DeMarcus Cousins tests out Achilles in Santa Cruz, starts shedding the rust

first_imgSANTA CRUZ — Following a practice with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate Monday morning, center DeMarcus Cousins emerged unconcerned about the state of his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.“If my life depended on it, I can go out and play a game,” said Cousins, who admitted he doesn’t have a target return date in mind. “But I want to be 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as I can be. I want my body in tip-top shape — it’s not even about the Achilles. It’s about my other body parts and …last_img read more

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How High Royalty Fees Affect Independent Internet Radio Stations

first_imgfruzsina eordogh 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#business#music#web Since Pandora threw its support behind the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), and urged its listeners to do the same, the Internet radio streaming giant has dominated media coverage of the impending Congressional legislation. As the largest Internet radio player, Pandora has the most to lose, but how does IRFA affect all the small independent Internet radio stations?Shawn Campbell, the founder and general manager of Chicago’s community Internet radio station CHIRP, calls the proposed legislation “a positive thing.” The current high royalty rates “are definitely an issue” says Ms. Campbell, adding  “it’s our second biggest expense every month besides rent.”And those royalty fees are a doozy.Internet radio stations currently dish out 55% of their total revenue as royalty fees, more than triple the percentage that satellite radio pays (8%). The Internet Radio Fairness Act aims to lower the royalty fees Internet radio stations pay to reflect other radio distribution methods. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who introduced the bill to the Senate, called the 55% royalty fee “discriminatory.”  Campbell agrees.Different Rates For Different Kinds Of Radio“Webcasters are definitely treated differently,” says Campbell, who has been in broadcast radio for some 18 years. Before founding CHIRP, Campbell was the program director at 88.7 WLUW while it was partnered with WBEZ.  “When Internet radio launched a decade ago, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) were able to make a really convincing point that radio on the net will never have the impact broadcast radio had, of breaking an artist” given the scope of Internet radio at the time explains Campbell.“But Internet radio has grown by leaps and bounds and to make that argument that Web radio isn’t as important as broadcast radio doesn’t make sense to me.”The RIAA’s proposed legislation, which runs counter to the IRFA, seeks to increase royalty fee amounts to those paid by Internet radio, but this also doesn’t make sense to Campbell. “What the RIAA is arguing now – paying those higher rates –  could effectively put some players out of business,” she says.Terrestrial radio pays the lowest fees, and Campbell has been trying to get a broadcast frequency for CHIRP for two years now. Growth Is An IssueCHIRP is a non-profit community radio station operating on the grace of its many volunteers. So far, its high yearly royalty payout hasn’t been too detrimental to the station. “But if we continue to grow,” Campbell warns, “it is something that will definitely affect us down the road.”And the station is growing, consistently at about 8% since the station’s inception in 2010.  “We’ve been really happy with our growth,” says Campbell, who estimates roughly 1,200 people tune in a day. But “we don’t want exponential growth because of the high fees. It would put us out of business.”  Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy push

first_imgTottenham attacker Son: Only bad luck stopping trophy pushby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Heung-Min Son says they deserve to win a trophy this season.The South Korean – who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games – believes all Tottenham need is a change in fortune to land their first silverware under Mauricio Pochettino.”We are just a bit unlucky for me, to be honest,” he said. “We are close all the time.”People are thinking ‘ahhh it’s Spurs’, but we believe, always this team believe in the title, but sometimes you just have to have luck, with a long season.”We can win, we deserve to win. The players deserve to win something.”Of course the pressure is going to be big [to win the title] but we have to just enjoy and bring positive energy, this is the most important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoNapoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemate

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemateby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti defended their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Genk.The Azzurri hit the woodwork three times and saw Kalidou Koulibaly’s effort cleared off the line at the Luminus Arena.“It was a good performance and we had several chances for the breakthrough,” Ancelotti said on Sky Sport Italia.“Our finishing wasn’t very effective and we were a little unlucky too. The only risk we had at the back came after a slip, so we were always in control.“It’s an extra point, we showed grit and determination, but could’ve finished our chances better.” last_img read more

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Tangible Outcomes Expected from Diaspora Conference

first_img This assurance against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes that are implementable.This assurance is against the background of what she notes are concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”.“It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added.Senator Johnson Smith further indicated that “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way”.She was speaking with JIS News following the 2019 conference’s launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, last week.The event is slated for June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme – ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith advised that the Ministry and its legacy partners are working to ensure that this year’s conference is “one of the best ever”.“The Ministry’s team is ready and the legacy partners are ready. We have more sponsors coming on board and everybody is very energised,” she further indicated.Senator Johnson Smith also informed that there will be a Conference launch in New York on Tuesday, April 9, at the office of the Consulate General of Jamaica, beginning at 6:00 p.m.Additionally, she said a focus group meeting on the draft National Diaspora Policy, will be held with a broad cross-section of Jamaicans living in New York.“We do intend that one of the significant outcomes of the conference is to finalise the consultations, so that we have a Policy that’s ready for presentation to Cabinet and tabling in Parliament,” she said.The Minister further advised that similar launches are slated for Miami and Toronto. “It [has been] my intention, [since] I became Minister with responsibility for the Diaspora, that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes which are implementable and specific” the Minister added. Story Highlights Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes which are implementable.last_img read more

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Beware of fake nationalism Tejashwi

first_imgPatna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has been in a sulk ever since his party drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections, has urged voters to be cautious of “issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism” and choose a government without being affected by propaganda. The leader of Opposition, whose absence from the recently concluded assembly session in Bihar drew repeated criticisms from the treasury benches, shared his thoughts in a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday. “People must choose a government keeping in mind the issues that affect their daily lives, without being affected by propaganda,” Yadav said in the post titled ‘Dil ki baat’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Assembly polls in Bihar are scheduled for next year. “If people give in to issues like Hindus versus Muslims and fake nationalism fall for enticements like a mere Rs 6,000 per annum, which amounts to just Rs 17 per day, why would any regime feel the need for solving their problems,” the 30-year-old stated. He was referring to the BJP-led central government’s ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’, under which the an income support of Rs 6,000 will be provided every year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding or ownership of up to two hectares. The RJD heir apparent also complained about the Nitish Kumar government for its “continuous harping on the situation that prevailed 25-30 years ago”, when the state was ruled by his father Lalu and, successively, by mother Rabri Devi.last_img read more

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Black Press to print Calgary Sun 52 Postmedia positions to be eliminated

first_imgTORONTO – Black Press Group Inc. will begin printing the Calgary Sun newspaper this summer under an outsourcing agreement with Toronto-based Postmedia Network Inc., which will eliminate 52 positions as a result.Other printing work for weeklies and community dailies currently done at the Calgary plant will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.Postmedia says 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary will be eliminated when the plant closes.It says all employees will receive a combination of working notice and severance based on length of service.Postmedia didn’t announce financial details of the restructuring costs or its outsourcing agreement with Black Press of Surrey, B.C., which has plants in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, as well as several cities in British Columbia and the United States.Printing of the Calgary Herald, also owned by Postmedia, was previously outsourced in 2013 to TC Transcontinental Printing.last_img read more

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City of Dawson Creek making emergency repairs to raw water line

first_imgUpdates will be provided on the City of Dawson Creek website and Facebook when conditions have changed.For more information on the emergency repair, you can visit the City of Dawson Creek’s website. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek is advising residents that an emergency repair is being made to the raw water line.According to the City, starting on August 28, customers along the water line are expected to be out of water for the next few days.The City says City crews are working to repair the line prior to the weekend.last_img read more

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Police asking for assistance with armed robbery

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report on July 27, 2019, at approximately 4:40 of a robbery at the convenience store, located at 9607 100th Ave.Two masked thieves were reported to have used weapons to intimidate the store clerk, then fled the area after obtaining a large number of cigarette packages.The police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspects flee the area or who may know who they are. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating the suspects, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Smith cherishing moments in the Shoe

Senior offensive lineman Connor Smith never takes the feeling of running into the Horseshoe on game day for granted. “I think if you don’t feel something every time you go in front of 105,000 people, there is something wrong with you,” Smith said. Smith has been used to the big stage since his high school days at Colerain High School in Cincinnati. He was a highly touted recruit, tabbed with labels such as 2005 Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year and Greater Miami Conference 2005 Offensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4-inches, 313-pounder was named first team All-Ohio in 2004 and 2005 and was on the 2006 Parade All-America team. Smith was also invited to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, following his senior season at Colerain. Five years later, Smith is nearing the home stretch of his career as a Buckeye, but he would rather think about the tasks ahead. “I try not to think about it,” Smith said. “We have to get better because we can’t get to where we want to go if we are not progressing.” Smith redshirted his freshman year at OSU in 2006 and earned his first varsity letter the following season in 2007 playing some at the right guard position. Smith also won letters his sophomore and junior seasons, providing stability to a deep offensive line, mostly in a backup role. A seasoned veteran in his fifth year with the Buckeyes, Smith knows that this year’s team has to improve every day if it want to accomplish its goal to be national champion. “Every day we work on what we need to accomplish that day,” Smith said. “We need to improve efficiency when we are running the ball.” Smith also stresses the importance of winning games on the road, especially after scares like the team had at Illinois earlier in the season. “Being away from home is different; we have got to improve on the road definitely,” Smith said. Smith may always be thinking of ways the team needs to improve on offense, but is happy to be part of the offensive line where all the players seem to clique. “The O-line is a tight-knit group,” Smith said, “the tightest group out of everyone on the team.” Though Smith isn’t in the starting line-up, he takes every opportunity to be a leader for the younger players. “You just try to give them tid-bits about something you see in their game,” Smith said. Smith may be running out of time as a Buckeye, but makes the most out of every day for one last run at a championship. read more

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