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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009

first_imgSeven Days,Peter Freyne never missed a deadline in the 13 years he worked for Seven Days. He delivered his political column, “Inside Track,” every Tuesday by 4 p.m. and was never subtle about it. Shortly after emailing his article, Freyne would show up at the office to answer questions, argue, check last-minute facts and, depending on his mood, terrorize our staff. His column was the last thing we squeezed into the paper before sending it to press. So it’s ironic – not to mention premature and terribly sad – that Peter Freyne left this Earth early on a Wednesday. After battling cancer, seizures and a strep infection that spread to his brain, he died peacefully at Fletcher Allen Health Care at 12:26 a.m. today – six hours after our weekly deadline.Did he have a hand in the timing of his final departure, knowing the news would break just after the paper went to bed? We wouldn’t put it past him to go out with a poke. Freyne, 59, came out of the bar-stool school of journalism, along with his hero, Chicago newspapermen Mike Royko. He never went to school to learn to be a political c olumnist, but brought his considerable and diverse life experiences to a fun and informative “Inside Track” that originated in the Vanguard Press, Burlington’s original alt weekly, in the late ’80s. Freyne was the rare reporter who could skewer a politician in print and have a drink with him two days later. Many of his “victims” became his sources – and in some cases, friends. Freyne gave up drinking and smoking. And Vermont journalism has been a lot less lively since he retired last June. Here’s a video that Eva Sollberger made of Freyne right after that, when Seven Days readers once again named him the state’s “Best Print Journalist” in our annual Daysies survey. His passing marks the end of an era. He may have planned that, too. – Seven Days Co-editor Pamela Polston.Peter Freyne and former Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle at the corner of Church and College in 2004. Photo by Robert Smith.POSTED BY SEVEN DAYS ON JANUARY 07, 2009 AT 07:11 AMhttp://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2009/01/draft-peter-freyne-19492009.html(link is external)[embedded video: http://blip.tv/file/1151166(link is external) ]For a selection of Peter’s VBM articles, click here.last_img read more

Leinster crush Treviso at RDS

first_img Sean Cronin (two) and Leo Auva’a also crossed for the hosts, with Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden kicking the rest of their points. Ludovico Nitoglia scored Treviso’s only try – and points – of the game in the second half. Flanker Dominic Ryan was the star of the show as his hat-trick of tries helped Leinster secure a 40-5 win over Benetton Treviso and move within two points of second-placed Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse kicker Murphy named semifinalist for Lou Groza Award

first_img Published on November 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse kicker Cole Murphy has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the country’s top placekicker.Murphy, a walk-on freshman, has converted 12 of his 14 field-goal attempts on the year, two of which came from 50 yards out. His field-goal percentage of 84.6 is 19th best in the country and fourth among freshmen. He hasn’t missed a kick from inside 35 yards this season for the Orange (3-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast).Six of the 20 semifinalists are from ACC schools. Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, sports information directors, past Groza finalists and national and regional football writers will narrow the group down to three finalists, which will be announced Nov. 24 at the 23rd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet in West Palm Beach, Florida.The winner will be announced Dec. 11 live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.Riley Dixon, SU’s senior punter and Murphy’s holder, cracked the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, the country’s punting equivalent of the Lou Groza Award.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurphy’s provided stability to Syracuse’s kicking game, which hasn’t had much success in recent years. In five of the last seven seasons going into this year, the Orange didn’t have a kicker with a field-goal percentage higher than 80 percent.Ross Krautman hit 18-of-19 (94.7 percent) as a freshman in 2010, but fell off the past few seasons and had to walk away from football due to injury before this season started. Junior Ryan Norton was inconsistent — making just 4-of-7 — with his opportunities through SU’s first three games, leading the way for Murphy’s emergence. Commentslast_img read more

Ireland host Euro qualifying minnows this evening

first_imgAlso tonight from Group D, Poland will play host to neighbours Germany in a 7:45 kick-off.]There’s also qualifying action in both Groups F and I.Northern Ireland will host the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park from 7:45 in Group F.The other games in that Group will see Romania host Hungary while Finland go up against Greece.And there’s two matches in Group I as Armenia host Serbia and Denmark travel to face Albania.Turning to local fixtures and;Cashel Town host Moyglass United in the 1st Round of the Munster Youth Cup from 12.At the same time there’s three games from the 2nd Round;Donohill & District  v  St. MichaelsTwo Mile Borris  v  Clonmel CelticClonmel Town  v  Peake Villa The visitors to Dublin lost 7-0 to Poland in their opening Group D game last month.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that a win would be useful ahead of a trip to the world champions Germany on Tuesday.Kick-off in Dublin this evening is at 5pm, which is the same time as the other group meeting of Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox.last_img read more

YWCA Of Olympia Seeking Women Of Achievement

first_imgThe YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their annual Women of Achievement Celebration are now being accepted. Past honorees have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Karen Fraser, Governor Christine Gregoire, Hands On Children’s Museum Executive Director, Patty Belmonte, and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Executive Director, Norma Schuiteman.The YWCA of Olympia will honor women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community.  Nominees can demonstrate this work in any field, from family life to business, theater to engineering.  The agency hopes to honor women from diverse backgrounds and fields of interest.  Eligible Women of Achievement Honorees are:residents of the South Puget Sound region women who represent the YWCA’s key values of social justice, stewardship, community service, and leadership.Nominations are due to the YWCA by 5:00pm on Friday, August 24th.  Nomination forms can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 352-0593, sending an email to [email protected], or on the agency website at www.ywcaofolympia.org.Honorees will be formally announced to the community on September 14th.  The celebration gala, “Women Of Achievement: Going the Distance” will take place on Thursday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equality for boys and girls in every athletic and educational program that receives federal funding.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593.For more information about Women of Achievement, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Event Coordinator at 352-0593 or [email protected] the YWCA of OlympiaEstablished in 1945, the YWCA of Olympia offers responsive programs and services to meet the needs of women, girls and families.  We are inspiring a new generation to become strong leaders and advocates for opportunity and equity for all women.  The YWCA of Olympia strives to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.The YWCA has worked to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls.The YWCA is the voice for every woman. We speak out and take action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA and our members and volunteers contribute time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of all women in our community. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0center_img women who have demonstrated inspiring and outstanding involvement in our community, and serve as an excellent role modellast_img read more


first_imgAfter losing his 2015 debut – he finished second to G. G. Ryder in a one-mile allowance race on the turf on New Year’s Day – Pepper Crown is not expected to be the public’s choice in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile allowance feature on Tapeta. Golden Gate Fields morning-line maker Steve Martinelli has Pepper Crown listed as the 3-1 third choice in the field of six behind 2-1 favorite G. G. Ryder and 5-2 second choice Tamarando.G. G. Ryder, who has seven victories in 15 career starts, and Tamarando, the 2014 El Camino Real Derby winner, are both trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. A jackpot-style wager held on the final six races each day, the Golden Pick Six is only paid in full when there is just one perfect ticket with all six winners. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to those handicappers going 6-for-6 and the remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over to the next racing day. Pepper Crown was sent to the gate at 10-1 in the $63,170 Rolling Green Stakes on Sept. 1 and paid $23.20 after winning the 1 1/16-mile turf race by a head over Salah Champ. Pepper Crown was 15-1 when he completed his stakes hat trick in the Grade 3 $100,315 Berkeley Handicap onNov. 30. Pepper Crown won the 1 1/16-mile race on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface by1 1/4 lengths over G. G. Ryder and paid $23.20.A California-bred son of Peppered Cat, Pepper Crown went 6-for-14 in 2014 with two seconds and two thirds, earning $272,937 on the year. First post Saturday is 12:45 p.m., and post time for the eighth race is 4:24 p.m. The field for the $33,000 allowance feature, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Quick and Silver, Frank Alvarado, 7-2; G. G. Ryder, Ricardo Gonzalez, 2-1; Where’s Pepper, Carson Sullivan, 30-1; Pepper Crown, Juan Hernandez, 3-1; Tamarando, Russell Baze, 5-2; and Mobilized, Dennis Carr, 6-1. Since being hit for $8,391 on Dec. 27, the second day of the winter/spring meeting, there had been 31 consecutive racing days without a singular winning ticket. Although fans across the country can play the Golden Pick 6 via simulcast wagering, it’s likely a Bay Area resident got the money as the winning ticket was purchased at Golden Gate Fields. The drought came to an end Friday when one lucky handicapper correctly selected the following winners in the Golden Pick 6 sequence: Princess Ofst.jude ($61.00) in the second race, Awesome Silver ($9.20) in the third, Kat Proof ($7.00) in the fourth, Prince Charmant ($14.00) in the fifth, Kimnjet ($9.20) in the sixth, and Global Harbor ($9.00) in the seventh. Owned and bred by Alex Paszkeicz, Pepper Crown made his stakes debut in the Grade 3 $100,315 San Francisco Mile on April 26 and came from just off the pace to post the biggest upset in the 64-year history of the feature. Dismissed at odds of 46-1, Pepper Crown defeated6-5 favorite Summer Hit by three-quarters of a length in Northern California’s top turf race and paid $94.20. ALBANY – The 20-cent Golden Pick 6 was hit for $363,424 Friday at Golden Gate Fields when only one ticket nailed all six winners in races two through seven. The ticket was purchased on-track for just $9.60. There were no winning favorites in the Golden Pick 6 sequence.      Upset Specialist Pepper Crown Runs Saturday – The racehorse Pepper Crown, who will compete in the eighth race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday, can relate to the late, great comedian Rodney Dangerfield, whose signature line was, “I get no respect.” Pepper Crown won stakes after stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year while getting no respect from handicappers.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2016)–On Saturday, April 9, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizer expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum, followed by a tunnel into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield and a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.A race with a rich history of 22 years can expect to attract a wide swath of followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with the runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum. (Chantal Sutherland Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years).A very unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70. Yes, over the age of 70. Included in that herd of runners and walkers will be a very special 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.At the feisty age of 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the personal passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. This enthusiasm has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family. Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will all be represented as well.Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Allsorts® Headband Aliceband Hat Fascinator Wedding Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot – nice and neat headwear

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Microsoft Wins Big with Windows Azure Internet TV Deal in China

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#China#cloud computing#Microsoft#television#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform won a strong endorsement Monday when PPTV, which claims to be China’s leading Internet TV service provider, signed on to launch its platform on top of Windows Azure’s new Media Services offering.Specifically, PPTV will launch its PPTV Asia TV Networks (ATN) platform on Windows Azure, marking both an important design win for Microsoft as well as its first cloud-based collaboration with a local Chinese new media company.PPTV will adopt Windows Azure as the core infrastructure platform for PPTV ATN. The service will provide a cloud-based Internet TV solution, while exploring the collaboration opportunities with Microsoft on online TV, media service platform and Content Delivery Network (CDN) for its next generation domestic market needs, the company said.That’s important.While Microsoft has marketed Azure as its public cloud technology, capable of deploying both Windows Server and Linux virtual machines, the company has also positioned it as a challenge to existing content-delivery networks. In April, for example, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Media Services, most likely the next step beyond the partnership Microsoft struck with PPTV. And video service providers like Netflix and Google’s YouTube are also establishing (or have established) their own content-delivery networks.Microsoft Plays the China CardBuilding ties in China is also key, both for economic and legal reasons – the Chinese government encourages joint ventures with Chinese partners, although the requirements to do so have loosened. The economies of the so-called BRIC regions (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are growing strongly, fueled by their need to catch up to the rest of the world’s infrastructure. Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein told analysts in January that Microsoft sees a “particular strength” in the BRIC markets, one that could be a “driver of growth” for the company.Chuck Tao, the chief executive of PPTV, said that the costs to roll out a dedicated video infrastructure were prohibitive, and that it had turned to Microsoft to fill the gap. From a content perspective, Tao said, the Azure platform lets global content providers upload content to the library, and to license it to service providers through revenue sharing.“PPTV chose Windows Azure platform because of its reliability, scalability, and global availability, which can accelerate PPTV’s international expansion. PPTV ATN creates an innovative user experience, to deliver to global audience with global contents, live and VoD, across screens,” said Tao in a statement. “PPTV ATN is also the first to deliver complete video cloud service on Azure. With Windows Azure, we can offer scale and flexibility not found anywhere else. We can also avoid unpredictable resource and demand fluctuations globally. PPTV ATN can thus pass on these benefits to our partners, and in the end to our global customers. This is a new competitive edge for our business.”Tao’s reference to multiple screens is probably further evidence that the company could shift to Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS)in the future. With WAMS, content can be delivered to virtually all clients, including HTML5, Silverlight, Flash, Windows 8, iPads, iPhones, Android, Xbox and Windows Phone devices, developer Scott Guthrie noted at the time of the offering’s launch.“Cloud computing is widely recognized as the nerve center of the next generation of information technology. And cloud-based services for most of the cases are well-connected to local markets,” said Ya-Qin Zhang, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and the chairman of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific R&D group, in a statement.Content Delivery Networks Go GlobalIn 2011, Microsoft disclosed that it had placed six content delivery network nodes in the Asia-Pacific region. None are located in China, however; according to Microsoft, nodes are available in Hong Kong and Singapore, but not within the Chinese mainland.Meanwhile, rival Netflix said in June that it had begun establishing its own content delivery network, which it dubs Open Connect. The company also uses third-party CDNs to stream video, with partners believed to include Level3, Akamai and Limelight. Netflix also uses Amazon Web Services.“Given our size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have [its own CDN] as well,” Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery for Netflix, wrote in a June blog post. “We’ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect.”Big Deal For Microsoft?What does the PPTV deal mean for Microsoft’s future success in content deliver networks? According to Diya Soubra, the managing partner for SCH Consulting in France, Microsoft has already demonstrated the capability of offering multiple languages and subtitles for the same movie, a key requirement for a CDN offering with global aspirations. That technology was sucessfully used by the Vatican to translate its weekly radio address into multiple languages. The Azure platform also now allows users to “bookmark” their progress when watching movies, allowing them to pick up where they left off, even if they continue watching on another screen.“If this ecosystem really does deliver all these elements it promises, IPTV infrastructure providers should pay very close attention, as Microsoft, with their immense buying power, may yet have the potential to displace some of the biggest names in the industry and become a CDN frontrunner in their own right,” Soubra wrote.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. markhachmancenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more