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Design students bridge gaps

first_imgOver fall break, 14 design students attempted to bridge the gap between Notre Dame and the South Bend community through a design blitz led by John Bielenberg, founder of the design service program Project M. Bielenberg is a pioneer of the “thinking wrong” approach to design, which involves drawing inspiration for projects in unconventional ways, and Project M implements design projects conceived through this method to address social problems. Senior industrial design major Alisa Rantanen said students followed the thinking wrong approach in conceiving of their projects, starting with brainstorming words. “It started with brainstorming and mind-mapping random words, not even design related,” Rantanen said. “Each group was given a prompt. So my group was given ‘Rick James’ and ‘chalk,’ and all in one day we were told, ‘Go make a project based on that.’” Three different projects emerged from the brainstorming session: chalk talk, PROJECTiiON and IN South Bend. Rantanen said her group worked on chalk talk and painted a chalkboard wall in downtown South Bend so people could share their thoughts with the community. “It’s a way to give them a voice where otherwise many people wouldn’t be heard,” she said. “The next phase is to bring it to Notre Dame.” The prompts on the wall say “I am,” “I think,” “I feel” and “I dream,” Rantanen said. Industrial design graduate student Kevin Melchiorri said PROJECTiiON stands for “Projecting Interactive Images On Neighborhoods.” The project’s goal is to project meaningful images on visible buildings in downtown South Bend at night, he said. “This process creates a beacon that invites, unites and empowers viewers through selected content,” Melchiorri said. PROJECTiiON also works with chalk talk to project images of the chalk wall, Melchiorri said. “We are currently collaborating with chalk talk and have plans to create a series of projects in the future that involve video games, movies, lighting, restaurant and local business promotion and kinetic energy from the audience’s physical participation,” he said. IN South Bend is an initiative to get a trolley to run from Main Circle to downtown South Bend to encourage more students to visit. Junior graphic design major Jeff McLean said the idea for the project was based on the phrase “insane clown posse struggle bus.” “We used this to drive our concepts around creating an atmosphere of fun, new experiences and excitement around student trips downtown,” McLean said. “An important component of doing this effectively was to make going downtown a tangibly branded experience for students.” To promote the project, McLean said his group built a “bus” out of PVC pipe and tied balloons to it. They filmed themselves traveling downtown, leaving a balloon at each place they stopped. The group then posted the video online and asked viewers to sign a petition to make the bus a reality, he said. Senior industrial design major Bobby Reichle, a part of the group that developed IN South Bend, said he hopes the project will draw more students downtown because the area has a lot to offer. “For me, my favorite place in South Bend is the Main Street Coffee House, and no one knows it exists,” Reichle said. “I want people to move beyond the cookie-cutter stores of Eddy Street and actually see the local character of downtown South Bend. There is actually some worthwhile stuff there.” Senior industrial design major Airi Kobayashi said the design blitz forced the students to interact with South Bend in a new way and to talk to community members to learn more about the area. “We realized how much South Bend has more to offer than we thought there was and how much of a disconnect there was from the Notre Dame community to South Bend,” Kobayashi said. The blitz’s format and short time limit also enabled the students to put design skills they learned in the classroom to practical use, Rantanen said. “I knew this was going to be a super-creative, super-intense process, and I wanted to get … the messier side of actually making things real,” she said. Rantanen said seeing her project come alive was one of the best parts of the blitz. “This was a great opportunity to do something and see the direct impact,” she said. “Our chalk wall – less than 24 hours later, people had written all over it, so it was really rewarding to have that immediate impact.” Contact Tori Roeck at vroeck@nd.edulast_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia 2014

first_imgGeorgia entrepreneurs and chefs only have a few weeks left if they want to participate in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. The contest’s organizers are still looking for great jams, confections, barbecue sauces, cheeses, popsicles, granolas, soups and any other products that represent the future of Georgia’s storied culinary heritage. The contest — sponsored by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development — helps food entrepreneurs expand the market for their products and gain notoriety for their companies. “Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, food business development specialist with the UGA center. “It’s also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.” More than 90 percent of the finalists in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Contest reported increased interest in their products through their experience with the Flavor of Georgia contest. Three out of four finalists saw an increased interest in their products following the contest, and many others benefitted from increased sales, profits, publicity and website traffic. Some even indicated an increase in full and part time employees. A follow up survey found that finalists saw on average a 27 percent increase in their revenues in the six months following the contest. “Winning the grand prize has given Chocolate South, which has now been open for 15 months, real gravitas and has let everyone know that we are serious about our chocolates and flavor profiles,” said Amy Stankus, who won the 2013 grand prize with Chocolate South’s Peach Tea Bon-Bon. “Our retail and wholesale business is growing rapidly, and I give the Flavor of Georgia contest much credit for showcasing our chocolates.” Finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest will be invited to participate in the Governor’s Agricultural Awareness Day in March as well as in expositions at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, Georgia National Fair and the Serenbe May Day Festival. Winners will be given rights to use the Flavor Georgia logo on product labels and a free, silver-level membership in the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program. Registration is now open and will run through Feb.7, 2014. Finalists will be invited to take part in a final judging and public tasting March 17-18, in Atlanta, Ga. Contestants can submit products that are already commercially available or foods that are in the prototype stage. There is not a limit on the number of products that an individual can submit. Product categories include: barbecue sauces; beverages; jams and jellies; sauces and condiments; confections; meat and seafood products; dairy products; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. A panel of judges — made up of food marketing experts, grocery buyers, chefs and Georgia agricultural experts — will judge each product based on flavor, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal, potential market volume and use of locally, sourced products. More information about the contest and registration information is available online at www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu or by calling (706) 583-0347. The cost to enter is $50 per product if the contestant uses the competition website. Registration costs $75 per product if you register by mail.last_img read more

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Stocks, gold bars among unclaimed property turned over to the state of Vermont

first_imgIt’s the smiling face of Walt Disney that dominates the stock certificate recently turned over to the Unclaimed Property Division of the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. The certificate is for 147 shares of stock in the Walt Disney Company. The Treasurer’s Office hopes to locate the Vermonter who is the rightful owner of this financial property. If they do, the person will be smiling right along with Walt. The stock is valued at around $5,000.There’s approximately $47 million in unclaimed financial property currently in the State’s unclaimed property fund. In the past year, the Treasurer’s Office has received more than $8 million in new financial property ─ including stocks valued at close to a million dollars. The Unclaimed Property Law directs the Treasurer’s Office to sell all abandoned stock within one year of receipt if the property is not claimed by the rightful owner. The proceeds of the sale are placed in the unclaimed property fund and may then be claimed by the owner or heirs. A sale of stock is scheduled for the end of May.“We sell the stock for the prevailing price at the time of the sale,” explained State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “Our goal is to locate the owners of unclaimed property as quickly as we can. Property is continuously received by my office and I urge Vermonters to go on-line and check once a year to see if we are holding any financial property for them.”Financial property becomes “unclaimed” after a business or non-profit entity loses contact with a customer over a period of years. The property is sent to the Treasurer’s Office to protect the funds, and centralize efforts to locate the property owners. Some of the most unique items turned over to the office come from safe deposit boxes. Numbered among these unique items include jewelry, gold bars, a repair bill for someone’s sports car, a pair of underwear, and a Cadbury Egg.A record number of Vermonters are checking for unclaimed property. From July 1, 2009 through May 1, 2010 there were 12,452 claims paid with a value of approximately $4.2 million. That is the greatest number of annual claims paid in the history of Vermont’s unclaimed property program.“It’s been great to see more people claiming their property, even the smaller amounts. This fiscal year, the average claim amount was $377. Many people are taking advantage of our express claim process for claims that are $200 or less. Through express claims, Vermonters have less paperwork to complete and they can usually receive their money within two weeks,” Spaulding said.Common types of unclaimed property include old bank accounts; uncashed paychecks; money orders; service deposits; estates; insurance policies; safe deposit box contents; and stocks, bonds and dividends. There is no time limit on filing a claim, nor is there any charge for claiming property through the Treasurer’s Office.Vermonters can check for property by going on-line to www.MissingMoney.Vermont.gov(link is external). There also is a link on the Treasurer’s Office site to a national searchable database of unclaimed property. People may contact Vermont’s Unclaimed Property Division by calling (802) 828-2407 or toll-free in Vermont at 1-800-642-3191.Source: Vermont Treasurer. 5.19.2010last_img read more

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Southcom Commander Stresses Need for Collaboration against Threat Networks

first_imgBy Shannon Collins, DoD News, Defense Media Activity December 13, 2016 Trust, collaboration and innovation are necessary in fighting threat networks and their finances, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said on December 7th in opening remarks for the 15th Caribbean Nations Security Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W.Tidd, addressed some 120 leaders and delegates from 22 nations –representatives of five nations attended as observers — who met to examinethreats to Caribbean stability and evaluate ideas to improve collaboration insupport of regional security. The two-day event featureddiscussions about transnational threat networks, informational sharing,regional security strategies, security synchronization, U.S. support tosecurity in the Caribbean, disaster relief and multinational capacity-buildingexercises. Threat Networks “Threat networks – and thegrowing illegal economies that support them – undercut the interests of manyacross multiple countries and continents,” Adm. Tidd said. Many threat networks preyon citizens who are disadvantaged and disaffected, the admiral noted. “Manyglamorize violence and use it as a tool to intimidate local populations andinspire legions,” Adm. Tidd said. “And from criminal gangs to extremist groupslike [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], many networks exploit socialmedia and popular culture using slick, high-quality videos and music thatpromote killing, intimidation and a code of silence. Many more have local‘franchises’ that spread like viruses through our communities.” These networks are woveninto the fabric of the collective environments of the nations participating inthe conference and pose a challenge to collective security, the SOUTHCOMcommander said. Combating them requires collaboration in law enforcement,diplomacy intelligence and with military partners across the region. Combating Threats Defeating the threatnetworks requires out-adapting them and seeking out new technology andinnovation, Adm. Tidd told the conferees. “We must exploit newtechnologies and not be afraid to challenge old ways of doing business,” hesaid. “We must seek out and leverage the expertise of civil society, academia,and the private sector, who can bring fresh perspective, unique skill sets andinnovative solutions to bear on complex challenges. And we must hone the skillsand capabilities our forces need to succeed in a transformed securityenvironment.” The conference took place less than two months after the region’s governments signed a joint action statement on security cooperation following a dialogue on Caribbean-U.S. security cooperation in Washington. Since 2010, the United States has partnered with Caribbean nations to support the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, part of an integrated regional effort to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and promote social justice. The United States has committed $437 million in funding to the initiative since its inception. The Caribbean NationsSecurity Conference is sponsored annually by SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Department ofDefense’s unified command responsible for U.S. military operations and securitycooperation in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.last_img read more

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Good Governance: 9 Leadership Challenges

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The board of the future will need the strength to overcome these.by: Michael Daigneault, CCDAt Quantum Governance, we’ve been taking a look at what the credit union board of the future will look like and, almost more importantly, the challenges it will face. Ultimately, we have identified nine key challenges that are already (or will be) confronting your leadership.1.       The Composition Challenge. Gone are the days when your credit union can simply rely on a nice cross section of its membership to fill open slots on its board. The most progressive boards today are actively recruiting the talent they need; identifying the skill sets that deliver the talent, connections and expertise they need on the board; and then inviting those individuals to become members of the credit union.2.       The Technology Challenge.  The rate of technology is changing at lightening speed. I don’t have to tell you that. But here’s the thing. It’s changing at a faster rate than anything else we’ve ever seen. Faster than political change, business change and even social change in our world. Is your board ready? Is the credit union?3.       The Community Challenge. The very notion of community is being altered by technology. Community is ceasing to be largely defined by geography and more often it’s defined as a sense of belonging. How does that impact your “community” credit union? Indeed, as a credit union member myself, I haven’t set foot in a local branch for more than a decade. What does that mean for your business? Is your board discussing the impact of this from a strategic point of view? continue reading »last_img read more

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Binghamton High School serves community with 25th annual Thanksgiving dinner

first_imgSteve Giannini, Coordinator of the dinner, said, “We just kept running them [dinners] to the door. We had people driving up in the back, walking up in front, and we kept everyone socially distanced so the line looked even longer than it was.” The school celebrated the 25th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, and even with COVID-19 restrictions, organizers said it was a hit. Students say they were stunned by the number of people that turned out to the dinner, and were happy they could fill a large need. “It went really fast, I could not believe the number of people that were here,” Giannini said. Student volunteers prepared and handed out 500 Thanksgiving dinners for those staying in for the holiday. Organizers say the 500 meals only took a little over an hour to give oout completely. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton High School continued a tradition with the community this Thanksgiving, safely serving community members Thanksgiving meals. last_img read more

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Deep Trekker Rolls Out New ROV with BRIDGE Technology

first_imgCanadian manufacturer of remotely operated vehicles Deep Trekker has officially launched the DTG3 ROV and introduced the BRIDGE technology.BRIDGE technology is comprised of custom hardware, software and integration, developed in response to a growing market demand. Utilizing the latest in technology, this platform will become the base for future products, new and advanced features and third-party integrations by Deep Trekker.“BRIDGE allows the user to experience wireless control and viewing, multi-vehicle operation over the internet, and software upgrades from anywhere in the world,” says Chad Plesa-Naden, Embedded Systems Engineer Lead, Deep Trekker.Reaching depths of 305 meters (1000 ft), the DTG3 is designed to last longer with hybrid power boasting 12-hour battery life. An enhanced viewing and recording experience provide smarter inspections with its live, 4K video and waterproof handheld controller.“BRIDGE makes operating, viewing and recording better than ever seen before on Deep Trekker ROVs,” says Cody Warner, Sales Manager, Deep Trekker.“With the launch of BRIDGE and our newest DTG3 ROV, we are ushering a new era of advanced functions and underwater technology,” says Sam Macdonald, President, Deep Trekker.last_img read more

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BCEF announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

first_imgL to R Top Row: Keith recipients Cadence Campbell, Joseph Hartman, Callie Main, Lauren Kieffer Middle Row: Horstman recipients Caleb Huffmeyer, Nicholas Meer, Sarah Ronnebaum Bottom Row: Fritsch recipients Erin Batta, Joseph Cerniglia, Anna MoellerBatesville, IN—The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 scholarships to Batesville High School (BHS) graduates and alumni. These scholarship awards total $20,000, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the family of BHS alumnus Sgt. Chad Keith, who was killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, four $500 scholarships were available this year to BHS graduates and alumni. Award winners had to interview a veteran and write an essay about patriotism. This year’s winners are BHS graduates Cadence Campbell, Joseph Hartman, and Callie Main, and BHS alumna Lauren Kieffer.The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from money donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with post-secondary expenses. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following BHS graduates: Caleb Huffmeyer, Nicholas Meer, and Sarah Ronnebaum. BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship. Fritsch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing post-secondary study. This year’s recipients included Erin Batta, Joseph Cerniglia, and Anna Moeller.Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee of individuals which consists of two BCEF board members, the BHS principal, and two community members.The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.  More information about BCEF may be found online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or by calling Wilson at (812) 934-2194.last_img read more

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Woods joins in the fun at Hoylake

first_img Press Association “I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. “The ball is starting to travel again and those are all positive things. “At Congressional I made some terrible mistakes mentally. My decisions weren’t very crisp and I wasn’t decisive enough. “Today was totally different and consequently I shot a better score.” McIlroy began as one of the favourites and he lived up to that billing with some brilliant approach play giving him plenty of opportunities to go low. He almost holed his mid iron at the second and that set the tone as he picked up two more strokes to reach the turn at three under. Birdies followed at two of the par fives – the 10th and 16th – and the 447-yard 12th to edge one stroke ahead of Italian Matteo Manassero. A cluster of players posted four-under 68s, including Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, American Brooks Koepka and Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, with Woods in an even bigger group a further stroke back. McIlroy did not pick up any shots over his closing two holes but crucially did not drop any either after coming up short of the 17th green and finding a greenside bunker at the last but still signed for six-under 66 to post the new clubhouse lead. He knows, as does everyone else, that the real test comes on Friday as he seeks to cure a second-day syndrome which has seen his PGA Tour-leading first-round scoring average of just under 68 consumed by a second-round average almost five shots worse. “Any time you shoot 66 at the Open Championship, you’re going to be pleased,” he said. “We had perfect scoring conditions out there this morning. There wasn’t much wind early on and there were plenty of opportunities to make birdies and I was able to take a few of them. “It’s another great start and, yeah, looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. “Whenever I go out and play on Thursdays there’s not really many expectations. You’re going out there and you’re trying to find a rhythm and you’re just trying to play your way into the round. “When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you’re going out with some expectations compared to Thursday. “I think I’ve just got to approach it like that, and start off trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did today.” Of the big-name players in the afternoon groups, world number one Adam Scott birdied the fourth and eagled the par-five fifth to move to three under while in the group behind England’s Lee Westwood almost holed his approach to the par-four third as he moved into red figures. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was two under after birdies at the fourth and fifth but playing partner and defending champion Phil Mickelson played the first five holes in regulation. However, Ernie Els, who won the Claret Jug for the second time at Royal Lytham in 2012, had a disastrous start as he hit a spectator with his opening tee shot and proceeded to three-putt from 18 inches after firing his first attempt past the hole and hastily failing to sink the return with the back of his putter to card a triple-bogey seven. Low scoring dominated the first day of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool – with even a rusty Tiger Woods getting in on the act. Woods bogeyed his first two holes – he began with a dropped shot when he won his third and last Claret Jug on this course in 2006 – but clawed things back with an impressive back nine. The 14-time major winner, playing only his second event since a back operation in March, reached the turn in at one over after holing a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-five fifth but then proceeded to card five birdies in six holes. It was a run spoiled only by a bogey at the 454-yard 14th after finding the left rough off the tee, eliciting a swear word for which Woods has become all too famous for in recent years. A 40-foot birdie attempt at the 17th brushed the edge of the hole and, after encountering one or two disturbances from a phalanx of photographers as he attempted to reach the par-five 18th with his second, he closed out with a 69 after escaping with par from a greenside bunker. Considering his two previous rounds were a 74 and 75 as he missed the cut at the Quicken Loans National last month, Woods will have been pleased with his day’s work. He maintained his policy of avoiding driver on every tee except the 577-yard 16th – the hole where he used the club as he famously won the Claret Jug by getting it out of the bag just once in 2006. The American stated he had come here to win and having got a start there will be fewer people doubting that assertion now. “I knew I could do it. That’s why I was telling you guys it was so important for me to play at Congressional,” he said. Perfect conditions – sun, very little wind and a receptive Hoylake links – meant players were able to take full advantage but the former world number one took some time to get going. That was not the case for Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who blazed a trail to the top of the leaderboard at six under with two holes to play. last_img read more

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The Latest: FIFA to make advance payments to members

first_img___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans.The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.”There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen. Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.”___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually. Associated Press The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.”___ Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: FIFA to make advance payments to members Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___FIFA says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. ___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle.FIFA says the next instalment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year.FIFA is easing some criteria required before being paid but the money is still subject to audit checks.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”FIFA previously said it will make substantial sums from its $2.7 billion reserves available in an emergency fund. April 24, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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