Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Fielding Runs vs. Avg When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? From ABC News:
OSU women’s volleyball players get set for a serve during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena is set to host the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the first time this season during the 10th Annual Sports Import D.C. Koehl Classic.The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, facing off against Northern Illinois (3-1) at noon and No. 14 Florida State (2-1) at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles again on Sunday at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off of a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. The Buckeyes fell to Wyoming in their opening game, but they bounced back to defeat both Butler and South Dakota in three sets.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he’s happy with the way his team responded to the initial loss and is ready to be at home for the first time this season.“I’m excited for the team, especially our freshmen,” Carlston said. “We played in front of a huge crowd, actually, at Wyoming, but to play in front of a large crowd that’s your home and not at a mile high is going to be much better for us.”Setter Emily Ruetter, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, said she’s excited for her first home match in a Buckeyes uniform and thinks the home crowd will give the team a boost.“It’s so much better playing on your home floor,” Ruetter said. “Based off what I’ve heard, St. John brings in quite an awesome crowd, so it’s going to be even better having all of those people here.”Junior libero Valeria León, who, along with junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, was named to the all-tournament squad at the Rumble in the Rockies, is focused on helping her team more moving forward.“I don’t really care about the individual awards, I just try to make my team better,” León said. “So I’m going to keep working on that.”Team adjustmentsAs the team heads into this weekend’s games, OSU has been working on improving its blocking, shot selection and overall consistency on defense, Carlston said.“I think (in) the Wyoming match, we just sort of forgot the things that we can do, and that will happen when you’ve got people in your face,” he said. The Buckeyes had 21 shots blocked by the Cowgirls in their season-opening match.Carlston said the team has to go back to what is worked on in practice for the upcoming matches and improve overall confidence, trust and consistency.Injury reportJunior outside hitter Kylie Randall did not play in any of last weekend’s matches as she works her way back after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last season and an elbow injury that she sustained in the team’s first practices this year.There’s no timetable for Randall’s return to games, but she is practicing and Carlston is pleased with her progress.“She’s back, full-go and she’s looking pretty good, actually, for a kid who’s played six times over the last (year),” he said.The rest of the team is feeling well from a health standpoint, Carlston said.Looking aheadFollowing this weekend’s action in Columbus, OSU is set to head back out on the road for the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 11 and 12.
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expecting Harry Kane to be England’s biggest threat in the World Cup in Russia ahead of their group stage clashThe Red Devils will face off against England in their final game of Group G.Kane, who was recently appointed the new England captain by Gareth Southgate, has scored 108 goals in his 139 Premier League games over the past five seasons after breaking into the Tottenham team.The 24-year-old had his most productive season in front of goal for Spurs this season with 30 league goals and Courtois is well aware that Kane cannot be taken lightly.“England have a team with a lot of individual talent, you’ll have to watch out for several players,” said Courtois, according to Goal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But the one who scores almost 30 goals every year is Harry Kane. He is the most dangerous.”The Chelsea goalkeeper is disappointed by Mohamed Salah’s expected absence in their friendly against Egypt on Wednesday, in what he hopes will provide Belgium with a similar test to what they faced with Tunisia.“It’s a shame we can’t play against the best team [of Egypt] because they will play without their best player,” he said.“I think Egypt has a good team. Obviously, with or without Salah, it’s different.“But it will be a good game and a good test, hopefully a match similar to that against Tunisia.”
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the quality of Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was the difference as his side lost 3-0 at St James Park.Cardiff City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. Fabian Schar scored a brace and Ayoze Perez grabbed the third goal in stoppage time to condemn Cardiff to their third defeat in four games.Despite not finding the back of the net, Salomon Rondon played a crucial part to Newcastle’s win, including providing an assist for Perez’s goal.Warnock has been an admirer of Rondon and had admitted wanting to sign him in the summer, but ultimately failed as he moved to Newcastle instead.“I thought Rondon was the difference today. He led the line really well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn’t see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view.“We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn’t have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.“Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn’t think in the last third we did enough.“There was some great defending but we could have picked a better pass out at times in the second half.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched. The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO. A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles. The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine. The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscare
WILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team were defeated by Burlington High, 4-1, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill was defeated by Madison Metzdorf, 7-6, 6-3.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney was defeated by Liz Gillespie, 7-5, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Tess Alorevaya, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco were defeated by Nih Seererom and Kadey Pustizzi, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Johanna Robinson were defeated by Annabel Willey and Neha Panke, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Wakefield High, 4-1, on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Erica Pecjo, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeated Hannah Guay, 6-3, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Kelly Kouriahn, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco defeated by Ellie Koutrosis and Marina Gover, 6-2, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Vidni Shah were defeated, 6-4, 6-0.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Defeats Arlington High, Qualifies For State TournamentIn “Sports”
Bobby Ross Jr.,Load Comments,Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions By: Bobby Ross Jr. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 News Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policies By: Bobby Ross Jr. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — A Christian university in Oklahoma is renaming its main auditorium — known for a half-century as Hardeman Auditorium — amid concerns over a racist statement attributed to the late namesake, N.B. Hardeman.The president of Oklahoma Christian University, which is associated with Churches of Christ, recently revealed to students that the assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh.The Baughs are members of the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston and active proponents of racial unity efforts in Texas’ largest city. They recently gave Oklahoma Christian $1 million — just their latest donation after previous seven-figure support of the university’s Bible and engineering programs.Students greeted President John deSteiguer’s announcement of the newly renamed Baugh Auditorium — already dubbed the “Baughditorium” — with a standing ovation.Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer reveals that the school assembly hall’s new name will honor donors Benton and Paula Baugh at the former Hardeman Auditorium in Oklahoma City on Feb. 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Hayley Bentley, Oklahoma Christian University“For a lot of African-American students, we’re happy that the name is changing,” said Elise Miller, a sophomore from Plano, Texas. “It’s difficult to worship under the context of a man who, if you met him, probably wouldn’t like you.”In 1966, Oklahoma Christian dedicated the 1,175-seat auditorium in memory of the late N.B. Hardeman, whom the university’s website called “a great preacher among churches of Christ in the early part of the 20th century and a longtime president of Freed-Hardeman College.”But recently, some students, faculty members and alumni raised questions about whether Hardeman was a racist.“As I learned more and more about the levels of concern that people had, I thought: Hospitality and welcoming people are such important core values of this institution that we probably needed to make a change,” deSteiguer said.Minority and international students comprise roughly one-third of Oklahoma Christian’s total enrollment of nearly 2,300.In an article titled “Negro Meetings for White People” in the March 1941 edition of the Bible Banner, prominent Church of Christ preacher Foy Wallace wrote that Hardeman refused to meet with African-American Christians and made derogatory comments about them while speaking in Texas.“When N. B. Hardeman held the valley-wide meeting at Harlingen, Texas, some misguided brethren brought a group of negroes up to the front to be introduced to and shake hands with him,” Wallace wrote. “Brother Hardeman told them publicly that he could see all of the colored brethren he cared to see on the outside after services, and that he could say everything to them that he wanted to say without the formality of shaking hands. I think he was right. He told of a prominent brother in the church who went wild over the negroes and showed them such social courtesies that one day one of the negroes asked him if he might marry his daughter. That gave the brother a jolt and he changed his attitude!”Douglas A. Foster, director of the Center for Restoration Studies at Abilene Christian University in Texas, said the statement attributed to Hardeman was “typical of the overtly racist attitudes of the day, including the reference to black men as sexual predators and the specter of miscegenation.”“Hardeman, like virtually all the white leaders of our churches and schools, bought wholly into white supremacist ideology, and it was manifested throughout all his dealings with people,” Foster said.Oklahoma Christian officials quietly removed the Hardeman name from the auditorium over the Christmas break, a fact first reported by the student newspaper The Talon in late January.Brad Bradshaw, a great-grandson of Hardeman, responded that nothing in his great-grandfather’s life, actions or works “supports any kind of disunity in the church. On the contrary, he was in favor of unity.”The great-grandson, who attends a Church of Christ in the Atlanta area, said older relatives who knew Hardeman well and are still living witnessed no hint of racial prejudice.“The allegations that my great-grandfather was a racist are a complete lie,” said Bradshaw, who was 9 years old when Hardeman died at age 91 in 1965. “It upset me, and it upset the family.”Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., also is associated with Churches of Christ. It’s named after A.G. Freed and Hardeman. Officials there declined to comment on Oklahoma Christian’s decision to rename its auditorium.However, Freed-Hardeman President David Shannon addressed racial issues at the Tennessee university’s recent 83rd annual Bible Lectureship. Shannon responded to a keynote sermon by a prominent African-American minister named Eugene Lawton. The New Jersey preacher’s message, taken from Exodus 22:21-27, addressed how “liberation from injustice was needed in Egypt then, and liberation from injustice is needed now in America,” according to the online program.Eugene Lawton, minister for the Newark, N.J., Church of Christ, preaches on liberation from injustice at the 83rd annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., on Feb. 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Bramblett GroupShannon voiced regret for “so many injustices that we simply cannot explain.”“We regret the violent times of the Civil War and civil rights (era) — times of prejudice and cruel hatred,” Shannon told the lectureship crowd. “I regret times that we settled to be nice yet to be separate.”Shannon also said that “many of our Christian schools only opened the doors to all races when our government tied their funding — federal funding — to this discussion.”“There’s no way to explain that away, to make it right,” he said. “It’s just not. For this I’m sorry.”Churches of Christ have an estimated 1.4 million adherents in 12,000 congregations nationwide, according to a national directory.In recent years, universities associated with Churches of Christ have taken steps aimed at racial reconciliation — from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., awarding an honorary doctorate to Fred Gray, a civil rights attorney who once sued Lipscomb, to Abilene Christian launching a center on race studies and spiritual action.At Oklahoma Christian, an annual “History Speaks” series brings civil rights icons such as Gray, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and Terrence Roberts and Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine to campus.“It’s been a priority for us to bring in heroes who we could learn from and be with as we try to make this a more welcoming community for folks,” deSteiguer said.(Bobby Ross Jr. writes for The Christian Chronicle, where the original version of this article appeared.) Share This! 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Florian MartinSteve Reilley with the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition speaks during a campaign kickoff event.If you live between West 27th Street, White Oak Bayou, Dian and Gostick streets in the Heights, you can’t buy alcohol in your neighborhood.That’s thanks to an ordinance from 1912.In August, the City Council voted to place a referendum on the ballot to lift the ban on the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.Steve Reilley leads the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition, which collected more than 1,700 signatures on a petition to overturn the ban. He, together with city council members and representatives from the retail industry, kicked off the official campaign for a yes vote.They’ll have to convince at least half of the estimated 10,500 voters who live here.Considering there is no organized opposition, this sounds like an easy task but Reilley says they’re not taking it for granted.“In Houston/Harris County, a November ballot in a presidential year is very, very, very long,” he says. “And so this one is literally going to be the last thing, the bottom of the ballot on that November ballot, so we have to get the word out.”He says there’s also some misinformation about what the ordinance would do. It doesn’t repeal the original law that established the ban but merely allows for beer and wine to be sold in stores.It’s something grocers like HEB would benefit from.The grocery store chain has been negotiating a lease for a 4-acre property on North Shepherd Street. But HEB’s Houston president Scott McClelland says a lifting on the ban is crucial for them to move forward.“It’s tough when both beer and wine are such big sellers and so important to our overall success of a store,” he says. “So we’re counting on this vote passing.”Some concerns that have been raised about the change include that it could attract homeless people to loiter outside stores and that it would invite more unwanted new development in the historic area.If the referendum passes, nothing changes for restaurants or bars in the area. They will still have to circumvent the law by signing customers up for private drinking clubs if they want to sell alcohol to them.To see a map of the Heights’ “dry” area, go here. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:31 Share Listen
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Kolkata: ‘Ahare Bangla’ 2018 — the food festival will start from Tuesday at New Town Mela Ground in Rajarhat.The food festival will continue till November 25. This is the fourth year when the state government is organising the festival supported by various its departments such as Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Fisheries, Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles department and Animal Resources Development department. There will be 125 stalls in Ahare Bangla 2018, where 55 well known restaurants and caterers will be present. Celebrity chefs will also be taking part in the food festival. It may be mentioned that last year there were 108 stalls. With the overwhelming response from people, the number of stalls has been increased, said Anil Verma, Principal Secretary of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) Department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday at 6 pm and remain open from 12 noon to 9 pm till November 25. There will be a cultural programme in the festival. In the festival, four government organisations and 30 sweet or dessert shops will be taking part. There will be 36 stalls at Ahare Biki Kini, which is an exhibition-cum-sale hanger. Various food ingredients and “ready-to-eat” food will be made available by the government or government promoted organisations at Ahare Biki Kini. ‘Dheki’ that was one of the main attractions last year will be there this time as well.
At the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.
July 27, 1999Paradox Director Ron Anastasia and Dr. Chris King from New Zealand exchange ideasin the Paradox Lab. Photos by: Doctress Neutopia
State Rep. Triston Cole has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Transportation Committee.The Government Operations Committee will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.Cole, who was previously selected by his colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the next two years, said he is pleased to have an opportunity to continue working on a wide range of issues. As majority floor leader, Cole will help decide which proposals are considered by legislators and lead parliamentary procedure on the House floor, among other duties.“While the bulk of my time will be spent managing the day-to-day operations of the House floor activities, I am also looking forward to continuing work on issues important to Northern Michigan families,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “Michigan has come a long way in the last four years, but there’s more work to be done. I’m honored to play a leading role in our continued effort to make Michigan a better place to live, work and play.”Cole, in his third House term, has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the state and local level. He previously chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 2017-18 term.### Categories: Cole News 17Jan Rep. Cole to serve on two key House committees
Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo.Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16.Qiu Suo, which translates as “quest for knowledge,” has a target audience of adults aged 25 through 54 years old and will air Discovery programming including The Big Brain Theory, Tanked and Bear Grylls series Man vs Wild.“This content partnership with WASU complements Discovery’s 20-year history of providing high quality, nonfiction programming to the Chinese market,” said JB Perrette, president, Discovery Networks International.“Through WASU’s new channel, Qiu Suo, Chinese viewers now have 24/7 access to the best of Discovery’s factual and lifestyle programming.”Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s president and managing director, Arjan Hoekstra hailed the deal as a “significant milestone for Discovery’s business in China.””The new channel will introduce millions of Chinese viewers to some of Discovery’s best content and, building on the success of our existing business in China, paves the way for the next phase of growth for Discovery in one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” added Hoekstra.
Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from 6.5 to 43 per cent of the global population between 2000 and 2015, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU’s latest global research claims that by the end of 2015 there will be 3.2 billion people using the internet, 2 billion of whom will be from developing countries.However, four billion people in the developing world will remain offline, with 851 million of the almost one billion people living in the least developing countries not using the internet.The report claims that by the end of the year there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions globally, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97%, up from 738 million in 2000.“Mobile broadband is the most dynamic market segment; globally, mobile broadband penetration reaches 47% in 2015, a value that increased 12 times since 2007,” said the ITU.The ITU is an agency for information and communication technology issues, and claims to be the “focal point” for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.
Kenya’s Communications Authority has approved local telecom provider Safaricom’s application for licences to broadcast four TV channels, allowing the operator to create its own content for the IPTV service it launched in May, according to local reports.Safaricom’s broadcast licences will enable it to distribute content both over-the-air and online, as well as to compete with existing pay TV and multi-play operators, including Wananchi’s Zuku TV service.Safaricom began marketing an IP-enabled set-top, the BigBox, for KES10,000 (€88) plus a KES4,000 monthly fee for TV and 4G-enabled broadband services in May, with limited success.
Yuliana SlashchevaRussian broadcaster CTC Media has teamed up with audience measurement specialist TNS Russia and technology provider Vi to offer advertising space based on measurement of audiences across both linear and digital domains.The new ratings tool – known as Big TV – will measure the non-linear viewership of all the Federal – nationally available – Russian channels that are currently measured by TNS Russia’s audience panel, but CTC Media said it would be the first to use the data provided to offer a new advertising product.Vi will use its ViMB ad sales system as the technology platform to sell advertising based on Big TV ratings.“We embarked on the strategy to build a content holding two and a half years ago. Today our products are everywhere our viewers are, including web, mobile, and Smart TV. CTC projects consistently have strong digital audience. Today the viewership of certain CTC projects on new platforms is comparable to their on-air viewership. Now our partners and advertisers will be able to understand the real audiences of CTC projects, and later of our other channels as well,” said Yuliana Slashcheva, CEO of CTC Media.Ksenia Achkasova, TV Audience Research Director, TNS Russia, said: “The technology landscape is changing, and so is the measurement methodology to ensure they fully match. The new measurement technology offers a more accurate evaluation of content audience regardless of particular screen, time or place of its consumption.”
Youth-focused broadcaster The QYou has struck a deal with T-Mobile’s Dutch over-the-top service, Knipppr.Under the deal, The QYou’s linear channel of curated web content will be available to subscribers of Knippr, which went live in June.The agreement marks The QYou’s latest expansion in the Netherlands, following its partnership with Ziggo Sport earlier this year.“As we have witnessed working with Ziggo and TV Vlaanderan, there is a huge video culture in the Netherlands, and we are thrilled to help Knippr by bringing our ‘best of the web’ short form content to its subscribers,” said The QYou CEO, Scott Ehrlich.Knippr vice-president, Johan Trouwborst, said: “Our goal is to build a service that delivers a broad selection of channels – both popular and niche – and to provide our viewers with the freedom to watch what they want, when they want, on whatever device they choose.“This type of flexible, a la carte model reflects what most consumers today want – not just younger viewers but everyone who is dissatisfied with the traditional cable offer.”Knippr costs €10.99 per-month and lets users stream channels and on-demand content to their smartphones, tablets and computers. Networks already available via the service include NPO 1, NPO 2, NPO 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, SBS6, RTL 7 and Disney XD.The QYou is a linear TV channel and video-on-demand offering around short-form video content sourced from the web.
French service provider Free has added movies on-demand service LaCinetek to its Freebox offering – the first time the service has been made available by an IPTV operator.The service, which features classic movies of the 20th century chosen by international directors, will be available from June on the Freebox Révolution and Freebox Mini 4K services.The idea behind LaCinetek is to allow 45 top international directors to present and comment on their top 50 movies of the last century, including the likes of Jacques Tourneur’s La griffe du passé, chosen by Bertrand Tavernier, the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple, chosen by Jacques Audiard and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, chosen by Cédric Klapisch.The VOD service has a catalogue of about 600 titles in SD or HD quality, available from €2.99 each.LaCinetek was launched two years ago by a group of French and international film directors and Meilleurs du Cinéma, the group behind video-on-demand platform Univers Ciné.The service has been available via the LaCinetek website, but the group behind the project stated their ambition at the time to make it available on IPTV boxes.