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NHL’s Colorado Avalanche To Host Special Grateful Dead Night During Upcoming Game Against The Philadelphia Flyers

first_imgThis Saturday, October 6th, the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League will host a very special night for fans at their home in Denver’s Pepsi Center. In addition to playing the Philadelphia Flyers (who have recently been making headlines after unveiling their delightfully horrifying new mascot Gritty last week), the Colorado Avalanche has announced that Saturday’s game will also double as a special Grateful Dead night for their Deadhead-inclined fans.Saturday’s festivities will kick off with a pre-game concert in Coors Meadow (which is located outside of the Grand Atrium doors at the Pepsi Center) featuring fan-favorite Colorado Grateful Dead tribute act, Shakedown Street. Fans will also receive a replica jersey, which features a dancing bear in traditional Avalanche colors on the sleeve in addition to a Stealie on the front containing the Avalanche’s logo.For more details and ticketing information for the Colorado Avalanche Grateful Dead night this Saturday, head here.last_img read more

TV races toward its future

first_imgAnne Sweeney, Ed.M. ’80, remembered being a 20-year-old page at ABC TV during the 1970s — a wide-eyed novice in a gray skirt who had to keep silent and still until the commercial breaks.Sweeney is still wide-eyed, but is no longer silent and still. One of the most powerful executives in television as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney led off this season’s series of Askwith Forums at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Monday night (Sept. 20).Her message was that television is no longer standing still either, as when it was just “a box in your living room.” Instead, television now is a dynamic platform that shows how quickly technology is moving in the digital age, how the viewer experience is changing, and how creativity is still the bedrock of the entertainment machine.“As I was sitting so still,” said Sweeney of her early fascination with television, “the medium never stopped moving.”As if to illustrate this constant motion, she punctuated the discussion with video clips for the packed crowd at Longfellow Hall. The first was a loud, rapid-fire kaleidoscope of Disney television products, from sitcoms and dramas to movies and sporting events. Sweeney called the clip “a portfolio of our businesses,” screen products meant to appeal to audiences “from the age of 2 to their grandparents.”Sweeney is a master of the “tweens” target audience, said HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney, the age 9 to 14 demographic that not only drives innovation, but expects and demands it. The guest from Disney, said McCartney in her introduction, “has led the [television] industry into the digital age.”Sweeney acknowledged the importance of the 9 to 14 demographic, an age group she said “has driven so much innovation” already. She set aside a recent Saturday to puzzle out a new plug-in feature on her home television, but her pre-teen children had beaten her to it by a week.“Think of them as digital natives,” she said of the millennial generation born between 1980 and 2000, the largest since the Baby Boom and a generation that is casually adroit with the tools of digital access.One earlier Disney campaign encouraged kids to “tune in and log on,” said Sweeney, who recognized early on that television could have a multiplier effect, leading viewers from the TV screen to the computer screen and back again. That was important, in part, she said, because research showed that viewers missed 80 percent of any television show’s episodes, prompting ABC to become the first company to put its shows online.ABC’s “Wildfire,” a series that premiered in 2005, was the first to be accompanied by what Sweeney called “a viewing party,” an online community that could watch the show and comment on it simultaneously.Then it was “Hello, Facebook; goodbye, viewing party,” she said, one in a line of rapid social-networking changes that characterize how viewership has evolved.Then came the iPod, a technology that “changed our business forever,” said Sweeney. “We decided to be the first to put TV content on iTunes.” The speedy process took an unheard-of three days, she said, and spurred “a crazy burst of creativity in our technical team.”With the iPod arrived, television was no longer that box in the living room, said Sweeney, but a flexible “content studio” that allowed viewer comments.The series “Lost” has spawned 40 main fan sites on the Internet, she said, and 25 dedicated Facebook pages. Interactivity like that allows viewers “to keep discovering the show,” said Sweeney. “Lost,” with its narrative complexity, was “the perfect poster show … for digital platforms.”The iPod and other technologies keep jarring the digital age into new shapes, “turbo-charging the medium,” said Sweeney. “It could take an entire semester to do this subject justice.”How you watch television continues to change, she said, as viewers undergo a temporal shift in attitudes. They now expect to watch content whenever they want.Viewers now even expect content to travel with them wherever they go. “The newest way to watch television is on an iPad,” said Sweeney. The iPad also prompted rapid response within the industry, she said. ABC built and loaded its iPad app in just five weeks.Sweeney pushed the button on another video clip, a look at the new ABC News iPad app that allows viewers to “spin the globe” and customize news programming. “We keep expanding options for viewers,” she said. “It’s all about customizing the world to your life. The future of television is very personal.”About 8.5 million episodes of ABC shows have already been downloaded.All this is very good news for the industry, “as long as we can create content [viewers] want to watch,” said Sweeney.While technology speeds up, and television platforms multiply, a questioner asked later, is that vaunted child demographic in danger of being overwhelmed, or even “addicted”?“This is one of those moments when we desperately need parents in the equation,” said Sweeney, whose television group offers children’s programming 24 hours a day. “The technology isn’t going to stop.”last_img read more

County Guide.

first_img The county-by-county data covers everything from AIDS cases to HOPE scholarships. It comes from 39 federal and state agencies and several private companies — all public information. “It’s not ‘my’ data,” said Doug Bachtel, the CFCS professor who created the County Guide in 1981. “We just put it in an easy-to-use form.” The Guide gives the latest figures on agriculture, courts and crime, economics, education, government, health, housing and households, labor, libraries, natural resources, occupations, population, public assistance, religion, transportation, veterans and vital statistics. The book is $15. For easier number-crunching, a Windows database is available for $90. Don’t wait too long to order, though. They don’t print that many books. “We sell about 3,000 a year,” said Sue Boatright, the data collection coordinator who puts it all together. You may order either through the county extension office. Or send a request, with a check to The Georgia County Guide, to Ag Business Office, 203 Conner Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7506. In 1996, Richmond County had 1,193 physicians — one for every 170 people — while Brantley County had only one doctor for its 13,349 residents. But that was better than in six counties that had no doctors at all. In 1997, Echols County had six people per square mile, while DeKalb County had 2,191. Maybe something like “Fascinating Facts on Georgia Counties” would have been a catchier name. The simple title, “The Georgia County Guide”, doesn’t seem to do justice to this University of Georgia almanac. The 17th edition of the annual County Guide is being released this fall by the UGA colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences through the CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. A quick look through its 195 pages of tables, charts and maps is revealing. In Randolph County, only 5.1 percent of the households have incomes of more than $50,000 a year. But in Fayette County, more than half of the households — 50.3 percent — make more than that. At 48.35 mills, Hancock County has the highest property tax millage rate in Georgia. Towns County has the lowest rate, at 11 mills.last_img read more

FAHC, CVMC use roving telemedicine unit

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) and Fletcher Allen Health Care, now affiliated as Fletcher Allen Partners (FAP), recently made a significant step in sharing resources while improving patient care without the need for transporting the patient to Burlington.  Intensivists, Dr. Gil Allen and Dr. Ryan Clouser, located at Fletcher Allen in Burlington, were able to consult with Dr. Craig from The Health Center in Plainfield while he was at the bedside of a patient in CVMC’s intensive care unit by means of a roving telemedicine unit.  Intensivists are physicians with specialized training in critical-care medicine who care for patients in intensive care units.Via telemedicine, CVMC physician Dr. Philip Brown (foreground), talks with colleagues at Fletcher Allen in Burlington (from left) Ryan Clouser, M.D., intensivist, Allen Mead (dark suit) faculty practice director, Steve Leffler, M.D., chief medical officer, Anne Dixon, MD division chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Gilman Allen, MD intensivist. The roving unit is basically a computer monitor mounted on a cart with a camera on top that can transmit images and sound securely from one hospital to another.  The camera at CVMC is remotely controlled from Fletcher Allen and can pan the area and focus in on the patient or the physician. According to Dr. Phil Brown, CVMC vice president of medical affairs, the roving unit is easily moved and ‘we expect to use it in the ICU and the Emergency Department to help [Fletcher Allen physicians] evaluate patients [at CVMC].’Dr. Craig was able to present the case of a patient with multiple medical problems, providing background, current test results and the current status of the patient. The intensivists, in turn, asked questions and recommended next steps. The patient enthusiastically participated in the interview with Fletcher Allen intensivists and Dr. Craig. CVMC hospitalists and ICU nursing staff were also present. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients, particularly those with complicated illnesses, on a daily basis. Dr. Sarah Swift, medical director of CVMC’s hospitalists, said ‘I am excited about this new capability. It gives our hospitalists the capability to communicate more directly with Fletcher Allen’s intensivists to consult on our more difficult cases. This will enable us to provide more care locally rather than transfer the patient.’ In the fall of 2011, CVMC entered into a formal affiliation agreement with Fletcher Allen to help develop a coordinated health system in Vermont that will build on our joint efforts to deliver high-quality care to Vermonters as efficiently as possible.  This agreement closely aligns the two organizations with state and federal health care reform agendas that promote enhanced integration.Implementing the roving telemedicine unit is part of an ICU improvement initiative, which is one of two quality improvement initiatives chosen by the FAP Quality Council for the upcoming year.CVMC 12.9.2011last_img read more

Leading investment firms push Texas regulators to crack down on natural gas flaring

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Investors managing more than $2 trillion are calling on Texas regulators to ban the routine burning of natural gas from shale fields, arguing that the energy industry hasn’t moved quickly enough to curb the controversial practice.AllianceBernstein, California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Legal & General Investment Management said they support eliminating gas flaring by 2025, according to a letter to the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas in the state. All three investors have been vocal on environmental issues before, but it’s the first time large institutional investors have taken such a public stance to the Texas regulator.“Actions of leading operators demonstrate the financial and technical viability of ending routine flaring,” the fund managers said in the letter, which was seen by Bloomberg. “It is clear, however, that voluntary actions alone have been insufficient to eliminate routine flaring industry-wide.”Investors and environmentalists are increasingly drawing attention to flaring because of its wastefulness and contribution to climate change. Flaring is utilized around the world as a way to deal with gas that producers can’t — or don’t want to — transport or store. Much of what’s burned, especially in the shale fields of Texas, is so-called associated gas coming from oil wells.The sheer abundance of gas in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico means local prices for the fossil fuel are often so low that it’s cheaper for shale operators to burn it rather than pay for pipeline connections and storage. Last year the Permian flared enough gas to supply 5 million U.S. homes, according to Oslo-based Rystad Energy.The Texas Railroad Commission has come under attack for allowing companies to effectively flare at will over the past decade as shale production boomed and helped make the U.S. the world’s top oil producer. The commission allows companies to flare during the start-up of wells and during emergencies. It also issues waivers that can be utilized right through the early and most productive phase of a shale well’s operation. After more than a year of public pressure, the commission recently proposed reducing the amount of flaring time allowed under some waivers and requiring operators to provide information on why they need to flare, but it set no targets and resisted calls for an outright ban. [Kevin Crowley]More: Investment giants urge Texas to end most natural gas flaring Leading investment firms push Texas regulators to crack down on natural gas flaringlast_img read more

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Arsenal ignored advice from own recruitment chief to sign Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgArsenal ignored advice from own recruitment chief to sign Shkodran Mustafi Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link271Shares Mustafi was signed against the scouting team’s wishes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal pressed ahead with the signing of Shkodran Mustafi, despite being told not to by one of the most vital cogs in their recruitment process.Francis Cagigao, who is credited with the signings of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin Robin van Persie and Gabriel Martinelli, is the head of international scouting at the Emirates and has been involved in the transfer decision making process at Arsenal for more than two decades.But there have been times where his highly respected voice was ignored. Most notably, in the signing of Mustafi, according to The Athletic.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementArsene Wenger was open to data-driven recruitment, which meant Mustafi was signed based on compelling statistics. But Cagigao’s department were not willing to recommend the Germany international based on what they saw. His time at Arsenal has been littered with mistakes and he is a much-maligned figure among the club’s fanbase.Another striking example of where the club got it wrong was in the signing of Lucas Perez. Advertisement Comment Perez’s transfer didn’t work out (Picture: Getty)An agent asked Cagigao if Arsenal would be interested in signing the then Deportivo La Coruna attacker, to which he reportedly responded: ‘Not a chance. He’s a mid-table player.’However, with Arsenal chiefs desperate for a last-minute striking addition, Perez was signed against Cagigao’s wishes. Cagigao was heavily involved, however, in the signing of William Saliba, who is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne. He is tipped to challenge Mustafi for a first-team spot next season.Should Arsenal sell Mustafi?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s futureMORE: Lothar Matthaus predicts Chelsea target Manuel Neuer will leave Bayern MunichFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Agbonlahor fears for Aston Villa if season resumes without fans

first_img Loading… “Villa played Chelsea away with a stadium full of Chelsea fans. Now they have to play Chelsea at home without 42,000 Villa fans who might be the key to getting a result. “I went to the Watford game back in January and the fans got Villa the win. They stuck with them when they were 1-0 down and got them over the line. read also:Agbonlahor retires from football at 32 “Fingers cross they can continue the season with fans in the stadium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gabby Agbonlahor fears for Aston Villa if the season resumes without fans. The most likely scenario for a resumption of the current campaign is for matches to take place without fans in the stadium. Agbonlahor believes that would hurt Villa’s hopes of avoiding the drop. He said: “The only thing which scares me is the season being finished behind closed doors. To me, that is not fair.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withlast_img read more

Formula 1 World Championship could finish in January: Ferrari boss

first_imgLondon: As Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season affected severely by the coronavirus pandemic, the world championship could be extended into January next year, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.”We’re assessing various ideas — races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice,” he said as quoted by BBC.Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Binotto said: “I have felt, along with the other team principals, that these are decisive moments.”We’ve decided to give complete freedom to (Formula 1 chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to put together as soon as possible a timetable for us to get racing again, we are willing on our side.”Carey said in a statement last week that he “fully expected the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races”.So far, the first eight races have been called off and the British Grand Prix in July is also under threat.The final race of this season is slated to be the Abu Dhabi GP on November 29.Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey had said earlier in the week that they are expecting to run a shortened season of 15-18 races once racing starts after the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought entire sporting calendar to a grinding halt.The original 2020 calendar had 22 races but the season is yet to start with the first eight postponed or cancelled and more likely to be called off amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The campaign was supposed to begin March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix, but that race was called off hours before the scheduled start of free practice, followed in rapid succession by the postponement of the next six races on the schedule: Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco. On Monday, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, set for June 7 in Baku, was also postponed. IANSAlso read: MotoGP 2020 World Championship postponed indefinitelyAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measureslast_img read more

Tennis News ‘Not easy to dominate’ – Federer feels for younger generation

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Germany: Roger Federer expressed sympathy for the younger generation of tennis players on Sunday, saying that their successes outside of the Grand Slams were being overlooked. Federer, 37, won the ATP tournament in Halle for a record-stretching 10th time on Sunday, notching up his 102nd career singles title.He was one of two 37-year-olds to be playing in an ATP final on the same day, with veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez also in the singles final at Queen’s.ALSO READ | Federer survives scare from Tsonga, enters last eightFederer admitted that the continuing success of older players such as himself, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had left little elbow room for the younger generation.“As long as me, Rafa and Novak are around it is not going to be easy for a young guy to come up and dominate,” he said.“Maybe it would be good for the sport if they did, I don’t know. People seem to like it as it is.”Yet Federer insisted that the success of players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov should not be overlooked.Coric, 22, beat Federer in the Halle final last year, while 23-year-old Khachanov broke into the top 10 this year after beating Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Paris Masters last November.Federer argued that such triumphs were not being given enough recognition, and were being drowned out by the overwhelming focus on the four majors.“I think there is too much focus on the Grand Slams these days which isn’t fair,” said Federer.ALSO READ | Haris’ 89 off 59, Wahab Riaz’s 3/46 help Pakistan crash South Africa’s semis hopes“In my day, it was a huge success to win your first Masters 1000 tournament and break into the top 10.”“Khachanov beat Djokovic in the Paris final as well. It’s not like he beat any old tourist.”  last_img read more