2016 was a historic year for the concert ticketing industry, especially with President Obama’s notable decision to enact the BOTS Act forbidding the use of bot software to purchase tickets. In that spirit, the ticket company Ticketfly has teamed with the company Lyte to operate a secure marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets, fan-to-fan.“For many years I have mulled over how to best tackle the safe and secure resale of tickets for our clients and ticket buyers,” said Andrew Dreskin, Ticketfly’s CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “One that keeps the tickets in the hands of true fans, keeps control of the experience in the hands of our clients, ensures that the house is full for the artists, and renders obsolete scalpers who leach off the primary ecosystem. Lyte is that answer. We are delighted to be in business with these guys.”Ticketfly and Lyte will verify the exchange of tickets for sold out shows, thus working to reduce fraudulent ticket sales and keep tickets in the hands of actual fans. The partnership also serves to benefit artists by reducing the “no-show rate” of attendees, allowing musicians to play in front of more people for their performances. The Lyte/Ticketfly partnership will be launched at a handful of venues, including The Bomb Factory and Trees in Dallas Marathon Music Works in Nashville; Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco; and Whitewater Music Amphitheatre outside of Austin.You can find out more about Lyte by heading to their official website.
The Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) have hit Alianza Huanaco striker Willigton Smith with a colossal 14-game ban after the Brazilian poleaxed Deportivo Municipal defender Omar Cuya with a reckless “tackle” that looked more like a finishing move from Mortal Kombat than a concerted effort to seize back possession.With Alianza 1-0 up during their Segunda Division game against Deportivo, Smith flew through an initial challenge with his feet flailing, only to collide heavily with Cuya – duly planting his studs in his opponent’s face and knocking him flat out, earning a straight red card in the process…
Share on: WhatsApp Arsenal supporters, some of whom have turned against Wenger and wanted him to leave, will be watching the Frenchman’s transfer activity carefully after the Gunners won just the FA Cup during a largely unsuccessful season.Arsenal have been linked with a big-money move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, while Henry Onyekuru — a forward currently at Belgian outfit KAS Eupen — has also been touted as a target. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger’s first activity in the transfer market since signing a new contract last week is to secure the services of Bosnian international defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer.Kolasinac — who turns 24 later this month — joins the FA Cup winners from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and will compete with Nacho Monreal for the first choice berth.“Sead Kolasinac will join us this summer on a long-term contract,” read a short statement on the club website Tuesday.“Subject to the completion of all regulatory processes, the defender will start pre-season training in July.”Kolasinac, born in Germany but to Bosnian parents, made 94 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke and played over 20 Europa League and Champions League matches for the ‘Royal Blues’.He played for Bosnia in the 2014 World Cup finals making unwanted history in scoring the fastest own goal in the tournament’s history — the third minute of the group match with Argentina.
RYAN SWITZER AND JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER were unable to play in the Steelers game against the Bills, Dec. 15, due to injuries. JAMES CONNER, the Steelers’ feature running back, played in his first game in a month in the Steelers’ loss to the Buffalo Bills, 17-10, on Dec. 15. (Feature Photo)Courier Steelers photos by Brian Cook Sr.
The Nelson Leafs started the 2014-15 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with the anticipation and excitement every team begins a new season having found a bright, young new coach.However, the excitement turned quickly to shock when coach Matt Hughes promptly dropped a bomb on the executive by leaving days before the start of the season.Oh, did we say before flying off to the Pursuit of Excellence Program Hockey Academy in Kelowna, Hughes put his John Henry on one of the worst schedules in team history as Nelson played nine of its first 11 games at home — that works out to almost 35 percent of the season at home before the season is even a month old.Pushed into scramble mode, the Leaf executive did find their man in Dave McLellan.However, this former Junior A skipper was so far behind the rest of the KIJHL, finding a competitive team was almost impossible.But give McLellan credit, he, thanks to a solid returning core of defensemen, did manage to put a competitive team on the ice.The only problem McLellan was better at coaching than the administration duties, as twice the Leafs were found guilty of using ineligible players — the second mistake costing the coach and GM an eight-game suspension to conclude the regular season.Nelson was also penalized points in the standings, dropping the Green and White from a race for first or second in the division all the way to fourth.And the injuries — did we say anything about injuries to several key players — a couple, which probably won’t play in the upcoming Murdoch Division semi final series.The Murdoch semi starts Friday in Fruitvale against the high-flying Nitehawks.But everything can now be tossed in the past as the Leafs embark on the huge challenge of knocking off the defending KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup champions of a year ago.One more stat to add to the momentous task is the Beaver Valley franchise have sent Nelson to the golf course in three of the past four seasons.“Firstly, we have to show up every game and stick to our systems and if we do that I believe we can knock them off,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap on the key to an upset series win for Nelson. “If we play our systems we’re a super hard team to beat and super hard team to play against.”“I mean Beaver Valley is a great team, but I feel if we play our systems and everybody shows up to play it’s hard to play against us,” Dunlop added.After starting out the season series against the Hawks with two wins in the first three games, including an 8-0 trashing in Fruitvale, Nelson has skidded against Beaver Valley, a franchise that traditionally starts slow and finishes strong.The Hawks won the final five games — one of the wins Nelson was stripped of the points due to playing an ineligible player — to take the season series 5-2-1.But every game down the stretch the teams played were very tightly played, with the Hawks winning by one goal.“It seems like this year we haven’t got a lot of bounces so hopefully that turns in our favour and we get a couple in playoffs,” explained Dunlap, finishing the season with 19 goals and 26 assists — good enough for fourth spot in Leaf scoring.“But I like our chances in playoffs,” Dunlap added. “Our team is ready to go and hungry because we’ve been knocked out by (BV) the last couple of years so we’re all ready to change that this time around.”Nelson will be buoyed by the fact the head coach, and brains behind the Leafs, is back behind the bench.“Ya I’m excited to be back,” McLellan said. “I’ve been looking forward to the playoffs since August.”“When you start the season you’re always looking to get into the playoffs and we’re looking to have a good series against Beaver Valley.”McLellan was almost jumping out of his shoes to find out that forwards Dylan Williamson and Aaron Brewer are scheduled to return to the lineup for Friday’s game one.The addition of Williamson and Brewer gives McLellan three solid lines to toss at the Hawks — a luxury missing since, well, October.The three lines go nice with the five-headed monster on defence — Robson Cramer, hard hitting Darnel St. Pierre, Austin Seaman, Patrick Croome and Brendan Smith.Hometown hero Adam Maida gets the start between the pipes for the Leafs as Joey Karrer rests for the opener.Nelson is definitely the underdog when the playoff series opens Friday.But knocking off the Hawks, and advancing into the playoffs, would go a long way to shelving sour taste this season has been to Leafs and their fans.
Powell began his career doubling as a pianist but rose to fame as a drummer during the swing era and became a fixture on the 52nd Street jazz scene in New York. In 1943, he was hired by CBS, becoming one of the first black musicians to play for a national network. “He made sure he worked harder than anyone else, he was always prepared, he went to all of his sessions – he called them dates – in suits, impeccably dressed,” said his son, Ted Smith. “It was never a bad day for him, and if it was, he wasn’t going to let it show.” Powell was a versatile percussionist who carried a kit filled with castanets, clickers and other noisemakers he referred to as his “bag of tricks.” Powell worked with a number of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Red Norvo. By Allison Hoffman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – Jazz drummer Gordon “Specs” Powell, who recorded with Billie Holiday and played for “The Ed Sullivan Show” as part of the CBS network orchestra, has died of complications from kidney disease. He was 85. Powell, who also had heart trouble, died Saturday at a care center near his home in the northern San Diego County suburb of San Marcos, according to his son. He stayed with CBS until 1972, playing for “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Candid Camera” and other specials as well as for the Sullivan show.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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7 November 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank Group is to expand its presence in Africa with the opening of a representative office in Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire.The office, which will open for business in February, will serve as a base for becoming familiar with Francophone West Africa and identifying opportunities for growth within the region.“Establishing a presence in the Cote d’Ivoire fits in with our Africa-focused strategy,” Standard Bank joint group chief executive Sim Tshabalala said in a statement on Monday.Initially, the main function of the office will be to source business for Standard Bank and to promote trade between various African countries and Cote d’Ivoire.Tshabalala said the new office would benefit the bank’s corporate clients who have already established, or are considering establishing, operations in Francophone Africa.Cote d’Ivoire is ideally placed as a hub for the region through its membership in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), which comprises Benin, Burkina Fasso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.According to Standard Bank, the key drivers behind the country’s growth include its natural resources (oil and gas and minerals), public infrastructure investments, the ongoing commercialisation of agriculture, its consumer market potential, high levels of Chinese-led investment in the country, and the important role the country plays in the region.Herve Boyer, a French-speaking employee of Standard Bank, has been appointed managing director of the representative office. Boyer has specific experience in global markets and corporate and investment banking, and has a track record of dealing with clients in West Africa.“We believe that the Cote d’Ivoire would be the most suitable country from which to facilitate further business, gain better a better understanding of the region and better serve and meet our customers’ and clients’ needs,” said Boyer.Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, now has operations in 19 African countries.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s been one year since the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University launched its Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water Signature Program, and already the initiative is making strides in working to improve water quality in Ohio.In that time, nearly 6,600 farmers and commercial applicators have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training created and offered by Ohio State University Extension researchers.And 45% of OSU Extension educators have or will have conducted on-farm and field trials throughout 2015 on the best management practices producers can use to reduce runoff of nutrients into Ohio waterways, according to Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator who leads the program.Fertilizer is essential to Ohio crop production when applied using the correct rates, timing and placement, he said. But if nutrient applications are not managed, farm field nitrogen and phosphorus can be lost into water resources and promote harmful algal blooms.Major water quality problems have occurred in Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and other Ohio water resources in recent years. Within these aquatic ecosystems, harmful organisms in the form of algal blooms have also been present.The Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water initiative is designed to improve water quality by helping growers lessen the use of nitrogen and phosphorus and keep more of it on the field, while increasing crop yields and boosting farm profits.Already, the initiative has resulted in 82% of OSU Extension clientele using soil testing, Custer said. And 49% are following tri-state fertilizer recommendations for agronomic and other crops and are using organic and inorganic nutrient sources for optimal crop production.“We’ve had a strong impact with producers in Ohio,” he said. “We know agriculture isn’t solely responsible for the phosphorus issue, but we also know agriculture does contribute.“Farmers we know want to be part of the solution, with 80% agreeing that farm field phosphorus is an issue to our water resources. And 50% agreed to change their nutrient management practices as a result of the educational meetings we’ve offered them on the issue.”Other accomplishments achieved during the program’s first year include:Over 130,000 persons had the opportunity to visit and discuss nutrient management at demonstration plots at the 2014 Farm Science Review.Grants have been secured to hire staff to assist in developing voluntary nutrient management plans that include crop recommendations and site environmental risk assessments developed by producers.Fields with high nutrient loss risk are being identified to study cost-effective best management practices to reduce nutrient loss.“We’re also gearing up to do more educational pieces on nutrient management through offering field days, workshops, lectures and hands-on classroom experience,” Custer said. “We will also use OSU Extension and U.S. Department of Agriculture edge-of-field research statewide to determine the best management practices to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen runoff from leaving the field.“And we’ve seen producers across Ohio working to adapt their management styles to keep more nutrients on the field instead of in the state’s water.”The program is done in conjunction with the college’s Field to Faucet water quality program announced in September 2014 and launched in March. Its goal is to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector and $1 million toward the effort.Several agribusinesses and agricultural organizations have been integral partners in the college’s water quality efforts, including:The Ohio Soybean Council. The council is the largest donor to the college during the current campaign with over $10 million contributed, with a significant focus on water quality research and educational programs. Since 2012, the Ohio Soybean Council has contributed $1.34 million to water quality research and educational programs.The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. Over the course of the past year, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program and Small Grains Marketing Program have supported close to $1 million in water quality research projects at the college.Becks Hybrids has committed just over $1 million to support research related to water quality.Ohio Farm Bureau has been a major contributor to facilitating partnerships and contributing funds for water quality research and education, with approximately $200,000 in the last year.
Google is now giving webmasters the ability to prompt users for automatic translations of their pages. With the new website translator gadget, site owners can paste a short snippet of code into their websites and instantly increase their reach to up to 51 languages.The gadget will automatically detect a user’s preferred language, and if that user’s language settings differ from the content on the gadget-enabled website, a frame will appear over the web page, prompting the user to click a button for instant translation of all text content.In a post today on the official Google blog, these screenshots were used to illustrate the simple, streamlined process: Of course, the new feature will only work as well as Google Translate, which project manager Jeff Chin admits is best used to let readers “get the gist” of a page. Still, giving webmasters control over how users see their pages – with minimal effort and no downloads on the user’s part – will likely do a lot to expand both the reach of a given website and the breadth of information available to Internet users around the world. Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell