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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – One of the largest summertime economic drivers for the City of Jamestown has been postponed due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.Leadership with the National Comedy Center announced Thursday that the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is rescheduled to August 2021.In a email to subscribers, organizers said the decision is a precautionary measure following consideration of federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.“It is with tremendous sadness that we make the difficult decision to reschedule our Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – for the first time in our nearly 30 year history,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. “We are grateful for the patience, understanding and continued support of our festival attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff, and our Jamestown and Chautauqua County community during this challenging time.” “We do not make this decision lightly, understanding that our annual festival draws attendees from over 40 U.S. states and not only has a direct effect on the revenue of our non-profit cultural institution but also affects the business of local hotels, restaurants, attractions and event venues, and retailers throughout our community. We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.”Current ticket holders will have their tickets transferred automatically to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival, unless they choose a different option.Ticket holders can:Transfer tickets to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival. New ticket will automatically be issued to ticket holders within the next several weeks.Donate the value of their tickets to the non-profit National Comedy Center as a tax-deductible contribution during this critical time.Exchange the value of their tickets for a National Comedy Center gift card to be used for admission, membership, future event tickets or merchandise.Receive a full refund for their ticket purchase by selecting this option by July 15, 2020.Ticket holders can select their preferred option via the Comedy Center’s Ticketing form at ComedyCenter.org/TicketForm.The full statement from the National Comedy Center team is posted below:Dear Friends and Festival Ticket Holders,It is with tremendous sadness and disappointment that we announce the rescheduling of the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival from this August to August 2021 in order to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This precautionary measure has been taken in consideration of CDC, federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.The new festival dates will fall on the same weekend in 2021: August 4-8, 2021. Festival performances by comedian Jeff Foxworthy have been rescheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021 and the Legends of SNL: David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021. All other comedy performances and Lucy legacy events have also been rescheduled for the corresponding day and time in 2021 as well. A schedule of events is available at ComedyCenter.org/Festival. More festival events will be added in the coming months.If you have purchased festival tickets, your tickets will be transferred automatically to the same shows, events, and reserved seats for the 2021 festival, unless you choose a different option by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Ticket holders will have several options to consider.Those wishing to purchase new tickets for 2021 festival events including Jeff Foxworthy and Legends of SNL, without holding existing tickets for 2020, can do so by visiting ComedyCenter.org/Festival beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.Although the festival will not be taking place this summer as originally planned, the National Comedy Center will be bringing comedy fans together virtually by presenting a series of online programs and streaming comedy events throughout the summer, including programming to be streamed during the original comedy festival weekend. These events will debut on the Comedy Center’s new online content platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere. Look for more details on our website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.The National Comedy Center does plan to re-open its state-of-the-art comedy museum and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this summer with enhanced health, cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing protocols — reimagining museum health and safety with the same spirit, commitment and leading-edge technology with which it reinvented the museum visitor experience — once Western New York is given the green light to re-open cultural institutions. We will provide updates on our re-opening date via our website, social media platforms and email newsletter.We are grateful for your patience, understanding and continued support of the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival during this challenging time.We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.Sincerely,The National Comedy Center Teamlast_img read more

first_imgVestas wins turbine contract for Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable Energy Magazine:Vestas is providing a customised solution for the 159 MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal’s first large utility-scale wind energy project and the largest wind project in West Africa. The wind farm will expand the country’s generation capacity by 15 percent, support the development of affordable renewable energy and diversify Senegal’s energy mix as well as provide positive social and economic impact for the nearby communities. The project is in advanced stage of development, ready for construction. Turbine delivery, as well as commissioning are planned to be accomplished in three phases: deliveries between the second and the third quarters of 2019, whilst commissioning between the third quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was signed with Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye, a company majority-owned by Lekela, an experienced renewable energy company that has developed 1.3 GW of wind and solar projects across Africa, and partly-owned by French developer Sarreole that has been part of the project from its beginning.The order includes the supply, transport, installation and commissioning of 46 V126-3.45 MW turbines, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.Senegal’s energy mix currently depends mainly on costly imported fossil fuels. However, Senegal will be able to utilise renewable energy to generate clean, reliable and competitively-priced energy to meet the demand of a rapidly expanding local grid.Chris Ford, chief operating officer at Lekela, added that, as the first utility-scale wind power project in the country, Taiba N’Diaye forms a critical component of Senegal’s clean energy strategy that will create an impact that lasts for generations.More: Vestas enters new market with 159 MW EPC order for the first large utility-scale wind project in Senegallast_img read more

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr No, really, we have!The dream of leaving your leather wallet at home and using other form factors for payments, primarily smartphones, has been the dream of analysts and prognosticators for many years. Every year, at least one publication stakes the claim that the next year will finally be that year.In 2013, Mobile Payments World asked: “2013: The Year of the Mobile Wallet?”The following year, Kantar US Insights stated: “2014 Could Very Well be the Year of the Mobile Wallet.”In 2015, Lowestrates.com asked: “Will 2015 Finally Be the Year of the Mobile Wallet?”And in 2016, Affinion titled an article: “2016: The Year of the Mobile Wallet?”Given the inaccuracies of these predictions, it would seem that the use of mobile wallets has simply stalled for the past five years. But looking back a little further, it is amazing to see how radically the mobile wallet space has changed. Going all the way back to 2011, PC Magazine was already asking the question: “Could our wallets be replaced one day soon by our smartphones?”. That article contained an infographic depicting the top contenders at he time to replace credit cards with your smartphone. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgPerhaps no one put it better than USC baseball’s interim coach, Frank Cruz: “The better team won today,” Cruz said, following the Trojans’ 5-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara.Daily TrojanIt was the Trojans’ first chance to avenge a midweek loss, as the Gauchos beat the Trojans 3-2 in Santa Barbara previously this month.The Gauchos got on top right away. With two on and one down in the first, cleanup hitter Mark Haddow ripped a two-RBI double into the gap in left center.USC got a run back in the second. Sophomore right fielder Alex Glenn was hit by a pitch with one out and went to third on a single to right by sophomore third baseman Adam Landecker.With two down, junior catcher Kevin Roundtree delivered the clutch knock through the right side to plate Glenn for his first RBI of the year.Junior starter Ben Mount got tagged with another pair in the third, again by Haddow.It was another shot to left center, but this one went over the fence for a two-run homer to put the Gauchos up 4-1, and Mount was lifted from the game after going just two and two-thirds innings, allowing four earned runs, and raising his season ERA from 1.10 to 2.84.Junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa led off with a double in the fourth.He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a single by junior designated hitter Brandon Garcia, but that was it for the Trojans in that inning.All told, USC left seven runners on base in the first four innings, including runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth.The Trojans have left nearly eight men per game on base in their 21 games this season.“We gotta start putting the bat on the ball with runners on,” Cruz said. “Maybe be a little more aggressive. But we gotta get that done.”UCSB also made a pitching change after the third, and new pitcher Nick Capito delivered three scoreless innings.He was matched by freshman reliever Kyle Richter, who retired the Gauchos in order in the fourth and fifth and got the first two in the sixth before he was pulled after three of his own shutout innings.“Richter was a bright spot,” Cruz said. “One of the few.”Back-to-back singles by freshman shortstop James Roberts and Oropesa put a pair on in the Trojans’ half of the seventh. A steal put runners at second and third with two down for Garcia.After falling behind 0-2, he worked it to 2-2 before UCSB made a pitching change. Cruz countered with junior pinch hitter Mike Greco.So brand new Gaucho pitcher Connor Whalen prepared to throw his first pitch of the game to Greco, the brand-new Trojan hitter, with a 2-2 count.After taking a ball to work the count full, Greco took a fastball on the outside corner for strike three.USC put two on again in both the eighth and ninth, but couldn’t get the runners home either time to finish with 13 left on for the game.“We’re trying to do a little too much right now,” Oropesa said. “We just gotta drive it hard. As a hitter you just gotta get your pitch and hit it hard. That’s all you can do.”The Trojans will begin a weekend series at home Friday when UCLA comes to Dedeaux Field for three games. USC most recently beat the Bruins 2-0 on March 13 in a nonconference game at Dodger Stadium as a part of the Dodgertown Classic.last_img read more

first_imgTo kick off the 2014 MLB season, we will be going around the diamond to find out who are the best under-the-radar players to look out for while you’re planning for your fantasy drafts. For the first edition of the series, we’ll start with the cornerstones of your team, the first and third basemen, or the corner infielders.First BasemenMy initial thought, in terms of draft strategy for this year, was to funnel a lot of money into the best players while disregarding positional scarcity, because the top talent this year seems to be annually underappreciated (I’m looking at you, Chris Davis and Edwin Encarnacion). However, the more I look at the 1B list, the more talented sleepers I find, leaving more money/high draft picks to be saved for the 2B and SS of the world.1) Jose Abreu, Chicago White SoxJose Abreu, recently rescued from Cuba for the price of $68 million over four years, is teeming with power potential. Labeled as possibly the best player in the world by some of his old Cuban teammates and MLB sensation Yasiel Puig, Abreu remains low key because Puig has already claimed the title “the Great Cuban Hope.” Although the thought that Adam Dunn might be mentoring Abreu is scary, he should at least have the power to smack 30-35 home runs, a valuable commodity in rotisserie leagues. A player with this kind of potential who is valued as the 19th best 1B in the ESPN rankings is well worth taking a flier on.2) Mark Teixeira, New York YankeesThe Yankees first baseman is coming off a season where he received 53 at-bats, with a whopping eight hits out of those at bats. However, even as he was working off the rust from a major injury, he still managed to homer in three of those eight at bats. If you extrapolate those numbers over the course of a full season (assuming he stays healthy for a full season), that’s about 30-35 home runs for a guy who strikes out under 120 times a season. Considering he’s hitting in the heart of a revamped, OBP-centric lineup and playing his first full season in that new sandbox we call Yankee Stadium, let’s just say I like his odds.3) Justin Morneau, Colorado RockiesIf, for some reason, you get tricked into drafting Hee-Siop Choi, forget he hasn’t been in baseball for 8 years, and only have a dollar or a late round pick to spend on an actual first baseman, don’t worry, because former MVP Justin Morneau will be available. And this should make you ecstatic, because who is talking about Justin Morneau these days? The 29th-ranked first baseman lost relevance lollygagging in the Twins’ organization before getting a very slight boost after a post-deadline trade to the Pirates last year. However, he made no headlines when he signed with the Rockies this winter. But I’ll take a guy who takes his 17 homers, .323 OBP, and 77 RBI with two mediocre hitting teams in spacious parks to one of the most potent lineups in baseball at the best hitting ballpark in recent memory.Third BasemenThird base just never gets any better. You have the perennial guys at the top in Cabrera, Beltre, Longoria and Wright, but you’re left hoping a second half breakout Chase Headley happens if you miss out on those guys. Luckily, we can add one more name to the top 4 in Matt Carpenter. But, with a typical five more teams in a league in need of a third baseman, let’s look at some of the other options you’ll have if you miss out on these five.1) Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red SoxMiddlebrooks has received a lot of draft hype, and most of it, deservedly so. His draft prospects are a little inflated because of the dearth of quality at this corner spot, but there are things to like about the Greenville, Texas product. He was a revelation in 2012, and started off hot in 2013, but all of a sudden, his production fell off a cliff. Fortunately for him and his fans, he picked it up with an impressive 881 OPS in August, and followed that up with a very respectable 747 OPS in September. Good late season showings are a very good indicator of future success and if Middlebrooks, who is still very young, can sustain this and improve on his skills, he can definitely finish in the top 5 of third basemen at season’s end, when Longoria eventually injures himself for the rest of the year.2) Mike Moustakas, Kansas City RoyalsMiddlebrooks is the only real third baseman sleeper I have for this year. No one else is really going to outdo their production from this crop of 3Bs, though I do have some hope for Moustakas. However, this is mostly predicated on my sixth sense of “this guy has to break out at SOME point, right?” Moustakas was a high draft pick and a top prospect for a minor league system that was littered with good players. Some guys just develop slowly. Even though I have no concrete reason why, this could be the year Moustakas takes off.3) The Matts: Matt Davidson, Chicago White Sox and Matt Dominguez, Houston AstrosAlthough both Davidson and Dominguez are a couple years too early from breaking out into 10-team, mixed league fantasy relevance, there’s no one with better potential than the Matts. Davidson will be a rookie this year, but with a 20-25 home run potential and hitting in shallow U.S. Cellular Field with a pretty decent White Sox lineup around him, he could put up decent numbers if he’s not overpowered by major league pitching. Dominguez was one of the lone bright spots for the lowly Astros last year, but proved that he can hit in the big leagues. He, too, is about a year away from taking the next big step and possibly becoming a major player at the third base spot, though there’s no reason why can’t take that step this year. The problem is that there’s also no reason why he would take it this year.Daniel Scheiner is a sophomore majoring in music industry. His fantasy baseball picks run Sundays.last_img read more