Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsPolice have charged Robin Wortman with allegedly drugging and sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy who came forward in January.Wortman is Metis from northern Alberta and a fixture in the Aboriginal community as well as a volunteer for the Calgary Homeless Foundation.The boy has been receiving support from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.Meanwhile, Wortman was removed from the homeless foundation’s board of directors.“Our chairman of the board immediately held an emergency meeting where the decision was made to remove Mr. Wortman as a board member immediately,” said Diana Krecsy, CEO of the foundation.Wortman is scheduled to appear in court Mar. firstname.lastname@example.org
RKSeasonPlayerTeamTotal QBR For years, Alabama’s offensive blueprint seemed like a relic from the 1980s: Run the ball on the first few downs, attempt a short- to moderate-length pass, and move the chains or punt to play the field-position game. It was a Ritz Cracker offense that, at times, appeared premeditated to suck the entertainment out of the sport entirely. It worked: Alabama has had 11 running backs/fullbacks and 13 offensive linemen drafted over the past 12 years. Tua is on historic paceSingle-season leaders in Total Quarterback Rating, 2004-18 2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M91.3 The engine powering college football’s pre-eminent outfit over the past decade has typically been a blue chip-laden, pressure-oriented, versatile defense. In Tuscaloosa, where Nick Saban has helmed the Alabama Crimson Tide since 2007, that engine has only gained steam in recent years. The winner of 87.2 percent of its games and five national titles since the diminutive kingpin’s arrival, Alabama is the only program to qualify for the College Football Playoff in each of the first four years.Much of that sovereignty is attributable to the historically great fortresses that Alabama closes off its end zone with. There have been six instances since 2007 of a team holding opponents to five or fewer rushing touchdowns over an entire season. Alabama accounts for four. Some have even claimed the team’s stockpile of 18- to 22-year-olds could be competitive on Sundays. Baseless claims notwithstanding, the Tide have sent more talent to the NFL than any other team over the past decade. Since Saban’s arrival, 41 members of the Crimson Tide have been selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. More than 60 percent of that pool came from the defensive side of the ball. All 11 defensive starters in Alabama’s 2016 season opener were selected in the past two drafts.However, four games into the 2018 season, all anyone can talk about is the Crimson Tide offense — and for good reason. Saban, it would appear, finally has an offense as ostentatious and dynamic as his defense, a horrifying development for the rest of the country.Spearheaded by starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the Tide offense is crashing down on its competition like a tsunami. Alabama has outscored its four opponents by an average margin of 41 points. The Tide have played 16 quarters of football and failed in just two to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponent, and in both cases it was the fourth quarter of a blowout.1A 7-7 fourth-quarter tie against Louisville when Alabama led 44-7 entering the fourth, and the final frame of its blowout win over Texas A&M, when it ceded a touchdown while leading 45-16.Locksley’s offense has been so devastatingly effective that Saban, a well-established curmudgeon who cares not for style points, beseeched the press to “look at some of the things we didn’t do so well” following Saturday’s 22-point win over then-No. 22 Texas A&M. One can only be so sated by a unit averaging 53.8 points and 539.5 yards, after all.Alabama’s offensive efficiency — a metric graded 0 to 100 that controls for quality of opponent and “garbage time” — scores a 98.02. That’s the top mark of any team measured by ESPN Stats & Information since Saban’s arrival. Its defensive efficiency of 94.24 ranks a lusterless fourth since 2007, behind the current Georgia team and two other versions of Bama. According to College Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Alabama is 49.71 points better than the average Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. However, in Saban parlance, “our team needs to do a lot of things to improve.” Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 42010Andrew LuckStanford93.8 32011Russell WilsonWisconsin94.1 52018Dwayne HaskinsOhio State93.7 82008Sam BradfordOklahoma91.9 22018Kyler MurrayOklahoma95.6 Tagovailoa vaulted into Alabama lore last season when, as a freshman, he was inserted into the national championship game after halftime and led the Tide to a come-from-behind win over Georgia in overtime. Now the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, Tagovailoa has performed like a video game character in his sophomore campaign, accounting for 1,033 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns and zero interceptions. He can feather a ball onto the chest of a full-sprint receiver 40 yards downfield and Houdini his way around would-be tacklers bearing down on him in the pocket — execute and improvise. ESPN has been calculating Total Quarterback Rating, which seeks to value quarterback play on a 0-to-100 scale while adjusting for the strength of opposing defenses faced, since 2004. The left-handed Hawaiian is in line to produce the top single-season figure ever — by nearly four points. 12018Tua TagovailoaAlabama97.8 92016Baker MayfieldOklahoma91.8 102014Marcus MariotaOregon91.3 72017Khalil TateArizona92.0 62017Baker MayfieldOklahoma92.3 However, that bland cadence hasn’t manifested under Locksley. Considering the second half of Alabama games have largely been a formality — the Tide have outscored opponents 148-20 in the opening 30 minutes — let’s assess first-half play calling. Alabama is taking to the air on 53.9 percent of plays, which ranks 38th nationally. That mark is 13.9 percentage points higher than last season’s average, which ranked 110th nationally. On first and second downs, Alabama’s pass percentage is 40.5 percent, up from 34.5 percent a season ago. Compared with previous seasons under Saban, this year is a clear aberration, like the Indiana Pacers suddenly learning the value of the three-point shot.“(Locksley) really is doing a good job of mixing up the run, the pass, the play-action screens,” tight end Hale Hentges said. “And he’s making a very natural flow to all of our plays and that’s what has made us have success. … He’s an offensive genius.”What once were almost always Mark Ingram carries on second down have been replaced by deranged sequences of Tagovailoa evading a pass rush to heave a cross-body rocket to the back of the end zone for a touchdown.Alabama has already attempted 17 passes that traveled at least 20 yards downfield, in line to finish the regular season with 51, according to data provided by TruMedia. Last season, the team accounted for 50 in 14 games. Only Hawaii (with 27) has accounted for more passing plays of 20-plus yards this season than Alabama’s 25. In turn, the Tide rank third in expected points added on passes (79.34) and second in adjusted offensive expected points added (98.2), according to data provided by TruMedia.“We feel like as a group, collectively, when we go out, we’re unstoppable,” wide receiver Henry Ruggs III said.Unstoppable isn’t far off. Alabama has scored a touchdown on 48.1 percent of its drives, the top mark of any SEC team. Locksley’s unit has only gone three-and-out eight times, in line to produce the lowest three-and-out percentage (15.4 percent) by an Alabama offense since Saban’s arrival by nearly three percentage points, according to data provided by ESPN Stats & Information.The onslaught of points hasn’t gone unnoticed by pundits like Kirk Herbstreit and Tim Tebow, who knows a thing or three about leading an explosive offense in the SEC. Both have posited that this year’s Alabama offense has the makings of the best in program history. Alabama no longer just suffocates its opponent with defense; in 2018, its offense brings the reckoning.
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Twitter The two-time GRAMMY winner will embark on a 6-city fall tour to perform all his biggest hits without the use of his signature studio toolBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2017 – 4:24 pm Two-time GRAMMY winner T-Pain has built an intriguing career path for himself since rocketing onto the scene in late 2005 with his debut LP, Rappa Ternt Sanga, which featured the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit singles “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper).”The singer/songwriter, rapper, and producer built his signature sound around the ability to conjure memorable melodies and a heavy use of Auto-Tune, which gave him his trademark synthetic vocal tones. This combination turned out to be a perfect match for the type of Southern rap club anthems that were a mainstay of the artist’s early outputs.However, a viral performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert podcast series back in 2014 seems like it may have opened new doors for the singer, broadening the scope of his audiences, and paving the way for him to transition into a new sonic direction.T-Pain’s episode of the Tiny Desk series was particularly notable, as it showcased the strength of the singer’s voice without the aid of Auto-Tune, and many fans new and old were shocked to discover the breadth of tonality and expression that he was capable of. Case in point, since the video’s initial broadcast in 2014, it has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube, and even spurred on a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration opportunity when T-Pain saw a young producer and synth player’s from Portland, Ore., post a tribute performance to Reddit..Thanks to the huge audience response that T-Pain has enjoyed in the years following his NPR performance, the singer has decided to move forward with booking a new 6-city “acoustic” tour, in which he will play rearranged versions of his biggest hits, all without the aid of Auto-Tune.Speaking candidly about the upcoming tour, T-Pain has said, “The love and respect I’ve received from my NPR performance has not only shown a different side of me to fans, but it also has introduced me to a whole different set of fans. All I see on social media is how all my fans want to see this in person, live, with their own eyes.”Aminé On Beyoncé, Prince & All Things ‘Good For You’Read more T-Pain To Tour With No Auto-Tune fall-tours-2017-t-pain-will-play-us-shows-without-using-auto-tune News Facebook Email Fall Tours 2017: T-Pain Will Play U.S. Shows Without Using Auto-Tune
Email Twitter Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry? Is Music Moneyball A Reality? music-moneyball-future-our-industry Facebook News The rising prevalence of music generated by Artificial Intelligence creates problems – or opportunities – for the music industryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:09 pm Imagine a world where a computer can write music instantly to suit almost any need. As you may have already guessed, that world is here.Programs like Amper Music and Jukedeck can pump out the jams in seconds, and with tools like Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” algorithms, and artificial experts like Siri and Alexa at our fingertips, the era of music moneyball has, arguably, arrived.While the marriage of AI and music has been decades in the making, a recent court ruling on the viral sensation “Monkey Selfie” may inadvertently provide a portal into future treatment of copyright as it applies to music created solely by AI.In the ruling, which declared that ownership of copyright does not extend to content created by animals, the Copyright Office also deemed ineligible “[w]orks produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author.”This is great news for the many artists who have devoted their lives to developing their craft, as the Copyright Office clearly recognized human input as essential element of protectable intellectual property. However, as the craze of AI mounts step for step with the creation and implementation of AI-created music, the music industry has an issue on its hands that will no doubt require some hard-thought decisions.In a recent guest column for Hollywood Reporter, entertainment lawyer James Sammataro draws up an outline of this complex issue, presenting the good cause for excitement and trepidation alike from various factions of our business before ultimately surmising, “AI is the future of the music industry.” Whether this will manifest as the next “Napster moment” or continue along the path of “plotting the dots between artist and audience…delivering a frictionless musical experience” remains to be seen.One way or another, Sammataro points out that “the technology is a long way from producing a perennial hit like Toto’s “Africa” or a concept record like Pink Floyd’s The Wall”Read More: 4 Top Announcements From Apple’s Live Event
Kolkata: Revellers in the city may be looking at an acute shortage of Ola and Uber cabs in the next two days, as over 5,000 vehicles are slated to be taken off the road. In a statement on Monday, the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild claimed that their delegation had visited the office of Uber in Salt Lake, to address multiple issues. The cab drivers are not getting the same rate of fare as regular AC cabs and are also getting their driver IDs blocked over small issues. When they tried to put their agenda forth, they were allegedly heckled out of Uber’s office, which offended the drivers. As a result, they decided to boycott duty until Wednesday. However, Madan Mitra, president of the guild, has urged them to consider the problems people would face in the festive rush.
PERU — G Adventures’ first-ever Change Makers Summit, held earlier this month in Peru, was no ordinary FAM.Agents had to earn a spot on the trip based on their sales, as well as ‘social good’ entry submissions. They knew the week-long summit would take place in June, but they didn’t know where. Nor did they have advance details about the itinerary, except that they’d see first-hand the impact of responsible travel on local communities.Ultimately more than 100 travel agents from around the world took part in the Change Makers Summit. Travelweek attended the FAM as well.Bruce Poon Tip speaks to travel agents at the first-ever Change Makers Summit (all photos courtesy Vawn Himmelsbach)G Adventures’ novel approach is meant to inspire change in the way FAMs are run. “I’ve been extremely angry for years about the traditional FAM policy of this industry,” Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, told Travelweek during the summit.“I know it’s super controversial when I talk about these FAMs,” he says. “Travel agents don’t get paid a lot so they’re in the travel industry to travel, and the head offices are taking advantage of that by not paying them more and offering these FAMs as their incentives to retain employees.”As a result, many agents pick FAMs based on the date or destination, but “there’s no connection to the operator or why they’re choosing it,” he says. “They’re the face of our company when they’re delivering our brand promise to their customers, and there’s a huge disconnect with this traditional FAM and a lack of innovation in this accepted behaviour of FAMs.”That was the inspiration behind the brand-new Change Makers Summit, which involved 147 attendees from 17 countries, including 15 Canadian travel agents. The FAM included stays in Lima, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as a day trip to Machu Picchu and a ‘Big Night Out’ bash on the last night of the summit.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Poon Tip says previously G wasn’t always getting the right type of agent on its FAMs. But with Change Makers, agents had to earn a coveted spot on the FAM.“The travel agent becomes an instrumental part of delivering our really aggressive brand promise,” says Poon Tip. “Our product is just not commoditized like it is when you’re selling capacity on ships or in resorts.” People don’t know what to expect when they book a trek in Nepal, a bike trip across Vietnam or a river boat cruise up the Amazon. “They have tons of questions, and that’s the role of the agent.”While the summit was a chance to connect with agents, it was also a chance to showcase G’s social enterprise projects. Rather than offering volunteer experiences for travellers (a concept Poon Tip feels can’t be done in a meaningful way on organized group trips), G created the Planeterra Foundation in 2003. This non-profit organization supports social enterprise projects connected to G’s tours.“Planeterra was created because we believe that travel is the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has ever seen and we want to make sure the communities and local people that we visit benefit from travel,” says Victoria Houle, Planeterra’ director of development.Locals can earn income from tourism by providing accommodations, meals, transportation and cultural experiences. So far, Planeterra’s projects around the world have received more than 500,000 travellers.Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Cooperative in PeruPlaneterra lives under the ‘G For Good’ umbrella, which also encompasses the Ripple Score (the percentage of money G spends locally on trip services), Responsible Travel Policies and G Values Fund. “We do this because it’s estimated that out of every $100 that somebody spends in a country on a trip, only about $10 of that actually stays in that community,” says Houle.During the summit, Planeterra announced the next phase in its evolution. The foundation started out with 25 projects, and in 2015 launched ‘50 in 5,’ with 50 additional projects to be completed within five years.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“We’re so happy to say that we just met our goal of 75 projects in total around the world,” says Houle. “We decided we wanted to up the game, so now we’re going to launch ‘Project 100.’ We are going to be adding 25 more projects by the end of 2020.”Travel agents visit the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving CooperativeWhile in Peru, agents visited the Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op in the Sacred Valley. The Planeterra-supported co-op provides an economic alternative for women who previously didn’t benefit from the tourism industry. Today, 60 women are directly employed by the co-op — which uses traditional weaving methods to produce textiles from llama and alpaca wool — but the impact extends to 440 community members, with 10,000 travellers visiting each year.Agents also visited Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, also in the Sacred Valley. All income earned by the restaurant is used for investment in social projects for the community. The project directly impacts 65 people, but also benefits 1,000 community members (the ingredients used in the restaurant, for example, are purchased from local farmers).“My a-ha moment [on this trip] was when we visited Parwa Restaurant,” says Vicky Young, an international travel consultant with Flight Centre in Calgary, one of the Canadian agents who earned a spot on the FAM. “I’ve talked about this project for a very long time with clients.” So seeing it for the first time is something she won’t soon forget.“Seeing how Planeterra has changed that community is incredible — it’s given new life to them and they continue to pay it forward,” says Young. “I feel blessed to be a change maker and come here this week. I know we love changing lives, but I truly feel that all of our lives have been changed by being here as well.” Share Friday, June 28, 2019 Tags: FAMs, G Adventures, Peru “Huge disconnect” with typical FAMS spurs G Adventures to create Change Makers Summit By: Vawn Himmelsbach << Previous PostNext Post >>