With their first appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre set for this Thursday, July 14th, opening for Galactic, Brooklyn’s Pimps of Joytime have released an official video for the track “Dance Cardia”, which lead singer and guitarist Brian J co-wrote with Rubblebucket‘s Alex Toth. The video features Brian J aka “The Hustler” preparing for an epic match of Jenga, versus childhood foil “The People’s Champ”. The track appears on the group’s latest album Jukestone Paradise.Pimps Of Joytime Bring Their ‘Janxta Funk’ To The Aggie In Colorado [Video]The group has been on a recent run in Colorado, which culminates with their first-ever appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with both Galactic and BoomBox. Brian J discussed the honor of playing the venue (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year), “Colorado has been real good to us over the past 6 years. There seems to be a genuine appreciation for what we do out here….It’s a privilege to be invited to play the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater and we have our fans to thank for it.”Pimps of Joytime Tour Dates:7/13 Telluride, CO – Sunset Concert Series7/14 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater 7/15 Avon, CO – Agave7/16 Snowmass Village, CO – Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival7/28 Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand7/29-30 Floyd, VA – Floydfest7/31 Lancaster, PA – Long’s Park Amphitheater8/6 Bedford, PA – Wills Mountain Festival8/11 Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival9/16 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *9/18 Felton, CA – Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival10/22 Rohnert Park, CA – Funkendank Oktoberfest ^* with Greyboy Allstars^ with Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Dixie Giants
A leading medical barrister expects FIFA to reinforce its support of the role of medical staff in treating players in the wake of the Eva Carneiro saga at Chelsea. Although she said Mourinho was in the wrong, O’Rourke does not expect an apology from the Portuguese but believes he should reinstate his medical staff to their previous positions. “I personally believe, as a football supporter and as someone who supports medics in sport, the best outcome in this case would be for her (Carneiro) and John Fearn to be back on the bench sending the message out to the football world they did nothing wrong,” she said. “I think you will find FIFA on Friday saying the same thing that they did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient, the referee, the FA and actually their job in the club is to look after the players not to run the team and not to be tactically aware. “Much though one understands the passion of the manager or coach you (as a medical professional) have to prioritise the player because, apart from anything else, if a player sues he doesn’t sue the manager he sues the doctor, physio or the club. “No-one wants to hang anyone out to dry here. If you start making someone do public apologies or losing face that can impact on a future working relationship and surely what Chelsea and other football medics would want would be to patch it up.” O’Rourke was less enamoured by some of Mourinho’s other post-match comments when he said “I wasn’t happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game”. Mystery still surrounds the exact duties Carneiro now undertakes at the club but Press Association Sport understands the 41-year-old qualified doctor, is consulting lawyers about her situation. O’Rourke, who in 2006 successfully defended a consultant surgeon when West Brom attempted to claim damages after a failed knee reconstruction operation which ended Michael Appleton’s career, insists Carneiro taking legal instruction does not mean she will be suing Chelsea in the future. “You don’t just engage a lawyer to go to court , you engage them to give you your legal rights whether it be to return to work or negotiate a new deal or contract,” said the barrister, speaking at the Soccerex convention in Manchester. “You put yourself into their position: they must be in their dream jobs so would you want to lose that job?” On Friday the world governing body’s medical committee will discuss the matter after Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn were catapulted into the spotlight when they were criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for rushing on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the opening match of the Barclays Premier League season, leaving the team with just nine players. As a result Carneiro and Fearn’s roles have been downgraded but Mary O’Rouke QC believes the pair were completely in the right and expects FIFA to back them up this week. Press Association
THE combination of Keevin Allicock and the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) fighting in and outside of the ‘square circle’ has resulted in the National and Caribbean bantamweight champion grabbing a place at the next Pan Am Games scheduled for Peru. GBA head honcho, Steve Ninvalle, confirmed yesterday that Allicock has qualified for the Games despite controversially losing by a walkover in a quarter-final match of the Pan Am Qualifiers held in Nicaragua.In a statement to the media, Ninvalle revealed; “I was informed verbally by a high-ranking and usually reliable official of the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) the way was paved for Allicock to participate at the Games. This is good news as our reason for being in Nicaragua is to qualify. We are still awaiting official correspondence.”The talented Allicock was set to fight Alexy De Cruz of Dominican Republic on Monday but was prevented by Technical Delegate (Fight Supervisor) Rapheal Vega who claimed that the Guyanese was wearing an inappropriate coloured vest.Vega deemed the colour of the Allicock’s vest inappropriate even though the International Technical Officer (ITO) and referee found nothing wrong with the garment.Allicock, who was scheduled to box out of the red corner, entered the ring one hour after being cleared by the ITO but was then challenged by the Technical Delegate and later given one minute to change the red and black vest.A determined Allicock, part of a four-man Guyana team in Nicaragua, managed to change but upon his return to the ring lost by way of walkover. The Guyanese camp in Nicaragua immediately filed a protest but was unsuccessful in getting the ruling overturned.Team coach Terrence Poole soon after contacted Ninvalle who filed another protest with both the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) and world governing body AIBA. Ninvalle pointed out that the new rules of AIBA (48.3.4) dictate that a boxer can compete in either those of the corners or in his national colours, Red and Black are colours of Guyana’s national flag.Ninvalle, a recently elected vice-president of AMBC described the Technical Delegate’s decision as unjust, unreasonable, unsportsmanlike excessive unwarranted and that which goes against the grain of what the new AIBA is promoting.He further disclosed; “We are happy that one of our boxers has made it to the Games but it does not stop there. There is a need to know what decision has been taken on the outcome of the fight and what sanctions will be handed to the defaulting Technical Delegate, hence we will await official word from both AIBA and AMBC”.
England girl international Elizabeth Mallett took a break from her A level studies to shoot a new course record and score a six-shot winning margin in the ladies’ Whittington Trophy at Whittington Heath, Staffordshire. The 17-year-old posted a first round score of two-under 70 before adding a five-under par 67, which clipped a shot off the previous standard set by Somerset’s Hannah Grant. She finished six shots ahead of former Curtis Cup player Hannah Barwood and 2011 winner, Alex Peters, and claimed the trophy for the first time, having lost out last year in a three-way play-off. Elizabeth (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) had 14 birdies during the course of the day, with seven in each round. Her afternoon birdies all came in her last 10 holes. “I’m extremely pleased,” said Elizabeth, who trains with England Golf’s Performance Squad. It was the latest in a run of classy scores over the last couple of weeks: 67 in The Leveret at Formby Ladies, followed by 66 in the French Lady Junior Championship, which was the low score in qualifying. But now she’s putting her clubs away until after her exams. “I’m not going to compete again until the end of June because all the competitions are in school time and I don’t want to take time out,” she said. In mid-August she will be taking up a place at the University of North Carolina in the USA. For the record books: this was Elizabeth’s third course record. She has also scored 62, 11-under par, at her home course and 68, three-under, at Bloxwich. Whittington Trophy leading scores Par 72, CSS 74 73 137 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) 70 67 143 Hannah Barwood (Knowle) 72 71; Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) 72 71 144 Hannah Grant (Enmore Park) 75 69 146 Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) 76 70, Katharine O’Connor (Tadmarton Heath) 75 71 11 Apr 2012 Elizabeth Mallett scores record win in Whittington Trophy
England Golf will again be entering three teams, each comprising two boys and a girl, to compete for the Nations Cup at the Fairhaven Trophies at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, on 4th – 6th May. Team One will comprise Gabriella Cowley (West Essex, Essex), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire) and Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent). Team Two will be Olivia Winning (Rotherham, Yorkshire), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Nick Marsh (Elland, Yorkshire), while Team Three will combine Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). In Team One: Gabriella Cowley, 16, is the English under 15 girls’ champion and has just won the Scottish under 16 open stroke play championship. She is also an under 16 international. Kelly, 17, a boy international (picture © Tom Ward), was runner-up in last year’s British Boys Championship and was a member of Lincolnshire’s winning team in the Boys County Championship, while Orrin, 17, another boy cap, has finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver for the past two years and was joint second in the recent McEvoy Trophy. He finished third in last year’s Fairhaven Trophy. In Team Two: Olivia Winning, 17, is the Yorkshire girls’ champion. Last year, she finished runner-up in the North region girls’ championship, fifth in the English girls’ championship and tied third, with Gabriella Cowley, in the North of England under 16 championship. Ellis, 16, an under 16 cap, was Hampshire junior champion in 2010, tied fourth in last year’s North of England under 16 Championship and was fifth in last week’s McEvoy Trophy while Marsh, 17, finished joint second in the McEvoy Trophy and is a member of the England boys squad. In Team Three: Alice Hewson, 14, was English under 13 girls’ champion in 2010. She was one of two 13-year-olds to contest the final of the 2011 Hertfordshire county championship and represented Hertfordshire at the English County Finals. This year she tied fifth in the Scottish under 16 open stroke play championship. Moore, 14, an England under 16 and Schools international, is the current English under 14 champion, having tied fifth in the under 16 championship. He finished fourth in the recent McEvoy Trophy, while Turner, 16, is also an under 16 and Schools international, who finished equal third in the 2010 English under 14 Championship and tenth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy. The Nations Cup is contested over the first two rounds of the 72-hole Fairhaven Trophies with all three scores to count. 1 May 2012 England field three mixed teams in Fairhaven Nations Cup
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, BOLO, WINNER: “It’s his first race back (in seven months) and it’s his first time wearing a rubber bit. I had a bit of trouble. He’s so strong; it’s like pulling on the barn. If you give him daylight, he’ll just run off with me, which he’s done before.“Carla and her crew are wonderful. He had a breathing problem and they’ve taken care of that. They got him to this race and he just ran dynamite. I’m happy he ran the way he did today.“I thought I had a good shot through the lane. When Graham Motion’s horse came up on the outside of us, it was like Talladega Nights, time to ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake baby!’ He helped me push by What a View.” KEITH BRACKPOOL ON BEHALF OF GOLDEN PEGASUS RACING, INC., CO-OWNERS OF BOLO, WINNER: “He’s something else, this horse. Carla and I were saying, ‘Get third, get third,’ then, “Get second, get second.’ I didn’t think we had won until I saw the replay – amazing. We’ll take a look at the Kilroe (Grade I, mile on turf, March 11) next.” TYLER BAZE, WHAT A VIEW, SECOND: “I can’t beat Smith! What a View ran good, really good. I’m just tired of getting beat by Smith today.“I thought I had it once I fought off Conquest Enforcer, which I thought was the horse to beat. He came head to head with my horse and my horse dug in hard. Especially that last sixteenth of a mile. I thought, ‘Good. We’re home free!’ Then Bolo…it’s frustrating.“If Bolo was closer to us, and my horse saw him coming, we might have won. He would have dug back in. He wouldn’t have let that horse go by. He’s a nice horse to ride.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and E.I. Mack, LLC.
Chris Ramsey believes he will end up working with Tim Sherwood again at some stage but hopes he isn’t reunited with him sooner rather than later.The pair worked together at Tottenham and Ramsey was brought to QPR as academy boss last year but with a view to eventually being first-team coach under Sherwood, who had been lined up to replace Harry Redknapp as manager at Loftus Road.But Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes became reluctant to appoint Sherwood and ended up installing Ramsey as head coach until the end of the season.Sherwood subsequently took over at Aston Villa and wants Ramsey to join him there next season if his friend is replaced by a new manager.And Ramsey admitted: “I could see us working together again, I just hope it’s not in the near future.”The pair will put their friendship to one side this evening at Villa Park, where a win would take second-from-bottom QPR above Sherwood’s team“It is going to be a bit of a strange feeling, but Tim’s the manager of another side and as soon as the ball starts to roll I’m going to block all that out,” Ramsey said.See also:Ramsey plays down Villa’s injury problemsQPR’s Yun ruled out of Aston Villa gameVargas’ season is ended by knee injuryAston Villa v QPR: five key battlesQPR defender Dunne returns to actionRangers defender Dunne returns to actionFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Evolutionists are celebrating experiments that allegedly showed RNA chains can assemble in water – given nucleotides to start with (see Science Daily). The suggestive steps over the gap from nonlife to life should be tempered with other discoveries that life is anything but simple. New Scientist reported today that a “‘Simple’ bacterium shows surprising complexity.” A species of Mycoplasma, an obligate parasite, should represent a stripped-down life form that can be considered a minimal living cell. Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory uncovered “uncanny flexibility and sophistication, allowing it to react fast to changes in its diet and environment,” even with just 689 genes (compared to 4000 in most other bacteria). Peter Bork said, “There were a lot of surprises. Although it’s a very tiny genome, it’s much more complicated than we thought.” Among the cell’s tricks are the ability to use antisense strands of DNA as molecular switches, the ability to employ operons in sequence rather than simultaneously, and ability of cellular components to do multitasking. Another report on Science Daily described the highly-choreographed dance of the chromosomes during meiosis. Scientists at UC Berkeley found that “the cytoskeleton appears to encourage the dance of the chromosomes around the nuclear membrane as they search for their partners, and help make sure they have the right partner before meiosis continues.” The cytoskeleton does this by means of teams of molecular motors called dyneins. “Our work teaches us about the fundamental mechanisms of genome organization, about how cells execute processes in precise ways, monitor their own mistakes and correct or eliminate them.” A cell is so smart, it can even employ mistakes on purpose. Science Daily reported that some cells cause their own mutations for protection. By making proteins with mistakes (the wrong amino acid inserted here or there), they employ a “non-genetic strategy used in cells to create a bodyguard for proteins.” As a result, “this way the cells can always ensure that a subset of these proteins is somewhat less sensitive to the extra hits” caused by invading viruses, chemicals or other bacteria. It “sounds chaotic and doesn’t make a lot of sense according to the textbook,” but the net result is that the organism gains protection from reactive oxygen species when under stress by means of “regulated errors.” The organism must have ways of recovering from these errors after the stress is relieved, else the population would mutate itself out of existence. Interestingly, human designers might employ a similar strategy to ward off computer viruses. New Scientist reported that a company in the UK is patenting a strategy to insert “dumb code” into file headers to defeat any computer virus instantly. “A key feature of the scheme is that no knowledge of the virus itself is needed, so it can deal with new, unrecognised ‘zero day’ viruses as well as older ones,” the company claims. It remains to be seen whether human programmers will be as successful at defensive strategies as cells are.If cells are so well designed they can even regulate errors to maintain their genetic integrity, how could life evolve? This might be a defeater for neo-Darwinism. And if even the most minimal life is so complex it surprises scientists, how can origin-of-life researchers keep up hope? Their simple experiments are like baby steps on the beach with an ocean to cross, and no motivation for the baby to go in that direction.Details, details. They sure get in the way of a good myth.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App nick statt If you went to Amazon on Thursday and tried to buy the new SimCity, the first major release of the classic urban planning PC series in 10 years, you wouldn’t have been able to. Amazon wouldn’t sell it to you.Why? Because the servers of the game’s publisher, Electronic Arts, were in such a disastrous state that very few people could actually access the game. And those who could were seeing server issues disrupt their save files. So Amazon decided to pull it.Server problems wouldn’t normally hamper a video game’s launch, unless that game is developed by EA. In an effort to combat piracy – or something, it’s not quite clear – EA deployed an online-only Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology through its Origin servicefor SimCity, which came out on March 5. That means in order to play the game, you need to be online at all times and connected to EA’s servers, even when playing the single-player mode. When player demand starting causing the servers to fall, it also brought down nearly every player’s ability to play any aspect of the game. EA moved fast to address the problem but not fast enough. A string of press releases addressed the issue with mounting seriousness, culminating with EA’s decision late Thursday to actually begin removing key features of the game to help keep the servers online. For example, the company eliminated the mode that lets players speed up time to accelerate their city’s growth. A blog post by Kip Katsarelis, SimCity’s senior producer, details the company’s plans to address the problems, but did not offer concrete information on when the changes would happen.And in an email sent out on Friday to EA’s marketing affiliates, the game publisher announced that it has “deactivated all SimCity text links and creative and we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being.” Wow.The AftermathGaming site Polygon addressed the issue, docking SimCity 1.5 points from its original stellar score of 9.5 for the ongoing server problems. Then it updated it again, dropping the score to 4.0. Kotaku told fans, under a heading titled “Should You Buy This Game?” a big, bold “NOT YET.” Even The New York Times decided to address the topic, apparently taking a philosophical approach by asking A Game That Can’t Be Played: Is It Still A Game?As of now you can at least buy the game from Amazon again, if you really want to. Both the physical and downloadable versions are back up for sale, with a special note warning, “Many customers are having issues connecting to the ‘SimCity’ servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed.”These issues aren’t going away: Take one look at the physical version of SimCity‘s limited edition on Amazon and you’ll get a good idea of the breadth of the backlash. The product is on its way to becoming the worst rated item in the Amazon marketplace, with an astounding 2,796 1-star reviews compared to just 70 5-star reviews, at the time of publication. If EA can’t fix this fast enough, SimCity may garner as much Amazon hatred as 2008’s Spore, another EA title (ironically from Maxis and Will Wright, the same team that created SimCity) plagued by the company’s self-imposed DRM measures. (Ironically, Maxis is earning the sympathy of some players who prefer to blame EA.) Even more telling is the review marked “Most Helpful,” happens to be a facetious take on the game, including satirical gems like, “Thankfully, the game never actually loads. I was looking for a program where I could zone out, and stare at my computer screen in a meditative state for hours on end with no interruptions.” The Biggest DRM FailureThe point isn’t just that SimCity is a great game plagued by a bad launch. The real question is how big an impact these kinds of DRM debacles have on game sales – and on DRM technologies.EA’s online-only DRM is not alone in the gaming industry. Blizzard, makers of the Warcraft and StarCraft series, tried similar tactics with the release of Diablo 3 last year, angering thousands upon thousands of players locked out of the overburdened severs. But as Wired’s Chris Kohler noted, Blizzard fixed the issue in a matter of days, and the game went on to sell millions and lead the PC market in 2012.If companies solve these issues fast enough, the backlash bubbles for about a week before everything goes back to normal. And nothing substantive changes. Publishers like EA get to keep pushing the limits – revising the terms of digital ownership through brute force. We can only hope things will be different this time. SimCity proves once and for all that online-only DRM is an utter failure. It doesn’t even do much to combat piracy – making legitimate customers feel more pain than the pirates.There’s a big difference between protecting content reasonably – perhaps with activation codes or secure disc-based DRM – and asserting authoritarian control over the people who actively want to pay for your product. The first priority should be treating paying customers with respect. If You Don’t Like The Terms, Ignore The ProductThose hosed by EA don’t have much recourse. EA is not offering refunds for digital copies, and fuming in online communities doesn’t seem to have much effect on the giant company. Going forward, the only real solution may come from the most helpful 1-star review on Amazon, from a user named Malor who earned more than 7,700 recommendations. He noted that SimCity is not a typical game with a beginning, middle and end. It’s a toy, and you used to be able to buy that toy and play with it. But now, Malor wrote, “You don’t even get to buy your toy. Rather, you rent a toy from EA, who lets you play with it only in very limited, circumscribed ways, only on their servers.”Malor’s final recommendation offers perhaps the best approach: “You would be wiser to take three twenties out of your wallet, and light them on fire.” In other words, don’t waste your time or money on products with draconian DRM, no matter how intriguing they might be otherwise. Only when DRM affects sales will EA and other publishers take this situation seriously. Image courtesy of Electronic Arts. Tags:#DRM#gaming#piracy 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…