This story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers.Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts:Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two complementary brands in NEC and Sharp. Where Sharp is weak (no projectors and a limited display line nearly completely focused on LCD), NEC Display is strong. Likewise, Sharp brings NEC a decade-long history in interactive and collaboration displays and 8K. This new company should benefit both brands equally and become an even better supplier to the industry. I am not a fan of most of the mergers that have occurred in the display market’s history but, I am in this case!Todd Bouman, CEO of NEC Display Solutions America, contacted us to add, “We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture.”Here is the official release from NEC:NEC and Sharp Announce Joint Venture to Combine Display Solution BusinessesTokyo, March 25, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC, TSE: 6701) and Sharp Corporation (Sharp, TSE: 6753) have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp.NDS and Sharp are two market leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.NDS is widely recognized as a leading global provider of visual technology and digital signage solutions for a variety of markets. With a comprehensive, solution-oriented portfolio and reputation as a provider of high-quality displays, NDS has a strong worldwide presence with a large number of global customers.Like NDS, Sharp is a worldwide developer of innovative business products, including professional and commercial displays, and advanced technologies like next generation 8K-Ultra High Definition monitors.“NEC offers one of the broadest visual solutions portfolios in the industry, and with a consultancy-led sales approach, NEC is recognized as a trusted advisor and total solutions provider,” said Hisatsugu Nakatani, President, NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. “This joint venture between Sharp and NEC Display Solutions will bring even greater value and benefits to customers and partners by extending our state- of-the-art product portfolios together with a range of professional service offerings. Sharp and NEC Display Solutions follow the same strategic approach to the future of visual solutions, focusing on superior customer satisfaction enabled by high quality products, sales leadership excellence and committed relationship building.”“The combination of Sharp’s and NDS’ international strengths is mutually complementary,” said Fujikazu Nakayama, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Sharp Corporation and BU President, Business Solutions BU. “We expect this agreement to result in a wide range of synergies, including economies of scale and business expansion in new categories, including an 8K+5G Ecosystem. Sharp believes that developing NDS as a joint venture with NEC will contribute to our business growth by enforcing our BtoB business and expanding sales.”Under the terms of the transaction, NEC will transfer 66% ownership of NDS to Sharp, and retain a 34% equity stake in the business. The joint venture will continue to provide NEC branded products. NEC will also continue to sell the joint venture’s products and solutions to its customers around the world. The transfer is scheduled to be concluded on July 1st, 2020.NEC Display sent the following letter out to its partners and customers the afternoon following the announcement:See related Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Intros New Collaboration/Interactive DisplayDear valued Partners and Customers,We are pleased to share the news with you that NEC Corporation and Sharp Corporation have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp. The transfer is scheduled to close on July 1st, 2020.NDS and Sharp are two market-leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture. We thank you for your continued business support and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest quality products, solutions and services in the industry. We are fully committed to support your business needs. Between now and when the joint venture is finalized on July 1st 2020, NEC Display Solutions will continue to operate as it does now. The principles we’ve been working under will continue as they have. After July 1st 2020, we will start to look at ways in which we can all benefit from the joint venture between these two companies. Both companies share an ethos in quality and innovation and synergetic plans will be announced in due course over the coming months. In the meantime, we will continue with business as usual albeit in more challenging circumstances within the current climate.Please learn more by visiting www.necdisplay.com or www.sharpusa.com.Sincerely yours,Todd Bouman President & CEO NEC Display Solutions America
The DOE Office of Legacy Management is set to assume long-term stewardship responsibility for 70 sites — represented by the yellow dots in this map — on the Nevada Test and Training Range where the EM Nevada Program completed environmental corrective actions in accordance with the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order. Courtesy/DOEDOE News:LAS VEGAS, Nev — The EM Nevada Program and DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) are nearing completion of a transfer of long-term stewardship responsibilities for 70 sites on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), including the Tonopah Test Range (TTR).The transfer from EM to LM — among EM’s ambitious priorities for 2020 — is expected to occur by Sept. 30.“In partnership with the Office of Legacy Management and our lead environmental program services contractor, Navarro Research and Engineering, the EM Nevada Program is proud to be advancing the transfer of these sites,” EM Nevada Program Manager Rob Boehlecke said. “We fully expect to complete the transfer on time and on budget. This progress supports our federal cleanup mission and shows firsthand what can be accomplished when a dedicated team works together to accomplish a goal.”The transfer process also involves the review and transmission of more than 7,200 documents and records from the EM Nevada Program to LM. Once the transfer is complete, LM will assume responsibility for long-term surveillance and maintenance of the sites in perpetuity.In accordance with the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (FFACO), the EM Nevada Program recently completed cleanup at sites on NTTR where contaminated soil and debris resulted from historic nuclear weapons testing and support activities. FFACO is a legally-binding agreement signed in 1996 that outlines a schedule of cleanup and monitoring commitments.In the 1960s, sites at the NTTR were used to test nuclear weapons to determine if they could be accidentally set off and produce a nuclear yield. These experiments resulted in the contamination of soil and debris. During recently completed cleanup of these sites, contaminated soil and debris were transported to the Nevada National Security Site for permanent disposal.For more information on the EM Nevada Program’s environmental restoration activities, click here.
Access is strictly prohibited beyond the eastern bank of the east fork of the Moose River. The Refuge reminds road and corridor users that the road and pipeline corridor may be closed at any time to prevent surface damage should weather and road conditions dictate, or in the case of fire in the area. Travel on the road and pipeline corridor will be at the user’s own risk. Users are also reminded to limit vehicle travel to the established road/right-of-way. All-terrain vehicles are not authorized on Mystery Creek Road or any area of the Refuge. For additional information, please contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge office at (907) 262-7021. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening the Mystery Creek Access Road, and a portion of the Alaska Pipeline Company’s right-of way corridor by 11:59pm, on August 8. Further, there may be areas of standing water with mud beneath which prevents the use of two-wheel drive vehicles and may preclude four-wheel drive vehicle access.
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent One of the youngest high school softball teams in the Shore was also one of the most successful.With pitcher Erin Powers and right fielder Shannon Sansone as the only seniors in a lineup laden with sophomores, Matawan Regional High School went from a 14-13 record and early exits in tournaments a year ago to 21-8 this spring while reaching two tournament championship games and the semifinals of the other.“We expected improvement and were hoping for 15 to 16 wins,” head coach Bob Dubina said. “We exceeded my expectations, but we return so much next year.”Dubina knows what he is speaking about. He turned Allentown High School into a perennial contender in NJSIAA Group III before moving over to Matawan last season. And he also coached Brookdale Community College’s women’s basketball team, which finished 19-9 and reached the Region XIX tournament semifinals last winter.Matawan earned its most softball victories since 2005 when it won 23 games and the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title.It reached the sectional finals again this year on May 29, losing to Robbinsville High School, 3-2, in 10 innings. A year earlier, Robbinsville also knocked the Huskies out of the states in the earlier rounds, 6-0.The following day Matawan lost, 11-0, to Middletown High School South in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals.“We had nothing left,” Dubina said.Sophomore shortstop Lauren Conroy hyper-extended her elbow in the Robbinsville game and sat out the game against Middletown South. The No. 3 hitter in the lineup, Conroy led the Huskies with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs while batting .550.Matawan also reached the Monmouth County Tournament finals, losing to St. John Vianney High School, 2-0, May 16.“That game turned around our season,” Dubina said. “It gave us a ton of confidence that we can play with anybody.”Matawan won the next four games leading up to the Robbinsville state tournament game. Powers said after she felt it from the start — a season-opening 11-1 victory over Red Bank Catholic High School.“If someone told me before the season we’d do well, I probably would’ve believed that person,” Powers said. “We had a lot of returning girls who worked hard and really wanted to win. But after beating Red Bank Catholic, we really stepped it up.”The Huskies also were cochampions in the Shore Conference B North Division with Wall High School — a team it split its two games with during the season. Both were 11-3 in the division.Matawan also won state tournament games over Delran High School, 3-1, in which no Husky batter struck out, and No. 1-seed Arthur L. Johnson High School, 2-0, in an upset as Powers helped her own cause on the mound by smashing a runscoring single.The team finished strongly despite a key injury. Junior center fielder Sam Buchman, who batted in the .300s with a .500 on-base percentage hitting leadoff, missed the final three weeks of the season with a high ankle sprain. Junior Tracey Brereton went from catcher to the vacated center field spot, and freshman Amanda Hunter came off the bench to start at catcher. Dubina praised Brereton’s willingness to fill a need at a different position.Bolstered by the success of this season, Dubina said he is looking to upgrade his schedule further for 2016.“At Allentown, it helped us preparing for the state tournament,” he said.First, he must settle on his pitching, as Powers is headed to a college career at Felician College. She utilized five pitches that included a fastball Dubina said reached around 60 mph. Powers said she went with a drop curve and screwball a lot.Jess Veary, a sophomore who did not play a year ago because of a knee injury, is a leading candidate to move from first base to the mound.“She’s not overpowering but keeps the ball low. I hope she can pick up some speed,” Dubina said. Sophomore Meaghan Rutsch is another candidate. Veary also was a timely hitter. Cleanup hitter Hadassah Curry, who plays third base, and Veary smashed run-scoring hits in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to force the extra innings against Robbinsville, a team Dubina was familiar with from his days coaching at Allentown. Matawan had its chances, leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning and stranding two runners in scoring position with none out in the third inning. Dubina believed pitching and hitting were the main ingredients to this season’s success, while the defense had its ups and downs but performed very well at times. He figures the many returning players will work on that more in the offseason. Powers believed the defense helped her to a lot of victories, however. “Our defense held us together because I’m not a strikeout pitcher, so I let the other team hit the ball, and the girls in the field had my back all the time,” Powers said.Soph Jen Lloyd at second base and junior left fielder Sami Boyne completed the lineup. Utility players Taylor Murphy and Maddie Malanga also contributed.“These girls put Matawan back on the map,” Dubina said. “Hopefully people will talk about it, and we’ll get the support from the Little League [softball] program.”“I think they have a lot of potential,” Powers said of her team’s future. “As long as they play defense, they’ll have no problem.”Dubina said the success also is shared by his coaching staff that includes new varsity assistant Maria Antista, who was the head coach at Matawan a few years ago and played on the 2005 team. Allie Murature, another assistant, played on Middletown South’s two Group III state championship teams in 2009 and 2010 and then played on a Brookdale Community College team that reached the Junior College World Series. Theresa Principe, who worked with Powers and the other pitchers, was a college pitcher after playing for Red Bank Catholic.