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Looking forward to seeing Rogue One on a scale of one to ten. 7.5

Want to see it again? Yes

Favorite line in Rogue One? I am one with the force and the force is with me.

Favorite character in Rogue One? K- 2 SO He is a cross between Marvin in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  and Star Wars C-3PO. He is every human like. His attitude and they way he throws out lines is hilarious!

Run time? 133 minutes

Too Long/too short? A bit too long.

Why? The past few years movies have been running longer. The directors stretch movies to a minimum of two hours. The stretching isn’t always done with good content. Rogue One has many and I do mean many, sweeping shots of the landscape. The second time stretch came in via battles, long confusing air battles. The miniatures ranged from awesome to awful in the very, very long air battle.

Best part?  The comfortable way the new story line meshed with the familiar. Rogue One is in some ways predictable. Having been part of the fandom since the first Star Wars movie hit the theater, entitles me to certain number of predictable references. Rogue One is a movie Star Wars fan will enjoy because it is predictable, in a good way.

Worst part? * Slight Spoiler high light with mouse to read*They are out crawling around on some sort of ledge. They completely lost any pretense of continuity.

Random thoughts? Storm troopers still can’t shoot straight. The armor impedes their movement and doesn’t protect them very well.

Black folks are scarce in space. I suppose they could be storm troopers.

Rebel in the back reminded me of Rick Moranis in Space Balls.
Think D Day and Iow Jima battles on the beach with those big dog things.
The air fight with those thinks that look like empty thread spools
Sweeping landscapes and protracted battles.
I was surprised how many main or central characters died.
Towards the end the models looked like models photographed to look big. Disappointing.
Are they in space without oxygen mask?
The end left some lose threads and linked us back to the original Star Wars Trilogy with cgi Princess Leia

Don’t get lost finding your Indie Game Company slot.

Tips For Starting An Indie Video Game Studio Part: 1

Who will be playing and who will be paying?

Your Indie Game Studio needs a target group!

It won’t be easy to define your buyer base, but it is essential.  Defining your Indie Game customer base sets the roadmap for your business.

This is a business! It is a fun business, but it is a business.!

Good video games + bad business practices = broke puppy looking for a job.

Once you have found your characters and where they are going in the game you are only part of the way home.

You Indie Game Studio needs a clear idea about whom your video game is for. Write it down and make sure everyone working on the game knows exactly who you are targeting.

It is very, very, very important to know: who will be buying your video game.

If you aren’t rich enough to advertise your game on national TV you can market your game effectively on social media platforms.

Social media allows you to home in on your target group.

An example of stupid people not knowing where their product is going are Internet Marketers that believe they can do nothing and earn thousands of dollars.

The marketer buys  a “Secret” from an Internet marketing guru.
1. Buy his/her book.
2. Set up social media accounts as a young woman.
3. Steal or buy a photo of a young woman showing cleavage.
4. Sit back and wait for people to follow you.
5. Make a few sexy posts.
6. When people start following your posts closely put in an ad for your product.
7. Wait for the orders to come rolling in!

1. The first thing the marketer needs to do is find a product to sell. You already have a product so you are good to go.  
2. The guru tells the marketer he needs to get a Facebook and Twitter account.
3. For this example, let’s say our marketer decides to sell ladies shoes for older women . Obviously, he will want to attract older women to buy the shoes.

The marketer follows the recommendations of the guru.
4. He finds a photo of a scantily clad young woman for his avatar. 
5. He sets up his profile as this young woman.
6. He gets lots of friends requests.
7. He is happy with his accounts.
8. It is time to start selling shoes.

This is exactly how the gurus suggest internet marketers start out.

The marketer makes a wonderful post to sell his awesome shoes for older women and waits for the money to roll in.

He is very disappointed, not one shoe order came in and he sees his beach vacation wash out to sea. He followed the steps, but his  online business failed.

His problem? His social media accounts were attracting the wrong people for his products. A sexy female avatar will usually attract young men or teenager boys not the older women that would like the shoes he is trying to sell.

Social media is a  great way to get the name of your game and Indie Game Studio out the public if you need to attract the right followers.

You need a two-part plan for selling your game. 

Part 1: Advertising – to the buyers
a.  Money.
b.  Social media with the right people following you.

Part 2: Advertising – to the players.

That is simple and very difficult at the same time.

 

Google just announced three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). The releases are part of a new “appsperimentsprogram that Google just launched.

The new program, inspired by the company’s Motion Stills app, released last year with the goal of taking technology in development from Google and turning it into actual apps. Like Motion Stills, the trio of new apps are fully functional software in their own right, but “built on experimental technology” that Google will continue to build out over time.

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About two months ago, Ajit Pai, a 42-year-old DJ in Goa, India, noticed a puzzling comment on his Instagram. It was abusive, but without any clear reason. The next day, more strange comments began to appear on his account. Some included the hashtag #netneutrality. Finally, it clicked. They were looking for Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai.

 

Pai first learned that he shared a name with the chairman six months ago, but it had never been a problem until that comment. Last week, as the FCC vote to remove established net neutrality rules became a national controversy, Pai suddenly found himself at the center of the public’s rage about losing access to an unregulated internet.

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What is Net Neutrality?

Think of the Internet as your water coming into your home. With Net Neutrality or in this case Water Neutrality treats all water usage the same way. If law makers remove the Water Neutrality laws your water service will be a pain. They could use different pay rates and slow down certain water uses. Suppose the water company decides you are flushing your toilet too much, they could slow water pressure to the point that you couldn’t flush the toilet until they let you. Your dishwasher could be cut off completely. It would be a pain!

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.[1] For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. Wikipedia

What You Can Do

The FCC’s vote on net neutrality is scheduled for this Thursday, December 14th. There is still time to tell them why they should reconsider. Go here to share your story of how the repeal of net neutrality rules would personally affect you. And go to battleforthenet.com to tell your member of Congress why he or she should call on Chairman Pai to reconsider his plan. Reddit

This is Senator Dog. He did not take money from the telecom lobby because he is a dog and is not able to use the internet from pics

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Data Scientist & Director of Policy

The past several weeks have seen multiple surges of activism on Reddit as our users rally to save net neutrality from the FCC’s plans to gut it. In a political climate where talk of bots and astroturfing has sometimes caused skepticism when it comes to online activism, we wanted to look into the pro-net neutrality activity on the site to make sure that Reddit wasn’t being gamed by outside actors looking to manipulate our platform.

The results of this analysis were so overwhelming that we wanted to share them with the public on this day of action in support of net neutrality. Not only did we find the activity to be an authentic, truly grassroots phenomenon, but it represented some of the most fervent organic activity we have ever seen on the front page in all of Reddit’s twelve year history. The bottom line is that real people—millions of them—care about preserving the free and open internet, and they are taking to Reddit to express themselves. Whether through telling us their personal stories or by raising an upvote for the members of Congress who refused to sell out their interests, redditors are making themselves heard on this issue. It is up to all of those in Washington who represent us to listen.

Best links on Net Neutrality

FCC’s net neutrality record is plagued by bots, bogus comments, and a reporter’s home address

As a reporter, I am supposed to be unbiased and objective. No public advocacy. No free lunches from corporations. No political signs in my front yard.
So imagine my surprise when I casually inserted my name into a search engine of the 23.5 million commenters who supposedly wrote this year to the Federal Communications Commission as it drafted new rules eliminating Obama-era net neutrality protections against throttling internet traffic and blocking web sites. Read More

Ajit Pai offers no data for latest claim that net neutrality hurt small ISPs

With days to go before his repeal of net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release about five small ISPs that he says were harmed by the rules. Pai “held a series of telephone calls with small Internet service providers across the country—from Oklahoma to Ohio, from Montana to Minnesota,” his press release said.
On these calls, “one constant theme I heard was how Title II had slowed investment,” Pai said. Read More

Republican senator calls on Congress to pass law protecting net neutrality

With the net neutrality debate raging at the FCC, it’s easy to forgot that net neutrality remains an issue inside of Congress, too — albeit a much, much quieter one. But at least one senator is still hoping to see some movement: on the Senate floor today, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) asked net neutrality supporters on “both sides of the aisle” to come work with him on a legislative solution.
“Congressional action is the only way to solve the endless back and forth on net neutrality rules that we’ve seen over the past several years,” Thune said. “If my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and those who claim to support net neutrality rules want to enshrine protections for consumers with the backing of the law, I call on you today to join me in discussing legislation that would do just that.” Read More

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now | Free Press

 

The new young adult drama series will be produced by Dago García and written by Ana Maria Parra

Hollywood, CA – Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced today Siempre Bruja, its second Colombian original series which will début exclusively on Netflix around the globe in 2019. Inspired by the novel Yo, Bruja by Isidora Chacon, the show is slated to begin production summer 2018 with Dago García (Pedro el escamoso, El Paseo) as executive producer.

The series will follow 19 year old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century who, with the help of a wizard, travels in time to escape being burned at the stake. Carmen finds herself in present day Cartagena starting a new life… but once a witch, always a witch.

“We’re excited to continue investing in the wonderful content and talent Colombia has to offer, and especially to be working with Caracol, as well as the creators of hit shows such as La Esclava Blanca,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals. “Our second Colombian original Siempre Bruja is not only a magnetic young adult story that audiences will love, but also holds a powerful message of empowerment that will connect deeply with members both in Colombia and globally”.

Composed of ten one-hour episodes and shot entirely in 4K, the young adult drama will be produced by Caracol Television for Netflix. The series will be directed by Liliana Bocanegra (La Esclava Blanca, Made in Cartagena, Celia) and Mateo Stivelberg (La Esclava Blanca, La Rectora). Ana Maria Parra (Cuando Vivas Conmigo, La Nocturna) will be head writer.

This new series joins a larger slate of original productions being filmed in Latin America, including the recently announced Colombian original series with Dynamo Productions, as well as Ingobernable, Club de Cuervos, La Casa de las Flores, Edha, Narcos, Samantha!, O Mecanismo, O Matador, 3% and Coisa Mais Linda, among others.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Caracol

With over 45 years-experience in the TV industry, Caracol Television produces 6,000 hours of audiovisual material/year, with over 12,000 hours of original library, its programs have been broadcasted in approximately 80 countries the world over, and local adaptations of its scripts have become major successes worldwide. With offices in Miami, Madrid and Bogota, Caracol International distributes soap operas, series and entertainment formats created by Caracol Television that have crossed cultural and linguistic barriers, thus becoming products attaining worldwide acknowledgement because of the excellent results obtained wherever they havebeen broadcasted or produced.

Caracol Television broadcasts and operates three cable channels: Caracol International reaching over eleven million households in 23 countries through cable and satellite platforms, and Epoca and Novelas Caracol channels broadcasted exclusively in Colombia with an estimated 1.5 million household audience. Additionally, Caracol offers costume production and postproduction services in Colombia for domestic and international clients.Caracol Television is a division of Valorem, belonging to the Santo Domingo group, which is also the owner of Cine Colombia, Comunican, El Espectador, Cromos Investments, Blu Radio and La Kalle. Furthermore, this group also controls Stocks Models, an event organizer and model managing enterprise.

Microsoft is focusing on Paint 3D for its festive holiday message this year. The software giant’s “3D Holiday” commercial has started airing this weekend, and it includes the adorable “Gabe the Yeti” which was created in Microsoft’s new version of Paint. In a year when everyone was worried Microsoft would kill off the original MS Paint app, the company is celebrating its biggest ever update to the classic app with a cute TV commercial.

Microsoft has positioned Paint 3D and its Remix 3D website as a community for people to share their creations. Remix 3D lets anyone share a 3D character, or download one that someone else has made and tweak it. Paint 3D fully supports 3D models, and you can even move creations over to Windows Mixed Reality…

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YouTube Top 10 Videos for 2017

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  1. Until We Will Become Dust – Oyster Masked (ตราบธุลีดิน – หน้ากากหอยนางรม) | THE MASK SINGER 2
  2. ED SHEERAN – Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography
  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  4. Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2017
  5. Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke
  6. Lady Gaga’s FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL
  7. “INAUGURATION DAY” — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration
  8. history of the entire world, i guess
  9. In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film
  10. Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News

Top Music Videos

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]
  3. J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video)
  4. Maluma – Felices los 4 (Official Video)
  5. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]
  6. Chris Jeday – Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel
  7. El Amante – Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)
  8. Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)
  9. DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
  10. Enrique Iglesias – SUBEME LA RADIO (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox

 

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Google has finally released an updated version of its Gmail app that fills the entirety of Apple’s iPhone X display. The update to the iOS app also adds support for third-party email services like Apple iCloud, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo Mail, something we first saw in beta back in October.

The iPhone X has been in buyers’ hands since November 3rd. In that time, Google has updated several notable apps to support Apple’s 5.8-inch notched display. These include Waze and Google Maps; YouTube; the eponymous Google app; Google Home and Assistant; Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets; Google Photos; and Google Translate. Gmail was the  Continue reading…

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Factor 5 was a company whose time came way too quickly. It was a team  devoted to 3D flying/action games, stuff like Rogue Squadron on the Nintendo 64, as well as one of the best games in the GameCube era, Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II.

The company was scuttled following its work on Lair for the PlayStation 3, but video has recently surfaced of a project that the team was working on before said scuttling, one that could have brought back one of Nintendo’s most innovative franchises for the Nintendo Wii – well, spiritually, anyway.

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“Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco couldn’t be happier about the proposal and it was all caught on video by her new fiancé, Karl Cook.

Karl Cook is an equestrian and the son of billionaire Scott Cook who founded tax software firm Intuit in 1983– which includes QuickBooks and TurboTax.

 

Equestrian Karl Cook proposed to Cuoco, 32,  and posted the actress’s tearful acceptance on Instagram.

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Turner today announced the appointment of Molly Battin to Executive Vic e President and Global Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer

Molly Battin Executive Vice President and Global Chief
Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer

 
Turner today announced the appointment of Molly Battin to Executive Vice President and Global Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer, reporting directly to John Martin, Chairman & CEO.
In this position, Battin will be responsible for brand reputation across all platforms, internal and external strategic communications, media planning and buying, media relations and publicity, and assuring that all communications reflect Turner’s core values and advance its business strategy.
“This is an exciting time in our company’s history, and Molly’s demonstrated leadership, forward-thinking approach and results-driven reputation will be critical as we continue to shape and push the boundaries of what’s possible for Turner,” said Martin. “Molly’s experience, energy and collaborative style will be extremely beneficial as we continue to advance the reputation of our Turner brand.” Battin has held leadership roles since joining Turner in 2000, most recently as chief brand strategy officer, leading the global brand strategy, corporate communications and marketing, employee branding, media planning, ad placement buying, creative production and digital media strategy for the
company. Prior to that, she served as chief media and business insights officer, responsible for leading
and evolving the company’s endeavors in such areas as research, creative production, media planning
and asset management. She previously was general manager of upwave, the entertainment brand
created by Turner to explore marketplace opportunities for health and lifestyle-themed digital and
television content.
She also served as senior vice president of brand development and digital platforms for TBS, TNT and
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and led domestic marketing for CNN as vice president of strategic marketing.
Before joining Turner, Molly was vice president of marketing for EzGov, Inc., an Atlanta-based e-Government company where she managed strategic brand development, advertising, consumer and
marketing research, and public relations. Additionally, she served in brand management for The Coca-Cola Company.
Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates
premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports

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World over, watching movies is the most preferred form of entertainment. When you go to a theater to watch a very awaited flick you have lots of hopes form the same. The films' characters and story takes you to a whole new world where you live their emotions, excitement, trauma, drama and action. You fall so much in love with these characters some times that you just want the film to go on and on. It is like living a different life for a few hours. That is the magic of movies!

Here are certain economic facts of this blooming industry that is the film making industry and its impact as an employment generator:

1. Being one amongst the most preferred sources of entertainment across the globe, the film industry witnesses over $ 6.5 billion of revenues every year.

2. This industry creates big images and names that are glamorous and become ideals for many that are the actors and sometimes the producers and director of the film. Yet, we hardly know the actual power behind this giant media the huge crew and the hefty team of technicians like the set designers, sound recordists, editors, casting person, location scouts, electrical technology people, make-up artists, publicity designers, and several others.

3. The Hollywood filmmakers produce & distribute as many as 400 to 500 films year after year, and the Americans invest several billion dollars in this industry by purchasing the DVDs and watching these films. DVDs are since a very lucrative part of the filmmaking industry. There are thousands and lacs of audience who watch the film at the convenience of their homes through these DVDs. DVD marketing is there before a growing trend. These include feature films, industrial & informational films, etc.

4. The growing spread of the film making industry has given rise to plethora of employment opportunities in this glamorous filed. Those who are actually considering a career in this field can easily reap the benefits of this boom.

5. The emergence of satellite & the internet has played a major role in delivering the films to the world. They have boosted up the film making industry tremendously. Films earn at least 40% of their total revenue through international sales and these sales increase Rather are created and culinated only through the satellites and the World Wide Web or the internet.

6. This means that there is a lot of liability in the television industry these days. Those of you who are interested in a serious career in filmmaking and television, believe the opportunities out there are endless, all you need is determination and caliber.

7. New York city is the hub of shootings of these films and television programs that bring is a great deal of revenue for the city's economy.

8. The opportunities actually lie in the less glamorous off the screen jobs like production assistants and the set construction workers, etc. These low profile jobs further pave way to the higher positions.

9. Also this boom is resulting in a need to have a big distribution network, therefore a lot of major studios are now embracing the concept of DVD rentals & cable.

10. While this flourishing industry has something in store for everyone out there, many of you may realize that this is not your cup of tea. If that is so, step out in time, else it'll be too late. But the key words in this field are patience and hard work. Until and after you get a higher paying job, keep trying your hand with determination and sporting spirit.

11. There are several new comers required for the glamorous jobs as well like directing, acting, camera operation, screenwriting, grip, production, etc. With the apt attitude & patience, you might be fortunately enough to find a producer or a director who takes you in his crew time and again due to your good work.

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Hubble’s Megamaser Galaxy

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MCG+01-38-005 (below) is a special kind of megamaser; the galaxy’s active galactic nucleus pumps out huge amounts of energy, stimulating clouds of surrounding water.

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Finance is a very important and crucial part of film making. While many people pull you here and there explaining about this vast topic, where as they are all beating behind the bushes, here are some real facts about film making finances.

Every film maker at some point in his career is supposed to make a choice between a hobby and a profession – that is wherever you choose film making as a full time career or just a mere hobby. The key to the answer lies in their ability to finance or fund their own projects.

Film making, as we all know guarantees a lot of money in indeed, most of the film makers focus on their current project, not the future ones. In order to become a film maker, it is immensely important to understand the professionalism involved in film making, and the mechanisms of film investment.

In this regard many people claim to be Mr. Know-It-All, but as a matter of fact, this is not any toddlers' job. Such people often try to take advantage of your ignorance in the field.

We suggest you to contact a legitimate company who are equipped with the right knowledge and have some experience in the field of film making. But, like all other services and products, there are so many consultancy firms out there. On what basis do you choose or reject one? Here are some basic facts that you must understand:

1. The fake or some average companies would berely try to grab your money away with high dreams and no results.

2. The legitimate and quality organizations would never promise you any investors. They would rather assist you with a list of the potential investors and help you win over them.

3. Whether your project gets an investor or not is matter that is decided by several factors like the subject of your project, the market scenario, your individual potential and its portal, and for those who believe, luck.

4. The legal counsel consultants understand that there is no fun stealing away those few dollars paid for consultancy that any producer could afford conveniently.

5. The genuine financial consultants at times do not even charge the percentage of the funds you have earmarked for the project. They charge you their fees but extremely aim towards the success of your project and its effective distribution.

6. They must help you evaluate the accumulated interest levied on the money you have borrowed during production.

7. They would also guide you through a well planned financial end of your project.

The toughest part of this business comes in to the scene when you have to convince a financial consultant of a legitimate producer to get involved in your project. You must find an investor who trusts you and your project well enough in order to invest in such high-risk, that is film making. For this you must step in to the shoes of an investor and evaluate as to what would be his / her investing criteria.

There are some essential basics of film investing. These are:

1. Typically, a film investor shares around 50% of the total cost of the film. Film producer bares the remaining 50%.

2. 30-40% is quite enough to make the film. This would totally depend on your convincing power to bring forth the end users to become a part of your plan.

3. The investor would always want that the budget of the film project is as low as possible.

4. Foreign sales must cover at least 50%.

5. An investment worth $ 5 million should be sufficient to allow the investor to buy several films.

As getting a film funded through investors is not an easy nut to crack, the independent film makers must consider the film making grants. Those who are passionate about this art and are in love with this profession, have a real scope of getting these grants. Just log on to internet and key in 'film making grants' and you'll get to know about several funders who are all willing to help such budding talents. All you need is to believe in your project. But make sure to gain enough knowledge about each grant as there are several types of grants that define different criteria for each.

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