CHANDLER, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom Productions is thrilled to announce its groundbreaking reality competition show, “Pickleball Paddle Battle.” This vehicle for stardom series will showcase the excitement and spirit of pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in the world. Ace Rodrigues, CEO and founder of the Pickleball Kingdom franchise said the show’s unique format will deliver an immersive, captivating viewer experience guaranteed to unite legions of pickleball enthusiasts, sports lovers, and reality TV fans alike and offer opportunities for contestants to win prizes at a level never offered before.
“Viewers can expect awe-inspiring displays of athleticism, gripping rivalries, and emotional triumphs, all set against the backdrop of the pickleball craze that has swept throughout the world,” explained Rodrigues. “We are presently in talks with several national networks and streaming services to finalize a distribution deal that will showcase the sport of pickleball to the masses.”
Rodrigues explained that a national call for talent will result in the selection of 16 elite players, carefully selected based on exceptional skills and unwavering passion for the game. The diverse group will be comprised of eight men and eight women, all poised to demonstrate their talents at the indoor venue at Pickleball Kingdom, the nation’s premier indoor pickleball facility. Contestants will face a series of challenging and exhilarating pickleball matches, pushing their physical and mental limits to emerge victorious.
The application process for aspiring competitors will be open on July 19, 2023, through August 16, 2023, inviting high level players to showcase their pickleball prowess. Final selections will be made by a panel of experts, ensuring that the most deserving and skilled individuals are chosen to participate in the one-of-a-kind competition.
“Each episode will highlight the back stories of the contestants and test their agility, strategy, and ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances both on and off the court,” added Rodrigues. “With intense matches, challenging drills, and surprising twists, ‘Pickleball Paddle Battle’ guarantees non-stop excitement and entertainment for both die-hard pickleball enthusiasts and new fans alike.”
In addition to the thrill of the competition itself, “Pickleball Paddle Battle” is awarding unprecedented prizes. One male and one female player will earn a prestigious one-year pickleball sponsorship contract with Pickleball Kingdom Productions. This sponsorship will provide them with the financial means necessary to play professionally and continue their pickleball journey.* Another important aspect of the show is an interactive element that will allow viewers to vote for contestants to win a dream of a lifetime – the chance to win a Pickleball Kingdom franchise!* One male and one female will be chosen for this business opportunity and receive support and training from Pickleball Kingdom corporate headquarters.
“We are thrilled to launch ‘Pickleball Paddle Battle,'” said Ace Rodrigues, the visionary behind Pickleball Kingdom Productions and the show’s creator. “This competition will celebrate the immense talent within the pickleball community while offering life-changing prizes and opportunities to the winners. Get ready to witness the ultimate pickleball showdown, where you can positively impact someone’s life with your votes! We have been blessed by this great sport and want to give back to our community in the biggest way possible. ‘Pickleball Paddle Battle’ is ultimately about making dreams come true.'”
“Pickleball Paddle Battle” is slated to be released in the late Fall of 2023. The audience will be captivated with its high-energy matches, engaging storylines, and intense rivalries. Viewers will be treated to a “behind the scenes” experience, as they witness the determination, passion, and sportsmanship that define the pickleball community.
Ace added, “Pickleball Kingdom Productions invites you to join us on this thrilling journey as we crown the King and Queen of ‘Pickleball Paddle Battle.’ Stay tuned for updates on the show’s premiere date, official cast reveal, and how you can get involved in this extraordinary pickleball phenomenon.”
About Pickleball Kingdom Productions, LLC:
Pickleball Kingdom Productions is a leading-edge production company dedicated to showcasing the excitement and growth of pickleball through engaging and high-quality content. With a focus on innovation and entertainment, Pickleball Kingdom Productions, LLC aims to elevate the sport of pickleball to new heights while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among players and fans alike.
* Terms and Conditions Apply. Sponsorship winners receive payment of entry fees and cost of travel related expenses for competition in events. Franchise opportunity winners will be awarded Pickleball Kingdom franchise without payment of franchise fees. All other expenses are the responsibility of the winner. For official rules and to enter the competition go to www.pickleballpaddlebattle.tv.
SOURCE Pickleball Kingdom
Boom Partners with Latecoere for Supersonic Aircraft EWIS Architecture
Boom teams up with Latecoere to redefine EWIS architecture for supersonic aircraft, bringing together expertise for optimal safety and reliability.
Boom, the innovative aerospace company, has announced its collaboration with global aerospace leader Latecoere as part of its expanding network of suppliers. Latecoere’s engineering team in Toulouse, France, will work in conjunction with Boom engineers to define the complete electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) architecture for both Overture and Symphony aircraft.
Latecoere’s expertise in developing and manufacturing certifiable EWIS and advanced aircraft technologies makes them a valuable addition to Boom’s lineup of suppliers for Overture. The EWIS for these aircraft will consist of an extensive 103 kilometers (64 miles) of wiring, encompassing over 45,000 electrical connections. This comprehensive system ensures optimal safety and reliability for Overture and Symphony.
Latecoere brings years of experience in complex aircraft development processes and methods, making them an ideal partner for Boom. The company’s industry-leading harness architecture definition software stack will be leveraged to support Boom’s ambitious goals in sustainable supersonic air travel.
By collaborating with top-tier suppliers like Latecoere, Boom is demonstrating its commitment to assembling a world-class team to make supersonic air travel a reality. Latecoere’s CEO, Greg Huttner, expressed pride in supporting Boom’s vision and continuing to contribute to the development of next-generation flight. This partnership is a significant step forward in the advancement of supersonic aviation technology.
Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Mourns Passing of Founder
PHOENIX (Newswire.com) – The namesake organization founded by the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court is mourning the loss of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
“No words can describe the profound loss of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The organization she founded remains resolute and will redouble our efforts to continue her lifetime work and extraordinary legacy,” said Gay Firestone Wray, Board of Directors Co-Chair.
The Institute will carry on its mission to further the distinguished legacy and lifetime work of Justice O’Connor to advance American democracy through civil discourse, civic engagement, and civics education.
“From our organization’s founding in 2009 following her retirement from the Supreme Court, Justice O’Connor led our organization with vision and intellect, and she exemplified our nation’s ideals,” said Sarah Suggs, President and CEO. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to continue her work and dedication to our great nation.”
Sandra Day was born on March 26, 1930, in El Paso, Texas. She spent much of her younger years on her family’s 160,000-acre Lazy B ranch on the Arizona-New Mexico border. At 16 she went to Stanford University for college, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in economics. She stayed for law school. Day graduated and, six months later, married John O’Connor, the love of her life. They eventually moved to Phoenix, where Sandra Day O’Connor began her rapid professional rise, which included holding positions as assistant attorney general of Arizona, majority leader of the Arizona State Senate, and judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She also found time to raise three sons—Scott, Brian, and Jay—and make every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
On August 19, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court; on September 21 she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 99-0.
Her career on the Court was historic. Justice O’Connor will be remembered not only for being the first female on the Court, or for her clear-eyed judicial reasoning and writings and major decisions, but also for her insistence on civility, her penchant for bringing people together to solve problems, whether in Washington, D.C. or over tacos and beer in her Arizona dining room.
“She overcame obstacles with quiet skill and determination and, in the process, inspired and continues to inspire countless others,” said Institute Board of Directors Co-Chair Matt Feeney.
We will miss you, Justice O’Connor.
About the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy
Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the O’Connor Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3), continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance American democracy through multigenerational civil discourse, civic engagement and civics education. Visit www.OConnorInstitute.org for more information.
Source: Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy
University Receives $5 Million from U.S. Army Research Office to Combat Adversarial Information Campaigns
Newswise — Dr. Nitin Agarwal, founding director of the Collaboration for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received $5 million from the Army Research Office to evaluate and defend against emerging cognitive threats.
The Army Research Office is a directorate of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory.
The project, set to run through 2025, aims to identify research gaps in deviant socio-technical behaviors, shape an agenda focused on developing strategies that can counter emerging threats, and create tools for near real-time analysis of such threats.
“Narratives on social media could be easily weaponized and propagated at frighteningly fast speeds,” Agarwal said. “Such insidious threats that attempt to influence beliefs and behaviors need to be considered as modern weapons of cognitive hijacking. We need to develop scientific approaches to combat these emerging threats in a global context, equip our warfighters with these capabilities, and strengthen community resiliency.”
Agarwal, Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Science, says these threats are increasingly flash mob-type events, where groups self-organize and coordinate in cyberspace, then disperse. Coordinated cognitive attacks can cause stock market frenzy, violent protests, highly coordinated cyberattacks on public infrastructure, for instance. To an outsider such acts may look arbitrary, however intense coordination happens in the background.
“Given the evolving technological landscape and increasing complexity of cognitive attacks, research is warranted to develop multidisciplinary and theoretically grounded capabilities to evaluate emerging socio-cognitive threats that can serve the needs of our military at strategic, tactical, and operational levels,” Agarwal said.
U.S. Sen. John Boozman is a strong advocate for basic and applied research at UA Little Rock.
“The evolving nature of social media and the changing tactics our adversaries use to spread misinformation requires us to develop a strategy to respond,” Sen. Boozman said. “Dr. Agarwal’s research will help create critical tools to combat bad actors on these platforms. I’m proud to support Arkansas’s role in advancing solutions to counter cyber threats.”
“We are extremely grateful to the Army Research Office, UA Little Rock leadership and U.S. Sen. John Boozman for championing this vital research,” Agarwal added. “It helps position the COSMOS Research Center at the forefront of developing capabilities to combat cognitive threats. The investment will help put these capabilities in the hands of our warfighters to ultimately strengthen our national defense and security apparatus.”
When narratives rapidly evolve in an unchecked online environment, the results can be dangerous. State and non-state actors, alike, can use social media platforms to amplify certain narratives and sway public opinion in their favor. Some of Agarwal’s previous research has shown how YouTube’s algorithms can be manipulated to promote positive content about China while crushing negative news like human rights violations against Uyghur minorities in western China, or how the terrorist organization, Islamic State, uses bots to recruit members and for propaganda campaigns.
“There are many popular shows about the use of forensics to solve physical crimes. Somewhat similarly, Dr. Agarwal uses social cyber forensics to determine the sources of scams and influence campaigns, some of which threaten our country and its allies,” said Dr. Lawrence Whitman, dean of the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. “He works closely with the Army to apply the methods and tools his team has developed to make us all safer. It’s great to have Dr. Agarwal working on these threats, and we are grateful to have this partnership with the Army Research Office.”
Agarwal’s research team investigates governments, groups, and individuals who use advanced communication tactics to orchestrate sophisticated cognitive attack campaigns through a variety of existing and emerging social media platforms, particularly multimedia-rich platforms.
U.S. defense groups are interested in the work because it helps to identify how adversaries are promoting certain narratives via social media, how such narratives resonate with the target audience, and how those narratives can be combated. Training exercises will be conducted to enhance the U.S. workforce with skills in big data analytics, data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with applications in security.
The award will provide support for high-speed computational servers that are necessary to support the processing of large volumes of multimodality data, which includes text, image, video, audio, reach, engagement, metadata, and interactions. It is also expected to fund around 15 student research positions, several postdoctoral research fellowships, and data engineer positions.
“The funds will help create exciting opportunities for our students and research staff by exposing them to real world problems and stimulating them to develop science-based solutions,” Agarwal said.
This research was sponsored by the Army Research Office and was accomplished under Grant Number W911NF-23-1-0011. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the Army Research Office or the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation herein.
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