The Gamerz esports reality show, a refreshing new concept in esports, got underway yesterday.For those unaware, Gamerz created a casting event at DreamHack Winter 2016 and invited hundreds of ambitious Scandinavian CS:GO players to show off their skills for a chance to be on the program. Of the hundreds of players, twelve were picked by 1.6 legend Marcus “Delpan” Larsson and current Team Secret rifler Zainab “zAAz” Turkie. Those twelve will live in the Gamerz Gaming House where they will be trained for a period of three weeks. After those three weeks, five of the best will earn a six-month professional contract. When any players seem to be under performing, members of the audience will have the opportunity to apply for a chance to challenge them and take their place.Image courtesy of GamerzThe players will be split into two teams: the blue team and the red team. The blue team will be taught by 1.6 legend Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed who, at his peak, was thought to be one of the best players in the world. The blue team will get their own 1.6 legend in the form of former Fnatic player Oskar “ins” Holm.Viewers will be able to follow the gamers’ every move using the 26 cameras placed throughout the house. The show’s various segments will also be narrated by famous esports caster Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat.The series’ first episode followed the intensive process by which the twelve players were chosen as well as their reactions to seeing the well-equipped gaming house they will be living in for the next three weeks. Anyone interested in watching the first episode as well as various teasers and trailers can head to the Gamerz website here.Esports Insider says: While seeing young talent being given an opportunity to thrive in esports is incredible, it is a little concerning that the negative connotation associated with reality shows could potentially harm the image and development of the industry as a whole. Let’s see how it plays out.
8 December 2010A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians have come together to form a Quartet of Peace that is using classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates.Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are the inspiration behind the quartet’s formation.The Quartet of Peace consists of David Juritz, also leader of the London Mozart Players; Suzanne Martens, previous concert master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and a lecturer in the University of Stellenbosch’s music faculty; Gareth Lubbe, principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany; and Peter Martens, former principal cellist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently artistic administrator and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.Juritz is first violin and Suzanne Martens is second violin, while Lubbe is the violist and Peter Martens plays the cello.The quartet kicked off its international tour with a debut concert in Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall on 15 October 2010. Its official launch concert took place at the Kings Place recital hall in London on 5 December, and raised money for children affected by poverty and war.The event was held with the support of the London Chamber Music Society and featured the UK premiere of composer Eugene Skeef’s new work Uxolo (an Nguni word meaning “forgiveness”).Skeef, who also works in conflict resolution, composed the piece especially for the quartet’s performances.Besides Skeef’s Uxolo, the quartet also performed works by JS Bach, Mozart, Ravel and Bach.Music fosters reconciliationThe remarkable project is the realisation of world-renowned luthier Brian Lisus’ dream – held since Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994 – to use music to foster peace and reconciliation in the world.His vision has become a reality as friends with a passion for classical music and string instruments have rallied around him. offering their assistance to get the Quartet of Peace project off the ground.And since the eminent musicians have volunteered their talents at no cost, the project has developed into a large initiative receiving interest and support from the French minister of arts and culture and the London Chamber Music Society, among others.Lisus hand-crafted brand new string instruments for members of the quartet. The four instruments carry the inscriptions of peace, reconciliation, hope and freedom on the back – the Mandela cello is named Hope, the Luthuli violin is Freedom, the Tutu violin is Peace, and the De Klerk viola is Reconciliation.Message of peaceFurthermore, the musicians are taking the message of peace to local and international audiences with the music of accomplished South African-born composer, percussionist and poet Skeef, now resident in London.Skeef’s involvement in the initiative is interesting, as he was a young activist during apartheid who co-led literacy campaigns in schools and communities across South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other commitments.The prominent artists were all inspired by the idea of taking the ideals of Mandela, Tutu, De Klerk and Luthuli to the world.They were also motivated by the fact that concert proceeds go towards Musequality projects that uplift and heal children who are disadvantaged and at risk. One of these, the Hout Bay Music Project, teaches 60 children to play string instruments and drums and also offers lessons in life skills. Another, Melodi Music in Soweto, starts children off on the recorder before they advance to other woodwind instruments.The intention is also to help disadvantaged children and child refugees on the African continent, as music is proving to facilitate healing in youngsters who have experienced hardships early in life.Lisus worked around the clock to complete the cello, the last instrument made for the quartet. He said it had been a long journey to see the initiative come to fruition, but the involvement of “wonderful people” was overwhelming.The violinmaker added that he looked forward to hear the musicians play on his handcrafted instruments and to see the concerts supporting music projects for children around the world.“The Quartet of Peace must make everybody aware of the South African ideals; we want to inspire the world to peace and reconciliation – to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Tutu, Luthuli and De Klerk.”Concert scheduleThe quartet’s inaugural concert in Stellenbosch on 15 October was followed by a performance at the Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on the next day and then the first international concert in Leipzig, Germany, in St Thomas church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried.They moved on to London’s Kings Place for the 5 December performance, before travelling to Ljubljana in Slovenia for a 7 December concert.They will give an intimate performance in the L’Atelier de Picasso in Paris, France on 13 and 14 December.According to Skeef’s website, the quartet is awaiting confirmation from the Nobel Peace Prize committee of an 11 December performance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The composer is also currently organising a special performance of the Quartet of Peace at the home of Nelson Mandela.A special fundraising concert will take place on 16 December, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… brian proffitt How much of a difference can better search tools make for an e-commerce site? Wal-Mart is betting on a 10% -15% improvement in sales following the launch of its new Polaris search engine on Walmart.com, developed by its @WalmartLabs division.Location, Location, LocationIn the business of retail, it’s all about location, That’s true for which aisle in the grocery store you display the milk, and its even true for ecommerce sites, which rely on product placement on pages and better search tools to make the difference between a sale and no sale.The $487.94 question is: will a better search engine bring more sales for Walmart.com?The new semantic search engine is based on technology from a number of @WalmartLabs acquisitions, including social media startup Kosmix, which was acquired by Wal-Mart in April 2011. Kosmix’ Semantic Web platform, called the Social Genome, organized social media data with algorithms that score social media content and help deliver results for shoppers that are more in line with what the customer wants.This varies from the usual method of determining a customer’s potential likes and dislikes: mining transaction data. For example, if you buy a pink flamingo from the home and garden division, then you might be tagged as someone who likes kitschy lawn decorations.That’s all well and good, unless you were buying that lawn ornament as a gag gift for your neighbor down the street. Retailers that are mining your transaction data will send you the coupons for garden gnomes, not your neighbor.The idea behind semantic search is that by expanding a search engine’s knowledge to include social media content, the search engine can better determine the context of what you’re looking for. This form of social discovery, coupled with better query parsing and synonym mining, should deliver a more tightly focused set of results to a customer.Are Semantics Enough?Looking at Walmart.com in isolation, it’s a no-brainer that a more efficient search engine that can deliver a wider range of choices around a simple search term will up the odds of completing a sale.The key here is how Polaris works with global Internet search. If consumers are running their searches for goods from search engines like Google or Bing, or using comparison sites like BizRate or PriceGrabber to get started, it is not yet clear how well the new Polaris technology will interact with Internet-based queries. If the semantic search advantage is lost, then Wal-Mart’s Polaris advantage will be moot, and the company will have to compete not on search results but on price, availability and delivery – just like everyone else.Availability and delivery are advantages that Wal-Mart has been able to hold against Amazon, even through the odd price wars that occastionally break out over certain hot items. Some shoppers seem to be willing to pay a little more if they know they can go down to the store today and pick up an item they’ve ordered online.But Amazon is starting to explore same-day delivery, a move that should challenge Wal-Mart’s edge in local availability.Price as the Ultimate DeciderWal-Mart’s focus on improving its edge in ecommerce could be seen as sandbagging before the coming Amazon flood. Because once Wal-Mart and Amazon share a more level playing field on availability (at least in the U.S.), price becomes a bigger comparison point for shoppers again.This could be a problem for Wal-Mart, which has 2.2 million employees to keep paid versus Amazon’s 69,100, not to mention the upkeep of Wal-Mart’s store locations. With less overhead, Amazon could be more nimble than Wal-Mart in selling goods for lower prices over the long-term.That’s likely one reason why Wal-Mart is taking a strong position in semantic searches and getting more integrated with social media content – to get more customers to land on Walmart.com and finish their business there.Location is still one of the best drivers for sales, and as Amazon moves into the neighborhood (literally), Wal-Mart has continue jockeying for a better location on search results. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But before his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys hang high in the rafters of the Staples Center, the 39-year-old retired superstar lamented on his evolution as a player, which prompted him to switch numbers at the beginning of the 2006-2007 NBA season.“It’s crystal clear to me because it’s almost two different people in a sense,” Bryant said in a recent interview with Complex.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 shutout Former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant attends a promotional event organized by the sports brand Nike, for the inauguration of the infrastructure improvements of a local basketball playground at the Jean-Jaures sports hall “Le Quartier” in Paris on Oct. 21, 2017. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is set to become the first player in NBA history to have two jersey numbers retired by one team.READ: Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers in DecemberADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MMA star Angela Lee survives car crash, out of ONE Singapore card Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The five-time NBA champion also reminisced about the brash afro-donning version of himself, who entered the league at 18 years old, straight out of high school.“Of having a certain mentality of coming into the league where you’re literally head-hunting everyone. Right? Because it’s your time to establish yourself and say, ‘No, I belong here.’ As a result, everybody must go.”Known primarily as a “selfish” scorer during his early years, Bryant then explained his transition from a talented player to a leader.“Then when you hit a certain maturity level, which is where 24 is, it becomes less about your self-domination, it becomes ‘How can I help others grow? How can I lead a group of guys to get to a certain level as a group?’ And that’s a really big distinction.”ADVERTISEMENT Kobe breaks down the difference between No. 8 and No. 24 pic.twitter.com/c2ylBs9spS— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) November 6, 2017 MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort When asked about what advice number 24 has for number 8, he said: “I think with 24 and his really old grandfatherly wisdom would say just keep head-hunting because that is how I got to be Number 24 in the first place.”Bryant’s jersey retirement ceremony will take place during halftime of the Lakers’ matchup against the defending champions Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18. /ra Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—John Vic De Guzman has some unfinished business in the international stage, but this time he’ll have a former teammate by his side once again.After failing to advance to the knockout stages in 2017, De Guzman is eager to go to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a renewed sense of confidence especially with Marck Espejo on the team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ De Guzman was filled with joy that he will once again team up with his teammates from 2015 especially with Espejo who’s played as an import with Oita Miyoshi Wiesse Ader in Japan’s V.League.“I’m really happy and proud that one of my teammates from the 2015 SEA Games is back and he was even an import in Japan,” said De Guzman of Espejo. “It just means that this team will fight.”“The one thing that Espejo and I talked about is that we’ll get back at our opponents the moment we become teammates again. Before he went to Japan that was what we talked about.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Phoenix outlasts San Miguel, gets twice-to-beat bonus Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event De Guzman captained the 2017 team in Malaysia but the best they could do was win one set against Indonesia.“I’m excited for this year’s SEA Games because the lineup is different,” said De Guzman, the NCAA’s MVP and Best Opposite Spiker in Season 92 for College of St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsComing into De Guzman’s team is the duo of Espejo and Ish Polvorosa, who dominated the UAAP during their five years in Ateneo.Together the pair won three straight titles with Espejo winning five MVPs and Polvorosa taking five Best Setter plums. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director
Bob Dowling Oval will host the event, which includes over 70 teams competing across 10 divisions.These divisions include: Men’s Open’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s, Women’s Open’s, 20’s, 40’s, Mixed Open and Senior’s Mixed.The Wallsend Wolves will look to claim an impressive fifth successive Club Championship, and their eleventh overall, in 2009.The Central Coast Dolphins will be looking to win their sixth title in seven years in the Men’s Open division, while last year’s Women’s Open winners the Wollongong Devils wont be back to retain their title. For more information, please go the NSW Country Championships website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-855-0-0-0
Leonardo Ulloa desperate to get off mark for Rayo Vallecanoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeonardo Ulloa is desperate to get off the mark for Rayo Vallecano.The former Leicester City striker signed earlier this month as a free agent.He told AS: “It bothers me because the team works hard and creates chances, but they don’t end up as goals. It also leaves me alone the fact that we are creating.”Ulloa also spoke of winning the Premier League with Leicester in 2016.”That was a crazy thing. Exceeded expectations. Leicester was a humble team and stayed up thanks to a great final streak. The following year we continued with that form. “The greats were not well and, after the month of December, people began to believe and we, too. We only lost three games in the whole season. That made a difference, we were solid at the back. I really enjoyed it and it aroused sympathy throughout the world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd academy chief Nicky Butt: Five new kids pushing for first teamby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy chief Nicky Butt says as many as five unknown youngsters have the potential to break into the first team this season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of blooding youngsters and has already played the likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Brandon Williams this campaign.Head of first-team development at Manchester United Butt is confident that this is just the start and that more youngsters will soon be following suit.”They’re very exciting players,” Butt told the PA news agency.”We’re all excited about these young boys and there’s probably another four or five in the background that are slowly going to come up behind them.”Hopefully more behind that and more behind that, but they’re only babies and young at the minute.”But, for me, it’s difficult to bring in a lot of players into a team that’s not firing on all cylinders, if you like.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say