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Monday, May 17, 2021

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THREE HARD LAPS

* Brayden Point scored late as the Lightning outlasted the Panthers in the fourth playoff game in NHL history to feature four lead changes.

* Cam Talbot outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury as the Wild stymied the Golden Knights en route to a Game 1 victory.
* Each of the first three games of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs required overtime, marking the first time the first three completed games in a postseason required extra time.

POINT, KUCHEROV LEAD DEFENDING CHAMPS IN ROLLERCOASTER WIN

In a back-and-forth game that saw four game-tying goals, Brayden Point (2-0—2) put Tampa Bay ahead for good with 1:14 remaining in regulation as the defending Stanley Cup champions took Game 1 in the first-ever “Battle of Florida” in Stanley Cup Playoffs history.

* The Lightning and Panthers traded the lead four times in Game 1. Florida overcame a 1-0 deficit to go ahead 2-1 before Tampa Bay responded by taking a 3-2 advantage. The Panthers rallied again to take a 4-3 lead in the third period, followed by Point scoring twice in the final 7:00 of regulation to earn the victory.

* Game 1 in the Lightning-Panthers series marked just the fourth game in NHL postseason history to feature four lead changes. The others: Game 2 of the 1936 Quarterfinals (NYA 4 at CHI 5), Game 2 of the 1992 Division Semifinals (EDM 5 at LAK 8) and Game 1 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final (WSH 4 at VGK 6).


* Point recorded his fourth career multi-goal game in the playoffs, the other three all came during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs (Game 4 of the SCF, Game 1 of the CF & Game 1 of the R1), as he established a franchise record for most goals in a single playoff year (14 in 23 GP).

* Nikita Kucherov, who was skating in his first contest since Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final where he led all players with 7-27—34 in 25 GP, scored twice in his return to the Tampa Bay lineup. It marked his 37th and 38th career playoff goals, tied with Alex Ovechkin (38) for the most since Kucherov entered the League in 2013-14.

TALBOT OUTDUELS FLEURY, BACKSTOPS WILD TO VICTORY IN GAME 1
Joel Eriksson Ek scored 3:20 into overtime and Cam Talbot turned aside all 42 shots he faced, including 30 through the first two periods, to outduel Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1 of the 2021 First Round.

* Talbot, who fell two saves shy of the most by a Wild goaltender in a playoff game, posted his first postseason shutout with the franchise after recording two with both the Oilers (2017) and Flames (2020). Only one goaltender in NHL history has earned a postseason shutout with more franchises than the current Minnesota netminder.


* Fleury made 29 saves in the contest, including a highlight-reel, behind-the-back save on Kirill Kaprizov to keep the game scoreless. Sunday’s outing officially extended Fleury’s streak of consecutive years competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to 15 (since 2007) – breaking a tie with Tony Esposito (14 from 1970-83) for the longest by a goaltender in NHL history.

* Additionally, Fleury became the fifth goaltender in NHL history to make at least 15 trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs at any point in their career, joining Patrick Roy (17), Martin Brodeur (17), Jacques Plante (16) and Andy Moog (16).


ISLANDERS, SOROKIN OUTLAST PENGUINS TO CLAIM GAME 1 VICTORY IN OVERTIME
After the two clubs traded goals 31 seconds apart in the final five minutes of the third period, Kyle Palmieri (1-1—2) scored the winner with 3:30 remaining in overtime and Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves as the Islanders edged the Penguins in Game 1 of their First Round series.


* Sorokin, who matched the franchise record for most saves by a rookie goaltender in a postseason contest, became the fourth rookie goaltender in Islanders history to win a playoff game, joining Glenn Resch (11-7), Kelly Hrudey (1-3) and Roland Melanson (1-1). Melanson (Game 4 of the 1981 QF) and Resch (Game 4 of the 1975 SF) are the only other ones to also backstop the franchise to an overtime win in the postseason.

* Palmieri was born in Smithtown, N.Y., approximately 30.5 miles from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He became the first Islanders player to score multiple goals in his playoff debut with the team.

ALL #NHLSTATS, ALL THE TIME

In addition to the NHL Morning Skate continuing daily throughout the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, #NHLStats Live Updates will return for each game day. Links will be posted by @PR_NHL on Twitter and Instagram Story before the first puck-drop each day and updated regularly during games, with the Monday, May 17 edition now available.

* MEDIA REMINDER: Schedules and recordings of daily media availabilities will be available on the NHL’s media site as they were during the regular season – you must have an account to access this content. The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Information Guide also is available on the site for registered users.

* In addition, an #NHLStats Pack with information as of each team’s clinch date is publicly available for all 16 playoff-bound clubs: Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota, Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Islanders, Boston, Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Nashville and Montreal.

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CAPITALS EYE 2-0 SERIES LEAD, TWO OTHER MATCHUPS SET FOR GAME 1
After a thrilling overtime victory on home ice, the Capitals will look to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Bruins at Capital One Arena in Game 2. Also tonight, two other series are set to contest Game 1 when the Hurricanes host the Predators and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Avalanche open against the Blues.


* T.J. Oshie (0-2—2) and Tom Wilson (1-1—2) each collected two points in Game 1 as the Capitals edged the Bruins in the opening contest of their First Round series. Washington owns an all-time series record of 8-17 (.320) when leading 1-0 in a best-of-seven series, while Boston is 15-34 (.306) when trailing 1-0 in that same scenario.

* Should either player collect two or more points again tonight, they would match the Capitals’ franchise mark for most consecutive games with multiple points to start a playoff year – a feat three other players have accomplished in the last 20 years: Nicklas Backstrom (2 GP in 2018 & 2019), John Carlson (2 GP in 2018) and Marcus Johansson (2 GP in 2016). No player in Capitals history has begun a playoff year with three straight multi-point outings.


HURRICANES, PREDATORS SET FOR FIRST PLAYOFF MEETING

The Central Division’s top-seeded Hurricanes will host the Predators in Game 1 at PNC Arena, marking the first all-time postseason meeting between the two franchises. Carolina won its division for the first time since its Stanley Cup-winning season in 2005-06, while Nashville is appearing in the postseason for the seventh consecutive year.

* Carolina went 6-0-0 in its first six regular-season meetings with Nashville in 2020-21. The Predators, however, turned the tables in the final two meetings, closing the season with back-to-back wins over the Hurricanes while outscoring them by an 8-1 margin.

* Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho recorded 5-3—8 in eight regular-season games against Nashville this season. Aho is averaging 1.04 points per game in his playoff career (8-16—24 in 23 GP), tied with Cory Stillman for the highest such average in franchise history.

* Nine players who helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 2017 remain with the club, including captain Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg, who ranks first on the all-time franchise list for career playoff goals (26) and points (49).

AVALANCHE, BLUES PRIMED FOR SECOND-EVER POSTSEASON SERIES
The Presidents’ Trophy winning Avalanche are set to welcome the Blues to Ball Arena for Game 1 of the second-ever best-of-seven series between the two franchises. Colorado enters the Stanley Cup Playoffs after capturing its third Presidents’ Trophy and 12th division title in franchise history, while St. Louis is making its 44th playoff appearance – the most among non-Original Six clubs.

* Nathan MacKinnon, who posted a 14-game point streak during the 2020 postseason, is averaging 1.35 points per game throughout his playoff career (20-34—54 in 40 GP). It marks the fourth-highest total among players to appear in at least 15 postseason games, behind only Wayne Gretzky (1.84), Mario Lemieux (1.61) and Barry Pederson (1.53).

* Current Blues captain and former Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly is two years removed from winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2019. He has collected 12-22—34 in 35 career postseason games with the Blues after notching 3-4—7 in 13 playoff contests with Colorado in 2010 and 2014 combined.


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#NewYorkNotes @NYPhil NY PHIL BANDWAGON 2 May 7–30, 2021

MULTIPLE THREE-DAY FESTIVALS

ACROSS NEW YORK CITY

Featuring Philharmonic Musicians

Plus More Than 100 Artists and Ensembles

Performances Take Place on a Mobile, State-of-the-Art,

20-Foot Shipping Container

The New York Philharmonic announces NY Phil Bandwagon 2, a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City, May 7–30, 2021. Performances will take place from a mobile, 20-foot shipping container at Domino Park in Brooklyn, Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, Father Gigante Plaza in the Bronx, and St. Albans Park in Queens. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns as Creator and Executive Producer.

For Bandwagon 2, the Philharmonic is partnering with six New York institutions that use art to inspire their communities: A Better Jamaica, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, El Puente, Flushing Town Hall, Groundswell, and National Black Theatre. Over four weeks, the Philharmonic and its partners will present a total of 39 performances by more than 100 artists, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theater, film, and visual art.



“Emerging from this difficult period, we have to consider deeply what we have learned and what we want to change,” said Deborah Borda, New York Philharmonic Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO. “Last summer’s 81 Bandwagon concerts were a beacon for us — the beginning of a dialogue. We want to take that crucial work of partnership, in all its forms, even further. Bandwagon 2 allows us to center the voices of our partners, and utilize the Philharmonic’s resources to amplify the work of our collaborators. Fundamentally, it’s an opportunity to make joy with our community.”



The mobile venue for Bandwagon 2 is a customized 20-foot shipping container, conceived of and designed and built by Chad Owens. It features a foldout stage and LED video wall, a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound Spacemap Go system, integrated lighting, and a video control system designed and created by Mark Grey. Groundswell, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has created a new mural to adorn the sides of the container. Artist Julia Cocuzza designed the mural in collaboration with the Philharmonic and all partner organizations, incorporating visual elements important to the identities of each group.



Creator and Executive Producer Anthony Roth Costanzo said: “I’ve been thinking a lot about how the words community and communication have the same root. What does a true dialogue look like? How can partnerships inform the identity of the New York Philharmonic? In building Bandwagon 2 to delve deeper into engagement and collaboration, we have discovered new harmonies and found different approaches not only to making music, but to listening.”



Programming for each weekend’s festival centers around artists from the communities in which they take place. Artists and repertoire for each festival will be announced on a weekly basis. The lineup includes:



· The World Premiere of Mark Grey’s Birds in the Moon, a mobile chamber opera with a libretto by Júlia Canosa i Serra, directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer, explores themes of migration, the environment, and mother-daughter relationships. Performers include a string quartet of New York Philharmonic musicians, soprano Maria Elena Altany, and actor Austin Spangler (Brooklyn).



· Composer / singer Juana Luna and dancer Elisa Toro Franky — both El Puente CADRE artists — are developing and performing a set of song-and-dance pieces that also feature a Philharmonic string quartet (Brooklyn).



· A tribute to actor and slam poet Craig “muMs” Grant, who passed away suddenly at the end of March, features poetry readings and spoken word. Mahogany L. Browne, a poet previously commissioned by the Philharmonic for its Project 19 initiative, is among the performers (Manhattan).



· James Lovell and The Afri-Garifuna Music Ambassadors (JLAMA), in partnership with Bronx Music Heritage Center, share their musical tradition and perform alongside musicians from the Orchestra (Bronx and Queens).



· Sembrar by Angélica Negrón, a composer who has been commissioned by the Philharmonic for its Project 19 initiative, features musicians from Bronx Arts Ensemble and Negrón on electronics / midi plants (Bronx).



· A freestyle dance battle from It’s Showtime NYC showcases dance styles from Harlem and Brooklyn, and Grand Wizzard Theodore and Philharmonic Assistant Principal Timpani / Percussion Kyle Zerna will provide a tag-team DJ set (Bronx).



· Soprano Laquita Mitchell will perform with the Harlem Chamber Players (Manhattan) and with a Philharmonic string quartet (Queens).



· New works by participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program are being featured each week.



All programming is subject to change. For more information visit nyphil.org/bandwagon or follow the New York Philharmonic’s social media channels.



NY Phil Bandwagon 2 is being planned in adherence to the New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 protocols. Masks, social distancing, and self-screening will be required at all performances.





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#LondonPeachy #CulturedPeachy @NationalGallery Jan van Huysum Visits: The National Gallery brings Dutch Masterpiece to six unusual locations across the nation

Jan van Huysum Visits:

The National Gallery brings Dutch Masterpiece to six unusual locations across the nation


Following the positive response to Artemisia Visits (2019), the National Gallery is delighted to announce Jan van Huysum Visits which will see Van Huysum’s magnificent Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736–7) travel to six locations across the nation in summer 2021.

The painting will visit Cornwall, Norfolk, the East Midlands, South Yorkshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each display will explore one of six ‘Ways to Wellbeing’: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give, and Care (for the Planet).

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase will be on tour for approximately three months, from early June.

In each region, the painting will pop up in an unusual or unexpected non-museum venue; locations include a food bank and community library, a covered market, a former department store and community centres. The tour will promote ways in which art and culture can support wellbeing and reach audiences who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the UK lockdown.
At the heart of Jan van Huysum Visits is engagement with local communities. In each setting the Gallery is working closely with the venue as well as a local museum or gallery to ensure that as many people as possible can engage with the painting and make it come alive in new and different ways.

Jan van Huysum (1682–1749) was a native of Amsterdam and the last of the distinguished still-life painters active in the Northern Netherlands in the 17th and early 18th centuries, an internationally celebrated artist in his lifetime. His spectacular Flowers in a Terracotta Vase – which shows over 30 species of flowers and plants in bloom, unfurling in exquisite detail – is no shy, hide-in-a-corner painting. It’s meant to dazzle and it does. Van Huysum is after, and achieves, excess: a celebration of nature, an entertaining puzzle and a display of wealth, culture and fashion.

The vase towers above the viewer who is placed firmly below, looking up at it in a niche suitable for a Classical sculpture. The vase overflows with all types of flowers, from florid roses, peonies, mauve and red poppies to the humbler primroses, apple blossom and bachelor’s buttons. In the Dutch Republic, horticulture was a subject of national pride. This is a rich man’s bouquet made to look winsome and natural, but in reality, it’s carefully orchestrated, displaying not only a passion for flowers but an immense knowledge and understanding of them. Butterflies, a yellow ant, a fly, and hothouse fruit are added to the exotic mix, bringing the garden into the house as was the fashion in interior decoration. But one or two of the luscious grapes are past their best, perhaps suggesting the brevity of life but more likely indicating that a painted picture lives on long after the insects and flowers have vanished. Crystal drops of cool water, feathery leaves, delicate petals breathing their scent, the quivering wings of the red admiral butterfly all evoke the senses of touch, of smell, even of taste.

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase celebrates the longevity of the painted image and enduring impact art can have on our hearts and minds. The Gallery invites audiences from across the nation to engage with this splendid picture during the longer, brighter days that summer will bring. The vibrancy and abundance of Flowers in a Terracotta Vase will resonate with so many who have sought comfort and hope in the natural world during a trying year. Whether it be tending to their own gardens, enjoying the beauty and wildlife of national parks and woodlands, or simply pausing to notice the dewy petals of fresh blooms, visitors will find echoes of that in the vivid colours of Flowers in a Terracotta Vase.

Jan van Huysum Visits is part of the National Gallery’s national touring exhibitions programme, which aims to share paintings across the UK, creating a range of ways for the widest possible audience to explore and be inspired by the collection.

National Gallery Director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, says, ‘This astounding, large flower painting will make an unexpected appearance in unexpected venues across the country. I hope it will make people think about art and the beauty of nature, encourage their own creativity and inspire them to visit their own local museum or art collection.’

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Jan van Huysum
Flowers in a Terracotta Vase
1736–7
Oil on canvas
133.5 x 91.5 cm
© The National Gallery, London


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#NewYorkNotes @NYPhil LINCOLN CENTER AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ACCELERATE DAVID GEFFEN HALL REIMAGINATION

Now Scheduled to Re-Open in Fall 2022,

Nearly Two Years Earlier Than Previously Announced

Commitment to Create a Premier Home for the New York Philharmonic

Expedited Timeline to Stimulate New York City Economy,

Supporting 6,000 Jobs and Committing to a Minimum 30 Percent Construction Participation by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic today announced the acceleration of the comprehensive renovation of David Geffen Hall, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects │ Partners, now scheduled to re-open to the public in Fall 2022, nearly two years earlier than previously announced.

Katherine Farley, Chair of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, commented: “The goal of accelerating this project is to invest in New York City at a time when we all have a part to play in its recovery. I want to pay tribute to the many people who have supported bringing this effort forward. In doing so, we are creating not just one of the world’s best cultural venues, but a space that welcomes our broader community.”

Peter W. May, Board Co-Chairman of the New York Philharmonic, commented: “Supporting the arts takes on a new, deeper meaning at this moment in history. It has been a long road to securing an advanced, cutting-edge home for the New York Philharmonic; New York’s hometown orchestra deserves the best. With its new design incorporating true warmth and beauty, this Hall will serve generations to come.”

The acceleration of the project will boost New York City’s economic recovery by creating jobs and opportunities. In the near-term, the renovation will provide immediate and significant economic support, generating more than $600 million in project-related economic activity through construction and into Fall 2022. This includes an estimated 6,000 jobs throughout the City and State, of which 3,000 are construction jobs.

There will be a minimum 30 percent construction participation by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, 40 percent workforce inclusion from underrepresented communities, and a workforce development program established with area officials and community members to create additional full-time job opportunities for local residents.

The leadership of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic today updated the campaign’s progress. To date, $500 million, or over 90%, of the $550 million project budget has been raised, the vast majority from private sources. First Republic Bank is providing bridge financing support.

Henry Timms, President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, said: “The reimagined David Geffen Hall will be integral to welcoming audiences back to Lincoln Center. We want to thank the design team, construction team, board members, supporters, and staff who have all come together to make this happen for New York City now. This has been a huge team effort. We believe wholeheartedly in this great city’s resiliency.”

Deborah Borda, Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic, said: “Our accelerated renovation plan for David Geffen Hall allows us to make the most of COVID-19 closures to complete the renovation process faster and more efficiently, without stops and starts. The Hall’s immediate and long-term benefits to the community, Lincoln Center, our Orchestra, and the world of music are unparalleled. We look forward to returning to David Geffen Hall and welcoming everyone to our new, state-of-the-art home in Fall 2022 … a major signal that New York City is back.”

The New York Philharmonic will perform a 2021–22 season, with full details to be announced in June. To accommodate the continuous construction timeline, the Orchestra will perform in several New York City locations, which will be announced with the full schedule in June.



About the Reimagination of David Geffen Hall



Design Teams

The design team consists of Diamond Schmitt Architects, led by Gary McCluskie, on the theater; Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects │ Partners, led by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, on all of the public spaces; acoustician Paul Scarbrough of Akustiks; and theater designer Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates. Turner Construction Company is serving as construction manager, and the firms Kohler Ronan and Thornton Tomasetti are providing engineering services.

The Theater

Diamond Schmitt’s design for the new theater introduces a “single-room” concept, eliminating the proscenium and moving the stage forward by 25 feet, with audience seating wrapped around it, bringing all seats closer to the performers and providing acoustical and visual intimacy. The new theater is designed to support a wide range of performance initiatives. Natural wood and curvilinear forms create an immersive experience that transforms the room into a contemporary, sculpted design. Seating capacity will be reduced by 500 seats to 2,200, and a steeper rake (incline) will be added to the orchestra level, significantly improving acoustics and sightlines. It will also have improved accessibility for guests, staff, and artists with disabilities.

The new David Geffen Hall will also have state-of-the-art HVAC systems, filtration and air purifying systems, antimicrobial technology integrated into select surfaces, and a number of additional improvements developed using recommendations from a variety of sources including the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

Public Spaces

David Geffen Hall’s main lobby will double in size and open up on three sides to connect with the campus, and a new Welcome Center on Broadway will offer a portal to Lincoln Center for the public. At the core of the new lobby will be a media streaming wall, which will show concerts and events for free in real time as well as other digital material. The reconfigured and reenergized Grand Promenade will create one of the largest gathering spaces at a performance facility in New York City, with ability to welcome more than 1,000 people for an event. During performances, there will be expanded intermission seating and bar/food service, including enhanced access to the terrace and new promontories overlooking the main level.

A dynamic new addition is The Sidewalk Studio, visible from the street on the corner of 65th Street and Broadway, which will be a home for educational, artistic, and community activities — a window into the performers and ideas that live on campus. A “Lightwall” will wrap around three sides of the interior top of the building, creating space for dynamic mood and architectural lighting. Eleven thousand square feet of office space will be located behind the “Lightwall.” The entire North Façade of the building will be reimagined as a “canvas” for site-specific works, honoring Lincoln Center’s long tradition in the visual arts. All of this will be accomplished while respecting the original and iconic Max Abramovitz building exterior.

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Make the World Your Office with New Lenovo Go Accessories

Lenovo announced Lenovo Go, a new sub-brand uniting a range of purpose-built PC accessories that are made for better mobile productivity and designed for a hybrid workforce within an ecosystem that works better together. Introducing the first in a line of new accessories coming soon, the new Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) and Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse offer solutions to power anxiety and easy input method to multiple devices.

Lenovo’s recent Future of Work and Digital Transformation study revealed that a vast majority of businesses surveyed (83 percent) expect to work remote at least half the time, and 60 percent of employees not only agree but are happy to do so. As more and more businesses adopt remote working policies, the attention turns to the technology that must enable effective collaboration, boost individual performance and productivity, and maximize engagement and motivation. Lenovo Go aims to deliver the complementary tools that efficiently bridge the gap between office, home and in between and transform a good experience to a great experience. Accessories need to live up to the expectation that they can and should be easy to use and enhance work-from-anywhere.


Delivering a collection of human-inspired products that are built upon user insights, Lenovo Go will focus on helping people work productively, anytime and anywhere. The sub-brand will offer a suite of accessories within specific categories that address the most common pain points of flexible working:
Power: Low battery anxiety or occupied power outlets in public locations are one of the biggest challenges highly mobile workers face. Lenovo GO’s power solutions will give people back control of their uptime with a range of wired and wireless charging solutions coming soon. First to announce is the Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank. Featuring a huge 20,000 mAh capacity with a 65-watt power output, it’s designed to be enough to charge a laptop at least once and can charge up to three devices simultaneously enabling uninterrupted work.1
Input: Mice and keyboards in the Lenovo Go family will feature a number of innovations to suit dynamic work environments, allowing users to quickly shift between working modes and locations. Light and compact forms with ergonomic designs, wireless connection and charging capabilities are essential for a productive workspace. With more devices coming soon, today Lenovo is introducing the Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse. With many remote workers having more than one device and enjoying the flexibility they give; the multi-device mouse allows pairing of up to three devices with easy cycling between them at the touch of a button. What’s more, the utility button can be programmed for rapid meeting shortcuts, and not only is the mouse wirelessly connected, it can also be wirelessly charged through a compatible Qi charging solution or via USB-Type C.
Audio: As a crucial element in the collaboration experience, audio quality is often taken for granted and therefore overlooked leading to frustration and poor meeting experiences. The audio devices from Lenovo Go are engineering from the ground up to solve ambient noise, sound quality and ease of use challenges. Lenovo Go audio solutions will be announced later in 2021.


“Research shows that 20 percent of small business employees surveyed lack the tech tools to successfully work remotely.2 We know from further insights that having the right technology is critical to improving knowledge workers’ productivity and collaboration with data security and privacy, especially in today’s remote and hybrid work environment,” said Eric Yu, senior vice president of Lenovo’s global SMB, Visuals and Accessories, Intelligent Devices Group. “These user insights are what inspired our vision for the new Lenovo Go line of accessories – to empower the employee experience through smarter accessories that enable people to thrive in a work-from-anywhere world.”


Click the following links for images and full specs and click Lenovo Go for more information on learning solutions.

U.S. Pricing and Availability3:
Available starting Price from
Lenovo Go USB-C Laptop Power Bank (20,000 mAh) June 2021 $89.99
Lenovo Go Wireless Multi-Device Mouse June 2021 $59.99


About Lenovo
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1 Actual battery charging performance will vary and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the power bank will naturally decrease with time and usage.

2 Based on Zenefits, “The State of Flexible Work Arrangements: Benchmarks for Small Business, with Updates for COVID-19 Tips,” 2020

3 Prices may not include tax and do not include shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates and color options may vary by geography and products may only be available in selected markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.

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#ReadThis #SomeoneElsesLoveStory by #JoshilynJackson

Previously on Whom You Know, Joshilyn Jackson has been lauded for 

Recently:

and in 2019:


Those are both thrillers, and this one has a much slower style.  In fact, if we didn't know better we might not believe they were written by the same person!  We think her evolution to talented thriller writer is fascinating.  This is like a waltz compared to that dance music above.

What is usual is that she gets us immediately at the beginning: "I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint.."  Surely this has not happened to you.  Yet.  Not even in Manhattan with our non-mayor not supporting the police.  Without a doubt, the most charming character is Natty who really reminds us all of the little boy in Jerry Maguire.  

We like how she turns a few minutes of the pivotal incident into so many pages with detail: a mark of a great imagination.  Her naming is incredibly creative from Moosetard to riding Space Mountain (but not really!).  

Learn more at joshilynjackson.com or follow Joshilyn on social media: 


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Miracles and destinies collide in this poignant and spellbinding novel about love, loss, and the human condition, from the New York Times bestselling author of gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY is a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always as they seem––or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need. The novel is so accessible, yet with such complex themes of loss, love, and human connection, it’s almost difficult to tell how Jackson pulled it all off so effortlessly. And now, the #1 Indie Next Pick of December 2013 is available in trade paperback.

Quick take on the plot: For single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act. She’s finished college, raising precocious three-year-old Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. Then she gets caught in the middle of a stickup at a gas station and falls instantly in love with William Ashe, when he steps between the armed robber and her son. Shandi doesn’t know that William’s act wasn’t about bravery. When he looked down the barrel of the robber’s gun he believed it was destiny: it’s been exactly one year since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do—to him destiny is about choice. Now William and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head-on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children. www.JoshilynJackson.com

SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY

by Joshilyn Jackson

William Morrow

Trade Paperback; ISBN: 978-0-06-210566-0

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Lenovo Accelerates Artificial Intelligence with Ready-to-Deploy AI Solutions

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) announces the expansion of its partner ecosystem and launches five new ready-to-deploy artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions. This growing global ecosystem of industry-leading independent software vendors (ISVs) enables Lenovo to bring to market AI solutions for a wide range of applications and industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and financial services. Lenovo also deepens engagements with industry leaders Intel and NVIDIA to help support its extensive portfolio of AI-ready servers and storage, enabling ISVs to optimize their AI applications across the entire hardware and software stack, ensuring customers receive the stellar performance for their AI investments. Lenovo’s continued mission to make AI solutions easy to consume by global customers is enabled through its ability to partner with leading developers and data scientists. Leveraging Lenovo’s AI innovation centers, AI architecture and hardware expertise, Lenovo is helping move AI from concept to reality.

Lenovo Collaborates with Addfor – Develops AI Solution to Track COVID-19 Safety Protocols

When the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, normal life in Italy was severely disrupted. Addfor, headquartered in Turin, Italy, set out to use its AI expertise to help governments and local authorities keep citizens as safe as possible. For the City of Turin, Addfor developed and deployed an AI solution crowdHEDGE, based on Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350 edge servers to interface with networked video systems, using AI drone footage to extract data insights in outdoor spaces like city parks. crowdHEDGE focuses on tracking foot traffic and crowd sizes to closely monitor compliance with COVID-19 public policies. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem edge server solution, powered by NVIDIA® T4 Tensor Core GPUs, powers the image recognition captured by the drone footage.

“Thanks to this pilot project in the field of safety and security of public spaces, the City of Turin addresses the combined use of drones, AI, and edge computing to focus on urban and aerospace mobility as an opportunity for the use of AI within the Public Administration,” said Deputy Mayor Innovation and Smart City, City of Turin.

Addfor is one of several ISV partners Lenovo is working with as part of an AI Accelerator program to enable, build and optimize AI solutions designed to solve real-world problems.

“We are already exploring ways that the solution can be adapted to help prevent overcrowding in business and public settings, to help better protect citizens,” said Enrico Busto, Founding Partner & CTO at Addfor. “We’re excited to continue developing cutting-edge AI and edge computing solutions supported by Lenovo and NVIDIA. We’re confident that our partnership will play an important role in pushing the frontiers of data science innovation.”

Lenovo Accelerates Ready-to-Deploy AI Solutions for AI Developers

As part its newest AI Solutions Accelerator Program, Lenovo elevates partnerships with ISVs to create ready-to-deploy AI solutions to help enterprise and SMB customers improve efficiency and customer satisfaction. These solutions build on Lenovo’s commitment to accelerate AI adoption for enterprise and SMB customers by diminishing barriers to deployment through practical offerings:
Retail Visual AI Solutions with Everseen
Computer Vision + AI for Loss Prevention and beyond.
Identifies scan errors in real-time using computer vision technology.
Improves profitability with AI capabilities, enabling cost savings and store transformation.
Improves the customer experience and customer throughput.
Scalable MLOps solution with cnvrg.io
The cnvrg.io platform, running on Lenovo AI-Ready Servers fueled by Intel Xeon Scalable Processors with built-in AI acceleration, provides data scientists with a unified environment optimized for Intel Deep Learning Boost to build, deploy and manage machine learning workloads on top of the Lenovo AI purpose-built solutions and products. This simplifies and streamlines all phases of end-to-end machine learning pipeline development.
Data scientists can easily manage, experiment, track, version and deploy models in a single unified platform with one click.
Designed to be agnostic and portable, it solves key MLOps challenges to help data scientists deliver more models to production quickly.
Edge Analytics Solution with SAS
With SAS® Event Stream Processing running on Lenovo Edge AI platforms, customers can analyze streaming data, uncover hidden insights with AI and make real-time, intelligent decisions.
Customers can choose from a broad line-up of Lenovo AI-Ready infrastructure including the ThinkSystem SE350 powered by the latest generation Intel® Xeon® D processor, the ThinkEdge SE30 or SE50 running the latest Intel Core™ processors or the ThinkSystem SR650 V2 powered by the 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors, for flexible deployment options that best meets the customers edge environment.
Customers can overcome data decay and lost value by deriving real-time insight from streaming IoT sensor data or video data streams.
Deploy models to the edge with ease, using a low-code visual dashboard or popular open-source programming languages and frameworks.
Setup streaming event phases at the far edge, fog, cloud, or data center for a hybrid architecture suited to fit specific requirements.
Edge-to-Core Data Management with NetApp® AI
Enables AI workloads at the edge or core with intuitive data management tools built in.
Storage reference architectures including compute, storage, and networking for quick start deployment.
Provides affordable AI training or inferencing solutions suited for organizations of all sizes, allowing customers to start with a small cluster and add infrastructure as their workload demands increase.
Deploy and manage AI training workloads by adding Lenovo LiCO AI Platform software.

“We have had the opportunity to work with organizations and independent software vendors around the world to implement AI solutions to help address the world’s most challenging problems,” said Scott Tease, Vice President and General Manager of HPC and AI, Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group. “We are committed to continuing this momentum to accelerate AI adoption and streamline deployment across multiple industries and applications.”

Lenovo and Intel Support AI University Research

Through Lenovo’s global AI Innovation Centers, Lenovo and Intel are working with universities around the world to help students in their research efforts, unlocking their potential through access to Intel’s innovative and flexible x86 hardware ecosystem. The research and learnings discovered in these public labs around the world continue to help build optimized AI solutions that can be easily adopted and deployed by a variety of businesses.

Lenovo and Intel recently worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Reese Innovation Lab’s, student fellows and staff at their lab to design and engineer a new Health Greeter Kiosk solution to encourage the use of masks and social distancing through AI technology detection (without the use of facial recognition). The kiosks provide real-time feedback to patrons to support proper mask and social distancing guidelines. Three of these AI health kiosks are currently deployed at UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus as they work to bring both students and employees back together in person. Lenovo will be bringing the Health Greeter Kiosk software to market for other industries beginning this May.

Visit Lenovo’s ready-to-deploy AI solutions for more information.

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Lenovo’s ThinkEdge Portfolio Expansion Powered by NVIDIA Jetson and AWS Panorama

At NVIDIA’s 2021 GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Lenovo™ announced its first ThinkEdge appliance enabled for Amazon Web Services (AWS) leveraging AWS Panorama and powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX platform. The three technology leaders are working together to bring comprehensive machine learning capabilities to existing camera infrastructure and enterprise environments at the edge through secure, scalable and managed services. Lenovo’s ThinkEdge appliance will be globally available in late 2021 with a best-in-class engineering, reliability and scalability offering to accelerate customer adoption across the commercial market.


In conjunction with AWS and NVIDIA, Lenovo will offer a beta program for new users starting in August 2021. Customers and collaborators can register here to be considered for access to the program.

Lenovo’s ThinkEdge appliance, based on the AWS Panorama Device Software Development Kit (SDK), will redefine the enterprise’s ability to transform existing camera infrastructure into intelligent automated environments. Lenovo’s ThinkEdge portfolio of devices includes enterprise-level services and support from a global leader in PCs and supercomputers. Customers can securely accelerate their edge deployments at large scale with faster return on investments based on fully optimized solution stack from Lenovo, NVIDIA and AWS. Product specs will be available in the second half of 2021.

To learn more about the ThinkEdge portfolio: https://www.lenovo.com/ThinkEdge.

The Lenovo ThinkEdge offering will be powered by NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX, a production ready, high-performance, small form factor, power-efficient system on module (SOM) with cloud-native support for embedded and edge-based AI systems. The Jetson Xavier NX module delivers up to 21 trillion operations/second (TOPS), making it ideal for high-performance compute and artificial intelligence in embedded and edge systems.

To deliver the performance required for modern AI, Jetson Xavier NX uses a 384-core NVIDIA Volta GPU, six-core NVIDIA Carmel Arm®v8.2 64-bit CPU and 8GB of LPDDR4x memory. This compact edge AI computing SOM inside the ThinkEdge product combines exceptional performance and power advantages to deliver an outstanding enterprise-grade appliance leveraging Lenovo’s hardware and the AWS Panorama Device SDK.


Lenovo’s ThinkEdge appliance built with the AWS Panorama Device SDK enables customers to bring machine learning to on-premises cameras for making predictions locally with high accuracy and low latency. Customers can automate tasks that historically required human intervention, such as evaluating manufacturing quality or identifying bottlenecks in industrial processes. Powered by the performance of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX module, Lenovo’s ThinkEdge appliance enabled for AWS Panorama will support connecting to multiple camera streams simultaneously and run multiple machine learning models per stream. Customers will be able to securely deploy existing machine learning models or a partner’s model. The ThinkEdge platform enables customers to address a wide array of use cases across industrial, manufacturing, worker safety, logistics, transportation, retail analytics, smart building, and smart city, using machine learning at the edge.

To learn more about AWS Panorama: https://aws.amazon.com/panorama/


GTC is free to attend, and you and your team can register here.


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