Friday, April 23, 2021

Podcast with Robert Knight, P.h.D., director, Florida Springs Institute about impact of groundwater withdrawals to Florida springs

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 19, 2021

Robert Knight, P.h.D., director, Florida Springs Institute

Robert Knight, P.h.D., director, Florida Springs Institute

Photo: Florida Springs Institute

A podcast interview with Robert Knight, P.h.D., director, Florida Springs Institute, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses the impact of groundwater withdrawals to Florida springs with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast. Scroll down for a PDF file to accompany the podcast.

Bob is the founder of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, “a nonprofit program dedicated to supporting science and education necessary for restoration and wise management of Florida’s artesian springs.” He is an environmental scientist with more than 38 years of professional experience in Florida, including detailed ecological studies at more than 20 large springs. He is former adjunct professor at the University of Florida Department of Environmental Engineering and Sciences where he taught graduate level classes on the ecology of Florida’s springs and wetlands.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. You can listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Robert Knight, P.h.D.” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the April 2021 section of the podcast archive.

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Podcast with John Dunn, author, Drying Up, about fresh water crisis in Florida

Posted by Elena del Valle on March 8, 2021

 

John Dunn, author, Drying Up (2021)

John Dunn, author, Drying Up

Photo: Susan Dunn

A podcast interview with John Dunn, author, Drying Up (see Writer examines Florida water issues), is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses the fresh water crisis in Florida with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast. Scroll down for slide materials and Drying Up Handout.

A native Miamian, John has written more than 400 articles for Europe, Overseas Life, Sierra, Florida Trend, Business Florida, and The St. Petersburg Times. He authored 16 non-fiction young adult books. He has also edited a Civil War series for young readers.

In February 2019, Drying Up The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida was selected as winner of the Florida Historical Society’s Stetson Kennedy Award for writing about Florida’s natural environment. The book also won the Bronze Medal in the 2019 Florida Book Awards, Florida Nonfiction category.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. You can listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR John Dunn” and download the MP3 file to your audio player. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the March 2021 section of the podcast archive.

 

John Dunn Slides

Drying Up handout

Podcast with John Incledon, president, Hisamitsu America, about success of topical pain relief products in Hispanic market

Posted by Elena del Valle on March 1, 2021

John Incledon, president, Hisamitsu America
John Incledon, president, Hisamitsu America

Photo: Andrew Foord

A podcast interview with John Incledon, president, Hisamitsu America, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses his company’s success with topical pain relief products in the Hispanic market with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

John is also chief executive officer of Hisamitsu America. According to his biography he has a broad background in marketing, new product development, management, team building, global commercialization, sales, in-licensing, and acquisitions and divestitures.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. You can also listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR John Incledon” and or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the February 2021 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC, about how to invest in vacant land in 2021 part two

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 22, 2021

Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC
Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC

Photo: Gokce Capital LLC

A podcast interview with Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses how to invest in vacant land in 2021 with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Erika, a former affordable housing director for the City of New York, is now a full-time land investor. The article and podcast with part one of this topic was published January 25, 2021.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below. You can also listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Erika Benson” and or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the February 2021 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC, on how to invest in vacant land in 2021

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 25, 2021

Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC
Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC

Photo: Gokce Capital LLC

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A podcast interview with Erika Benson, co-owner, Gokce Capital LLC, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing and Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses how to invest in vacant land in 2021 with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Erika is a former affordable housing director for the City of New York turned full-time Land Investor. She used to help New Yorkers find affordable housing, now she helps people around the United States find affordable land.

She keeps an active blog on the company website where she gives out advice on buying and selling land. She has a YouTube channel with over 250 videos that provide tips for land buyers and information on the company properties.

To listen to the interview, scroll down and click on the play button below.  You can also listen by looking for “Podcast” then select “HMPR Erika Benson” and or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. You can also find it on the RSS feed. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the January 2021 section of the podcast archive.

With video – Finland newspaper releases FOC climate change font

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 19, 2021

Climate Crisis Font

The Climate Crisis Font English language landing page – click to enlarge

Video, photos: Helsingin Sanomat
Photo Tuomas Jääskeläinen: Juha Törmälä

Helsingin Sanomat
, “the biggest subscription-based newspaper in the Nordics,” dedicated several weeks of work spread over months to the development of The Climate Crisis Font designed to visualize the urgency for climate action. The new font is available for download free of charge at TypeToAct.com. Scroll down to watch an English language video.

“The font has been licensed with SIL Open Font licensing making it available for editorial, commercial, and private use,” said Tuomas Jääskeläinen, art director, Helsingin Sanomat, in response to questions through a communications intermediary via email.” The full terms of use are available at drive.google.com/file/d/19M8ebCT0JOLWln6LDkWQzj5gy-qmj9Ww/view.

The Climate Crisis Font designed to visualize the urgency for climate action – click to enlarge

“The main limitation is that it needs to be kept freely available and free of charge,” he said. “The font is intended for anyone who wishes to make a point about the impact of climate change, be it the media, designers, artists, activists or anyone else.” He explained that “the font has been designed to work in all latin-based alphabets when it comes to e.g. diacritics.
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When asked other than drawing attention to climate action what makes the font special or distinctive he replied: “
I think it’s the fact that it’s based on actual data. We haven’t done a massive search, but I suspect it’s among the first data-based fonts in the world, if not the first. That, and the way the scalable OpenType technology lets the font align with the yearly data, is what makes it special for me.”

Tuomas Jääskeläinen, art director, Helsingin Sanomat

Tuomas Jääskeläinen, art director, Helsingin Sanomat

Regarding the budget or budget range for the creation of the font he said: “

Unfortunately I cannot disclose the budget, but it is a reasonable investment considering the scope of work needed.”

Helsingin Sanomat, a private for profit entity, is published by Sanoma Media Finland, a leading Finnish multi-channel media company. The paper’s primary language is Finnish.

Linguist believes informal writing allows enhanced expression

Posted by Elena del Valle on January 6, 2021

Because Internet

Because Internet

Photo: Riverhead Books

Ending a text with a period may make the writer seem old while an emoticon at the end of a sentence can add surprising nuance to the statement, according to a book about language published last year. The subtleties of informal written communication are many, says Gretchen McCulloch, a self described internet linguist. She believes modern digital communications are changing language and the way we and society overall communicate for the better. In Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Riverhead Books, $26) she explains her views and theories.

Salutations like language in general evolve over time, according to the book. McCulloch explains that for many addressing someone with dear has become dated. At the same time hey, which for older generations is objectionable, has become a common written email greeting. Hi follows in popularity with hello being last and used to address strangers.

The author goes on to say that a generational gap exists; and some users embrace the “expressive capacity” of informal writing while others reject it. The author explains the difference between emoticons, emojis and gifs, pointing out that although there is no universal agreement on their appearance emojis are the best fit for many people communicating electronically. They make it possible for users to better express their mental states in written form, the author says. It’s useful to think of emojis as gestures; already courts have had to address the meaning of emojis such a raised hand, a possible gang sign or a comma, she says.

The 326-page hardcover book published in 2019 is divided into eight chapters: Informal Writing, Language and Society, Internet People, Typographical Tone of Voice, Emoji and Other Internet Gestures, How Conversations Change, Memes and Internet Culture and A New Metaphor. The emojis in the book are from Twemoji, an open source font released under a Creative Commons Attribution.

McCulloch, is based in Montreal, Canada and hosts the podcast Lingthusiasm, according to her bio.

Los Angeles company offers indie film streaming worldwide

Posted by Elena del Valle on December 16, 2020

The Velocipastor poster
The Velocipastor poster

Photos: Filmocracy

Established in 2018 Filmocracy offers 2,800 independent films in a variety of genres in shorts, documentaries, feature length and series, except music videos, for an audience mainly between 25 and 40 years of age. The selection includes foreign language films with subtitles. One film, Road To Your Heart, was in Afrikaans without subtitles.

“Filmocracy is the only site that offers virtual film festivals and also rewards users for watching and rating movies,” said Paul Jun, chief executive officer, Filmocracy, by email when asked what makes the streaming platform stand out. “Users earn virtual popcorn which they can spend in our shop on things like gift cards, movie tickets, and festival passes. Most of our subscribers come through the virtual film festivals we host.”

Paul Jun, chief executive officer, Filmocracy
Paul Jun, chief executive officer, Filmocracy

According to the website subscriptions range from free with ads to Festival Premium for $29.99 a month. Most of the 17,000 users are in the United States, mainly Los Angeles and New York, with large user groups in Spain, India, and Brazil, according to Jun.

Eight categories of rating options (Plot, Characters, Cinematography, Performances, Dialogue, Sound/Music and Overall) appeared whenever I paused the videos. A rating number appeared at the top of videos that had been rated. As of this writing a drop down menu at the top of the homepage listed eleven categories. There were also featured films and upcoming virtual film festivals, including the Blastoff Film Festival, DC Chinese Film Festival, Diorama Film Festival, Around Films International Film Festival Barcelona for the remainder of 2020.

The three most watched films in 2020? The Velocipastor, Temp to Perm (disturbing short), and Extra Innings. Top genres in number of films: Drama, Documentary. The company markets mostly on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition to Jun the Los Angeles based company is owned by Kasia Jun Kaczmarczyk, Phillip Jun, Pawel Drzewiecki, and Jasper Grey.

New thriller from Argentina, Spain

Posted by Elena del Valle on November 18, 2020

A scene from The Weasel's Tale (El Cuento de las Comodrejas)
Graciela Borges is Mara in The Weasel’s Tale (El Cuento de las Comadrejas)

Photo: Outsider Pictures

The Weasel’s Tale (El cuento de las comadrejas), a new suspense film with touches of dark humor and romance, will open in United States theaters December 11, 2020. The unrated film is in Spanish with English subtitles. No video clip file was made available.

Four long-time friends sharing a stately home in Argentina find themselves the victims of an unscrupulous greedy couple seeking to con them out of their home permanently. A Spanish Argentina collaboration copyrighted 2019 the 129-minute film was directed and written by Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes). It appears to be a remake of Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico, a 1976 film from Argentina by José A. Martínez Suárez.

The film was distributed by Latido in Spain and Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing in the United States. The cast features Graciela Borges as Mara, Oscar Martínez as Norberto, Luis Brandoni as Pedro, Marcos Mundstock as Martin, Clara Lago Grau as Bárbara, and Nicolas Francella as Francisco.

With video – New Zealand thriller miniseries showcases beautiful waterscapes

Posted by Elena del Valle on October 28, 2020

Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan play a Canadian couple in The Sounds
Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan play a Canadian couple in The Sounds

Photo: Acorn TV

Video: South Pacific Pictures

Rachelle Lefevre and Matt Whelan play Maggie and Tom Cabbott, a Canadian couple in The Sounds, a psychological thriller from Shaftesbury in Canada and South Pacific Pictures in New Zealand. When Tom disappears, dark secrets and family plots complicate matters for Maggie. The TV miniseries is available in the United States via Acorn TV, a commercial free subscription streaming service offering foreign programing. Scroll down to watch a video trailers.

In the eight episode miniseries the happily married Canadian couple start a new life and a new salmon fishery business in a small harbor town. What starts as a promising adventure for the couple seeking to escape Tom’s oppressive family quickly spirals into an unsettling story.

“It was made for Acorn TV and CBC and Sky TV NZ,” said Rachael Keereweer, head of Communications, South Pacific Pictures. “The primary target audience here in New Zealand was a relatively broad, 25-54 demo. From idea, the show was several years in the making. The actual production schedule, including pre-production was 6 1/2 months with a shoot period of 13 weeks from mid-August to late November 2019.”

The visually stunning background scenery in The Sounds is in New Zealand. The series was filmed in Whangaroa at the top of the North Island in an area called the Bay of Islands and in Auckland.

“It’s a mystical, magical, wonderful, beautiful place,” said Lefevre about the Malborough Sounds in a series press kit. And when asked about the most enjoyable aspect of working on The Sounds Whelan said, according to the same promotional materials, “Shooting up North in Whangaroa, I’d never been there before and spending a couple of weeks out on the water, on yachts and kayaking and doing all sorts of cool things in beautiful locations around New Zealand.”

The program was created and written by Sarah-Kate Lynch (Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The House of Daughters). Other creative staff include Peter Stebbings, director, and executive producers Kelly Martin and Sally Campbell.

South Pacific Pictures, in operation for 32 years, has produced more than 5,600 hours of drama series and serials, feature films, reality programming and documentaries for New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and United Kingdom broadcasters, according to the company website.

Shaftesbury is a Toronto based creator and producer of original content for television, film, and digital content, according to the company website. That includes 13 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries, three seasons of Frankie Drake Mysteries, three seasons of Slasher, Hudson & Rex, Departure, Dead Still, and The Sounds.