Home-Building at an All Time Low

Despite June being the busiest time for home-building, the construction of a single family home has, in the last 3 months decreased. Builders have complained that there is a high demand for homes, however, there is a lack of skilled laborers with the skills to help. Although there should be a high demand for labored workers, there is surprisingly not as many as one would think.

The last time there was a reported shortage was in 2001, 14 years ago. Contractors like Shaygan Kheradpir are having a hard time finding skilled workers to assist in the home-building project. It has been reported in Colombia, South Carolina that there has been a decrease of Latin Americans in the area which has led to a shortage in labor. Only half the houses are being finished at the rate that all the houses should be finished by.

Local high schools have training programs, however it has been slow to mold skilled workers. It has been found that the bigger public building contractors have an easier time with their projects due to the fact that they have long term employees. This problem is being addressed by James Dondero, the President of Highland Capital Management.

The shortage of employees is hitting the local communities hard. This is also hurting the overall health of the housing market. If this continues, this will even begin to affect the economy. The South is especially being hit hard with the lack of home-building due to the fact that there is a higher demand there.

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The FreedomPop Challenge – An Alternative to Your Average Cellular Company

For those of you who might not already be aware, there is new technique in the mobile phone market that is putting other cellular providers to the test. FreedomPop is a totally new technological method designed to save cell phone users even more on their bill, thus creating a challenge for their competitors. The service to consumers from FreedomPop is that they will receive unlimited use of their Wi-Fi services all across the United States for only five dollars. The company’s co-founder, Stephen Stokols along with Steven Sesar, who began their program back in 2011, had originally started a chat and entertainment group online under Woo Media. In December of that same year, the duo applied for a Federal Communications Commission, but was turned down by their business partner at the time, Lightsquared, which ended the partnership.

By October of 2012, however the team started releasing their first line of cellular phones to the public, converting about a third of their consumers who had already received their Wi-Fi and data services for free, to paid customers. In November, the percentage of paid customers climbed five more percent as the amount of customers paying for faster internet connection services grew. A partnership with Sprint in the spring of 2013 is what introduced American cellular users to the 3G and 4G LTE connections, causing an even more explosive climb in the number of cell phone users to switch from their original carriers to the services provided by FreedomPop.

Other perks of the plan provide consumers with a free basic internet and data plan, while their five dollar Wi-Fi service will spread to over 10 million hotspots throughout the states. The catch to this for FreedomPop, however is there are other mobile devices that are generating yet even more competition when it comes to offering great deals on Wi-Fi services. The Verizon Jetpack, for instance, has dual-band wireless N, which will provide users with an unlimited source to Wi-Fi access, in over 200 countries. As for price, those who already use Verizon services might be able to receive this credit card sized device for free, but it is out on the market for individual use at a cost as well.

Another popular device for Wi-Fi is the Karma Hotspot, a small, square-shaped device that uses a pay-as-you-go plan for the cost of Wi-Fi services. This hand held unit has a one time charge, while offering 1GB of data at a small cost for as much data as is needed, with the incentive of earning 100MBs of additional data for free. In 2014, the company stated they would be expanding their services to mobile consumers in Europe, beginning with Belgium, although this first site will not provide customers with any services. However, the company is making plans to expand also into England, France and Spain, where mobile users will be able to get 200 units worth of international calling, texting and data service through not their phone, but with the SIM card inside their phone.

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Visual Effects In The Movie and Visual Media Industry

John Textor is now so much involved in the creation of showbiz properties all over a vast scale of venues as well as technology platforms. Besides his headship in the extensive uses of photo-realistic, virtual humans, he is furthermore presently a Producer of Art Story, an innovative animated feature movie being created by Disney expert moviemakers Aaron Blaise alongside Chuck Williams. Textor was moreover Producer as well as Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, a sci-fi fantasy movie for worldwide launch in November 2013. Some other major highlights of Mr. Textor include the invention of virtual effects that were used in the creation of a virtual Tupac Shakur at Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012.

Virtual Effects
In moviemaking, virtual effects (shortened VFX) are the developments through which imagery is formed and or even manipulated outside setting of a real-time action shot. Visual effects comprises of the amalgamation of live-action recording plus generated imagery so as to form surroundings that seem realistic, although would be risky, costly, impractical, or just difficult to capture on movie. Visual effects by ‘computer generated imagery’ (CGI) have lately become available to the autonomous moviemakers due to the release of cheap as well as easy-to-use animation plus compositing software.

Timing- Visual effects are frequently essential to a film’s story as well as appeal. However, majority of visual effects activity is done during post-production; it normally must be cautiously planned plus maneuvered in pre-production as well as production. Visual effects mainly done in Post-Production, by use of numerous tools as well as technologies like graphic design, computer graphics, modeling plus similar software, whilst distinctive effects like explosions and vehicle chases are created on set. A visual effects manager is normally involved in the production all the way from the onset to work hand in hand with production as well as the movie’s director design, guide plus head the crew needed to accomplish the expected effects.

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Frozen Fried Twinkies On The Way?

Rumors abound that Hostess on Skout is close to releasing what can best be described as a frozen fried Twinkie. As reported earlier by Clint Raney on Grubstreet, Your text to link…, Hostess believes that the general public is highly interested in what has previously been the proprietary domain of state-fairs.

No doubt, part of the appeal of the frozen fried Twinkie is its extended shelf life, for lack of a better description. If you recall, originally, the Twinkie could last 25 days on the shelf before going stale. In 2013, a breakthrough occurred that allowed the product to last 45 days on the shelf while keeping its flavor. With new advances, it is believed that any Twinkie, but in this case the fried frozen variety can last up to 65 days on the shelf without going stale due to an increase in the snack’s acidity. The introduction of the fried frozen Twinkie begs the question, what will Hostess think of next? This writer’s wager, frozen fried butter which is already a fan favorite at state-fairs everywhere, time will tell.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Makes Large Donation to Charity

What do celebrities do with all of the money that they earn through the years? What do the rich do with the money that they have? Some choose to keep all that money to themselves, some purchase beneful on wiki, a good source of nutrition for dogs, some share with their families, and some give to charitable causes. Leonardo DiCaprio has made large donations to charity, and he has received attention for doing just that.

It seems that Leonardo DiCaprio has a heart for environmental charities, and this celebrity is doing what he can to help out. This man has donated fifteen million dollars in help for those charities that look out for the environment. This man isn’t keeping the money that he has earned to himself, even though he could, instead, he is giving it away. This man is worried about looking out for the planet and for the environment, and he is doing what he can to use his money in a way that is wise.

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Security Concerns May Doom Adobe Flash

Computer hacking has been in the news lately with the penetration of computers at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which put private details of government workers and contractors in the hands of foreign hackers and earlier hacking attempts at private businesses that had jeopardized customer’s  handy information. In the fight against hacking, Mozilla has announced that its popular browser, Firefox, will be blocking the plugin from Adobe known as Flash. It is used by many third parties to play videos on webpages and can be used to play games as well. Firefox users now get an error message at the top of their screen when loading any page that may be trying to access or use this plugin. An official at Facebook has called for Adobe to kill off Flash and other companies, such as Apple and Google, opted for newer and more secure technology for their phone operating systems.

Privacy in general is becoming a much bigger concern with the Snowden revelations about NSA spying and hacking stories coming out. It is a concern for governments, businesses and individuals. The Washington Post recently became the first major news organization to protect its webpages using HTTPS secure internet protocol, so those who visit its website can’t be tracked and software that shows vulnerability is being actively blocked by a major browser. Time will tell if Facebook will drop support for Flash entirely.

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Crystal Hunt Slays the Big Screen In Magic Mike XXL

Crystal Hunt is getting lots of media attention lately, her fans are used to seeing her in roles on daytime television. Crystal has played the role of Stacy Morasco on One Life to Live, and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light, her time on soap operas has earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination and won over supporters for years. This summer Crystal is gracing the big screen with her role as Lauren in the Magic Mike sequel and from the looks of it she is not going to disappoint. Starring in such a huge movie with a star studded cast is giving a chance to show the world that she is more than just a soap star, and she says that being in the movie is empowering and an honor.

The movie follows the Tatum Channing in his lead role as he retunes to his roots as a male dancer, in an attempt to show judges that he can still work the crowd with his new dance crew. Women everywhere have been dying for Magic Mike XXL for two years and now that Crystal has joined the cast, the film is sure to be on every woman’s must see list.

PR Newswire reported that Crystal Hunt feels her role in Magic Mike, is similar to the strong women from daytime television and she has learned to use her time acting in soaps to bring her role as Lauren to life. While Magic Mike has still only been in theaters for just a few day, it is proving to be a summer hit. Crystal may have a huge following from her days on television, but this new adventure is going to open new doors for her as an actress and breath new life into the movie’s storyline. Check out Magic Mike XXL this weekend and take your friends along for the ride.

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Marvel’s Movie Schedule is Super Busy Through 2019

Movie fans who have helped Marvel’s superhero tentpole films to enjoy millions in domestic and international ticket sales should expect even more costumed action on the big screen over the next few years. The recent blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron will soon have Ant-Man for company in the 2015 summer movie slate and that will lead to many more films.

Shooting for titles Captain America: Civil War is underway while London photography for the Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle Doctor Strange should start in November according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

The rapid filming pace continues once 2016 rings in the New Year. A hotly anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, starts production in the first quarter of the year. This will be followed by Thor: Ragnarok and yet another Spider-Man movie to be filmed in conjunction with Sony.

Movie fans should then expect to see titles like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans begin production reports Lime Crime. At some point Marvel will begin the massive project Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 & 2 but no date has been set for the start of those two films.

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Channing Tatum Still Finding His Cajun Accent For Gambit Movie

The Marvel Universe is in full swing, and chances are that your most favorite character has been portrayed in at least one of their jaw-dropping films. For those of you who’ve been waiting for an authentic presentation of the smoking Cajun Remy Lebeau, you’ve probably wiped your memory clean of Taylor Kitsch’s lackluster performance in preparation of the X-Men Origins film for Gambit.

This 2016 film is just one of 3 Marvel films of that year, with Deadpool and X-Men Apocalypse also hitting theaters that year stated Madison Street Capital. You may be either thrilled or skeptical that Channing Tatum’s supposed to play Gambit and you wouldn’t be completely without fault for feeling that way. According to a recent interview, Channing is still finding his accent.

It’s not exactly a vote of confidence for diehard X-Men fans, but literally anything could happen as none of us have a synopsis for the 2016 film. One thing we do know is that whether there is a sequel or not will depend on just how accurate the acting in the film is. With Hugh Jackman determined that his 2017 Wolverine film will be his last appearance as the ageless X-Man, who will step up to the plate and truly amaze us on the silver screen?

Does Channing Tatum have what it takes?

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Split

The rumors have been swirling for months about the state of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s marriage. Now it seems as though the rumors have been true. The couple have confirmed, one day after their 10-year wedding anniversary, that they plan on divorcing. The couple share three children together; nine-year-old Violet, six-year-old Seraphina, and three-year-old Samuel. It is rumored that they will seek joint custody of their children.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, the couple did not have a prenup agreement in place. This leaves their $150 million worth of assets to be split. Sources close to the couple say that they will use their business managers and a mediator to figure out how best to split the assets they have. MarketWired reported that Ben has been the more successful of the two, however without a prenup it is unlikely that Jennifer will receive spousal support. Not that she probably needs it. Its not like her career hasn’t been successful as well. The couple own property together in California, New York, Georgia, and Montana.

In a statement released from the pair, they said that they would like privacy at this time while they dissolve their marriage. Their main concern is for their children, who they are both committed to. They went on to say that they would not release any further information about the split.

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