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Infrastructure Projects Supercharge Regional Recovery

first_imgInfrastructure Projects Supercharge Regional Recovery VIC PremierCommunities across regional and rural Victoria will benefit from new infrastructure projects as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment in developments that help towns continue to thrive.Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the historic Bullarto Train Station Tourist Precinct in central Victoria to announce a new suite of projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.Hepburn Shire has received a $500,000 grant to help redevelop the station. The project includes construction of a replica of the original 1930s station building, bringing to life the history of rail and providing an additional tourist destination for the region.Historic rail motors were used at Bullarto Station between the late 1920s and early 1990s. The redevelopment plan envisions rail motors bringing visitors to town from Daylesford through the Wombat State Forest.The restored platform and gardens at the station, along with new amenities, will welcome passengers as they disembark from the train. Detailed planning is underway between the Hepburn Shire and the Daylesford Country Spa Rail.Bullarto’s redevelopment is just one of a range of projects to be announced in coming weeks, as part of the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies as they recover from the global pandemic, and works to create more jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.The fund is key to the Labor Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.The second round of the fund’s program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.As stated by Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas“This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will support the recovery of communities across our state and ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.”“The Bullarto Station Tourist Precinct is a drawcard that will contribute to the region’s visitor economy, creating more jobs for the region.” “We are delighted to support this important project as part of our commitment to make regional Victoria an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, building, Bullarto, community, Daylesford, Economy, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, pandemic, project, regional development, tourism, Victoria, Wombatlast_img read more

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Wine Business Institute Releases Proceedings from 10th Annual Academy of Wine…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Wine Business Institute Releases Proceedings from 10th Annual Academy of Wine Business…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Business Institute Releases Proceedings from 10th Annual Academy of Wine Business Research ConferenceBy Press Release – August 4, 2017 28 0 Email Facebook AdvertisementWorkforce, Technology, and Regulatory Concerns Addressed by Research and Discussion in Takeaways from Four-Day EventRohnert Park, California – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today released the proceedings from the 10th annual Academy of Wine Business Research (AWBR) conference and education summit, which recently concluded following activities in Sonoma and Napa Counties from July 25 – 28. Critical issues and opportunities for the wine industry and WBI were identified and discussed, including the skills needed for small business development and the leadership of executive entrepreneurs; public policy and the need for university-led research studies to examine critical issues in labor, immigration, land use, and sales and distribution; wine tourism and consumers’ desire for meaningful travel experiences; and the importance of cultural diversity in wine business education. The proceedings are now available online, and may be accessed by clicking here: http://web.sonoma.edu/sbe/proceedings_awbr.pdf. From Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics:“Last week, we welcomed colleagues from 13 different countries and cultures to exchange ideas and best practices, and to celebrate our shared global network of scholars and leaders. Inspiring sessions confirmed our ‘true north’ on a range of management education and wine industry issues, and informed our efforts to continuously improve academic programs, research studies, and strategic partnerships that benefit students, communities, and economies in northern California and around the world.” The WBI is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics at SSU. AWBR is an international society of academics and scholars with research focus on economic, social, and management issues related to the global wine industry. WBI has been involved with the annual conference since its founding in 2003, and previously hosted the gathering in 2005.For information regarding the recent AWBR event at SSU, please see the initial conference announcement here: http://web.sonoma.edu/sbe/2017/06/wine-business-institute-hosts-global-conference-of-academy-of-wine-business-research-july-25—28.html.For more information regarding wine business education and research at SSU, please visit www.sonoma.edu/winebiz, call (707) 664-3235, or email [email protected] the Wine Business Institute:The Wine Business Institute (WBI) is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU). SSU is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to offer seminars, certificates, and degree programs focused on the business of wine. It is the first school of business in the world to offer an executive-level wine business degree. In 2018, WBI will open the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot education complex dedicated to training the next generation of leaders for a changing global wine industry. With its unique location, expert faculty, and deep relationships in the world of wine, WBI attracts current and future professionals from California and around the world to experience the wealth of connections among students, alumni, and industry leaders.Advertisement Linkedin TAGSfeaturedSonoma State UniversityWine Business Institute Twitter Share Pinterest ReddIt Previous articleWorthy Finalists Line Up for Honours in the 2017 Wine Industry IMPACT AwardsNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 4 Press Releaselast_img read more

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first_imgFive high school girls golfers have sued the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School Districts over the districts’ recent decisions to suspend all student sports and activities this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The plaintiffs, which include four students on the Shawnee Mission East High School girls golf team and one student on the Blue Valley West High School team, are seeking a temporary restraining order that will allow them to start competing immediately.The only golfers named in court filings are twin sisters Hope and Hanna Robinett, both 18 years old and going into their senior years at SM East. The other three are minors suing through their parents: James and Julie Hepler; Billy Roman; and Todd Misemer.In documents filed in Johnson County District Court Wednesday, the five — through their lawyers — argue that golf is the “ultimate social distancing sport,” and that the districts’ decisions to suspend all extracurricular activities without considering “inherent safety differences” between sports was “unnecessarily broad.”“There can’t be a safer thing for high school kids to do than play golf,” the girls’ lead lawyer John Duggan, with Overland Park-based law firm Duggan, Shadwick, Doerr and Kurlbaum, told the Post in a phone interview. “These girls want to get back on the course. They’re highly competitive and they want to have their seasons.”Plaintiffs argue golf at “lower risk”Shawnee Mission East’s girls’ golf squad is the defending Kansas Class 6A state team champion. Court filings note that the Blue Valley West student who joined their suit, identified in court documents as J.M., is the Kansas Class 6A defending individual champion.The golfers’ court filings note that the National Federation of State High School Associations lists golf as a “lower risk” sport and that some public golf courses in Johnson County reopened early on during the pandemic in March, following “Safe Golf Recommendations” issued by the county.The girls, through their lawyers, argue their due process rights and “freedom to expressive association” are being violated by the decision to postpone fall sports and activities in Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley. They also say they’ll miss out on the chance to compete with other highly rated high school golf teams around the metro, including those in De Soto and Lawrence, which are currently forging ahead with fall seasons.They say they will “not have opportunities to showcase their talents for college recruiters and potentially earn college scholarships to prestigious schools” and that they will “suffer emotional damage if not permitted to compete … especially the seniors at the end of their high school careers desiring one last chance to chase their dreams and goals with friends and teammates.”Duggan said there is a hearing set for Friday morning, when a judge will consider the request for a temporary restraining order. If instituted, he said, the girls would be able to begin competing immediately, while the order lasts.Both the Shawnee Mission East and Blue Valley West squads’ seasons were originally set to start Monday, Aug. 31.County’s “gating criteria” still a concernThe Shawnee Mission School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the lawsuit.In the court filings, the golfers argue that Shawnee Mission Superintendent Mike Fulton “acted without policymaking authority” when he announced Aug. 18 that all students in Shawnee Mission — some 27,000 students, in total — would begin the academic year on Sept. 8 learning remotely and that all extracurricular activities, including golf, would be suspended indefinitely starting Aug. 21.Fulton’s announcement came after the Shawnee Mission Board of Education, on July 27, approved a resolution affirming the district’s plan to reopen amid the ongoing pandemic. The plan, the resolution noted, was “designed to ensure that the district has a safe plan to deliver instruction … to be informed by actionable criteria articulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.”JCDHE then released its “gating criteria” a day later on July 28. This included two primary metrics aimed at helping schools in Johnson County determine how fully they should reopen — percent positive tests and new cases of COVID-19. On Wednesday, JCHDE’s “gating criteria” showed the 14-day average of percent positives at 11.4% and new cases increasing at more than 120 per 100,000, both data points putting county schools in the “red zone” for reopening.County health officials have argued, including at a “virtual town hall” hosted by Shawnee Mission Schools Wednesday, that COVID-19 trends countywide continue to move in the wrong direction and could make in-person instruction and activities potentially unsafe.But the golfers’ filings note that at multiple public meetings in August — after the July 27 resolution was adopted by the board — the Shawnee Mission Board of Education never voted again on motions to formally adopt JCDHE’s “gating criteria.”One of the plaintiff’s parents, James Hepler, addressed the board on Aug. 24 during public comments, arguing that golf was a “safe, naturally social-distanced, outdoor sport … which students should be permitted to play.” Hepler noted at that meeting that Johnson County had “actively encouraged its citizens to play golf during the pandemic.”The Kansas High School Activities Association recently approved an “alternative season” for fall sports to be conducted in the spring, if schools decide to delay fall seasons in 2020. For girls golf, that alternate season would start March 1 and include two fewer competitions than a typical fall season. The spring “alternative” would also not include state championships.Duggan suggested that’s an important motivation for the defending state-champion SM East golfers to compete now.“Let the girls have their season, a chance to defend their title,” he said.last_img read more

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Flu Scan for Dec 12, 2016

first_imgTwo Chinese provinces report 5 more H7N9 casesRoutine disease surveillance reports for November from two of China’s provinces reveal five more H7N9 avian flu cases, according to official reports translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.Four of the infections are in Jiangsu province, while the other is from Fujian province. No other details were reported about the patients. In its fifth wave of H7N9 activity, China now has reported eight cases, including an earlier one from Jiangsu province.The new illnesses lift the global number of H7N9 cases since the novel virus was first detected in humans in 2013 to 815, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.Dec 12 FluTrackers thread on Jiangsu provinces cases Dec 12 FluTrackers thread on Fujian province case FluTrackers global H7N9 case list France reports low-path H5N1 avian fluToday the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said France is reporting its first outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in 1,000 ducks on a farm in the southern part of that country.H5N1 was detected after the birds were sampled as part of routine surveillance for H5N8 because of activity of highly pathogenic avian flu in the region. The farm is located in Pallanne, near Monlezun, which has reported several outbreaks of H5N8 in recent weeks.In other avian flu news, the OIE said Finland has reported several detections of H5N8 in wild ducks and eagles. The birds were found dead on the southern islands of the country.Finally today, Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog, said Japan’s environmental ministry is reporting 22 new reports of H5N6 in wild birds.Dec 12 OIE France reportFirst generic oseltamivir hits US marketA generic version of the flu antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) hit the US market today, drug company Alvogen, Inc, of Pine Brook, N.J., said in a news release.The company launched the equivalent of Tamiflu capsules, available in 30-, 45-, and 75-milligram doses, in partnership with Natco Pharma of India. The new drug could save up to $500 million in the upcoming flu season, Alvogen said.Sales of Tamiflu in 2015 reached about $400 million, The Economic Times of India reported. Tamiflu sales peaked during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, with revenues approaching $3 billion, according to Reuters.Alvogen has 79 products in development and pending Food and Drug Administration approval for the US market, the company said.Dec 12 Alvogen news release Dec 12 Economic Times story Dec 12 Reuters reportlast_img read more

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Porziņģis’ former Knicks team appoints Tibodo as head coach – Basketball…

first_img“Tom Tibodo is a coach who has proven to be a winner and a professional who knows how to make the most of his players and team,” Knicks President Leon Rose was quoted as saying by the club. “He will bring his leadership style, responsibility and hard work mentality to our team. We look forward to his arrival in New York and look forward to working together to build a bright future. ”The 62-year-old Tibodo NBA has served as head coach for eight seasons at Chicago and Minnesota clubs. During this time, he has won 352 games in 598 games of the regular season, accumulating 58.9% of the won game balance. This is the 11th best figure in NBA history among coaches who have played at least 500 games. Tibodo has been recognized as the best coach of the season in 2011.Tibodo won his place under the NBA sun as the Bulls head coach, and Chicago became the best team in the 2011 regular season, but Tibodo did not reach the NBA Finals in time. On the Timberwolves team, who was also president of basketball operations, Tibodo managed to end Minnesota’s 13-year series without a playoff.“I am grateful for the opportunity to run a historic club,” said Tibodo. “I am ready to work with a talented club management, whom I trust very much. I know what New York is like when the Knicks succeed, and there’s nothing like it. “Tibodo is the Knicks’ 31st head coach in the club’s history. Former head coach David Physdale was fired last season to be replaced by interim coach Mike Miller, but team members were still talking about looking for a new coach while Miller was working. Five head coaches in Kristaps Porziņģis’ former team have been able to change since 2016, and Tibodo will now be the sixth. According to a US media report, he has an agreement with him for five seasons.Resources used:https://www.nba.com/knicks/front-of…last_img read more

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Clonoulty to put season on the line in West final

first_imgIt’s do or die for Clonoulty Rossmore in the West Tipp Senior Hurling final this weekend.The reigning divisional and county champions go up against Éire Óg Annacarty in Bansha tomorrow afternoon.Defeat for Clonoulty would end their season – speaking to Shane Brophy on last nights Across the Line here on Tipp FM JJ Kennedy of the Westside Column said it should make for a thrilling encounter. @ClonRossGAA Throw-in is at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in Bansha.last_img

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Legend Bob Dylan to perform in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Legend Bob Dylan will make a stop in Dawson Creek at the Encana Events Centre during his summer Canadian Tour.The show on Friday July 21, 2017 will go on sale this Friday March 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. B.C. time.  Tickets will cost only $85 and $69 plus applicable fees.  Tickets can be purchased at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca, by phone at 1-877-339-TIXX or in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus at the Encana Events Centre.Energeticcity.ca will have a chance for you to win tickets to see the show.  All you need to do is read stories on our website.  Each day, two stories will include a special image and link at the bottom for you to enter the contest.  If you spot the image, click it and you can enter your name to win a pair of tickets.  The grand prize draw will happen this Friday at 8:30 a.m.- Advertisement -On top of this, fans of Energeticcity.ca on Facebook, will get the chance to buy tickets early.  Watch the page on Wednesday and Thursday for details of a special password and link.last_img read more

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Five Soups You Must Try at Walt Disney World

first_imgStrawberry Soup — 1900 Park Fare, Grand FloridianThe existence of this soup is the sole reason I booked my first meal at 1900 Park Fare. The idea of a strawberry soup was so unique that I had to give it a try. That was back in the early 2000s, and the fact that it is still on the menu supports its popularity. It may not be something that you’d want to have often, but it is something you absolutely have to try when you visit this restaurant. Slightly tangy and sweet (but not sickeningly so), this soup is served chilled–the perfect summertime soup for Florida life. Even better, it is available at both breakfast and dinner — name another type of soup that can pull off that insertion into a menu. Share This!January is National Soup Month! I guess it makes sense, given that this time of year brings up great memories about coming in from the cold and grabbing a warm mug of soup to help thaw out from the frigid weather outside. But even in a place like Florida where it’s going to be 80 degrees in January this week, there is something comforting about soup. At many restaurants, soup is a throwaway item on the menu. Can’t decide on anything else, want a little extra with your meal but don’t want the salad….eh, order the soup. At Walt Disney World, however, there are some real stand-out soups that have their own cult following. Don’t believe me? Check out these five fan favorite soups that you can plan to sample on your next trip.Le Cellier Cheddar Cheese Soup — Canada, EpcotWhen you say “Disney” and “soup”, this may be the first soup that comes to mind — Le Cellier’s cheddar cheese soup. The soup is so popular, that people would sometimes go up to the restaurant to ask if they could just get a container to go. Thankfully, you can also get this soup during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival at the Canada booth–no dining reservation required. The soup has a hearty combination of bacon, beer, and of course plenty of cheddar. Paired with a pretzel roll, I think this soup is one of the main reasons to go to Le Cellier. Smoked Mushroom Bisque — Territory Lounge, Wilderness LodgeWith the recent conversion of Artist Point to a character meal, the signature soup of the restaurant was one of the dishes that people were worried about losing. Just how good can mushroom soup be? This isn’t your canned condensed soup. Flavorful, creamy, and expertly seasoned, this is the epitome of comfort food. And now that it is being served in the Territory Lounge, perhaps in this more casual environment it becomes more acceptable to lick the bowl clean? (Go ahead, we know you want to — we won’t judge.) New England Clam Chowder — Columbia Harbour House, Magic KingdomThere are several locations that serve this New England Clam Chowder recipe around Walt Disney World, but my absolute favorite location is Columbia Harbour House. First, the chowder is delicious — it is everything a good New England Clam Chowder should be, with the creamy base and clam and potato with each spoonful. Second, it’s hearty enough that it can stand alone as a light meal. But what makes this wonderful for me is that it is something different from the typical fare at Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurants. I may have been known to get this to go and walk over to the Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland to get a pretzel for a lunch with a great place to people watch. Or, if you can’t wait, head upstairs in Columbia Harbour House to get one of the seats by the window to watch people wandering through Liberty Square on their way to or from Fantasyland or Frontierland.center_img And there you have my picks for the top five soups at Walt Disney World. Got any favorites that I left off the list? Do you ever make soups from Disney at home to enjoy? Let me know in the comments. Coconut Curried Chicken Stew — Boma and The Mara, Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeConfession time — I don’t have a picture of this amazing offering even though I’ve eaten it every time it was on the buffet at Boma and every time they had it available as the soup of the day at The Mara. The reason? As soon as I get a bowl, I snarf it down so fast that there’s no time to pull out an iPhone for a foodie pic. Technically, Disney calls it a stew, but to me it’s more of a chowder or even just a “hearty soup”. But whatever you like to call it, it is DELICIOUS and probably my favorite soup in all of Walt Disney World. A slightly spicy blend of chicken, curry powder, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, with coconut milk and honey to sweeten it up, this soup is a perfect meal for a cool day. Since I can’t show you a picture of the soup itself, I’ll do one better — I’ll share the recipe. This recipe comes from the Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs book, and I’ve used this to make gallons of the soup at a time. Yes, you read that right. I have upscaled this recipe in the past to make several gallons at a time–some to eat right away and the bulk to put in the freezer to bring out one quart at a time. The only modification that I do is cook the chicken in advance (or take some already cooked chicken out of the freezer) so that I’m only making the soup itself at that time. Anyone else want to do a big soup cook-a-thon this weekend?last_img read more

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Section 508 Refresh Published in U.S. Federal Register

first_imgFinally! I can only imagine how my fellow accessibility advocates in the United States are celebrating today. After almost ten years of work, the Section 508 Refresh of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 has been published in the U.S. Federal Register today. The rule updates guidelines for information and communication technology purchased by the federal government, which covers such items as:WebsitesElectronic documentsSoftwareHardwareVideoPhone systemsCopiersThe final rule also applies to Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. Effective March 20, 2017, the rule states that:compliance with the section 508-based standards is not required until January 18, 2018. Compliance with the section 255-based guidelines is not required until the guidelines are adopted by the Federal Communications Commission.What Does This Mean?With today’s final publication of the Section 508 Refresh rule, their guidelines are brought in line with current standards for accessible websites: the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.Which means Section 508 has been updated for the first time in 17 years! And the new Section 508 guidelines refer to the WCAG 2.0 A and AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements throughout the publication. I remember when I first learned about the Section 508 guidelines, back when I was coding websites using tables for layout. Yes, it was that long ago!As I was planning to write about several major changes you need to be aware of, Deque Systems published their Section 508 post, highlighting the changes, effective dates, and how the changes affect organizations. Deque has done such a great job of explaining the changes, I’ll point you over to their summary.Also, 3Play Media has published their post summarizing the Section 508 refresh changes, with more information on what it means for closed captioning and audio descriptions. Together, the posts provide a good overview of the Section 508 Refresh changes.Now What? How Can I Learn More About the Section 508 Refresh?Glad you asked! The U.S. Access Board is holding a free Section 508 Refresh webinar on February 2, 2017 to provide updates to the standards.Access Board accessibility specialists Bruce Bailey and Timothy Creagan will lead the webinar. Pre-registration is required for the webinar. Note: you need to create an account with the Great Lakes ADA Center in order to register for the webinar. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedSection 508 Refresh NewsLast week, the executive director of the U.S. Access Board made an announcement that the web accessibility community in the United States has been waiting for years to hear. David M. Capozzi announced the Office of Management and Budget cleared the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Section 508 standards;…In “Accessibility”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 20, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to avoid UX burnout, find out about the publication of the Section 508 Refresh, discover why the grid won’t solve all your layout issues, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post…In “Web design & development links”UXPA 2015: UX Pros, Be Ready!This post was contributed by guest author Josie Scott. Josie is a User Experience Design Researcher at Synchrony Financial who attended last month’s User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) 2015 conference. I was ecstatic to attend UXPA 2015, held June 22 through 25 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in beautiful Coronado,…In “Conference”last_img read more

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