ABC News(NEW YORK) — While he was the serious leader of the free world, to Ashley and Marshall Bush, former President George H.W. Bush was the lovable, joke-cracking granddad who attended their school plays and even had a cameo in one of their high school musicals.In an interview Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the two granddaughters of the 41st president of the United States, who died Friday at the age of 94, said the biggest lesson he taught them was “humility.”“A couple of years ago I sat down and asked him a few questions. I was just so struck by his humility at one question, in particular. I asked what had impacted him the most in his life and he talked about when he was a 20-year-old pilot and he teared up … and how that had sort of motivated and inspired him for the rest of his life,” Ashley Bush, 29, told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.She recalled her grandfather and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, always being there to support them.“I mean, our grandfather belonged, of course, to us, but also to the world,” said Ashley Bush, 29, the daughter of Neil Bush. “But yet he would have these moments and come to our plays and even make cameos in our high school musical. It’s very grounded. While he was part of the whole world, he was very grounded and certainly made us all feel very loved and made us feel very special.”Marshall Bush, 32, the daughter of the Marvin Bush, recalled visiting her grandparents in Washington.“As crazy as it sounds, it was very normal for me because when I was born he was in the vice president’s house, and then from about 3 to 7 [year old], he was in the White House,” Marshall Bush said. “So, really to me, and again it’s completely bizarre, but the White House was just my grandfather’s house, my grandparents’ house, where they lived and where I went and hung out with them, went swimming in their pool and played with their dogs. It was normal life to me. It’s just how it was, like anyone going to see their grandparents, with a little extra security.”Marshall described being at her grandfather’s bedside with family and close family friends when the former president took his last breath.“It was just really peaceful,” she said. “I was so happy that I could be there for him and with my family and our closest family friends and just be able to make sure that he knew we were there, he knew we loved him. [We] just comforted him as much as we could and tried and make the very last part of his life as comfortable and loving as he made ours.”Both granddaughters, among the former president’s 14 grandchildren, said they’ll miss his “incredibly goofy side.”“He did a lot of silly, completely ridiculous things just to make sure that we were all smiling and laughing, and having fun,” Marshall said.Ashley added: “He always tried to make us laugh. I feel like, ’till the end, he was cracking jokes.”Marshall said she is “unbelievably lucky” to have had such a granddad.“I could not have had a better influence or really a partner in life,” she said. “He supported us … in every single thing we did. As silly as it was, from our school plays to just having a tough day, he was always there to listen and always there to love.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Cleveland Institute of Art invitesapplications for the position of Systems and Business Analyst.Reporting to the Director of Information Technology, the Systemsand Business Analyst is responsible for leading the administrationand end-user support for the College’s administrative applicationswith a strong focus on the integration of cloud and on-premiseservices.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Provide technical leadership for all of the college’sadministrative applications, most notably Jenzabar J1, CollegeBoard PowerFAIDS, and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT.Handle all data conversion and ensures the functionality ofdata-sharing interfaces between systemsWrite and optimize SQL queries, stored procedures, andtriggersDevelops reports using Appeon InfomakerCreate and maintain documentation for administrative systems,including a disaster recovery plan and end-user trainingmaterialsAnalyze current processes and recommends improvements that leadto best use of administrative systems, with a strong focus onautomationLead a campus user group for power users of administrativesystemsServe as technical liaison for third-party vendors for cloudand on-premise administrative systems.Work with campus constituents on requirements gathering tounderstand end-user needs for new applications and workflows.Maintain, in coordination with the IT staff, secure access toboth cloud and on-premise administrative systems.QUALIFICATIONS:Must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential dutylisted above. Additional qualifications include:Demonstrated experience with SQL Server database and SQL ServerManagement Studio with the ability to write SQL queries, storedprocedures, and triggersFamiliarity with business intelligence and data analyticstoolsFamiliarity working with outside vendors or consultantsDetail-oriented with strong analytical skillsProject management experienceStrong interpersonal skills. Proven track record of acollaborative spirit and relationship developmentEDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or relatedfieldExperience working with a higher education SIS/ERP as a DBA,system administrator, or operations role preferredExperience analyzing and interpreting complex businesspracticesExperience with PowerFAIDS and Jenzabar preferredHOW TO APPLY:Position is open until filled with priority consideration givenfor applications received by May 4, 2021. Send resume with coverletter, and salary requirements to: [email protected] please reference job code: SBA21in the email subject lineCleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to increasingdiversity in our community and actively pursuesindividuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies withall applicable federal, state and local laws andprovides equal opportunity in all educational programsand activities, admission of students and conditions ofemployment for all qualified individuals regardless ofrace, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation,protected veteran status, gender identity, or nationalorigin.ABOUT CIAThe Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation’s leadingaccredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, thecollege has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio,producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers,photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personaleducational experience with the benefits of a larger institution.Students choose from 15 majors and live and work inCleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most uniquecultural centers – recently named by ForbesMagazine as one of the ten prettiest communities in thecountry.
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The Pro Team Shadow bib shorts go for $385/385€/£260/ with the same compressive hydrophobic fabric. They use the same fit and chamois as the Pro Team Thermal bibs with which they overlap a bit in their functionality. Again the black-only shorts include small reflective tabs on the legs for a little added visibility.The kit is available now, and we expect to give it a try in the near future, so look forward to our thoughts ahead of the Spring Classics.Pages.Rapha.cc The Rapha Pro Team Shadow line-up is now limited to a shortsleeve jersey and a pair of bib shorts with the intention of it being ridden from Spring through Fall as a shortsleeve wet weather deal for now. But we have it on pretty good authority that the arm and leg warmers that Sky were using last year will be available in next autumn so that it can be combined for more winter capability too.The Italian-made Shadow kit is based around a new all-weather, breathable, hydrophobic fabric designed to be worn across typical seasonal boundaries, and developed at the direct request of the Sky team. It is made with a single-layer fabric, stretch-woven for a compressive fit. Its yarn gets a DWR coating before being woven, then a steam treatment that shrinks the fabric for a tighter feel, then finally another DWR finish. The resulting fabric is both highly wind resistant and water repellent, while maintaining breathability, with a comfy brushed interior.The jersey come only in black for now and sells for $320/320€/£220. It gets extended 3/4 length short sleeves that come down almost to the elbow to keep your upper arm warm in colder weather, and taped seams at the shoulders to keep water out from above. The jersey has a standard 3+1 pocket layout with drain holes, and reflective accents. Once the exclusive market of Castelli’s Gabba, specialized wet weather clothing has become a critical item in the kit bag of professional cyclists. And with the demand from every team, sponsored by pretty much every big clothing maker in the cycling market, most manufacturers have had to step up their game to try to match or better the Gabba at the risk of having their racers compete in their competitor’s kit when the weather turns foul. So, now Rapha is the latest to put out their take on bad weather gear. Their newly released Shadow jersey and bib shorts have been raced under the Sky team since at least the tail end of last winter, and Rapha has finally sorted out the last refinements to put the kit into production and make it available to consumers…
Earlier this month, DreamHack heralded the launch of a new tournament, the Northern League of Legends Championship (NLC), in partnership with Riot Games.The NLC will act as the newest European Regional League (ERL) on the continental block, and is an amalgam of two previously separate regions: the Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway), which formerly did battle in the Nordic Championship; and the British Isles (the United Kingdom and Ireland), which face off in the UK League Championship (UKLC).The UKLC is sticking around, but the Nordic Championship is being broken up into four national leagues, named the Telia Esports Series. These five competitions will now promote into the NLC, a supergroup featuring some of the biggest teams on northern shores.But with the UKLC effectively relegated to a third-tier league (below the LEC and NLC, not to mention European Masters, Mid-Season Invitational, and World Championship), and previously unconnected countries seemingly shoehorned into a new product, will the NLC really capture the imagination of League of Legends fans? Or will it merely dilute the importance of national tournaments and deny the community a chance to congregate at local events?We spoke to representatives from Riot Games, DreamHack, and Barrage – one of the 12 organisations to make the initial cut into the NLC – to dive into the nitty-gritty of the new league’s formation and the thinking behind it.Image credit: DreamHack/Riot GamesWhy the change?“Across Europe and in other regions as well, we’ve made the choice to group certain countries together if we felt it was warranted from a competition but also business point of view,” said Marc Schnell, Head of EU League Management at Riot Games.To an outsider, the benefits of a Nordic, British, and Irish union aren’t immediately obvious. Historically, there’s been little in the way of sports rivalries that have spanned across the North Sea, and it’s difficult to say there’s been a ton of cultural crossover in recent years.But as Schnell noted, it was Riot Games’ relationship with their “awesome partner” DreamHack that really inspired the connection.“We were thinking of rebooting [Nordic competition] and DreamHack was fully on board and aligned with that with idea, and ready to invest,” Schnell stated. “And pretty much go big time with us on trying to make this a league that rivals the other big successful ERLs that we have.“So it was a no-brainer for us. I think they are the optimal partner really, for the region.”It’s a sentiment echoed by Mike Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack. “DreamHack has been running this Nordic Championship on a more short-term basis and we’ve never given it the love that we felt it deserves,” he explained. “So we’ve always been looking for a way to have a deeper partnership with Riot to justify it as a stronger investment, because we do believe there’s a really great business to be made here and it’s really in line with what we want to do.”One area where cultures do overlap between competing regions is language. The NLC will (at least for now) only be streamed in English, and the proliferation of English-speakers among Nordic nations was a “big driver” behind its inception, according to Van Driel. “What we want to do is position this as the third largest League of Legends league catering to the English-speaking audience.”Nurturing new talentAn aspect of the new system that seems set to flourish is player development.“I think there is a much clearer ladder to climb,” said Jeff Simpkins, Owner of Barrage. “You can plan out and say, ‘Right, okay, I’m going to start in the UKLC, I’m then going to go to the NLC and then I’m going to go to the LEC.’ It is a clearer progression.”Schnell agrees, stating that “to incentivise and motivate people to compete” is one of Riot’s major goals.“What I think is very special about this [ERL],” he stated, “is that from the get-go, we have a very deeply layered ecosystem in place that will offer a very structured path to glory for teams and players. And that, I think is awesome.”With the NLC, the UKLC, and the Telia Esports Series, there are set to be more teams than ever competing in Riot Games-sanctioned tournaments within the region, and that’s certainly a blessing for players looking for a shot to prove their worth.Fnatic Rising, winners of the 2019 UKLC Summer Split. Photo credit: Joe Brady/LVPThe fall of UK League of Legends?It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, however. There are real dangers that arise from integrating the top UK teams into an international league, not least the fact that it’s likely to make the strength and popularity of local organisations even more top-heavy than previously.Simpkins and Barrage might be starting on the other side of the fence, but he can see the threat that the change poses to the competitiveness of the UKLC. “I think what we’ll see is that the UK league will have to become more of a development league,” he said. “Because I think with the NLC, the organisations involved, including us in the UK, we’re going to have access to such a vast pool of players now, from all the competing countries.”With a weaker league, it seems inevitable that the UKLC will also suffer from lower viewership, yet Schnell believes that the changes should still be a net positive for fans, even if they’re not appreciated by every viewer. “On average,” he said, “[it should] offer a more attractive entertainment experience for most fans in that region then how it was done previously. That is what I want to measure against.“Overall, the viewership that we will get in total should definitely be growing significantly versus what we would previously be able to achieve.”Van Driel argues that the UKLC will stand to benefit from the increased resources that DreamHack invests into the NLC—and vice-versa. “We really see this whole ecosystem kind of together,” he explained. “DreamHack is really focused on doing things in a sustainable way. So, also having UKLC for us is about having a bit more meat on that plate and having more stuff because we’re not viewing these as two isolated business cases. It’s actually something very much together.“We knew coming into this there could be some loyal UKLC fans that really want to support specifically the UK market and can be sceptical of this. So, I would say to those fans that are sceptical, ‘Trust us, contact us. Tell us what you think sucks.’”Hitting the roadAs a long-term League of Legends and esports fan, there’s nothing quite like a live event. The anticipation leading up to the day; meeting people decked out in their favourite team’s colours (or Teemo hats) in bars, cafés, and on trains; the shock at realising just how many gaming fanatics are queuing up at the arena; and the roar of a crowd that all shares a mutual passion and its own rich and uniquely twenty-first-century culture.It’s an experience that we believe has been integral to many’s ardour for esports, and it’s an experience that has been denied to many League of Legends players in the countries now covered by the NLC.Last year’s UKLC Grand Finals in Twickenham marked one of the only live finals to take place in the UK for several years, and under the NLC’s new system, such events are set to be spread between the nations competing in DreamHack’s flagship League of Legends tournament, as Van Driel explained. “For the short term, everything has this COVID-19 asterisk. But definitely, in the vision of a normal world, we’ll be going to all of the countries,” he confirmed.Despite the potential visa troubles that Brexit presents, the UK could well be at the centre of plans for upcoming League of Legends roadshows – and not just for the NLC. “We have been talking to a number of places in the UK,” revealed Schnell, discussing Riot Games’ new Olympics-inspired strategy of taking pitches from interested cities ahead of international events.“Unfortunately, coronavirus was one thing that impacted this whole process a little bit. That said, we are super open to come back to the UK. It’s something that if you ask me personally, I really would love to do because I very fondly remember the events that we did at Wembley, for Worlds. I remember that the vibe over there was always great. And I know that people are really starving for a presence there,” he continued.Fans on the edge of their seats during the 2019 UKLC Summer Split Final. Photo credit: Joe Brady/LVPThe drive for viewershipIt seems clear that the formation of the NLC, and DreamHack’s funnelling of additional resources into the product, is something of a gamble primarily taken to tackle an area the region has always struggled with: viewership numbers.When pressed on his main lingering worries, Simpkins admits that he can’t be certain a stronger competition will be enough to pull in the masses to watch his team. “I’m slightly concerned that we’re going to merge these two regions and, you know, how much of a benefit is it going to have? I don’t think you can really say right now. Is the viewership going to double?”It’s certainly not outside the realms of possibility to imagine that a league with more concentrated talent and bigger brands will attract more eyeballs, but it does seem likely that the NLC will largely cannibalise viewership already engaged with local competition in the competing regions. To bring in a new audience, Van Driel knows that DreamHack’s investment into the broadcast is key. Even in esports broadcasting, universal truths hold firm: money talks.“Compared to what we’ve done in the UKLC and Nordic Championship, the broadcast will be a lot more robust,” Van Driel claimed. “We’re looking at having some LEC talent guest starring and stuff like that.“You’ll see an even bigger roster of on-camera talent and it will be much more of a tier-one esports broadcast.”If DreamHack is successful in bringing popular LEC talent to the NLC broadcast, some fans are sure to follow. But star power is expensive, and the viewers they attract could be more diverse than the targeted demographics that sponsors will be hunting for. Only time will tell whether the strategy will bring in enough engaged, local fans to deliver DreamHack sufficient return on investment.The real mark of success won’t be the numbers on the NLC’s Twitch stream when the competition kicks off in two months. It will be in the details: how much regional pride can be sparked in a Pick’n’Mix of European cultures; how many rookies are inspired to try out for teams in a format ripe for new blood; and whether communities of League of Legends players can be inspired to come together in the long gaps without a local live final.If Riot Games, DreamHack, and the NLC’s prestigious teams can rally together to pull off that feat, the future of local League of Legends esports will be secured for years to come.ESI New York 2020 – Find out more