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Former long-standing umpire Johnny Gayle passes away

first_imgFORMER long-standing First Class and International umpire John Richard Gayle, popularly known as Johnny Gayle died yesterday morning in his native island, Jamaica.  Gayle also represented the West Indies in three Test matches. He was 96.According to a release from the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA) secretary Vivian Johnson, “This is a difficult day for us all. I would like to inform you of the passing of legendary, long-standing Jamaica and West Indies umpiring giant Mr Johnny Gayle. Mr Gayle died this morning after a short illness.“Johnny served the cricket umpiring fraternity in the West Indies for over 60 years. He served in many capacities including Honorary Secretary and President of the Jamaica Cricket Umpires’ Association, Honorary Secretary of the WICUA for approximately 20 years and WICUA representative on the WICB (CWI) Umpires Subcommittee during that time. The WICUA secretary pointed out that Gayle was also a regional First Class umpire and attained the lofty status as a Test umpire during the 1970s and 1980s. “He was a revered figure in the West Indies and was an instructor on the Laws of cricket examination assessor for most of his career. He was honoured by the WICUA as one of its regional giants at its 50th anniversary celebrations during the biennial convention in Trinidad & Tobago in 2013.Johnny was also honoured by the Jamaican Government with the Order of Distinction for his contribution to cricket umpiring in the West Indies.“The entire West Indies is saddened today and we’re definitely poorer with the loss of this overarching figure of a man that had transcended the sport that we so dearly love. The bible states that “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” Therefore we were prepared for this day. May his soul rest in peace and may light perpetually shine on his soul”.More information on funeral arrangements will be released at a later date.last_img read more

Classical radio station experiments with new media

first_imgRarely do Tchaikovsky and Twitter go together.But KUSC 91.5 FM — USC’s classical radio station and the country’s most listened to public radio station — is hoping to change that by working with the Integrated Media Systems Center to combine classical music with new media. On air · Alan Chapman, a host for KUSC, sits behind the control booth at the LA studio. KUSC is the most listened to public radio station. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanKUSC and IMSC, a research facility focused on new media based in the Viterbi School of Engineering, will be letting students shape the future of music with a venture called the Music X Project.“The X means different things to different people; it’s a funny title,” said James Baker, director of IMSC. “I’m a mathematician, so to me X means ‘unknown.’ To Robert Cutietta, who’s dean of the School of Music, it means ‘Generation X.’”Through the Music X project, students will be able to submit proposals for multimedia projects that bring classical music to the digital age, and the best ideas from these proposals will be developed.“All music is becoming more accessible because of new media,” said Brenda Barnes, president of KUSC. “What we wanted to do with IMSC is to see how they might help us translate what we do more effectively into the new media world.”Barnes approached Baker over the summer wanting to find ways to move KUSC into the new media realm.“We need to be online because there are things we can do online that we can’t do on the radio,” Barnes said. “On the radio, all we can offer is one programming stream. Online we can offer multiple classical music channels — we could have a channel that’s all Mozart, that’s all opera, a study mix for people who want to listen to classical music while they’re studying.”Baker said he predicts the convergence of radio and Internet, and he was excited to be involved with KUSC’s endeavor.“This was one of the most interesting projects that had come my way,” he said. “There’s going to be a major change in the system coming in the future. We’re going to have an opportunity to influence that … We have a technical approach to go about it, at least to get started, and there’s no clear answer to where we are or where we should be going — and this is what really intrigued me.”The program Barnes and Baker decided on was the Music X Project, which will let students drive KUSC’s emergence into new media.“Where did we get the big software we use today on our personal computers?” Baker said. “We got that from a kid who was a freshman in college — Bill Gates. [New technology] comes by young people who get some really out-of-the-box ideas.”In early October, students will be able to submit essays on their ideas for the future of music and technology. The best essays will receive a cash prize and the best ideas will receive a stipend; Baker expects to eventually develop six stipend-based projects.For Barnes, the Music X project is about putting KUSC at the forefront of the radio and new media marriage movement, and not about saving classical music.“Classical music has withstood the test of time,” Barnes said. “It’s been around for hundreds of years and yet it’s still popular and still relevant for people. I think that classical music and the arts remind us of the wonderful things human beings are capable of … We need to be online because there are things we can do online that we can’t do on the radio.”Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta, agreed that classical music does not need saving. He noted, however, that integrating new media will bring classical music to new generations.“The distribution and recording of music have changed so much in the last 10 years, it’s going to be a critical part of how we go forward as musicians, and how we reach our audiences,” Cutietta said.Baker considers holding on to culture a critical aspect of new technology, which makes classical music, the hub of musical culture, a necessary base.“If we lose our aspirations of looking at great art, whether it’s music, film, visual arts or architecture, I think we’ve lost an important part of what it means to be human,” Cutietta said.last_img read more