Photo courtesy Kathy Kreamer.It was a meeting of generations at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village last week as members of the Indian Hills girls basketball team met with some former players at the senior living community.Coach Kathy Kreamer, who steered the Knights to a district title during 2014’s inaugural middle school sports season, said the idea for the visit was for the retirees and the students to share stories about women’s participation in sports and how it has changed over the years.“[We wanted for the girls to] connect with women who are 80-100 years of age and find out how the game and women sports have changed,” Kreamer said. “We wanted to reach out to other people who might have “blazed a trail” in their time.”The students spent an hour chatting with the residents before presenting them with a small autographed basketball and inviting them to attend the Knights’ first home game Nov. 11.
This study throws yet another wrench into our perceptual system’s powers, showing that non-living observers can be given the same perceptual “life” as living observers, if conditions of belief are met.The study went as follows: 66 participants read about and watched a video clip of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio. They then filled out a questionnaire, answering questions about the “agency and intentionality” of the characters (non-living Pinocchio, living Geppetto). Next, they took a series of perceptual tests on a computer, rating how near or far a non-human object appeared to them from the vantage point of either a realistic human “avatar” or an inanimate, wooden human figure. These functioned as the subjects’ RFs. The target object, an umbrella, changed position via the “limit method,” appearing at 27 different distances (some near, some far) from the figure on-screen.Surprisingly, participants who most identified with Pinocchio’s “aliveness” in the film eventually reported the same “Near space extension” as non-identifiers did with their realistic human avatars. The more credence subjects gave to their “living” or “non-living” RF affected how close other objects appeared to them. “This suggests,” write the study authors, “that when participants identified more with a wooden agent in a story (Pinocchio), the difference between the avatar and the wooden dummy seems to disappear.”While this may sound unbelievable, human perception is rich with weird truths. Researchers have known for a while that each person’s perception of space and distance is totally subjective and based on his or her own physiology and actions (aka “embodied perception”). People perceive a point in space as farther away if they carry heavy objects, for instance, and elderly people with limited motor capabilities overestimate distances. Our bodies dictate how we see the world, judge “nearness” and “farness,” and let us superimpose these powers onto other living things, especially the people around us. Now we can add “perceptual enlivening” to the ever-growing list.Chiara Fini and colleagues at Ghent University cannot definitively say what perceptual processes are at the heart of this discovery. They speculate that anthropomorphizing the humanlike figure shifted perceptive function, temporarily inhibiting the subjects’ ability to distinguish living observers as “real.” Strong impression formation with the story and its characters or social categorization of Pinocchio as alive may also be at work. Further research is needed to expand on this enticing perceptual discovery. Pinterest LinkedIn Using the movie Pinocchio, researchers at Ghent University in Belgium (PLOS ONE, 23 March 2015) have uncovered a stunning quirk of human perception. Their study shows that, with the right belief and priming, people grant the same perceptual “aliveness” to inanimate, humanlike objects that they usually reserve for living things.From a perceptual standpoint, this is intriguing for many reasons. Humans tend to perceive living agents as nearer in space to themselves and inanimate, non-humanlike objects as farther away—a process called “Near space extension.” Likewise, once we perceive something as alive, we imbue it with the comparable agency and movement capabilities that we ourselves possess. As the study authors put it, “We perceive space as a function of our action potentialities.” It’s this perceptual flexibility that allows us to “see through another’s eyes” as a reference frame (RF) and imagine, from their perspective, what actions and perceptions they are capable of.Said differently, the more we believe in the intent and “aliveness” of people and objects outside of our subjective perception, the more we believe they are capable of interacting with their immediate environment. The more “real” something or someone appears to us, the closer we perceive them. This capability helps us orient ourselves in space relative to other living and non-living things. We make judgements about their own perceptual abilities and possible actions, or, if we feel they are non-living, what they can’t do. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email Share
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL2016 SCHEDULE December 23, 2015 TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of West Florida baseball team ranks No. 39 in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division II 2016 Preseason Poll. West Florida is coming off a 30-18 performance in 2015 and appeared in last year’s preseason poll at No. 35. UWF has five opponents on its 2016 schedule ranked in the poll, headlined by Tampa who earned the No. 1 overall ranking after being crowned NCAA Division II National Champions in 2015. West Florida will host Tampa during the second weekend of the season, as the Argos and Spartans will square off for a three-game series on Feb. 12-14. Gulf South Conference foes West Alabama, West Georgia and Alabama Huntsville earned rankings of No. 8, No. 27 and No. 30, respectively. Lee received votes to round out GSC appearances. UWF will also face No. 15-ranked North Georgia in a midweek series on April 12-13 for a nonconference two-game set in Pensacola. West Florida returns seven of nine players to the starting lineup for 2016, in addition to returning all three starting pitchers. Key returners include NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year Brandon Nagem and All-GSC selections Chase Kiefer, Alex Greene and Jarrod Petree. Florida Southern, UWF’s opening weekend opponent, also received votes in the poll. West Florida opens up its 2016 campaign on Feb. 6, on the road against the Mocs. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Version
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway says Kazenga LuaLua must be more flexible if he is to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the QPR team.LuaLua, on loan from Brighton, is on standby to play on the right-hand side against Hull on Saturday if Pawel Wszolek fails a fitness test on a back problem.And Holloway has warned the 26-year-old, who is more often deployed on the left, that he may have to shift out of his comfort zone to meet the needs of the team.AdChoices广告“We need to make sure that players can come in and fit into the new system, seamlessly,” boss Holloway told QPR’s website.“Obviously Kazenga LuaLua is a different type of player to Pawel, but he is an attacking option for us.“He is more comfortable on the left but we will need him to learn to play down the right side as well because he is going to want to get into the new team wherever he can, wherever he is needed.“And that’s needed from players now more than ever because we are no longer allowed loans after the transfer window closes. That is going to have a huge impact on football.” See also:Linfield chairman insists valuation of Smyth must be met
For just over a year, Martin Jol was the manager at Ajax for the 2009-10 season and the first half of the following campaign. Never managing to win the Eredivisie, he did, however, lead the club to a Dutch cup success in his first season, but perhaps one of his biggest contributions was to give Christian Eriksen his professional debut.Throwing him in at the deep end in a 1-1 draw against NAC Breda in January 2010, Jol saw the talent in a player who would eventually become a talisman at one of his own former clubs: Tottenham.Eriksen moved to Spurs three years later for around £13m, where he would go on to play for six and a half years before being transferred in January 2020 to Inter.Things haven’t gone all that well for the Dane since his move to Italy, with Antonio Conte not managing to find a way to get the best out of his new acquisition as of yet.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s not exactly been smooth sailing for Tottenham either, as José Mourinho’s side might have won the first three games after his departure, but subsequently lost the following four before football was suspended.Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Martin Jol revealed he predicted this and warned the Spurs chairman not to let the Denmark international go.He said: “There are many players at Inter in his position: if you think he is the best, then he has to play. If he is just one of the 24, then this is a problem. I always said to the Tottenham president, Daniel Levy, ‘if you sell him, it will be a problem’, because Christian was the leader and the extra man for Spurs.“Now he can be that at Inter: Conte is a top manager. He will know how best to use him.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndo
ESI: Considering that esports is very much an international thing, why have you gone for the local, domestic approach with the UK first? Why are you going for the UKLC over, say, the LEC?DG: We have a strong focus on the UK as Barclays. We’re a UK bank, and I think in discussions with the teams and the UKLC, we saw a great opportunity to spotlight UK esports. I think that’s where the UKLC really stood at out as the place where we could add more value as Barclays and learn more from.I think, with the UKLC, not only is it an amazing, fantastic league with brilliant teams, it’s a fantastic place for us to start. And that was the ambition with that sponsorship this summer.ESI: So, rather than reducing focus on sports and putting your money in esports, it’s about adding esports to your portfolio, in terms of sponsorship and support?DG: From our side, we’ve got an amazing sponsorship team, some amazing activity that happens within Barclays, particularly around football—a lot of the money skills, the outreach that we do as part of that program is fantastic. With this, it’s something additive, it’s something new for us, where we want to learn and explore, and somewhere where we felt we could bring some value. And maybe explore some of our knowledge that we’ve done with our traditional sport partnerships to esports. They are similar businesses, there’s some areas that we can help support—I think a lovely example of that is the wealth and wellbeing work that we do with athletes and sports bodies. Can we replicate that within the esports world, as well? Can we support the teams and the organisations in that way?So, you know, there’s certainly a place for us to explore. And with the UKLC and the NLC, this is the start of that exploration.Fans at last year’s UKLC Summer Finals. Photo credit: Joe Brady/LVPESI: What is it about the UKLC that you think is a worthwhile activity for yourselves to get involved with?DG: They’ve been around for a long time; League of Legends is very established as an esport, with it being the most mature game within esports right now. It’s certainly one of the biggest, if not the biggest. So, it just came as a natural good starting point for us.And the guys have been fantastic with exploring what this partnership and sponsorship can be, and how we can learn—and how we can take those lessons and that learning that we’re getting from esports. It really helps us understand what we can do to better support the sector.ESI: Esports has got a very young and subsequently desirable demographic of fans, but they’re not known for heavy interest in corporate banking, wealth management, or investments. So, how big is this in terms of customer acquisition, as opposed to just supporting where you can and having your brand attached to it?DG: The audience for esports is fantastic, I think it’s an incredibly engaged audience—and I would hope that naturally, the audience would see that Barclays really do care in the way that we’re approaching this, in esports and the games industry as well.“It’s been fantastic to see the way esports can adapt, how agile it is.”Getting out there and being associated with the UKLC and League of Legends, that’s obviously a fantastic plus as well, with that audience—it’s great just watching some of the streams on Twitch! And being part of it is fantastic—but for us, we’re very much in that learning journey right now. And working with the UKLC to explore how we can support and work together as esports continues to grow.And it’s been fantastic to see the way esports can adapt, how agile it is. We ran an esports event in our HQ in January. We invited a number of teams: we had a Barclays team, and we had Warwick, Roehampton, Kent universities. It was fantastic to see and to educate the senior leaders in Barclays around esports and how it functions, and just how vibrant it is as a sport. And I think, since January, from when we could have those physical events, seeing people turn to esports when people have not been able to be at physical events for competitive activity has been great.ESI: Why are you specifically looking at the student market here with the NSE, and what are you hoping to bring to them?DG: [The event we ran] really helped showcase to our senior leaders within Barclays the vibrancy of esports, and just having a live event in our HQ was great. Obviously, right now, students can’t be together at university. The fact that university esports has been able to take place, and to be able to have students connect with their friends through those esports has just been great to see.What we were really keen to do was to see how we can support and work with the NSE to help them achieve their ambitions over the next year in a sponsorship with them through 2020-2021. That was really the aim of it. As much as we’re learning and educating ourselves in professional esports with the UKLC, I think at the collegiate level, we’re looking at how we can support and learn and add value to what the NSE are doing for students around the UK.NSE launched an activation at last year’s UKLC Summer Finals. Photo credit: Joe Brady/LVPESI: Once the current situation has passed, are you looking at continuing with live events and helping with those kinds of productions in future?DG: Within Ventures, I think everyone is keen to connect back with people when the time is right and when it’s safe to do so. We have within Ventures the largest incubator network in the UK, with Eagle Labs—we have twenty-five locations up and down the UK. And some of those locations, pre-lockdown, had a programme to support games developers or people working within games. We even have a couple of those Labs that have full esports setups with machines for teams to take part with.We also have a number of esports companies that work within that Lab network. Ahead of lockdown, I was over in Belfast with G-Science, that work within our Lab networks. There’s a couple of parts: we want to support, through our Eagle Lab network, businesses and people that are working in the space. And we’re also at physical events; within Ventures, we’ve partnered with a company called Fortress that is the UK’s largest provider of access to stadia. Obviously, we have a good, long tradition of sport; we’re the sole financial partner of the Premier League, and we have the Barclaycard Center and Barclaycard Arena, which have both held physical esports tournaments in those spaces.So, it would be great to help support activity which happens when the time is right.ESI: Do you now have an idea of where the long-term future of Barclays in esports could lie?DG: I do, but I think that we need to learn more! I have some ambitions which I won’t share—I think everyone with the team does—but look, it comes to a really easy point: have we found the place for Barclays within esports, where we can help and support?We’re starting at that grassroots level. We want to be as authentic as possible in our approach with the sector. We’re here to work with the sector and I’m always happy for anyone to reach out, at any scale, to the team to see if there’s an area where we can work together and explore activity. Or even address some of the pain points that the sector has.Like I said, within Barclays, this is a learning journey for us, as well. We’re educating our teams within the business, like with that event in January that I mentioned, to understand the needs of esports, and how we can best serve that industry with what we can offer. So, it’s going to be a continual journey, and we absolutely have ambitions to do as much as possible, but I think you can boil it down to a really simple line: we want to be the bank for the sector through the activity that we’ve done, by providing the best services and the support for the industry.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube While there’s no doubt the UK esports industry is evolving, those involved with industry circles can often be heard ruefully pining for the burgeoning growth seen in Asia, North America, and even mainland Europe. Usually, their wistful gaze centres on one puzzle piece deemed missing: investment.Then, this April, the UK League Championship (UKLC) announced an eye-grabbing headline sponsor: Barclays. Just over a month later, the banking giant doubled down on UK esports in a partnership with National Student Esports (NSE). With two fell swoops, Barclays established itself as one of the premier partners operating with local tournaments.We spoke to David Gowans, Head of Creative Technologies, Games and Esports at Barclays Ventures—the company’s venture unit—about his vision for Barclays’ future within the space.Credit: Barclays, David GowansEsports Insider: Could you provide an overview of your goals and the thinking process behind these partnerships?David Gowans: Ventures’ aim—it was set up about two years ago now—is to explore new opportunities, new ways of working for the business. You know, Barclays is a 330-year-old organisation, spread across the world. So, to create change and move forward, you need a business area able to do that. That’s one of the ambitions and aims of Barclays Ventures: to move forward and deliver positive new activity for Barclays across the entire group—within the UK bank, or in the other areas of activity across the globe that Barclays has.My team, the Creative Technologies, Games and Esports team within Ventures, is even newer. We’ve been operating for a little earlier over a year now, to help champion and look at what we can do to in supporting two industries.The first is the video games industry: how we can drive activity to support the industry. And then, separately to that, is esports. Although it’s related, it’s absolutely its own business, its own organisation, its own needs, and we’re looking at what we can do to offer support and help the industry grow.The whole team has an interest in games, the technology, innovation—I’ve played games all of my life, I connect with friends through online games, that are spread all over the world, after we all went off to different parts of the globe to find jobs after university!—and, you know, it’s really important to us that we approach what we’re doing authentically, and we look at how we can offer support.“It’s not just about us sticking our badge on; we want to partner and explore activity, because we’re still learning.”And Barclays, you know, we have a massive history in sport. From the Premier League, to the Barclays Center in New York, the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, in tennis, golf, the whole history there. And esports has always been an ambition, and it is an area where we see the growth, we see the potential—even from visiting the [League of Legends] Worlds Final last year in Paris—it’s such a vibrant and special sport. We’ve been looking at what we can do to help support that in the same way. It’s not just about us sticking our badge on; we want to partner and explore activity, because we’re still learning.The first steps with that are with the UKLC summer tournament that we’re sponsoring at the moment. It’s been great to see the BBC pick up on that and broadcast it, the first esports for them. And then, the NSE—particularly right now, where students can’t be in university, can’t be together; they’re connecting through games, which is fantastic to see—can we support and empower the university leagues through the UK, as well?So, there’s a lot that we’re doing, we’re trying to look at what we can do, in the right way, to support and add value and find the place for us to operate. 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Duke safety Evrett Edwards (2) looks to tackle Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh running back James Conner and Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley lead the all-Atlantic Coast Conference football team.The ACC announced the teams Monday following a vote of 55 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team selection and one for a third-team pick.Conner, the nation’s sixth-leading rusher with an average of 139.6 yards, had the most points with 164. Beasley led all defensive players with 159 points.In this Dec. 7, 2013 file photo, Florida State’s Jameis Winston celebrates after defeating Duke 45-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of No. 2 Florida State was the first-team quarterback for the second straight year.Ten players from Atlantic Division champion Florida State made the first team.The Seminoles’ opponent in the ACC championship game, No. 12 Georgia Tech, had none.Winston’s total of 142 points was fewer than six other offensive players, including teammates Rashad Greene (157) and kicker Roberto Aguayo (153).In all, Florida State had five offensive linemen picked to the three all-conference teams, with tackle Cameron Erving and guard Tre Jackson making the first team.Three players from Clemson’s defense made the first team. Joining Beasley were fellow defensive lineman Grady Jarrett and linebacker Stephone Anthony.In addition to Conner, Pitt placed receiver Tyler Boyd and offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings on the first team.Duke had four selections to the first team, with Jamison Crowder making it as both a receiver and a specialist. He was joined by offensive guard Laken Tomlinson and linebacker David Helton, the ACC’s leader with 125 tackles. The Seminoles’ opponent in the ACC championship game, No. 12 Georgia Tech, had none.
Cerberus Capital Management’s offer would involve the purchase of 40% of Espanyol’s shares. In the event of this, majority shareholders Daniel Sanchez Llibre and Ramon Condal would take lower their stakes in the club. The investment group would be able to secure 75% of the money generated by shareholders as a result to encourage future growth. Cerberus would take charge of the club’s debts alongside an English bank, restructuring the debt of 140 million euros, with Espanyol also able to repay Hacienda. The North America group intend to invest 50 million euros to lead a charge towards the Champions League, revitalising the club to encourage profits. If things with Fosun do not take a definitive step forward, Cerberus – a group which has 25 million dollars worth of investment within 300 businesses around the world – will take control of Espanyol. Change is very close. Lluis Miguelsanz Upd. at 11:04 There are two offers on the table, but the proposed figures behind American investment from Cerberus still need to be analysed. The negotiations are at an advanced stage and contracts are currently being drawn up to try and put together a pre-agreement. The more viable option comes from Chinese investment group Fosun, one of the most powerful groups of their kind in the world. Talks have progressed, but they may be unable to put together a deal that will be capable of improving the financial state of the club in the short-term future. CEST 10/06/2015 Rumours surrouding the sale of the club began in the early stages of 2015. Their majority shareholders, conscious of the tough current economic situation, have tried their hardest to track down cash injections. Espanyol are in a complicated financial situation, above all due to the debts owed to Hacienda. In the past, they have managed to get by courtesy of transferring players, but now the Catalan club have reached a point where it is difficult to avoid facing up to making repayments. This summer is especially important, with a vital sum of money due to Hacienda. The other option is Chinese business group Fosun. They have been interested in Espanyol since last year, but have not become involved in negotiations until recent weeks. Fosun would like to aquire the most shares possible, before taking responsibility for the debt themselves, using their own depts of resources rather than a loan. They have huge economic potential, but negotiations are moving slowly and there is still no green light given regarding the purchase of the club. Espanyol’s majority shareholders are in constant contact with the Chinese group and hope for news this week. A devastating blow to Espanyol’s finances has been an ongoing crisis with their current sponsor, Power8, who would like to break their commercial agreement with the club. The news is a lethal torpedo to Espanyol’s attempts to stay afloat. The club’s majority shareholders are also reaching the end of their tethers, after already pumping their own money into supporting the club. At this point, there can be no other solution than finding a financial group or multimillionaire.
The website Football Leaks has published the commission that Porto had to pay after Real Madrid paid 7.5 million euros to end Casemiro’s loan spell at the Portuguese club last summer. It claims that Porto had to pay 1.26 million euros to the company Vela Management Limited, who then had to share that money with Energy Soccer, a company ran by the son of Porto’s president, Alexandre Pinto da Costa. 29/03/2016 Jorge Giner Meanwhile, the same loan agreement between Porto and Real Madrid, which was closed at 1.2 million euros, also included a right for the Portuguese club to by the Brazilian midfielder for 13.8 million euros. CEST Upd. at 20:41 The commission established in this operation was for the “provision of management and monitoring of Casemiro”. However, Los Blancos were able to block that option by re-signing Casemiro for said 7.5 million euros last season.
During the holiday season, it’s not uncommon for illnesses or injuries to add stress to gatherings and time at home. Physicians say the winter holidays are the busiest times for medical emergencies. But not all emergencies are the same.If a situation is life-threatening, it’s best to call 911. But emergency room Doctor Jennifer Johnson said if you or your child has a problem after hours that you would likely take to your regular doctor, an urgent care center should be able to manage.“Run-of-the-mill things like fever and vomiting and diarrhea and ear infection,” Johnson said. “Or maybe they are worried that their child has flu, or a mild asthma attack; also mild injuries, things where perhaps you think it’s a sprained ankle.”Johnson said a careful assessment of your feelings is critical when making a decision. Some clear examples of needing an emergency room include severe burns, swallowed objects, unstoppable bleeding, head injuries and loss of consciousness.Johnson said it’s also good to have a family emergency plan in place for situations, such as a broken bone, that are definite contenders for emergency care.“If you’re kind of wondering, ‘Do I call 911, or do I just put him in my car to get him there fast?’ If that’s your line of thinking, you’re better off going to the emergency room,” Johnson said.She said knowledge of both ER and urgent care options can help cut down on wait times, too. Some hospital systems have online estimates of wait times, or are even able to secure a place in line for you before you leave the house.