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NetEase launches its own cloud gaming platform in beta

first_imgNetEase launches its own cloud gaming platform in betaService currently supports 38 games on mobile, but testers are waiting in long queue times to playRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 5th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNeteaseNetEase has begun beta test of its own cloud gaming service, picking up on a trend that fellow industry giants (including rival Chinese company Tencent) are collectively beginning to embrace.According to Chinese outlet GameLook (as translated by TechNode), the service went live this month and currently only supports mobile games, though PC games are planned for down the line.The launch roster includes support for 38 different games, 20 of which are published by NetEase. Tencent’s Honor of Kings and Bilibili’s Fate/Grand Order are included as well. Games can be played either by visiting the website through a phone browser, or through a dedicated app for Android. Graphical quality is adjustable based on connection speed.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games One notable hiccup with the beta is that most games require users to enter a “queue” to play them, forcing players to wait a “very long” time to play any game. NetEase says that this is a part of testing, and the service’s capacity will be expanded in the future.At the moment, NetEase’s cloud platform uses 4G networks, though a partnership with Huawei earlier this year to build a cloud-based gaming lab on 5G indicates an eventual upgrade is very likely.Alongside efforts from US-based companies like Google and Microsoft, Chinese gaming giant Tencent also launched its own cloud-based platform earlier this year.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNetease Q3 strengthened by multiple mobile game releases in ChinaOnline games revenue reached $2 billion, up 20% year-over-yearBy Rebekah Valentine 5 months agoSteady beat of new mobile titles brings Q2 growth for NetEaseWorld of Warcraft in China also saw record concurrent users during the first half of the yearBy Rebekah Valentine 8 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Festival times! hurray!

first_imgCome October and it is time for celebrations and festivals throughout India. As the autumn sky turns poetic, the cool breeze ushers in, a season of good times and festivities begin. It is time for gaiety and joviality, amusement and togetherness.It is the moment of triumph of good over evil. We witness the Ram Leela in the glory of Lord Rama followed by Dusshera where the effigies of Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad are blown away with the celebration of fireworks. These Navratris are also celebrated as dandiya utsav where the night is to be danced away. For all us Bengalis, it is Pujo time!Durga PujaWhen suddenly you can see shuili phool ( commonly known as night flower) growing in wilderness, you know it is the time of the year when our mother descends from her husband’s majestic galaxy to visit her parental home. Ma aschhen.The humble earth rejoices. Flowers bloom in brilliant colours, the birds merrily chirp away and the sounds of dhak and the aroma of dhunochi turn the atmosphere heavenly.To match the glamour and glitz we all complete our Pujo shopping in time to look our best in front of our dear Ma who has come to bestow us with good blessings and health for a year.As young girls, my sister and I would excitedly wait for parcels of presents or money sent by my loving Dida and Masi from far away Agartala to complete our Pujo shopping. We would accompany our Mother to markets and fondly choose dresses for the Pujo.Pujo meant waking up early in the morning, one fine day and finding Daddy tuning our Radio to harmonious and powerful Mahalaya renditions.Pujo meant school breaks and visiting pandals doing idol hopping, offering pushpanjali and eating khichdi prasad during the day.Pujo meant being dazed by the joyous sounds of Dhak, witnessing the splendorous Aartis and enjoying the cultural extravaganza at night.Pujo meant tempting mouth-watering food and more food! From delicious double egg rolls to sumptuous mutton biryani.As we grew up, our other non-Bengali friends would also heartily accompany us to the beautifully decorated pandals and be awestruck. We would all giggle away in our sarees and idle away our time, forgetting any seriousness; just being in the present and frolicking to the heart’s delight.Now, is that time of the year again. Let us all get ready to soak in the glorious atmosphere, to cherish the feverish merriment and be a part of the ever-increasing maddening crowds!Happy Durgo Pujo. Bolo bolo Durga Mai ki Jai.last_img read more

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TVA CEO commits to improving nuclear performance

first_imgJohnson said nuclear expansion may be in order in the near future, with the retirement of coal plant. Such expansion, he told the Times Free Press, could include restarting construction at Bellefonte or innovations in the field of small modular reactors, on which, he said, TVA may have a particular advantage because of its statutory duties for technological innovation, according to the paper. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants NuclearNew ProjectsO&MPlant OptimizationReactors “We are making progress,” he said. “It’s slow. One of my objectives is to make it run and run well.” TVA CEO commits to improving nuclear performance Vistra: Texas freeze caused $1.6B negative cash flow impact By chloecox – Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale No posts to display Linkedin Twitter Facebookcenter_img 3.25.2013 Previous articleAmerican Electric Power selects Alstom for Cook 2 nuclear plant turbine retrofitNext articleIndiana wind power project continues expansion chloecox TAGSTVA Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine Twitter In an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said the TVA’s nuclear “performance is not where it needs to be,” the paper reports. Johnson gave special mention to the cost overruns at the Watts Bar 2 construction and the red flag safety warnings at Browns Ferry in Alabama.last_img read more

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Terrific Finish for Anderson at Spruce Meadows Spring Welcome

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Calgary, AB – Spruce Meadows “Spring Welcome” Tournament was capped off today with the week’s feature event, the $25,000 TD Canada Trust Grand Prix.  Course designer Werner Deeg (GER) set a big course, with 13 jumping efforts spanning over 390 metres. Hoping to finish off the week on a high note the 18 entries came prepared to win.  With the likes of former Canadian Olympians, John Anderson, Lisa Carlsen and Jonahtan Asselin competing, the TD Canada Trust Grand Prix was exciting from the get go.The first round saw nine entries go clear to move on to the jump-off.  Yesterday’s winner Andrea Strain was the first to go and the first clear.  Strain set an early time to beat of 34.66 seconds.  Going fast is never an issue for Calgary’s John Anderson.  Anderson rode his 9 year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Terrific clear and very fast, finishing the course in 32.18 seconds.With the time to beat now even faster Jonathan Asselin and his mount Coolio had to be quick.  Asselin left out a stride early and was ahead of Anderson at the midway point.  The early lead did not hold and when the clock stopped as Asselin crossed the finish line he was nearly a second shy of Anderson’s time.John Anderson had set an unbeatable time and he finished his week with a win.  “The first two tournaments here are really my first times competing this year.  As the tournaments went on I got progressively better.  It is really nice to end on a good note winning the Grand Prix,” said Anderson after his win in the TD Canada Trust Grand Prix.TD Canada Trust Grand Prix Top 101-         John Anderson                      CAN               Terrific2-         Jonathan Asselin                   CAN               Coolio3-         Andrea Strain                       CAN               Luigi4-         Femke Van Den Bosch          CAN               Timebreaker5-         Tamie Phillips                       CAN               Lucas6-         Allen Kruger                         CAN               Pronikki7-         Lindsay Hitchner                   CAN               Quipa LS8-         Andrea Strain                       CAN               Novalis 469-         Lisa Carlsen                         CAN               La Boom10-       Lisa Carlsen                          CAN               WoodyThe Spruce Meadows “Spring Welcome” Tournament is the final indoor tournament before competition moves outside with the “May Classic” Tournaments.  More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

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Two Monster Energy Series teams fined for lug-nut violations at Atlanta

first_imgNASCAR officials issued penalties Monday to two teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and one Gander Outdoors Truck Series team for lug-nut violations at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota of driver Matt DiBenedetto and the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Chevrolet of driver Bubba Wallace were each found with one unsecured lug nut in a post-race check after Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Monday, NASCAR competition officials fined No. 95 crew chief Michael Wheeler and No. 43 crew chief Derek Stamets $10,000 each.RELATED: Keselowski wins Atlanta | Race resultsBecause of a miscommunication, NASCAR officials initially announced Sunday at the track that the Germain Racing No. 13 team had been penalized for a lug-nut violation, not the No. 43.DiBenedetto finished 26th at Atlanta, one spot ahead of Wallace in 27th.In the Truck Series, the ThorSport Racing No. 13 Ford of runner-up Johnny Sauter was also found with one unsecured lug nut after Saturday’s Ultimate Tailgating 200. Crew chief Joe Shear Jr. was issued a $2,500 fine.last_img read more

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John Popper Tried To Steal Phish’s 1997 MSG New Year’s Booking Using Strippers

first_imgToday, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]last_img read more

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N.J. Paramedic Injured in Crash

first_imgLAKEWOOD, N.J. – A Hatzolah paramedic responding to a call about a burned child was injured tonight in a Route 9 collision involving two other vehicles, police said.  Click here to continue reading the story. The name of the Hatzolah paramedic wasn’t available, but he suffered a leg injury.last_img

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Interbike 2008 – Kona Pics – Part 2

first_imgKona had a wide variety of bikes inside the show, from road to urban to commuter to full on nasty downhill bikes.  Shown above is the 2009 Kona Haole, their Italian steel road bike built with Dedaccia Zero Replica shaped steel tubing.  It sports a Dedaccia Black Fin carbon fork and a Shimano Ultegra/105 blended drivetrain with FSA compact cranks and BB.We’ve got HD video from inside their booth on this post, and more pics of their urban bmx bike, Stinky downhill bikes and a range of XC, trail, singlespeed and 29er bikes when you read “more“…The Stinky line has four models but are largely unchanged for 2009.  They’re built for extreme terrain…which means riding over, off of or into just about anything you’ll find off the pavement.Click on any of these pics to enlarge them.The Hei Hei Supreme (top) and One20 Supreme are Kona’s more performance oriented full suspension bikes.  The Hei Hei has 80mm travel fork with 2.5″ rear wheel travel packed onto a Scandium-framed race bike, and the Supreme version is decked out in pretty much full XTR with Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and Race Face Next Carbon components.  Race ready.The One20 is the more trail oriented version with, as the name implies, 120mm of travel.  This bike is covered in more detail in the previous post.The Hei Hei 29er (top) also uses a Scandium frame with Magnesium rocker arm, still at 80mm travel in the front, but the rear jumps up to 3.5″ of travel. MSRP is $3,599 (base model is $2,599)The base Hei Hei (26″) model on the bottom is no slouch…it’s got a mostly XT/SLX mix, Fox fork and shock and Scandium frame for $3,399.The Shonky is Kona’s slopestyle and dirt jump bike, but it looks like it would be equally at home terrorizing strip mall parking lots and library staircases.  The wheels look small in this pic, but they’re 26″…spec’d with Maxxis 26×2.2 Holy Rollers.  Chromoly frame with a dirt-jump specific fork.  MSRP $899.Last up is the 2009 Kona Big Unit.  It’s a new 29er single-speed hardtail.  The Scandium frame has sliding adjustable rear dropouts.  Quick, light and simple…with giant wheels.ÂÂlast_img read more

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Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations to Launch a National Tour

first_img from $49.00 Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations Broadway’s ‘Ain’t Too Proud'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Showscenter_img View Comments We didn’t even have to beg! The first national touring production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will officially launch at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in July 2020. The traveling production of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical will play more than 50 cities coast-to-coast for more than 100 touring weeks, including a homecoming to The Temptations’ roots in Detroit, and a triumphant return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.“We have been so blown away by the reception for Ain’t Too Proud—not only on Broadway, but also from our pre-Broadway engagements—that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America,” said producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce, in a statement. “Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary. When we first played D.C.’s Kennedy Center it was in the Eisenhower Theater; however, for Christmas 2021, they are welcoming us back to their largest venue, the Opera House.”Ain’t Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history—how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.Ain’t Too Proud, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo, now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Ain’t Too Proud is currently playing Broadway’s Imperial Theatre and was recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Orchestrations.last_img read more

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Broadway Shows to Remain Shut Down Through May 30, 2021

first_img As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Broadway League has announced a further delay to the reopening of shows on the New York stage. All Broadway productions will now stay on hold—and will offer refunds and exchanges—through May 30, 2021. Dates for each returning and new Broadway show will be announced as individual productions determine the performance schedules for their respective shows.“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.Shows were initially set to be shut down through April 12, then through June 7, then through September 6 and then through January 3, 2021. The coronoavirus outbreak has caused the temporary closure of theaters worldwide, including in London’s West End, off-Broadway and across the United States. Shows that have announced they will not return after Broadway resumes performances include Hangmen, the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the musicals Beetlejuice and Frozen. Some productions previously scheduled to play during the 2019-2020 season have delayed their runs, including Flying Over Sunset, How I Learned to Drive, Caroline, or Change, Birthday Candles, Plaza Suite, The Minutes and American Buffalo. The new extension also impacts new shows that had rescheduled spring and summer openings. The upcoming revival of The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, has shifted its start date to December 2021. As previously reported, the Metropolitan Opera has announced that the company has canceled its 2020-2021 season. The plan will keep the opera house dark until September 2021.Nominations for the digital Tony Awards, will be announced on October 15, but no date has been set for an awards ceremony at this time. View Comments (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)last_img read more

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Bee’s Wrap, Dr Fred Kniffin, and HOPE are 2019 Addison Chamber award recipients

first_imgEmily Gaynor & Sarah Kaeck of Bee’s Wrap and Rob Carter. Photos courtesy of Joanna Banks-MorganVermont Business Magazine The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business, individual, and non-profit organization with awards during its annual meeting held on October 24th at the Middlebury Inn. Three awards were presented in front of a crowd which included Chamber members, local business people and community members.Bee’s Wrap, located in Middlebury, received the 2019 Business of the Year Award which recognizes businesses that have grown, sometimes despite adversity, while providing excellent products or services while doing well by their employees and the community.Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How can we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?  The company creates wraps that provide a versatile and durable solution for sustainable food storage and has seen rapid growth since its inception in 2012, moving from the founder’s basement to New Haven, then Bristol, and now Exchange Street in Middlebury. Shawn Oxford of Bristol Financial Services presented the award to founder, Sarah Kaeck, who shared, “We are honored to have our business in Addison County.  We are proud of where we live and where we work.  We are proud to bring suppliers and business partners to the area.”Dr. Fred Kniffin of UVM Porter Medical Center and Rob CarterThe 2019 Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Fred Kniffin of UVM/Porter Medical Center.  Dr. Kniffin exemplifies the criteria for which the award is given—a history of getting things done to make the community better in a variety of ways, with no intention of personal reward or recognition.Tom Manion, vice president at Porter, introduced Dr. Kniffin, sharing the three traits he believes make the hospital’s leader worthy of this recognition: fantastic communication, discipline, and being patient/people-centered. Manion shared, “Fred cares deeply about the way this community is cared for.” Upon receiving the Buster Brush Award, Dr. Kniffin reflected on his 29 years at Porter and in this community saying, “I have the best job in the world. My job is an award in and of itself,” emphasizing the meaningful, rewarding work and the great people he has the opportunity to work with.The Chamber’s 2019 Community Achievement Award is given to a non-profit organization that provides a significant and sustained contribution to the wellbeing of the area. This year’s award was presented to HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects).  HOPE’s mission is to improve the lives of low income people in Addison County, Vermont by working with individuals to identify and secure the resources needed to meet their basic needs. Meaghan McLaughlin of the National Bank of Middlebury presented the award, highlighting the organizations “quantifiable impact” this year alone: 72,000 meals served, 400 people assisted with housing/heat/work/medical needs, 581 children benefiting from the holiday program, and 993 new clients.  McLaughlin emphasized the organization’s dynamic and flexible response to the needs of the community, giving the impressive improvements to the organization’s food shelf as an example.Rob Carter, Jeanne Montross, Cathy Eddy, John Betz of HOPEThe award was accepted by Jeanne Montross, executive director of the organization who said, “The work HOPE does is only possible because of the community in which we exist.  You help make our work possible.”Annual Business MeetingAnnual meeting attendees voted on the board of directors for the 2019-2020 year. New to the board this year, serving one-year terms expiring at the 2020 annual meeting are Sue Ritter, Middlebury College; Deborah Wesley, Addison County Home Health and Hospice; Nancy Foster, Champlain Valley Properties; and Jeff Kozak, WhistlePig Distillery.Other board members include:•             *Bethany Dever, Dever Accounting Service, Treasurer•             Karen Duguay, representing Better Middlebury Partnership•             *Judson Hescock, Neuse, Duprey & Putnam, P.C., Past Chair•             Renny Perry, representing Vergennes Downtown Partnership•             Bill Sayre, A. Johnson Lumber Company, representing Addison County Regional Planning Commission•             Len Schmidt, Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center•             *Adam Rainville, Maple Landmark, Chair•             *Meaghan McLaughlin, National Bank of Middlebury, Secretary•             Robert Feuerstein, Kennedy Brothers, shared board member with Addison County Economic Development Corporation•             Dickie Austin, Black Sheep Bistro•             Marty Kulczyk, Robert Frost Mountain Cabins* Designates Chamber OfficersThe board of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce thanked outgoing board member Shawn Oxford of Bristol Financial Services for his seven years of service to the Chamber and the community. Appreciation was also expressed to outgoing board members Ben Calvi of Vermont Cider Company, Courtney DeBisschop of IPJ Real Estate, Sean Flynn of Silver Maple Construction, and Tom Manion of UVM Porter Medical Service.About Addison County Chamber of CommerceFounded in 1969, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in the success of Addison County’s business community. With a full-time paid staff, the Chamber operates a Visitor Information Center just outside of Middlebury’s downtown.  The Addison County Chamber is responsible for promoting the county as a tourism destination, responding to inquiries from visitors and residents as well as providing referrals to member businesses.The Addison County Chamber is a vital resource for the business community by providing governmental affairs programming, educational forums and opportunities to meet other members to create and nurture connections.The Chamber’s mission is to enhance the economic vitality of Addison County.Photos courtesy of Joanna Banks-Morgan:Shawn Oxford and Judson Hescock; Emily Gaynor & Sarah Kaeck of Bee’s Wrap and Rob Carter; Dr. Fred Kniffin of UVM Porter Medical Center and Rob Carter;  Rob Carter, Jeanne Montross, Cathy Eddy, John Betz of HOPE.Source: Middlebury, Vermont – October 24, 2019 – The Addison County Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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Board ponders YLD’s request to host some PWP seminars online

first_img January 15, 2014 Regular News Board ponders YLD’s request to host some PWP seminars online Board ponders YLD’s request to host some PWP seminars onlinecenter_img A proposal by the Young Lawyers Division to hold some of its signature Practicing With Professionalism seminars online, instead of requiring in-person attendance, is being studied by the Board of Governors’ Program Evaluation Committee. PEC Chair Ray Abadin and YLD President Melanie Griffin reported on the effort at the board’s December meeting.Griffin noted about five years ago the YLD moved most of its basic skills courses online, but kept PWP, which all new Bar members must take in their first year of practice, as an in-person course.Though the division had 21 PWP courses last year in cities all over the state, it was still problematic for many new lawyers to get to the class.“With more than 3,000 new lawyers coming into the state of Florida every year, we’re having a hard time keeping up,” Griffin said.And Abadin added: “There are more people needing Practicing With Professionalism than there are in-person slots. Some have to travel across the state to find a seat.”Griffin said when the PWP course in Miami opened for reservations last year, all the seats were taken in six hours.Lawyers who missed out had to drive to another city. The same thing happened for courses in other cities.The YLD, she said, is looking at having around 10 in-person courses and offering the training for the remaining lawyers with interactive online software, including one that allows viewers to ask questions. Griffin said examples of the software would be available to review at the board’s January meeting.Online courses are better, she said, than enlarging the course attendance from around 125 to 400 or 500 lawyers per class.“Then you completely eliminate the ability to have any meaningful dialog or discussion,” Griffin said.Board member Carl Schwait praised the online proposal, saying many students, particularly from rural areas or smaller cities, have trouble finding seats and sometimes drive for several hours only to find the seminar is full.“For rural new lawyers, online is almost the only way to go,” he said.last_img read more

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Chart 205: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 5

first_imgThis chart shows the overall COVID-19 risk by state. The nonprofit organization Covid Act Now monitors daily diagnoses, infection rates, testing positivity, ICU headroom and contacts traced in each state. The overall COVID-19 risk is based on these five metrics. Map credit: mapchart.net. Source: covidactnow.org. Eli Ben-Naimlast_img

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Dublin’s Trinity Capital Hotel on sale for €35m

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Latin American Ports Unprepared for Demand Growth

first_imgAPM Terminals facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina, called T4Economic and population growth rate projections for Latin America have not yet been matched by the port and transportation infrastructure investment needed to accommodate the increased logistics and trade demands this economic growth will require over the next decade, APM Terminals Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Christian Moller Laursen said while addressing the present at the Trade Americas & Connect Americas Expo: Building the Americas conference in Miami.“The latest United Nations projections see a nearly 11% growth in Latin America’s population to 690 million by 2025, nearly 200 million more than the current combined population of the European Union countries. The total container throughput for Central and South America, in comparison, grew by only 1% in 2013, to 45.7 million TEUs. Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, handled 8.6 million TEUs in 2013, approximately the same number as the Port of Antwerp, the 3rd-busiest container port in Europe,” said Mr. Laursen.He added that “this underperformance will only become more acute without a new and invigorated strategy to address and promote necessary infrastructure investment”.Christian Moller Laursen, CFO and Vice President of APM Terminals speaks at the Trade Americas Expo The cost of this port and transportation infrastructure will require significant amounts of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as Latin American nations develop new strategies for the infrastructure to catch up with current and projected future requirements.The importance of developing master plans covering ports as well as the roads and rail connections needed to efficiently link the ports with main population centers was also emphasized, as otherwise these hinterland connections will only create more bottlenecks in the future. Latin America attracted FDI, excluding offshore financial centers, of $182 billion in 2013, or 12.9% of total global FDI of $1.4 trillion last year. The World Economic Forum’s 2014 assessment of port infrastructure ranked major Latin American economies Brazil, Colombia and Argentina 131st, 110th and 99th, respectively, out of 148 nations within their annual survey. “Successful strategies to promote investment and partnerships with the private sector will become significantly more important to address these port and transportation infrastructure opportunities, with realistic and practical concession terms an increasingly crucial component of this process,” said Mr. Laursen. APM Terminals owns a 50% share in Brasil Terminal Portuário, which opened last year in Santos, Brazil, Latin America’s busiest container port, and currently has new terminal development projects underway at Moin, Costa Rica, and Lazaro Cárdenas, Mexico, as well as a major terminal expansion and upgrade in Callao, Peru.[mappress]Press Release, September 05, 2014;Image: APM Terminalslast_img read more

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UK’s South Hook awaits first Aug LNG cargo

first_imgThe UK’s South Hook LNG terminal in Milford Haven will receive a cargo of the chilled gas next week from Qatar.The 210,152 cbm Q-Flex carrier Fraiha is expected to dock at South Hook on August 4, port data reveals.This will be the first August shipment of Qatari LNG to the 15.6 mtpa import facility.According to shipping data, MOL-operated LNG tanker Fraiha is currently sailing offshore Malta.[mappress mapid=”17614″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Port of Milford Havenlast_img