Watch How Happy These Kids Are With Their New Musical Instruments Funded By Phish Fans

first_imgAs you can see in the movie, Ms. Howe is a passionate music educator, and her students love her for it. The students in Howe’s kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are able to use the the instruments on varying levels. “I just felt so honored and empowered and I know my students felt the same way,” Howe said. “To say, ‘Hey, these people liked our school so much and our class so much that they choose us to give money too. You guys are musicians, you’re real musicians because these real musicians choose to honor that by giving you money.’”**Watch the video here**Thanks to the Mockingbird Foundation for all you do bringing music education to our nation’s future generations, and to Khara Howe for showing the kids of Winston-Salem the magic of music.To donate to the Mockingbird Foundation, head to the non-profit’s website.[h/t – WXII Winston-Salem] In celebration of Phish’s 13-show Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden this past summer, the board of the Mockingbird Foundation–a non-profit started and run by Phish fans to help promote youth music education–identified 13 of their favorite Phish shows and donated “miracle grants” to worthy music programs near where each show took place (learn more about the program here).One of those donations this summer, given in honor of Phish’s 11/23/97 show in Winston-Salem, was awarded to the music program Winston-Salem, NC’s Easton Elementary School. Enthusiastic young music teacher Khara Howe initially submitted the application for the grant to the Mockingbird, and when her proposal was accepted, she decided to spend the money on simple instruments for her students to use in hopes of instilling them with a lasting love of music.Earlier this week, local news station WXII aired a package about the grant, the Easton Elementary music program, and the positive effect it is having on the kids of the town.last_img read more

KeSPA expelled from the Integrated Korean Olympic Committee, hopes to return

first_imgThe Korea eSports Association (“KeSPA”) has been expelled from the Integrated Korean Olympic Committee, Kukinews has reported. It has later been reported by Inven Global, in English, that although normal rules would state that it would be impossible for KeSPA to enter the Committee again, the situation is different from what was first reported. KeSPA has told Inven that it has indeed been relegated from “official member” to “reserved member”. The reason for the relegation, the report explains, is that since the Korean Olympic Committee and Korea Council of Sport for All consolidated to form the Integrated Korean Olympic Committee, the standards required to retain membership became more complex. KeSPA further explaind to Inven that “the conditions to maintain membership in the Committee became much more strict; an organisation must have six branches within a year and must have an office in each branch”. KeSPA did not expand as such and establish official branches as it did not have such plans, and additionally it was not aware of the plans at the time. Additionally, the association has revealed that among the 24 reserved members that were selected in 2016, 22 groups have actually been expelled from the Committee for not meeting the aforementioned rules.The association further mentioned: “if esports can become an official event in the Olympics/Asian Games, the condition to enter the Integrated Korean Olympic Committee will also be mitigated. We are doing our best to meet the Committee’s new rules”. Esports Insider says: What initially seems a blow from KeSPA seems slightly less so given that 22 of 24 members were expelled which seems somewhat bizarre. What this means for esports, and the Olympics/Asian Games only time will tell, but KeSPA has revealed it will release a statement soon addressing the issue.last_img read more

Zion Williamson is back; so, too, are Duke’s hopes of ACC, national championships

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s healthy, and then there’s healthy, and, to be clear, Zion Williamson was more the latter than the former Thursday night.His pregame layups ignited cheers. A 360 dunk his third time through the line was merely an appetizer for the entree that was to come. MORE: Takeaways from Duke’s victory over SyracuseDuke will be without an injured Marques Bolden, but make no mistake: A North Carolina win in Charlotte would be far removed from any asterisk associated with the previous two. The Blue Devils are a whole different animal with Zion in the lineup. He’s transcendent, jaw-dropping, a human highlight.Zion Williamson is back; so, too, is Duke, and there’s no doubt about it. Looks like he’s feeling OK.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) March 15, 2019Zion was back, and there was no doubt about it.The 6-7 freshman wunderkind scored Duke’s first basket 92 seconds into the game — about a minute longer than he lasted in an appearance for the Blue Devils some three weeks earlier when his sneaker gave way in front of more than 9,000 Cameron Crazies and a former U.S. president — and then followed up that opening score with a steal and tomahawk dunk that turned the Spectrum Center into a madhouse because of course he would.MORE: SN’s updated Field of 68 projections”I wanted to be out there every game,” Williamson said of missing five games with a knee sprain caused by the shoe collapse. “I see my brothers out there battling, and I just wanted to go to war with them.”His return Thursday was more of a skirmish as the Blue Devils (27-5) coasted to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse (20-13) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Orange tied the game early in the second half, but it never felt as though they were capable of spoiling Williamson’s night.Duke fans booed when Jack White failed to see an open Williamson tearing down the sideline for a would-be breakaway dunk. Fans and media had spent weeks building up the legend of Zion Williamson, and they would not be deprived of an opportunity to add to his endless highlight reel.MORE: ACC Tournament TV schedule, scores, live-stream infoAn editor would have chastised a writer for making the script too unbelievable. Williamson didn’t miss from the floor the entire night — just a ho-hum 13-of-13 — and added 14 rebounds and five steals in a performance never before seen in the ACC Tournament’s 66-year history. “I don’t think he missed a shot in practice today, either,” Duke freshman wing Cam Reddish told Sporting News. “Pretty sure he’s like 100 of 100 today.”Almost everything was perfect about his comeback. Aside from nearly being tripped by Syracuse’s Frank Howard and 2-of-9 shooting from the free throw line, the likely top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft was flawless.MORE: Nike says Williamson’s shoe malfunction ‘isolated incident’ “I wouldn’t say perfect,” Williamson said. “I couldn’t really throw a tennis ball into the ocean with my free throws, so I wasn’t perfect.”So maybe he wasn’t “perfect,” but his timing could not have been more so. Duke clearly struggled without the phenom; it stumbled to a 3-3 record to close the regular season. The Blue Devils were swept by rival North Carolina and outscored by a combined 25 points in the two games.Friday night, Duke will get a chance to prove the old adage “Third time’s a charm.” It will have another appointment-television showdown with UNC thanks to the Tar Heels easily handling Louisville in the quarterfinal right before Duke-Syracuse.last_img read more

Allderdice makes shocking turn-around

first_imgby Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier When it comes to the City League, until recently, nobody has looked in Allderdice’s direction to be the big winner. Perry owned the league for much of the ’90s and most of the last decade. Brashear took over and ran the show with back-to-back titles in ’07 and ’08. Even Schenley, who hadn’t won a title in 50 years, broke their championship drought in 2009. But now it’s the Dragons, who are looking to avenge their “non-winning” ways of late, as they’d lost every game for the two seasons prior to this one. If you ask Allderdice’s coach, Jerry Haslett, he’s not afraid to voice his views on his team’s recent success.“I’m not surprised, in fact, I never am,” Haslett said. “The guys worked hard all year last season. They’d worked hard all summer. Actually, they saw each other from 6-8:30 p.m. every day since June 24 when we started at the Riverview Passing League.”Passing leagues are organized instructional clinics for players and teams to receive information on the specifics of the game. “They taught our kids how to play some defense, how to drop in pass coverage, and, most importantly, how to have camaraderie with one another and to play as a team,” Haslett said.At the season’s halfway point, Allderdice is currently sitting at the top of the league standings with Perry at 4-1, overall, and 4-0 in the city.“Winning this year has been amazing,” said Allderdice senior quarterback Mike Pfleger. “It’s an unbelievable feeling. There have been several things that have made us better. One has been that our defense has played amazing. They don’t give up many points at all. Coach has an amazing defensive scheme. He understands every player’s strength and that each player can dominate in each part of the game.”Their offense has made many improvements and progressions, as well, with the emergence of a couple of their skill players. Sophomore running back Patrick Ferguson, dating back to last season, has been one of the league’s most feared runners. “Last week against Westinghouse, I was able to pass for more than 180 yards because their defense kept keying in on Patrick,” Pfleger said.One of Pfleger’s favorite targets, Dominic Gardner, is also one of the reasons they had so much success in that game. “Most of our passing plays are designed for Dominic because of his tremendous skills,” Pfleger added.Allderdice’s next opponent will be Perry at Cupples Stadium Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Their defensive captain, Jared Davis, believes there’s no reason to be alarmed by a Commodores team that has been picked by many to win it all in the city this season.“It doesn’t make me nervous,” Davis said. “We’re all competing for the same thing, the city championship. Hopefully we play together and get done what we hope to and get a win. We’ll run behind our sophomore running back (Ferguson) and pass behind our senior quarterback (Pfleger). We’ll come ready.”Ferguson is also confident that they will come out victorious against the feared Commodores. “We’re ready for the challenge,” Ferguson said. “My job is to gain as many yards as I can to give my team a better chance to put points on the board. I’m aware of that responsibility and I’m ready to get out there and get it done.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Falls At Middle Tennessee, 4-2

first_imgThe Blue Raiders pushed their lead back to two, 3-1, with a win on court No. 6. Match Notes:Drake 12-12Middle Tennessee 16-4Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,6,3,2)  Singles competition1. Tom Moonen (MT) vs. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (2-7), 0-1, unfinished2. Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. Tom Hands (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-23. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Miguel Negre F. (MT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-34. Ben Clark (DU) def. Chris Edge (MT) 6-4, 6-45. Gian Issa (MT) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-2, 6-06. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. Ben Wood (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Drake University men’s tennis dropped a 4-2 decision on the road to Middle Tennessee Saturday.  Print Friendly Version Middle Tennessee went up 2-0 with a straight-set win at No. 5 singles.Drake’s Ben Clark cut MT’s lead to 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Chris Edge at No. 4 singles. The Bulldogs returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center for the first time in over a month as they host Old Dominion and UMKC at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively on Saturday, April 7.center_img Drake’s Tom Hands took the first set 6-4 at No. 2, but Gonzalo Morell managed to win the final to sets 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Blue Raider victory. Middle Tennessee 4, Drake 2Mar 31, 2018 at Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Doubles competition1. Tom Moonen/Chris Edge (MT) vs. #61 Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 3-5, unfinished2. Miguel Negre F./Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. Ben Wood/Finley Hall (DU) 6-33. Max Rauch/Jan Porteset (MT) def. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) 6-3 The Blue Raiders jumped on the Bulldogs early and took the doubles point to go up 1-0. Barny Thorold kept the Bulldogs hopes alive with a comeback victory as he overcame a set deficit to beat Miguel Negre, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball’s Berg to Redshirt this Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University women’s basketball sophomore forward Grace Berg has announced her intention to redshirt the 2019-20 season. Berg will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting in the 2020-21 season. Berg, who transferred to Drake from the University of Missouri, had her waiver and appeal to play at the start of the 2019-20 season denied by the NCAA. The former Indianola standout played in 19 games at Missouri in 2018-19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

A Compressed Explanation of Video Compression

first_imgThis video was first shared by Techquickie. If you want to learn more technical terms check out the rest of the videos in their ‘As Fast As Possible’ series.If you want to learn more about compression or any other post-production term check out the Blog. We have hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you be a better film/video pro.Have any other tips for compressing? Share in the comments below. Trying to wrap your head around video compression? This tutorial explains compression in easy-to-understand language.Video compression is admittedly confusing. We all know that uploading a video to YouTube or Vimeo is going to make the quality go down, but what does that all mean? Why exactly is shooting in RAW files better than shooting in a compressed format? All these questions are valid and they will be answered in just a second, but first, a backstory…Do you remember when you had to create codecs by hand? Now of course I don’t mean actually having to go into the code, but having to choose bit rates, quality sliders, and compression codecs. It was incredibly confusing and it wasted a lot of time. Over time compressing videos has gotten a lot easier, but can still be confusing…especially to beginners.The following video created by Techquickie explains compression in a quick and easy-to-understand video. The video covers:MacroblocksSpacial vs. Temporal CompressionRedundancylast_img read more

Former officers’ plea to respect diversity of Barak Valley

first_imgA group of retired officers has asked a high-powered committee to keep southern Assam’s Barak Valley and the State’s hill districts out of its recommendations on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.The Centre had constituted the 15-member committee, headed by retired Gauhati High Court judge B.K. Sarma, to prepare the ground to implement Clause 6 that states: “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”The retired officers, including a former bureaucrat, said no leader from the Barak Valley was a signatory of the 1985 Assam Accord which ended a six-year agitation to eject illegal migrants from the State.No representatives“The people of Barak Valley and the hill districts, who have their distinct languages, culture and ethnicity, historical and social backgrounds are not a party to that Accord. And obviously the high-powered committee for the implementation of Clause 6, constituted (by the Centre) excluded due representation from the two areas,” the retired officers wrote in a letter to Justice Sarma.They said both the State and the Union governments deliberately refrained from inclusion of any member from the two areas keeping in view “the ground reality and applicability of the jurisdiction” of the panel constituted.“People of Barak Valley comprising Bengalis, Manipuris, Hmars, Dimasas, Kukis, Nepalis, Nagas, Santhalis, tea garden communities and belonging to different religions like Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, etc., are to be excluded from the jurisdiction of your committee,” the letter said, advising that the recommendations be restricted to the Brahmaputra Valley.The group hoped the committee’s recommendation would not hamper the unity in diversity of people and would honour dignity, human rights and fraternity of the inhabitants in the interest of the nation.AABHA concernsHowever, the primarily Barak Valley-based All Assam Bengali Hindu Association (AABHA), has demanded the inclusion of a Hindu Bengali member in the Clause 6 committee. The association also objected to the panel using “misleading” terms such as “indigenous Assamese” and “indigenous tribals” in an advertisement seeking suggestions from stakeholders before September 20.“One-fourth of Assam’s population is Hindu Bengali. It is sad that the community is not represented in the panel when one student’s body has four-five members,” AABHA president Basudev Acharjee said in reference to the All Assam Students’ Union.last_img read more

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

Alabamas Offense Is Now As Terrifying As Its Defense

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. read more