Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell take top Americana Music Assn. Awards in Nashville

Los Angeles Times

Kentucky-reared singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton was named artist of the year Wednesday by the Americana Music Assn. Meanwhile, Alabama's Jason Isbell took two other top honors -- album of the year for his latest release "Something More Than Free" and song of the year for "24 Frames." Results were announced at the AMA's awards ceremony in Nashville, where the organization also paid tribute to four respected Americana musicians who died during the previous year: bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, country music giant Merle Haggard, esteemed Texas troubadour Guy Clark and New Orleans R&B, rock and funk mastermind Allen Toussaint. "You take musical traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain a little bit, a little bit from France, and blend them together with a rich variety of African musical traditions, and stir it up," Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, who also took home the association's performance award, said during the tribute segment. "You let it simmer for 200 or 300 years and see what happens," Weir added.

Frankie Manning's 102nd birthday: Inventor of the Lindy Hop honoured with Google Doodle

The Independent - Tech

If you've been admiring the moves of that dancing couple in today's Google Doodle, then you've been admiring the legacy of Frankie Manning, the choreographer credited with popularising Lindy Hop, who would have been 102 today. Born in Florida but brought up in Harlem, New York, during the 1930s Manning became a familiar face at the city's Savoy Ballroom, the only integrated dance hall in the Big Apple. The Savoy was where another dancer, George "Shorty" Snowden, had coined the term "Lindy Hop" for a fusion of tap, jazz, breakaway and Charleston, all popular dance styles of the 1920s and 30s. The name is thought to be a reference to Charles Lindbergh's first transatlantic flight, or "Lindy's hop" across the Atlantic in 1927. Google celebrates William Morris' 182 birthday with a doodle showcasing his most famous designs Google celebrates Valentine's Day with a romantic Doodle Google celebrate Dmitri Mendeleev's 182nd birthday Google Doodle celebrates 90 years since the first demonstration of television or "the televisor" to the public Google marks St Andrew's Day 2015 with doodle featuring Scotland's flag and Loch Ness monster Google marks the 41st anniversary of the discovery of'Lucy', the name given to a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species, who lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago The Google Doodle on 2nd November to mark George Boole's contribution to science Google celebrates Halloween 2015 using an interactive doodle game "Global Candy Cup" Google marks the Nasa probe's fly-past of Pluto on 14 July 2015 The wild, energetic style reached its zenith with the touring troupe of dancers that Manning led, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award

BBC News

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d'Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world's best female player. Leicester's Claudio Ranieri was named best men's coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach award, while Penang's Mohd Faiz Subri received the Puskas award for the best goal of 2016.

You must resist Big Brother in upcoming Ubisoft video game 'Watch Dogs: Legion'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If you're a fan of Ubisoft's popular Watch Dogs video game series โ€“ a 5-year-old action-adventure franchise played out in real-world cities like Chicago and San Francisco โ€“ you'll no doubt want to get your hands on the next installment, slated for March 5, 2020, for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia. "Watch Dogs: Legion," which earned several "Best of Show" awards at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game confab known as E3, looks to be the most ambitious title in the series to date. Is Facebook listening to me?: Why those ads appear after you talk about things One of the most ambitious games of 2020, Ubisoft's'Watch Dogs: Legion' takes place in a post-Brexit London, which has become an all-seeing surveillance state. The following is what you need to know about the game โ€“ based on what I saw (and played) at E3, along with some details provided by Joel Burgess, world director at Ubisoft Toronto, which is taking the reins on this title with portions of the game being developed simultaneously at Ubisoft studios in Montreal, Paris, Newcastle, England; Bucharest, Romania; and Kiev, Ukraine. One of the most ambitious games of 2020, Ubisoft's'Watch Dogs: Legion' takes place in a post-Brexit London, which has become an all-seeing surveillance state.

Fields Medal Is Stolen Minutes After It's Given in Brazil

NYT > Middle East

Dr. Birkar is Cambridge University's 11th Fields medalist. "This is absolutely phenomenal, both for Caucher and for mathematics at Cambridge," said Professor Gabriel Paternain, head of the university's department of pure mathematics and mathematical statistics. "Caucher was already an exceptional young researcher when he came to Cambridge, and he's now one of the most remarkable people in this field." The other three winners of the 2018 Fields Medal are Alessio Figalli, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich; Peter Scholze from the University of Bonn; and Akshay Venkatesh, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Stanford University in California. In addition to the medal, each receives an $11,500 cash prize.