Broomfield: NBL to return next year

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, Dr Mark Broomfield, expects the National Basketball League (NBL) could return next year, after a four-year absence.Speaking to The Gleaner at the recent Jamrockers Classic final, Broomfield said local basketball is on the rise once again and his two-year-old administration could top things off with the return of the nation’s premier basketball competition to the sports calendar in 2017.”We have to wait until January to look at the (National Basketball) league. Companies have their budgets already but we know that early next year we will start the league,” he said. “We will meet with the teams early next year and have discussions as to how we go forward,” he added.Broomfield hailed the recent Jamrockers Classic and said it is just a part of the rebuilding of local basketball.”To build back basketball we must understand that we have to lay some foundation stones, building blocks. One is to rebuild the fan base, another is re-engage the sponsors and increase the overall fan base.”So we are grateful for the sponsors that came on board for this (Jamrockers) tournament. We may not have got a lot in terms of cash but in terms of value it has no price,” he said.He now wants the event to be held annually.”It’s a great event and this should take us straight into the NBL. I am looking forward to the sponsors who will come on board and see what they can do for basketball,” he said.”We (JABA) have not achieved all the things we want, there are weaknesses and challenges, but together we can rise. If we can bring all the support together and put in the strength of every member, the sport can become great. We are moving together despite the challenges, we are in the trenches but we are rising together.”last_img read more

Google Knows You Hate Chrome Autoplay Videos

first_img When Chrome added the “Mute tab” option nearly two years ago, it was like manna from heaven. Now, Google is expanding the function to entire webpages.Next month’s Chrome 63 version includes the ability to completely disable audio for individual sites, even between browsing session.The development team last month teased the setting (pictured), which will be accessible via the Page Info menu.AdChoices广告“One of the most frequent user concerns is unexpected media playback, which can use data, consume power, and make unwanted noise while browsing,” software engineer Mounir Lamouri wrote in a blog announcement.Google listened, and starting in Chrome 64 (slated for release in January), autoplay will be allowed only when a video is muted or doesn’t include audio, or when a user has “indicated an interest in the media.”That is, if you’ve added the site to your mobile Home Screen on Android devices, frequently play content on the desktop page, or have “tapped or clicked somewhere on the site during the browsing session.”“Chrome will be making autoplay more consistent with user expectations and will give users more control over audio,” Lamouri said. “These changes will also unify desktop and mobile Web behavior, making Web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.”A sort of torture device (my skin crawls at the thought of those videos that chase you down the page as you scroll), autoplay should, according to Google, be used sparingly.“Autoplay can be a powerful engagement tool, but it can also annoy users if undesired sound is played or they perceive unnecessary resource usage (e.g. data, battery) as the result,” based on the company’s developer recommendationsOther suggestions I fully endorse: Start with muted content and let the user unmute, use the browser’s native controls for video and audio playback, and ensure your website functions properly when autoplay is not allowed.Google is also readying a built-in Chrome adblocker, set to launch early next year. The feature will filter out advertisements that don’t meet guidelines published by the Coalition for Better Ads.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on targetlast_img read more