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Hotshots: Ospreys upcoming rugby star Sam Davies


first_imgHow do you feel about winning IRB Junior Player of the Year?I was shocked to be nominated but it was an honour to win. I’m gutted about losing the U20 World Championship final, but this is a bonus picking up this award.Did you start playing rugby because of your dad (Gloucester DoR Nigel Davies)? Not really. I used to play football at Swansea City and I just did a bit of rugby at school. I got a trial for Ospreys U16s a year young and when I got in I knocked the football on the head.Always played fly-half? Yes, and I’ve always been a goal-kicker too. How would you describe your playing style? I like to think I’m a good controller of the game. Kicking is one of my strengths but I can mix the game up a bit too.What are your aims for next season? To get more game time for the Ospreys – I haven’t played in the Rabo yet.Is your dad supportive? Very. He gives me things to work on but he never gets on top of me. It was weird when I played against Gloucester though! He is more confident in me than I am in myself. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS VANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Sam Davies of Wales receives the IRB Player of the Tournament during the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship Final match between England and Wales at Stade de la Rabine on June 23, 2013 in Vannes, France. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images/Getty Images) RW Verdict: Davies’s talent has been recognised with junior rugby’s biggest individual prize.This was published in the August 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.last_img read more


Deftones’ Singer To Perform Inside A Volcano During Secret Solstice Festival


first_imgWith something that can only be filed in the “ridiculously awesome” category, Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has just announced a special set inside of a volcano. After successfully putting on a show inside of a glacier this year, the team from Secret Solstice decided to one-up themselves, launching the appropriately titled “Secret Solstice Presents Inside The Volcano” series.The show will feature a solo set by Deftones singer Chico Moreno with a few special guests inside the dormant magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur volcano. The band and twenty extremely lucky fans will be flown from Reykjavík to the top of the volcano, and will descend into the magma chamber via an elevator that’s been special set up for this special performance in a unreal location.Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime set here.last_img read more


No. 82: Pirates’ 1-0 win at Texas clinches winning season


first_imgPedro Alvarez (24) follows through on a run-scoring double off of Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports WriterARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.“It’s going to touch a lot of people on a lot of different levels. We are aware of it,” Hurdle said. “Everybody’s here for a reason, and that’s to knock down things we haven’t done in a long time.”Before rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-7) threw seven scoreless innings with a career-high nine strikeouts to win a pitcher’s duel against Yu Darvish, the Pirates hadn’t had a winning season in more than two decades — since the last of their three consecutive NL championship series appearances under manager Jim Leyland. Their last postseason before that was the 1979 World Series championship team.“We don’t really understand what the fans have been through. I know it definitely puts a smile on their face when they see that No. 82 up there,” Cole said. “We’re extremely happy to be able to make them feel like we’ve got a winning team out there. But we’ve got a few weeks ahead and those are going to be some real big games.”Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee.The Pirates (82-61) didn’t get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd’s two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez, mired in a 5-for-41 slump over 12 games, followed with a double.They finally have their winning season after taking the opener of a three-game interleague series between wild-card leaders.“It’s a huge deal for me. It certainly thrills me to be a part of that,” said Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell, the shortstop on that 1992 team.“I understand the significance of this game, the 82nd win, more than probably at least most of the players here,” said second baseman Neil Walker, the team’s first-round pick in 2004. “As big as this win is for the city of Pittsburgh and the organization, and as big a deal as the media is going to make out of it, we still have a lot of baseball to play. We’ve got a lot of games we need to win, we’re in a tight race.”The Pirates moved within a game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which swept Pittsburgh in three games over the weekend.Texas lost for the fourth time in five games, and still needs one more win to clinch its fifth consecutive winning season. The Rangers dropped two games behind idle AL West-leading Oakland.Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings. He threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg.Manager Ron Washington said the move was precautionary.“We needed him to step up and he stepped up tonight, he really threw the ball well, he moved the ball around well, he kept it down in the zone, he did a good job,” Washington said. “He’s in great shape. It’s just something that flared up. If that’s all that’s wrong with him, and the way he pitched out there tonight, I’ll take it.”Cole got out of a self-induced jam in the sixth after consecutive walks to Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios, his only walks in the game. Andrus got his 38th career stolen base — the Rangers pulled off a double steal when Rios reached before Adrian Beltre grounded out.“The sixth inning could have gotten out of hand,” Cole said. “I was just able to get the ball down on them.”Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 12th save in 14th chances to close out Pittsburgh’s 16th shutout of the season.The Rangers said Darvish started feeling the cramps during the seventh. There was a short delay after the Rangers took the field in the eighth before Tanner Scheppers came out of the bullpen.“It’s minor,” Washington said. “No level of concern.”NOTES: It was the 14th 1-0 game ever at Rangers Ballpark, which is in its 20th season. It was the second this season, both Rangers losses. … Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen had a leadoff triple in the ninth. He was thrown out trying to score on Justin Morneau’s chopper to second baseman Ian Kinsler. … Rangers LF Jim Adduci left the game after his at-bat in the fifth inning, when he sustained a right biceps strain while striking out. … Darvish upped his major league-leading strikeout total to 246. … Beltre was 1 for 22 over six games before his two-out single in the ninth.last_img read more


Blues Brothers Tribute Band Plays ‘Music on the Plaza’


first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Blues Power Revue – “Jake and Elwood” and a seven-piece band – will play a dynamite show at Port Plaza on August 1 at 7:00 pm.  The seasoned musicians and impersonators offer all the hits and humor that made American cultural icons of the one and only Blues Brothers!Port of Olympia is proud to be a partner with the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) in the 9th annual Music on the Plaza.  The event is part of the ODA’s Music in the Park series which is now in its 35th year of bringing free music and fun to our downtown.Again this year, the ODA extended Music on the Plaza until 8:30 pm (and extra half hour) giving the community more time to enjoy the sounds of Blues Power Revue on the downtown waterfront.All other concerts are scheduled for Fridays at 7:00 pm in Sylvester Park.last_img read more


RB RiverCenter Announces Holiday Hunt, Window Winners


first_imgRED BANK – Red Bank RiverCenter has announced the winners of its two new holiday promotions.During the holiday season the agency expanded its calendar to include a new event, the “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” during which shoppers visited 50-plus participating businesses in search of a hidden character inspired by the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers gathered stamps for every character they found, and once 15 were collected they entered to win Red Bank gift cards that can be used at 150 borough businesses. Three winners were drawn and received Red Bank gift cards. They were the Bemy family from Highlands, the Mullens from Rockaway Beach, N.Y., and the Mazzuccas from Fair Haven.The movie theme continued with the return of the window decorating contest. Businesses were invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie of their choice. Some of the movies featured were A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.The winning window was at Lux Beauty Store, 88 Broad St. with the theme Twas the Night Before Christmas.“I had a lot of fun with it and shared with all of my customers,” owner Linda Martino said. “I’m thrilled with my win.”Martino will receive $500 in advertising dollars to use as she wishes. YESTERcades at 80 Broad St. was a close second with their painted A Christmas Story window, and rounding out third place was Rue Royale Couture at 24 Monmouth St. with The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, of course, with Cindy Lou Who.Shoppers voted online for their favorite windows and Mackenzie Leary of Ocean­port was the randomly drawn winner of a $50 Red Bank Gift Card. RiverCenter thanks all who participated.For more information about upcoming Red Bank events, please contact Red Bank RiverCenter at 732-842-4244 or visit www.ACoolLittleTown.com.last_img read more


Marvel’s “Agent Carter” uses Santa Anita Park as Backdrop


first_imgGood news race fans! Whether you’re into Marvel Comics or secret-agent shows, see one of our favorite spy track down a suspect at The Great Race Place.Can you see Santa Anita Park in the below promo?Courtesy of the Los Angeles Magazinelast_img


Loving Dark Matter Rather Than Light


first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There are two ways to describe dark things in science.  One is phenomena we know exist, even if invisible to us, because we can measure their effects with instruments (X-rays, infrared radiation).  The other is darkness as a placeholder for something not yet explained.  Cosmologists have been talking about “dark matter” for decades now, and “dark energy” since the 1990s.  Which category of dark ideas are they?  Whether scientifically valid phenomena or placeholders for ignorance, one thing is clear from recent articles: much more knowledge is needed.Still in the dark about dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter, the mysterious stuff thought to make up about 80 percent of matter in the universe, has become even more inscrutable.”Variable dark energy could explain old galaxy clusters (New Scientist): Astronomers don’t even know what dark energy is, but now a Spaniard wants to twiddle with it.Little galaxies big on dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter… It came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang.”  That’s how to talk with chutzpah about something nobody understands.Revolutionary new camera reveals the dark side of the Universe (PhysOrg): Now here’s an article about real stuff: ordinary electromagnetic radiation in the submillimeter range, being detected by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.Nobel Winners Keep Eyes on the Real Prize: Solving Dark Energy Riddle (Live Science): Three men got a lot of money from the Nobel Committee for “discovering” dark energy.  Now they want to discover what it is they discovered; “the force has yet to be directly detected, and the concept remains shrouded in mystery.”Could dark matter not matter? (PhysOrg): Some Italian has come up with a way to explain the rotation curves of galaxies without appealing to dark matter, but others are skeptical.Back to the dark ages (Live Science): A tiny smudge of red light boasts great things: “The newfound galaxy is so ancient that it and others like it may have played a role in the transition from the so-called ‘dark ages’ of the universe — a period before the first stars formed when a thick hydrogen fog permeated the cosmos — into the universe we see today.”  Remember that the early medieval period was called the Dark Ages by those who felt themselves enlightened.  Is history repeating itself?This is a taste of the quandary over dark things in space.  To some, dark matter must be real, because otherwise clusters would fly apart and galaxies would spin out of control.  Dark energy must be real or else we cannot explain the brightness of distant supernovae.  To others, appeals to unknown dark things sounds mysteriously like some of the occult forces ditched by scientists in the past, like phlogiston, animal magnetism, and caloric.  Time will tell if and when the light of knowledge will overcome the darkness.How long do you give scientists to propound occult forces?  Another decade?  Another century?  A millennium?  If there is no time limit on verifying these things, then science has become indistinguishable from magic.  Mesmer would feel vindicated.Dark matter is the flubber of astronomy.  Nobody knows if its MACHO or WIMP-y, nobody knows why it is there, and nobody knows its origin or destiny.  All it does is make consensus theories work.  OK, astronomers, maybe you’re right; there is dark matter and dark energy out there.  We’ll grant a little more time for science to try to explain this stuff, but we’re not going to fall for the flubber theory forever.  Cosmologists: if you don’t want angels, demons and intelligent designers in science, then stop giving us your own version of the occult.last_img read more


A sleeping beauty discovered


first_imgKhanyi MagubaneI am a fully fledged and proud citizen of the concrete jungle.The noise pollution, bumper-to-bumper traffic, bright city lights, the fast-paced life, a quick lunch here, a Long Island ice tea cocktail after work with a friend, which makes way for a book launch at 6pm and soon after that I have to dash for a dinner appointment at 8pm, get home around 10, check e-mails, Facebook and send messages, watch a bit of late-night TV and, before I know it, it is after midnight on a work night. I am a self-confessed city-slicker.When I recently had to travel to East London, or eMonti as it is popularly known, for a friend’s wedding, I was initially excited at the prospect of leaving the home for a few days, but also panicked at the thought of being bored stiff in a small town where, I had been forewarned, nothing happens.When I arrived there I was pleasantly surprised to see my name scrawled across a board held by a smiling airport shuttle driver. In the car Luvuyo wasted in no time telling me East London was great fun, and I was going to enjoy it. I didn’t want to offend him, but I wasn’t so sure.Driving through the town and watching the locals going about their business, it was wonderful to reminisce about the carefree joys of small town living. Having grown up in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, I know it too well. Although no-one could ever tell, now that I’m completely urbanised.I decided I would put away my city snobbishness and explore the town.With only 880 000 residents East London, I discovered, boasts the best of rural, cosmopolitan and coastal beauty.This makes it easy for visitors with eclectic tastes like myself to find something appealing which, in this case, was a type of contemporary country living.First all, I learned that East London is not a town, as I had patronisingly called it, but is, in fact, the sixth largest city in South Africa.It has an interesting history. The British set up the city in 1836 as a military post, used during the frontier wars with the Xhosa people. The arrival of German settlers gave the area a much-needed economic boost.In 1873, East London was given town rights, which have since been upped to city status. Lying on the coast of the Eastern Cape province, it now forms part of Buffalo City, one of South Africa’s six metropolitan municipalities.It is South Africa’s only river port, set on both the Buffalo and Nahoon Rivers with the Gonubie River flowing around it.The local township of Mdantsane is reputed to be the second-largest in South Africa after Soweto.Many of Mdantsane’s inhabitants are people who were forcibly removed from what was then known as East Bank in East London. East Bank was a multiracial residential area, similar to Sophiatown in Johannesburg.When apartheid laws forbidding people of different races to live together came into effect, the blacks of East Bank were moved to Mdantsane, which was situated within the former Ciskei “homeland”.My home for three days in East London was a brightly red painted bed and breakfast guesthouse called the Red Pepper River Lodge.Overlooking the Gonubie River, the lodge was first class … a city slicker like myself finally felt at home. I had all the amenities I deem necessary for basic living: an ADSL line for internet, a wide flat-screen TV, a cellphone charger adapter, a feather-soft bed, clean towels and top it off, a beautiful view.By now, I had to admit it, I was relaxed. My host was gracious and left me to my own devices. I took the opportunity to swim and read an epic novel had I started many months ago, without considering time. I chastised myself for underestimating the calming effect this city would have on me.The day of the wedding, I was hungover and could hardly wake up. My cousin and I, accompanied by two good friends also attending the wedding, had managed to find a nightclub for “a drink or two” and some music. What was meant to round off a nice quiet dinner ended up being a nightlong extravaganza. We danced and drank until four in the morning to extremely good music – a mixture of new songs and old ones we hadn’t heard in a long time.At one point we decided to get disciplined and leave the club, but no sooner had we reached the car park than an old favourite tune came on and, without even discussing it, had to go back. We were hopeless and happy.Fast-forward to the wedding, there we were, the four of us standing outside the wedding chapel, hiding behind our sunglasses, feeling extremely tender and wishing for no sudden movements.After what seemed to be forever, our friends were eventually pronounced man and wife and we were only to happy for the reception to start so we could sit down and get some food and drinks into our dehydrated and famished bodies.On the flight back home the following day, I reflected on the past three days in East London. It felt like I had been there for a really long time. It’s funny how time can take on a different dimension when there is no pressure to be anywhere or do anything.I must spend more time outside of Johannesburg. I get so entangled in its hustle and bustle that I forget that there is a world of beauty in my country, waiting for me to discover it.There’s one thing I would change, though. I couldn’t find a single place that made Long Island ice tea in East London, so next time I’ll travel with a blender and a book of cocktail recipes. A girl needs her comforts.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more


Why YouTube’s Election Hub is Fizzling


first_imgTags:#marketing#web#YouTube Related Posts YouTube’s livestreaming Elections Hub received a swell of press coverage at launch, but come its first event – the Republican National Convention – the number of viewers was pitifully small. Do the low numbers result from the site’s lack of an adult audience, the difficulty of generating political interest among younger viewers, or ineffective promotion? Turns out, it’s all those things.YouTube partnered with big names for its Elections Hub: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera English, ABC News, BuzzFeed, Univision, Larry King and YouTube favorite Philip DeFranco.  Every partner except for Buzzfeed, DeFranco and Al Jazeera English struggled to get 1000 views of its on-demand content during the RNC and leading up to its Democratic counterpart.    Low Viewership is No SurpriseThe low numbers aren’t surprising, according to a YouTube spokesperson who requested anonymity, as site executives didn’t expect the Elections Hub to be an overnight success considering the average age of the YouTube demographic is in their teens.“We’re very happy with how the Elections Hub is going in these very early days of the political cycle,” wrote the spokesperson in a statement to RWW. “It’s a long-term play that we hope is a great resource for people between now and November 6.” (The spokesperson added, “between live-stream views and views of on-demand video, there have been millions of views of the video on the YouTube Elections Hub since it launched on Wednesday,” but declined to provide specifics. It’s likely those millions are solely DeFranco’s.)Success with Internet-Savvy AudiencesThe list of highest-performing partners – Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed and DeFranco –  makes sense as all three have a strong Web presence and appeal to a young Internet-savvy audience. DeFranco, who is a YouTube staple, generated at least 50,000 views per video (approaching 1 million on some). Millennials have left comments on his political videos along the line of, “I’ve never voted before, but now I think I will.” DeFranco fans swing Democratic, judging by the relative popularity of his videos, so high viewership of his RNC coverage is telling of his charisma.Conversely, YouTube Elections Hub shows that are meant to appeal to older audiences are failing. Some on-demand episodes of the Larry King Live Web show – presenting guests like Ben Stein and Tanya Acker –  have struggled to break 100 views.  Larry King has more than a million fans on Twitter, but apparently none of them are watching him on YouTube.Ineffective PromotionNonetheless, YouTube is committed to the project. “We’ll keep supporting the Hub with marketing and promotion on YouTube so that people know when major political moments are taking place, and they can check them out live,” the YouTube spokesperson wrote. This advertising strategy is problematic because YouTubers who are already on the site and interested in the election are clearly watching DeFranco’s coverage, and a DeFranco fan would not watch Larry King Live and may not have even heard of him. DeFranco heavily promotes his own shows and does not rely on the video site to promote his Elections Hub programming.Many Election Hub partners are not promoting their own YouTube coverage themselves, perhaps relying on the Google-owned company to do it for them.  Chaotic PartnershipsEven more confusing is the disunity: At press time, New York Times was livestreaming an interview with a pundit about the upcoming DNC through a video player on its own Politics front page, not through YouTube; visit the New York Times Election Hub page on YouTube and no stream of that interview can be found. Then there is a video of New York Times’ Jim Roberts interviewing BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith from the RNC floor on the impact of social media during this election cycle (President Obama on Reddit, tweets about Romney’s VP pick, Ryan) that has only 200 views. This video was not embedded on the New York Time’s site or even linked to BuzzFeed.Checking the ABC News and Wall Street Journal sites reveals a similar lack of promotional coordination.YouTube’s Election Hub won’t be the “long-term success” that the Google-owned company hopes for if the partners don’t bother doing the legwork themselves. Cross-promoting is social media (and YouTube) 101.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordogh 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more