Maurice Brown Performs Two Tracks From Upcoming Hip-Hop/Jazz Album [Watch]

first_imgMaurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but the Grammy-Award-winning trumpet virtuoso has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. Specializing in jazz, hip-hop, and blues, Brown is dedicating 2016 to his own band with a highly anticipated album coming out in June, entitled “The Mood.” Recently, he brought his outstanding band to CongaHead to perform a few original compositions from the new album, “Moroccan Dancehall” and “Stand Up.”“Moroccan Dancehall”“Stand Up”last_img read more

Vampire Weekend Teases New Songs In “120 Minutes Of Harmony Hall Guitars” Release [Watch]

first_imgVampire Weekend recently shared a two-hour long audio clip titled “120 Minutes of Harmony Hall Guitars”, which teases their new song “Harmony Hall”, set for release this Thursday, January 24th. “Harmony Hall’s” upcoming release will also be accompanied by a new tune “2021”.Recently, frontman Ezra Koenig revealed that Vampire Weekend will release an 18-track double album, FOTB, which will be preceded by the band releasing two new tracks from the record, once a month through March. The upcoming songs will mark Vampire Weekend’s first new material since 2013.Pitchfork notes, “the ‘120 Minutes of Harmony Hall Guitars’ video features a graphic labeled ‘The Sacred Tree of the Sephiroth,’ and shares a structure with the traditional ‘Tree of Life’ diagram used in Jewish Kabbalah doctrine.” Watch Vampire Weekend’s new “120 Minutes of Hall Guitars” video below:Vampire Weekend – “120 Minutes of Hall Guitars”[Video: Vampire Weekend]Head to Vampire Weekend’s website for more information and a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.On a recent podcast episode of the “Time Crisis” radio show, Koenig dove into his love for Twiddle, marveling the band’s festival Tumble Down, as well as their song “Jamflowman”. Fans can click here to listen to the entire episode in full.[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

Dell EMC Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in 2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays… Why This Really Matters

first_imgDell EMC is certainly proud to once again be recognized by Gartner as a leader in the recently published “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”, but to look at this MQ in isolation would be missing the forest for the trees.  Instead, it’s important to interpret Dell EMC’s placement in the larger context of our customer’s transformation journey.The Journey is the End-StateDell EMC declared 2016 the “Year of All Flash”, and many organizations are rapidly adopting our all-flash solutions to help them accelerate their IT and business transformation journey.  But no two organizations are alike when it comes to transformation and not surprisingly many organizations still rely upon traditional general-purpose arrays within their data centers.  This is why Dell EMC’s positioning as a leader in the General-Purpose Disk Array market is so important.Customers want and need complete choice and flexibility on their transformation journey and they want to rely upon one vendor to address all their challenges.  And while Dell Technologies and Dell EMC both have individual positions in this year’s MQ due to research and customer reference checks happening pre-merger, the important takeaway is that our solutions are recognized within the Leaders quadrant – and will only get better now that we’re one company.Furthermore, a core tenet of our portfolio strategy is to provide customers with the ultimate in choice and flexibility regardless of the problem they are trying to solve.  That means offering market-leading solutions for both general-purpose arrays as well as solid-state arrays.  We’re also enabling choice and flexibility with software!  Dell EMC recently announced we have boosted the capabilities of our mid-market proven SC Series (formerly Compellent™) storage arrays by making them interoperable with the world’s leading portfolio of storage management, mobility and data protection solutions formerly only available to EMC customers. By rapidly extending key software capabilities to include the SC series, we enable our customers to mix and match our storage products and services within their enterprises while taking advantage of a common user experience with the same storage management, data protection and mobility capabilities.Isilon is a another mainstay in general-purpose disk arrays that lends its success as the #1 scale-out NAS array to Dell EMC’s overall storage market leadership. With more than 10 years of market growth and over 7,000 customers, Isilon continues to rapidly evolve and innovate to meet our customers’ growing demands for storing and analyzing unstructured data-based workloads. In fact, Gartner’s first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File System and Object Storage published last month provides a more detailed look at Isilon. Click on the link above to find out what Gartner thinks. If you ask us, t’s pretty clear the industry recognizes that Isilon is leading the scale-out file system market due to its stability, high data efficiency, management simplicity and the high level of customer satisfaction.It’s All in the JourneyUrsula K. Le Guin once wrote, ‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  This adage is as true in business as in life; transformation is the journey and organizations need to be able to rely on their trusted vendors to help them get from where they are to where they want to be.The good news is that as customers journey towards all-flash storage as a pillar of the modern data center strategy, Dell EMC is with them every step of the way. We believe this bears out as evidenced by our leadership in both the general-purpose MQ as well as our recognition in the leaders quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.Dell EMC has been recognized as a leader in 21 Gartner Magic Quadrants. We feel this position in Gartner’s latest report lets the world know what our customers are experiencing every day—that Dell EMC delivers choice and flexibility with world-class products to meet business needs today, tomorrow and beyond. This recognition supports our belief that no other vendor is better equipped to enable digital transformation than Dell EMC.View the full report from Gartner, “2016 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays”.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Selected by Buffalo in the 1962 draft, Stratton spent his first 11 seasons with the Bills and finished his career with the 1973 Chargers. He was a three-time All-AFL player and earned second-team AFL All-1960s team honors.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found deadPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems.” — The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden. The Bruins call the moves “temporary business stabilization measures” and go into effect April 1. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs. Forbes Magazine estimates the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.— Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting. Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma. Toppin led the way in one of Dayton’s greatest seasons, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team and He beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for AP player of the year honors.NFL-PANTHERSBridgewater inks dealCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract.A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSJays GM proposes 7-inning twinbills if season beginsUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is pitching an idea to help big league teams squeeze in more games once the season resumes. General manager Jim Rutherford says Guentzel has not encountered any setbacks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. Guentzel was expected to need 4 to 6 months to recover, but Rutherford indicated his high-scoring forward is near the front end of the timetable.Guentzel had 20 goals and 43 points in 39 games this season before the injury.TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLUS Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girlsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. March 25, 2020 Atkins is floating the prospect of playing seven-inning doubleheaders, allowing MLB to add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. Seven-inning twinbills have long been a staple of minor league baseball.Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Blue Jays were set to begin the 2020 season at home against the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon.In other baseball news:— Injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. Judge didn’t play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Judge will be evaluated again in a few weeks.— Major League Baseball will air 30 games across its digital platforms on Thursday, giving fans plenty of hardball to choose from on an opening day postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.The lawsuit was filed in February by three female runners who say they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Bridgewater replaces 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, who was released on Tuesday after nine seasons with the team. Bridgewater enters his seventh NFL season after spending four seasons with the Vikings and two with the Saints.NFL-BILLS-OBITEx-Bill Stratton diesUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills say former star linebacker Mike Stratton has died due to heart complications stemming from a recent fall. He was 78.Stratton was part of a Bills defense that holds the pro football record of not allowing a touchdown rushing in 17 consecutive games, spanning the 1964-65 seasons. Associated Press The Tokyo Games were scheduled to begin July 24. Several countries last weekend called for the Olympics to be postponed until next year, but the IOC did not decide to push back the games until Tuesday.In other developments news related to the pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. The officer says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it’s too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back.— The NHL has announced that it is postponing the scouting combine, the league awards ceremony and the draft due to the ongoing uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus. All three events were scheduled to be held in June, an impossibility if the league resumes its regular season and holds a full playoff schedule. The NHL added that the draft and draft lottery will be announced when plans are finalized. — NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.— Experts are pointing to a Feb. 19 soccer game as one of the biggest reasons why the Italian city of Bergamo (BEHR’-gah-moh) has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. On that day a third of the Italian city’s population made the short trip to Milan to watch their team play Spanish club Valencia. Nearly 2,500 fans from Spain also traveled to the match. Two days later, the region’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was reported. More than a third of Valencia’s team eventually became infected following what some are calling “Game Zero.”COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOPPIN-NBAToppin entering NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Dayton All-American forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is entering the NBA draft after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decisionUNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating. Former teammate Charles Henderson posted on social media that Edwards died of complications from the new coronavirus. The Associated Press couldn’t independently confirm Henderson’s account.Edwards held the single-season school record for assists for more than 25 years. He averaged 13.5 points for the Aggies and is second to Alex Caruso on A&M’s career lists with 602 steals and 228 steals.NHL-PENGUINS-GUENTZELGuentzel progressing nicelyPITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s possible that Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) could return sometime this season if the NHL is able to resume the campaign. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-DAVID EDWARDSFormer Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards dead at 48COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards has died at 48.last_img read more

Area HS coaches adapt to lack of spring sports season

first_imgSchools across the state closed in mid-March, just as tryouts and practices were about to get underway. Gradually, hopes for any kind of season flickered away as the number of infections and deaths climbed at the local, state, national and worldwide levels.On April 27, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association canceled its slate of state championships. Four days later, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools would stay closed for the rest of the academic year.Among the many sports that never got started was track and field, where long-time West Genesee coach Jim Vermeulen said his challenge was to see that his athletes exited the crisis with a firmer and deeper perspective on life. Whether young or old, newly-hired or long-established, high school sports coaches are accustomed to facing change, whether it’s new students on their rosters or rules changes or some other unforeseen challenge.Dealing with the loss of an entire season before a practice or game could take place falls into a whole other category.Among the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the entire 2020 spring sports season, a reflection of similar cancellations across the country of all activities having to do with schools. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In his “Thoughts From Three” journal for the NY MileSplit web site, Vermeulen discussed, at length, what he was sharing with the kids he coached.“The virus had created a virtual “pause” in society, and that pause has offered my athletes the chance to dampen the daily noise and to use social distances to find themselves,” said Vermeulen.“The goal is to emerge on the other side of the pandemic with stronger appreciations and less-distracted convictions. For the athletes, this uniquely stripped-down form of daily life presents the chance to appreciate what it fully means to ‘be an athlete.’”Later on in the journal, Vermeulen shared stories from some of his athletes, who talked about altered training routines and even doubts about whether they even wanted to be on the team.It concluded with the coach continuing his conversation with them all the way to the end of the school year.“At times, the pause is as important as the push,” said Vermeulen. “And since coaching is teaching, I could easily offer my distance runners a one-question final exam: Briefly describe what you’ve learned this spring about your running.”Switching to softball and baseball, where the snow had melted in mid-March and teams were set to have a rare opportunity to practice outdoors, and on the field, when the schools closed.That affected, among others, the Solvay softball Bearcats, the 2017 state Class B champions and expected to be quite strong again this season.Veteran Solvay head coach Phil Merrill was about to start his 31st season. He said he, like so many others, could not have predicted that a pandemic would wipe out an entire year’s worth of work getting ready for 2020.“‘Ive dealt with weather-related seasons or seasons with kids sick, but nothing to this extent,” said Merrill. “I personally miss being at the field hitting infield, outfield or batting practice.”Yet even as he expressed his dismay at how things turned out, Merrill kept the whole issue in perspective.Not being around the kids is making me feel my age (and) they kept me feeling young,” he said.  “I hope if things workout, that we can get back to high school sports by next season (and I) hope the kids can bounce back from this as well as our whole country, because this is far more serious than high school sports.”Up at Marcellus, where its boys golf team still has a spring schedule, head coach Joe Goss, who has led the program for 25 years, had his own set of challenges to face.“We had 16 players signed up, from Sean Colella, who made it to the state tournament the past two seasons, to kids who really are just starting to learn to play,” said Goss.“Since I know all the kids from school, I was excited to work with this group of personalities, but we will wait. This area has responded pretty well to the distancing rules so inconveniences are just that, and not devastating sorrow.In the meantime, Goss said that he kept in touch with all of his players through establishing mental drills to learning about the Mustangs’ home course, Sunset Ridge, and also learning about the rules of the game. Tags: MarcellusSolvayspring sportsWest Geneseelast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse takes to the court in Orange-White scrimmage

first_imgSyracuse played publicly in the Carrier Dome for the first time on Friday night in the Orange vs. White scrimmage. It was the first opportunity for SU fans to see Buddy Boeheim, Jalen Carey, Robert Braswell and Elijah Hughes in Syracuse Orange. Comments Published on October 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

MTG, parent company of ESL & DreamHack, to split into two entities

first_imgMTG, the company in which ESL and DreamHack fall under, is looking to split the company into two publicly traded companies.This will begin in the second half of 2018, starting with the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group being distributed to shareholders. The new version of MTG will still have a presence in esports and gaming.According to Esports Observer, MTGx – the division which focuses on gaming, esports, and video – will be renamed as MTG, retaining all of its businesses besides Splay Networks. Nordic Entertainment Group will include MTG Nordic Entertainment, MTG Studios, and Splay Networks.So, why is this happening? MTG explained that Danish telecoms company TDC Group dropped its plans to take over MTG’s Nordic TV business. They feel as if now’s the right time to make this happen “in order to maximise the focus and potential of each group for the benefit of owners, customers and employees”. This split will follow “the same structure as [the] TDC combination, and with all the work we have done on strategy and how to separate the businesses, this makes all the sense.”It’s also said that the two companies will have their own distinct profile. This means MTG will be focusing on achieving high levels of growth, while Nordic Entertainment Group will look to branch out to new platforms. The split will contribute to better cost control and help shift investments to online content.Esports Insider says: This is huge news. MTG acquired a 74% stake in ESL (Turtle Entertainment) for $86m (£60.4m) back in 2015, and this decision to split into two to better focus themselves on the various sectors in which they busy themselves should have major implications for esports.last_img read more