Willie Cauley-Stein Gets “Team Blake” Tattoo To Honor Late Friend

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.last_img read more

unite4good And Variety Announce Honorees For 2nd Annual unite4humanity Event

first_imgunite4:good, the global movement for humanity, and Variety announce the 2015 honorees for the 2nd annual unite4:humanity event to be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 19.The entertainment industry’s brightest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will be recognized and honored for their philanthropic commitment, alongside seven community heroes and leaders who are using their voices and platforms for positive change.Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenesee Center; global film star Ewan McGregor will receive the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK; Lauren Paul and three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul will receive the unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign; three-time Grammy-winner Pink – who will also perform at the exclusive soiree – will receive the Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry; Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will receive the Young Humanitarian Award for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Emmy-winner Christina Applegate will receive the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award for her work with Right Action for Women.The unite4:humanity event will serve as a pre-cursor to the conference4:change, which will take place on March 14 at the University of Southern California, and will explore ways in which media makers can integrate and inspire social change through their projects. Hosted by unite4:good, Variety and USC’s Media Institute for Social Change, the conference will bring together writers, producers, directors, actors, musicians and studio, network and broadcast executives into discussions and breakout groups aimed at transforming the enthusiasm for change generated at unite4:humanity into measurable action.“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said Anthony Melikhov, global philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”U4G Group is the presenting sponsor of the exclusive soirée. Premier sponsors include Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage. Official sponsors include Jet Edge International.For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit unite4good.org/unite4humanity/.last_img read more

Baseball Gets A Rude Welcome To The Age Of Cyber Espionage

In recent years, it’s become clear that sports has entered its Age of Data, with dueling analytics departments vying for breakthroughs and proprietary metrics increasingly shaping how teams are built. And perhaps there’s no better confirmation of that trend than the inevitable bombshell on Tuesday: The FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals over allegations that they stole data from the Houston Astros in a computer-hacking scheme.According to The New York Times, the FBI found evidence that Cardinals team officials broke into the Astros’ “Ground Control” information network by using the old passwords of Jeff Luhnow, currently Houston’s general manager and formerly the vice president of scouting and player development for St. Louis. Investigators told the Times that the breach compromised Houston’s internal data regarding player evaluation — both scouting and statistical in nature — and potential transactions. (Part of the same database was leaked last June as well.)It was, in essence, the first known case of corporate espionage between sports teams. In some ways, it’s surprising that it took so long for such an incident to surface in the supercompetitive world of sports. During the 1980s and ’90s, the rise of computing — and, consequently, data collection and analysis — led to a rapid proliferation of industrial espionage cases in the business world. (It’s estimated now that the number of corporate hacking incursions doubles every year.) Just as the digital age offered far easier, more systematic methods of data storage than ever before, it also made information theft an efficient means of gaining a competitive advantage.Baseball has had its own long history of dishonesty, from sign-stealing to doctoring the ball. (“If you’re not cheating,” former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace once said, “you’re not trying hard enough.”) And it’s not uncommon for team officials (and players) to switch franchises, presumably taking whatever knowledge they acquired at their old job with them when they go. According to Baseball-Reference’s historical database, 28 percent of all top-level baseball executives — general managers, scouting directors and farm directors — held the job for multiple teams over their careers.That’s why it’s a little hard to believe that, as the FBI suggested, the motive here was “retaliation” against Luhnow for leaving the Cardinals and starting a new database system with the Astros. Because it’s so widely acknowledged that everyone’s front-office lifespan is mind-bogglingly short, comings and goings between front offices are almost always matters of business, not fuel for personal vendettas.It is easy, however, to understand the story as the latest step a team is willing to take to gain an edge. While the Astros weren’t the earliest adopters of sabermetrics, there’s plenty of evidence that they’re in the current vanguard of advanced statistical thinking.1The list of Baseball Prospectus alumni in the team’s front office is staggering. In other words, if you were going to begin spying on MLB teams for their proprietary data, Houston might be the one to start with.If this scandal deepens, the Cardinals may well see the legitimacy of their recent accomplishments questioned, much like the New England Patriots in the wake of Spygate (and, subsequently, Deflate-gate).St. Louis won three National League pennants and two World Series with Luhnow in its front office, and the team also has the best record in baseball since he departed. Over that span, the Cardinals have exceeded expectations, beating their projected wins by the fifth-largest margin of any team in baseball. In that department, they’re not outliers like the Patriots are at avoiding fumbles, for instance, but it will be interesting to watch how much their transactions and personnel decisions will be scrutinized for signs that they used the hacked data to their advantage.In the meantime, this might be the opening salvo in baseball’s era of cyber espionage — a fate that, in retrospect, seems like an inevitable consequence of the game’s widespread adoption of data analysis over the past decade and a half. Hot Takedown On Big Data And BaseballSubscribe to the full podcast on iTunes. read more

Jordan Hall From suspended to steward

Two weeks removed from serving a two-game suspension, junior running back Jordan Hall has been named a captain for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. Hall, along junior defensive back and sophomore defensive back Corey Brown, was suspended for the games against Toledo and Akron for receiving impermissible benefits in the form of $200 from a former booster at a Cleveland-area charity event. The NCAA reinstated his eligibility before the Sept. 17 game against the Miami Hurricanes. “He’s a big leader in the locker room; he does a great job,” Fickell said. “He’s handled everything that we’ve asked him to handle with class and dignity.” Hall was all smiles when discussing his captain status with the media. “It’s definitely an honor,” Hall said. “It’ll be one of my greatest memories at Ohio State and it’s definitely exciting.” Hall has improved since his return to the field, rushing for 87 yards in an otherwise-offensive disaster against Miami. He followed up that performance with 84 yards and a touchdown against Colorado. Hall also had a 90-yard kickoff return against the Buffaloes to set up a touchdown. Fickell said Hall’s competitive nature on offense and special teams is what sets him apart from other players. “There’s guys with all types of abilities. When you get to college … those abilities becomes closer and closer,” Fickell said. “I think that’s the one thing I would say about Jordan. Yes, he’s very good in the things that he does, but he’s a competitor.” He added, “I’ll tell you right now, if we took him over on defense, he’d start somewhere on defense too because of the competitor that he is.” Hall said he was appreciative of Fickell’s support. “It feels good because he’s the head coach, he makes all the decisions,” Hall said. “If he feels that way about a player, then you obviously feel good about yourself.” Fickell alluded to the team’s current suspended players, senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, senior offensive tackle Mike Adams, senior running back Dan “Boom” Herron and defensive end Solomon Thomas as potential future captains as well. “We understand that we learn from our mistakes, but we’re not gonna throw guys away,” Fickell said. “That’s kind of the reason we wanted to have game captains the whole season, so that we could make sure we could bring everybody … whatever their situation.” Posey, Adams and Herron are set to return next week against Nebraska, and Hall said they have been leaders throughout the season. “They are still full-fledged members of the team,” Hall said. “We look at them as leaders.” Ohio State will face Michigan State this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Baseball Ohio State drops home opener swept in doubleheader in Cincinnati to

Ohio State then-junior catcher, now shortstop, Jalen Washington bats against Northwestern on March 26, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team has never encountered much trouble opening up the season at home. They were undefeated at home under head coach Greg Beals and have not lost since 2004, but that streak ended this weekend, as did their three-game winning streak as they were swept by Xavier. The team is now 8-11 on the season, while Xavier improves to an even 10-10.The team was able to find the power stroke as they received six home runs over the weekend. This home run production was not spread out too far, however, as only three players combined for those six.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan blasted three home runs in Game 3, senior shortstop Jalen Washington knocked two over the fence in Game 2 and junior left fielder Tyler Cowles had one of his own in Game 2 as well.Game 1The Buckeyes took the Musketeers to extra innings, but surrendered a run in the top of the 13th inning to lose their home opener, 3-2.Xavier may have been on the road, but they were still able to get things going early. Their first batter of the game reached first, stole second and later advanced on to third base to give the Musketeers their first scoring chance of the night. Freshman first baseman Nate Monastra was able to come through for his team and delivered an RBI single up the middle to give his team the early 1-0 lead.The second inning started off quite similar to the first. Again, Xavier lead off the inning with a base hit, this time a double. The runner then advanced on to third on a single that put runners on the corners.Senior center fielder Matt Fallon followed that up with a successful squeeze bunt attempt to the first baseman was that pushed across the second Xavier run of the night, giving them a 2-0 lead.It did not take long for the Buckeyes to respond. In the bottom of the third inning, a walk, error and sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to put OSU on the board.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan then followed up Washington’s sacrifice fly with the Buckeyes’ first hit of the game that knotted the game up at two.The score remained tied at two apiece until the top of the 13th inning. The Musketeers loaded up the bases on a pair of hits and a walk before the Buckeyes struck out the next two batters. With the bases loaded and two away, senior right fielder Joe Gellenbeck took the six-pitch walk that pushed across the would-be winning run and bring the score to 3-2.The most potent force at the dish for OSU was again junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt. The leadoff hitter for OSU continued his hot streak into the home opener by delivering three hits in five at-bats. He has now reached base in all 17 games and owns a team-leading .365 batting average. Game 2Hoping to gain some momentum coming off their home-opener, the Buckeyes led the game late, but blew a 4-3 lead and lost in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.For the second game in a row, the Musketeers got started early. In the bottom of the second inning, a pair of walks and a single loaded up the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly put the team up early 1-0 before a squeeze bunt scored another run. The scoring finished with Gallagher lining only the second hit of the game up the middle to put Xavier on top 3-0.The Scarlet and Gray did not wait long before responding. Half an inning later in the top of the third, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles blasted a home run over the left field wall to bring the score to 3-1.With the score now 3-1, the Buckeyes were looking for some more offense and they found it in the form of co-captain Washington. In the top of the fourth inning, he crushed OSU’s second home run of the game over the left field wall and brought the game to within one.The following inning, the team again found some offense off the bat of Washington. With a runner on first and two away, Washington again connected off Xavier’s starter and sent his second home run of the game out and gave OSU its first lead of the game.After being held scoreless for four straight innings, Xavier lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh to tie up the game at four.The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. A hit-by-pitch, walk and single loaded up the bases with one away for Xavier junior shortstop Mitch Gallagher. Gallagher lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game to center field, bringing home the winning run for the team and sealing the 5-4 victory.This was Washington’s first game batting third in the lineup and he delivered exactly what the team was looking for. The fourth-year co-captain came to the plate four times and finished the game with two hits (both home runs), two runs scored and three RBI’s.Game 3OSU built up three leads against Xavier, but blew all three and lost 6-5 in walk-off fashion for the second-straight game.Coming off a loss in which they gave up three early runs, the Buckeyes were all set to get on the scoreboard as early as possible. With the game still tied at zero in the top of the third, McGowan stepped up to the plate and launched the ball over the left field fence to put his team ahead 1-0.The Buckeyes had the early lead, but it would not take long for the Musketeers to respond. With two outs and a runner on second base in the bottom of the third, junior designated hitter Blaine Griffiths doubled to right field and tied the game up at one.The game stayed tied until the seventh inning when McGowan came to bat with runners on the corners. For the second time, he homered to left field to put the Buckeyes ahead 4-1.Xavier again responded quickly to the offensive strike by the Buckeyes. The first batter of the bottom of the seventh inning homered to left field to bring the game to only a two-run gap.But the Musketeers weren’t done there. The next inning, they put runners on first and second for junior catcher Nate Soria, who singled to left to bring Xavier to within one. Another single loaded up the bases for junior left fielder Will LaRue, who walked to tie the game. Xavier had tied the game up, but the McGowan show was still going on. OSU’s second baseman stepped up to the plate for the fifth time and for the third time, he homered to left field to give OSU the 5-4 lead.Now trailing for the third time in this game, Xavier was down to its final three outs. After the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, Gellenbeck homered to right-center field to deliver the Musketeers the 6-5 victory and secure the three-game sweep.This was the clear standout game for McGowan. The third-year transfer from McClellan Community College finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored, five RBI and three home runs in the game. The Buckeyes will take the field again at Bill Davis for only the second time this season when they host Youngstown State on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. read more

Merchants of Alarming Truth and the Reality of Media Bias

first_imgAlong about New Year’s Eve, Sports Illustrated ran a piece on the firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter.“For the seventh time in eight years,” wrote Jonathan Jones, “the Bucs finished last in the NFC South, a level of ineptitude to which only the Browns can lay claim… At 5–11, the Buccaneers have missed the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year, and it’s the seventh time in that span that Tampa Bay has had double-digit losses.”“Ineptitude.” Ouch. That’s kind of… judgmental. But funny thing about what did not happen next. There were no howls about S.I.’s bias. Nobody questioned Jonathan Jones’ journalistic ethics or declared him the purveyor of Fake Sports News or castigated him as the Enemy of the Tampa-St, Petersburg-Clearwater metroplex.Because, objectively, the Buccaneers suck.Elsewhere on the meteorological disaster front, over the years the National Review has called Hurricane Katrina a “killer storm,” Newsweek called Cyclone Nargis a “killer storm” and Popular Mechanics called Hurricane Irma a “killer” storm. I don’t recall there being a trial verdict—in this country one is innocent until proven guilty—yet not a single accusation was forthcoming about the media’s anti-weather agenda. Evidently, the accuracy of the reporting spoke for itself.So now comes ex-New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s new book, “Merchants of Truth,” in which she concludes that the paper’s negative coverage of the Trump Administration violates the paper’s founding values and panders to its—she says—mainly liberal audience. It’s mainly a digression in her examination of the overall (treacherous) media landscape, but of course the right-wing-media-o-sphere swooped in like seagulls spying a stray boardwalk french fry. If you Google “jill abramson bias,” your tops hits will be: the New York Post, Realclearpolitics.com, Washington Times, Fox News, Russia Today (!) The Hill, and National Review.The liberal-bias narrative, after all, is their raison d’etre, their obsession and their business model. And it has been at the core of conservative politics since Nixon. But is it, you know, true? Is there a liberal bias in mainstream media? Yes. And, also, no.In the Venn diagram of values, journalism and liberalism do have a huge overlap. Questioning authority, suspicion of big money, “reform” in general, afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted—which is really another way of saying “social justice.” Journalism isn’t a political party, much less an “opposition party,” but it is inherently progressive and inherently adversarial to the sitting government. Among recent victims: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. And would-be president Hillary Clinton? Ask her. On the other hand, while the latest survey numbers are a bit outdated, in 2013 only 7 percent of journalists self-identified as Republican. (52 percent identified as independent). So the bleeding-heart sensibility is not a figment of the right’s imagination.But does that prove political bias? No, it does not.With some notable and horrifying exceptions, large news organizations—especially the ones dismissed as hubs of liberal bias—are rigorous in their work. Their publishing protocols police fairness and accuracy, and are difficult to circumvent within a newsroom. When a story is deemed particularly explosive, the caution is even greater. (Indeed, here the press tends toward the more insidious sin of false balance.) Nonetheless, when things happen, we report them, and when bad things happen we report them louder. That is not evidence of bias. It is evidence of observation and judgment.We have a president who told three bald-faced lies on his second day in office, one about the CIA, one about crowd size at his inauguration and one about the weather. Since then, fact checkers have documented thousands of presidential lies, falsehoods and misstatements. According to the Washington Post, in 2018, he made 15 false claims per day. Plus the schoolyard ad hominem against his critics. Plus his attacks on the press, the judiciary, the Congress, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and NATO. Plus his nakedly racist and unconstitutional statements and actions, blocked again and again by the courts. Plus his embrace of dictators in Russia, North Korea, Philippines and Turkey (and, this just in, now a fascist in Brazil). Plus his sleazy business conduct. Plus his sleazy “charity.” Plus his hidden tax returns. Plus his unabashed misogyny.These are all observable, and they are manifestly unique in the history of the presidency. This stuff is also not a figment of anyone’s imagination. The statements, the tweets, the insults, the executive orders, the firings, the defense of Charlottesville Nazis—they are all on the record and unfolding before our eyes. Yet when the media report on the wreckage, it’s seen as a smoking gun of bias and partisanship.Has the press piled on Donald Trump? Of course it has. For that you can blame Donald Trump. It is simply an eyewitness account of historic… hmm… I was going to say “depravity,” but let’s just go with ineptitude.Sarah Sanders wonders why we don’t report on Trump’s achievements, instead of focusing on Robert Mueller and Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. Yeah, well, Dirk Koetter’s Tampa Bay offense gained more yards than any team in Bucs’ history. They still fired his ass.last_img read more

Bhushan Kumar and team celebrate as TSeries becomes No 1 YouTube channel

first_imgBhushan KumarPR HandoutOn Saturday evening,T-Series team headed by Bhushan Kumar had a small cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate T-Series becoming the world’s No. 1 YouTube Channel.Recently T Series came out as a winner and defeated International swedish Youtuber PewDiePie’s channel with staggering numbers.With this win, Bhushan Kumar has successfully put Bharat on the global map with T Series.The successful campaign of T-Series in the online war to bag the title of World’s most subscribed YouTube Channel to becoming one of the leading production company, are parameters to gauge the exemplary success of the company.Even at world conferences like the recent Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART), Sean Park, Marketing Director of YouTube International Markets spoke about the kind of content T-Series provides on their YouTube channels.Taking over the reins of T-Series at the age of 19, Bhushan Kumar has mastered the management of one of the biggest corporate giants across the globe today. Taking over the business of a musical company at his young age, Bhushan Kumar always says, whatever he has achieved or followed the path is what he has learned ‘on the job’.The visionary has transformed T-Series into one of the leading production houses of India, apart from launching new talents with music albums. In over two decades of helming the position of Chairman and Managing Director of T-Series, Bhushan Kumar has introduced several firsts in the industry and also led the industry on fresher paths.Backed by a young team who has been with him since the beginning to fresh voices who joined him over the years, Bhushan Kumar was the first to introduce music promotions largely on digital platforms and the one to make the first move to lock a digital deal with Hungama who in turn serviced our content to telecoms. The dynamic entrepreneur ensured music reached to listeners not just via YouTube buy also via different digital and mobile platforms.Bhushan Kumar always tries to adapt to the changes and has always tried to serve the kind of music and films which the audiences are accepting. Back in the 90s, T-Series always promoted music albums, and Bhushan Kumar brought back the independent music again, a few years ago. The content producer is investing a large amount of his production in making singles / non-film music.Making music to licensing and publishing the content on every media platform- digital, TV, radio and print, is taken care of by the team under Bhushan Kumar’s guidance. The mastermind not only ensures to invest in several solo and joint productions but also makes it a point that he does not compromise on quality. One conglomerate that looks after music production, music acquisitions, movie production to marketing and distributions, Bhushan Kumar has put Bharat on the global map. Like Bhushan Kumar keeps mentioning it was his father’s dream to place his company on the world map that he is fulfilling.With an exceptional run at global markets with Hindi Medium, Sonu Ke Titu Ki, Sweety, Aashiqui 2, Raid, amongst others, T-Series has a total of eighteen films lines up in the coming year and several under production for 2020 already lined up.Bharat, De De Pyaar De, Saaho, Street Dancer, Kabir Singh, Tanhaji, Batla House, Marjaavaan, amongst others, Bhushan Kumar has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry to deliver new, interesting and varied content to the audience. With his earthy intelligence and management instincts, Bhushan Kumar has emerged as an indigenous achiever spreading T-Series across a broad spectrum fruiting success in all aspects.last_img read more

UPDATE Alberto Makes Landfall on Florida Panhandle

first_imgThe Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto: The National Hurricane Center said on Monday that Subtropical Storm Alberto came ashore on the Florida Panhandle at around 5 p.m. eastern time.The Miami-based center said in an advisory that Alberto’s core made landfall  at Laguna Beach, Florida, about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City.Forecasters said that heavy rainfall and flash flooding were the biggest threats posed by the storm as it headed inland over the Florida Panhandle. With maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, Alberto was moving north at 9 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for a stretch of coastline between Aucilla River in Florida’s Big Bend and the Alabama-Florida border.The storm was expected to weaken as it continued moving inland. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on parts of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama and Georgia, raising the risk of flash flooding.Here is the latest info from the 5 PM EDT advisory. #Alberto is making landfall near Laguna Beach, FL. Heavy rainfall will continue as rainbands pass through our area. Flash Flood Watch in effect through Wed morning. Gusty winds and brief, isolated tornadoes are possible. #gawx pic.twitter.com/VYijweSTvK— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) May 28, 2018 The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 11 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was maintaining its strength as it approached the Florida Panhandle and was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida. The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) and was moving north at 8 mph (13 kph).Forecasters warned of life-threatening surf conditions, the possibility of a few brief tornadoes in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.“Given the short period of time before Alberto makes landfall, its overall ragged appearance, and proximity to dry air, little change in strength is expected before the subtropical storm reaches the coast,” said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the hurricane center.Once Alberto is inland, and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken. A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and dangerous conditions. Gusty showers began lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities warned of the possibility of flash flooding.The hurricane center said a tropical storm warning was in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Alabama-Florida state line.For more info on Subtropical Storm #Alberto click on this link and see attached. Graphics in English and Spanish. https://t.co/vl78FpeNXL pic.twitter.com/QrP0zfoiXs— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) May 28, 2018About 400 customers along Florida’s Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida’s Division of Emergency Management.Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said Alberto’s biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters) of rain in some areas. Storm surge flooding was less of a concern because Alberto’s arrival would not coincide with high tide, he said.Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October, and no tropical storm could deter them.”We’ve never seen one before and we’re here celebrating a friend’s 20th birthday,” Rhumes told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “So how often can you say you rode a storm out?”Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.“We’re going to play cards and if there’s a break, we’ll head down to the beach,” she said. “We’ll hang out and see how it goes.”The storm’s approach triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands there and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks.In Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning.In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners worried about floods.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a hurricane season forecast Thursday that calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. One to four hurricanes could be “major” with sustained winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph).If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Subtropical Storm #Alberto has made landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida, or 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City, Florida, with winds of 45 mph. A flash flood threat continues across western Florida and Alabama. pic.twitter.com/OULKTBKmG6— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) May 28, 2018center_img ————-Subtropical Storm Alberto headed toward anticipated landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, where white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.And just as the long holiday weekend marked summer’s unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season.Beaches in Florida are largely empty ahead of Memorial Day as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns toward the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast. https://t.co/cu8UAfMT8u pic.twitter.com/BVsiwNHcko— AP South U.S. Region (@APSouthRegion) May 27, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Washingtonian Magazine Ad Campaign About DC Manages to Include Zero Black People

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAlthough White residents may now make up 44 percent of the District’s population, Washington, D.C., once coined “Chocolate City,” is still majority African American with 47.7 percent of residents identifying as Black, according to the U.S. Census.Washingtonian Magazine completely disregarded the District’s majority population in a recently launched social media campaign.  In a series of photos located in various places around the city, people are seen wearing shirts that read, “I’M NOT A TOURIST.  I LIVE HERE.”  Every single person featured in the campaign- a campaign about living in a predominantly Black city- is White.A screenshot of the from Tony Lewis Jr.’s Instagram account admonishing the Washingtonian Magazine campaign “I am Not A Tourist.” (Screenshot)As soon as the campaign dropped, Black Twitter and Washingtonians immediately chastised the magazine and its tone deaf marketing.“PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT [Washingtonian Magazine’s] DEPICTION OF WHO ‘LIVES HERE’… NOT ONE BLACK FACE IN THE ENTIRE PIECE,” social media influencer and community activist, Tony Lewis Jr. wrote on Instagram and Twitter.  Lewis wrote in all capital letters similarly to the campaign t-shirts.“BLACK PEOPLE STILL MAKE UP [47 percent] OF THIS CITY.  THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL, CARELESS, AND RACIST (YEAH I SAID IT, RACIST). THIS IS VERY REPRESENATIVE OF HOW WE FEEL IN OUR OWN CITY, THAT WE ARE INVISIBLE, THAT WE DON’T EXIST.  THAT PEOPLE MOVE HERE HAVE MORE VALUE THAN THOSE BORN HERE.  THAT WHEN WE DIE IN THE STREETS IT ISN’T IMPORTANT, THAT THE NEW RESTAURANT OR CONDO SUPERCEDES OUR EXISTENCE,” Lewis wrote.He then encouraged Washingtonians to not support the magazine.The controversy surrounding the shirts and campaign quickly escalated, prompting Washingtonian to delete the campaign and apologize.“As a native Washingtonian, I am very sorry that our latest  ‘I Am Not A Tourist’ marketing campaign did not represent the wonderfully diverse city in which we live,” Washingtonian Magazine CEO and president Catherine Merrill Williams wrote in  a statement.“This was the very beginning of a campaign in which all intentions are to include the many communities that make up our city.  We solicited pictures from a diverse group of people and put the pictures up in the order they came in.  People who saw the initial gallery of pictures had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, the entirety of the marketing campaign. We took down the initial post because it created an impression that was inconsistent with our values and standards. We’re confident that when the campaign is complete it will reflect the diversity of the readership that we serve,” she wrote.Despite the apology some Washingtonians are still outraged.In response to Washingtonian’s campaign, Lewis is putting together a photoshoot on May 20 at Union Market for residents “born, raised and educated” in D.C.“We will provide a counter narrative that there are still folks who were born, raised, and educated in this city still here.  We will provide a counter image that not every person living in the city is a [White] millennial,” Lewis wrote on Instagram.The dress code for the photo shoot is all black.last_img read more

Louisville Plays Mercer in Home Opener on Saturday

first_imgStory Links Watch LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After beginning the season with three tough road games, University of Louisville women’s lacrosse (0-3) opens its home schedule against Mercer (0-2) on Saturday at noon. ABOUT THE BEARSMercer opened their season with a 13-6 loss to Oregon on the road before falling to UC Davis 16-13 in Jacksonville, Fla. just over one week later. Game Notes Last season, the Bears earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by winning the inaugural Southern Conference Championship.  Returners Audrey Robertson and Michaela Lucas were named to the preseason all-conference team after earning All-SoCon First and Second Team honors a year ago.Series History – UofL is 1-0 all-time against Mercer and has yet to play the Bears at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The last meeting was a 21-14 win for Louisville in Macon, Ga. on March 14, 2018. The Cardinals’ road trip to open the year was no easy task as they faced two top 20 teams, falling at No. 7 Northwestern and at No. 19 Denver.”It was two tough trips for us and we took some lumps,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We’re searching for our team identity and we need to refocus. We’re excited to get home to play Mercer.” The 21-goal performance tied for the third most ever scored by a Cardinals team.center_img Date: Saturday, Feb. 23Time: 12:00 p.m. ETSite: Louisville, Ky.Video: ACC Digital NetworkLast Meeting: Louisville 21, Mercer 14 (3/14/18 at Mercer)Series History: Louisville leads 1-0 (1-0 on road)UofL National Ranking: –For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version Live Stats Two Bears have recorded hat tricks so far this season, including Kelly Hagerty with three goals against Oregon and Hailey Rhatigan with four against UC Davis. The pair leads Mercer with five goals apiece through two games. In goal, Iseabal Cryne has tallied 23 saves for a save percentage of .442. Last season at Mercer, the Cardinals fell behind 7-1 with just over 18 minutes left in the first half. The Cards then went on a 13-0 scoring run that lasted until the 26:35 mark in the second half. Tessa Chad and Caroline Blalock each recorded hat tricks, igniting the Cards’ to a 21-14 win over the Bears. Like the Mercer game a year ago, Louisville has had issues with slow starts this season. They fell behind 15-4 at Northwestern and 7-2 at Marquette before mounting rallies late.last_img read more

Go minimalistic by painting your walls with pastel colours

first_imgWith the subtle and elegant nature of the beautiful pastel hues, you can give your walls a soft and charming look. Pastel colour schemes work beautifully for every possible setting of the interior because of its flexible nature to adapt well, says an expert.Ranjit Singh, President of British Paints, says that pastel coloured walls go best with the sophisticated themes of the interior because of its cool and neutral nature so its important that whenever one plans to paint their walls with pastel shades, they should not forget to add white colour to the interiors as white acts as a neutral color. He suggests few tips on how one can make their wall classy with pastel shades. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* The exquisite pastel blue: This colour would give you a feel of calmness coupled with subtle boldness. If you are looking for something in pastels, which is elegant and stylish, go for a chic Japanese theme with pastel blue in mind. Or you can go for wooden panels that can be used as a statement wall art right above the bed, painted in pastel sky blue, giving your space a soft and genuine look.  I would like to recommend yellows, whites, dark blues to decorate your room as these would bring an exquisite appeal to your home when applied with pastel blue.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* The charming pastel purple: Go for a colour which displays simplicity, comfort, and harmony. With its sensual and delightful charm, the pastel purple brings a stunning look when combined with white and with grey, so consider these two colours when it comes to decorating your dream home. You can use grey and white throw pillows in your space or maybe a white colour lamp shade. These two colours can never go wrong with pastel purple. This would create a soft ambience and give your home a contemporary appearance.* The alluring pastel orange: The alluring and splendid hue while playing a soothing role in your interiors, eases down the heaviness that comes from furniture pieces and accessories. You could play off the warmth and experiment with some cool grey-blues and it will enable you to create a fresh and vibrant ambiance. Do not hesitate to bump up the volume, bring in some mustard or celadon green.* The cheerful pastel yellow: Pastel yellow works wonders with pastel pink as blend creates an interior, which is truly cheerful. Use some peppy elements in the pastel pink colour and cherish the interior beauty of your house. For instance: You can get a wall hanging with a tint of white and pastel pink, or a table lamp or a dressing table in pastel pink or sheer curtains in white.* The classy pastel grey: This subtle yet classy hue gives a sensual look to the interiors of your home. This colour will perk up the ambience of your place and brighten your mood. The pastel grey stands out superbly along with the fashionable artwork and a rustic coloured bed. You can undoubtedly incorporate a decorative oval mirror with a black metal or a plain black photo frame. For the bed linen, you can pick white colour bed sheets and baby pink coloured pillows. So if you are planning to paint your walls with Pastel grey, remember to keep these three colours in mind and your house feel rejuvenated and joyful.last_img read more

Rep Afendoulis invites residents to upcoming office hours

first_img Categories: Afendoulis News No appointments are necessary. In an effort to serve all who come to office hours, Rep. Afendoulis asks residents to be prepared to keep their meeting to ten minutes in length. If residents are unable to attend, or may have an issue that could take longer to discuss, they may contact Rep. Afendoulis’ office to schedule a separate meeting. Rep. Afendoulis may be reached at (517) 373-0218 or by email at chrisafendoulis@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced his upcoming office hours for the months of February and March.“It is important for me to meet with my constituents to hear the questions and concerns they may have regarding state government,” Afendoulis said. “I invite all residents to join me for office hours.”Rep. Afendoulis will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, Feb. 167:30 to 9 a.m. at the Red Hot Inn, 3175 Leonard St. NE in Grand Rapids. Friday, Mar. 27:30 to 9 a.m. at Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids. 31Jan Rep. Afendoulis invites residents to upcoming office hourslast_img read more

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first_imgDarren ChildsUKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster. The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios boss Tim Davie and Animal Planet chief Susanna Dinnage.Childs’ departure comes as the ownership of the Taskmaster broadcaster – which is jointly owned by the BBC and Discovery Communications – remains in question, with a channels break-up believed to be imminent. It is expected for the BBC to take 60% of UKTV, including channels Dave, Gold and Drama, with Discovery coming away with lifestyle channels such as Good Food.During Childs’ eight years at the helm of the broadcaster, whose channels portfolio also includes Really and W, the business has grown its commercial share of viewing by 42%, and driven a 66% increase in revenues.During his tenure, the company also launched UKTV Play, its direct-to-consumer VOD service and fastest-growing brand with 2m registered users. The network reaches 40m people every month, according to the business.Under Childs, UKTV has launched originals such as Taskmaster, Dynamo: Magician Impossible and live events including Monty Python Live: One Down Five To Go and David Haye Boxing. The broadcaster also recently expanded into original drama, with dark comedy Flack airing later this month.Childs said: “It’s been the greatest honour to work with this fantastically talented group of people, I’m incredibly proud of what this team has created, and the successes they’ve built: growing audiences, working with our producer partners to create a collection of award-winning programmes; and making bold entertainment brands that stand out from the crowd. We’ve created a huge amount of value and had a lot of fun. I want to give my sincere thanks and appreciation for the support the team has given me and look forward to continuing to work with our group over the coming months to ensure I pass the baton in a seamless fashion. I wish the company every success for the future.”JB Perrette, UKTV board member and president and CEO of Discovery International, said: “Darren is a fantastic executive who has helped build market leading brands and content, and a terrific team during his tenure at UKTV. He has made an invaluable contribution to the business and on behalf of Discovery and the UKTV Board, I want to thank him for his commitment, creativity and resourcefulness at the helm of UKTV.”Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Studios, added: “Darren deserves our thanks for his many achievements in eight years as an excellent CEO of UKTV. His leadership of the company has created significant value for UKTV’s shareholders: overseeing a vibrant portfolio of channel brands, bringing in successful new commissions complementary to UKTV’s BBC content, and delivering consistently strong impacts and financial performance. He will leave UKTV in extremely good health, with a great team at all levels and he will take our very best wishes this summer for his own next move.”last_img read more

Sinn Fein councillor Sandra Duffy SINN Fein and th

first_img Sinn Fein councillor Sandra DuffySINN Fein and the police have condemned those behind a shooting in Derry last night.Three masked men were spotted storming a house in Galliagh Park around 11. 40 pm.The 44-year-old male victim was taken to Altnagelvin hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening. “Whoever was behind this shooting wants to drag us back to the past. It will not happen.“There can be no justification for such actions and I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to bring it forward to the police.”Police officers in the city have described the shooting as “brutal” and have appealed for information on the shooting describing it as “brutal”In a statement, the PSNI said: “Police would condemn this brutal attack and would ask anyone with information to contact 101 quoting reference 1498 of 3/7/17 or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS DERRY SHOOTING AFTER MASKED MEN STORM HOME was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has condemned a shooting in the Galliagh Park area of Derry last night.She said:“The shooting of a man last night was wrong and I condemn it.“The people of Galliagh do not want these actions taking place on their streets. COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS DERRY SHOOTING AFTER MASKED MEN STORM HOMECOUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYGALLIAGH PARKPSNISinn Feinlast_img read more

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