Renowned cellist YoYo Ma to give free concert in Montreals subway today

first_imgMONTREAL — World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has announced he’ll give a free concert in Montreal’s subway today.The Chinese-American musician’s Facebook page says the concert in the Place-des-Arts metro station will explore connections and disconnections in contemporary lives.A spokesman for Montreal’s transit agency says Ma will take the stage at 2 p.m., following a multimedia presentation that combines music, art and technology.Philippe Dery says the subway stations often draw strong busking talent but rarely anyone of Ma’s renown.The 63-year-old cellist’s concert is part of what his website calls a “day of action” that will explore the topic of culture and its role in humanizing technology.Dery says the concert will be free and also live-streamed on the transit agency’s Facebook page.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kristin Gaspar delivers San Diegos 2018 State of the County address

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kristin Gaspar FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County is planning to build a residential rehabilitation center aimed at helping former criminals and recovering addicts become self-sufficient, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar announced Tuesday night during her “State of the County” address.The county has secured two $1 million donations to create a center modeled after The Other Side Academy in Salt Lake City. Lauren Phinney Updated: 10:35 PM Kristin Gaspar delivers San Diego’s 2018 ‘State of the County’ address Posted: February 27, 2018 Gaspar said she was inspired by the concept of self-sufficiency that drove the work at the academy she saw during a recent visit there. Program participants run businesses such as a moving service as part of their treatment rather than seeing therapists or counselors.“The Other Side Academy bucks traditional wisdom with accountability, not experts, with self-sustaining social enterprise, not government handouts,” Gaspar said. “Like a large family, residents learn to develop their strengths by helping each other. The Other Side Academy is a drug-free home with a focus on changing negative patterns of behavior through peer interactions.”County staff will soon begin scouting locations for the San Diego program, which is being built in a partnership with Sheriff Bill Gore and the “support” of District Attorney Summer Stefan and Public Defender Randy Mize, Gaspar said.It will be built “and sustained without ongoing taxpayer money,” she said.Gaspar did not offer concrete details on the proposed program during her speech, which centered around the theme of innovation.During the lead-up to the announcement, Gaspar lauded what she said were organizations in San Diego County that embodied values of self-sufficiency and innovation including the San Diego Food Bank, Solutions for Change and Workshops for Warriors.“What do all of these organizations have in common? Their results — the lives transformed by their innovative approach,” Gaspar said.Tuesday’s speech was perhaps the biggest moment in the political career of Gaspar, who earlier this year announced that she’s running for Congress.Gaspar was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2014. She was elected mayor in 2014 and won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2016.After wrapping up her first year on the board in January, she was selected by her colleagues as chairwoman. The Republican announced later that month that she would run for the 49th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Darrell Issa, who is not seeking reelection.Gaspar began her speech by declaring, “The state of the county is innovative and strong.”Gaspar recalled the story of Mildred Green, who about 100 years ago began performing the duties of her San Diego county supervisor husband after he fell ill.Green ran for that seat in 1918 after her husband died.“There was only one small problem,” Gaspar said. “No woman had ever been elected to the county board — not in San Diego, not in the entire state.”She won the election, Gaspar said, and went on to serve as a model for innovative thinking that inspires Gaspar.“This is the road that Mildred Green began when she defied odds and ran for county supervisor,” Gaspar said. “This is our future as we move government beyond the status quo so that 2018 is greater than 1918 could have ever imagined.” February 27, 2018last_img read more

Steven Stamstad named SVP of Marketing and Communications for Scientific Games

first_img Gaming opportunities down but Scientific Games holds steady in 2Q19 on growth in international, online segments RelatedPosts Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Scientific Games reveals extensive product installations at Wynn’s Encore Boston Harbor Stamstad brings more than 25 years of experience to Scientific Games, including as VP of Global Brand Marketing at online rental home marketplace Expedia and VP worldwide Marketing at Electronic Arts.“Steve is a fantastic addition to our Scientific Games executive team,” said Cottle. “His years of global marketing expertise in the gaming, entertainment and sport sectors, coupled with his mobile and online experience will help us create a world-class global marketing team, drive revenue growth and take Scientific Games to the next level.” Load More Scientific Games Corporation has announced the appointment of Steven Stamstad as SVP of Marketing and Communications.Stamstad, who will report directly to President and CEO Barry Cottle, will be responsible for elevating Scientific Games’ global leadership, increasing engagement with key stakeholders across gaming, lottery and sports and instituting data-driven, marketing best practices to drive results, the company said. He will also leverage his marketing and communication expertise to drive new products, build brand franchises and expand innovation across Scientific Games’ portfolio of omni-channel products.last_img read more

Train runs over leopard in Siliguri

first_imgSiliguri: A train mowed down a leopard near Nakshalbari, Siliguri.In the early hours of Thursday morning, an adult male leopard was found dead near Hatighinsha’s Chenga riverside rail line in Nakshalbari. The Forest department was immediately informed by the locals, following which personnel from the department arrived at the spot along with T T Bhutia, the range officer.The body of the animal has been taken by the department for post-mortem in Sukna forest.”We found the leopard already dead when we arrived. It had serious injuries in one of its front legs and its neck,” stated a forest source.Investigation has revealed that a passenger train from Katihar had crossed the rail line in that area on Wednesday night.last_img