SYNNEX’s Share the Magic fundraiser initiative topped $2,063,680 in 2019 for four South Carolina-based charities, including A Child’s Haven, Clement’s Kindness, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and Pendleton Place. In the last eight years of holding this fundraiser, Synnex has raised more than $12 million cumulatively.“We are very proud of surpassing the $12 million milestone — an achievement that would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of our associates, local organizations and individuals and business partners,” Peter Larocque, president of North America Technology Solutions at Synnex Corporation said. “By rallying together, we continue to have a lasting impact while helping four deserving Upstate charities better serve children and families.”Here are some of the Share the Magic Milestones:A Child’s Haven opened an additional classroom providing the opportunity to treat more children daily and deliver nearly 13,000 hours of group therapy each year.Clement’s Kindness has been able to transform the level of care of pediatric oncology and hematology patients across the Upstate. Additionally, they have been able to fund $50,000 more towards a therapy dog at the St. Francis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center and donate more than $430,000 to build the Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center at Camp Courage.Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 209 wishes in 2019, providing kids with hope, renewed energy and strength, while aiding them in facing their conditions and in healing. The transformational experience of a wish also unites communities and brings families closer together.Pendleton Place opened Greenville’s first Youth Drop-in Center for homeless, at-risk youth and provided hundreds of healthy meals to teenagers in foster care.See related And That’s a Wrap(up)! Highlights from the SYNNEX LAVNCH DaysSYNNEX Share the Magic is an annual fundraising initiative created by SYNNEX Corporation to provide the much-needed funding for Upstate, South Carolina children and youth facing incredible challenges such as life-threatening illnesses, abuse, neglect or developmental delays. Since its inception in 2011, more than $12 million has been raised to fund programs that give Upstate children and their families the tools and resources they need to build better lives.Here is more information about Share the Magic.
Skanska has started work on phase one of the 8,675-acre Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye.The $3.95 million project for the City of Buckeye includes roadway construction, park features including entry gate house, entry gate monument and gates, ramadas, rest rooms and a pedestrian/equestrian bridge across the Skyline Wash.The work consists of subgrade preparation, pipe and reinforced concrete box culverts, asphalt paving, new entry gate house and restrooms, curb, gutter and sidewalks, parking areas, decomposed granite roads and parking, landscaping, riprap, erosion control, park monument wall and sign, signing and striping, and other related incidental work.“From the beginning of this project the Skanska team has performed like seasoned professionals, committed to quality, reacting quickly to every request for information, providing solid value engineering and dedicating themselves to completing this project on time,” said Christopher Williams, manager, construction and contracting division, for the City of Buckeye. “Each member of the Skanska team, from the top to the bottom, has impressed me and I look forward to working with them on many more projects for the City of Buckeye.”“This project will provide numerous amenities to Valley residents and visitors,” said Skanska’s Phoenix Civil Construction Division Manager Chris Halpin. “We appreciate the teamwork from the City of Buckeye and our partners in making Phase One happen.”The park features views from the top of its mountain ridges overlooking the valley floor toward downtown Phoenix and south toward the Gila River.The park will also offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other passive recreation activities such as wildlife viewing and camping. New programs will be offered for families to enjoy, including stargazing, fitness hikes and informative programs on the many natural and cultural resources found in the park.In July 2013, Skanska, which is active in both the building and civil construction markets, announced it had moved its building operations to 4742 North 24th Street in Phoenix, just south of Camelback Road. Skanska’s civil construction unit, formerly located in Peoria, Ariz., has co-located with the building group at the 24th Street location.
Audley Retirement’s Mote House – Source: Audley RetirementThis year has also experienced its fair share of volatility following the vote to leave the EU, but also opportunity in the form of Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that investment was needed in all forms of housing. For too long, there has been a distorted focus on first-time buyers, and it is a relief to see this view start to change because the demand for quality retirement housing is only growing.However, there is still a gaping hole when it comes to the older generation: a staggering lack of measures to address care. The NHS and care system is struggling at the lack of appropriate housing for those who don’t need to be in hospital and this is putting a huge strain on available beds.The fact that there are now plans to increase council tax to bail out social care services for the elderly is itself evidence of how far the situation has been allowed to spiral. Further pressure will come as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. For a sector so dependent on an EU migrant workforce, it’s hard to underestimate the impact these workers being forced to leave could have.Retirement stock map across the UK – see full infographic hereSo while there is movement in the right direction, far more has to be done to combat both the care crisis, and lack of aspirational retirement properties. We need to incentivise people to downsize, live in their own homes and maintain their independence, but with the knowledge that flexible care is there as and when they need it.Over 65s are the fastest growing proportion of the population and by 2039 there will be more than a million people aged over 90 in UK. If we continue to talk about it, but take no further action, we can only expect the pressure to worsen. It is absolutely vital that as we enter 2017, we maintain momentum. The Chancellor has made the first move by broadening the housing spotlight, and we need to ensure this commitment is kept.Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages
A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were far from a sure thing.Both teams guessed right.The Kansas City Chiefs will meet the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in Miami. Oddsmakers opened the line at pick ’em in a title game featuring one franchise, the Niners, trying to win a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy against another, the Chiefs, making their first appearance in the big game in 50 years.Their quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes (KC) and Jimmy Garoppolo (SF).Mahomes, whose gaudy college stats (his 5,052 passing yards led the country in 2016) were a byproduct of playing at pass-happy Texas Tech, was generally viewed as no better than the second-best quarterback in a 2017 draft that wasn’t considered strong on quarterbacks to begin with.Chiefs coach Andy Reid disagreed. He gave up a first-round pick in the following year’s draft to move up to select Mahomes in 2017. Now, in his third season, Mahomes is a Super Bowl quarterback. He has 11 postseason touchdown passes, not a single interception, and has even led the Chiefs in rushing the last two weeks. With its 35-24 win over Tennessee on Sunday in the AFC title game, Kansas City became the first team in NFL history to go from trailing by double digits to winning by double digits in consecutive playoff games.“Everybody liked this guy,” Reid said, in 2017, about the reaction from the Kansas City front office and scouting department after they’d spent time with Mahomes in advance of the draft. “Everybody fell in love with the kid and how he went about his business and how he played. That’s not something that happens every year.”Garoppolo, a second-round pick by the Patriots in 2014, was considered the quarterback-in-waiting in New England, despite a limited resume as Tom Brady’s backup. But with the Patriots not ready to part ways with their franchise cornerstone, and with Garoppolo’s contract running out, the quarterback became expendable. San Francisco acquired him in the middle of the 2017 season for a second-round pick.Garoppolo won his first five starts in San Francisco and, before the season was out, he had a five-year contract extension that, at the time, included the highest average yearly salary in NFL history.”When you find the right guy at that position, it’s really good for your franchise,” Niners GM John Lynch said, not long after the trade.Though Garoppolo’s 102 passer rating this season was only 3.3 points less than Mahomes’, San Francisco doesn’t depend on its franchise QB the way Kansas City does.Exhibit A: Garoppolo threw only eight passes and totaled only 77 yards in San Francisco’s 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC title game Sunday. He is helped by a bruising running game recently anchored by Raheem Mostert (220 yards and four TDs on Sunday). And the Niners have found a game-wrecking defensive end in rookie Nick Bosa. The second pick in the 2019 draft had a sack Sunday to go with the nine he recorded over the regular season to fuel a defense that gave up the fewest passing yards this season.It all helped the 49ers return to the Super Bowl for the first time since Colin Kaepernick took them in 2013. The departure of coach Jim Harbaugh and Kaepernick’s kneeling saga ushered in a period of instability. It included a carousel of four head coaches in four years that finally settled when Kyle Shanahan — the son of two-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan — got the job in 2017 and soon was joined by Garoppolo.But when it comes to Super Bowl droughts — outside of the Jets and a handful of teams who have never been, nobody has waited longer to get to the title game than the Chiefs.The team that lost to Green Bay in the very first Super Bowl, returned three years after that, in 1970, to win its first NFL championship. The Chiefs had their ups and downs in the decades since. The stat that stuck out the most was their 3-8 home playoff record since that victory over the Vikings in 1970 that marked the last game before the NFL and its old rival, the AFL, officially merged and began playing as a single league the next season.Now, in a season filled with celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the NFL, the Chiefs are back, coached by Reid, whose 14 postseason wins compiled over 20 seasons do not include a ‘W’ in the biggest game of all.Could the quarterback he took a chance on — a nimble-footed, strong-armed, next-generation talent — be the one to finally put him over the top?Garoppolo, to say nothing of San Francisco’s running game and its top-ranked pass defense, will have plenty to say about that two weeks from now. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 20th January, 2020 12:44 IST After Cashing In On QB Gambles, Niners, Chiefs In Super Bowl A little more than two years ago, a pair of teams gambled on quarterbacks who had all kinds of potential but were far from a sure thing. COMMENT First Published: 20th January, 2020 12:43 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US
Atletico Madrid are enduring their worst slump inform since Diego Simeone returned to the club as coach at the end of 2011. Their biggest hope for silverware this year lies in the Champions League, but they have been drawn against European champions Liverpool in the round of 16. 05/02/2020 Simeone took over at Atleti on Dec. 23, 2011. Since then, they have won one La Liga, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Supercopa, two Europa Leagues and two European Super Cups. Telegraph: El Atlético contempla el fichaje de Pochettino According to The Telegraph, Atletico are therefore looking at possible alternatives and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as a candidate. The Argentine coach has been out of work since he left Spurs in November. Upd. on 06/02/2020 at 10:10 CET IN SPORT.ES sport.es The Telegraph reports that Atletico’s sporting director Andrea Berta is a huge fan of Pohettino and has sounded him out in the case that either Simeone or Atletico decide a change is needed. Simeone’s going through a delicate moment. His side sit sixth in La Liga, 13 points behind leaders Real Madrid, and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier Cultural Leonesa.