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Open Mainframe Project Advances Modern Mainframe with Production Ready Zowe 1.0

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Less than 6 months after launch, this new Zowe release provides mainframes with new, intuitive, cloud-like interfaces

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) announced today that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications, is now production ready less than six months after launching. Any enterprise or solution developer can access the Zowe 1.0 source code or convenience build and incorporate it into their products or services with the agility and scalability of a cloud platform.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project is comprised of business and academic leaders within the mainframe community that collaborate to develop shared tool sets and resources. OMP launched Zowe, the first-ever open source project based on z/OS, last August to serve as an integration platform for the next generation of tools for administration, management and development on z/OS mainframes.

Zowe 1.0 consists of core technologies enabling modern interfaces for web applications on z/OS, a new command line interface and expansion of platform REST API capabilities. This makes the z/OS environment more “cloud-like” and aims to improve integration in hybrid cloud environments.

The Zowe framework provides interoperability and using the latest web technologies among products and solutions from multiple vendors. It helps enable developers to use the familiar, industry-standard, open source tools to access mainframe resources and services. Since launch, there has been a huge community response with more than 1,700 beta downloads, 700 +members of the project’s communication tool (220+ daily active users) and more than 50 committers.

“Mainframes are the foundation of businesses in every industry,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project. “Zowe breathes new life into mainframes and offers innovative possibilities for next generation applications. With Zowe 1.0, we’re developing secure, reliable and scalable computing that will ensure sustainability of mainframes for many years to come.”

With the ever-increasing deployment of hybrid architectures, mainframes need to manage a bigger volume, variety and velocity of data and transactions. OMP is dedicated to modernizing the platform for mission critical apps and blockchain – where fast data access, transactional scale, and the highest level of trust are required. The Zowe framework is part of this mission as it will enable an ecosystem of software solutions intended to provide a simple, intuitive environment for a variety of IT professionals performing administrative, development, test and operation tasks on z/OS, and help onboard the next generation of mainframe users.

Zowe 1.0 represents a major milestone on the project’s technical roadmap. Key features for this release include:

  • Functional extensions, integration between different 3rd party products and applications
  • Updated docs that define extension points and provide sample applications and tutorials on how to integrate with or extend the Zowe framework
  • New pre-install scripts that can help identify and verify the appropriate pre-reqs prior to beginning the Zowe installation process
  • A Zowe API Mediation Layer that provides the foundation for a single point of access for mainframe service REST APIs and an optional single sign-on experience that leverages an organization’s existing System Authorization Facility, or SAF protocols, enabling programs and applications to use system authorization services to control access to different resources

Additionally, Zowe earned the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practice Badge, which means it is following best practices and conformance in driving secure software development and governance in open source. The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a collaborative, pre-emptive program and approach for strengthening cyber security that is widely supported by industry leaders like IBM, AWS, Google, VMWare and Cisco. The CII Best Practices Badge is a rigorous assessment of an open source project’s processes and infrastructure; other open source projects that has achieved the badge include Linux, Kubernetes and Node to name a few.

The Open Mainframe Project will be on-site next week at THINK 2019 with several speaking sessions about Zowe and a happy hour. Visit the OMP website to learn more.

SOURCE Open Mainframe Project

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Will Bagley to Receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

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Will Bagley, a journalist known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails, will receive the 2019 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America (WesternWriters.org).

Bagley will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

“People either love or hate me,” said Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The Wister Award is an expression of affection from my WWA friends that is appreciated and humbling, for it calls to mind the words ‘I am not worthy!'”

The nonprofit guild’s highest honor will be presented during Western Writers of America’s convention June 19-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bagley is a three-time winner of WWA’s Spur Award for “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Youngand the Massacre at Mountain Meadows”; “The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858”; and “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852,” all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Bagley has also received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. His books have also been honored by Westerners International, Utah Division of State History, Wyoming State Historical Society and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

“Will is not just a tenacious researcher, he is a brilliant writer,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “His ‘Blood of the Prophets’ is a classic – impeccably researched and written with precision.”

Bagley’s other books include “South Pass: Gateway to a Continent” and “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848,” both Spur Award finalists.

Since the early 1950s, Western Writers of America has honored and promoted all forms of literature about the American West. Previous Owen Wister honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; historians David Dary and Robert M. Utley; and best-selling novelists Rudolfo Anaya, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman and Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Wister Award is a bronze statue of a buffalo created especially for Western Writers of America by artist Robert Duffie.

SOURCE: Western Writers of America

 

 

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Hollywood: Winners of 6th Annual MUAHS Awards

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The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) announced winners of its 6th Annual MUAHS Awards in 21 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater, during a formal gala at the Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live Downtown on Saturday night, February 16, 2019.

Winners in the Feature Motion Pictures categories include A Star is BornVice, Crazy Rich Asians and Mary Queen of ScotsTelevision winners included The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAmerican Horror Story: Apocalypse, Westworld and Dancing with the Stars. For the categories of Motion Picture Made for Television, winners include King Lear, Cocaine Godmother and Jesus Christ Superstar: Live and in Concert.

Winners in the Daytime Television category were awarded to The Young and The Restless. A Series of Unfortunate Events wins Best Children/Teen Program. Theatrical honors were bestowed upon Aladdin and The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Rocky Horror. The Commercial/Music Video Award was presented to American Horror Story: Apocalypse- Promotional Campaign. 

The awards took place before an audience of more than 900, including guild members, industry executives and press. Actress/comedienne Loni Love (The Real) returning to charm as host for the fourth year in a row. Julie Socashnewly installed President, and Randy Sayer, Business Representative, presided over the awards ceremony. Returning again as producer of this year’s MUAHS Awards (#MUAHSawards) was Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Creative.

TV personality, actor and singer Frankie J. Grande returned as star host of the “Live From the Red Carpet,” presented by HASK® Beauty, livestreaming on Amazon.com/live and on local706.org/live-red-carpet  from LA Live’s Novo Theater. “Live From the Red Carpet” was co-produced by IngleDodd Media and Honeysweet Creative.

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Primetime Emmy®-winning actress, received the prestigious MUAHS Distinguished Artisan Award, celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces. McCarthy is the first female artist to receive this award, presented by hair stylist Linda Flowers, collaborator on McCarthy’s numerous characters for many years. A wonderful clip reel was presented, spotlightingthe prestigious spectrum of McCarthy’s extraordinary award-winning film work including Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, This is 40, The Hangover Part III and Ghostbusters, among many others. Her award-winning television credits include Gilmore Girls, and Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy®.

Sue Cabral-Ebertoutgoing Local 706 President and award-winning makeup artist, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Makeup by longtime friend and actress Linda Gray (Dallas). Legendary Emmy-winning hair stylist Robert Louis Stevenson received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Hair Styling from Margaret Avery, his hair stylist on The Color Purple and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

Another highlight of the evening was the moving In Memoriam, performed by long time MUAHS member Angie WellsThe spirited MUAHS After Party took place following the Awards ceremony featured a special appearance with celebrity DJ Bootie Mashup, courtesy of M.A.C. Cosmetics, catered by Wolfgang Puck.

Additional presenters for this year’s awards included Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), Amber Stevens West(Happy Together), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Christine Devine (Fox 11 News LA), John Brotherton (Fuller House), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Jake Busey (Stranger Things), Leslie Grossman (American Horror Story), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), MacKenzie Ziegler (Dancing With the Stars: Juniors), Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), Margaret Avery (Being Mary Jane), Retta (Good Girls), Shangela (A Star is Born), among others.

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: 
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CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
        A STAR IS BORN 
               Ve NeillDebbie ZollerSarah Tanno

CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING 
        CRAZY RICH ASIANS
                Heike MerkerSophia Knight

PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
        VICE
                Kate BiscoeAnn Pala, Williams, Jamie Kelman

PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
        MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
                Jenny ShircoreMarc Pilcher

SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        VICE
                Greg CannomChristopher Gallaher

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: TELEVISION

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP 
        AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE
                Eryn Krueger MekashKim AyersSilvina Knight

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
        DANCING WITH THE STARS
                Gail Ryan, Brittany SpauldingJani Kleinbard

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
        THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
                Patricia ReganClaus LullaJoseph A. Campayno

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
        THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
                Jerry DeCarloJon JordanPeg Schierholz

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        WESTWORLD
                Justin RaleighKevin KirkpatrickThomas Floutz

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP  
        KING LEAR
                Naomi DonneSara Kramer

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
        JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
                
Charles LapointeKevin Maybee 

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        COCAINE GODMOTHER
                
Trefor ProudVicki Syskakis

DAYTIME – BEST MAKE-UP
        THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
                
Patricia Denney, Marlene MasonKathy Jones

DAYTIME – BEST HAIR STYLING
        THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
                Regina Rodriguez, Adriana LucioVanessa Bragdon

CHILDREN AND TEEN – BEST MAKE-UP
        A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
                
Rita CiccozziKrista SellerBill Terezakis

CHILDREN AND TEEN – BEST HAIR STYLING 
        A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
                
Julie McHaffieDianne Holme

COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS – BEST MAKE-UP
        
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE “PROMO”
                Kerry HertaJason CollinsCristina Waltz

COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS – BEST HAIR STYLING
        
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE “PROMO”
                Joe Matke, Fernando Santaella-Navarro

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: THEATER

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST MAKE-UP
        THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF ROCKY HORROR
                
Michael JohnstonTyson FontaineLauren Lillien

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST HAIR STYLING
        
ALADDIN
                Debra ParrMichele Arvizo, Chanthy Tach

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards is proud to be sponsored by Diamond Level: HASK Beauty; Ruby Level: M.A.C. Cosmetics; Sapphire Level: E.I. School of Professional Makeup, Japonesque Beauty, Nigel Beauty, Schwarzkopf Professional; Premier Level: Focus Features, RCMA Makeup; Double Platinum Level: 20th Century Fox; Platinum Level: Annapurna Pictures, IATSE Local 798 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists, Netflix; Gold Level: 20th Century Fox TVHBO, Warner Bros. Pictures; Silver Level: Ardell Professional, Boxy Girl®, Brush Off, Cinema Makeup School, CROC USA, I.A.T.S.E., Kryolan, Make-up Designory, Premiere Products, Inc., Skindinavia, Skin Illustrator, The Criterion Group, The Hollywood Museum; Gift Bag Sponsors:Hempz, Lime Crime, Moroccan Magic, Qosmedix, Royal & Langnickel, Senna Cosmetics;  VIP Transportation Sponsor: BLS Limo; Media Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and SHOOT.

 

SOURCE: Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706)

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Dr. John P. Lederach to Get 36th Niwano Peace Prize

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The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 36th Niwano Peace Prize to Dr. John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University in the United States.

An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 8 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to an award certificate, Dr. Lederach will receive a medal and a cash prize of 20 million yen.

In many war-torn settings like Colombia, Nepal, Northern Ireland and Somalia, Dr. Lederach has provided accompaniment for local communities most affected by decades of violence. As a practitioner-scholar, his academic work draws on this rich experience in the field as a mediator, negotiator, peacebuilding practitioner, trainer and consultant.

In selecting Dr. Lederach as a recipient for 2019, the Niwano Peace Prize Committee said he “has helped support and encourage evolving peace processes, give voice to those on the margins of society and empower ordinary citizens to transform ongoing and emerging conflict in a healthy and positive way.”

Moreover, his “contribution on conflict transformation through his teaching, training, practicing and his own organizational network has given tremendous inspiration and courage to peace activists and practitioners around the world,” it said.

Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The foundation hopes in this way both to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world peace. The prize is named in honor of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano.

Niwano Peace Foundation:
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The foundation promotes research and other activities based on a religious spirit and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, science, religion and philosophy.

 

SOURCE: Niwano Peace Foundation

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