USC GAMES ANNOUNCES DEMO DAY: CLASS OF 2017 STUDENT GAME LINEUP

“First Look” compilation trailer included PC and augmented reality projects made by students

APRIL 26, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – The Univesity of Southern California’s premier video games program USC Games releases its DemoDay: Class of 2017 line up and compilation trailer showcasing this year’s student sets, it was announced today by Tracy Fullerton, the Director of USC Games and Chair of the School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media & Games Division. The annual exhibition will take place on May 10 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).

Demo Day “First Look” compilation trailer: (link here)

States Tracy Fullerton: “The games showcased at this year’s Demo Day: Class of 2017 festival is perfect examples of the creativity, skill, and artistry of video game design our students show every year. These games are a message to the video game industry and the public that innovation, teamwork and the next generation of great video game makers are here at USC Games.”

The Demo Day: Class of 2017 list of games includes:

A Slime In Time: An augmented reality, player versus player,  real-time strategy game where a Hololens scans the environment and includes physical obstacles into the game.

Game director: Ian Glow

Chatacylsm:  A game that pits a Twitch streamer against their audience. The Commander played by the streamer tries to protect their city from an attack by a giant monster controlled by the Twitch chat.  Game director: Chris Mooney

From Light: A 2.5D puzzle platformer set on an abandoned tourist planet orbiting a dying sun. Explore the cavernous halls and halcyon caverns of the Glimmerwood Resort using light and photography to puzzle your way to the planet’s core.  Lead Designer: Alejandro Grossman

Second Nature: A co-op platformer that rewards speedrunners for precision and teamwork. Cooperate to rescue an endangered world by restoring vitality to a blight-infected environment.  Game director: Aaron Cheney

Skyshot: A multiplayer sport that combines parkour movement with grappling hooks. Players swing around the arena to pursue the ball, outmaneuver opponents, and score.  Game director: Eu-Aan Liu

Smooth Criminals: a 3D, comedy stealth game set in a cartoon world of animals, where you control a team of thieves on a heist in an art museum.  Game Director: Kyle Vaidyanathan

The Quiet of the Leaves: An introspective 2D adventure game about a father-daughter bonding trip gone awry as they become separated in the deep remote wilderness of the North American Ozarks. Their objective is to find their way back together, physically and emotionally.  Game Director: Ryan Bobell

Demo Day is an exhibition where students have the opportunity to premiere their newest and most innovative games from the 2016-2017 academic year. It is a collaborative effort between the School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media & Games Division and the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science with participating students from SCA’s Animation, Writing, MA+P, Cinema & Media Studies and Production divisions and from across the USC Campus.

ABOUT THE USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS

The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts is one of the leading media schools in the world. Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 87 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The School offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, cinema and media studies, animation and digital arts, production, interactive media and games, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. It’s more than 13,000 alumni are among the world’s most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts, video game designers, and industry executives. Since 1973 not a year has passed without an alumnus or alumna being nominated for an Academy Award or an Emmy. https://cinema.usc.edu/

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A NEW TENNIS RETAIL STORE OPENS IN BOCA RATON

BOCA RATON, FL – April 14, 2017 – Yes, it’s true.  In the midst of many shops closing its doors, one entrepreneur is not willing to give up on the retail industry.  That person is David Beinhacker, the owner of a small tennis apparel line called nu sportswear.

“It was a complete accident, ” says David.  While working out of his garage which he explains is not as cool as it sounds, growth was being accomplished, but the lack of space was evident.  So one day he decided that he couldn’t fight it any longer and needed to find an office/warehouse to move the tennis apparel line operation.  While doing so, he stumbled upon a small RETAIL space in a shopping center on St. Andrews Blvd, next to one of the highest grossing malls in America(Town Center Mall of Boca Raton).  He then said to himself “for a few more dollars a month he could have the office space for his tennis line and then use the front of this space and create a full tennis retail store!”  Three weeks later he signed a lease, installed the sign and started working on the creation of Boca’s newest and coolest spot called “tennis inc.”

Tennis players will now have new a place to drop in when looking for tennis racquets, apparel, tennis shoes, stringing services, sports jewelry, and even tennis art. The shop will open in ______ and will cater to a more young tennis clientele of Boca with a modern and “fun vibe.”  With a contemporary, white, silver and lime green look, the store will be a great fit for Boca Raton.

‘tennis inc.’ is a modern tennis shop that will carry the most popular brands from Asics, Wilson, Babolat, Nike, Stella Mccartney Adidas and many of the best selling tennis brands on the market today. The new tennis shop reportedly sports a more “boutique” style, not the typical tennis shop that people are used to.

Additionally, the store will offer a broad range of services that will appeal to the busy professionals.  Free delivery to your office or home and price matching are two of the benefits that ‘tennis inc.’ will provide. Moreover, tennis inc. Has a feature where if they do not have your particular size and style, you can just order them right from the in-store tablet and the product will be shipped within 24 hours at no extra charge.

Finally, one of the unique concepts the store will offer is… The “T-Shirt Wall.” Where customers will have a broad range of practice shirts with fun and cool sayings and images.  They have a social media idea to let customers create their shirts for the wall and send friends to purchase one of the unique creations. The designer will be able to receive points/money on sales of those t-shirts. ‘tennis inc.’ is planning the grand opening party, so make sure to stay tuned!

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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION

Company: Tennis inc. of Boca Raton

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Tennisincboca/

Email: dbein8@yahoo.com

Phone: (888) 374-4472

THE STATEN ISLAND SCHOOL OF ROCK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION WITH NEW CENTRAL NEW JERSEY MUSIC SCHOOL

Forthcoming location, Rock Out Loud, to debut in early 2018

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 – Leading Staten Island music school, The Staten Island School of ROCK, today announced the expansion of its brand with the launch of its forthcoming Central New Jersey location. The new music education school, Rock Out Loud, will debut in early 2018.

With its unique hands-on approach and highly skilled professional teaching staff, the new Rock Out Loud location will provide Central New Jersey residents with the same high caliber quality of music education that Staten Island students have enjoyed for 13 years at The Staten Island School of Rock location.

“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our brand and the forthcoming launch of Rock Out Loud,” says Michael Grande, Founder, and CEO of The Staten Island School of Rock and Rock Out Loud.  “The incredible response we’ve received over the years from The Staten Island School of Rock location has been overwhelming and validated our notion that there is a demand for a high-quality music establishment for kids of all ages,” he added.  “After having succeeded in providing exceptional music education on Staten Island for over a decade, it is our honor to expand our services to the residents of Central New Jersey early next year.

Providing an array of services including an introduction to and development of various musical instruments including piano, guitar, bass and drums, as well as vocal instruction in a state of the art recording studio, the new Rock Out Loud location will serve both adults and children as young as 4.  Featuring private teaching rooms equipped with Pro Tools recording software and a LIVE room where students can get that correct ‘Rock Star’ experience, accompanied with lights and a stage.

About The Staten Island School of ROCK

The Staten Island School of ROCK is a rock and roll music school that teaches students all the facets of musical education.  Music, recording, and performance. Founded by Michael Grande on June 2004,

To learn more the about the company, their teachers, and values, visit their official website here

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Founder: Michael Grande

Company: Staten Island School of ROCK

Website: www.SISchoolofROCK.com

Olive Kube Announces Launch of Elegant and Functional Pour Over Drip Kettle on Amazon.com

Coffee and herbal tea lovers have an excellent reason to rejoice.  Boutique homeware company Olive Kube continue to impress with their latest release the premium quality Olive Kube Stainless Steel Pour Over Drip Kettle.  Perfect coffee and tea are straight from a beautifully designed piece sure to add to any kitchen’s décor.

April 24, 2017

For real coffee lovers, a pour over drip kettle is an essential part of both the taste and the ritual of preparing their heart-warming drink.  Of course, the same kettle is also appreciated by tea aficionados, who would be hard pressed to make another choice.  Homeware Brand Olive Kube are answering the call for an elegant, functional choice for a first class kitchen in this area, recently celebrating the release of their own Olive Kube Pour Over Drip Kettle on Amazon.com.  The kettle features a head turning, stainless steel design equally suited for a classic or a modern kitchen.

“We are very excited to present our new pour over drip kettle,”  commented a spokesperson from Olive Kube.  “This is a piece of kitchenware that embodies our company’s spirit and vision – it looks fantastic, operates just as well and is not over-priced at all.  We think it will meet or exceed even very high expectations.”

According to Olive Kube, they are happy to offer their latest product, like the rest of their catalog, as a risk-free purchase.  If a customer isn’t satisfied, they are glad to give them their money back, in a two year, no hassle warranty.  The classically designed kettle, with delicate gooseneck for the perfect pour, can be used on any kitchen top, gas, ceramic or electric, equally well.  The kettle itself holds 0.9L of liquid, more than enough for the morning’s coffee to be enjoyed.

Early customer reviews have been very positive across the board.

Anthony C. recently said in a five-star review, “Great for coffee or tea.  I use this with a pour over coffee maker with no issues.”

For more information be sure to visit http://www.olivekube.com.

Press Contact

Theo Edwards

Olive Kube

theo@olivekube.com

SENATOR COLLINS TO RECEIVE HIGHEST LEGISLATIVE HONOR FROM AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION

To Be Recognized as AAA Legislator of the Year

Washington, D.C. – The American Ambulance Association (AAA) has named Senator Susan Collins of Maine as the AAA Legislator of the Year, in recognition of her strong advocacy for emergency medical services. Senator Collins is invited to receive this honor at the AAA’s annual Stars of Life recognition ceremony on June 13 in Washington, D.C.

The Stars of Life program celebrates the contributions of ambulance professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to their communities or the EMS profession. Stars of Life pays tribute to the dedication of these heroes while shining light on the critical role EMS plays in our healthcare infrastructure. This year, 101 EMS professionals will be honored as 2017 Stars of Life. In addition to Senator Collins’s recognition as-as Legislator of the Year, twenty-four United States Senators and Representatives will receive Legislative Recognition Awards for their support of ambulance services.

AAA President Mark Postma notes, “Senator Collins has been a tireless advocate for emergency medical services, both in Maine and across our country. The AAA is honored to present her with the distinction of AAA Legislator of the Year.”

Senator Collins is a primary sponsor of the Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act which would make permanent the current temporary Medicare ambulance relief. This bill ensures that ambulance service providers across the nation have the resources necessary to provide often life-saving emergency- as well as vital non-emergency medical transportation.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs from 2003 to 2007, Senator Collins ensured both governmental and nongovernmental medical service providers were included in the definition of an emergency responder in the Homeland Security Act. This enabled ambulance service providers as first responders access to critical funding and resources.

First elected to the Senate in 1996, Senator Collins has earned a national reputation for working across party lines to seek consensus on our nation’s most important issues. Senator Collins has carried out her longstanding commitment to health care issues through her work on the Special Committee on Aging as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

In recognition of her ongoing service to the ambulance services of the United States, AAA is proud to call Senator Collins our Legislator of the Year.

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About the American Ambulance Association

Founded in 1979, the AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. The Association serves as a voice and clearinghouse for ambulance services and views prehospital care not only as a public service but also as an essential part of the total public health care system.

AAA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Ambulance Association is to promote health care policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance services industry and provide research, education, and communications programs to enable its members to address the needs of the communities they serve effectively.

Rising Beauty Tool and Accessories Brand Bella and Bear Premium Quality Tweezers Featured in Elle Magazine

There’s no doubt at all that Elle Magazine is one of the world’s leading voices when it comes to beauty and fashion. This made it especially exciting for young beauty tool and accessories brand Bella and Bear to see their favorite Bella and Bear Tweezers featured in the trendsetting magazine, recognizing the brand’s commitment to delivering quality products.

April 17, 2017

It’s often difficult for a small beauty product brand to get the attention of some of the major players in their very competitive industry.  Bella and Bear, a growing beauty tools and accessories brand, are happy to announce they are quickly crossing many of these milestones, with their most recent exciting achievement of seeing their Bella and Bear Tweezers, a favorite with customers, featured in Elle Magazine, recognized one of beauty and fashion’s most prominent and well respected voices.

“To say we are excited to be featured in Elle would be a massive understatement,” commented a spokesperson for the brand.  “This is another dream come true for us, to get such positive treatment from a major beauty and fashion pillar. This just confirms our commitment to quality, low prices, and superior customer service is what is needed to make a real impact in our industry and we will continue to do our best in all of these areas and more.”

According to Bella and Bear, the Bella and Bear Pluckers Tweezer Set comes with three different style high-quality tweezers, covering any professional need.  They come complete with a high-quality travel case to help keep them clean and prevent loss and are all backed by a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.  All things while Elle Magazine remarked positively about.

Customers have also given the set excellent feedback across the board.

Tina S., from Illinois, recently said, “Without exaggeration I use my beauty tweezers at least once a day.  The last set I bought was really terrible for the price, so when my mom suggested I try Bella and Bear after she had a great experience I ordered their Pluckers Tweezer Set.  The price and quality are both totally amazing, and have made me a Bella and Bear believer.  This is where I’ll be buying my beauty products if they can keep their standards this high.  Five stars all the way.”

For more information be sure to visit https://www.bellaandbear.com

Growing Beauty Accessories Brand Bella and Bear Celebrate Popular Eyelash Curler now Available in Germany and the UK Through Amazon

Bella and Bear are a small beauty tool, and accessories brand passionately dedicated to providing premium product choices at attractive price points.  Apparently, a winning formula, the company recently announced they are responding to demand, expanding their reach into Europe with their Bella and Bear Eyelash Curlers now available at both the German and UK Amazon online stores.

April 17, 2017

Anyone serious about beauty products knows that quality can vary greatly depending on what brand they choose to use.  Bella and Bear are a small, young company building a name for themselves and a spotless reputation in the beauty tools and accessories world through a combination of premium products, low prices and a real devotion to superior customer service.  Continuing to build off their success, Bella and Bear recently announced that the brand is now being made available in Europe with their favorite Bella and Bear Eyelash Curlers being featured at Germany and the United Kingdom’s Amazon online stores.  Customers couldn’t be happier with the news.

“We are overjoyed about seeing Bella and Bear products be made available in Europe,” commented a spokesperson from the brand.  “We are super excited about this tremendous opportunity and will do everything possible to exceed even the highest expectations shoppers may have of us.”

According to Bella and Bear, their “The Eye and Mighty” Eyelash Curler is a professional quality product, with an exclusive ergonomic design for pain-free use that comes backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Intended to produce a very dramatic effect, the eyelash curlers are a consistent best seller in the United States and come complete with a free travel bag and a free pack of refill pads.

Shopper feedback continues to be positive across the board.

Christine T., from London, said in a five-star review, “By far my favorite eyelash curlers.  Bella and Bear have a great product at a price much lower than the competition.  I’m recommending them to all my friends.”

For more information be sure to visit https://www.bellaandbear.com

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Which states suffer the most from the bed bugs?

The residents of which states are most eager to get rid of the bed bugs? Find the truth about the best bed bug control products and learn the scientific facts.

Why has the bed bug infestation started to gain such speed lately? Public schools are closed for disinfection. Which states suffer most from the bed bugs? Are there any new methods of monitoring and eliminating them?

In the U.S. bed bugs are a problem that can’t be ignored or neglected. These parasites are difficult to remove, and a single bug can provoke an infestation. The issue is especially sharp not only in households but also in public places, especially in public schools as the students often bring bed bugs on their clothes and bags from home. Kindergarten students usually nap, and this napping promotes the mass spread of the parasites.

The situation is complicated by the fact that there exist few bed bugs insecticides that can be used near children. EPA considers the only diatomaceous earth to be the safest. Elementary schools are temporarily closed for disinfection, as it happened in Kentucky and several other states. Savoy Elementary in Southeast Washington where several classes were suspended for three weeks because of the bed bugs is an illustrative example. This is not a unique case, as these pests infest schools more actively with each year and kids bring the bed bugs home.

The Residents of Which States are Most Interested in Bed Bugs? 10 Most Bed Bug Suffering States in the U.S.

Unfortunately, the mentioned Washington case is yet another contribution to the offensive statistics. This city is “the proud” #2 among the top 50 US cities with the worst bed bug problem. The ranking has been made at the end of 2016. Baltimore is the leader, Chicago, New York, Columbus (Ohio), Los Angeles, Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia; San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose is also in the top 10. The cities can vary, but in general, the situation across the country worsens with each year. The specialists claim: “We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before,» They say that no one would have thought ten years ago that bed bugs would become an epidemic.

According to Google Trends, the “bed bugs” query is most searched by the residents of Kentucky. They are followed by the states of Ohio, West Virginia, DC, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Alaska and South Carolina.

Search activity peaks in summer and each year people become interested in the subject earlier: from the end of June. Why is that so? We all know that bed bugs live and reproduce near humans all year around… First, summer heat contributes to more intensive (in comparison with winter) development and reproduction of the insects. Second, people tend to travel in summer, causing the bed bugs to migrate across the world. You realize that it is relatively easy to bring bed bugs from a trip in your suitcase, don’t you? Together these conditions create the most favorable environment for mass infestations.

Which Is Bed Bug Removal Tactic Most Effective?

Which are bed bug removal products useful today? Stoppestinfo has summarized the methods of getting rid of bed bugs that have been proven effective by the scientists.

One of the best traditional ways of eliminating bed bugs is using a special bed bug mattress protector that will lock parasites at any development stage inside. Being deprived of blood, they will die eventually (the process can take up to a year). Diatomaceous earth (cheap and organic), pyrethroid-based killer sprays and powders will help removed the bed bugs indoors, in the furniture and other secluded spots. The EPA reminds that boric acid or bug bombs won’t be able to remove the bed bugs completely.

Getting rid of the bugs is not easy. If this trouble has come to your house, be prepared to do your best. The IPM Program specialists remind you that it’s best to “combine chemical and nonchemical tactics with increased sanitation and habitat modification practices for removing the bed bugs. Prevention and monitoring of bed bug infestations are paramount and should be ongoing”. Sticky plastic traps are used for that.

Scientific Bed Bug Control Innovations

Do the scientists have anything new to offer, apart from traditional remedies and methods? Not yet. Canadian researchers have been trying to create perfect bed bug pheromone trap bait. The biologist Regine Gries discovered the pheromones after acting as a host for more than a thousand bedbugs during the research, and she endured 180,000 bites from the team’s bug colony. In 2014 the scientists were able to create bait containing synthetic aggregation pheromones that can be used in manufacturing commercial traps, but so far the product hasn’t been launched on the market.

As no revolutionary changes occurred, remember that the bed bug season is about to open, so get ready to take action by the specialists’ advice. Read our Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Bed Bugs: Scientifically Approved Traps, Mattress Protectors, Sprays and Dust to learn more about all the methods of eliminating bed bugs based on scientific research.

Volunteer Saving Elephants with the “Real-Life Dr. Doolittle”

Allan Dixon is a photographer, traveler, animal lover, and Instagram celebrity (@daxon) most famous for his selfies smiling alongside animals. Now he’s ready to graduate from selfies to “elfies” and spend the summer rescuing elephants – and you’re invited to join!

Dixon is joining Loop Abroad on their “Thailand 101” elephant program as their “Master of Elfies” from July 1 – July 16. You (if you’re age 18-23) are invited to join in this amazing adventure and be a part of Allan’s group! You’ll get the chance to help rescued elephants right beside him and feature in a typical media story with Allan educating the world about saving elephants.

Allan will also be hosting a talk during the program about the power of social media and its impact on saving wildlife and the environment.

The “Thailand 101” program spends one week at the famous Elephant Nature Park, where the group lives and works with rescued elephants and helps to feed, bathe, and care for them, while learning their stories and how to help elephants. The second week of the trip is packed with adventures, including:
– Ziplining the rain forest
– Trekking to a mountain hot springs near a hill tribe village
– Cooking Thai food on an organic farm
– Meditating with a Buddhist monk
– Shopping Chiang Mai’s famous night markets
– Spelunking the Chiang Dao caves

All-inclusive tuition for the program is usually $3,450, but there is a $500 discount available – just list Allan’s name under “How did you hear about Loop Abroad?” on your application. Find more details on the discount and traveling with the Master of Elfies here (http://loopabroad.com/content/join-daxon-thailand-summer).

Loop Abroad offers animal-based study abroad programs for students and young adults. Programs take place in Thailand and South Africa and focus on ethical animal interactions and working with local sanctuaries. Veterinary programs match students with veterinarians to learn while providing life-saving care. Loop was founded in 2009 by a husband-and-wife team on a mission to help students follow their dreams and rescue animals. Many Loop students receive college credit for their program participation and go on to the best veterinary schools in the US.

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Media Contact: Jane Stine, Managing Director of Loop Abroad: jane@loopabroad.com
Allan Dixon: allan@daxon.co

Gontus.com – The world’s first and largest #searketplace for pets and animals

News Provided by

Gontus, Inc.

San Francisco, March 14, 2017

Gontus, Inc. (https://www.gontus.com) is a socio commerce platform dedicated to connecting pet service providers with pet parents across the globe.

Gontus is the first of its kind global search-engine-cum-marketplace — #searketplace for pets and animals — that helps connect pet parents with pet service providers.

Incorporated in the USA on January 2017, Gontus’s mission is to enable every pet owner to find a wide variety of products, services and other amenities to care for their beloved pets. Be it veterinary services, food, accessories, grooming needs and more, Gontus is the way to go.

Users can use the online platform by logging in free at www.gontus.com to post their needs and select from offers by service providers to match their wallet and requirements. So, whether your pet is a dog, cat, turtle, parakeet or a gecko, help is only a few clicks away. Similarly, Gontus Blurbs helps service providers to display their products and services to millions of users through cognitive computing.

One of the most interesting aspects of Gontus is that it can help users to find the perfect mates for their pets. An algorithm-based search will automatically assist users in finding the best match for their pets once the details have been provided.

Gontus will go the extra mile to make the world a better place for animals. By connecting animal lovers with zoos and animal parks across the world, Gontus will connect and mobilise volunteers, and work closely with not-for-profit organisations to prevent animal and pet abuse.  Pet parents will be encouraged to adopt abandoned pets and animals looking for forever homes.
User-created content including blogs, statements, pictures, suggestions, online help is all part of the Gontus experience.
No matter what the issue, “if you got a pet, simply Gontus it!”

Contact

Abhijit Adhya

USA     : +1 6464545493

IND      : +919820985380

Email   : abhijit@gontus.com

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