HASKINS TO CONTINUE CONDUCTING SIOUX CITY SYMPHONY FOR YEARS TO COME

first_img???????????????????????????????????? THE MAESTRO OF THE SIOUX CITY SYMPHONY WILL BE CONDUCTING OUR LOCAL ORCHESTRA FOR SOME TIME TO COME.RYAN HASKINS HAS AGREED TO A SEVEN YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION.SYMPHONY C-E-O TRAVIS MORGAN SAYS HASKINS HAS BEEN A MAJOR KEY TO THE SYMPHONY’S SUCCESS AND GROWTH OVER THE PAST DECADE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RYAN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………THAT MUCH BETTER. ;25MORGAN SAYS OTHER ACTIONS ARE ALSO TAKING PLACE TO INSURE THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF THE SYMPHONY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RYAN2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AROUND THE AREA. ;20MORGAN SAYS THE SYMPHONY’S ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN GROWING, WITH A SKEW TOWARDS YOUNGER AND MORE CASUALLY ATTIRED CONCERT GOERS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RYAN3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………THE SIOUX CITY SYMPHONY. :15THE NEW AGREEMENT MEANS HASKINS WILL CONTINUE LEADING THE SYMPHONY THROUGH ITS 2024-25 SEASON.last_img read more

The Cavaliers Finally Sped Up

During the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not run very much. Head coach Tyronn Lue has been preaching the virtues of a faster-paced offense since he took over for David Blatt in January. It was slow to catch on. The Cavaliers were the third-slowest team during the season, using fewer possessions per game than the glacial Memphis Grizzlies or the ancient San Antonio Spurs, and in the playoffs, they’ve become even slower. It was easy to laugh about Lue suggesting after a Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors last week that the Cavaliers simply needed to pick up the pace. And when Cleveland was flattened again in Game 2, that book appeared to be closed.But in Game 3, on Wednesday night, the Cavs came out hot — and fast. They went up 33-13 in the first quarter and blew out the Warriors 120-90. For the game, they were 8-for-16 with between 22 and 18 seconds left on the shot clock (the sweet spot for the seven-seconds-or-less school of pace) after going just 8-for-19 in the first two games of the Finals combined.The Warriors, meanwhile, are getting just 8.3 shots per game in that range. This might seem like a positive to those who listened to pundits talk about the “quick shots” that were sinking Golden State against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But during the regular season, the Warriors were absolutely unstoppable early in the shot clock: They averaged 14.9 of those field goals per game, including 6.2 3-point attempts; their shooting averages were 65.7 percent from two and 47.9 percent on those threes, for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 68.3, which led the league, though not by much.The team in second place? Those plodding Cavaliers. The Cavs had an eFG% of 66.1 on seven-seconds-or-less plays, and the gap between them and the third-place Atlanta Hawks (62.7) is about the same as the gap between the Hawks and the 13th-place Thunder (59.2). LeBron James was more efficient in possessions of this sort than Klay Thompson or Steph Curry was — even in a year in which his 3-point stroke inexplicably cratered. The difference is, the Cavs had only 9.6 attempts per game early in the clock, more than five fewer than the Warriors.But go ahead and read that back to yourself: The Warriors ran over the league using pace and shooting, but the Cavs, when they deigned to break from trot to gallop, played their game nearly as well as the defending champs. For the Cavs to pull off an upset in this series, more stars will have to align than merely their finding some pep in their step and playing a 35-year-old benchwarmer major minutes. But a few have begun to slide into place: Irving, a hugely talented offensive player, found his stroke after going quiet for the first two games, and Curry has looked genuinely out of sorts for most of the series. While it’s still a very long shot that the Cavaliers can come back and win the Finals, it’s a far better one than if they’d gone down 3-0 playing old and slow.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses the NBA Finals. Of course, “early shot clock” possessions are often just another name for transition or semi-transition (that little window after a fast break ends but before the defense can get set). By the Game 3 box score, Cleveland outscored Golden State 15-8 on fast-break points, and according to the player-tracking data, the Cavs had 18 transition chances to the Warriors’ nine and did a little better per play. Transition begins with defense, and after reportedly getting a wake-up call from assistant coach Phil Handy, the Cavs were noticeably more lively on that end in Game 3. Kyrie Irving’s numbers weren’t great (player-tracking has him on the hook for allowing 63.3 eFG% on 15 shots), but he was making a visible effort; J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were both much better than they had been, though, and Richard Jefferson, who started for Kevin Love (ruled out because of a blow to the head), was all over the court, closing out and contesting shots. He ended up allowing opponents to shoot just 45.5 eFG% on 11 attempts. read more

Bahamas Minister of Labour Meets with the Banks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 20, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes met with the Chairman of the Clearing Banks Association, Mr. Ian Jennings and representatives of the six Clearing Banks in The Bahamas including RBC Finco, Scotiabank, Fidelity Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Bank of The Bahamas and CIBC First Caribbean Bank on Thursday, 19 October, 2017 at the Ministry of Labour on Shirley and Charlotte Streets.   Also in attendance were The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, the Trade Union Congress and the National Congress of Trade Unions, the Prices Commission, the Consumer Protection Commission and The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality Services.Minister Foulkes also met with the Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, Mr. John Rolle in a separate meeting.   Minister Foulkes and the banks had frank and open discussions on the recent increases in banking services.   He said that he understood the challenges of the banks and also appreciate the concerns of consumers.Going forward the group all agreed to establish a working committee to discuss such issues.Photo caption:  Pictured is the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, second right, and Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, at right, listening to Nathanial Beneby of RBC Finco at left as other attendees are pictured in the background.Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Todd Gloria on Governor Browns State of the State address

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 27, 2018 Posted: January 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown delivered his 2018 State of the State address.Following the address, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:“Governor Brown has stayed true to his word: ‘California is not going back not now, not ever.’ We are moving forward, protecting Californians, and leading while Washington is stagnant.“A number of challenges still lie ahead for us – most notably our housing crisis which remains the most pressing issue facing California. While we took significant steps last year, I look forward to introducing more innovative solutions this year as a member of the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee.“Additionally, we must be vigilant and ready to protect California’s Dreamers should Washington choose to neglect its promise.“California is stronger more than ever before. That’s due in no small part to Governor Brown and his leadership. The quality-of-life and strength of the Golden State has vastly improved under his administration. We have work to do, but Governor Brown will undoubtedly leave California better than he found it.” center_img Todd Gloria on Governor Brown’s State of the State address , last_img read more

Political Roundup Special Election Results And Battling Over A Shutdown

first_img Share From Rep. Carol Alvarado’s victory in the special election to fill Sylvia Garcia’s Texas Senate seat, to Pres. Donald Trump’s public argument with Democrats Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer over the impending government shutdown, to the President’s search for a new chief of staff, to his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s sentencing, Houston Matters breaks down the week’s biggest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.In the audio above, host Craig Cohen talks it over with Mark Jones from Rice University and Renée Cross from the University of Houston.last_img

Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances

first_imgCaptive Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata at Bodelwyddan Castle Aviary, Denbighshire, Wales. Image: Arpingstone/Wikipedia. Citation: Study of finches shows they form homosexual alliances (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-finches-homosexual-alliances.html To find out how strong the bonds are between zebra finches, who normally form male/female life-long relationship bonds, the team raised a group of all male birds to adulthood, at which point nearly half of them paired up and bonded, which the team describe as perching next to each other, singing, preening and nuzzling beaks.Once the bonds were formed, the team then introduced females to the group. They found that of the eight male-male pairs that had bonded, five of them disregarded the females entirely, choosing instead to continue with their male partners. Elie, in an interview with the BBC noted that selecting a social partner, regardless of gender, could be a bigger priority. In other words, for zebra finches, it appears that it’s more important that a bird find a mate for cohabitation and socialization, then for reproduction. One interesting side note, though the authors mention the types of activities the bird engage in once they form bonds, no mention is made of whether the male birds attempt to mate with one another, a rather critical factor it would seem, in labeling the birds as homosexual, rather than as just life-long pals. Also not mentioned is if female-female bonds ever occur.Elie adds that her findings demonstrate that pair-bonding, even in animals can, be more complex than just a male and a female who meet to reproduce. She also suggests that for zebra finches at least, finding a suitable partner is more than just fun and games, it is also likely a key to survival as the birds team up to defend food they have obtained or to fight off predators.Elie also noted that there are many examples of same-sex parings in nature, such as with gulls and albatrosses where males pair up but still mate with a female. Also, she mentions the apparently gay chin-strap penguins that lived in New York’s Central Park Zoo last year, who went so far as to hatch an artificially fertilized egg together. © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img A new study by a team of researchers shows that for zebra finches, bonding trumps sex. Post-Doc fellow Julie Elie of the University of California and her team describe in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, how male finches, in the absence of females, chose to bond with other males and then to maintain such a relationship even when females are introduced afterwards. Explore further Fathers are no role modelslast_img read more

Ride into rail history

first_imgRare pictures of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inside a rail engine or the first President Rajendra Prasad walking outside a station in south India provide a glimpse into the 160 years of Indian Railways.Unlocking a treasure trove of archives, the Railways has brought on display over 200 rare black and white and sepia-toned images in an exquisite collection titled ‘160 Years of Indian Railways: An exhibition of selected photographs from the Indian Railways’ that opened up for view recently at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Railways have been so intrinsic to people’s lives in India. And, through this exhibition we wanted to bring its inception and history closer to people’s mind which may be getting lost in the annals of time,’ says Director, Information and Publicity, Indian Railways, Seema Sharma.However, in a departure from a regular commemorative tribute, the exhibition is curated ‘thematically rather than sequentially’ and celebrates the history and heritage, architectural and otherwise, while evoking a liberal feel of nostalgia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo, pictures of a late 19th century image of Gothic Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) in then Bombay, one of Frontier Mail with its front decked up with British flags, royal guests being received at a makeshift station built in Delhi during the 1911 Durbar, as well as a rare old photo of Ranchi, Bilaspur and Colaba stations built in Victorian style, among others, are on view.Photographs of Nehru, Indira Gandhi and a young Rajiv Gandhi have been captured together at a platform, neon signs of ubiquitous ‘Murphy Radio’ company over Patna Junction and the then Madras Central station buildings and the elegant Egmore station waiting rooms are rare views. One photograph captures a narrow gauge train (Dabhoi to Miyagam) of 1863 which has bullocks pulling it instead of an engine.The collection is divided into several themes like – ‘Station Architecture’, ‘Locomotives and Trains’, ‘Personalities’, ‘Carriages and Wagons’, ‘Men at Work’ among others.‘The ‘Station Architecture’ has a special segment as many stations today look completely different compared to what their look was back in those years. The Ranchi station has changed a lot and the two pictures displayed here show the rare heritage look of the building in the colonial days,’ says Seema.‘But, I believe the part that lends more interest to the exhibition is the ‘Men at Work’ section whereby one actually sees the ‘hands and feet’ of the Indian Railway, the gangmen, the foreman, the light man who used to climb up a stair to light up the lamp in those days, etc are great pictures of human dignity and pride in one’s profession,’ she says.Apart from the Railway archives, the photographs have been sourced from the Press Information Bureau and the Railway museums from the 17 zonal offices throughout the country.Explaining how the exhibition began taking shape over the last five months, Seema says there were ‘no pre-set themes as the themes emerged out of the collection themselves. We had sent out request to different railway zones to contribute from their own archives. And, after we sat sifting through the collection, ranging over 600, hours after hours, themes and patterns began to emerge, say architecture or marketing techniques etc.’last_img read more