He is survived by two daughters, Rhonda Geoffroy and husband Gary of Port Neches and Becky Gardner and husband Brent of Placitas, N.M., brother, Roy Guillot and wife Joan of DeRidder, LA., four grandchildren, Crissy Kicak, Daniel Guarnere, Jennifer Bierbaum and Matt LeBlanc and seven great grandchildren.The family would like to thank his caregiver Robyn Rawls, Magnolia Manor and Heart to Heart Hospice for their special care.Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 4100 Lincoln Avenue, Groves, TX. 77619. Kermit Joseph Guillot, 90, of Port Arthur passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Port Neches.He was born November 6, 1929 in Plaucheville, Louisiana to Simeon Guillot and Cecile Bordelon Guillot.Kermit had lived in Port Arthur since 1953 and was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Port Arthur Neighborhood Action Council (P.A.N.A.C.). Next UpHe enjoyed carpentry, fishing, deer hunting and gardening, but most of all he loved his family and took pride in raising his three girls and adored his grandkids.He proudly served in the United States Army as a military tank operator on Border Patrol for East and West Germany Lines during their Post War Reconstruction.He was given an award for traveling over 10,000 miles in a tank during his time of service. Kermit retired from Standard Alloy as a Supervisor of the Welding Department after 37 years of service.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend J. C. Coon officiating.A Military graveside service will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park.Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, Simeon and Cecile Guillot, wife of 67 years, Rita Shuff Guillot, daughter, Renee Bierbaum, granddaughter, Nicole Crittendon, seven sisters, Addis Mayeaux, Lillie Lachney, Hilda Guillot, Milda Guillot, Una Dufour, Lula Mae Dufour and Erna Thibodeaux and two brothers, Eldon Guillot and Herbert Guillot.
Riley Costello Related Shows Broadway's smash-hit musical Wicked welcomes rising star Riley Costello in the role of Boq beginning on September 10. Costello replaces Jesse JP Johnson, who took his final bow at the Gershwin Theatre on September 8.Costello is a stage alum whose previous Great White Way credits include Everyday Rapture, Bye Bye Birdie and 13. He was also seen as Brad in NBC's Hairspray Live!Costello joins a current Wicked cast that includes Hannah Corneau as Elphaba, Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond, Gizel Jiménez as Nessarose, Michael McCormick as The Wizard and Nancy Opel as Madame Morrible.Wicked features a book by Winnie Holzman, a score by Stephen Schwartz, direction by Joe Mantello, choreography by Wayne Cilento and music direction by Stephen Oremus. Wicked Star Files Riley Costello as Boq(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments from $95.00
Camille A. Brown(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Feeling the need to get up and move in quarantine? Tony-nominated choreographer Camille A. Brown is presenting a new series called Social Dance for Social Distance. It consists of free dance classes and lectures online in which Brown will teach choreography from some of her most acclaimed pieces. The classes will be free and live on Instagram each day at 2PM ET beginning on May 21.Highlights include a choreography lesson on the moves from Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, starring John Legend, on May 21. Afro-Cuban dance classes on June 1 and 5, a hip-hop class on June 12 and a tap class on June 26.Peek at the full schedule below:May 21 - Chloe Davis, Jesus Christ Superstar classMay 22 - Cat Foster, classMay 27 - Maija Garcia, lectureMay 28 - Winston Dynamite Brown, dancer chat about the creative processJune 1 - Beatrice Capote, afro-cuban classJune 3 - Dexter Jones, lindy hop classJune 4 - Yusha-Marie Sorzano and Maleek Washington, dancer chat "Black Love"June 5 - Beatrice Capote, afro-cuban classJune 8 - Tim Edwards, classJune 9 - Courtney Ross and Jay Staten, dancer chat "Mask Off"June 12 - Adesola Osakalumi, hip hop classJune 15 - Yusha-Marie Sorzano, class "Balance duet from ink"June 18 - Tim Edwards & Maleek Washingon, dancer chat "Turf Talk"June 22 - Juel D. Lane classJune 25 - Beatrice Capote & Chloe Davis, dancer chat "Mirror Talk"June 26 - Dormeshia, tap classJune 29 - Maleek Washington, classBrown received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for her choreography in Choir Boy. She received Lucille Lortel nominations for her work on both for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf and Toni Stone. As previously reported, she will lend her talents to the new North American tour of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, which is scheduled to launch in early 2021. View Comments
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Videoconferencing solutions continue to move into the commercial foreground, with videoconferencing hardware achieving pre-COVID-19 volume and value growth of 28% and 9% respectively in 2019, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. The report covers all aspects of videoconferencing hardware; it also combines desk research, sales data from vendors across seven key geographies and channel interviews carried out by Futuresource in the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K.COVID-19 has accelerated the alignment of communication methods with videoconferencing and collaboration tools, creating opportunities for vendors operating in the sector. However, Futuresource expects this to be far more than a short-term opportunity. As employees become comfortable with their newly discovered collaboration tools and employers begin to reap the benefits, the post-COVID-19 world will continue to rely on remote communication and highly dispersed workforces.Videoconferencing solutions occupy a range of product segments across software and hardware, namely pure cloud solutions, software-agnostic peripherals (SWAPs), room hubs, team collaboration displays, integrated codec hardware and telepresence.Pure cloud solutions enable videoconferencing without tying end users to particular locations or endpoints and can be used within a browser or as applications on mobile devices. Software-agnostic peripherals are hardware devices used with cloud conferencing software to create higher quality video conferences with the option of multiple participants per endpoint. Room hubs are touch panels, generally on the meeting room table, which allow users to control both conferencing and other meeting room functions. Team collaboration displays are interactive displays designed to facilitate in-room and remote collaboration, typically with built-in audio and videoconferencing capabilities. Integrated codecs comprise both traditional hardware-based videoconferencing and closed solutions, where hardware and software are tightly integrated and controlled by a single vendor. Telepresence offers the highest quality video and audio communication, coupled with high costs. It is mostly the preserve of corporate boardrooms and government installations where security concerns may prohibit the use of cloud conferencing.“Room hubs are now firmly established and on track to achieve the strongest volume and revenue growth within the sector,” said Adam Cox, senior analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “We expect global value to grow from $448 million in 2019 to $2.8 billion in 2024, driven by convenience and simplicity, while allowing companies to keep rooms video-ready at all times. The U.S. leads the way in room hubs, followed by EMEA. The technology is far less pronounced in APAC, where customers are more price-sensitive and reluctant to invest. Moving forward, the biggest challenge to the growth of the room hub market is the locked-in nature of room solutions, particularly at a time when users are favoring flexibility.“While many cloud vendors offer room solutions, the market is increasingly dominated by Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms and Google Hangouts Meet. These cloud providers have built partnerships with the leading hardware vendors. In a crowded market, these stamps of approval can deliver an enormous advantage. This influence also runs from hardware to software. Should companies with Logitech SWAPs (Software Agnostic Peripherals) choose to pursue a room solution, they will be inclined to install a Tap, which comes in three options, Teams, Zoom or Google. Similarly, companies which favor Crestron will be led towards Teams and Zoom.See related Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work Safely“SWAPs have quickly come to dominate the videoconferencing market, and now comprise the largest part of the market by volume. Until recently, SWAPs were largely seen as an option for the smaller meeting room and huddle space. However, the arrival into the market of new vendors, particularly from ProAV, has changed this perception. It is now possible to have SWAPs in all sizes of meeting area, from huddle space to board room. Nevertheless, small to medium rooms remain the driver for this category. Competition is increasingly fierce, and margins are often tight, particularly in the huddle space. This favors vendors like Logitech who are able to supply at scale.”North and Latin America continued to display strong growth in 2019, particularly in the corporate vertical, where the region leads the way in introducing tech into smaller meeting spaces. However, there is a preference for the cheapest solution types to be installed into these spaces, which has helped the sub-$1,000 hardware category to drive the market forward. Looking to the education vertical, this continues to play a primary role in bolstering collaboration displays uptake.China is key growth region, with its domestic brands dominating and looking for opportunities to expand export volumes. Across APAC and China combined, the corporate vertical grew by 53% in volume last year, predominantly fuelled by China, with rapid growth in education taking place in the rest of APAC. However, the region continues to be incredibly price sensitive, and lags behind other world regions when it comes to implementing collaboration tech in small meeting rooms and huddle spaces.EMEA was the slowest growing region last year for WPS (Wireless Presentation Solutions). However, the trend towards smaller meeting rooms continues to take hold, and businesses in EMEA, particular Western Europe, are investing in collaborative tech for these spaces. The corporate vertical has yet to fully adopt WPS collaboration displays, but the product segment is ripe for expansion, as it gains traction and will soon become a must-have feature.“More than two-in-three respondents in our end user survey, carried out earlier this year with over 1,000 end users, told us they had seen an increased reliance on videoconferencing over the last year,” said Cox. “What’s more, organizations have been investing in tech that will enhance conference calls, with plug-in static camera, plug-in microphone and headset purchases all mentioned by more than 40% of respondents. Although videoconferencing activity has accelerated with the rise of social distancing measures, the transition was already in motion. In terms of future spending on equipment, many corporates have applied a short-term freeze, yet we expect this to bounce back quickly.”“Short-term, the effects of COVID-19 have put the brakes on the market to some degree,” continued Cox, “though units shipped into both corporate and education verticals this year will still be larger than they were in 2018. Some education projects are continuing throughout 2020, but it is likely that government spending in the mid-to-long term will be significantly reduced. Despite a short-term freeze on spending from corporates, demand will recover quickly and will continue to grow, as screen sharing becomes increasingly essential.”
F ree homeland security trainingseminar slatedThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has streamlined the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) certification process.The IMAGE program was created in 2006 as a joint government and private sector initiative designed to build cooperative relationships that strengthen hiring practices and encourage employer compliance. The goal of the IMAGE program is to curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach, education, and partnership.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be holding a forum in the Miami-Dade/Broward metro area on March 21. The free training consists of Form I-9 instruction, USCIS E-Verify updates, Office of Special Counsel training, and fraudulent document detection training. To register, visit www.ice.gov/image. January 15, 2013 Regular News Free homeland security training seminar slated
The Huffington Post: A new study suggests that teens who get along well with their families are more likely to have successful future marriages.The study, published in the journal Psychological Science found that 7th graders who experienced more positive engagement with their families also showed more positive engagement in their marriages 17 years later. Their spouses also demonstrated more positive behavior, and both partners experienced more relationship satisfaction than those who experienced a more negative family environment as teens. The study did not specify whether or not the teenagers were raised with married or divorced parents.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post
In just 10 days of campaigning on Funderbeamu, 21-year-old innovator Ivan Mrvoš, founder of the company Include he managed to exceed the initial requested amount and raise almost 270.000 euros of investment for the development of his smart benches.In record time, a successful domestic startup aroused great interest and became the most successful company in terms of collection speed on the innovative Funderbeam platform for investing and trading startup shares. About 90 investors from all over the world have already shown that they believe in the global success of the Croatian startup, and among them were entrepreneur and investor Nenad Bakić, as well as popular mathematician Toni Milun, who expressed his support via Twitter.The next goal of the young Croatian innovator is the amount of 400.000 euros, for which he has 20 days of the campaign left. "I am very pleased with the fact that we reached our initial goal so early, especially when we consider that this is a new approach to funding. A lot of people have supported us from the beginning, and now with the release of Include on Funderbeam they have been given the opportunity to invest in us and secure their stake in the company. Anyone can invest with an initial amount of 100 euros, and the funds raised will be used for even faster business development and penetration into new markets", Said Ivan Mrvoš, founder and director of Include.Founded in September 2016, Funderbeam South-East Europe is a Zagreb-based company in which the Zagreb Stock Exchange has a 20% stake and is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development through their Shareholders Special Fund, while the Estonian Funderbeam owns the other 80 percent.Funderbeam is a global platform on which startup companies can raise funds, and investors after the initial investment phase can trade their shares thanks to an innovative system based on blockchain technology. The value of Funderbeam was also recognized by Skype founder Jaan Tallinn, one of the first investors in the company.
SFNF News:SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it. Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend. The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block. Start date: July 29, 2019Cause: LightningLocation: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa Size: 185 acresFuels: Primarily ponderosa pineResources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, district fire personnel and Santa Fe County Fire Department’s Black Canyon hand crewCurrent status: Crews will be monitoring the Conejos Fire through the showers and thunderstorms predicted for the next few days.Weather: The forecast for the next few days is for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, followed by more widespread showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds today are out of the northwest at 5-10 mph with temperatures in the 80s.Predicted smoke impact: Smoke is visible from US Highway 550, San Ysidro and Jemez Pueblo.The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can take advantage of natural ignitions like the Conejos Fire to improve conditions on the ground by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor. Weather over the next few days will determine whether the Conejos Fire can continue to achieve resource benefits by reintroducing fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all wildland fire incidents. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Conejos Fire, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575.829.3535.
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