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NYC’s “Walter Becker Way” Street-Naming Ceremony Announces Date & Guest Speakers

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first_imgBack in July, the New York City Council announced that it would honor late Steely Dan co-founder and Queens, NY native Walter Becker with a street that bears his name. The street on which Becker was raised in Forest Hills, Queens, will be renamed “Walter Becker Way,” with the sign posted on the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. The motion to co-name “Walter Becker Way” was put forward by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28th.Today, more information about the street-naming celebration has been revealed. The festivities will take place on Sunday, October 28th, at noon, with Jim Kerr of New York’s Classic Rock Q104.3 serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Council Member Koslowitz, the councilwoman who proposed the name change, will also be on hand for the hourlong ceremony. The event’s keynote speaker will be Howard A. Rodman, a screenwriter who similarly grew up in the neighborhood and met and befriended Becker at the age of 10, serving as the foundation of a lifelong friendship.With fans, friends, and family of Walter Becker all scheduled to appear, the street-naming ceremony will ultimately serve as tribute to the life and music of the famed Steely Dan co-founder. The event will also feature reminiscences, trivia games, contests, and giveaways for those in attendance.For more information on the celebration of “Walter Becker Way” on October 28th, head to the street and event’s website here. For those unable to attend, Q104.3 will be free streaming the event on Facebook Live here.last_img read more

Openers sizzle as England win 4-0

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first_imgWEST Indies tour of England ended on a low note as they were thrashed by nine wickets at the Ageas Bowl.Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy starred again as England rounded off their home international season with a thumping nine-wicket victory over a lack-lustre West Indies side at the Ageas Bowl.The fifth and final one-day international proved a somewhat low-key affair, with England already holding an unassailable series lead and headlines being dominated by off-field matters following Ben Stokes’ arrest in the early hours of Monday morning.Stokes, who was initially taken into custody on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident in Bristol before being released under investigation without charge, and opener Alex Hales, with his team-mate at the time of the altercation, each missed the fourth ODI at The Oval and remained unavailable yesterday.Jonny Bairstow raises his second century of the series as England wraps up a nine-wicket win. (Getty Images)Both players have been suspended on full pay by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pending further investigations.In the context of that ongoing saga, England’s latest victory is unlikely to command too much attention, but Eoin Morgan’s side can nevertheless take satisfaction from a hugely convincing win and a 4-0 series triumph.The rejuvenated Roy, once more opening in place of Hales, followed up his 84 last time out with 96 from just 70 balls, while Bairstow cruised to his second century of the series to cement his position at the top of the order, finishing unbeaten on 141 from 114 deliveries alongside Joe Root (46 not out).Having come so close to keeping the series alive, in the rain-affected Oval ODI, West Indies were guilty of a dismal performance in the final match of their tour.Chris Gayle (40) provided some early fireworks after his side had been put in to bat – the opener swiftly making up for a cautious start by clubbing a remarkable 34 runs from six Jake Ball deliveries.However, the Windies struggled to regain any momentum after Gayle and Kyle Hope had fallen to superb catches from Liam Plunkett. A diving take running back from mid-off ended Gayle’s fun and gave debutant Tom Curran a notable maiden ODI wicket, while Plunkett also pulled off a one-handed take off his own bowling to remove Hope for 33.Jason Roy helps get the chase off to a good start. (Getty Images)Marlon Samuels used up 60 balls in a sluggish innings of 32 that ended when he was stumped off Moeen Ali, while Shai Hope, who was dropped twice, went 77 balls without a boundary before eventually accelerating to 72 from 95 deliveries.Spinners Moeen (1-36) and Adil Rashid (1-42) were chiefly responsible for restricting the Windies, who appeared short of a par score despite a late cameo from Ashley Nurse (31 not out from 12 balls) and some painful figures for Ball (1-94).The inadequacy of West Indies’ total was soon clear as Roy and Bairstow scored freely in an opening stand that yielded 30 runs more than the 126 they shared at The Oval.Roy was agonisingly denied a ton when he fell lbw to Miguel Cummins, but Bairstow – who compiled his maiden ODI century at the start of this series – and Root added a further 138 in a hurry as England eased home with 12 overs to spare. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Warriors GM Bob Myers recounts free agency madness and getting swept up by a gay pride parade

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first_imgLabor Day is upon us, and you know what that means.Barbecues, the last chance to rock those Bermuda shorts, and the hide-bound “What I did over summer vacation” essay.Might as well forget the last one. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has all y’all beat.For starters, he looked on in horror as the Warriors suffered catastrophic injuries in the NBA Finals that dashed their best chances for a three-peat. “July was kind of hectic,” Myers said Tuesday during an appearance on the Joe …last_img read more

SA key as Africa moves centre stage

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first_imgClimate change and ‘biodiversity footprints’ It is fitting that Africa should play a key role in the search for a global trade-off on climate change, as Africa has the lightest carbon footprint of any region, yet stands to lose most from the impact of climate change. But there is a twist in the tail here. As the industrialised world focuses increasingly on management of the corporate carbon footprint, it may well be that the “biodiversity footprint” – which focuses on maintaining the balance in the entire eco-system – is even more relevant for Africa because of the greater diversity of species on the continent. It may therefore be a priority for African countries to re-consider their growth patterns in order to ensure the preservation of this diversity.Emerging market blocs China, South Africa, India and Turkey are now leading the way in the development of Africa, while traditional trading partners and investors – such as Britain, the US, France and Germany – battle to maintain their share of market. The new grouping of promising emerging markets known as the CIVETS – Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa – already include two countries from the Africa continent. The rest will follow in time, starting with Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Senegal, etc. Africa is fast approaching the tipping-point, but it has not quite registered in the industrialised club of nations. South Africa’s position as voice and advocate of the African cause in the shifting sands of global economic power and institutional reform now becomes even more critical as it takes its place both in the BRICS and the UN Security Council.South Africa’s trade shifts east, south As the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in what has become a clear pattern which both reflects the global trend and is helping drive it. It is no coincidence that since the beginning of 2010, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has paid his first state visits to India, Russia and China. In July 2010, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva paid his first state visit to South Africa following a working visit by Zuma earlier in the year. There is no doubt in the minds of either China or African nations that Zuma is speaking not only on behalf of South Africa but the whole African continent on these trips abroad. Even the notion that the much smaller South African economy could join four mega-economies in BRIC would have been unthinkable a decade ago. While attending a UN conference on trade and investment in Beijing in mid-September 2010, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa would prioritise China and India as export destinations of choice as these countries were now its biggest export markets. Two-way trade between China and SA reached R119.7-billion in 2009, surpassing the US as the country’s largest trading partner, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. South Africa’s exports to India reached R5-billion in 2010, while imports totalled R2-billion, in favour of South Africa, the department’s trade statistics show.South Africa and China The fundamental shift in South Africa’s trading patterns was also clear from statements made by Zuma during and after his state visit to China in August. South Africa, Zuma said, would look to China for investment in meeting its infrastructure projects, including transport systems, freight transport, renewable energy projects and mining. The agricultural sector and car manufacturing were also potential recipients of Chinese investment. In the past three years, while the pace of Chinese investment has been slow, it has been strategic and clearly paving the way for accelerated investment in the future. In 2007, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) bought a 20% stake in South Africa’s Standard Bank for R36-billion, making it China’s largest foreign investment to date. In 2009, China announced that the African headquarters of the China-Africa fund would be in Johannesburg. China has more recently invested in a South African platinum mine and a cement factory, and one of the most concrete agreements emerging from the state visit to China in August was the intention to build a high-speed rail link between Durban and Johannesburg. But the most consistent message that Zuma conveyed during his state visits to China and Russia was that South Africa wanted to learn from both countries on how to ensure high levels of beneficiation of South African mineral wealth, to ensure that the country was able to speed up development, create more jobs and roll back poverty. Zuma also stressed that South Africa needs to balance its trade with China to reduce the heavy deficit in China’s favour. He also foresaw co-operation between the two countries in reforming the global architecture and multilateral institutions. The growing relationship with China is seen both as a means to boosting South Africa’s global trade and of accelerating the development of the Africa continent. With its world-class financial sector, deep experience in African markets and an extensive corporate footprint on the African continent, South Africa is well placed to lead an African miracle similar to China’s achievement over the past 30 years. John Battersby is UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Yingni Lu is a London-based business development professional specialising in clean technology and renewable energy. She writes for the online magazine ReconnectAfrica 26 January 2011 There are periods in the dynamics of global power when the shift in trends is of such a scale that it is almost impossible to perceive the full impact of the moment. This was certainly the case with the phenomenal rise of China as a major global economic power. And it is happening again with the rise of Africa as a priority investment destination, as it moves into a similar position that China was in three decades ago, when that country began opening its economy to global forces. The key elements in China’s economic miracle have been an integrated market, special economic zones with incentives for foreign investors, and widespread reform of the agricultural system, which has freed up more labour for economic development. Africa is moving in the right direction on these key elements, but there are fundamental differences with China, and the evolution of Africa’s economic miracle will be different. China’s lifting of 400-million people out of poverty in the space of three decades, maintaining 10% gross domestic product (GDP) growth for three decades, the helter-skelter rate of urbanisation at almost 20-million per year, and now the unprecedented growth of the middle-class – mainly took the West by surprise.Africa: the reality-perception gap Africa’s greatest disadvantage is probably in the area of perceptions. The huge deficit between the reality of Africa and the Western media’s obsession with negative stereotypes of conflict, famine and failed states undermine the continent’s potential. The mainstream media has dominated the grand narrative for the past four decades, and through selective – rather than inaccurate – reporting has buttressed Africa’s negative trends at the expense of its potential. But the reasons why Africa’s growing potential as an investment destination should be conventional wisdom are multiple: In the past few decades, Africa has taken significant strides towards more democratic governance, more transparent economic systems and eliminating some of the more crippling bureaucratic barriers to trade and investment. Although Africa still falls far short of constituting an integrated market, the trend toward integration and more transparency is undeniable.The invitation of South Africa to become the fifth member of the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – and the South African seat on the United Nations Security Council will ensure that Africa has a voice in all key global fora and will accelerate reform of the UN and global financial, developmental and trade architecture.The credit crunch and global economic recession have created a fundamental crisis of confidence in the international financial system, which has both removed any moral high ground that the Washington-consensus institutions had and opened the way for an ongoing review of the current architecture.The potential of Africa as an investment destination has been long recognised and supported both in terms of investment and soft loans by China – now the world’s second-largest economy – and with strategic investments from South Africa and rising economies such as India and Turkey.There is ample evidence of Africa’s potential to leap-frog constraints such as fixed-line telephones with the revolution of mobile technology in Africa. The next breakthrough will need to come in the field of energy and electricity provision. Africa’s hydro-electric potential could play a key role here.In a world where there is growing consensus that future wars will be fought over food and water resources – rather than territory or ideology – Africa is well-placed to play a key role with its huge water reserves and vast tracts of arable land.With a population approaching 1-billion, Africa represents the world’s third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion) and is rich in largely unexploited mineral and natural resources.center_img South Africa played a key role in rescuing the 2009 climate change summit (COP15) in Copenhagen. There was enough progress at Cancun in Mexico at the end of 2010 to ensure that the next critical session of the COP17, in Durban in November 2011, could broker the breakthrough that world so badly needs.last_img read more

New law increases access to small claims court

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio General Assembly has enacted a law that raises the monetary limit for cases handled through Ohio’s small claims court system. The new maximum amount of $6,000 for a small claims case will replace the current limit of $3,000 when House Bill 387 becomes effective in late September. Under the new law, a defendant in the case may also file a counterclaim for up to $6,000. Governor Kasich signed the bill on June 28, 2016.Ohio law requires every county and municipal court in Ohio to establish a small claims division to handle minor disputes involving only the recovery of money. A small claims court cannot hear cases for slander, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, return of personal property, punitive damages or other cases seeking remedies other than money. A person may file a small claims complaint and present the case in court without the assistance of an attorney, but may have legal representation if desired. The court may appoint a magistrate, who must be an attorney, to oversee the case and render a decision. The court also has the authority to enforce a monetary judgment against a party. Because small claims cases tend to be simple, they are resolved in less time and with less expense than cases heard by other courts.The increased monetary limit for small claims cases will allow farmers and agribusinesses to address more disputes quickly and without the expense of an attorney. Operators and landowners owed money for products or services in excess of the current $3,000 small claims maximum often express frustration that it could be too costly and time consuming to address the matter through municipal or county courts. The new higher limit of $6,000 should capture many of these cases and offer an opportunity to recover such losses through the small claims process. According to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lou Terhar (R-Cincinnati), the change will “bring Ohio in line with surrounding states and make Ohio a better place to do business and generate jobs.”last_img read more

Weekly Poll: 20 Companies That Could Be Acquired in 2011

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today sees another acquisition with Teradata’s plan to purchase Aprimo, the marketing automation software as a service (SaaS). Teradata acquired Aprimo as a way to add more analytics and provide better business intelligence services.Yesterday, Salesforce.com announced its acquisition of Etacts, the CRM startup for managing email contacts. That’s the second acquisition this month for Salesforce.com, which announced its planned purchase of Heroku for $212 million at its Dreamforce event two weeks ago.Cloud computing is starting to see some consolidation. The strength of the cloud computing ecosystem is also a catalyst for more enterprise driven apps to integrate with cloud platforms. Michael Orbach, a managing director with investment bank Cascadia Capital, counts 25 potential acquisitions in the Web Experience Management (WEM) space. He sees 10 that are already in the works. WEM is a market sprouting from the Web content management space and online marketing. Content management is getting pressure to be more than a platform to create and distribute content to the cloud. Customers want CMS environments to integrate with social technologies and analytics platforms. In this regard, another marketing automation SaaS provider such as Marketo or Eloqua could be acquired.You can see that kind of consolidation in other parts of the cloud computing world:Infrastructure environments are starting to resemble platforms. SaaS providers are becoming platform providers in their own right. Salesforce.com is taking this approach. Virtualization and infrastructure providers are integrating as data centers extend to the cloud.Companies that have traditionally provided enterprise software are looking for companies to acquire. For example, Red Hat is showing interest in a virtualization or cloud computing company.Cloud management companies are a fit with infrastructure providers. The Rackspace acquisition of Cloudkick is a case in point.Based on this premise, we’ve picked 20 companies that could be acquired. What do you think? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williamscenter_img Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

In Tucson, Solar Power on a Grand Scale

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first_imgBy the time all 45,000 solar panels are in the ground and another 36,000 are mounted on the roofs of the 900 or so houses in Soaring Heights Communities, the project’s total annual PV output will top 10 million kWh – enough to cover 75% of Soaring Heights’ electricity needs.That’s a lot of juice. The partners in this development – housing developer Actus Lend Lease, solar provider SolarCity, Tucson Electric Power, and financing parties National Bank of Arizona and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation – say the project will be the largest of its kind in the continental U.S., and with adjustments over time, could become a net-zero-energy operation.Once build-out is complete, Soaring Heights – which is part of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – also will represent a 15% increase over Arizona’s current grid-tied solar capacity.Although the community includes existing homes, most will be new structures built to energy efficiency standards of Tucson Electric Power’s Guarantee Home Program, which provides rate guarantees for heating and cooling in homes that meet the standards.And because the ground and rooftop solar power systems will help Tucson Electric Power reach renewable-energy goals set by state regulators, the company also will provide incentives through its customer-funded SunShare program to reduce the long-term cost of Soaring Heights’ PV installation, whose systems will be designed and installed by SolarCity and interconnected by TEP.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive called Soaring Heights “our largest installation to date. We expect this project to be a springboard for additional clean power development in Arizona, one of the best locations for solar in the world.”last_img read more

Premiere Pro Tip: One Title, Multiple Projects

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first_imgGet more use out of your titles in Premiere Pro!  Here’s a quick Premiere Pro tip that shows how to use the same titles in multiple projects.Ever spent an inordinate amount of time creating titles in Premiere Pro?  With all the options available you can really customize the look of your titles, but this customization takes time.  By default, titles in Premiere Pro are not separate assets, but rather are saved within a project file.  So how can you get your titles out of one project and into another – avoiding having to time consumingly recreate them from scratch!?Use this Premiere Pro tip to share titles between different projects and different machines!Example New TitleEssentially there are two basic ways to get titles created in one project into another project. The first option is slightly easier if both Premiere Pro projects are on the same machine – and is as simple as importing whole or part of that project.  The second option involves exporting your titles from Premiere Pro.  Let’s dive in….Importing Premiere Pro Projects Into Premiere ProThis process is similar to importing any asset in Premiere Pro.  Use the shortcut CNTRL + I (on PC) or CMD + I (on Mac).  This will open the import dialogue box.  Navigate to the PROJECT FILE which contains the title you want to use.  When you click OK you get the following dialogue:Import Project Dialogue BoxYou should choose to import either the whole project (if you have not used the title in any sequences or you’re not sure which sequence you used the title in). The other option is to choose a selected sequence (if you know which sequence has the title you’d like to use).Looking for SequencesDon’t be too concerned if you get this box staying on screen for a while, it takes a little time for Premiere Pro to go and find the assets of the project. However, when you do – as shown below – navigate to the sequence that uses the title.Navigating to the Sequence that uses the TitleThat said – whichever option you choose – to import the whole project or just to import a specific sequence – both will give you a new ‘Bin’ (folder) in your project panel.New Bin in Project PanelOpen the bin and you will find the title inside (not to mention all the assets of the original sequence you have just imported – which can be very useful indeed!)Opened ‘Bin’ with Title InsideNow, double click the title to open it and edit it however you need.  Job done!Exporting a Premiere Pro TitleThe second way of sharing titles between Premiere Pro projects is actually quite a lot easier, but perhaps a little less intuitive. It is especially easier when it comes to moving a title created on one machine to another machine (without the need of using the Project Manager to export a version of the project).  It is done through exporting the title directly from Premiere Pro.To do this, select the title you wish to export in your project panel. If you don’t select the title this option will be greyed out. Once you select the title the Title Export option is open to you from the menu:Exporting a TitleSelect an appropriate location for you title and note the file extension of .prtl and hit OK.Exported Title Location and File TypeThe title will then be exported to your chosen location and ready to import into any Premiere Pro project when you are ready to use it.Exported Title on DesktopYou don’t need to worry about any kind of special import to get the title into Premiere Pro, just import it like you would any other asset.Importing Back into Premiere ProGot a Premiere Pro tip to share?We want to hear from you in the comments!last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the better

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is full of praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Sanchez Flores says Guardiola has changed football in England for the better.”The philosophy I think is really new,” said Sanchez Flores.”When he arrived in England, English football was changing, it was in the middle of some big changes.”Many good coaches are coming here, introducing this idea to touch the ball, but we know the English fans they don’t like to touch horizontal, they like to touch forward, so it’s completely different.”Pep is putting the stamp for this change, this kind of big change, so of course finally he defined a little bit the change.”When he was coaching Barcelona you could see that he’s a clever guy and he’s thinking very well and really passionate with football.”If you look like this, you have the possibility to change a lot. If you have very good players like he has, you have more possibilities to change things, so the ingredients they are really good for him.” last_img read more

a month agoKenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinho

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.” last_img read more