for the first time even five years later.”All this stuff is new to us,” he admits. “Releasing a second game while having a first game on the market? It’s new territory.”And Red Barrels has taken to this new territory with gusto. The Outlast series has now sold 15 million units in total, putting it among the most popular new IPs from an independent studio this decade. Red Barrels has earned $64 million in revenue from sales, or $45 million CAD after the distributors have taken their cut. Given that the company’s bank account was empty on the day it launched Outcast for PC, Red Barrels’ story is a remarkable example of building global success from humble beginnings.However, it’s also the kind of success that is impossible to ignore. When the team finally shipped Outlast 2, Morin says, there was a strong desire to “do something completely different” for Red Barrels’ next project; a well earned reward for five years of grafting on the same IP. But after a long break and some time to decompress, the team came up with an idea that would be “a departure” from the gameplay experience that forms the basis for both Outlast games, but one set in the same fictional universe.”If you’d told me a year ago that the project we’re currently working on was going to be our next thing, I would have said, ‘Nah, I don’t think so’,” he says. “It’s an internal struggle. On the one side you have to stay motivated as a developer, but at the same time we have to think about stuff as company owners. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “That’s why it took us several months to find the sweet-spot between doing something that’s going to please the fans, and something that we’re driven by personally. In big studios, they can say, ‘If you’re burnt out we can always give the IP to a different team’. But that’s not the case here.””We’re prototyping, and the way I want to approach this is to get a prototype that we’re really happy about, and then figure out the best way to get it done. Are we going to need the same kind of budget? Can it be lower? Right now, I don’t know.”All I know is that I always make sure we have options on the table: plan A, B, C and D. When you get to the river, you decide which bridge you want to cross. I always tell the team that, since the studio is owned by developers, our interests as developers is as important as our interests as shareholders. We don’t want to change that.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 5 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Visiting Assistant Professor

first_imgThe Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU is acceptingapplications for two visiting assistant professors.  Thesewill be nine-month, non-tenure-track faculty positions at theAssistant Professor level to begin fall 2021.  We are seekingcandidates who have experience teaching using active learning andlearner-centered approaches. Candidates must have a Ph.D. from anaccredited institution in a discipline appropriate to thebiological sciences and relevant teaching experience. ABD may beconsidered depending on experience. Successful candidates will beexpected to teach two courses per semester at the undergraduatelevel. Specific courses taught will be determined based on facultyexpertise and experience, as well as the needs of the department.The position is 100 % teaching.  Minimum QualificationsCandidates must have: 1) completed a Ph.D. from an accreditedinstitution in a discipline appropriate to the biological sciences;2) relevant teaching experience as an instructor of record; 3)evidence of a commitment to teaching and student learning at theundergraduate level; 5) ability to interact and collaborateeffectively with a diversity of colleagues and students.Preferred QualificationsPreference will be given to candidates with 1) documentedexperience teaching multiple types of courses; 2) documentedevidence or commitment to active learning techniques; 3) use ofteaching in a scale-up classroom setting or other active learningoriented classrooms; 4) experience in teaching both undergraduateand graduate courses; 5) a strong commitment to equity andinclusion in the classroom; and 6) a commitment todiversity.   Application materials include: a curriculum vitae; a two-pagestatement of teaching interests and philosophy; and contactinformation (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) forthree professional references. All application materials must besubmitted electronically.  Visit details and application materials.Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and continue untilthe position is filled. Questions regarding the search may be sent [email protected] Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employerand all qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, disability or veterans status.  Women and peoplefrom traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged toapply.last_img read more

Junior Johnson, moonshiner turned NASCAR legend, dies at 88

first_imgJunior Johnson, a stock-car racing giant whose career spanned the sport’s history from its moonshining roots to its modern era as a fierce, hard-nosed driver and an innovative mechanic and team owner, has died. He was 88.Johnson’s passing was confirmed by the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He had been in declining health and entered hospice care earlier this week. His wife, Lisa, told The New York Times that Johnson had Alzheimer’s disease.Johnson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its inaugural Class of 2010. He won 50 races in NASCAR’s top division — the most of any driver without a championship — and added 132 victories and six championships as a successful team owner for many legends of the sport. Johnson won the second running of the Daytona 500 in 1960, then added two more triumphs in the Great American Race as a car owner in 1969 and ’77.His all-out style — honed from years of hauling illegal liquor at breakneck speeds through the North Carolina foothills — took a toll on his competitors and his own equipment, earning him a reputation as the hardest of the hard chargers. Johnson was also known as the Wilkes County Wildman and heralded as “The Last American Hero,” after a brilliant 1965 essay in Esquire by author Tom Wolfe.“Junior Johnson truly was the ‘Last American Hero,’ ” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “From his early days running moonshine through the end of his life, Junior wholly embodied the NASCAR spirit. He was an inaugural NASCAR Hall of Famer, a nod to an extraordinary career as both a driver and team owner. Between his on-track accomplishments and his introduction of Winston to the sport, few have contributed to the success of NASCAR as Junior has. The entire NASCAR family is saddened by the loss of a true giant of our sport, and we offer our deepest condolences to Junior’s family and friends during this difficult time.”RELATED: NASCAR community mourns loss of Junior JohnsonBorn Robert Glenn Johnson Jr. in 1931, he became known simply as “Junior” as the fourth of seven children. His North Carolina home was the small community of Ronda, not far from Ingle Hollow, just a short drive from the North Wilkesboro Speedway, one of NASCAR’s charter tracks.RacingOneFarming was a staple of the Johnson household, but so was the manufacture and high-speed transport of untaxed whiskey. Junior Johnson quickly became involved in both family businesses, sharpening his skills as a driver with his fearlessness in distributing liquor in hopped-up cars.“The good whiskey runners were kind of cocky about it, like good race drivers,” Johnson told the Associated Press in 1991. “I guess I was pretty cocky.”Legend has it that Johnson was never caught on the road. He was convicted of moonshining in 1956 after authorities staked out the family still. President Ronald Reagan pardoned him on Dec. 26, 1986. “No maybe about it. Best Christmas gift I ever got,” Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2007. Johnson now sells moonshine legally under the Midnight Moon label.RELATED: Junior Johnson’s life in photosJohnson’s earliest aspirations were first aimed at a different professional sport, but an accident cut those dreams short. “I’d probably have been a baseball pitcher if I hadn’t broken my arm when I was 14,” Johnson told the AP. “I broke it turning a farm tractor over on it, acting a fool.”Johnson’s first stock-car event came by chance, according to North Wilkesboro Speedway founder Enoch Staley. At his brother’s encouragement, Johnson temporarily put his plow aside and threw on some shoes to compete at his home track, which was then dirt. “We had scheduled a modified race, but didn’t have enough cars to complete the field,” Staley told the Associated Press in 1965. “So we invited the Wilkes County fans out of the stands to enter passenger cars and Junior ran in a 1939 Ford. That’s how he got his start.”Johnson’s first appearance in NASCAR’s top division was on an even bigger stage, in the 1953 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. He finished 38th in the 59-car field, but gave the garage an early glimpse at his toughness. After his No. 75 Oldsmobile pirouetted off a guard rail, Johnson exited his crumpled car unharmed but noticed that the engine was on fire. Johnson quickly opened the hood, removed his shirt and batted out the flames himself.RacingOneBy the time Johnson made a full-fledged go at stock-car racing, he quickly established himself as a winner. He prevailed for the first time at Hickory Speedway on May 7, 1955, adding four more victories by the end of his rookie season.“I was crazy, I think,” Johnson told NASCAR Productions in 2015. “I’ve never been scared in a race car, any other kind of car, because I thought I was a good enough driver to handle it. And I was.”Johnson’s legend as a fierce competitor grew in the late 1950s into the ’60s, taking a major leap with his Daytona 500 triumph in 1960. “I’ve driven in a lot of races, but this is my first big victory,” Johnson told reporters after leading 67 of 200 laps and beating Bobby Johns for the win.The significance of that win took on extra meaning with a discovery that is now superspeedway canon. During preliminary events at Daytona International Speedway, Johnson learned how to use the aerodynamic push and pull created by the air at high speeds. The technique of “drafting” was born, a tactic that Johnson initially kept to himself, later using it to help his year-old Chevrolet compete against the favored Pontiacs.Johnson stayed tucked firmly behind Johns in the late going of that Daytona 500, the aero pull becoming so forceful that it popped the rear window from Johns’ car. Johns lost control on the backstretch, allowing Johnson to pull away and lead the final nine laps.“Heck, his whole car came up off the ground, spun around and went down to the infield and I went on and won the race,” Johnson told Speed TV years later. “Everybody knew then by about the time the race was over with what I had done all day long was just drafted people, and that’s how I got to where I was at.”Johnson accumulated wins for eight straight seasons into the 1960s, but never finished higher than sixth in the premier series standings, running only partial seasons throughout his career. His best season in terms of visits to Victory Lane came in his final campaign in 1965, when he won 13 of his 36 starts, including his final win as a driver at North Wilkesboro that October.That same year, Johnson’s impact was chronicled in Wolfe’s groundbreaking article, “The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes!” The profile, a prime example of Wolfe’s brand of “new journalism,” introduced the country to Johnson’s stature as an everyman icon in his native Wilkes County and a “lead-footed chicken farmer” while capturing America’s growing love affair with the automobile. Wolfe colorfully heralded Johnson as “one of the last of those sports stars who is not just an ace at the game itself, but a hero a whole people or class of people can identify with.”Rusty Jarrett | Getty ImagesNearly five and a half decades later, the article remains an iconic piece of sports journalism. Johnson and Wolfe were reunited in New York in 2015 for a short film produced by NASCAR Productions. Wolfe died May 14, 2018, also at age 88.“I didn’t think that he would write the story that he wrote, but I thought it was an awesome story,” Johnson said. “Things change, people change, but you don’t want to ever forget how you were brought up. You’ll remember it as long as you live. That article did that.”Even as his prominence grew, Johnson contemplated a transition from his driving days to team ownership. He entered just seven races in 1966, but began fielding cars that year for a host of young drivers, including an up-and-coming prospect named Bobby Isaac.He was 35 at the time of his final race behind the wheel, ending his driving career while still in his prime.“Racing has been good to me,” Johnson told the AP in November 1965 as his driving days wound down. “I want to make it clear that I am not quitting because I am too old to drive or am afraid of high-speed racing. I have accomplished about everything I had hoped to as a driver. Now I want to relax and enjoy life, but still be connected with the sport in a supervisory capacity.”His ties to the sport endured for three more decades as a team owner, fielding cars for a host of future NASCAR Hall of Famers. Johnson’s plan for relaxation never quite hit its mark, though, as he remained heavily involved in running his team, even wielding a jack over the wall for pit-stop duty.Cale Yarborough scored three consecutive championships from 1976-78 in Johnson’s familiar No. 11, winning 45 races over an especially prolific seven seasons together. When Yarborough opted to shift to a part-time racing schedule after the 1980 season, Johnson hired Darrell Waltrip and promptly won three more titles (1981, ’82, ’85) and 43 more races with the No. 11 in a six-season span.RacingOneTerry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine and Bill Elliott also won in Johnson’s cars. His last victory came in September 1994, with Elliott winning the famed Southern 500 at Darlington over Dale Earnhardt. Johnson sold his operations to Brett Bodine at the end of the next season.Johnson’s contributions to the sport lasted beyond his ownership days. NASCAR’s top tour continued as the Winston Cup Series until 2003, a long-running entitlement sponsorship deal that Johnson helped broker in the early 1970s.R.J. Reynolds, faced with a ban on television advertising in 1971, needed a new outlet for its marketing dollars. Johnson, whose shops were based 45 miles away from RJR’s Winston-Salem headquarters, came calling but soon realized that its sponsorship reach was much greater than simply investing in a team.“They told me they had millions of dollars to spend,” Johnson told Steve Waid for a 2016 article in Popular Speed. “Now, I wanted some of that. But it occurred to me that if I made a counter proposal, it could benefit NASCAR and everyone in racing — including me.” The business connection that followed ushered in a great period of growth in NASCAR, giving stock-car racing a healthy points fund and a greater foothold that expanded outside its Southern roots.Johnson was enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its first class in 2010, joining Bill France Sr. and Jr., Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty as the inaugural inductees. He remained involved with the NASCAR Hall for years afterward and contributed an operational moonshine still as an exhibit for the museum’s Heritage Speedway section.He was presented for induction by his son, Robert, on a night of stories about Johnson’s decades-long dedication to stock-car racing.“We have lost one of NASCAR’s true pioneers, innovators, competitors and an incredible mechanical and business mind. And personally, I have lost one of my dearest friends,” said Winston Kelley, the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s executive director. :While we will miss Junior mightily, his legacy and memory will forever be remembered, preserved, celebrated and cherished at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and in the hearts and minds of race fans around the world. Please join us in remembering and celebrating Robert Glenn Johnson Jr.” Junior Johnson’s full NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplaylast_img read more

Tracy Chapman Talks “Bout A Revolution” On ‘Seth Meyers’ [Watch]

first_imgTracy Chapman appeared virtually on Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday night for a rare television performance. The multi-Grammy award winner dug deep into her catalog, reaching all the way back to her 1988 self-titled album with a take on “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution.”Related: Dave Matthews Performs “Mercy” For HeadCount On ‘Seth Meyers’ [Watch]While TV performances for Chapman are quite rare, the singer-songwriter has been an outspoken social and political activist for her entire career. As the intimate performance in front of a black curtain came to a close, Chapman altered the words to the song’s final verse—”Talkin’ ’bout a revolution, oh no/Talkin’ ’bout a revolution, oh no/Talkin’ ’bout a revolution, go vote”—before stepping away from the microphone and revealing a “vote” sign.According to Pitchfork, Chapman shared a statement ahead of her performance, saying, “This is the most important election of our lifetime. It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.”Meyers added a statement of his own, saying, “I’ve always thought Tracy Chapman’s music skips your ears and goes straight to your heart. I’m so honored and excited to have her on the show. She’s living proof you can be a great artist while also speaking out for what you believe in.”Though Chapman has a fair share of politically-focused songs in her repertoire, the choice for this occasion was fitting. “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” is not only one of her most popular tracks, but its lyrics accurately conveyed Chapman’s message to the country just one day ahead of the United States 2020 election.Watch the hair-raising performance below and head to Seth Meyers’ YouTube page for more clips of his nightly performances.Tracy Chapman – “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” – Late Night with Seth Meyers[Video: Late Night with Seth Meyers]last_img read more

Boy’s Autism Unlocked By Singing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore David Militello, 8, says music, especially singing the National Anthem, helps to unlock his mind from the grip of Asperger’s, a milder form of autism. (Read full text at CBSNews , or watch the video report below, w/ 30-second ad) last_img

Economic Good News: Exports Hit Record High, Hiring and Retail Sales Up

first_imgU.S. companies are hiring. In March, job openings rose by 99,000 to 3.1 million, the Labor Department said — the most since September 2008 and the second straight monthly increase. The number rose 14 percent since January with businesses adding more than 200,000 jobs each month from February to April, the best three-month showing in five years. (AP News)Retail Sales up for 10th Straight Month –Sales at U.S. retailers increased for the 10th straight month in April. Compared with April 2010, sales are up 7.6%. (Market Watch)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS exports hit a record high in March, returning to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis.US exports grew 4.6% in March to USD 172.7 billion, surpassing the record set in July 2008 before world trade took a sharp downturn. The March export rise was the biggest month-to-month gain in 17 years, the Commerce Department said in a report on Wednesday. (MoneyControl)Jobs Continue to Increaselast_img read more

Holiday Lesson Proves You Can’t Judge a Caroler by His Hoodie (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThese men may look out of place in the snuggly suburbs, but the reason they are going door to door is universal.In this video, suburbanites hesitantly open their doors to five “brothers bringing the hood to the burbs” — only to be charmed by the men’s true motives.NEED DAILY GOOD NEWS? GET OUT NEW APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSIt’s a great lesson about not judging others by their skin color–or clothes.Watching this will do your heart some good if you aren’t yet in the spirit of the holiday season.(Video below is from Mabe in America) — Images: Mabe in America Pass This Lesson On To Your Neighbors… Share it.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — As we age, life becomes a numbers game

first_imgThis week’s column is dedicated to the senior crowd, those of us who have reached the summit of the mountain of life. Have you noticed that the older we get, the more paperwork there is to complete? Even if you are computer literate, there are a lot of forms to get us what we need, as far as insurance and medications.And numbers, all of a sudden, are very important to our doctors. They want blood work every few months to keep tabs on these numbers. And if you are having some issues with blood sugar, you get to test it at home to get those numbers anywhere from 2 to 7 times a week.Let’s take a look at some of these numbers and find out what they are and where they should be. First, ALWAYS check with your doctor. Not everyone has the same normal. Not all doctors adhere to standardized charts for those important numbers. Depending what medications you are on, your numbers could vary greatly. Blood Pressure (BP) — Your doctor may want you to monitor this at home a couple of times a week, his staff will certainly take your reading at each office visit. It’s expressed as a measurement with two numbers, with one number on top (systolic) and one on the bottom (diastolic), like a fraction. For example: 120/80 mm Hg. The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. This is called systolic pressure. The bottom number refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats. This is called diastolic pressure. Both numbers are important in determining the state of your heart health. A normal reading would be any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg and above 90/60 mm Hg in an adult. No medications are necessary for slightly elevated blood pressure. But this is when you should adopt healthier lifestyle choices. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help lower your blood pressure to a healthy range and help prevent elevated blood pressure from developing into full-fledged hypertension. Any readings above or below should be brought to your doctor’s attention.A1C — Tests measure average blood glucose over the past two to three months. So even if you have a high fasting blood sugar, your overall blood sugar may be normal, or vice versa. A level of 5.7 to 6.4 percent indicates prediabetes. People with diabetes have an A1C level of 6.5 percent or above. If you’re in the early stages of diabetes, small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference and even put your diabetes in remission. Losing a few pounds or starting an exercise program can help. For those who have had prediabetes or diabetes for a long time, higher A1C results may be a sign that you need to start on medication or change what you’re already taking. You may also need to make other lifestyle changes and monitor your daily blood glucose more closely.Blood Sugar/Finger Pricks — People who are monitoring or managing their diabetes prick their finger using a glucometer for daily testing. The most common monitoring is done fasting, before breakfast and should range under 70-99mg/dl, with no diabetes. Diabetics should range between 80/130 mg/dl. Or, test 2 hours after eating and range should be under 140 mg/dl for non-diabetics and under 180 mg/dl for diagnosed diabetics. There are variables depending on age, personal history, complications, and overall health. LDL/HDL Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels — Cholesterol is a fatty substance made by your body and found in certain foods. Your body needs some cholesterol to function properly, but having too much (high cholesterol) puts you at risk for having a heart attack or stroke. The extra cholesterol that isn’t used by your body builds up in blood vessel walls, causing blockages. Good levels are less than 200: HDL at 40 or higher, LDL less than 100, and Triglycerides less than 149. Many times, unless genetics are involved, simple changes in diet and adding regular exercise can bring elevated levels down to normal levels.That is just a brief list and explanation of the most common numbers you may be monitored for. In coming weeks, we will explore each one a little more in depth.center_img In the meantime, let’s all pay a little more attention to what we are fueling our bodies with and get out there and move a little bit more. Stay healthy, my friends.Jody Holton writes about healthy living for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Melissa Barrera & Leslie Grace Join In the Heights Film

first_imgMelissa Barrera & Leslie Grace(Photos: Getty Images) ¡Alabanza! Strong-voiced young stars Melissa Barrera and Leslie Grace have been cast in the upcoming screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical In the Heights. They will take on the roles of Vanessa and Nina, respectively, in the film, which is slated to premiere on June 26, 2020.Barrera is most known for her turns in the telenovelas Siempre Tuya Acapulco and Tanto Amor. She was also seen on-screen in the Mexican reality show La Academia.Grace is a singer-songwriter acclaimed for her mainstream debut, a bilingual cover of the Shirelles hit “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She most recently released “Lo Siento,” a collaboration with Super Junior.The In the Heights film cast will also include the previously announced Anthony Ramos as Usnavi and Tony nominee Corey Hawkins as Benny. Jon M. Chu is the film’s director.Featuring a screenplay adapted by Tony-nommed book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes and the Tony-winning score of Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights follows Washington Heights bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos) and the trials and celebrations of the neighborhood of friends who surround him.The roles of Vanessa and Nina were originated on Broadway by future Tony winner Karen Olivo (soon to star in Moulin Rouge! The Musical) and Mandy Gonzalez, current star of Miranda’s Hamilton.Oh, and we’ve BEEN rehearsing…#InTheHeightsMovie— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 11, 2019 View Commentslast_img read more