3 rules on how to use VR data analytics for your product

first_imgYou’ve heard about it in the office, read about it in the New York Times, and maybe even demoed it in the NYC Samsung store — virtual reality is here and is capturing the curiosity of consumers and transforming the way businesses operate.Marketers, gamers, teachers, entrepreneurs, producers, you name it — everyone wants a piece of the shiny new industry. Why now?See also: What brands need to know about AR and VRVR has been around for decades and yet, according to Google, search volume about the topic has increased by 400 percent in the past year alone. Vast technological improvements have recently equipped the industry with the proper tools to show consumers the power of immersive media to transform our world.While the concept of virtual reality has been around since the ’60s, the actual benefits of extracting and analyzing data from VR experiences have just been gifted to the world in a big red bow. Let’s unwrap it and see if it fits.#1: There is no industry without analyticsEconomic standards do not exist until industries create them; this is not accomplished until data is used for what it does best — provide answers. Whether it’s Google Analytics data for the web or Nielsen statistics for television, every company must be able to draw accurate analyses from their data.Play counts don’t cut it in 2017. What knowledge do you gain from page views and click counts? Does a click prove actual viewability? And does a view prove engagement? Of course not. View, share, and click metrics don’t incorporate human visual perception. Thus, by not taking actual consumer actions into account, there’s no real value stemming from the data.In contrast, effective virtual reality analytics provide you with statistics of the trends and outliers that you weren’t aware of but should be; when creating and revising your content. VR analytics provide real value in understanding your audience’s preferences and behavior. Once a deep understanding is achieved, the opportunities are endless. Refine your target market, strategy, reach or whatever it may be, because knowing your audience’s varying tastes provides answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had.#2: Attention is the currency of the 21st centuryData is the new gold standard. The New York Times stated in 2007 that people saw an average of 5,000 ads per day; imagine how many ads we see as media evolves. We live in a world full of distractions, so it’s increasingly rare to have someone’s complete attention.Virtual reality provides the opportunity for an experience totally void of distraction, letting the user naturally engage with the experience. Use the world’s newfound enthusiasm and curiosity for VR to your advantage. Make use of the time consumers spend in this intimate world wisely by logging what users are looking at as actionable business intelligence.Virtual reality users generate data regardless of whether or not you take action — it’s a matter of collecting and sorting the data. For the first time, the combination of the user’s physical behavior and their physical interaction from the VR headset actively tells you what people are engaging with — you just have to listen.#3: Make sure there’s a “what” behind the “wow”We’ve all seen it — the smiles, the laughs, the screams, the squelches — but not all VR experiences are the same. Let’s put it this way: if we go see a comedy, we aren’t laughing at the same jokes or even if we are, we aren’t necessarily laughing for the same reasons. So why does VR elicit the reactions that it does?Understanding the semantics helps us solve the equation — it’s simple algebra. We have the solution, now let’s solve for the variable — what gets users to that “wow” moment. The “wow” is the optimal outcome of the VR experience, while the “what” is the user’s participation or contemplation.When Kevin Durant was considering leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, the Warriors co-owner, Peter Guber, wanted Durant to feel what it was like to be a Warrior. Since Durant was still playing for the Thunder and couldn’t publicly announce his possible move to the Warriors, he couldn’t go to Oakland to see the locker room or have a feel for the court and the team.Or could he? An enthusiast of both basketball and virtual reality, Guber made a custom VR experience to show KD what it would really be like to be a Golden State Warrior. While actually sitting on a couch in the Hamptons, Durant was virtually walking around the Oracle Arena with fellow Warriors Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and other future teammates. He felt the team’s camaraderie inside the Warrior’s huddle, he saw the spirit of the players as they ran out to court on game night, he heard the crowd go wild at tip off; he got a true taste of what it would be like to be a Golden State Warrior.But which of those feelings overwhelmed him to the point of wanting to be a part of their team? Wouldn’t it be valuable for the Warriors to know exactly what Durant was watching when he agreed to sign with them? On a macro level, imagine if we could have this information for even a quarter of the players in the NBA. We’d know what these players care most about and what truly drives them to be a dedicated athlete — is it the team’s culture, the fame, the love of the game, or the victories that keep the players on the court? For Durant, we can only speculate.As we all now know, the user experience is key. Understanding the sensory value of a user’s experience is essential in order to replicate it. What is making your user smile or say, “wow, this is so cool” when they’re locked in your story in virtual reality? Knowing what led to the smile, or any emotion, is essential in optimizing the way users get to the “wow!” moment.So let’s recap. It’s important to remember that:There is no industry without analytics: for VR to become a viable industry, we need data and we need to make data-driven decisions.Attention is currency: with our ever multi-tasking society, learning how and on what users spend their time tells us what is most important to them.There is a “what” behind the “wow:” knowing what specifically is driving the reactions of people experiencing VR will drive the industry to new heights and ultimately monetize a guideless industry.Look out for part two as we dive deeper into the world of virtual reality analytics and most importantly how this industry will be monetized.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. 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BSP likely to contest all 40 seats in Bihar

first_imgThe Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is likely to contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, a move that could dent the efforts of forming a formidable anti-NDA alliance in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Party chief Mayawati has called a meeting in New Delhi on February 28 to take a final decision on the issue.In Parliamentary constituencies sharing border with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, such as Gopalgunj, Kaimur and Rohtas, the BSP wields some influence. In the last Assembly elections in 2015, the BSP had polled a meagre 2.07 % of the total votes. Of the 228 seats it had contested, all except three had lost their deposits.According to BSP state in-charge Lalji Medhkar and state party president Bharat Bind, Ms. Mayawati has instructed them to start preparations for all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. “She has convened a meeting of all state party leaders and office-bearers in Delhi on February 28 to take a final decision on the issue,” said Mr. Medhkar, adding that his party may not be a part of the Grand Alliance. Sources in the state BSP told The Hindu that Ms. Mayawati could finalise the list of candidates during that meeting. Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav had gone to Lucknow to greet Mayawati on her birthday and, according to party sources, had offered the BSP two Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. The Grand Alliance comprises the RJD, Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM (S), Vikassheel Insaan Party, and the CPI, CPI-M and CPI-ML.last_img read more

BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coming off a devastating ACL injury that sidelined him for the better half of last year, all Greg Slaughter wanted was to return to form and help Ginebra get back to title contention.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But for the 6-foot-11 slotman, he’s just glad to see Cebuanos like the two of them making their mark in the league as he looks forward to facing off anew with the San Miguel center.“I know June Mar has five (BPC awards) now, but we’re still young in our careers. We got long ways to go in terms of our stay in the league and I think we can still win more of this in the years to come. But I know between the two of us, I got a lot of catching up to do.” he said.Still, Slaughter isn’t losing sight of his ultimate goal, which is to help Ginebra defend its title.“Of course, the goal will always be a championship and I’m motivated to help us win back-to-back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Import LATEST STORIES Little did he know that all of his efforts will eventually bear fruit as he came back in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup stronger than ever, enough for him to win the Best Player of the Conference in the season-ending tourney.“It’s indeed a validation for all the hard work I put in,” he told the INQUIRER. “Coming back from the injury I’ve been in, I feel thankful to be in this position again and to receive awards like this is just indescribable. It’s always great to win your first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter was stellar all conference long, leading the Gin Kings to a return trip to the Finals with his averages of 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks.Bagging his first BPC trophy also brings back the talks of his rivalry with five-time BPC winner and three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo to life. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 -30- NEW WORK CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a new bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour structure is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic during the replacement of the bridge. A four kilometre detour using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road, and Redman Road is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9 will be reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation from Monday April 2 until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area.last_img read more

Tickets To Jay Leno An Evening With A Legend Available Now

first_imgTickets are now on sale for UNT Health Science Center’s annual An Evening with a Legend fundraiser, this year featuring Jay Leno, the renowned comedian and 22-year host of “The Tonight Show.”The performance benefits the UNT Health Science Center Foundation in support of the university’s research, education and health care mission. Presented with a generous gift by Chase and J.P. Morgan, “An Evening with a Legend” begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.The chairs for this year’s event are Pati and Bill Meadows. The honorary chairs are Kay and Ben Fortson. The annual event celebrates the time-honored partnership between UNT Health Science Center and the Fort Worth community.Ticket options are as follows: • Premium tickets ranging from $150 to $1,000 are available at www.eveningwithalegend.com, via email at legend@unthsc.edu or by calling 817-735-2445. • Information about corporate and group sponsorships also is available at www.eveningwithalegend.com, by email at legend@unthsc.edu or by calling 817-735-2445. • Additional tickets ranging from $70 to $110 in the upper gallery, upper gallery preferred and lower gallery sections are available through Bass Hall’s ticket office.Leno, who is the recipient of The Kennedy Center’s 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, spent more than two decades behind the most revered desk in late-night comedy. He is a 15-time Emmy Award nominee, winning twice, including the 1995 Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”last_img read more

WATCHING TOM HANKS TIM ALLEN AND KEANU REEVES DELIVER THEIR TOY STORY

first_imgAdvertisement I’ve got an incredibly fun behind the scenes video here for you to watch for Toy Story 4. It features Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves and more acting out their lines for the movie.I’ve gotta say, watching Reeves deliver his lines is one of the greatest things you’ll watch today! I love how he just goes all out and puts his body into it.The movie also stars Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ally Maki, Betty White, Joan Cusack, and Mel Brooks. Advertisement Advertisement .You can watch the delightful 11-minute video below. Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21st, 2019.By Joey Paur ~ Geek Tyrant. Twittercenter_img Facebook Here’s the synopsis for the Josh Cooley-directed film:Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Ultra lowcost airline battle heats up as Canada Jetlines prepares to launch

MONTREAL — The ultra low-cost airline battle is heating up as fledgling airline Canada Jetlines prepares to take on WestJet’s efforts to regain its mantle as the country’s low-cost leader.The upstart airline’s chief executive told an investor conference Tuesday that WestJet’s discount brand Swoop won’t be able to match its low costs, which will allow prices to average at less than $100.“This country needs low fares. No doubt about it,” Stan Ganek told the Scotiabank transportation and aerospace conference.But he said WestJet’s creation of a Swoop division just won’t cut it.“We all know that’s going to be a temporary measure and then when the competition is wiped out, guess what, the airfares go right back up again. So who’s kidding whom?”WestJet aims to offer 40% cheaper fares with new ultra-low-cost carrier ‘Swoop’Air Canada mulls cutting fares to compete with ultra-low cost carriersGadek said Canada Jetlines will minimize costs by outsourcing everything but pilots and flight attendants. Tickets will only be available on the internet, which dramatically cuts distribution costs.That will enable the airline to fill its planes and make a profit on each departure.By contrast, he said Swoop will be fighting internal resistance from people who are used to doing things a certain way, along with higher costs.“There’s one objective that Swoop has and that’s to eliminate competition,” he told analysts.“It’s not about bringing lower fares to Canada. It’s not about creating more travel opportunities for Canadians. That’s baloney.”He said Canada Jetlines is prepared for a fight with WestJet and is prepared to take it to task for uncompetitive actions, as WestJet did when it took on Air Canada in 1996.WestJet countered that it will remain very aggressive in defending its market share. “Our DNA is low-cost DNA and we’re not going to let somebody else come in and take a chunk of the market without them having to fight us for it,” CEO Gregg Saretsky told the conference.He added that Canada hasn’t historically supported more than the equivalent of 2.5 airlines.Saretsky said the plans for three new startups including Flair Airlines and Canada Jetlines, along with Swoop and Air Canada Rouge, will make for a crowded market. “With one ULCC already flying (Flair) and two seeking capitalization to start, that’s about two-and-a-half times more than the country can support.”Saretsky added that WestJet won’t make Air Canada’s mistakes in launching Rouge in 2013 by ensuring passengers don’t get any nasty surprises.Flights will be booked on a separate website, check-in will be at a separate Swoop airport counter and the uniforms will be a different colour.Air Canada chief financial officer Michael Rousseau also told the conference that the country’s largest airline is watching the battle closely and is prepared to expand Rouge to compete, if required.Ganek countered that there is enough demand in Canada to support 17 million passengers flying ultra low cost by 2023. That assumes a lower market penetration than has been achieved in Europe or the U.S.He also said he has received interest from significant undisclosed airline investors outside Canada to get the airline flying on June 1.The initial focus is foreign capital due to a lack of risk capital in Canada, while Europe and the United States have experience with the low-cost business model, he said.The federal government has given the airline an exemption from foreign ownership rules that will allow it to have 49-per-cent foreign ownership with no single investor having more than a 25 per cent stake.Canada Jetlines plans to start operations from Hamilton, Ont., and will add Abbotsford, B.C., in 2019 and hopes to fly out of Montreal down the road.It will initially fly four Boeing 737s, adding four annually to reach 24 planes by 2023. read more

Online newspaper Alaska Dispatch buys Anchorage Daily News for 34 million

Online newspaper Alaska Dispatch buys Anchorage Daily News for $34 million by Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 2:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska’s largest daily newspaper.Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Co. for $34 million. The sale is expected to close in May.“This is a chance for us to get even more reporters on the ground and do more journalism,” said Tony Hopfinger, Alaska Dispatch’s co-founder, executive editor and president.“The Anchorage Daily News and the Alaska Dispatch play vital roles in our great state,” Dispatch publisher Alice Rogoff said in a statement. “By merging these operations, we can serve as a stronger, even more comprehensive resource for Alaskans for their news and information.”She said the goal of the merged operations is to “offer a level of coverage never before seen in Alaska history, and to offer it to readers across the state through a variety of mediums.”Hopfinger started the online newspaper in 2008 with Amanda Coyne and Todd Hopfinger. In 2009, Rogoff, wife of financier David Rubenstein and a former chief financial officer of U.S. News and World Report, became the majority owner.The Daily News’ printed edition has a daily circulation of 57,622, and 71,233 on Sundays.Plans are to integrate the two websites — www.alaskadispatch.com and www.adn.com — into one site within six months. Tony Hopfinger said the printed newspaper will continue to be printed seven days a week, and there are no plans at this juncture to change the paper’s name.There also are no changes planned to staffs at either site, beyond the publisher and editor of the Anchorage Daily News retiring, he said.It will take time once they take possession of the newspaper to meet with Daily News staff and begin merging the two staffs into one.“Obviously, we’re the smaller staff, and we’re hoping that everybody will want to work together and do this in the spirit of producing a better product that what the Dispatch has to offer or the Anchorage Daily News.”The Anchorage Daily News was first printed Jan. 13, 1946. Two years later, it went from being printed weekly to six days a week, and added Sunday editions in 1949.In 1979, McClatchy Newspapers bought 80 per cent of the Anchorage Daily News, which had a heated rivalry with another daily newspaper, the Anchorage Times, until it went out of business in 1992.The Anchorage Daily News won Pulitzer Prizes for public service in 1976 and 1989.“The Anchorage Daily News already has a long, storied path in journalism here, and it’s a good operation that fits with what we’re doing already,” Tony Hopfinger said, adding the paper also had an established client and subscriber base.Rogoff saw the opportunity to merge the two operations “and do even better journalism,” he said.The upside of the merged staffs is that they no longer will be spending time chasing the same story, and this will allow reporters to write enterprising, investigative stories.Tony Hopfinger plans to re-establish a Washington, D.C.-based reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, and aspires to have fulltime reporters based in Alaska hub communities.The purchase includes the newspaper, its website and the newspaper’s property and operations in Anchorage.The Dispatch intends to sell the real estate holdings to a local buyer, and the newspaper will continue to be housed in its current location in East Anchorage as a tenant.The sale of the Anchorage Daily News comes after other high-profile newspaper purchases lately.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post last year for $250 million.Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 31 small- and medium-sized daily newspapers. It has bought most of those newspapers since 2011 at bargain prices. Including weekly papers and other publications, Berkshire owns 70 newspapers. read more

UN refugee agency concerned by violence at Greek border calls for improved

Limitations are being placed on refugees and migrants from countries other than Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq along, causing tensions at Idomeni, on the Greek side of the border, which have led on several occasions to violence and a temporary closure of the border, according to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The agency expressed deep concern at the situation and added that it is saddened by the death of a Moroccan man at the border today under as yet unclear circumstances.Further, UNHCR underlined the need for the authorities to take appropriate action and called on the Greek authorities to restore security as a matter of priority in order to ensure the protection of those in need and the safety of humanitarian workers and volunteers.Additionally, UNHCR said transportation has been facilitated for the refugees and migrants who have been refused admission into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to return to Athens, where reception facilities and assistance are available and UNHCR staff is present to offer individual advice and legal counselling on a case-by-case basis.The agency reiterated concern over the consequences of border restrictions being implemented by several countries in the Balkans and recommended profiling people based on their protection needs as opposed to their nationality.UNHCR and other organizations have called on the concerned states to re-establish coordination and response mechanisms agreed at the Western Balkans Summit on 8 October and the Leaders’ Meeting on 25 October 2015.Earlier this week, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International organization for Migration (IOM) reported that so far this year, there have been some 730,000 sea arrivals in Greece, with flows heading further into Europe through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball dispatches Pfeiffer in consecutive sets

Junior setter Christy Blough (5) sets the ball during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6. OSU won 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (13-3) defeated Pfeiffer University (9-5) in three consecutive sets (25-20, 25-15, 25-20) Friday night, defending its home court and swelling its winning streak to five matches. In OSU’s 13 victories this season, opponents have taken a set just once. Friday’s matchup was originally scheduled for Jan. 23, but it was postponed because winter weather made travel unsafe. Despite the three-set triumph, the Buckeyes’ performance was far from being a dominant one. The Falcons brought what they had and were able to keep each set close. “I thought we came out a little sluggish and I thought that Pfeiffer played hard,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “We cleaned up our side of the net a bit, so that was nice to see.”In the first set, the Falcons got out to a quick lead, but OSU battled back, eventually forcing the opposition to take a timeout. After the short break, the Falcons were revitalized, pulling themselves back into the match. Yet, the relentlessness of OSU was too much down the stretch, as it went on to win the set 25-20.Sophomore outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen led the Buckeyes with five kills in the opening frame.The second set started out much like the first, but consecutive mental mistakes by the Falcons gave OSU a comfortable lead, which it would only build upon. The Buckeyes clinched the middle frame by a score of 25-15.In the final set, with the Falcons needing to win to continue the match, OSU was the one that jumped out to an early lead behind a strong team effort. The Falcons weren’t going to give in, battling back to make the match close. But the Buckeyes, feeling the Falcons chipping into their lead, responded with a flurry of points again, forcing the opposition to take a quick timeout. Behind the momentum, the Scarlet and Gray would go on to win the set 25-20 to seal the contest. “I thought that we took it well,” Szerszen said. “We had some downs and ups, but I thought we managed it pretty well.”OSU finished the match with a .421 percent attack and eight service aces. The Buckeyes also tallied 31 total digs on the night. Individually, Szerszen had a match-high 16 kills. Junior setter Christy Blough paced OSU with a game-leading 34 assists.The final set capped off a night in which the Buckeyes did whatever it took to get the win. This victory was similar to last year’s matchup against the Falcons in St. John Arena, in which OSU won in four sets (25-22, 28-26, 20-25, 25-18). “It was a slower game, but I think that was just from us playing hard over the last few weeks,” junior outside hitter Miles Johnson said. “I think it was a little bit slower tonight, but that’s fine because we got the win.”Two of the players on OSU have recently been awarded athletic honors. Szerszen received the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week award, which he has now been given four times. Johnson was also recognized with the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week honors, an award that only 15 players at OSU, including Johnson, have ever received. “It’s nice to see the guys have their hard work pay off and get recognize by their peers,” Hanson said. “(It’s) kind of a validation that they’re doing the right things and they’re working on things we’re talking about,”The Buckeyes are set to be back in action at St. John Arena next weekend, when they are scheduled to take on Loyola University on Friday night, followed by Lewis University an evening later. OSU has faced off against both teams before on Feb. 12 and 13, respectively. In each match, the Buckeyes swept their opponent on the road.  Both rematches have scheduled 7 p.m. starts in Columbus. read more

Lemieux plays outstanding role for Buckeye field hockey in Ohio return

Ohio State field hockey junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletic DepartmentSarah Lemieux never thought she would get another chance to play field hockey after having to transfer back home prior to her third year of college.Lemieux, a Columbus native, was forced to leave Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and come back to Dublin, Ohio, to be with her family. She never expected she would be lucky enough to wear her goalkeeper gear again, let alone be part of the Ohio State field hockey team.“I had to come home for like financial, like family issues,” Lemieux said. “I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore.”However, Lemieux’s passion for the game never faltered, and when she heard OSU needed a goalkeeper, she decided to reach out to the coaches.“I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore and then I heard they needed a goalie, so I was like, ‘I guess I will email them,’ and I did, and they were like, ‘oh my God, like we really need a goalie,’” Lemieux said.The junior was a big part of the team during her time at IUP, but was not sure what her playing time would look like when she came to Columbus. She felt confident in her knowledge of the sport, but was shocked to see how much of a difference just one division made.“I was a starter. I played every game,” Lemieux said. “I had game experience, but it’s a completely different game. Like, it’s a lot quicker, like skill level’s a lot higher, so it’s different but it’s cool.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said Lemieux is a “very mature player” and has already made huge contributions this season.“She came in with some experience,” Wilkinson said. “She is confident, but she’s not over confident and I think she really plays an outstanding role on this team.”When OSU upset then-No. 20 ranked New Hampshire in its second game of the season, Lemieux claimed the Big Ten Player of the Week award in what was her first career start. The game went into double overtime, ending in a shootout. Lemieux denied UNH three times to preserve the victory.So far this season, Lemieux has tallied 28 saves, and Wilkinson said she has great talent as a goalkeeper and understands what is happening when the ball is coming her way.“She can come out so well on the ball,” Wilkinson said. “Her timing is really very good, and she reads the play. She anticipates well, she can handle a scramble, she can handle a lot of people in front of her, in front of the net, she can get down and she can stay focused on the ball. She is able to fight and if she can get to it, she will.”Wilkinson credits her goalkeeper’s strong mindset as a main proponent of her ability to keep her composure, even when things get rough.“She is just so even-keel,” Wilkinson said. “Whether she has a bad game or a good game, I just think she is mentally very strong.”Lemieux not only helps her teammates, but she has a passion for helping children as well. In the past, she has been a nanny to children and enjoys being part of their lives. She still keeps in contact with them and loves when she sees them in the stands at every home game.Lemieux said she was also a nanny for two children with autism a few years ago and babysits a child who has Down syndrome regularly. Her work with children is something she looks to continue after she finishes at OSU.“I am actually going into physical therapy to work with kids with special needs,” Lemieux said. “It was either occupational therapy or physical therapy. I don’t really know yet, but basically just working on everyday tasks in general with special needs kids is something I’ve always been interested in.”While Lemieux loves to spend her time with children, she also enjoys the time she has spent with her teammates at OSU. She said the team’s enthusiasm about the game is great and fun to be around.“Here it’s like everyone (gives) 100 percent like all the time and it’s a lot of fun to play with,” she said.Lemieux and the Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday to take on Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Inside Eugenies wedding reception how Prince Andrew poked fun at Jack Brooksbank

As friends sipped glasses of Pol Roger to toast the couple, the Duke told the audience the story of how he had once shouted at the family dog, also named Jack, to get off a chair, only to be startled to find Mr Brooksbank leap to his feet. The Duke, who said he had not prepared a speech, told guests at an afternoon reception at Windsor Castle of his pride in “Team Eug and Jack”, who have married after eight years together. In one moving… The Duke of York has joked he broke royal protocol at his daughter Princess Eugenie’s wedding reception by publicly embracing his new son-in-law, before regaling friends and family with the story of how Jack Brooksbank once mistook himself for the family dog.

Big boost for SRG as Evolution Mining extends drill and blast agreements

first_imgContractor SRG Global announce it has secured an Umbrella Agreement with Evolution Mining Ltd to extend the terms of its drill and blast operations at the Cowal, Mt Rawdon and Mt Carlton operations. Evolution is Australia’s second largest ASX listed gold producer. The company operates five wholly owned gold mines located in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia and has an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper gold mine in Queensland.Works under this agreement are expected to generate revenues of approximately A$115 million over the five-year term (assuming the two-year option is exercised). The new agreement will utilise assets from SRG Global’s existing fleet and will require minimal growth capital over the contract term. SRG Global Managing Director, David Macgeorge said, “This term contract is a significant achievement for SRG Global and our mining services team. It reinforces our strong working relationship with Evolution and underscores the confidence tier one mining companies have in our abilities as a leading drill and blast contractor.” Evolution Mining said, “Evolution has developed a good working partnership with SRG Global and we are pleased to be continuing this relationship.”last_img read more

Russian sponsor becomes RK Vardar sports director – Gorbok and Chipurin coming

← Previous Story Macedonians continue hopes, decisive game against Portugal on Sunday Next Story → Iñaki Malumbres signs for Atletico Madrid Russian bussinesman, Sergei Samsonenko will become the main sponsor of RK Vardar Pro, Macedonian male champion, after he made a fantastic team in women’s handball, ZRK Vardar SCBT who is ready to compete with the best European teams in Europe next season at Women’s EHF Champions League. That is a conclusion of succesful negotiations between current Vardar’s boss, Mihajlo Mihajlovski and Samsonenko.  Mihajlovski will get a function of honoured president, while Samsonenko will be a new sports director, ready to make strong budget for the upcoming season in which RK Vardar Pro will play at VELUX EHF Champions League.There is no doubt that strong squad will be built in Skopje. Team is now without coach after Veselin Vujovic finished with his contract at the end of current season (Qatari Al Qiad is the next team). Some rumours about new signings begins and for now from Russian sources two names are connected with possible move to Skopje – Russian NT players, left back Sergei Gorbok and line-player, Mikhail Chipurin. Sergei Gorbok and Mikhail Chipurin read more

2 Many DJs and Public Enemy added to Forbidden Fruit lineup

first_imgORGANISERS OF THIS summer’s Forbidden Fruit festival have confirmed that 2 Many DJs and rap legends Public Enemy will be coming to Dublin in June.They’ll play the Sunday night of the event which takes place  in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham over the June Bank Holiday weekend.Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klanngkarussell and Brian Deady have also been added to the Sunday line-up.Flaming Lips and Bell X1 have already been confirmed to play the Saturday night of the festival.Read: Flaming Lips and Bell X1 for day one of Forbidden Fruit festival>last_img

Top honour for NK Journalist

first_imgNeos Kosmos English edition journalist Helen Velissaris won the Multicultural Media Award for Best Feature article this week for the article The Mickey Mouse Club, published last year.Fresh out of university, the feature article was written in Helen’s first three months working at Neos Kosmos proving to all that true talent comes natural to this wordsmith. In the article, the 22-year-old tackled the issue of schizophrenia and was awarded for her piece due to her sensitivity, empathy and the ability to raise awareness of this mental illness in the Greek community. “It was a topic I was fascinated with,” says Helen on the issue, “one that I knew had a stigma in the Greek community so it ignited a passion in me to pursue it and give it the awareness it deserves but with the sensitivity it needed. Winning the award came as a complete shock to Helen, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt being in the office when she received the good news.“I was rapt, very proud and shocked all at the same time,” she says when she was notified.“I didn’t expect to win because I’m young and haven’t lived in the media industry for so long.”Helen joins an elite league of winners in journalism and at such a young age in her first year in journalism this is an accomplishment that belies her age. But also is amongst three Greek Australian journalists who were awarded for their work on Monday night. Gerry Georgatos took out the three awards: Multicultural Journalist of the Year; Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and Investigative Reporting as well as Steve Giannakouras, who won the award for Online Coverage of Multicultural Community Affairs. In his speech on the night, Shaoquett Moselmane, chair of the MMA’s summed up Helen’s role to the wider Greek community, and all multicultural journalists when he said; “for it is our multicultural journalists who bring communities together and break down social and cultural barriers.“You inform, you inspire, you involve and you integrate.”A talented lady, a brilliant journalist – from all of us here at Neos Kosmos, and from everyone in the wider Greek Australian community, we say congratulations Helen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sadio Mane a doubt for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed reports that Sadio Mane is currently struggling with an injury issue and is set to undertake further medical assessments before their match against Stoke City on SaturdayThe Senegalese forward was absent from a club training session on Thursday after scoring in Liverpool’s 5-2 win against AS Roma on Tuesday’s first leg for the semi-finals of the Champions League.Speaking ahead of their encounter against Stoke in the Premier League, Klopp reported that the issue that Mane has is “not that serious”.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Of course there is something. We will see,” said Klopp, according to the club website.“It is not that serious; there is a chance for tomorrow. If we use that chance or not… it is quite early in the day.“In these times, you always have to use each second and minute, speak to the player, speak to the Doc, speak to the physiotherapists and all that stuff. At the end, you have to make a decision and I will make a decision.last_img read more