Djokovic, Nadal through, Kerber Out

first_imgThird seed Kerber, who has yet to advance past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, lost 6-2 3-6 6-3.The German, 28, lost her opening matches at the Madrid and Rome tournaments and a shoulder injury ruled her out of Nuremberg last week.Bertens, from the Netherlands, won the title in Nuremberg.“First rounds are always tough in the tournament, especially for me. What can I say? It happens,” said Kerber, who stunned Serena Williams in Melbourne to win her maiden Grand Slam title earlier this year.Also yesterday, Britain’s Johanna Konta and Laura Robson went out of the French Open first round without winning a set.Konta, the British number one and 20th seed, was outclassed 6-2 6-3 in 64 minutes by Germany’s Julia Goerges.Robson, who has been beset by injuries over the past two years and fallen to 329 in the world rankings, lost 6-2 6-2 to German 28th seed Andrea Petkovic.Their defeats mean Heather Watson is the only British woman through to the second round in Paris.Konta’s rapid rise up the rankings came on the back of upsets at the US Open, where she reached the fourth round, and Australian Open, where she made the semi-finals.She went into the year’s second Grand Slam with hopes of another lengthy run but world number 57 Goerges played an exceptional match.The German, who was once ranked in the top 15, crunched 30 winners in the match compared to just four from Konta.“I try to always do a really good job of leaving my work on the court. No one died. I’m healthy,” said Konta.“I’m not going to beat myself up too much. I think it’s always important to be kind to yourself.”Robson used her protected ranking of 58 to play in Paris but that runs out next month, meaning she will need a wildcard to get into Wimbledon.Her ability to hit winners remains but too often the 22-year-old relied solely on her power and a tally of 37 unforced errors in 16 games against Petkovic told its own story.Robson, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013, will now hope for some morale-boosting wins on grass to help her move up the rankings.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seed Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal eased through to the French Open second round with comprehensive victories.Djokovic, a defeated finalist in three of the last four years, beat Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-1 6-1.Nadal, the 29-year-old Spanish fourth seed, took only one hour and 20 minutes to overcome Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1.Earlier, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber was beaten by world number 58 Kiki Bertens.Nadal, who hit an astonishing winner through his legs in the third set, will face Argentine world number 99 Facundo Bagnis in the second round after taking his career French Open record to 71 wins and two losses.Djokovic will face Belgian Steve Darcis next, ahead of a potential third-round encounter with British number two Aljaz Bedene in the third round.Seventh seed Tomas Berdych brushed aside Vasek Pospisil in straight sets in the opening match on court one.last_img read more

More than £300m worth of talent! Best XI transfer targets featuring Liverpool and Man United players

first_img Kevin De Bruyne and Gareth Bale have both been linked with big money transfers 1 David De Gea: Man United’s goalkeeper continues to be linked with a move to Real MadridDani Alves: The Barca right-back is out of contract in the summer and has not agreed a new dealMats Hummels: Borussia Dortmund stopper has been heavily linked to Man UnitedJohn Stones: Chelsea are rumoured to be eyeing Everton’s England international as a successor to John TerryFabio Coentrao: Could he be offered to Man United as part of the deal to take De Gea to Real?Sami Khedira: The World Cup winner will leave Real Madrid in the summer when his contract expiresPaul Pogba: Figures in the region of £70m are being discussed for the Juventus midfielderRaheem Sterling: Arsenal, Bayern and Man City have been linked with the Liverpool flyer, who does not want to stay at AnfieldKevin De Bruyne: The Wolfsburg forward has scored 10 Bundesliga goals and created 20, which has seen him linked to Man City in a £35m transferGareth Bale: After just one poor season at Real Madrid, reports claim Man United want the forwardAlexandre Lacazette: Lyon’s striker has scored 27 goals and the club president says €50m would not even be enough to land him Which players would make up your team of best XI transfer targets? 1 What. A. Team.Below are 11 reported transfer targets, who have been linked with lucrative summer moves. Every one of them are likely to command huge wages and those with time to run on their contract, will cost a fortune.last_img read more

Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools

first_imgSeamus McDaid of Football Special fame is the guest speaker at this year’s Donegal ETB Enterprise Day for Schools and Youthreach Centres, it has been confirmed. Now in its sixth year, the annual event for post-primary school students and Youthreach learners from across the county takes place on Wednesday 16th October in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The aim of the event is to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship in a fun way to young people with the support of entrepreneurs and business people from across Donegal. Last year over 200 young people from seventeen schools and Youthreach centres from across the county participated.Seamus has only recently returned from the United States where he was the founder of McDaid’s Beverages USA and spent eight years there as the company’s US Business Development Manager.Having worked before this in Australia, he has now returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He has lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who will participate in the day.The day involves each team developing a product, from materials provided to them, on which they are judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup.This includes pitching their product to panels of business judges. Teams are given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Seamus will speak to them about entrepreneurship success and failure.The day also includes fun activities, ice breakers and team-building games with staff from Donegal ETB’s Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley commented: “We are delighted that Seamus has agreed to speak at our Enterprise Day this year.“This is one of Donegal ETB’s keynote events for students and learners across the county to encourage the key skill of entrepreneurship in a creative and fun way. “We really appreciate Seamus and a host of other entrepreneurs and business people giving up their time on the day to support the young people.”Last year’s winners of the Enterprise Day was St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs, while other previous winners have included Finn Valley College, Carndonagh Community School and Deele College.Dr Isobel Cunningham, lecturer in LYIT’s Department of Business and one of the organising group members said, “LYIT is delighted to be involved with Donegal ETB in supporting this exciting event for Donegal’s young people again this year.”Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evolutionists Struggle to Explain Language

first_imgTheories of language evolution don’t rise much higher than ape chest-pounding, monkey screams and imaginative speculations.It’s another Big Bang Theory. The origin of human language remains just as puzzling today as it was in Darwin’s time. Many stories have come and gone, but they lack scientific rigor. The evidence we have shows that complex, grammatical language is unique to humans, but that hasn’t stopped evolutionists from trying to bridge the gap by conjuring it up from the bottom up (studying ape antics) or the top down (studying humans).Top DownMarcus Perlman (U of Wisconsin-Madison) has attracted attention for his new theory that language began by vocalizations and gestures together, rather than by gestures alone. In “Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades,” he describes the problem on The Conversation:Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones? One basic unanswered question is whether the first languages began as gestures, like modern-day signed languages of the deaf, or as vocalizations, like most extant human languages, which are spoken.Unfortunately for scientists interested in these questions, languages don’t leave fossils. So instead, experimental psychologists like me try to understand how language evolved by conducting communication studies with modern human beings.Perlman gathered participants to play a game where they had to use charades to invent new words. He says that the invented words tended toward onomatopoeia, like scratchy sounds to indicate “rough” or quick, high-pitched sounds to indicate tiny. But what about grammar? Here, he leaps forward in his imagination:Iconic gestures, which can be understood even when communicators lack a common language, can then be molded into a system of signs and grammatical rules that are shared between members of a community. Over time and generations, they can develop into a fully complex and expressive language.But can studies on fellow humans who already grew up speaking in grammatical syntax reveal anything about the origin of languages? The participants knew they were playing games concocted by the experimenter. At best, Perlman’s idea is heuristic; at worst, purely anecdotal – an outworking of his precommitment to materialistic evolution.  He himself recognizes the limitations of his work, only suggesting that it offers a “glimpse of how language could have evolved” —But what do these findings say about the bigger question of how the first languages originated? Certainly great caution is warranted in generalizing to the evolution of language from experiments conducted in the laboratory with English-speaking undergraduates or online with Mechanical Turk workers.But our experiments do show that the human potential to create iconic vocalizations is quite impressive, far exceeding many previous estimates that have influenced scientific theories of language evolution….Importantly, our claim is not that spoken languages must then have evolved exclusively from vocalizations. Rather, our argument is that there is considerable potential for vocalizations to support the evolution of a spoken symbol system….Yet even if language has multimodal origins, our study hints at the intriguing possibility that many of the spoken words of modern languages may have long ago been uttered by our ancestors as iconic vocalizations.His statements rank high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI). If anything, the empirical evidence he cites supports the conclusion that humans are unique. The equipment for language was already present; therefore, language did not evolve. Nevertheless, Perlman’s theory was picked up semi-enthusiastically by the science media as evidence for evolution, despite its debunking of the gesture-origins theory of language:Spoken language could tap into ‘universal code’ (Catherine Matacic at Science Magazine): “Sotaro Kita, a psycholinguist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study, says the Perlman work is ‘theoretically very important,’ and could ‘knock out’ a common explanation for language evolution: that humans developed gestural language first, and only much later moved on to spoken language. Instead, says Kita, it is much likelier that gestures and spoken language evolved in lockstep.“Human language may have started differently than thought (PhysOrg): “These findings, the researchers claim, suggest that it appears more likely that our ancestors used both hand-signals and noises to convey meaning, which over a long period of time, evolved into more complex sounds that came to be associated with common ideas among multiple people.”It might be predicted from a design perspective that human languages would have commonalities. That, indeed, is what Science Magazine reports: despite their differences, human languages “evolved” to make communication “as efficient as possible.” But is their Genesis reference a Freudian slip?Have you ever wondered why you say “The boy is playing Frisbee with his dog” instead of “The boy dog his is Frisbee playing with”?  You may be trying to give your brain a break, according to a new study. An analysis of 37 widely varying tongues finds that, despite the apparent great differences among them, they share what might be a universal feature of human language: All of them have evolved to make communication as efficient as possible.Earth is a veritable Tower of Babel: Up to 7000 languages are still spoken across the globe, belonging to roughly 150 language families. … Yet despite these different ways of structuring sentences, previous studies of a limited number of languages have shown that they tend to limit the distance between words that depend on each other for their meaning. Such “dependency” is key if sentences are to make sense.So how did that evolve? They don’t say. After the suggestive phrase that languages “have evolved,” the E-word never again appears in the article. Instead, they talk about how existing sentence structures make sense in terms of efficient memory processing. Maybe there was some good sense, not just babble, behind Babel.Bottom-UpAt the other end of the gap, evolutionists look at monkeys and apes for clues they are evolving into language speakers.Marmoset kids actually listen (Science Magazine): In this article, readers can feel the tension the big-bang theory of language creates, along with a wistful longing to smooth it out for Darwin:Undergraduate linguistics courses typically present language as unique to humans. Chomsky and others have postulated a language organ that evolved in hominids. This idea found modest support in the lack of evidence for vocal production learning (imitating sounds) in nonhuman primates. But did language suddenly emerge in the Homo lineage as a “hopeful monster” who could learn new sounds and meanings? Evidence for vocal learning in nonhuman primates is now emerging, and in hindsight, looking at vocal production learning as the sole evolutionary precursor of language might have been shortsighted.Trying to bridge the “evolutionary canyon” between apes and humans, authors Margoliash and Tchernichovski discuss a paper by Takahashi et al., that studied vocalization development in marmosets. They found hope in “evidence for a developmental process, rather than its endpoint, which reveals a shared developmental program for animal communication and human language.”  But where did the developmental program come from? Bypassing that conundrum, they think “This indicates an ancestral developmental program that is shared not only between humans and other primates but also across mammals and birds.” Doesn’t that make it worse for evolution? Did the common ancestor of birds and mammals have this? Why not say that dinosaurs and alligators had it? Their discussion, also high on PCI, is heavy on “emergence” because they are determined to explain language in Darwinian terms:How can we relate these behavioral results to an evolutionary process? Perhaps, just as evolution can be understood as a modification of a developmental program, we could think about vocal learning as a modification of a program for vocal development. The early stages of vocal development are remarkably similar across taxa…. The infant produces highly diverse but loosely structured vocalizations, a cloud of sounds from which distinct clusters gradually emerge. This indicates a transition from a continuous, graded signal to a weakly symbolic vocal performance. Call types then undergo further differentiation and selective attrition. A process for combinatorial capacity emerges.This comes dangerously close to Haeckel’s “recapitulation” theory if they think the baby is replaying the tape of its evolutionary past. Let’s see if they pursue that: “A single explanation for the complex factors influencing changes in vocal developmental patterns over evolutionary time is unlikely to emerge. However, Takahashi et al.‘s findings point to an ancient substrate for vocal learning that an evolving large hominid brain could take advantage of, thus continuing the evolutionary process that has enabled communication in other animals.”Not quite recapitulation, but close. They leave the origin of the “evolving large hominid brain” to others.Gorilla my dreams: “Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think,” Science Daily suggests in its headline about Koko the gorilla.  This is another bottom-up approach, looking for language in our supposed nearest of kin. The local expert is, once again, Marcus Perlman. “Koko bridges a gap,” he says. “She shows the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It’s not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control.”Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language (National Geographic). Forever in love with the ape-to-man transition (see also “Nut-Bashing Monkeys Offer Window Into Human Evolution“), NG promotes Neely Ann the Bonobo as a budding philosopher just slightly less precocious than Einstein. Liz Langley channels what Neely Ann is thinking. “As we watch the bonobos, I think I hear a vocalization called peeping—a short, high-pitched sound bonobos make with their mouths closed,” she whispers. “Peeping, which is very similar to the burbling of human infants before they form words, may tell us more about the evolution of human speech.” As Langley left, she missed Neely Ann burbling, “I peep, therefore I am.”Speaking humans exist. Gorillas exist. Marmosets and bonobos exist. To be empirically rigorous, evidence for bridges between them in the unobservable past hardly rise to the level of anecdote.Evolutionists use language to destroy it. Did you notice? They are not just peeping and burbling. (On second thought…). They are at least attempting to appeal to abstract concepts that are not reducible to onomatopoeic sounds. “Truth,” for instance, sounds very different between languages on different continents, but refers to the same abstract reality. These evolutionists assume free will, consciousness, thought, morality, and other Christian concepts to undermine them. They use language to destroy it, to rob it of its significance. If all they are doing is peeping and burbling because evolution developed the capacity for vocalizations somehow, then nothing they say makes any sense.Nancy Pearcey has a new book out, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes. It looks pretty good for pointing out the materialist’s propensity for the self-refuting fallacy. Listen to her on ID the Future explain how materialists freeload from the Christian worldview to espouse their ideas, because they know they cannot derive them from their own assumptions. That applies to their theories of the “evolution of language” as well. “The evolution of language” is itself a self-refuting concept if it has to stand on its own as mere vocalization by material brains and vocal cords. Without logical concepts to which the words refer, the sounds of the words signify nothing. A parakeet can be taught to imitate the sounds. If humans are analogous to parakeets, they are not dealing in matters of truth, logic, or morality. (Visited 608 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2017 Corn Planting Cab Cam – Dusten Watson, Sandusky County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over 7 inches of rain has not only kept Sandusky County farmer Dusten Watson out of the field for a few weeks, it will keep him in the field a little longer with some replant acres. Ty Higgins from The Ohio Ag Net met up with Watson just outside of Bellevue for the latest Cab Cam.last_img

Maker Madness Event Center

first_imgClick on the map to find a Maker Madness event near you!Whether you’re a Social Butterfly or a Nature Lover, a Stats Geek, Traveler, or Puzzler (take the quiz and find out your geocacher type), it’s time to say thank you to a geocache maker near you. From March 28 – April 7, geocachers around the world will join together to celebrate the people in their community who make geocaching possible. We call this celebration Maker Madness.Every geocacher who logs an “Attended” at a registered Maker Madness event will earn a Maker Madness souvenir.Take a look at these tips for hosting an event that will have your guests inspired to go forth and create their own magical geocaching experiences:Maker Madness Souvenir Image1.) Think ahead. The best geocaches are not just thrown together willy- nilly.  They are a labor of love that take time and careful planning. The same should apply to your Geocaching Event. Do you need to make reservations for a venue? Do your guests need to bring their own creative supplies? Keep in mind that you have to submit your Geocaching Event at least 14 days prior to your Maker Madness celebration, which means that Monday, March 24th is the cut off date for your online submission. You will also want to submit the Maker Madness registration form as soon as your event is published.2.) Think collaboration. Geocaches are a gift to the community. It’s time to get the community together to give back to those who make geocaching tick. To maximize the number of geocachers at your event, check to see if there is already another event published in your area. If there’s already an event, be a team player! See if you can help the event host with planning their event.3.) Think education and inspiration. Are you an accomplished geocache maker? This is your chance to share your mad skills and big brain with your fellow geocachers. Incorporate a class or workshop into your event to show others how you implemented your best creations, or teach them the very basics of geocache making. Imagine what it would be like if every one of your guests walked out of your event inspired to make their own awesome creation. Imagine all of the cool, new geocaches to find!4.) Think celebration.  We heart geocache makers and we know that their local (and world) communities do too. If you yourself are not a maker, this is your chance to celebrate your favorites! Organize an event to show your appreciation, showcase their geocaches, and maybe even ask them to share a few of their best tips and tricks with all of their fans who attend the event.We hope that these tips will help you to spread your creative geocaching juices, inspire a new generation of awesome hiders, honor your favorite makers, and (let’s hold nothing back) make your event the very best Maker Madness bash ever.A few things to remember:Dates: March 28 – April 7Don’t forget to register your event after it has been published by a reviewer. Events that are not registered will not qualify for a souvenir.You can check to see if your event or an event you are attending has been officially registered here.Share photos and stories from your event with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.And don’t worry – special Maker Madness GeoCoins, Tags, Trackable Patches, and T-shirts coming soon to Shop Geocaching!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMaker Madness: How to Register Your EventFebruary 13, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Dear (Aspiring) Geocache Hider: Earn a SouvenirMarch 10, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Geocache Makers Now Have Their Own MarkMarch 16, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

The Media Machine Behind the Dallas Stars

first_img5:30 – Doors OpenAs fans enter the arena (in an alarming amount of red Blackhawks jerseys) we head to the elevator bay and go back down into the control room. The room is abuzz with chatter over little game-time details. Danby places his laptop into his bag, and together we walk out to meet with the game personalities to go over last-minute notes.As we turn the corner we encounter several players, like Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg, warming up by playing soccer in the tunnel. We walk past the team and head into a dressing room. There Danby meets with the Celena Rae, the on-camera personality that hosts game promotions and giveaways. She also leads the crowd in the STAR-Spangled Banner.We head back out into the tunnel and towards another elevator bay, which will take us to the media level. As we near the elevator, Danby gets word that they have found a fan in a Sharp Blackhawks jersey who is willing to exchange for the signed Stars jersey. We hop on the elevator and head up to the top level.In the press box we run into the arena DJ, Michael Gruber. “Grubes” and Danby talk about a few of the planned bits and the soundtrack for the game. The two are hopeful for a good game. “We should kill them tonight,” says Danby. To which Grubes replies, “Hope so. If not, [the production crew] will kill it.”Danby leads me down the corridor into his corner office. From here, he will direct the entire in-arena experience.6:00 – Warm-upsIt’s just after six o’clock and Danby is getting situated high above the ice. He shares the corner box with the lighting technician, who is already setup for the game. Danby stretches and then puts on his headset as fans are finding their seats. He has a direct communication line to the control booth, as well as specific crew members scattered throughout the arena.Danby hits the talk button to verify that the warmup video is ready and that the crew is set. He looks up to the scoreboard and notices that the nose of the Chicago logo is cutoff. He chuckles and calls down to visual effects director Jeff Neal to say he enjoys the little jest.6:18 – Danby calls for VIXI to go onto the video board. VIXI is a broadcast platform for social media. Fans can send photos of themselves at the game via Twitter or Instagram. Once approved by the staff, the images are sent into a revolving slideshow on the video board. The slideshow will play until production begins.6:20 – The first video of the night hits the board, an advertisement for the NHL, followed by a promo spot for Fox Sports. Beside Danby is a preview monitor showing the feed from four cameras, two font packages, and the Crossfire system — dubbed XFIRE A and XFIRE B. The camera crew is already on the hunt for Chicago fans in the crowd. When interesting characters are found, they will make note of the section number so they can cut to that fan later in the game.6:28 – Danby says it’s go time for warm-ups. We get word that the Stars players are walking out of the locker room. The lights go out. Cue Music – Cue Lights – Take Camera 1. We are now live as the players hit the ice for warm-ups. I leave Danby at his post and make my way back down to the control room for the first period.GAME TIME – First Period6:42 – In the control room, Terri McCormack is already calling shots, rapidly cutting between the four cameras that are up during warm-ups. Most staff members in the room are rocking back and forth in their chairs, dancing to the music in the arena. On the preview monitors, we see a child received an autographed hockey stick — the footage is immediately saved to be shown later during the game. The same goes for a family of three: the dad a Stars fan, mom a Hawks fan, and a baby at their first game.6:45 – Warm-ups are now over. The teams leave the ice and we cut to an XFIRE package with another NHL ad.6:50 – The director is calling for stats from the font operator, while also asking for a heads up when the player is on screen. The Zambonis are making laps as the previously mentioned Winnipeg and Colorado highlights play on the board. The highlights roll into a packaged interview with Patrick Sharp before returning to VIXI fan photos until the call comes in for the opening graphics.6:56 – Terri McCormack wishes everyone a good game and begins the countdownTen seconds! Five. Four. Three… Dissolve! Roll!Cue Crossfire and the Stars opening package plays. The lighting technician turns on the fog machines attached to the giant star lowering from the rafters. Once the star is in place, the crew waits for their signal.7:03 – I can see the players are lined up in the tunnel on the preview monitor. All of a sudden, the booth loses the feed from Camera 9. McCormack tells the cameraman to cycle his power.7:04 – “Now taking the ice, your Dallas STARS!” We cut to Camera 3. The crowd watches the back of Captain Jamie Benn exiting the tunnel and skating onto the ice. We cut to XFIRE for the player intros.7:05 – Camera 9’s signal comes back just as the national anthem begins. Celena Rae sings beside a military member, as the director cuts to Camera 9 for player reactions.7:07 – Dissolve to a graphics package as cameras move into their positions.7:08 – The puck drops and things get intense fast. Seconds into the game, the Stars are called for a penalty. The XFIRE Penalty Kill elements hit the video board immediately — but it doesn’t matter. Chicago scores thirty-four seconds into the game.Perhaps the most interesting note out of that rapid run: the crew still reacted as fans. They’re disappointed in the start, but still hopeful the team can quickly turn things around.During the stoppage after the goal, the director calls for a close-up shot of Jamie Benn. When the camera sets, they take the shot and add a lower third. They stay on Benn until the puck drops, and then they cut back to the TRUCK.That’s the standard routine for game play. During play, the TRUCK camera is primarily used. This wide shot follows the action of the ice. As soon as a whistle blows, they cut to a close-up for any of the other in-arena cameras. When a particular shot is needed, a call is made down to the camera crew to find a player.As the TRUCK is once again fed to the video board, McCormack calls, “Goose on the whistle. Find me Goose.” Goose is the nickname given to Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. As soon as the whistle blows, they cut to a close-up of Goligoski and add a lower third with his game stats.During longer breaks, video bits start to roll.7:32 – The puck flies out of play. “Replay! Anyone got it?” asks McCormack. “Working on it. Ready Blue,” comes from the other side of the room. “Take Blue.” Blue is the name of the second replay desk. Out on the video board, the crowd can already see the replay in action.7:33 – During the stop in play, the director cuts to XFIRE. A previously taped video of the mascot beating up a Chicago fan plays as the cameras prepare to cut live to the fan giving up his Sharp jersey. The board goes live during the  jersey exchange. The mascot, Victor E. Green, takes the Blackhawks jersey and begins to wipe his bottom. The entire booth starts to laugh and misses a cue for a cut. “Ah! Well, there goes the Emmy for tonight.”7:38 – “Damn,” echoes throughout the control room as Chicago scores for the second time.7:40 – Cheers erupt as Tyler Seguin scores for Dallas. XFIRE plays the GOAL elements on all the ribbon boards as the cameras cut to fans around the arena.FONTS! 91 Seguin Ready? Replay! Ready with the Seguin goal? Go!7:45 – Chicago scores a third goal. “C’MON!” roars from the back of the booth. With little time left in the first period, Chicago will head into intermission with a 3-1 lead.7:55 – Players leave the ice as XFIRE plays local advertisements until the replay team is ready.7:57 – The first period replays are now on the board.During intermission, the entertainment team will take the ice, as everyone in the booth resets for the next period. At this time, I exit the control booth to roam the arena for the remainder of the game.GAME TIME – Second and Third PeriodDuring the second period, I make my way down to the Zamboni entrance to catch the camera crew at work. Armed with a Grass Valley LDX 80 Series camera and an apple box, the cameraman stands at ice level catching many of the action shots.Opposite the Zamboni entrance is the Ice Girls entrance, where an in-arena cameraman captures both game footage and crowd reactions. As I head to his vantage point, a police officer asks my intentions. He finds it hard to believe I’m there to watch a cameraman and not the ladies. I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to ever say so. As luck has it, we score a great photo of the cameraman capturing footage of the crowd that is sent live to the video board behind him.The second period draws to a close. Chicago has taken a commanding 5-1 lead. I’ve kept my eye on the video board, only to notice that some of the extra jokes planned at Chicago’s expense have not been shown. They’ll be shelved for a later game against the team, one in which the Stars have a better chance.The second period highlights are sent to the video board, then the packaged “Chicago fans texting” video plays. The big reveal of a Chicago fan texting while on a blind date with a Stars fans scores big laughs.During intermission I head back up to the platinum level to catch Josh Bogorad live on Fox Sports. He is accompanied by a single cameraman and a producer timing out the commercial breaks.I make my way past fans and toward the broadcast booth as intermission wraps up. There I catch a reporter from WGN in Chicago finishing his recap of the first two periods.The rest of the booth is set up for Dallas play-by-play and color analyst duo Dave Strader and Razor Reaugh. At the center of the booth is a table at which the pair stands. They are not featured on camera during play, so they are free to watch their monitors and keep up with stats. On the edge of the broadcast booth are two barstools, a single Grass Valley camera, and two ARRI 650 lights.I finally make my way up to the 300 section to see the two cameramen up in the fixed locations high above the fans. From their vantage point, they use Grass Valley cameras with a Canon DIGISUPER 76 or Fujinon DIGIPOWER 99 lens to capture the games. These two cameras are semi-permanent and used for both Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks games. As soon as the third period draws to a close, the cameras are covered and locked in position.The video board returns to a graphics package as fans exit the arena. It’s then I check my phone to see that the NHL Facebook account has already shared video of Chicago’s third goal.Just after midnight, the Dallas Stars have shared the Inside Edge video recap. By eleven o’ clock the next morning, the Stars Facebook page shares links to the game recap, post game interview with Coach Lindy Ruff, and final thoughts from Razor.Final NotesThough it was a tough loss for the team, the media department still offered fans quite a few laughs throughout the game. The speed of their production is nothing short of amazing, as this crew has every little detail down. By the time the recaps hit the web, they prep for their next home game.Production wise, this crew showed off tremendous talent. The culture has grown out of the leadership of both Jason Walsh and Jason Danby. The two make a very strong case for being the best producers in the league. The Dallas Stars invite PremiumBeat to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the video production and broadcast of an NHL hockey game.Images from Caleb Ward, PremiumBeatIt’s just past noon in Dallas, Texas. Tonight the Dallas Stars take on their division foes and defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. This year, the Stars have been atop the league in a dominating form not seen in Dallas in decades.Though the team has seen its ups and downs the past few seasons, either just missing or barely making the playoffs, one thing has been consistent — the fantastic media team. From in-house video production, broadcast, and even social media, the Stars are seemingly unrivaled in the delivery of their content.Few NHL teams, like the LA Kings, have kept fans as engaged and entertained as the Stars. Perhaps the most well known thing about the media team is the constant stream of jokes coming from the Stars jumbotron.With all the excitement in the back office, tonight’s game resembles the potential playoff match this game will become. The following is a recount and inside look at what it takes to bring such an exciting match to the fans in the arena and to those watching at home. This is a look at the NHL Dallas Stars game day video production.12:30pm – ArrivalI’ve just arrived at the American Airlines Center (AAC). The venue was recently named the 4th busiest arena in the United States and 10th busiest in the world. Deep in the heart of Texas, the AAC hosts hundreds of events and concerts every year, as well as playing home to the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars. The success of the venue has allowed them to constantly upgrade the arena with the latest tech, much of which I will soon get a glimpse of.I walk over to the administration doors and head through security. Upon entering the building I am met by the Senior Director of Game Presentation, Jason Danby. Danby will be my guide for the day, showing me around the arena prior to puck drop.A little bit on Jason Danby – He worked on sports game day packages throughout college, creating elements for football, basketball, swimming, and other sports. He landed a job with the Dallas Stars as an intern in the Public Relations department. He would later move into a role as a video editor with the team, working his way up to his current position. He just started his tenth season with the Stars.Danby leads me towards the control room, which is located on the ground floor underneath the north side of the arena. Directly over my head are sections 112 and 113. The tunnel is currently housing all the additional seating used for basketball games. We walk past some vending machines and the elevator bay, making our way into the control room.We enter a tech mecca absolutely filled with screens, workstations, a seemingly endless array of data servers, and a switcher board only rivaled locally by AT&T Stadium – home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Danby tells me that the success of the venue allows them to have equipment many sports teams only dream of. It also doesn’t hurt that the Dallas Mavericks share the space, as Mavs owner Mark Cuban is known for his dedication to creating the ultimate fan experience.It’s still early for a 7:00pm game, so the control booth is mostly empty at the moment. Danby and I jump into conversation, as this is the only downtime he will have today. We talk about his time working video boards in college and his growth with the Stars organization. For those of you with no knowledge of the franchise, Danby joined the Stars in the middle of a tumultuous decade.His first year with the team was after the NHL owner’s lockout of 2004-05. The lockout left a large impression on him, as he saw the team struggle to get fans back in the stands after an entire season without hockey. Unbeknownst to Danby at the time, those years would be incredibly formative in regards to fan engagement.As the years progressed, the Stars fluctuated as a team. They once reached the conference finals in 2008 and later flirted with playoff births, ultimately unsuccessful most years. In 2010, then-owner Tom Hicks’ company defaulted on a bank loan backed by the Stars and interest in the American Airlines Center. The team went bankrupt and was then managed by the National Hockey League. The Stars were auctioned off and purchased by Tom Galgardi, ushering in a new era for the team.When Danby switched into a production role, he was one of only a handful of crew members in the media department. Since the team found new ownership, the entire franchise has benefitted — and the media department has grown enormously. Danby is quick to credit his own boss, Jason Walsh, for the growth.Image via TM TelevisionJason Walsh has been with the Dallas Stars for nearly twenty years, now serving as the teams Vice President of Broadcast and Entertainment. Other teams in the NHL only manage their internal video production, and leave the television broadcast to a regional station. Walsh heads both the in-arena team and the broadcast team, something that sounds like it shouldn’t work — but in Dallas it somehow does.All video production, as well as radio and arena entertainment, goes through Walsh. On game days, Jason Walsh will work the broadcast truck as the lead producer and Jason Danby will run all in arena video and entertainment. Back at the team’s headquarters in Frisco, Texas, Walsh’s office is part of the media department cave. That office has grown under his leadership. Where the team would once hire contract editors and video producers, the Stars now have full-time employees in house.Quick side note on the office location: Frisco is 35 miles away from the arena, meaning the staff has to be incredibly prepared with all elements. The team uses XD discs, a VPN, and external drives a majority of the time — so if something is left behind in the office, it would take a staff member at least an hour to bring the material to the arena.Editors like Jerry Miranda, Hunter Harrington, and Kevin Harp produce hundreds of hours worth of content. In the office, a majority of the work is done in AVID on the ISIS server. The server includes footage from the past decade, while older material is archived on discs in storage. Additionally, editors have the Adobe Create Cloud, allowing them to do quick work in After Effects if needed.Miranda is known to edit videos with a “lot of heart and emotion.” He often produces the major opening videos seen on the center hung video board. Harp and Harrington produce many of the video bits and interviews seen in-arena. Harp also works as the production editor during games, working the Crossfire broadcast system that sends all element packages to the board. Many of those elements include the fantastic graphic packages rendered by Jeff Neal, the teams Director of Visual Effects.While Danby and I are deep in conversation, Kevin Harp has been loading all the footage into Crossfire — working with the audio technician to verify all that elements with sound are functioning correctly. For example, if a referee blows a whistle, Harp will have the Power Play graphics package ready to hit all of the boards. This includes the center hung boards, the ribbons around the arena, and the two large boards on the north and south sides.Also in the room is Shae Bryan, the production coordinator. She is currently finalizing minor details in the scripts and timelines. I can see her verifying the schedule, ensuring a future game is indeed at 7:00 and not 7:30. These are the little details she will hand over to the broadcast duo of Dave Strader and Daryl “Razor” Reaugh.As the four of us sit in the control room, I ask when we should expect the rest of the crew. I’m told “any minute now” — realizing that time had already been flying by.2:00 – Call Time for CrewAs we await the arrival of the crew, Danby and I get into the creation of content. He explains the creation of his “11 Parameters” that were born out of the NHL lockout. He tells me about the first time he sat down and went through every single game day element that had been produced up to that point. If he had no emotional response, he immediately killed it.At the time, the team was simply listing information on the video board. List of starters, scratches, opponents rosters, safety warnings, etc. All of that content was removed. He tells me that shows can get cluttered really quick, so the ineffective stuff was to be removed and replaced with player content.This is one of the biggest steps the media team first took. Instead of showing a list warning fans to watch out for flying pucks, they filmed a player issuing the warning. That content worked on two levels. It accentuated the warning and got fans to pay attention, while also showcasing the player.Those videos worked and have since spawned dozens of other player segments played throughout games. The freedom the media department has allows them to take more risks. As they have received such positive reaction to their risks, they’ve been able to push the envelope further. This is where other teams in the league (and other leagues) struggle to compete with the Dallas Stars.This is show business. If it’s not entertaining, it’s not good. You have to find a way to may things entertaining. Most other teams lose it because of how corporate it is.The 11 Parameters include plenty of check points like “informative, entertaining, hockey-centered,” but most important is sponsorship. Content that is sponsored is guaranteed to play over bits that they may or may not have time for. By having so many players featured in segments, the team has found sponsorship increasing. That said, producing player content has to be scheduled months in advance.Content for the entire season is planned in the summer months, just after the NHL releases the schedule. They set focus on division rivals first, determining ways to poke fun at the team. It should be noted I said team, as the media department does enforce their own rules in regards to their jokes. They don’t identify individual players on the opposing team. They pick the appropriate way to make the best jokes without using adult humor. They know to push the line, but not cross it. If the Stars suffer a tough loss, fans can still leave the arena with a good bit or joke.After divison rivals, the Stars set eyes on other opponents. Recently they have taken to poking fun at the teams from Canada. They gained national headlines for their jokes about Justin Bieber’s arrest when playing the Toronto Maple Leafs. Against Vancouver, the Stars tortured their own fans by only playing songs by Canadian natives — Nickelback. Danby tells me that the Stars players were trying not to laugh after four songs – in total they played twelve.Tonight the team has a packaged bit targeting Chicago fans. When the Blackhawks last played in Dallas two months prior, the media team sent a camera man into the stands to capture Chicago fans texting on their phones. Tonight, they will premiere a bit showing what Chicago fans were typing on their phones.The success of the bits have also allowed more joke content produced with players. A majority of the player videos are shot during Media Day. Players like Antoine Roussel, one of two French born hockey players in the NHL, hosts Cinema of Antoine, in which he jokingly reviews classic French films. The Stars also have two goaltenders from Finland. Together they speak in the native tongue in Words With Finns. The goal is to get fans to guess what they are saying. Most recently the players said (in Finnish): “Words with Friends isn’t that popular anymore, but this is a great pun.”Danby tells me that the media team can never lose sight that this is all about the team and the players. The added benefit of this content — it appeals to the part of the crowd that is immune to sports.It’s a variety show. The video team is the wingman. We get [the players] to look good. Highlight them, or when they are down cause a diversion.The crew members are starting to arrive. One of the first to walk in is director Terri McCormack. Terri has called over 1000 Dallas Stars games. (She also directs the massive video board for the Dallas Cowboys, as well as countless television shows.) During the game, Terri is the one actually calling the shots. She will direct the entire crew in the control room and the in-arena camera crew.McCormack has a choice of nine camera angles during the game. Several camera crew members will be shooting with an array of Sony XDCAMs, including the Sony PDW700. Danby tells me that “XD is the way to be” and that he and Jason Walsh have been trying to make XDCAMs the standard within the NHL and Fox Sports. The team also just purchased a new Sony HSC-300RF.  The camera crew also uses a Canon 7D to capture fan footage for bits. Additionally, GoPros are mounted in each of the penalty boxes.A majority of the crew has now arrived. The replay crew has jumped into editing highlights from the previous games against Winnipeg and Colorado. They are using the EVS replay system to create the content that will play prior to the game. They notice not all the footage is available, so Danby heads down to the broadcast truck to grab a copy of the game. He’s back in two minutes. Work continues immediately.Next to enter is font operator Ben Rebstock, who quickly grabs a seat and opens up Lyric Pro. The program allows him to edit all the text that will appear on screen. He immediately gets to work typing the names of the referees, starting players, and the Happy Birthday list. The text elements are layered over live video footage, Crossfire elements, or used to create original images. Rebstock is behind many of the humorous lists the Stars have become known for.3:00 – Birth of a BitNow that all of the crew has arrived, Danby announces that they will be shooting a bit in the control room for next week’s game on Valentine’s weekend. The premise is a contagious disease causes people to sexually play an inflatable saxophone to the tune of George Michael’s Careless Whisper. A prepackaged bit will play before cutting to live footage of the mascot handing out inflatable saxophones to the crowd, ultimately ending with a font package wishing fans “a very saxy Valentine’s day.”This will either be the worst bit, or a 6 out of 10.If the jokes don’t work in the edit, they will kill it. Without question, the whole crew is ready to get in on the shoot. They know that they have to really embrace it to sell it. For the next thirty minutes, Hunter Harrington shoots the crew with the Canon 7D. He will be the one ultimately responsible for shooting and editing the piece.After they wrap the bit, each crew member finishes up their final duties before heading to lunch. Terri McCormack meets with the replay crew to go over timing. The font packages are finalized, and the Crossfire system is all set for the game. Before heading to lunch, Danby makes a quick announcement praising one of the team members for their hard work over the last week. He hands them a game-used puck from the last Stars game.4:00 – Lunch BreakWe leave the control room to walk down the corridor to the lunch room. I stand in line with a cavalcade of staff members, from the facility crew to broadcaster Razor Reaugh. I grab some tilapia and veggies and head to a table to sit with Danby and some arena staff members. Over dessert, Danby tells me about all the little details that go into every game.It’s weird to plan so much ahead of time. But if something goes wrong, it’s my fault.It’s then I hear of the plan to find a fan wearing a Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks jersey. (The Stars acquired Sharp from Chicago during the offseason.) The goal is to get a fan to take off their Sharp Blackhawks jersey and exchange it for an autographed Sharp Stars jersey — and of course catch it all on camera. After lunch, Jason Danby and Hunter Harrington convince me to be part of the Valentine’s Day bit. The original idea was to have me walk up to a ticket booth to purchase tickets for the game, but in an inspirational moment — the bit drastically changes direction. They want to convince the television broadcast crew to be part of the Valentine’s video. Without second guessing the idea, they grab the camera and we head up to the platinum level.5:00 – The Broadcast BoothThe platinum level is the middle tier of the arena. The section houses many of the venue’s box seats and corporate-sponsored bars and dining areas. It also houses all of the broadcast booths. On one side of the arena is a section for the play-by-play and color crews, and the north end houses the Fox Sports television booth.The Fox Sports booth is a semi-permanent fixture in the arena. The booth has a high-end broadcast table, a Sony HXC-100 affixed to a tripod, and two FloLight FL-220AW lights on each side of the camera. There are three large monitors — one used by the camera man, one used by the announcers, and one affixed to the table.It’s at the Fox Sports booth that I am introduced to Josh Bogorad, the television host of the Stares pre-game, intermission, and post-game reports. Together we will quickly shoot a part of the Valentine’s Day bit. Though he is initially hesitant, he soon buys into the concept. We wrap in a matter of minutes.As we pack up, a cheer of “STARS!” echoes from below. It’s the American Airlines Center staff moving into position as they prepare to open the doors. last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a big win for us,” said Alapag, whose team is now at 3-0 (win-loss) with a game against the tough Singapore Slingers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palami gives Etheridge a pass: He has to secure Cardiff position, too SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I felt like tonight was a great early season test for us considering we started a bit behind from the other teams and Formosa’s been off and running from the start,” said Alapag.But the battle of two of the top teams in the current Asean Basketball League season eventually ended in an 86-72 rout as Renaldo Balkman fired 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while PJ Ramos added 16 points for the Philippine club, which got significant contributions from its bench, particularly from Pao Javelona’s 11 points built around two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think our bench played great tonight,” Alapag said. “Their energy, you know, Pao (Javelona), Josh (Urbiztondo) came in and hit shots, Brandon (Rosser) and Lo (Domingo) were great grabbing rebounds just with their energy, and I think they bought our starters enough time to finish the game.”And it bought the team’s top guns added rest minutes as Alab tries to end the year with a victory. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLThe last thing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag wanted—especially with just a day’s break sandwiched between two tough outings—was to get dragged into a dogfight in the first of those two matches.But that was what Alab got for three and a half periods from the Formosa Dreamers Friday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd announce departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarezby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have announced the departure of goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.Alvarez worked closely with David De Gea at Atletico Madrid before the pair reunited at Old Trafford.No reason has been given for his departure – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did bring in his own senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis in the summer.Solskjaer said: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club. We all wish him well for the future.”Alvarez joined United in 2016 and was an enormous figure of support for De Gea – particularly during the Spain international’s crisis of confidence at the end of last season.Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more