‘Murder, She Danced’ At Smith Auditorium Oct. 6

first_imgA detective from the ‘Murder, She Danced’ performance set for 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/YMCAScene from a previous performance by Dance of India students. Courtesy/YMCA The Family YMCA’s Dance of India performance of ‘Murder, She Danced’ is 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 6 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/YMCA By DIANA MARTINEZThe Family YMCAA student’s suggestion that this 13th year’s performance of The Family YMCA’s Dance of India classes center on something other than a universally known theme, got the instructor to thinking.What should pop into the mind of instructor Alina Deshpande but a a ghost-murder mystery where the ghost makes its presence known through the tinkering of bells. It is a fitting theme for the month of October. The performance is 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Duane Smith Auditorium.“Nileena gets the credit for coming up with the title of our production,” Deshpande said.Deshpande is the Group Leader of the Biosecurity and Public Health Group in the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She began teaching Kathak at the Y in 2003 when her daughter was 6 years old because she wanted to share her culture with her.“She was one of my first students along with three other little girls who were around 4 at the time. They danced with me until they left to go to undergradate school in California, Texas and even Ireland!” Deshpande said. “I was encouraged by my friends to start this class so that other members in the Indian community in Los Alamos could get exposed. I have been continuously delighted and gratified to have diverse members of the Los Alamos community join the class, as it is not restricted to student with Indian origins. This goes to show how welcoming and open our Los Alamosites are!”Deshpande said her class has students that range in age from 5-70.“I have students who have Indian roots as well as those who want to learn a new culture,” she said. “I guess the students love the preparation for these annual shows as well as other performances that we do throughout the year. They enjoy dressing up, too.” Each year Despande supports a charity located in another part of the world.“We started with supporting primarily charities in India, but over the years, it became clear that there are needs all over the world, so it was just something that I realized – why are we restricting ourselves to just one country when we could help so many more,” she said, adding that dollars go much further in other parts of the world and have a very large impact.The one-day performance of “Murder, She Danced!” is supported by parent volunteers who help with stage management.“Mary Beth Stevens, Gauri Prasad and Chris Frankle are so helpful,” Despande said. “I really appreciate their willingness and commitment. I would also like to give a big shout out to my friend Dr. Madhavi Garimella, who in addition to helping with stage management, arranges the intermission sales of snacks and Indian jewelry and clothes, and handles other logistics.”“And I would like to acknowledge my good friend Nileena Velappan, who is also a senior student in class and keeps me energized and inspired! She will do it all from getting costumes for various students, finding sponsors, getting banner permits and being the publicity rep. These are the folks who we don’t all see on stage, but have a big hand in the success of the program. They do it all selflessly and with no expectation of credit or fanfare.”While there is no formal charge, donations are strongly encouraged to support charitable work. This year’s production benefits the YMCA Chiang Mai in Thailand and their Women’s Empowerment program. Suggested donations are $10 for ages 12 and older; $5 for children ages 5-11.Deshpande encourages everyone to come to this fun and colorful event with Indian dances woven into an interesting theme.“We have some serious local acting talent that will be showcased, so this should make for an entertaining evening!” Deshpande said.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday, John Daly

first_imgGolf fans celebrated the 54th birthday of John Daly, one of the most popular professional golfers of all time, on April 26. For most people, turning 54 isn’t a big deal, but many that know Daly would call it remarkable. He was only 25 years old when he won the PGA Championship in what could be referred to as the most unlikely win since Francis Ouimet won the 1913 U.S. Open Championship. By the way, the winning purse for Ouimet that year was $300. By comparison, in 2019, Gary Woodland banked a cool $2.25 million for his victory at Pebble Beach. Daly’s big break took place in 1991. He had only played in 23 PGA Tour events, had made just 12 cuts, and was the ninth alternate to get in the PGA Championship at Indiana’s Crooked Stick Golf Club. The eight other alternates on the list ahead of Daly weren’t available — it was already Wednesday of championship week. As soon as Daly got the call that he was in the field, he jumped in his car and was on his way. He arrived just hours before his first-round tee time. Luck continued to be on Daly’s side as Nick Price was the last player to withdraw as his wife was in the late stages of her pregnancy. Price knew his caddie, Jeff “Squeaky” Medlin, was available, so he offered Squeaky’s services to Daly. Of course, the caddie was happy to handle a bag for the championship. The rest is history. Long John Daly went on to win his first major championship and made a name for himself in the process with his prodigious length off the tee. Little known fact: Squeaky Medlin is the only caddie in history to win back-to-back PGA Championships with two different players. The following year, he was on the bag when Price won, in 1992. That achievement earned Medlin a spot in the Caddie Hall of Fame. As it turned out, Squeaky and I became good friends, and we shared some good times out on the Tour. I was heartbroken when he told me he had been diagnosed with leukemia. Medlin reached out to me during his final days. “Bob, you tell everyone I had a good run,” he told me. Jeff passed away the next day. He was 43. At the time, Daly’s 1991 PGA Championship win was considered by most to be a “fluke,” but he silenced all critics four years later by winning The Open Championship on the hallowed grounds of St. Andrews Links in a four-hole playoff with the Italian, Costantino Rocca. In his career, Daly won two major championships and three other PGA Tour events. He is now an active member of the PGA Tour Champions and has one over-50 victory to date. There’s no doubt Daly had an up-and-down personal life, but he is a good guy with a big heart. In fact, during that 1991 PGA Championship he won, a fan had been struck by lightning and unfortunately died. When Daly found out about it, he quickly wrote a check for $30,000, which he gave to the family. It’s been said Daly’s high-octane lifestyle is the main reason he was never chosen to be part of a Ryder Cup team. He is the only two-time American major winner never to wear the red, white, and blue. In fact, many felt that with the lifestyle Daly chose, he had a greater chance of shooting 54 for 18 holes than reaching 54 years old. Daly, who has been married five times, was the poster boy for the theme song “All my exes wear Rolexes.” In casino slang, Daly was known as a high-roller. During one PGA Tour event where he was a star attraction, a rain delay came into play, so we had some spare time. I was enjoying some blackjack at a nearby casino when Daly walked in and took a seat at a $25 slot machine. I watched in amazement as he started playing two $25-machines simultaneously, and didn’t stop for the next four hours. Daly has played in eight Masters Tournaments, with his best finish being a third-place tie in 1993. He played his last Masters in 2002, but remains on the scene each year not on the course, but in the Hooters parking lot. That’s where he parks his RV full of John Daly merchandise. He spends his Master’s week selling and signing hats, T-shirts, and other memorabilia for fans. The next time you hear on television that familiar introduction to the Masters: “It’s a tradition unlike any other,” just think for a moment that 54-year-old John Daly fits that mold exactly.bobvoiceofgolf@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

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CryoVation welcomes industry veteran to team

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The iniquity of ‘one in, two out’

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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UK railway news round-up

first_imgScotRail has revealed the interiors of the Class 385 EMUs which are being supplied by Hitachi Rail Europe. They feature at-seat power sockets, free wi-fi, cycle areas, space for prams and golf clubs, two wheelchair spaces and an accessible toilet with an ‘assist’ facility to allow companion access to the cubicle while maintaining privacy. ‘The finish of these trains will significantly improve the experience of customers travelling with us’, said ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes. ‘Their design has resulted in bright, spacious and accessible carriages, perfect for commuters, business customers and leisure travellers alike.‘The Department for Transport has begun consultation on an update to its Community Rail Strategy for England and Wales, which it plans to finalise in spring 2018. The consultation focuses on four themes: connecting people to places and opportunities; supporting communities, diversity and inclusion; supporting local and regional economies; and suggesting innovative ways to improve the way the railway works.On November 1 Transport for the North said it expects formal statutory status to be granted before the end of 2017. ‘Becoming a sub-national transport body will be a tremendous achievement enabling the north to legally inform transport investment priorities’, said Mobilisation Director Dawn Madin ‘We will have achieved 56 consents from authorities across the north including all 19 of our constituent authorities. Along with our 19 constituent authorities we have welcomed the powers that are contained within our draft regulations, and these are broadly in line with those which were envisioned when the organisation was formed in 2015.’Govia Thameslink Railway began using Siemens Class 700 EMUs on two peak services between Peterborough and London King’s Cross on November 6. Some Great Northern route services are to scheduled to be extended onto the Thameslink route through London in May 2018.A major project to upgrade the routes between Preston and Blackpool starts on November 11. The lines will be completely closed between Preston and Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations until January 28, when the line to Blackpool South will reopen. The line between Kirkham & Wesham and Blackpool North will remain closed until March 25.Greater Anglia has introduced a Club 50 discount scheme for passengers aged 50 and over. The annual discount card costs £20 and offers a 20% saving on all Greater Anglia off-peak fares including Advance tickets purchased online, and a 10% saving on off-peak tickets purchased at Greater Anglia stations. STM Group has been awarded a contract to provide security personnel to Govia Thameslink Railway.Passengers on Virgin Atlantic airliners can use the onboard wi-fi supplied by Panasonic and Gogo to access the Heathrow Express website free of charge, enabling them to buy tickets for onward travel from the airport.Leeds City Council’s executive board has approved a Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan developed with partners including Transport for the North, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail. This sets out proposals for an ‘internationally significant gateway hub’ which would integrate national, regional and local transport services including HS2.last_img read more

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Haitian-Japanese Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka Becomes The Highest Paid Female Athlete…

first_imgAccording to Forbes, the Japanese-Haitian athlete earned a total of $37.4 million USD from prize money and endorsements between June 2019 and May 2020. Osaka is currently backed by 15 endorsement partners ranging from Nissan Motor, Shiseido and Yonex, with almost all of them worth seven figures every year. Haitian-American tennis star, 22-year-old Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete of all time. Her earnings effectively overthrow Serena Williams, who’s held the title for four years, by $1.4 million USD. Osaka also set a new record for a female athlete’s recorded earnings in a year, surpassing Maria Sharapova‘s $29.7 million USD record in 2015. On top of the wins and endorsements, the tennis star’s Nike contract paid her more than $10 million USD. Osaka and Williams, however, are both included in 2020’s 100 highest-paid athletes list (the full roster scheduled to be released in June) at Nos. 29 and 33 respectively — the first time that two women have joined the ranking since 2016.last_img read more

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Gilat Unveils Enhanced Satellite Backhaul Solution for 5G-Ready Networks

first_imgGilat Satellite Networks has released an upgraded version of its SkyEdge II-c satellite backhaul solution, designed to deliver the high-performance required for next-generation services.The global trend of demand for higher throughputs and greater efficiencies will be further accelerated with 5G, generating exponential growth in network capacity as well as in the number and types of connected devices and services. As the leaders in LTE satellite backhaul, Gilat is now further enhancing and optimizing its SkyEdge II-c multi-service platform for 5G capacity, service and network availability targets, to deliver new levels of satellite connectivity in multiple dimensions from cellular nodes and to the most demanding applications.The enhanced SkyEdge II-c solution enables 2.5 Gbps throughput from a single forward carrier and 1 Gbps throughput from associated return channels, enabled by highly efficient DVB-S2X wideband transmission in the forward direction and Gilat’s innovative LDPC fast adaptive return access scheme. It supports the full suite of current modems and capabilities, including GTP acceleration, Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) and carrier grade Layer-2 and Layer-3 with GTP acceleration.In addition, the satellite modem product family is now being extended with its newest addition, Capricorn-PLUS. The new modem is equipped with a powerful processing engine that supports new levels of users and services density with up to 100,000 PPS as well as higher throughputs and efficiencies with up to 100 Mbps throughput on the MF-TDMA return channel. Moreover, the SkyEdge II-c scalable, cloud-based architecture offers a migration path to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with software upgrade, making it a future proof solution.last_img read more

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NBA Showcase helps local economy

first_img Share RelatedHall of Famer Nancy Lieberman in townBy LARRY GAGE Former college and professional basketball star Nancy Lieberman is on South Padre Island this week for the NBA Development League Showcase.  She is the head coach of the league’s newest team, the Texas Legends, who play their home games in Frisco, located just north of Dallas.  Lieberman…January 13, 2011In “Sports”D-League showcase wows, offers look at talentBy JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Teams converged from throughout the country Monday on South Padre Island as the 7th Annual NBA D-League Showcase began with four thrilling games. Played out on the same day that college football was playing their title game the crowds still came out to watch some…January 13, 2011In “Sports”Martinez, Swink Claim All-District HonorsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High Lady Tarpon basketball players Alex Martinez and Kelcie Swink took top honors when the All-District 32-4A teams were announced recently. Swink was named Offensive Player of the Year by the district coaches and Martinez was named to the All-District First…April 6, 2015In “News” By ANTONIO VINDELL L.D. Williams, a player from Springfield, Ma., shows his style. (Photo by Stormy Wall)The NBA Development League Showcase has been having a series of games this week on South Padre Island where scouts are looking for potential players to go to NBA teams all over the country.But the four-day event, that ends tonight (Thursday), also provided a prime opportunity to showcase the Island and gave the town a shot in the arm during a time when business is slower than usual.A total of 16 teams and their coaches have been pumping money into local hotels and restaurants.“This is the first time we bring the league here,” Dan Reed, the Development League president, said. “We have filled a number of hotels. These players and their coaches are helping the local economy because they are spending money.”He said each team has 10 players plus three members of a coaching staff per team.“Eleven of these games are scheduled to be shown on national television,” Reed said.“This is a great opportunity for the local residents to come out and watch some of the best basketball games in the world,” he added.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 13 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.last_img read more

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The Coach Shinnick Show – September 4

first_imgPrint Friendly Version It’s this year’s first episode of the Coach Shinnick Show! #GoArgos 🏈 Recap @UWFFootball’s fall camp🏈 Meet Logan Bush and @GoTeamIMPACT🏈 Preview Carson-Newman⚔️ Preview @UWFMSoccer, @UWFWSOC, @UWFVolleyball, and @UWFXC last_img

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I will grab Super Eagles chance with both hands – Dele Ajiboye

first_imgThe No 1 goalkeeper of champions Plateau United, Dele Ajiboye, has said he will literally grab his chance with Super Eagles just as he revealed he will hope to return to Spain to continue his pro career.Ajiboye could be presented his chance in next month’s matches against Algeria and Argentina after he has been part of the Eagles squad recently.The former Shooting Stars shot stopper has represented Nigeria at U17, U20 and Olympic team levels and said he also hopes for his Super Eagles breakthrough.“I will be delighted to be called up again as I am also looking for my opportunity to feature for the Super Eagles and I hope to grab it with both hands,” he said.“I cannot wait to get my chance.“My club have resumed full pre-season training and besides that I also do personal training in the evening.”The 27-year-old ‘Aji-boy’ revealed that his other target is to return to Spain and continue his pro career after a short-lived stint there with lower league Pontevedra CF between 2009 and 2011.“I would really love to return to Spain,” he said.“I previously played in the lower league, but even then the standard was very high and it was my performance in Spain that earned me my call-up to the Olympic team.”last_img read more

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