Canada’s speed skaters point to NHL bubble success in search for new training hub

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Ever the realist, Heather McLean flew home to Canada from the Netherlands in early March and quarantined herself for 14 days, even though it was not yet a requirement to do so.

After witnessing the spikes of COVID-19 first-hand in Europe, McLean realized the gravity of the situation and accepted she might not race again until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

So, while she wants to compete this year – perhaps in the “hub” that the International Skating Union is exploring in the Netherlands —  the Winnipeg product is ready to roll with the unexpected.

Such is life in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I trust the ISU and our federation in Canada will take all the safety precautions and make the best decisions for us,” says McLean, one of this country’s top sprinters. “So, if they do decide to go through with it, I’m definitely all for

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This Small Gadget Safely Stores a Face Mask in Your Car

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We live difficult times, there’s no doubt about it, and in the last six months or so, each and every one of us just had to adapt to a completely different lifestyle that changed pretty much everything we do.

Including our relationship with cars, that is, as for some reason, face masks have become the new car air freshener because way too many drivers believe just hanging them to the mirror is okay.

As a side note, it really isn’t, especially because face masks should be stored in safe places where they can’t be exposed to any kinds of contaminants or even worse, where they can spread any potential virus that’s already attached to its filters.

This is a problem that a new device called Car Case4Mask wants to resolve, as it proposes a new approach to safely store a mask inside a car.

More specifically, this is a case

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8th Wall brings web-ready AR experiences to curved surfaces for bottles and cans

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Augmented reality platform solution developer 8th Wall Inc. today announced the launch of Curved Image Targets, the first development platform with tools to create web-based AR experiences that are activated by and can interact with cylindrical and conical-shaped objects.

8th Wall teamed up with Siduri Wines, which has become the first brand to showcase the commercialization of this technology. Its bottles will now display wine bottle-activated AR experiences created by the agency Rock Paper Reality.

“8th Wall is on a mission to make augmented reality for everyone and to do that we need to be able to augment everything,” says Erik Murphy-Chutorian, founder and chief executive of 8th Wall.

The Curved Image Targets technology expands on 8th Wall’s existing image target capability which was originally designed for flat shapes. With this update to the company’s AR engine, developers may now target bottles, cans, cups, wine bottles and more.

This new

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Gatsby and Contentstack Announce Partnership to Help Modern Enterprises Build Lightning Fast, MACH-Enabled Websites

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Contentstack, the leading Content Experience Platform (CXP), and Gatsby, a modern web framework for creating high-performance websites and applications, today announced a strategic partnership. This alliance will allow enterprises to accelerate digital experience innovation by creating modern high-performance websites that are optimized for speed, security and scalability. Combining Contentstack’s headless CMS with Gatsby’s web framework enables businesses to deliver the digital content, sites and apps to bring new personalized, omnichannel experiences to life.

“In today’s digital world speed matters — losing customers to a slow, low-performing website is not acceptable,” said Peter Fogelsanger, Global Head of Partnerships at Contentstack. “Ensuring that the storytelling from the content creators is delivered to customers quickly and seamlessly is critical to every company’s success. This partnership with Gatsby makes it possible. Businesses can bring together their marketing and development teams to deliver blazing

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The Maples Group selects AQMetrics cloud-based technology platform for regulatory reporting

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DUBLIN, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Maples Group has adopted AQMetrics regulatory reporting platform to perform data aggregation, risk calculations and ongoing UCITS investment breach risk monitoring and reporting. In addition, the Maples Group has implemented the AQMetrics AIFMD, Form PF and CPO PQR reporting modules that form part of the AQMetrics risk and regulatory reporting platform.

The AQMetrics platform will supplement the Maples Group’s existing technology solutions and extensive regulatory reporting expertise and in doing so will fulfil their UCITS investment breach monitoring alongside AIFMD, Form PF and CPO PQR regulatory reporting in one single cloud-based platform.

“The Maples Group has a proven track record in using leading edge, secure and robust technology solutions to underpin our holistic service offerings for our investment manager and institutional investor client base,” said Tyler Kim, Global Head of Fund Services for the Maples Group. “We pride ourselves on an

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Mexico tortilla shop provides free TV, internet access for school kids | Lifestyle

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MEXICO CITY — A tortilla shop has started giving free wifi and television access for kids in its Mexico City neighborhood whose homes don’t have them, or whose brothers and sisters are already using the services for remote learning during the pandemic.

Mexico’s government schools started at-distance classes Aug. 24 using televised lessons due to the coronavirus, because 94% of Mexican homes have TVs. But there are often many youngsters in a Mexican family and they all need to look up something online or watch classes at the same time.

That is where the “Rinconcito de Esperanza” — the Corner of Hope — comes in. The owners of Grandma’s Tortilla Shop in the southern borough of Tlalpan set up learning areas to offer free tutoring, TV and computer access.

The assemblage of space spills out of the store into a tent set up on the sidewalk outside, and continues into

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After an unprecedented offseason, the Saints are back. How’d we get here? It’s a long story. | Saints

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Sean Payton felt chills — and not the good kind.

Paired with a low-grade fever and body aches, the New Orleans Saints skipper likened his symptoms to influenza. Instead, on March 19, he became the first known person within NFL circles to test positive for the coronavirus.

Payton, 56, acknowledges he was one of the lucky ones. He never felt any of the respiratory symptoms that are commonly associated with COVID-19, and he didn’t require hospitalization.

When Payton received his results, there had been only 392 documented cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana, and 249 in Orleans Parish. Less than six months later, the numbers painted a different picture altogether. As of Sept. 12, nearly 160,000 Louisianans have tested positive — including Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Benson didn’t need to be hospitalized with her bout in August either, but the 73-year-old did receive daily medical care for her

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Dr. Phil recalls Carroll Shelby’s race for the perfect golf gadget

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If you’re playing golf on Labor Day, you might think of race-car legend Carroll Shelby when you shank a ball into a water hazard.

Shelby — who was a dedicated member of LA’s exclusive Bel Air Country Club — invented other gizmos besides hot rods, and apparently spent much of his time on the links trying to concoct the perfect device for retrieving golf balls from the drink.

“I saw Carroll every day,” the late driver’s pal, Dr. Phil, told us. “We were really good friends. You know, he was Texan . . . I’m from Texas, and we were both members of the same club where we played golf. I met him there close to 20 years ago. He was a fun guy.”

The talk-show star added of his pal, “He was such an inventor! The most valuable club in my bag is the ‘ball getter’ . . .

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Domo Executives to Participate in the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference

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Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%

Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1

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Las Vegas music store struggles during pandemic, CCSD students not renting instruments | Las Vegas Local Breaking News, Headlines

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Music stores are struggling to get by during the pandemic. Many local shops rely on instrument rentals from students but with distance learning, most families aren’t renting. 

David Kessler with Kessler & Sons Music said rentals are down by more than 50 percent. The storage unit that normally sits empty in September, is full. 

“They’re ready for rent, ready for kids,” said Kessler. 

kids are not taking them home. 

“With not just distance learning, but with doing the split semester program in middle schools, there’s a lot of programs that just don’t have year long band this time around,” said Kessler. 

CCSD gave instruments to some students. Kessler’s shop helped get them ready. 

“Our repair shop was double this summer because we were cleaning instruments for Clark County School District, sterilizing and disinfecting them,” Kessler said. 

He said the repair shop and website is why their

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