Colorado Has Reportedly Made A Head Coaching Hire

first_imgA general view of Colorado's football field during a game.BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)One head coaching vacancy will reportedly be filled in the very near future. According to Georgia’s Rivals site, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.Colorado fired former head coach Mike MacIntyre after back-to-back 5-7 seasons. The unanimous Coach of the Year in 2016, MacIntyre received a hefty contract extension in early 2017.Despite the coaching success that season, the Buffaloes under-performed after a hot start to the 2018 campaign. As such, the program decided to make a move.Mel Tucker emerged as the favorite to land the job, and it’s now being reported that he’s agreed to coach Colorado.Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has agreed to become the new head coach at Colorado, UGASports has learned.It’s the first head coaching opportunity for Tucker, who has led a stout defense at Georgia for the past three seasons.Stay tuned for more coaching news.[UGA Sports]last_img read more

Govt identifies 5106 risky exporters who have fraudulently claimed GST refunds

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Thursday said it has identified 5,106 “risky exporters” so far who have claimed GST refunds based on bogus invoices, and would manually check their claims before issuing refunds. According to sources, such fraudulent claims of Integrated GST (IGST) refunds by exporters could exceed Rs 1,000 crore. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), in a statement, also assured genuine exporters that their refund claims would be processed in an automated environment and issued in a timely manner. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The CBIC had on Monday issued an instruction to its Customs and GST formations to verify the correct availment of input tax credit (ITC) by few exporters who are perceived as “risky” on the basis of pre-defined risk parameters. “Only 5,106 risky exporters have been identified so far as against about 1.42 lakh total exporters. Thus the risky exporters are only 3.5 per cent of the total exporters… “Even for these risky exporters, the exports are allowed immediately. However, the refund would be released after verification of ITC within a maximum of 30 days,” the CBIC statement said Thursday. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The introduction of manual checks in IGST refunds is aimed at preventing unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer, the CBIC added. It said that in the last two days — June 17 and 18 — only 1,436 shipping bills filed by total 925 exporters have been interdicted. “Considering that about 20,000 shipping bills are filed by roughly 9,000 exporters on a daily basis, the intervention is negligible,” the CBIC said. “The new verification exercise is aimed at preventing unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer and bringing a bad name to the larger exporting community. CBIC would like to assure all genuine exporters that they would continue to get their IGST refunds in a timely manner in a fully automated environment,” it added. In the instruction issued on Monday, the CBIC had asked the director-general (systems) to identify “risky exporters” and inform the respective Chief Commissioner of Central Tax about the past IGST refunds granted to such risky exporters (along with details of bank accounts in which such refund has been disbursed). “Risk Management Centre for Customs (RMCC) shall insert alerts for all such risky exporters and make 100 per cent examination mandatory of export consignments relating to those risky exporters. Also, alert shall be placed to suspend IGST refunds in such cases,” the instruction said. Exporters can claim IGST refunds on exports in two ways — either on the basis of issuance of a bond/letter of undertaking at the time of exports and claiming a refund of accumulated ITC, or paying IGST in cash at the time of exports and claiming refunds thereafter. It has come to the notice of taxmen that certain exporters have availed ITC on the basis of ineligible documents or fraudulently and utilised that credit for payment of IGST on goods exported out of India. “It has also been observed in several cases that there is huge variation between the FOB (freight on board) value declared in the shipping bill and the taxable value declared in GST return apparently to effect higher IGST pay out leading to encashment of credit,” the CBIC said. As per the instruction, the GST officers have been mandated to report to the Chief Commissioner of Central Tax within 30 days specifying whether the amount of IGST paid and claimed/sanctioned as refund was in accordance with the law or not. The Chief Commissioner of Central Tax will then share the report with customs port within five working days. In cases where no malpractices are detected and the ITC availed by the exporter was in accordance with the GST law, the customs officer at the port of export shall proceed to process the IGST refund. For cases where malpractices are reported on verification and it is found that the exporter has availed ITC fraudulently or on the basis of ineligible documents and utilised the said ITC for payment of IGST claimed as refund, the customs officer will not process the refund claim, the CBIC instruction said.last_img read more

Twitter to soon explain why certain tweets are unavailable

first_imgSan Francisco: You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is working on to “add context” to “this tweet is unavailable” notices. “We’re fixing the issue where you see so many ‘This Tweet is unavailable’ notices in conversations. This is usually due to deleted or protected Tweets, or muted keywords,” Twitter Support posted on Friday. “In a few weeks, you’ll start seeing more context on each notice to help explain why Tweets are unavailable,” the company added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year There are several reasons why a tweet in a conversation thread is unavailable, like policy violation, deleted because of certain specific keywords present or muted by a user. Kayvon Beykpour, Product Lead at Twitter, said: “We’re going through and overhauling every place where the product says ‘tweet is unavailable’ to be more transparent about what’s actually happening”. Most of the tweets that go unavailable are likely from accounts with protected tweets, he said. “The fact that the ‘unavailable’ message is showing with a placeholder row is recently changed behaviour (as result of a different change) that is confusing. They should be hidden,” Beykpour added.last_img read more

Cold Shot Bus Lines is extending services to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In less than six months after stepping into the breach created by Greyhound’s departure on October 31, Cold Shot Bus Lines is expanding services to Fort St. John.According to Cold Shot President, Sunny Balwaria, the Company will offer a cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, servicing the Peace Country.“We’ve added several new features for Peace Country customers. We have a new cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John via Grande Prairie that will take passengers and freight to those points.” Balwaria also says that Cold Shot will be offering shuttle services to important points of interest, such as airports and hospitals.“In addition, we’ve added a stop for Fort St. John passengers at Grande Prairie’s QueenElizabeth II hospital, as well as a shuttle connection to the Edmonton InternationalAirport that enables airline passengers from Fort St. John to go directly to that airport.”Cold Shot is an Alberta-owned transportation company operating since 2005.For more information, you can visit read more

UN official praises G8 leaders commitment to boosting food security

“Countries themselves know they are going to be held to account over that pledge” made at the G8 summit earlier this month in L’Aquila, Italy, David Nabarro, Coordinator of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis, told reporters in New York.“We are really pleased that food security is now back and central on the international agenda,” he said.But the official cautioned that a jump in spending should not come at the expense of other priorities, such as health and education.Addressing the same press conference today, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, stressed that the outcome from the G8 gathering is “a first step, and there’s much more to be done.”Mr. Nabarro noted that in spite of the progress made in L’Aquila, the funding gap currently faced by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which he described as “the world’s anti-famine mechanism.”The agency had a record income of $5 billion last year, but at present is two-thirds short of the resources needed to respond to food demands worldwide, he said.On influenza A(H1N1), Mr. Nabarro, who serves as Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, said that the work done on avian influenza has laid the groundwork to address the current pandemic.While in relatively prosperous countries, the A(H1N1) pandemic has not been very serious, he said.But evidence shows, Mr. Nabarro said, that in communities where resources are not dedicated to health care at the same level as very wealthy nations that “they are going to face greater problems,” with the UN now focusing on building stronger relationships with poorer nations, especially the least developed ones, to ensure that “they have some chance of being able to access the particular things that they need in order to be able to deal with these problems.” 16 July 2009The recent pledge made by leaders of the so-called Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to mobilize $20 billion to boost food security is a “substantive” commitment, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein arrested

Ohio State senior linebacker Storm Klein was arrested Friday night for alleged domestic violence and assault, according to Franklin County Municipal Court Records. Klein pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment Saturday morning and a temporary protection order will keep him away from the complainant, according to ESPN. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said the athletic department is aware of the situation and confirmed that Klein was arrested. Emig wouldn’t comment on Klein’s status with OSU coach Urban Meyer and the football team. “We are in the process of gathering more information in order to understand all the details,” Emig said in an email to The Lantern. Klein’s lawyer, Columbus attorney Timothy Walsh, did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Satuday request for comment. According to an NBC4 report, the alleged altercation developed after an argument about the future of a relationship between Klein and the alleged victim. According to the report, the prosecutor at Saturday’s court hearing said Klein “purposefully threw her against the front door causing her head to hit the door” and that “there were noticeable injuries all over the prosecuting witness’ body including to her arms.” read more

LeBron James to be on sideline during Ohio State game against Wisconsin

Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn arguably its biggest game of the 2013 season to date, the Ohio State football team will hear from a fellow Ohioan and current NBA World Champion before its tilt with Wisconsin Saturday night.An OSU spokesman confirmed that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be on the Buckeyes’ sideline during the game. The four-time NBA MVP will also address the team before kickoff according to media reports.James, a graduate of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, is a longtime fan of OSU, even though he never went to the school. The NBA star even has his own locker inside the newly renovated locker rooms at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta showed his own support for the Heat star, when the new facility was released to the media. OSU was the first team to wear Nike’s LeBron line of shoes as well as have their jerseys sponsored by him in 2007.“He’s done a lot of things in his time, but I think from a standpoint we always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said Sept. 3. “I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”Matta was not the only person to express his gratitude for arguably the biggest star in sports.“I feel sorry that our fans won’t rally around LeBron because of the way he did his things, because for us, he’s been unbelievable,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Sept. 3. “He’s always kept us at the top of his thoughts when he’s doing things.”OSU is scheduled to take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

My cheating exhusband won the lottery by having an affair says City

first_imgJulie Arnold, formerly Sharp, has called for divorce law to be modernised to better support couples who are facing divorce after a short marriage having had no children. She said such cases were likely to become more common as couples marry later in life, noting that in such circumstances, when one partner earns more than the other, the current principle that assets should be shared equally, was wholly unjust. “Matrimonial law relies on a 1973 act and distributes wealth based on case law involving a couple who married in 1961 and stayed together for 30 years,” she…center_img A city trader at the centre of a landmark multimillion divorce case says her former husband “won the lottery” by having an affair.last_img read more

Dogs mirror stress levels of their owners study finds

Being stressed will cause your dog to suffer from anxiety too, a study has found.Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden examined how stress levels in dogs are influenced by lifestyle factors and the people they live with.The levels were recorded over several months by measuring the concentration of a stress hormone, cortisol, in a few centimetres of hair from the dog and from its owner.The study, which examined 25 border collies and 33 Shetland sheepdogs, found that there was a correlation between the level of stress in a dog and its owner.The dog’s personality was not a factor, researchers said, but their owner’s personality had a “strong effect” on the long-term stress of the dog, leaving them to believe that the pet mirrors the human’s stress.”We found that the levels of long-term cortisol in the dog and its owner were synchronised, such that owners with high cortisol levels have dogs with high cortisol levels, while owners with low cortisol levels have dogs with low levels”, Ann-Sofie Sundman, principal author of the study, said.The study examined both companion dogs, which tend to be less active, and competing dogs, which usually participate in physical exercise with their owners. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It found that the stress level of competing dogs seems to be linked more strongly with that of the owner, which scientists speculate may be associated with a higher degree of active interaction between the owner and the dog when they compete together.The idea for the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, came from previous work that showed individuals of the same species can mirror each others’ emotional states – including a correlation between long-term stress in children and in their mothers.The recently published study arose from scientists speculating whether similar mirroring of stress levels over long time periods can also arise between different species, such as between the domesticated dog and humans. read more

Geek deals 529 HP Haswell desktop Retina MacBook discount more

first_imgWhenever the new generation of processors launches, we inevitably see the same pattern emerge with the new chips: the high-end parts are the first to hit en masse, while the bargain-hunters favorites typically come later. While Haswell finally started shipping in June, we are only just starting to see far more value-friendly chips available.Intel’s Haswell Core i5 chips are some of the best bang-for-the-buck processors you’ll find in a new desktop, like today’s deal on the HP Pavilion 500. It’s powered by the quad-core Core i5-4430 that clocks in at a cool 3.0GHz, combined with 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive make for a system that should be able to handle just about anything you can throw at it.Caged inside an unassuming chassis are plenty of other features too, like front-facing USB 3.0 ports, Wireless-N, 7-in-1 media card reader, and HDMI video output. You can also customize the Pavilion 500 to add just about anything else you could need, including discrete graphics, faster processors, Blu-ray, and more.We have seen last generation quad-core Core i5 systems around the $500 mark, so stepping up to a new 2013 model with Haswell processor at $529 is one killer deal. Head over to to snag this deal and revel in deal steal.HP Pavilion 500-210qe desktop for $529.99 + shipping (reg. $599.99 | use coupon LOGICBUY20)Our other top deals:Price drop! Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina for $1749 + free shipping (reg. $1,999 | via B&H Photo)New! Dell Venue 7 16GB Android 4.2 tablet for $149.99 + free shippinglast_img read more

New championship matches set for WWE Fastlane PPV on March 5

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles February 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles WhatsApp Google+ Daniel Bryan WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever that is one awful card Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Nick Noel Roman Reigns Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Seth Rollins Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Following last night’s 2/20 WWE RAW in Los Angeles, a series of championship matches have now been announced for the RAW-only WWE Fastlane PPV on March 5.This includes Neville vs. Jack Gallagher for WWE Cruiserweight Title, Bayley defending the WWE RAW Women’s Title against Charlotte and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defending the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles against Enzo Amore and Big Cass.Can @FightOwensFight survive the wrath of @Goldberg with the @WWE #UniversalChampionship on the line at #WWEFastlane? #RAW— WWE (@WWE) February 21, 2017Here is the updated card for Fastlane in two weeks in Milwaukee.WWE Universal Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. GoldbergRoman Reigns vs. Braun StrowmanWWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchNeville (c) vs. Jack GallagherWWE RAW Women’s Championship MatchBayley (c) vs. CharlotteWWE RAW Tag Team Championships MatchLuke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c’s) vs. Enzo Amore and Big will have live coverage of WWE Fastlane on March 5.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Finance Committee Requests Town Posts Employment Contracts Online To Increase Transparency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At December’s Finance Committee meeting, Chair John Doherty made a request of Town Manager Jeff Hull to post all of the town’s employment contracts on the town’s website.Doherty pointed out that many municipalities are voluntarily posting their contracts online in the name of transparency. He’d like to see Wilmington follow suit. Doherty noted that such contracts are considered “public” documents.Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified Superintendent Glenn Brand of the Finance Committee’s desire to see collective bargaining and individual employee contracts posted on the town’s website.According to a memo from Brand to the School Committee, Andrew Waugh, the school district’s attorney Andrew Waugh, has advised that “while it is customary for districts to post collective bargaining agreements online, it would be prudent to consult the School Committee members regarding the posting of individual employee contracts, as the decision about whether or not to post may be viewed as a policy decision; therefore it is ultimately a decision that the School Committee and Superintendent would need to make.”The School Committee will have a discussion surrounding Doherty’s request at their meeting this Wednesday night.(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Seasons Maximum Extent

first_imgArctic sea ice reached its maximum extent this year on March 21.According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this year’s  extent averaged 5.7 million square miles – that’s more than a quarter-of-a-million miles less than the average extent measured between 1981 and 2010, but it is also slightly above the record low measured in 2006.This year’s was the fifth lowest maximum extent measured, but it’s also the fifth latest in terms of timing since researchers began keeping records 35 years ago.Scientists attribute a brief surge in sea ice extent in mid-March to winds over both the Barents and Bering Seas that pushed ice pack south temporarily.Scientists say air temperatures over the Arctic in late march were unusually high.last_img read more

ICC forms pretrial chamber on atrocities against Rohingyas

first_imgThe International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo: AFPThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has constituted pre-trial Chamber-III demonstrating further progress over ongoing process to look into the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas, reports UNB.The chamber is composed of judge Robert Fremr, judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and judge Geoffrey Henderson , according to a media release issued by ICC on Wednesday.This decision follows a notice by the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda informing the presidency of her intention to submit a request for an authorisation to open an investigation into this situation.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August , 2017 amid military crackdown on them in Rakhine state of Myanmar.The prosecutor has notified judges that she will seek an authorisation “to investigate alleged crimes within the court’s jurisdiction in which at least one element occurred on the territory of Bangladesh – a state party to the Rome Statute since 1 June 2010 – and within the context of two waves of violence in Rakhine state on the territory of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, as well as any other crimes which are sufficiently linked to these events”.Once the prosecutor submits her request, it will then be for the judges of Pre-Trial Chamber III to decide whether or not to authorise the prosecutor to open an investigation into the situation.The judges will have to consider whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, upon examination of the prosecutor’s request and the supporting material.On 6 September 2018, following a request submitted by the prosecutor pursuant to article 19(3) of the statute, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I decided by majority that the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar occurred on the territory of Myanmar to Bangladesh.On 18 September 2018, the prosecutor announced the opening of a preliminary examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh.last_img read more

Child shot during panchayat violence brought to Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A three-year-old child from West Bengal’s Malda district, who was shot in the head during a clash over panchayat board formation last month, was admitted to a hospital here on Sunday. Mrinal Mondal was shot on August 30 during an armed clash between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists in the area. His mother Pitul Mondal won a seat on the panchayat board in Manikchak on a BJP ticket but later decided to move to the TMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “He has been admitted to the children’s ward of the state-run SSKM Hospital here. His injury is critical. We have conducted a CT scan and kept him under observation,” a doctor at the hospital said. The child’s father said: “The surgeon who initially operated his wounds said his condition is improving. However, he needs to undergo some surgeries. He asked us to take him to Kolkata where better treatment infrastructure is available.”last_img read more

WB govt committed to reducing road accidents Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is committed to curbing traffic offences, its initiatives have significantly reduced road accidents in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted on Sunday. On the occasion of ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’, the CM said her campaign – ‘Safe Drive, Save Life’ – has earned the praise of the Supreme Court. “Today is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Our government is committed towards reducing incidents of road accidents in #Bangla. Our #SafeDriveSaveLife campaign has reduced such incidents significantly, earning praise of the Supreme Court,” Banerjee tweeted. The state government launched the campaign in 2016 as part of its initiatives to inculcate a “sense of safe driving and responsible road behaviour” among people. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is observed on the third Sunday of November every year in memory of millions of people who died in road crashes and their families.last_img read more

Why This Collaborative Platform for Musicians Is Drumming Up Big Bucks

first_imgJanuary 16, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the January 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Steve Martocci’s goal for Splice is nothing less than to change the course of music creation. “We think we can lead an entire new movement in music,” he says. Splice allows musicians to create, share and store their work digitally with unprecedented ease. The music platform is compatible with popular digital audio workstations such as Ableton, Logic Pro and FL Studio, with others in the works.“We’re trying to allow artists to create fearlessly and never worry about backup, losing their work or missing files when they’re sending things to people,” says Martocci, a tech and startup veteran who previously co-founded the messaging platform GroupMe. “They just get to focus on making their music.” Add in a community angle that allows aspiring musicians to play with tunes, isolating tracks and creating remixes, and Splice has the makings of an online musical playground. New York-based Martocci sold GroupMe to Skype in 2011 for a figure reported between $43 million and $85 million. (He declined to comment.) He met his Splice co-founder, Santa Monica, Calif.-based software architect Matt Aimonetti, at a 2012 entrepreneurship conference. They were united in their belief that the digital creation process for music was stuck in the ’90s. “Matt was an audio engineer for half his life. I’m a huge music fan,” Martocci says. “If you sit at this apex of music and code, you wonder why these concepts of connected creation and easy collaboration don’t exist for music.”“One of the first discussions we had was about seeing the DNA of music,” Aimonetti adds. “So much of it is black box. I’m obsessed with exposing the creative aspect.” Martocci and Aimonetti (who previously worked with LivingSocial and Sony PlayStation) launched Splice in October 2013 with $2.75 million in seed funding. The company raised an additional $4.5 million last year in Series A funding, led by Palo Alto, Calif.-based True Ventures. That round also included investments from New York-based Union Square Ventures, as well as some music-industry heavyweights, including superstar DJs Tiësto and Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello; Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun; and the William Morris Endeavor Entertainment talent agency.True Ventures principal Adam D’Augelli was impressed with Splice’s founders and the platform’s easy integration for musicians. “They were highly focused and executed well—they built the first version of the product themselves while gathering market and potential customer feedback in a few weeks,” D’Augelli says. “We were excited about their tight focus on building a platform that didn’t require any changes in work flow but, rather, [supported] artists in the way they currently worked.”The investments from the music industry are “a big piece of validation,” Martocci adds. “When you show [Splice] to an artist, their eyes light up. It’s going to make my life easier to get this in front of the forward-thinkers in music.”The capital will go toward further developing and fine-tuning the product. “We’re making sure we’re solid on the platform and adding things as we go,” Martocci says. “We just need to make [Splice] so good and strong that musicians share it and we create value for them.”Splice was in private beta for 10 months before switching to a free public beta in mid-September. The site will maintain a free tier, but Martocci says it will migrate slowly toward charging for additional features. “We’re constantly building a backlog of the amazing things we think we can offer for premium services from the education side, the professional producers’ side,” he says. “It’s endless.”  Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Short film festival rejects student sign language film over a gay kiss

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- This short film about being gay, young and deaf will warm your heartIndia’s Kashish queer film festival’s winning poster has been revealed11 shocking, sexy and fun gay films you probably haven’t seen (NSFW)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… There is a swear in the film, which the high school senior included because it would be ‘more realistic’.‘If that was the issue compared to the gay kiss, I would understand,’ Singleton said.‘They never mentioned that, started with that, or brought it up.Student wants short film festival defunded for their ‘homophobic ideology’‘At this point, I’m not looking to be included in the festival anymore, rather getting them defunded due to their homophobic ideology. It wouldn’t be this big thing if that was the case.’Singleton is not deaf himself, however he has three generations of deaf members in his family. He learned American Sign Language before he could talk.Still from Since The First Day We Met (Saul Singleton)‘Many kids who are gay may feel alone or they may feel as if their crushes are impossible to obtain,’ he said.‘I wanted to pull from the reality of those situations.‘Also, throughout my childhood, there seemed to be very few movies that featured deaf characters.‘When I started the script-writing process, I knew that I wanted my main character to connect through my experiences.’Following this, Singleton is planning on going to film school to tell more diverse stories.A Golden Lion Awards spokesperson said they believe ‘all filmmakers have a story to tell and a right to do so’.‘We support LGBT youth and all human rights, and this decision was not made lightly,’ they added.‘However, we comply with MPAA film rating standards, which, after extensive research and to the best of our knowledge and understanding, put physical same-sex content in a PG-13 or R category’.We at Gay Star News love the film. And you can watch it below: [embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img The Golden Lion Awards rejected Since The First Day We Met for going against their requirements for a ‘PG rating’.Saul Singleton, 17, from Bethesda, Maryland, created the coming of age short film based on his own experiences as a gay teen.It tells the story of deaf teen Max attending a new high school. He teaches a supportive teen, who wants to learn how to sign, and the two get close.The four minute film ends with a kiss.Short film festival rejects student sign language filmWhen Singleton submitted the film for consideration to the awards, he was met with this reply.‘Since our festival adheres to a strict PG-comparable rating system, we are unable to accept any films with clearly illustrated LGBQT+ themes,’ they told him.‘When I got the email from Golden Lion, I was honestly in complete shock,’ Singleton told Gay Star News.‘I couldn’t process it at first, that they would reject me based on that theme.‘This dismissal of my film only makes me want to create more films.’‘Discrimination is a horrible thing to face, and this dismissal of my film only makes me want to create more films.‘It made me want to fight harder for myself.‘I’m not going to compromise my work for others, because there will always be an audience out there looking for representation and inclusion of these sort of films.’High school director Saul Singleton, middle, at an anti-NRA protestSingleton claims Golden Lion has not responded to his emails. He has provided proof that he gained permission to use the copyrighted song. Student short film rejected based on a gay kiss A major high school film festival has rejected a student’s short film over a gay kiss.last_img read more

Funfilled Ladysmith Show over for another year

first_imgThe funfair saw young and old alike going on the rides, and the stalls had a great variety of items to buy.The Beer Garden and Vape Lounge were also popular among the show-goers, not forgetting the roaring Rat Rods.With all the fun happening, there was one unpleasant issue that arose at the show grounds and that was a lack of water on Saturday.Due to a burst pipe in Dry Road, the area was left without water.Stall holders could not prepare meals and the toilet facilities inside the halls had to be shut down. However, there were mobile toilets available on the field and the Ladysmith Show Committee arranged for uThukela to send a water tanker to solve the problem.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith Show 2018 is “done and dusted” after three days of fun from May 10 to 12.The show really had something for everyone… The Mr and Miss Ladysmith Show contest saw many boys and girls entering in the hopes of winning the crown and title.Top musicians performed on Friday night, from Ruan and Franja du Plessis to Tipcee.Local artists also took the stage at the show and made us all proud.Tansen Nepaul’s musical extravaganza at the show grounds on Saturday night was undoubtedly one of the major highlights for show-goers, who thoroughly enjoyed the pumping rhythms and gyrating dancers. Even the falling rain could not dampen their spirits.The ‘Battle of the DJs’ competition took place all three nights and kept everyone dancing.There was something different at the show this year in the form of a Boot Camp that pushed teams and individuals to the limit.Food lovers were delighted to hear that the Potjiekos Competition was back again, and another first was the yummy Bunny Chow Competition.Between all this, there were other competitions that kept everyone having fun, such as the Pizza-Eating Competition and Dance Competition, with fabulous prizes up for grabs.There was also an exciting fire display by Public Safety and a demonstration from Sharaj Ambulance Services that had the crowd enthralled.Yet another first at the show was a drone demonstration that had children running around to keep up with the flying spectacle.last_img read more