Compton hosts the Chicago Blackhawks

first_imgReigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks begin training camp in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Thursday and will host public practices Saturday and Sunday, with a special student event Friday. Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said Blackhawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus, wanted to bring the team to his alma mater to build community. “[Bowman] just happened to be in the area last February … and suggested that they might want to come to campus for training camp if we could work that out,” Nevala said. “They liked the idea of getting their guys all together to do a little team unity exercise instead of operating from their individual homes in Chicago and just coming to the United Center. They thought to spend a few days on campus with a facility like we have here would be a great way to start their next year.” Nevala said the Blackhawks would take advantage of Compton’s many amenities during training camp. “They’re bringing 60 players here so you have to have the locker space for 60 guys, and I think we were able to provide that compared to what they might be used to [at the United Center],” he said. “I think the opportunity to use both rinks [will be helpful] … Maybe they’re going to run practice on one side and the scrimmages that they’ve been advertising in the main arena.” During training camp, the Blackhawks will split up into three different teams and play two scrimmages a day, he said. The Blackhawks are also looking forward to experiencing Notre Dame’s campus for a few days, Nevala said. “I think they just like being in the campus environment, with Eddy Street [Commons] available,” he said. “They’re staying at the Morris Inn. I’m sure they’ll probably go play golf one day and we’re going to try to get them to football practice.” Blackhawks players will also attend a team dinner with the Notre Dame hockey squad Friday, Nevala said. Nevala said it was the Blackhawks’ idea to sell public tickets to Saturday and Sunday’s practices, which are currently sold out. However, Notre Dame was adamant about doing something special for its students, he said. “All along we were hoping we could do something unique for our students while [the Blackhawks] were here,” he said. “We said, ‘Well, how about we do a day with the students when you aren’t selling tickets,’ and it’ll be a unique opportunity for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students to get in and see them scrimmage if they have time during their lunch break or something. We don’t want anybody skipping class, now.” Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students can attend the Blackhawks’ practice for free Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Compton Family Ice Arena with a valid student ID. Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks cap off their visit to Notre Dame by bringing the Stanley Cup to campus. “We’re hopeful that the Stanley Cup might be on campus at some point during this visit,” he said. “I literally don’t know how long it would be here if it’s going to be here. We’re hopeful it makes its second visit because Stan did bring it here in 2010. After they won the Stanley Cup that year, he used his day with the cup to bring it to campus for the Notre Dame vs. Stanford football game. We’re hopeful it comes again.” Nevala said he hopes the Blackhawks decide to return again next year. “We hope [the Blackhawks] enjoy their time in South Bend and on campus, and maybe they’ll decide this is a good way to start their year again in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Renewables top coal as Germany’s largest electricity source

first_imgRenewables top coal as Germany’s largest electricity source FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Renewables overtook coal as Germany’s main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over 40 percent of electricity production, research showed on Thursday.The shift marks progress as Europe’s biggest economy aims for renewables to provide 65 percent of its energy by 2030 in a costly transition as it abandons nuclear power by 2022 and is devising plans for an orderly long-term exit from coal.The research from the Fraunhofer organization of applied science showed that output of solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation units rose 4.3 percent last year to produce 219 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity. That was out of a total national power production of 542 TWh derived from both green and fossil fuels, of which coal burning accounted for 38 percent.Green energy’s share of Germany’s power production has risen from 38.2 percent in 2017 and just 19.1 percent in 2010.Bruno Burger, author of the Fraunhofer study, said it was set to stay above 40 percent this year. “We will not fall below the 40 percent in 2019 because more renewable installations are being built and weather patterns will not change that dramatically,” he said.The wind power industry produced 111 TWh from combined onshore and offshore capacity of just under 60 GW, constituting 20.4 percent of total German power output. Wind power was the biggest source of energy after domestically mined brown coal power which accounted for 24.1 percent.More: Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s main energy sourcelast_img read more

Evolving to connect and stop the sprawl

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details Goodbye Elf on the Shelf®, countless family gatherings and leftover New Year’s champagne. Hello, 2016!My mantra for this year is “evolve.” And I’m not just talking about me. I’m talking about the entire financial industry.We need to evolve the way we think. We also need to evolve our old processes and our technology strategies to become better, faster and more efficient.My professional life is filled with financial institutions asking how to strategically leverage technology – not just to solve the short-term, immediate issues they’re facing, but to produce long-term results. My favorite success stories come from members who could see the big picture within their enterprise content management (ECM) solutions and expanded them to benefit every department throughout their credit unions.That kind of big-picture thinking is something more credit unions need to do in 2016. Are your current software applications flexible, scalable and agile enough to stay innovative for long-term success? Or, sadly, were those applications merely “quick fixes” that will need to be updated within the next few years.The Connected Credit Union In today’s consumer-driven world, being connected has taken on a new definition. Mobile devices provide access to all the information you need, how and when you need it, wherever you may be. And, as the number of people using mobile devices to do their banking grows, members want that same level of service and satisfaction from their financial institutions.If your frontline employees can’t access information quickly to address a member question because you’re having issues with an upgrade or your systems can’t communicate, your members are not going to be happy. Worse yet, they might not even be your members for very much longer.Technology such as ECM can serve as the much-needed connection between disparate systems, processes and departments. It plugs into your important line-of-business applications to add more functionality without adding cumbersome training for your users. Most importantly, it includes functionality like scanning, retrieval, workflow management, case management and email archiving that can be leveraged in every department across your organization. Every employee will have immediate access to the important information they need to do their jobs well – helping your institution exceed your members’ expectations and remain competitive.Stopping Software SprawlMany people don’t realize the number of software applications burdening IT departments. Tasked with managing the maintenance (and upgrades) of every last one of them, IT has more than enough on its plate. Help combat software sprawl by expanding an ECM solution throughout your entire credit union. This way, instead of buying more software, your organization could be exploring more efficient ways to integrate existing systems, helping reduce the mounting pressure on IT staff. The best solutions connect your important systems and offer you a single place to securely store your manage information.With this in mind, I propose that more credit unions place the following among their goals for 2016: Connect your organization’s data and information by deploying an independent ECM solution across the entire organization to offer staff in every single department a complete member view.You’ll ease the strain on IT while more fully leveraging your existing technology. That’s what I call a “win-win.”last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 13, 2016•7:52 a.m. Katie S. Fisher, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 29 m.p.h. in a 20 m.p.h. school zone.•9 a.m. Ashleigh E. Swarts, 31, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 62 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone.•9:15 a.m. Stephanie L. Mahaffey, 64, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for expired registration.•9:40 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 700 block N. Washington, Wellington by known suspect(s).•1:43 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Evelyn L. Priddy, 57, Wellington and Siarah L. Walker, 17, Wellington.•3:40 p.m. Justine N. Firgard, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no valid drivers’ license — incident occurred January 6, 2016.•4:47 p.m. Padron Rodriguez, 54, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 60 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery by known suspect in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•7:26 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and theft by known suspect in the 1400 block Michigan of Wellington.•8:08 p.m. Ivan C. Winn Jr, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery.•8:11 p.m. Officers investigated violation of probation conditions by known suspect in the 1300 block N. Poplar, Wellington.last_img read more