United States power waning in Pacific region warns top Australian think tank

first_imgSydney: The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned. A hard-hitting report from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released on Monday said the US military is an “atrophying force” that is “dangerously overstretched” and “ill-prepared” for a confrontation with China. If correct, the assessment has far-reaching implications for US allies like Australia, Taiwan and Japan who depend on American security guarantees. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDonald Trump’s presidency has deepened concerns that Washington would not defend its allies in the face of aggression from China. But this latest report has suggested that the United States may struggle to help even if it wanted to. Accusing Washington of “strategic insolvency”, the authors said decades-long Middle East wars, partisanship and under-investment have left Pacific allies exposed. “China, by contrast, is growing ever more capable of challenging the regional order by force as a result of its large-scale investment in advanced military systems,” they warned. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUnder President Xi Jinping, China’s official defence budget has increased by around 75 per cent to USD 178 billion – although the true figure is believed to be much more. Crucially, Beijing has invested in precision ballistic missiles and counter-intervention systems that would make it difficult for the US military to reach contested areas quickly. According to the report, “almost all American, allied and partner bases, airstrips, ports and military installations in the Western Pacific” lack hardened infrastructure and are under major threat. That advantage could be used to seize territory in Taiwan, Japanese-administered islands or the South China Sea before US forces could get there. Experts believe that the deployment of US land-based missiles and a changed role for the United States Marine Corps will be vital to countering China, as well as collective regional defence – with the likes of Australia and Japan doing more. In Australia, concerns have been growing about inadequate defences, prompting debate about whether the country should think about developing nuclear weapons. Similar discussions have periodically taken place in neighbouring Indonesia. A separate report released on Sunday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute recommended Australia boost and harden military capabilities in the thinly-populated north of the country. “Because of the significantly reduced warning times for future conflict,” wrote author John Coyne, it is likely the north of Australia will be used as a forward operating base or a “lily pad” to reach conflict zones. The US military has already earmarked around USD 210 million to boost a Marine Corps base near Darwin. During a recent visit to Australia, Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested the United States wants to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia.last_img read more

Nunavut project to collect Inuit elder testimony on Franklin shipwreck sites

first_imgOTTAWA – Parks Canada is launching a new initiative in Nunavut to collect and share the testimony of Inuit elders who have knowledge of the doomed Franklin expedition of 1845.The project is seeking a contractor to conduct archival research and record interviews with Inuit elders with historical knowledge of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror shipwreck sites.The two ships were part of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 quest to find the elusive Northwest Passage and their disappearance remains a mystery today. The expedition’s 129 crew members were never found.Catherine McKenna, the minister of the environment and minister in charge of Parks Canada, acknowledged the integral role Inuit oral history played in the search for the Franklin shipwrecks.“In this case, we know that Inuit knowledge helped to find the ships,” said McKenna.It’s important that the Inuit stay involved — for their own sake as well as Canada’s, the minister added.“I think there’s been a lot of focus on European explorers,” she said. “Maybe it’s time to put more of the focus on the Inuit.”Parks Canada archeologists located the wrecked HMS Erebus off the coast of King William Island in 2014 with the help of Inuit historical knowledge passed on orally over generations. The HMS Terror was found at the bottom of Terror Bay two years later, nearly 100 kilometres away.The new project’s co-ordinators are hoping to collect similar knowledge and testimony from Inuit elders to fill gaps in contemporary research on the history of the wreckage sites.Tamara Tarasoff, the project manager of the shipwrecks’ historic sites, said she’s hopeful the project will be a success.“Now that we have the wrecks, it’s time to continue with engaging in additional oral history research,” Tarasoff said.“It could be new stories, new observations, or new information that we’re able to glean from engaging in oral history research with the Inuit of King William Island,” she said.Parks Canada would like to produce video and audio of the testimonies as well as a book with up to 100 images of the site, including archival photographs.Louie Kamookak, a leading Inuit historian and educator whose work helped locate the Erebus, said he is encouraged by the project.“Today’s younger generations have gotten away from the Inuit oral history,” Kamookak said in an email. “Preserving Inuit oral history in today’s technology would be the only way to pass the stories, knowledge, and culture in any aspect of our amazing ancestors that once lived where no other people chose to live.”Kamookak added that although Parks Canada approached him to help with the initiative, he is unsure whether he will, mainly because of his personal health issues.The tender is open for bidding until March 27.last_img read more

T Rowe Price joins shareholder rebellion against Dells proposed 244 billion sale

T. Rowe Price joins shareholder rebellion against Dell’s proposed $24.4 billion sale to CEO SAN FRANCISCO – A shareholder rebellion against Dell’s proposed $24.4 billion sale to its founder and other investors is gaining more support, fueling a belief that the struggling personal computer maker will have to wrangle a higher price to get the deal done.Mutual fund firm T. Rowe Price joined the opposition Tuesday. T. Rowe Price and another shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management, believe that founder and CEO Michael Dell and the investment firm Silver Lake are being allowed to seize control and end Dell Inc.’s 25-year history as a publicly held company for too little money.“We believe the proposed buyout does not reflect the value of Dell, and we do not intend to support the offer as put forward,” T. Rowe Price Chairman Brian Rogers said in a statement.Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Southeastern are the two largest independent shareholders and own nearly 13 per cent of the company combined. Michael Dell has committed his 14 per cent stake toward the deal, but he is the only investor to own more stock than either of the two.Although Dell remains one of the world’s largest technology companies, with about $57 billion in annual revenue, it has become less attractive to investors as smartphones and tablet computers siphon sales away from PCs. To make matters worse, Dell has been losing market share to its rivals. The company once was the world’s largest PC maker, but now ranks third behind Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lenovo Group.Michael Dell believes it will be easier to accelerate Dell’s expansion into more lucrative areas such as technology consulting and business software if the company doesn’t have to cater to Wall Street’s fixation on whether profits are rising from one quarter to the next.The company, which is based in Round Rock, Texas, said it remains convinced that it is selling at a fair price, which represents a 25 per cent premium from where the stock stood before word of the buyout negotiations leaked last month. During the talks, Dell’s board said it also considered a wide range of other alternatives. The proposed price of $13.65 is more than 40 per cent below Dell’s stock price of roughly $24 six years ago when Dell returned for a second stint as CEO.Southeastern, which came out against the proposed deal last week, argues that Dell is worth $23.72 per share, or about $42 billion. T. Rowe Price didn’t provide an estimate of what it believes Dell is worth.It’s still unclear how other large Dell shareholders feel about the deal, but the opinions of Southeastern and T. Rowe Price seem likely to embolden others to join the resistance. Southeastern owns an 8.4 per cent stake in Dell, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing that revised the size of its stake from 8.5 per cent in documents submitted last week. T. Rowe Price owns a 4.4 per cent stake in Dell, according to FactSet.Michael Dell is contributing his holdings to the proposed sale, along with cash that will bring his total financial commitment to about $4.5 billion. The rest of the proposed deal’s financing is being provided by Silver Lake and loans from Microsoft Corp. and an array of banks.In a Tuesday research note, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek predicted the current offer will have to be sweetened to $15 per share, or nearly $27 billion, to placate riled shareholders.Dell’s stock is now trading above the current offer, a sign that more investors are becoming convinced the bid will be raised. Dells shares gained 9 cents to close at $13.79 Tuesday.The door remains open for another suitor to emerge. Dell said it will accept other bids until late March. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2013 8:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Accurate and timely data vital to post2015 agenda says UN Assembly President

“Data is an important tool for planning, monitoring, and accountability,” he said. “Particularly with regard to implementation at national, regional and international levels.”Mr. Kutesa, who was speaking at a high-level side event during the World Bank & IMF Spring Meetings, entitled The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, which aims to build support for financing the data revolution and to generate concrete ideas on how to make real advances for development data that can be taken forward in Addis Ababa and beyond.He pointed to the proposed sustainable development goals, including goal 17 on means of implementation, which has a 2020 target for increasing significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, disability, geographic location and other characteristics, as well as improving the statistical capacity of developing countries.“Accurate and timely data enables policymakers to design and evaluate policies and programmes, and to ensure that resources are used as efficiently as possible,” he said. “Quality data will be essential for follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda.”That would be vital to fulfilling the ambitions of a transformative post-2015 agenda with hopes of eradicating extreme poverty, improving livelihoods of people everywhere and preserving the planet. To implement the new agenda and to work towards achieving sustainable development it would be vital to mobilize adequate financial, technological and capacity building resources. Timely, reliable and accessible data would be equally important, he added, stressing that it could otherwise constrain implementation of policies and programmes. “Data is a cross-cutting issue in many areas of the post-2015 agenda,” Mr Kutesa said. “The changing data and technology landscape means that we need to draw on the assets of all actors including governments, the UN system, international financial institutions, civil society, business, academia and others.” read more

Grad student numbers grow

Brock University has made more room for graduate students to meet a growing demand for its graduate programs.The graduate student population has increased by 125 students to 1,544 for 2009-10 – exceeding targets set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This increase translates into a nine-per-cent jump in the graduate student enrolment over 2008-09.Marilyn RoseThe numbers demonstrate the growing reputational strength of the University’s master’s and doctoral programs, said Marilyn Rose, dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.“The competition for graduate students was intense this year,” she said. “For us to go beyond our enrolment projection is a strong indicator that our graduate experience is in high demand.”The marked growth in the number of graduate students enrolled on a full-time basis as a measure of the maturity of graduate education at Brock, she said. Brock offers 33 master’s and six doctoral programs. The newest program, a master’s in Criticial Sociology, was launched in September. The University’s academic plan, Brock 2014, calls for several objectives in the graduate sector, including an increase in the proportion of graduate students to 10 per cent of the full-time equivalent (FTE) student population by 2014.“As we grow, we are committed to ensuring students continue to receive the kind of personal learning experience they have come to expect from Brock,” Rose said. “That means engaging students as partners in our research and scholarship. It also means creating opportunities for our students to apply their knowledge through internships and other experiential learning programs.”Brock’s growth of its graduate sector, Rose said, will have an impact on Niagara as businesses and industries look to tap into a pool of highly educated people.“Niagara is transforming its economy – graduates from our master’s and doctoral programs will have the knowledge, skills and innovative spirit to lead new economic initiatives.”***Graduate student enrolment 2009-2010Total enrolment: 1,544Students enrolled full time: 931Students enrolled part time: 613Students enrolled in master’s programs: 1,437Students enrolled in doctoral programs: 107 read more

Pumas made 3 changes for Scotland test

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Argentina made minimal changes again with only three for the rugby test against Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield after losing to France.The Pumas, as against Ireland in the opening match of their European tour, were competitive until late in Lille where France rose up to win 28-13.Guido Petti, tried out as a flanker for the first time in a lengthy test career, was returned to lock on Thursday and Mattias Alemanno dropped to the reserves.Rodrigo Bruni fills the openside flanker vacancy for his first start, and Matias Moroni was at outside centre after two appearances from the reserves. Moroni, a back-three starter during the Rugby Championship, swaps with Matias Orlando.Into the reserves for the first time on tour come scrumhalf Martin Landajo and wing Sebastien Cancelliere, who made brief appearances in the Rugby Championship.They chase a first win over Scotland since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.___Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou; Javier Ortega Desio, Rodrigo Bruni, Pablo Matera (captain), Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Agustin Creevy, Santiago Garcia Botta. Reserves: Julian Montoya, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Lucio Sordoni, Mattias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Matias Orlando, Sebastien Cancelliere.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Football Urban Meyer faces questions over Zach Smith at 2018 Big Ten

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer gives his opening remarks at 2017 Big Ten Media Day. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorWhile Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer probably wished the conversation at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days could have stayed focused on just football, Meyer found himself answering questions pertaining to the firing of wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.Smith was fired after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order, sparking an investigation into his past that dug up previous allegations of domestic violence against his wife.Meyer said in his introductory press conference Tuesday he knew about Smith’s prior allegations. He said it came back to him that “what was reported wasn’t actually what happened,” in reference to the 2009 allegation that Smith threw a woman into a bathroom wall, according to a Gainesville, Florida, police report.“Whenever you get an accusation, contact your superior, you find out what happened and you let the people do their jobs, and then you let, I guess, the legal course run its course and find out,” Meyer said. “We met with them, there were no charges, everything was dropped. There was a very young couple, and I saw a very talented coach, and we moved forward.”Meyer also was asked about a 2015 incident where Smith was arrested for felonious assault and domestic violence in Powell, Ohio. Meyer previously said there was “nothing” to the validity of the incident, but clarified he wouldn’t know.“I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there. I was never told about anything,” Meyer said. “The first I heard about that was last night.”Pro-style Haskins versus Martell’s intangiblesMeyer said earlier in the day that redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins is the quarterback in front, but that redshirt freshman Tate Martell has done well.At the podium, Meyer commended Martell for his willingness to win at all costs.“The greatest compliment and the most common denominator of every great player I’ve ever coached is competitive spirit … I see that in Tate Martell,” Meyer said. “I see a guy that refuses to lose, and that’s very appealing to a coaching staff.”On the other end, Meyer was asked about how to handle a pro-style quarterback, instead of the likes of dual-threat quarterbacks like J.T. Barrett and Tim Tebow, who Meyer coached at Florida.Meyer said the offense molds to the best quarterback on the team, and that he holds plenty of experience with a pro-style offense.“We take the best available player, we won three national titles, two have been with drop-back quarterbacks, pro-style quarterbacks, Chris Leak and Cardale Jones,” Meyer said. “We go after the best player that has the intangibles of competitives and toughness and leadership and we build it around what we can do.”More praise for Dre’Mont JonesAfter saying redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones had the best spring of anyone following the Spring Game, Meyer doubled down on his excitement for Jones, who was named to the 2018 Bronko Nagurski watch list for the best defensive players in college football on Tuesday.“He’s a grown man and I can’t wait,” Meyer said. “He’s one of our best players, if not, after spring ball, what I saw in spring practice, that’s hard to say he wasn’t one of the top one or two players on the team.”Jones was a third-team All Big Ten member in 2017 and is one of three defensive linemen who started all 12 games in his freshman season for the Buckeyes. read more

Nightclub in scifi MMO Entropia sells for 335000

first_imgBack in the heyday of Second Life, you used to read a lot of whimsical futurist pieces about how one day virtual property would be as valuable as real property.It was always a bit of a silly argument, since virtual property that can be replicated and duplicated endlessly and with ease is not economically comparable to the value of a real slice of land or real estate, and so when Second Life fizzled out, so did those sorts of wishful-thinking stories.Until last week, that is, when a player of Entropia (which has a fixed 10-to-1 game-to-USD exchange rate) sold a virtual nightclub for the princely sum of $335,000 to Yan Panasjuk.What in god’s name would prompt someone to spend that sort of money on virtual real estate? Well, for one, you can earn money in-game, and so very little actual cash changed hands. But don’t underestimate the same wistful futurist spirit that prompted so many starry-eyed Second Life articles back in the day from also playing its part. Said Panasjuk:When motion pictures were first invented there were a lot of critics saying that it is a novelty act and it would never amount to anything nor will be able to make any real money once the novelty wears off—last time i checked Avatar has grossed 2.7 billion dollars world wide. Most recent example is MTV and Internet but then you know those stories well enough. Virtual Universe is the next logical step in world entertainment and although there are a lot of critics and people shaking heads it is here to stay and take its ranks among the greats. Which, of course, doesn’t explain why he would think that a $335,000 piece of virtual property would continue to appreciate in value at all, but it does explain why Panasjuk has decided to quit his job and play Entropia for up to 60 hours a week from now on: he thinks there’s a valid career in being a virtual real estate investor. Can’t wait to see how that works out for him.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

Angry Birds Exec Apple Will Be No 1 For a Long Time

first_imgRovio’s Angry Birds was the number one paid app for the iPhone in 2010. Rovio may have introduced its wildly successful game Angry Birds to the Android platform, but make no mistake which operating system the company prefers to develop for. In a recent interview with the site Tech Marketing, Rovio executive Peter Vesterbacka let it be known that Apple’s iOS is still the top dog in his eyes.“Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right,” he told the site. “And they know what they are doing and they call the shots. Android is growing, but it’s also growing complexity at the same time.”Android also has a fragmentation problem, according to Vesterbacka. “Device fragmentation not the issue, but rather the fragmentation of the ecosystem,” he explained. “So many different shops, so many different models. The carriers messing with the experience again. Open but not really open, a very Google centric ecosystem. And paid content just doesn’t work on Android.”Not that he’s saying that Apple is, you know, better, or anything. It’s just that, in the mobile world, fragmentation is sort of a way of life,That doesn’t mean that model is superior, it’s just important to understand that Apple is Apple and Google is Google. Different. And developers need to understand that. Different business models for different ecosystems. And wouldn’t forget about Nokia and MeeGo either, new leadership always tends to shake things up and create opportunity. And HP-Palm. And RIM. And even Microsoft. It’s a fragmented world.last_img read more

Habib Drammeh Relieved Of Secretary General Post

first_imgSTATEHOUSE, BANJUL, 14th September 2018 – The general public is hereby informed, that His Excellency, Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, acting under the provisions of Section 167 (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, has decided to relieve Mr. Habib Drammeh of his appointment as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service, with effect from Friday, 14th September 2018.  He would be redeployed to the Foreign Service.Meanwhile, in accordance with Section 168 of the Constitution of The Republic of The Gambia, President Barrow has appointed Mr. Ebrima O. Camara, as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service with effect from 14th September 2018.last_img

Construction season is ramping up in Alaska What kind of spending is

first_imgConstruction industry spending in Alaska is projected to increase by 10% this year compared to 2018. If the forecast holds true, it will be the second year in a row for growth. The increase is due, in large part, to projects in the oil and gas industry and national defense spending. Interview Highlights: State government spending: “In years past, that has been a pretty significant contributor to the construction spending budget. And that has been tapering off for several years because the state just doesn’t have a lot of general fund money to spend on capital projects. Looking forward, that’s going to be one of the weakest components of construction spending and construction budgets in the coming years.” Major projects: “A couple of military-related construction projects in the greater Fairbanks area. One is associated with the new introduction of the F-35 fighter jets at the Eielson Air Force Base. The development of the infrastructure required for that is called a beddown. And that’s about a $500 million federal investment… and this is the biggest year for construction spending for that facility.” center_img Earthquake-related spending: “The overall amount, it’s hard to estimate, but I put it at about $200 million, which is just a couple percent of the total. In the big picture it’s not a whole lot.” Scott Goldsmith, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, put together a construction industry forecast earlier this year, taking into account the 7.1 magnitude earthquake last November. Construction began immediately to repair the ramp at the intersection of International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive after it collapsed during a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Friday, November 30, 3018 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)last_img read more

Infiltrators behind student protest identified IGP

first_imgMohammad Javed PatwaryInspector general of police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary on Friday said the police have already identified the people responsible for creating anarchy capitalising recent student protest demanding safe road, reports BSS.“We have definitely identified many infiltrators and taken action against some of them and the rest of others would be brought to book,” he said after inaugurating three establishments of police in Chandpur.“Several of the anarchists have already been captured and taken some of them on remand and the procedure would be continued until identifying all of the people responsible for the anarchy,” he continued.Among others, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Khandoker Golam Faruk, Chandpur district council chairman Osman Gani Patwary, deputy commissioner Md Majedur Rahman, superintendent of police Shamsunnahar, and Chandpur press club president Iqbal Hossain Patwary, were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Metro Hopes To Get New Riders Through Its Discounted Student Fare Card

first_img Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Gail DelaughterBus at Metro’s downtown transit center. 12/17/2015At the ticket counter at Metro’s downtown headquarters, we met Demetral Williams as she signed up her grandson for a discounted student fare card. Jordan Williams is a lanky 14-year-old who’s starting his first year at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, where he’s studying ballet. And that means he has to get an early start.“I’ll have to get up around 4:30,” says Jordan. “Because my bus will leave at 5:43 to take me all the way to Midtown.”This is Jordan’s first experience riding Metro to school and his grandmother says the time is right.“Because I didn’t want to drive into downtown,” Williams laughs. “That’s the best reason. And it will be more convenient.”Williams says she feels confident about Jordan stepping out on his own. But she admits she still worries.“Just that he’s safe, waiting for the bus, and then of course on the bus. But that’s just the way it is now. Everything is a concern for safety. And I believe that he’ll do well because I’ll probably be watching. But I think that’s the biggest thing, to be safe,” she explains. Jordan isn’t out there alone. Hundreds of Houston students of all ages are opting for public transit. Karen Marshall is Director of Metro’s Client Services.‘You have situations in certain areas where the student lives just outside of the zone for the school bus to pick them up but they’re really a little too far to walk,” explains Marshall. “And yes, there are some kids who are elementary school. That means they’re somewhere between first and fifth grade who take the bus. They may catch it with an older sibling or the parent may walk them to it and catch it with them.”During an aggressive back-to-school campaign, Metro officials have been out in the community pushing a discounted fare card, known as the student Q Card.  Gail DelaughterMetro is offering extended hours at its downtown ride store so students can get discounted fare cards.The regular fare for a one-way local trip is $1.25. With a student fare card, the cost is 60 cents. Those fares also extend to college students, and Marshall says you don’t have to be enrolled full-time.“That’s been a real benefit to students who are working part-time and taking classes part-time,” says Marshall. “Now they can take advantage of the 50 percent discount as well. So we don’t care if you take three hours or 20 hours.”But are students taking advantage of those discounts and buying Q Cards? Metro spokesman Jerome Gray says the numbers are mixed.Sales of the discounted cards have increased. In the past year, they’ve gone from 41,000 to 43,000 active student Q Cards.“At that same time we’ve seen a decrease of about 50,000 boardings of students using those Q Cards,” adds Gray. “Not really clear, not really sure about the factor that’s causing a dip in the ridership numbers, the boardings.”And as the transit agency works to boost overall ridership, Gray says they’re hoping to figure out how best to serve students.“We want to train the next generation of riders,” says Gray. “We want to be able to provide the tools that are necessary for them to ride.”Meanwhile back at the service counter, Jordan Williams gets his new fare card. He says he’s excited about his newfound independence, even though it’s going to cut into his sleep.“It’s for a good cause,” says Jordan. “I’ll be going to a good school and I’ll be glad to wake up every morning.”Although there’s a big push right now to sell the student fare cards, Metro says they’re available year round. 00:00 /03:26last_img read more

Snapchat Getting MurderMystery Scripted Series From Elisabeth Murdochs Vertical Networks EXCLUSIVE

first_imgFor example, Fox Broadcasting has bought a 15-episode half-hour adaptation of Vertical Networks’ “Phone Swap” reality dating show on Snapchat. The TV version of “Phone Swap,” to air on select Fox stations this summer, features strangers trading phones to see what they can discover about each other before deciding whether they want to go on a first date.Vertical Networks other mobile-first channels and formats include “Brother,” “Celebrity Binge Watch,” “Yes Theory,” and “I Have a Secret.” The company produced six original shows last year and is targeting 10 for 2018, Wright said. “Solve” is produced by Vertical Networks’ newly created Interactive Studio Division, which is focused on combining video-game elements with premium video entertainment, Wright said.Each edition of “Solve” (in episodes that run 3-4 minutes) is inspired by a real-life crime, with the episodes dramatizing the events and culminating with details about the original case. Vertical Networks has produced 10 episodes so far, and is currently casting another 40 roles for the next batch of shows. According to Wright, “Solve” later this year will feature celebrity guest writers, directors, and cameo appearances.The launch of “Solve” as a regular series on Snapchat Discover comes after Vertical Networks piloted it as a four-part miniseries on Snapchat in February – a run that garnered a total of more than 10 million unique viewers. “It had weirdly high engagement and participation,” Wright said.Wright confessed that he initially had “some nervousness” about producing 10 episodes per month, concerned that the team might run out of compelling true-crime stories. But there’s evidently no shortage of actual murders; Vertical has enlisted 15 different writers for the series.Separately, another Snapchat Show is docu-series “True Crime/Uncovered,” produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, hosted by actress Samantha Miller.Vertical Networks, launched in 2016, is majority-owned by Elisabeth Murdoch (daughter of Rupert) with a minority stake held by Snap. The 50-person company is based in Venice Beach, Calif.Vertical’s Interactive Studio Division also produces “Mindsy,” an interactive Snapchat game of self-discovery inspired by the Japanese study of Kokology. According to Wright, the company plans to roll out standalone apps for “Solve” and “Mindsy” that will provide levels of personalization “that you probably won’t have on Snapchat or Facebook,” he said.“We think ‘Solve,’ as a brand, will work in TV, books, podcasts, and other formats,” he said.Vertical is profitable, according to Wright, but he declined to provide details of the company’s financials. In addition to monetizing its content on Snapchat and Facebook through ads and brand-integration deals, Vertical Networks has a strategy to take its intellectual property into other domains. Snapchat this week will debut scripted murder-mystery show “Solve,” from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks mobile-content studio, as a regular series on the platform.The short-form show is set to premiere exclusively on Snapchat’s Discover page on Wednesday, May 16, with new episodes to hit every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 a.m. ET. “Solve” dramatizes a murder — inspired by a real-life case — and viewers play the role of detective to vote on who they think the killer is after seeing the evidence, before the real culprit is revealed (along with the results of the audience vote).“It doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve seen,” said Vertical Networks CEO Tom Wright. “You feel as an audience member that you’re participating in the show,” he added — even though the votes by Snapchatters don’t affect the storyline’s dénouement. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Airtight box and plant experiment ends in blinding headaches

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