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News story: Douglas Gurr appointed to the National Gallery Board

first_imgDoug is Country Manager of Amazon UK. He joined Amazon in December 2011 and was President of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016.His previous roles included teaching mathematics and computing at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, working for the UK Government, partner at consultancy firm McKinsey, founder and CEO of internet start-up Blueheath and 5 years on the Board of Asda-Walmart. Doug has two degrees in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Computing from the University of Edinburgh.Outside work, Doug is Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, and a Trustee of the Landmark Trust, non-executive Director of the Land Registry and was until 2014 Chairman of the Science Museum Group of national museums. He is a former Scottish international triathlete, 12 times Ironman, keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents, and an enthusiastic mountain runner, recently completing the Bob Graham 24hr Round, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, and the Spine Challenger. Doug was born in the UK but his parents were New Zealanders and he grew up mostly in Africa before returning to the UK to attend high school and college. He is married with two children.This role is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Doug has made no such declaration.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Welcomes Filthy Little Secret Horns For Barrage Of Covers & Bustouts On NYE [Video]

first_imgFollowing the countdown, the band continued with a seamless stretch of “Resolution”, “In The Kitchen”, and “Kula” before closing the set with “Booth Love” (featuring “Carol of the Bells” teases) and the Umphrey’s debut of INXS‘s “What You Need”.Finally, when the band returned for their encore for a “Horns vs. Band” challenge that saw the core act trade snippets of several songs with their guest brass, including pieces of Glenn Miller‘s “In The Mood”, Led Zeppelin‘s “The Ocean”, Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Child”, Outkast‘s “So Fresh, So Clean”, Charlie Parker‘s “Donna Lee”, and Poison‘s “Unskinny Bop”. After the battle, Umphrey’s closed the night with “Hajimemashite” and their first rendition of KISS‘s “Detroit Rock City” since its debut in 2012, a gap of 674 shows.Umphrey’s McGee will dive headfirst into 2019 when their Wax On, Wax Off tour, which begins on January 11th in Richmond, VA. For a full list of the band’s upcoming dates, head to their website here.You can listen to a full audio recording of the show below.Umphrey’s McGee – 12/31/18 – Full Audio[Taped By: Dan Olker]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 12/31/18Set 1: The Silent Type, Walletsworth, Cemetery Walk II > Cemetery Walk, Xmas at Wartime, Roundabout, RoctopusSet 2: Draconian, River People[1], Whistle Kids[1], Gents > Looks[2], Fat Man in the Bathtub[3] > Comma Later[1], It’s About That Time[1]Set 3: Hurt Bird Bath, Attachments[1] > Auld Lang Syne[1], Resolution[1] -> In The Kitchen > Kula, Booth Love[4], What You Need[5]Encore: “Horns vs. Band Challenge”[6], Hajimemashite, Detroit Rock City[1][1] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[2] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns; with Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue) jam and quotes[3] debut, Little Feat; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[4] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns; with Carol of the Bells (Leontovych) teases[5] debut, INXS; with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns[6] with Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns; with In the Mood (Glenn Miller), The Ocean (Led Zeppelin), Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix), So Fresh, So Clean (Outkast), Donna Lee (Charlie Parker), and Unskinny Bop (Poison)Notes:last Roundabout 06.28.2015 (311 shows)Mad Dog and his Filthy Little Secret horns were: Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou on trumpet, Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Chris Ott on trombone, and Josh Quinlan on saxophonelast River People 12.29.2013 (479 shows)last It’s About That Time 03.17.2017 (151 shows)last Detroit Rock City 02.18.2012 (674 shows) On Monday night, Umphrey’s McGee rang in the new year with their fourth and final year-ending performance at Atlanta’s The Tabernacle.The three-set show saw the band bust out a number of long-lost songs and welcome longtime collaborator Michael “Mad Dog” Mavridoglou and his Filthy Little Secret Horns to augment the celebration and wage musical war with Umphrey’s for an encore “Horns vs. Band Challenge”.After working through a number of UM staples new and old, the band broke out the first big surprise of the night late in set one with their first rendition of “Roundabout” since 2015, a gap of 311 shows. The band began set two with “Draconian”, the band welcomed the Filthy Little Secret Horns—comprised of Mad Dog on trumpet, Jeff Coffin on sax, Chris Ott on trombone, and Josh Quinlan on sax—to the party. The horn-augmented festivities started big with Umphrey’s McGee’s second-ever rendition of Weather Report‘s “River People”, followed by the 2018-vintage “Whistle Kids”. “Gents” was up next, followed by a horn-bolstered “Looks” featuring a jam on Motley Crue‘s “Dr. Feelgood”.The Umphrey’s debut of Little Feat‘s “Fat Man in the Bathtub” came next followed by “Comma Later” before the set wrapped up with the band’s first and only rendition of Miles Davis‘ “It’s About That Time” of 2018.As midnight approached, the third and final set of the night began with the core band working through “Hurt Bird Bath”. The Filthy Little Secret Horns returned for “Attachments”, which moved into the traditional “Auld Lang Syne” as calendars flipped to 2019 and balloons and confetti showered the crowd. You can watch pro-shot footage of Umphrey’s McGee’s New Year’s countdown below:last_img read more

Aurora man killed in Dillsboro crash

first_img(Photo: Indiana State Police)DILLSBORO, Ind. – An Aurora man was killed Saturday morning in a two-car crash.Indiana State Police responded around 10:30 a.m. to US 50 at Front Street in Dillsboro.Walter C. Vinson, 62, was rushed to Dearborn County Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries, according to the ISP.Police say Vinson was driving north on Front Street when his vehicle traveled onto US 50 and into the path of an eastbound black Chrysler 200 driven by Kimberly K. Honeycutt, 41, of Milan.Honeycutt’s vehicle collided with the driver’s side of Vinson’s vehicle.Honeycutt and two juvenile passengers in her vehicle did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, troopers said.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner calls for better education in esports betting

first_imgHighly respected broadcaster and esports veteran Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner has called for better education around esports betting.Esports has been hit by a number of scandals where gambling is concerned in the past, including issues around underage betting. In February, Chaloner signed an agreement to become an advisor for Luckbox – a new esports betting platform preparing to launch later this year.Chaloner sees something of a lack of understanding in the esports community about the risks of gambling, and will be looking to change that in his new role. He said: “We can educate them along the way – that’s the key part for me. I don’t want to see underage gambling and I don’t want to see irresponsible gambling. I want people to be educated so they understand what they’re doing and the risks involved.“And I think we can do that together with Luckbox.”Luckbox has launched with the primary intention of setting itself apart from the numerous shady operators by promising to comply with the highest levels of gambling jurisdiction, and going above and beyond to “do things right”.Chaloner said that, following discussions in this vein, this was among his main reasons for accepting the offer to work with them.He said: “For me, I’m not anti-gambling, never have been and I think gambling has a place and it needs to be done responsibly. I think that we’ve had far too many problems with gambling, both underage gambling and illegal gambling in esports over the years.“It’s always been my belief that we shouldn’t condone that and we should actively go out there and get rid of that.Until now, I haven’t felt there is a company I could work with that shares those core beliefs and those same values that would actively go out of their way to not only produce a great product but to look at the flaws in esports and tackle them head-on.”The growth and potential of esports is well documented and, with that, comes more and more inevitable interest from new avenues which includes betting companies. Chaloner says, until now, no one has really cracked esports betting. In September we’re running a conference, ESI London, which will have a full day dedicated to this; our second Betting on Esports Conference will have panels, workshops and extensive networking – the idea being to unite these two worlds properly and ensure esports organisations, and the industry at large, is better placed to gain from the business of regulated gambling. You can read more about the event, which takes place just prior to the FACEIT Major in the city, right here. On the subject of esports betting offerings to date, Chaloner commented: “I think we’ve had some attempts to do esports betting. The traditional companies have looked at it in a very similar way to sports perhaps but they haven’t looked at it as deeply as I would like. And in terms of doing something for esports people, with the way that we consume our media and watch the games, some of it has been very simplistic.“Yes I can bet on this team beating this team, but there is nothing else, there is nothing around it. I can’t join in socially around it, I can’t discuss anything about it with anyone other than my social media feeds. It’s very difficult to be social about it, and obviously Luckbox can change that.“Luckbox comes to a point where it does offer those things, does offer some social scaling and allows people to bet in a safe environment, which again means they can be sociable about it.”Esports Insider says: We’re definitely in agreement with Chaloner’s views that there needs to be a lot more education in esports betting, and that legitimate and regulated gambling for sure has a place in esports. We disagree that no one has really cracked esports betting yet but absolutely there are precious few operators ‘getting it right’. We look forward to seeing what comes of the Luckbox project, especially with Redeye involved.last_img read more

Kotoko youth coach bemoans Sunderland trip cancellation

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko youth team coach Karim Zito has bemoaned their inability to travel to the United Kingdom to participate in a pre season youth tournament.The trip was organized by their partners Sunderland in the English Premier League.The team was expected to arrive in the UK last Sunday to partake in the tournament involving hosts Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesborough.But the resignation of Executive Chairman Dr. KK Sarpong who was instrumental in securing the partnership between the English club and Kotoko, the club as a result have missed a fine opportunity to hand international exposure and experience to their youth side.“The resignation of Dr. Sarpong who arranged the trip affected our plans to travel since we could not fall on anybody to assist us,” Zito lamented on the missed opportunity to Joy sports“The players were sad when I told them that we were not going but I had to preach to them that this is the will of God and also used myself as an example that when I wanted to go to Europe the first time I could not make it because my mother fell sick but later I went to Europe four times without paying a penny. “As a youth developer, you are a father to them, you should know how to talk to them, they have confidence in me and I told them they shouldn’t worry because more tournaments will come.”last_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill set to debut vs. Giants on Wednesday

first_imgCINCINNATI >> The wait is almost over — they hope.Left-hander Rich Hill threw 78 pitches in a simulated game at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona Thursday night and experienced no problems with the blister issues on his pitching hand that have sidelined him since July 17.Hill said he expects to make his Dodgers debut now on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium – more than three weeks after he was acquired from the Oakland A’s as part of a five-player trade.“Everything felt great,” said Hill who joined the Dodgers in Cincinnati on Friday. “The ball came out really good, the velocity maintained, breaking ball was really sharp.” The Dodgers have been waiting a long time to see Hill pitch for them – not just since the trade deadline move. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers pursued Hill as a free agent this off season as well but were spurned by Hill who saw a more secure spot in the rotation in Oakland.“At the time, our belief was he could start because of how well he pitched last season for the Red Sox and with the flux of our rotation with the injuries and everything else we figured if he does end up in the ‘pen the curveball is such a great swing-and-miss weapon that he’d still probably be a real asset there,” Zaidi said. “Seeing him have the first half he had with the A’s, I think he showed that he was able to carry over what he did last year with the Red Sox. From a pure performance standpoint, he’s been as good as any starter out there.”That fact and the limited options among high-quality starting pitchers available at this year’s deadline are why the Dodgers were able to send prospects to the A’s in order to acquire Hill even though they did not know when he would be able to pitch for them. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged that the three-week wait was “probably beyond what I would have expected” after acquiring Hill, he made it clear the Dodgers think Hill is worth the wait with the most important games of the Dodgers’ season still to be played.“What attracted us to Rich at the deadline was his high-end potential,” Friedman said. “We felt that he was a guy who could pitch very well against the best lineups in baseball. That part we were confident in. His exact return date was not really clear. We are being somewhat overly cautious with his finger, with this blister to make sure when he gets back he’ll be able to stay back.”The Dodgers’ ability to play well despite the instability in their rotation over the past six weeks has allowed them to wait with more patience while Hill’s finger healed. But Friedman said he is not surprised by the way the Dodgers have overcome their rotation challenges. “I think we had a lot of confidence in our offense,” he said. “We talked about it at the time that Kersh went down. One thing that gave us optimism was that our offense had not performed up to expectations at that point. We were confident that established watermarks that these guys had produced in the last few years would start to play out. Watching the way that they worked behind the scenes and grinded their way to get back to that is what gave all of us confidence in that.”For his part, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts can only dream of a day when he can roll out a rotation fronted by injured left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hill.“If Clayton is back, if Rich is back, Kenta (Maeda) is throwing the ball the way he’s throwing and you get the other guys in the rotation, obviously it sets up well for our club,” Roberts said. “Right now, those guys are working their way back. But the most encouraging thing for me is that we’re not waiting for guys to get back. We’re taking care of the business at hand. That’s been our mindset since Day One. But certainly, when we get those guys back, we’re better for it.”AlsoLeft-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) and Friday’s starter Bud Norris (back muscle strain) were activated from the DL before Friday’s game. Right-handers Casey Fien and Ross Stripling were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Left-hander Julio Urias will start Sunday’s game in Cincinnati but Roberts would not commit to a starter for the series finale on Monday, saying right-hander Kenta Maeda would pitch either Monday or Tuesday. The Dodgers appear to be setting up a rotation of Maeda, Hill and Scott Kazmir for the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants in LA next week.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more