Winter Wonderland Banners go up in the Village of Owego

first_imgBut the Tioga Arts Council say they are thrilled with the community’s response and turnout. The Tioga Arts Council partnered with the Historic Owego Marketplace to bring a series of community-based art initiatives to the village for the holiday season. Around 27 community members created banners to hand up around Owego, with those as young as age 7 contributing, according to the Tioga Arts Council. OWEGO (WBNG) — If you visit the Village of Owego sometime soon, you may notice some festive artwork. “Throughout all the months, what I find so heartening is how the community comes together despite the adversity and times that we are in,” said Christina Di Stefano, Executive Director of the Tioga Arts Council, adding, “It’s been so nice seeing a grandparent and grandaughter come in saying what a wonderful time they have.”center_img Tioga Art Center also says they want to be able to continue to promote joy through art, especially during the difficult months ahead. The hope, organizers say, is to keep up the holiday spirit as the town had to cancel the traditional “Lights on the River Banner’ due to the pandemic. Organizers add they hope the art will draw more people to explore the downtown area and shop locally.last_img read more

Lakers’ Jeanie Buss believes team will advance to Western Conference finals within three years

first_imgBuss also had expressed frustration on the working dynamic with her brother, executive Jim Buss, partly because of Jackson’s snub. Jackson has since become the New York Knicks’ president and has overseen a league-worst 5-30 record.“Neither of us are comfortable where we are. But he’s in it and very fulfilled by his job,” Jeanie Buss said of Jackson. “He knows what he wants to accomplish and I have faith he will do that. I have faith the Lakers will get back.”Nearly two years has passed since her dad, the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, passed away. Since then, Jeanie reports that she and Jim Buss “complement each other well.” Jeanie oversees the Lakers’ business operations and is the team governor, while Jim is the vice president of basketball operations and works with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “I support him,” Jeanie Buss said of Jim. “He knows that whatever he needs, all he needs to do is pick up the phone.”Jim has said publicly he would step down if the Lakers do not become a Western Conference contender within three years. “I don’t think it will be a concern,” Jeanie Buss said. “By three years, we will be where we should be in terms of the Western Conference. That’s a challenge he presented to himself.”Will Jeanie hold Jim accountable if the Lakers fail to meet that timeline?“Of course,” Jeanie said. “But do I see that happening? I don’t. Given all the resources that we have, our legacy and who our head coach is and who our front office is, I don’t see any problem progressing to where we need to be. We’ll be in the Western Conference finals in three years. “As long as you have Kobe Bryant on your team, anything can happen in the playoffs.”But Bryant’s contract expires following the 2015-16 season, and he has currently suggested he will retire afterwards.“All I ask of Kobe Bryant is that he knows in his heart when he’s done playing,” Jeanie Buss said. “There’s too many guys who think they’re ready and then they miss it and try to come back.”How quickly the Lakers adjust to life after Bryant seems challenging for obvious reasons.The Lakers struck out on their free agency pitches to LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this offseason. Jeanie Buss still touted the Lakers’ strong global brand. She also took an active role in participating as part of the Lakers’ free agency pitch to Anthony. But Jeanie Buss deferred to the Lakers’ front office on whether the Lakers can strike the correct balance in pursuing marquee free agents while signing dependable role players. “That becomes more of a complex issue on how to fit a roster,” Jeanie Buss said. “I leave that to our front office. But whatever tools they need to be successful, that’s my job.”Jeanie Buss strongly said one of those tools does not involve tanking, despite Magic Johnson’s public wish for the Lakers to lose every game so they can keep their top-5 protected first-round pick they owe to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash trade.“How would Magic feel if he was on a team and someone would say, ‘Magic I wish your team would lose every game?’” Jeanie Buss recalled asking a friend close to the former Lakers icon. “Magic said, ‘If he were on the team, he wouldn’t be losing.’ That’s where you have to think. Do you think Kobe Bryant is capable of not trying 100 percent? That’s where it doesn’t make sense to me where tanking is a plan. It’s not a plan.” Buss defended the Lakers’ plan to sign Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension. Though it gave the Lakers only enough cap space to sign one player at a max-level contract, Buss touted the benefits of Bryant’s skill-set, marketing and the message the team sent by taking care of a player who helped the Lakers win five NBA championships through 19 seasons.“It was the best way to spend the money we had,” Jeanie Buss said. “I think 90 percent of the teams in the NBA would take Kobe Bryant for that amount of money. They have $24 million worth of players that they would gladly trade for Kobe Bryant. I stand behind that decision.”Jeanie Buss also said she stands behind the Lakers.“We’re just in a cycle,” Jeanie Buss said. “We’re headed in the right direction and we’re committed to a coach. We’ll watch it pay off slowly as players get used to playing with each other.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jeanie Buss expressed patience and support, even as the Lakers’ president reflected on several issues that leave the purple and gold far away from achieving their championship standard. The Lakers (11-24) enter Wednesday’s designated road game against the Clippers (23-12) at Staples Center on pace for their worst record in franchise history. “Our record doesn’t show what we’d like it to be. But I like what coach Byron Scott is doing and establishing,” Buss said Tuesday before the Lakers’ All-Access event at Staples Center, hosted by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission. “I believe in what he’s trying to do and I see improvement all the time. I support our front office. I support our coach. I support our players.”Buss hardly expressed such sentiments when Mike D’Antoni coached the Lakers the past two seasons. She had remained vocal about wanting the Lakers’ front office to hire Phil Jackson, both because of his 11 NBA championships and because she remains his longtime companion. last_img read more


first_imgTobin’s Topaz/SPAR Express in Letterkenny has cleaned up at the National Q Mark Awards, scooping Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety in Ireland for 2013.Tobin’s Garage in LetterkennyProud store owner Eddie Tobin beat off stiff competition to come top in his category.The National Q Mark Awards are known as the Oscars of Irish business, with thousands of companies fighting it out every year to be short-listed for the honours. The Award for Best Forecourt for Hygiene and Food Safety is considered one of the toughest categories to win, but Eddie said it was all thanks to his hard-working team and loyal customers.He said: “This was a real team effort, and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Winning such a prestigious award shows how deeply committed we are at Tobin’s Topaz/SPAR Service Station to hygiene and food standards, and it would never have been possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone on the team.The superb deli at Tobins“I’d also like to thank all our valued customers. We are committed to maintaining our award-winning standards and providing all our customers with the very best shopping experience.”It was three in a row for the award-winning store, who also scooped the Best Forecourt prize in 2011 and 2012. Tobin’s SPAR Express Service Station is a family run business which employs 32 people.Sale & Retailer Advisory Services Director Malachy Hanberry said: “Food safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at SPAR. The EIQA awards are known as the independently assessed standards for food retailing in Ireland, which is why we’re so pleased for Eddie and all his team.“Their achievement is a testament to the commitment to food safety and customer service that is the hallmark of the SPAR group.”To top off the night deli staff member Anne Marie Daly won the top prize in the draw on the night in aid of St. Vincent De Paul of a walk on part for two people on Fair City!! LETTERKENNY STORE IS RIGHT ON ‘Q’ FOR TOP AWARD! was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Q MarkTobin’s Garagelast_img read more

Building 2010 spirit with Football Fridays

first_imgFootball Fridays is part of the Fly the Flag for Football campaign launched earlier this year. All South Africans are being encouraged to wear the shirt of their favourite team at the end of each working week to show support for our national team.“The World Cup will define how people view South Africa. It will be a springboard for our country and our economy. It is your chance to play your part in delivering a full-colour World Cup,” says acting CEO of the International Marketing Council, Paul Bannister.I recently set off from home proudly wearing my newly acquired Bafana Bafana soccer shirt. I imagined that I would see every second person wearing a sports shirt of their favourite team, but, alas, to my disappointment there were very few people who seemed to be supporting the Football Fridays campaign.Could this be because they are unaware of our national initiative, Football Fridays, where we hope to build local support and enthusiasm ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup?Why are our schools not supporting this campaign?What fun it could be for kids to know that every Friday they could come to school wearing the jerseys of their favourite football club.Let us encourage our national team by showing our support each Friday and, hopefully, with the reinstating of Parreira as the Bafana coach, this will bring results by the World Cup kick-off in June 2009.By wearing a football shirt to work or just socially each Friday, you’ll be showing your true colours as a supporter of South Africa proudly hosting the biggest sporting event in the world.We won’t get another marketing opportunity like in this in the next 100 years.Come on South Africans, let’s get behind this campaign to build support and enthusiasm ahead of the World Cup.Let’s show our “South African-ness” and start preparing to be good hosts when the football world arrives here next year. Learn our national anthem and sing it with pride to let the world hear us with one voice and see our colours in harmony.For the few of us who were wearing our favourite football jerseys, we smiled to each other or gave a thumbs-up.What a wonderful feeling to be connecting with people from all walks of life who would normally pass each other in the street without acknowledgement. It made me realise how we can unite as South Africans behind this event. I arrived home with a glowing feeling, knowing that in the smallest way possible I had contributed to building national pride. – Di Smith, Awesome SAlast_img read more

Play Your Part Episode 25: Synopsis

first_imgThe 25th episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 10 March 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.This episode is anchored on pillar of active citizenship in the areas of philanthropy and humanitarian work.It features Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers and Dr Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa.Kabelo Mabalane, Dr Kingsley Makhubela and Dr Imtiaz SoolimanDr Sooliman has made a life through giving. He is the man behind Gift of the Givers – a South African organisation with reach far beyond our borders. Gift of the Givers provides disaster relief around the globe and is often the very first and sometimes the only aid victims of natural tragedies receive.He is in conversation with Dr Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa, who  encourages South Africans to continue to play their part through acts of philanthropy and humanitarian work.You can follow and join the conversation on #GetInvolvedPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on every Saturday on SABC2.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow Play Your Part on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSALike us on Facebook: Play Your PartWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Conference helps young cattlemen develop industry leadership skills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 18 cattlemen and women for a 3-day leadership development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas, Aug. 18-20. The conference was made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America and the Ohio Soybean Council.YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus with a beef dinner and participants were present for the 2016 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show carcass contest awards presentation. Guest speaker, Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director of Supply Development for the Certified Angus Beef Brand, discussed the challenges and opportunities currently facing the beef industry.Conference attendees also participated in a spokesperson training program by Daren Williams, Senior Executive Director of Communications. Williams lead participants through a media training session that strengthened their communication skills, taught attendees how to tell their beef production story, and become a more effective cattle industry leader.Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) staff discussed the value of membership and the role OCA plays in representing the interests of beef producers on legislative and regulatory issues. The Ohio Beef Council staff presented an overview of checkoff funded beef promotions designed to increase consumer demand for beef.Participants had the opportunity to have lunch at Cameron Mitchell’s The Pearl restaurant in Columbus to learn about the checkoff’s partnership with the restaurant chain built around beef promotions. Following lunch, participants traveled to the Ohio State House where they met with Senator Bob Peterson (District 17). Senator Peterson, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and answered questions from the group.The group was able to attend a Columbus Clippers baseball game, where they gained firsthand experience in telling their beef story to game attendees, while promoting beef at the ballpark.The final day included a session with Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, for a Mini-BEEF 509 class. Dr. Garcia provided hands-on learning on how meat is graded, fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can affect beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed champion carcasses from the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Participants also heard from Hank LeVan, OSU’s recent addition to the Animal Sciences staff. LeVan is also serving as the Livestock Judging Team coach and provided goals set for the upcoming teams and avenues provided to achieve them.A special tour of the Ohio State University Woody Hayes Athletic Center was a highlight of the program thanks to a continuing relationship between OCA and the OSU football team. OCA annually prepares and serves beef for the Champions Dinner and other team events. Participants learned about the history of OSU football and toured the training and practice facilities.The purpose of the YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2017 YCC should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Talk to Your Computer: Chrome Listens and Translates (Through HTML)

first_imgTags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts The latest stable release of the Chrome browser today contains a cool new feature: speech input through HTML. This means that you can talk into your computer’s microphone, and your recorded audio will be translated to text and typed out for you.That’s great for speech-to-text input in general – for the purposes of dictation and transcription. But as Google demonstrates, there are a number of other ways in which this can be utilized, including in Google Translate.The text-input box for Google Translate now accepts voice input. Simply speak the word or phrase you’d like translated – no typing necessary. (You can also hear the translation spoken aloud too.) audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This new feature has been in the beta version of Chrome since late March. Thanks to the HTML speech input API, developers can add this ability to their Web apps. In the future, when you see that little microphone on a website, it means that this functionality is in place. Time to brush up on your elocution and give your keyboarding skills a rest. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Energy Demand Falls in New England Forecast

first_imgPeak demand goes down, tooPeak demand on the grid is another important metric. When demand for electricity surges and outstrips normal supply — on a very hot summer afternoon or very cold winter evening, for example — the utility is forced to purchase additional power, often at higher prices, or bring idled plants on line. Either approach is expensive. There was good news on this front as well.This chart shows the difference that energy efficiency programs and added solar will have on power use in New England over the next decade. (ISO New England)Taken separately, energy efficiency is expected to save New England an average of 2,059 GWh a year. Solar is expected to add about 2,162 GWh of electricity each year, going up to 4,783 GWh by 2027.Under normal summer weather conditions, ISO New England thinks peak demand will fall by 0.4% over the 10-year period. Solar is the biggest contributor to that trend, accounting for an added 633 MW of electricity this year, growing to 1,050 MW in 2027. Peak demand under extreme summer weather should remain about flat, the report says, showing just a 0.2% annual drop.Winter peak demand is expected to fall 0.7% annually under both normal and extreme conditions.The report finds wide differences in how PV installations have grown in the New England states. Massachusetts is far and away the regional leader, with 78,047 separate installations installed by the end of 2017 and total capacity of 1,602 MW (AC). Maine, with a chilly regulatory environment and a governor resistant to renewables, had installed capacity of just 33.46 MW and 3,598 installations.There were a total of 132,408 PV sites in the region at the end of 2017. Almost all of them (97%) had a capacity of less than 25 kW. A combination of energy-efficiency measures and behind-the-meter solar will reduce both overall demand for grid electricity and peak demand over the next decade, a new report from the region’s grid manager says.ISO New England offered its forecast for the 10-year period through 2027, predicting that overall electricity use would drop by 0.9% each year, from 124,252 gigawatt hours this year to 114,980 GWh in 2027. Without either new energy efficiency measures or new solar installations, consumption would climb by 0.9% a year, to a total of 154,364 GWh.Energy efficiency programs are state-sponsored efforts to reduce the demand for energy in New England, a region that includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode island, and Vermont. The report isn’t specific about what types of energy efficiency programs will be responsible for the trend, but they typically include things like lighting efficiency improvements and other building upgrades upgrades that help consumers save money. Behind-the-meter solar refers to photovoltaic systems on the consumer’s side of the electric meter.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan like any other match for us, says Virat Kohli

first_imgCaptain Virat Kohli refused to be drawn into any extra pressure or hype around India’s opening game in the ICC Champions Trophy against arch-rivals Pakistan.CLICK TO WATCH FULL PRESS CONFERENCEIndia and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.The two teams had clashed in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England (at the same venue as this year: Edgbaston) where India won a rain-truncated game. They next took on Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaidae and won again, thanks to a classy hundred by Kohli.Last year, India played Pakistan twice and Kohli was the difference between the two teams on both occasions. His magnificent 49 had helped India overcome a dangerous Pakistan pace attack in Dhaka and his sublime half-century resulted in an Indian victory at the Eden Gardens in the World T20.Kohli, passionate and aggressive on the field, however, was not willing to put his men under any extra pressure.”Whatever else is going around an issue, as a cricketer you can’t even think about your partner at the other end, forget about other issues,” Kohli said at the pre-departure press conference in Mumbai.India vs Pakistan is an exciting game for people in general and the atmosphere in the ground is different. For us cricketers, it’s just any other game and you can ask this to cricketers from both teams. The hype created is not in our control. We prepare for it like every game.”It’s not like we are playing them for the first time and there’s no need for any extra motivation. When you are playing for India, you really do not need any other motivation. Yes, you need passion but you can’t be too emotional against any one team.”advertisementKohli has been extremely diginified in his interaction with the Pakistani players over the years. Last year, he had gifted Mohammed Amir with a bat and congratulated him for bowling a splendid spell on a green surface in Dhaka.Kohli had also gifted former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi with a Team India jersey, signed by all his players.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka joins Racing White Daring Molenbeek

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka joins Racing White Daring Molenbeekby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Ntumba Massanka has joined Belgian third-tier side Racing White Daring Molenbeek on loan until June 30th.The 22-year old had spent the first half of season in the National League on loan at Dover Athletic, before returning to Turf Moor in January.The former Manchester United youngster has also had loan stints with Morecambe, Wrexham and York City since signing a professional contract at Turf Moor in 2015.R.W.D currently sit seventh in the Belgian First Amateur League and play their home games at Edmond Machtens Stadium on the outskirts of Brussels.The striker will be available for the Les Coalises’ match this weekend against RFC Leige. last_img read more