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first_imgTomorrow, Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In celebration of this historic event, the prog rockers have announced a full U.S. tour, which they are calling “YESTIVAL,” a full festival experience. The summer tour will explore nine of the band’s greatest studio albums, with stops in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.The band is expected to announce more dates soon, but for now we’re excited about this 17-date run. The lineup will include Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), Jon Davison (vocals), and Billy Sherwood (the late Chris Squire’s chosen successor on bass). Founding member Jon Anderson will be there to accept their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognition, but will not join the tour.Producer Todd Rundgren will tour as support for YESTIVAL, as will Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy playing tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer.Yes’ YESTIVAL 2017 Tour Dates:08/04 – Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre08/05 – Boone, NC @ Holmes Convocation Center08/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion08/08 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater08/10 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand at Foxwoods08/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater08/12 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Center08/16 – Greensburg, PA @ The Palace Theatre08/17 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre08/19 – Elgin, IL @ Festival Park08/20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion08/22 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre08/23 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre08/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre08/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint08/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater09/03 – Tulalip, WA @ Tulalip Amphitheatrelast_img read more


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first_imgWhen high school junior Anne Marie Wright witnessed the Haiti women’s national soccer team practicing on a South Bend soccer complex without fully functional equipment, she could not rectify the team’s lack of supplies with their status as potential World Cup contenders.Photo courtesy of Anne Marie Wright “Last summer for July through August, I pretty much practiced with them every day and I saw a lot of things that really made me want to help out,” Wright said. “Basically every day at practice there were always issues with cleats or shin guards or somebody not having equipment … Nobody had an extra pair of cleats, which I think is absolutely despicable for a team that’s supposed to be training for the World Cup.”“You would have to wait and practice without cleats or just sit on the sidelines,” she said. “So people would have to go over to the side of the building to get water to drink out of the spigot of a hose. Nobody brought water bottles; nobody had bags.“… They wore the same clothes every day to come to practice. It was community clothing; they all shared it. They didn’t have their own stuff. So basically that really prompted me to think, ‘I have to do something about this, this team is training for the World Cup.’”This summer, Wright, 17, a South Bend native and student at Culver Academies in Culver, Ind., heard about the Notre Dame athletic apparel clearance sale at the Compton Family Ice Arena held June 12 and realized her opportunity to take action.“When I heard that Notre Dame was switching to Under Armour, I thought, ‘That’s a great opportunity, they have to get rid of all this adidas stuff, what are they going to do with it?’” she said. “… So I called and I tried to contact a lot of people at Notre Dame to get the donated equipment and it didn’t work out very well. But there was a big sale that happened this summer, so we went there and got a ton of gear.“We got cleats for every girl on the team, we got t-shirts, spandex, sports bras … We got stuff for every single girl on the team.”Although Wright’s parents purchased the equipment and apparel this summer, Wright said she took ultimate responsibility for funding the donation.  For her 17th birthday, she asked friends and family to forgo typical gifts in favor of cash that she could put towards the team.“I gave up all my birthday gifts and got my parents and aunts and uncles and my friends to, instead of giving me birthday gifts, to give me money to support the cause,” she said. “… We’ve only raised I think $500, so my parents still paid a lot of money for it. So I’m still raising money.”Wright first joined forces with the Haitian national team in the summer of 2013, when she was practicing with her sister’s team on the Indiana Invaders FC field in South Bend. The Hatian team had been holding practice on the field since early 2013, after the team’s new Goshen-based coach, Shek Borkowski, relocated the team to the United States, she said.“The reason that they’re practicing in South Bend is the earthquake in Haiti in 2010,” Wright said. “Their soccer headquarters collapsed and their coach was there and he passed away.”Borkowski initially saw Wright practicing with her 13-year-old sister Mary Kate Wright and approached her to ask if she could play on one of his showcase teams. Anne Marie Wright was already past the age limit, but in the summer months after she first met Borkowski, she began to practice more frequently with the Haitian team and formed close bonds with the professional athletes despite language barriers and age differences, she said.“Especially last year when I practiced with them every day, I got to know a couple of them really closely, but they all speak Creole, so there’s kind of a language barrier you have to conquer, but through soccer anything is helpful,” Wright said. “It was great to see, hey, we have something in common, we’re playing together.”Team manager Sharon Mast said Wright found her niche in the team dynamic.“I was very impressed with how she held herself together and really participated with our girls,” Mast said. “She’s wonderful. I love her to pieces … She’s not a very outspoken person on the field but she’s seemed to develop and come along in that way.”Wright said her family completely supported her determination “to get [the team] in gear to train with so they could have the best possible chance of qualifying for the World Cup.” She said both her brother and sister have spent time practicing with the women as well.“My family helped me out a ton; my sister did a ton of organizing for all this stuff,” she said. “I was actually out of town when the sale happened, so I relied on my dad and my sister to get everything for me. I told them what we needed, and it was really great. … It’s kind of become a family affair.”Wright tried to coordinate with administrators at Notre Dame to encourage the donation of old equipment to the team, but she said she typically faced rejection. She said the end result proved each disappointment was worth her and her family’s effort.“The smiles on their faces were so worth all the work, all the emails, all the no’s that I got,” Wright said. “Everything where I couldn’t get something accomplished and I had to email people and go outside my comfort zone. It was definitely worth it to see them all at practice the one day I gave them all the gear and they saw and they thought, ‘oh my gosh, we get all this.’ They were all so thankful for it.”To donate to Wright’s fund to support the Haitian women’s national soccer team, visit http://www.gofundme.com/bln73s. Tags: Haitian Women’s Soccer Teamlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Connecticut River Joint Commissions elected new officers at their recent annual meeting. The NH Connecticut River Commission has elected Glenn English of Haverhill as its new chair, and its Vermont counterpart has re-elected Gary Moore of Bradford.English, who has served as Haverhill’s Town Manager since 1995, represents municipal interests on the Connecticut River Scenic Byway Council and has been a strong voice for economic development through heritage tourism on both sides of the Connecticut River. A member of the board of North Country Council, he will serve as vice-president of the combined river commissions. He succeeds Cheston Newbold of Cornish.”The Connecticut River is the environmental, economic, recreational, historical, and cultural backbone of this Valley, ” English observes. “It is our collective job to make sure that it continues to be so. It has been a pleasure to work with so many people who have dedicated a large portion of their lives to the preservation and responsible use of this great resource. I will certainly continue to do everything I can to be of some small help in this effort.”Cleve Kapala of Hopkinton, Director of Government Affairs and Relicensing for USGen New England, was elected as NH Commission Vice Chair. Kapala has also been a director of the New England Salmon Association, member of the board of trustees of the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and former Director of Education & Policy for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.George Watkins of Walpole was re-elected as Secretary/ Treasurer of the NH Commission. Watkins is a member of the board of the Connecticut River Watershed Council.Vermont’s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission has re-elected Gary Moore of Bradford as its chair. A Bradford native and his town’s emergency management coordinator, Moore has served on all three of the government commissions focused on New England’s largest river, including the four-state Connecticut River Flood Control Commission and the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission. Moore has also served as commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Fish & Wildlife, chair of the Vermont Water Resources Board, and on the board of the Vermont State Colleges System. Moore will serve his second term as President of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions.Gayle Ottmann of Quechee has been re-elected Vice-Chair of the VT Commission. Executive Director of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartford Selectwoman, she sits on the Scenic Byway Council Steering Committee.Stephen Walasewicz of Weathersfield, natural resources planner at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, has been elected Secretary/Treasurer of the VT Commission.The Connecticut River Joint Commissions are composed of thirty volunteer members, fifteen appointed by the governors of each of the Twin States. They are business people, landowners, conservationists, and citizens who live and work in the valley and are committed to its future.last_img read more


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first_img The decision was made after it was evident that the entire police headquarters was swamped by organized crime, drug trafficking, murder, vehicle theft, extortion, among other crimes. On December 11, 2011, Porfirio Lobo’s government ordered “a public security state of emergency” for 90 days, which has been extended ever since in order to legalize the military support to the police. The president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first-in-command at the Armed Forces, General René Osorio, announced that military police units “will be ready to operate in October,” when he showed up at the Congressional session on August 14. This initiative, to be analyzed further in two debates next week, determines “to create the Armed Forces’ Law Enforcement Military Police (PMOP) (…), considering the need to create a specialized military unit to combat crime due to the current crisis in the country.” Honduras, hit by drug trafficking and gangs that operate as collision forces for organized crime, has the highest murder rate in the world, with 85.5 murders per every 100,000 inhabitants every year. In addition, “the Armed Forces are authorized (…) to increase their military personnel up to 5,000 members, in order to strengthen protection of citizens, the environment, territorial waters, as well as national sovereignty.” center_img By Dialogo August 20, 2013 The creation of a militarized police with 5,000 members aimed at confronting the “insecurity crisis” in Honduras passed the first of three mandatory legislative debates on August 15 in Congress. In June, Congress also approved the creation of a specialized police force, the Intelligence Troop and Special Response Group (TIGRE), which is not yet operational. Due to insecurity, the 12,500-member Armed Forces gave support to the Police, which has 9,300 members, despite criticism voiced by human rights organizations, arguing that the military are not prepared to protect citizens. last_img read more


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first_img continue reading » For most organizations, the discussion of the benefits and potential of AI is much more widespread than the actual deployment of these technologies across the organization. In fact, most of the use of advanced analytics and AI continues to be centered in areas of traditional use such as risk, compliance and security. In other areas of the organization, most firms are still only running pilots or tests in the most rudimentary ways.The inability to understand and deploy AI is further evidence of the challenges experienced at most financial institutions around digital transformation. With leadership and culture not buying in to the power of AI, it is difficult to build business cases or integrated solutions that can take advantage of AIs opportunities.The opportunities being missed by not fully embracing the power of AI include massive back-office cost savings, vastly improved customer experiences, enhanced risk and fraud detection, as well as other implementations done independently or with strategic partners. In other words, AI and machine learning can have a significant positive impact across the entire banking organization at a time when the risk of not using AI is greater than ever. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgWard added: “I’m happy with the mile. We’ve tried to emulate the same schedule as we followed with Hootenanny, who was narrowly beaten in the Morny a few years ago and then won over the mile at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita with Frankie.“We’ve got Frankie, we’ve got the mile – and this time we’re on our home track, so we don’t even have to ship to California.”Campanelle’s American rivals include Aunt Pearl and Plum Ali, while European hopes are carried by Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth, Ken Condon’s Miss Amulet, Jessica Harrington’s Oodnadatta and Nazuna from Roger Varian’s yard.Ward is confident of getting off to a flyer in the very first Breeders’ Cup race of the weekend, with Golden Pal the hot favourite for the Juvenile Turf Sprint over five and a half furlongs.Narrowly beaten by Michael Bell’s The Lir Jet in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, the son of Uncle Mo has since bolted up in a stakes race at Saratoga – and Ward is unconcerned about the prospect of being drawn widest of all in stall 14.“He’s the favourite, and everybody knows what I think of this horse,” said Ward.“That (stall 14) is the hole I would have picked if I was given the choice. He’s outside and he shouldn’t have any issues, whereas if he was drawn on the inside or in the middle and broke a step slow, he could encounter traffic.“I will be disappointed if he doesn’t win. We’re excited for all the runners, but this guy has shown so much talent and ability from early on, we’ve got big hopes.”Golden Pal is set to be joined by a trio of stablemates in Amanzi Yimpilo, Into The Sunrise and After Five.Hollie Doyle makes her Breeders’ Cup debut aboard Archie Watson’s Mighty Gurkha, O’Brien saddles Lipizzaner – and Nigel Tinkler is looking forward to running surprise Flying Childers winner Ubettabelieveit.Tinkler said: “I think the horse is very professional. He’s a very intelligent horse, so he’s not going to do anything stupid. He has grown up and he’s got stronger.“Its five and a half furlongs, which I think will be absolutely ideal. I’m a little bit concerned because it’s going around a bend, and last time he hung a little bit to the right in the last furlong.”The TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt promises to be an informative affair, with Steve Asmussen’s Kentucky Derby favourite Jackie’s Warrior taken on by Essential Quality and Ward’s Next – who won at the track just a fortnight ago.Ward said: “We’re coming back from a short rest. I know you guys in Europe do that a lot with the two-year-olds, but every time I do it you can stick a fork in mine!“But he’s on his home course and ran a big race here two weeks ago, which is why we’re taking a chance.“We’ll find out of if he’s good enough, number one, and if the short rest takes a toll on him.”Bob Baffert’s Princess Noor heads the betting for the Juvenile Fillies ahead of Simply Ravishing, Dayoutoftheoffice and Girl Daddy. Campanelle provided her trainer with a fourth victory in the Queen Mary Stakes – before striking Group One gold in the Prix Morny at Deauville in August.Running on Ward’s home track of Keeneland, confidence is high Campanelle can add the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf under Frankie Dettori.“Campanelle is doing great and has been prepared for this since three days after the Morny,” said Ward.- Advertisement – “It’s her home course, so all we’ve got to do is lead her over from stall to stall.“She’s been training great – she’s got some new shoes on, and we’re ready to roll.”Campanelle will be tackling a mile for the first time, having not previously raced beyond the six furlongs she won over in France.- Advertisement – Wesley Ward has high expectations for both Campanelle and Golden Pal on the opening night of the Breeders’ Cup.Both horses will be familiar to British racing fans, having performed at Royal Ascot in June.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgTopics : Multi-service app Grab has collaborated with dozens of its restaurant partners to provide 1,000 food packages to medical workers in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java, in an initiative to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.Grab West Java partner engagement strategy lead Mawaddi Lubby said the program sought to express the company’s appreciation for health care providers who were risking their lives on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.”While other people are staying at home, they are working hard while facing various health risks. We want to express our gratitude,” Lubby said in a written statement recently.In addition to collaborating with 40 restaurant partners, Lubby said, Grab was cooperating with Intrafood and the Orang Tua Group to distribute 1,000 instant ginger drinks and 1,500 immune-boosting supplements to health care providers.The company distributed food packages to five COVID-19 referral hospitals in the province on Tuesday: Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Rotinsulu Lung Hospital, Advent Hospital, Dustira Hospital and Santosa International Hospital. The food packages were also donated to personnel from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the local police. PT Makindo, which owns the Ngikan food chain restaurants, also donated 1,000 food packages to medical workers in several COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta last month.”To show our huge support for health care providers who have sacrificed their time and energy during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are going to donate 1,000 food packages to medical workers,” the company announced on its official Instagram account on March 27.Since March 25, several Jakarta residents have also been participating in a food donation program for medical workers called Lunch 4 Paramedic.”Under the program we provide free healthy and nutritious lunches for paramedics in Jakarta,” Titi Rusdi, the program’s founder told Tempo.co earlier this month. (nal) Advent Hospital director Roy D. Sarumpaet expressed appreciation for the donations, saying that any form of moral or material support for medical workers was essential as they had very challenging jobs during the pandemic.”It could help lift the medical workers’ spirits to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Roy said. Before Grab, several restaurants and communities had taken part in food donation programs for healthcare providers.On March 26, United States-based restaurant chain Pizza Hut gave free pizzas to medical workers in several COVID-19 referral hospitals and community health centers (puskesmas) in Jakarta.”We have cooperated with the Jakarta Health Agency to deliver free pizzas to COVID-19 referral hospitals and puskesmas. We gave the pizza not only to medical workers but also to all the staff working at the hospitals as they also contribute to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak,” a representative from Pizza Hut chain operator PT. Sarimelati Kencana TBK told kompas.com on March 31.last_img read more


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first_imgTeekay LNG Partners said that Brody Speers, the current chief financial officer (CFO) of Teekay Gas Group has been appointed as vice president, corporate finance, of Teekay Shipping (Canada).Scott Gayton, who currently serves as a vice president at Teekay, has been appointed to assume the CFO position from Speers, Teekay LNG Partners said in a statement.Gayton brings over 20 years of finance and accounting experience, including most recently serving as CFO of Tanker Investments from the time of its initial public offering until its merger with Teekay Tankers.He will also continue to oversee capital markets transactions across the Teekay Group.Commenting on the appointments Mark Kremin, president and CEO of Teekay Gas Group said that Speers was instrumental in the successful financing of LNG Partnership’s newbuilding program.At the same time, Kremin noted the company will focus on executing Teekay LNG’s strategic plan.last_img read more


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first_imgTriple Gold Cup-winning rider Jim Culloty enjoyed Festival success as a trainer when Lord Windermere took the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. He possibly looked a fortunate winner, however, as the Willie Mullins-trained Boston Bob crashed out at the final fence when in front. That left Lord Windermere (8-1), ridden by Davy Russell, to get the better of Lyreen Legend by a length and three-quarters to give Culloty, best known for his association with Best Mate, a first winner at the meeting since he gave up riding. Russell said: “I’ve only ridden him once at home, so all the credit goes to Jim Culloty, who has instilled confidence in him. Jim’s done a marvellous job. I only steered him today and he was in super order.” Culloty added: “We knew this horse would like Cheltenham and it’s all paid off. I fancied him like mad – I thought he’d love the ground here. I told Davy to ride him to get the trip. They went no pace and it suited us. “He’s the best horse I have and it was all about getting him here. Tom Doyle deserves a lot of the credit, he’s taught him well and the first time he rode him he said to me ‘this is the one you’ve been waiting for’. “You get nervous 30 minutes before going out to ride in a Gold Cup, but I have been nervous for the last six months with this lad. I have 13 boxes and he is in box 11, and when I work my way down to him on a morning I just pray he’s OK. “I wouldn’t have thought he would run again this year. We purposely hadn’t run him over three miles on heavy ground, but he will have had a hard enough race today. As for next year we haven’t even thought about it, this has been the long-term plan. We didn’t bring him here last year thinking about today.” When asked if Lord Windermere was a possible Gold Cup contender next season, owner Dr Ronan Lambe said: “You’d hope so. He’s a beautiful jumper and three miles is his distance.” Trainer Dessie Hughes said of runner-up Lyreen Legend: “I was very pleased. He was beaten by a better horse on the day. If the ground had been heavier it might have suited us more, but no complaints.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more