Mudslide-devastated California towns face evacuations, brace for downpour

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MONTECITO, Calif.) — Rain is pummeling the West Coast from Oregon to Southern California as the strongest storm of the season moves in over the next 24 hours.Waves of rain are expected over the next two days in California, with the heaviest hitting the southern part of the state.In Santa Barbara County, 30,000 people were told to evacuate, including residents of Montecito, who were hard-hit from the deadly mudslides in January.The heaviest rain is expected to reach Southern California on Thursday, and rainfall rates could be as high as 1 inch per hour — causing possible mudslides and rock slides.Rainfall totals in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara could reach 2 to 3 inches. The coastal range could see as much as 5 to 10 inches.Meanwhile, a winter storm warning is also in effect for the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in Northern California, which could see close to 5 feet of snow by Saturday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shot

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFILE photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Beloved Boston icon David Ortiz brought the crowd at Fenway Park to its feet after making a surprise appearance three months after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.Ortiz, the retired Red Sox slugger, was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation Monday night when he came out to throw out the first pitch ahead of the team’s game against the New York Yankees. It was his first public appearance since the shooting on June 9.“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said before the game. ” I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family, they have always been there for me, supported [me]. With what happened to me, they were the first supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox family.”Ortiz, who is affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was sitting at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman came behind him and opened fire. An investigation into the shooting revealed that Ortiz was not the intended target and the bullets were meant for his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.Oritz underwent at least three surgeries after he was shot in the back. He was released from the hospital nearly 7 weeks after the shooting.Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, of New Jersey, was arrested and identified as the alleged gunman who shot Ortiz. Thirteen other suspects have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the shooting.Mookie Betts, the right fielder for the Red Sox, posted a tribute to Ortiz welcoming him back.“So glad to have you back! Love you big bro,” he wrote on Instagram.Red Sox fans were pleasantly surprised at both the appearance and how good he looked on Monday.“Everybody stood up. It was unbelievable,” one Red Sox fan told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB. “Everyone was just cheering. It was crazy.”“He actually looked really good when he came out,” the fan said. “I was surprised. I thought he’d be, like, maybe limping or with someone helping him, but he ran right out there.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img September 10, 2019 /Sports News – National David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shotlast_img read more

Lummus Novolen Technology Awarded Major Polypropylene Contract

first_imgNovolen polypropylene (PP) technology offers customers several advantages including low capital and operating expense Lummus Novolen Technology Awarded Major Polypropylene Contract. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay.) Lummus Technology today announced that its Novolen business has been awarded a PP contract by Jin Guo Tou (Jinzhou) Petrochemical Co., Ltd. at its petrochemical facility in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, China.“We are grateful to Jin Guo Tou for selecting Novolen, which builds on the recent series of awards and strong track record of our PP technology,” said Leon de Bruyn, Lummus Technology’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “With Novolen, our clients can achieve optimized performance of their facilities and produce a flexible range of products for all PP applications while enjoying low capital and operating costs.”Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for a 900 KTA polypropylene unit as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply. The unit consists of one line of 300 KTA and one line of 600 KTA, the largest single-line capacity that has been licensed in the market today.Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH licenses polypropylene technology and provides related engineering and technical support/advisory services. Novolen also supplies NHP® catalysts for the production of high-performance polypropylene grades and NOVOCENE® metallocene catalyst for the production of special polypropylene grades. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Jazz Legends Chick Corea & Gary Burton Perform On NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

first_imgAs lovers of creative music performances, it’s no wonder that we’re big fans of NPR’s Tiny Desk Series. The esteemed NPR Music program sees a bevy of renowned musicians, huddled around the titular tiny desk, performing in an extremely intimate setting. The results are typically magical, as evidenced by past episodes featuring Trey Anastasio, The Alabama Shakes and more!Watch Trey Anastasio’s Tiny Desk Concert At NPRThe latest installment of the series comes from legendary jazz musicians Chick Corea and Gary Burton, who are long-time collaborators. Corea, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, posed one of the biggest challenges for the series yet: how do they get a grand piano in there? As NPR explains, “Piano movers hauled the 900-pound Yamaha C7 grand piano from our first-floor performance studio up the freight elevator to the fourth-floor Tiny Desk area. But weeks of meticulous measuring and planning paid off when the rented vibes were delivered and just fit alongside the piano.”Why Jazz Is The Most Stimulating Genre Of Music, According To ScienceWith the planning taken care of, the two titans played two songs together, “Love Castle” and “Crystal Silence.” Watch the full video below.last_img read more

The Revivalists Honor Chuck Berry, Cover AC/DC With A Bagpiper In Chicago [Photos/Videos]

first_imgPhotographer Keith Griner of Phierce Photo was on site to capture the show. Enjoy his gallery below:Setlist: The Revivalists | Concord Music Hall | Chicago, IL | 3/18/17:Bulletproof, Amber, Keep Going, Fade Away, Hurricane Winslow, Fireflies, Up In The Air, Need You, Stand Up, Johnny B. Goode, Monster, Criminal, It Was A Sin, You & IE: Gold To Glass, Wish I Knew You > It’s A Long Way To The Top w/ bagpiper Load remaining images The Revivalists made their way to the Concord Music Hall this Saturday night. With Chicago being one of the band’s home-away-from-homes, the New Orleans-based septet threw down extra hard for another sold-out crowd. When The Revivalists open with “Bulletproof,” good things happen. It’s refreshing to see a band on the rise that still incorporates plenty of older material in their setlist, as to keep their 2016 Men Amongst Mountains still in the realm of “new.” It’s especially exhilarating to see a band who is able to honor a legend like Chuck Berry on the night of his death, then close the night with an actual bagpipe jam.Songs like “Amber,” “Keep Going,” “Need You,” “Monster,” and “It Was A Sin” were sprinkled throughout a set of classics, like “Fade Away,” Hurricane Winslow,” “Catching Fireflies,” “Up In The Air,” “Stand Up,” and of course, “Criminal.” Their unreleased song” You & I” has been making the rounds, again presenting itself on Saturday night. The evening closed with a heart-pounding “Gold To Glass” into “Wish I Knew You” show-stopper, before the bagpiper joined in for an extended jam of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” by AC/DC.Watch videos of “It’s A Long Way To The Top” and “Johnny B. Goode” courtesy of YouTube users Sojahsey1 and feralsoul7:last_img read more

Rooster Walk 10 Announces Full 2018 Lineup

first_imgRooster Walk Music & Arts Festival will take place May 24-27, 2018 at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, Va. Previously announced acts include The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and the debut performance of “King & Strings”, a collaboration between two dynamic young musicians, Marcus King and Billy Strings. Today, the festival has announced their full 2018 lineup.In addition to the above late-night show, Rooster Walk 10 will see full performances from both The Marcus King Band and Billy Strings. Also performing at the three-day, family-friendly festival are The Jerry Douglas Band, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Zach Deputy, Colter Wall, The Mantras, The Dustbowl Revival, Town Mountain, Yarn, Dangermuffin, The Last Yaltz ft. Yarn, The Grass Is Dead, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Southern Belles, Cris Jacobs, Jeff Sipe, Ron Holloway, Josh Shilling, Front Country, Victor Wainwright & The Train, The Trongone Band, Kat Wright, Wild Ponies, The Commonheart, Fireside Collective, Erin and the Wildfire, Porch 40, Kendall Street Company, Songs From The Road Band, Sanctum Sully, Jay Starling, Wallace Mullinax, Violet Bell, Half Moon, After Jack, Jason Springs Band, PHCC Jazz Band, Prosperity’s Folly, Gunchux, Juliana MacDowell, Fernandez Sisters, The Wildmans, and Aaron Crowe.To buy you tickets or learn more information about Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival’s 10th year, visit the festival website.last_img read more

Bringing ‘Coco’ to campus

first_imgAcademy Award-winning producer Darla Anderson will deliver the Adams House Women’s Leadership Lecture on Friday, in recognition of her success with the Pixar hit “Coco,” about the ancestral journey of a young Mexican musician.Anderson and “Coco” will also be celebrated on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), at an event co-sponsored by the Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers Program, Cultural Agents Initiative, and Department of Romance Languages. It will feature a screening of the film and a conversation between Anderson and Marcela Davison Aviles ’80, who served as lead cultural consultant on “Coco.”Q&ADarla Anderson and Marcela Davison AvilesGAZETTE: As women in the film industry, can you talk about your roles shepherding “Coco” to top honors at the Oscars and the Golden Globes, as well as your own individual paths to success?Anderson: We were so focused on making sure the cultural nuances were accurate in this film that I don’t know that we got into major talks of being women in these roles. I’m so grateful for our partnership and how we came together. We quickly trusted each other. Marcela with her culture and having her bring all of her expertise at such an early stage in the process — it was such tender storytelling. I was grateful to have a strong, capable partner.Aviles: From my experience as a woman of color whose heritage is Mexican, who has been working in the industry for almost 20 years, the journey has been exciting and terrific, but also challenging to find professionals and executives in the industry interested in our stories of Latinx and Hispanic folk. We wanted partners who were not only interested and enthusiastic, but wanted to tell those stories the right way. Darla and her colleagues at Pixar were so welcoming.GAZETTE: Hollywood has had something of a reckoning in light of the #MeToo movement. Can you talk about any related experiences that have affected your work?Anderson: I’ve been working to support women in our industry, to mentor and encourage, for 30 years. I’m incredibly optimistic about difficult challenges and especially about women in our industry now, and I feel traction and the work we’ve been doing for so many years is finally getting momentum. I’ve also been involved in Women in Film over the years, and they have a project called Reframe to get more women behind the camera. There’s been nothing but support and enthusiasm to get women behind the camera. So many good people want to shift things, and it’s just accelerating and getting traction in ways we couldn’t have imagined.“Coco” producer Darla Anderson (left) and Marcela Davison Aviles ’80, the film’s cultural consultant. Courtesy of Marcela Davison AvilesAviles: In the last two years, there’s been a lot of traction to projects getting greenlighted, women have had projects produced, Latina projects have been picked up. There are a number of factors contributing to that: the impact of decades of advocacy for sure, leadership on the part of executives like Darla, and the impact of the internet and social media. It is the platform for folks, whether it’s a reader or someone in the audience, for the content they want to see. I share Darla’s optimism that the opportunities are much more abundant, and that’s exciting. The journey is moving in a direction that is going to bring storytelling to a whole new level because new voices are now included that were not included before.Anderson: “Coco” and “Black Panther” and “Wonder Woman” were extremely attractive to everybody. That gives me so much faith in human beings — that they will open themselves up to going on these different journeys and adventures, and are craving different types of storytelling.GAZETTE: What’s a piece of advice you give aspiring creative types?Anderson: I knew I had to work with art to change the world. When I would explain this back in the ’80s, it sounded especially weird. But I stuck to my own vision. It went against every single piece of advice I ever got. People told me not to go into computer animation video, to not work outside Hollywood. I ignored them. Storytelling continues to be elemental. It just keeps finding a new medium. You must follow your own true vision.Aviles: I have the same DNA. I can’t imagine doing anything other than being involved in art-making and finding ways to tell a story that impact people in a positive way. I came from a family background where no one had experience in the industry. Many students I meet are in community college and have aspirations. I tell them: Ground yourself and understand it’s a process. You will encounter challenges, but success doesn’t come without failing, and it’s OK to fail. Many, many times I faced failures, but because I was grounded in this vision, I had the resilience to get back up.It’s also helpful to create an asset map. Sit with a blank sheet of paper and write down your specific goal, then ask questions. How do I become this? That’s where you tap into your family and friend network. You send polite emails to professionals in the industry. You find a place where you can be taught that craft. Once you can get to a place where that goal is nurtured, the pathway is a lot easier.Interview was edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

#87: Emerging Media Solutions with Dell EMC Fellow Dan Cobb

first_imgMedia impacts everything, from end user devices to enterprise storage platforms and everything in-between. Moore’s Law continues to drive the media evolution along with von Neumann’s Law or Memory Design, basically stating that the fastest memory will always be as close to the CPU as possible while memory size will increase, along with latency, but cost will be reduced. That theory is as true today as it was in the 1940s.At Dell EMC World, I sat down with Danny Cobb (@Dcobbweb), Dell EMC Fellow and VP of Emerging Media, and we talked NVHMCI, NVMe, M.2, 14G, new form factors and the ultimate question, what’s next?   But I feel like every time I talk to Danny, it’s the same conclusion. From the original NVMHCI (Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification) created by Dell, Microsoft and Intel in 2008, NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Extension), NVMe represents the next step in that evolution. But like traditional Flash, it’s not NVMe that unlocks customer value, it’s the software and architecture.Software Enables Media, from the Client to the Cloud.The Source Podcast: Episode #87: Emerging Media Platforms with Dell EMC Fellow Danny CobbAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_87_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Retail Stores Delivering Results With an Edge

first_imgDigital Transformation in Retail is Acquiring MomentumWith all the exciting changes underway in the retail industry, it appears that retail itself is getting some therapy. The retail industry has been transforming itself for quite a while, beginning with the online commerce trend as brick and mortar stores expanded into an omni-channel strategy. Given the hyper-competitiveness of the industry, retailers continue to strive to differentiate themselves with data-driven strategies for enhanced customer experience, faster & reliable services, and improved operational efficiencies.Digital transformation has been well underway for the past few years. Most retailers have an online presence and many have expanded their online interfaces beyond e-commerce to offer improved services. Now guests and customers can browse the store inventory, locate their purchase, and accelerate in-store pickups by informing their arrival at stores. Retailers are increasingly relying on data analytics for store operations including product placements, inventory optimizations, and supply-demand forecasting.These and other digital transformation efforts have already provided positive impact in improving sales and reducing costs. Recent events have caused supply chain disruption due to asymmetrical demand and supply, and shift in customer purchase behavior driven by health and safety. Recent earnings offer a glimpse of the impact of this shift. The earnings of major retailers of general merchandising, home improvements and grocery show record earnings and profits witnessed across the spectrum. Grocery chains show similar strengths. High-end apparels did not fare as well. Here are some common themes that we were able to observe:E-Commerce is growing fast: Retailers with a strong online presence were quite successful. E-commerce transactions saw tremendous growth, doubling or tripling in some cases. Retailers who were ready with a scalable and capable e-commerce platform were able to grow despite dynamic market conditions. How Dell Technologies Can HelpDell Technologies empowers retailers to expedite actionable insights, digitize business processes, and transform their customer experiences by applying the right technology solution for every environment. To help unlock the value of data at the Edge, our broad portfolio delivers consistent infrastructure, consistent operations and intrinsic security paired with experienced support around the world. Here are three additional areas where Dell Technologies is supporting our retail customers in their efforts:1. Fast growing e-commerce     We can help capacity augmentation to process increased volume of transactions. Dell Technologies has been helping customers transform their existing e-commerce platform into scalable infrastructure for scale and resiliency using our server, virtualization and enterprise application orchestration portfolio.2. Increase in Curb-side pickupCustomers are looking at ways to improve the curbside pickup process for faster servicing. Dell Technologies, working with our partners, are enabling Computer vision-based solutions for faster processing for curbside pickup service.3. Increased visibility into inventorySame day and curbside pickup requires in-store fulfillment. Retailers need to have better insight into their inventory for availability and count to enable the transaction.To know more about Dell Technologies Retail, please visit our retail solution portal. Contact your Dell Technologies Sales rep to schedule a meeting with our Retail Solution experts. Buy-Online Pick-up In Store (BOPIS) and “curbside pickup” saw significant increase in demand. Big retailers like Walmart and Target saw their curbside pickup traffic setting record volume registering triple digit growth. This trend is seen across the spectrum including rural chains like tractor supply.center_img Focus on touch-free commerce: Driven by the health safety needs, retailers are looking into touch-free commerce wherever possible, including social distancing and touch-free commerce. The process for touch-free commerce is rapidly evolving and we’re seeing it beginning at the check-out counters.Role of the Stores (or the Edge)  Though e-commerce is picking up, brick and mortar stores continue to play an important role. As mentioned, stores are transforming themselves to offer new services like curbside pickup and BOPIS. The changes require improvements to store-side processes including:Increased inventory visibility with accuracyInventory protection (perishable goods)Order fulfillment at the storeCurbside pickup coordinationEnsuring a consistent customer experiencelast_img read more

Conference explores diversity issues and community

In response to Saint Mary’s College’s selection of “community” as their core value this year, the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board has chosen the theme for their 11th annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) accordingly, molding the conference around the idea of “unity in community.” The conference will take place today and tomorrow, April 4 and April 5.Senior Angela Bukur, vice president and conference chair of the Student Diversity Board, said she hopes this year’s attendees will leave the conference with a new perspective on diversity.“I hope students take away something that they didn’t know from before,” Bukur said. “That they take a perspective in a different way, meet a lot of people and become leaders in their own communities, as well as realize that diversity is important.”Bukur said the fact that the conference is entirely student-run makes it more rewarding for students.“It helps start dialogue,” she said. “It helps students to attend events and talk about things they normally wouldn’t.”Bukur said DSLC’s mission is to provide awareness of diversity by educating and uniting the Saint Mary’s community.“It’s such a broad topic — you can’t get it all,” she said. “We have tried to bring together different aspects of diversity — different parts of religion, sexuality, race and social class.”The conference will tackle these aspects through seven different sessions in which faculty will lead discussions about diversity issues in their professions, Bukur said.Senior Cinthya Benitez, a Student Diversity Board member, invited not only students to attend the conference, but faculty and staff, as well.“Faculty and staff are also invited to learn about topics students are interested in,” Benitez said. “It brings the Saint Mary’s community together and builds unity, as our logo says.”There will also be three keynote speakers at the event: Mary Burke, Kristi Pellegrini and Bree Newsome.Burke ‘85, member of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, is an experienced investment banker in the food industry and a founding partner of Lakeshore Food Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm in Chicago, according to the Saint Mary’s College website.Pellegrini ‘09 is a postdoctoral research assistant at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Bukur said. According to Bukur, her current research focuses on the chemistry of nuclear materials.The final keynote speaker to conclude the conference is activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, Bukur said. Newsome is known for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds. According to Bukur, she was arrested for her act of civil disobedience, but the publicity her act generated spurred state officials to permanently remove the flag in July 2015.As a member of the Board, Benitez said the conference is a worthwhile experience.“It’s always a great experience,” Benitez said. “I learn a lot and I come out of it more culturally aware and inspired as a multicultural student. I hope students gain awareness, learn new things and get inspired to make changes on campus and outside of Saint Mary’s.” Tags: Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference, Diversity, DSLC, leadership, Saint Mary’s Diversity Board read more