‘Epic week’: Hockey, country music collide in Nashville

first_imgThe thousands of fans in town to celebrate the annual CMA Music Festival have joined with thousands more hockey fans celebrating in the streets and honkey-tonks of Music City.“Nashville is a hockey town; they are crazy about the Preds here,” said country artist Darius Rucker, the former frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish.“It’s great for hockey for a Southern town to be that much into the team and into the sport.”Anticipation has grown with each game over which country music legend will sing the national anthem. Will it be Carrie Underwood, whose husband, Mike Fisher, is the Predators’ captain? Tim McGraw and/or Faith Hill, one of Nashville’s power couples? Maybe even Dolly Parton?The Predators host Game 6 of the NHL Finals on Sunday evening as the country music fest holds its closing concert, headlined by Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. The entertainment district between the two venues will be packed: City officials expect 100,000 people to throng the downtown streets.Country music fan Darlene Dye, who planned her trip from Dayton, Ohio, months before the Predators’ playoff run, said she’s enjoyed seeing the team embraced by country stars.“Even the artists are like, ‘Go Preds!’ And they’re wearing their jerseys,” she said. “I think it’s a blast.”The live bands in the lower Broadway bars have had to work their sets around game action, and Predators’ goals have been met with enormous cheers roaring through the city’s main commercial thoroughfare from fans watching on big screens.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said John Ettinger, a hockey fan who moved to Nashville from New York, has been to two previous NHL finals, and will attend Sunday’s game.The Predators have won both home games so far but dropped all three on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home ice. Fans hope their energy help the Predators tie up the series and set up a decisive Game 7.Cowboy Troy, who performs with country duo Big & Rich, said he’s confident Nashville can handle the descending on downtown Sunday.“Nashville is equipped for this,” he said. “Nashville is ready for all the energy that is going on down here.”City officials say they’re ready, too.“Our job should be to convert the 40,000 to 45,000 out-of-towners to become Preds fans before they leave, and the Preds fans to become CMA fans,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. “This is an incredible opportunity.”Spyridon noted that the downtown events combined with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival about 60 miles outside Nashville require scores of support workers, stage hands, and video and sound technicians.“I’m not sure any other city in the country could pull this off,” he said.Roads will be closed to make space for the overflow crowd watching the game on large screen TVs downtown, and fans are being urged to take public transportation and ride-sharing services to avoid parking headaches.But the logistical challenges will be worth it, Predators CEO Sean Henry said.“There are some inconveniences,” he said. “But I promise you, in 10 years when we’re talking about this to our kids, our friends, our grandkids, we’re not going to be complaining about where we parked or how crowded it was.“We’re going to be talking about this epic, epic week.”___Associated Press writers Kristin M. Hall, Jonathan Mattise and Teresa Walker contributed to this report. Fans watch a pre-game concert as they wait to watch Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Broadway Street in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators’ improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals has blurred the dividing line between music and sports, a convergence that’s expected to hit a crescendo in Tennessee’s capital city this weekend.last_img read more

Galway Triathlon Club – Supporting the Community

first_imgGalway Triathlon Club (GTC) recently held another successful Aquathon Series which involved six weekly 750m Swim and 5km run events. In total, over 70 members from GTC, Predator Tri Club and Tri Sport took part. As part of engaging with the community, GTC agreed that any funds generated through the Aquathon Series fee would be donated to support the Octopus Swimming Club.Octopus Swimming Club, which was founded in 1981 and based in Kilcornan, Galway, is no ordinary swimming club. It operates using the ‘Halliwick’ concept, which is suitable for all and is particularly suited to people with disabilities – be it spinal cord, amputee, head injury, stroke, spina-bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, visual impairment and also people who are fearful of water – to become “water free”.Mary Arrigan, the founder, explains that “If somebody is in a wheelchair all day, it is great to see their reaction when you put them in water and see their body move and be free. When they start, we teach them to become balanced in the water and to have good breath control so they become relaxed. And when somebody is completely relaxed, they can float and eventually they can move and swim.” The club, which has over forty members ranging in age from 8 to 74 are extremely grateful of the support from Galway Triathlon Club.The Galway Triathlon Committee identified the connection between the clubs with both clubs promoting physical activity through a strong emphasis on swimming, and also social connections. Like GTC members, the members of the Octopus Swimming Club are extremely positive and determined in taking on new challenges.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pictured is David Kennedy (Octopus Swimming Club) receiving the donation from Karl Prendergast (Galway Tri Club Committee). Also included are Fiona Donovan (GTC and Octopus Swimming Club), Breda Burke (Octopus Swimming Club) and Mary Arrigan-Langan (Octopus Swimming Club Founder).last_img read more

Pochettino tells Man Utd he is happy at Tottenham despite Old Trafford links

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has flattened Manchester United’s hopes of luring him to Old Trafford.Spurs’ Argentine boss is top of United’s list to replace Jose Mourinho if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.3 Mauricio Pochettino shrugged off interest from Manchester United and insists he is happy at TottenhamCredit: Getty – ContributorBut Pochettino insists he is staying where he feels appreciated and has no intention of walking out on his £170,000-a-week contract.“I feel happy here in Tottenham because the club values and recognises the job we have done.“So I don’t need to listen to the talk that is going around because the most most important thing is how welcome you are made to feel in your home.”Pochettino, 46, revealed that he has barely spoken to Levy in recent weeks because the Spurs chairman is so busy overseeing the completion of the club’s new £800million stadium.3 Pochettino is happy with life in North London but admits it is hard to succeed on limited resourcesCredit: Getty – ContributorManchester United want Mauricio Pochettino as their boss but it will cost them £40m to get the Tottenham bossHe said: “In the last two weeks I have had one message from him.“He is so busy with the stadium I think he must be working there.“I joked with him ‘Daniel, am I not your priority anymore?’ And he replied ‘Yesterday I spent two hours trying to sort out your Christmas present’.“He said he is going to surprise me. Maybe he is preparing the stadium!”Yet Pochettino admits that he is facing an uphill struggle to achieve his big-time ambitions at Tottenham and says: “Just to be in the top four is more than success for us.BRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordGREAT SCENERonnie Whelan celebrates with grandson as Liverpool lift Premier League trophy“Of course the hope is to one day win a title like the Premier League or the Champions League.“But the first step is to try to be consistently in the top four and that is not easy because Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City and United are on a different level of investment.“We are so far from those big sides in finances. When you compare the budgets of the Premier League clubs, we are in the same position as Everton, West Ham, Southampton, Leicester and Fulham.“People were so pessimistic about Tottenham after what happened in the summer when there were no signings and the stadium was delayed.“But we have eight more points than we had at the same stage of last season and we have a decisive Champions League game coming up against Barcelona.3 Pochettino says Daniel Levy is too busy working on getting the new stadium ready to speak to himCredit: Reuters“Many people didn’t believe we’d be here but so far, so good.”Pochettino admits that full-back Kieran Trippier will miss Tuesday’s win-or-bust trip to the Nou Camp with a groin problem.And he blames England for the defender’s problems after making him play in the meaingless World Cup play-off in July.He said: “When a player asks to come off in a World Cup semi-final even though all the substitutes have been used it because he has a problem.“For me, it is impossible in those circumstances to play again three days later and it was a bit weird that Kieran was then picked for that third-place game.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will always have affection for Southampton “That’s where the problems started for Kieran but I haven’t spoken to England about it because I have a clear and honest relationship with their manager.”Now Pochettino is desperate to give Harry Kane a well-deserved rest but is struggling to find a gap in Tottenham’s hectic calendar.The England skipper has already played 25 games for club and country this season and has started in all of Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League games.“At the moment Harry still has plenty of energy and that is why he plays. But every day we are assessing the player.“Harry is one of the best players in Europe and there is no point to rest him if he is OK to play.“He is going so well for us this season and I hope it continues., But we are thinking that in some games soon we will need to rest him.”It’s match week 16 of the Premier League as Chelsea take on Manchester City and Leicester take on Tottenhamlast_img read more

Highland High team built robot on its own

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The robot made its debut Tuesday in a school ceremony: It rolled up a ramp, and a vertical slide inside it lifted to release a ball onto a platform. The robot’s name is Schmidt Finder, 3WNM-WS?. The last part of the names stands for “three weeks, no money and where is Schmidt?” Senior Allen Wong pointed out the complicated wiring of the robot. “They give you the rules and the wires, but they don’t tell you how,” said Wong, who wants to become an electrical engineer like his father. “It was really, like, real life. We were given time that was not enough time to build anything.” This is the first year for junior Kristin Van Buskirk on the team. “I was interested in learning how the robot works and wanted to learn how to build them and the mechanics involved,” Van Buskirk said. She said the team worked long hours, from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. after school, and on the weekends they would start in the morning and go until 7 or 8 p.m. Team president Matt Blake said the team was determined to finish the robot. “We figured we are in it and we are really determined in learning about the robot, plus it’s just so much fun,” Blake said. “I enjoy being all around this and working with people.” The team received financial help from Highland’s student government. To compete, it costs $6,000 to register and participate in a regional event and get a kit of parts and associated materials and support. The team had $2,800, and the student government loaned the remaining $3,200, Schmidt said. Representatives from Lockheed Martin on Tuesday presented a check for $3,000 to the robotics program. “We’ve been supportive of the robotic teams at both Lancaster and Highland high schools for four years through mentors, materials and monetary contributions,” said Ellen Bendell, community relations representative. “We want to reach out to students to encourage math, science and engineering so we can grow future engineers that we will need.” Two Lockheed employees, supervisor Ken Macofsky and carpenter Jim Burling, built the wooden crate that the robot will be shipped in to its first competition. The crate is decorated with a Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” symbol. “Last Friday, we drove over there with the robot. Ken and his team sized up the robot and created a crate that the robot fits in like a hand in a glove,” Schmidt said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Faced with a cash shortage and the absence of the faculty team adviser, who had a death in the family, the Highland High School robotics team got a late start in building this year’s robot. School robotics teams normally have six weeks to design, assemble and test a robot; the Highland team did it in half that time and produced what team members say is the best robot they’ve created in four years of competition. “What you are seeing is the result of a test – a test of wills and endurance,” said math teacher and team adviser Paul Schmidt, who had to temporarily abandon his team when his father died. “The students stepped up, faced challenges and were very successful. This is the best robot to come out of our program.” Five feet tall and moving on four wheels, the robot resembles an angular black cage made of wire mesh, decorated with green neon light rods, with thick foam on its top to protect students from the sharp edges. last_img read more

Reps blast recall effort

first_imgBeilke’s response alludes to the council’s firing of the city’s previous city manager, which was precipitated, he states, by a “backroom deal” that gave the former manager a $40,000 a year raise. “Today, I feel we are on the right course,” Beilke stated. “There is no basis for this recall other than to settle personal grudges.” Armenta’s rebuttal lists the council’s recent accomplishments, including saving the city $1.4 million by slashing and consolidating administrative jobs, establishing a new Public Safety Division, and launching other initiatives to fight crime. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Three City Council members served with recall papers Aug. 1 have filed responses blasting the group spearheading the effort. The responses are being reviewed by the city clerk. Barring any problems, recall proponents could begin circulating petitions by next Wednesday, Deputy City Clerk Evelyn Izaguirre said. Proponents need at least 5,000 signatures, representing 20 percent of the city’s registered voters, to put the recall on the March ballot. The term of one of the three targeted politicos, Mayor Pete Ramirez, expires in March. Council members David Armenta and Ron Beilke also were served with “intent to recall” papers Aug. 1 by Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, a group formed by residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIn his rebuttal, which along with the responses of the other two will appear on the petitions, Ramirez called the recall attempt “mean-spirited” and “unnecessary.” He wrote that the effort is being “foisted upon the voters by a small group of angry gadflies” and stated that some Truth in Politics members are “outsiders” who don’t reside in Pico Rivera. The group’s leader, Raul Murga, said recall proponents’ main gripe against the three was the hiring of former political consultant Chuck Fuentes as city manager. Murga said Fuentes “has no qualifications for the job.” “That issue appears to have been sidestepped entirely in their responses,” he said. last_img read more

Iranian Jews feel

first_imgThey live in the United States, love Iran and refer to Israel as the Motherland. They are Iranian-American Jews, about 50,000 immigrants and their children, most living in Los Angeles. And they are pained by what they have seen recently in the Middle East: Israel fighting in Lebanon against a Shiite Muslim militia backed by Iran; an Iranian president who has called the Holocaust a myth and Israel a “disgraceful stain” on Muslim countries; and Iran’s fervency in continuing a nuclear program. “I am not torn,” said Farzaneh, a 44-year-old Encino mother of three who asked that her last name not be used because she fears retribution against her family in Iran. And in the past year tensions have escalated even further as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” He claimed the Holocaust did not occur. And he said the road to peace begins with the obliteration of Israel. However, scholars see a cause for optimism in Iran. “The overwhelming majority of youths disapprove of this regime,” said Eliz Sanasarian, a University of Southern California political science professor and author of “Religious Minorities in Iran.” “You cannot have this kind of a regime going for another 10 years with this group of young people growing up.” Dariush Fakheri, who was in graduate school in New Mexico when the revolution began, can’t return to Iran until there is a change. “I’m on the list. I’m one of those people who are not welcome in Iran,” said Fakheri, editor-in-chief of the Iranian Jewish Chronicle and co-founder of an Iranian-Jewish cultural center in Tarzana. “I am an American citizen by choice. I pledge to the flag of America,” he said. “Iran has some nostalgic value for me, and that’s it. That is about it. I like the music. I like the food. I like to read the poetry. But that is about it.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818)713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“There is a definite distinction between Israel and Iran. I feel connected to Iran culturally. That is where I was born and picked up good, rich, ancient culture. But what Iran’s regime has been doing for the last 20 years, I have nothing to identify with.” For half of the 20th century, Iran was a hospitable place for Jews. They had been there for 2,700 years, longer than Jews had remained in any one country. After Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi came to power in 1941, Jews began to prosper. He gave them their best treatment since the 5th century B.C., when ruler Cyrus the Great freed Jews from captivity in Babylon and allowed them to return to Israel. But then came the Islamic revolution. The shah was deposed in 1979, and an estimated 70,000 Jews left. Still, almost 30 years after the revolution, Iranian-American Jews temper what they say about Iran, lest more caustic words cause retaliation against the 20,000 Jews remaining in Iran. last_img read more

Senator crabby about ‘lobster’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Langostino is Spanish for prawn, but Kristen Millar of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council says the langostino is actually a pelagic crab. To serve it up as lobster is an “insult to Maine and to the lobster industry,” Millar said. The European langostino is considered to be a lobster because it has small claws, but the jury is still out on the South American langostino, most of which comes from Chile, said Bob Bayer of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine. The issue came to light after a California-based restaurant chain, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, was sued last year by customers for using the less expensive langostino instead of lobster in its “lobster burrito.” The case was settled in April with no admission of wrongdoing by Rubio’s. As part of the settlement, the Food and Drug Administration sanctioned the use of the term “langostino lobster” for the South American variety of langostino. Millar said the term “langostino lobster” does nothing to clarify anything because consumers are getting “smushed up crab meat.” PORTLAND, Maine – What’s in a name? For Maine lobstermen, tens of millions of dollars, says one senator. Sen. Olympia Snowe, from the nation’s leading lobster-producing state, Maine, wants U.S. restaurants to stop calling a type of seafood a lobster, because she says it isn’t a lobster at all. Snowe says a 2-inch shellfish known as “langostino lobster” is an impostor to the real thing, and she’s asking the Food and Drug Administration to yank approval for restaurants to market the product as lobster on their menus. “Langostino is not lobster, nor should it be marketed as such,” Snowe wrote to FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach. Some seafood lovers might question what all the fuss is about, but the Maine Lobster Promotion Council says it’s all about giving consumers what they’re paying for. It contends that langostinos cost Maine fishermen $44 million in lost sales to restaurant chains since April.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Supervisor rivals boast key backers

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – A quick look at the endorsements for the two candidates in the 4th District county supervisors race shows that local political leaders are split on who to back. On one hand, Jim Dantona has longtime county Supervisor John Flynn, Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, three Simi school board members and major service and teachers unions. Opponent Peter Foy boasts law enforcement stalwarts Sheriff Bob Brooks, District Attorney Greg Totten and Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller – the city’s former police chief – plus Simi Valley Councilman Glen Becerra and two Moorpark council members. Foy also lists the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association among his endorsements. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Williamson said she was supporting Dantona because of his experience. “He has … a track record as far as government is concerned. We derive a lot of money from Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and nobody has better connections than Jim Dantona with those two entities,” she said. “Mr. Foy may have a nice smile, but he’s a empty suit. I’ve been in Simi Valley for 34 years, and I never heard Mr. Foy’s name until he decided to run for supervisor.” But Becerra called Foy a “fine gentleman” and said his business experience will provide a major asset for the county. “I know him. He’s an upstanding, ethical, community-minded person,” Becerra said. “I think Peter’s leadership will go a long way to helping the county conduct its business more efficiently and more productively. We need somebody who does that every day in his own business.” Dantona, a consultant who has worked for years with government leaders, stresses that experience, while Foy, an insurance company owner and rancher, says his business acumen will help him keep down government costs. Foy and Dantona, who beat 12-year incumbent Judy Mikels in the June primary, are both campaigning to protect open space, support law enforcement and cut government waste, traditionally key issues for voters in the district’s Simi Valley and Moorpark areas. They both oppose using the Simi Valley Landfill for trash from outside Ventura County. Foy, 50, said he and his wife moved to Simi Valley 22 years ago and started a business at their kitchen table that now provides health coverage to thousands of local families. He stressed that he is a businessman rather than a politician. Public office should be public service, not a career, and he would resist back-room deals and wasteful spending, he said. “I do not believe in raising taxes,” he said. “It’s important we find the efficiencies we need to eliminate waste so that we can support law enforcement and other services.” Dantona, 58, said his work at all levels of government gives him experience Foy lacks to deal with citizens’ concerns about the environment, immigration and other issues. Foy has stressed law enforcement and illegal immigration since the beginning of his campaign, but Dantona says he is also a strong supporter of law enforcement and helped draft legislation against driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. And he said his experience working with federal officials will help him recoup the county’s costs of illegal immigration. Foy called illegal immigration in the United States a crisis. “I want to make sure our citizens are getting the benefits they need, and not illegal immigrants,” he said. “With law enforcement we need to work to make sure that our jails are not full with illegal immigrants.” Dantona said Foy “has no record of any involvement in this community whatsoever until the day he filed for office.” “The biggest issue that resonates with voters is development,” Dantona said. “I am a smart growth candidate. When I’m elected I will enact a tougher hillside ordinance to stop any development on our hills. I’ve taken a very tough position against (contamination at the) Rocketdyne (Santa Susana Field Laboratory). I want to clean up the site and initiate an investigation.” Dantona also used the development issue in his campaign against Mikels, saying she tended to favor developers in conflicts with ordinary citizens. In the primary, Foy came out first with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Dantona with 32 percent and Mikels with 28 percent. Foy, who has loaned his campaign nearly $200,000, has outspent Dantona, who loaned himself $50,000. Their campaign finance statements indicate Dantona has spent more than $169,000, while Foy has spent over $235,000 through the end of September. Dantona’s financial supporters include union representatives and teachers, and Foy has received contributions from Ventura County farmers among others. The race is nonpartisan, but the 4th District is heavily Republican. Foy, a Republican, and Dantona, a Democrat, both claim endorsements from a who’s who of local political leaders. Besides Flynn and Williamson, Dantona’s endorsements include the Ventura County firefighters union, the local United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1036, the Service Employees International Union’s Local 988, the Simi Valley and Moorpark teachers unions, and Arleigh Kidd, a Simi Valley teachers union leader and executive director of the California Teachers Association. Aside from law enforcement, Foy’s backers include Mikels, Moorpark council members Keith Millhouse and Janice Parvin and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Director Elaine Freeman. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TED Talk: The Tranformative Power of Video Games [Video]

first_imgSource: TED This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from 2019 Digital Accessibility Trends with Tim Springer, Founder of Level AccessThanks to Accessibility New York City (A11y NYC) livestreaming their April 2018 meetup last night, I was able to attend Tim Springer’s presentation 2019 Digital Accessibility Trends. I didn’t know much about Springer’s background, he’s been doing accessibility work for 20 years. He started his accessibility journey when he was…In “Accessibility”Takeaways from WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017This past weekend I had the pleasure of joining over 150 bloggers, business people, designers, and developers at the WordCamp Pittsburgh 2017 conference to learn and talk about WordPress. I was excited to attend! Last year, I was disappointed I couldn’t attend the inaugural WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 so I made…In “Conference”TED Talk: How the Hyperlink Changed Everything [Video]Having worked on the web for 20+ years, I thought I had a good understanding of web history. Who created the web, HyperText Markup Language (HTML), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). How web standards came about. But when it comes to the hyperlink—what most people call a link—it turns out…In “Internet” I admit it. I’m not a video game player. When Myst was released in 1993, I was one of the first people to play it at the software company where I worked. We all gathered together in one office to try and figure out what it was all about.I did well, it was fun! But I never really got interested in video games after that. Until the past few years, when I learned more about video games from my friends. And how games were becoming more accessible to people using assistive technology. When Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable Worlds Limited, opens his TED 2019 talk about the transformative power of video games with the statement that a third of the world’s population—2.6 billion people—play video games, it caught my attention. That’s a billion more people playing video games than five years ago. Talk about growth! What I learned from his talk:Narula predicts some of the most important changes in the way we live won’t come from artificial intelligence, space travel, or biotech. Rather, it will come from video games.The average age of a video gamer is 34 years old.In the future, video games will scale in a way that allows groups of players to cocreate together across multiple devices. And the world doesn’t vanish when they’re done.Video games can create an an opportunity for us to empathize again. To have shared adversity, shared opportunity.The new paper route will be video games: providing opportunities for kids and people everywhere to earn income. To be creative, no matter what skills they have.The video is ten minutes long. Hope you enjoy it!last_img read more

Australians ready to pitch at Tent City

first_img30 April 2010 In 2006, Australian soccer fan Steven Barnes camped in Munich for the Fifa World Cup, and in 2010 he will be one of over a thousand Australian soccer lovers who will call Durban’s Sahara Stadium home. Barnes, together with two friends, who will be staying in Durban for Africa’s first ever World Cup, said he was looking forward to the soccer frenzy that will grip South Africa in June. Australia will take on Germany at the Moses Mabhida stadium on 13 June, a clash that Barnes says he is looking forward to. And their fans have already marked their territory in Durban, famous for its warm weather throughout the year. Australian tour group Fanatics, responsible for the organisation of the tour, will be based at the Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, where a camping village will be set up. The camp will open on 8 June and close on 30 June, and is close enough for a leisurely stroll to the new soccer venue. Transport options have also been included in the travel package, which includes match tickets. Getting to know the country Barnes said he chose the camping experience due to his phenomenal experience in Germany. “Munich was just brilliant. It was such a great atmosphere. There were just so many people around and it was fun,” he said. The Australian, who now lives in London, said he has only been to South Africa on a very short visit, but enjoyed it and is looking forward to coming back in June. Barnes has several friends in the country and, although he is keen to see them, he is equally enthusiastic about what Durban and the rest of South Africa has to offer. “I will be there for the football. But I am also looking forward to the game parks, Zulu battlefield tours and getting to know the country’s history and culture,” Barnes said. ‘Every eventuality catered for’ Thousands of Australian supporters will camp in tents, equipped with beds and eco-friendly lamps, and will use the stadium’s existing toilet facilities. Mobile units will be installed in the stadium for showering. Travel company Edusport will set up the infrastructure and manage the operations at the stadium, using expert companies to set up the camp sites and tents. Fanatics said all tents with their contents will be donated to local businesses after the tournament, which will aid the development of local tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. “Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is excited to be associated with this venture,” said stadium manager Brett Proctor. “The Fifa World cup in our country has provided diverse opportunity for many South Africans, and we at KwaZulu-Natal cricket are delighted to be hosting nearly 1 000 Australian soccer fans in this novel facility. “Logistically, every eventuality has been catered for, from ablutions, catering, entertainment, transport, security and garnering the necessary support from local authorities to give the stadium a clean bill when it comes to safety factors,” Proctor said. “Also, the support and approval from the Australian high commission has been appreciated.” Warren Livingstone, Fanatics tour organiser, confirmed that 1 200 Australians have already booked and “all the logistics have indeed been sorted out.” ‘Looking forward to the parties’ “With just under 56 days to go, the anticipation at the moment is massive. We are looking forward to the parties and mixing with the Durbanites,” Livingstone said from Australia. Livingstone added that the detailed planning was made easier by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Local Government. “The support we received was great. Working with the KwaZulu-Natal government and the council was just great. We are very happy with everything”. Only those registered with Fanatics will be allowed onto the stadium. Other security features include patrolled perimeters on a 24-hour basis and security sweeps with sniffer dogs daily. There will be controlled access for cleaning and catering staff, and a safe deposit area for passports, laptops and other valuables will be provided. Subtle security in unmarked vehicles and plain clothes will be on guard, and the premises will be fenced off. “There is much available to these fans by way of food courts, concerts and big screen marquees, so that a party atmosphere will prevail for the duration of their visit. Probably many sleepless nights await us, but it should be a hugely gratifying three weeks,” Proctor said. According to Fanatics, Australians fans will be entertained by international music acts such as Powderfinger, Fatboy Slim and Electric Mary on the non-match days. Barnes, impressed with the Moses Mabhida Stadium, will be there to watch Australia lock horns with Germany. And, although having been in the United Kingdom for nine years, he joked that he would support any team against England. “I read a feature article about the Moses Mabhida Stadium while on a flight to Australia, and it looks amazing. The cable car and bungee jumping makes it all very exciting. I will be here cheering on my team and any team that plays against England,” Barnes said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more