Suns owner Robert Sarver affirms commitment to keep team in Phoenix

first_img 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 bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Out with a Big Bang

first_imgThe 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!”last_img read more

Animal Collective Releases Two Live Albums To Support LGBTQ Citizens In North Carolina

first_imgAfter 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!last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier To Tribute Hendrix’s “Band Of Gypsys” With Members Of Dopapod & TAUK In NYC

first_imgPedal 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)last_img read more

Delivering Quantifiable Customer Value with Dell EMC VMware-Based HCI

first_imgDeploying 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]last_img read more

Will Sally Field Return to Broadway in The Glass Menagerie?

first_imgSally 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 Menageriecenter_img Related Shows View Comments Sally Fieldlast_img read more

Cleanup liability issues prompt judge to reject FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan

first_imgCleanup 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 collapseslast_img read more

Clips of the Week: Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, Rollerman, Crash Reel, Jackson’s New Toy

first_imgOr 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!last_img read more

Young lawyers host legislator, Lt. Governor

first_img December 15, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Young lawyers host legislator, Lt. Governor Young lawyers host legislator, Lt. Governor Associate Editor The Young Lawyers Division had invited the three branches of government to a luncheon symposium in Tallahassee. But with the tempest of the protested presidential election swirling on the front steps of the Florida Supreme Court, the judicial branch already had its plate full. Instead, on November 17 at The Florida Bar Annex — just three days before the high court would hear oral arguments in the historic case — the YLD Board of Governors heard from the executive and legislative branches with guest speakers Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale. While Brogan commented there are too many lawyers in all three branches of government, Campbell seized upon the current “constitutional crisis” playing to a worldwide audience as a rallying cry for the young lawyers to fill a leadership void by getting involved in politics. The daily drama unfolding in Florida’s capital — legal showdowns in packed courtrooms, the spectacle of demonstrators and satellite—trucks lined up between the Capitol and the high court — couldn’t help but take center stage at this luncheon, too. Brogan referred to it as “this French farce playing out in our backyard.” When his microphone malfunctioned, he made a wry reference to the chad controversy and said: “Let’s hold it up to the light.” “I’m paraphrasing a quote: `Elections are not about people who cast ballots. Elections are about the people who count ballots.’ It’s from Joseph Stalin,” Brogan said. “There’s a lot of significance in that statement, as I see the pictures of those people in the video holding ballots up to the light and squinting at them, wondering what this erasure mark means and wondering what the star next to the name means, what a stray mark might mean. Or what the chad, the pregnant chad, the dimpled chad, the ugly chad, means. You pick the chad.” The whole controversy, Brogan said, “does bear out the simple imperfections of our system of democracy. It’s a system of laws. But it is also a system by and for the people, and we are not perfect. Nothing is perfect, not even the machines that we thought would be more perfect than people. “This will no doubt begin a great series of debates on things such as machine counting and whether the Electoral College is right for the 21st Century, so it’s going to promote a lot of debate about our system of elections,” Brogan said. “And that’s fine. I beg people to wait until this process is completed to begin those discussions. This is complicated enough as it is.” When Campbell took his turn at the podium, he said: “The interesting thing about this whole fiasco is that I’ve seen a void of leadership at any level, where anybody is standing up and taking responsibility for making democracy really happen. “Instead, what I see are two camps: the Bush camp and the Gore camp. [George W.] Bush is like a child who says, `I’m not going to let you play with my baseball.’ [Al] Gore, on the other side of the coin, is saying, `Well, I won the majority, so I want recount after recount after recount.’ At some point in time, someone in government is going to have to understand that leadership in government consists of the leader understanding that they are not there for special interests, they are not there for political parties. They are there to do the best for the most number of people in society. “At some point in time, the court system is going to make that decision,” Campbell continued. “Because there are problems with our electorial laws. Because there was misfeasance in government. Because there was malfeasance in government. I also found it ironic that the Lt. Governor was talking about the right to vote. This is the most important obligation that we all have. I find it ironic that people would be fighting the Palm Beach County ballot, which was invalid on its face, which never should have been used. And the Secretary of State, who I love, who’s a great person and a colleague of mine, just didn’t do her job. And we probably wouldn’t be having this constitutional crisis that we are faced with right now.” Campbell asked: “Where do lawyers fit into this? I’ll tell you right now that I think each one of you has an obligation or responsibility to try to assume that leadership role. I don’t care if you’re Republican. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat. Because if the truth be told, 99 percent of the issues we talk about over there in the Capitol are issues that don’t have a Republican or Democratic label on them. Take education, for instance.” At one point in his speech, Brogan praised the genius of the framers of the Constitution that has withstood the test of time. But he couldn’t resist taking a jab at too many lawyers in the mix. “The three branches of government, even though abounding with attorneys these days, and I’m not sure that’s what the framers [of the Constitution] had in mind, that the judiciary would own all three branches of government, lock stock and barrel,” Brogan said, while his audience of young lawyers did not return the smile. “But whether that’s true or not, the three branches of government being the incredible checks and balances that they are, are still a very wonderful contrivance and still serve us very well today.” Campbell took issue with that statement and used it to launch a challenge to the young lawyers in the room to get involved in the political process — beginning at the local level by attending school board or city government meetings in their communities. “When [Brogan] first started talking, he talked about lawyers being too involved in the three branches of government,” Campbell said. “But at the end, he said, we have a responsibility. That concerns me. I’m not saying that’s a misspoken word, but that’s reality. The community out there, the outside world, believes that we control. We don’t. When you look at the numbers of our profession in the legislature, you’d be shocked. Last year in our Judiciary Committee, we didn’t have enough lawyers in the Senate to fulfill the requirements of a full committee of lawyers on the judiciary. We had two nonlawyer members. That concerns me.” Bar President Herman Russomanno noted that there are 31 lawyers in the state House and 13 in the Senate. “There’s a tremendous need for people with the talent in this room,” Russomanno said, asking Campbell to detail the mental checklist he went through to decide to become a public servant. Campbell responded that first you must be personally committed, then your family must be committed, as well as your law firm. And yes, he said, you can still practice law and be an effective legislator. One of his biggest concerns when he decided to run for the Senate four years ago, he said, was whether being a lawyer would be a handicap. “We polled that issue,” Campbell said. “And I was very surprised that 82 percent of people said they would rather have a lawyer advocating positions than a nonlawyer. It didn’t hurt me, and I got elected. I would imagine a lot of you could get elected.” Knocking on 22,811 doors as a candidate, he said, “helped me in my trial practice, because I got a different perspective of what people were thinking in today’s society.” He listed qualities that lawyers possess, including trustworthiness, respectful of ideas, responsible, and believers in fairness and justice. Looking out on the diverse group of the YLD Board of Governors, the senator said they all possessed those qualities that would serve them well in public service. Recalling one disturbing moment during the death penalty debate last year, Campbell said, “There was a legislator who said, `I don’t care about constitutional safeguards.’ And I said: `You don’t care? Don’t you take an oath that you are going to abide by the constitutions of the United States and the state of Florida?’ And he said, `Oh, I forgot about that.’ That gentleman just got elected. . . to the state Senate. “If I don’t have help, if I don’t have people who have these characteristics, who are intelligent enough to recognize how significant our constitution is, 10 or 15 years from now, we might be losing a lot of rights.. . . This is so important. I just can’t stress enough the importance of lawyers continuing to stay involved in the process.”last_img

3 steps to a solid data strategy

first_imgThe 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 » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more