Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONToronto 93 Orlando 86New Orleans 115 Dallas 105Boston 100 Oklahoma City 99Minnesota 123 L.A. Clippers 109Atlanta 99 Utah 94Detroit 115 Phoenix 88Houston 115 Portland 111NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 5 N-Y Rangers 3Washington 4 Dallas 3N.Y. Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 1Edmonton 7 Carolina 3Florida 7 Ottawa 2Detroit 5 Philadelphia 4; SO Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 3Winnipeg 2 L.A. Kings 1; OTColorado 5 Chicago 1Vegas 4 Vancouver 1San Jose 6 New Jersey 2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Most people are aware of the need for captions to make videos more accessible. But few are familiar with the requirement for audio description for videos, which accommodates people who are blind or have low-vision. Audio description narrates what visually is happening in the video, information that’s not available to someone who can’t see. Think of a radio sports announcer at a baseball game, describing the ground ball hit to the third baseman who throws the ball to the second baseman for the beginning of a double play. That’s similar to audio description. Intro to Audio Description for VideosOn Thursday, January 17, 2019, you can learn more about video audio description when 3Play Media hosts their free Intro to Audio Description webinar at 2:00pm Eastern Time. In the one-hour webinar, Sofia Leivaf from 3Play Media, will highlight the basics of audio description:What is audio description?How to add audio description to online videoVideo player compatibility: which players support itLegal requirements: accessibility laws and complianceHow to create and publish it on your ownDifference between standard and extended audio descriptionWhat tools and features can make it easier to produce audio descriptionAfter the presentation, Leiva will take answer questions from webinar attendees.Who is the Audience for the Webinar?Anyone looking to make their videos more accessible, and those taking the next step beyond captioning their videos, will find useful information and help from the webinar. Wrapping UpIncluding audio description with your captioned video will make your video content more accessible; you’ll reach a wider audience. The free 3Play Media webinar will provide the background and knowledge you need to move forward and add audio descriptions to your videos. I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, January 17, 2019 and register for the free 3Play Media webinar. I’ll be live tweeting during the webinar!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Free Webinar: Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearningYou’re invited to the Great Lakes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center free webinar on July 20, 2017, focusing on planning and producing accessible video. The Planning and Producing Accessible Videos for Web, Social Media, and eLearning webinar will teach you the key components needed to produce videos that are…In “Accessibility”DescribeAthon17: Make Video on YouTube More AccessibleI invite you to join me tomorrow, January 26, 2017 at DescribeAthon17 when amateur and professional describers around the world will join together to add audio descriptions to YouTube videos. Working from your home, business, or wherever you have a connection to the Internet, you’ll be part of a group…In “Accessibility”
So am I contributing to the problem of over simplifying security? Or am I reaching out to those who might not take an inordinate amount of time necessary to understand the complexities and nuances of our industry? You decide and feel free to share your knowledge-nuggets. Everyone wants information security to be easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were simple enough to fit snugly inside a fortune cookie? Well, although I don’t try to promote such foolish nonsense, I do on occasion pass on readily digestible nuggets to reinforce security principles and get people thinking how security applies to their environment. Common SenseI think the key to fortune cookie advice is ‘common sense’ in the context of security. It must be simple, succinct, and make sense to everyone, while conveying important security aspects.Fortune Cookie advice for December:Be mindful of the security message you deliver to your customers and how it is interpretedRallying your populace to be security savvy is a worthwhile investment and must be approached with the appropriate diligence. It is not enough to haphazardly deliver security information and walk away. If it is perceived as ‘junk-mail’, it will be treated as such. Information security must be understood and applied in order to make a difference. This embrace will only occur if the audience understands not only the message, but also why it is important and the overall context. Every good communication program draws in the audience by letting them know how it applies and benefits them.If we want to be successful, we have an obligation to understand what is being absorbed and how it is being interpreted.Andy, ITGuy has a great post (check out the picture for a good laugh).“How we communicate our security plans has to be in a way that the user will understand and that will make them want to work with us”. This is key, as ultimately it is a partnership between dedicated security folks and the organization they protect.Additionally, Mike Rothman has some great follow-up comments which I think nails the right perspective:“effective communication is based upon the perception of the person on the other end”. Sounds basic, but how often do we ignore this fundamental principle in our rush to deliver our message?If you are interested in good security insights, consider subscribing to Andy,ITGuy and Mike Rothman’s blogs. They mix perspective, humor, to timely issues. Fortune Cookie Security Advice – November 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – September 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – August 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – June 2008Fortune Cookie Security Advice – May 2008
The Indian cricket board on Monday terminated a Rs 2,000 crore media rights contract of Nimbus and decided to encash the bank guarantee of the same amount, giving rise to apprehensions of another round of court cases.The decision was taken at a working committee meeting, presided over by N Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), while the top Nimbus officials and BCCI lawyers were also present at the same hotel.The BCCI did not issue a statement after the short meeting, but officials who were present there confirmed that a decision to this effect has been taken. Nimbus paid Rs 24 crore just before the meeting in an apparent effort to delay the inevitable, but it didn’t cut ice with the BCCI officials.”Every member’s opinion was sought at the meeting, especially Arun Jaitley’s as he is a lawyer too. Everyone was of the opinion that Nimbus has been often defaulting payments and the bank guarantee should be encashed,” a top official told Mail Today. “A considered decision will be taken tomorrow and announced.”The BCCI official said that Nimbus has even delayed the payment for the five-match One-day International series against England in October and the just concluded series against the West Indies comprising Tests and ODIs.According to the four-year contract – from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2014 – Nimbus was to pay Rs 31.50 crore each per Test, ODI and Twenty20 International played in India.When contacted, Nimbus chairman Harish Thawani said that he hasn’t heard anything from the BCCI. “We have no official word from the BCCI regarding the rumour in a section of the media, hence will not be issuing any statement today,” Thawani told Mail Today via SMS.advertisementJust before the BCCI meeting began at a five-star hotel at around 4 pm, Nimbus made the part payment. “Nimbus paid Rs 24 crore before the meeting, but this amount was not sufficient. According to the terms and conditions of the contract, Nimbus was supposed to pay 50 per cent of the amount 30 days before a series and the rest within 30 days from the end of the series,” said a BCCI official. “Even for the England ODIs, they paid the advance amount only halfway through the series.”The official explained: “The total bank guarantee of Rs 2,000 would be encashed from which the amount due to the BCCI would be deducted and the rest would be returned to Nimbus. But Nimbus will now have to sign a new contract and give a new bank guarantee, as per the contract clauses.”The BCCI official said that Thawani met Jaitley, a BCCI vicepresident and a leading lawyer, over the issue in Chennai a couple of days ago, but the stalemate couldn’t be broken.He said Nimbus had also been delaying payment and there have been issues relating to its previous contract with the BCCI – worth $ 612 million for the period March 1, 2006 and March 31, 2010.This is evident from the documents that the BCCI circulated during its working committee meeting in August. One issue was the clash of the international and domestic matches played in India, resulting in the BCCI and Nimbus disagreeing over the number of days/ matches of domestic cricket (72 days or 31 matches).A third outstanding issue related to the service tax and tax deducted at source after the union government promulgated that media rights were considered as “commercial” events and that they would come under the service tax net.The radio rights were included in the media rights of Nimbus. It was another contentious issue as there has been a dispute over the sharing of advertisement income between Nimbus and the All India Radio.In spite of the termination of its contract, Nimbus, which telecasts BCCI-organised domestic cricket tournaments through its production arm Neo, will continue to beam the next round of Ranji Trophy matches starting on Tuesday.”The Nimbus contract is separate from its production contract with the BCCI. We will continue to telecast the Ranji matches,” a top Neo official told Mail Today.
Marcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
As if to put an exclamation point on their recent winning ways, the Toronto Blue Jays went into the Bronx over the weekend and swept the AL East-leading New York Yankees by a combined score of 10-1, narrowing New York’s division lead to a mere game and a half.The Blue Jays’ hot streak has been linked to their aggressive deal-making before MLB’s July 31 trade deadline. But as Victor Mather of The New York Times rightly pointed out in a column Monday, Toronto had the characteristics of a dominant team before they added any players. As of July 28, they possessed the American League’s top per-game run differential and its best underlying statistical fundamentals, despite a sub-.500 record.Baseball statheads have long known that a team’s run differential is generally a better predictor of future wins and losses than its record. So, it stood to reason that the Blue Jays would eventually turn things around. But we should also be careful not to swing too far in the opposite direction and ignore team records entirely.Run differential — which is usually expressed on the same scale as a winning percentage using the pythagorean formula — is indeed a better predictor than a team’s actual record. When predicting future wins at this stage of the baseball season, run differential is about 1.8 times as important as actual winning percentage. But that still means the optimal mix of pythagorean and actual winning percentages is roughly a 65-35 split, a ratio that gets closer to 50-50 as the season draws toward its end.This means that even if you know a team’s run differential, it also pays quite a bit to know its W-L record. While teams do tend to regress toward their underlying metrics, especially early in the season, we can capture additional signal by measuring a team’s ability to actually win ballgames (shock!).As for the Blue Jays, they’re clearly one of the AL’s best teams, especially with the extra weapons they picked up at the deadline. But their recent run of success wasn’t completely fated by their great underlying metrics earlier in the season — odds are, that disappointing record also said something real about them.
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD — Sgt. Roger Daniels knows he’s alive and still walking because his Army-issued helmet did something it wasn’t supposed to do.When enemy fighters ambushed his patrol in Afghanistan last year, his helmet somehow stopped a large-caliber machine gun round that should have easily penetrated it and gravely wounded the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier.Instead the bullet pierced the helmet, rattled around a bit and caused only a concussion and some cuts.Daniels, 22, got to pick up the helmet Friday for the first time since the August 2012 attack.The Army’s Virginia-based Program Executive Office Soldier, which manages the equipment soldiers use, had kept the helmet for much of the past year to study how it saved Daniels’ life.The information that was gleaned could improve plans for the Army’s next standard-issue helmet.Daniels broke into a wide smile when he lifted it. He seemed to marvel at the equipment and his close brush with death.“I guess I just got lucky,” he said.Daniels serves in Lewis-McChord’s 109th Military Intelligence Battalion of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. Soldiers in his unit worked hard to get the helmet back from the Virginia office because they knew it was special to him. They also used his experience to encourage soldiers to maintain their equipment and listen when they’re advised on how to use it correctly.The message is simple but powerful: “We had a soldier who was shot in the head and walked away with only a concussion,” said Capt. David White of the intelligence battalion.
The lease sales continue to include terms and conditions to promote exploration and development of Alaska’s oil and gas resources. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced that the state has received eight total bids in the Cook Inlet lease sale. The preliminary sale results will be posted later today at www.dog.dnr.alaska.gov. The division did not receive bids in the annual Alaska Peninsula oil and gas lease sale. Chantal Walsh, director of the Division of Oil and Gas: “The State of Alaska’s oil and gas leasing program is critical for the responsible development of our world-class resources and for our economic well-being. Through our lease sales, we seek investors to explore and develop on state lands for the benefit of all Alaskans.” The Division of Oil and Gas received a total of eight bids encompassing 16,636 acres and totaling approximately $298,800 in bonus bids from Hilcorp Alaska LLC, according to preliminary results from today’s annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale.
When contacted by FOLIO:, Scovotti declined to offer many details of the self-financed projects but says, with no shortage of grand ambitions, that NueMedia will “change the face of trade publishing forever.” “It is my belief that if the concept by which trade magazines were launched was born today, there would be no trade magazines, no reason to have paper assets,” he says. “Naturally, the world of market space is a world that offers us tremendous amounts of capability and variety that we can’t get out of static media.”In its long-term business plan, Scovotti says NueMedia will add tools that will give advertisers the capability to connect to customers 24 hours a day, “regardless of where they are and regardless of which instrument they have at their disposal—they won’t even need to access the internet. … This field is wide open for somebody who knows how to put together and deliver the right package, and that is our goal.”NueMedia intends to have the portals live by mid-April and fully operational by early May, Scovotti says. Last summer, Cygnus Business Media shut down several magazines in sectors it said were “depressed due to market conditions.” Now, a new company formed by former Cygnus staffers has purchased the publishing assets of a pair of those shuttered trade titles.NueMedia LLC said earlier this month that it acquired the content, circulation and product archives associated with Wood Digest and Finishing magazines from Cygnus. The deals did not include the magazines’ brand identities, which Cygnus retained.NueMedia is made up of president Ross Scovotti, a former Cygnus regional sales rep, and ex-Cygnus commercial woodworking group publisher Jay Schneider as CIO.Under NueMedia, Scovotti and Schneider say they are developing a pair of “Digital Information Portals” around Wood Digest and Finishing called WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com, respectively. Instead of relaunching the brands in print, NueMedia’s DIPs will utilize 4G mobile technology (the successor to the 3G standard) to deliver new and archived commercial woodworking articles and information from the portals to its audience of business professionals.
Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Ministry of MSME, Government of India inked an exclusive partnership with Raymond Ltd to position Khadi as a ‘fashion fabric’ globally. This first of its kind initiative explores synergies between two iconic Indian brands that boast of Make in India legacy and represents the rich cultural heritages of India. Branded as ‘Khadi by Raymond’, the collection would be available at KVIC outlets and Raymond Shops across the country from February 2017. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the august presence of Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman KVIC and Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Ltd, the agreement was signed by Usha Suresh, CEO, KVIC and Sanjay Behl, CEO Raymond Ltd.Speaking on this partnership, KVIC Chairman VK Saxena said, “Inking an agreement with Raymond for value added marketing of Khadi is an act of integrating rural industry with urban industry, which in other words is the socio-economic unity of nation’s creative diversity. This is a historic agreement where a major fabric producer like Raymond will promote Khadi. In line with the Prime Minister’s vision, this agreement is going to bridge the urban-rural divide. The best of India’s minds and resources should work for the poorest and rural have-nots. This therefore is a humble gesture of KVIC in this direction.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveReckoned as ‘Fabric of the Nation’, Khadi is a symbol of self-sufficiency and independence that played a major role during the freedom struggle of India. It is a standing testimony to the nation’s economic liberty and dignity. Commenting on the association, Gautam Hari Singhania, said, “In the Indian context, spinning charkha has always been a symbol of self-reliance and it gives me an immense pleasure as Raymond now has Khadi – a true Indian fabric as a part of its product portfolio. In our quest to remain committed towards ‘Make in India’ initiative and aligned with Prime Minister’s vision for Khadi, this is a defining moment as this association with KVIC will create multiple employment opportunities and will empower the artisans, especially women in rural India.” This initiative is conceptualised under KVIC Act that permits it to promote the sale and marketing of Khadi or products of village industries or handicrafts and forge links with established marketing agencies through the PPP mode. Under this convergence, Raymond has agreed for a guaranteed minimum procurement of Khadi and Khadi products for a period of 5 years with primary purchases of muslin cotton and silk.Branded as ‘Khadi by Raymond’, a mélange of Indian ethos and latest trends is sure to position Khadi as a viable fashion fabric. As a part of this strategic association, Raymond will also bring in the design interventions at Khadi manufacturing clusters across the country along with providing technical expertise. Additionally, Raymond will procure all India Khadi varieties from departmental sales outlets of KVIC for OTC sales as well as crafting readymade garments for its apparel brands.Elaborating on this strategic initiative; Usha Suresh, CEO KVIC said, “KVIC is committed to the cause of enriching the livelihood of its khadi artisans. It has taken several steps for improving marketing of khadi products including the introduction of the Khadi Mark. All genuine khadi products shall bear the Khadi Mark. To promote Khadi as a global and a fashionable fabric, this partnership with Raymond will provide Khadi a niche among the fashion conscious global Indian who is also a genuine lover of hand spun fabric.”In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of promoting ‘Khadi for Fashion’, this initiative will ensure that Khadi is positioned as a fabric of choice through multiple communications and promotions reaching out to the discerning consumer. Additionally, the Khadi Logo will be displayed inside the Raymond stores through visual merchandising, where Khadi products are displayed.Currently, Khadi is being marketed by Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan’s stores as well as through the sales outlets run by the institutions financed by KVIC and KVIB. During the occasion of signing this agreement, Sanjay Behl said, “There is an evolving trend of customer’s preference shifting towards natural fibers over synthetic blends. Khadi is a perfect solution offering the widest array of natural fibers, which are also hand spun and hand woven. With this association, it is our endeavor to position Khadi by Raymond as a true Indian fashion fabric globally. Raymond will offer a wide array of fabric blends and garments spanning across Khadi suits, jackets, shirts and trousers, in line with international design and quality trends.”Khadi by Raymond products will be available at KVIC outlets, The Raymond Shops across India and leading e-commerce portals. On this occasion Gautam Hari Singhania donated charkhas for project Sahyog, whereby unemployed spinner women are provided with livelihood opportunities by KVIC.