Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lehnert was a bronze medalist in women’s singles in Singapore 2015, and a silver medalist in both women’s doubles with Denise Dy, and women’s team with Dy and Clarice Patrimonio.Tennis starts on Monday at National Tennis Center Sports Complex, Jalan Duta. LATEST STORIES “I haven’t been playing in tournaments lately,” Lehnert told the Inquirer.Instead, she works full-time as a fitness instructor working in a gym and in private.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-9 stunner strolled the Sunway Putra Mall after checking in with the Philippine delegation secretariat.Her last tournament was last March at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, the same event she dominated four years ago. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold? View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Katharina Lehnert. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Katharina Lehnert may not be as active in the pro circuit, but she’s in tip-top shape for the coming Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions.The 23-year-old Lehnert arrived here Friday from Hanover, Germany, ahead of the Philippine tennis team which is due early Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Bolts haven’t seen action since Aug. 18, when they nipped Phoenix Petroleum, 107-104, and it is a layoff that was a welcome one as far as coach Norman Black is concerned as it allowed injuries on some players to heal. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Kelly Williams will man the post for TNT KaTropa in their game against Meralco Wednesday night. —SHERWIN VARDELEONMeralco tangles with struggling sister team TNT KaTropa on Wednesday, seeking a win to formally advance to the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tip-off is at 4:15 p.m., with the Bolts shooting to become the third team to earn safe passage to the next round, and, more importantly, stay in the hunt for a top four finish which carries a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer, chasing to complete a rare Triple Crown sweep, will most likely play Terik Bridgeman against Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. contest as the Beermen await the arrival of new import Terrence Watson.Bridgeman, who came in to replace Wendell McKines, was a huge disappointment in his debut last Saturday, scoring just two points and grabbing six rebounds in a 90-79 loss to Alaska in Angeles City in Pampanga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutManagement and coaching staff wasted no time and shopped around for a replacement, their third import in the season-closing conference. Watson is expected to plane in either late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the United States.But a ranking team official told the Inquirer that the Beermen would likely play Bridgeman against the Elasto Painters because coaching staff doesn’t feel that Watson would be able to have at least one practice with the team. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Azkals eye Mid East training Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Wolves boss Nuno: Time to up our standardsby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno Espirito Santo wants to see Wolves raise their standards as they continue to balance playing in the Europa League.The Molineux outfit grabbed their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday, defeating Watford 2-0 at home.They face Besiktas in Turkey on Thursday and Nuno doesn’t want to hear any excuses from his players.”We won the game, and I thought we were the better team,” he said”Our fans saw a good game, and we now have to raise our standards and improve.”On Thursday, we play against Besiktas. It’s tough.”But this is the reality. You play Thursday, and you travel. Not only me, every manager and team that is involved in European competition.”This is the growth of a natural thing. We started in the Championship, we had more difficulties in the Premier League, and now we are competing on Thursday and Sunday.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Usually, it’s pretty easy to figure out why an NBA team got better. The Sixers, who were the NBA’s most-improved team this year, got Joel Embiid and an extra 18 wins compared to last season. Houston, 14 wins better, got MVP-level play out of James Harden, who’s been a perfect fit for new coach Mike D’Antoni’s pace-and-space offense.Then there’s Utah, a team that was 40-42 last year, yet has pieced together a fringe NBA title contender this season. The Jazz’s improvement isn’t as straightforward as the Rockets’ or Sixers’, though — they did it by tinkering with the margins of a roster that had missed the postseason for four consecutive years, and they’re capitalizing on their two young stars finally coming of age.Perhaps the best comparison for this Jazz team is the Indiana Pacers from three or four years ago: Rudy Gobert is the Jazz’s souped-up version of Roy Hibbert, the leader of a very stingy defense that forces a ton of midrange jumpers. Gordon Hayward is the analog to Paul George, a talented wing player who can score over just about anyone. And Utah’s George Hill is … George Hill, who joined the team in July following an offseason trade and is now the conductor of a Pacers-like slow-paced offense. And even that lofty comparison to the two-time Eastern Conference finalists may be selling this club short; the Jazz shoot and pass the ball better and far more than Indiana ever did.Much of Utah’s jump stems from two key trades that bolstered each of those areas. The first deal landed Hill, a respected veteran point guard1In exchange for the No. 12 pick, Taurean Prince, in a three-team deal, and the other yielded skilled forward Boris Diaw2Diaw cost the Jazz Olivier Hanlan, the 42nd pick in 2015, and a 2022 second-rounder.. Both players, who once played for San Antonio, have helped the Jazz become a rare team that has been able to replicate the Spurs’ style. Watch the Jazz for long enough, and you can see San Antonio’s influences baked into some of Utah’s offensive plays and sets; particularly when Diaw is on the floor3The Jazz threw more passes than any other team during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Spurs ranked third and fifth, respectively..Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/spursaction.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/utahspurs-likeaction.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The team’s transactions weren’t the sexiest, which is reflected by the NBA’s national TV ratings, in which the Jazz still rank near the bottom of the league. But as of now, those two moves — plus the Joe Johnson signing — look prescient. Hill, despite battling injuries all season, forced opponents to guard the perimeter more honestly and logged a career-high scoring average. Diaw, Utah’s best passer despite playing power forward, finished with a team-high six assists in the Game One victory over the Clippers. And Johnson, who connected on 41 percent of his 3s during the regular season, had 21 points in the series opener, including the game-winning floater at the buzzer4There were a flurry of Twitter users who didn’t know Johnson played for the Jazz until they saw him hit the dramatic shot to win Game One.But the offseason moves alone wouldn’t have made the Jazz this formidable. Utah needed Hayward to take the next step. Among the most notable improvements that he has made: Hayward has grown considerably stronger, giving him the ability to be more aggressive and absorb more contact as he barrels toward the basket following curls and dribble handoffs. Aside from connecting on a blistering 69 percent of his shots at the rim this year — one of six wings to shoot that well on 200 shots or more — Hayward also managed to log a career-best 45 and-1 situations where he scored despite getting fouled. By contrast, he was blocked just 43 times all season. To put that into context, it’s pretty rare for wing players to finish with more and-1s than shots blocked in a given season; this year LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard were the only other wings to accomplish the feat5Among players with at least 30 and-1s.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hayward2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/haywardstrength.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other Jazz player who took the leap is also the reason the team’s die-hard fans can’t sleep at night: How injured is Gobert? It’s not clear how long he’ll be out with his knee hyperextension and bone bruise. The Jazz managed to squeak by without him on Saturday, but as Tuesday’s Game Two highlighted, the defense sans Gobert may be too porous to win this series6The Jazz have allowed the Clippers to shoot 79 percent from inside of five feet this series when using small-ball lineups, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. That number shrinks to a more respectable 62 percent when Utah uses two traditional bigs on the court at once., let alone compete with Golden State, who will almost certainly be waiting for them in the conference semifinals.But should Utah get a healthy version of its best player back — and yes, Gobert’s incredible jump in offensive efficiency, paired with his stellar defense, makes him the club’s most-valuable player — the Jazz can make some noise. They owned the third-best defense in the association this year, behind San Antonio and Golden State, and excel at defensive rebounding and limiting team’s opportunities in transition. Playing the percentages, the defense surrenders the NBA’s lowest share of corner 3-point attempts, and the only true soft spot they possess on that end is by design: They rank near the top of the league in terms of how frequently they goad opponents into taking inefficient midrange jumpers.Yet their entire defensive scheme, which often calls for wings to switch assignments and aggressively crowd their opponents along the 3-point line, works to perfection because of Gobert’s incredible mobility and impact around the rim. Watch this regular-season sequence against Portland, for instance. Damian Lillard seemingly pulls the trigger on his shot a beat quicker than he normally would to avoid Gobert. Then Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu grabs an offensive rebound, but opts against going for the putback because of Gobert’s presence.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/scaredofgobert.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When teams are actually bold enough to bring the ball inside against him7Opponents take just 31 percent of their shot attempts at the restricted area with Gobert on the court, down from 36 percent when he’s on the bench., it frequently turns out to be a mistake.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/gobertswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gobert, who led the NBA in defensive win shares and blocks, held foes to 49 percent shooting from within six feet, 12.5 percentage points beneath their average and the best rate among centers8Among those who have played at least 50 games. Fellow Defensive Player of the Year candidate Draymond Green’s rim-protection stats were equally impressive, at 48 percent while holding players 13.2 points under their averages. But Green is considered a forward on NBA.com..As tense as this moment is for Jazz fans, the offseason may prove to be even more stressful. Hayward, 27, and Hill, 30, become unrestricted free agents at season’s end, leaving the small-market club — which has the league’s smallest payroll — with tough financial choices9The team also faces a tough decision on big man Derrick Favors, who’s getting a pretty high-profile audition with Gobert sidelined. as it seeks to build on its first 50-win season since the 2009-10 season with Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan.But those decisions can wait a bit. After all, winning — and doing it now, in this postseason, with this core group — is the strongest case a team like Utah can make to its pending free agents anyway.Check out our NBA playoff predictions.
Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of Ohio State legend Cris Carter, has left OSU and enrolled at a community college in Kansas, coach Jim Tressel confirmed Monday in a statement released by the OSU athletic department.Carter caught 13 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season, but was ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. He also sat out all of spring practices because of academic issues.BuckeyeSports.com first reported Carter’s withdrawal from OSU. According to the report, Carter enrolled at Coffeyville Community College. Division I athletes can transfer to a non-Division I school without losing a year of eligibility. An athlete transferring to another Division I school must sit out a year.Carter would still have three years of eligibility remaining should he transfer to another Division I school or back to OSU after a year at Coffeyville.Carter posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying: “yes, the rumors are true.”He posted Monday afternoon that he would ideally return to OSU after getting his academics back on track, saying: “yes i would love to go back to OSU! im a buckeye all the way!”Tressel also announced that defensive lineman Keith Wells will not be a part of the team in 2010. Wells saw limited action as a freshman in 2008, then redshirted last season.
After the offseason from hell, the Ohio State football team could enter a phase the program not seen in Columbus in a long time. Because of the recent dominance of OSU football over the last decade, these four words have been seemingly absent from the central Ohio vernacular: It’s a rebuilding year. Tuesday, quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced that he would not be returning to OSU for his senior season. Pryor had a 31-4 record as a starter at OSU, second most wins by a quarterback at OSU, behind Art Schlichter. Pryor passed for a career total of 6,177 yards, ran for 2,164 yards and was responsible for 74 touchdowns. That is 444 points of offense, driving away in a Nissan 350Z. Who is going to step up as Pryor’s replacement? Eventually it will be Braxton Miller, a true freshman from Huber Heights, Ohio. For now, Miller is an unrefined passer, a threat on the ground and 100 percent unproven. When Pryor announced his departure through his attorney on Tuesday, almost immediately, “Braxton Miller” was trending on Twitter in Columbus. It is evident that Buckeye fans are ready for the next chapter, but unfortunately for them, the storybook ending is a long way off. Miller was shaky at best in the jersey scrimmage that replaced the Spring Game this year, and got most of his production against the second-team defense. While he has the athletic ability to succeed, Miller has yet to take a snap in front of an opposing defense at the collegiate level. On top of being without Pryor, the 2011 squad will be without running back Dan Herron for the first five games of the season. Herron led the team in rushing in 2010 with 1,155 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Scarlet and Gray will also be without DeVier Posey for the first five games of the 2011 season. Posey was the Buckeyes’ second-leading receiver, 100 yards behind team leader Dane Sanzenbacher, who had 948 receiving yards. OSU will also be without offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the upcoming season. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game suspension. In those five games, OSU will play at Miami (Fla.) and at home against Michigan State. These are two teams that could be difficult to beat without a productive offense. These deficiencies don’t even include a young squad that has to replace seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, two starters on the interior offensive line and the lack of experience at wide receiver. If that’s not enough to scream rebuilding year, what is? Former head coach Jim Tressel resigned from his position on Memorial Day, following conversations with athletic director Gene Smith. Tressel said it was “in the best interest of Ohio State” that he resign from his position. Tressel amassed a 106-22 record while at OSU. He went 9-1 against Michigan. He won a National Championship in 2002. And he is gone. OSU announced it would not be pursuing any other coaches until the conclusion of the 2011 season. The fate of the 2011 Buckeyes lies with interim head coach Luke Fickell. Fickell has never had a head-coaching job. Fickell is the team’s former assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. No offense to Fickell, but with names like Urban Meyer, Bo Pelini, Jon Gruden and Mark Dantonio being thrown into the mix for 2012, his coaching experience is coming into question. The reality of the situation is that the Buckeyes are not a top-10 team. OSU is not going to breeze its way through the regular season. And in the first year the Big Ten has planned an official Big Ten Championship Game, OSU can count itself out of the Dec. 3 affair.
The Delta Routine has graced several stages with its rock ‘n’ roll, but the band isn’t so familiar with Columbus – and its about to change that this weekend. The Milwaukee-based group is scheduled to perform in Columbus 7 p.m. Sunday at Scarlet & Grey CafÃ©. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Amadeus said the band is looking forward to the Columbus tour stop and the fresh audience to come with it. He added the band has toured through parts of Ohio before but is excited to tour elsewhere in the state. “Cleveland was a little bit weird,” Amadeus said, laughing. “We wanted a change-up.” Amadeus also said The Delta Routine has drawn some of its influences from rock band Hero Jr., an Indianapolis-based band that is touring with The Delta Routine. Columbus-based band Up All Nights is also scheduled to perform with the groups at Scarlet & Grey Sunday. Comprised of Amadeus, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer, guitarist and vocalist Victor Buell IV, bassist and vocalist Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske, The Delta Routine has had numerous lineup changes in members and instruments since its formation seven years ago. Amadeus said the band found some of its current members by chance at a fashion show. Another important part of the group though is its producer Mike Hoffman, who came across the band due to being a family friend of Amadeus. He’s been with the band from the group’s release of its self-titled debut album in 2007 up to its fourth and most recent release “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” Oct. 9. “Nick and the guys are very driven, inspired chaps. You know, the only kind I’ll work with,” Hoffman said in an email. “You gotta have rocket fuel in your veins if you’re gonna go anywhere. These guys are tanked up and ready to launch, always.” Referring to The Delta Routine’s music as rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of a pop element, Amadeus said he normally tries to take the lead on the songwriting aspect of albums by laying down some lyrics, then getting the main beat. He said, however, the band’s last album was a collaborative effort from the group. Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records located at 116 E. Long St., said the rock scene is still very popular in Columbus and the turnout at The Delta Routine’s show should be pretty large. “That genre always sells well,” Ruland said. “Indie and rock are the bestsellers here.” Although Ruland said he has never heard of The Delta Routine, he said he’s open to listening to its music and getting himself and others in the rock ‘n’ roll scene familiar with it. Scarlet and Grey is located at 2203 N. High St. and will charge a $5 to $10 cover charge at the door for Sunday’s show.
After 21 years under the watch of John Bluem, Ohio State found a new men’s soccer head coach Monday.The Buckeyes announced the hire of former Indiana associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve as the 10th coach in program history. He spent the past 10 years guiding the Hoosiers to eight NCAA tournament appearances including their victorious 2012 NCAA national championship and a runner-up finish in the 2017 season.“I am excited to get to work and continue to grow the Ohio State program into one of the elite soccer programs in the country,” Brian Maisonneuve said in a statement. “John [Bluem] did a great job over the last 21 years and I am so honored for this opportunity. This is an incredible athletics department with tremendous resources.”Maisonneuve was an All-American as a player for the Hoosiers during his four-year tenure on the team from 1991 to 1994, and his success does not stop there. After playing at Indiana, Maisonneuve went to play for the Columbus Crew from 1996 to 2004. He also was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and the 1998 U.S. World Cup team. When his playing days were done, he coached for five years before joining the Hoosiers. He led the Hoosiers to eight NCAA tournaments throughout his time as a coach.He will fit perfectly as the next in line of a successful coaching history. “We are fortunate to add Brian Maisonneuve to our outstanding lineup of head coaches,” Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said in a statement. “He has competed at a high level and coached in one of the most successful collegiate programs nationally. We look forward to the opportunities our student-athletes will have under Brian’s direction.” Maisonneuve has received multiple coaching awards throughout his career including the NSCAA Assistant Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes Region in 2012 and 2015. He was also named one of the top 12 assistants in the nation for the third straight year and fifth time in his career in 2016.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a reduced final capital budget by $34.7 M through his line-item veto authority into law on Thursday. In a release from the office of the governor, SB2002, as passed by the Alaska Legislature, included a number of projects of local, community or legislative interest that the state simply cannot fund under its limited financial resources. Dunleavy’s office said the remaining capital budget, signed Thursday, captures nearly $1 billion in federal dollars and funds sweeping crime legislation. Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days and weeks, my administration will be making more decisions that will impact Alaskans – but our commitment remains to be open to input from Alaskans, to understand their priorities, and to work towards achieving better outcomes for the dollars we do spend. While Alaskans await future announcements regarding the operating budget, we can’t ignore the fact that today’s action represents an important and positive step in moving Alaska forward.” Click here for additional on the enacted Fiscal Year 2020 capital budget, including a funded project summary, a vetoed project summary and more. Key items funded in SB 2002: $73M to Federal Highway and Aviation Match, which secures $877.2 million in Federal funds$12M to Village Safe Water and Wastewater Projects, securing over $52M in Federal funds$2.54M to Hiland Mountain Women’s Mental Health Unit$2M in AIDEA receipts for Northwest Arctic Borough school construction and major maintenance$680,200 to Electronic Visit Verification System$2.5M to Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources$1.5M to AHFC Rental Assistance for Victims- Empowering Choice Housing Program$3.6M to AHFC Homeless Assistance$1.75M to AHFC Senior Citizen Housing$250,000 to Inter-Island Ferry Authority$13.5M to Alaska Marine Highway System vessel overhaul, annual certification, and shoreside facilities rehabilitation$1.6M to Harbor Grant Program
MoonA meeting of the National Moon-Sighting Committee will be held on Tuesday evening to fix the date of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims, reports UNB.The meeting will be held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office at 7:15 pm with state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah in the chair.The committee will announce the date of Eid-ul-Fitr after reviewing information on sighting of Shawwal moon.People have been requested to inform the committee over following phone and fax numbers if they see the Shawwal moon anywhere in Bangladesh sky.The phone numbers are: 9559493, 9559643, 9555947, 9556407 and 9558337 while the fax numbers are-9563397 and 9555951.
That’s according to Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology at Baylor College of Medicine, which is hosting its seventh-annual Houston Venom Conference next week (April 30).The conference teaches health care providers how to treat things like snake bites, spider bites, jellyfish stings, and scorpion stings. And it aims to correct some of the misinformation that’s out there — even among the medical community.In the audio above, Dr. Greene joins guest host Ernie Manouse to talk about the conference and to set the record straight on what you should do if you get stung or bitten. PixabayThere’s a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what you should do if you or someone you know is bitten by a snake or stung by an insect or jellyfish. But a lot of it’s wrong. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /11:16 Listen
The intricacies of portraiture are often ignored but then to learn the art of clicking ravishing portraits one can look at beautiful portraits by Davide Cerati- an award winning photographer from Italy who is here in town to showcase his works to the picture enthusiasts.Titled ‘faces e-motion’, the photography exhibition will include his collection of photographs that will be on display from February 11-22 at India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Davide says, “portraits of men and women, glances, emotions through the eyes, gestures and motions narrating stories of people, giving the viewer the chance to imagine what the subject’s eyes see and feel. The eyes and the movements of the subject is a door through which the viewer can explore the world of Davide. The Delhi exhibition is a mix of portraits and some research about movement.”Always in parallel with commercial work, Davide spends time in research and artistic projects for which he has received several international awards in Italy, France, and USA. Davide conducts seminars and workshops for professional photographers in Italy and Europe.A professional photographer since 1985, Davide works in advertising photography, on fashion sets, design, food and portraits. His photographs have been published in the best known magazines in Europe.
25Jul Rep. Hernandez highlights progress made on top priorities Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today said he is pleased of the progress made so far this legislative session on the issues most important to the people of Sanilac and St. Clair counties, however he cautions that there is still much work left to do.“When I meet with residents in our district what I hear time and time again is that people want less government regulation and they want the government to live within its means,” Hernandez said. “Just like families across Michigan are tightening their belts, my goal as a member of the Appropriations Committee is to cut inefficient programs and eliminate waste in state government. I’m proud to say we have made significant progress in accomplishing that goal.”Hernandez noted that overall growth in spending for next year’s budget does not exceed the rate of inflation.“While the budget restricts the growth of government, we still managed to fund schools at the highest level in state history,” Hernandez said. “We also provided a record amount of funding to fix our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.”Hernandez also noted that he supported House Bill 4608, which eliminated an unnecessary government regulation requiring painters and decorators to obtain a license to work on residential properties in Michigan.“This is a pointless rule that hinders job growth and does nothing to protect the public,” the first-term representative said. “Eliminating this licensing requirement opens up more job opportunities for people with the talent to paint and decorate homes in Michigan.”Another priority, increasing government transparency, was addressed when the House voted in March to expand open record disclosure rules to the governor’s office at state legislators.“I hold a strong belief that residents deserve more transparency from their elected officials,” Hernandez said. “Michigan is one of a few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. It’s time we remove these exemptions and help improve government accountability.”While the House has accomplished many goals in the first six months of the 2017-18 legislative session, Hernandez said he continues to work hard on behalf of people in Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“We’ve come a long way, but there are still a lot of issues that we can address to continue to improve the quality of life for Michigan families,” Hernandez said. “I encourage residents to contact my office if they have any ideas or concerns they would like to discuss.”Rep. Hernandez’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-0835 or emailing ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.###
TV technology company Motive Television has launched Video2Go, a new software offering that it says provides broadcasters and pay TV operators with a low-cost way of delivering services to iPads and other devices.Video2Go delivers pre-prepared content to set-top boxes or other devices in the home, which can then be transferred, initially to iPads, via a ‘home cloud’ environment, with no need for transcoding within the set-top. Video2Go can be bought as a standalone product or as a complement to Motive’s existing TV Anytime technology, which enables broadcasters to deliver on-demand services via one-way networks.Len Fertig, CEO of Motive, said that Video2Go would enable broadcasters and operators to stream or download recorded content to iPads via an app. Motive already provides TV Anywhere, a software platform that delivers content to other screens but which requires greater processing power in the set-top.
Brynhild VinskeiNetherlands-based multiscreen TV app provider 24i Media has named former Xstream chief marketing officer Brynhild Vinskei as chief markets officer.In her new role, Vinskei will be charged with heading up global sales and marketing activities for the company and play an instrumental role in the strategic development, expansion and growth of the company globally.At Xstream, she helped establish the company as a leader in OTT solutions.“We are delighted to welcome Brynhild as Chief Markets Officer at 24i. Brynhild brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership, and is recognized in the industry for developing and executing strategies that have accelerated growth and created significant brand value. Her insight and industry knowledge will help us elevate the 24i brand, enable us to respond to the increasing demand for our services globally, and drive revenue growth across our entire product portfolio,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i.“I am thrilled to be joining the 24i team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. 24i has been growing extensively over the past few years and is well poised for its continued growth ambitions, helping customers to create highly flexible, personalized and cost-effective TV app solutions across all devices. The consistent 50% yearly growth in sales, achieved through its innovative product stack, validates its commitment and passion to offer their customers future proof, best-in-breed technology. I look forward to applying my expertise to leverage industry trends and drive revenue growth, while being a part of an incredibly innovative, ambitious and close team,” said Vinskei.
Does TV need to deliver targeted advertising to survive, or does its ability to deliver reach protect it from the threat of internet video? Stuart Thomson reports.The promise of targeted advertising has been held up as a way to safeguard the future of free TV – and deliver added value for pay TV – for a long time now. In Europe, the UK has been the pioneer, with Sky and Channel 4 taking the lead in investing in and advocating the benefits of targeting. Sky has had the advantage of being both a pay TV platform provider with a direct subscriber relationship with viewers and a content provider with advertising inventory in its own right. The company developed its AdSmart platform as a client-side way of delivering targeting, initially for its own channels. AdSmart had run over 4,000 campaigns by February this year, just over two years after it launched, according to figures provided by media agency Group M. About 2% of potential inventory was taken up by AdSmart campaigns across about 70 channels, which is expected to rise to about 100 by the end of this year. Sky is likely to roll the platform out in Germany in the next two years or so, while Sky Italia is expected to launch targeted advertising a bit sooner, possibly next year or in 2017. For broadcasters, however, targeting of linear TV ads remains challenging for a number of reasons including the ability to deliver campaigns over multiple distribution platforms to achieve sufficient scale to make the campaign worthwhile. In the US, the practice of TV networks giving cable distribution platforms the right to sell a limited number of minutes per hour of advertising inventory by ad replacement has created a significant business that can serve as the basis for delivering more sophisticated forms of targeted advertising. Commercial arrangements between platform operators and broadcasters are already in place. In Europe, it has proved somewhat more challenging to get operator-based targeting off the ground because broadcasters, who hold the rights to all their own advertising inventory, have to see an advantage in coming to terms with platform operators for it to work. Large footprintFor Tim Sewell, CEO of advertising replacement specialist Yospace, the launch of targeting by broadcasters is basically dependent on different elements coming together such as the ability of broadcasters to provide a digital footprint that justifies the investment and media agencies taking an active interest.Yospace has worked closely with Channel 4 and Scottish broadcaster STV in delivering a platform that enables them to offer targeted advertising. Sewell says that the experience of the Channel 4 in bringing targeted advertising to its digital video-on-demand platform has enabled it to “push targeting to live” as well. “The key thing about the ability to improve targeting to the end user is that it unlocks inventory that previously couldn’t be monetised,” says Sewell. Targeting has often been seen as all about enabling broadcasters to offer advertisers the ability to reach desired socio-demographic groups, and ultimately to deliver truly personalised advertising based on individual tastes and preferences. But more prosaically, it can also enable them to target new advertisers that previously would not have considered TV as a suitable medium such as local businesses with a limited geographical market. The ability to offer highly specific postcode-based advertising enables them also to resell the same inventory to multiple advertisers. [icitspot id=”625092″ template=”box-story”]While video-on-demand has been a testing ground for ad replacement, the ability to seamlessly stitch ads into linear streams is potentially far more lucrative. “The view-through rates on linear streams are substantially higher than on VOD,” says Sewell, citing a view-through rate – essentially a measure of post-impression response to ads seen – of 97-98% in the case of linear replacement ads against 75-85% for mid-roll VOD ads. “There are more and more broadcasters doing targeting across linear TV. The technology has matured and it is a viable thing to invest in. It is potentially a differentiator between one broadcaster and another. While advertisers don’t necessarily care about how an audience is being reached, they care about how they can segment their audience,” says Sewell, who adds that broadcasters are using the technology both to sell unused inventory and by charging more to reach desired demographic groups. The key to unlocking the true potential of targeted advertising, however, is data. “Broadcasters with data available can increase the value of their inventory and target more efficiently to make the best use of that inventory. Their audience goes further. Targeting strengthens the argument for increased CPMs [cost per thousand impressions] and it also extends the number of campaigns broadcasters can deliver to a fixed number of viewers, as opposed to delivering a million eyeballs for one campaign,” says Sewell. Scottish commercial broadcaster STV has been at the forefront of adopting the technology. Rémi Brunier, product owner for STV Player for both linear and VOD at the broadcaster, says that STV now has about two million registered users, out of a total population in its footprint of five million people. As with Channel 4, it has obliged people to register in order to see premium and on-demand content they would not otherwise have access to. Mandatory fields included name, date of birth and first line of address, with a few more fields added to enable more granular targeting. STV introduced live ad targeting on STV Player after introducing the technology for its VOD streams. The technology is available on iOS and Android devices and the web. The broadcaster offers targeting based on micro-regions, enabling it to offer advertising to local businesses, and can also segment the audience on the basis of age group and gender. Brunier says that 80% of inventory is “targetable”, although the proportion that is actually ‘targeted’ in practice is considerably less. For local businesses and niche brands, targeting on a geographical or demographic basis makes sense. For larger brands, says Brunier, it may make sense to run split campaigns, with creative specially commissioned to target specific segments of the audience with messaging to complement a broader national campaign.Brunier says that STV is also trialling programmatic – or automated – selling of inventory alongside targeted advertising but that this is at an early stage. For broadcasters, the jury still appears to be out on programmatic – and there remains a question over whether direct sales deliver more value. For STV, the main gaps in its targetable inventory currently are those on streams delivered to TV platforms including free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView. Brunier says that STV is advancing towards universal targeting. The company plans to test the technology on Freesat next month and plans to develop the service on YouView following its imminent transition from Flash to HTML5. “The TV is definitely of interest,” says Brunier. “It also offers a slightly different demographic [meaning] we can cover all bases.”Yospace’s Sewell also says that his company is working with a number of player vendors to ensure that HTML5 implementations will support dynamic ad insertion, while MPEG DASH will support insertion later this year. Demand-side pushAlex Merwin, vice-president, global programmatic demand at advertising technology provider SpotX, meanwhile contends that requests for targeting – like demand for programmatic buying of spots – is coming from the demand side rather than the suppliers of advertising inventory. “The challenge for sellers is that the control [of the inventory] they had helped them keep control of their rate-card, but they are now losing linear audience share to YouTube and Facebook. The trick for broadcasters is to maintain the rate-card and the value they bring to the content in terms of audience and the value of their programming,” he says. “There are now other content creators – MCNs and so on – that are starting to compete, along with SVOD providers and that is creating pressure.” According to Merwin, while broadcasters have the high-quality content that advertisers want to associate their products with, they are “not coming to the table with a great targeting story to justify the rates they charge”.He says that some broadcasters are now making some of their inventory available for programmatic buying via private exchanges. Buyers use their own data sets or buy in third-party data to enable them to target their ads. Large corporations have gathered huge amounts of data about consumers as part of their product development activity that they can now apply to advertising “that drives results at lower prices”, says Merwin. While media owners are under pressure, delivery of meaningful targeting requires content to be delivered over addressable IP networks. In Europe, says Merwin, where large numbers of people still consume TV over free over-the-air broadcast networks that are not addressable, “TV is safe for now” from competition. Nevertheless, he says, even mainstream over-the-air TV will inevitably come under more pressure as younger audiences drift towards YouTube. In addition, the global nature of the internet and IP provides a global platform for advertisers that broadcast TV can’t match – so there is likely to be pressure in the longer term for TV to give up its legacy – scattered, localised – broadcast platforms and move everything to IP.“In TV, every market does everything differently – there is no single protocol. Digital has a big advantage over TV because it is global. Whether in the future the market tries to create a global linear TV solution or put linear content onto the existing global platform is an open question, but I would bet on the latter,” he says. Measuring the responsiveness of consumers to TV advertising is a key part of the value of targeting, but it is also challenging. TV, unlike the web, does not provide an instant feedback mechanism in the form of click-throughs.For Kevin O’Reilly, chief technology officer of advertising data analysis specialist TVSquared, the TV business remains fragmented in terms of platforms and technology. “Putting together a measurement platform that looks like the web is very far away,” he says. “People don’t interact with the TV. They interact via tablets and smartphones.” TVSquared provides a platform that is designed to help agencies and advertisers measure the responsiveness of TV ads by analysing data to assess the way consumers use second-screen devices to engage with brands. While only a small amount of TV content is consumed via video-on-demand and live unicast streams, such streams are potentially valuable because it is possible to track who an advert was served to at what time. TVSquared attempts to take this further by figuring out whether consumers respond to such ads by interacting via second screen devices. When TV spots appear, it is possible to judge which of them are driving the best response rates. Strength in reachNot everyone believes that broadcast’s days are numbered unless they can deliver addressability across their inventory immediately. Matthew Huntington, chief technology officer at UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat, argues that TV has “seen the threat from the internet come and go” and contends that budgets that previously migrated to digital platforms are in many cases returning to TV. “Watching TV is done in a different mental state than surfing the web. Part of the value is its ability to deliver a message when you are more open to brand messaging. There is not an imperative to improve what it does, although there is an argument that unless TV advertising is fully measured money will disappear,” says Huntington. “However, the problems with measurement on the web are far greater than for BARB in the UK, for example, and in some ways TV is a better position.”Huntington believes that the real threat to free TV is not the web, but pay TV, which has put in place platforms that have the capability to deliver addressable advertising. He says that free TV broadcasters will need to deliver something similar or better, given their much greater dependency on advertising as their chief source of income. None of this is to say that targeting is seen either as an absolute immediate imperative or as a panacea in the face of a perceived online onslaught on TV advertising budgets from the web. Many observers believe that the ability of TV to deliver a common brand message to a very large audience remains one of the medium’s strengths.Thomas Bremond, commercial director, northern Europe, at advertising technology company FreeWheel, believes that reach remains a strong selling point for TV. “Broadcasters have a pretty powerful message for advertisers in terms of offering reach,” he says. Bremond believes that targeting will have an appeal for certain types of channels, such as smaller niche services whose audiences does not appear on BARB ratings or their equivalent and whose inventory is typically packaged up with that of other channels and possibly undervalued. However, the key remains measurability and data, as well as targeting in a way that advertisers can make sense of. “Some operators want to offer more than 50 attributes. No one is going to target to that many because you run risk of targeting no one. It makes sense to focus on two or three – age gender, geo-location, kids, no kids, degree of affluence – those kind of things. You don’t want to get down to things that are too uncommon,” says Bremond. “TV is not direct response marketing. Advertisers are looking for brand affinity rather than specific product targeting.”For Bremond, advertisers already have tried-and-trusted ways of measuring responsiveness of audiences to TV spots. The key to realising the value of targeting, however, is in using it to unlock hitherto untapped markets. “People who have always advertised on TV will continue to do that. The interesting piece is identifying the brands that could go to other channels that are currently given away as part of the brand campaign because they are not measured by BARB. It could make sense for people who have never advertised on TV, as they now have impression-based advertising measurement and can target their audience a bit better,” he says.Further down the line, says Bremond, broadcasters will see a lot of value in integrating linear and non-linear platforms to be able to offer integrated campaigns targeting consumers across multiple devices for both linear TV and VOD. FreeWheel is currently working on a platform that can deliver this, which Bremond says is being beta-tested with a number of broadcasters. No crisisAdam Smith, futures director at WPP-owned global media agency Group M, also strongly believes that TV still provides a unique selling point, which online platforms simply can’t match. “What advertisers buy is reach,” he says, adding that recent predictions of TV’s imminet decline are misplaced. “TV isn’t in crisis because it has not lost much reach.”While a significant number of younger people may not watch TV – or watch a lot less than previously – TV as a medium has lost “only about three points of reach”, according to Smith. TV, he says, is not in the same spiral of decline as newspapers. Smith agrees that addressability can help TV by extending the market for TV advertising. Local ad replacement can open up the market to local restaurants and other businesses. He cites the statistic that 70% of Sky AsSmart users were new to TV advertising as of February this year – and adds that this represents a decline on the previous year’s figure of 80%, probably because earlier users were satisfied with the product and came back for more. The overall numbers remain relatively small, however. Smith cites eMarketer research that shows worldwide addressable TV advertising totaling US$400 million (e350 million) in value in 2015, a figure he describes as “plausible”. The value of UK addressable TV advertising was estimated at US$50 million last year. Smith says that global addressable TV ads could be worth US$2 billion by the end of next year – still only 1% of total TV investment. “Our first priority has to be to get TV and gaming content measured across various platforms,” says Smith. “These platforms are not substitutes for one another. Reach has a time dimension as well just being about the numbers. Marketing comes with time constraint attached. You need to achieve your reach within a given month, for example.”Online video comes with other problems attached. While marketers often want to achieve an immediate response to a campaign, this can be difficult to achieve in a digital-only domain. In the absence of direct response to ads, advertisers need to be able to measure both reach and the frequency with which videos are consumed. Large amounts of online video are being consumed by a small proportion of the overall population, meaning that advertising around that could create a problem of ads being seen too frequently by a small number of people while others never see them at all. Nevertheless, Smith concedes that TV will need to embrace targeting, because it remains quite likely that TV’s lost audiences at the younger end of the spectrum will remain lost as those people grow into adulthood. “‘Addressable advertising will maximise TV’s reach in the fragmented future, because it replaces broad demographics with real individuals aggregated at scale,” he says.
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