7 Nov
2019

WA reclaim Barbarians Cup

first_imgWestern Australia dominated the 2008 Barbarians Cup in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, scoring an 8-1 series win to reclaim the touch football title they lost to the Northern Territory in Darwin last year.With the Western Tigers claiming a win in each of the three divisions on the opening night, the teams went into Saturday’s round of games full of confidence that the title would be returned to WA.Both the Mixed and Women’s divisions saw WA take a clean sweep, but once again it was the Men’s Open division that went down to the wire after both WA and the NT came into the final game of the tournament with one win each.After losing the second game to a NT team inspired by former Youth World Cup star Kelvin Caspani, the Tigers came out running hard in the final match, lead by another World Cup player in Andrew Knox.At half time WA held a 5-1 advantage, and went on with the job to take the game 7-3 and the series win. Caspani and Knox – both former Australian players – have been National Touch League team-mates for a number of years and are no doubt likely to be re-united in the Barbarians Men’s Open team for the NTL in March in NSW.TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford has hinted that after the success of the tournament in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this year, there is every chance the competition could return to the gold capital at some stage in the future.The two day series had never been staged outside the metropolitan area before.“There’s been a great response from the local community to the Barbarians Cup this year, and we’re thrilled that the Department of Sport and Recreation were able to bring this event to Kalgoorlie”, Bamford said.“The support of the Goldfields Touch Association and from BHP and Norilsk also meant the kids and staff from Lakeland Senior High School in Perth could come along and get involved in the community programs. It’s certainly the kind of program we’d love to take to the country again.”Thanks to Jarrod Lucas from The Kalgoorlie Miner for providing the article content.Results:Mixed OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-6Game 2: WA def NT 14-9Game 3: WA def NT 5-1Women’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-1Game 2: WA def NT 6-3Game 3: WA def NT 8-1Men’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 7-4Game 2: NT def WA 8-6Game 3: WA def NT 7-3last_img read more

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29 Sep
2019

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

Related: Hot Takedown It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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28 Sep
2019

The 2018 Brewers Sure Look A Lot Like The 2015 Royals

When the Kansas City Royals made back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015 — coming agonizingly close in the former and winning the latter — they launched a thousand think pieces about whether manager Ned Yost’s brand of small ball would spread throughout the game. But then it looked like it might never get the chance: Right after the Royals’ revival, baseball embarked on a record-setting home run explosion, and the appeal of a team built primarily around speed, defense and a lights-out bullpen seemed to wane.1The Cubs and Astros shared some of those strengths, mind you, but each was also packed with ample power up and down the lineup.One of 2018’s top teams is taking a page out of K.C.’s championship playbook anyway. It isn’t just that the Milwaukee Brewers share the same center fielder with those Royals — although another All-Star caliber season from Lorenzo Cain hasn’t exactly hurt the comparison. The Brewers are also leading the NL Central with a strikingly similar combination of fielding, relief pitching and clever base running, even as the advanced metrics remain skeptical. (Sound familiar, Royals fans?) All that’s left is for postseason history to repeat — assuming Kansas City’s winning formula still works in a game that looks very different than it did just a few seasons ago.Going into the season, the Brewers were not expected to build much on last year’s surprising 86-win performance, despite loading up on players such as Cain and Christian Yelich over the winter. In fact, both the Vegas bookmakers and computer projections such as FanGraphs’ depth charts and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA picked Milwaukee to take a step backward, averaging out to about 83 wins for the season with only a meager chance of making the playoffs. In theory, the 2017 Brewers had gotten slightly lucky both in terms of wins and losses — they overshot the record their statistics predicted2At least, according to Base Runs, which estimates how much a team “should” win with neutral luck, based on its raw statistics. by a couple of games — as well as in career seasons from both batters (Eric Thames, Domingo Santana, Travis Shaw) and pitchers (Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, Corey Knebel). So it wasn’t too hard to argue that a tumble would be on its way this summer.But remember, Milwaukee wasn’t supposed to be very good last year, either; all it proceeded to do was hang around the NL Central race far longer than anyone in the media — or on the presumptive division-favorite Chicago Cubs — thought possible. The Brewers led the Central well into late July before the Cubs (along with the Diamondbacks and Rockies) overtook them down the stretch. It was a good enough showing to convince general manager David Stearns to accelerate the club’s recent rebuilding project and raise the franchise’s expectations sooner than originally anticipated. And the result has been the best record in the National League through the season’s first two months.The Brewers aren’t alone in beating projections this year, but what stands out is how they’ve done it. Despite the new firepower in the lineup — and the emergence of hard-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar — Milwaukee ranks in the middle of the major league pack in runs scored, with middling numbers for both power and walks. Their starting rotation has also slipped, from ninth in MLB in wins above replacement3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com’s WAR metrics. per game in 2017 to 20th this season, with Anderson struggling to replicate last year’s form and Nelson missing the entire season to date because of injury.Milwaukee is making up for the difference, though, with the majors’ 10th-best base running WAR per game, along with the third-best WAR per game from both defense and relief pitching. It’s a combination of metrics eerily similar to the one Kansas City produced during its own championship run three years ago: On the basepaths, the Brewers have the majors’ most successful rate of taking extra bases, a category the famously aggressive Royals also excelled in. Milwaukee’s ability to track down balls in the field, led by Cain in the outfield and Orlando Arcia at shortstop, easily recalls the rangy Royals of, well, Cain and Alcides Escobar. And with reliever Josh Hader rewriting the all-time strikeout record book (to say nothing of the 0.60 ERA season Jeremy Jeffress is having), the Brewers have been even more unbeatable with a lead in the late innings than the Royals were in their Wade Davis-led heyday. So far this season, Milwaukee is a perfect 27-0 when leading through six innings, making it the only team in baseball that can say it hasn’t blown such a situation yet. MLB Ranks in WAR from… 2015Royals58.616th12th1st21st2nd 2018 Season2014-15 Seasons 8NYY31391.28LAA1391590.3 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs.com 2018Brewers61.7%17th10th3rd20th3rd This looks familiar …MLB-wide ranks in wins above replacement (WAR) per game from each category, 2015 Kansas City Royals vs. 2018 Milwaukee Brewers 4SF27293.14CLE1341391.2 The Brewers’ bullpen has been positively Royals-esqueBest record when leading after six innings, 2014-15 and 2018 seasons 3BOS32294.13MIA107992.2 SeasonTeamWin %BattingBase RunningFieldingStartersRelievers TeamWinsLossesWin % 2CHC24196.02SD108992.3 6PIT24292.37MIN1131290.4 5BAL13192.95NYY1331391.1 Includes postseason for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Through June 3 for the 2018 season.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 6ATL24292.36SF1441590.6 10CIN18290.010PIT1391689.7 9SD20290.99STL1401689.7 TeamWinsLossesWin % 1MIL270100.0%1KC1501093.8% Kansas City combined for a staggering 150-10 mark across those situations in 2014 and 2015, including the postseason, so the Brewers still have some work to do before catching up to their doppelganger. And the Royals comparison isn’t 100 percent perfect — Milwaukee isn’t quite the batting average machine K.C. was, for instance, because the Brewers strike out at a normal clip, not the freakishly low rate Kansas City did at its peak. But the Brew Crew might be the closest thing we’ll get in the homers-and-strikeouts world of 2018 baseball.Questions also remain about Milwaukee’s place among the pantheon of 2018 contenders. According to The Baseball Gauge, only the Seattle Mariners have gotten luckier this year, in terms of sequencing and winning close games (although the latter can be explained in part by the Brewer bullpen’s aforementioned dominance). After the Brewers dropped two of three to the lowly Chicago White Sox over the weekend,4Which, in fairness, the Royals also did twice in 2014 and 2015, plus they were swept by the White Sox on another occasion. our Elo forecast now thinks Milwaukee will go 54-48 over the rest of the season and be caught by the Cubs in the Central before too long — though it does give the Brewers a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs. (That projection is also on the high side; FanGraphs thinks the Brewers will go 48-54 from here on out, with less than a coin flip’s shot at the postseason.)But that’s just another way in which the Brewers evoke memories of Kansas City’s World Series-era teams. With their unconventional mix of strengths and weaknesses, those Royals squads spent multiple seasons bucking the odds and poking holes in the statistical arguments against them. Maybe now it’s Milwaukee’s turn to do the same.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Lavenders career day leads OSU to comeback championship

With the clock ticking toward zero and the game in the balance, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team had a decision to make.Needing a basket to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship, who takes the last shot for the Buckeyes?The decision wasn’t too difficult to make. Center Jantel Lavender drew a foul and nailed a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to propel the Bucks (30-4) over Iowa (19-13) with a 66-64 victory and into the Big Ten Tournament title Sunday in Indianapolis.Lavender was firing on all cylinders against the Hawkeyes, scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.She scored 23 of OSU’s 33 points in the second half, when the Buckeyes made a furious comeback, rallying from a 49-33 deficit to eventually tie the game at 60-60 with five minutes to play.The junior center from Cleveland, Ohio, made 14 of her 25 shot attempts and all seven attempts at the free throw line.The teams arrived at the championship bout on completely different paths.Ohio State won the regular season championship, its sixth in a row, with four games remaining on its conference slate.At 10-8, Iowa finished five games behind the Buckeyes in the final regular season standings. But the Hawkeyes beat Penn State 82-75 and upset No. 23 Michigan State 59-54 to reach the title game.It appeared they would finish off their Big Ten blindsiding when they jumped out to the 16-point advantage, but Lavender’s relentless effort in the post earned OSU its second consecutive conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Football Ohio State releases Week 6 depth chart before Maryland game

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 6 depth chart Tuesday prior to its matchup against Maryland at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.As expected, the major changes to the depth chart all came from the defensive line. Head coach Urban Meyer had announced Monday redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones will not play Saturday after he suffered a “freak” injury last week during practice when he cut his leg on a locker.In his place, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell is the first name that appears, but no player is bolded as a starter. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes started at defensive tackle against Rutgers alongside redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle.At the strong safety position, sophomore Jordan Fuller was listed as the starter alongside senior Damon Webb, the starter at free safety. Fuller had previously been listed as a co-starter with senior Erick Smith, but Meyer said Monday that Smith would not play and that he had “to handle his business.” Redshirt freshman Wayne Davis was listed as the backup at safety behind Fuller.The other change made was redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger is now listed as the starting kickoff specialist. The position had previously been held by freshman Blake Haubeil. Meyer said Monday while kickoff coverage is “getting back to the expectation level we have,” he was still unsatisfied with how Haubeil was performing and said the team was “not good at that position.”The depth chart can be found here. read more

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18 Sep
2019

Media Real Valladolid hope to sign Vinicius Junior

first_imgReal Valladolid are reportedly hopeful that Ronaldo Nazario will bring Vinicius Junior with him, should he complete his €30m takeoverThe Brazil legend is understood to be in talks with the La Liga outfit over a €30m takeover.Ronaldo is expected to acquire over half the shares at Valladolid within the next few days and will allegedly become the club’s new president.AS reports that sources at Valladolid have indicated that they are hopeful that Ronaldo’s takeover will see Real Madrid’s young winger Vinicius arrive at the northern Spanish city alongside him.The 18-year-old had only joined Los Blancos this summer for €45m, but has found opportunities for competitive action hard to come by under manager Julen Lopetegui.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Vinicius’ woes continued at the weekend when he was selected to instead play for Real’s B team, Castilla, in the Spanish third division.But Valladolid feels that Vinicius needs regular action in La Liga rather than making appearances for the B team and training alongside the first team.Ronaldo, who was present at Vinicius’ unveiling as a Real player earlier this summer, has close ties to his young compatriot and Valladolid hope that their incoming president uses them to lure him to the club.Apparently, Sergio’s side have already enquired several times.But Real president Florentino Pérez has rebuffed them on each occasion.last_img read more

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18 Sep
2019

Darren Moore defends Rodriguez after controversial equalizer

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has come to the defence of Jay Rodriguez following his controversial equalizer against Aston Villa.Rodriguez appeared to handle the ball en route to scoring the last goal of the game as West Brom played out a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, but Moore isn’t the former England international didn’t do intentionally.“He said the ball had hit his arm, but he didn’t know much about it because he threw himself at it,” Moore said, according to Birmingham Mail.“To see it go in at the end I was really pleased. I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game with the commitment we put in.”“It had all the ingredients of a local derby.”There was a tone of swings when Moore was asked about conceding a late goal of such nature and he replied by referencing Brentford’s equaliser at the end of a game against West Brom.BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final first leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on May 11, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)West Bromwich coach believes Gayle’s absence will hurt his team Manuel R. Medina – May 13, 2019 The on-loan striker scored 24 goals during the 2018-2019 English Championship season but will miss the rest of the campaign.“There was a goal on Monday night I was cheesed off with,” he said.“What I was happy with was how the boys kept going.”“I was pleased because we had two days less to prepare for the game.”“As the game wore on, we needed to get our noses in front because I thought the boys might run out of steam.”“You’re never happy to concede a goal so I’d imagine Dean’s not very happy about it.”“Although it wasn’t a win, to score as late as that in a game of that magnitude it certainly feels like it.”last_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Complaints Commission takes legal effect August 1

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jul 2015 – The final institution for protecting good governance will be established officially come August 1, 2015… the Governor has moved to see the Complaints Commissioner in full legal operation in a matter of weeks. Cynthia Astwood had been introduced since last September as the head of this constitutional body.“We are an independent body; as an independent body our decisions are final.”Along with six others, which includes the Integrity Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, the Complaints Commission is a tenant of good governance with the mandate to investigate any action taken by a public body, including: grievances and conflicts in the workplace; performance issues, discrimination; harassment; corruption; maladministration, such as delays, bias, negligence, abuse of power, failing to give reason for a decision, not following through on a commitment and has the powers of a magistrate. When questioned on the necessity of this office, Astwood who had to meet certain qualifications including not being a former member of the House of Assembly explained.“That is there to protect good governance, and to ensure that Public Servants and other persons have other avenues to go to in case they have a concern or they feel they have not been fairly dealt with or an area needs more investigation to be carried out.”In that March interview, Mrs. Astwood added the commission is not set up to fire people from their jobs or functions in government but it is empowered to enter or inspect any Government office; the focus would be more in line with bringing resolution to complaints. While there is a full office set up in Grand Turk, Astwood said a significant goal for her is to establish a Providenciales place where a deputy Complaints Commissioner would take cases from Provo, North and Middle Caicos. There are some limitations for the Commission as explained in a news release from the Governor’s Office: “The Commission cannot investigate complaints about the Governor, Cabinet, House of Assembly, Justices, Magistrates, the Police or Chief Auditors, because separate complaints arrangements are in place.” MPs say they know nothing about pay raise Governor lauds Bien-Aime & Integrity Commission at anti-corruption meeting TCI’s Community College’s Dismercy Lugo wins Integrity Commission’s College Speak Off Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:complaints commission, cynthia astwood, Director of Public Prosecutions, Human Rights Commission and the Supervisor of Elections, integrity commissionlast_img read more

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14 Sep
2019

MPA Creates Community for Emerging Magazine Professionals

first_img Membership in MPA Next is free of charge and open to junior-level professionals at MPA member companies with up to seven years of experience. To apply, visit www.magazine.org/MPAnext. Perhaps to that end, MPA, the magazine industry’s trade association, announced today the creation of MPA Next, a membership program for junior-level magazine professionals specializing in areas like business development, ad sales, marketing, or public relations.  Something of a counterpart to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ ASME Next program, MPA Next will offer non-editorial up-and-comers with educational and networking events like workshops, lectures, forums, and media mixers. “Our member companies continue to attract some of the best and brightest talent in media today,” said Linda Thomas Brooks, MPA president and CEO, in a statement. “By providing the next generation of leaders to our industry’s top management, training programs, and the opportunity for networking amongst peers, MPA Next will stimulate discussions and share insights in new ways among all levels of experience.” Conversations around hiring and retaining talent in an increasingly competetive print and digital media space often focus on content creation and editorial, but the need for publishers to attract rising stars in a multitude of various disciplines is greater now than ever before.last_img read more

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12 Sep
2019

What To Expect When Youre Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement

first_img Email What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement Twitter Read more News center_img Many will enter. Few will win. We look ahead at next week’s exciting announcement of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominationsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:40 pm UPDATE: See the full list of 61st GRAMMY NominationsOn Dec. 7, the 2019 GRAMMY nominations will be announced, making dreams come true for artists and music creators across many genres, locations, ages, and walks of life. And while nominees will have to wait until the 61st GRAMMY Awards air on CBS Feb. 10, 2019 for the final results, being nominated brings that lifelong dream of winning GRAMMYs one huge step closer. For fans, the fun is in finding out if their favorite artists will get the chance to attach their names to the legacy of GRAMMY winners.But how does one get a GRAMMY nomination? Well, for starters artists and music creators  spend their whole lives honing their craft and developing their talent. The stories behind the music we love are as varied as the artists who create it. Each year, artists, producers and record labels enter their work for consideration and Recording Academy members weigh in on who deserves GRAMMY gold for their efforts. For a quick look at how the submission and voting process works, head over to GRAMMY101.com to get yourself educated.In terms of awards, there are four general categories that mark some of the most highly anticipated: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The other 80 awards are broken into various fields based on genre—such as Pop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc…, or format, such as Composing/Arranging, Music For Visual Media, Package, Surround Sound, and Music Video/Film.Read More: What’s The Difference? GRAMMY Record Of The Year Vs. Song Of The YearTo make sure the process reflects the vast diversity within the music community, every year the Recording Academy looks at how the GRAMMY Awards can improve and adapt to changes in the industry. This year’s changes include expanding the aforementioned general four categories from five nominees to eight in order to better reflect the many entries in those categories. The Academy also recently announced it will implement a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model.The desired end of the whole process, is winning the coveted GRAMMY Award. For those special GRAMMY-winning artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and craftspeople, the award represents a career pinnacle. For a look at these recent life-changing, peruse the full list of last year’s winners, led by Bruno Mars, who won a total of six for his 24K Magic. And think about it: the Recording Academy has been honoring excellence in music for over six decades now. Can you guess who has won the most GRAMMYs of all-time?Get ready for the big reveal of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominees on Friday, Dec 7, and check back with us for category breakdown, artist exclusives and more. You can also follow us on social to keep up with artist reactions throughout the day in real time. Good luck to everyone!Janelle Monáe On Choosing “Freedom Over Fear” & Creating ‘Dirty Computer’ Facebook What To Expect: 2019 GRAMMY Nominations what-expect-when-youre-expecting-2019-grammy-nominations-announcementlast_img read more

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2 Sep
2019

Houston Job Growth Expected To Bounce Back Next Year

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /13:11 Flooding from Hurricane Harvey cost the region thousands of jobs but also led to growth in retail sales from replacement vehicles, furniture, and construction supplies for damaged homes.Researcher Patrick Jankowski with the Greater Houston Partnership says “We’re seeing a lot of activity now that’ll surge by the middle of the year. But this time next year, most of those homes will be repaired — at least, hopefully they’ll be repaired — and that will even start winding down.”Jankowski says Harvey definitely had an economic impact.“You can see in the the building permits,” he said. “But it’s not had as big an impact on employment as we thought it might.”GHP’s 2018 Economic ForecastJankowski told Houston Matters that, overall, construction is actually slowing because most home repairs take just a few weeks or months, compared to the years it takes to construct an office building. And he says recovery for the energy industry won’t occur until crude prices approach $60 a barrel.MORE: Full Conversation On Houston Matters X Sharelast_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

Baltimore Area Church News

first_imgWe are in the season of Thanksgiving.  I encourage you this week to think about all of the people and things you are thankful for.  Focus on what brings meaning and joy to your life. While you are giving thanks, remember those less fortunate.  Do what you can to make their holiday a great one.  Before you eat your Thanksgiving dinner, think about worshipping with one of the churches below for their Thanksgiving Day service, as well as the other upcoming events.River International FellowshipThird Anniversary LuncheonNov. 181:00p.m.- 3:00 p.m.351 Corporation RoadGlen Burnie, Maryland, 21060Rev. Noldon Pope, Pastor*tickets required================================================Huber Memorial Church5700 Loch Raven Blvd.Baltimore, Maryland 21239The Huber Steps of Praise Ministry Dance FestivalNov. 182:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.Rev. P.M. Smith, Pastor================================================New Friendship Baptist Church1515 Eager StreetBaltimore, Maryland84th Church AnniversaryNov. 1910:00 a.m.Rev. Roderick Parks, Pastor================================================Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church519 W. Lafayette Ave.Baltimore, MarylandWomen’s DayNov. 1911:00 a.m.Rev. Lorenzo Maddox, Pastor================================================Wayland Baptist Church3200 Garrison BlvdBaltimore, Maryland 21216Men’s DayNov. 199:45 a.m.Rev. Dr. Hoffman Brown, Pastor================================================Greater Harvest Baptist Church1617 W. Saratoga St.Baltimore, Maryland 21223Thanksgiving ServiceNov. 2310:30 a.m.================================================Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church2812-14 Reisterstown RoadBaltimore, Maryland 21215Thanksgiving WorshipNov. 2310:00 a.m.Rev. Franklin Lance, Pastor================================================New Bethlehem Baptist Church6665 Security BlvdWoodlawn, Maryland 21207Thanksgiving ServiceNov. 2310:00 a.m.Dr. Lisa Weah, Pastor================================================New Psalmist Baptist Church6020 Marian DriveBaltimore, MD 21215Thanksgiving ServiceNov. 2310 a.m.Bishop Walter Thomas, Sr. Pastor================================================New Shiloh Baptist Church2100 North Monroe StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21217Thanksgiving ServiceNov. 2310 a.m.Dr. Harold Carter, Jr., Pastor================================================House of Judah Ministries3836 W. Forest Park Ave.Baltimore, Maryland 21216Family and Friends DayNov. 269:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.Bishop Leroy Dyett, Pastor================================================Morning Star Baptist Church154 Winters LaneCatonsville, Maryland 21228HomecomingNov. 267:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m.Bishop Dwayne Debnam, Pastorlast_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

Magic Leap One Everything We Know So Far

first_imgCPU & GPUNVIDIA® Parker SOCCPU: 2 Denver 2.0 64-bit cores + 4 ARM Cortex A57 64-bitcores (2 A57’s and 1 Denver accessible to applications)GPU: NVIDIA PascalTM, 256 CUDA coresGraphic APIs: OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1+AEPRAM8 GB (4 gigabytes of memory available to applications)Storage Capacity128 GB (approximately 95 GB available to applications)ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac/b/g/n, USB-CAudio InputVoice (speech to text) + real-world audio (ambient)Audio OutputOnboard speakers and 3.5mm jack with audio spatialization processing What do Magic Leap’s menus look like?The system’s menus can be shown in 2D or 3D, and float in the air in front of the user. The menu features a number of round icons arranged in a circle. The interface will include details on battery life, WiFi connection, and grant users the ability to create their own avatars. Instead of requiring a controller for use, owners can simply use their fingers to interact with the menus.What is Magic Leap’s field of view?One of the big unanswered questions is the Magic Leap’s viewing angle, that is, how much of your view it can take up with created reality. During my time with the device, I described that viewing area as about the size of a VHS tape held in front of your face with your arms mostly extended. How does Magic Leap compare to the competition?The Microsoft HoloLens features a custom “holographic processing unit,” 2GB of memory, and 64GB of storage.When does Magic Leap One come out?The Magic Leap One Creator Edition launched on Aug. 8 in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, the San Francisco Bay area and Seattle, with complimentary delivery, fit and set-up service provided using LiftOff service.How much will Magic Leap One cost?The package costs $2,295 and includes the Lightwear headset, Lightpack computing pack, Control handheld input device, a Fit Kit to ensure a perfectly calibrated fit, chargers, and a Quick Start Guide. You can also add an optional fabric strap for the Lightpack. Prescription insert lenses will be made available soon, according to Magic Leap. The device comes with a one-year limited warranty.When will Magic Leap release a consumer-focused headset?The first consumer-focused Magic Leap headset will be the Magic Leap Two and will include support for AT&T’s 5G cellular network. There is no timing for when that will be made available.What does the gear look like and what is it called?The gear looks like oversized goggles with a thick hard plastic headband and two wires coming out of the rear. The wires attach to a pocket computer that can be clipped onto a person’s belt or the outside of their pocket. The goggles are called Lightwear and the computer a Lightpack.The system also includes a controller that features a central oversized thumb touchpad and several buttons. The theory that drives Magic Leap is that the world we see is in fact created in a person’s visual cortex, which is essentially working like a rendering engine in a graphics card or computer. Magic Leap is said to trick the brain into thinking it is seeing reality. That reality is then overlaid onto what really exists. Almost as importantly, the image projected into a person’s eye is controlled by a computer that knows the surroundings so it can make sure a virtual character or creation doesn’t walk through a table or disappear into a wall. Finally, spatial sound is delivered via the headset as well, adding a greater sense of space to the experience.Who is behind Magic Leap?Magic Leap was founded by Abovitz, who took the money he earned from selling Mako Surgical Corp., a company he created to sell robotic arms and software for surgery, and reinvested a chunk of it into Magic Leap in 2010.In the years since launch, Magic Leap pulled in $2.44 billion from investors like Google, AT&T, and Alibaba.The company operates out of a massive complex in Plantation, Fla., which includes its own fabrication plant, soundstage, testing areas designed to look like different rooms in a home, and offices for its more than 1,500 employees.What about the whale and robot videos?Magic Leap’s first real public outing was via a “proof of concept” video that showed a whale breaching from a high school gym floor, before flopping back down through waves of water and then vanishing. Other concept videos showed a tiny floating robot hiding under a table in an office and a user playing a game in their office based on Weta Workshop’s “Dr. Grordbort’s” world of fancy laser guns and robots.Some of that was designed to entice more than inform, though I’ve seen the floating robot and it the video does a fairly good job of capturing what it’s like. Weta Workshops also announced they are working on a game for Magic Leap based on “Dr. Grordbort” and it sounds like it will be similar to what the video shows. How and where can I buy a Magic Leap?Just sign onto the official website, enter your zip code and if it’s available in your area you can purchase one and set up delivery.Where can I demo Magic Leap?The creator edition won’t have demos for the public, but once the full retail Magic Leap Two releases, a number of AT&T stores will have the device on hand for demos.What sorts of programs will it have at launch?Magic Leap launches alongside a suite of “core applications” for the device including the Helio web browser, which delivers 3D and spatial web experiences; the Screens video player, which can be used to place multiple displays of any size in a physical space; and the Social avatars application. Along with feature-complete apps, Magic Leap rolled out a number of demos including the Sigur Ros-collaboration entitled Tonandi, a sandbox mixed-reality experience called Create, and Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, the Weta Workshops game.Who does Magic Leap have content partnerships with?A mix of companies are now involved with Magic Leap, including AT&T, Weta Workshop, Turner Broadcasting, the NBA, visual effects company Framestore, Lucasfilm, the band Sigur Ros, and interactive comic book publisher Madefire.What operating system does Magic Leap use?Magic Leap uses an operating system called Lumin OS that is built around a Linux kernel called Lumis Core. Multiple Lumin apps can run at the same time, but apps built using Unreal or Unity (both of which it supports) have to run on their own. Recently uncovered documentation for developers is much more specific, saying that the Magic Leap has a horizontal field of view of 40 degrees and a vertical view of 30 degrees with a diagonal view of 50 degrees, resulting in a viewing area about one-third larger horizontally and double vertically that of the HoloLens.To put it another way, at 40-inches, the field of view is big enough to show a large house cat, and at 144-inches it can display three six-foot-tall people.Can Magic Leap’s images obscure real-world objects?Not entirely, though I did see something like this done in a relatively dark room.Can Magic Leap’s images look as if they’re disappearing behind real-world objects?Yes.How does it compare to headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive?While the virtual reality of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is fully immersive, it’s unlikely anyone would mistake it for real. Using VR headsets also means essentially tuning out of reality and experiencing something only the user or users can see.Magic Leap allows users to see the world around them and interact with the tech’s creations. In theory, it could one day be used to replace computer monitors and iPhone screens. But it also doesn’t have the same level of graphics and the field of view is much smaller than with virtual reality. In VR, much of what the eye can see is recreated from left to right and up to down. With Magic Leap, the tech creates its experiences in a square of space invisibly floating before your eyes. While Magic Leap works to make the borders of what it can display blur into reality, there’s still a point to both sides and above and beyond where the image simply disappears.How does it compare to mobile phone augmented reality?Augmented reality in a phone requires a user to hold a phone up and see the augmented images projected onto the view shown through the camera’s phone. With Magic Leap, you simply wear the headset.How does it compare to HoloLens?Microsoft’s HoloLens uses a different sort of technology, but in many ways delivers a similar experience. The view is smaller with HoloLens and some of the finer visual effects — like being able to make a created image block out what’s behind it — aren’t available.How does Magic Leap work?Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz said he’d prefer not to call the tech the company is creating as VR, AR, or MR. Instead, he says Magic Leap is a special computer that creates a digital light field. The light field is essentially all of the light bouncing off all of the objects in a world. When you take a picture, you’re capturing a very thin slice of that light field. The eye sees much more of that light field, allowing a person to perceive depth, movement, and a lot of other visual subtleties. Updated 8/8/18: First fully revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017, the first publicly available version of the Magic Leap One headset is now on sale if you live in one of six cities in the U.S.The ever-growing team behind the mixed-reality headset and pocket-computer system say they believe the gear will reinvent the way people interact with not just computers, but reality. Where virtual-reality headsets recreate a user’s world inside a diver’s mask-like headset, Magic Leap aims to mix its creations with the reality a user inhabits. With a creator version of the device, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, now on sale it’s a good time to go over exactly what we know so far about the technology, what its initial promise was and what we’re still hoping to learn.What is Magic Leap likely to include in its headset and pocket computer when it launches? 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2019

UK broadcast regulator has appointed Philip Schles

first_imgUK broadcast regulator has appointed Philip Schlesinger, a professor in cultural policy at the University of Glasgow, to its content board to represent the interests of people in Scotland. Schlesinger takes up his now role on the content board on December 1, and will hold the position for three years. He has been on Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland since 2004 and has been its chairman since 2009 – a role he will continue until the end of the year.Ofcom’s content board is the committee of the main Ofcom board with delegated responsibility for TV and radio content issues – including setting and enforcing quality and standards. It includes members who represent each of the four nations of the UK.last_img

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