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Lashley: CARIFESTA XIII will bring lasting change to Barbados

first_img CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Oct 9, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 20, 2020 Soca Food Truck: Caribbean Comfort Food Blends Spices with… While speaking to the Barbados Government Information Service during the all- day tour of the various locations, Mr. Lashley stated that the scheduled renovations for the various locations would be the “legacy” of CARIFESTA in Barbados. “The schools that we have earmarked for CARIFESTA, all of them have halls that have been used or are being used for events of various kinds. Many of these facilities would not have been upgraded over the past couple of years…the schools that will benefit from upgrades will certainly be in a better position to do much more…,” he noted. Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… center_img Jul 13, 2020 Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jul 28, 2020 Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, and Consultant Architect for the CARIFESTA XIII renovations and building projects, Michael Lashley, lead the tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. (Photo by Weekes via BGIS) CARIFESTA XIII is expected to have a long lasting impact on cultural industries in Barbados. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, expressed this view during a recent tour of several CARIFESTA XIII locations. Barbados building CARIFESTA legacyCARIFESTA XIII promises to be to be a diverse festival with a lasting legacy. During a media update in his Sky Mall office on Monday, Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley highlighted several plans for the Festival. One notable feature referred to by the Minister was the Grand Market…July 11, 2017In “Barbados”Lashley gives safety assurance for CARIFESTA XIIIBarbadians are being assured that strict security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of persons attending the various CARIFESTA events. This assurance recently came from Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley, as he addressed a press briefing in his conference room in Sky Mall. Speaking in light…August 10, 2017In “Barbados”Barbados ready for Carifesta XIIIBarbados is on track to host CARIFESTA XIII from 17-27 August, 2017. This assurance was given Monday morning by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, at a press conference to announce the winners of the CARIFESTAlogo and jingle competitions at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Telling stakeholders, members…September 20, 2016In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

UWF Softball to provide instructional clinics in September

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla.  – The University of West Florida softball program will be hosting two single-day instructional clinics at the UWF Softball Complex. The first camp will be held on Saturday, September 13 for players in grades eight and above while the second camp will take place on Sunday, September 21 for players in grades three through seven.The clinic will cost $75 for campers in the 8th grade and above and $50 for grades three through seven. The registration form can be found online at GoArgos.com and information about all summer camps hosted by UWF can also be found at GoArgos.com.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Behind JMR Luna’s transition from Hollywood to CEO of OG

first_imgTransitioning from this area of work, though having prior experience in major organisations does indeed help, seems like a strange career trajectory. One so uncommon that it begs the question, “What did the path that led you here look like?”“It was a long process,” explained Luna. “This is a very personal project for Johan and Sébastien, and they are completely committed to it. It was essential for them to see what kind of person I am and how I see the world, esports and OG. After that, we started having meetings that included Xavier and Charlie where we discussed strategy and alignment, and what needed to be done and in which order, and eventually they decided I was the right person for the project and offered me the position. It was a great day for me, and it has been great working with them every day.”How exactly will Luna look to impact the player-owned organisation? He has a grand but grounded vision of a global expansion, and believes there are a lot of opportunities available now that there’s a person who can dedicate their unwavering time on running the organisation. Throughout speaking with Esports Insider, he was relentless in ensuring that the other owners, COO Charlie Debs and CRO Xavier Oswald, were also mentioned – to us, this shows signs of respect and solid teamwork already.“I believe I can help to consolidate and grow the culture inside the company, and I believe my media and branding expertise will allow us to do very interesting stuff,” said Luna. “Because of my background and projects that have taken me all over the world, I have a unique set of experiences that give me a 360 view of the world and a unique independent viewpoint. I am not as ‘sports’ as other CEOs and I’m not as ‘esports’ as CEOs that used to be players. I’m a hybrid, and different altogether. I hope that provides unique value to OG.”Photo via: JMR LunaLuna’s ambition is more than just creating compelling content and ensuring his players are seen as stars, he has to handle the full scope of being a CEO. Whether that’s an expansion overseas or raising funds, the latter of which is on the horizon.“OG is perhaps the last super brand that has never received external funding,” Luna said. “We will be going out to market soon for the first time, and we will be looking for the right partner that wants to work with us on this project and wants to join the family. I honestly think it is a tremendous opportunity and OG has a huge potential for growth.”This appointment signals a new era of OG. Expanding into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was foreign territory, but this is of another scale – the organisation will go from being run mostly by players to having dedicated roles filled by those external to the teams. Luna is keen to keep the essence that makes OG beloved by many, and that goes beyond winning the biggest tournament in esports twice over.“We are very excited about what the future holds for OG,” said Luna. “I feel very optimistic about what we can all achieve together with Johan, Sébastien, Charlie, and Xavier, as well as the extraordinary players and staff we have in OG.”Subscribe to ESI on YouTube It’s not often a proven filmmaker enters the esports industry in a senior capacity, never mind as the CEO of a player-owned organisation that has attained over $33.5 million in prize winnings.JMR Luna has been appointed as the CEO of OG Esports, the four-time Major winners and two-time victors of Dota 2’s coveted The International tournament. Looking to take over the operational and strategic reins of the organisation, Luna will be the bridge between the board and the organisation itself – overseeing international expansions and potential future funding.He’s also experienced in esports, by the way, having served as Head of Content for Evil Geniuses in 2017 before moving on to become the VP of Content Production for Immortals – and its brands MIBR and Los Angeles Valiant – in 2018. He then stepped aside to spend some time with his other passion, producing a film for Netflix,- before joining OG Esports as its CEO.Photo via: OG“I have known Sébastien [“Ceb” Debs], Johan [“N0tail” Sundstein], and the guys at OG for years and I found them extremely inspiring and inspirational,” Luna told Esports Insider. “Like Charlie the COO says: They have worked very hard to build a major international esports organisation governed by core values they believed in and I want to be part of that.”“OG is a very premium organisation with a wonderful brand and an astounding legacy of competitive success. They have achieved incredible victories in Dota 2 by winning four Majors and The International two years in a row, and now they need to capitalize on that success to grow the company into the future.You’d be amiss to assume that filmmaking and running an esports organisation don’t have many transferable skills, leading a team of professionals towards a goal happens to share a lot of the same qualities in this context.“With movies, I am the CEO of the film,” he explained. “I lead all business operations, overseeing the project from beginning to end. I get to assemble groups of highly motivated and creative people, and help them work together efficiently in very dynamic environments. It’s very similar to esports if you think about it. I love that in movies I am the last line of defense; dealing with the most complicated situations and decisions helping the director achieve his creative vision.” 10 Sec ESI London 2019 NextStay ESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. last_img read more

Bryson City Man Convicted in Child Rape

first_imgDavid Joe Shuler, 52, of Bryson City was convicted today by a jury in Swain County Superior Court of being an accessory before the fact to statutory rape. Shuler facilitated the crime by pretending to be the father of one of the minor victim’s girlfriends who had come to pick the victim up for an all girls sleepover. He assured the victim’s family that there would be adult supervision, and that there would be no boys around. Instead, the defendant dropped the victim off with an adult male at a mobile home that the defendant owned, and the crime occurred over the course of the next day and a half. Shuler was immediately taken into custody after the jury’s verdict and ordered to serve 58 to 82 months in the custody of the Division of Adult Correction.​”We all share an obligation to protect the children in our communities, and this conviction demonstrates how seriously my office takes that responsibility. I commend Sheriff Cochran and the Swain County Sheriff’s Office for bringing us the evidence we needed to achieve justice in this case,” said District Attorney Ashley Welch.last_img read more

Bill Gates at CES: No Web Fridges, But You Can Watch TV on Your Xbox 360

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Tags:#Trends#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market One of the highlights of CES (Consumer Electronics Show) each year is Bill Gates’ keynote speech, available here as a webcast. Every year ReadWriteWeb analyzes Gates’ keynote, highlighting the main themes and trends that he discusses. This year there were a slew of products and partnerships announced. It was less futuristic vision and more beta products and what’s coming in 2008. In other words, it was much less about Internet-connected fridges, and more about what you can do now on your Xbox 360.By now everybody is familiar with Microsoft’s strengths: Windows, devices, ‘rich’ user interfaces, partnerships with big media and electronics companies. Over the past few years we’ve seen Microsoft morph into a ‘Services’ company too, where services are delivered over the Internet. Although the branding as Windows Live has been clumsy and confusing, Microsoft has still been able to slot its Services vision into the Windows and devices foundation. Hence Gates’ talk of “Services-connected devices running on the Web” and the “huge amounts of storage” that Microsoft is able to provide. Products, Products, ProductsLet’s take a closer look at exactly what was announced…This year Gates’ keynote mentioned the following products: Vista – according to Gates, Microsoft has sold more than 100 million Windows Vista licenses to date.IPTV (Internet TV) – British Telecom, TNT and CNN have developed apps for Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) platform; e.g. TNT has enabled users “to view NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from the driver’s vantage point by choosing from a series of in-car cameras”. CNN is also doing an app for the US presidential elections. Microsoft says Mediaroom is running on 1 million set-top boxes worldwide. It also announced a new offering called DVR Anywhere, allowing users to watch their recorded programs on multiple TVs in the home, and a partnership with Samsung for HD content streaming from TV to PC.XBox (see below)Zune – since the November launch of Zune Social, currently in beta, Microsoft says that “more than 1.5 million people have joined the music-focused social network”, which it says is proof that “Zune is tapping into consumers’ desire to share their musical passions with their broader community.” However, Zune is clearly well below sales of the iPod – so probably not too much can be read into this. It is though encouraging to see Microsoft trying to extend online music experience past the ‘closed shop’ of iTunes; that may compel Apple to open up their iTunes platform a little more (we can only hope!).a new GPS-powered version of Tellme, Microsoft’s “voice-and-visual mobile service” that enables people to use voice commands on their phone as input, then receive output back visually on their phone screen. The example given was that “a person can “call” the Web on a mobile phone and say “movies” and the software will recognize where the person is located and send to that mobile phone’s screen a list of the theaters closest to that location.”the Surface touch-screen computer; it’s UI was Gates’ main focus, but he also showed how Surface can send images directly to its social network product, Windows Live Spaces. Gates told the BBC that “in five years we’ll have many tens of million of people sitting browsing their photos, browsing their music, organising their lives using this type of touch interface.”Voice-activated technology for the car; including Sync, an “in-car communications and infotainment system for mobile phones and digital music players that has been available in select Ford models since September.”3D mapping – according to Webware “Gates predicts 3D environments will go with you: In the store, on the street, and so on. Devices will, of course, know your location.”Windows Live users: 420 million worldwideDigital dream becomes reality: Gates and Robbie Bach jam with Slash; photo by jidnetPartnerships: NBC, ABC, Disney, MGMAs is now customary with Microsoft, there were a lot of partnerships announced with big media and electronics companies. The most notable is a deal with NBC on an Olympics ’08 website built with Silverlight technology – Microsoft’s cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering online video. The site will host more than 3,000 hours of live and on-demand video of Olympic events. It will be ad-supported, with Microsoft and NBC sharing revenue. The site will be at NBCOlympics.com on MSN; and it’s being touted as “the official U.S. online home of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.” Users will be able to get custom feeds of just the events they’re interested in.Another big partnership was with ABC and Disney Channel, for their programs to appear on Xbox Live Video. In other ‘big media’ action, Microsoft partnered with MGM to bring the latter’s movies to Xbox LIVE. Both of these partnerships aim to bolster Microsoft’s Internet TV ambitions for Xbox 360. Already Microsoft claims more than 10 million Xbox LIVE members, so the content deals will undoubtedly make the Xbox 360 platform more attractive – especially as they are high-definition. The company boasted that it will have twice the on-demand content than any cable or satellite provider. Clearly Microsoft is targeting Apple TV, although Xbox 360 is also fighting a double front – with Sony in gaming. Xbox 360 registered 17.7 million consoles this holiday season, more than Microsoft expected.ConclusionMary Jo Foley from ZDNet remarked that this year’s Gates keynote was less futuristic. I actually see that as a good thing, because it means we’re seeing more actual products and services. Sure, we heard the usual talk about Windows software “connecting people”, enabling rich UIs, device integration, and so on. But the number of real living products on display, and the equally impressive roster of big company partnerships, shows that Microsoft is delivering circa 2008. Although you could also fairly argue that Vista is still far from a success story and Zune is the poor cousin of the iPod still. Not to mention the Windows Live branding debacle. Overall though, Microsoft’s attack on the Internet front is paying off – particularly with Xbox 360 and its various Internet TV initiatives. Mobile is starting to look stronger too, with leaked info about Windows Mobile 7 showing support for an iPhone-like gesture interface. And Gates said in his keynote that Windows Mobile got “over 10 million new users last year, and we’ll double that next year.”Microsoft is talking the talk, after years of the futuristic fridge taking center stage. Now, a Web-enabled fridge that plays Xbox games while sharing music with the Zune – that would be something…Top photo: Joakim Baagelast_img read more

Australia’s Hazlewood ruled out of England ODIs, Neser named replacement

first_imgAustralia pacer Josh Hazlewood has been ruled of next month’s ODI series versus England due to back soreness and he will be replaced by uncapped Queensland seamer Michael Neser in the squad.Hazlewood’s injury further depletes the Aussie pace attack as they are already without the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. The Tim Paine-led side will also be without all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who has failed to recover from his injury.”Josh has been managing some low-level bone stress in his lumbar spine for a short period,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said on Monday.”He had a repeat scan and although it has not progressed to a fracture he is starting to experience some lower back pain.”As such, we are taking a conservative approach and he will not travel to England for the one-day series.”ALSO READ: Only Australia’s attitude will change, not desire to win: Tim PaineAustralia will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match against England from June 13-27. This will be Australia’s first assignment after the ill-fated series versus South Africa earlier in the year.The Australians were rocked by the ball-tampering scandal and following that, they lost two of their stars players in Steve Smith and David Warner due to suspension for their involvement in the whole fiasco. Coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after few days and they were left in no man’s land. However, that’s a thing of the past now and new ODI captain Tim Paine feels that Australia’s desire to do well will not change.advertisementPaine and new coach Justin Langer have emphasized the importance of improving team culture and conduct, which has long been criticized as boorish and out of step with public expectations.”Justin sat us down for a team meeting last week and spoke about the Australian cricket team’s values, and what he expects,” Paine told media in Brisbane on Monday.”It’s nothing that’s brand new, nothing the guys haven’t heard before it’s purely about acting on what we know is the right thing to do and the right way to play our cricket.”That’s been a huge focus for us, has been around our actions, our behaviours and making sure we live up to the standards that the Australian cricket team should.”We’ve had Spirit of Cricket documents, we’ve had Code of Conduct documents, but at the end of the day they mean nothing if you don’t act on them and you don’t live by them.”Paine will lead his side out on for the first ODI on June 13 at the Oval.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 days agoArsenal fullback Bellerin: Ceballos more than a teammate

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Bellerin: Ceballos more than a teammateby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Hector Bellerin says Dani Ceballos is “more than just a teammate”.The pair played together for Spain U19 and Spain U21 and have linked up this season at the Emirates, with Ceballos joining on loan from Real Madrid.”My boy Dani Ceballos has signed on loan. I’ve been talking to him for a while and he’s been asking me for advice and stuff,” Bellerin said in his vlog, filmed in July but released on Monday.”We’re more than just teammates, you know, we get on really well off the pitch and he’s one of them players that although we’ve never played together in the same team we keep in contact and when we used to meet up with the national team on the Monday we always used to meet up on Sunday and go for dinner together and stuff with a few other players.”We have a really good relationship and I’m very happy he’s going to be here. I’m going to take care of him with whatever he needs and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition.” last_img read more

2 days ago​Tomori hails Willian as leader for Chelsea youngsters

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Tomori hails Willian as leader for Chelsea youngstersby Ansser Sadiq2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding that transition.But he also believes senior players like Willian give confidence to all the young players.”For many of us, this is our first season in the Champions League and the whole team has been guiding us through games and training sessions,” Tomori said at a press conference.”It’s been a good start for us, integrating the younger players with the more experienced players, and I think that we’re just going to get stronger.”Someone like Willian, who has played at the highest level not only in club football but internationally as well, is a big help. “Having that sort of experience is vital for the team. He not only talks to us off the pitch but on the pitch he plays by example and shows what we need to do to get to the level he’s been at.” last_img read more

Trans Mountain granted interim injunction against blockades at 2 BC terminals

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted Trans Mountain an interim injunction aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby.The company listed 15 individuals, along with John Doe, Jane Doe and “persons unnamed” in a notice of civil claim as part of its request to restrict protesters from coming within 50 metres of the facilities.Justice Kenneth Affleck agreed with that condition today and said the injunction will last until Wednesday, when a hearing on the matter will continue. Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the named people, had challenged the 50-metre request, saying that would cover a road near the Westridge Marine Terminal, where people should be allowed to walk or protest peacefully without fearing they’ll be arrested.Kyle Friesen, a lawyer representing the RCMP, said the force doesn’t want to squelch anyone’s right to protest, but a restricted area is needed to create a barrier so gatherings are peaceful, lawful and safe, especially if trees are falling to clear land for construction.Calgary-based Trans Mountain said in the notice of claim that protesters have obstructed roads it requires to access the Westridge Marine Terminal in order to build a new dock complex with three berths.last_img read more

NBAs age limit rules need tweak

In 2006, the NBA implemented an age limit of 19, ending the era of high school basketball players going directly to the pros. While this rule has treated the fans of college basketball to the likes of Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose and John Wall, the truth is that the rule hurts the growth and quality of college basketball. This is why I propose the NBA change its age-limit rule and follow the lead of the NFL and MLB by mandating that if a player chooses to attend college, he must stay three years. However, if a player wants to enter the NBA straight out of high school, he should be allowed to have that choice.The aforementioned names had no business playing college basketball. Instead, they should have been in the league in which basketball is a business — the NBA. The fact is that it was in the best interest of these superstars to get to the NBA as fast as possible, not only because they had NBA-ready skill sets but because they would have been high draft picks.Chances are that Kevin Durant did not vastly improve his jump shot during his brief stint at Texas and I doubt John Wall will learn the art of the pick and roll in what will likely be his only year at Kentucky.In fact, many players who spend just one year in college end up being more trouble than they are worth.Early last month, USC announced it would penalize itself by forfeiting victories and money, forgoing postseason play and limiting recruiting in response to allegations that former player and current NBA star O.J. Mayo received improper cash and gifts during his only year as a Trojan.Last August, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions declared that the University of Memphis must vacate its ‘07-‘08 NCAA runner-up finish and 38 wins because Rose was ineligible, thanks to an invalid SAT score.Apart from attracting serious NCAA infractions, the so-called “one-and-dones” have put college basketball programs in quite a bind. Ohio State is no exception.The last three seasons, Ohio State has lost three big men to the pros, each of whom spent only one year in college. The defections of Oden, Kosta Koufos and B.J. Mullens have left a major void in the post for the Buckeyes this season. Adding insult to injury were the departures of freshmen guards Mike Conley and Daequan Cook after Ohio State’s run to the National Championship Game in 2007.While it is true that coaches make the decisions on whom they recruit, the fact is that with my rule coaches would not have to choose between a potential “one and done” or a four-year player. Coaches could convince their high-profile recruit with potential “baggage” to come to campus, thereby securing the player for three years. Or, they could recruit a guy like Evan Turner, and watch the player potentially blossom from role player to National Player of the Year candidate.Not only does my rule improve college basketball on the court, but off the court as well. Forcing players to stay for three years would almost certainly increase graduation rates since most college basketball players take classes year-round, allowing them the opportunity to graduate in three years instead of four.Last March, for the first time in as long as I can remember, the consensus amongst my friends and I was that the quality of the NCAA Tournament paled in comparison to the NBA playoffs. By putting my rule into action, college basketball can improve as a whole and fans of both the NCAA and NBA can enjoy a better brand of basketball. read more