Midi Locator http://midilocator.com/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 18:48:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://midilocator.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Midi Locator http://midilocator.com/ 32 32 EXCLUSIVE US games software developer Unity to create Chinese unit to fuel expansion – sources https://midilocator.com/2022/08/02/exclusive-us-games-software-developer-unity-to-create-chinese-unit-to-fuel-expansion-sources/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 17:46:00 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/08/02/exclusive-us-games-software-developer-unity-to-create-chinese-unit-to-fuel-expansion-sources/

Advertising board for the fantasy game ‘Genshin Impact’ by Shanghai-based developer Mihoyo is pictured in Hong Kong, China October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Pei Li

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HONG KONG, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Unity Software Inc (UN), the U.S. developer best known for software used to design video games, is in talks to spin off its Chinese unit to help it expand into the the world’s largest games market, four of the people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

San Francisco-based Unity has been seeking strategic investors to join it in a venture valued at more than $1 billion in talks, two of the people said, declining to be identified because they were not authorized to speak out publicly on the issue.

Unity declined to comment.

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The talks come as strained US-China relations are heightening sensitivities around technology transfer and data processing across borders, prompting tech companies to reassess their operations in China. At the same time, there is growing interest in extending game creation software to new technologies such as the so-called Metaverse, an immersive three-dimensional Internet.

Unity entered China in 2012 and its eponymous software, known as the game engine, powers many of the country’s most popular games, such as “Honor of Kings” from gaming leader Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK ) and “Genshin Impact” by miHoYo.

Rivals include Epic Games, backed by Tencent, the US developer of the increasingly popular Unreal Engine 5.

Unity’s spin-off plan is driven by a desire to see its software used more widely in China in areas as diverse as modeling smart cities to industrial design, as well as in the metaverse, two of the people said. The potential investors Unity talked about made big bets on the Metaverse, they said.

As China tightens regulations on data processing, Unity believes a split would help this expansion as it would give the unit more local ownership and autonomy over how it operates in the country, which could also increase its appeal to local government and state-owned partners. , people said.

The spin-off is believed to be one of China’s biggest tech deals this year as investment activity has slowed due to weak economic growth, COVID-19 outbreaks and regulatory tightening.

China Unit general manager Zhang Junbo has been working on the plan for at least a year, two of the interviewees said. Progress was further slowed by Unity’s share price which has fallen 80% since its peak in November 2021 amid weakness in US tech stocks, and a product falling short of performance expectations. they stated.

Zhang revealed Unity’s China expansion ambitions last month to local tech outlet 36Kr without mentioning a spin-off, saying Unity was exploring ways to make its technology “safe and controllable” in China – a benchmark. government mandate to control important technology. domestically.

He also said Unity would likely hire more than a thousand engineers in the coming years while expanding its offices in Beijing and Guangzhou in addition to its main office in Shanghai.

Two of the interviewees said Shanghai-based Unity employees have been asked to sign contracts with the new entity, and talks about an operating budget separate from that of its parent company are ongoing.

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‘Illegal encroachment’: Group sues to end New York’s pandemic-era outdoor dining program – NBC New York https://midilocator.com/2022/08/01/illegal-encroachment-group-sues-to-end-new-yorks-pandemic-era-outdoor-dining-program-nbc-new-york/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 18:20:22 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/08/01/illegal-encroachment-group-sues-to-end-new-yorks-pandemic-era-outdoor-dining-program-nbc-new-york/

There’s a new effort to curb New York’s outdoor dining program designed to help struggling restaurants and provide diners with a safer environment to eat during the pandemic.

A lawsuit filed in the state’s Supreme Court seeks to dissolve emergency orders that continued to allow restaurants to serve diners outdoors.

The petitioners argue that state and city efforts to expand the emergency program are arbitrary because most other safety measures spurred by the health crisis have been reduced or dissolved entirely.

“As of July 2022, respondent CEOs had abandoned vaccination and mask mandates, indoor dining occupancy limitations and social distancing requirements and recognized that no public health emergency now exists” , indicates the text of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit details pandemic programs designed to help New Yorkers who have since been left behind, including unemployment assistance, some vaccine and mask mandates, the eviction moratorium, as well as the testing and testing program. of city tracing.

The city has a message for restaurateurs: use your outdoor dining structures or lose them. reports Erica Byfield.

Allowing open-air dining structures to continue, the group says, is detrimental to the city. They point to “increased and excessive noise, traffic congestion, uncontrolled garbage and rodent populations, blocking of sidewalks and roads” among the many ways the program is an “illegal encroachment” on city residents.

The Daily News, first to report the lawsuit, spoke with a Manhattan store owner who felt outdoor structures needed better regulation or the city should kill the program.

“Either withdrawal or reform or some kind of standards,” David Owens, 78, told the outlet. “If they took them off, I wouldn’t miss them.”

Mayor Eric Adams defended the program on Monday, calling himself a proponent of outdoor dining while acknowledging some ways to improve it.

“I think we need to modify it because some of the outdoor eating places have become a hazard. They have become unsuitable places. And I think there is a way to modify to normalize what the structure should be like. look like, and they should be used,” Adams said.

What should a nine thousand pound electric vehicle look like? https://midilocator.com/2022/08/01/what-should-a-nine-thousand-pound-electric-vehicle-look-like/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 10:08:04 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/08/01/what-should-a-nine-thousand-pound-electric-vehicle-look-like/

IRCAMRenault’s sounds were, indeed, surprisingly gentle, though perhaps less like birdsong than a washing machine set to the delicate cycle. The Paris soundscape will surely benefit. But would anyone hear these elegant French alerts to New York, especially about the hustle and bustle of all the gas-powered vehicles on its congested streets?

An automobile powered by internal combustion makes noise. The induction of air, its compression inside the piston liners, the explosion of vaporized gasoline and the expulsion of CO2 the exhaust (“suck, squeeze, thump, and puff,” in car parlance) produce loud, low-frequency gears, rumbles, and vibrations.

At General Motors, engineers from the Noise and Vibration Center are responsible for fine-tuning this din. Douglas Moore, GM’s senior exterior noise expert, started working for the company in 1984 while still a student at Michigan State. He spent nearly eight years of his career at GM, where his job, and that of his noise and vibration colleagues, was to silence, attenuate and modulate the sounds emitted by internal combustion, according to the brand. Traditionally, when tuning a Cadillac, Moore and his colleagues tried to make the engine as quiet as possible, because quietness equates to luxury for the classic Cadillac buyer. In tuning a Corvette, Chevrolet’s “muscle car,” engineers want some of the bang-bang-bang of internal combustion to pass through, as this transmits power to the driver.

Engine sound isn’t the only thing the engineers are working on. The first experience of many potential buyers of a car or truck is the CLICK on ker-CHUNK what does the driver’s side door do when you close it, followed by a slight harmonic shudder emitted by the metal skin of the vehicle. The door’s weight, latches, and seals are carefully calibrated to create a psychoacoustic experience that conveys comfort, security, and craftsmanship.

When designing electric versions of popular brands, US automakers must decide whether to make electric vehicles mimic their gas-powered counterparts or, like Renault, to deviate from the familiar sound. The Passenger Safety Enhancement Act guidelines allow automakers to create their own brand alerts, as long as they meet certain specifications.

Moore’s first electric vehicle project was the 2012 Chevy Volt, which issued a pedestrian alert years before the law mandated one – a vacuum-like hum that increased in frequency as the car was accelerating. “I have new colors to paint with,” Moore said. “Instead of a palette of internal combustion sounds, I have a palette of AVA sounds. But it’s the same approach. Now, instead of generating them with the physical components of the car, which has its pros and cons, we generate them electronically.

Moore is also the longtime chairman of a group within the Society of Automotive Engineers called the Light Vehicle Exterior Sound Level Standards Committee, which helps develop tests that regulators use to measure safety on the road. in the USA. His group led the investigation into the development of minimum noise standards for electric and hybrid vehicles, and the establishment of parameters to govern the decibel level, pitch and morphology of warning signals. Moore once came to NFB headquarters and tried to navigate traffic while blindfolded. His ONF instructor was impressed that the engineer could identify a 2005 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2009 Cadillac Escalade by their distinctive engine sounds.

Moore explained the SAE’s relationship with federal traffic safety regulators, saying, “We figure out how to measure things. NHTSA says how much. I asked Moore why the regulations didn’t require electric vehicles to sound more like ICE vehicles, since, as John Paré of the NFB had pointed out to me, we’re already used to those noises. Moore replied, “The purpose of that sound is to provide information about what the vehicle is doing. And there’s more than one way to deliver that. He stopped himself. “Yes, we learned internal combustion sounds in a hundred years,” he continued. “But before the carriages were there, we knew the clip-clop of the horses meant the carriage was coming. So there’s nothing inherent in those engine sounds.

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A well-designed alert reaches the people who need to hear it, without annoying those who don’t. To thread this sonic needle, engineers can vary the decibel level of a particular sound, which indicates the amount of air pressure the sound waves are moving, and they can also adjust the pitch or frequency of the sound. The decibel level and pitch determine how intrusive that sound is. The danger is that you create a sound that sort of cries wolf: it works at first, but after a while people turn off, so you have to turn up the volume.

Although humans are able to hear frequencies between twenty and twenty thousand hertz, we hear in “octave bands”, in which the highest frequency is twice the lowest. (In a musical octave in C, high C is twice the frequency of low C.) The rules state that AVA the sounds must span four distinct, non-adjacent octave bands. A so-called broadband sound of this type, such as the static screech that Amazon delivery vans have recently begun to emit when backing up, is less shrill, more robust, and easier for the listener to localize directionally. than an alert that occupies a narrow frequency range, like the backup beeps on Con Ed trucks. Not coincidentally, the non-adjacent octave band rule prevents using a musical phrase as an alert – the change of height would sound horribly – as well as any voice, human or animal alert. How would blind people tell the street from the sidewalk if electric cars were talking or barking?

By giving automakers latitude to mark their alerts, NHTSA rules created a new form of design: acoustic automotive styling. Pedestrians and cyclists will not only hear the vehicle coming; they will know what type of car it is. For acoustic designers, electric vehicle pedestrian alerts and their rich in-cab sound information menus represent the dawn of a new era. “I feel lucky to be able to work on features that will influence how the world will sound,” General Motors creative sound director Jigar Kapadia told me.

Kapadia, who studied electronics and telecommunications engineering at the University of Mumbai and has a master’s degree in music technology from NYU, collaborates with Moore and others at GM’s sound lab in Milford, Michigan. . For each sound, the team comes up with around two hundred variations and then tests them on their colleagues in the jury room, until they’ve come up with a few finalists they can test on vehicles.

Kapadia compares the sound of an alert system to a perfume. “Just like a perfume, it unfolds,” he told me. “The alert has a base note, a middle note, and a top note.” He added, “These layers are fused together to bring out a cohesive organic sound, or a futuristic sound, based on the type of branding we’re focusing on.” He noted that the pedestrian alert on the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, the first electric version of GM’s longtime luxury car, was made with a didgeridoo, an ancient Australian wind instrument based on the known musical interval. as the perfect fifth. However, for GM’s nine-thousand-pound electric Hummer, which recently went on sale, Kapadia said, “we wanted a more distorted sound.” He paused, then added, “Bold Hummer sound.” The Hummer’s forward motion alert made me think of church, when the organist launches into the next hymn. The backup sound resembles its dystopian twin.

At Ford Motor Company, to find out what car buyers thought electric vehicles should look like, engineers and consultants held “customer clinics” and launched a Facebook campaign. Judging by the number of responses, Ford fans were keen to make their opinions known. My own investigation, based largely on reading comments under YouTube videos of various branded EV sounds, is that most people think EVs should not look like ICE cars. Higher frequencies are thought to mean clean energy and software-driven intelligence; EVs should whiz and zoom like flying personal vehicles from sci-fi movies like “The Fifth Element,” “Gattaca,” “Blade Runner” and, of course, “Star Wars.” In many cases, in fact, Foley artists created the sound effects of these futuristic vehicles from recorded ICE noise. In Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner 2049,” the twist is that Ryan Gosling’s flying vehicle looks like a broken down ICE clunker.

Job: Video Editor at Novateur Integrated Solutions Limited https://midilocator.com/2022/07/31/job-video-editor-at-novateur-integrated-solutions-limited/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 06:57:55 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/31/job-video-editor-at-novateur-integrated-solutions-limited/

Role overview

  • A Video Editor (VE) manipulates film and video footage to create a cohesive, comprehensive project that accurately describes and communicates a vision or expectation consistent with the requirements of the video sponsor.
  • They use complex editing software to stitch together still and moving images, video footage, sound effects, dialogue and animation effects to create a cohesive story that effectively conveys the intended message.
  • As a Video Editor, you must be able to conceptualize, imagine, create, edit, manipulate, produce and publish (ready for viewing) multimedia content including videos, photos , designs of different formats and concepts, animations, short films/videos. , etc.
  • Ultimately, you need to be able to combine image and sound in order to tell a cohesive story.

Tasks / Functions

  • Meet with the CEO to determine the production vision.
  • Review the raw material to determine the shot list.
  • Manipulate film and video footage using modern editing techniques.
  • Maintain continuity while shifting shots based on scene value.
  • Cut the pictures and assemble the rough project.
  • Insert dialogues, sound effects, music, graphics and special effects.
  • Make sure the project follows a logical sequence.
  • Consult with the CEO and production team throughout the project.
  • Create the final edit for broadcast.
  • Display skills, knowledge and manipulation of photography.
  • Provide constructive feedback during team meetings and planning sessions
  • Participate in the planning and execution of various campaigns and projects.
  • Work directly with customers during a production process.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to the overall success of any project involved.
  • Exhibit cooperation and teamwork.
  • Any other task that may be required.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Response time to request (15 minutes)
  • Alignment with all requirements (80%)
  • Customer satisfaction (80%)
  • Single outing per day/month (varies, discuss with line manager)
  • Engagement in posts (social media and/or website) (70%)
  • Video views and shares (social media and/or website) (70%)
  • Audience loyalty (social networks and/or website) (50%).

Skill requirements

  • No qualification or degree required.
  • Be exceptionally imaginative.
  • Show creativity, art and innovation.
  • Strong understanding of video editing and design principles.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Exemplary leadership skills.
  • Strong negotiation and persuasive skills.
  • Very analytical.
  • Tech-focused and entrepreneur at heart.
  • Computer skills (advanced).

Experience requirements:

  • Experience in photography and video editing.
  • Ability to train others in the effective use of a camera.
  • Knowledge of 3D composition and special effects.
  • Ability to handle film and video footage without supervision.
  • Be willing to work on several projects at the same time at all scales, independently or in a team.
  • Have the ability to work with defined milestones within a project and strict time constraints.
  • Fulfill company reporting requirements; time sheets, work logs, etc.
  • Understanding of marketing, production, corporate identity, product packaging, advertisements and multimedia design.
  • Know how to use video editing tools.
  • Quality portfolio for evaluation.
  • Cross-functional computer and technology experience is a plus.
  • Attention to detail.


  • Integrity
  • Very organized
  • Presentable appearance
  • Pleasant personality
  • self-disciplined
  • team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Skills for problem solving
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Leadership skills

Key relationships:

  • Management team, team leaders, customers

Reporting hours:

  • Monday to Friday (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Salary: N50,000 – N100,000 Monthly.


Financial well-being:

  • Remuneration for work done successfully
  • Bonus subject to management approval:
    • 0.01% to 10% performance bonus on successfully executed client projects.
    • 5% – 20% commission on new customers acquired through the position holder’s share capital.
    • Individual financial coaching

Flexibility and leave:

  • Hybrid work environment up to 2 days/week subject to management approval and business needs.
  • Paid leave after probation, including vacation, bereavement leave, jury days, sick leave, parental leave, disability, and approved holidays.
  • Remote work opportunities

Community and personal development:

  • Educational reimbursement for approved learning programs.
  • Access to internal training.
  • Unlimited access to sell personal courses on the organization’s e-learning platform.

Innovative Extras subject to management approval:


  • Contract of at least 18 months.
  • Subject to a 3 month probationary evaluation on the minimum wage position.
  • 3 months notice before resignation or termination.
  • Reimbursement of 3 months salary in violation of 1,2,3 above.
  • Compulsory participation in the initiation, scheduled quarterly training and annual retreat of the organization.
  • Learning at your own pace to use work and productivity tools during the trial period.
  • Access to a smartphone and an internet connection.
  • Availability and reachability by phone and/or email.
  • Provision of a police report or background check.
  • Provision of a signed guarantor or reference from previous place of work.
  • Medical report for frequent sick leave beyond approved limits.
  • Comply with all organization policies, including but not limited to the Employee Policy, Information Protection Policy, and ATIT.

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City of Edmonton’s new program allows boulevard gardening in underutilized green spaces – Edmonton https://midilocator.com/2022/07/31/city-of-edmontons-new-program-allows-boulevard-gardening-in-underutilized-green-spaces-edmonton/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 00:43:20 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/31/city-of-edmontons-new-program-allows-boulevard-gardening-in-underutilized-green-spaces-edmonton/

The City of Edmonton has launched a new program that will help beautify residential boulevards.

The Residential Boulevard Gardening Kickstart program allows Edmontonians to plant their own garden in underused strips of grass between sidewalks and roads.

“I think they’re really pretty,” said Hazeldean resident Marissa Adie. “I think they add a nice touch to the neighborhood.”

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“They make things so much nicer,” said fellow resident Lou Remesz.

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Ward O-day’min County. Anne Stevenson advocated for the scheme, saying it was needed for people without access to green spaces.

“It has no resource implications. This is one of the big advantages,” the adviser said. Stevenson said. “It is an asset that already exists, it will not be an additional cost for the city to simply open these spaces to make them available.

People who want to set up a basic garden in a green space between their sidewalk and the street can apply for a permit.

There is immediate approval and the annual fee is waived for this year and 2023.

More details will be needed for a permit for a more robust garden. There is a $75 fee, but again it is waived for this year and next.

“I really hope this new program emphasizes that it’s something people can choose to do if they’re waiting in a community garden plot,” the councilor said. Stevenson said. “They may instead have one on a boulevard potentially.”

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Com. Stevenson said there was a gardening program in the past, but it was difficult for people to navigate and get approval.

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“This new program provides a lot more clarity and a lot more opportunities for people to make transformative change in these spaces.”

Changes Adie welcomes.

“Most people in this neighborhood are gardeners,” she said. “So I think they can bring a little bit of their personal touch to the neighborhood, for everyone, it’s a good idea.”

Requests can be made on the city’s website.

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Open source software gives robot research a head start (with video) https://midilocator.com/2022/07/30/open-source-software-gives-robot-research-a-head-start-with-video/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 09:31:00 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/30/open-source-software-gives-robot-research-a-head-start-with-video/ Jul 30, 2022

(News from Nanowerk) It would be great to have bots that can help us do important things, like helping with disaster recovery efforts or monitoring the environment. In the case of quadrupeds, robots that walk on four legs, their mobility requires many software components to work together seamlessly. It’s a drag when all your time is spent developing lower-level infrastructure instead of focusing on higher-level behaviors.

Aaron Johnson’s Robomechanics Lab Opens in a new window has experienced these frustrations firsthand. His team often had to rely on simple models to perform research because existing software solutions were not open source, did not provide a modular framework, and lacked end-to-end functionality.

Quad-SDK, a comprehensive software framework for agile quadrupedal locomotion.

An example of innovation born out of necessity, Johnson, an associate professor of mechanical engineering Opens in a new window, and his team designed their own locomotion software stack, Quad-SDK Opens in a new window, a comprehensive framework for quadrupedal locomotion agile. Many graduate students contributed to the development of the software over a two-year period, but it was time well invested. Their design can simplify the development process for roboticists around the world because it uses an open source license, which means the software can be used and modified however the user wishes.

Quad-SDK is out-of-the-box, so researchers don’t have to worry about implementing the necessary tools and infrastructure; instead, they can get to work on exciting behaviors and applications.

Unlike other options, Quad-SDK is also compatible with the robot operating system (ROS). ROS is middleware, somewhere between hardware and software, that allows different parts of a system to talk to each other. For example, if a robot detects an obstacle in its path and needs to transfer information from its perception module to its decision-making module, the ROS is what enables this communication. Imagine an app that doesn’t use iOS or Android, it’s a lot easier when it all works together.

Locomotion is a layered problem, as a team member and a PhD. the student Ardalan Tajbakhsh describes it. “In order to do anything meaningful on a robot, you need to have many components working together seamlessly.” Quad-SDK provides a framework for robotics researchers and developers to focus their efforts on core algorithms rather than software tools and infrastructure.

Other software packages are very good at solving one component, like motion planning, but having end-to-end frameworks that provide the algorithms, tools, and infrastructure needed to perform high-quality robotics research is essential. . Quad-SDK is a full stack, which means it contains all levels of the hierarchy that affect quadruped locomotion, starting with overall planning. This layer is at the top of the stack; Tajbakhsh compares it to Google Maps, as it chooses roughly where the robot should go to reach its destination. The next layer, the local planner, is what decides the specifics of the route, like where the robot should place its feet. This results in a third layer, the robot driver, which sends commands to the joints of the quadruped to perform the desired movement.

In the weeks following the award for Best Paper (“Quad-SDK: Full Stack Software Framework for Agile Quadrupedal Locomotion” at the Legged Robots Workshop at the IEEE 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), people have already invited to use it, a clear indicator of the usefulness of its solutions and how the open source format invites collaboration within the robotics community. ]]> Elana Gordon joins The Post as audio producer https://midilocator.com/2022/07/29/elana-gordon-joins-the-post-as-audio-producer/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 21:10:00 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/29/elana-gordon-joins-the-post-as-audio-producer/


Announcement from Audio Director Renita Jablonski, “Post Reports” Senior Producer Maggie Penman and Supervising Senior Producer Reena Flores:

We are thrilled to announce that Elana Gordon will be joining The Washington Post as Audio Producer. Elana has a listening ear and extensive experience in journalism, including producing in-depth news on radio every day. We’re thrilled to have him on the team that continues to grow the reach of our daily news podcast, “Post Reports.”

Elana comes to us from the radio news magazine “The World”, from GBH and PRX. For the past several years, she has led international program coverage of global health and the pandemic. Her expertise in pacing led to her being tapped to host a popular online forum on covid, chatting with Harvard professors. Prior to “The World,” Elana was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, researching and reporting stories about drug addiction and the nation’s overdose crisis.

Elana already has a few Post signatures. Stories she reported during her time as a reporter and producer at Philadelphia public media station WHYY were picked up by The Post, including a story about the lack of support in medical schools for students with disabilities. .

While at WHYY, she helped launch the weekly health and science show “The Pulse,” which now airs on dozens of stations across the country. One of its most popular episodes, a collaboration with the “Criminal” podcast, was recognized as one of Atlantic’s top listened to podcasts that year. It was about the mystery surrounding a 19th century horse thief.

Elana’s interest in public health, politics and listening to people’s stories dates back to work she did before turning to journalism. She was an HIV counselor and prevention specialist in Kansas City, Missouri, at one of the nation’s largest free health clinics. She says the front-row seat she has had in the face of the deadly consequences of stigma and inequality has shaped her approach to storytelling.

His work has been recognized numerous times, including seven regional Edward R. Murrow awards as well as top honors from the Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association and the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. Elana holds a BA from Barnard College, where she majored in political science and music. In her spare time, she enjoys playing an old euphonium slightly out of tune with other recovering musicians.

Her first day will be August 22 and we look forward to giving her a warm welcome.

]]> Program Officer, LAC Region & Humanitarian Response https://midilocator.com/2022/07/29/program-officer-lac-region-humanitarian-response/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 08:23:45 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/29/program-officer-lac-region-humanitarian-response/

HOPE project is an international NGO of more than 900 committed staff and hundreds of volunteers working in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’s most pressing health challenges. Throughout our 60-year heritage, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided over $3 billion worth of medicines to local healthcare organizations around the world. We’ve helped build hundreds of health programs from scratch and responded to humanitarian crises around the world.

Code of conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to treat each other with respect, to take positive steps to prevent issues of sexual exploitation and abuse and human trafficking, and to disclose all potential and actual violations of our code of conduct, which may include conflicts of interest. , Fraud, Corruption, Discrimination or Harassment. Together we can strengthen a culture of respect, integrity, accountability and transparency.


The Program Officer position provides operational support, monitoring and evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the quality and effectiveness of global health programs in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region as well as in its humanitarian response (HR) globally. Works within the LAC HQ and HR (HQ) team and liaises closely with country staff, technical leads and other HQ departments as required. The position includes periodic travel to program sites and also performs a variety of tasks and products that contribute to the efficient functioning of the Global Health division.


Implementation and operation of the program

  • Contributes to program success and technical quality of assigned projects. Serves as support to HQ by communicating frequently with country staff on program implementation. Briefs the LAC and HQ Humanitarian Response team and others, as appropriate, on areas of concern. This includes planning and arranging regular team meetings with the Program Manager, Country Director, Senior Program Officer (Sr. PO) and/or Senior Program Advisor (Sr. PA), Deputy Regional Director (DRD), Director of Humanitarian Response (HRD) and Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, as needed, to discuss program progress, areas of concern and work plans.
  • Monitors assigned programs by reviewing information, reports and data through regular exchange and communication with program teams. Supports Sr. PO, Sr. PA, and technical and M&E teams to monitor achievement of program and sub-project objectives, indicators, and data collection. Conducts on-site visits, as required.
  • Enter and maintain quarterly project data in the internal organizational database to allow analysis and monitoring from headquarters.
  • Functions as a key liaison for programs assigned to other HQ departments, such as Development/Communications.
  • Supports Sr. PO, Sr. PA, and DRD with day-to-day coordination and communication between assigned programs and other HQ departments, including legal, finance, M&E, development, and communications, etc.
  • Coordinates, contributes to the development and ensures the completion of program planning documents for assigned programs, including work plans, detailed implementation plans, M&E plans, program designs and plans starting or closing.
  • Coordinates, contributes to the development and ensures the completion of quality program reports with country staff, including quarterly PH reports, survey reports and donor reports.
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares project results in collaboration with country teams for presentation within PH and externally as appropriate.
  • Participates in regular program portfolio review meetings.
  • Supports Sr. PO, Sr. PA, DRD, HRD and country teams in the development, implementation and management of sub-grant or sub-grant agreements for assigned projects. Works with project teams on the preparation of sub-grants and sub-grant agreements to ensure alignment with internal and donor procurement policies and routing to appropriate approvals.
  • Works to ensure Project HOPE policies and procedures are followed.
  • Collaborate with peer organizations and join technical associations on technical learning and in support of strategic priorities.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in program countries and assigned technical areas. Ensure external and internal project resources are up to date.
  • Other administrative and logistical support as needed

Development of new programs

  • Collaborates with LAC and HR team, business development, development department, country teams and other technical staff to identify, develop and prepare proposals and concept papers.
  • Seek opportunities, seek funding, and guide NDP efforts for new activities in HOPE Project priority countries, in line with regional and HOPE-wide strategic plans
  • Conduct background research, copy content, prepare supporting sections such as past performance capacity, and assist in the development of evidence-based programs designed for impact, including program design, indicators and the performance monitoring plan.
  • Prepare program templates, business development forms, tables for producing proposals.
  • Proposal writing in collaboration with Sr. PO and/or Sr. PA.
  • Contributes to the creation of promotional material and web content that highlights the achievements and capacity of the Project HOPE program. Works with the brand and marketing team to ensure that public Project HOPE materials (such as the website) are kept up to date.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

  • Responsible for ensuring that program reports and indicator data are entered into Global Health’s information management systems and are kept up to date.
  • Review upcoming reports from the organization-wide DHIS-2 system, particularly on data analysis tools to help prepare standard reports, data completeness reports, datasets, report tables, graphs, GIS, etc. Reports performance issues or data discrepancies to Sr. PO/Sr. PENNSYLVANIA.
  • Support the development and finalization of quarterly reports to donors and for the HOPE project. Coordinates and/or supports regular portfolio review meetings.
  • Reviews, analyzes and prepares project results in collaboration with the field team for presentation within PH and externally as appropriate.
  • Supports mechanisms for tracking accountability to affected populations, ensuring feedback is incorporated into program design and implementation.
  • Helps maintain best practices in information management and protect personally identifiable information of program recipients.
  • Organize best practices and lessons learned via internal sessions and documents within the GH unit.
  • Travels to the field to monitor program implementation, engage with key stakeholders and provide technical assistance.
  • Participates in the development and dissemination of technical summaries, articles, conference presentations and strategy documents.
  • Contributes to the sharing of “lessons learned” from other relevant programs conducted by Project HOPE and from programs implemented by other organizations.
  • Other assigned tasks.


  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, international relations or similar relevant equivalency or bachelor’s degree when combined with substantial relevant experience.
  • One to three years of experience in health and humanitarian programming, including direct implementation of health activities and/or providing technical support to programs. Previous experience with LAC countries is an advantage.
  • Experience in providing administrative and logistical support
  • Knowledge of an international working environment (developing countries preferred) and one year of experience abroad or the equivalent are desirable.
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills are required.
  • Fluency or intermediate level proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with country and head office staff to ensure quality and productivity.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, verbal and written. Writing skills should include concept notes and program reports.
  • Computer proficiency in both word processing and spreadsheet programs with presentation and report writing ability. Knowledge of statistical software is a plus.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and work with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Identifies with the mission, vision and core values ​​of the HOPE project.
  • Willing to travel internationally up to 25% of the time.


The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Physical requirements:

  • In performing the duties of this position, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate orally and in writing and must be able to travel internationally.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are described as “difficult”.

Working environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may take place in resource-poor environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • Although international travel is not a standard part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are described as “difficult”.

How to register

Please apply online at https://www.projecthope.org/job/program-officer-lac-region-humanitarian-response/

Digital disruption in e-commerce is no longer just for big brands https://midilocator.com/2022/07/28/digital-disruption-in-e-commerce-is-no-longer-just-for-big-brands/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 17:57:51 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/28/digital-disruption-in-e-commerce-is-no-longer-just-for-big-brands/

Neil Lassen

Digital disruption in e-commerce is no longer just for big brands 3

Todor Karlikov

By Neil Lassen and Todor Karlikov, Co-founders of Merchandising informant, Pound Bolt and Sale Samurai

Digital disruption is often seen as a “big boy” game, not for the small entrepreneur.

Of course, small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs could still create products and navigate their way online where they would need to find a producer, set up distribution, pay hefty marketing fees, platform and then manage shipping, customer service and returns.

More often than not, the high barriers to entry were enough to crush the dreams of these individuals and stop them in their tracks.

This has changed dramatically over the past 5 years with a strong push towards print on demand (POD) products impacting a global audience.

In fact, in 2021, the global print-on-demand market size was valued at USD 4.9 billion and is expected to increase annually by 26.1% from 2022 to 2030.

With the explosion of print-on-demand, entrepreneurs can sell high-quality products around the world without the headaches of a traditional startup.

That means no or less overhead, no shipping, no fulfillment, no customer service, and most importantly, no marketing costs thanks to distribution in the world’s largest markets.

Booming demand for e-commerce clothing

When the biggest e-commerce platform on the internet notices a trend and jumps on it, it’s time to pay attention.

We saw this firsthand when Amazon launched an all-new print-on-demand platform in 2015 called Merch by Amazon.

This was initially intended for app developers to help them sell quality clothing to their audience.

What happened quickly was that budding entrepreneurs realized the potential of this platform and decided to join, including ourselves.

Myself and Todor were one of the very first individuals to start selling on this new platform which they called Merch by Amazon. None of us were artists, none of us had ever sold print-on-demand products before, but we knew one thing… Amazon had a global following of hungry buyers in this segment.

The platform allows you to post digital files (PNG images), which they would then display to the world on different garments. Once an item was purchased from an Amazon buyer, Amazon would then print the garment, ship the item to the customer, and then deal with any customer service. What was left was a royalty paid to your company as a content creator.

With a lack of artistic skills, Todor and I were able to see great success incredibly quickly. We managed to start selling products in the 1st week to clients we’ve never known, never had to find, and never had to interact with at all.


Because print on demand allows people to test new ideas and bring them to market in hours, not days and certainly not months. It all came down to finding where customer demand already was and creating products.

That turned out to be the hard part.

Growing e-commerce communities

During this time, many creatives viewed Merch by Amazon as another outlet where they could offer their wares.

The difficult part for these sellers was that they had no way of knowing if there was demand on Amazon for what they had, and how to get those products in front of the right buyers.

This led to the formation of large communities where creatives discussed their ideas and techniques.

What most people did back then was spend hours and hours every day on Amazon creating big spreadsheets of products that already existed so they could not only find what customers wanted buy, but try to find holes in the market so that they can create new products in those niches that would meet customer demand.

We noticed this pretty quickly and decided to release a tool we were working on for our own print-on-demand business. In 2016, Merchandising informant Was launched.

We had built software that would find customer demand on Amazon, help us build a listing using the right keywords, and analyze brand data to make sure we weren’t infringing on any intellectual property. This system worked incredibly well for us, but it soon became clear that it was what the whole community needed.

Merch Informer has been inundated with feature requests, training tutorials, and graphic design tips.

It was clear that we weren’t the only ones who wanted and needed a way to grow their business quickly.

99.99% of everyone who walks through the doors of our software company are individuals, creatives and entrepreneurs. These aren’t big brands with unlimited marketing budgets and expensive overheads.

With over 200,000 entrepreneurs passing through our doors at Merch Informer, we’ve seen individual entrepreneurs compete against large corporations that were behind the times. They are able to sell thousands of products, build brands themselves, and grow their businesses in less time than before.

Meet Ken Reil

Through one of these groups, we met an individual who seized the opportunity presented to him: Ken Reil.

We met Ken about 6 years ago when the print on demand industry was just starting to take off.

He almost quit at the very beginning because his first product image was one pixel away. Fortunately, he stuck to it!

Ken has since launched thousands of products on Amazon, earned hundreds of thousands of dollars working from his home in Las Vegas, and even built a major brand specializing in the horror niche: Monsters & Martians.

All of this was done without the traditional e-commerce route, but through print-on-demand, software tools, and expansion.

Rapid expansion for e-commerce entrepreneurs

What many quickly realize when they go down this path is that success comes from a combination of great products and getting those products to the right audience.

This good audience may not only buy clothes from Amazon, or not buy from Amazon at all!

Over the years, we’ve pioneered analytics and creative software around the print-on-demand industry, helping sellers create and sell products ranging from apparel to low-content books (such as puzzle/activity books), and even expand beyond Amazon to new marketplaces such as Etsy.

We’ve seen an insane increase over the past 2-3 years as everyone has been stuck at home for print-on-demand books to fill people’s time and overcome problems.

They are not long stories, but rather notebooks, journals, puzzle books, etc.

Thanks to our Book Bolt software publisherwe have seen a huge increase in sales on the Amazon platform for these types of print-on-demand products, and all of this can be done without actually being an author.

Many creative entrepreneurs realize that if they have a digital file that they created, it can be reused in many different types of products.

Take our Ken example above. He owns a large brand of monsters and martians which he sells as print-on-demand clothing.

One of the things he’s been working on is taking those same digital files and turning them into print-on-demand coloring books through Amazon KDP. This uses the same asset in his business to expand his customer base.

Always looking for other outlets to sell his products, he also turned to Etsy, where he sells these same files as clothes, but also smaller orders such as stickers to build awareness of his product. brand (and put more money in his company’s bottom line).

Big brands are starting to take notice

You don’t have to take our word for it that print on demand is a booming industry and here to stay.

Take a look at some of the top brands that are turning to POD (print on demand) to drastically reduce overhead and increase revenue.


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These are just a few of the brands that have started to take advantage of print-on-demand in the world’s largest market.

We see this primarily through Merch by Amazon and less with low content books and other marketplaces such as Etsy.

This should be a great example that not only can you compete with some of the biggest brands on the planet, you can REALLY compete with them using software, technology, and outlets like Amazon and Etsy.

Reduce costs, increase revenue and determine what customers really want. You are not too late to start.

Artlist enters the software game with new video and image editing apps https://midilocator.com/2022/07/28/artlist-enters-the-software-game-with-new-video-and-image-editing-apps/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 15:33:16 +0000 https://midilocator.com/2022/07/28/artlist-enters-the-software-game-with-new-video-and-image-editing-apps/

Last year, music licensing company Artlist acquired software developers FXhome, creators of popular video editing app HitFilm, among others. Since the acquisition things have been a bit quiet, but Artlist today announced its first software release under the FXhome by Artlist brand which combines video and image editing with visual effects, revamping the products that they took over during the acquisition.

The new update brings a new pricing model. Don’t worry, there’s still a 100% free version that includes HitFilm’s basic video editing tools with unlimited exports up to HD and the ability to download 10 royalty-free songs, 25 sound effects, and 5 templates. But there are also Creator, Pro, and Enterprise tiers for those with more demanding needs.

The new paid tiers will include educational content with a new “Learn Panel”, which includes tutorial videos and a creative library with Artlist assets available as part of each subscription tier. Artlist says the move to the subscription model will allow a wide range of entry-level creators to use video editing tools and software, though they say perpetual licenses for those who make the one-time purchase for HitFilm Pro and other FXhome products will still be supported. and maintained.

We’ve been user-first from the start, and our decision to introduce this product upgrade is rooted in that. It was so important to us to do this in a way that stays true to users who prefer our existing model while expanding affordability and accessibility,” says Josh Davies, VP of Software at Artlist and Founder of FXhome. . “HitFilm, CamTrackAR, Imerge, and the rest of the programs we offer are already tailor-made for creators. Now the purchase model is too.

To celebrate the launch. Artlist is offering special introductory prices for all paid tiers with up to 23% off regular prices.

  • Creator will be available with a monthly subscription of $9.99 and an annual subscription of $74.99; then $12.99 per month and $89.99 per year after the promotion period
  • Pro will be available with a monthly subscription of $15.99 and an annual subscription of $119.99; then $19.99 per month and $149.99 per year after the promotion period

The Enterprise tier is suitable for organizations with custom pricing and even more features.

You can read more about the new subscription tiers and what they all include here on the FXhome by Artlist website and if you’re not a fan of the subscription model you can find the perpetual licenses here.