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THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?

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first_imgOn 25 June, arguably the most important meeting in the history of the sport will be held. The Special General Meeting will vote on a new constitution that will fundamentally change – for the better – the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. Let’s assume that the vote is `yes’. What does this mean for the affiliates; for those people actually out there delivering the sport, running competitions? If you’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is, it’s well worth your time to check out the following document… THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?last_img
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11 days agoAston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debut

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Mings defiant after England debutby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings was delighted to make his England debut despite being subjected to racist abuse.The Aston Villa stopper started alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back in the 6-0 win over Bulgaria.Mings was the victim of racist taunts from the home crowd, but he was happy the Three Lions finished the match.Speaking after the game, he said: “It was a great occasion; I made my England debut. Slightly overshadowed by a few disappointing chants, which could be clearly heard on the pitch, but we showed a great response and ultimately we let the football do the talking.”I think the protocol was effective, and there was less chanting after that. We made a decision at half-time to come out and play the game, which we thought was the right thing to do.” last_img read more

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AP Investigation Fish billed as local isnt always local

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first_imgMONTAUK, N.Y. – Even after winter storms left East Coast harbours thick with ice, some of the country’s top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York.But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since migrated to warmer waters.In a global industry plagued by fraud and deceit, conscientious consumers are increasingly paying top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky supply chains that make it difficult to determine where any given fish comes from. That’s where national distributor Sea To Table stepped in, guaranteeing its products were wild and directly traceable to a U.S. dock — and sometimes the very boat that brought it in.However, an Associated Press investigation found the company was linked to some of the same practices it vowed to fight. Preliminary DNA tests suggested some of its yellowfin tuna likely came from the other side of the world, and reporters traced the company’s supply chain to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labour abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.The New York-based distributor was also offering species in other parts of the country that were illegal to catch, out of season and farmed.Over the years, Sea To Table has become a darling in the sustainable seafood movement, building an impressive list of clientele, including celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Chopt Creative Salad chain, top universities and the makers of home meal kits such as HelloFresh.“It’s sad to me that this is what’s going on,” said Bayless, an award-winning chef who runs eight popular restaurants and hosts a PBS cooking series. He said he loved the idea of being directly tied to fishermen — and the pictures and “wonderful stories” about their catch. “This throws quite a wrench in all of that.”As part of its reporting, the AP staked out America’s largest fish market, followed trucks and interviewed fishermen who worked on three continents. During a bone-chilling week, they set up a camera that shot more than 36,000 time-lapse photos of a Montauk harbour, showing no tuna boats docking. At the same time, AP worked with a chef to order fish supposedly coming from the seaside town. The boat listed on the receipt hadn’t been there in at least two years.Reporters also tracked Sea To Table’s supply chain to fishermen abroad who earn as little as $1.50 a day working 22-hour shifts without proper food and water.“We were treated like slaves,” said Sulistyo, an Indonesian fisherman forced to work on a foreign trawler that delivered fish to a Sea To Table supplier. He asked that only one name be used, fearing retaliation. “They treat us like robots without any conscience.”Sea To Table owner Sean Dimin emphasized his suppliers are strictly prohibited from sending imports to customers and added violators would be terminated.“We take this extremely seriously,” he said.Dimin said he communicated clearly with his customers that some fish labeled as freshly landed at one port was actually caught and trucked in from other states, but some chefs denied this. Federal officials described it as mislabeling.____A century ago, small-scale fisheries dotted America’s coasts and fed the country’s demand for seafood. But as time passed, overfishing, strict government regulations and outsourcing to developing countries changed the industry, making it nearly impossible for local fishermen to compete.The U.S. seafood market is worth $17 billion annually, with imports making up more than 90 per cent of that. Experts say one in five fish is caught illegally worldwide, and a study last year by the University of California, Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University found nearly half of all sushi samples tested in L.A. didn’t match the fish advertised on the menu.Sea To Table offered a worry-free local solution that arrived from dock to doorstep by connecting chefs directly with more than 60 partners along U.S. coasts. While its mission is clear, scaling up to a national level while naming specific boats and docks is currently unrealistic. Still, the company is predicting rapid growth from $13 million in sales last year to $70 million by 2020, according to a confidential investor report obtained by the AP.As its business expanded, AP found Sea To Table has been saying one thing but selling another.For caterers hosting a ball for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who had successfully pushed through a law to combat seafood mislabeling, knowing where his fish came from was crucial.The Montauk tuna arrived with a Sea To Table leaflet describing the romantic, seaside town and an email from a salesperson saying the fish was caught off North Carolina. But the boxes came from New York and there was no indication it had been landed in another state and driven more than 700 miles to Montauk. A week later the caterer ordered the Montauk tuna again. This time the invoice listed a boat whose owner later told AP he didn’t catch anything for Sea To Table at that time.“I’m kind of in shock right now,” said Brandon LaVielle of Lavish Roots Catering. “We felt like we were supporting smaller fishing villages.”Some of Sea To Table’s partner docks, it turns out, are not docks at all. Their seafood was advertised as “just landed” from wholesalers and retailers like Santa Barbara Fish Market — which also has imports — and Red’s Best in Boston. Both collect seafood at harbours and companies up and down their coasts.Sea To Table also promoted fresh blue crab from Maryland in January, even though the season closed in November. In addition, the company said it never sells farmed seafood, citing concerns about antibiotics and hormones. But red abalone advertised from central California are actually grown in tanks — it’s been illegal to harvest commercially from the ocean since 1997. Rhode Island and Washington state also supply aquacultured seafood, such as oysters and mussels.Dimin said farmed shellfish “is a very small part of our business, but it’s something that we’re open and clear about.” When asked to provide evidence that the company has been transparent about its use of farmed shellfish, he paused and then replied, “There’s nothing to hide there.”However, days later, he said he decided to drop aquaculture from his business because it contradicts his “wild only” guarantee.Private companies that mislead consumers, clients and potential investors could face lawsuits or criminal liability. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are charged with enforcing laws to prevent fish fraud. Sellers who know, or even should have known, that fish is mislabeled could be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, mail fraud and wire fraud. The crimes carry potential fines and jail time.Carl Safina, an award-winning author and leading marine conservationist at New York’s Stony Brook University, said companies that prey on consumers’ good intentions “deserve to be out of business immediately.”A half dozen commercial fishermen and dealers in various regions of the country voiced concerns and, in some cases, anger about Sea To Table. Others have lashed out in the past using social media. Most spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for their safety and their businesses in an industry where relationships often overlap.Eric Hodge, a small-scale fisherman from Santa Barbara, said he considered partnering with Sea To Table a few years ago. He quickly changed his mind after seeing canary rockfish on the distributor’s chef lists when the fish was illegal to catch. He also learned Sea To Table was buying halibut from the fish market, which relies heavily on imports. He said he spoke to the company about his concerns.“Honestly, they know. I just don’t think they care,” Hodge said. “They are making money on every shipment, and they are not going to ask questions. And in seafood, that’s a bad way to go about it because there is so much fraud.”___The idea for Sea To Table began with a family vacation to Trinidad and Tobago more than two decades ago. Following a fishing trip there, Michael Dimin and his son, Sean, eventually started shipping fresh catch from the Caribbean nation to chefs in New York. Later, they shifted their model to work exclusively with small-scale American coastal fishermen.Restaurants and other buyers demanding sustainable products were drawn to the company by a marketing campaign that provided a story not just about where the fish came from, but the romantic image of an American pastime. And they were willing to pay a lot — sometimes more than $20 a pound — for high-end species.The New York Times, National Geographic, Bon Appetit magazine and many others singled out Sea To Table as the good guys in a notoriously bad industry. Larry Olmsted, author of the bestselling book “Real Food, Fake Food,” recommended it as an answer to fraud in a Forbes article.After learning about the problems, Olmsted said he was disappointed, and that it made no difference to him if part of the business was legitimate: “It either is reliable, or it’s not.”Sea To Table partnered with sustainability giants such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Marine Stewardship Council and the James Beard Foundation, which collaborated on events and referred to the distributor as an industry favourite. They expressed concern that suppliers who knowingly mislabel catch will damage the movement.Sea To Table’s products are sold in almost every state, reaching everywhere from Roy’s seafood restaurants to Tacombi taco chain. It can be found at eateries inside the Empire State Building in New York and Chicago’s O’Hare airport, direct to consumers from its own website and even on Amazon for home cooks to order. In addition, more than 50 college campuses such as Yale, Ohio State and the University of Massachusetts have signed up. So have some of the biggest make-it-yourself meal kits, including Home Chef and Sun Basket, a rapidly growing market that Sea To Table says generates a third its revenues.Whether they know it or not, a company spending money at any point in a long chain that begins with an abused fisherman and ends with a diner is inadvertently supporting the problem. Customers who responded to AP said they were frustrated and confused.“Not ok,” Ken Toong, who is responsible for UMass Dining, said of Sea To Table. “We believed them.”____AP’s investigation began with one of Sea To Table’s nearby suppliers. Located on New York’s eastern coast beyond the posh Hamptons, Bob Gosman Company opened in Montauk as a mom-and-pop clam shack more than six decades ago.Now run by cousins Bryan and Asa Gosman, it is a small empire sitting on a multi-million dollar property. Oceanfront restaurants, shops and motels bustle with tourists in the summer. And its fish market, where 70 per cent of the tuna is imported, has become one of the biggest wholesalers in the area.Gosman’s gets most of its tuna along with other species from a place in the state where fish can always be found, regardless of the season: The New Fulton Fish Market. The nine-acre refrigerated warehouse just outside Manhattan is the second-largest facility of its kind, moving millions of pounds of seafood each night, much of it flown in from across the globe.Beautiful maroon slabs of imported high-grade tuna were on display for several nights in December, January and February, as well as other times throughout last year, when AP reporters roamed the market. The frigid building buzzed with workers on forklifts zigzagging across slick concrete floors, stacking orders waiting to be picked up.In the early hours, often between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., boxes of fish bearing foreign shipping labels from all over the world were arranged into piles with “Gosman” scribbled across them in black marker. They were later hoisted onto a waiting truck with the same name.After a three-hour drive east, the AP watched the loads arrive at the company’s loading dock in Montauk, just as the sun was rising on the tip of Long Island.The tuna, swordfish and other species were then ferried inside Gosman’s warehouse. They came from Blue Ocean in Brazil, Vietnam’s Hong Ngoc Seafood Co., and Land, Ice and Fish in Trinidad and Tobago. Occasionally, boxes showed up from Luen Thai Fishing Venture and Marshall Islands Fishing Venture, part of a Hong Kong-based conglomerate that’s a major supplier of sushi-grade tuna. Despite recent conservation partnerships, Luen Thai has a checkered past, including shark finning and a bribery scandal that resulted in the jailing of a former Cook Islands marine resources minister in 2016.Bryan Gosman said Sea To Table stressed it would not take imports. But with no yellowfin tuna landed in New York during the coldest winter months — which a federal official confirmed — it was impossible to provide high-quality loins from Montauk.“So in the beginning, there were times when we were trying to hustle around fish,” Gosman said. “Buying fish at different places, so it could be a legitimate business plan that they’re trying to follow.”Eventually, with Dimin’s blessing, Gosman said he started getting fish from as far away as North Carolina and trucking it up to New York.They stopped that arrangement in March. Gosman said it wasn’t profitable. Dimin said they wanted to avoid the “complexity of communicating” their sourcing.Meanwhile, in the dead of winter, AP had turned to a chef to order $500 worth of fish on their behalf. Sea To Table provided a receipt and verbal assurances that the seafood — which arrived overnight in a box bearing the company’s name and logo — had been landed in Montauk the day before.The invoice even listed the “Standin Up” as the boat that caught it. But the vessel’s owner said it was in another state at the time, hundreds of miles away.“I know my name is being used,” said Robert Devlin, who was upset by the news. “A lot of people do fraud that way.”The AP also shipped tuna samples supposedly from Montauk to two labs for analysis: Preliminary DNA testing suggested the fish likely came from the Indian Ocean or the Western Central Pacific. There are limitations with the data because using genetic markers to determine the origins of species is still an emerging science, but experts say the promising new research will eventually be used to help fight illegal activity in the industry.Bryan Gosman said they keep Sea To Table’s fish separate, but acknowledged there’s always a chance some imported tuna can slip through with domestic.“Can things get mixed up? It could get mixed up,” he said. “Is it an intentional thing? No, not at all.”___The investigation didn’t end in Montauk. One of the boxes in Gosman’s stack at the Fulton fish market was stamped with a little blue tuna logo above the words “Land, Ice and Fish,” out of Trinidad and Tobago.This is where the AP traced companies in Sea To Table’s supply chain to slave-like working conditions and the destruction of marine life.The global seafood industry is known for providing cheap fish that comes with another price. Unscrupulous foreign companies operate with virtually no oversight in vast swaths of international waters, as AP reported in a series of stories in 2015. Those reports helped free more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen in Indonesia.Though it’s nearly impossible to tell where a specific fish ends up, or what percentage of a company’s seafood is fraudulent, experts say even one bad piece taints the entire supply chain.On learning that Sea To Table’s supply chain could be tracked to businesses engaged in labour and environmental abuses, Dimin said it was “abhorrent and everything we stand against.”He said he was temporarily suspending operations with two partners to conduct an audit.During the investigation, reporters interviewed and obtained written complaints from more than a dozen current and former Indonesian fishermen — including Sulistyo — who were connected to companies in Sea To Table’s supply chain.Sulistyo said his trawler plied waters between Africa and the Caribbean. Occasionally, it stopped in Trinidad and unloaded swordfish, yellowfin and bigeye tuna at Land, Ice and Fish.Some crew members who docked there said they were beaten and forced to work when they were sick or hurt. At times, they said, migrant workers died on board and were tossed in the freezer with their catch while the boat continued to fish.“You are out 500 miles or a thousand miles from shore, he is the law at that point,” John Duberg of Land, Ice and Fish said of individual captains. “And if he feels he has a misbehaving crew member, he may have to take disciplinary actions.”Marine life was treated with even less respect. Some men said they were ordered to pull in as many sharks as they could catch and slice off their fins, which are a delicacy in Asia. The bodies were tossed back into the ocean, a practice banned by many countries.Whales also were killed, their heads sometimes chopped off and their teeth extracted as good luck charms. The workers showed photos and videos of fishermen posing with mutilated sharks and whales. While some men appeared to celebrating, others said it left them feeling sickened.Sulistyo endured the abuse and long hours for a year before jumping to another ship in 2017, demanding to be taken to port. He returned to Indonesia and was classified as a victim of trafficking by the International Organization for Migration.After hearing that just 30 pounds of tuna could be sold in America for more than $600 — the amount Sulistyo earned during his entire year of work — he stared at the ground in disgust.“I want to say to the Americans who eat that fish, please appreciate what we did to catch this fish with our sweat, with our lives,” Sulistyo said. “Please remember that.”____AP journalists Julie Jacobson in New York and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

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first_imgBOSTON – Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns.The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company over Thursday’s explosions , which killed one person and injured more than two dozen in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.It accuses the utility companies of negligence and seeks compensation for residents of who had to evacuate but didn’t suffer injuries or damage to their homes.Frank Petosa, one of the attorneys who brought the case, said although families were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday, they still don’t have gas or hot water and must live in fear that the explosions could happen again.“These individuals have had their lives turned upside down,” said Petosa, of Morgan & Morgan.Columbia Gas officials didn’t immediately respond to an email on Tuesday.About 8,600 customers were affected by the explosions. Many had to evacuate their homes for days and may have to go without gas service for weeks.A letter sent by the state’s U.S. senators to executives at Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, on Monday said the pressure in natural gas pipelines was 12 times higher than it should have been.“The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold,” the letter said.The pressure spike registered in a Columbia Gas control room in Ohio, the senators said in the letter, which requests a reply by Wednesday.“We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future,” the senators wrote.The explosions are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said the investigation is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts.On Tuesday, Columbia Gas President Stephen Bryant announced that the utility is donating $10 million to an emergency relief fund for people affected by the emergency.The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund will help residents of the three communities with food, housing and other short-term needs as they recover, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said.Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, who has been highly critical of Columbia Gas, said the utility is “living up to their corporate responsibility” with the donation.Also Tuesday, Moody’s Investor’s Service said the explosions and fires are likely to damage the finances of Columbia Gas and its parent company.The Wall Street credit rating firm said the disaster was “credit negative” for Columbia and NiSource Inc., and may cause “the deterioration of each company’s financial position.”U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday sent letters to Columbia Gas and Eversource Energy – another utility in charge of recovery efforts – asking for more details about how residents have been notified that it’s safe for them to be receiving gas and whether the companies are maintaining a database and map of homes and buildings that have been inspected.The Massachusetts Democrats said there has been widespread confusion about whose homes were affected by the incident.U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the House Subcommittee on National Security, is calling for a congressional hearing into gas pipeline safety nationwide, pointing to the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts and in western Pennsylvania.An estimated 650 pipeline incidents last year caused 20 fatalities and 35 injuries, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Massachusetts Democrat said. This year pipeline incidents have caused at least three deaths and 33 injuries.Lynch said the vulnerability of residents living near pipelines is even more worrisome given the aging state of pipeline infrastructure.last_img read more

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NDIT appointed by BC Hydro to administer Site C agricultural compensation fund

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first_imgNDIT is an independent corporation that was established in 2005 that has managed more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of BC Hydro’s $800,000 Generate Opportunities, or GO Fund.Hydro said that NDIT will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, which is responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.Northern Development Initiative Trust and the board will work together to develop a strategic five-year plan, fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.For more information about the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has appointed the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the financial administrator of its Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund.The $20-million fund, which was launched earlier this year, supports agricultural priorities in the Peace Region.Hydro said it set up the fund to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the local economy and the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture.last_img read more

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Synergy – Project Management Event

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first_imgThis event is hosting Sean Craig, a Project Management expert who will help guide the session. Craig has 14 years of experience in project management and has worked on projects all over the world. Craig has led projects worth $300 million dollars and has participated in projects worth over $5 billion. He most recently led the energy reduction project at our local Canfor plant.Synergy would like you to join them and interact with other people from different industries to learn more about project management.FB Event Page CLICK HEREFor Tickets to the Event CLICK HERESynergy attracts motivated individuals of all ages, all industries, and all levels of experience to come together on pertinent topics that are collectively important to the group.Synergy recognized there is strong economic growth and limitless opportunities in Fort St. John. This is a place for individuals to build their career skills in a variety of fields. Synergy can help provide relationships outside of the workplace with people from all over the world and from all walks of life. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Synergy allows individuals in the community to learn and grow from one another using a ‘Think Tank’ model.Wednesday, January 30th from 7 pm – 9 pm, join Synergy at Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe for this free ‘Project Management’ event.Shared from the event page, Synergy says, regardless of your role, if you take on projects as part of your overall position, knowing how to effectively maneuver stakeholders, how to plan and mitigate risks, and properly budget for projects requires a refined skillset from a project leader in Project Management. Synergy is open to anyone interested in building themselves through networking and collaboration. All ages, industries, and all forms of experience are welcome. The benefits of joining the group suggested by Synergy include;– Builds you which in turn, builds your business– Builds relationships, excellent networking activities before and after the event– Builds roots, leading to increased staff retention and staff engagement– Builds inclusiveness, everyone is welcomeFor more information, email; synergy@fsjchamber.comlast_img read more

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Zack Greinke Is One Of A Kind

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Here, we point out that the goal of a changeup is usually to fool the batter by presenting a speed different from that of the fastball. Greinke does not do that. Just over a month ago, the Houston Astros pulled off the biggest move of the season: In a deal reported minutes after the trade deadline had passed, the Astros acquired Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks to form baseball’s best rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the two likeliest Cy Young candidates.Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, has been stellar this season — a 2.99 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, he would be the top pitcher on two-thirds of teams and the No. 3 on just three — and that’s the one he’s on. The move already has paid dividends for the ‘Stros, who are 5-2 in Greinke’s starts and have baseball’s best run differential since the trade — by nearly 50 runs.Now six weeks into team No. 6 (remember when he was traded to the Angels for the 2012 stretch run?), Greinke continues to adapt. At 35 years old, it’s anyone’s guess how long he can keep up this performance, but he’s signed through 2021 and should contribute through then. And because of the way he’s dealt with his decreasing velocity by relying on command and movement, he should be set up well for continued long-term success.According to Statcast, Greinke throws eight pitches: four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker (or two-seam fastball), split finger, cutter and eephus. (We’ll get back to that last one.) Only Yu Darvish has as many listed on his Statcast page, with the same eight (though the classifications may hide some of Darvish’s arsenal). Anibal Sanchez, Rich Hill and Odrisamer Despaigne are the only pitchers with seven.But it’s not just the variety of pitches that makes Greinke special. It’s how he throws them.Consider his changeup. Greinke throws his offspeed on 21.9 percent of pitches — a fairly steady increase from 7.9 percent back in 2008. Yet as his fastball has lost velocity, from once hitting more than 100 miles per hour in 2010 to averaging below 90 in 2019, his changeup has gotten faster. Instead, Greinke uses a power changeup with devastating late movement. Only Edubray Ramos has a smaller average speed difference. Greinke’s pitch has surpassed his slider, which used to be considered his best pitch, as the second option. Along with this, Greinke’s cutter, a staple of his arsenal in 2012 and 2013, has all but disappeared.Then there’s the curveball, a slow sweeping pitch. Greinke’s curveball is the second-slowest among qualified starters, behind the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin, at just over 70 miles per hour.This is where the eephus comes in. Greinke’s curve can be thrown so slow that Statcast registers it as the arcing pitch. But it’s not clear whether it’s a different pitch or just a curveball thrown slower. Nobody is throwing a true eephus, though six pitchers are credited with the pitch this year; only Greinke has one under 60 miles per hour. But even if you consider his eephus and his curveball as the same pitch, Greinke would still be tied with Sanchez and Darvish for the lead with seven different pitches.MLB pitchers have struck out 16 hitters on sub-67 mph pitches this year. Greinke owns eight of those (and four of the rest are from position players) with his slow curve that can make batters look silly.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/d20e23b5-749c-4869-9845-d5b61e1ee064.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The newest one is the split-finger, which he threw in April for the first time since pitch tracking began in 2008. He’s thrown five so far in 2019, including three to Jacob DeGrom in the same at bat. If he’s experimenting with it now, there’s a chance it becomes a regular part of his arsenal in the future, especially with the Astros’ penchant for getting the most out of pitch selection.But beyond his wide repertoire of pitches, Greinke’s pitching style is one of a kind. He throws most pitches low but gets strikes. Even though he throws fewer pitches in the strike zone than average, he almost never falls behind. And his .198 wOBA allowed on pitches out of the zone is second in MLB, also behind Corbin.Greinke has faced just 11 3-0 counts this year and had thrown a fastball every time, almost always on the edge, until he gave Christian Yelich a perfect changeup last week. None of the 20 other pitchers with as many pitches this year has seen fewer than 15 such counts. In the month of July, Greinke threw 479 pitches and none was in a 3-0 count. He threw eight pitches with a 2-0 count — seven were in the strike zone and the other was fouled off. He’ll throw in the strike zone when he falls behind; that just doesn’t happen very often. And even when he does, batters can’t take advantage — they’re just 2-16 on 2-0 counts this year despite seeing 65 percent of pitches in the strike zone.When he’s ahead, it’s a different story. That’s when the sub-70 curveball becomes devastating. Ahead in the count, Greinke throws just 27 percent of pitches in the strike zone; the league average is 38 percent. And 76 percent of his strikeouts have been on pitches out of the zone, well higher than the league average of 56 percent. And his plan of attack is to go low. On 1-2 counts, specifically, Greinke throws in either the lower third or below the strike zone more often than any other pitcher.Greinke is truly a unique pitcher. His fastball and offspeed have nearly the same velocity, but his curveball is one of the slowest. He throws outside of the strike zone but never falls behind, and batters can’t seem to figure out any of his pitches.Through his impressive career, the one thing Greinke lacks is a ring. He has 11 postseason appearances, but his biggest impact was probably his lone start in the 2014 NLDS (in which he scored more runs than he allowed in seven innings). He makes the top 10 list of career games started without a World Series appearance. But if he earns a huge postseason moment, he could move from likely Hall of Famer to potentially first ballot. Perhaps he’ll have that chance in Houston this October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Mens basketball 2018 fourstar recruit Luther Muhammad commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team continues to pile up commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, receiving the commitment of four-star guard Luther Muhammad Friday. The Jersey City, New Jersey, native is the third recruit in the class to announce his intentions to join the Buckeyes in 2018, joining four-star forward Jaedon LeDee and three-star guard Duane Washington Jr.The Wait Is Over. @The_Unguarded pic.twitter.com/4w9SEJIc0x— GoBuckLu (@LutherMuhammad) September 23, 2017Listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Muhammad is regarded as the 71st-best prospect in the nation, 14th-best point guard and fifth-best in the state of New Jersey, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.The product of Hudson Catholic High School had also reportedly received offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and others. Ohio State would have had a class of seven prospects, but guards Dane Goodwin and Torrence Watson and small forwards Darius Bazely and Justin Ahrens all decommited from the Buckeyes, earlier this year. read more

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Dave King says court battle costs him more

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first_imgAs the court battle between Rangers chairman Dave King says and Takeover Panel continues, King says the court battle costs him even more financial expenses stating that the extra financial burden is unwanted.However, he added that “those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”“Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board,” said, as quoted in Scotsman.“Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice-like grip they had on our club.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.“My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected.“But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain. Those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”last_img read more

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Sidney Stuart beloved balladeer gone family and friend

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first_img Related Items:died, kew town, sidney stuart Recommended for you Nancy Reagan gone but touched the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – Another beloved Turks and Caicos Islander thrusts residents into a state of new mourning when this afternoon news spread on the death of Sidney Stuart, a taxi driver and who became well known for as a riveting balladeer who could cause tears to flow no matter the occasion. To many, he was simply ‘Heads,’ a bubbly, jovial taxi driver and former driver for the former Premier Michael Misick.Scores gathered at the morgue in Provo upon hearing of Sidney’s passing; proof that he had become as beloved in Provo as he was in his other home, The Bahamas. Already his Facebook page is filling up with tributes. Stuart was a member of the Abundant Life Ministries International.When Magnetic Media reached out to his family in Grand Bahama moments ago, we learned they are in a terrible state of shock as relatives not only have to come to grips with such the sudden and tremendous loss but to do so on the exact day his father, the late Edwin Stuart died, 12 years ago.Sidney Stuart’s death is believed to be of natural causes. Reports are he was complaining of chest pains. That he missed a pick-up this morning of some guests. That he missed a lot of calls today. All uncharacteristic and it led to friends going in search of him… they found him, reportedly at his home in Kew Town, Providenciales unresponsive; he was pronounced dead on the scene by the emergency team which was called.Sidney Kevin Stuart hails originally from Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama and is the sixth of eight siblings. Three young children he has; two daughters and a son.While Sidney’s father is from The Bahamas; his mother is from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Stuart, who had been living in the Turks and Caicos for some 12 to 13 years now, was just 45 years old. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Murdered father of two, shot in the head Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morninglast_img read more

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Sharknado is coming to an end Last panel is at ComicCon Friday

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first_img Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 19, 2018 Posted: July 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Sharknado is coming to an end. Last panel is at Comic-Con Friday evening 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sharknado blew onto the movie scene back in 2013, and quickly became somewhat of a cult classic. Five years later, the franchise is coming to an end, and will hold its last panel at Comic-Con Friday evening.The latest “Sharknado” TV movies haven’t had as much bite ratings-wise as before, and now they’re ending.According to TVLine, Syfy has decided to conclude the franchise with the sixth film. “Sharknado 6” will have a time travel theme and bring back stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Vivica A. Fox.The original campy TV movie swam into pop culture history in 2013 — thanks to fans who couldn’t get enough of its plot about a cyclone causing flying sharks to attack Los Angeles and they live-tweeted it into infamy.The 2014 sequel, “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” pulled in major ratings with 3.9 million viewers, but that number dropped by more than half by the time the fifth movie, “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming,” debuted in 2017.In studio to tell us more about “The Last Sharknado” is Director Anthony C. Ferrante. last_img read more

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Interweave Reorganizes Into Two Divisions

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first_imgInterweave Media has reorganized into two units: the Fiber Division and the Art & Jewelry Division. As a result, the publisher’s Quilt + Paper group, Specialty Fiber group and Yarn group will merge to create the Fiber group, which will be led by vice president and publisher John Bolton. The division will include Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, Quilting Arts, Cloth Paper Scissors, Spin-Off, Handwoven, Fiberarts and PieceWork magazines, as well as online communities KnittingDaily.com, QuiltingArts.com and CrochetMe.com, and related video products.Moving forward, previous Yarn group publisher David Pyle will serve as vice president and publisher of Interweave’s Art & Jewelry Division, which includes American Artist, Drawing, Watercolor, Workshop, Jewelry Artist, Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and related properties.According to CEO Clay Hall, the reorganization more evenly distributes the value of Interweave’s properties. “Currently David Pyle manages twice the amount of revenue that John Bolton manages,” Hall says in a statement. “David, John, and I have decided to reorganize their divisions to correct this imbalance and insure their and our continued success. The result of this reorganization equalizes the sizes of their respective divisions and responsibilities.” Bolton and his wife, Quilt + Paper group editorial director Pokey Bolton, will move to Interweave’s headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. Interweave says no other changes will be made and no offices will be consolidated as a result of the reorganization.Last fall, Interweave merged Step by Step Beads, a bimonthly title Interweave acquired from Primedia’s GEMS Group in 2006, with Beadwork, another bimonthly title Interweave launched in 1998. The January/February issue of Step by Step Beads was its last.Interweave is a unit of Aspire Media.last_img read more

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Face Up Vermont Life

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first_imgMAGSTATSIssue: Autumn 2013Frequency: Quarterly Launched: 1946Circ: 45,000Editor: Mary Hegarty Nowlan Art Director: Susan McClellanPublishing Company: State of Vermont Nuance is a word you’d likely leave out of a conversation about Vermont’s fall foliage. However, that is exactly what should come to mind when looking at Vermont Life’s autumn issue. The cover captures the bold, contrasting colors you’d expect to see in a Vermont autumn, but it’s an illuminated porch light cutting through morning fog that delivers a subtle, yet relevant subtext that connects the cover story to the image. Photographer Gary Hall captures landscapes all over the state, and is a frequent contributor to Vermont Life. Art director Susan McClellan says she knew right away that Hall’s image was perfect for the issue.“It fits both bills,” says McClellan. “It’s a beautiful, inviting and colorful image, and it works with the coverline about young people leaving the state—in that if you’re a parent you leave the light on hoping your kids will come home soon.”Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan agrees that the evocative image was a fitting complement to a bold cover story. “From an editorial point-of-view, we knew it was going to be a big story, a controversial story,” she says. “We didn’t want to make it depressing because the idea of leaving is not a popular thing to put on a cover. But this image really touched all of us.”Nowlan and McClellan suggest that Vermont Life is becoming more contemporary and looking to speak to a younger audience. During the past six years there have been incremental changes made to the logo, typography and an addition of the black-box border. The magazine still aims to offer beautiful imagery, but Nowlan says readers should expect more packages like this one. DESIGNER’S COMMENTS“This cover is a collection of several elements that are not in sync. The main cover line has nothing to do with the warm, scenic cover image and the black border traps the image and makes this issue look like a memorial tribute cover.Since the logo is about the same size as the main coverline, I would have moved the coverline further away from logo and avoided using so many type sizes.Alternatively, if their approach is to use the image more so as branding for a Vermont lifestyle, take all of the cover lines and run them discreetly on the bottom to allow the image to own the page.A better choice of color for the logo could have also allowed the team to avoid using an old trick like the soft shadow.“Josh Klenert, Vice President, Design & UX, The Huffington Post,Huffington magazine“Let’s start with a bigger and bolder flag. Not necessarily a sweeping change of typography, but rather more careful use of kerning and set at a larger size. I’d also strongly recommend capitalizing the V and the L. Just by virtue of capitalizing those words the book would project more authority. I like the dreamy autumn image and I understand why it was chosen. That said, given the sell line “Are Young People Leaving?” I think VL is missing an opportunity to craft a visual that’s a bit brasher, more youthfully exuberant. An energetic, present—hopefully iconic—image of a young adult would accomplish connectivity to the main draw, “Youth Flight.” Finally, a glance backwards shows that VL covers have traditionally taken more of a coffee table book approach. However, these days it seems VL is tackling some rather heady subject matter. What I find at odds though, is the notion of placing these kinds of coverlines regarding modern day concerns on a visual conceit that harkens back to dreamy bygone days.”Marshall McKinney, Art Director, Garden & GunHave a unique “cover” story? Contact associate editor Casey Welton at cwelton@accessintel.comMore on this topic Face Up – Texas Monthly Face Up Online: Report Card Edition, June 2015 Face Up: Louisville Magazine Face Up Online: Report Card Edition, April 2015 Face Up: Weekly Reader Face Up: PLANSPONSORJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

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California Military Construction Projects Possibly Saved from Border Wall Delay

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first_img ADC AUTHOR A memo last week from Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan appears to preserve $310 million in California military construction funds from diversion to border wall construction, Military.com reported Tuesday.California base officials believe construction projects at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Camp Pendleton and Fort Irwin are safe from a list due out May 10 outlining $3.6 billion in funding that could be used for border wall construction, according Shanahan’s guidelines.Shanahan’s memo exempted projects awarded in fiscal 2019, which also includes a $118 million reconstruction of the docking facilities at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.Most new construction planned for the three California bases appear to meet Shanahan’s directive to not include projects that have “fiscal year 2019 award dates,” as ADC reported last week.But many in Congress remain wary over whether any military projects are safe, including in California.Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) toured the Seal Beach base Thursday and later released a statement expressing concern.Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Bewkeslast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 26 2018

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 82. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge.Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights. Tonight’s program is below. For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will air live on WCTV’s Facebook page.Opening Ceremony: Thursday, July 26, 7pmWelcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; MIT Police Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor GuardInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Ryan Walsh, Wilmington High School StudentIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesGuest Speakers: Jeff Hull, Wilmington Town Manager; Kevin Caira, Chairman of Wilmington Board of Selectmen; Ken Gordon, MA House of Representatives; and Jorge Lopez; and Veterans Liaison to Congressman Seth MoultonGold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. RichReading of Wilmington Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBagpipes: Kevin FitzgeraldBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteransIn The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. Crafternoon: String Art on Cork at 3:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. Brain Camp at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm.  [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 28, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Teaching for Tk 1 for 44 years

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first_imgLutfar Rahman teaching his students on his yard in Baguria village, Gaibandha. Photo: Prothom AloHe was 26 when he began teaching the students with a one-taka fee. He is now 70 and price of many things have skyrocketted, but that fee still remains unchanged.This is Lutfar Rahman, who they fondly call ‘Ak Takar Master’ (the teacher who teaches for Tk 1) at village Baguria in Gaibandha.”Most of the people here are poor. They don’t want to educate their children as they can’t afford private tuition. This is why I teach them on a minimal fee.”“I’m not benefitted, but poor people’s children are getting educated and that’s my satisfaction,” he said.Baguaria is five kilometres away from the district town. People who lost everything to river erosion live in ten-shed houses along a damn by river Brahmaputra that runs across the village. Lutfar lives in one of those houses.On a recent visit there, he was seen teaching his students on his yard.Every day he starts teaching in the morning and continues till afternoon. In four batches a number of 35 students from grade one to five are taught for about two hours at a stretch.A number of students said Lutfar Rahman was their teacher for a long. “Our parents sent us to him as he doesn’t take much and we’re doing well in our studies too,” one of them said.“Any other teacher would take Tk 500 per month whereas Lutfar sir takes Tk 1 only per day,” said Durjay Kumar, a fifth grader at local GUK School and son of fisherman Ruidash Kumar.”A beggar doesn’t even take one taka nowadays, but Lutfar Sir teaches for only one taka,” said Salma Begum, guardian of another student Zuthi Khatun.“He teaches us for a long period,” said Mahmudul Islam, a second grader of another local school, Moddho Baguria Government Primary School. A teacher at the school, Shahin Miah, said, “I’ve seen Lutfar Rahman teaching for a long time and the students are being benefitted too.”According to Lutfar’s family and the locals, he passed secondary exams in 1970 and higher secondary exams in 1974. He got married in 1975 and then started teaching after not getting any jobs. At that time he taught 10-15 students with one taka.”I’ve been able to educate the poor and neglected ones, this is my return. I’ll teach them for as long as I can. Many of my students have got good jobs,” he said.Lutfar has two sons and two daughters. His daughters are married while his living is managed by his elder son Lavlu Miah who is an auto-rickshaw driver. Lutfar’s little son Mashiur studies at a madrasa.Lutfar’s wife Latiful Begum said her husband remains busy throughout the day teaching. “It is his passion. If we ask him to stop he gets sad,” she said.*This piece has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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The spirit of the east

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first_imgOn that note, it is incontestably indicative that twenty-two reputable, senior artists from the Singapore Art Society (of Singapore) are collaborating with Art Spice Gallery in the capital city of India, in this intriguing, large-scale exhibition.Supported by prestigious names like Singapore Airlines, Singapore Embassy, Singapore Tourism Board, luxury car, Mercedes-Benz and a premium magazine, The Ideal Home and Garden; this is a stupendous collaboration that proves to be a monumental cultural exchange between magnificent India and the industrious Lion City. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this exhibition, the 22 Singaporean artists, each with a unique style of paintings, are representatives of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit. The term ‘Nanyang’ is often used to denote the idea of a regional identity and culture for the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.  In it, ‘Nanyang’ artists express their personal unique painting styles in their artworks, often through a blend of multiple stylistic techniques of the East and West, resulting in a varied body of works unified by their focus on Southeast Asian subjects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHaving grown up in Singapore during the developmental period, some of these artists have experienced the tensions between tradition and modernity, enabling them to incorporate these elements into their painting styles. Such is the essence of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit.Conquering the gap between traditional Chinese and Western influence, these iconic artists have brought the ‘Nanyang’ spirit into their art development, and has also achieved acclaim for their artistic excellence within the international art market. Thus, the remarkable collection of art in this exhibition is an engaging voyage into Singapore, with paintings and drawings that re-create multiculturalism, wherein, one cannot help but be fascinated by the incredible ease at which the nation embraces numerous ethnicities and related physical spaces, such as its very own Little India and Chinatown.Apart from Terence Teo Chin Keong (the current President of the Singapore Art Society), the other esteemed artists of the exhibition are Chan Chang How, Lim Choon Jin, P. Gnana, Low Puay Hua, Dr Ho Kah Leong, Wang Fei, Cheng Yoke Khoon, Seah Kang Chui, Koeh Sia Yong, Chiew Swee Fah, Eng Siak Loy, Lee Choon Kee, Ang Hiong Chiok, Wong Hai and Anne Lim Geok Kuan.WHEN: 12 to 21 MarchWHERE: Art Spice Gallery, Metropolitan Hotellast_img read more

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Beware Less sleep puts you at risk of compulsive Facebook use

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first_imgLong spells of bad night sleep do not only put you at the risk of developing day-long tiredness, crankiness or distraction but also lead to compulsive Facebook checking too, find researchers.The team from University of California-Irvine demonstrated that lack of sleep – in addition to affecting busy college students’ moods and productivity – leads to more frequent online activities such as browsing Facebook.“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction. If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired,” said lead researcher and informatics professor Gloria Mark.The findings show a direct connection among chronic lack of sleep, worsening mood and greater reliance on Facebook browsing. Mark also found that the less sleep people have, the more frequently their attention shifts among different computer screens, suggesting heightened distractibility.Sleep deprivation can cause workplace mishaps and make drivers fall asleep.last_img read more

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Youll Never Guess How This Gadget Gets Its Power

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first_img 2 min read Say goodbye to power cords and even to wireless charging stations. The old-fashioned way of charging electronics simply isn’t good enough for the makers of a new smartwatch called PowerWatch. There’s apparently no need when this smartwatch uses your body heat to maintain its charge.The PowerWatch is the result of five years of research and development by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Matrix Industries — with a core team consisting of PhD graduates from Caltech, MIT, Harvard, and University of California, San Diego.Related: Here’s Navdy, a New Gadget That Can Make Your Old Car SmartThe watch uses thermoelectric technology to convert changes in heat to electric power. As the company’s Indiegogo page claims, it’s technology that NASA has used to power the Voyager spacecraft and Curiosity, the mars rover. So far, the technology hasn’t appeared much in consumer applications.My initial thought was, that’s neat, but what happens when you take the watch off and don’t wear it for several days? If it goes dead and there’s no power cord, do you have to wear it until it powers up again? The Indiegogo page says the PowerWatch “goes to sleep and runs off battery power where it draws a tiny amount of current. Put it back on and it turns on with the correct time.”Related: Soon, the Floor in Your House Could Be Your Next Energy SourceLike other smartwatches, the PowerWatch delivers notifications, tells the time, and is able to measure things like calories burned, activity level, and sleep.So far, the PowerWatch has raised about $45,000 of its $100,000 fundraising goal, with two months still remaining. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals November 14, 2016last_img read more

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iPlayer the BBCs online TV platform received 11

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first_imgiPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, received 113 million video requests in September. That figure is up from 86 million for the same period last year.The BBC is seeing iPlayer usage from devices other than computers continuing to rise, with tablet requests increasing to 4.6 million in September from four million during the previous month.Doctor Who, Outnumbered and Waterloo Road were the most requested shows in September.last_img

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