FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailstevanovicigor/iStock(PHOENIX) — One day after reports that he had threatened to move the the team elsewhere, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said Thursday he is fully committed to keeping the team in place.“I am 100 percent all-in in keeping this team right here where we stand,” Sarver said in a video message posted to Twitter. “And I want to make sure that message comes across crystal clear to every one of you.”Earlier in the week, the Phoenix City Council delayed a vote on more than $200 million in renovations to the team’s stadium. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Sarver had recently contacted a member of the council threatening to move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas if the renovation deal wasn’t approved.On Friday, Suns president Jason Rowley released a statement that indicated the team has had no discussions with any other city about potential relocation. Sarver has said he is looking to build a “first-class” practice facility in addition to improving the arena. The vote on those renovations will now be held on January 23.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 14, 2018 /Sports News – National Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix Written by Beau Lund
The Big Bang restaurant faces closure this summer, after nearly seven years at the centre of Jericho’s foodie scene.The restaurant, along with four other properties on the corner of Walton Street including La Bottega wine bar and The Last Bookshop, are to be demolished to make way for six new shops and 41 rooms of student accommodation.Nik Sheorey, an E&M finalist, expressed dismay at the news. “It’ll be a real shame to see it go. The ability to choose between a seemingly infinite series of sausage and mash flavours was really wonderful. Certainly far from the wurst place to eat in Oxford!”
After recently performing at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC, the group Animal Collective was inspired to help those affected by the new HB2 law, aka the “Bathroom Bill.” To do so, the band has released two recent live performances on their Bandcamp page, and pledged all proceeds from downloads to a group called Progress North Carolina Action.The two shows include March 9th at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and April 13th at the O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK. They explain that they “felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans,” but that they “don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.”Animal Collective are touring in support of their new album, Painting With, and will also perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this Thursday, May 12th.You can read the band’s full statement about HB2 below:Last night, Animal Collective performed at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. For those who were at the show, you may have seen a table set up for Progress North Carolina Action, who we were introduced to by North Carolina Needs You (http://ncneedsyou.com). They (http://progressnc.org) are an organization “dedicated to being a voice for forward-thinking North Carolinians who want to protect the balanced approach to government”. Recently, North Carolina passed a law, known as HB2, that dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use and attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. We felt that canceling our show, like many others have done in protest of this law, would be a disappointment to our fans and decided to go on with the performance. That being said, we don’t condone or agree with any type of bigotry or discrimination.This year, we’ve been recording and mixing some of our live shows. In an effort to raise awareness and help those fighting for equality, we are making two of our favorite recent shows available for download in a “pay what you want” model. To listen to/download shows from March 9, 2016 at Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA or April 13, 2016 at O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK please visit https://anmlcollectve.bandcamp.com/ and donate what you’d like to contribute to Progress NC. All proceeds from these downloads will go to that organization. Thanks!
Pedal steel guitarist, Roosevelt Collier, along with guitarist Rob Compa (Dopapod), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and drummer Isaac Teel (TAUK) have announced a very special Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys tribute! The show will feature the group’s take on the Band Of Gypsys’ 1970 live album, along with other classics from Hendrix’s legendary catalogue. The show is set to take place on Friday, February 24th at NYC venue American Beauty, which boasts some great craft beers, along with free pizza for patrons.Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys-era music has become a legend completely unto itself. While the group was short-lived, due to the guitarist’s untimely death, that time period saw a paradigm shift in Hendrix’s overall sound. The amalgamation of funk, R&B, rock, and sheer novelty was a mind-blowing sonic force, to say the least. Expect some special guests to come out of the woodworks for this one as well. It’s going to be a night of straight-up fire jams.Tickets for the show are currently on-sale, and can be purchased here.– Show Info –Band: Tribute to Hendrix’s Band of Gypsy’s ft. Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), Isaac Teel (TAUK) and very special guestsVenue: American Beauty – 251 W. 30th Street – New York, NY 10001Date: Friday – February 24th, 2017Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets: $15adv / $20dos (purchase tickets HERE)
Deploying Dell EMC VMware-based HCI provides a cost-effective and high-performing infrastructure foundation on which to run important business applications across distributed business environments. According to a recent IDC study, partners can help customers realize significant quantifiable value from these investments.Many of the IT processes put in place to support business operations are challenged to meet the demands of a rapidly changing digital world. Inefficiencies not only impede your customers’ business growth, they also create barriers to the very innovation needed to compete in an environment of shifting business models. Providing customers with highly automated, software-defined infrastructure helps eliminate data center silos and support IT agility. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) enables your customers to transform and scale operations rapidly and efficiently by consolidating compute, network, and storage in a single software-defined solution.How Can Partners Help Customers Realize Business Results with HCI?The operational efficiency advantages of automated, software-defined infrastructure are well understood, but what’s the real business value of HCI to your customers? IDC surveyed organizations running various workloads on Dell EMC software-defined hyperconverged appliances to identify and quantify the business impact. IDC’s analysis demonstrates that investing in Dell EMC VMware-based HCI, including VxRail and VxRack SDDC, contributes to $4.89 million additional gross revenue per organization per year from better addressing business opportunities and reducing downtime. What does that mean for channel partners? The ability to deliver the real business results that strengthen customer relationships and establish more profitable long-term partnerships.Top Benefits for Channel PartnersFaster time to revenue. Demonstrate a proven five-year ROI of 489% with Dell EMC VMware-based HCI to shorten the sales cycle and realize faster time to revenue.*Fast-growing, margin-rich opportunity. HCI growth and business needs are driving rapid adoption of HCI solutions, with 85% of IT leaders indicating that their companies already use or plan to use HCI and 50% of current HCI users expected to expand their deployment.**Opportunity for value-added services. Deliver value-added services that ensure the uptime and protection of business-critical applications, such as backup, archiving, and recovery services.Top Benefits for CustomersEliminate data center silos and support more agile IT. Consolidate separate silos of compute, network, and storage down to a single software-defined solution.Increase efficiency. Help IT infrastructure and application development teams operate efficiently and productively with more reliable and agile IT infrastructures.Minimize unplanned downtime. Reduce the impact of infrastructure-related outages on business operations by up to 90%.*Realize significant business value. Deliver a total average annual value of $5.33 million per organization ($370,700 per 100 users) with an investment in Dell EMC VMware-based HCI.*Get Started Read the complete paper and prepare to talk to customers about the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure. Then share these snackable materials (social media kit and bite-size material) via social to drive awareness with your customers.* IDC White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, “Delivering Efficient Business Expansion with Dell EMC VMware-Based HCI, October 2018. Actual results will vary .[include a link to report]** IDG Research Services survey and whitepaper commissioned by Dell EMC, “Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Delivers Value as it Goes Mainstream in the Data Center,” Feb 2018, [insert link to whitepaper]
Sally Field(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 Emmy and Oscar winner Sally Field is eyeing a return to Broadway in The Glass Menagerie. According to Showbiz411, a revival of the Tennessee Williams play (which was last on Broadway in 2013) is in the works for a fall opening this year with Fun Home’s Tony-winning director Sam Gold. Field would play Amanda Wingfield, a role she tackled in 2004 at the Kennedy Center.Field won Oscars for Places in the Heart and Norma Rae; she was also nominated in 2013 for Lincoln. She has won Emmys for her leading roles in Sybil and Brothers & Sisters and for her guest spot on ER. The actress made her Broadway debut in 2002 in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia.The Glass Menagerie, which follows a faded Southern belle and her two kids, premiered on Broadway in 1945 and has since been revived six times. The most recent revival featured Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto and Brian J. Smith. The Glass Menagerie Related Shows View Comments Sally Field
Cleanup liability issues prompt judge to reject FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):A bankruptcy judge rejected FirstEnergy Corp.’s $3.1 billion attempt to walk away from a fleet of failing power plants, siding with regulators who want the parent company on the hook for pollution cleanup costs.Judge Alan Koschik of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Akron, Ohio, said Thursday a $4 billion restructuring strategy to lift FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. out of chapter 11 was “patently unconfirmable,” a setback for the bankrupt company, its creditors and its publicly traded parent.FES filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago to part ways with FirstEnergy, which agreed to contribute $1 billion to pay back creditors and forgive $2.1 billion in claims against the unit. In exchange, FirstEnergy was to receive immunity from future legal claims surrounding FES, including the costs of cleaning up and shuttering several coal and nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.But Judge Koschik rejected the exit plan, a victory for federal and state regulators who accused FirstEnergy of abusing bankruptcy law to try to extricate itself from the money-losing power facilities.Most of the power assets that FES and other bankrupt affiliates own are slated for closure, unable to operate profitably amid aggressive competition from cleaner gas-fired and renewable power generators that have become cheaper to run in the past decade. FES now plans to deactivate four nuclear reactors by 2021 and 11 fossil-fuel units by 2022, part of a wave of plant closures across U.S. wholesale power markets, where natural gas is plentiful and state-subsidized renewables are gaining in popularity.More ($): FirstEnergy’s bankruptcy deal with power units collapses
Or favorite outdoor video clips from around the web for the week that was:1. Alpine Loop Gran FondoJeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo is quickly becoming a staple for cyclists in the Blue Ridge. Here is a very nicely done re-cap of last week’s ride from Adventure Seen. Bonus: Bishop rocking a suit in the opening shot like he does it everyday.Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo from Adventure Seen on Vimeo.2. Downhill ExtremeThis video features a Euro who goes by the name Rollerman. One look and you’ll see why. This video is a couple years old, but…I mean…c’mon. It’s Rollerman!3. Jackson Kayak’s New ToyIt’s called the DJI Phantom and it looks rad. Wish we had one.4. Way of Life Crash ReelTGR athletes do amazing things on skis and snowboards. Sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan.5. Snowflex Trails to RailsLIberty University’s Snowflex Center is a marvel of modern engineering. Check out this video that explains how it works and also announces their new video project.Check out all our Clips of the Week entries here!
The hype about big data can distort our view of the arguably more important small data—powerful information capable of delivering real-time insights.To give consumers the best possible financial services experience with your CU, first focus on the insights from real-time, small data—the traces of consumer behavior left behind by actions taken every second of every day.Thinking about small data helps executives, managers and team leaders truly understand the challenges and aspirations of consumers. These insights give CUs the kind of in-the-moment intelligence that can help turn members’ most mundane financial tasks into highly memorable moments.Here are three steps you can take to develop a plan that makes the most of both small and big data… continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr