continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the early days of the coronavirus shutdown, one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants proudly displayed signs indicating that they were open for takeout and delivery service. Defying hard times, they were determined to serve their customers and keep their business going. Since then, they’ve recovered and reopened with a new outdoor seating area, improved online ordering and contactless payment. Business is steady, and the owner is optimistic. They used a moment of crisis to respond, recover and set the stage to thrive.Many financial institutions have followed a similar path in their initial responses to the crisis. Now they’re thinking about how technology can help them accelerate innovation, improve the customer experience and grow revenue and market share. David Linthicum, Deloitte’s chief cloud strategy officer, stated that COVID-19 could be a catalyst that drives enterprises onto a better-planned IT path — and likely at a reduced cost.Before the crisis, many financial institutions were considering, or in some cases starting, multi-year technology initiatives to modernize or replace legacy systems that were cost prohibitive, lethargic and aged. Mid-market regional banks in particular often have unused data center capacity and core banking systems that are not configured in an agile manner for rapid adjustments to features and functionality needed to address market forces. Contact center agents are typically always on site, with limited thinking into disaster recovery or continuity plans.
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThurston County government and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will co-host a community open house in Rochester on Thursday, January 17, to present proposed changes to County flood maps that may affect properties near the Skookumchuk, Black, and Chehalis rivers, and Scatter Creek.What: Open House on Proposed Updates to Thurston County Flood MapsWhen: Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Grand Mound Centralia, 6223 197th Way SW, Rochester, Washington, 98579The key change is a proposed redrawing of the flood hazard area which will lead to the removal of 190 structures from the flood hazard area, and the addition of 168 structures. FEMA proposed the flood hazard area revision after completing a study of the Lower Chehalis Watershed using new technologies that provided more accurate details about the location of river flooding.The proposed changes will guide the County’s land-use and building development regulations, and may also affect the cost of flood insurance for some land owners. County staff and FEMA representatives will be available during the open house to explain the proposed changes to preliminary maps, answer questions, and receive public comment.To learn more about the County’s Flood Programs, visit http://www.thurstonplanning.org and select ‘Flood Programs’ under ‘Planning Links’ on the left. Information on the Open House is also available online.You may also email flood-related questions or comments to Tim Rubert, Floodplain Manager, at [email protected], or call (360) 867-2123.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamilton
Facebook243Tweet0Pin0Submitted by ProvidenceUPDATE: Thanks to an overwhelming response from our community, many individuals have volunteered to sew surgical masks for us. However, we’re pleased to report that local manufacturing companies have stepped up to rapidly produce masks and face shields for us on a large scale. As a result we do not need volunteers to sew masks for our caregivers, and we will not mail or distribute sewing kits. We are truly grateful for your willingness to help. As we assess the situation in the coming weeks, we will let you know if we need your assistance.Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals, along with others throughout our state have been overwhelmed by the generous offers pouring in to help create masks.We appreciate the donations of unopened boxes of surgical and N-95 masks.So that we at the local level can continue our work of focusing on our patients during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, our larger Providence System team is partnering with another organization to implement the 100 million mask challenge across the country.We will update our website with information as progress is made with our new partner on the 100 Million Mask Challenge.Information about our efforts to raise funds and awareness to address this health crisis can be found at providence.org.
The majority of North America’s best racehorses are scheduled to be in action that day, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, likely to square off against Pacific Classic and Malibu Stakes victor, Shared Belief, in the San Antonio Stakes, while Lea targets a repeat in the Donn Handicap against last year’s Florida Derby winner, Constitution. January 28, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group, is excited to announce its plans to offer horseplayers the opportunity to play a special Pick 4 on Saturday, February 7. The all-stakes, $500,000 guaranteed ‘X-Country’ (Cross Country) Pick 4 will combine the best races that day at Gulfstream – the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap – and Santa Anita – the San Antonio Stakes and San Marcos Stakes – and will coincide with a live broadcast of those races on Fox Sports 1. “With world-class cards at both Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park on February 7, horseplayers can expect some great wagering opportunities, including the X-Country Pick 4.” said Santa Anita President, Tom Ludt. “We are very excited for a potential rematch of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes and an exciting day of racing.” About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States. It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device. Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing. Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. Customers who play the X-Country Pick 4 at Xpressbet will also receive 0% takeout for their winning wager, as well as 4-times XB Rewards Bonus Points. To sign up for an Xpressbet account and to receive an enhanced $150 Welcome Bonus, please visit www.xpressbet.com/XCountry and enter promo code XCOUNTRY. P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park, added, “It’s going to be a huge weekend. Not only will our fans see four of the country’s most prestigious races and top horses, but another unique wager from The Stronach Group with a $500,000 guarantee. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Santa Anita and Xpressbet to make this a memorable day.” In addition to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Gulfstream Park’s February 7 card also includes the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Stakes, the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes and the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Santa Anita’s February 7 card also features the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes and Grade 2 San Antonio. “February 7 is a day that many horseplayers and racing fans circled on their calendars weeks ago,” said Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski. “Not only do these races historically draw exceptional fields, but this year is truly special with so many of the world’s best horses planning to run. We’re excited that the X-Country Pick 4 has become a reality, and we’re excited that horseplayers will have the opportunity to bet on all of these great horses and races as part of one wager.” New and Exciting Wager will include a $500,000 Guarantee
CALIFORNIA CHROME IS READY, WEATHER OR NOTUFC SUPERSTAR MCGREGOR SETS PEGASUS ‘BUZZ’HEAVY RAINS CAUSE THURSDAY CANCELLATION TIZ A KISS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN ON DOLLAR DAY Craig Dollase720029%29%$68,925 Jeff Mullins421050%75%$106,945 Victor Espinoza2044420%60%$236,130 -30- Richard Baltas3044513%43%$273,463 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Luis Contreras2333613%52%$159,834 Tyler Baze4896419%40%$363,082 THURSDAY RACING CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS Santa Anita Park officials announced that Thursday’s eight-race program has been cancelled due to continued heavy rainfall in the Arcadia area which has resulted in local flooding and road closures. Santa Anita has already received seven inches of rainfall from significant winter storms over the past week and up to two additional inches are predicted to fall along the San Gabriel Mountain foothills throughout the remainder of the day.According the National Weather Service, the most recent storm is scheduled to move out of the area later this evening resulting in predicted sunny skies over the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.Santa Anita was open for simulcast wagering on Thursday, with free parking and admission available. .Santa Anita has notified horsemen that substitute races will be offered in the coming days for all horses that were entered on Thursday’s program.First post time at Santa Anita on Friday is at 1 p.m., while first post time on Saturday, Sunday, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be at 12:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to visit santanita.com for the latest track condition updates as well as entry and morning line information. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3872018%24%$303,780 Rafael Bejarano3843911%42%$375,663 William Spawr940244%67%$134,541 Mark Glatt1624213%50%$119,865 Corey Nakatani1532020%33%$167,690 TIZ A KISS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN IN MEGAHERTZRichard Baltas hopes Tiz a Kiss continues to outrun her odds when she goes in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled for one mile on turf.A victory would result in her first stakes win. She was second by a nose in the restricted Solana Beach last August at Del Mar.A seven-year-old California-bred daughter of Cee’s Tizzy, Tiz a Kiss has been favored only once under the direction of Baltas, that in her first start for him on Sept. 5, 2015. In 11 starts since, she has never been the favorite, going off at 10-1 when second in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes last Nov. 6 and at 21-1 when a respectable seventh in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar Dec. 4.“She was sitting on the rail in the Matriarch,” said Baltas, who has four wins through the first nine days at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet. “She got through and they weren’t going that fast (a mile on a firm course in 1:35). They were kind of walking, actually, I thought.“Twenty-three and change, 48 and 1:12 for Grade I horses. It was a little step up. They were the best fillies in the country she ran against.”Kent Desormeaux, who has ridden Tiz a Kiss nine times, winning twice, is back aboard.Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Beer, sodas and hot dogs will be a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 8) Gary Sherlock920122%33%$48,720 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato1533420%67%$356,325 Mike Smith1121318%55%$262,930 Stewart Elliott342466%35%$119,190 Brice Blanc1433121%50%$125,125 Joel Rosario823125%75%$302,945 Peter Eurton820025%25%$78,320 Drayden Van Dyke3746011%27%$234,060 Agapito Delgadillo1220017%17%$64,785 Martin Pedroza2955317%45%$185,520 John Sadler1354338%92%$237,104 Jamie Theriot222209%18%$60,220 Peter Miller2365326%61%$317,780 Kent Desormeaux3363518%42%$537,173 Kristin Mulhall921022%33%$27,760 FINISH LINES: Congrats to Hollywood heavyweights Gary Barber, Kevin Tsujihara and Les Moonves, CEO’s of MGM, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and CBS, respectively, on winning Sunday’s third race with Forest Blue, a chestnut gelding trained by Peter Miller. Forest Blue, who won by nearly three lengths as the $5.40 favorite, was claimed for $16,000 out of the six furlong race by trainer Jeff Mullins. “He’s a solid horse and I wish the new owner and trainer well,” said Miller, tied for the training lead through nine days with six wins and leading in stakes victories with four . . . With seven inches of rain pelting Santa Anita in just over a week, Thursday’s live races were cancelled. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. UFC SUPERSTAR MCGREGOR CREATES PEGASUS ‘BUZZ’ Reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Connor McGregor, who was at Santa Anita this past month to star in a series of four short comedic films entitled “The 13th Jockey,” which is intended to promote the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, has already helped to generate five million views via Episode 1 across Pegasus World Cup and McGregor social media platforms.More importantly, these views are generating a high percentage of “shares,” which indicates The 13th Jockey is being seen by millions of people who perhaps have little or no familiarity with racing. These “shares” are thus exposing the sport in a very significant way to the highly coveted 25-34-year-old demographic that is so vital to racing’s future.In addition to wide-ranging social media exposure, Episode 1 has generated mentions in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, US Weekly, Extra TV, the Washington Post, Irish Independent, Globo Brazil, the Herald Sun (Australia), Maxim, USA Today, Yahoo, the Paulick Report, Thoroughbred Daily News, America’s Best Racing and other media outlets.Due as much to his magnetic personality as his phenomenal fighting skills, McGregor is currently one of the most highly recognized athletes in the world. His co-star in The 13th Jockey is comedian Jon Lovitz. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) directed the four-part series.Episode 2, which was also shot on location at Santa Anita, was unveiled yesterday, while the remaining two episodes will be distributed on Jan.18 and on Pegasus World Cup Day, Jan. 28. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which could include as many as 12 horses, is scheduled to feature an epic rematch between Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate and 2014 Horse of the Year, California Chrome.In conjunction with The 13th Jockey advertising campaign, fans can now take a chance at winning a $1 million prize by participating in the Pegasus Win-Win Contest at pegasusworldcup.com/win. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux1022220%60%$254,915 Doug O’Neill4063715%40%$258,548 Tiago Pereira1824211%44%$90,675 Mario Gutierrez2232414%41%$151,116 Robert Hess, Jr.1021020%30%$150,145 Jeff Bonde720129%43%$58,395 Patrick Gallagher621133%67%$143,890 Jerry Hollendorfer2747515%59%$514,489 Flavien Prat4494820%48%$618,043 CHROME AWAITS PEGASUS AT GULFSTREAM PARK The Chromie Countdown is on.It’s just over two weeks until the world’s most popular race horse, California Chrome, makes his final start before going to stud, this in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The six-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit has been in Florida with assistant trainer Alan Sherman since Jan. 6, preparing for the inaugural race at 1 1/8 miles. His trainer, Art Sherman, heads to the Sunshine State a week from today.Meanwhile, like everyone else inundated in Southern California recently, Sherman was holed up at his Los Alamitos base early Thursday morning, thankful that the highest-earning Thoroughbred in North America history ($14,502,650) was safe and sound and not at the whim of the weatherman.“He galloped this morning and he’ll work five-eighths Saturday and probably gallop out three-quarters,” Sherman said. “The horse is doing great.”Arrogate, who overtook front-running California Chrome in deep stretch to register a dramatic half-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5, is scheduled for a rematch in the Pegasus which will be his first start since the Classic.The four-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for Juddmonte Farms had a public workout before the first race Sunday, and with rain due to abate over the next few days, could breeze again before departing for Florida.Fortunately, Sherman has no such concern. Wet weather didn’t bother him, especially when he was a jockey back in the day.“One meet in Vancouver it rained for 30 days and we never missed a day,” said the Brooklyn native, who turns 80 on Feb. 17. “I used to wear five sets of goggles.”But that was then and this is now.Sherman’s primary focus is on California Chrome and his well-being coming up to the Pegasus. Of course, adding a 2016 Horse of the Year title to the one he captured in 2014 would be more than welcome.“It would be a great honor to win it a second time,” Sherman said. “He won $8 million last year and no horse has done that, plus he won seven out of eight races. I don’t see how he doesn’t deserve the Eclipse Award.”That, of course, still must play out. The votes are in and Eclipse Award winners, along with Horse of the Year, will be announced at the 46th annual ceremony at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 21.There is one done deal, however. California Chrome is on site at Gulfstream to prepare for the Pegasus. “It’s the best move I ever made,” Sherman said about getting him there early and not having to fidget over the weather. “I would have had a heart attack,” he said.
Ciaran Bonner could be about to make a dramatic return to the Donegal GAA team.Bonner, 26, has been out in the wilderness since the summer of 2009 when he was dropped by former county manager John Joe Doherty for a breach of discipline.Now the Glenswilly man, who helped his club to their first senior county championship last Sunday, admits he would love the chance to play for new manager Jim McGuinness. “It’s always a privilege to play for your county,” he said. “Nobody is ever going to close the door on that until you’re just not able to play any more.”It was claimed he refused to return to the panel this year, but Bonner insists he has had no contact with any of the Donegal management team.“Despite what peopled said, I didn’t get a phone call this year. Everyone said I refused to play but that’s not the case.“I didn’t get a phone call and to be quite honest I don’t expect to get one this year. “That is up to Jim McGuinness. There’s fabulous footballers in this county.”While he is unsure of his own inter-county future, Bonner has urged McGuinness and his selector Rory Gallagher to take a closer look at his Glenswilly clubmate Gary McFadden.“There’s a few people there they should look at, they need to take a look at Copper.“He was up at a trial last year and scored 1-6 in 30 minutes and didn’t even get as much as a phone call.”Ends BONNER COULD BE ABOUT TO DON A DONEGAL JERSEY AGAIN was last modified: October 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ciaran BonnerglenswillyJim McGuinness
Tir Chonaill Gaels GAA News: Vince Keating – RIP- Funeral ArrangementsFuneral will take place on Friday 25th November – 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 9AN Burial – 2.30 p.m. at Greenford Cemetry.Funeral Reception afterwards at Tir Chonaill Gaels Clubhouse, Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, UB6 0NZFuneral arrangements for late Tir Chonaill Gaels member Vince Keating was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaels
Adel Taarabt is included in a much-changed but experienced QPR side to face Burton in the second round of the Capital One Cup – his first appearance for Rangers since May 2013. Burton: McLaughlin, Edwards, Cansdell-Sherriff, Mousinho, Taft, Sharps, MacDonald, Knowles, McGurk, Palmer, Harness. Subs: Lyness, McFadzean, Bell, Weir, Beavon, Blyth, Slade. QPR: Murphy, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Henry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Taarabt, Phillips. Subs: Green, Fer, Mutch, Zamora, Ehmer, Doughty, Harriman.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Khanyi MagubaneI’ve always wondered, what’s the difference between us fairly unsophisticated natives of the third world, seemingly deprived of the illumination, the better way of life enjoyed by those in the first world? Perturbed by thoughts of missing out on something potentially good, I concluded, this first world I must see and experience for myself.So off I went to America for a frenzied two-week holiday. After 20 hours of travelling, I finally arrived in New York, my first destination in this fact-finding mission. The day I arrived also happened to be the start of a heat wave in the eastern parts of the country, including New York, one of the worst-hit states.In my oblivious state I stepped out of the well air-conditioned JFK and was suddenly struck by invisible flames of pure heat. I felt like Hell’s Kitchen was no longer just a neighbourhood in Manhattan, but the whole city had transformed into a furnace.I was still dressed in my winter clothes and I was starting to boil. But, never one to be defeated or outdone by life’s challenges, I decided to venture out – with no luggage in hand (the airline lost it). I was armed with just a map of the subway train system running through the city, my passport and some dollars.I needed to head out to Brooklyn, my home for the next five days in the Big Apple. After a kind Samaritan showed me how to read the map and the different routes, I waited for the train. Eight minutes was all I was going to wait. This is good, I thought. This trip had finally begun.Fast-forward to a week and a half and two states (New York and Michigan) later, I am now in Boston, Massachusetts, having lunch with my sister, her best friend and our cousin, who is a professor at Boston College. That’s when I notice something odd. The people at the table next to ours kept glancing in our direction. Through the corner of my eye I could see this lady’s eye constantly on me. Stolen glances became blatant stares. Eventually I voice what was now becoming an uncomfortable experience with the rest of the table.No sooner had I spoken out about the lady staring at me, she glides over, beaming from ear to ear. Wearing a cotton shift dress, hair perfectly set, manicured nails, expensive-looking jewelry, not too much, but enough for you to know she was old money. What in the good heavens did this woman think we had in common?Maybe she mistook me for someone she knew. I would tell her that I’m not American, that I’m South African and she would apologise for thinking I was somebody else. I would courteously accept her apology and tell her that it happens to the best of us, she would return to her table, and I would continue my lunch with my family. I had it all figured out by the time she arrived at my table, “Excuse me, are you guys from South Africa?” She asked with all the enthusiasm she could muster in that one sentence. I couldn’t disappoint her effort, so in my equally spirited response I affirmed her suspicions.Her joy was unmistakable. She told me that she had been listening to us talking, as she thought that she recognised the distinctive South African accent. She happened to be sitting at the table with another South African woman, who was in the country to market African crafts and other hand-made home décor made by rural women in KwaZulu-Natal. She introduced herself. She was Veronica Castellucci.Veronica, an interior decorator, is a South African who arrived in America in 1980 after she married an Italian who swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance. She had not met many South Africans during her stay in America, and often felt lonely and homesick. She recalled a story of how, when she was young and pregnant with her first child, she was walking down a street when she thought she had heard a familiar accent. Filled with the familiar excitement she displayed to me, she approached the lady, who, after admitting she was a South African, coldly dismissed her. Veronica walked away with her tail between her legs.That was over 20 years ago. Now a resident of Wellesley, one of the richest suburbs in all of America I’m told, she’s doing well for herself. Her husband is a successful businessman with a passion for wine, and she’s an interior decorator who loves what she does for a living. Yet I suspect there’s always been a part of her that’s always longed for her people.Without further delay, the whole lot of us are immediately invited to Veronica’s for breakfast the next day. It turns out she only stays 10 minutes away from my cousin’s home. After about 20 minutes of a purely coincidental reunion, we part ways. I feel excited and rejuvenated by her love for South Africa, even though she’s been away for so long.I smile to myself when I think about the fact that in 1980 she, a white South African, and I, a black South African, would have never been able to sit and eat at the same restaurant, never mind receive an invitation to be guests at her table, because the political climate would have surely prevented our paths crossing. But here we are in 2008, in a land foreign to both of us, and we are able to have that interaction, because we both knew that we were now a different people.Breakfast at Veronica’s was splendid. The conversation was easy and natural, unforced. It was clear that she had gone to great lengths to prepare a special feast for her new South African friends. She invited her best friend and neighbour to share in the occasion and, well, that moment it was a slice of life I knew I would never taste twice, but would always hold dear.After countless hugs and promises to keep in touch, I realised, leaving Veronica’s house that morning, that being a South African was something that never leaves you, no matter how long one maybe away from home, you can always recognise your own, reconnect and make family – and it doesn’t hurt that they are filthy rich too!Go to the MediaClub weekly columns home pageKhanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.
Mike Machat’s passion and knowledge for aviation is bettered by few. Pilot, author, artist, photographer, editor and commentator, Mike has done it all and then some. As the nephew of the chief engineer for Republic Aviation Corporation, he was inspired to his aviation career at an early age. Model building and endless hours sketching planes at New York airports gave way to flying, and he earned his private and commercial pilot licenses.Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and with the National Security Agency in Washington DC. After relocating to Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, and was hired by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a technical illustrator. There, he quickly advanced through the ranks to become Staff Artist and Corporate Representative for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.Moving on from the corporate world, Mike established his own independent aviation art studio and was elected first president of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA). He also became a senior, flight-rated, member of the Air Force Art Program, contributing 21 original paintings to the national collection. His aviation artwork has won numerous national and international awards, and is displayed in many museums and airline headquarters.As an aviator, Mike has flown in more than 200 different types of aircraft, and every type of airliner from Ford Tri-Motor to Concorde. He has flown with NASA, the Blue Angels, and the USAF Test Pilot School, and was the first Air Force Artist to fly in the Rockwell B-1B Lancer and Grumman F-14 Tomcat in a U.S. Navy exchange program. An avid glider pilot, Mike has logged more than 2,100 flights in sailplanes.In 2001, Mike expanded his career to include writing and served as Editor-in-Chief for Wings & Airpower magazine as well as Acquisitions Editor for Specialty Press Aviation Publications. He has authored two best-selling books and countless magazine and website articles, and has contributed to another 25 books. Mike brings a wealth of editorial and literary knowledge to all of his aviation endeavors.Contact:Airline Ratings PTY Ltd.Newspaper House, 50 Hasler Rd.Osborne Park, 6017Western AustraliaPhone: +61 41 7936610Email:[email protected]