Port Hawkesbury will play host to the Elite 10 Grand Slam of Curling event March 16 to 19. Energy Minister Michel Samson, on behalf of Communities Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, announced today, March 10, that the province will contribute $35,000 to the event. “The province is proud to invest in this event which will bring outstanding curlers to our province,” said Mr. Samson. “Port Hawkesbury has proven its ability to host events of this calibre, which generate economic activity, and benefit local residents, surrounding communities, and the entire province.” The Elite 10 Grand Slam of Curling event is one in a series of seven curling bonspiels that are a part of the annual World Curling Tour. The Grand Slam events feature the best men’s and women’s curling teams from across Canada and around the world. “Events of this nature grow capacity and create a tremendous legacy in small-town Nova Scotia,” said Paula Davis, marketing and events director for the Town of Port Hawkesbury. “Volunteers have a great opportunity for engagement and are essential to the success of such an event. We can already feel the enthusiasm in anticipation for the Elite 10 Grand Slam and we are excited to showcase our wonderful facilities.” The Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre will be converted into a curling rink for the four-day event. Events like this help build strong communities, a binding feature of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s recently unveiled Culture Action Plan.
MONTREAL – Just For Laughs Group has appointed a familiar face to oversee operations going forward, tapping a longtime executive as president on Monday.Bruce Hills, who had served as chief operating officer for the Montreal-based company for the past 19 years, enters the new job immediately.Hills, a 32-year veteran of the festival, was instrumental in establishing and growing Just For Laughs Montreal, known as Juste pour rire in French.“I just feel like the timing is just right for all the great things we want to do,” Hills said in an interview with The Canadian Press.The appointment comes as the production company’s ownership situation became clearer last week with Bell Media announcing it had joined a group of investors in buying the company.The BCE Inc. subsidiary completed an agreement with Groupe CH to join talent agency ICM Partners and comedian Howie Mandel in the acquisition of Groupe Juste pour rire.Mandel led an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale following allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against co-founder Gilbert Rozon, who was also a majority stakeholder.The company went through turbulent times while the transaction involving the Quebec entertainment giant’s shares was being settled.“It’s been a real challenge, no question,” Hills said of the past several months. But the strategy employed by staff was simple: have faith and focus on creating events.Hills will oversee the English side of the business with a French content boss yet to be named. He sees the new ownership group as providing a base of support it hasn’t had previously.“I really believe that we can expand our media business significantly,” he said. “That’s going to be a huge priority — in the U.S. primarily, but internationally as well.”“In addition to that, we see no reason why there shouldn’t be more festivals elsewhere when they’re strategically aligned and show potential to be profitable and produce a first-class comedy event.”Hills said that it’s not just a matter of duplicating the hugely popular Montreal festival, which runs July 11 to 29.The company also runs events in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. Hills said it’s about coming up with ideas that make sense in other prospective markets.“We never want to replicate Montreal, we want to do something unique for the market,” Hills said. “Montreal is the heart-and-soul, it basically feeds everything else, so that’s our focus.”Going forward, there will also be a big focus on digital content and fully exploiting filmed assets in Montreal as well as relationships with talent.Hills said they will also look to grow the scripted and non-scripted parts of the business.“We’re primarily known as a stand-up production company and candid camera production company and we believe there is significant growth outside of that,” Hills said.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)
His hobby nonetheless might have stalled decades ago if he hadn’t connected with his best single box-score source, a kindred spirit who collected NBA stats for a living: Harvey Pollack. The Philadelphia 76ers’ director of statistical information has been working in pro basketball since before the NBA, debuting with the league’s forerunner, the Basketball Association of America, in 1946. The two men aren’t clear on when they began collaborating. Pfander said in a telephone interview he thinks it was 1956; Pollack, who is 92, recalled that they started working together when he expanded his annual NBA stats book in the 1970s. They met at most a few times, but they communicated at least a dozen times each year by phone and mail.Pollack, who has worked for the Sixers since the team’s first season in 1963-64, was also collecting box scores for every game, though his collection didn’t go back as far as Pfander’s. Pollack would send Pfander his book of box scores, and Pfander would send back results of his data analysis — tidbits such as when the league’s millionth point was scored. That archival work helped when the NBA marked later milestone league totals. “He’s the one who started with it,” Pollack said. “That was his idea. I’ve kept it alive ever since.”Pollack put many of these small discoveries in his annual books, always crediting Pfander, whose stats were meticulously calculated and, before he started using a computer, meticulously handwritten, with a fountain pen. “He has the best handwriting you have ever seen,” said his daughter Colleen Greff.Pfander said he used to check the box scores Pollack sent, to make sure the numbers added up. Then he would generate 33 or 34 different stats for Pollack in return. Pollack said his latest book includes at least 40 stats furnished by Pfander.Filling holes in the recordPart of the fun of sports is measuring today’s players and teams against their predecessors, and you can’t do that without a complete record of what past players did. Every sport’s fan base includes completists, people who feel unsettled by the lack of certainty in the records.Ten years ago, Justin Kubatko founded the website Basketball-Reference.com as a resource for fans who want to know every detail about basketball history. Seven years ago, he left his job teaching statistics at Ohio State University to work full time on basketball stats.Before he connected with Pfander, Kubatko had game-by-game data on his site going back only to the mid-1980s.“I’m a completist,” Kubatko said in a telephone interview. “It did kind of bug me. We had 40 years of information that was just not there. I was also a realist. I knew there was really no easy way to acquire that data.”Kubatko doesn’t recall when he first heard of Pfander’s box-score collection — perhaps from the discussion boards at the basketball analytics site APBR.org, where Pfander has been a frequent topic of discussion. “I got his contact information, we talked for a few weeks, we worked out a deal, and we bought what he had,” Kubatko said. “He is an extremely generous and extremely nice man.”By this time, Pfander had digitized his box scores, scanning and sorting them — meticulously, of course. The disk Kubatko received, in 2008, had folders for each year and subfolders for months and for days. Even so, the box scores were saved as images, not spreadsheets or databases, so it wasn’t easy to add them to a stats database.Kubatko sat on the trove for at least a year. “Then we said, ‘You know what, this is kind of silly,’” he recalled. “People are probably interested in what we have as it is.” He wrote a script to link the team abbreviations Pfander used with those on the site and to pair each scan with that game’s unique Basketball Reference ID. Then he fixed the mismatches that arose from errors in the box scores or in the site’s schedule data.In January 2012, Kubatko announced that Basketball Reference now had every box score for every NBA game. His blog post credited Pfander, “who did the lion’s share of the work for this project.” At Grantland a few days later, Robert Mays wrote about the pair and Pfander’s unlikely collection.Fans wouldn’t be able to work with the old stats, though, until Kubatko could get the games into the database. He found Sean Wrona, a champion competitive typist, who “keyed in all this stuff for us off the scans, and we paid him to do that,” Kubatko said. “He did the first several seasons we put out there. All I’ll say is I found a more efficient way to handle the other seasons.”Wrona said in an email1Presumably typed quickly: He’s been clocked above 250 words per minute. that each box score took him about 10 minutes, or just five when it was abbreviated and missing some statistical categories. “Accuracy is far more important than speed for archival work (unlike for competitive typing, where raw speed is far more important), so I don’t come close to my peak typing speed while archiving, but it still helps,” Wrona said. He continues to do data-entry work for Sports Reference, Basketball Reference’s parent company.Wrona’s typing was the fastest part of the project. To merit inclusion in the database, a box score had to make sense: Players’ numbers had to add up to team totals, for instance. Newspaper box scores are the first draft of basketball statistical history. Kubatko estimated that each season had about 100 errors. He could resolve most using online news databases. Kubatko also sought help from his readers, posting on the blog his “most wanted” list for box scores where the sum of players’ scores didn’t equal the team total.The NBA steps inKubatko’s effort to build a publicly accessible archive of the game’s history made slow but sure progress.2In October 2012, Kubatko announced partial box scores were available for the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. In December, Basketball Reference’s database stretched to 1981-82. The next month, he’d added one more year. By March of last year, the database went back to 1976-77, the first year after the NBA merged with the American Basketball Association. Last March, he announced a big breakthrough: The database now went back to 1964-65.Since then, the work has stalled: Basketball Reference has added just one more year. One reason is that Kubatko left Sports Reference in August, citing “creative differences.”3He retains a stake in the company, and is, as of earlier this month, an NBA consultant, through his company, Statitudes LLC.Sports Reference’s founder and president, Sean Forman, says the work to fill in the remaining 18 years of box-score data continues, but it isn’t a priority. That’s because the NBA itself announced in February 2013 that it had posted the box score for every game, all the way back to 1946-47, to NBA.com. “We want to be first on things,” Forman said. “Now that the NBA already has that data up, it’s a little bit less of an impetus.”So where did the NBA get that data? It always had “thorough statistical records,” league spokesman John Acunto said, but hadn’t figured out how to best publish most of them online until partnering with SAP, the tech company that powers the NBA’s revamped stats site. Before the site relaunch last year, the NBA offered game-by-game stats online going back only to 2007, Acunto said.Pfander’s box-score archive was one source the league used to fill gaps. “We have acquired from Pfander and others additional references and sources to cross-reference and validate our information,” Acunto said.Pete Palmer, a veteran sports statistician, said he and Pfander collaborated on using the box-score collection to correct errors in the league’s records. Palmer said that Pfander also sold his box scores to the statisticians at the Elias Sports Bureau.4“As I remember it, some of the box scores were hard to read and Dick had to prepare typed files for Elias,” Palmer said by email.Steve Hirdt, a statistician at often-secretive Elias, declined to comment on whether the company worked with Pfander. “It’s just not something we discuss,” he said by phone.The legend retiresPfander is far from the only amateur completist to aid sports historians. Pollack, of the Sixers, credited regular contributions from other basketball enthusiasts in his book over the years. David W. Smith has led a team of volunteers in the ongoing, ambitious effort to fill the record of every Major League Baseball play. Wrona built an online auto-racing database for a dozen series. Forman cited the contribution of Ed Washuta, who entered minor league baseball stats over a century old. “Pfander is an exemplar in that he has produced such a tremendous set of data for the public,” Forman said.The work of filling and correcting the NBA statistical record goes on. Many of the older box scores contained only field goals made, free throws made and points scored for each player. And some box scores are missing players, such as these on NBA.com. Fans often write to the league to suggest corrections, which it makes when appropriate, Acunto said. Sports Reference similarly invites corrections from readers.Pfander, a user of the site, continued to help Sports Reference’s efforts after shipping his data. “Some of those older scans are really poor,” Kubatko said. “It was very hard to read some of them. He was trying to find replacements for those, and occasionally he would send us stuff that would give us a better scan.” Pfander also did some digitizing work himself, typing old box scores into Microsoft Word documents — Word tables were his instrument of choice for organizing his digital data. “He was committed, definitely,” Kubatko said.5Pfander also sent along his ABA box scores, and inputting those is another project waiting to be completed.The work could go on forever. “You’re never going to get a perfect set of box scores,” Kubatko said. “It’s just not going to happen.”Today, though, Pfander is no longer actively working on NBA statistics. In November 2012 — just as Basketball Reference’s effort to input his data was gaining momentum — Pfander had surgery for a brain aneurysm. Afterward, he was confused, “and he actually made the joke, something about, you should never have brain surgery during NBA season, because it just messes up all the statistics,” his daughter Colleen recalled.Later that month, on his 78th birthday, Pfander suffered a stroke. The stroke has affected his short-term memory, Pfander and his children say. They tell him that the speech he gave at his wife’s memorial service was the best they’ve ever heard, and he laments that there’s no recording for him to listen to and remind him of what he said.The stroke also has interrupted Pfander’s statistical work. He continues to watch the NBA from his current home at a care facility but, he said, “I’ve had some physical setbacks, and I just don’t do it anymore.” He added, “I started a couple of different times, and I guess I’d say I don’t have the interest in making all those copies of box scores and then filling in the blanks so that I can add ’em up and see strings of double-figure scoring and things like that.”His daughter Julaine has cleaned up his computer’s desktop so that it has just two folders, one of them labeled “basketball stats.” She’s also backed up his data onto an external hard drive. It’s all ready for him to dive back in. “He doesn’t seem to want to do that,” she said. “Part of me thinks he worries that if he doesn’t do it exactly right, he might mess something up. He knows he has all this great data out there, and the last thing he would want to do is not do it the way he used to do it.”“It’s so sad now,” Colleen said. “It was such a passion for him, oh my goodness, he could not bear to fall behind. Now the desire to do statistics is just not there.”If he never revisits basketball stats, Pfander’s legacy is secure, and that’s some comfort. “I think he was probably happy that all of this work he had done — because he had really done it for really personal reasons — he was happy that it would be able to reach a larger audience, and that other people would be able to benefit from the work he had done,” Kubatko said.Of his hobby’s role in completing the Basketball Reference database, Pfander said, “It makes me feel that it was useful.” Dick Pfander has spent most of his life collecting and analyzing box scores from every NBA game since the league’s founding. He did most of his work in solitude, by hand, before the age of personal computers. And he did it simply for his own pleasure, surrounded by supportive family members who cared neither about basketball nor statistics, let alone their intersection.Today, his analog hobby is paying digital dividends for stats-obsessed basketball fans. His work has helped fill gaps in the league’s statistical record for both its official website and the leading independent reference site. The project continues — but without Pfander.An all-consuming “job”Pfander started clipping box scores from newspapers as a teenager in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the late 1940s. He did it during high school, after his marriage to Colette Waterman, through jobs as a teacher and with the Defense Department, through the birth of his three children, and through Colette’s death, in 2009.On vacations, Dick and Colette would travel to places where “he thought there might be a newspaper of use to him” in the local library’s archive, his daughter Julaine Eddy said in a telephone interview. “She’d drop him off and go do things around town while he sat in front of the microfiche machine.”Pfander’s children say they and their mother didn’t share his passion for NBA stats, but they didn’t resent it. It was just one way he expressed his love for basketball and for statistics. He also refereed basketball games and compiled the stats for local youth baseball tournaments and swim meets. He didn’t mind that none of his children played basketball or got into stats.Most of all, he sat in front of the television, “going back and forth between watching the basketball and working on the stats,” said his son, Greg. “It never bothered me that he did it — it was his thing. It just seems like that’s my dad, that’s what he always did.”Julaine’s memory of her father working on his stats is vivid. “Dad had this huge desk at home, and it was him sitting at that desk. The TV was visible from that desk, and he sat there and worked,” she said. “And as a kid, you think, ‘That must be a job he’s doing.’”Why did he do it? Pfander, 79, isn’t expansive on the topic. “It was a hobby for me,” he said in an interview last week. “It was a fun thing for me to do.” He considered himself a statistician long before NBA teams started hiring statisticians. “I had always been interested in statistics,” Pfander said, and “I kind of liked doing statistical-type things.”He added, “I don’t think anybody would do all that unless they enjoyed it.” Dick Pfander Courtesy of Colleen Greff
Canadian Chris Hadfield has been one of the more interesting and memorable astronauts to spend time on board the International Space Station. The reason for this is his embracing of social media and willingness to share his experiences of being in space for an extended period of time.He arrived on the ISS back in December last year, but yesterday handed over command and is now preparing to travel home. He signed off as commander in style, though. Below is his modified rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which is sure to go down as a classic moment in the history of the ISS.Right now Hadfield is meant to be sleeping to prepare for his Soyuz flight home tonight, but as you can imagine, he’s having a little trouble drifting off and is instead posting images of Earth on Twitter. Here’s one he posted last night with the words “Canada rocks”:Hadfield was part of Expedition 35, and his leaving the ISS was signaled by the arrival of Expedition 36, headed up by the new commander Pavel Vinogradov. As part of his sign-off video, Hadfield shared the three objectives he had while he was there, which were a healthy crew, healthy spaceship, and making full use of the ISS as a research lab. He achieved all three.I think he went further than that, though. By interacting with us all through social media and taking the time to answer questions, he’s got us all thinking more about space and science. I’m pretty sure there’s more kids out there wanting to be astronauts now because of Chris Hadfield.Some of his best moments aboard ISS have been covered here on Geek, and they include his videos demonstrating how astronauts wash their hands and what happens when you wring a wet cloth in space. His last job as commander was also one of the most serious: dealing with an ammonia leak and getting it fixed in record time.
CinemaNow et Crackle arrivent sur Xbox Live TVMicrosoft vient encore d’élargir son éventail d’applications sur le live de sa console de salon, la Xbox 360, avec CinemaNow et Crackle. Dans un premier temps, ce sont les américains qui en profitent pleinement, avec l’accès à CinemaNow et Crackle. Cette dernière application, également disponible au Canada, en Australie et au Royaume-Uni, propose à l’utilisateur un large choix de classiques du cinéma ou de la télévision, tout cela gratuitement. On retrouve alors Les Aventures du Baron de Munchausen ou encore La Bamba et Mariés, deux enfants pour les séries TV. Après avoir téléchargé l’application, il vous suffira de créer un compte Dailymotion en utilisant un mot de passe fourni.En ce qui concerne CinemaNow, que seuls les américains peuvent avoir pour le moment (notamment en raison de droits de licences de contenu), vous aurez accès à environ 14.000 longs métrages, concerts, émissions des majors comme la Fox, Disney, Miramax, MGM, Universal, Warner Bros, Lions Gate et d’autres encore.Comme quoi la Xbox 360 a encore de beaux atouts sous le coude. Les différentes régions du monde devraient voir arriver ces applications petit à petit, comme c’est déjà le cas pour le Royaume-Uni ou l’Australie. Alors on espère assez rapidement pour nos douces Xbox françaises. Le 5 février 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Police are looking for an 18-year-old man who fled from them on foot and escaped — once while barefoot — twice in one day.Andrey Altman of Vancouver left his wallet in a car the first time around, said Sgt. Thomas Butsch with the Washington State Patrol.Butsch said, Altman might have been busted for allegedly driving with a suspended license if he’d stayed put the first time; he now is wanted for alleged attempting to elude police in a car — a felony — plus two counts of reckless endangerment of his two passengers and resisting arrest.It all started about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, when Trooper Ben Taylor turned on his flashers to make a traffic stop on an Acura Integra on Northeast 112th Avenue near Ninth Street.The trooper had noticed that the car’s headlights weren’t on and its license plate was registered to a Mercedes.The driver, alleged to be Altman, pulled over and stopped. But when the trooper exited his patrol car, the driver accelerated away into the Marrion neighborhood and ditched the Acura by an apartment complex in the 600 block of Northeast 104th Avenue, just north of Mill Plain Boulevard, Butsch said.A dozen or so Vancouver Police Department officers helped the trooper search for Altman. Because officers found his wallet in the Acura, and believed they knew his identity, they didn’t make a major house-to-house search at the time, Butsch said.Officers impounded the Acura, which was taken to a tow yard near the 12100 block of Northeast Fourth Plain Road.About 5 p.m. Thursday, Trooper Jeff Heath went to the tow yard, figuring Altman would go there for the car.And that’s where the second foot pursuit began and Altman lost the flip-flop sandals he was wearing, Butsch said.Altman ran west to 112th Avenue, across state Highway 500 and up 112th Avenue, Butsch said.Several officers and a tracking dog looked for Altman for about 90 minutes before giving it up for other duties. He was last seen behind some apartments along Northeast 49th Street.
2 Share your voice Tags Comments Google Alphabet Inc. Tech Industry The Nest Secure home security system Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. Last week, the search giant drew criticism because its Nest Secure hub, a web-connected home security system, includes a microphone, but it was never disclosed in hardware specs, marketing materials or on Nest’s website. The microphone’s existence became apparent after Google announced earlier this month it was bringing its Assistant software to the Nest Secure. The Assistant, which lets people check flight information or turn off the lights in their houses, relies heavily on voice commands — and a microphone — when its on devices without screens. At the time, Google said it was an “error” that the microphone was omitted from the product specs. The company also said the mic has never been activated. But that hasn’t satisfied committee members, who wrote a letter to Pichai demanding more information. “Google’s failure to disclose a microphone within its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure,” the letter dated Feb. 25 says. “As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced, it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.” The letter demands Pichai follow up with the committee by March 12. The committee also wants an “in-person briefing” on the issue by March 29. The letter was written by Senate Republicans Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Thune of South Dakota and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter. The controversy comes as Google — and the rest of Silicon Valley — deal with broader scrutiny over privacy and data collection. Google has gotten blowback from lawmakers and the public for its use of data location on its Android phones, as well as the access it gives third-party software makers to read people’s emails on Gmail. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions:Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?When and how did Google become aware that a microphone was not listed on the Nest Secure’s technical specifications available to consumers?What steps has Google taken to inform purchasers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?Please describe Google’s process for developing technical specifications for its products. At what stage of this process did the error take place that resulted in the omission of the microphone’s presence in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from reocurring in the technical specifications for other Google products?Is Google aware or has Google ever been aware of any third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?Is Google aware of similar omissions in the technical specifications for any other Google products?The Senate also points out that the undisclosed microphone leaves consumers vulnerable to spying from hackers.”Moreover, even if Google was not using the Nest Secure microphone to record any information or it was turned off by default, there is still risk that hackers or other outside entities could have activated the microphone to illicitly record information,” the letter says. Nest has suffered other privacy controversies recently. Last month, a hacker infiltrated the Nest Cam security camera of a San Francisco Bay Area family by using a password obtained from a third-party breach. The hacker convinced the family that the US was under nuclear attack from North Korea. In December, another hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case that month, a hacker told a couple through the device that he’d kidnap their child.
Koti: Activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday staged a demonstration at Andhra Bank circle here to protest against the demolition of a temple by a community in the Old Delhi area. While raising slogans, they set fire to an effigy symbolising terrorism. Addressing the participants, city Bajrang Dal co-convener Chaitanya alleged that the police arrested only four persons, despite the proof of involvement of many persons in the demolition of the shrine. He demanded immediate stringent action against the offenders based on the CCTV footage.Chaitanya asserted that the Bajrang Dal supporters would ensure protection of temples, while demanding strong steps against such anti-social elements. He warned of counter-attacks if such incidents recurred. Among those who took part in the demonstration were Sriram, Rahul, Kailash, Manikanta.
Edmund Shing explains why now is the perfect time to invest in British beverages giant Diageo.1) Global spirit makerDiageo is a multinational alcoholic beverages company, a member of the FTSE 100 index (UK Code: DGE) and currently holds a market value of Â£48bn ($73.7bn, â‚¬68.3bn).2) Big brandsThe company has a number of huge global alcohol brands, such as Johnnie Walker whisky, Smirnoff vodka, Baileys Irish Cream and Guinness. Together these brands make up 30% of Diageos sales.3) GrowthDiageo has seen decent growth in its spirits lines, with vodka sales rising by 4% in the first half of this year.4) Region-diversifiedThe company has a global reach, with 1/3 of sales in North America, 1/4 from Europe and over 40% from emerging markets such as China.5) ChristmasThe Christmas holiday season is fast approaching and thats a great time for spirit makers. This is because they do a disproportionately high amount of their sales over Christmas as we all get merry.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Close
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:43 X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A caravan of migrants traveling through Texas border cities is arriving in Houston today. The group’s been speaking to residents about the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz will bring us the latest. And a recent report outlined what it called “Houston’s Dangerous Apartment Epidemic.” News 88.7’s Allison Lee has more on how the city’s responding.Also this hour: Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, Texas industrial facilities released pollution at levels beyond what federal law allows on more than 900 different occasions — more than any other state. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas, called Troubled Waters. We learn more about the report and how the Clean Water Act can be improved to prevent such pollution.Then: Writer William T. Vollmann is taking on a vast, complicated, and emotionally charged subject in his latest work: climate change and fossil fuels. He’s dubbed his forthcoming two-volume series on those subjects Carbon Ideologies, and he tells Michael Hagerty more about what he discovered.And we learn more about Sam Houston State University’s National Book Awards Festival. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
“The industry is on a positive path of recovery but it’s very clear that the race is far from won,” she continued. “Record companies are continuing in their efforts to put the industry back onto a stable path and, to that end, we are continuing our campaign to fix the value gap. This is not just essential for music to thrive in today’s global market, but to create the right – fair – environment for it to do so in the future.” Although 2017 was the industry’s third consecutive year of growth after 15 years of significant decline, the year’s revenues are still just 68.4% of the market’s peak in 1999. Internationally, Latin American revenues grew by 17.7% and Asia and Australasia by 5.4%.As it did in past years, the report singles out the “value gap” — particularly with regard to what the organization considers low royalty payments from YouTube — as the largest single threat to the industry’s sustained growth.It illustrates this discrepancy with a graphic illustrating that the 272 million users of paid and ad-supported audio streams generated $5.569 billion in 2017, while 1.3 billion users of video streams generated just $856 million.“Record companies remain dedicated to ensuring full and fair value is returned for music as it is consumed in its many different forms around the world,” the report reads. “Crucially, this involves finding a legislative solution to the value gap, the mismatch between the value created by some digital platforms from their use of music and what they pay to those creating and investing in it.“Inconsistent applications of online liability laws have emboldened certain digital platforms to claim that they are not liable for the music they make available to the public,” it continues. “Today, services such as YouTube, which have developed into sophisticated on-demand music platforms, use this as a shield to avoid licensing music like other digital services do, claiming they are not legally responsible for the music they distribute on their site. Legislative action is needed to ensure that laws on copyright liability are applied correctly and consistently, so that platforms cannot claim they do not need to be licensed to distribute music. The music community is united in calling for policymakers to take action.”IFPI CEO Frances Moore’s comments reflected both cautious optimism and warning. “It’s been another incredibly exciting year for music. The work and investment from record companies is enabling brilliant, diverse artists to break through to fans around the world, soundtracking their lives and bringing them increasingly rich and immersive ways to enjoy the music they love. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997, according to figures released today in the organization’s “Global Music Report 2018.” Total revenues for 2017 were $17.3 billion.Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source, with 176 million users of paid streaming services contributing to year-on-year streaming growth of 41.1%, according to the report. Streaming now accounts for 38.4% of total recorded music revenue and its growth has more than offset a 5.4% decline in physical revenue and a 20.5% decline in download revenue. Total digital income last year accounted for more than half of all revenue (54%) for the first time.
Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival, the oldest music festival in the country has very successfully carried forward the tradition of incorporating a noteworthy synergy of the skills – of the country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talent, without alienating the intrinsic heritage. Founded in 1947, the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra propagates Indian classical performing arts, mythological, contemporary and folk productions of epics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is back to enthrall the Delhiites. Commencing on February 19, the festival presents Shehnai by Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar and vocal by Pandit Jasraj on the opening day. Sanjeev Shankar and Ashwani Shankar were born in a family of musicians of Banaras gharana in which shehnai and flute have been played for the last 450 years and over, after formal training in pursuit of proficiency of the highest order in raga, taaland laya.Pandit Jasraj, the Mewati maestro, endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves. He has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day of the festival will witness vocal by Raghunandan Panshikar and santoor rendition by Shiv Kumar Sharma. Raghunandan Panshikar commands in semi-classical genres (thumri, ghazal, bhajan, abhang, etc.) accounts for his versatility and singularity among Hindustani vocalists. Awards. Shiv Kumar Sharma has started a new genre of instrumental music. Through his performance career of over half a century, he has created millions of new listeners and ardent fans of Indian classical music. His performances are a brilliant combination of rich knowledge, perfect skill and abundant, spontaneous creativity an adherent of the Banaras gharana, Shiv Kumar Sharma has a long list of national and international awards.Third day of the festival will bring to you vocal by Manjiri Asanare and flute by Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Born in a family of musicians, Manjiri’s interest in music developed under the guidance of Pt. C T Mhaiskar of Sangli. She has now been performing at prestigious music festivals, and has gained recognition as a fine upcoming musician of the Jaipur gharana.Natural talent, deep dedication, fine training and years of rigorous riyaz have made Chaurasia one of the top flutists in India today. Hariprasad Chaurasia has been honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan.Day four will see vocal by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra and sarod rendition by Tejendra Majumdar, dhrupad rendition by Uday Bhawalkar followed by vocal by Ajoy Chakrabarty . Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra have been learning music since their birth with sounds of tanpura, sarangi, tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Tejendra Majumdar was awarded the President’s gold medal and the Pandit D V Paluskar award. Uday has also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures, including the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, Ensemble Modern in Germany and musicians from Spain, Georgia and USA. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. He is the first recipient of the Kumar Gandharva award.When: February 19 – 22 Where: Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg
#Kahaloa is a Pot&Coke head. Very disappointing! I’m the biggest Cincinnati Reds fan! &this discusses me! @MLB @Reds @CinRedsTweet pic.twitter.com/eQ2JaSz5MH— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 Advertisement #Kahaloa #disgusting @MiLB @MLB @CinRedsTweet @Reds pic.twitter.com/qo7ZHKpBj0— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 Reds pitching prospect Ian Kahaloa was recently suspended 50-games by Major League Baseball. Some Snapchat videos that have surfaced online give some insight into why.The tweets, which show four Snapchat videos posted by the 19-year old prospect, are timestamped from March 17. They show Kahaloa snorting a white substance that would appear to be cocaine. Other videos show marijuana and some bongs.Hopefully this kid gets his act together. He can start by not posting videos of him doing drugs online.@MiLB @MLB @Reds @CinRedsTweet @BsbLifestyle__ @SportsCenter #Kahaloa pic.twitter.com/5oz54qRK9X— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017 #kahaloa #disgusting @MiLB @MLB @CinRedsTweet @Reds pic.twitter.com/s4ISq2ssJs— C.Reds (@Reds_1fan) March 18, 2017
No related posts. Heavy rains, landslides and deteriorating infrastructure have closed eight routes across Costa Rica, according to the National Roadway Council, or CONAVI.There is some respite for drivers, however: the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) announced that Route 32 connecting San José and Limón would reopen Saturday. MOPT estimated the total cost of repairs at over $300,000. The following routes remain closed:Route 226 at El Jardín. CONAVI hopes to reopen the road on Monday, Oct. 14, weather permitting.Route 150 at Caimital. Authorities say the route hopefully will reopen by next Wednesday, Oct. 9. Drivers should use Route 160 between Samara–Nosara in the meantime.Route 225 at Tucurrique Oriente. The Roadway Council recommends drivers travel along the local road to Pejibaye and turn onto Route 408 to head back east.Route 142 at Nuevo Arenal–Represa. Lightweight vehicles should take Route 6 to Upala to reach Route 4.CONAVI did not provide alternate routes for the following closures:Route 708 at Bajos del toro–El Silencio.Route 301 between San Luís and Bijagual.Route 962 at Tronadora-Río Chiquito. Facebook Comments
For a couple of years now Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America was more aspirational than functional, but now it’s been built out with the necessaries for commercial spaceflight — mainly coffee. The company just showed off the newly redesigned space from which it plans to launch flights… sometime.Much of the undulating, aesthetically rusted building, located deep in the desert of New Mexico, is dedicated to housing the carrier craft and rocket planes that the company has been testing for the last few years.That was almost certainly the hard part, in fact: relocating the infrastructure necessary to support the spacefaring vehicles, including engineers, equipment and supply chain people, as Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told me in May.Virgin Galactic is ‘coming home’ to Spaceport America in New MexicoBut the spaceport itself must also become a place for humans to arrive, park at, nervously sip coffee and have a pre-flight meal — if that’s really a good idea for your first trip to space. Maybe stick to coffee.The “first phase” of the consumer-side build-out includes an elegantly appointed little restaurant and cafe, and upstairs can be found “mission control,” which looks more like a conference room than a spaceplane pilot staging area.Gaia Lounge Dinning AreaWalkwayGaia Lounge Dinning Area at The Gateway To SpaceView 7 PhotosThere are a number of little lounge areas for passengers and others to congregate in, and if the scale seems a little small, keep in mind that this isn’t an airport food court. These flights are going to be full, but they’re also going to be six passengers at a time.Jeremy Brown, design director for Spaceport America, explains that the choice of materials and terraced surfaces, leading up to the lighter, airier second story, is meant to evoke the landscape outside, which nearly all the seating faces, and draw the attention outwards and upwards.Although Virgin Galactic has had several successful test flights, there’s no indication when its first actual commercial flight will be.“The last flight we did, we basically demonstrated a full commercial profile, including the interior of the vehicle,” Whitesides said in May. “Not only did we, you know, go up to space and come down, but because Beth was in the back — Beth Moses, our flight instructor — she was sort of our mock passenger. She got up a couple times and moved around, she was able to verify our cabin conditions.”The paperwork is in order and the spaceport itself is now equipped with a cafe, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the first flight from Virgin Galactic before the end of the year.Virgin Galactic touches the edge of space with Mach 2.9 test flight of SpaceShipTwo
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix It’s kind of a funny thing when you stop to think about it. Head coaches trust their livelihoods to the assistants they hire and the players they recruit, but they won’t trust them to talk to the media.Take, for instance, the case of Iowa State and its quarterback Brock Purdy. Off to a 1-3 start last September, the Cyclones turned to the true freshman to turn their season around — and Purdy did just that, leading Iowa State to wins in seven of their last eight regular season games. At Oklahoma State, at Texas, against West Virginia, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell trusted Purdy to start at quarterback but, because he was a freshman, didn’t allow him to speak to the media afterward.Contrast that with Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards, who signed three quarterbacks in his 2019 class and allowed each of them to speak to the media upon arriving to campus.“You have to develop their skills, not only on the field but off the field,” Edwards told the Arizona Republic. “First game of the season, whoever the starting quarterback is, he’s going to have to step out there and do it. “Coaches? They can talk. I tell them: ‘Just make sure before you open your mouth you’ve researched what you’re about to say. Don’t just say stuff. And if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.’”The calculus for the restrictive set of coaches is easy to see: the more opportunities players and assistants have to speak to the media, the more opportunities they have to say something dumb, which would create a distraction, and distractions equal instant death for a football program.And, sure, there is a risk of saying something regrettable. Edwards opened his own Sun Devils tenure with a viral gaffe — and lived to tell about it.Anyone want to tell him? pic.twitter.com/ugrpCVNBY6— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 4, 2017But weighing only the risk ignores the upside, for the player and the program.For one, the better relationship the media is able to build with players and coaches, the more opportunities they have to tell positive stories about the program.Furthermore, if head coaches are really educators, well, speaking to the media is a skill that benefits players and coaches alike to learn. If you’re a head coach who wants to empower your assistants to become head coaches of their own one day, isn’t it incumbent upon you to give them reps in front of the cameras? And in a sport where the vast majority of players will go pro in something other than football, doesn’t speaking to the media give players a valuable opportunity to build a bond with their fan base — one that will benefit them down the line?If a football program’s ultimate role is to shine a positive light upon the university it represents, then speaking to the media isn’t an annoying side quest, it’s is an essential part of that mission.“You have to trust them,” Edwards said. “These players know I trust them, and the coaches know I trust them. I have no hidden agenda. I’m trying to help them be good men, be a great student, and be a really good teammate. That’s the deal here.”Think about it: if it’s third-and-goal in a tie game with 30 seconds to play, the head coach is more than willing to trust his assistants to make a play call and his players to execute said call. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you trust them to talk about it afterward?Read the full story here.
NewerPreferred Hotels to launch International Pineapple Week The International Air Transport Association has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers, fell 4.7 per cent in April, compared to the same period the year before. This continued the negative trend in year-on-year demand that began in January.Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers, grew by 2.6 per cent year-on-year in April. Capacity growth has now outpaced that of demand for the last 12 months. Air cargo volumes have been volatile in 2019, due to the timing of Chinese New Year and Easter, but the trend is clearly downwards, with volumes around three per cent below the August 2018 peak.ADVERTISEMENTBrexit-related trade uncertainty in Europe and trade tensions between the US and China, have contributed to declining new export orders. In month-on-month terms, export orders have increased only three times in the past 15 months and the global measure has been indicating negative export demand since September. The continued weakness is likely to lead to further subdued annual FTK growth in coming months. “April saw a sharp decline in air cargo growth and the trend is clearly negative this year.“Cost inputs are rising, trade tensions are affecting confidence, and global trade is weakening. “Airlines are adjusting their capacity growth to try and fall into line with the dip in global trade since the end of 2018.“It all adds up to a challenging year ahead for the cargo business. “Governments should respond by easing trade barriers in order to drive economic activity,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA chief executive. More InformationThe figures were announced during the opening stages of the IATA annual general meeting in South Korea. OlderIATA reveals increase in global aviation passenger traffic