Jack White Announces Acoustic Performance On Late Night TV, Shares New Acoustic Single

first_imgJust last month, guitarist Jack White announced a new release spotlighting the acoustic side of his career. While White is probably best known for his electric guitar playing, his acoustic efforts have not gone unnoticed. His final live performances before taking a hiatus were all acoustic, and the guitarist has a career’s worth of material for his forthcoming release, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.Today, White has made some exciting announcements surrounding the release. The first involves some late night television action, as fans will get to watch Jack White perform acoustically on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 9th! The second is an actual recording from the acoustic release, as White has shared a version of “Carolina Drama” by The Raconteurs featuring acoustic instrumentation.Listen to the newly-released “Carolina Drama” streaming below.Finally, White has also announced that his label, Third Man Records, will be releasing the Acoustic Recordings album on limited-edition blue vinyl. Take a look at the new release below, and be sure to snab a copy when it comes out on September 9th.last_img read more

USC computer science professor to receive Academy Award

first_imgThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it will honor Professor Parag Havaldar with an Academy Award in the category of Scientific and Technical Achievement for his work at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Havaldar graduated with a Ph.D. in computer visions and graphics from USC Viterbi School of Engineering — where he currently teaches — in 1996. Photo courtesy of Parag Havaldar And the Oscar goes to · Professor Parag Havaldar received his Ph.D. from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 1996. He went on to improve methods of creating facial expressions for animated characters.Currently a Research and Development lead at Blizzard Entertainment, Havaldar attributes the foundation of his knowledge to his time at USC. He said interest in computer technology, computer vision and psychology is rooted in his love of storytelling.“I have always believed in the power of stories and movies,” Havaldar said. “I was fortunate to follow my passion in computer graphics and develop technologies in animation that give life to these stories, and ultimately end up touching the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.”The Academy acknowledged Havaldar’s work, recognizing its importance in the field of animation.“This pioneering system enabled large-scale use of animation rig-based facial performance-capture for motion pictures, combining solutions for tracking, stabilization, solving and animator-controllable curve editing,” Ray Feeney, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, said in a statement to the Academy.Havaldar designed a technique to create realistic facial expressions for animated characters in films. His design allows performers in production to act out their parts while their facial expressions are analyzed, digitally copied and constructed in animated characters.Havaldar has worked with renowned actors such as Angelina Jolie, and is an integral part of the process that these actors undergo during their digital mimicking. Describing his development as one that saves time, cost and energy for the company, Havaldar said he and his counterparts play a key role in creating an efficient, successful film production. “It doesn’t happen by one person ever,” Havaldar said. “It is everyone working together for the same purpose. In my case a lot of people helped. I had good technologists, actors and mentors supporting me along the way.”Havaldar is a part-time lecturer in the department of computer science at Viterbi. His class, Multimedia Systems and Design, is offered to graduate students.Havaldar expressed appreciation for his students, as he believes they have never failed to spark his curiosity over the past decade.“When I look back at my days at USC, I did have a lot of fun,” Havaldar said. “But if you can, find a goal that you want to achieve from a young age and follow that direction, and make time for it. If you can figure out your passion and what you want to achieve and make sure you utilize that passion, and make progress every day, every week, every month, little by little you’ll find that you will achieve a lot.”last_img read more

Some hospitals opt to restrict certain surgeries

first_imgHCA East Florida Division hospitals in St. Lucie County has announced that they will be limiting certain inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida.The health division made the announcement on Tuesday stating that they are working with their health partners to identify which patients will have their procedures delayed.“Patients whose procedures will be delayed will be contacted by their surgeon. The hospitals remain safe and open for medical emergencies, deliveries, and procedures that are medically necessary in which delay would jeopardize the patient’s wellbeing,” the healthcare division said in a statement.Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has already began postponing elective surgeries while St. Lucie Medical Center will put restrictions in place beginning on July 16th.Several Palm Beach County hospitals have also elected to pause certain surgeries due to COVID concerns and to free up some ICU beds.last_img read more

England’s Emily Toy wins the 2019 Women’s Amateur

first_img15 Jun 2019 England’s Emily Toy wins the 2019 Women’s Amateur England international Emily Toy produced the best performance of her career to win the 116th Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down.The 21-year-old defeated Amelia Garvey of New Zealand by one hole in the 18-hole final over the renowned links on the east coast of Northern Ireland.Toy is the first English player to win the title since Georgia Hall in 2013 and has earned a spot in the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn in August thanks to her triumph.The 2017 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament champion has also gained exemptions into the 2019 Evian Championship, as well as the US Women’s Open and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship next year.Toy, from Carlyon Bay Golf Club in Cornwall, said: “It’s amazing to win. I played solidly all week. I stayed in the moment in the final and handled my nerves.”She added: “I was saying to my parents last week I’ve got to do the qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open but I’m in now, so how cool is that?“It’s amazing to have these major opportunities now. I look forward to a couple of days of rest and then it will all sink in.”Toy, who is ranked 450th in the world, ended Garvey’s hopes of becoming the first New Zealander since 1986 to claim the trophy.After both players made birdies on the third hole of the final, Garvey went ahead at the 5th after Toy’s bogey. However, Toy hit straight back at the 6th after a glorious approach set up a birdie.The pair exchanged bogeys before another dropped shot from Toy handed Garvey the lead at the 11th. Just when it looked like the University of Southern California student may pull clear, she bogeyed the 14th to return the contest to all square.Toy let a chance slip at the 16th when she three-putted but made no mistake with a 20 foot putt for birdie at the 17th.A par at the last was good enough for victory as Toy joined a roll of honour that also includes Anna Nordqvist (2008) and Céline Boutier (2015).In her morning semi-final against Linn Grant, the Englishwoman also shone to defeat the Swede, ranked 25th in the world, by two holes.Toy remarked: “I really struggled this morning off the tee but I found the fairways this afternoon which gave me the chances. My putting was also really solid from long distance.“I went to Australia in January and won the New South Wales stroke play qualifying, but given it was a match play tournament it didn’t really feel like a win. I’ve been hunting a win down and been playing quite nicely this year so to do it here is amazing.“I was ranked about 800 in the world at the start of the year but I’ve been ticking down the rankings, especially after the way I played in Australia. Hopefully I can come down a few more spots after this week!”The Pam Barton Memorial Salver was awarded to Toy with runner-up Garvey receiving The Diana Fishwick Cup. The 117th Women’s Amateur Championship will be played at Kilmarnock (Barassie) from 23-27 June 2020.The championship also showcased other England players with Mimi Rhodes, 17, (Burnham & Berrow, Somerset) reaching the quarter-finals; and Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) making it in to the last 16.  Top qualifier Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk), Georgina Blackman (Chelmsford, Essex),  Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) all won their first round matches to make it into the final 32. The Yorkshire pair of Nicola Slater (Lindrick) and Charlotte Heath (Huddersfield) were among the 64 match play qualifiers.Image credit: The R&A/Getty Images Tags: elite golf, Emily Toy, England teams, Women’s Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

Jadon Sancho breaks 52-year old Bundesliga goal scoring record!

first_imgAdvertisement 5rr0wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsp0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8il2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 867y9Would you ever consider trying this?😱aa65jCan your students do this? 🌚1g7ae1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Jadon Sancho is just 19 years old and has done talismanic feats at Dortmund. A record set in 1967 has been broken by this young lad.Advertisement Aged just 19 years 151 days, Sancho has become the youngest player ever to hit 15 Bundesliga goals.Advertisement In doing so, he beat the previous record held by former West Germany international Horst Koppel – set in 1967 – by  34 days.Sancho found the net against Cologne in the second gameweek to secure this record.Advertisement With 39 goals in 58 matches for Dortmund in all competitions , Jadon Sancho is definitely lighting up the Bundesliga. England boss Gareth Southgate has been a keen admirer and Sancho has earned regular call ups to the National Team setup recently.Although United are clamouring for Sancho, Dortmund are set to give the youngster a 190,000 euro per week contract to ward off United’s interest. Advertisementlast_img read more