Google Launches Chrome Music Lab To Encourage Everyone To Learn Music

first_imgLearning about music is now more accessible than ever. As part of this year’s Music In Our Schools month, Google Chrome is testing out new technologies that allow everyone to learn music, so long as they have a computer and the Internet. According to the website, Chrome Music Lab is a “collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API.” Science Confirms That People Who Play Music Are Smarter Than Others [Watch]So far, users are able to to create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser without any plug-ins. You can see what sound looks like, how melody works, create rhythms, and can even turn your own drawings into music. Take a look at some of the technology they’ve incorporated to make this possible.Still in it’s experimental phase, the program is currently open-sourced to allow coders to go in an build their own ideas. Check out what Chrome Music Lab is capable of, and explore the site yourself. Watch the demonstration video below:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Principals are top targets of assault, study reveals

first_imgOneNews 25 July 2013School principals are six times more likely to face violence than the general population, with students and parents dishing it out equally, according to new research in Australia.And the situation is likely to be just as serious here, New Zealand Principals’ Association president Phil Harding says.The study by Monash University in Melbourne, released this week, found principals were more likely to face violence, threats of violence and bullying than the general population.They were also working longer hours and experiencing higher levels of stress, the report said.More than 2000 principals were surveyed and 38% said they had experienced threats of violence – compared with 8% of the general population – while 27% reported experiencing physical violence, compared with just 4% of the general population.Parents made more threats than students, but they were equally likely to be the perpetrators of violence.There were 54 stand-downs from Waikato schools alone for assaults on staff last year and, in 15 cases, the offending was serious enough for the students to be removed permanently.There were also 263 stand-downs for verbal assaults on staff.However, these figures do not account for incidences of assaults or threats by parents. read more

State park campsite reservations now accepted

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana State Parks is now offering advance campsite reservations for spring, winter and fall.Camping has always been available year-round at state parks. But in the past, campers could not reserve a site in advance between November and April. Sites were available only by registering on-site the day of camping, and they were administered on a first-come, first-served basis.Beginning March 9, a handful of sites at every state park where camping is offered will be available year-round for reservations online or call 1-866-622-6746. For those who like to plan ahead, the ability to make year-round reservations is a convenient option.The maximum booking window of six months prior to arrival still applies.For more spontaneous campers, many sites will remain available from November through April on a first-come, first-served basis for the day of arrival.Also, an offer from Indiana State Parks will make weeknight camping more affordable this spring. Those who book a new campsite reservation for one or more consecutive weeknights (Sundays through Wednesdays) with an arrival date between April 15 and May 23, will receive 25 percent off of their reserved weeknights at the time of booking.The discount is available only for campsites, and will not apply to any Thursday, Friday or Saturday stays. Use the promo code SPRING18.last_img read more

PSG rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests

first_img read also:PSG confirm ‘three new positive’ Covid-19 cases, six in total Only the Italian is thought to have returned a negative test but did apparently contract the virus earlier in the year. But with six first-team players now in isolation, PSG’s match next week is in serious doubt. The Champions League finalists are due to begin their Ligue 1 defence with a trip to Lens on Thursday night. But French league guidelines state the more than three positive cases at a club would likely to lead to a postponement. Ligue 1 started last month with two rounds of matches played so far – Nice are the only team with a 100 per cent record on six points. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Everyone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Todaycenter_img Paris Saint-Germain have been rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests a week before their season is due to start. And reports state Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas are the first-team stars to contract the disease. PSG tweeted on Thursday evening: “The latest tests carried out within the Paris Saint-Germain squad confirm the result of three new positive cases. “These players follow the appropriate health protocol.” That follows the news from earlier this week that Neymar, Angel Di Maria, and Leandro Paredes also caught Covid-19. According to L’Equipe, Marquinhos experienced flu-like symptoms for two days. The Brazilian, 26, and Icardi, 27, went to Ibiza with team-mates Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes, and Marco Verratti.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Latest: UNC launching campaign to help athletes in need

first_img___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils. May 6, 2020 Associated Press ___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage.Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat. The Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.” Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.”___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June. The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.center_img The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning.The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___ The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak. Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___ ___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits. Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___ PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.” — Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together. Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment.Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager. Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. The Latest: UNC launching campaign to help athletes in need The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff.___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Stanton Rose Jr signs with  University of St Mary’s

first_imgBy Rawle ToneySTANTON Rose Jr, the flashy point guard who created history in 2018 when he captained Guyana to their maiden Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) title, announced that he is moving to the San Antonio, Texas-based University of St Mary’s, to continue his collegiate career and journey to professional basketball.Rose will now compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-2 with University of St Mary’s, after featuring in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) with Jacksonville College and Panola College.“Blessed to announce that I’m going to continue my basketball and academic career at the St Mary’s University….a big thank you to all those been riding with me from start and will be there in the end,” the talented guard said.“Thank you coach Aaron Smith for allowing me to show my talent; Ann Gordon and Dave Causeway, you guys created something special. Thank you to Coach Christopher Jackson Charles, I’ve learned a lot from you in a very short time. I will never forget the teaching of coach Willon Cameron, Junior Hercules, Lugard Mohan,  Chris Bowman; special thank you to you guys because you all played a major role in my basketball career,” said Rose.He also thanked current president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), Michael Singh, who also served as president of Bounty Colts basketball Club, for moving him to Georgetown and allowed him to be part of his club.Rose, who hails from Kwakwani, a small community in Region 10, located on the Berbice River, wrote his name in Guyana basketball’s history books, when he, as an 18-year-old, captained the country to their first CBC Championship, when the tournament was hosted in Suriname.The flamboyant player was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament for his sensational performances, which also include a tournament-high 41 points performance which came in Guyana’s 104 – 102 double overtime win against St Vincent and the Grenadines.He totaled 106 points (third overall), led the tournament in steals, totaling 15 at an average of 2.5 per game, was third in points per game (17.7), third in assist per game, eighth in Rebounds per game and was the fourth best efficient player.Stanton Rose placed his named amongst players like Lugard Mohan, Auric Tappin, Stanislaus Hadmon, Lorenzo Withrite and Leon Christian (just to name a few) as some of the most talented to ever suit up for Guyana, but what separates him from the aforementioned great ‘ballers’, is that he able to bring the ‘elusive’ John Yates trophy back to Guyana, and being the youngest ever to do so.last_img read more

Whicker: Clippers frustrating Portland‘s top shooters

first_imgNot much has been different in this first-round playoff series. Lillard missed 16 of 22 shots in Portland’s 102-81 Game 2 loss at Staples Center on Tuesday. He missed all six three-pointers. In Game 1, the Clippers held him to 7-of-17 shooting and considered themselves ahead of the game.“I thought they (Portland) rushed some shots tonight,” said Doc Rivers, dismissively. “I thought we were really good defensively in Game 1. I didn’t think we were very good tonight.’C.J. McCollum, the shot engineer from Lehigh who went 3 of 11 on Sunday, was 6 for 17 in Game 2. That means Portland’s top guns are shooting 32.8 for the series, which moves to Portland on Saturday and Monday.“The important thing is just go at them when we have the ball,” said Austin Rivers, who was part of the Clippers’ second wave that washed out Portland’s hopes in the fourth quarter.“Those guys have to carry a heavy load for that team. We’re being real aggressive on both ends. I’m not saying they can’t defend, but the last thing they want to do is chase somebody around on defense after they’ve been on the offensive end. That’s tough, man. We’ve been going at them downhill with the ball, and then on defense we’re just trapping them, getting the ball out of their hands, and trying to make somebody else beat us.” JJ Redick referred to it as a “soft blitz,” in which Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan come out to greet Lillard as soon as he gets the ball. The Trail Blazers haven’t found a way to counter, primarily because they don’t have consistent punch in their frontcourt.Still, the Clippers took their sweet time putting away Portland. A lot of it was the foul line. This was a night when Portland coach Terry Stotts could have employed Hack-A-Clipper, because the team went 14 for 25 while DeAndre Jordan was going 1 for 6.But the Clippers also missed enough no-footers and lost enough loose balls to allow Portland to hang close at the end of the second and third quarters. Blake Griffin had only four goals in his 31 minutes, and Jordan, even though he had 18 boards, was 1 for 4.So the story, again, was a Clippers bench that is becoming its own contiguous unit. And its shape can shift. In this game, Pablo Prigioni was merely a victory cigar and Paul Pierce didn’t play at all. The subs who found a way were Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Green, and they shot 17 for 35. The L.A. bench buried Portland’s, 43-10.“Jamal’s pretty good,” said Gerald Henderson of Portland, wryly realizing he wasn’t breaking any new ground there. “He can come off screens, gets in there, get his own shot. Austin can be tough, too. We need to get into them better, play them more aggressively, make them shoot some contested ‘twos.’”Paul and Griffin re-entered the game with 7:38 left but postponed it because the Clippers bench was flying so high. The second unit began the fourth quarter intact, and the Clippers led by six. When they left, the lead was 15. The same thing happened in the second quarter, when the alt-Clippers took a 5-point lead and pushed it to 10.“As a group, we look at what the lead is,” Austin Rivers confirmed.“It’s a lot easier picking my spots now,” Crawford said. “I encourage those guys to be aggressive, because the more they do that, the more the floor opens up.”Lillard sounded the refrain of all good shooters who have bad nights.“My very first shot of the game, I got a clean pull-up,” he said, “at the free-throw line. It came out. Then I got a backdoor and got right to the rim and the ball slipped out of my hand. “There aren’t any excuses. Our coaching staff did a great job putting C.J. and I in positions where they couldn’t take a lot away from us. I just have to make the shots. As far as anything being missing, there is nothing missing. The ball just didn’t go in.”The Clippers fully expect Baby Dame to be cleaned up and ready for Game 3. But they don’t intend to Pamper him. You work your way out of Oakland and through Weber State and into Portland and finally into the world of the national commercial pitchman.And they put you in a stroller and get Kevin Garnett to tell the world you need a little fumigation.That’s not the worst thing about being Damian Lillard in this playoff series. The Clippers are.The guy who ranked No. 6 among NBA scorers might have had a premonition that he wouldn’t get to frolic against the Clippers, who aren’t exactly considered the Seven Blocks of Granite defensively. In four games against the Clippers this season, Lillard shot 32.4 percent and averaged 16 points, more than nine below his average.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more