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FMX 2010: 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

FMX 2010
15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany

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Check out the just launched FMX 2010 website and see what’s new at www.fmx.de.

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Partners for Sponsoring, Trade Floor booths, Workshops, Masterclasses, Recruiting or Education get 10% off when booking before December 18, 2009. Please check the Contribute section online.

++ Watch the FMX 2010 Trailer +++
Our new trailer “Only Human” created by Benjamin Swiczinsky was selected due to its look and the top notch technology behind it. At first the film appears rather two-dimensional, but soon enough the spectator is surprised witnessing how everything turns 3D, a world created with humans only. Benjamin used Massive for crowd simulation, something he claims could only be achieved by this special software, which is available to all students at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

++ The hot topics for FMX 2010 +++
The binding theme of FMX is the convergence of film, television, computers, consoles and mobile devices. Hot topics for FMX 2010 are 3D Stereo, Hybrid Imagery and 360° Media. There will also be presentations on Cross Media, Realtime Visualization as well as Immersive Design and Virtual Humans. If you want to stay posted and not miss any program updates, visit the FMX website regularly.

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The conference week will be full of things for you to do! FMX will be hosting the 4th Animation Production Day (APD) in joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS).
The Festival will take place from May 04-09 and the APD from May 04-05, 2010.

++ Strong partners for FMX 2010 Program and Advisory Board +++
We are happy to continue our cooperations with ACM Siggraph, AIAS Academy of Arts and Sciences, VES Visual Effects Society and 5D Conference.
In the FMX Advisory Board we welcome Viktor Antonov, Doug Chiang (ImageMovers Digital), Michael Coldewey (Trixter), Elizabeth Daley (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Oliver Deussen (University of Konstanz), Thomas Ertl (University of Stuttgart), Markus Gross (Disney Research Zurich), Andy Hendrickson (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Pierre Hénon (Paris ACM Siggraph Chapter), Isaac Kerlow (Computer Animation Festival 2010), Andy Lomas (Framestore) and Terrence Masson. Read more…

FMX 2010 is a non-profit event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and NX Publishing.

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World Energy Council Focuses on Africa at Energy Indaba 2010

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Unbeknown to many, Africa currently holds significant energy resources and boasts a high-level of energy self-sufficiency for the region as a whole. The continent holds respectively 9.7 per cent, 8.2 per cent and 5.9 per cent of the world’s total proven resources of crude oil, natural gas and hard oil*. Further to that, it boasts 12.4 per cent of the world’s economically exploitable hydropower capability**.

“Nevertheless, these resources are not well developed to meet the growing needs of the continent,� states Dr Latsoucabé Fall, regional manager for Africa of the World Economic Council (WEC). Fall is also one of the keynote speakers at the ENERGY INDABA 2010 that will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on February 24-26, 2010. He will speak on ‘Access to Energy: Empowering Africa’s Development’.

“Yet there are huge prospects for the development of these resources, and significant opportunities for technology deployment and investments channelling that are supported by high profitability rates, cheap labour costs and low production costs,� says Fall.

In addition, Dr. Fall stated that “driven by the need of clean and modern energy, solar energy, wind power, hydropower schemes and bio-energy can become an engine for economic and social development in all African countries, ; and thus, helping meeting local energy needs, creating jobs, and contributing as clean energy to preserve the environment.�

The WEC has also found that energy in Africa is also being challenged by:

· Weak energy infrastructure and facilities, and that huge financial difficulties are hindering the sustainable development of the continent

· Weak commercial energy consumption, representing only three per cent of the world’s total, and overwhelmingly dominated by traditional biomass use in an inefficient and unhealthy way

· Low access to modern energy; for example, electricity access is about 35 per cent for the region and less than three per cent for the rural areas.

The ENERGY ENDABA Conference 2010 will offer the opportunity to discuss on the ways and means to overcome these challenges, and more specifically, to explore “sustainable energy solutions for Africa� and come up with valuable propositions and recommendations for government and industry of the African countries to ‘act now’ to make things happen in an accelerated and sustainable way.

“The programme of the ENERGY INDABA 2010 is very comprehensive, and the themes are topical and of great interest for African policy and decision makers,� Fall believes. The Conference will also have a significant role particularly as it takes place after the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) this December. “[The ENERGY INDABA] might offer the opportunity for the participants to discuss the expected Climate ‘New Deal’, and particularly the ins and outs for Africa, as well as the impact on the African energy and environmental sectors,� says Fall. “To that end, it would be highly recommended that the ENERGY INDABA Conference identify key points for Africa to address the climate changes and to adapt to the new challenging environment resulting from Copenhagen.�

The ENERGY INDABA will also have an important role in bringing together influential voices in energy to pave the path for a brighter future. “As a follow-up to this Conference, the SA Minister of Energy and WEC would act together to advocate the resulting recommendations and their implementation, via African regional bodies such as the African Union, SADC (Southern African Development Community) and ECOWAS (The Economic Community of West African States).

The WEC Africa Regional Meeting on February 23 precedes the ENERGY INDABA in Johannesburg. This meeting will explore WEC flagship studies for 2010. It will also address the WEC’s agenda for 2011-2013 that will take the focus on the Assessment of Energy and Environment Policy and Global Energy Policy Scenarios.

* BP Statistical Review 2009

** WEC, SER 2007

FMX 2010 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

May 04-07, 2010, Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg, December 2009. Multi-disciplined thinking draws cinema, television, computer, console and mobile screens even closer, reinventing them to remain competitive. FMX has been part of this process for more than 15 years now, introducing the world’s leading experts in the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization.

Grown with the industry

Since its founding in 1994, FMX has reflected upon all forms of animation, effects, games, interactive visualization, mobile entertainment and their multiple effects in research and economy. Creative content transcends formats, spreading across the realms of games, animated TV series and mobile applications. FMX embraces this convergence of digital genres and contents, making it the binding theme of the event. More than 350 top notch speakers and partner organizations join FMX every year to better understand the razor edges of our industry.

Hot topics for 2010

FMX unites visitors and speakers on many levels: in expert discussions, as networking and recruiting platform and by supporting and promoting young talents. For the upcoming edition hot topics focus on collaborative multi-disciplined production and creation in 360° Media, Hybrid Imagery, most recently seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar�, Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol� and Roland Emmerich’s “2012�, and innovations in 3D Stereo which are conquering not only movie theatres, but even television and other aspects of our lives.

FMX is an event held in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, AIAS Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, ACM Siggraph and 5D Conference. It is hosting the Animation Production Day 2010 (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX is funded by the Ministry of State and the Ministry of Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg, MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg Public Film Fund & Public Innovation Agency for Information Technology and Media, and the FFA German Federal Film Board. It is an event by Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

More information at www.fmx.de

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Maldives President urges global commitment to Copenhagen and Abu Dhabi’s World Future Energy Summit to save country

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

E President Mohamed Nasheed describes climate change as the 21st century's greatest human rights issue

Abu Dhabi, December 07, 2009 Speaking prior to two key events on the global energy calendar – The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the 2010 World Future Energy Summit in Abu DhabiMohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, has called for massive investments in renewable energy and green technologies to address the critical issue of climate change.

In a statement to government, industry and the world’s public, Nasheed warned of the dangers to all countries if the world continues along its current path of business as usual.

Nasheed, who will speak at the 2010 World Future Energy Summit in January, said: We must ensure that solid outcomes come from these two critical events. We need to build the green economy of the future by jettisoning fossil fuels and embracing renewable energy.

Climate change not only threatens frontline states such as the Maldives; it threatens us all. It is therefore everyones responsibility. I urge everyone; governments, businesses and the global public to act now.

The Maldives President has long been an advocate of renewable energy, recently announcing plans to make the Indian Ocean islands carbon-neutral within a decade.

The Maldives Government aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2020, with plans for renewable generation of electricity and a new transmission infrastructure, including wind turbines, rooftop solar panels and biomass plants. The move will require significant investment and support from developed nations across the globe.

President Nasheed recently wrote on the United Nations website that climate change is the 21st century’s greatest human rights issue and security challenge.

Nasheed goes on to state that developed countries, with funds and technological expertise at their disposal, must lead the way in slashing emissions and embracing green growth.

But if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, he writes, it is clear that developing countries must also halt emissions growth, including the phasing out of coal power and immediate reductions in tropical deforestation.

One of the key measurements of success at the Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference will be the agreement of financial commitments from developed countries to the developing world.

According to European Commission, this subsidy amounts to US$150 billion per year up to 2020. But developing economies have requested as much as US$400 billion per year to address climate change.

For countries such as the Maldives access to capital and technology is crucial in order to implement renewable energy strategies.

The challenge of realizing sustainable energy supply will be a key topic at the World Future Energy Summit 2010. Six plenary forums will address the most urgent questions related to world energy policy and achieving a viable renewable energy industry.

Discussing the main outcomes and implications of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December will also be high on the agenda.

Training Course for Propofol Administration Now Available

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Conscious Sedation Consulting announces the development of a course to educate non-anesthesia physicians and nurses in the administration of propofol. The company announced that a comprehensive didactic course will be provided internationally for physicians, staff and organizations which wish to add propofol administration to their choice of sedatives. The course covers patient selection, a comprehensive detailed explanation of the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of propofol, BIS monitoring, computer-controlled infusions, airway management, physiological monitoring, as well as the prevention, recognition and management of adverse events. Also covered are documentation, accreditation standards, patient recovery, discharge, follow up and process improvement. The seminar uses as a foundation, an understanding of a culture of safety as described by the Institute of Medicine in its report To Err is Human.
Propofol (2,6-diisopropyl phenol) is classified as an ultra-short-acting hypnotic agent that provides sedative, amnesic, and hypnotic effects. Propofol rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier and causes a depression in consciousness that is likely related to potentiation of the g-aminobutyric acid A receptor in the brain.1 Propofol is 98% plasma-protein bound, and it is metabolized primarily in the liver by conjugation to its glucuronide and sulfate to produce water-soluble compounds that are excreted by the kidney. Typically, the time from injection to the onset of sedation is 30 to 60 seconds. Its duration of effect is 4 to 8 minutes. The pharmacokinetic properties do not significantly change in patients with renal failure or moderately severe chronic liver disease. Dose reduction is required in patients with cardiac dysfunction and in the elderly as a result of decreased clearance of the drug. Propofol potentiates the central nervous system effects of analgesics and sedatives such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, narcotics, and other hypnotic/sedative agents. Therefore, the dose requirements of these agents may be reduced. The cardiovascular effects of propofol include decreases in cardiac output, systemic vascular resistance, and arterial pressure.2 Negative cardiac inotropy and respiratory depression can be seen with the use of propofol. These effects reverse rapidly with dose reduction or interruption of drug infusion3 and rarely require temporary ventilator support.

Controversy surrounds the use of Propofol by non-anesthesia providers. This is in part due to the FDA approved package insert which states that propofol should be administered by individuals trained in the administration of general anesthesia. Additionally some independent practitioners are either unwilling or unable to administer propofol due to local institutional policies or in some cases state regulatory restrictions. In spite of such concerns propofol use has seen a dramatic increase over the last decade. A 2006 study published by the American Journal of Gastroenterolgy reported that 68% of US endoscopists using conventional sedation indicate that they would prefer to administer propofol but are reluctant to do so because of widespread perception of increased complication risks.4 Propofol is more widely used in other countries.

John Hexem, MD, PhD, board certified anesthesiologist and co-founder of Conscious Sedation Consulting, LLC, stated “When used judiciously by physicians with specific training in the administration of propofol, it is a very nice drug. It has very favorable pharmacokinetic properties and patients regain full consciousness quickly, alert and comfortable. I have been administering propofol since 1991 and think it has definite advantages. Dr. Hexem also cautions that “proper monitoring and training that includes advanced airway management skills should be acquired prior to using this drug. Providers using propofol also need a thorough understanding of the continuum of sedation as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and national accrediting and safety organizations.

Since 2002 more than 500,000 subjects have received propofol for endoscopic sedation.5
From this data, propofol in appropriate patients with trained personnel has demonstrated an excellent safety record. Transient hypoxia occurs in 3% to 7% of cases and transient hypotension in 4% to 7%. Time to recovery ranged between 14 and 18 minutes. In a retrospective review of Nurse Administered Propofol Sedation (NAPS) in several centers and involving greater than 36,000 endoscopies, the rate of clinical adverse events, defined as apnea or airway compromise that required assisted ventilation via bag-mask, ranged from 0.1% to 0.2%. 6 No patients required intubation, and none had permanent injury or death.

For additional information please visit online at www.SedationConsulting.com
Or call at 1.888.581.4448.

About: Conscious Sedation Consulting LLC, a patient safety advocacy firm that provides continuing education, training and consulting services to non anesthesia health care providers who offer sedation and analgesia services.

Statement of Disclosure: It is the policy of Conscious Sedation Consulting LLC, its principles and any of its employees to disclose any financial interest or other relationship with a commercial interest producing healthcare goods or services that has a direct bearing on the subject matter of any educational activity. A relevant financial interest or other relationship may include such things as grants or research support or a relationship such as an employee, consultant, major stockholder, member of speaker’s bureau, and the like, that has been established for any dollar amount over the past 12 months. We have nothing to disclose.

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1) Trapani G, Altomare C, Liso G, et al. Propofol in anesthesia: mechanism of action, structure-activity relationships, and drug delivery. Curr Med Chem 2007;7:249-71.

2) White PF. Propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Semin Anesth 1988;7:4-20.

3) Short TG, Plummer JL, Chui PT. Hypnotic and anaesthetic interactions between midazolam, propofol and alfentanil. Br J Anaesth 1992;69: 162-7.

4) Cohen LB, Wecsler JS, Gaetano JN, et al. Endoscopic sedation in the United States: results from a nationwide survey. Am J Gastroenterol 2006;101:967-74.

5)Cohen LB, Hightower CD, Wood DA, et al. Moderate level sedation during endoscopy: a prospective study using low-dose propofol, meperidine/fentanyl, and midazolam. Gastrointest Endosc 2004;59: 795-803.

6) Rex DK, Heuss LT, Walker JA, Qi R. Trained registered nurses/endoscopy teams can administer propofol safely for endoscopy. Gastroenterology 2005;129:1384-91.

MiningWorld Central Asia 2009 innovations and successes of Kazakhstan’s mining sector.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

On 16-18 September 2009, key members of Kazakhstan’s mining industry gathered at the country’s leading mining exhibition, MiningWorld Central Asia. The event attracted lots of attention from the industry professionals in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, disproving the pre-show concerns of a low turn-out.

Once again, the event brought together several co-located specialised exhibitions: MiningWorld Central Asia 2009 (the 15th Central Asian International Mining Exploration and Mining Equipment Exhibition), Kazcomak 2009 (the 6th Kazakhstan International Heavy Construction & Machinery) and KazMet 2009 (the 2nd Central Asian International Metallurgy, Metal-Working and Machinery Construction Exhibition). The co-location of these events meant that all participating companies benefited from dedicated and joint promotion that attracted a larger and more diverse range of specialist trade visitors to the event.

Out of all the events, MiningWorld Central Asia was the largest, bringing together a host of manufacturers and suppliers for the mining and ore processing industries. International event manager, Anna Aleinikova, comments: “MiningWorld Central Asia is valued by a huge variety of companies around the world. I have been lucky enough to see many companies introduced to the Kazakhstan market through MiningWorld Central Asia and watch them establish a niche in this dynamic market. MiningWorld Central Asia is arguably the most effective forum for the mining industry in the Central Asian region.

This year, the overall event featured 246 companies from 24 countries, including leading global brands, such as Atlas Copco Central Asia LLP (Sweden/Kazakhstan), Baikonur Machinery Group (Kazakhstan), Delkor Limited (United Kingdom), Distrilab LTD (Kazakhstan), FLSmidth Rus (Russia), INNOVATION NORWAY (Norway), Innov-x (USA), Lincoln GmbH (Germany) , LLP Kazmechanomontazh (Kazakhstan), Outotec Minerals Oy (Finland), Zolotoproekt (Russia), Sulzer Pumps Finland (Finland), Mining Machines JSC (Russia), Polevskoi Machine-Building Plant JSC (Russia), Tyazhmash JSC (Russia) and LLP EnergoCentre-Asia LLP (Kazakhstan).

Two months after the 2009 exhibition, booking for next year’s event is already well underway. Aleinikova explains: “MiningWorld Central Asia continues to have a wide appeal internationally, with 34% of the exhibition space for 2010 event already sold. Every year, the show attracts thousands of trade specialists keen to meet companies who are new to the market and are looking for distribution, as well as those who are already well established in Kazakhstan and are looking to strengthen their business in the region.

The next edition of MiningWorld Central Asia will take in Almaty on 15-17 September 2010.

Ends.

Notes to editors:

MiningWorld Central Asia is organised by ITE Group Plc from its office in Kazakhstan, supported by many other international offices in the group. The exhibition forms part of a large portfolio of mining events organised by ITE every year in Moscow (Russia), Novosibirsk (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

For more information about mining exhibitions organized by ITE, please visit
www.miningworld-events.com

MiningWorld Central Asia is officially supported by the Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The official partners of the exhibition are the Republican Association of Mining and Metalluirgical Enterprises and the National Centre for the Comprehensive Processing of Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

ITE Group plc specialises in organising trade exhibitions and conferences in fast-developing markets.
For more information about the ITE Group, please visit www.ite-exhibitions.com.