Ute players from Arizona can’t wait

first_imgWhen Utah meets Arizona Friday night in the long-anticipated season opener, the game will have extra meaning for several on the Utes’ side.Six players on the Utes’ roster call Arizona home, including two receivers who are expected to see a lot of action Friday, while two Ute assistants coached at Arizona as recently as two years ago.”I can’t wait for the game,” said Utah receiver Brian Hernandez, who attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. “I’m getting chills in the meetings and my heart gets pumping. We’re ready to go.”Hernandez was teammates with Danny Bougher, the Wildcats’ punter, in high school. He’s hoping to receive some of Bougher’s punts and “get a few returns by them.”Hernandez, who is listed as a co-starter at the “H” receiver position, said he planned to talk to Bougher sometime before the game and get “a little trash-talking going on.””It’s all in fun,” Hernandez said. “I’ll tell him he better kick the ball out of bounds.”Hernandez has no love for the University of Arizona, even though he lived in the state since the age of 11. He actually grew up a Miami fan, living in Florida for the first 11 years of his life. When he got to Arizona, he decided to be contrary to his friends.”I always hated (Arizona) because my friends all liked them,” he said. “They got after me when Arizona pounded Miami in the Fiesta Bowl 29-0. I took a lot of heat for that.”Thomas Huff is also from Phoenix, attending Camelback High, and while he didn’t hate the Wildcats, he never was a fan of Arizona or Arizona State.”They recruited me, but I wasn’t that interested,” Huff said of Arizona. “I’ve got a lot of friends there now like (receiver) B.J. Dennard. It’ll be nice to line up against these guys on the other side of the ball like in high school.”Utah’s offensive line coach Charlie Dickey says he “has a lot of history” at UA, having played there from 1980-83 and serving as an assistant coach from 1992 to 2003.It’s a new coaching staff since Dickey left UA, but he says he knows a lot of the players still there, which he hopes will pay off.”It helps you a little bit because you know the personnel a little better,” he said.Dickey says the game won’t have any extra meaning since it’s his former school, however.”It’s Arizona, but I just want to get a win,” he said. “More than anything else, I want to get a win.”One other Ute assistant, tight ends coach Jay Boulware, was an assistant at Arizona with Dickey, serving under John Mackovic from 2001-03.Other Ute players from Arizona include linebacker Greg Bird, defensive back Stephen Gordon, receiver John Peel and tackle Jason Voss.Besides Utah’s Arizona connections, Arizona has a few Utah connections also.Offensive coordinator Mike Canales was a quarterback for Utah State from 1981-83 when he was known as “Chico.” He became a graduate assistant at BYU for two years, along with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, before going to Snow College in 1987 for eight years. He came to Arizona last year after coaching wide receivers for the New York Jets.Defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo had the same position at Utah in 2003 and is familiar with most of the Utes’ current players. He was also the defensive line coach at Utah State from 1996 to 1999. Another Arizona assistant, tight ends coach Josh Heupel, started his career in Utah before becoming an all-American quarterback at Oklahoma in 2000. Heupel was recruited to Weber State by Dave Arslanian and went to Snow College when Arslanian left. But instead of joining Arslanian at Utah State the following year, he went to Oklahoma, where he helped lead the Sooners to the national championship. He is in his second year at Arizona. Wildcats say they can play with the Utes Relatedcenter_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Mediate speaks up on course changes

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com AUGUSTA, Ga. — After all the criticism leveled earlier in the week about the changes to the Augusta National Golf Club earlier, Rocco Mediate has a simple solution for those who don’t like it.”The Masters tournament sets up their golf course exactly how they want to set it up because it’s their tournament. If you don’t want to abide by what they do, don’t come.”Mediate stands second after the first round with a 68. He’s playing his first Masters since 2001, so he hasn’t played the course since three different modifications of the course were made in 2002, 2003 and this past year. He said the changes don’t bother him.”I don’t understand what the complaining is about,” he said. “Tiger . . . is a million times stronger than I am and hits it 50 yards further. What’s wrong with that? The strong ones are always going to be the longest guys. That’s just how it is. I don’t have a problem with that. “If you can’t do certain things around a golf course, you don’t get to win. And if you don’t like it, that’s just how it is. It’s whoever shoots a low score, I don’t care how you shoot it.” HIGH SCORES: Thank goodness David Duval and Charles Coody are both in the Masters this week.Those two kept Utah’s Clay Ogden from ending up in last place after his first-round 83.Duval, who has really struggled for the past three years, missing 46 of 56 cuts, shot an 84, while Coody, the 1971 champion, only managed an 89. Duval gets an exemption as the 2001 British Open champion, while Coody has a lifetime exemption as a former champion.In all, 12 players shot above 80 Thursday, including former champions Mark O’Meara and Sandy Lyle and amateurs Edoardo Molinari of Italy (80), Brian McElhinney of Ireland (80) and Dillon Dougherty (82).The other amateur, Kevin Marsh, barely broke 80 with a first-round 79. If none of the amateurs make the cut (low 44 plus ties) then no amateur will be awarded the silver cup that goes to the low amateur. CLAY IS LONG: According to the statistical performance chart Ogden had the longest measured drive of the first round. Two drives were measured and one of Ogden’s was 341 yards. The next best drive belonged to Miguel Angel Jimenez at 340, followed by John Daly at 339. Other figures on the stat chart for Ogden — he hit eight of 14 fairways, six of 18 greens in regulation and had 33 putts. ENJOYING THE SCENERY: One writer noticed that Ogden seemed to be looking around Augusta National during his round Thursday and enjoying the scenery.Was that true, Clay? “Once I got to 10-over par I was,” Ogden said with a laugh. DODGING A BULLET: Tom Lehman dodged a bullet Tuesday night. Literally.The Ryder Cup captain was driving to the Augusta airport when the SUV he was driving was hit by a bullet fired from a passing car. He was not injured by the bullet, which ended up in the back seat.”It was a very surreal experience,” Lehman said. “His aim was pretty bad, so I’m happy about that.”Another car besides Lehman’s was hit and the occupants of that car called police and the shooter was arrested. “I’m very happy they caught the guy before he hurt somebody,” said Lehman. MASTERS NOTES: Despite all of the talk about the tougher Augusta course, the average score Thursday was 74.9 compared to 75.1 for last year’s first round . . . The most difficult hole at Augusta Thursday was the 505-yard par-4 No. 11 hole, which gave up just two birdies all day and had a stroke average of 4.47. The easiest hole was the par-5 15th, which averaged 4.64 and produced four eagles and 29 birdies . . . Only two players birdied the 18th hole, Tiger Woods and Robert Allenby, who played in the same group . . . There were 12 eagles Thursday, which just missed the tournament record of 13 eagles in the 1991 tournament . . . The weather was perfect Thursday, clear, no wind with temperatures in the 70s. Relatedcenter_img Singh fling: Vijay has first-round lead; Utah’s Weir tied for eighthlast_img read more

Better late than never

first_img Related Course of the week: Oquirrh Hills TOOELE — For years, the city of Tooele planned to expand its nine-hole golf course that opened on the east side of town in 1949.The nine-holer, which was built by volunteers from the fire department and the Lions Club (a different person designed each hole), served the community well, but there was always hope for an 18-hole layout.Plans were drawn up as early as the 1950s, and more than a decade ago a design for a new nine was displayed in the old golf shop with an opening set for 1996.However, because of water problems, financial issues and other factors, the addition never happened.Finally, the golf-course expansion became reality two years ago, and last month nine new holes were opened east of the original nine. Local dignitaries, media, golf pros and residents of Tooele showed up for the grand opening, and business has been brisk ever since.Head pro Christian Scott estimates that business is up 300 percent with the additional nine holes and increased business.”We’re pretty busy with 18 holes, seven days a week,” said Scott. “We’re getting more traffic from Salt Lake, and everyone in Tooele is giving it a try.”Golfers are attracted to Oquirrh Hills because of its playability — it’s just less than 6,000 yards from the blue tees with not a lot of tricky holes — and it’s amazingly low price. At just $23.50 with a cart on weekdays and only $15 if you walk, which is very doable, it’s one of the best bargains in the state.Tooele Mayor Patrick Dunlavy, who has worked for the city for more than 30 years, said everything “fell into place” a couple of years ago after years of planning and hoping.The property had already been acquired, and the city made an agreement to access irrigation water for the course rather than culinary water.”That was important to the community,” said Dunlavy.Also, because of the downturn in golf course building around the country, the city was able to acquire the services of Wadsworth Construction, one of the premier golf course building companies, and hire Colorado architect Andy Johnson for the design. Still, the city was able to keep the budget around $1.5 million, an amazing number in these days of escalating costs.Johnson, an award-winning golf architect based in Colorado, shared the vision of the locals for adding a nine that blended well with the original nine.”My overriding plan was that I wanted both nines to fit together well,” he said. “The new holes have similar lengths with the same look and feel. We made the smaller greens so it could be a chipping-type course.”The new nine won’t resemble the old nine for several years. Some 450 trees, mostly pines, were planted on the new nine and will take a few years to match the full-grown trees on the original nine.Many of the new holes are straightforward — not straight but just not extra fancy like a lot of new courses try to be these days.The 10th hole is nearly drivable at 334 yards, but the fairway narrows near the green, which is split-level and deceptive to putt.No. 12 is “the most spectacular” hole on the course, according to Scott because of the “amazing views” of Middle Canyon to the east and the Great Salt Lake to the northwest. The 13th is a par 3 requiring a long carry over water with an old railroad trestle as a backdrop.No. 15 is a pretty, downhill par 3 that has already yielded four holes-in-one since the opening, while the 16th is a dogleg left around a lake that is a risk-reward hole for big hitters.The original nine was rerouted a couple of years ago with the old No. 7, parallel to Droubay Road, being turned into the new No. 1. The holes are in the same order with the old No. 1 now No. 8 and No. 9 the old No. 2.Three of the holes have been redone, the par-3 No. 2 hole was redesigned and a lake put in; No. 3 was lengthened 150 yards from a par 3 to a par 4, and No. 5 was changed to a slight dogleg right, which helps golfers keep their drives in play.No. 9 is one of the longest par 3s in the state, measuring 240 yards from the back tees. The fact that it is uphill and features the smallest green on the course makes it one of the more challenging par 3s in the state.The large cabin-style clubhouse was built six years ago and features a full-service restaurant. “We’re pretty proud of what we’ve got here,” said Dunlavy. “We couldn’t be more pleased with it.” center_img E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: U. at its best when Drca runs the show

first_imgAs well as Luke Nevill, the current front-runner for Mountain West Conference player of the year, has played this year, you could say the Utes’ most valuable player this season has been … junior point guard Luka Drca.The Utes are 14-7 this year, but in games Drca missed or played sparingly in because of an injury and suspension, the Utes are just 1-3.Drca sprained his ankle in the third minute of a loss to Idaho State and didn’t play in the California and Utah State losses. Utah lost those games by four points or less, with each game being decided in the final 10 seconds.”It was an adjustment when we didn’t have him,” said coach Jim Boylen. “He’s a big part of what we’re doing. He brings a physicality and a toughness and has been a big shot-maker for us.”Drca only ranks sixth on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg) and doesn’t even lead the team in assists, ranking second behind Carlon Brown. In league play, he’s shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range and he ranks No. 16 in the nation in free-throw percentage at 88.5 percent.However, Boylen says the Serbian’s value to the team goes beyond the numbers on the stat sheet.”There are player-coach relationships at every level,” Boylen said. “I have a connection with the guy. I can look at him and he knows. He can look at me and I know what he’s thinking. He doesn’t fight me on any type of constructive criticism because he know winning is the bottom line and he really values that.”UTES NOW 15TH IN RPI: As the Utes continue winning, they keep climbing the all-important RPI rankings.In the latest CollegeRPI.com rankings that came out Monday, the Utes were ranked No. 15, just behind Marquette and Wake Forest and just ahead of West Virginia and Illinois.The Utes’ tough non-conference schedule is paying off as the Utes’ strength of schedule is listed No. 12 in the country.Utah has the exact same numbers for RealTime RPI, another Web site that updates daily and are 15th on the RPI chart on the NCAA statistics page.In Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology on ESPN, the Utes are listed as a No. 10 seed, playing USC in Dayton, Ohio.TRAVELIN’ UTES: Last year, the Utes had more than their share of travel setbacks with delayed flights and bus problems. So this year, they are taking a more conservative approach, getting to their destinations earlier and not taking charter flights.Last year when the Utes played at TCU on a Wednesday and at Wyoming on a Saturday of the same week, they got into Fort Worth after midnight when their charter was delayed and had problems busing back from Laramie.This year, the Utes are arriving in Texas on a commercial flight by 3 today and they are going straight to Wyoming on Thursday before returning home Saturday night.”That puts a lot of pressure on us in school,” said Boylen, who is concerned about missing nearly a week of classes.Because of an NCAA “48-hour rule,” the Utes can’t leave Texas until 3 on Thursday, 48 hours before the start of Saturday afternoon’s game at Wyoming. They’ll fly to Denver and bus up to Laramie in the evening.Boylen said he learned a lot during his first year on how to approach road trips.”This is a very difficult league to travel in with the amount of distance you have to cover,” he said. “I did not realize it before I got here … “UTE NOTES: Nevill won his fourth MWC player of the week honor Monday along with San Diego State’s Lorrenzo Wade. Only Roman Martinez of New Mexico, with two, has more than one POW award this season. … The Utes play TCU at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in Laramie. … Utah has fallen to No. 4 in the nation in free-throw shooting at 79 percent. … Nevill has moved up to a tie for 12th in the country with 2.7 blocked shots per game and is 13th in field goal percentage at 60.9 percent despite going 2 for 8 against New Mexico on Saturday. … The Utes are 57th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, but 295th in 3-point defense. … In MWC play, the Utes have a 7.9 rebound margin, nearly six boards better than second-best BYU. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Kelsey Chugg looking for 4th State Amateur title at Victory Ranch this week

first_imgI love this golf course. It’s unbelievable — it’s so exclusive and that makes it special. It’s a tough golf course from tee to green, and anywhere around par is a great score. – Kelsey ChuggFRANCIS — When she won the Women’s State Amateur four years ago at Logan Country Club, it was the first golf tournament Kelsey Chugg had ever won.It’s seems a bit astonishing, looking back at all the events Chugg has won since then, including three Mary Lou Baker Opens and two more State Amateurs, to think that Chugg hadn’t even won a junior tournament until she was 21 years old and a junior at Weber State.“The first tournament I ever won was the State Am at Logan Country Club in 2012, so this is my favorite tournament,” she said. “It’s sort of like my major. I love being out here every year, no matter what happens. It’s always fun and my favorite time of the year.”The 25-year-old Chugg will be looking for her fourth State Amateur title in the past five years when the annual tournament takes place this week at Victory Ranch Golf Club, one of the newest and most exclusive golf clubs in the state.The Women’s Am begins Tuesday with 18 holes of stroke play followed by 18 more on Wednesday. The low 16 golfers will qualify for match play, which begins Thursday with two rounds, followed by the semifinals and finals on Friday.Chugg is the defending champ, having won last year at Hidden Valley, defeating BYU golfer Brooklyn Hocker 5 and 4. Her previous State Am wins came at Logan in 2012 when she defeated 13-year-old Naomi Soifua and in 2013 when she beat Sirene Blair 4 and 3 at Wasatch Mountain State Park GC.Blair was the only golfer to break Chugg’s string of State Amateur wins at Ogden Country Club in 2014, but that year Chugg was upset in the quarterfinals by Weber State golfer Emily Podlesny. Blair, who plays for San Diego State, will not be playing this week, having qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Springfield, Pennsylvania.Chugg works as the membership director at the Utah Golf Association and still has aspirations to play on the LPGA Tour. She plans to try the LPGA Q School in the fall, while keeping her amateur status. She is excited to be playing the Women’s Am at Victory Ranch Golf Club, which opened in 2009 and doesn’t have a large number of members and has hosted just a handful of golf tournaments.“I love this golf course,” Chugg said. “It’s unbelievable — it’s so exclusive and that makes it special. It’s a tough golf course from tee to green, and anywhere around par is a great score.”This will mark the largest field for the Women’s Am since it went to match play back in 2010 with 57 golfers. In the past, just a handful of golfers had a chance to win, but Chugg estimates that “half the field” have a legitimate chance this year with several collegiate golfers entered as well as some out-of-state amateurs.Among the top golfers to watch besides Chugg are 17-year-old Soifua, who recently won the women’s stroke play tournament, two-time medalist Lea Garner, who just finished playing for BYU, and last year’s finalist, Hocker.Other collegiate golfers in the field include BYU’s Kendra Dalton and Lauren Atkinson, Utah Valley’s Monica Yeates, Carly Dehlin, Kimberly Nyhus and Isabella Lesa, Weber State’s Kiselya Plewe, Hayley Chugg, Xena Motes and Aspyn Mossman and Dixie State’s Katie Perkins, Cobair Collinsworth and Kaitlynn Hanberg.Top high school golfers to watch include Laura Gerner, Jessica Sloot, Kerstin Fotu, Gracie Richens and Tess Blair.Former State Am champions in the field include Sue Nyhus and Julie McMullin.last_img read more

KSHSAA member schools vote to split Class 1A postseason competition into two divisions

first_img In 2009 class 1A voted to split into two divisions. In 2017 during the reclassification proposal, 1A was voted to be put back together for one class.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. TOPEKA, Kan. – Ballots from KSHSAA member schools on the proposal to modify Class 1A postseason competition in volleyball, basketball and scholars bowl were due November 15.  Based on the response from the membership, the proposal received more than the 59 votes needed from 117 schools voting.  KSHSAA Bylaw Article XII, Section 4 requires a majority vote to approve changes to classifications. As a result, the proposal has passed.Voting Results were as follows:Class 1AYes = 70            No = 47Proposal passes for the 2020-21 school year Class 1A postseason competition for volleyball, basketball and scholars bowl.Please note:  With this change in classification, the postseason format and calendar will change.  The Executive Board will approve the competition schedule/format at the January 15-16, 2020 meeting.  It is premature to believe the schedule/format will return to the exact same schedule/format followed when Class 1A previously  crowned two division champions.  Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Turning James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ into a virtual reality game

first_img In this Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Joseph Nugent, an professor of English at Boston College, left, watches as student Evan Otero points out a graphic on a work station at the school’s virtual reality lab in Boston. College students in Boston are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s ponderous tome “Ulysses.” Nugent says the goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors and to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) BOSTON | Students are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as part of a class at Boston College.The goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, said Joseph Nugent, the Boston College English professor who is coordinating the project. In this Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Boston College student Michael Quinn holds up virtual reality goggles at a virtual reality lab at Boston College in Boston. College students in Boston are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s ponderous tome “Ulysses.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) In this Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Joseph Nugent, a Boston College English professor, wears virtual reality goggles at the school’s virtual reality lab in Boston. College students in Boston are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s ponderous tome “Ulysses.” Nugent says the goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors and to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) In this Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Joseph Nugent, a professor of English at Boston College, wears virtual reality goggles at the school’s virtual reality lab in Boston. College students in Boston are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s ponderous tome “Ulysses.” Nugent says the goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors and to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) In this Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Joseph Nugent, a professor of English at Boston College, wears virtual reality goggles at the school’s virtual reality lab as students monitor his game activity in Boston. College students in Boston are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce’s ponderous tome “Ulysses.” Nugent says the goal of “Joycestick” is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors and to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) “This is a new way to experience the power of a novel,” he said. “We’re really at the edge of VR. There’s no guidance for this. What we have produced has been purely out of our imagination.”Nugent and his students hope to release a version of the game on June 16 in Dublin during Bloomsday, the city’s annual celebration of the author and novel. They’ve already showcased their progress at an academic conference in Rome last month.“Joycestick,” in many ways, fills in the blanks of the novel, as many of the places key to the story have been lost to time as Dublin has evolved, said Enda Duffy, chairman of the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who has tried a prototype of the game.“The VR version in this way completes the book,” she said. “It makes it real. ‘Ulysses’ is an ideal book to be turned into a VR experience, since Dublin is, you might say, the book’s major character.”There have been a number of efforts to bring works of literature into the gaming world over the years, including a computer game of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” that became a viral hit in 2011 as it mimicked the look and feel of a classic, 1980s-era Nintendo game.But the Boston College project is unique for trying to incorporate virtual reality technology, says D. Fox Harrell, a digital media professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.He is impressed that the students are taking on such a complex text.“It requires multiple entry points and modes of interpretation, so it will be fascinating to see how their VR system addresses these aspects of the work,” said Harrell, who hasn’t tried the game out yet.Considered the epitome of the 1920s-era modernist literature, “Ulysses” traces a day in the life of an ordinary Dubliner named Leopold Bloom. The title reflects how the novel draws parallels between Bloom’s day and “The Odyssey,” the ancient Greek epic.“Joycestick” isn’t meant to be a straight re-telling of “Ulysses,” which in some versions runs nearly 650 pages long, acknowledged Evan Otero, a Boston College junior majoring in computer science who is helping to develop the game.Instead, the game lets users explore a handful of key environments described in the book, from a military tower where the novel opens to a cafe in Paris that is significant to the protagonist’s past.It’s also not a typical video game in the sense of having tasks to complete, enemies to defeat or points to rack up, said Jan van Merkensteijn, a junior studying philosophy and medical humanities who is also involved in the project. For now, users can simply explore the virtual environments at their leisure. Touching certain objects triggers readings from the novel.The project represents an extension of what academics call the “digital humanities,” a field that merges traditional liberal arts classes with emerging technology. Nugent has had previous classes develop a smartphone application that provides walking tours of Dublin, highlighting important landmarks in Ulysses and Joyce’s life.But the native of Mullingar, Ireland, is quick to shift credit for the current project’s ambition to his group of 22 students, who are studying a range of disciplines, from English to computer science, philosophy, business and biology, and have also been recruited from nearby Northeastern University and the Berklee College of Music.“These are ambitious kids,” Nugent said. “They want to prove they’ve done something on the cutting edge. They have the skills. They’re doing the work. All I’m trying to do is direct these things.”Follow Philip Marcelo at twitter.com/philmarcelo. His work can be found at https://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/philip-marcelolast_img read more

New Zealand fines travelers who won’t unlock secure devices

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia | Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group on Thursday condemned as a grave invasion of privacy.The law came into effect on Oct. 1 as part of an update of 22-year-old customs legislation. It also gives customs officials authority to copy data found on searched devices.FILE – In this June 22, 2017, file photo, a man uses a smartphone in Tokyo. Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group condemned as a grave invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)“The traveling public is unlikely to notice much difference at the border,” the New Zealand Customs Service said in a statement last week.But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties said the law gives customs officials the power to force travelers to unlock their smartphones without justification, and without legal options for travelers to challenge an order to enter a password.“Modern smartphones contain a large amount of highly sensitive private information including emails, letters, medical records, personal photos, and very personal photos,” council spokesman Thomas Beagle said in a statement.“Allowing customs to be able to demand the right to examine and capture all this information is a grave invasion of personal privacy of both the person who owns the device and the people they have communicated with,” Beagle said.Beagle questioned whether the intrusion would catch criminals, who would prefer to pay the fine than expose evidence that could lead to prison.Criminals could also store their data in the cloud, travel with a wiped phone and restore the data once they passed customs, he said.last_img read more

Music Review: Vampire Weekend returns with vibrant album

first_imgVampire Weekend, “Father of the Bride” (Columbia Records)Vampire Weekend is back after six years with “Father of the Bride,” a multi-layered album both musically and lyrically that washes over the listener like a ray of spring sunshine at the end of a long winter of no new music.This cover image released by Columbia Records shows “Father of the Bride,” a release by Vampire Weekend. (Columbia Records via AP)But listen closely to the lyrics there’s a darker undercurrent amid the breezy harmonizing, hand claps and up-tempo jovial toe-tappers.“I don’t want to live like this,” lead singer Ezra Koenig confesses on the first single “Harmony Hall,” ”but I don’t want to die.”On “This Life,” Koenig chirpily sings about pain “as neutral as the rain,” crumbling dreams, cheating partners and “this life and all its suffering.”“Oh Christ, am I good for nothing?” he sings.Um, wait. Why exactly are we dancing and smiling while listening to this?A lot has happened since Vampire Weekend’s last album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” was released in 2013. Producer and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij left the band, but he still gets credit as a co-producer on several songs. Other guests also make an appearance, including the Internet’s Steve Lacy, Danielle Haim and Jenny Lewis.Sure, there’s some naval-gazing amid the eclectic musical styles ranging from indie pop to ska, flamenco to jazz presented over 18 songs that clock in just under a full hour.But through the musical gumbo, excesses, juxtapositions and contradictions, it’s hard not to get caught up in “FOTB.” It’s just good fun.last_img read more

A good week for Paddy

first_imgThursday we went to Rayong Country Club where the weather was a little bit cooler in the morning than on Tuesday.  The course was in good condition except the areas around the greens which were too wet and made approach shots difficult.  On the whole though, we think the course is really good value for money.Paddy Devereux & Tony Wakeling.Paddy Devereux confirmed his form from Tuesday and won again today with 37 points.  Second today was George Gamble (25) on 34 points, beating Jonathan Pratt (11) on count back.The near pins went to George Gamble, Kurt Eric Persson (26) and Sam Gettinby (24).Note: Siam Country Resort Pattaya, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries. PSC Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday, Nov. 24, Mt. Shadow – StablefordMountain Shadow was our venue for Tuesday.  It was a hot day and all the players suffered of the heat, resulting in no high scores.  Everybody also had problems with the very slow greens.  Tony Wakeling (H/cap 18) and Paddy Devereux (23) kept each other good in balance.  Tony was just a little bit more consistent on the back nine and won with 34 stableford points.  Paddy was second with 33.A proof that it was a tough day is the fact that we had no near pin winners.Thursday, Nov. 26, Rayong C.C. – Stablefordlast_img read more