Weber State To Commence Construction On Stewart Stadium Complex

first_img Tags: Groundbreaking/South Dakota Coyotes/Stewart Stadium/Weber State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Later this month, Weber State’s athletic department will commence construction on a state-of-the-art athletic complex at the north end of Stewart Stadium.This building will include the Barbara and Rory Youngberg Football Center, the Sark’s Boys Getaway, the Stromberg Strength and Conditioning Complex, the Marquardt-Kimball Plaza and the Behnken Plaza.This will be a 27,000-square foot building and serve as the main entrance into the stadium.This will also consist of a new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility and feature new team locker rooms and a newly expanded football equipment room.Construction is to commence August 28 and there will be a groundbreaking ceremony prior to the kickoff of the September 15 home game against South Dakota.This is a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and the groundbreaking ceremony is slated for 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State To Commence Construction On Stewart Stadium Complex Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Projected Non-Conference Schedule Is Revealed

first_img Written by Brad James August 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Projected Non-Conference Schedule Is Revealed Tags: SUU Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Monday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball coach Todd Simon announced the Thunderbirds’ prospective non-conference schedule.SUU is projected to start their season November 10 at Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference in Los Angeles.The Thunderbirds will then visit a pair of Power 5 conference foes in visiting national power Kansas November 13 at Lawrence, Kan. and Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference at Winston-Salem, N.C. November 15.Simon, a native Michigander, will then take his squad to Crisler Arena of Ann Arbor, Mich. to face Big Ten power Michigan November 27.Loyola Marymount is coming off an 11-21 season in 2019-20 and have a new head coach in Stan Johnson.Kansas, who would have been the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before its ultimate cancellation last March, is coming off of a 28-3 (.903) season.Kansas head coach Bill Self, entering his 18th season as the Jayhawks’ head coach, has led the squad to a 501-109 (.821) record, including a national title in 2008.Wake Forest is coming off of a 13-18 season, resulting in the firing of Danny Manning, who was 78-111 (.413) in six seasons at the helm of the Demon Deacons’ program.Wake Forest is now coached by former East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes who was 130-43 (.751) in five seasons coaching the Buccaneers.Michigan is coached by second-year head coach Juwan Howard, who went 19-12 (.613) last season.SUU will commence its home schedule December 5 by hosting NCCAA foe Bethesda of Anaheim, Calif.last_img read more

Ocean City Music Pier Summer Concert Schedule

first_imgSunday, September 77:30Our Three Tenors II$20 Sunday, July 208:00Our Three Tenors I$20 Wednesday, August 68:00POPS Potpourri!$15/$10 Tuesday, August 198:00Atlantic Brass Band$15/$10 Sunday, June 298:00Tribute to Neil Sedaka!!$15/$10 Tues, July 8; Weds, July 9; Thurs, July 107:30Broadway Show – Guys and Dolls$30/$25 Tues, Aug 12, Weds, Aug 138:00The Best of Richard Rodgers & Andrew L. Webber$20/$12 Sunday, August 38:00Bizet to Broadway!$20/$12 Wednesday, July 28:00POPS Goes All American!$15/$10 Sunday, June 227:30Opening Night! Singer Bobby Rydell$30/$25 Tuesday, August 58:00Shalom Broadway!$20 Wednesday, September 107:30A Night in Old Vienna$15/$10 Wednesday, August 208:00That’s Amore! Music of the Great Italians$20/$12 Sunday, July 278:00I Got Rhythm!$20/$12 Sunday, August 108:00Night at the Opera!$15/$10 Date  Time            Concert TitleTicket Pricecenter_img Wednesday, July 168:00Best of the POPS!$15/$10 Wednesday, July 308:00When Harry and Glenn Come to Town!$15/$10 Thursday, July 102:00Broadway Show – Guys and Dolls$30/$25 More than just a celebrity gimmick, the Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) have become favorites in the Ocean City Music Pier Summer Concert Series with a great rock show.The schedule for the Ocean City Music Pier Monday Night Concert Series has just been released.Tickets will go on sale at the Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) on Sat., May 24 at 9 a.m. (cash and check only) or are available now at Ticketmaster.com (fees apply).June 30: Get The Led Out, Led Zeppelin tribute band, $35July 7: “Zappa Plays Zappa,” Dweezil Zappa plays the music of his late father, Frank Zappa, $35July 14: David Bromberg Quintet, legendary folk and blues guitarist on tour with band, $35July 21 Bacon Brothers, gritty rock from a band led by actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, Michael., $35July 28: The Machine performs Pink Floyd, $35Aug.4: G. Love and Special Sauce, alternative band from Philadelphia, $35Aug. 11: Indigo Girls, folk-rock duo, $37.All shows begin 7:30 p.m. For more information visit www.ocnj.us or call (609) 525-9300 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Tickets for Ocean City Pops Orchestra summer concerts (see schedule below) will be available online and at the Music Pier Box Office starting 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17. Visit ocnj.us/BoxOffice to purchase tickets online.Tickets for all Ocean City Theatre Company productions are currently available for purchase only at ocnj.us/BoxOffice. For information, visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118. Tuesday, July 158:00Ed Wise and His New Orleans Big Band$15/$10 Sunday, July 138:00Sammy Davis Tribute$20/$12 Tues, July 22; Weds, July 238:00Lights, Camera ….The Oscars!$20/$12 Sun, Aug 31; Tues, Sept 2; Fri, Sept 57:30Broadway Show – Swing!$30/$25 Tuesday, August 268:00POPS Plays Mozart!$15/$10 Wednesday, August 278:00Pop & Jazz Singer Diane Schuur!$20 Sunday, August 248:00Classical Pops!$15/$10 Sunday, August 178:00The White Cliffs of Dover$15/$10 Sunday, September 147:30Seasonal Delights!*$15 *Seasonal Delights show will be held at the Ocean City High School Performing Arts Centerlast_img read more

Braby is victim of recession

first_imgBraby, manufacturer of bulk storage and process systems, has gone into administration, with 27 of its 53-strong workforce made redundant.The Bristol-based firm, which offers ATEX-compliant silos, tanks, vessels, as well as maintenance and cleaning, was founded in 1839, but has been hit hard during the global recession. Nigel Morrison of administrator Grant Thornton said that despite having been a long-established business, and the UK market leader in its field, Braby “was not immune to the global recession, which has led to its blue-chip customer base reducing its spend on large capital items”.He said Braby’s directors had been in discussions with a large European group for some time, which it hoped would provide finance into the firm to secure its future. “Unfortunately, these discussions came to an end and the directors made the difficult decision to appoint administrators.”The business is continuing to trade in the short term and with hopes to sell it as a going concern, added Morrison.last_img read more

Checklist and coaching program in India markedly improved childbirth care but did not reduce death rates

first_imgA checklist and coaching intervention to improve facility-based childbirth care and reduce deaths of women and newborns in India achieved significant gains in the quality of care during labor and delivery, but the improvements were insufficient to reduce death rates, according to a new study.The BetterBirth study is one of the largest ever conducted in maternal-newborn health, with more than 300,000 women and newborns. It is also the first study to rigorously demonstrate large-scale, broad-based improvement in care during the 48-hour period of labor and delivery when women and newborns face the greatest risk of death and complications.The study appears in the Dec. 14, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.The research was led by Ariadne Labs, a joint center of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, in partnership with the Governments of India and Uttar Pradesh; Community Empowerment Lab in Lucknow, India; Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Belgaum, India; Population Services International, and the World Health Organization. It was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The quality of care around the time of childbirth has been recognized globally as a major contributor to the persistently high rates of preventable maternal and infant deaths in childbirth, even though more women are delivering babies at facilities.  The WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist was designed to target the seven major causes of death by helping birth attendants consistently follow basic practices such as handwashing and use of clean gloves to prevent infection.In this randomized study conducted from 2014 to 2016, birth attendants and managers at 60 rural health centers in Uttar Pradesh were coached on use of the WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist … Sixty matched facilities that did not receive the intervention served as comparison sites … After two months of coaching, birth attendants completed 73 percent of the essential birth practices, 1.7 times better than the control arm at 42 percent … At twelve months, four months after the coaching ended, completion of checklist items persisted at 62 percent percent, 1.4 times better than control facilities, which remained unchanged. There was no difference between intervention and control sites, however, in stillbirths, seven-day newborn mortality, and seven-day maternal mortality and morbidity. Perinatal mortality, for instance, was 47 deaths per 1,000 live births in both groups.“Overall, we found that coaching birth attendants and managers to use the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist produced greater adherence to essential birth practices, representing significant improvements in care for women and newborns,” said BetterBirth Director Dr. Katherine Semrau, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and lead author.“This was the first rigorous study of deploying checklists and coaching at large scale,” said Ariadne Labs Executive Director Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard Chan School professor and senior co-author, who helped lead the development of the Safe Childbirth Checklist with WHO. “The results demonstrated impressive behavior change. Now we in public health must identify the additional ingredients required to produce the complete recipe for saving lives at childbirth.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

VR 101: What Virtual Reality Looks Like Today

first_imgVirtual Reality (VR) – what does it really mean? What does it encompass? Is everyone of the same mindset when it comes down to describing exactly what VR is and, more importantly, is not?I know it is bad form to start a topic where you are looking for answers and then more questions come at you right off the bat, but in a world with a lack of definitions currently. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology has a great academic explanation for classifying VR and hopefully we can distill that down even further as we go through the musings.There are several different experiences available on the market which give a range of different experiences. Hopefully, the overview outlined here will give you a better understanding of what to expect from each device and to have the correct expectation of performance. Is it unreasonable to think that a phone encased in cardboard and held onto your face by your own hands is going to yield the same experience as a full headset with inbuilt audio and full room tracking immersion being driven by a full-fledged PC? The short answer is yes. For a longer explanation and to see the ‘working out rationale’ then please – continue reading.At this moment in time there are three ways of consuming VR content with differing levels of experience – phone-based, console-based and PC-based.Phone-Based VRPhones are ubiquitous. They are now such a part of our everyday lives that they do far more than just keep us in voice contact with the rest of the world. They now tell us what is involved in our day, traffic conditions to make sure we are on time for a meeting, ordering takeaways and filling our social calendars with suggestions and recommendations. It makes sense then that the highest volume of VR ready devices are phones. The most common example is 360 video, and this forms the gateway to VR – a user can pan around inside the video and experience more than just a limited area flat screen.For other forms of VR the phone would normally reside inside a housing using two lenses to give separation of the left and right view and immerse the user that way. This increases the load on the phone as it is now doing far more than just answer calls and so can dramatically use up precious battery life and heat up the phone considerably. To some this is a trade off of experiencing VR on the move at a low price point and without cables or wires and is a good starting point in the VR journey. However, to others, this is a half-way house to experiencing immersive VR which requires higher spec equipment.I always find it an interesting data point when it is said phone VR starts at $15 (about the price of a Google Cardboard for instance) and that VR is too expensive further up the chain as it requires a headset and PC to drive it. This makes an assumption that the user already has a phone and yet the same assumption is not made that a user already has a gaming PC that is capable of driving VR. If we compare like-to-like, then VR on a phone is the price of a phone plus a headset which significantly reduces the price differential.Console-Based VRImage courtesy Creative Commons by Marco Verch.The Playstation VR offering has been available for some time now and offers an experience above that of a phone. Increased resolution, a more immersive experience driven by better graphics and central processing unit (CPU), as well as the introduction of external controllers can increase interactivity and thus immersion.If you are already a Playstation 4 user, the addition of PlaystationVR headset, camera and controllers can be a good option if you are not looking to purchase a PC-based solution. It also has a certain family acceptance value in that you are not dedicating space in the house to a VR setup and can be accessed in the family TV space relatively easily. However, for full immersion and the ability to look, aim and shoot behind you quickly then we need to look at other solutions.PC-Based VRThe top level of VR offering is the PC-based experience and here you can have multiple different offerings, again giving some unique benefits and limitations. Windows Mixed Reality has recently been announced by Microsoft and this supports both augmented reality (Hololens) and virtual reality devices. It is important not to be confused by the name of the technology and think that anything that uses Windows Mixed Reality is indeed a device where you are overlaying graphics on your view of the real world. This assumption could be costly as family heirlooms, the TV set, and possibly the pet dog, fall foul of the thinking that the inside of the spaceship you are liberating was in fact your living room.Several PC manufacturers have announced headsets to work on Windows Mixed Reality including Dell, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP. These were all based off the Microsoft design and unique touches have been made by each vendor. However, remember, these are VR devices.The resolution of the Dell Visor (which I wrote about previously) is increased over console and phone based VR and also offers the six degrees of freedom controllers (up/down/left/right/forwards/backwards) for full immersion. Simple things were also taken into account to increase comfort for the wearer such as making sure the cables exit the rear of the unit to help with balance and that the visor can be lifted without removing the headset. If you are having a group VR session with friends then you also have the removable/replaceable foam surround for comfort and also an easy to use tension wheel for head adjustment.One area of VR that can cause friction in households is the placement of the cameras/lighthouses/trackers to detect movement of the user in 3D space. Whilst some may think they are a talking point of interest and fall in the same category as photos on the mantle or the artistic arrangement of twigs in a tall glass vase, then others in the household may beg to differ. The Dell Visor operates through inside out tracking by examining the environment via two cameras in the headset and mapping spatial location to fixed points in the room. This means no external cameras or sensors to clutter the environment. The controllers are also tracked via the cameras and so the whole unit is contained to the space of the user – as you turn the cameras work out the difficult stuff and ensure you have a smooth, immersive experience. The one drawback to this is that if the controllers are out of view of the headset cameras for an extended period of time then the tracking on the controllers is lost.Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are the top devices on the market today. Offering two lighthouses, in the case of Vive, and three USB sensors for the Rift then full 360 tracking can be achieved. This comes at the expense of a dedicated space to set up the cables and play area but offers the best overall experience. The screens are based on OLED technology, rather than LCD, and this can give a better image via the refresh and latency advantages.So, in summary, every experience comes with tradeoffs and it is important to consider budget, the experience you want, and the impact to others around you. Costs and experience generally track each other – the more you spend the better the end result – seems to be an immutable fact of life. All the way from the entry level costs of a phone device as an affordable entry point, all the way up to the highest end today – the HTC Vive.How To Choose PC ConfigurationNow we come to the question of ‘You want to go with a PC experience but how do you choose which PC configuration is right for your needs?’There are lots of stickers, logos, marketing statements that basically say ‘VR Ready’ or ‘Certified’ for individual components in VR. However, the solution is only as strong as the weakest part. If you put a GPU into an underpowered system then the CPU cannot feed the pipeline quick enough to give a good experience.  This would be like putting an 800BHP engine into a small family car. Sure, it might fit, but then as soon as you press the accelerator expect it to look and feel like a clown car as the tires melt and bits and pieces fall off or break off the chassis. Not a funny experience if it is your car.At Dell we have put a lot of work behind our new ‘Ready for VR’ testing and logo and it spans both consumer and commercial products. By choosing a system that is labelled ‘Ready for VR’ then you can be assured of a great experience whether you choose a Windows Mixed Reality headset, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive – we are making the choice easier and eliminating confusion and doubt that the system may not be able to take full advantage of the new wave of VR functionality. The logo will be displayed on the website against all systems so buyers can purchase with confidence.The More You KnowWith all that said, then hopefully this has helped in positioning some of the key technologies available today. Ultimately it is your choice as to which experience is right for you and how much time, space and finance you want to put into it.VR is maturing and the ecosystem is growing, product offerings are continuing to increase and, as they do, so does complexity. All of the choices can lead to analysis paralysis – the fear of choosing the wrong path. At the same time, the technology is growing in the consumer space as well as the commercial and there is a FOMO effect – the fear of missing out on this new technology.My advice in all this? Try them all.There are location based experiences, stores, tech shows, friends who have already taken the plunge, VR Centers of Excellence for our commercial customers – there are places you can see and touch (and in some cases smell) various levels of VR experience and work out what is right for you. Do not believe that if you have tried a phone VR experience that that is as good as it gets and also do not run away with the notion that the entry cost for VR runs into the thousands of dollars. Dell and the market at large are working to reduce the entry costs of VR to give more access and experiences to all and we are seeing the fruit of that labor starting to appear today.Above all, whichever path you choose, have fun! It is, quite literally, a different world out there waiting to be explored and all that is missing is you.last_img read more

Vermont legislative committees to hold FairPoint hearing

first_imgThe House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, joined by members of the Senate Economic Development and Finance Committees, will hold a FairPoint Communications briefing and update on Thursday, September 24. The hearing will be an opportunity for legislators to gain a fuller understanding of the challenges facing FairPoint and explore ways in which the legislature can ensure Vermonters’ interests are protected. The House and Senate Committees will hear from the President of FairPoint Communications, the Department of Public Service, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, and Labor representatives.The agenda for the hearing is pasted below and attached to this advisory.What: FairPoint Communications HearingWhen: Thursday, September 24. 1:00-4:30 pmWho: House Commerce and Economic Development, Senate Economic Development and Senate Finance CommitteesWhere: Room 11, State HouseAGENDARoom 11, State HouseThursday, September 24, 20091:00 p.m.    FairPoint Communications Briefing and UpdateHouse Commerce and Economic Development Committee joined by Members of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee Peter Nixon, President, Fairpoint Communications David O’Brien, Commissioner, Department of Public Service Charles King, Principal, Liberty Consulting William Shuttleworth, Executive Director, Vermont Telecommunications Authority Mike Spillane, Business Manager, Local 2326, IBEW.Source: Senator Shumlin’s office. 9.18.2009last_img read more

Gigawatt-sized Cultana Solar Farm takes shape in South Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Billionaire UK industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1bn, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead Australian industry’s transition to more competitive power.In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, which will also include a lithium-ion battery bigger than Elon Musk’s, Gupta’s energy company Simec Zen has released details of its Cultana Solar Farm.The project will produce 280 megawatts of power and feature 780,000 solar panels, generating enough electricity for 96,000 homes.Other projects in Gupta’s energy blueprint include the lithium-ion battery, expanded solar farms, a co-generation scheme to power his Whyalla steelworks using waste gas, and pumped hydro projects earmarked for the Middleback Ranges.Gupta said while coal and other fossil-fuels would play an important role in Australia’s energy transition, renewables offered the best future for energy‐intensive industries. “All of these projects will not only improve reliability and greatly reduce the cost of electricity in our own operations, they will also provide competitive sources of power for other industrial and commercial users, while at the same time playing a key role in the market’s transition towards renewables,” he said.“We have a strong conviction that traditional carbon‐intensive generation sources do not have a long‐term future as the predominant source of power in Australia and globally. We believe the world is undergoing a momentous transition to renewable power as the cost of renewables drops dramatically and quickly.”More: Sanjeev Gupta: $1bn South Australia renewable energy plan will mean cheaper power Gigawatt-sized Cultana Solar Farm takes shape in South Australialast_img read more

India’s largest oil refiner to invest $3.5 billion in renewable energy projects

first_imgIndia’s largest oil refiner to invest $3.5 billion in renewable energy projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Indian largest oil refiner and marketer is planning a large investment for a major push in renewable energy.According to media reports, Indian Oil Corporation plans to invest as much as Rs 25,000 crore (US$3.5 billion) over the next few years to set up wind, solar, and bio-fuel plants. The company is also looking to invest in alternate energy solutions.The company has an installed renewable energy capacity of 216 megawatts. The company did not share the exact details of how it plans to increase this installed capacity but did share some broad initiatives it is looking to implement or expand upon.One of those initiatives is the installation of solar power systems at Indian Oil’s fuel retail stations. The company has around 24,000 retailing stations. In 2015, we covered a story that the company was planning to install solar power systems at 10,000 of these stations. Indian Oil had announced a scheme offering a financial subsidy up to 50% for the fuel station owners to set up solar power systems, with and without battery storage. The company has reported that around 2,000 of these fuel stations have solar power systems installed.In the recent past, the company has also announced plans to set up large-scale solar power parks for self-consumption and to meet its renewable purchase obligation. Indian Oil, along with Oil India Corporation, had signed an agreement with the state government of Madhya Pradesh to develop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 2.7 gigawatts.More: India’s largest oil refiner plans $3.5 billion renewable energy investmentlast_img read more

Online romance leads to $1.2 million fraud

first_imgAn Ohio man allegedly used the allures of a romantic relationship to get a woman who worked at a California credit union to open nearly $3 million in fraudulent lines of credit that led to more than $1.2 million in losses, according an FBI cybercrimes investigator.Phillip Cook, 50, of South Euclid, Ohio, was arrested July 28 by U.S. Marshals and remains in federal custody on a criminal complaint filed by the FBI in California. Cook will be asking a federal judge in Cleveland next week to reconsider his detention and an order to transport him to California to face charges.In November 2014, Indira Mohabir, 41, of La Habra, Calif., was working as a business loan processor for then Western Federal Credit Union, which changed its name in 2016 to the $2.7 billion UNIFY Financial Federal Credit Union in Torrance.  Around that time, she became involved in an online relationship with Cook. Mohabir was charged last year with financial institution fraud, conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and unauthorized issuance of credit union obligations. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more