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Pier organizers charting new direction for events

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentPier organizers charting new direction for events Jul. 08, 2019 at 7:30 amEntertainmentFeaturedNewsPier organizers charting new direction for eventsMadeleine Pauker2 years agofront porch cinemaHalloween celebrationMerry-Go-Round DeckNegin SinghpierproconSanta Monica Pier CorpSteam MachinesTwilight The Santa Monica Pier will be pulling funds from some programs this year to invest more money in its banner events, including a new Halloween celebration.The pier has launched or rebranded several events since Negin Singh became executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Corp. in January 2018. Since last summer, it hosted its first holiday celebration in more than a decade, served as one of the main hubs for Santa Monica’s inaugural Pride Month and doubled attendance for Pier 360, a sporty start-of-summer festival. Singh said she wants to continue the momentum over the next year with new and elevated programming. “I don’t want to throw free events, I want to throw “I can’t believe it’s free” events,” she said. “We’re a destination people from all over the world dream about coming to. If they come here, it needs to be amazing.”One new celebration this year will be dedicated to Halloween, Singh said. Depending on the amount of funding the event gets from partners and sponsors, it could range from an installation on and around the Merry-Go-Round Deck to a spooky multiweek occasion.“People go to other attractions in Los Angeles for Halloween and I think the pier deserves to have a piece of that Halloween action,” she said. The new offerings come with a tradeoff, however. To launch programming like Halloween and expand tentpole events such as Twilight on the Pier, the pier will say goodbye to smaller events like Front Porch Cinema, ProCon and Steam Machines. Singh said Front Porch Cinema, a series that started in 2012 and screened four movies on the pier each year, was very expensive and time-consuming to put on compared to the relatively small number of people it served. It cost two-thirds of what it costs to produce Pier 360, which drew 20 times more attendees earlier this month, she said.“The events we’re cutting were really loved by the people who came to them, but we have to make decisions about the best events we can make vs. the most events we can make,” Singh said.Singh said the pier is courting new events from outside producers so the pier team can focus on banner events. For example, other companies may want to screen movies at the pier after Front Porch Cinema is discontinued. The pier is also focusing on growing and diversifying its revenues so it doesn’t have to rely on income from events and funding from corporate partners or the city, Singh said. It will launch a pay-to-download app on its 110th anniversary this fall that visitors can use to tour the pier and learn about its history, which could radically impact the pier’s budgets in the next few years, she said. It has set a goal of growing its rental business by 25% and plans to capitalize on the advertising potential of its social media platforms.“For too long, the situation for the Pier Corp. was if Twilight on the Pier goes down, everything goes down,” she said. “We’re working really hard to not be that vulnerable.”Other plans for this year include making over the Merry-Go-Round Deck as construction on Ocean Front Walk concludes and Starbucks Coffee opens, creating branded content like “A Day at the Pier” or “Foodies Guide to the Pier,” and improving traffic flow at the top and bottom of the pier bridge.“Last year was spent fixing and building the ship. This year is about the direction the ship is going to go,” Singh said. “We’re looking at every single thing we do and thinking about how to make it the best it can be.”[email protected] :front porch cinemaHalloween celebrationMerry-Go-Round DeckNegin SinghpierproconSanta Monica Pier CorpSteam MachinesTwilightshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil approves $450,000 to improve Council ChambersCouncil approves contracts for beach trail constructionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agolast_img read more

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Reyco Granning Announces Organizational Changes

first_imgOn May 7, Christopher Hughes joined Reyco Granning as the new vice president of finance. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Christopher’s extensive experience in process generation and best practices that improve profitability and cost control is an asset to Reyco Granning. We will rely heavily on him as we continue to strengthen our organization as a customized suspension system solution provider for the industry,” said President John Stuart. Hughes has 24 years of experience in manufacturing, having begun his career in 1994 at Armstrong/Triangle Pacific Corp as an audit supervisor and rose to the position of group controller. Prior to joining Reyco Granning, Hughes has served as the chief financial officer at Builders Firstsource, as well as Reliant Worldwide Plastics. In addition, he was the vice president of operations for Smith System Manufacturing Co.He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri Southern and his CPA from the State of Missouri.Hughes replaces Tracy Carll in this role as Carll was promoted to her new position as vice president of supply chain and IT. “Tracy has demonstrated cross-functional leadership and is particularly adept in contract negotiations and cost reduction efforts. She was the ideal candidate to lead our supply chain and IT groups,” said Stuart. “We are fortunate to have Christopher and Tracy in these roles as we continuously improve our organization work daily to fulfill our mission to be a trusted, indispensable partner for suspension solutions.”last_img read more

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Marshfield softball sweeps two from Big Rivers teams

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMAUSTON – The Marshfield softball team improved to 3-0 this season with a pair of victories over Big Rivers Conference competition on Saturday at Woodside Sports Complex.Marshfield whipped Eau Claire Memorial 14-4 and Menomonie 4-3 in nonconference action Saturday afternoon.Marshfield started out the game against Memorial on fire, scoring 11 straight runs with one out in the bottom of the first inning to take an 11-2 lead.Megan Donahue had an RBI triple and a two-run double in the first inning, and Caitlin Kozik added an RBI double in the rally.Kozik earned the win, striking out two and not allowing a walk in a complete-game effort.The Tigers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning of the second game as well, but quickly rallied and held on late for the win over Menomonie.Marshfield scored twice in the bottom of the first to tie it, and had single runs in the fourth and sixth to pull ahead by two. The Mustangs scored once in the seventh, but Donahue closed out the win. She had nine strikeouts and three walks to earn the victory.Lexi Dupee was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple, and finished with five hits overall in the two games.“The top of the batting order, especially at the beginning of the games, have really been coming through,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “Overall, the offense is doing a pretty good job. We’re getting girls on base, moving them around and coming through with big hits to score some runs.”Marshfield hosts Stevens Point at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 14, Old Abes 4Eau Claire Memorial 200 02 – 4 8 3Marshfield (11)03 0x – 14 11 3WP: Caitlin Kozik. LP: Miah Peterson.SO: Peterson 1, Dani Mestelle 2; Kozik 2. BB: Peterson 3, Mestelle 1; Kozik 0.Top hitters: M, Megan Donahue 2×2, 2B, 3 RBIs; Kozik 2B; Melissa Roberts 2 hits; Lexi Dupee 2 RBIs.Records: Marshfield 2-0; Memorial 0-2.—Tigers 4, Mustangs 3Menomonie 200 000 1 – 3 5 1Marshfield 200 101 x – 4 5 3WP: Donahue. LP: Manor.SO: Manor 3; Donahue 9. BB: Manor 0; Donahue 3.Top hitters: MAR, Dupee 3×3, 2 2Bs, 3B; Emily Draeger 2B.Records: Marshfield 3-0; Menomonie 0-3.last_img read more

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Will wearables’ biometrics out you as a bad shot?

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… David Curry Video games in the future may involve strapping a bunch of wearables to your head, arms, and feet, in order to get the most immersive experience.That’s what some industry observers are suggesting, as virtual reality (VR) devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR start to arrive in homes.See Also: Huawei focused on virtual reality and Internet of Things in 2016“For virtual reality, you need sensors to detect whether the user is standing or squatting, and to control input,” said Li Zhifei, CEO of Mobvoi, a Chinese startup that produces the Ticwatch. Zhifei added that a wearable ring could provide that control input.Smartwatches could go even further, providing video games with biometric data like the player’s heart rate. Valve CEO Gabe Newell said the company was working on biometric input in a 2013 interview with The Verge:“We think that, unlike motion input where we kind of struggled to come up with ideas, there’s potential in biometrics. We have lots of ideas … Biometrics is essentially adding more communication bandwidth between the game and the person playing it, especially in ways the player isn’t necessarily conscious of. Biometrics gives us more visibility.”Biometric data might tell you you’re a bad shotValve hasn’t launched any major biometric trackers, but we suspect as SteamVR comes to more homes, it will work with third-parties to provide biometric support for video games.Biometrics could make shooters and horror games more interactive by adding more suspense or lowering accuracy.“Biometric gaming is still in its early stages, but there are companies who are integrating and experimenting with our technology right now,” said Steven LeBoeuf, president of biometric company Valencell, which recently filed a lawsuit against Apple.What we need to see is openness across the industry, between device manufacturers, platform providers, and video game developers. Only then will we see biometrics and wearables integrated into all types of experiences. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#biometrics#HTC Vive VR#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus#smartwatch#Valve#virtual reality#VR#wearables center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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Automated SCCM 2007 Bare-Metal Provisioning

first_imgIn order for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager to provision a vPro system, via bare-metal provisioning, it needs to know its UUID (Also referred to as a GUID), MAC address, short name and FQDN.  This information can be collected into a CSV file and imported into SCCM manually, or automatically by leveraging a script and WMI.  This package will outline the security configuration and point you to resources you can use to create a script to automate this process.  You can get a copy here:Update 6/25/2009:  An updated version of the script is available at the link below.http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-3067last_img read more

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Police administration have to remain watchful ahead of festive season Mamata

first_imgDarjeeling: On the heels of the Kajipara blast, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday ordered the police and administration to be more vigilant and proactive, especially during the forthcoming festive season.The Chief Minister arrived on a two day tour of North Bengal on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering at the inaugural programme of ‘Bhorer Alo’ in Jalpaiguri district, she stated that there could be planned efforts by some to create disturbances during the festive season.”The festive season is round the corner. There are some selfish people who cannot tolerate people rejoicing and having fun and will try to spoil it. They will go about it in a planned manner. The District Magistrates and Superintendent of Policeswill have to keep their eyes and ears open. They have to remain on guard and watchful,” stated Banerjee.last_img read more

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Blazing sun fails to deter voters across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A large number of people turned up at polling booths in all nine Parliamentary seats of Bengal, braving hot and humid conditions on Sunday, whereas two poll personnel fell ill due to excessive heat. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore had earlier predicted that the temperature would remain on the higher side on the day of the final phase of election. The mercury had started climbing from last Friday in the city. Along with the voters, the polling personnel also faced difficulties in conducting polls due to the high levels of humidity. The MeT office also said that the temperature may continue to go up in the city and some other South Bengal districts in the next couple of days. There is no prediction of rainfall at least in the next 24 hours, the weather office added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPeople were seen perspiring heavily while standing in queues outside various polling stations in Kolkata North and Kolkata South constituencies, during the afternoon hours. Many polling personnel had gone to the booths on Saturday, a day before the final phase of the polls, with ORS and other necessary items to fight the heat. Voters were found standing in queues outside polling booths with umbrellas to protect themselves from the blazing sun. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMathurapur (SC) constituency recorded 78.52 percent polling till 5 pm, with 77.77 percent in Basirhat, 77.40 in Diamond Harbour, 75.81 in Joynagar, 74.41 in Barasat, 73.05 in Dum Dum, 70.97 in Jadavpur, 67.09 in Kolkata South and 61.18 in Kolkata North. Polling was conducted till 6 pm and latest data regarding the final poll percentage is yet to be compiled. The overall percentage of votes in the nine constituencies remained at 72.91 percent till 5 pm, which is expected to go up after the final tally.last_img read more

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Visva Bharati University students call off agitation

first_imgKolkata: Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University along with other professors, who were gheraoed by the students inside the university since Tuesday, were released after the agitating students called off their sit-in demonstration on Wednesday evening.Students decided to withdraw their agitation after the university officials assured that their demands would be looked into after May 25. The students were protesting against the university’s decision to increase the fee structure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAround 80 students held a sit-in protest and prevented faculty members and officials from leaving the university campus. A meeting was held on Tuesday evening to discuss the matter, but as the authorities failed to find a solution. The agitating students said that the university authorities have doubled the fee amount this year. They said Rabindra Nath Tagore never wanted to burden students with heavy fees and hence the university officials were not showing respect to the bard. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThey alleged that university cannot increase the fee arbitrarily in this manner. It was learnt that some university professors fell ill after they remained gheroaed for a long time. It was alleged that some teachers were heckled by the students when they tried to move out of the university. Earlier, students had submitted a memorandum to the university authorities in this regard but no steps were taken. They later decided to launch a sit-in demonstration. A meeting was held on the university campus, where the officials decided to consider the demands of the students. They told the students that they were looking into possibilities to rollback the fee hike. Another meeting would take place after May 25. However, students have threatened to launch a bigger protest if their demands were not met. A senior official of the Visva Bharati University said student agitation was a common thing at the varsity. Many discussions were held and some meetings will be shortly conducted. The matter will be settled and the students and authorities will soon work out a solution. “Students fail to understand certain things at times because they are young. But we will definitely try to make them understand by discussing the problem with them,” the official said.last_img read more

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Trumps proposed budget could mean the end of Brand USA

first_imgTrump’s proposed budget could mean the end of Brand USA Travelweek Group Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Share Tags: America, Brand USA, Donald Trumpcenter_img WASHINGTON — Brand USA, the federally funded organization that promotes the U.S. as a tourist destination, is on the chopping block, following details of President Trump’s controversial budget proposal that’s being delivered to Congress today.According to USA Today, the budget would eliminate Brand USA and shift revenue over to Customs and Border Protection. Summary budget documents reveal how the proposal would raise the deficit US$510 million over the next three years.In an official statement, U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow said: “With all that’s going on in the world, unilaterally disarming the marketing of the U.S. as a travel destination would be to surrender market share at the worst possible time. It’s especially perplexing that the elimination of Brand USA is on the table when both Commerce Secretary Ross and OMB (office of Management and Budget) Director Mulvaney each have supported it previously.”Dow also noted that Brand USA was a “bipartisan effort” and that the organization has contributed nearly $9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“Brand USA isn’t funded with a dime of taxpayer money, reduced the deficit by $50 million, and by the OMB’s own accounting eliminating it would put the federal budget further in the red,” he added.“With international visitation being the country’s number two export supporting 15 million American jobs, we’re struggling to understand how cutting Brand USA squares with this administration’s stated priorities.”Just last month, Brand USA launched its ‘See How Far You Can Go’ campaign in major markets around the world.Anne Madison, chief strategy and communications officer at Brand USA, told Travelweek in February that the organization believes “there is more recognition today than ever before of travel and tourism as a significant source of fuelling the nation’s economy and creating jobs – and this extends well beyond just the travel industry. We were created to increase international visitation to the United States in order to fuel the nation’s economy, and that’s exactly what we are doing and will continue to focus on.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMadison also went on to say that Brand USA’s campaigns and marketing initiatives have helped welcome more than 3 million incremental visitors to the country, and infused the nation’s economy with more than $21 billion in total economic impact.Over the next few months, Congress will debate whether to change or ignore the Trump administration’s proposals to the budget. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Air Canada sees record 300 million earnings in Q2

center_img MONTREAL — Air Canada shares jumped almost 10% Tuesday as the airline reported record second-quarter earnings and a well-received outlook.The company posted profits of $300 million for the quarter ending June 30, up from the $186 million a year ago, as traffic increased while costs dropped.The strong traffic numbers were highlighted on June 29, when Air Canada set what is says is its all-time record of nearly 167,000 passengers – a level the company expects to beat this coming August long weekend, says CEO Calin Rovinescu.“Demand remains strong, within a stable fuel and pricing environment, as we move into what is traditionally our most important quarter,” Rovinescu said on an analyst call.RBC Capital Markets analyst Walter Spracklin said the results came in well ahead of expectations, with strong showings across all metrics and more to come in the future.“The company exceed expectations that were already revised higher,” he wrote in an analyst note.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSpracklin said Air Canada’s prospects would continue to improve as it reduces debt and boosts cash flow, with the company just at the start of a trend that will be fully felt by 2022.“With the solid execution in the first half of 2017 and fundamental trends all pointing in the right direction, we remain positive on the AC shares.”Air Canada profit for the quarter amounted to $1.08 per diluted share, compared with a profit of 66 cents per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the airline says it earned $215 million or 78 cents per diluted share for the quarter, up from $203 million or 72 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $3.91 billion for the three-month period, up from nearly $3.46 billion a year ago, as it increased capacity and saw traffic grow by 13.6 per cent.The company’s share price was up $1.87 or 9.43% to $21.70 in midday trading. Air Canada sees record $300 million earnings in Q2 Tags: Air Canada, Profit Reportlast_img read more