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Edith Jean Hollis, 91

first_imgEdith Jean Hollis (Janssen), 91, of Overland Park, Kansas died February 18, 2016 surrounded by her family. Register to continuelast_img

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“United We Stream” Initiative and Media Partner ARTE takes the Nightclub Atmosphere Virtual with AWS

first_imgUnderground nightclubs provide an outlet for dancing, socialization, and general revelry but as the world went into lockdown earlier this year, clubs across the world shut their doors, and for the most part, remain closed. To support these businesses, their employees and talent affected by the European club ban, the Berlin Clubcommission, Reclaim Club Culture and Berlin Worx teamed to launch the “United We Stream” fundraising initiative earlier this year, which began in Berlin, Germany but quickly expanded into 85 other European Cities globally. Designed to safely bring the club atmosphere to your living room, the campaign featured live streams from club locations worldwide, including live DJ sets, and musical performances – all available via the “United We Stream” site and select media partner outfits like the European Culture Channel ARTE. AWS technology played a key role in the orchestration of each live stream, the implementation was realized by AWS-Partner G&L.Over the course of six months, more than 1900 performances took place in more than 405 clubs worldwide. All live footage captured on-site was encoded then sent via RTMP to AWS Elemental Cloud Live. Using AWS Elemental Cloud Conductor, the streams were managed and orchestrated, and AWS Elemental Cloud Live then delivered HLS and DASH to Akamai Media Services for live streaming. It simultaneously sent HLS to AWS Elemental Cloud Delta, where a recording was made and trimmed for video-on-demand viewing purposes, and then saved to an Amazon S3 bucket.“The initiative has been hugely successful, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we’ve received from the local communities,” shared Lutz Leichsenring, Member of Executive Board Clubcommission. “Our collective stream views topped more than 35 million, and together, we raised more than 1.4 million in total worldwide in funds that will benefit those impacted by the extended nightclub shutdown. Thanks to technology from AWS, we had the flexibility and scalability to bring viewers around the world a high-quality stream regardless of the location where we were shooting.”last_img read more

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Shaggy, Machel to headline CARIFESTA XIV Super Concert in August

first_imgNineteen countries confirmed for CARIFESTA XIVWith five months to go to CARIFESTA XIV, 19 countries have confirmed their attendance at this premier festival of the arts from 16 – 25 August 2019, in Trinidad and Tobago. Sixteen Caribbean Member States and Associate Members have responded to the official invitation to participate in the Festival which…March 25, 2019In “Associate Member States”CARICOM team visits TnT as preparations for CARIFESTA XIV heightenPreparations for CARIFESTA XIV are in high gear, so much so that members of the organising team from the CARICOM Secretariat went to Trinidad and Tobago to meet with the Host Country Management Committee and observe preparations for the event which is in less than three weeks! This ultimate regional…July 28, 2019In “Associate Member States”Fever pitch excitement as CARIFESTA XIV opens Friday in Trinidad and TobagoExcitement in Trinidad and Tobago is mounting in anticipation of the Caribbean Community’s biggest Regional Cultural Festival which opens this weekend. CARIFESTA XIV will open at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Friday 16 August at 6 pm. It will be a grand affair with representatives from all the CARICOM Member…August 15, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM looking to Creatives For Input, Ideas to Bolster… You may be interested in… Oct 9, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader Jul 13, 2020 May 21, 2020center_img Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano Shaggy from Jamaica Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Jun 4, 2020 The countdown is on with seven months to go for the Caribbean Festival of Arts, CARIFESTA XIV, and as anticipation builds for the premier arts festival, two of the Region’s biggest and internationally known entertainers have confirmed their spots on the CARIFESTA Super Concert stage. Jamaica’s Shaggy and Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano are booked and will headline the Island Beats Super Concert, which will also feature Ricardo Drew from Antigua and CARIFESTA brand ambassadors, Neval Chatelal, Nishard Mayrhoo, and Nailah Blackman. The CARIFESTA Secretariat is currently confirming a third headliner, who will add another dimension of Caribbean flavour to the concert. Tickets for the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday August 24, 2019, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be available from May 2019 through Sun Tixx Caribbean. As the CARIFESTA Secretariat also seeks to develop and promote new talent, the winner of the IShine Soca Star Competition will receive the opportunity of a lifetime, to perform on the Island Beats Super Concert stage alongside the Region’s best. For more information on the Island Beats Super Concert and the full schedule of CARIFESTA XIV events and activities, please visit carifesta.net Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 last_img read more

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Help to Buy has put homes further out of reach for many

first_imgThe future of Help to Buy may now be “in play”These are the findings of a six-month study into the scheme by Stockdale Securities analyst and Property Week columnist Alastair Stewart.Stewart’s analysis, which comes hot on the heels of Property Week’s revelation that the government is reviewing the policy and has appointed the London School of Economics to conduct an evaluation, suggests the scheme provides few of the intended benefits and has put housing even further out of the reach of many.Stewart adds that the Help to Buy scheme, which offers a government loan for 20% of the price of a new-build home (40% in London), has fuelled the sharp growth in housebuilders’ share prices in recent years.They have become increasingly dependent on the scheme, he notes, citing the fact that more than 50% of sales at Persimmon, the UK’s largest housebuilder, are via the scheme, and that the figure is above 40% at Galliford Try, Redrow and Taylor Wimpey.“Any early curtailment of Help to Buy, amid a radically different housing agenda by this government, could hit leading housebuilders,” he warns.Our analysis of data suggests political controversy ahead – Alastair StewartThis was underlined by the slump in housebuilder share prices on news of the review a fortnight ago. Although the government sought to assuage concerns by denying it would end the scheme early, Stewart has his doubts about the future of the policy.“We believe the future of the scheme may now be ‘in play’,” he says. “Our analysis of data suggests political controversy ahead. Private completions have risen by a modest 7.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2013, but the scheme now accounts for 33% of private deliveries. Help to Buy prices have delivered 10.6% CAGR since launch versus 7.0% for Land Registry average prices.”Want to join the debate on the future of Help to Buy? Book your place for RESI 2017 nowThis disparity in Help to Buy and private sales prices puts some who have benefited from the scheme at risk of negative equity if the housing market cools significantly, he adds. “Help to Buy prices paid by the main target group, first-time buyers (FTBs), have risen even faster than Help to Buy prices paid by non-FTBs,” he says.“Additionally, Help to Buy prices are at a greater premium to underlying markets in the North and Midlands than in the South. An unintended political risk, in our view, is that FTBs, particularly in the North, face effective negative equity and potentially insurmountable hurdles against moving on.”Hard or soft exitFurthermore, argues Stewart, most of the estimated 120,000 homes built under Help to Buy would have been built anyway and they haven’t been built where there is greatest need.“Our examination of government data suggests that these [new builds sold via Help to Buy] have predominated in the North and Midlands, where there is less housing need, but where builders held swathes of impaired land after the last housing crash,” he elaborates.Despite benefiting from the scheme, not all housebuilders believe it should be extended beyond its scheduled end in 2021. Berkeley Group chief executive Rob Perrins told analysts in June “we think it should end in 2020/21. It’s inflationary”.Source: Alamy/Cernan EliasStewart adds: “The main concern we have heard voiced is whether there will be a tapered or ‘soft’ exit rather than a sudden, ‘hard’ exit. We understand this is one of the main reasons for the apparent slowdown in land buying by most leading housebuilders.”In the meantime, he says it is clear that the scheme has “disproportionately inflated prices and delivered homes where they were less in demand – delivering a windfall to margins and cashflows”.The question now is whether the government comes to the same conclusion in its review.Read more from Alastair Stewart herelast_img read more

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Trump Administration to Invest $1 Billion in Research Institutes to Advance Industries of the Future

first_imgIn a bid to ensure that the next cutting-edge innovations are made in America, the White House, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DOE) have announced more than $1 billion in awards for the establishment of 12 new AI and QIS research and development (R&D) institutes in the USA. The Trump Administration is taking strong action to ensure American leadership in the industries of the future—artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), 5G communications, and other key emerging technologies that will shape the economy and security for years to come.Together, NSF’s AI Research Institutes and DOE’s QIS Research Centers will serve as national R&D hubs for these critical industries of the future, spurring innovation, supporting regional economic growth, and training next generation workforce.The National Science Foundation and additional Federal partners are awarding $140 million over five years to a total of seven NSF-led AI Research Institutes. These collaborative research and education institutes will focus on a range of AI R&D areas, such as machine-learning, synthetic manufacturing, precision agriculture, and forecasting prediction. Research will take place at universities around the country, including the University of Oklahoma at Norman, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California at Davis, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.NSF anticipates making additional AI Research Institute awards in the coming years, with more than $300 million in total awards, including contributions from partner agencies, expected by next summer. Overall, NSF invests more than $500 million in artificial intelligence activities annually and is the largest Federal driver of non-defense AI R&D.To establish the QIS Research Centers, DOE is announcing up to $625 million over five years to five centers that will be led by DOE National Laboratory teams at Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, Oak Ridge, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Each QIS Center will incorporate a collaborative research team spanning multiple institutions as well as scientific and engineering disciplines. The private sector and academia will be providing another $300 million in contributions for the centers.The centers will focus on a range of key QIS research topics including quantum networking, sensing, computing, and materials manufacturing. Through this critical, basic R&D, the Nation will have a strong foundation for the future of commercial technologies underpinned by QIS.The establishment of these new national AI and QIS institutes will not only accelerate discovery and innovation, but will also promote job creation and workforce development. NSF’s AI Research Institutes and DOE’S QIS Research Centers will include a strong emphasis on training, education, and outreach to help Americans of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels participate in the 21st-century economy.Importantly, these institutes are a manifestation of the uniquely American free-market approach to technological advancement. Each institute brings together the Federal Government, industry, and academia, positioning to leverage the full power and expertise of the United States innovation ecosystem for the betterment of the Nation.The United States is home to some of the greatest technological breakthroughs the world has ever known, from creating the modern Internet to putting humans on the moon. Emerging technologies like AI and QIS will lead to transformative benefits for the American people in healthcare, communications, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, security, and beyond.The announcement of this $1 billion investment in AI and QIS research centers builds upon more than three years of action and demonstrates the commitment to continued technological leadership. The Trump administration is making sure that the American people live healthier, safer, and more prosperous lives.last_img read more

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Canucks’ J.T. Miller hopes to boost scoring in bigger role for Vancouver

first_imgThe Canucks’ 2.67 goals per game on average ranked 25th in the league last season, and their 17.1 percent success on the power play was the ninth-worst in the league. Not to mention, the team truly only got high production from the likes of Brock Boeser (66 points), Bo Horvat (61) and Elias Pettersson (56). They were the only players to record over 40 points, and Antoine Roussel was Vancouver’s’ fourth-leading forward with nine goals and 31 points.Miller is someone who fits the criteria to come in and boost those numbers.Still, at $5.25 million per season, he’s not a cheap player and is a large investment for the Canucks, as it will be difficult to unload his contract if things don’t work out. But all things considered, the gamble is worth it. Miller is one of many key additions that the Canucks have added this summer, which may be enough to help the team climb the standings — and potentially return to playoff position.”I think the biggest thing is how well-rounded the team is now. . . . you see how much young talent this team has and how hard they were to play against last year,” Miller said. I’m really excited to bring to the table what I can.”Vancouver still has a long way to go, though, and there will likely be high expectations set for their new big-name players — for Miller specifically. The 26-year-old is expected to be a top-six player. Can he live up to that role?MORE: With all eyes on Jack Hughes, brother Quinn ready for the next step in VancouverVision and a knack for the netIn 75 games with the Lightning last season, Miller racked up 13 goals and 47 points, averaging roughly 14 minutes per night. Though he didn’t average top-six minutes with Tampa last year, spending time mainly on the third and fourth lines, he did manage solid numbers. Miller knows how to create offense and is able to click with just about anyone, and he could find more ice time and opportunity with Vancouver heading into this season.”Everybody wants to play a lot, but last year I kind of understood there was a role to be filled and we had a really good team during the regular season,” Miller said in a press conference. “It was something I accepted and you got to take it in stride and do the best you can with that. I don’t know how everything’s going to play out so far, but I’m just trying to have a good start to the season and put the right foot forward and whoever I end up playing with, just going to take that as an opportunity and make the most of that.”He’s a three-time 20-goal scorer, those campaigns coming when he was skating top-six minutes with the New York Rangers and partially with Tampa in 2017-18.Miller is the kind of player who can come in and make improvements quickly on offense. He’s versatile, able to play pivot or wing on either side of the puck without difficulty, having spent his time in the AHL. He can also win puck battles along the boards, as well as making space for himself entering the offensive zone. Not only that, but Miller uses his speed and passing ability to create plays on the fly and drive to the net. J.T. Miller scored the first of three unanswered goals for the #TBLightning in the third period. They now lead the #Flyers 6-5. pic.twitter.com/zmZylIpXCu— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) March 3, 2018″I seem to be the guy when someone would get hurt, need a big shake-up in the lineup,” Miller said, adding, “I think it’s a seamless transition to me [from wing to center]. I’m very used to the situation.”Miller can also potentially help fix the Canucks’ power-play woes. He was one of the Lightning’s most lethal weapons on the man advantage, notching 20 of his 47 points on the power play while skating about 2:22 PP minutes per game.Consistency, simplicity is keyOne problem, though, is his consistency. Miller can heat up and then go cold for games at a time, unable to produce or gain any momentum for long stretches.Additionally, he needs to play a simpler game on offense. He can get a little too fancy with the puck at times and doesn’t always have the shoot-first mentality, which limits his offensive output. Not to mention, he needs to shoot the puck more, as he’s equipped with a strong shot, but he often looks to pass first, which isn’t ideal.The 6-1, 218-pound forward could also use his size more to his advantage, playing a more physical and aggressive game. Overall, when it comes to two-way play, he can struggle with puck control — though he’s been able to improve over time — and is prone to turnovers and making mistakes on the backcheck.Miller also needs to be more disciplined, as he can occasionally take questionable penalties.The bottom lineIn the end, Miller is the kind of player who Vancouver needs. The Canucks needed offense this offseason, and they got it.In June, Vancouver acquired forward J.T. Miller from the Lightning in exchange for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a conditional 2020 first-rounder and a 2019 third-round selection, which Tampa used to draft another goaltending prospect in Huge Alnefelt.last_img read more

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Kimberley’s Jared duToit win Johnny Bucyk Junior Tourney, Hoodikoff top WK player

first_imgJared duToit, from Kimberley fired a 54-hole total 221 to capture the top prize at the Johnny Bucyk Junior Golf Championship Sunday at the Creston Golf and Country Club.After shooting a 5-over-par in round two Saturday, duToit, rebounded to fire a 1-under-par 71 to win the tournament by nine shots over Joel Tremunde of Cranbrook.“DuToit made very few mistakes over the three rounds and his putting was outstanding,” said Zone One West Kootenay coordinator Rob McKay. “He made numerous putts in the 12 to 15-foot range to save pars and when he had the opportunity he rolled in birdie putts, making 9 over the three rounds.”Earlier this season duToit won the MJT Morgan Creek tournament, earning him an exemption into the world junior held in San Diego in July.He also finished second at the CN Pacific earning him an exemption into the Canadian Junior in Nova Scotia. Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake was the top player from the West Kootenay zone, finishing in fourth spot at 242.Six players from the West Kootenay zone followed Hoodikoff — Rossland/Trail’s Braden McKay, Garrett Underwood, Tyler McKay, Alex Rugg, Brenan Moroney and Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Carson Arcuri of Granite Pointe finished in 16th spot.last_img read more

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Leafs run unbeaten streak to six games, edge Cats 3-2

first_imgFollowing a 3-2 double overtime win against the Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday night in the Boundary City, the Nelson Leafs were looking for their fourth straight win in five games and the lead in the Neil Murdoch division.But once again the Leafs were pushed in another close game, coming out on top as David Sanchez scored late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Nelson to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over visiting Creston Valley Thunder Cats Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson has been a solid defensive powerhouse with goalie Josh Williams at the helm in the crease with a goals against average of 1.37.However, at the other end of the ice Creston Valley’s Goaltender, Noah Giesbrecht, was no slouch either with a 2.74 goals against average so it was clear from the puck drop this was going to be a goaltender’s duel.The game started rough for the Leafs as the Thunder Cats Struck first, halfway first the second period via the hands of Tyler Witzke, off a rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.But by the end of the second period the Leafs manage to tie the game thanks to Justin Podgorenko who scored his second of the season.The third period started off better for the Leafs as two minutes into the period, Nelson gained the thanks to the silky hands of Ryan Cooper, deking out goaltender Noah Giesbrecht. “(I) knew he was weak on the low side, so I knew where I was aiming for,” Cooper said of his breakaway goal, adding that his NHL influences are Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.Leaf coach Mario DiBella was equally impressed with the goal scoring ability of the Leafs recruit.“He’s got a great sense of what to do with the puck and where he wants it to go,” he said.The Thunder Cats, never-say-die attitude found the tying marker about five minutes later thanks to the effort of Liam Plunkett.But Cooper was able to combine with Sanchez for the winning goal that would be the dagger to beat the Thunder Cats.Leaf coach Mario DiBella felt a third-period tilt between Leafs Podgorenko and Colten Witter of the Thunder Cats, that lasted nearly 90 seconds, sparked both sides as the players traded heavy blows equally before Podgorenko registered the knock down.”It was good of him (Podgorenko) to stand up for his teammate.”Podgorenko also commented saying that he thought, “It lasted a little longer than I thought the refs would let us go, but they seemed fine with it.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson, winners of four straight, is now unbeaten in six games. . . . Nelson goalie Josh Williams, playing both weekend games, won his fifth game of the season Saturday. . . .Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt scored the winner Friday double OT to sink Grand Forks. . . . Creston outshot Nelson 33-24. This comes after the Leafs pelted the Grand Forks goal with 55 shots Friday. . . . The next home game for the Nelson Leafs is on Friday, October 6th, when the Leafs play the division rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves. Both games puck drop is 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Tuam Stadium Development Receives Welcome Boost

first_imgThe work on the development of Tuam Stadium has received a welcome boost with local businessman Joe O’Toole has agreed to invest in the building of a new stand at the iconic ground.  This investment will be in the roofing of the stand and the inclusion of new seating. The Development Advocates For Tuam Stadium, known as DAFTS are continuing their fundraising drive with a major draw taking place at the end of the Month. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/pcf8e2/JIM_CARNEY_DAFTS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Jim Carney joined Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks this morning and gave more details on the investmentlast_img read more

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Galway Ladies make it 3 wins out of 3

first_imgBy TommyDevane in Clonberne Galwaymaintained their 100 per cent start to the season as goals from Roisin Leonard,Tracey Leonard and Aoife Thompson gave them all three points in this LidlNational Football league clash at Clonberne.ManagerTim Rabbitte saw his side dominate the majority of tussle, and with a trip toface rivals Mayo up next the Tribesgirls will be keen to maintain thiswhirlwind start to the season.WithRoisin and Tracey Leonard hitting the net before the break Galway were in totalcontrol as they held a 2-7 to 0-1 lead at half-time, but Westmeath improvedsomewhat after the restart.With 14minutes remaining an Anna Jones goal gave Westmeath some solace, while AnnieDolan added a second, but there was no beating Galway in this form.Galwayonly needed 14 seconds from the throw in to get on the scoreboard as adevastating move involving Aine McDonagh and Louise Ward was calmly finished byRoisin Leonard.Westmeathresponded immediately with a Leanne Slevin free, but two points from OliviaDivilly and one from Roisin Leonard had Galway in a commanding 1-3 to 0-1 leadafter ten minutes.Despitebeing reduced to 14 players when Aine McDonagh picked up a yellow card on 13minutes, Galway pushed on with further scores from the ever-dangerous RoisinLeonard and a free from Tracy Leonard to leave them leading 1-5 to 0-1 after 20minutes.A leginjury for Roisin Leonard after 28 minutes only seemed to spur Galway on, andher replacement Lucy Hannon combined with Sarah Conneally to set up TracyLeonard for Galway’s second goal just before the interval.Withpersonnel changes for both sides during the interval it was Westmeath whostarted the brighter with points from Lucy McCartan and Leanne Slevin. Buthalf-time substitute Aoife Thompson fired Galway’s third goal to put them 15points clear.Westmeaththen gave themselves a lifeline with two brilliantly taken goals in the spaceof 60 seconds with Jones and Dolan on target, but two super saves by Galwaygoalkeeper Roisin Ni Chonghaile denied Jess Hennessy and Jones, which stalledtheir revival.Scorers:Galway:  T Leonard 1-3 (1f), R Leonard 1-3, O Divilly0-3, A Thompson 1-0, L Hannon 0-1, R Ni Fhlatharta 0-1.Westmeath: A Jones 1-0, A Dolan 1-0, LSlevin 0-2 (2f), L McCartan 0-1, J Maher 0-1, B McNamee 0-1 (1f).Galway: R Ni Chonghaile; M Coyne, SLynch, F Cooney; S Molloy, L Ward, C Cooney; O Divilly, B Hannon; M Seoighe, TLeonard (capt.), L Coen; A McDonagh, R Leonard, S Conneally. Subs: L Hannon for R Leonard, R Ni Fhlatharta for A McDonagh,A Thompson for S Conneally, L Gannon for B Hannon, N Daly for S Molloy, A Coenfor L Ward, L Noone for T Leonard, G Conneally for M Seoighe, O Murphy for FCooney, C McCarthy for L Coen.Westmeath: K Walsh; R Dillon, J Rogers, L Power; F Coyle, K McDermott, F Claffey (capt.); C Keeley, V Carr; L McCartan, L Slevin, J Maher; N Feery, A Jones, M.A. Foley. Subs: J Hennessy for K McDermott, A Dolan for C Keeley, L Brennan for V Carr, A Ruane for M Foley, E Kelly for R Dillon, B McNamee for L Slevin.Tommy Devane reports.. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Galway 3-11 Westmeath 2-5last_img read more

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