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13 July 2017

Emory to Begin Offering Online Courses for Master of Laws Degree in Spring 2018

Emory University School of Law is now offering its prestigious Master of Laws (LLM) program for practicing lawyers in an online course of study, beginning in spring semester 2018.

Students can choose from a pair of concentrations: Business Law and Regulation; and Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation.

The Business Law and Regulation concentration will fortify a lawyer's proficiency in business law doctrine and practice by offering advanced training in the formation, financing and management of business corporations; risk management and regulation of business and financial activity; data management and protection; and the fundamentals of deal-making.

The Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation concentration provides lawyers with a multi-layered perspective on laws applicable to the regulation of health care institutions and providers; structure, financing and liabilities of health care institutions and providers; powers and duties to protect the population; data management, protection and compliance; and ethical issues and legal challenges in health care.

Designed for practicing lawyers seeking specialized expertise in business law or health law, the program covers important legal concepts in regulation and compliance, organizational formation, data management, and cybersecurity. Individuals who have earned a juris doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school may apply to the 24-credit-hour program, which takes 15 months to complete and requires 3 short, on-campus residencies.

"The pursuit of excellence and a commitment to continuous learning serve as core values of the legal profession," said Robert A. Schapiro, Emory Law dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law. "Whether it be in the courtroom, the boardroom, or the classroom, acquiring knowledge is an evolutionary, lifelong process. The online course of study for our highly regarded LLM program will offer practicing attorneys a convenient way to deepen their knowledge in timely and important aspects of health law and business law topics, enabling them to serve their clients with greater expertise."

06 July 2017

MARTA Moves Forward with Developing Smart Phone App for Bus Fares

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) awarded Kapsch TrafficCom a contract to design, develop, implement, support, and maintain a turnkey regional Mobile Ticketing System (MTS).

The new MTS will allow MARTA riders to order, pay, and electronically validate tickets using their mobile smart devices via a mobile application as well as directly through the mobile ticketing website. The MARTA project, with a value of just under $11M, will be delivered through the cooperation of Kapsch sister companies Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch CarrierCom, and Kapsch Public TransportCom.

The MTS simplifies the process of buying and validating fares, enabling users to purchase tickets at their convenience and manage commutes without the need to visit a kiosk. Additionally, patrons can validate fare purchases via electronic validators when entering and exiting both buses and unmanned rail stations.

MARTA’s award of the contract to Kapsch originated with a competitive pilot program in which participants demonstrated their ability to achieve MARTA’s predefined goals and functionality requirements using their proposed MTS solutions. Kapsch conducted full system testing in a real-world environment and successfully provided evidence that the proposed solution was viable.

“MARTA is proud to be one of the first public transit agencies to implement Mobile Ticketing, and we are happy to offer this mobility option for our riders. MARTA is excited to roll out this project together with Kapsch,” says Hsi Ming, CIO of MARTA.

The MTS will provide mobile ticketing for all of MARTA’s 38 rail stations, 565 fixed route buses and 210 paratransit buses. This project will also allow MARTA’s regional partners the option to participate in mobile ticketing. Those partners include fixed route service for Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and Atlanta Streetcar, as well as fixed route and paratransit service for Gwinnett County Transit and CobbLinc.

23 June 2017

New Monster Movie Filming in Atlanta Pits Godzilla Against Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah

(Godzilla returns to theaters in 2019.)
Don't be alarmed if you see a 355-foot tall, dinosaur-like creature that breathes fire bounding around town soon. It's all part of the latest blockbuster movie being filmed in Atlanta.

2014's Godzilla, produced by Legendary pictures, earned $529 million against a budget of $160 million. The film's financial and critical success prompted Warner Brothers to sign off on a sequel called Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

The latest installment in the Godzilla franchise follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Principal photography began earlier this week on the Michael Dougherty-directed motion picture starring Academy Award nominees Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

Bonnie X Clyde Rises Above the Rest with Unique Vocal Bass Sound

Rarely does bass sit in the backseat while vocals take the lead on a single.

It's usually the exact opposite. Bass is the star, and vocals are the supporting actor. The rapid ascent of Bonnie X Clyde (BXC) proves, though, that there's a niche for their "vocal bass" music where bass plays second fiddle.

(Vocalist Paige "Bonnie" Lopynski and DJ Daniel "Clyde" Litman form the duo Bonnie X Clyde. The pair returns to Atlanta July 14th. Image courtesy Bonnie X Clyde.)
Bonnie X Clyde, the duo comprised of DJ Daniel Litman and vocalist Paige Lopynski, explained in a recent interview with Views from the Pit that their rise above an always crowded landscape can be credited to bucking the established way of doing things.

"In an industry where everyone is making music, you need to find that certain quality that makes you unique, something that sets you apart from everyone," Paige "Bonnie" Lopynski stated.

The Miami-based team's distinctive sound, which can be heard on their 2015 release "Rise Above," contributed to the pair quickly becoming a mainstay of the festival and club circuit.

Bonnie X Clyde entertained audiences with performances at EDC Orlando, Okeechobee Music Festival, Nocturnal Wonderland, LIC Fresno as well as three sets at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Following an impressive February show at Bass Continuum, BXC has another trip to Atlanta planned for next month at Opera Nightclub.

Tickets are available for purchase now on

A six-track EP, "Wanted" is now available for download on iTunes and features the popular single, "Bass Jam."

"Bass Jam by Bonnie X Clyde

"Bass Jam" currently rides high on the Sirius XM BPM Beats of the Week chart, claiming the top spot for four weeks.

"We weren’t expecting this at all," Bonnie X Clyde told Sirius XM. "We make a lot of goals for ourselves and we really feel like we achieved them.”

19 June 2017

For #MusicMonday, "The Hardest Part" by Ørjan Nilsen featuring Rykka

" . . . great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love . . . "

-Lester Bangs from the 2000 motion picture "Almost Famous"

Ørjan Nilsen, the DJ from Norway behind popular trance tracks like "Violetta" and "The Late Anthem," released a new single that explores the conflict between happiness and sadness.

"The Hardest Part" opens with sixteen words.

"I love it when you're right here with me . . . Your hands will start my heart beating . . . "

These sixteen words are quickly countered by Canadian-born vocalist Rykka declaring, "When you fade on my heart, that's the hardest part."

It's so simple. Love is so simple. Yet, it is so conflicting and complicated too. "The Hardest Part" combines a steady beat and melody with good vocals to illustrate that conflict through sound. Nilsen's new track premiered on A State of Trance, the weekly radio show hosted by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, as the Tune of the Week.

"The Hardest Part" by Ørjan Nilsen featuring Rykka

Ørjan Nilsen just turned 35 in June. He's celebrating another trip around the sun with new tunes and performances on the world's biggest stages.

The Norwegian DJ is set to release his third artist album later this year. "Iconic," the first single from Nilsen's new LP, placed in the top 25 Tunes of The Year by Armin van Buuren in 2016. Nilsen is also slated to appear at Ultra Europe and, for the eight consecutive year, Tomorrowland.

18 June 2017

Ferry Corsten Brings His Storytelling Talents to Atlanta for a Night of Sci-Fi Sounds

Truly great music tells a story.

Truly great music should tell a story. It should capture both the imagination and emotion of the listener as each melody springs forth from the loud speakers.

(Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten mixes tracks behind the decks at Atlanta's Opera nightclub. Image courtesy Ferry Corsten.)
Friday night, at Atlanta's Opera nightclub, Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten provided an energized crowd with a blueprint of how trance albums ought to be done. He told a story.

The evening’s 3-hour soundtrack was backed by an LED lightshow that illustrated the adventures of Lukas and Vee, the protagonists of Ferry’s new album, “Blueprint;” released just in time for his Atlanta fans to experience quite a good deal of new tracks.

“Blueprint” chronicles the voyage of Lukas and Vee as the two embark on an interstellar journey wrapped in wonder, love and the unknown through the far reaches of science, space and time.

Corsten’s set was an eclectic blend of past and present.

It was not uncommon to hear people singing along to “A Thing Called Love” or “Live Forever” interspersed with their chants of Ferry! Ferry! Ferry! The DJ even incorporated a tribute to another Trance legend, Robert Miles, into the night’s mix. Miles, who died earlier this year, was a Swiss-born music producer best known for his 1995 hit, “Children.”

Ferry ended the night as he began it, drawing from his new LP. “Venera (Vee's Theme),” played throughout the club as confetti rained down from the ornate ceilings of Opera onto outstretched hands on the dance floor.

Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella - Venera (Vee's Theme) [Taken from BLUEPRINT]

The crowd shouted their approval. The continued chanting of, Ferry! Ferry! Ferry!, long after the music stopped lead to an impromptu meet and greet from the artist.

Ferry Corsten’s performance in Atlanta was part of a multi-city tour, promoting his fifth studio album, “Blueprint.”

Ferry collaborated with Fox television writer D. Harrington Miller on the album's storyboard, featuring heavy references to the sci-fi genre; especially the works of authors Hugo Gernsback and H.G. Wells.

“Blueprint” is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.