Upcoming days going to be challenging for Ayodhya

first_imgI just don’t want to be biased on Ayodhya land dispute. Supreme court verdict is likely on or before November 17. What if the verdict goes in favour of the temple or in favour of the mosque, or it simply replicates Allahabad High Court’s verdict, would it be acceptable to both parties? No.Whichever side may the verdict fall it would create disappointment on the other side, and so the matter is not escalated, there will be a request to put a stay on the verdict leading to a second crucial round of mediation to take place. Let’s try to see what might happen in that crucial mediation.“If the verdict goes in favour of the temple, temple supporters will try to damage control and offer mosques supporters enough land and financial support so they can build a grand mosque across Saryu river. And if the verdict goes in favour of the mosque, mosques supporters will sacrifice this land for the temple, presenting a noble example of love and brotherhood.” Well, this happens only in civil society, but here what will happen is inconceivable.Some intellectuals are suggesting that instead of temple or mosque let there a grand hospital be built, but is this acceptable to any party? Is hospital considered to be greater than the mosque by mosques supporter, or vice versa? When it comes to faith, both parties are willing to die for it, how can a hospital really satisfy them. So the idea of building a hospital has no value.Let’s see what the mosques mean for mosques supporters. Mosques are supposed to be a place which should be pure, undisputed and peaceful and where prayer could be done without any obstacles. Surprisingly, the same definition goes for the temple also. And if the worshipping place doesn’t satisfy above-mentioned conditions then neither mosque nor temple should be built.Now, let’s rely on archaeological evidence to see who meets the above criteria to build their respective prayer place. Evidence presented by archaeologists suggests that Babri Mosque was built on the fifteenth century but it was built by demolishing an existing architecture, widely believed as a temple. So clearly, it is a disputed land for the mosque. But is it also a disputed land for the temple? To know this it requires further excavation…who knows like Haddapa and Mohenjo Daro we find something beyond imagination.last_img read more

Creating Eco-consciousness about Natural Fabrics and Remodeled Garments amongst Youth

first_imgEco-consciousness is a concern in consumer buying behaviour especially with the fast fashion demands by the youth. Campaigns, on being sensitive and good to the environment and enhanced consumer wellbeing for a better tomorrow, are being undertaken by fashion-conscious personalities and organizations. A research study was conducted by Ms.Tejashree Gaikwad Ms. Sakina Shajapurwala under the guidance of Dr. Vishaka Karnad and Mrs. Vibhuti Khedekar from College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan Affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It was presented at the Avishkar Research Convention. The study involved hands-on research endeavour to create eco-consciousness amongst youth (Target group 18-22 years). It was specific to creating awareness about natural fabrics and remodelling garments and to bring such fresh fashion to the threshold. It is important to stabilize fast-moving fashion, to reduce wastage and dumping old garments and leveraging the use of natural fabrics that are bio-degradable along with being India’s strong indigenous reserve. Data was gathered with online survey and other means for enhancing eco-consciousness in the focus area were executed. Tools employed for creating eco-consciousness among youth specifically to using natural fabrics and remodelling of garments included press articles, videos, radio features, online presence on social media and conducting demo-workshops thereby activating eco-consciousness. Data analysis and findings shared emphasize the need for such initiatives for making the youth eco-conscious. The initiatives undertaken received appreciation and constructive respondent’s feedback leading to further recommendations for intensive research in this emergent area of Eco-consciousness.last_img read more


first_imgEVERY ADVERSITY HAS AN INBUILT OPPORTUNITY…India,with 356 million young people, world’s largest youth population,Needs to Grab this OPPORTUNITY with Both Hands..This LOCKDOWN will DEFINITELY End sooner than Later,but it is worth it if we Learn & Grow during these times,Rather than Pass it & Repent later…As the Saying Goes-When the Going Gets Tough,the Tough get Going!It is under these testing times that True Leadership Emerges..INDIAN GOVT has DUAL RESPONSIBILITIES..1.To Steer the Nation safely Past this Pandemic 2.To Be PROACTIVE in IDENTIFYING the GREENER POSTURES in these GREY AREAS…I suggest that to ENGAGE our youth in something CONSTRUCTIVE,the INDIAN GOVT can1.Start Online/Doordarshan/Govt Apps CERTIFIED SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS,so that we have a SKILLED youth Manpower after we come out of this Pandemic.The Programs shud be such that they cater to the  GLOBAL DEMANDS.2.Try and Explore new Areas/Opportunities which might Emerge.I DEFINITELY Believe that our Present Deeds will decide our Future.Our Present Actions should be More Purposeful.last_img read more

Indian Performing Arts- Where are the audiences-the founding of Anant Naad Foundation

first_imgDear friends & fellow readers!This post is part 2 and continues from my earlier post, dated 6th May 2020.In March 2015, I started my own music school in partnership with someone who had been running a Music School franchise earlier. This was a high-end music school franchise located in a prime area of South Delhi. My son was one of the first students!And the enquiries for learning music and dance started to trickle in. The enquiries were made up of a few distinct segments of prospective students.The first segment was made up of Children whose Parents were looking to develop a hobby for their child, Parents who were primarily upper-middle class and a few rich ones (the real rich ones still prefer the teacher coming to their homes), Parents who wanted to wean away from their child from the Video game and TV addiction.The second segment was of Children who were interested in Music and Dance, but their preference was Western Music, Musical instruments like the Guitar and the Violin, Children who could hum English songs and studied in the Private Schools of South Delhi. Interest in Indian Classical Music or Dance was limited if any. Dance forms that interested this segment is what we call Bollywood Dancing or Contemporary Dancing.What I found very interesting was the third segment. These were Children with a keen interest in Indian Performing Art forms, be it Kathak or Hindustani Vocal with its myriad Ragas or even Tabla. These kids were primarily from socio-economically underprivileged sections of our Society, mostly studying in Government Schools. Most of these children were very talented, could hold a tune and through practice had learnt some of the classical dances from Bollywood movies.The Parents of this third segment were keen-eyed and excited to get the Child to develop a happy life skill in a small group setting, something more than they could genuinely afford. Both the Parents and the Child would be immensely disappointed with crestfallen faces when they became aware of our fees, though we used to deep-discount it for them. Some would still find a way to pay the fees, maybe for a few quarters. We instituted a few scholarships to get some of the highly talented along.There was some level of mix and match of profile in each of these three segments; these were not so cleanly delineated as described above.Once the Child converted into a Student, Children from each of these segments showed different behaviours.1. The first segment: Rich Parent-Child disinterested in Music and DanceA few of these Children would develop a love for Music and Dance. Most of the others would have patchy attendance and would drop off over time, the disinterest rubbing off on the parents.2. The second segment: Middle Class/ Rich Parent-Child talented and interested in Western Music or Contemporary DanceThese Children did well; typically, their skills will get honed and they would develop a happy life skill in Western Music or Contemporary Dance. Their interest in the formality of Music Education, of getting a diploma or a degree would be limited and many a time, exams and school education will overtake their schedule and then it would be too much of an effort for them to come back.3. The third segment: Socio-economically underprivileged family – Child with talent and interest in Indian Classical Performing ArtsThese students were in a different class altogether. They would be extremely regular, and as Indian Classical Performing Arts require immense practice, they would be at it. These Children would do every class and then a few more, hoping that their Parents will pay up. Their learning would be dramatic till one day the Parent can no longer afford it.For any performing art form, you require a sponsor, a talent and an audience and the three are tightly connected.In earlier times the patrons of Indian Performing Arts were the Maharajas, the Rich and the Haveli-walas. Who are the current sponsors/ patrons of Indian Performing Arts? Bollywood? The Industry?And where is the Talent going?And the Audience? How does it learn to appreciate these tough and complex performing art forms? Are these art forms too rigid and have failed to evolve for the times?Why do tickets for a Dua Lipa or a Jonas brothers concert get sold out at exorbitant sums, but nobody wants to listen to an equally good classical singer?This brings me to the third phase of this journey, which I will cover in part 3.last_img read more

Trip to Space: Travel enthusiasts can’t wait for their next experience

first_imgNow with the launch of the manned mission by SpaceX and future ones by Blue Origin and Virgin among others, even interplanetary travel is seemingly within grasp. Agencies like our own ISRO are making strides in space technology making people like us wish to if the technological development was fast-forwarded if only for us to have a space trip in our lifetimes. Daunting challenges like the source of food, size of ship and radiation in outer space are some of the challenges that need to be tackled. Existential questions like this most probably being a one-way ride will definitely make most of the would-be travellers take one step back but not me. As the saying goes, Journey is the Destination. Closer home Ladakh, Gandikota canyon, forests of Arunachal Pradesh and Barren volcano of Andaman makes me ready to pack my bags in the next available opportunity. As any true wanderer knows your enemy is time and money. So much to see and experience. The rise in air travel and usage of credit cards has led to a class of people who travel for social media ‘Likes’. Personally, I prefer fewer pics and more memories. Keeping aside the Covid impact several places excite me for my own next trip. The unique culture of Japan,  Northern Lights of Iceland, Grand canyon of USA, unique flora and fauna of Madagascar/Galapagos/Socotra and extreme Antarctica for its remoteness all seem to have their magnetism.center_img Travelling is a passion for some or a way of life for others. But one thing that unites all those who share this enthusiasm is the feeling you get after a journey completed. As all those readers who love travelling would have guessed, the feeling is Where to next?. So what are the targets for these wandering souls in the Post Covid world? Is Red planet on the list?In the Indian context, travelling has been done mainly for two purposes. Its either visiting religious places to wash away sins/ask for blessings or strictly work-related. People from the subcontinent have avoided travelling in its recent history even though in ancient times things were quite different. Cholas in South were the most feared naval power in the world of the time extending their dominance up to the present-day Philippines. Merchants from Western India travelled up to Rome with a variety of merchandise ranging from spices of Malabar to slaves of Africa. All these came to nought with the rise of superstition connected with sea travel and consequent imposition of religious dogma.The rise in disposable income and the coming of the internet has led to people picking up the lost threads of our forgotten heritage. From a population which excelled in claiming fake LTC/LFC tickets for ‘extra income’ to taking up personal loans for travelling, we have come a long way in a generation. Being born in a family with a passion to travel and who has covered most of India in school days itself I have been fortunate compared to my friends and cousins whose parents went to nearby places like Tirupathi and Velankanni for their annual vacation trips.last_img read more

Disruption: We are all in together. Or are we?

first_imgMajor General Neeraj Bali (Retd)As the Covid-19 onslaught continues its march, the world has desperately searched for answers to this challenge. We in India are no exception. The shadow of the Novel Coronavirus has lengthened by the day, enveloping almost every aspect of our existence. The economy has been battered, of course. And the effect has not left healthcare, supply-chains, education or even diplomacy untouched. For instance, the future of our relationship with China has been opened for a review. It is increasingly evident that the virus has seeped deeply into the innards of our fabric.As we await the passing of this cloud with varying degrees of uncertainty and hope, the post-COVID scenarios loom on our minds. What will our existence be like once we are back to the ‘normal’, whatever be the definition of that half-forgotten word? The overused expression employed to describe the fuzzy future is ‘paradigm shift’.Let us look at one nuance of the larger mosaic: the impact of vulnerable financial situations on different strata of our society. How will this play out while we turn to the more knowing and the powerful to crank the levers of the economy? One idealistic theme that is aired by many is that we will surmount the challenge because we are all in it together. No one is untouched, and that gives us both despair and hope. The latter being the product of the treacle-like thinking that we are a united bulwark against the vagaries of the near-future.Are we?If we wish to slice the demographic for an analysis of the impact of the parlous state of the economy, you could wield the knife in numerous ways. You could look at age groups, the government and the private sectors, service and manufacturing economies and so on. But if a basic criterion was adopted, we can arrive at some simple – though not simplistic – conclusions.If we look at our society as comprising of the rich, the middle-class and the poor, it will become apparent that the aftermath of the pandemic holds different prospects for the three.The affluent have been impacted, of course. But for the wealthy, the disruption has mostly meant discontinuity of business, inability to fund new projects, cost-cutting in operations, dislocation of supply-chains, the challenge of functioning remotely, the freezing of credit etc. These are debilitating issues for any business. But, for obvious reasons, the personal lives of the affluent have been relatively unscathed. Money may not buy love, but it is a highly desirable companion in times of disruption. The rich await the turning of the worm, as we all do. But possibly the affluent do so with far greater assurance than those who are the bottom of the food chain.Let us look at the other end of the spectrum, the eternally dispossessed. These are the ones we glibly refer to as the ‘real India’ or even ‘Bharat’. Nothing factually inaccurate with applying these labels – it is just that most countrymen stop at that description and think no more about the ‘unwashed’. The countless migrants ditched by the cities that they cleaned, serviced and built trudging back to their homes in inhuman conditions are fresh in our minds from the TV grabs. These hordes of workers have now reached destinations where greater poverty awaited to take them into an embrace. In this period the daily-wage earner must have faced heart-breaking situations at home. We get that. Horrendous as the situation is – and it is genuinely terrifying – one must also understand that mentally, there is a degree of resilience in the ‘real India’. It is not a stranger to hunger or unrequited want. This large swathe of our country has suffered for ages. It does not claim the sense of entitlement of the other two categories. It is a class of survivors.The third category – the middle-class may experience the most significant psycho-social trauma. Especially its urban variant.The middle-class has no doubt struggled for its future but, over the decades, it has increasingly experienced growth, progress and surplus cash. It no longer fears abject poverty or hunger because these have receded too far into the past. It takes comforts offered by technology and urban living for granted. Now, suddenly, a significant portion of the middle-class is staring at job losses, steep drop in salaries and an ambiguous future.Dave Chappelle is my most favourite stand-up. Under the surface of his raucously raunchy comedy lies a social commentary on race and ethnicity that is sheer brilliance. He once compared poverty between the Black and the White Americans. It hurts the Whites more, he said, because somehow they feel that poverty is not supposed to happen to them.I have a similar feeling about our middle-class.I fear that while everyone will joust to reclaim space, it is the middle-class that will be most traumatized by the experience.Add to the scenario of the return of the so-called migrant worker, the now deeply suspicious, fearful and hurt individual, and you can deduce the combustible mixture we may be looking at.Are we in it together? Is there any evidence of that? Even if your answer is in the negative – like mine is – it is clear that we need to be in it together like never before. That is the direction in which the civil society must move. That is the narrative we need to build. And at every level, let us take concrete steps to help the ones below us. This is not a governmental responsibility alone. And mere tokenism and sloganeering will not cut. NGOs, the civil society at large, communities, religious groups have all a role to play. But the beginning has to be made in our homes.Being together in it should no longer be a palliative-like slogan. It is an urgent necessity and an operational one at that.last_img read more

Where the Road of Middle East Peace is Heading

first_imgSome of the very recent developments in the region undoubtedly convey that instead of peace and stability the road of the Gulf peace is heading towards a more chaotic and unstable future, making Joe Biden, President-elect’s task more difficult and challenging.If I say that all future rumblings in the region started after the two statements the President-elect made, it won’t disqualify my arguments. Though, he appears steadfast in his vision and determination. First, he would not change the current venue of the American Embassy; and, second, start a nuclear (JCPOA) talk with Iran.More than Biden’s statement about the Embassy and resuming the possibility of nuclear talk, the Iranian response that it is ready to accept if the President-elect entirely do away with the sanctions, has perhaps disturbed both Israel and the Gulf states more. Think where the Islamic Republic of Iran would be without sanction or control on its economic potential. In just five years Iran will be so stable and powerful that it won’t need nuclear weapons as such. Then, how the regional countries sitting with big dreams and ambitions will control the heavyweight. Growing Chinese obsession will definitely not let the US be as forthcoming and involved in the security architecture of the region as it has been. Then who carries the deterrence value? Certainly, not the oil-dependent big emerging eastern countries such as China, India, South Korea, Japan. They know their power and limitations. Negotiation instead of conflict is more suitable to their profiles.Iran is in such a position that even if it abandons its nuclear ambition no regional power is in a position to bring to its knees, including Israel. No doubt, Israel has the power to destroy some vital points, carry out blitzkrieg attacks but can it sustain a long-drawn war, or war of attrition with the ragtag militia, boasting of 90,000 rockets in its basement. This is as clear as the conflicts in the region itself. It is a historical fact that conflict with Egypt during the 70s was draining out more than 50 per cent of the budget, leaving less and fewer resources for strengthening national security and development.It is better not to say anything about the capability and capacity of the other regional powers. Syria, Yemen, Aramco, Houthis’ missile reach have exposed them all.Here is a brief decoding of why the road to the Gulf looks chaotic and full of rumblings. Just I am raising some questions readers can very well find the ‘truth from the facts’:1. All of a sudden why there has been a need to patch up or do rapprochement with Qatar. Please don’t think Qatar has been so weakened to be submissive by the boycott. How Qatar will return to the regional game, very soon we will realize it. If the US shifts the Al-Udeid airbase to any other country, Doha would hardly give a second in inviting Turkey to set up a fully-fledged air base. This is also obvious because four countries punished Qatar for its anti-terrorist activities.Just consider two scenarios why a rapprochement with Qatar became imminent at this time: (i) reunite Qatar to build and strengthen a common united GCC platform to bargain with strengthening with the new administration in the White House and hedge their wrongs. Second, who will benefit from the FIFA cup if Big brother is out of the game? Can it afford to remain isolated from such a huge opportunity? Will they allow Turkey and Iran to grab the opportunity? Under such assumptions, patch up between Doha and Abu Dhabi will automatically become a matter of time only.2. Why Saudis felt the need to patch up with Turkey despite so much washing each other’s dirty linen in public. Why King Salman took the matter in his hand and called President Tayyip Erdogan before the G20 Summit and later on in the 47th OIC Summit in Niamey, Niger.3. Now consider why Turkey all of a sudden became so malleable and agreed to resolve the ‘lingering disputes’ and both the leaders (Turkish and Saudi) agreed on ‘keeping channels of dialogue open in order for the bilateral relations to be enhanced and for issues to be settled’. (Al Jazeera, 21 Nov 2020). Now consider, will Ankara be able to turn down Biden’s advice to correct its Human Rights records in Syria, Libya, and treatment with Kurdish, when it already had some taste of his style of functioning during the Obama Presidency. Turkey too won’t like to keep all its eggs in the Russian basket especially after the Armenia-Azerbaijan episode. Looking at Ankara’s past and US-NATO alliance, Moscow may not allow Turkey to expand its footprints in its backyard. Simply, it cannot trust Erdogan who is ambitious to use all leverages, historical, political, and economic, defense for enhancing his profile.4. Now what will Iran do? How will Iran limit the new administration at the White House to only a nuclear deal? With two of its actions, Tehran has drawn its red lines. First, the response to the US’ open killing of its General Qassem Soleimani with a missile attack on its Iraqi airbase, shows that Iran will directly convey no more tolerance to the killing of its valuable personnel. Asymmetric response to an asymmetric action will soon become a new normal between Israel and Iran.Second, the timing of the capital punishment to Rohullaf Zam simply coveys President-elect that our nuclear talk does mean to include other issues such human rights, internal interference, or long-dream of discrediting, defaming, and destabilizing the Islamic government. Nuclear talks mean only nuclear. No other issues such as missile development, manufacturing of small arms, deployment of boats in the Persian Gulf, or Houthis. Instead of lumping all issues, Iran mat like a comprehensive dialogue with a condition of reduction of exogenous powers in the region and no nuclear blackmailing.Biden is famous for what… Democracy, Human Rights, arms supply with strings and no more war, instead of negotiation -are some of his USPs, true? and will he deliver what the world is eagerly waiting for?Too many ifs and buts or red lines will turn the entire exercise into a zero-sum game and once again other Tehran will remain the same pariah. Therefore, it is important for Tehran to play its cards carefully. Iran’s size and reach are more in danger than holding some nukes because their region itself has enough nukes to convert the region into a holocaust.Let’s see what more magic the Biden-Harris Middle East box carries to surprise and make the Gulf game a win-win for all loggerheads.last_img read more

‘Pee’thetic but Cathartic

first_img200 hours of extreme pain in the head and a thorough examination of the WebMD page on ‘Reasons behind a gut-wrenching headache’ later, I was convinced I had contracted a life-threatening medical condition. I immediately booked the first appointment with my General Physician, believing I did not have any time to waste.Seemingly perturbed by the ambiguity of my symptoms, the GP handed over a list of tests that needed to be done to decipher my condition better. The pain of going through the pain of a needle, as I endured the pain of a headache – was indeed painful, but I persisted.“You are utterly dehydrated; drink plenty of water, you’ll be fine!” A little shocked at how the lack of water could cause such mortifying headaches – I wouldn’t lie; I was a little disappointed.Resolute to resolve this health condition, I started consuming more water. As soon as I woke up, a bottle of water, a cup of tea, some juice; to be honest, liquid in any form. I felt good, and all seemed to be going well till the pain I experienced next was not in my head but my bladder.27th August, I was required to cover a distance of 17 km, which in New Delhi can take almost 60 minutes, especially in the peak hour. As usual, my morning began by finishing 1/2 a litre of water, followed by a cup of coffee and a few chaas. Dressed & ready to take on the day, I sat in my car, looking forward to the time I’d get to spend with myself, when suddenly my bladder, much like a human carrying pent-up emotions – seemed ready to hit the roof. “Oh! So this is what it feels like when the water breaks”, I thought to myself. At 1:40, with an ETA of 2:10, 11 kilometres yet to traverse and absolutely no public urinal/restaurant in sight, I was unsure if I’d make it to my destination. “Should I just empty my bladder in the water bottle” “What if I turn down the A/C” “Chanting Waheguru Waheguru would definitely help,” something had to work, but life is no movie?The moment felt like a bomb disposal operation, an intense operation to prevent the bomb from exploding. While I persevered and tried every possible solution to distract myself, it was also the moment when the FM decided to play “Maar Daala” in an act to either mock me or sympathize with me, I am yet to figure.Cribbing and crying, I somehow arrived at my destination and began walking towards the first lavatory I could find, a walk is only seen on FTV – courtesy of my two legs tightly crossed one over the other.Impressed by the grit a human can show, my belief in how much an individual can control mentally and physically was reinstated. I also realized that “The NUMBER 1 pleasure in the world is getting rid of what one has been holding on to for too long” – words, weight, grudges, or in my case, liquid body waste!last_img read more

Dealing with the deadly Coronavirus

first_imgDuring these challenging times when everyone is worried about their health and immunity to protect themselves from the deadly Coronavirus, I thought of sharing some tips on what precautions we can take at an individual level to prevent the spread of infection.Personally, I take the following precautionary measures besides wearing a mask in public and avoiding social interactions. The following measures can be taken to avoid infection or treat mild cases of Coronavirus infections.1. Eating a healthy diet with the inclusion of good quality proteins to build immunity. Foods such as milk, milk products like curd and cheese, non-vegetarian food, eggs are all sources of good quality proteins. Besides these foods, foods rich in vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants also help in boosting immunity. One must include fresh fruits, vegetables in the form of salads and juices such as fresh amla juice, tomato and beetroot juice or mixed vegetable juice to boost immunity. Green tea is taken regularly also helps in providing antioxidants to our body.For treating sore throat, one can add black pepper powder and turmeric powder to milk and boil for a few minutes. It is really effective in treating throat infections as both black pepper and turmeric have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.2. Burning camphor and performing “havan” at home helps to purify the air from microbes including viruses. Moreover from a spiritual point of view, performing havan with chanting of Vedic mantras helps to raise the vibration of surroundings and spreads positivity and peace of mind which is much needed during these stressful times.3. Essential oils such as camphor oil, eucalyptus oil are known to help in relieving respiratory congestion. But they should be used with caution. Adding a few drops of essential oil to a clean tissue or handkerchief and inhaling it helps in relieving cough, cold and congestion. These oils can also be used in diffusers or added to water before inhaling steam.4. Keeping a few pieces of camphor or desi Kapur in a pouch or handkerchief wherever you go, and inhaling it often helps to destroy any virus or bacteria entering your system through infected air. This is especially helpful for people who have to venture out of their homes due to work and those who cannot avoid crowded places or when dealing with the public like shopkeepers and bank employees etc.5. Regular use of loban and guggal in the form of sambrani cups, dhoop and incense also helps to purify the air of any negative energies.6. Personally, I also believe in crystal therapy. I recently purchased some crystals and just came to know that Rose quartz crystal helps in protecting people from the chest and lung-related illnesses.So, I keep a chunk of this crystal with me though I purchased it for relieving anxiety and sleep disorders. One can purchase these crystals online but check the authenticity of the sellers first.7. Practicing good personal hygiene by using sanitiser and medicated soaps, washing clothes with disinfectant or antiseptic liquid especially if you travel in public transport vehicles,  keeping your surroundings clean, using a disposable tissue while sneezing and avoiding spitting in public places and covering up your nose with hands helps to prevent the spread of infection.8. Last but not least, praying and meditating regularly will help in dealing with the stress and anxiety created due to the Coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Manchester Community Garden is growing

first_img Manchester Community Garden is growingJuly 10, 2015Peoples DefenderNews0 HomeNewsManchester Community Garden is growing Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches OctoberCouncilGolf Four new beds have been added this spring to the Community Garden in Manchester. center_img PreviousFour arrested during traffic stop in WinchesterNextSOECS hosts professional development workshop Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Manchester Community Garden is growing. Besides the members growing great vegetables, the garden has also grown in size. Four new beds were added this spring for a total of twenty-two raised beds. One of our four by 16 ft. beds has been planted by the garden members and all the produce from it will be donated to the senior citizens who live at Fawnhaven Apartments. All other beds this year have been rented by members of the community to grow their own food.Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at the Community Garden. Robin Stephenson, from Karma Points, will be there to discuss pests and diseases. If you have experienced mildew, mold and yellow leaves on your plants because of all this rain then come and listen to Robin tell how to treat and prevent these diseases. Everyone is welcome.If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Lopez (garden coordinator) at 549-1995. last_img read more

Southern Ohio featured in Hunter of Giants

first_img – Southern Ohio featured in Hunter of GiantsSeptember 8, 2015Peoples DefenderNews0 Story is set in Adams, Scioto and Hocking Counties Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] HomeNewsSouthern Ohio featured in Hunter of Giants Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BookCover.jpgStory is set in Adams, Scioto and Hocking CountiesBy Patricia [email protected] Top Searches Top Searches Trick Or Treat 2020CouncilWEST Biblio Publishing of Columbus, Ohio, has released Hunter of Giants, a story set in Southern Ohio, by T. Dale Jones (Terrence Jones). The author is an Ohio native and faculty member of Eastern Arizona College.The story begins in the Portsmouth region along the Ohio River: Millbrook Park in New Boston, Shawnee Park, West Union, Peebles, Serpent Mound and several other Ohio settings and references are included in the story.The central characters are believable, the settings and historical references accurate. The plot revolves around William Harper who serves as a special deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group. He returns to his birthplace in southern Ohio after the curious death of a friend.As he relives memories of his early life, a central plot emerges from his childhood conflict with a local street antagonist.The reader shares Will Harper’s journey through the colorful and idyllic days of his childhood into the treacherous territories of the underworld in pursuit of the story’s formal antagonist.The manhunt culminates in the once notorious Hocking Hills, home of Ohio University.The book will have great appeal to readers who appreciate the influence of childhood experiences, who enjoy conflict and suspense. It will also engage those who are charmed by the inexplicable.An early, unpublished version of the novel was a semi-finalist in an annual Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society writing competition.Biblio Publishing, a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), has made the work available in paperback and ebook for Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook Books), and through bibliobookstore.com. PreviousAn ace in the holeNextJunior Fair holds 52nd BBQ Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Patricia Beech – [email protected] last_img read more

Don’t let one good meal fool you

first_imgPreviousLeadership Adams takes biggest group to date to Capitol DayNextTurkey season results are in Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel HomeOpinionColumnsDon’t let one good meal fool you Don’t let one good meal fool youJune 7, 2019Mark CarpenterColumns, Opinion0 Top Searches Top Searches CourtSenior ProfileGolf Powered By 10 Sec Best Carrot Cake Ever NextStay Best Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGMama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. By Rick Houser-I’m sure that I have written before that after I graduated from high school and so too had my cousin Walt we took up the life of bachelors in his parents’ summer home on their farm that sat next to ours. We also had decided to pool our farming resources and became the new generation of farmers on Fruit Ridge Road. This was in the late 60’s and into the early 70’s so having a home to ourselves and out earning our own way in the world gave us cause to feel probably more independent than we should have. Still, we were making a good go of it and since we were in that time period residing on a farm with a sign painted across the barn telling all that we were living at “Green Acres Farm” put the topping on the cake, so to speak.We enjoyed the freedom of having our own place and being able to go where we wanted without being questioned was something that set us above the standards of that period in time. But being a bachelor in that era wasn’t near as easy as it might sound. We had work clothes and dress clothes that would need washing. Fortunately, we could take our clothes to my Mom and she would take pity on us. As to keeping the house picked up and clean, well we did so about once a month. We didn’t want to be declared neat freaks you know.I think the hardest part of this bachelor life was the cooking. Today going to the grocery store and shopping is a breeze. However back in that time there was very little in the fast food aisle. There were frozen pizzas and we ate a lot of french fries and tater tots and frozen pot pies (five for a dollar). We were frugal with our money even then. We also ate a lot of hot dogs and hamburgers. Our diets consisted of a lot of sweets and carbs and any leftovers that either Walt’s mothere or mine would send our way. We learned early on that man does not live on bread alone. When it was the time of the year we got to help other farmers put in crops, we got to sit down to a huge home cooked meal that hit our taste buds with great delight.One weekend in February when we were restricted to the house we got to talking about what we had seen our mothers cook. So on a Sunday we decided to try out our own cooking skills. Fortunately for Walt and I his parents kept a huge freezer filled with lots of great food along with an entire beef and hog.We went to that freezer that Sunday and as we looked over what was at hand for us to choose from we decided that we did know how to prepare pork chops. (So we thought). We took them to the kitchen and sat them out to thaw. We then decided to boil a pot of peeled potatoes and make a bowl of mashed potatoes. We opened a quart of canned green beans and put them in a pot and added a half slice of bacon as we had seen our mothers do for flavor. We cheated a little as to the rolls as we had a tube of store bought ones and laid them out on a baking sheet. By doing all of this we had really got into the mood to put on a true homemade country meal.While the pork chops were thawing we peeled the potatoes and boiled them and got the mixer and mixing bowl ready to mash those potatoes. Since we had found a frozen graham cracker pie crust and a box of chocolate pudding mix, we decided we would have a dessert to top things off.Then a question came to us about the gravy. We admitted neither of us had made gravy before but we were on a roll, so we put flour and milk and the pork chop grease and some salt and pepper and heated it slowly on the stove and stirred slowly and I think to our surprise, it was the best you could have ever tasted.When we finished we had pork chops breaded and as tender as could be wanted along with the smoothest mashed potatoes one had ever tasted including a lot pf paprika on the top and a large dollop of butter. The green beans had flavored right and even the store bought rolls were perfect as we wiped butter all over the browned tops. Now maybe the chocolate pie wasn’t the greatest but by then we were having such a great meal that we ourselves had made we weren’t going to criticize the pie.That weekend Walt’s little brother David had talked us into letting him stay with us. He had enjoyed the weekend but when he ate the meal, he looked at us in a higher level of respect. David along with Walt and myself ate until we were stuffed. I can’t prove it but this intervention on our part reassured us that we could survive and rejuvenated us. It didn’t hurt either that we had David as a witness to brag on our cooking.Within the month Walt and I decided that we needed to create this meal again so we dug out a package of pork chops from the freezer and boiled potatoes and opened a quart of green beans along with a tube of rolls and we even made another chocolate pie. We began just the way we had before and went through each step just as we thought we had before, however for some unexplained reason the pork chops were not very tender, (a might chewy one could say). The green beans had little flavor and the mashed potatoes were lumpy. Worst of all was that the gravy wasn’t even close to what we had done the first time. I’m going to guess we added too much flour as it would have been good to hang wallpaper with. With a spoon stuck in the gravy bowl we turned it upside down and the spoon never moved, much less dripped out any.We sat down to eat it as we were still hungry and we had already decided not to try the gravy. Again this time we had David with us and before we could say anything he tried the gravy but not to the delight he had experienced before. When he finished that meal I don’t think he ever accepted a home cooked meal from Walt and I again. We compared the preparation of the second meal to the first one a couple of times and still couldn’t see where we had gone astray. It was safe to say that the chocolate pie was the best part of this meal and it still tasted the same. I have to feel this is why cooks have cookbooks. When you find the best way you had better write it down friends!last_img read more

‘Adopt a Senior’ blowing up social media

first_img By Mark Carpenter-To say that the 2019-20 school year has been a strange one for the county’s graduating seniors would be one of the world’s biggest understatements. Along with the recent determination that schools will be closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year, also came the cancellation of many of the traditions and shenanigans that come with the final weeks of being a high school senior. This year’s seniors are left hanging, with no replacements for the moments such as that final prom or those final goodbyes to friends.Those circumstances sent many parents,friends, and school officials scrambling to find alternatives and ways to make sure that the end of this school year is still a memorable one for the seniors. One local parent found an inspiration from another Ohio county and has turned that into a social media frenzy here in Adams County, as “Adams County Adopt a Senior 2020” has taken Facebook by storm.Nikki Blodgett of Peebles, whose daughter Brookylyn is a senior at Peebles High School, spearheaded the whole “adoption” campaign, which revolves around seniors and their pertinent information being posted on Facebook as they are “put up for adoption” where anyone can adopt a senior and then make them feel special by sending gifts, cards, snacks, etc.“This is all started in fear honestly of our seniors possibly not having a graduation ceremony,” Blodgett told the Defender. “As a mother of a senior, I immediately started scanning Pinterest, blogging, and researching other social media sites to gather unique options just in case graduation wasn’t able to happen due to all the COVID-19 restrictions. Social media is the largest networking branch and is very popular among parents of seniors, so I went on a whim and mocked a friend from Jackson County to begin this adoption program.”Blodgett’s original idea was just for Peebles High School seniors, but the plan quickly spread.“Before I knew it, other parents in other schools wanted to do the same,” she said. “I offered help and support for them and this thing ended up growing from just PHS to all of Adams County!”“I have been very overwhelmed by the show of support. We have the best communities here and they always show up when someone needs support, like our seniors do now. I am still considered an essential worker in real estate and have to keep working myself so I need all the help I can get, I just never anticipated this amount of response.”Of course, not every senior or parent has a Facebook account, so what is the plan for them?“I’m compiling a list, based on word of mouth right now,” Blodgett explained. “I have several (over 20) sponsors wanting to make sure those kids aren’t forgotten. I’ve asked them to private message me their addresses and interests so they can receive the same amount of love and support.”In the midst of all this activity, Blodgett is also a senior parent who has a daughter missing out on all of these senior year activities.“I try to live by the golden rule and I try to put myself in these kids’ shoes and think what would I like, what would I feel. It’s priceless knowing that others feel the same and are willing to help our seniors. It’s emotional enough not having a prom after spending hundreds of dollars already, missing birthday celebrations, family gatherings, final senior mementos, spring sports, college tours., and lots more.”If anyone wants to participate in the “Adopt a Senior” program, just go to Facebook and search for “Adams County Adopt a Senior 2020”. There you will see all the seniors that have been listed and all you need to do is send a message adopting the senior of your choice. There is no limit, a senior can have more than one person adopting them, so her is your chance to give back to a group who have had a big part of their lives taken away. Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. ‘Adopt a Senior’ blowing up social mediaApril 23, 2020Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 HomeNews‘Adopt a Senior’ blowing up social media PreviousJune HazelbakerNextOhio’s school closure order extended, schools to remain closed for 2019-2020 academic year Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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After long layoff, Greyhounds return to gridiron with 26-12 win over North Adams

first_img Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. After long layoff, Greyhounds return to gridiron with 26-12 win over North AdamsFive weeks later, Manchester wins second of abbreviated seasonOctober 29, 2020Mark CarpenterSports0 PreviousLady Devils move to district championship game with 4-1 win over Ironton St. JosephNextHumane Society announces Radio Pledge Drive Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Top Searches Top Searches GaysWEST UNION FOOTBALLDakota center_img HomeSportsAfter long layoff, Greyhounds return to gridiron with 26-12 win over North Adams Manchester’s Rylan Bailey, center with ball, scored the first two touchdowns for the Greyhounds in their 26-12 win over North Adams on Oct. 23. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)North Adams’ Bryceton Huff (1) uses the stiff arm to shed the tackle of Manchester’s Dylan Wages in action form their Oct. 23 county match up at Veterans Stadium. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)By Mark CarpenterThe COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot of changes to schedules of all types, and no one can testify to that as much as Coach Nick Neria and his Manchester Greyhounds varsity football squad. The Hounds had five consecutive weeks of games cancelled due to issues with the pandemic, but were finally able to return to action on Friday, Oct. 23 as they hosted the North Adams Green Devils.The last time Coach Neria’s squad was in game action was way back on Sept. 9 when they defeated Georgetown and they turned that into a two-game winning streak when they handed visiting North Adams a 26-12 defeat.The win was a nice showing on both sides of the ball for the Hounds, who evened their mark at 2-2 on what will be an abbreviated five-game season.“It was great to get on the field and to actually have the opportunity to play a game for the first time in five weeks,” said Coach Neria. “I was extremely proud of our players’ efforts as well as their ability to battle through adversity both on and off the field.”The Greyhounds struck first in their win over North Adams, taking full advantage of an interception by Lucas Smith on the opening possession of the game by the Green Devils. Taking over at the North Adams 30, the Hounds handed the ball twice to halfback Rylan Bailey and the second of those carries covered 24 yards for the game’s first touchdown and a 6-0 Manchester lead.Coach Neria then pulled some trickery out of the box with an onside kick that was recovered by the Hounds at midfield. Eight plays later, all of them running plays, the home team was on the board again, getting another Bailey scoring run, this time from 10 yards away. The two-point try failed but with 6:20 left in the opening quarter, Manchester led 12-0.On their ensuing possession, the North Adams offense got untracked, going 49 yards for a score after another onside kick by the Greyhounds was unsuccessful. Converting a fourth and six play on the drive, the Devils got a 12-yard scoring run from Bryceton Huff, who broke a number of tackles on his way to the end zone. The two-point try failed but North Adams had sliced their deficit in half, trailing 12-6.The offense-filed first quarter continued when Manchester got the ball back, spurred by a long kickoff return by Smith that gave them the ball at the North Adams 17. On their first snap, the Hounds got a 17-yard touchdown run from Trey Spears, dragging tacklers into the end zone. The two-point conversion came on a jump pass from Smith to Nick Grooms,making it 20-6 Hounds late in the first period.The next North Adams possession, one that carried over into the second stanza, was a microcosm of the rest of the game for the Devils- putting together long drives and not being able to finish them with points. This 11-play drive, which featured runs of 12 and 13 yard runs by Avery Anderson, ended when a quarterback sack put them in a fourth and 20 hole, an Anderson run was stopped. forcing the turnover on downs.The North Adams defense forced a punt on the next Manchester possession and again put together a drive that came up empty, this time driving all the way to the Manchester 20 before three incomplete passes ended the possession. The Hounds took over and moved the ball into North Adams territory but time ran out in the opening half, with the home team still on top 20-6.The third quarter was a scoreless one for both sides, with the Hounds’ defense forcing a turnover, a fumble recovered by Nick Haag, but the Manchester offense was forced to punt after holding the ball for six plays.The Devils made things interesting early in the fourth quarter, capping off a 44-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Huff. The two-point conversion failed but with 11:30 left to play, North Adams was back within 20-12.With their lead sliced to one score, the Greyhound offense answered immediately, moving 65 yards in nine plays and culminating that with a one-yard run by Smith that pushed the lead back out to 26-12 with 7:23 to play.With the weather threatening and heavy rain moving into the area, then ext North Adams possession ended in a turnover, a fumble recovered by the Hounds’ Alex Walters. Needing just to keep the clock running and protect their lead, the Greyhound offense did their job, hanging on to the ball before turning it over on downs, but with just 1:45 remaining on the clock. In rush mode, the Devils were unable to move down the field at any length and time ran out on them as the Greyhounds celebrated their second consecutive win by the final count of 26-12.The Hounds moved to .500 at 2-2 with the win and will see their final action of the season on Friday, Oct. 30 when they will welcome the Sciotoville East Tartans to Veterans Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff.North Adams will also playing their final game of 2020 this weekend, as they will be at Freedom Field in West Union on Halloween night for a 5 p.m. kickoff, facing the Southern Buckeye Warriors in the “Rose Bowl” of the Southern Ohio Independent League.Scoring SummaryNorth Adams6 0 0 6 —12Manchester20 0 0 6 —26First QuarterMHS- Bailey 24-yard run (conversion failed)MHS- Bailey 1-yd. run (conversion failed)NA- Huff 12-yd. run (conversion failed)MHS- Spears 17-yd. run (Smith to Grooms pass)Fourth QuarterNA- Huff 6-yd. run (conversion failed)MHS- Smith 1-yd. run (conversion failed) Manchester’s Trey Spears, center with ball, tries to elude a group of North Adams tacklers on this carry in action from Oct. 23. Spears scored a first quarter rushing touchdown as the Greyhounds downed the Green Devils 26-12. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)last_img read more

John Wayne “John Boy” Johnson III

first_imgPreviousIrma Gay HortonNextRhonda Lee Jackson Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel HomeObituariesJohn Wayne “John Boy” Johnson III Top Searches Top Searches TreaHayslipStev John Wayne “John Boy” Johnson III, age 24 years, of Otway, Ohio passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. John was born on Sept. 16, 1996 in Georgetown, Ohio to John Wayne Johnson II and the late Theresa Conley. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Michael Conley.Survivors include his father, John Johnson of West Union, Ohio; two sisters, Jordan Johnson of Otway, Ohio and Stephanie Dickens and Derrick of Otway, Ohio; two brothers, Ryan Conley of Blue Creek, Ohio and Joshua Johnson of Peebles, Ohio; two nieces, Jadlynn Conley and Henlee Crabtree; maternal grandmother Virginia Conley of Blue Creek, Ohio; paternal grandparents Sandy and Dave Young of West Union, Ohio and John Wayne and Norma Johnson of Peebles, Ohio.Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Thompson-Meeker Funeral Home in West Union with Chad Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Vaughn Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service.Friends and family can sign John’s online guestbook at www.meekerfuneralhomes.com. John Wayne “John Boy” Johnson IIIJanuary 25, 2021Mark CarpenterObituaries0 Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. last_img read more

Exelon Nuclear submits license renewal application for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station

first_imgSOURCE: Exelon Nuclear NuclearReactors By chloecox – On June 30, 1999, Exelon Nuclear notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that it intended to file for renewal of the operating licenses for Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3. 7.5.2001 Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Linkedin Peach Bottom is jointly owned by Exelon (46.25 percent), PSEG (46.25 percent) and Conectiv (7.5 percent). The station is operated by the Warrenville, Illinois, based Exelon Nuclear, a division of Exelon Generation headquartered in Kennett Square, PA. Exelon Nuclear operates 17 generation units in three states, making it the largest nuclear generating company in the U.S. and the third largest in the world. TAGSExelon Twitter In 2000, the plant generated the most electricity in its 25-year history, with Unit 2 and 3 producing almost 19-million megawatt hours of electricity, at a capacity factor of 94.2 percent. Peach Bottom also had more than 3.5 million work hours without a lost work-day incident in personnel industrial safety. The Peach Bottom License Renewal Team reviewed more than 100 plant systems and 40,000 plant components and determined that Peach Bottom has solid programs in place to maintain continued safe and reliable operation and maintenance of the plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to take about two years to thoroughly review the license renewal application before determining whether to grant the license extensions. The NRC has approved six license renewals to date, at Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2; Oconee 1, 2 and 3; and Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO-1). “A 20-year extension in Peach Bottom’s operating license is an investment in 2,200 megawatts of clean, emission-free electricity and helps to ensure an economical and reliable source of power for southeastern Pennsylvania for years to come,” said Oliver D. Kingsley, president and chief nuclear officer, Exelon Nuclear. Facebook Previous articleEdge Capital Group to provide energy management, new generation in Vallejo, Calif.Next articleUK power plant purchase launches Calpine into Europe chloecox The company also has holdings in such competitive businesses as energy, infrastructure services and energy services. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Peach Bottom provides a positive economic impact to southeastern Pennsylvania. The plant employs 700 full-time Exelon employees and about 200 long-term contractors. The plant conducts business with a variety of local suppliers. Facebook Exelon Nuclear submits license renewal application for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., July 2, 2001 — Exelon Nuclear today applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the operating licenses for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 in York County, Pa. Twitter Linkedin If approved, Unit 2’s license would be extended from 2013 to 2033 and Unit 3’s from 2014 to 2034. Each of Peach Bottom’s two 1,100-megawatt boiling water reactors can produce enough electricity for more than 600,000 homes. A 20-year extension for Peach Bottom is an investment in 2,200 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 1 million households. The total cost of obtaining the renewed licenses for Peach Bottom will be about $18 million, including the NRC review, or about $8 per kilowatt hour. This compares to a cost of $500 to $1,000 per kilowatt hour to replace that capacity with a new natural gas or coal-fired power plant. Exelon Nuclear also has notified the NRC that it intends to file for license renewal for its Dresden and Quad Cities stations in Illinois. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately five million customers and more than $15 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately five million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania and gas to 425,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Southern States Power Co. participates in the formation of the Agua Mansa, Bioenergy L.L.C.

first_imgThe project will combine the groundwork and preliminary development that SSPC has undertaken since the Riverside facility was first announced in March 2002 with the project management experience and capital of other groups that will comprise the Agua Mansa, L.L.C. By chloecox – Biomass from wood fuels 5 percent of Georgia electricity Southern States Power Co. participates in the formation of the Agua Mansa, Bioenergy L.L.C. Facebook 8.28.2002 Twitter RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 28, 2002 — Southern States Power Co. Inc. announced that it has participated in the formation of the Agua Mansa, Bioenergy L.L.C., a Delaware company, to coordinate the development of a state-of-the-art biodiesel production facility in Riverside. Linkedin The Agua Mansa biodiesel facility will produce SSPC’s EPA-registered OxEG Biodiesel. As co-developers of the project, SSPC will contribute the land it has secured on which the plant will be built, in addition to its USDA subsidy for fuel produced from soybeans. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Source: Southern States Power Co. Inc. Harrison A. McCoy, III, SSPC’s chief executive officer and president, commented: “The opportunity to spearhead the development of a project of this magnitude is an important step in the progress of SSPC as a business development company. Since SSPC will participate in the Agua Mansa, L.L.C. with partners that contribute both capital and valued expertise, the plant can be completed while SSPC maintains a strong equity ownership with minimal dilution to our shareholders. TAGSSouthernCompany RenewablesBiomass Twitter Previous articleCFA report lists five ways deregulation disrupted the public/private balanceNext articlee7 electric companies to sign pacts with UN, others at world summit chloecox “Agua Mansa is designed to produce biodiesel that will not only meet ASTM standards but also the more stringent DIN 51606 specifications, allowing the fuel produced here to be introduced in virtually any market in the world. Additional sales can be generated from high grade by-products produced at the facility, further enhancing its revenue-generating potential.” Facebook Doosan Škoda supplying 42-MW steam generator to British waste-to-energy plant No posts to display Waste not: B&W among energy players touting methane-cutting trash power last_img read more

Southern Co places $48m FGD order with MHI

first_img No posts to display Southern Co places $48m FGD order with MHI Southern Company is one of the six largest electricity providers in the US It owns and/or operates 79 generating stations with a total generating capacity near 39 000 MW. The company also owns five regulated retail electric utilities – Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric – and supplies energy in Georgia, Alabama, southeastern Mississippi and the panhandle region of Florida. Over 70 per cent of the electricity generated by SO relies on coal. The contract, which calls for retrofitting of the Gorgas power plant operated by Alabama Power, was awarded through Advatech Limited Liability Company, a US joint venture between URS Corporation and a local MHI subsidiary. In the DCFS system, limewater, a liquid absorbent slurry, is evenly distributed throughout the absorber tower from spray nozzles installed at the bottom, in contrast to conventional systems in which slurry is sprayed from the top. As a result the slurry contacts with the flue gas twice, first when sprayed upward and second upon its descent. Facebook Alabama Power is one of five utilities owned by SO. The total contract value is approximately 5bn yen ($48m). MHI, as owner of proprietary rights to the basic and process technologies of the FGD system, will be in charge of the overall FGD system design, processing technology, supply of major components for the absorption tower, and technical guidance for construction work and test operation. Advatech will undertake detailed design work, material procurement and supervision of the entire project. Twitter British carbon capture firm gains $11M in new funding Twitter The FGD system on order will be used to treat flue gas from three existing coal-fired boilers at the Gorgas plant: units No. 8, 9 and 10, with a total generation capacity of 1020 MW. The plant is located some 50 km northwest of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city. The three boilers emit a combined total of some 4.4 million Nm3 (normal cubic meters) of flue gas per hour. MHI’s FGD system will enable greater than 98 per cent SO2 (sulphur dioxide) desulphurisation efficiency, made possible by the company’s proprietary Double Contact Flow Scrubber (DCFS) technology for the absorption tower, the core component of the system. The FGD system not only removes SO2 but also performs advanced treatment of soot, mercury and sulphur trioxide. These features are expected to enable the FGD system to make significant contributions to environmental preservation at other SO group power plants as well. To date, MHI has delivered more than 160 FGD systems worldwide. Now, on the heels of consecutive orders from two of America’s leading electricity providers, through Advatech. MHI intends to boost its FGD marketing activities within the expanding U.S. market, including increased assignment of engineering and marketing staff to the joint venture. 1.11.2005 Concrete solutions: Winners split $15M in carbon capture contest center_img TAGSSouthernCompany Carbon-capture firm Akers pursuing projects with Siemens, Honeywell & Doosan Babcock Facebook 11 January 2005 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a large-scale flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) system from Southern Company (SO) of Atlanta, Georgia. For MHI, the order marks a successive award to install a large-scale FGD system in the U.S.; in late 2002 the company concluded an alliance contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for long-term supply of FGD systems. Previous articleSamsung orders 1.5 MW of Capstone microturbine systemsNext articleInnovation brings largest ever transaction of emissions allowances chloecox Linkedin EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment Services By chloecox – Linkedin Advatech, a 200-employee operation, was established in 2002 in anticipation of the surge in FGD system demand in response to the tighter emissions controls. The company was jointly founded by URS Corporation, a major U.S. engineering firm headquartered in San Francisco, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA), a local MHI subsidiary. MHIA has a 40 per cent interest in the joint venture. URS conducts a wide range of operations through 300 domestic and 30 international business bases, mainly in the fields of urban infrastructure and the environment, including public works such as bridges and transportation systems. URS also enjoys strong relationships with a range of local electricity providers. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Coal is used to produce more than 50 per cent of all electricity in the US, but only about a quarter of the country’s coal-fired power plants currently have FGD installations. In 2002, however, the federal government announced stringent emission control regulations obliging power companies to reduce their emissions of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides from power generation facilities significantly by 2012. Due to this initiative, demand for FGD systems is increasing sharply both for new and existing coal-fired plants. In response to the tightened regulations, SO has launched a large-scale environmental preservation program. Installation of the FGD system at the Gorgas plant marks the first step in its execution.last_img read more

U.S. Sen. Menendez, HC officials, call for bi-state ban on tourist…

first_img February 18, 2015 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How come Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto could not make it? Must be to busy with his 3 government jobs and his new consulting business. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter Comments are closed. […] Officials gathered for a similar united effort in Hoboken back in October. […] Previous articleOPINION: JCMC EMS should retain contract, RFP expands ‘tale of two cities’Next articleCommitted to honoring his memory, Jersey City PBA holds fundraiser for Melvin Santiago’s family John Heinis August 8, 2014 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm News Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say August 8, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm […] press conference on the subject was held in Hoboken on August of 2014, then another took place in February of this year in […] U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), along with a laundry list of Hudson County officials, held a press conference at Pier A in Hoboken on Friday calling for a ban of tourist helicopters in New Jersey and New York.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0UCg-dPaYY[/fve]Those joining Menendez in the Mile Square City included:Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Robert Gottheim, the district director for U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY, D-10), Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner – who spoke on behalf of U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) as his chief of staff, Cosmo Cirillo, the senior advisor for Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, West New York Mayor Felix Roque,Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Freeholder Anthony Romano and Brian Wagner, the co-founder of advocacy group Stop the Chop New Jersey.After the speeches concluded, Menendez answered questions from the media on the subject, explaining what measures and what sort of timeline would be involved in banning tourist helicopters. Finally, Wagner gave Hudson County View some background on this quality of life issue that has been lingering for at least two years now.  Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Patrick Cullen December 10, 2015 4:36 pm at 4:36 pmcenter_img TAGSDawn Zimmerfelix roquegerald drasheffrichard turnerrobert menendeztom degise SHARE By John Heinis – August 8, 2014 3:29 pm 5 Joseph Blaettler As a resident of Fort Lee who has been subjected to the helicopter noise that has impacted our sanity, I want to thank all those that have taken a positive position on ending what has become a situation that should not be allowed to continue. I would only hope that the action taken will result in putting a stop to these flights sooner than later. Bill to curb tourism helicopters introduced by 4 Hudson Dems advances – Hudson County View Michael bayes August 10, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am U.S. Sen. Menendez, HC officials, call for bi-state ban on tourist helicopters Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Bayonne Hudson, federal officials support Prieto-Sacco bill to ban tourist helicopters | Hudson County View Thank you John Heinis, for reporting abiut this quality of life issue. Now if WNY will begin to enforce its well-written noise ordinance, … HobokenNews 5 COMMENTS Crime last_img read more

Matthew Watkins to earn $196K as new WNY Business Administrator

first_imgNewsWest New York Comments are closed. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleTax abatement for low-income housing will bring $200k to North BergenNext articleProtesters: Mayor Nick Sacco lax in fixing problems associated with recycling plant Sarah Introna September 8, 2015 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm 3 COMMENTS Facebook Twitter Crime Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction News Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Matthew Watkins, a former director of the state Division of Local Government Services, was unanimously approved as the new West New York Business Administrator at Wednesday’s board of commissioners meeting. Watkins will earn an annual salary of $196,000, as well as a car allowance of $500 per month.Watkins fills in for Joe DeMarco, who left West New York to become the Bayonne business administrator under new Mayor Jimmy Davis. DeMarco made approximately $122,000 annually as the BA in West New York.Both Donald Scarinci, the town attorney, and Mayor Felix Roque praised Watkins’ resume – with Roque saying the new hire was “part of taking this town to a new era.” TAGSbusiness administratorjoe demarcomatthew watkins SHARE Bayonne center_img September 8, 2015 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm By Sarah Introna – August 22, 2014 3:26 pm 3 […] would potentially replace Matthew Watkins, a former director of the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services, who earned $196,000 a […] Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus […] Hudson County View first reported on Watkins hire in West New York just over a year ago, with Mayor Felix Roque referring to the new addition to his administration as “part of taking this town to a new era.” […] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR West New York Business Administrator Matthew Watkins leaving October 4 – Hudson County View […] Mayor Michael Venezia did not immediately return an email to his township address seeking comment. Hudson County View first reported on Watkins hire in West New York just over a year ago, with Mayor Felix Roque […] West New York Business Administrator Matthew Watkins leaving October 2 – Hudson County View Sources: Jamie Cryan to be named new West New York business administrator – Hudson County View March 16, 2016 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm Matthew Watkins to earn $196K as new WNY Business Administratorlast_img read more

Hoboken police, medical center seeking help to identify ‘very sick’ unknown…

first_img Facebook Twitter Hoboken police, medical center seeking help to identify ‘very sick’ unknown woman Previous articleBayonne BOE hopeful Ryan wants to see a broader curriculum, cutback spendingNext articleLETTER: JCEA, Education Matters have worked to silence the Fix it Now team John Heinis The Hoboken Police Department and the Hoboken University Medical Center are seeking the public’s help to identify an unknown woman who may suffer from dementia and needs immediate care for a life threatening illness. Photos courtesy of the City of Hoboken.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe unknown woman, who is believed to be of Italian descent and around 65 years old, may suffer from dementia and cannot remember her pedigree, which is necessary for her to receive proper treatment, the City of Hoboken announced on social media this evening.She advised the Hoboken University Medical Center that her name could be Mary Ford with a possible date of birth of September 22 in either 1950, 1951 or 1961, officials said.According to a flyer being distributed by Hoboken police, the woman “is very sick” has been in the hospital for 40 days. Without proper treatment, her condition will be terminal, authorities said.She is also said to weigh around 100 pounds and stand a little over five feet tall and is believed to be homeless, though she may have lived in North Bergen at one point.Please call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 or Hoboken University Medical Center at 201-418-1336 if you have any information regarding this patient. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSdementiahoboken policehoboken university medical center SHARE Jojo Bayonne Unfortunately there is not. Newz How sad . why are they not giving her treatment? the hospitals are suppose to heal people not let them stay in the condition they are in because they do not have insurance, how sad is that! 5 COMMENTS Bayonne November 4, 2016 9:17 am at 9:17 am November 4, 2016 9:51 am at 9:51 am Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says ALICEcenter_img CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Don’t they have ordinance dating back to 1870 imposing $100 fine for dumping sick people in town? Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community By John Heinis – November 3, 2016 11:34 pm 5 Comments are closed. Actually, Alice you’re on the wrong path. First of all it’s illegal for them to not treat her if she doesn’t have insurance, and they’ve housed her for 40 days. However I am sure they don’t know any allergies she may have so they can’t just go ahead and give her anything. Hence why they need more info catherine colmyer November 8, 2016 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm is there an update? CommunityHoboken November 8, 2016 1:32 pm at 1:32 pm November 4, 2016 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm John Heinislast_img read more

No injuries as Hoboken Fire Department extinguishes 3-alarm blaze

first_img Notice the different addresses. This is what happens when you are more interested in getting your name out there than you are with getting the facts.The City also sent an email that included the incorrect address. The Mayor seems to suffer from the same sickness as does Donald Trump. She should try getting her facts straight before she engages her tax payer funded PR machine. By John Heinis – April 14, 2017 10:10 am 1 1 COMMENT Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Facebook Twitter No injuries were reported after a three-alarm apartment fire flared up in Hoboken early this morning, officials said. Photo courtesy of David Pirmann.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewThe Hoboken Fire Department responded to a call at 62 Monroe St. around 5:30 a.m. and it was ruled under control by 6:50 a.m., according to the city’s official Twitter page.Also on Twitter, Mayor Dawn Zimmer thanked first responders, including firefighters, police and the office of emergency management, for a timely response that saw everyone – including pets – evacuated safely.Furthermore, Hoboken police have noted that Monroe Street between 1st Street and Observer Highway, as well as Observer Highway between Madison and Monroe Streets, were closed as a result of the fire – but have just been reopened minutes ago.HFD is responding to a fire at 62 Monroe St. Monroe St is closed Observer-Newark. Observer is closed Madison to Monroe.— City of Hoboken (@CityofHoboken) April 14, 2017Thanks to HFD, OEM and Police for fast response to fire early this am on Monroe St. Thankfully everyone, including pets, got out safely.— Dawn Zimmer (@dawnzimmernj) April 14, 2017Roads closed as a result of this morning’s fire at 64 Monroe Street have been re-opened. Wishing everyone a safe weekend.— Hoboken Police (@HobokenPD) April 14, 2017 Bayonne Previous articleProsecutor: Charges upgraded to death by auto in fatal North Bergen hit-and-runNext articleGuarini Institute panel discusses NJ’s readiness for disasters, terrorism John Heinis CommunityHoboken CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne center_img Community Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say No injuries as Hoboken Fire Department extinguishes 3-alarm blaze April 14, 2017 11:56 am at 11:56 am TAGShoboken fire departmenthoboken policemonroe street SHARE Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR oy vey Comments are closed.last_img read more

Hoboken Councilman Mello to seek re-election on Romano’s mayoral ticket

first_imgElectionsHoboken DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision Hoboken Councilman Mello to seek re-election on Romano’s mayoral ticket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By John Heinis – August 14, 2017 1:29 pm 3 Community Waiting for Mike DeFusco’s comment… Hoboken Councilman-at-Large Dave Mello will be seeking re-election on Freeholder Anthony Romano’s mayoral ticket, the campaign announced late this morning. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8ZzhaNIzY0[/fve]“He is someone that comes with a lot of successes and experience: eight-year Hoboken councilman, a former teachers union representative, currently a public school teacher in Jersey City, father, husband and an integral part of the successes Hoboken has achieved over the course of the last year,” Romano said of Mello in a Facebook video.Romano announced 2nd Ward resident and New Orleans native Laini Hammond as his first running mate at a fundraiser last month and speculation began whether or not Mello, who was also in attendance at the Blue Eyes Restaurant, would be joining the slate.On July 27th, two days later, Mello, a running mate of Mayor Dawn Zimmer in 2009 and 2013, announced he would be seeking re-election as an independent.Evidently, those plans changed based on this morning announcement from Romano’s Washington Street campaign headquarters.“It’s an absolute pleasure to be joining this slate. For the City of Hoboken, I think Anthony Romano, in 2017, is the mayor of Hoboken the people of Hoboken really need,” began Mello.“He has a wonderful, proven record of dealing well with outside parties. There are so many outside parties that are at the key to so many issues that are at the forefront of Hoboken and it’s citizenry today: whether it be Suez Water, New Jersey Transit, the county, the state or federal governments.”Mello also noted that he plans on putting a focus on improving the roads and water system, as well as building larger residential development – point reminiscent of his kickoff speech from last month.The filing deadline for the November 7th Hoboken municipal elections is September 5th, so the Romano camp would more than likely announce their third and final candidate before then. FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront Previous articleJersey City Ward E hopeful Hudnut criticizes Fulop, talks responsible developmentNext articleEx-Bayonne councilman under Mayor Smith hired as aide to Mayor Davis John Heinis CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network August 14, 2017 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne center_img Romano just lost the election. Way to go!!! Facebook Twitter TAGS2017 hoboken mayoral raceanthony romanoCouncilman David Mellolaini hammond SHARE August 14, 2017 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm Michael Bayonne August 18, 2017 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm Death & Taxes 3 COMMENTS Romano by just being in the race has gutted a very large and vital percentage of the old Hoboken voters that DeFusco was counting on even with the considerable amount of money that he has been able from those outside Hoboken will not be able to replace what he has lost. oy vey Comments are closed.last_img read more

Jersey City Mayor Fulop rules out eminent domain to take over…

first_imgJersey CityPolitics & Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter TAGSdonald trumpjared kushnerone journal squaresteven fulop SHARE By Marc Bussanich – August 14, 2018 11:15 am 0 CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Community Previous articleJersey City animal shelter seeking public’s help to identify man who smashed front windowNext articleWest New York Dem Committee chair hired as $90k chief of staff for county jail director Marc Bussanich Bayonne Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Jersey City Mayor Fulop rules out eminent domain to take over One Journal Square Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said that the city has no current plans to use eminent domain to take One Journal Square from the Kushner Companies during a community meeting last night. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u54laaviXec[/fve]During yesterday’s community forum at Hudson County Community College, the mayor answered numerous questions from New Journal Square Community Association President Bill Armbruster about ongoing and stalled development projects in and around Journal Square.Eventually, Armbruster asked the Mayor about the lawsuit filed by the Kushners claiming that the city was in breach of contract, and also personally suing the Mayor for defamation.The mayor began by explaining the basis of the lawsuit.“We defaulted the Kushner Company and they subsequently sued us on the default. The default was in the redeveloper agreement with the [Jersey City Redevelopment Agency],” he stated.“It has historically been a rare thing for the city to default somebody, but this is not the only case nor will it be the only case going forward as we have made a concerted effort and decision to be stricter with developers that once they ask for some sort of help from the JCRA we expect them to move forward on building the projects.He then specifically cited the One Journal Square project, saying that it was stalled for 10 plus years and “eventually came to a place where the rubber met the road and we defaulted them.”Back in April, Hudson County View first reported that the city and the Kushner Family were sparring over a tax break for the Kushners to develop the $800 million One Journal Square Project.The next day, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Diana Jeffrey explained how the firm, which formerly employed Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, defaulted on their agreement.While explaining the developments from last year leading up to the eventual default, the mayor mentioned that while the city’s stance on tax abatements is to use less of them going forward the Kushners actually received a higher abatement to continue to develop One Journal Square.“The initial proposal from the Kushners was a more generous tax abatement than the initial project [to build] Tower number two. Our position in the administration at the time was ‘you are not the first ones to be building here’,” Fulop continued.“The first building has not worked perfectly, but it has worked. So any sort of subsidies discussed obviously would have to be less than the first one and not more than the first one because we’re looking toward using [abatements] less, not more.”After the default, the Kushers sued Fulop and the city, claiming that he was penalizing the family because of his personal sentiments towards the President.“The truth of the matter, regardless of my personal sentiment, our goal is ultimately moving the city forward, treating everybody exactly the same regardless of what your background is.”Since then, Kushner Cos. has threatened to sue Fulop for defamation, but he did not seem particularly concerned on that front.“It’s more of a defamation lawsuit because they’re upset about a comment that I made with regards to them being a victim in some situations, and then looking to benefit in other situations from networking and leveraging their family.”Furthermore, Fulop was adamant that the city would not settle with the Kushners.“We haven’t done anything wrong. We have acted responsibly throughout the process, and I don’t see the city looking to settle anything because we haven’t done anything improper. Our objective is to see a building built there that is beneficial to the entire city.”Armbruster wrapped up the discussion by asking the Mayor if the city would consider using eminent domain to take One Journal Square away from the Kushners.“The answer is that is not on the table today,” Fulop said.The full meeting, which streamed live on our Facebook page, can be viewed below: Community Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfrontlast_img read more

Police: Scent of weed during Bayonne traffic stop leads to man…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Bayonne TAGSbayonne policemarijuana possessionunlawful possession of a handgun SHARE Police: Scent of weed during Bayonne traffic stop leads to man being caught with handgun Facebook Twitter By John Heinis – November 4, 2020 2:33 pm 0 A traffic stop in Bayonne where an officer recognized the odor of marijuana led to a Bronx man being caught with an illegal handgun, police said. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewMoleak R. Battice, 21, Bronx, New York, was charged with possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.At around 10:59 p.m. last night, officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of a silver colored BMW, later determined to be operated by Battice, in the area of 52nd Street and Avenue E.During the stop, officers detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and conducted a search. During the search, the officers recovered a marijuana cigarette and a .22 cal. semi-automatic handgun loaded with 8 .22 cal. rounds.As a result, he was subsequently placed under arrest and processed, officials said. BayonneCrimeNews Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Previous articleFulop talks Saleh win, arts & culture trust fund, legal weed, and Biden vs. TrumpNext articleJCHA ready to vote on Holland Gardens plan that includes homeownership, on-site resources John Heinis Bayonne last_img read more

Waylon Roberts Makes it Three in a Row at the Royal

first_imgDobbs’ time of 31.13 seconds in the speed phase held up against some of the very best including Lamaze, Olympic team-mate Jill Henselwood and newly crowned Canadian Champion Keean White. Whitaker nailed inside turn after turn however, to stop the clock at 30.23 seconds. Toronto, ON – Waylon Roberts of Port Perry, Ontario, made it a three-peat tonight, winning the second leg and overall title of the Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing Championship at The Royal Horse Show, part of the 86th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The International division for the show jumpers also kicked off today, where 20 year-old Harvard junior Hillary Dobbs made a great first impression, winning the Welcome and finishing second behind veteran Michael Whitaker in the Jolera Power and Speed. A mix of cross-country obstacles and stadium jumps, indoor eventing made its North American debut at The Royal three years ago and has grown in leaps ever since. This year Roberts beat a dozen competitors hailing from the USA, France, Great Britain and Canada, including last night’s winner Jean Rablat. Rablat was working on a blazing fast round until he tried to turn too sharply and nearly ran into an obstacle in the middle of the ring. Roberts made the same inside turn look easy, cutting Rablat’s combined two-night time by more than seven seconds. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Making her first appearance at The Royal, Hillary Dobbs of the Sussex, New Jersey, also went for it today, winning the International Jumpers Welcome this afternoon and finishing second in the Jolera Power and Speed with her 10 year-old German-bred gelding Marengo. Dobbs, the daughter of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, was edged out tonight in the Jolera Power and Speed by long-time British Team member Michael Whitaker, with his deceptively fast mare, Fairview’s Mirabelle D’Or. SIGN UP “I didn’t really know what to expect of her tonight,” said Whitaker of his new partner. “She jumped the first three fences great, and by the time we had to jump against the clock she was dead ready to go.” Email* “After round one, I knew my horse would jump everything. But I also knew everyone had upped their game from last night – nobody was going to bring anything but their best. At some point you just have to go out there and go for it,” said Roberts after his win. $25,000 International Jumpers WelcomeRider / Horse / Prize Money1. Hillary Dobbs (USA) / Marengo / $8,0002. Jill Henselwood (CAN) / Black Ice / $6,0003. Eric Lamaze (CAN) / Take Off / $4,0004. Ian Millar (CAN) / Redefin / $2,0005. Amy Millar (CAN) / Piccobello du Val de Geer / $1,500$25,000 Jolera Power & SpeedRider / Horse / Prize Money1. Michael Whitaker (GBR) / Fairview’s Mirabelle D’Or / $8,0002. Hillary Dobbs (USA) / Marengo / $6,0003. Yann Candele (CAN) / Pitareusa / $4,0004. Eric Lamaze (CAN) / Narcotique de Muze II / $2,0005. McLain Ward (USA) / Phillipa / $1,500 Just the third show together for Whitaker and his mount this evening, the pair showed successfully at Birmingham, UK and Syracuse, New York before coming north to Toronto this week. Whitaker, a four-time Olympian for Great Britain, will compete in tomorrow night’s $100,000 CN FEI World Cup Qualifier before defending his 2007 win in the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge later this week. Hot on his heels will be the three competing members of the Canadian Silver-medal Olympic Team, who finished second, third and fourth in the opening class today. For horse show schedule, results and ticket information, please visit www.royalfair.org.Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing ChampionshipRider / Hometown / Horse1. Waylon Roberts (CAN) / Port Perry, ON / Myrddin’s Sebastian2. Jean Rablat (FRA) / Cambridge, ON / Bellaney Rock3. Penny Rowland (CAN) / Orangeville, ON / Roundabout4. Karl Slezak (CAN) / Caledon, ON / Pavarotti5. Leslie Law (GBR) / Bluemont, VA / Urban Legend  “What do I have to lose?” was what Waylon Roberts thought before entering the ring tonight, in his attempt to knock Jean Rablat out of the lead in the final round of the Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing Championship. His leave-nothing-on-the-table approach certainly paid off tonight, making Roberts the only Champion this unique series has ever seen.  In the two-phase power and speed class, the first eight jumps need to be completed without fault in order to progress to the second set of jumps which are run against the clock. Just eleven of the 23 competitors made it on to jump the second half of the course, including individual Olympic Champion, Canada’s Eric Lamaze. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Champions Crowned in $20,000 Western Canadian Young Horse Championship

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Calgary, Alberta – The $20,000 Western Canadian Championships for the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series had a new home this year at the Rocky Mountain Classic II held from August 28-30 in Calgary, AB.Marshall Whyte, 20, of Cochrane, AB, dominated the Six-Year-Old Division, winning the Western Canadian Champion and Reserve Champion titles. With Peninsula Croisette, Marshall was the first to compete and set a standard that no other could match after jumping double clear in a time of 46.16 seconds. He was his own best competition as his second horse, Peninsula Wooper, was also double clear in the jump-off with a slower time of 47.25 seconds.Owned by Bryte Enterprises Ltd., Peninsula Croisette is a Dutch Warmblood by Indoctro out of Quita Z by the selle francais sire, Quito de Baussy. Bryte Enterprises Ltd. is also the owner of Peninsula Wooper, a Dutch Warmblood by Radisson out of Baleria by Natural.The Five-Year-Old Western Canadian Championship was claimed by Jay Duke of Okotoks, AB, riding his own Grappa. Grappa jumped clear and was awarded an impressive style score of 48 points out of a possible 50 to easily win the championship title. Registered Hannoverian, Grappa’s breeding features Graf Grannus as his sire while his dam, Baronesse, is out of the thoroughbred sire, Bold Indian.The Reserve Championship title in the Five-Year-Old Division went to Zapatero, ridden by Arrie Koppe and owned by Nicole Gergely of Coaldale, AB. Zapatero is a Dutch Warmblood by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve out of a Voltaire dam.Josef Selinger was the proud breeder and owner of the Four-Year-Old Western Canadian Champion. JES Patagonia, ridden by Taylor Boyd, earned a perfect jumping score of 50 and a subjective style score of 42 to claim the Championship title with a total of 92 points. JES Patagonia is a registered Canadian Warmblood by the thoroughbred sire, Yavari, out of the Canadian Warmblood dam, Charm, by Carthago Sun I.The Four-Year-Old Reserve Championship title went to Chilly Pepper, owned by Frank Selinger of Calgary, AB, and ridden by Nicki Wilcox. Bred by Selinger’s St. George’s Stables, Chilly Pepper is a Canadian Warmblood sired by Carthago Sun I and out of Chit Chat by Cappuccino.Previously held at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC, the move of the Western Canadian Young Horse Championships to Calgary encouraged greater participation from Alberta breeders and young horse owners. The $20,000 in prize money, which was broken down to $8,000 for the Six-Year-Old division and $6,000 for both the Five and Four-Year-Old Divisions, was also a great incentive.“The number of horses registered from the west increased significantly in 2009, and we hope to see that trend continue next year,” noted Phil Henning, Chair of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series.Plans are underway to expand the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series in western Canada for 2010, and a committee is being formed to oversee the scoring, sanctioning of Canadian Jumper Development Series shows, and sponsorship. Volunteers interested in serving on this committee, or those interested in sharing opinions on how to increase participation in western Canada, are encouraged to contact [email protected] purpose of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series is to encourage the development of young show jumping talent and to give Canadian breeders additional incentives to breed superior show jumping prospects. Competing on a level playing field, the horses are divided according to age and jump at a level suited to their development. This careful development allows the horses to gain valuable experience and advance to the higher levels of show jumping competition with confidence. The Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series also gives prospective buyers for the hunter and jumper markets an opportunity to view a large group of prospects in a competition setting.Proud supporters of the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series include Jump Canada, the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association, Lothlorien Farm, Gary Cooper, Dutch Masters Construction Services Ltd., Equus Integral (exclusive Canadian distributor of Cavalor and Devoucoux), Henry Equestrian, KingRidge Stables, Dr. Alan Manning, Mill Creek Stables, Peter Miller, Preston Sand and Gravel, Jennifer Rogers, Scotia McLeod, Sher-Al Farms, and W. Charlot Farms. An additional donation was made in memory of Morgan Firestone.For more information, please visit the Canadian Young Horse Jumper Development Series website at www.jumperdevelopment.com.Western Canadian Championships – Rocky Mountain Classic II, Calgary, ABSix-Year-Old DivisionHorse Owner RiderChampion Peninsula Croisette Bryte Enterprises Ltd. Marshall WhyteReserve Peninsula Wooper Bryte Enterprises Ltd. Marshall Whyte3. Solar Power* Gillian Orr Pam Yerxa4. Dan the Man* Tannis Skinner Guillen Tannis Skinner Guillen5. Carlucci II Julie George Emily GeorgeFive-Year-Old DivisionHorse Owner RiderChampion Grappa Jay Duke Jay DukeReserve Zapatero Nicole Gergely Arrie Koppe3. Dorado* Kathie Stell Diane Cottreau4. KVF Zeno Lorrie Jamieson Lorrie Jamieson5. Precipitation Joyce Enders John TeijgemanFour-Year-Old DivisionHorse Owner RiderChampion J.E.S. Patagonia* Josef Selinger Taylor BoydReserve Chilly Pepper* Josef Selinger Nicki Wilcox3. Adara Park Royal Farms Kyle Timm4. Elvis* Alberta Label Specialist Ltd. Kelly Johnson5. La Chocolate* Kimberly Tackaberry Katelyn Wilson6. Contado Ute Brinkmann Jim Ifko7. Ethan Hawke* Marlene Drew Stephanie MahNOTE – The star * beside a horse’s name denotes that it is Canadian-bred. Horse Sport Enews Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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Youth Olympic Horses out of Quarantine

first_imgFor the first time in Olympic history, a ballot will be organised to pair the horses with the 30 young riders competing in the individual and team Jumping events at the Games. The horses were specially trained over an eight-month period at Glen Haven Park in Queensland, Australia. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. The Singapore Youth Olympic Games take place from 14 to 26 August.http://www.singapore2010.sg/ Email* The thirty horses that are to compete in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in August came out of their two-week post-arrival quarantine in Singapore today. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Greg Kuti and Prudence Capture $5,000 Hunter Derby in Ottawa

first_imgGreg Kuti of Schomberg, ON, riding Prudence won the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby held Saturday evening, August 14, during the CSI2* National Capital Show Jumping Tournament at the Nepean National Equestrian Park in Ottawa, ON.The $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby attracted stiff competition as a total of 35 entries vied for victory, as well as an Antares ‘Spooner’ saddle, donated by Antares Canada Inc., which was awarded to the winner.The $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby consisted of a series of fences with no related distances, and competitors had the choice of completing the course at a height of either 3’ or 3’6. Held on the grass grand prix field at the Nepean National Equestrian Park, riders had to navigate their mounts through a roll back turn, a jump on the peak of a steep bank, and through a grob ditch.The judges were looking for the horse that exemplified the style, movement and manner that typifies hunter competition. Following the first round of competition, the judges invited eight horse-rider combinations back for a second round of competition. The riders’ second round scores were added together with their first round scores to produce the winner.“I am looking for form, pace, quality and performance,” said senior judge Peter Van Guysling of New York. “The horse has to be a good jumper, and have a good attitude. It has to be a horse you would want to fox hunt on and enjoy.”Senior judge Christine Renwick of Ottawa, ON, agreed.“The fox hunt is what the hunter discipline is based on,” said Renwick, who actively rides with the Ottawa Valley Hunt.That horse proved to be Prudence, an eight-year-old chestnut selle francais mare piloted by Kuti and owned by Carolynne Jardine. Jardine purchased Prudence last fall from Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable in Schomberg, ON. The pair scored an impressive 85 out of a possible 100 points in the first round, and went on the match their score in the second round for a total of 170 points.“It was so much fun!” exclaimed Kuti, who operates Chor-Be Farm in Schomberg, ON. “It feels so good to win, especially at such a fantastic venue: it is one of the last premiere facilities in North America.“The course designer, Tracy Howard, did a great job; she was creative but kept it simple,” continued Kuti. “I am so proud of Prudence, she is just a very special horse; a real lady. This was our first hunter derby, but we hope to do more.”Kuti was also proud to lay claim to the Antares saddle, saying, “The Antares is one of the nicest saddles in the entire world to ride in.”David Marion, President of Antares Canada Inc., said of sponsorship of the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby, “I wanted to do something to support the event. “It was nice to donate a prize for an amateur division, as they do not always get recognized, and support the sport from the ground up. Plus, Greg’s round was perfect; he really deserved to win the Antares saddle. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.”Placing second in the $5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby was Taylor’s Design, owned and ridden by Taylor Mulligan. The pair came close to catching Kuti, posting scores of 84 in the first round and 83 in the second, for a total of 167.Landing in third position was Winston, ridden by Carly Campbell- Cooper and owned by Triple C Stables of Elora, ON. Receiving a score of 82 in the first round and 84 in the second round, the pair finished only one point behind the runner-up with a score of 166.The Jump Canada Hunter Derby is a new event introduced by Jump Canada to give recognition and build support for hunter competition.“I’m thrilled that we were chosen to host this event,” said Ainsley Hayes, National Capital Show Jumping Tournament Event Manager. “We have one of the best grand prix fields in North America, so why should the jumpers get to use it exclusively? There was a huge turn-out, which shows that the Hunter Derby is a growing trend. People are really excited about it.”The two-week National Capital Show Jumping Tournament runs from August 11-15 and 18-22 at the Nepean National Equestrian Park, conveniently located at the 417 Queensway and Moodie Drive. The second week of competition will feature the CSI2* $32,000 Brookstreet CompetitiveJumpers.com Open Welcome on Thursday, the $15,000 ATCO Jumping Derby on Friday, and Saturday’s CSI2* $118,000 Angelstone Productions Grand Prix, Presented by Brookstreet, and Blue Rodeo concert.For more information on the National Capital Show Jumping Tournament, please visit http://www.hayesco.ca/.$5,000 Jump Canada Hunter Derby– Final ResultsRider/Hometown/Horse/1. Greg Kuti/Schomberg, ON/Prudence2. Taylor Mulligan/Merrickville, ON/Taylor’s Design3. Carly Campbell-Cooper/Elora, ON/Winston4. Alexa Law/Toronto, ON/Chagall5. Jean-Nicholas Goyette/Ocala, FL/Cotopaxi6. Kimberly Lewtas/Orangeville, ON/Jinjovan We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

“Cowboy Man” Lyle Lovett to Headline WEG Closing Ceremonies

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews One of America’s finest songwriters, Lyle Lovett, will bring the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to a vibrant finale at the October 10th closing ceremonies in Lexington, Ky.Known for his versatility and musicality across many genres, from country and bluegrass to swing, folk ballads, gospel and blues, the four-time Grammy Award winner and his Large Band will provide a musical bookend to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games’ closing ceremonies’ celebration of iconic moments in U.S. history and culture.Lovett has celebrated nearly 30 years of hits including “If I Had a Boat,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “South Texas Girl,” “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas),” “She’s No Lady,” and his groundbreaking single, “Cowboy Man.”  On his 14th album, “Natural Forces” released last year, Lovett croons a poignant line that speaks to his equestrian spirit: “Home is where my horse is.”Lovett’s connection to the Games is not limited to the closing ceremonies. As a Texas native, he breeds and raises Quarter Horses for reining, competes non-professionally as a rider, and is involved in equestrian charity work. One of his horses, Smart and Shiny, is slated to be ridden by Italy’s Marco Ricotta in Reining.“Lyle Lovett is one of America’s greatest living singers and songwriters,” said Dr. Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. “As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games’ debut in the United States and we bid farewell to newfound friends the world over, no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett.”In addition to his music, Lovett has appeared in 12 feature films, including several directed by the highly-acclaimed Robert Altman. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Great Britain Scores on Home Ground

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Great Britain atoned for a slow start in the new FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing series by scoring a convincing victory in the second leg, held at the Subaru Houghton International Horse Trials (GBR) in Norfolk over the weekend, in which they beat Australia by nearly 30 penalties.Germany, winners of the opening competition at Fontainebleau (FRA) in March, finished a close third and remain at the head of the FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing leaderboard.Britain came last in Fontainebleau, but team trainer Yogi Breisner, determined to put on a good show on home ground, picked an unbeatable quartet headed by Piggy French and Jakata, individual winners of the CIC3* which incorporated the FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing.An individual third place for Sarah Cohen (Treason), and seventh for Francis Whittington (Sir Percival lll) helped stretch the winning margin. Team GB would have won even if counting the discard score of Mary King and Kings Temptress, who took it easy across country, and Britain has now jumped into equal third place with Spain in the FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing after two out of six legs.“This has been a great competition,” said Breisner. “This new FEI Nations’ Cup™ for Eventing is great for the sport. I’m pleased my strong team didn’t let us down on home soil. Britain’s potential Olympic squad was out in force in this CIC3* section after nearly two months without competing, and they did extremely well.”Seven nations fielded teams, and most riders are already based in Britain where they are all competing for Olympic places, but Breisner made special mention of the fifth-placed French squad who had travelled across the Channel and are now in second place on the FEI Nations’ Cup™ leaderboard. “It’s nice that so many riders, particularly the French, have come to Norfolk to support the team competition,” he said.New Zealand finished fourth, with Mark Todd heading his less experienced compatriots. Todd lost his Dressage lead with two Jumping time penalties on NZB Campino, his possible Olympic horse, and finished second individually by just 0.2 of a penalty.The winner, Piggy French, who is hoping to make her Olympic début this year, said: “It’s been difficult to keep Jakata right mentally and physically with so many cancellations [due to the wet weather in England]. But today he went really well without a big effort, he was on his game and in a different league.“It was so nice to be out doing something. Houghton is an amazing venue – I get so much support here as it’s near home. It was great to be part of a winning British team and I’m really hoping that having performed well under pressure, we can go all the way to the Olympics.”Francis Whittington, chairman of the Event Riders Association, added: “The FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing is a great addition to the sport. The Cross Country here at Houghton had a nice flow and asked all the right questions, especially for horses which had not competed for six weeks. Alec Lochore [course designer] used all the hills and twists which made you think, and it was a fair test from start to finish.”The recent cancellations of Badminton and Chatsworth meant that Houghton was inundated with entries. Organiser Alec Lochore, who will act as Director of Eventing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, commented: “It was a great honour to host this high-quality field with so many nations in this new competition, which I hope to see develop and expand in the coming years.”Subaru Houghton International team results:1. Great Britain 132.5Piggy French/Jakata 38.1; Sarah Cohen/Treason 46.3; Francis Whittington/Sir Percival lll 48.1; Mary King/Kings Temptress 58.6.2. Australia 160.2Lucinda Fredericks/Flying Finish 47.3; Catherine Burrell/Urzan 55.2; Sam Griffiths/Paulank Brockagh 57.7; Wendy Schaeffer/Koyuna Sun Dancer 64.33. Germany 162.3Bettina Hoy/Designer 50.8; Anna Warnecke/Twinkle Bee 53.7; Andreas Ostholt/Franco Jeas 57.84. New Zealand 165.1Mark Todd/NZB Campino 38.3; Lizzie Brown/Henton Attorney General 54; Kate Wood/Easy Tiger lV 72.8; Megan Heath/St Daniel 78.55.France 171.1Aurelien Khan/Cadiz 53.5; Eddy Sans/Mayland de Brunel 57.7; Lionel Guyon/Nemetis de Lalou 59.9; Denis Mesples/Oregon de la Vigne 80.86. Brazil 251.4Renan Guerreiro/Knockmore Lad 81.3; Marcio Jorge/Josephine MCJ 81.8; Jesper Martendal/Land Jimmy 88.3; Marcelo Tosi/Czarevitch de Z Retired Cross Country7. Spain 316.2Albert Hermoso Farras/Plaisir de Sorbon 83.8; Eduardo Via-Dufresne Mestres/Quica del Maset 104.5; Carlos Diaz Fernandez/Ingrato 127.9Full results for FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing after Houghton Hall can be viewed here. Tags: FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Lauren Barwick Inducted into Canadian Disability Hall of Fame

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Langley, BC was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame during the 22nd annual Hall of Fame Induction, held Oct. 30, 2015 at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON.One of the top-ranked Para-Dressage riders in the world, Barwick has represented Canada at the international level for over 12 years. She is a three-time Paralympian who has won more medals at major games than any other Canadian rider. Her major games accomplishments include bringing individual gold and silver medals home from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and winning Canada’s only medals, a silver and bronze, at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France.“This induction is a fabulous affirmation of all the effort and work that I’ve put into being the best me I can be as a person with a disability, and being a good representation of a Canadian citizen,” commented Barwick, when asked what this induction means to her. “There are no guarantees in life, so for me, I took having a disability as a challenge, not just to overcome, but a challenge to rise to the occasion.”In addition to Barwick, who was inducted into the Athlete category, two other individuals were honoured during this year’s event. Celebrated personal injury lawyer and long-time accredited Paralympics photographer, Bernard Gluckstein, was inducted into the Builder category, while beloved political satirist for CBC, Rick Mercer, was inducted into the Achiever category in recognition of his dedicated and tireless promotion of Paralympic athletes.The Canadian Disability Hall of Fame was created to permanently recognize outstanding Canadians who make extraordinary contributions to enriching the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. It is located at Metro Hall in Toronto, ON, and is open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For more information on the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, click here. Tags: Lauren Barwick, Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Brilliant Bronze

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* After six rounds of show jumping and a six-way jump-off for the gold, Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the bronze medal, Peder Fredricson and All In won the silver for Sweden, and Nick Skelton with Big Star earned the gold medal for Great Britain.Lamaze originally purchased Fine Lady as a 1.50m speed horse, but the feisty mare that knocked down just a single rail during the Games has gone well beyond. Even Lamaze remains surprised at what she continues to deliver.“If you’d asked me once we bought her if we would be at the Rio Olympics with her, I would say you are crazy. If you asked me at the beginning of last year if I was going to Rio with her, I would say no way. At that Masters last year, I’d say no, not at all,” he said after the team final. “In Geneva, last year, in the Geneva Grand Slam she was third in that grand prix – a million-dollar grand prix – and I used her only because Power Play wasn’t well. Everything I keep asking her, she does.”Her success, however, is no accident. Lamaze’s second individual Olympic medal is just a much a tribute to his training as to his riding. He carefully managed her show schedule to give her the confidence she needed to win at this level. “Spruce Meadows is the best venue for preparing for Championships,” he said of his Olympic training regime which involved the summer tournaments in Calgary and then the CHIO in Aachen before travelling to Rio.“She probably has a more winning track record than any horse here, just not at this height,” was teammate Tiffany Foster’s comment on Eric’s planning. “She wins and wins and wins, but Eric did that on purpose because it has a lot to do with the horse’s confidence. He didn’t overface her before –  not that she couldn’t do this – but he let her come in here feeling like she was on top of the world with the thought that two holes bigger and two inches wider, she was going to continue on that role.”The individual gold medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Lamaze is now one of just six riders to have two individual medals in show jumping, and is already making future plans.“It all depends on what horse you have at that particular time in your career. At our stage as you get older, if you feel you have the right horse for the job, it makes you keep going,” he said of his chances for competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He discussed the possibility with Ian Millar who was here supporting his daughter, Amy. “He told me that he’s going to Tokyo. I told him that if he’s going to Tokyo, I’ll go with him!”The decorated athlete is still most appreciative of what it means to win an Olympic medal. “In my experience, people quickly forget what you’ve won when it comes down to a grand prix, but an Olympic medal stays with you forever. People refer to me not as the guy that won Aachen or Spruce Meadows, but they refer to my gold medal. The medal stays with you forever. The grand prix, once it’s over, people forget about it.”Canadian team mates Yann Candele and Tiffany Foster also made it into the individual final. Yann and First Choice had 12 faults in the first round and did not proceed. “My horse is a bit tired today. Already the practice was a little bit harder to warm-up,” he said of getting his horse ready for his fourth day of competition. The pair were also the first to go in the jump-off for the team bronze medal and so had expended more effort than many others.Foster and Tripple X III had the last jump in the first round and then 16 jumping and one time fault in the second round. “He just felt pretty tired. He really jumps from his heart, and I felt like he was just a little cooked,” she said of the 16-year-old stallion. “He can jump mountains, but he has to have his heart into it.”This is Foster’s second Olympics. She was a part of the 2010 Olympics in London, but was disqualified after the first round when the ground jury found her mount, Victor, to have an area of hypersensitivity. She was delighted with her improvement, “I’ve never ridden in the individual final in any Championship, so I got far and I’m thrilled with my horse. He gave me everything he had this whole week.”It was Nick Skelton’s seventh Olympic Games and, at 58, he became the oldest Olympic champion in an equestrian event. He considers this achievement the crown in his decorated career. “It’s capped my career. I’ve been in the sport a long, long time and to win this here, now …. I’m so happy. It’s amazing.”Big Star was off with an injury for a few years and Skelton and his team have been nursing him back to health. “He has been a little bit rusty for a few days because for the last three years he hasn’t been to competitions as big as what he did two days ago. The last competition he won was the Grand Prix in Aachen in 2013 and since then he’s been injured, really. It took two years to get him back on track again. It’s taken a lot of work and a lot of people’s time, but I always knew in the back of my mind that if we could get him right again that he could do this. He is an absolutely amazing horse. You can trust him. He wants to do it. He has all the attributes and for me he’s the best horse I’ve ever had. I’m so pleased for him today,” he praised the 13-year-old stallion. “This is for him,” he concluded, pointing to the medal.Silver medalist Peder Fredricson was also on the silver medal-winning Swedish team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His 10-year-old gelding has had a number of fantastic finishes this year including wins at the CSIO 5* in Falsterbo and St. Gallen with a number of top placings at several other shows. “I’m sitting on a very good horse for these Games,” he said after about what he thought of his prospects ahead of time. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I was hoping for it.” Tags: 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2016 Rio Jumping, SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Canada Day at Spruce Meadows

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Nicolas Pizarro Finds Victory in Friends of the Meadows Cup; Eric Lamaze 4th with Coco BongoIt was a fantastic win for Mexico’s Nicolas Pizarro this morning in the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.50m at the Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ Tournament, presented by Rolex. This was Pizarro’s second CSI5* win at Spruce Meadows after earning another victory back in 2014 aboard Colasko. Pizarro, who finished double clear with a time of 43.36 seconds, rode the 10 year-old Oldenburg mare, La Petite Fleur. Pizarro commented on his win,“today was a great day, I went very early in this class and I haven’t competed on this horse for very long – it belongs to one of my students – but I have been developing her since she was six. I thought It was a very nice course and being clear, I was first to go in the jump off which is always a little bit awkward. I think it’s always better to go near the end, but with such an amazing field of riders behind me, I really tried to do my best.” He continued, “I think I may have won with my approach to the second last fence, though at the time I thought I would end up in second or third. I’m very excited, it is such a privilege to be on top today.”Kent Farrington (USA) followed very close behind Pizarro ending up just 0.38 seconds off the winning time. Kent commented, “the course really used the whole field, there were a lot of long gallops, so my plan for the jump off was to have a very smooth round and I thought it would be just enough to win – and I miscalculated by half a second – so that was unfortunate but I am very happy for Nicolas today and I’m thrilled with Dublin’s progress.”Following in third with a double clear and a time of 45.26 seconds was Peter Lutz (USA) aboard Retiro, a 12 year-old Warmblood gelding. Lutz said, “the conditions were outstanding today, both rounds of the course had a lot of space to gallop which really suited my horse who is very tall with a big stride so I was really able to take advantage of that. I was a little bit slow in the middle line of the jump off where I think I lost it but Retiro was great today and the courses had him jumping better and better each class.”McLain Ward Untouchable in Canada 150 Speed Events; Eric Lamaze 4th aboard Thalis de la RoqueMcLain Ward (USA) has made it a perfect three for three so far in the Canada 150 Speed Series, earning yet another victory in this afternoons Akita Drilling Cup.Riding Tina la Boheme, the 10 year-old mare who took Ward to victory during the ‘National’ Tournament, the duo once again performed a fast, flawless round to obtain top spot in the Akita Drilling Cup Table C event. Once again riding two horses in the competition, Ward was confident after having such great success aboard both Tina and HH Carlos Z. He commented, “I think we know the course pretty well now, maybe Carlos a little too well, he went to turn a little too fast at fence two – or perhaps I was being a little too cute myself. Both horses have been phenomenal I’m thrilled with them and even having the drive by with Carlos – when you’re trying to win you put everything on the line – sometimes those things can happen.” When asked about his decisions on the Canadian themed Leopoldo Palacios (VEN) designed course, Ward mentioned, “on the option for fence six, I personally go for the train fence as opposed to the hockey sticks, I find it much less careful with more for the horses to focus on – you can ride it a bit more aggressively – I’ve liked it from day one.” Ward arrived to the finish line with a time of 70.19 seconds – slightly behind his winning times in the past two series events, when asked where his plan may have changed he commented, “My plan had always been eight strides from fence 11 to 12, but Tina had jumped the Duncan Ross Cup on Friday so she was getting a little low on gas – I felt like she landed a bit slow – but I’d been fast to that point. I also knew Carlos Z was still to come so I went for the more cautious nine strides which was more of a tactical decision to try and log a good round and hopefully end up in the top three.” In the end, celebrating with a fantastic Canada Day crowd, Ward was fast enough to once again land another international win at the Spruce Meadows Summer Series.The Canada 150 speed series champion will be awarded to the top placing Horse/Rider combination. The current leader in the series is Beezie Madden(USA) aboard Con Taggio with 128 points, while McLain Ward holds both second and third position with his mounts Tina la Boheme scoring 100 points and HH Carlos Z with 95 points.Canada Day at Spruce Meadows was a huge success with a full house of fans enjoying such a thrilling event. The evening continued with a wonderful live performance by the 45-piece Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra for thousands of delighted guests on the Founders Plaza. Championship sport continues tomorrow with our main event, the ‘Pan American’ Grand Prix, presented by Rolex.See all results here. Tags: Eric Lamaze, McLain Ward, Spruce Meadows Pan American, Coco Bongo, Thalis de la Roque, Nicolas Pizarro, La Petite Fleur, Tina la Boheme, SIGN UP last_img read more

Tenth Endurance Horse Listed Dead in UAE Winter Season

first_imgThe number of horses officially listed as dead in the current UAE winter endurance season rose to 10 today (February 23rd).Australian-bred nine-year-old Amihh PP sustained a fatal injury in the second loop of a national ladies race at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, after leading the first loop with an average speed of 30.2 kph. He was ridden by Natasha Zakaria, 29, of Jordan, who last week was eliminated from a FEI ride at Boudhieb for “not conforming to many rules” with another horse.The fatal race was quite a step up in pace for Amihh PP, bought by Nad al Sheba Stables in 2015. He was last ridden in the 120km CEN Jumeirah Endurance Cup in December where he retired at gate one. He also completed a CEI 80km on the October 30, 2017, also under Zakaria, at an average speed of 17.3kph.The worst known death toll at a ride in the current desert season occurred with three catastrophic injuries in the Commemoration Day national ride at Dubai in November.While the official UAE death toll fails to decrease, in December the FEI also acknowledged that many horses escape inclusion in its official fatality statistics if they are not euthanised till they get home https://horsesport.com/horse-news/fei-transparency-endurance-horse-deaths/The FEI introduced the code CI – Catastrophically Injured – in 2014 in a bid to show more transparency, but studies by the Clean Endurance community have so far found 26 horses since 2014 registered dead the exact same day as their last rides but not recorded as CI in official ride results.The failure to effect significant reform in the UAE was also raised last week by Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare, who wrote frankly to top UK magazine Horse & Hound magazine. His intervention followed a welfare seminar hosted by Endurance GB, which recently entered into controversial new funding arrangements with the UAE.Mr Owers said: “Irresponsible horse sport directly contravenes the FEI Code of Conduct, which holds the welfare of the horse as paramount, is unethical and is abhorrent to both the wider horse world and the general public. Endurance is one sport with only one reputation, and if it is seen to tolerate horse abuse and exploitation, it will lose its social licence to exist. What hurts the horse hurts the sport and the sooner we all realise this the better.” More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img read more

Para-Dressage Training Camp with Sarah Rodger & Clive Milkins

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce a Para-Dressage Training Camp with FEI 5* Para-Dressage Judge, Sarah Rodger and EC Para-Dressage High Performance Technical Leader, Clive Milkins, has been set for May 13-15, 2018 in Almonte, ON.The Para-Dressage Training Camp will provide an educational and interactive training program for National Para-Dressage Team athletes and coaches in advance of the CDI 3* / CPEDI 3* Ottawa Dressage Festival on May 17-20, 2018 in Ottawa, ON. The three day event will focus on test riding, with an emphasis on feedback from Rodger. In addition, the training camp will include one-on-one sessions with Rodger and Milkins, as well as team veterinarian, Dr. Alan Manning and members of the EC Integrated Support Team (IST) for the Canadian Equestrian Team.What: Para-Dressage Training CampWhen: May 13-15, 2018Where: Willaway Farm – 514 Ramsay Concession 12, Almonte, ON K0A 1A0Who: Priority will be given to 2018 Para-Dressage National Team Program and 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games declared athletes with their personal coaches, but the training camp is open to all athletes, coaches, parents, judges and other officials.Cost: Para-Dressage National Team Program Athletes – Fee waived*Athletes with Personal Coaches – $250 per day or $500 for all three daysAuditors – $75 per day or $125 for all three days*The training camp fee will be covered for athletes and personal coaches who are part of the 2018 Para-Dressage National Team Program (National Squad, Development Squad and Talent ID Squad). These athletes will be responsible for covering their own transportation, accommodations and stabling, and for arranging a borrowed horse, if necessary.The fee includes full access to the clinic and lunch each day.Registration: Complete and submit the registration form to [email protected] by April 27, 2018.About Sarah RodgerFEI 5* Para-Dressage Judge, Sarah Rodger (GBR) began riding as a child in Pony Club, and regularly hunted. While working for dressage legend, Ferdi Eilberg, she competed in eventing up to the advanced level until an injury in 1985 resulted in paraplegia.Encouraged and inspired by world-renowned dressage judge, Stephen Clarke (GBR) to become involved in judging and coaching, Rodger became a British Dressage Judge in 1987. In 1993, she became an FEI International Para-Dressage Judge, and was promoted to the 5* level in 1996. During a judging career that has spanned three decades, she has been fortunate to judge at numerous major games, including three Paralympic Games and four World Equestrian Games.Rodger has also coached all levels in a variety of disciplines, including eventing, show jumping, dressage and driving. She finds great satisfaction in watching her students enjoy improving their abilities and progressing with their horse beyond their initial expectations.About Clive MilkinsMilkins, who was appointed as the EC Para-Dressage High Performance Technical Leader in March 2017, is a graduate of the United Kingdom (UK) Sport Elite Coaching Program, a Fellow of Riding for the Disabled, and a Level 3 UK Certified Coach. He also has a long list of qualifications in equine business management, horse management, and teaching, and has been involved in para-dressage for over 25 years, training horses and coaching athletes to the highest levels of success on the world stage.For more information about this clinic, please contact Jamie-Ann Goodfellow, Para-Dressage Coordinator, at [email protected] or 1-866-282-8395 x 146. Tags: Para-Dressage, Sarah Rodger, About Clive Milkins, Para-Dressage Training Camp, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email*last_img read more

Kent Farrington kicks off CHI Geneva with a speedy win

first_img Email* USA’s Kent Farrington produced a lightning-fast round aboard his notoriously fast mount, Creedance, to claim the Trophée de Genève at CHI Geneva. This victory secures Farrington’s spot in Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix, where he will be hoping to emulate his success of 2017 and become the next Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping live contender.How did you produce such a fast round?I brought Creedance here because he is so fast and he does a lot by himself so I just try to stay out of his way and let him go, which is usually the best plan. He’s actually won this class before, so he really knows what he’s doing and he showed that tonight.You have had a lot of success at this Major, how does it feel to be back?Yes, I think this is one of the best, if not the best show of the year. All the top riders, all the greatest horses are here and every class feels important. Each class is hard to win and, of course, it’s part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping so it’s very special. I’m just really glad I have started off so well and hopefully we can keep it up.Looking ahead to Sunday, which horse will you be riding in the Rolex Grand Prix?The plan is to ride Gazelle. I am going to do the normal routine, let her get some small rounds under her belt for her confidence and the go for it on Sunday.Full results here. Tags: Kent Farrington, Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, CHI Geneva, Creedance, Trophée de Genève, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Kevin Babington Update: Funds still needed for treatment

first_imgFor the many of you who contact me regularly and are aware of Silver Oak’s involvement in Kevin’s recovery I’m sending this, another update, to be transparent and efficient. I must start by telling you the patience, valor, kindness to all around him, and outright tenacity Kevin exhibits every day is beyond inspiring. He is concerned about everybody other than himself. In short, it’s the Kevin we always knew albeit dealing with an extraordinary challenge.Kevin and Dianna remain very much immersed in this sport in every way caring for clients, growing their sales and training business and lending their considerable expertise everywhere in the sport possible. Kevin continues to make physical progress and in fact Diana and Kevin just returned from the Mayo clinic. Based on his considerable progress and overall health he has been entered into a very limited stem cell trial for the month of April at the Mayo clinic, one of a dozen such individuals. The first such trial saw a shocking percentage of the participants regain considerable mobility.Through all this nobody has heard Kevin complain, his continual comments to me amplify his concern for everybody around him never speaking a word about his discomfort which is considerable. The monumental patience, focus, and aptitude to see the big longer-term picture is staggering. His dedication to his physical therapy has mystified his doctors.Our community has continued to come forward financially supporting the considerable cost of his care. The trial at the Mayo clinic will not be covered by insurance and continued donations to one of either the Babington Family Trust or the Babington Foundation are still very much needed. Even small donations add up and those are best made to: The Babington Family Trust with checks sent to: PO Box 771 Gwynedd Valley, PA – 19437 or you can donate via GoFundMe. Tags: fundraising, Kevin Babington, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Email*last_img read more

13-year-old told investigators he wanted to be ‘the next school shooter’: Officials

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DAVENPORT, Fla.) A 13-year-old boy who was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act allegedly told investigators that he wanted to become the “next school shooter.”The teen was taken into custody early Saturday after a woman called 911 to report a “young man” who was barefoot and passed out drunk on the sidewalk in the city of Davenport, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.He was “falling everywhere,” “nodding out” and had “bruises all over him,” a woman said in the 911 call obtained by ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV.After the boy was taken to a local hospital, he allegedly made alarming statements to investigators that prompted them to investigate further and take him in for an involuntary mental health evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act.The teen allegedly told Polk County sheriff’s deputies that “he wanted to die and see God” and that “he wanted to kill a lot of kids,” according to a press release.The 13-year-old also said that he wanted to “shoot up” Westside K-8 School in Osceola County, from which he was expelled from last month, because he wanted to be the “next school shooter,” the sheriff’s office said.The boy said that he wanted to commit the killings because some of the children at the school “snitched” on him and got him expelled. He also said that he was expelled and charged with threatening a student from the school because the student “tried him.”The teen also claimed that he buried a handgun in his neighbor’s backyard because he didn’t want his mother to know that he had one, but no gun was found, according to the press release.The boy told investigators at the hospital that he had drunk an entire bottle of liquor from his parents’ liquor cabinet as well as taken a bunch of “happy pills.”The teen had threatened to bring a knife to school and kill another teen, according to the press release. He was expelled from the school in February for making similar statements and for “written threats to kill.” The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also took him into custody under the Baker Act at the time of his expulsion.During a search of the teen’s home, detectives found images of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, as well as images from the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado on his Playstation, the sheriff’s office said.Eric Harris, whose son attends Westside K-8 School, told WFTV that “you have to take a threat very seriously,” even if the student tries to pass it off as a joke.“They gotta learn they can’t joke like that,” Harris said.ABC News is not identifying the teen because he is a minor. He was charged in Polk County for aggravated stalking as a result of the most recent incident.“This teen is clearly in trouble,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “We hope he receives the treatment he needs to deal with his desires to hurt himself and others, but we have also placed him under arrest for felony aggravated stalking. We cannot allow anyone of any age to get away with criminal threats to kill, especially when they are aimed toward schoolchildren.”The boy was still in custody in a juvenile assessment center as of Tuesday, WFTV reported. ABC News could not immediately reach a representative for him.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Clean-up starts after flooding in Richfield Saturday

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GoFundMe campaign to help homeless vet was ‘predicated on a lie,’ prosecutor says

first_imgABC News(BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J.) — The “heartwarming tale” of a New Jersey couple helping drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt was “predicated on a lie,” designed to dupe thousands of people into contributing to a GoFundMe campaign, a prosecutor said Thursday.Bobbitt, and the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, allegedly conspired to concoct a story to tug at the hearts and wallets of kindhearted individuals, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference Thursday. They initially sought to raise $10,000. But the wildly successful GoFundMe campaign brought in over $400,000.But every shred of the trio’s story, including the part that Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure out of a roadside jam when she ran out of gas, was all bogus, Coffina said.“The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Coffina said. “Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake.”In one of the texts read by Coffina, McClure allegedly wrote to a friend, “Ok, so wait, the gas part is completely made up but the guy isn’t. I had to make something up to make people feel bad. So, shush about the made up stuff.”GoFundMe, which has cooperated in the investigation, has agreed to refund money to the 14,000 people who donated to Bobbitt.“While this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it’s unacceptable and clearly it has consequences. Committing fraud, whether it takes place on or offline is against the law. We are fully cooperating and assisting law enforcement officials to recover every dollar withdrawn by Ms. McClure and Mr. D’Amico,” GoFundMe said in a statement.Coffina said the suspected fraudsters might have gotten away with the scam had Bobbitt not filed a lawsuit against McClure and D’Amico in August, accusing them of withholding the funds from him.He said the money is all gone, most of it squandered by McClure and D’Amico on gambling, numerous luxury handbags, a New Year’s trip to Las Vegas and a BMW. The couple also used the donated funds to pay back $9,000 they owed to relatives.McClure, 28, D’Amico, 39, and Bobbitt, 34, were all charged with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. They voluntarily surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, and have since been released, Coffina said.Bobbitt was arrested Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Police Department on charges of being a fugitive from justice, according to Philadelphia police. He is expected to be extradited to Burlington County to face charges related to the GoFundMe case.Reached Thursday morning, an attorney for McClure and D’Amico told ABC News, “We have no comment. Have a nice day.”In numerous media appearances, McClure claimed she was driving to meet a friend in September 2017 when she ran out of gas around midnight on the I-95 exit ramp near Philadelphia and Bobbitt, who was sleeping under a nearby overpass, came to her rescue. She claimed Bobbitt spent his last $20 to buy her gas.“I pulled over to the side of the road as far as I could and I was going to get out and walk to the nearest gas station because it was not that far away, and that’s when I met Johnny,” McClure said last November in a “Good Morning America” interview. “He walked up and he said, ‘Get back in the car. Lock the doors. I’ll be back.’ I was just like, ‘OK.’”She said Bobbitt used his panhandling money to get her out of the jam.“I almost couldn’t believe it,” McClure added. “I said, ‘Thank you…I swear, I’ll be back. I promise I’ll be back to give you [the] money back.’”Hoping to repay Bobbitt for the apparent generous act, McClure and D’Amico set up a GoFundMe online account that tugged at people’s hearts and wallets.“I just got her gas to help her get back on her way. I didn’t think anything about it. I wasn’t expecting anything in return,” Bobbitt told “Good Morning America.” “That’s how I got the money to start with — from other people. [I had to] return the favor. I can’t constantly take and not give back.”Now it’s unclear if the entire story was false.Burlington County prosecutors said they would not discuss the case until Thursday afternoon.In August, Bobbitt filed a lawsuit accusing McClure and D’Amico of committing fraud by taking more than half of the money they raised for themselves. His attorney alleged in court papers that the couple treated the donations like their “personal piggy bank to fund a lifestyle that they could not otherwise afford.”D’Amico and McClure denied the allegations.In September, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office launched a criminal investigation into the missing GoFundMe donations and raided the couple’s home, seizing a BMW and other belongings.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Remembering the women who helped MLK propel the civil rights movement

first_imgDr. Martin Luther King with his wife Correta Scott. (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — As the nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, what would have been his 90th birthday, it is also a time to remember the women who helped King propel the civil rights movement forward.“There would be no King holiday, no civil rights movement, no opportunity to be reflective of how far we’ve come if it wasn’t for scores of women,” said Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University.“For every name we know, there are scores of names we don’t know because of sexism,” she said. “It’s incredible, the fact that women still continue to participate and make sure that more room is created so that future generations don’t have to confront the biases that women in the past faced.”There were women who boycotted, women who organized carpools and held bake sales and women who strategized with King, all of whom helped chart the course of history.Here are five women to know more about as the nation marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day:Coretta Scott King“I believe Martin was chosen, I believe I was chosen, and I say to the kids, this family was chosen as well,” Coretta Scott King said in her posthumous memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy.Scott King, a mother of four, remained by her husband’s side throughout his almost 13 years as the leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement and up until his assassination in 1968.She would ultimately go on to preserve her husband’s memory through the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as lobby for 15 years to help establish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.Journalist Barbara Reynolds, who traveled with Scott King and wrote her posthumous memoir, said people have to look no further than the Montgomery bus boycott to see Scott King’s influence.Just before the boycott, in 1956, the Kings’ Montgomery house was bombed while Scott King was home alone with their infant daughter. They both survived and Scott King refused to leave Montgomery, even after her father and father-in-law pleaded with her to do so.“She told them that she was married to Martin but she was also married to the movement,” Reynolds recalled. “Dr. King later said that if she had left, he would have left and if he would have left, people say there may have never been a Montgomery bus boycott.”“We have to talk about the courage of the women in this movement,” Reynolds said.Dorothy CottonDorothy Cotton was invited by King to work at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the center of the civil rights movement.Cotton served as the conference’s national director of education for 12 years, helping to train countless activists in non-violent action. She was the only female member of the executive staff and a close confidant of King, according to the Cotton Institute.Cotton is credited with typing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a hotel room in Washington. She was also in Memphis, at the same hotel as King, before his assassination in 1968, according to The New York Times.Jo Ann RobinsonJo Ann Robinson was a college professor who is remembered as the real architect of the Montgomery bus boycott, according to Reynolds.King even praised Robinson in his memoir.“Apparently indefatigable, she, perhaps more than any other person, was active on every level of the protest,” he wrote, according to the King Institute at Stanford University.Robinson was the first person in her family to graduate from college and became a teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. There, Robinson was degraded by a bus driver for sitting in the bus’ “whites only” section, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.When Robinson later became president of the Women’s Political Council in Montgomery, she made it a priority to desegregate the city’s buses. She became a key player behind the scenes of the Montgomery bus boycott and was arrested and faced acts of violence and intimidation.Robinson was among the boycott’s leaders who eventually had their homes guarded by state police, according to the NMAAHC.Ella BakerElla Baker is credited with organizing and guiding countless leaders through her work at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.She moved from New York City to Atlanta in the late 1950s to help King run the SCLC. Baker then went on to organize student activists with the SNCC after the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins where black college students were denied service at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, according to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.“She believed in the power of every person to be a leader,” said Chatelain. “Her principles informed the generation of people whom King was able to mobilize.”Baker was nicknamed “Fundi,” a Swahili word meaning a person who teaches a craft to the next generation, according to the Ella Baker Center.Rosa ParksRosa Parks is famous for starting the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a public bus. But historians say there is much more to the woman known as the “mother of the civil rights movement.”“She is hugely important and hugely misunderstood,” said Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. “Her stand on the Montgomery bus came out of her long resistance.”Parks was a lifelong activist who served as secretary and youth leader of her local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to the The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which she co-founded in the 1980s to help young people.Years before the bus boycott, Parks helped work on behalf of Recy Taylor, a young black mother and sharecropper who was abducted and gang raped in Alabama by six white men.“She investigated sexual violence against black women, was thinking of the ways black women were ignored by justice system and she organized other black women,” Chatelain said of Parks. “Her activism before the bus boycott was strong.”Parks “created a platform that King could carry on,” according to Chatelain.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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NASA is preparing for first all-female spacewalk

first_imgSTR/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  A trio of ladies will take three giant leaps forward for women in space later this month.NASA has announced the first-ever all-female spacewalk will take place on March 29, right at the end of Women’s History Month.NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk with the assistance of Kristen Facciol, a Canadian Space Agency flight controller.Facciol will be on the console at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. McClain and Koch are part of the Expedition 59 crew at the International Space Station.McClain and Koch’s spacewalk is expected to last seven hours, according to NASA. A spacewalk is defined by NASA as “anytime an astronaut gets out of a vehicle while in space.”The goal of McClain and Koch’s spacewalk is to upgrade batteries on the space station, a NASA spokeswoman told Good Morning America.The spacewalk will also be led by two more women, Mary Lawrence, lead flight director, and Jackie Kagey, lead spacewalk flight controller, according to NASA.Facciol, the flight controller, celebrated her history-making assignment in a tweet with the hashtags #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering and #WomenInSpace. First fit check of our actual spacecraft – the Soyuz rocket! This will be the last time we test the systems while wearing our launch and landing space suits. Great to see the real deal with the crew! pic.twitter.com/H7SdhgFuSn— Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) March 6, 2019McClain also joined NASA in 2013, the year NASA’s astronaut class was 50 percent female. She is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a Senior Army Aviator with more than 2,000 flight hours, according to NASA. She has been stationed at the International Space Station since December.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. I just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can not contain my excitement!!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 1, 2019center_img If while I was growing up someone told me that one day I would get to represent the #Canadian and #NASA flags in a single photo, I would have never believed them. Today I proudly get to do just that. @csa_asc @NASA_Johnson pic.twitter.com/gbDJO5ERpk— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) June 12, 2018Koch, a Michigan native, was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2013. She is scheduled to launch next week and will join the International Space Station as a flight engineer, according to NASA.last_img read more

US Customs and Border Protection detain 9-year-old US citizen for 32 hours without her parents at border

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(SAN YSIDRO, Calif) — Federal officials at the Mexico border detained a 9-year-old U.S. citizen for 32 hours without her parents in order “to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship,” according to a statement released Friday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The girl’s mother told NBC San Diego that her daughter and son cross the San Ysidro checkpoint daily to attend school. With traffic backed up, a family friend driving the siblings allowed them to walk so they wouldn’t be late, the mother said.ABC News was unable to reach the family for comment.Both children carried passport cards, but only the teenage boy was allowed entry into the U.S. while the girl was taken into custody, according to CBP. The agency said the 9-year-old had provided “inconsistent information during her inspection.” She was taken into custody at 10:15 a.m. Monday and released to her mother on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.“It’s important that CBP officials positively confirm the identity of a child traveling without a parent or legal guardian,” the CBP stated.Border officials have come under intense scrutiny especially in San Diego, which has been used as a testing ground for the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy. First implemented at the San Ysidro port of entry, the new plan requires asylum applicants to return to Mexico while they wait for a court date.The policy is designed to address the recent influx of Central American asylum seekers at the southern border. It does not apply to Mexican citizens who are allowed to wait in the U.S. while they make their case.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Murder of prominent 1970s Hollywood director Barry Crane solved 34 years later, police say

first_imgDenver Post via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The mysterious death of a prominent Hollywood TV director and producer may have finally been solved — 34 years later.Barry Crane was found dead in his garage in North Hollywood, rolled up naked in bed sheets, by a housekeeper in July 1985. His death was ruled a homicide by bludgeoning and strangulation. Crane’s vehicle was stolen, but later recovered and police were able to recover forensic evidence.But the mystery of Crane’s death lingered for decades without being solved.He served as directer or producer on many of the biggest television shows of the 1970s and 1980s: Mission Impossible, Mannix, CHiPs, The Incredible Hulk, Hawaii Five-O, Dallas, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Trapper John, M.D. and Wonder Woman.In 2006, and again in 2018, a Los Angeles Police Department detective from Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) requested that evidence, including fingerprints, be retested. After an attempt in July 2018, RHD received a forensic match to Crane’s suspected killer: Edwin Hiatt, who resided in North Carolina, police said.Detectives traveled to Rutherford College, North Carolina, and interviewed Hiatt on March 8, during which Hiatt admitted to killing Crane, according to the LAPD. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of murder against Hiatt and issued an arrest warrant.The FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Hiatt on Thursday in North Carolina, where he is awaiting extradition to California.Appearing in court on Friday morning, Hiatt used a wheelchair and spoke in a mumble, according to his court-appointed lawyer, Steven Cheuvront. He will next appear in court on June 7.Hiatt was 18 years old in 1985, according to Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC. The station spoke to Hiatt as he was being taken to jail.“I don’t have a really good memory,” Hiatt said. “Anything is possible back then because I was big into drugs.”Crane, in addition to being a top TV director, was a renowned bridge player. Crane was described as having won more titles in the card game “than anyone else in the history of the game” by an article in The New York Times reporting his death.The American Contract Bridge League renamed its yearly top point-getter trophy after Crane in the wake of his murder.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Florida school principal removed after refusing to say Holocaust was ‘factual’

first_imgrecep-bg/iStock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A principal was removed from his post at a Florida high school on Monday after he told a parent that he considered the Holocaust to be a belief and not a fact.Officials with the School District of Palm Beach County said William Latson, formally principal of Spanish River High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, had been reassigned “out of an abundance of concern” for students and staff. School district officials did not disclose the entire email exchanged, but they said Latson, who served as the school’s principal since 2011, “made a grave error in judgment” when he responded to an email last year from a parent who reportedly wanted to make sure that Holocaust education was a priority at Spanish River.“Mr. Latson made a grave error in judgment in the verbiage he wrote in an email stating, ‘I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,’” the district said in a statement Monday. “In addition to being offensive, the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board.”It said Latson would be reassigned to a district position, effective immediately.The district’s decision followed a year-long investigation that it said began when the emails were first brought to the office’s attention.Officials said they previously instructed him to expand the Holocaust curriculum at Spanish River and ordered him to spend “several days at the United States Holocaust Museum to increase his personal knowledge.”“Despite these efforts, his leadership has become a major distraction for the school community,” the statement said. “It is, therefore, in the best interest of students and the larger school community to reassign Mr. Latson to a District position.”An online petition calling for Latson’s removal had accumulated more than 6,000 signatures as of Monday morning, according to The Palm Beach Post, which received a copy of the email exchange though a public records request. The school has a large Jewish population.“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” he said in one of the emails, according to The Palm Beach Post. “And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.”Latson told the outlet last week that he regretted his comments and said they “did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas man Tekoney Blackledge charged with murder of 62-year-old Saron James

first_imgThe James Family via Harris County Sheriffs Office(HOUSTON) — Texas police are searching for a 19-year-old man accused of killing a 62-year-old woman while she was riding in an SUV with her husband and just minutes away from their home.Tekoney Blackledge was charged with the murder of Saron James, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.Blackledge is not yet in custody and Gonzalez asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the sheriff’s office, he wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. Tekoney Blackledge has been charged, but he’s not yet in custody. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to please call @HCSOTexas at 713-274-9100. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/WRCnoHAyUL— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 23, 2019James was killed last Tuesday while she and her husband, Cleveland James, were driving him from a doctor’s appointment near Houston, police said.Shots erupted about 6:20 p.m. after James and her husband passed a white Audi SUV, which multiples witnesses allegedly saw speeding away from the area, officials said.Cleveland James did not immediately realize his wife had been shot.“I didn’t even duck. I just turned away because there was smoke. I thought it was firecrackers and all this smoke started coming out and the force of the explosion. I turned to my wife and said, ‘Saron, did you see that?’ And she just was slumped over and that was the biggest shock to me,” he said in an interview with ABC affiliate station KTRK in Houston.The two were believed to have been caught in the middle of gunfire unrelated to them.“You don’t know what you have taken from us,” he told KTRK. “You have taken an angel. That woman was an angel. You will answer to God. What you did, you will pay for it.”Anyone with information on Blackledge is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-274-9100.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Erroneous reporting’ on Garlic Festival shooting suspect’s ideology: FBI

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — Citing “erroneous reporting,” the FBI special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco’s office said there’s been no determination yet on any ideology of the suspect who killed three and wounded 12 at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend.“I can tell you there has been no determination on ideology. There’s reports out there has been information found and books referenced on that, we are not in a position at this stage of the investigation to make a call on ideology,” John Bennett told reporters on Wednesday.“The information that’s out there, it’s being reported that there’s white nationalism or any type of those ideologies,” Special Agent John Bennett, said. “That has not been determined and I wanted to knock that down.”Bennett said that through the course of the investigation they are finding literature from “left to right” and said they can’t put the suspect, 19-year-old Santio Legan, in an ideological “box.”He wouldn’t characterize the literature as extreme, either.“This is a person that chose to act on this day, and we’re trying to understand why,” Bennett said, adamantly.Bennett said that the FBI is sending analysts from its Behavioral Analysis Unit in Washington, D.C., to help with finding a motive. Investigators from the unit profile a suspect and help determine a motive.According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, the FBI called the suspected gunman a “loner.”“We understand him to be kind of a loner,” Craig Fair, deputy special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Division said. “People who act alone are exceptionally dangerous because they … may not communicate their plans, intentions, mindset – they may not impart that on other people.”The three victims were all young and included 6 year old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby.The shooter remains much of a mystery to law enforcement.Records say he was living in Walker Lake, Nevada, but authorities told reporters investigators are not yet certain if, at the time of the shooting, he was staying in Nevada or at one of his family’s residences in Gilroy, California.Law enforcement officials told ABC News the AK-47 variant weapon he used was legally purchased in Nevada. Authorities say he broke the law by bringing the gun across state lines into California, where such semi-automatic rifles are banned.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Father walks into NC police station to confess daughter’s murder: Police

first_imgUnion County Sheriffs Office(MONROE, N.C.) — A 32-year-old North Carolina man allegedly confessed to killing his daughter, according to authorities. Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, walked into the Union County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina at 9:24 a.m. on Sunday morning to turn himself in for murder, police said.His 15-year-old daughter, Zaria Joshalyn Burgess, had been visiting him for the weekend. One of the officers quickly began inquiring about Burgess and if he had any outstanding arrest warrants, police said. Burgess allegedly replied that there would be no information on him and that there was a dead body at his home. Deputies responded immediately to Burgess’ residence where they discovered his dead daughter inside, police said.Burgess was allegedly compliant and provided “detailed information concerning his daughter’s death,” according to a press release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators spent the next several hours conducting interviews and doing a detailed search of the crime scene, police said. Numerous pieces of evidence were also seized from the crime scene.Zaria’s official cause of death and the circumstances surrounding it have not yet been released and will be determined by the medical examiner once the autopsy has been completed. Burgess has been charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Wizard Rock,’ 1-ton boulder that disappeared from Arizona forest, ‘magically’ returns

first_imgU.S. Forest Service(PHOENIX, Arizona) — A beloved 1-ton boulder in one of Arizona’s national forests has “magically” returned after visitors reported it missing last month.Wizard Rock, a black boulder with white quartz running through it, was reported missing from the Prescott National Forest by several residents last month, according to the United States Forest Service.On Friday, a forest employee who was patrolling the Prescott Basin made the “surprising discovery” of the reappearance of the boulder.It is unclear how the gargantuan rock was removed and returned without a trace. Permits are required to gather and remove most forest products, including rocks, minerals, firewood, plants and trees.The rock is “special to the community,” forest officials said.“We are thrilled the Wizard Rock was returned, and are grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public,” Sarah Clawson, district ranger for the Bradshaw Ranger District, said in a statement. “National Forests provide so many benefits to the American people, and when something like this happens, it highlights the intrinsic value of natural beauty in all forms.”Forest managers are considering moving the rock to a new location so that “its beauty and uniqueness can be more easily seen by visitors.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

White dog owner fired after calling 911 on black man in viral-video leash-law dispute

first_imgChris CooperBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A cellphone video has gone viral and is sparking widespread outrage after capturing a white dog owner calling 911 and claiming an African American birdwatcher who told her to keep her pet leashed was “threatening myself and my dog” in New York City’s Central Park.The confrontation occurred on Memorial Day in a wooded area of the urban oasis known as the Ramble, a popular destination for wildlife fans looking to spot rare birds. By Tuesday morning the dog owner had returned her pet to the rescue shelter she adopted it from, was fired from her job at the Franklin Templeton investment firm, and issued an apology for her behavior in an interview with CNN. “Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately,” Franklin Templeton said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.”After viewing the viral video of the incident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described it in a Twitter post on Tuesday morning as “racism, plain and simple.”“She called the police BECAUSE he was a Black man,” de Blasio tweeted. “Even though she was the one breaking the rules. She decided he was the criminal and we know why. This kind of hatred has no place in our city.”Chris Cooper, 57, a member of the New York City Audubon Society board of directors, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he was walking through the Ramble looking for “incredibly gorgeous” rare birds when he said he noticed a dog off its leash tearing through the vegetation despite signs telling dog owners to keep their canines on a leash while in the area.“I said to the young woman, ‘Dogs in the Ramble have to be on a leash at all times,’” Cooper said, adding that he told the woman she was standing right next to a sign displaying the leash laws.But the incident quickly escalated to an ugly confrontation amid the beauty of nature.He said the owner initially refused to leash her cocker spaniel, telling him the animal needed exercise.Cooper said he was trying to lure the dog out of a planted bed with some treats he had on him when the pet owner allegedly became furious.“She didn’t like that at all. She immediately grabbed the dog as you can see from the video and started hauling it around by its collar.”Cooper started to record her on his cellphone.In the video, posted on Cooper’s Facebook page, the woman, whose identity has not been independently confirmed by ABC News, is heard telling Cooper, “Please take your phone off.”When Cooper refused, the woman allegedly became irate and threatening.“Then I’m taking a picture and calling the cops,” she says in the footage. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”Responding, Cooper tells the woman, “Please tell them whatever you’d like.”The woman then calls 911 and in an increasingly frantic voice says, “There is an African American man … I am in Central Park … he is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. I am being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately.”The New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News that they sent officers to the scene of a reported assault, but says there were no arrests or summons issued for what they described as a “verbal dispute.” Cooper’s video of the encounter has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Facebook and has spawned more than 130,000 retweets on Twitter with the hashtag BirdWatchingWhileBlack becoming a trending topic. Many posters called the woman out as a racist and said applauded Franklin Templeman for firing from her job.In an interview Tuesday morning with CNN, the woman issued a public apology..“It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended … everyone who thinks of me in a lower light. And I understand why they do,” she said.“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,” she added. “I think I was just scared. When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.”Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc., also issued a statement on its Facebook page confirming that the woman in the video adopted her cocker spaniel from its shelter and returned the dog Monday evening.“The owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed,” the organization said. “Our mission remains the health and safety of our rescued dogs. The dog is now in our rescue’s care and he is safe and in good health.”Rebeccah Sanders, the National Audubon Society’s senior vice president of state programs, condemned the woman’s behavior.“Black Americans often face terrible daily dangers in outdoor spaces, where they are subjected to unwarranted suspicion, confrontation, and violence,” Sanders, who is white, said in a statement. “The outdoors — and the joy of birds — should be safe and welcoming for all people. That’s the reality Audubon and our partners are working hard to achieve. We unequivocally condemn racist sentiments, behavior, and systems that undermine the humanity, rights, and freedom of Black people.”She said she and other officials of the Audubon Society were grateful that Cooper was not harmed in the incident.“He takes great delight in sharing New York City’s birds with others and serves as a board member of the New York City Audubon Society, where he promotes conservation of New York City’s outdoor spaces and inclusion of all people,” Sanders said.The episode marks the latest in a string of encounters in which white people have called 911 to report black people seemingly going about their normal lives. Many of the incidents have been recorded on cellphone videos — and have exploded on social media and gone viral.Most of the callers have garnered nicknames pertaining to the routine activity of African Americans they found suspicious enough to call authorities, including barbecuing in a park, playing golf, entering an apartment building where they live and even napping in the common area of a college dorm.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Seattle will work to deescalate, dismantle ‘CHOP’ autonomous zone, mayor says

first_imgToby Scott/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(SEATTLE) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday that officials will work with community leaders and Black-led organizations to amicably dismantle the protester-occupied streets near Cal Anderson Park in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Community resources, rather than law enforcement, will be deployed to deescalate the so-called Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, known as CHOP, as well as encourage people to leave voluntarily and move individuals experiencing homeless to services as needed, according to Durkan. “It’s time for people to go home. It is time for us to restore Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill so it can be a vibrant part of the community,” the mayor said at a press conference Monday. “We can still accommodate people who want to protest peacefully, come there and gather. But the impacts on the businesses and residents and community are now too much.”The Seattle Police Department will also return to the East Precinct building within the boundaries of the CHOP zone, which officers were forced to abandon earlier this month after violent clashes with protesters. Durkan said officers will do so “peacefully and in the near future,” but did not provide a specific date on their return. The announcement follows a weekend of gun violence in the area, in which three people were shot within a 48-hour period. One of the victims, a 19-year-old, died from his wounds, according to police. “As a mother of a 19-year-old boy, I cannot imagine the pain of his mother and his family,” Durkan said. “We must do better.”While the mayor noted that a vast majority of the demonstrations have been peaceful and powerful, she said “the cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents.” “The gun violence unfolding at night is not only wrong, it also is undermining and distracting from the message for change that we are hearing in the street and in so many of the peaceful protests,” she said. “We cannot let acts of violence define this movement for change.”Durkan said she has met with community leaders, local organizations, protesters, businesses and residents in recent weeks, and there will be continued dialogue on how to reimagine policing itself as well as “every other component of our society.” “Racism is a living, breathing organism,” she said. “It permeates our society in so many ways, and we can only undo racism and begin to undo the trauma and injustice by really centering the voices of the people who are affected.”Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best agreed that “the entire structure and mission of the Seattle Police Department has to be reimagined and reenvisioned.” “It will be done with direct community guidance,” Best said during Monday’s press conference.Despite calls from protesters to transform the East Precinct building into a community center, the police chief said her officers “need to get back” in there. Officers were met with a “hostile crowd” within the CHOP zone on Saturday night that prevented them from getting to gunshot victims, according to Best. “Because we couldn’t guarantee the safety for the first responders to enter,” she said, “neither officers nor medics were able to get there and treat the wounded.”In addition to shootings, the police chief said there has also been reports of rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction. “I have the police reports right here,” Best said, holding up papers. “We cannot walk away from the truth of what is happening there.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports over 142,000 new cases

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.Over 57.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 254,383 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Nov 23, 7:09 amRussia reports over 25,000 new cases for first timeRussia confirmed 25,173 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 361 fatalities from the disease in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.It’s the first time that Russia has reported over 25,000 newly diagnosed infections in a single day, setting a new record for the country. The cumulative total now stands at 2,114,502 confirmed cases, including 36,540 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.Despite the growing number of infections and deaths, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that it’s up to regional authorities to decide what measures need to be imposed in their regions to curb the spread of the virus.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 23, 5:39 amUS reports over 142,000 new casesThere were 142,732 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 20th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Sunday’s count falls under the all-time high of 196,004 new cases on Nov. 20.An additional 921 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Sunday, down from a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.A total of 12,247,487 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 256,783 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Nov 23, 4:41 amAstraZeneca, Oxford say their vaccine is up to 90% effectiveU.K.-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and England’s University of Oxford announced Monday that late-stage trials show their COVID-19 vaccine was up to 90% effective in preventing the disease.The results are based on interim analysis of phase 3 trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil, which looked at two different dosing regimens. One regimen showed vaccine efficacy of 90% when the drug, called AZD1222, was given as a half dose, followed by a full dose at least one month apart. A second regimen showed 62% efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart. The combined analysis from both dosing regimens showed an average efficacy of 70%, according to press releases from AstraZeneca and Oxford.There were a total of 131 COVID-19 cases in the analysis, and no hospitalizations or severe cases of the disease were reported in participants receiving the vaccine candidate, according to the press releases.“These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many lives,” Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and chief investigator of the Oxford vaccine trial, said in a statement Monday. “Excitingly, we’ve found that one of our dosing regimens may be around 90% effective and if this dosing regime is used, more people could be vaccinated with planned vaccine supply.”AstraZeneca, which has promised not to profit from the vaccine “for the duration of the pandemic,” said it will now immediately prepare to submit the data to regulators around the world — including in the United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil — that have framework in place for conditional or early approval. The company will also seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization for an accelerated pathway to vaccine availability in low-income nations.Meanwhile, Oxford said it is submitting the full analysis of the interim results for independent scientific peer review and publication.“Today marks an important milestone in our fight against the pandemic,” AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said in a statement Monday. “This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency. Furthermore, the vaccine’s simple supply chain and our no-profit pledge and commitment to broad, equitable and timely access means it will be affordable and globally available, supplying hundreds of millions of doses on approval.”The U.K. government has already placed orders for 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine candidate, along with 40 million doses of another developed by Pfizer and BioNTech which has shown to have 95% efficacy.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Legendary talk show host Larry King dies at age 87

first_imgJordan Strauss/Getty ImagesBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Legendary talk show host Larry King, whose career took him from local to syndicated radio to global TV stardom, has died at age 87.A statement from King’s production company, Ora Media, posted on King’s official Twitter announced his death “with profound sadness,” saying King “passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.”  A spokesperson for King’s family also confirmed his death to ABC News.On January 2, King was hospitalized for COVID-19 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a source close to the King family told ABC News then.King overcame several health challenges over the years, including a heart attack that led to bypass surgery and ultimately encouraged King to quit smoking. King also survived lung cancer and underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai in 2017, and was treated for prostate cancer in 1999.In 2019, King suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk on his left foot, and he was sometimes seen using a wheelchair afterward.” I never thought I’d be 86,” King told Page Six at the time. “My father died when he was 43, 44. I thought I would die too.”  “I have no complaints. Everything that’s happened to me, I’m grateful for,” he added. “Maybe that sounds cliché, but I’m really, really grateful.”The award-winning newsman, whose lengthy career earned him the nickname “The Iron Horse of Broadcasting,” was known for his gravelly baritone, signature suspenders and straightforward questions, a style honed over the course of tens of thousands of interviews on the radio and television.Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, the Brooklyn native wanted to be on the radio from a young age. After graduating high school, he got his first radio job in Florida in the 1950s. He got his first break on-air in Miami, where he became known by the moniker Larry King, which he ultimately made his legal name.In 1978, King began hosting the nationally-syndicated The Larry King Show on the Mutual Broadcasting System, which he hosted for 16 years before stepping down in 1994.  During that time, he also made the move to TV, and hosted the CNN program Larry King Live from 1985 to 2010. Oprah Winfrey notably endorsed Barack Obama on the show during the 2008 presidential campaign.In recent years, King hosted Larry King Now on Hulu, RT American and Ora TV, the latter a production company King co-founded with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 2012. King was also hosting the show Politicking with Larry King on the channels until his death.King didn’t escape controversy over his decades-long career. Most recently, in 2019, he unknowingly filmed a Chinese propaganda infomercial in a fake interview with a Russian journalist, as reported by ProPublica. “I never should have done it, obviously,” King told the publication then.King was recognized with two Peabody Awards and one Emmy Award, among other honors. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1992.King has also authored several books, did voice work in TV shows and movies, including Shrek 2 and Bee Movie, and made cameos in TV shows and films, including Ghostbusters.In 1988, a year after he survived a heart attack, the newsman founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those with heart disease pay for their medical treatment. A lifelong Dodgers fan, from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, King was often seen behind home plate at Dodgers Stadium.King was married eight times to seven women and had five children. In August, 2020, he revealed that two of his children had died within weeks of each other. Andy, 65, died of a heart attack on July 28, 2020, and Chaia, 51, passed away on August 20 shortly after a lung cancer diagnosis.King is survived by his sons, Larry, Chance and Cannon, as well as nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Heavy snow across Rockies and Cascades, seasonable air returns to the Gulf Coast

first_imgABC NewsBY: BRITTANY BORER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Heavy snow is expected for the Cascades and Rockies today with rounds of rain for the coast and this pattern is forecast to continue for the next couple of days.A foot of snow is likely for parts of the Northern Rockies while multiple feet of snow are expected over parts of the northern Cascades with heavy rain of up to 4 inches or more is expected in the Pacific Northwest coast through Thursday.A weak disturbance will move across the Midwest bringing light to moderate snow this afternoon and evening.Isolated light snow showers are possible from parts of the Northeast and Central Appalachians today and snow will begin in Chicago this evening and last overnight.Snow will be falling throughout the Monday morning commute for Pittsburgh and Cleveland with rain enveloping the Tennessee Valley.Some pockets of light freeing rain may even develop across parts of the Central Appalachians and may begin in New York as snow in the early afternoon but end as rain by Monday evening.Rain showers will spread across the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley, the Tennessee Valley, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions throughout the day.Some areas of scattered to isolated thunderstorms may develop along the Carolina and Southeast coasts on Monday night and snow will still be falling in parts of New England by Monday evening before pulling the moisture offshore overnight.An estimated 2 to 4 inches of snow is likely for much of the Upper Midwest with locally higher amounts possible in Iowa today.The Central Appalachians and interior Northeast will also see a general area of 2-4 inches while locally heavier amounts are expected for areas downwind of the Lower Great Lakes tonight into tomorrow.The good news is that most of the country is looking at a much quieter weather pattern this week with only the Pacific Northwest, however, being the exception as they should see rounds of rain and snow.Additionally, temperatures will finally get back to near seasonable levels across the central US this week.Dallas is forecast to reach 60 degrees on Sunday, which is the first time temperatures will be that mild since Feb. 8, almost two weeks ago, and will be just short of their average high by 2 degrees.Charlotte will be at 58 degrees on Tuesday which is the mildest since Feb. 10 and will be 2 degrees above average.It should get up to 70 degrees or higher at San Diego International Airport on Sunday which will be the first time since Feb. 1 and this will be 5 degrees above average for them.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus Hitting Russia East of the Urals Hard Economically but Not Yet Medically

first_imgWhen the coronavirus outbreak in China’s Wuhan Province began late last year, many in Moscow and the West assumed that Siberia and the Russian Far East, which share more than 4,200 kilometers of common border with China and across which numerous traders pass every day, would be among the first places at risk for the spread of the infection. So far at least (based on the statistics released by Russian authorities), that has not been the case medically; but the measures taken against COVID-19 and the panic about the possible spread of the virus responsible have already had a serious impact on the economy of that enormously large but relatively underpopulated region.The absence of reported coronavirus infections in Russia east of the Urals has inspired some to label Siberia as “the go-to place in the world” to avoid infection, Anna Liesowska of the The Siberian Times says; but it has also prompted many experts to question the official data showing that there are, as yet, only four cases in Siberia and the Far East, with at least one coming from Italy (The Siberian Times, March 14). Aleksandr Chepurnov, a leading specialist on infectious diseases at the Russian State Research Center on Virology and Biotechnology at Koltsovo, in Novosibirsk Oblast, told The Siberian Times that he is not “that sure that all is so safe here.”“I cannot find any explanation” for the numbers,” the Russian epidemiologist cautioned; and “what is worrying is that I do not understand why [doctors and hospitals] do not take samples from all people with pneumonia.” Instead, they ascribe all these cases to “seasonal flu.” But this “looks rather strange: the part of the country that directly borders with China and with a large number of people that cross the borders” has such small numbers of infected. This is “quite surprising” (The Siberian Times, March 14).It is certainly surprising in one way but perhaps not in another. In fact, although most of the Chinese in Russia east of the Urals are there as short-term transborder day traders (and are therefore likely potential carriers of the virus), Russian authorities have effectively stopped the flow of such people. Meanwhile, the smaller number of Chinese who are in the region more permanently (working in local industry or agriculture) in most cases work in self-imposed isolation and, thus, do not come into contact with the local population as frequently as might be expected (BBC News—Russian service, October 21, 2019; RBC, November 30, 2019).As a result, the statistics Russian officials have announced in the region may be less distorted than many might assume despite Moscow’s history of misrepresentation. And Moscow may thus be able to take credit for its rapid response after the Wuhan outbreak. Early on, it blocked passenger trains from China and cross-border posts, and it imposed flight restrictions on Chinese passengers. At present, Chinese citizens are banned from entering the Russian Federation; however, officials are allowing all of those who want to go home to do so. No figures are yet available, but the number choosing to leave is clearly significant. And like their counterparts elsewhere in the world, Russian officials are promoting the use of online technologies for schools and workplaces in the Far East, distributing masks, and pursuing other steps to reduce the number of interpersonal contacts that could lead to the spread of the virus (Regnum, accessed March 17).In some places like Vladivostok, for example, half of local employees are now working from home. Moreover, the region’s higher educational institutions have reportedly either shifted to distance learning or plan to within the next week or so. This change is also taking place in some primary and secondary schools but at a much slower pace because of the lack of technology (TASS, March 17).Yet, even if the Russian government is actually being successful in containing the spread of the coronavirus in Siberia and the Russian Far East—a contention that some experts continue to doubt—it has not found a way to counter the large and damaging impact of panic about the disease. Nor have the authorities successfully mitigated the negative economic consequences of blocking Chinese visitors to the region. Some products that had been coming from China are in short supply, and prices have spiked. More seriously, the number of patrons of restaurants and hotels east of the Urals has fallen dramatically, in many cases by 20 percent or more, with the figures expected to worsen further in the coming weeks (EastRussia.ru, March 6).Russian firms are losing money “on all fronts,” the EastRussia.ru portal asserts, with the effective end of tourism from China and its neighbors. Moscow has also banned the entrance of citizens of both Koreas, for example. In Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Petrozavodsk-Kamchatsky, the hotels, restaurants and other establishments that have relied on the influx of foreign visitors are, therefore, all in trouble. Even after the COVID-19 crisis passes, owners and officials say, it is unclear when (if ever) these tourist flows might be restored to what they had been. Some say that they hope to instead promote tourism among fellow Russians; but that effort has squarely run up against calls by officials to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus.In the short term, the measures the authorities have taken to contain the coronavirus are (inadvertently though probably necessarily) further depressing the economy in this enormous Russian region. But even after the crisis passes, the coronavirus outbreak will likely further add to eastern Russians’ fears about any Chinese presence (Kasparov.ru, June 27, 2016) and make the development of that region and of Moscow’s ties with Beijing even more difficult.last_img read more

Belarusian Elections: The Eve and the Aftermath

first_imgSunday, August 9, was election day in Belarus. The official result: 80.8 percent for the incumbent, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and 10.09 percent for his main challenger, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Six percent of eligible Belarusians voted against all candidates (there is such an option), so the remaining three presidential hopefuls garnered only minuscule support. The turnout apparently exceeded 84 percent (Onliner.by, August 10). It may seem that Lukashenka, who ran for his sixth term, could paraphrase Mark Twain: “The reports of my defeat were greatly exaggerated.”Opposition-minded Belarusians do not believe the votes were fairly counted. In Minsk, clashes between the protesters and riot police lasted until 2 AM, on August 10; authorities used flash grenades, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds. Quite a few rioters were injured. Unlike in 2010, angry demonstrations took place in other Belarusian cities, too. About 3,000 people were apprehended (Onliner.by, August 9). On August 9, the Belarusian segment of the internet was completely shut off. Curiously, Lukashenka stated that the internet troubles were caused not by the authorities but by external hacking attacks meant to stir up public discontent (Svaboda.org, August 10),Despite urgent and repeated requests by Tikhanovskaya for her supporters to refrain from early voting, which began on August 4, 41.7 percent of eligible voters apparently chose to cast their ballots prior to last Sunday (Sputnik.by, August 10). The opposition has long suspected that votes cast before election day would be most vulnerable to falsifications by members of local electoral commissions (for the most part secondary school teachers, a group loyal to the incumbent) charged with stuffing ballot boxes. Because of multiple appeals by the opposition not to vote early, it is likely that most of the early vote favors the incumbent. It is no less important that, out of 6.9 million eligible voters, 2.7 million are retirees and more than 1 million are dependent on wages from the state. Additionally, according to neoliberal economist Yaroslav Romanchuk, 15–25 percent of the entire electorate shuns what might be considered Western liberal-democratic values or retains deep nostalgia for the Soviet past (Theworldnews.net, August 5). In all those categories—collectively, at least half of the electorate—most were likely to vote for the incumbent.On Friday, August 7, Lukashenka received a phone call from his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin. Much of their conversation was devoted to the 33 Russian Wagner Group mercenaries arrested in Belarus on August 1. Both heads of state shared a commitment to “substantively and thoroughly study each available fact in order to establish the true causes of the current situation, find the perpetrators and bring them to justice” (Belta, August 7). This formulation implied that, at a minimum, Lukashenka’s version of the events had some credibility. According to the abundantly publicized alternative version, the apprehended Wagner group was the umpteenth such team to travel to a third country via Minsk, but Lukashenka frivolously arrested these transiting fighters in order to proactively justify his harsh treatment of the would-be post-election protests (Deutsche Welle—Russian service, August 7). On the eve of Putin and Lukashenka’s last call, Komsomolskaya Pravda, a Moscow daily, published a lengthy piece claiming that the entire recruitment of the 33 mercenaries and their transfer to Belarus was an operation by Ukrainian intelligence, aiming at undermining the relations between Russia and Belarus (Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 6).Yet, a day before Komsomolskaya Pravda’s publication, Lukashenka gave a 2.5-hour-long, interview to Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, in which Belarus’s president suggested that certain Russian government officials at the level of deputy ministers stood behind the entire affair (YouTube, August 6). He tellingly revealed that some of those allegedly involved had previously worked in Belarus—a hint that almost certainly points to Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Babich, the former Russian ambassador to Minsk, whose mission was terminated in 2019 because of Lukashenka’s ultimatum to Putin. In speaking with Gordon, Lukashenka referred to the apprehended mercenaries as “gangsters.”In light of all these purported revelations, two major explanations of the entire gambit have come into focus. According to one, a Russian-Belarusian compromise is in the works: “Russia recognizes the facts about the mercenaries revealed by the Belarusian investigators, whereas Belarus is turning a blind eye to the sponsors of the entire operation. After the election results are recognized by Moscow […] those arrested will be extradited back to Russia” (Facebook.com/piotra.piatrouski, August 8). According to the second explanation, “the version of the Ukrainian intelligence’s role presupposes a lack of professionalism on the part of its Belarusian counterpart,” which strains credulity and thus insinuates the Belarusians may have actually cooperated with the Ukrainians (Russiancouncil.ru, August 8).In his interview to Gordon, Lukashenka spoke with the utmost respect about Putin and even acknowledged mutual friendliness between him and the Belarusian president’s youngest son, Nikolay. Lukashenka also revealed he “takes pity” on Tikhanovskaya because the electoral staffs of three would-be candidates (Victor Babariko, Valery Tsepkalo and her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky) “cornered her.”One day prior to the interview, in his state of the country address, Lukashenka reproached Russia for switching from genuinely brotherly to businesslike partner relations with Belarus. He accused his presidential rivals of the desire to return to the “dashing 1990s,” when criminals and industry privatizers reigned supreme. He acknowledged that his side lost the battle in the internet. But he declared that the country is safe as long as the power vertical remains consolidated, which it is. At the same time, he suggested that those wanting a different president should vote but not engage in disorderly conduct, because this would result in a crackdown. He specifically admonished parents to keep their children from behaving recklessly on election day and thereafter. He ended his speech on a high note: “Belarus is […] clean and beautiful, somewhat naïve and vulnerable, and, above all, beloved; and we cannot betray somebody we love so much” (YouTube, August 5). Three days later, in their video-recorded address to the citizens of Belarus, Tikhanovskaya, Veronica Tsepkalo (the wife of Valery Tsepkalo, who was denied registration as a presidential candidate) and Maria Kolesnikova (Babariko’s electoral director) responded, “The authorities say that Belarus is beloved, and they do not give away what they love. We tell them: you do not earn love by violence; if you love somebody, let go.” (Svaboda.org, August 7). On August 9, Veronica Tsepkalo left for Moscow (Svaboda.org, August 9).Time is certainly needed for the present emotions to settle. Currently, when talking about the events of August 9, both sides invoke their own mantras. On one side, these were “unfair elections,” “people in revolt,” “the birth of a nation,” “the departure of a dictator”; and on the other, “color revolutions,” “Maidan,” “George Soros,” and “conspiracy” (Facebook.com/sergey.markedonov, August 10). Depending on what is yet to come, August 9 could be remembered as a watershed date in Belarus’s modern history.last_img read more

Regulatory ambiguity helps keep the industry in compliance

first_imgA representative of a major financial industry lobbying organization posed what seemed to be a simple question about complex products to a Securities and Exchange Commission official at an online event a few weeks ago. The answer he received provides insight into regulatory ambiguity — one of the most potent tools deployed by the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Department of Labor and other agencies to police the financial markets.The topic was Regulation Best Interest, the broker investment advice standard that went into force last June. In the first few months after implementation, the agency said it was looking for “good-faith” efforts by brokerage firms to comply with the rule, which prohibits brokers from putting their interests ahead of their customers’ interests.But late last year, the SEC warned that it would be getting tougher on examinations and, presumably, starting enforcement of the measure in coming months. With that as the backdrop, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association held an online compliance webinar in late February.The SEC has indicated that one of the areas it will review to determine whether brokerages are complying with Reg BI is how they handle sales of complex products. Those transactions can be a danger zone for conflicts of interest and potential investor harm.But complex products also generate considerable revenue for registered representatives and financial firms. So, it’s natural that SIFMA would be curious about what kind of impact Reg BI will have in the area. Kevin Carroll, SIFMA managing director and associate general counsel, noted that Reg BI doesn’t define complex products. So, he asked John Polise, associate director of the SEC’s Division of Examinations, to explain what the SEC considers a complex product.Polise pointed to the 770-page Reg BI rule text and noted that inverse and leveraged exchange-traded products are mentioned. But he acknowledged that the measure does not provide specifics as to what constitutes a complex product. That’s what regulatory ambiguity is all about. It keeps a question in the back of your mind and helps ensure that you stay on your toes and within the law. It also provides the SEC with the leverage to crack down wherever it sees a problem and the latitude to define a regulatory violation.Are your reps selling investments that they wouldn’t be able to explain to their grandparents? You may not know for sure whether the SEC considers them complex products, but it’s probably best that you back off promoting them — just to be safe. You never know when the SEC might come knocking on your door.Securities regulators take a page out of Henry Kissinger’s book. The secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations, Kissinger extolled the virtues of strategic ambiguity. In order for the United States to exert the most influence on the world stage, it’s best if our enemies — and our allies — don’t know exactly why we made a recent move or what we’re going to do next.It’s kind of the same when it comes to financial rules. Regulators urge firms to establish a culture of compliance. That kind of attitude works best if it results in a firm following both the letter and spirit of securities law. If requirements were spelled out in too much specificity, it might be easier to cut corners — letting the spirit suffer while the letter is satisfied. Regulators want to keep the industry at least a little off balance.This brings us to principles-based regulations. Reg BI and the new adviser marketing regulation fall into that category. They’re not filled with detailed rules to follow. In fact, Reg BI is the league leader in lack of guidance, despite its ocean of text. It doesn’t define “best interest” nor does it explain how brokers should mitigate conflicts of interest.Maybe soon-to-be-Senate-confirmed SEC Chairman Gary Gensler and the Democratic-majority SEC will revisit Reg BI and add more specificity to Reg BI. But it will still be principles-based and somewhat ambiguous. The best way to ensure compliance is to do the right thing and act in the best interests of your customers. There’s no ambiguity in that. “So, while there is no set definition, I think we often look to as a proxy for that whether the [registered] rep can explain [the product] in the first instance and also whether there are higher costs associated with it,” Polise said.Carroll pondered that answer for a moment and then asked whether variable annuities and options are considered complex products.Polise said VAs “certainly are” complex products as well as “derivatives generally.” Within options, there may be some wiggle room. For instance, covered calls and zero-cost collars can be in a customer’s best interest. But butterfly straddles probably aren’t.Got it? You’re still not certain exactly what a complex product is? It’s in the SEC’s best interest that you’re not sure.last_img read more

Department Chair of Biological Sciences

first_imgThe Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana StateUniversity in Shreveport invites applications for the position ofDepartment Chair to begin in August of 2021. This is a 9 monthtenure-track position.The Chair will teach two classes per semester (6 credit hours)and oversee Departmental operations, personnel, and resourceswithin both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The Chair willadvance the Departmental vision of academic leadership andexcellence and will represent the Department to academia, industry,and government to ensure its continued vitality. This will involveactively working with faculty in the Department and across campus,including the Red River Watershed Management Institute, to identifyand pursue innovations in research, education, and service, andparticipating in strategic planning to expand the influence of theDepartment in the broader academic community, both within andoutside the university. Moreover, the Chair will assume aleadership role in assisting, advising, and mentoring juniorfaculty, especially with respect to the tenure and promotionprocess, and will promote diversity within the Department and theinstitution.The successful candidate must have earned aPh.D. in Biological Sciences or a closely relatedfield and have sufficient qualifications for the rank ofAssociate/Full Professor.  The candidateshould have a track record of research, classroom teaching, studentmentorship, and funding from diverse sources. The candidate mustprovide evidence of scientific and organizational leadership andeducational innovation and have outstanding communication,interpersonal, and administrative skills.Interested individuals should submit an application, including acover letter summarizing qualifications and leadership approach, avision statement for the Department, a research and studentmentoring statement, a teaching statement, a detailedcurriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Pleasesend electronic copies of these documents to Dr. Dennis Wissing [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on acontinuing basis until the position is filled and the postingremoved from the LSUS HR Web site.  We welcome questionsrelated to this posting.Please visit www.lsus.edu formore details about LSUS and www.lsus.edu/hr for more informationon this position and other employment opportunitieslast_img read more

Assistant Professor of Psychology

first_imgApplication ProcessApplicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae,transcripts (initial submissions may be unofficial copies), threeletters of recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophyto: Mercyhurst University is a four-year, Catholic, liberal artsinstitution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy. It is locatedin northwestern Pennsylvania along Lake Erie. A Mercyhursteducation, inspired by the works and vision of the Sisters ofMercy, aims at engaging students for life and at creating leadersin justice and service. Today Mercyhurst University is home to morethan 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students seeking academicexcellence, professional expertise, an environment ofinclusiveness, and high expectations for growth and development ofthe whole person.As an equal opportunity employer Mercyhurst University seekscandidates who are committed to the principles of diversity and ourMission. A Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, or asimilar degree is required. Exceptional ABD candidates with adocumented plan of completion date prior to 8/1/2021 will beconsidered. The successful candidate will provide evidence ofexcellence in teaching and demonstrate the potential for researchproductivity and/or community engagement. Candidates should bededicated to teaching undergraduates in our liberal arts core,major, and minor courses. Mercyhurst University is an Equal Opportunity Employer thatencourages members of diverse groups to apply. The Department of Psychology at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA)invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorposition in Developmental Psychology.  Preference will begiven to applicants that focus on cognitive development, but otherareas of expertise will be reviewed as well.  Standardcontracts at the university run 9 months (August 15-May 15) with 24credit-hours (4 class) per semester load.  Courses to betaught include: Developmental Psychology: Childhood, DevelopmentalPsychology: Adolescence, and Advanced Topics in DevelopmentalPsychology, plus the potential for offerings in areas such aslifespan, gerontology, psychopathology or the candidate’s area ofexpertise.  Course taught in the service of the department mayinclude: Introduction to Psychology, Research Design andStatistical Analysis, Memory and Cognition.  Otherdepartmental and college duties include student advising,recruitment, and academic committees. Candidates must be currently eligible to work in theUnited States. Human ResourcesMercyhurst University501 East 38th StreetErie, PA [email protected]last_img read more

Director of Dining Services

first_imgOversees the operations of a $30M+ dining program, maximizingrevenues and managing resources to maintain strategicflexibility Serves as primary contact for dining partners, and providesoversight for institutional contracts Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities withinthe Division of Student Affairs. Inclusion, collaboration andcultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, weare in search of a team member who is able to effectively interactwith a varied population of internal and external partners at ahigh level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares ourvalues and who will support the mission of the university throughtheir work.Qualifications: Requirements: Owner of Business Recovery/Business Continuity Plan and servesas the main point of contact for the Allegheny County HealthDepartment Manages and implements capital plan, ensuring dining facilitiesremain on cutting-edge to serve university community Responsible for management of all on- and off- campus vendorrelationships and contracts Maintains and grows relationship with Student Government andother student organizations Background check Provides leadership, clear expectations and performanceaccountability for all dining staff and vendors. Identifies ways todevelop professional capabilities of staff and systematicallyimprove program through the management of human resources Carnegie Mellon University invites nominations and applicationsfor the position of Director of Dining Services within the Divisionof Student Affairs. Reporting to Associate Vice President forStudent Affairs and Director of Athletics, Physical Education andRecreation, the Director of Dining Services is a member of thedivisional leadership team and responsible for the management of ahigh-quality campus dining program that serves students, faculty,staff and guests. Primary responsibilities include financial andoperational oversight of an approximately $30 million annual budgetand 50,000 square feet of food preparation and dining space. Thisposition manages the daily oversight of ten vendors who provide 30unique dining concepts throughout campus, including catering andretail operations. The Director of Dining Services oversees allcontractual agreements, customer initiatives and service programssuch as sustainability, nutrition education programs, facilitymanagement, health and sanitation, and staff supervision of threefull-time positions.Core responsibilities will include: Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, hotel andrestaurant management, business administration or related fieldrequired Provides strategic vision for a best-in-class university diningprogram Candidate should demonstrate outstanding communication skills, aproven record of managing tasks while balancing a responsive andfocused program of service delivery, and a developmentalsensibility that prioritizes the role of dining and special eventsin the life of campus community Other duties as assigned Develops metrics that effectively evaluate dining programoutcomes and works collaboratively with Division leaders to improvethe fundamental services provided by Dining Services Supervises all financial technological systems related to thedining operation including but not limited to budgeting, revenueanalysis, capital planning, point of sale systems and meal plansoftware Collaborates with various campus partners, such as Office of theGeneral Counsel, Procurement Services, Finance, and InsuranceServices on RFP projects and contracts, including the pouringrights and vending agreements Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!More Information:Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming partof an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.A listing of employee benefits is available at: www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/.Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal OpportunityEmployer/Disability/Veteran.Statement of Assurance: https://www.cmu.edu/policies/administrative-and-governance/statement-of-assurance.html. Master’s degree coupled with higher education food serviceoperations experience is preferred Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experiencein food service operations requiredlast_img read more


first_imgThe Institution | Averett University How to Apply:  An advanced degree (terminal degree preferred) in student development, student affairs, higher education administration or closely related field; Demonstrated, progressive, and significant leadership experience in higher education appropriate to the vice-presidential role, preferably in a residential campus setting; Extensive experience working with students of all ages including online learners; Comprehensive knowledge of college student development concepts and practices, and the ability to apply these in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations; Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop a rapport with many diverse people and groups; Systems-level thinker, with ability to build and lead comprehensive organizational change initiatives, not just single programs; Excellent command of diversity and inclusion issues as they pertain to higher education; Strong execution skills, including the ability to manage teams and budgets; Proven management and administrative skills, as demonstrated by experience in effectively leading a successful staff; Superior verbal and written communications skills; Given the requirements of this position, the successful candidate will commit to residing in Danville throughout their tenure. Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors, and special programs (on-campus and online), along with seven master’s degrees and 13 master’s programs that help drive the regional economy and quality of life.  Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of southern Virginia and its hometown pride.  Averett enrolls a diverse student body and boasts an alumni network that spans the globe.Averett University began as a school for young women at a time when educating women was not a popular idea. That spirit of innovation has carried through to the present day.  Averett University was among the first in Virginia to create an accelerated program for working adults, and is one of only a handful of institutions in the nation to offer bachelor’s degrees in aeronautics and equestrian studies. The Opportunity | VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND SENIOR STUDENT EXPERIENCE OFFICERThe selected candidate will join the Averett University community at an exciting time, as the University’s strategic plan is focused on significantly and strategically enhancing the total student experience, particularly as it impacts student learning. The Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer is a newly designed position, developed to help the University enhance an already vibrant student experience and build on the strong record of student engagement, leading to improved student success, retention, persistence, and completion.Averett University is seeking an innovative thought-leader who can provide strategic and visionary leadership to develop, execute, and direct comprehensive student success, support, and engagement services in support of innovative traditional and non-traditional educational experiences that are tailored to meet the needs of diverse modern learners. The Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer leads a team that provides high-touch services in support of holistic student success, persistence, and completion. Together they lead the development of support resources and co-curricular engagement opportunities that enable all students to have a sense of belonging and inclusion within the Averett community.  This Vice President of Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer will propel the division into the future, developing a rich student-centered experience grounded in Averett’s mission. The position, who reports directly to the President, serves as a member of the president’s council, is a voice and advocate for students.  The successful candidate will be deeply engaged in all aspects of organizational planning toward advancing the mission and strategies of the University.  These aspects include meeting the needs of all students and fostering an inclusive learning environment where every student has the opportunity to flourish.  Serving with the Vice President for Academic Affairs as co-architects of the environment that influences student learning and engagement, this position works collaboratively with the Division of Academic Affairs, especially as it relates to high-impact practices and student success.The Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer will oversee a portfolio that includes: Counseling Services; Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness; Health, Wellness and Recreation; Residential Education & Housing; Spiritual Life; Student Engagement, Leadership & First-Year Experience; Multicultural Student Services; Student Judicial Affairs, and Student Success.The CandidateThe Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer must have demonstrated, progressive, and significant leadership experience in higher education appropriate to the vice-presidential role. This is an ideal opportunity for a mission-centered candidate to create transformative experiences for the benefit of students.  Qualifications Averett was also ranked No. 7 of best regional colleges in the south for veterans this year, as well as No. 8 for best value.  Additionally, Averett was ranked No. 7 of top performers on social mobility, No. 11 of best undergraduate teaching, and No. 29 of campus ethnic diversity. Please note:center_img a letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experience matches the position requirements; a current resume; and, the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references – who will not be contacted without permission. Today, Averett University ranks among the top 15 of regional liberal arts colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report, and is the highest ranking of only three Virginia schools from the complete list of 63 schools on the “2020 Best Regional Colleges in the South” list. The Vice President for Student Engagement and Senior Student Experience Officer will have compelling personal qualities of integrity, leadership, and outstanding communications skills – especially as characterized by the ability to listen carefully, coach and mentor others, and employ an entrepreneurial nature.  The successful candidate must understand and embrace the mission, vision, and values of Averett University, which can be found on the AU website:  https://www.averett.edu/about-us/mission-vision-core-values/ The position is open until filled, but applications received by April 12, will be given full consideration.  Applicants for the position shall submit the following materials electronically to [email protected] Background checks are required for all positions. An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S. Averett University’s policies, programs and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status. Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.last_img read more

Instructor Humanities

first_imgA global destination for artists and artsenthusiasts, Interlochen Center for the Arts nurtures creativitythrough five dynamic platforms: Interlochen Arts Camp, the renownedsummer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premierfine arts boarding high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer ofmore than 600 annual performances by internationally celebratedguest artists, Interlochen students, and faculty; InterlochenPublic Radio, two listener-supported, 24-hour public radio stations(classical music and news); and Interlochen College of CreativeArts, a convener for lifelong learning in the arts.The Humanities Instructor will teach a course load offive sections, either in History or Literature and Composition.Special consideration will be given to candidates able to teachcourses in African American Studies, Asian Studies, or English as aLanguage. Additional consideration will also be given to candidateswith demonstrated skill and interest in teaching students at alllevels, grades 9-12. Application Materials Required:ResumeCover LetterTranscriptTeaching Philosophy Essential Duties &Responsibilities:Creates course curriculum, course handouts,lectures, labs, presentations, and other course materials requiredto deliver course information in an understandable and interestingmanner to ensure students are engaged with the course material inorder to achieve the course learning outcomesTeaches a full load of classes in a variety ofhumanities subjectsDevelops and maintains a course page through Canvaslearning management software.Maintains up-to-date attendance and gradebookrecords.Completes timely and thorough interim and gradereports.Writes letters of recommendation for collegeadmissions.Serves as a mentor for an advisory group.Collaborates and builds relationships with fellowfaculty members.Provides office hours 4 days a week for students(minimum of 30 minutes per session) and holds scheduled eveningtutorials when needed.Attends department, division, faculty, communityand other meetings as necessary.Participates in mission oriented events likeall-school events and student performances.center_img Experience and SkillsBachelor’s degree in Social Studies, SocialSciences, English as a Language, History, Political Science,Literature, Composition or related field required. Master’s degreea plus.Recent high school teaching experiencepreferred.Experience teaching all levels of high school (ordesire to do so) preferred.Ability to demonstrate effectiveness in creatingcourse materials (syllabus, handouts, presentations, etc) whichenhance student interest and engagement.Ability to use technology to introduce newmaterials.Background or interest in the arts is a valuableasset.last_img read more

Lecturer in Learning Sciences and Technology

first_imgPenn is an equal opportunity employer and adheres to a policy thatprohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnicorigin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or anyother legally protected class.jeid-f3ff2bd3774f97438f7a480e11da9aec Lecturer in Learning Sciences and TechnologyDivision of Teaching Learning and LeadershipThe division of Teaching Learning and Leadership at The Universityof Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) seeksapplicants for a lecturer position in the area of learning sciencesand technologies.The successful applicant would teach core courses primarily gearedtoward students in the Learning Sciences and Technology (LST)Master’s degree program. These courses currently include the designof learning environments, foundations of teaching and learning,foundations of the learning sciences; and the master’s researchseminar. The applicant can also teach elective courses, asnegotiated with the division faculty. This lecturer position alsoincludes advising of master’s students.Competitive candidates for the position must have experience ingraduate-level teaching and advising and have strong knowledge ofthe field of the learning sciences or related fields such asinstructional design, STEM education, teaching and learning, andcognitive science. Expertise that compliments the expertise ofexisting LST faculty is preferred. Given Penn GSE’s strong emphasison diversity in its many forms, candidates from traditionallyunder-represented minority groups are particularly encouraged toapply.This appointment will be for one academic year and can be renewedtwice for a total of three years, contingent upon a satisfactoryperformance evaluation after each year. Candidate is expected toteach five courses each year and contribute to programadministration.We will begin reviewing applications on June 1, 2021, and willcontinue to consider new applications until the position is filled.We intend to fill the position prior to the upcoming academic year.Please submit through the online Interfolio system an applicationpackage that includes:a) A letter expressing your interest and generalqualifications;b) Your current curriculum vitae;c) Names and contact information for three references; andd) Two Selected publications or other relevant manuscriptsPlease follow this link to submit your application: https://apply.interfolio.com/85588last_img read more

CVACCC Program Manager

first_imgIs this position eligible to participate in alternative workarrangements?No – MSW degree from a Council of Social Work Education accreditedprogram.-Current RN Licensure in Virginia or eligible – for a nursebackground.-Previous work experience in a Child Health, particularly CaseManagement. Job StatusFull-Time Normal Work Days/HoursM-F ORP EligibleYes Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities Resource CriticalYes Working TitleCVACCC Program Manager Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. Job Open Date03/26/2021 Position Number592090 University Code20334 At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Anticipated Hiring Range$85,000-$95,000 University Job FamilyHealth Sciences Employee GroupUniversity Employee For more information on ORP, visit:Retirement Plans Position TypeStaff Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Recruitment TypeMulti Title Organizational Overview Is this a restricted position?Yes Required Licenses/ Certifications Hours/Week40 This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations ofCentral Virginia Care Connection for Children ( CVACCC ). Thisincludes the fiscal management as well as personnel. This positionsupervises staff providing coaching, counseling and guidance to allstaff so that the mission of the program is upheld. This individualworks diligently to fill vacant positions. CVACCC maintains a staffof nine usually* (eight FTE, Medical Director part-time).Commitment to excellence is evident in advocating for safety,training of the employees, and ongoing communication betweendisciplines.As the senior administrator for the CVACCC, this position isresponsible for working closely with the CCC Program Director atVDH and the CVACCC Medical Director to strategize and implement newinitiatives and program improvements; to maintain a collaborativerelationship with Program Managers from the other 5 CCC centers inVirginia, to improve awareness of the program both with VCU and theregion it serves; to educate both staff and patients; and tooptimize all clinical processes and practices including screeningand serving patients eligible for the program.Fiscal management of this program continues to provide a challengewith limited funds and growing expenses, in this fiscal year 2020funding remained the same as last fiscal year. This manager worksclosely with VDH, the Pediatrics Administrator, and the programadministrative staff to assure that funding is appropriatelymanaged. Effort has been made to project expenditures to determineadequate funding. Monthly reconciliation is done with VCU Grantsand Contracting Department reports and CVACCC reports(Administrative Assistant and SUN System). CVACCC contracts withParent to Parent of Virginia (P-to-P) and monitoring thispartnership. Memorandum of Understanding PTP AND VCU CentralVirginia Care Connection of Virginia ( CVACCC ) is for provision ofassistance and support to parents of children and youth withspecial health care needs ( CYSHCN ). This position is working withthe program manager P-to-P to assure that they meet theircontractual requirements. – Previous experience within the VCU and/or VCU HealthSystem.-Previous experience managing a team, 3+ years of experience.-Previous experience setting team priorities and working with staffto set goals and identify growth opportunities.-Experience with grants, tracking, grant-funding, managing grantbudgetso Experience assessing community needs utilizing health assessmentinformation, vital statistics data, etc.-Advanced clinical skills as well as comprehensive knowledge andexperience.- BSW degree from a Council of Social Work accreditedprogram.-Current Licensed Clinical Social Work ( LCSW ) in the State ofVirginia.- BSN graduate of accredited School of Nursing.-Certification in Case Management.-Assures CVACCC activities align with VDH / Sponsor award goals,and State and federal goals. Maintains a customer service that iscompatible with core & traditional public health values.Assures program is consistent with current resources and areprovided within State, Federal and District policies &guidelines. Staff are fully briefed on any programmatic amendmentsto policies & procedures. · Maintains close & effectiveworking relationship with health care systems, state agencies,stakeholders, and partners. · Assures Sponsor/ VDH reporting isdocumented, is submitted for review prior to due date to allowadequate revision time, & consistently meets quarterly andannual submission deadlines. · Makes efficient use of assignedstaff adjusting workload & location assignments equitably.Assures schedules & assignments are coordinated. Regularlyreviews staff development needs.to successfully perform the work: ·Considerable knowledge of objectives, principles & practices ofchild health and development & knowledge of federal/state laws,regulations and policies relating to child health. · Knowledge oforganized behavior, supervision, interpersonal skills, &conflict management. · Ability to manage/supervise programs &staff; train & evaluate staff; develop goals/objectives andevaluate effectiveness of program. · Skills in problem-solving,priority setting, networking, long-range strategic planning, teambuilding, organizational and conflict resolution. · Knowledge offiscal management, budget administration and control, programbudgeting, principles and practices of personnel, and informationsystems organizational management. · Knowledge of and ability toimplement and conduct quality improvement projects · Leadership/personnel management, program support staff development, anddecision-making skills, computer literate. · Ability to work in aninterdisciplinary university healthcare setting and work in adiverse environment. · Self-Motivated, Compassionate, PeopleOriented, Detail oriented. Scope of SearchRegional Application Process/Additional Information Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/104618 University TitleSenior Manager 1, Health Sciences Minimum Hiring Standards Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Preferred Hiring Standards Open Until FilledYes Job Category FLSA IndicatorExempt Position Information Posting will close on or before DepartmentPediatrics CampusOff-site Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumelast_img read more

Curriculum & Retention Programs Coordinator

first_imgExperience in studentsuccess, retention, and degree attainment programming  Experience workingdirectly with students and faculty on initiatives designed toimprove the educational experience  Program creation,management, evaluation, and/or research in highereducation  Familiarity with basicstatistics and data analysis, as well as general qualitative andquantitative  research methods   Support Deans, AssociateDeans, and Chairs in analysis of course scheduling patterns toenact larger curricular goals of equity andefficiency.    Ability to learn andoperate systems such as Curriculog and Section.  Student Retention Initiatives  Research best practicesin student retention and degree completion, emphasizing theequitable and inclusive support of Native American students,student of color, first generation students, and Pell-eligiblestudents.   Help design FLC-specificretention programming, implement aspects of this programming bymeeting with faculty and students, and monitor, assess, and reporton progress of this programming.   Knowledge of studentsupport and services functions that impact retention in highereducation,    A demonstratedcommitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, aswell as working with broadly diverse communities  Preferred Qualifications Advanced degree from anaccredited institution  One ormore years of experience in higher education services, support, oradministration  Experience in curriculumdesign and assessment    Moderate noise(i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, lighttraffic).   Ability to work in aconfined area.  Ability to sit at acomputer terminal for an extended period of time.  Compensation  Salary is $51,500 per year plusa comprehensive benefits package.  Application Process A complete application packet includes: Cover letter addressinginterest and qualifications for position  Ability to write clearlyand succinctly, creating email, website, and newslettercommunication for faculty and student audiences  Ability to communicatedata analysis in organized and understandable ways, both orally andin writing  Experience developingand leading trainings or workshops  Ability to understand,reference and adhere to federal and state educational regulations,policies and procedures  Major Responsibilities Curriculum and SchedulingInitiatives   Support the CurriculumCommittee, Academic Cabinet, and Registrar’s Office with multi-stepprocess of reviewing curriculum proposals and facilitating theirapproval in accordance with FLC policy.    Oversee therecord-keeping in Curriculog required by the curriculum approvalprocess.  Engage in regular reviewof new course proposals and initiatives, connecting their design tostrategic planning goals.  Support and facilitatenew program approval processes, tracking new program creation andreview, securing the efficient launch of new programs.   The successful candidate will be required to submitoriginal, official college transcripts,  and pass a background check. The College and theCommunity  FortLewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degreeprograms in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities,social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiringmountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historicDurango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desertSouthwest. We are committed to accessibleand high-quality baccalaureate education, and ourhallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students andfaculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challengeof experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states,17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Nativebackgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is athriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautifulAnimas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, thecommunity is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festiveatmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of theFour Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment,and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, andDallas.    * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 ofthe Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination onthe basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiriesabout the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis Collegemay be directed to FLC’s Title IX Coordinator and/or to theAssistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department ofEducation.  ADAAAccommodations  Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA AmendmentsAct of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation uponrequest to enable the person to complete an employment assessment.To request an accommodation, pleasecontact Kristin Polens byphone 970-247-7459 or email [email protected] atleast five business days before the assessment date to allow usto evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation.You may be asked to provide additional information, includingmedical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type ofaccommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this informationavailable well in advance of the assessment date. Strong analytical,written and oral communication skills  Strong organizationskills and the ability to manage multiple projects andchanging priorities  Technology skills andexperience appropriate for the position (Office Suite), with anability to learn additional academic technological tools such asBanner, Curriculog, Webopus, Canvas, and Section  The ability to fosterand maintain strong professional relationships and work in a teamsetting  Must be capable ofsimultaneously working on multiple, complex projects independentlyand with a team   Enter new courses andnew programs into annual Academic Catalog; edit Catalog forconsistency and correctness  Assist Provost Officewith performing comprehensive and targeted analyses of efficienciesand inefficiencies within curriculum and scheduling structures;provide recommendations for improvements; present work to and workwith faculty and administration to implementimprovements  Assist Provost’s Office,Chairs, and Associate Deans in processes that initiate, collect,review, edit, and finalize each semester’s course schedule inSection software program; assist Provost’s Office in continualmonitoring and revision of schedule to match students’ demands andneeds   Help overseeimplementation of course structuring for first-year students,ensuring students receive course “bundles” that match theiracademic interests   Work with AssociateDeans to oversee course equivalency approvals for specificpopulations such as study abroad students  center_img Hold retention-orientedmeetings with students, working with students to understandbarriers to student persistence in specificsub-populations.  Help design andimplement new programming aimed at returning or “stopped out”students  Help design andimplement new concurrent coursework pathways aimed at increasingenrollment from regional high schools  Help implement newtransfer student initiatives, including grant-funded “EquityTransfer” program designed to increase enrollment of transferstudents from community college partner  Support theimplementation and assessment of new initiatives that will provideacademic support services for specific student sub-populations,including concurrent, transfer, and returning students.  Support for Academic StandardsInitiatives   Supports the Registrar’sOffice, the Academic Standards Committee and designated staff withenforcing academic standards in accordance with FLCpolicy.   Helps process semesterand course withdrawal requests as well as Academic Disqualificationand Renewal processes in coordination with the Registrar’s Officeand Academic Standards Committee  Provide qualitativeand quantitative analysis of academic policies and helps withrevisions of policies to support student success.  Ability to operatesystems such as WebOpus, Banner, and Perceptive.  Support for the Office of InstitutionalResearch   Works with Office ofInstitutional Research to generate data needed for program,curricular, and retention initiatives.  Acts as liaison betweenInstitutional Research and faculty and staff for use of datadashboards and developing data requests as it relates to retentionand curriculum.  Other  Supports Coordinator ofAssessment and Academic Programs in the collection and analysis ofvarious assessment data to support curriculum and programreview   Resume Names and contactinformation for three current, professionalreferences Submit materials as one PDF file viaemail to: [email protected]  Position Summary The Curriculum & Retention Programs Coordinator is anintegral member of Academic Affairs, providing support to facultyand staff on academic program planning, implementation, andassessment as it pertains to the improvement of curricular andretention structures. This position emphasizes the design ofefficient, effective, inclusive, and sustainable academic programswith an emphasis on supporting new curriculum initiatives and newretention initiatives.  Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree froman accredited institution  Knowledge of curriculumstructures in higher education, including the organization of majorrequirements, course pre-requisites, general educationrequirements, minors, concentrations, and certificates.  Ability to work withAcademic Departments on curriculum planning andimplementation   Include detailsregarding how your personal and professional experiences allow youto encourage a learning environment grounded in equity andinclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort LewisCollege’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”  Support developingcurricular and retention initiatives from the Provost’sOffice, providing assistance for curricular strategies originatingfrom the Provost’s Office.  Utilizes assessment andsurvey data to aid the Provost’s Office in initiatives supportingadvising, retention, and diversity, equity andinclusion.  Demonstrates acommitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, aswell as working with broadly diverse communities  Maintains knowledge andawareness of digital accessibility including the American withDisabilities Act and Section 508.  Produces and remediatesdigitally accessible materials in accordance with FLCstandards.   Application materials receivedby April25, 2021, will receivefull consideration. Position will remain open untilfilled.  including advising,success coaching, summer bridge programs, academic alerts, academicpolicies, success interventions, and graduationmapping   Interest in andcommitment to assessing curriculum and program innovations andtheir impact on retention and graduation rates for underserved,transfer, and returning students and first-generation students,Native American students, and students of color  Ability to work withconfidential student information in a discreet manner   Equal Opportunity   Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race,age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexualorientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domesticstatus, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or geneticinformation. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall beextended to all persons. The College shall promote equalopportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts toincrease the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The Collegeis dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralisticfaculty and staff committed to teaching and working in amulticultural environment.  To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make anappointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.  Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  Molly Wieser  230 Skyhawk Station  1000 Rim Drive  Durango, Colorado 81301  (970) 247-7241 [email protected]  Other discrimination questions?   Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  David Pirrone  192 Education Business Hall  1000 Rim Drive  Durango, Colorado 81301  (970) 247-7182 [email protected]  Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy,sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crimestatistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, andcampus/community resources can be found in the AnnualSecurity and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies areavailable upon request.  Perform other duties asassigned  Work Conditions The work environment characteristics described here arerepresentative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential functions.  last_img read more

Administrative Assistant

first_imgJoin the PSC family and connect with accomplished and diversecolleagues who inspire and innovate students and transform livesand futures. Along with helping our students reach their goals,Pensacola State makes career fulfillment a reality.Job Description:Duties and Responsibilities:The Administrative Assistant position is a full-time career serviceposition. The Administrative Assistant provides administrativesupport to the department staff, faculty, and students under thesupervision of the Department Head. The Administrative Assistantcreates, manages, and executes budget expenditures upon approval bythe department head; processes payroll and personnel documents;maintains, records, and processes departmental and college-relatedforms and reports; develops and maintains office files andcorrespondence; monitors, orders, and processes requisitions fordepartment materials and supplies; operates office equipment;schedules appointments and meetings; and assists with preparationof the annual budget. Additionally, the Administrative Assistantworks effectively in a diverse community and meets the needs ofdiverse student populations; handles a large volume of functionsand activities; follows simple and complex written and verbalinstructions; and performs other duties as assigned. The successfulcandidate must possess the ability to work efficiently with minimalsupervision and exercise discretion concerning confidentialmatters. Attention to detail and computer proficiency (spreadsheetmanagement, electronic correspondence, and word processing skills)are essential for success in this position. The position mayrequire availability to work flexible hours, including someevenings. This position reports to the Department Head, English andCommunications.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GEDequivalency, two years secretarial experience, and demonstratedcomputer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite(including Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, etc.) in a networkedoffice setting, and internet navigation. College course work may besubstituted on a year for year basis for the required experience.Successful results of a criminal background check arerequired.Pursuant to College policy, it is an employment eligibilityrequirement for an applicant to meet the requirements of §435.04(2), Florida Statutes, related to background investigations.Any person failing to meet the requirements of the statute will bedeemed not qualified to hold employment in this position. A FloridaDepartment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved background check willbe conducted on every successful candidate as a condition ofemployment, and any person who fails to disclose any adverseinformation contained in the background investigation at the timeof submitting the employment application will be disqualified fromemployment.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prefer a bachelor’s degree;experience working in a high traffic area; demonstrated customerservice skills; experience using an automated system to processpayroll, purchasing, and accounting documents; demonstrated abilityto maintain extensive recordkeeping documentation; experiencemanaging and maintaining budget documents; and demonstrated abilityto effectively manage multiple tasks.SALARY RANGE: $24,150.00 (12.34/hour)SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: All supplemental materials includinga cover letter must be submitted electronically via the Workdayapplicant portal. If you have any questions or difficulty uploadingthe supplemental materials, contact Monica Williams at [email protected] DEADLINE: Open Until Filled – Review ofapplications will begin April 29, 2021. To receive fullconsideration, the online application and supplemental applicationmaterials must be received by April 28, 2021.The benefits package provided by the College includes major medicalinsurance, life insurance and Florida retirement contributions.Other benefits offered include participation in the wellnessprogram, tuition waivers, educational opportunities, and paid sickleave.Supplemental life, dental, vision, and disability insurance areavailable at group rates.Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any personon the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color,gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability,sexual orientation, or genetic information in its educationalprograms, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding TitleIX and the College’s nondiscrimination policies, contact theExecutive Director of Institutional Equity and Student Conduct at(850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard,Pensacola, Florida 32504.last_img read more

Professional Services Specialist 3, Comp NE – ITS

first_imgSupervise Information Technology staff members and Studentworkers as assigned.Maintains a positive and professional relationship withFaculty, Staff, and StudentsInstall, configure, and perform support and maintenanceactivities on clients and servers consisting of multiple operatingsystems to support campus operationsProvides advance technical Help Desk assistance to the membersof the campus community while documenting and monitoring Help Deskrequests until the problem is resolved or turned over to anotheroffice for resolutionConsults with users and other Information Technology Servicepersonnel to resolve problems reported to the Help DeskInstalls, configures, backs-up, and repairs PC hardware andapplications, operating systems, and network connections whiledocumenting the hardware and software configuration as neededAssists Faculty, Staff and Students with connecting theirdevices to University related services such as WiFi and emailProvides training both scheduled and on-demand to support thepedagogical needs of Faculty, academic pursuits of Students, andthe business functions of University Staff.Works with other departments on equipment and softwareinstallation and makes recommendations for equipment upgrades orinstallations Stockton University is ranked among the top public universitiesin the Northeast with more than 160 undergraduate and graduateprograms, as well as continuing education opportunities. TheUniversity, one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New YorkCity, offers unique living and learning environments throughoutsouthern New Jersey, including the 1,600 acre Galloway campus inthe Pinelands National Reserve and Stockton University AtlanticCity, located in the University District, just steps from the beachand the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk. Additional locationsinclude Hammonton, Manahawkin and Woodbine. As a public university,Stockton provides an environment for excellence to a diversestudent body, including those from underrepresented populations,through an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts, sciences andprofessional education. Founded in 1969, Stockton held its firstclasses in 1971. The University’s commitment to cultural diversityand its welcoming and vibrant community makes Stockton a greatplace to learn and work! Learn more about the many reasons tochoose Stockton at www.Stockton.edu.Under the direction of the Associate Director of InformationTechnology Help Desk or a designated supervisor, this position isresponsible for duties related to administrating the installation,configuration, and support of the Universities computer andcommunications systems and assisting users in the use of computingand communication facilities.Must be flexible to support events during days and weekends. Maybe required to work state holidays based on academic programmingneeds with alternate days off. Schedule can change at any time. EducationGraduation from an accredited College or University with abachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a closely relatedfieldExperienceThree years of IT Help Desk and/or support experience relatedto the functions of the positionNote: Applicants who do not possess the required education maysubstitute experience on a year for year basis.Note: A Master’s degree may be substituted for one (1) year ofthe required experience.Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesKnowledge of current principles and methodologies in theComputer Science fieldKnowledge or current and past operating systems and Microsoft365 productsDemonstrated knowledge and skills working in an ActiveDirectory in a client/server environmentFamiliarity with common software application suites and theirinstall/operation.Ability to learn new technologies and software packages tosupport University needsAbility to work independently on a strict timeline to achievespecific goals is necessaryAbility to delegate tasks and supervise staff and student staffmembers as assigned.Ability to interact and coordinate with other administrativeoffices at the UniversityAbility to provide and interpret statistical data and analyzetheir impact on the departmentAbility to assume responsibility for multiple tasks andorganize time efficiently.Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate inEnglish sufficiently to perform the duties of this positionMust have the ability to lift 25 lbs. and have a valid NJdriver’s licensePreferred QualificationsExperience with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services andGroup PolicyExperience with Microsoft Administrative Technologies (ex:Windows Server, Active Directory, Azure, Intune, PowerShell,etc.)Experience with workstation deployment, patch/update, andmanagement tools such as WDS, MDT, SCCM, WinPE, MDM, Deploy Studio,and MunkiPossess, or have the ability, to gain the industry recognizedcertification for hardware and software, CompTIA A+, within 90 daysafter the start of employmentAbility to read and write scripts in VBS, AppleScript, Bash,PowerShell, and other common programing languagesPI134264059center_img Screening of applications begins immediately and willcontinue until the position is filled.Only electronic documents will be accepted. Please completethe on-line application in addition to providing the followingrequired documents. All required documents must be submitted inorder for your application to move forward. You may uploaddocuments using Microsoft Word or PDF.A letter of interest describing specific skills andexperiencesA current résumé or curriculum vitaeA list of three professional references (included in theapplication): Name, Organization, Email Address and TelephonePlease note:All offers of employment are contingent upon a favorablebackground check, which may include social intelligence from aconsumer reporting agency.Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in theapplication process should contact the Office of Human Resources(Main Campus, J-115) at 609-652-4384, Monday – Friday between8:00am – 5:00pm.In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70,effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certainpositions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jerseyresidency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meetthe requirements listed.Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus SecurityPolicy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act), prospectiveemployees may access Stockton’s Annual Security and Fire SafetyReport (ASFSR) is available at https://www.stockton.edu/police/crime-statistics.html.The ASFSR contains the previous three years of reported Clery Actcrime statistics, fire safety information and information regardingcampus and personal safety. If you would like a paper copy of thereport, please visit the Stockton University Police Department,building 71, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township, NJ, orcall 609-652-4390, to request that a copy be mailed to you.Stockton University is an equal opportunity institutionencouraging a diverse pool of applicants, visit; http://www.stockton.edu/affirmative_action.Additionally, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of1972, Stockton University prohibits discrimination on the basis ofsex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition ofsexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexualassault and harassment) in all of its educational programs andactivities. #SUlast_img read more

Senior Academic Coordinator

first_imgPosting Number: SP002791PPosting Date: 04/27/2021Closing Date:Open Until Filled: YesSpecial Instructions:This position is open until filled; however, applications receivedon or before May 11, 2021 will receive first consideration. Postingwill remain open until a suitable pool of candidates isidentified. Minimum Qualifications:• Bachelor’s Degree in communication, education, psychology, sportmanagement or a related degree program.• Two years of experience working in a higher educationsetting.• Experience in providing academic support tostudent-athletes.• Experience with coordinating programs and activities.• Experience interacting successfully with student-athletes,faculty, and coaching staffs.• Experience leading others in program related activities and tocommunicate effectively. Preferred Qualifications:• Master’s degree in Counseling, Education, AthleticAdministration, or other related area.• Experience in an academic support unit for student-athletes,preferable at the NCAA Division I level.• Demonstrated working knowledge of NCAA rules andregulations.• Strong public relations, organizational, and program managementskills.• Knowledge/experience in computerized student records; familiaritywith spreadsheets.• Strong administrative skills in initiating and implementingprograms; skills in personnel management.• Ability to multi-task and work under tight timelines.• Demonstrated integrity.• N4A membership. University of IdahoSenior Academic CoordinatorLocation: MoscowDivision/College: Enrollment ManagementEmployee Category: ExemptPay Range: $41,288 per year or higher depending on educationand experienceFull/Part Time: Full TimePosition Summary:This position provides academic services for all student-athletesthrough the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) office inAcademic Support Programs. The position reports to the AssociateAthletic Director of Student-Athlete Support Services/Senior WomanAdministrator (SWA). Duties include academic counseling andacademic progress monitoring, assisting the Associate AthleticDirector in monitoring continuing eligibility, enrollmentassistance and monitoring, orientation for new student-athletes,summer bridge, international orientation, meeting with prospectivestudent-athletes on recruiting visits, mentoring student-athleteswho present academic risk factors, supervising the tutoring programand graduate assistant. The incumbent maintains close liaison withUI athletic administrators, coaching staffs, faculty, and campusacademic support areas and serves as a member of the administrativestaff. Background Check: Applicants who are selected as finalpossible candidates may be required to pass a criminal backgroundcheck.To apply, please visit: jobs.uidaho.eduEEO StatementUniversity of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employer. Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: jeid-835a9a51524ced479491b03ad067691dlast_img read more

Microsoft’s Zenimax acquisition approved by EU

first_imgJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefMonday 8th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBethesda SoftworksMicrosoftXboxZeniMax Media[Editor’s note: This story originally reported erroneously that the merger had also received approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We regret the error.]Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax has cleared a significant hurdle on the way toward closing as the European Commission ruled on Friday that it has no objection to the deal.The decision on the Commission’s website simply cites Article 6(1)(b) of the EC Merger Regulation, which states that after examining a potential merger or acquisition, “(b) Where it finds that the concentration notified, although falling within the scope of this Regulation, does not raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market, [the Commission] shall decide not to oppose it and shall declare that it is compatible with the common market.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Microsoft filed its request for approval with the European Commission’s antitrust regulators in January.Microsoft announced its plans to acquire ZeniMax for $7.5 billion back in September, which will grant it ownership of major IP such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom.The platform holder has said it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to make certain titles exclusive to its own ecosystem, but is honoring previously agreed upon exclusivity agreements, such as Arkane-developed Deathloop coming to PlayStation.Additional reporting by Brendan Sinclairlast_img read more

Real estate stocks dip slightly amid Fed Rate cut, housing starts data

first_imgFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Credit: Getty Images)Real estate stocks dipped slightly this week amid the Federal Reserve’s decision to cut its benchmark interest rate and new data that showed home construction hit a 12-year high. Next week will bring a slew of real estate-related data from the U.S. Census Bureau.Of the 28 major real estate stocks The Real Deal tracks, 15 companies saw their stock prices dip since Monday’s market open. On average, the group’s prices ticked down about 0.25 percent, far less than the 3 percent average gain from last week. Meanwhile, the Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund, which is heavily weighted in the real estate industry, this week rose about 1.4 percent.The trend matched that of the broader market. The S&P 500 declined just 4 points, or about 0.14 percent.The top performer, among the real estate companies TRD follows was real estate data firm CoStar Group, which rose 4.86 percent to close Friday at $595. Meanwhile, the weakest performer was real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank. The company’s stock closed at $9.48, a 6.23 percent dip from market open on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTOn Wednesday, the Fed set its target federal funds rate to between 1.75 percent and 2.00 percent, the central bank’s second rate cut since July, after several years of steady rate hikes.The decision came the same day the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their August residential construction statistics. Those showed that both single-family and multifamily construction building permits rose from July and from August 2018. The same was true for housing starts, which came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,364,000, the highest since 2007. Here are some data releases to watch next week:Monday: U.S. Census Bureau’s report on e-commerce from 2017, with data on shipments, sales and revenue from the manufacturing, wholesale, services and retail sectors.Wednesday: U.S. Census Bureau’s new residential sales figures.Thursday: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, with demographic, economic and housing statistics like mortgage status and rent for places with populations of at least 65,000. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Here’s a look at Blackstone’s industrial plays after its record-breaking portfolio purchase

first_imgBlackstone’s Jonathan Gray (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)After Blackstone dropped almost $19 billion on an industrial portfolio in June — the biggest portfolio deal ever — the private equity giant’s industrial activity hasn’t let up.In the months following that deal with Singapore-based GLP, Blackstone’s industrial plays in the U.S. have ranged from one-off property acquisitions to a partial selloff of that newly-acquired portfolio.In another show of its interest in the sector, Blackstone also launched its own logistics firm overseas.The deals come at a time when industrial real estate remains a strong draw nationwide, particularly among institutional players. Investors and developers are turning to logistics centers and warehouses to get in on the e-commerce and storage boom and provide a hedge against an economic contraction. Markets like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have seen a surge in industrial investment.ADVERTISEMENTAnd Blackstone remains bullish.“As retailers continue to shorten delivery times and expand their last-mile footprints, we believe warehouses in dense population centers will continue to experience outsized demand growth,” said Nadeem Meghji, head of real estate Americas in the firm’s Sept. 30 announcement of one such portfolio deal.A couple of months after Blackstone announced its massive deal with GLP, the private equity player bought part of TA Realty’s industrial portfolio. Blackstone picked up 68 properties spread across 10 high-growth markets around the country, and AEW Capital Management, in a separate transaction, acquired 28 Texas-based holdings. Combined, the deals totaled $1 billion, though Blackstone has not provided additional details.A few weeks later, Blackstone said it was buying Colony Capital’s 60 million-square-foot national warehouse portfolio. The price tag was $5.9 billion, and the properties are located in northern New Jersey, Atlanta and around California, among other places.In New York, the increased appetite for industrial properties near major urban centers has led developers to construct multi-story warehouses. “The solution has been to go up, and it’s unprecedented,” said Marcus & Millichap commercial broker Jakub Nowak. Chicago and L.A. also rank among the top cities for industrial investment.For its portfolio deal earlier this month, Blackstone sold off a chunk of its GLP mega-portfolio to Nuveen, the real estate investment arm of pension fund TIAA. The 100 properties are spread across 29 million square feet in major cities around the country, again in places like northern New Jersey and California. The transaction was valued at $3 billion.Blackstone also has continued to pick off industrial buildings in smaller portfolios and other one-off deals. In August, the firm paid $56 million for a trio of warehouses near Miami International Airport. It also picked up another property in South Florida — a 9.2-acre site for $9.6 million.Single-asset purchases of industrial buildings were up 6 percent year to date in August from the same period in 2018, though portfolio deals were down 2 percent, according to data from research firm Real Capital Analytics. But that figure did not include Blackstone’s GLP acquisition, which closed at the end of September and alone represents a usual quarter’s worth of activity, said Jim Costello, senior vice president at RCA.“The deal activity is down in terms of what had closed…but the point was everybody knew something big was in the works and was coming soon,” he said.Hunger for moreDemand has outpaced supply in the industrial sector for almost the past decade, said Marcus & Millichap commercial broker Jakub Nowak.“It’s no surprise we’re seeing a lot of institutional capital keen on pursuing these types of deals,” he said.Institutional players were second to private buyers of industrial assets in August, according to RCA; the data does not include the Blackstone/GLP deal. But the amount that private players have shelled out for the properties dropped 7 percent year over year.Meanwhile, institutional funds have seen their spending increase 28 percent, and their deals are, on average, valued at around $21.5 million each. The average size of a private investor’s deal was just $7.6 million.The industrial demand has been driven largely by the growth in e-commerce spending, a trend experts don’t see abating any time soon.Aside from buying and selling last-mile logistics centers, Blackstone also recently launched its own company focused on those properties. In September, the firm touted the start of Mileway, which owns and operates 1,000 last-mile logistics properties across Europe. Blackstone slowly acquired the buildings through real estate funds over several years. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Major US retailers tell landlords they can’t pay rent

first_imgSubway sent its landlords a “force majeure” letter last week (Photo by Mikko Robles/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Big chain retailers and restaurants are putting their landlords on notice.Both U.S. and international chains are informing their landlords that they need to reduce rent or cut payments, Bloomberg reported.Last week, Mattress Firm, which has about 2,400 stores, initially sent a notice to landlords offering to extend its leases in exchange for a break on rent. But this week the chain sent a second notice walking back its previous offer and informing landlords that due to widespread stores closures it would not be able to pay rent.Subway sent its landlords a “force majeure” letter last week, The Real Deal was the first to report, noting that it would either be paying reduced or no rent on its 20,000 U.S. locations.ADVERTISEMENTSimilarly, Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB has shuttered about two-thirds of its 5,000 stores globally and has reached out to its landlords to discuss options, according to Bloomberg.Read moreRetailers tell landlords they could stop paying rent soonNYC storefronts begin boarding up as virus empties streetsJacob Chetrit pulls out of $815M Daily News building deal; SL Green keeps his $35M deposit Some landlords are responding to the ongoing closure of storefronts due to the coronavirus pandemic by proactively offering breaks to retail tenants, according to the report. California-based Irvine Company Retail Properties is allowing rent deferrals for 90 days paid back interest-free over 12 months starting in January. And a Detroit developer, Bedrock, is waiving rent and other fees for small retail and restaurant tenants for three months.For landlords, losing out on rent payments could make it difficult to make their own mortgage payments. Earlier this week, real estate investor Tom Barrack predicted that the commercial mortgage-backed securities market could collapse.[Bloomberg] — Erin Hudson This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Aby Rosen seeks to rework Chrysler Building ground lease

first_imgAby Rosen and the Chrysler Building (Credit: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)RFR Realty’s Aby Rosen is in talks to restructure the ground lease for the Chrysler Building.Rosen, along with partner Sigma Holding GmbH, bought the landmark tower’s ground lease for $151 million from Tishman Speyer and an Abu Dhabi government fund last year. They pay Cooper Union, which owns the property, $32.5 million annually in ground rent, along with more than $23 million for what the building would typically owe in property taxes (though as a nonprofit, Cooper Union pockets this sum).Those charges are expected to jump to $67 million by 2029. It’s unclear what changes Rosen is seeking to the terms of the lease, but the school may be exploring reducing the ground lease rates to ensure a flow of rent from RFR and avoid having to take over the property, Business Insider reports.ADVERTISEMENTSince buying the ground lease, Rosen has cleared out the small retailers in the building with eyes on a reimagined retail arcade, as well as “destination dining and entertainment.” With the coronavirus crisis, the company will likely have a hard time filling those spaces.Read moreRetail tenants disappearing from Chrysler BuildingAby Rosen ditches $600M in building buysAby Rosen says Tod Waterman stabbed him in the back on Lever House deal “Those questions around retail and the timing of when it comes back haven’t been answered yet,” said Marc Frankel, a leasing executive at Newmark Knight Frank. “I wouldn’t plan on buying a property like the Chrysler Building today and leasing it up tomorrow. If you have the time to wait, everyone believes the market will be back. But if you can’t wait and you need to fill a space now, then you might have a problem.”Rosen also faced a major rent reset at the Lever House at 390 Park Avenue, and defaulted on a $110 million loan backing the tower. He and RFR co-founder Michael Fuchs sued Tod Waterman, accusing him of fraudulently taking over the ground lease at the Midtown tower in 2018.Last month, Rosen walked away from more than $600 million in deals. The abandoned deals included a $400 million buy of 900 Third Avenue in Midtown from Paramount Group and a retail condo at 1600 Broadway in Times Square that was on the market for more than $200 million.[Business Insider] — Kathryn Brenzel  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

US home prices are actually still rising

first_img(Credit: iStock)A look at home prices and one might forget there’s a virus sending the economy into chaos.The bottom hasn’t fallen out from under the housing market, at least not in terms of pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal. In fact, the National Association of Realtors found the national median home price rose 8 percent year-over-year in March to $280,600.The pandemic hasn’t created the imbalance that sends prices shooting up or down. While sales fell 8.5 percent in March from February, the pandemic has also brought down supply — total listings hit a five-year-low at the end of April.“Demand absolutely just got a kick in the gut, but at the same exact time, so did supply,” said Zillow Group senior economist Skylar Olsen.That was seen on a smaller scale as well. Hard-hit Manhattan saw an 89 percent drop in new listings in mid-April. Multi-million dollar deals continue to close in New York, but just at a much slower pace.Sellers haven’t yet been forced en masse to drop prices and move properties. Many are holding out, hoping that they can still cut a deal without a discount once stay-at-home orders are lifted and buyers can again see homes.Only about 4 percent of sellers cut their prices in the week ending on April 25, compared to 5.7 percent of sellers who cut prices during the same week last year.Overall, American homeowners are in a better financial position than they were before the last economic crisis, so fewer are expected to be forced into listing their properties. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Simon, Authentic Brands to buy Brooks Brothers

first_imgAuthentic Brands Group CEO Jamie Salter, David Simon and Brooks Brothers (Getty)Brooks Brothers has found its white knight in mall giant Simon Property Group and apparel licensing firm, Authentic Brands Group.A venture between the two companies, known as Sparc Group, has agreed to buy the retailer for $325 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. Brooks Brothers will close 75 of its 200 stores as part of the deal.Read moreBrooks Brothers files for bankruptcyBankrupt Brooks Brothers gets $305M stalking-horse bidMall owners team up with “dead-celebrity dealmaker” but can they rescue moribund retailers? Sparc submitted a $305 million stalking horse bid last month. Brooks Brothers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early July, had until Aug. 5 to find a higher offer.ADVERTISEMENTBrand management firm WHP Global was reportedly interested in making a bid before Sparc’s offer was finalized.Sparc has previously acquired retailers such as Aéropostale, Forever 21 and Nautica. Separately, the partners also have a long track record of scooping up troubled chains.Authentic Brands acquired Barneys last year, and Simon Property is said to be considering buying J.C. Penney.[WSJ] — Erin Hudson This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Teresa Giudice of “Real Housewives” lists New Jersey home

first_imgTeresa Giudice and her New Jersey home (Getty, Realtor)A star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has listed a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Montville where she lived with her ex-husband, according to the New York Post.Teresa Giudice is asking $2.5 million for the property. The home is about a palatial as one could imagine given its owners’ reputation for extravagance. It has six bedrooms and sits on nearly four acres.Giudice and her former husband, Joe Giudice, raised their four children there until 2015 when they were both sentenced to prison for fraud. Joe Giudice, who received a 41-month term, was deported to his native Italy after serving his time and in April was denied an appeal for his deportation. Teresa served nearly a year. [NYP] — Dennis LynchADVERTISEMENT This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

The 10 biggest new project filings in NYC

first_imgTF Cornerstone President Frederick Elghanayan with 2-10 54th Avenue and 55-01 Second Street in Long Island City (Google Maps)Opponents chased Amazon’s proposed second headquarters away from Long Island City, but that hasn’t stopped a wave of new projects from coming to the neighborhood.Of the 10 biggest new building applications filed in December, four were for parcels in the Queens neighborhood. Three of those were for projects linked to the Elghanayan family’s companies, TF Cornerstone and Rockrose. If approved, these three projects would together generate nearly 1,700 residential units.The remaining applications covered new projects in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Here’s the full list:1. 2-10 54th Avenue, QueensTF Cornerstone filed an application to build a 812-unit apartment tower on 54th Avenue in Long Island City. The firm purchased the one-acre site, along with an adjacent one at 55-01 Second Street, in November 2018. SLCE Architects is the architect of record for the proposed 39-story tower.2. 23-20 Borden Avenue, QueensInnovo Property Group filed an application to build a five-story, 680,000-square-foot building, consisting of three stories of industrial use and two stories of studio and accessory space, on this site near Long Island Expressway. The developer purchased the 4.7-acre site for $75 million in January 2019. KSS Architects is the architect of record.3. 55-01 Second Street, QueensTF Cornerstone also filed an application for a 34-story, 575-unit apartment building on a site adjacent to 2-10 54th Avenue in Long Island City. In addition to 485,000 square feet of residential space, the proposed building would have 14,000 square feet of commercial space. SLCE Architects is also the architect of record.4. 1515 Surf Avenue, BrooklynLCOR filed an application to build a 26-story, 322-unit mixed-income apartment building on a site one block from the Coney Island boardwalk. The developer, which is majority-owned by the California State Teachers Retirement System, has signed a 99-year ground lease to gain control of the nearly full-block parking lot on Surf Avenue. Anthony Tortora, LCOR’s senior vice president, told The Real Deal that up to 30 percent of the apartments would be designated as affordable. Studio V Architecture is the architect of record.5. 43-14 Queens Avenue, QueensRockrose Development, led by Henry and Justin Elghanayan, filed an application to construct a 19-story, 301-unit residential building in Long Island City. According to the application, the proposed building also includes about 4,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, according to Crain’s. SLCE Architects is the architect of record.6. 203 Newport Street, BrooklynThe Bridge, a New York City-based nonprofit advocating for mental health and housing solutions, filed an application to build a seven-story mixed-use building in Brownsville. Plans call for 174 apartments, about 39,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 2,500 square feet for a community facility. Think Architecture & Design is the architect of record.7. 2226 Third Avenue, ManhattanReal Estate Equities Corporation, a New York City-based real estate development firm headed by Brandon Miller and Mark Seigel, filed an application to build a 10-story mixed-use building on a lot in East Harlem. The developer signed a 99-year ground lease agreement with the property owner Khedouri Associates to control the site. The proposed building features total 98,000 square feet of community facility and 36,500 square feet of commercial area. DXA Studio Architecture is the architect of record.8. 2919 West 16th Street, BrooklynLCOR filed another application in Coney Island, this one for a 16-story mixed-use building with 139 apartments and about 1,500 square feet of commercial space. SLCE Architects is the architect of record.9. 1245 Edward L. Grant Highway, BronxMark Stagg’s Stagg Group filed an application to construct a 12-story, 121-unit residential building in Highbridge. About 30 percent of its units would be affordable, and a third of those would be set aside for formerly homeless people, Crain’s reported. Marin Architects is the architect of record.10. 4778 Broadway, ManhattanJorge Madruga’s MADDD Equities filed an application to construct an eight-story building on a quarter-acre site in Inwood. Most of the 75,000-square-foot building would be dedicated to a community facility, with about 19,000 square feet dedicated to commercial space. Aufgang Architects is the architect of record.Read moreNo Amazon, no problem: TF Cornerstone plans 1,400 apartments in LICCalifornia teachers get in on Coney Island’s redevelopmentRockrose continues LIC expansion with 300-unit tower Message* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Full Name*center_img Contact Akiko Matsuda Email Address*last_img read more

Five Chicago developments to watch in 2021

first_imgThe Terminal. Image: IBT Group, LLC/REjournals.Residents are currently moving in to one of the most significant additions to the Chicago skyline in years, the St. Regis Chicago (formerly known as the Vista Tower). The Jeanne Gang-designed, 101-story tower is now Chicago’s third-tallest building and the world’s tallest building designed by a woman. The completion of the St. Regis stands as a rare highlight of 2020. But many more exciting new developments of all types remain in the pipeline heading into 2021. Here are some of the most noteworthy projects taking major steps forward in 2021 that you might want to keep an eye on. Obama CenterImage: Obama FoundationThe Obama Presidential Center’s years of legal challenges and difficulties have led to an “I’ll believe it when I see it” perspective from many Chicagoans. But 2021 could finally be the year the center breaks ground, with key federal approvals expected very soon. At odds have been potential environmental impacts, gentrification concerns, a community benefits agreement, and the use of public parkland–especially given that, in contrast with many other presidential libraries, the Obama Center will not receive funding nor oversight from the federal government.The Center will, however, benefit from public dollars including nearly $200 million in infrastructure upgrades, including major street reconfiguration through the park and renovation of the adjacent 59th St/University of Chicago station on the Metra Electric line. The extent to which the Center will impact the neighboring communities has been a point of consternation–while few presidential libraries have had significant impact on their neighbors, the Obama Foundation projects the Center will attract more visitors, and community groups have fought tirelessly to ensure their interests are protected. The TerminalThis West Humboldt Park office development has made some headlines lately, but is probably deserving of many more. The joint public-private project will see a century-old abandoned warehouse repurposed into a spacious, 250,000 square foot boutique workspace. Morningstar founder Joe Mansueto, who also owns the Chicago Fire, is providing the private funds. The first tenants will be able to move in this spring, although full buildout will continue over the next two years. Upon completion, the space will be home to over 200 jobs. The lower price point offered should be especially attractive to startup companies that may be attracted to the uniqueness and community aspects of the project, while having the ability to be more flexible on location. There will also be a significant amount of landscaped outdoor space, including a large deck seen in renderings. The facility is located behind an Aldi and Menards near the intersection of North Avenue and Kostner Avenue, just over two miles from the Eisenhower Expressway. SouthbridgeImage: McCaffery InterestsA full decade has passed since the Harold Ickes Homes were demolished along State Street just south of Cermak Road, as part of the Chicago Housing Authority’s plan to demolish outdated and inadequate public housing. In a shiny new development symbolic of the shift to modern mixed-income communities more in line with current strategy to meet city housing needs, the 877-unit Southbridge complex will also have over 60,000 square feet of retail space. More than half of its 11-acre footprint will be open space, including parks and sports fields. Southbridge stands as one of the most ambitious mixed-income developments in recent memory, and its sheer size could create a significant link between the Bronzeville, Chinatown, and South Loop neighborhoods (hence the “Southbridge” name). The first phase of around 200 units will open later this year, with just over half of those being priced at market rate. Residents will have immediate access to the Green and Red lines and Stevenson and Dan Ryan expressways. Just across the Stevenson from Southbridge will also be a new e-sports arena, one of the first of its kind. Lincoln YardsImage: Hannah Alani/Block Club ChicagoThe Sterling Bay megadevelopment along the North Branch of the Chicago River has managed to gain a level of notoriety matched by only the Obama Center in recent years. The $6 billion megaproject between Lincoln Yards and Bucktown has been in development headlines constantly since its 2019 city approval, including a fortune in TIF funds, but the project will finally break ground this spring. The first building will be an eight-story, 320,000 square foot commercial building near the south end of the area, just north of the Home Depot on North Avenue. It will house biotech and pharmaceutical lab space, which has been one of few clear weaknesses in the Chicago office space market for years.Also breaking ground in 2021 will be three major infrastructure improvements that will shape the foundation for the entire Lincoln Yards plan. These three are the highly-anticipated extension of the 606 trail under the Kennedy Expressway and over the Chicago River, a mile-long extension of north-south Dominick Street through the project area, and a hallmark bridge carrying Dominick Street over the Chicago River. The 606 river bridge will partially utilize an abandoned railroad swing bridge, while the new-build Dominick Street bridge will feature fully protected bike lanes. While these improvements won’t be complete until 2023, the semblance of a new master-planned neighborhood will begin to take shape this summer. The Reed at SouthbankImage: LendleaseThis new 41-story residential high-rise is just the latest addition to a rapidly growing, dense district of new apartments just south of the Loop along the Chicago River. While there’s plenty to like about the building itself, which will off 216 luxury condos and 224 rental apartments, Chicago hasn’t been lacking for similar such projects in recent years. Rather, The Reed is getting a shoutout for further development of a growing southern riverwalk, which remains unbeknownst to most Chicagoans while its heavily-trafficked sibling to the north draws all the crowds. As part of the development plan for The Reed, as well as its neighbor The Cooper, the area now features a short riverwalk stub and surprisingly spacious park, which are ungated and publicly accessible. Its well-manicured, nature-oriented character is vastly different from the commercialized version up north, which makes for a relaxing experience. The first short stretch, which has already been open for a couple of years, can be accessed at the intersection of Harrison Street (which has a protected bike lane for easy cycling access) and Franklin Street. The addition of The Reed should extend the riverwalk to a southern access point at Polk Street, and future phases of this project plan to extend this riverwalk all the way to Roosevelt Road. With spacious outdoor locales still at a premium for recreation in 2021, this could be a prime spot to visit as the weather improves.last_img read more

SEHA: Vardar Pro against HC Zagreb in the final! (14.04.2013 @ 19:00)

first_imgRecommended for you Related Items:cervar, dimovski, meshkov, metalurg, SEHA, Vardar Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail SEHA and Sportradar Announce Multi-Season Partnership SEHA Final4 – Handball is back on the wings of inovations SEHA SURPRISE: Tatran beat Meshkov in Brest! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsVardar Pro will try to defend last year’s title in the regional SEHA League after they’ve defeated Metalurg Skopje in the semifinal of the SEHA League. Vardar had the lead throughout most of the match, however HC Metalurg in the end managed to get a draw with one minute to go. Vardar score in their attack, while Vanco Dimovski fails in Metalurg’s final attack to receive the ball properly, and the final attack is lost, making Vardar the winner of the Macedonian semi-final.In the first semifinal, RK Zagreb defeated Brest Meshkov despite trailing 17:14 at half time. With a nice run in the second, the Boris Dvorsek’ team in the end celebrated a 31:29 victory. This will give them the chance to win the SEHA league for the first time after losing in the semi-final in last years’ premiere edition.last_img read more


first_imgClick to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:Jovanka Radičević, serbia 2013, WWCH 2013 Jovanka Radicevic to become the 4th member of “Club 800” Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the possible conquerors of the cup for the greatest champion of the 2013 WC in Serbia is the current European champion – the national team of Montenegro. The best right wing of the EHF EURO 2013 and winner of the EHF Champions League with Hungarian Gyor last year, irreplaceable in the formation of team manager Dragan Adzic, Jovanka Radicevic, in the exclusive interview for serbia2013.com was talking to us about the upcoming tournament in Serbia.You are coming back to the place of success, in Belgrade, where you won the European gold last December. What feelings do the memories from “Kombank Arena” bring?It certainly brings back great feelings, when you know that you are going back to the arena where you won the European Championship. That was a special experience in my career. We are coming back to Belgrade as European Champions, and we are having the opportunity to have another great success in that same place.Is the Montenegrin team better this December from the one that conquered the European crown last year?We are an year more mature and experienced, which is very important for this competition. We have been working very hard, and now we are coming to get the results. The atmosphere is great. We have the same energy as we did before the Olympic games and EURO 2012. We are coming without much euphoria and panic. We have our path and we will be sticking to it.Many will want revenge from the defeats in London and Serbia from the past year and a half…The same way they all want revenge, we want victory. That is clear. We are not thinking about the medal, but our opponent, and that is Korea. After them it will be someone else. That’s the only thing we think about.What challenges are awaiting for you in the Group A, in which aside from Montenegro, the national teams of France, Netherlands, Korea, Congo and the Dominican Republic will also play?Surely the match against Korea will be the hardest, because it’s the first one. The first matches at the opening are the toughest both physically and psychologically, in addition to that Korea has a style different to the European one, which supports the fact that it won’t be easy. We are well prepared. Than there is the Netherlands, and France. It will be very hard to win the first place in the Group.Who would you like to see from the Group B from Nis?It really isn’t important to me who will be first, second or third there. There are no rules. I will give you an example. On the Olympic games in London we were fourth in our Group, and than we eliminated France in the quarterfinals, that was first in their group. At that point France was the best team on the tournament and what happened? We won, and we sent them home. It does not matter the ranking in each group, the elimination stage is what matters. You don’t have the right to a bad day or to make a mistake. You have to give your maximum in the matches from the first to the last minute. One match decides the faith, so we do not worry about the rivals. Whoever comes, let it be our guest. We will be preparing equally for each.Last year Montenegro had a great number of fans. What kind of support do you expect now?I am expecting a big support from the stands. We need the fans. They know they are our pillars of support, so we expect them to be with us from the beginning to the end.Who will be on the podium on the 22nd of December?It’s going to be a though and uncertain championship. Usually there are surprises on World Championships, but I know one. Whoever plays against us, will have a hard time – confidently ends Jovanka Radicevic Hansen: “We kept on fighting for 60 minutes” TOP 5 IN 2019 – Vyakhireva, Oftedal, Abbingh, Toft…. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

WWCH 2013: Round 1 from Belgrade to Novi Sad

first_imgGOLDEN DAY: Serbia or Brazil? Here are the complete schedule of the Round 1 at Women’s World Championshio in Serbia:Group A:Montenegro – Korea 14:45France – Congo 17:00Netherlands – The Dominican Republic 19:15Group B:Brazil – Algeria 18Denmark – China 20:15Serbia – Japan 28:26Group CAngola – Argentina 15:45Poland – Paraguay 18Norway – Spain 20:15Group DHungary – Czech Republic 14:45Germany – Australia 17Romania – Tunisia 19:15 Recommended for you Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Denmark and Brazil – In battle for the final!center_img Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. PHOTO STORY: “Kombank Arena” handball experience Related Items:serbia 2013 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentslast_img read more

THW Kiel celebrates first EHF CL victory!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHW Kiel are back on the winning track after the defeat in Zagreb at the start of EHF Champions League 2014/2014. Exactly 26 minutes Spanish Naturhouse La Rioja were in lead in “Sparkasse Arena” in which a lot of seats were empty (only 6.000 fans), but fantastic Aron Palmarsson showed why is one of the TOP guns of European handball with 9 goals in the first half (12 in total) and brought advantage to his team before the half-time break. At the end – 34:32 (20:16) for the Zebras.THW Kiel : Sjöstrand (1.-60., 15 saves), Palicka (1 save), Sonne (n.e.); Duvnjak (4), Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (3/2), Weinhold (5), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (n.e.), Cañellas (2), Dahmke (n.e.), Palmarsson (12), Klein (1), Vujin (2); Trainer: GislasonNaturhouse La Rioja : Aguinagalde (3 saves), Lite (13/1 saves); Sanchez Migallon, Goncalves (3), J. Garcia (7/2), Jimenez (4), Vigo (1), Garabaya (1), Stenmalm (1), Rocas (7/3), Cacheda (1), Rodriguez, Fernandez (2), F. Garcia (1), Romero (2), Eilert (2); Trainer: Gonzalez ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Related Items:Naturhouse La Rioja, THW Kiel Click to comment THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Vedran Zrnic to Besiktas Mogaz HT

first_imgEHF CL: First success for Besiktas! Click to comment Related Items:Besiktas handball, Besiktas MOGAZ HT, Vedran Zrnic ShareTweetShareShareEmail Veselin Vujović changes his decision: Players betrayed me, but I will give one more chance! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsLegendary Croatian right wing Vedran Zrnic is the new reinforcement of the Turkish champions Besiktas MOGAZ HT, writes Balkan-Handball.com. The Turkish team didn’t start well in the EHF CL season, collecting all four defeats, so ambitious management began to think about the players which could raise their level of performance. One of them is experienced 35 years old lefthander, who was free agent, since he helf Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock.Another Croatian wing, current NT member, Ivan Nincevic is also playing for Besiktas.Zrnic has a fantastic career with seven years in VfL Gummersbach, and before that Slovenian RK Gorenje and RK Prule, followed with all major medals with Croatian NT in the recent 10 years… Recommended for you Elverum beat Montpellier – Besiktas remain undefeated in Bucharest!last_img read more

Draw for TOP 16 of Women’s European Cups

first_imgEHF CUP 19/20: RNL in Minsk, Benfica in Nasice, Melsungen VS Olympiakos ShareTweetShareShareEmail Barbara Lazovic to play for Montenegro? Click to comment Related Items:challenge handball cup, cup winners cup handball, EHF Cup, Women’s handball Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you THW Kiel and Fuchse Berlin for EHF Cup 2019 trophy ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsExactly 48 teams will experience European handball spring 2015. Here are the results of the draw for the TOP 16 phase of three European Cups in women’s handball.Women’s Cup Winners’ Cup Last 16 pairings:(1st leg 7/8 February – 2nd leg 14/15 February)H.C.M. Roman (ROU) vs FC Midtjylland (DEN)HC Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) vs HSG Blomberg-Lippe (GER)Byasen Trondheim (NOR) vs WHC Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB)FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN) vs Tertnes Bergen (NOR)SERCODAK Dalfsen (NED) vs Fleury Loiret Handball (FRA)Siófok KC – Galérius Fürdö (HUN) vs Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT)Randers HK (DEN) vs MKS Selgros Lublin (POL)Zvezda Zvenigorod (RUS) vs HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)Women’s EHF Cup Last 16 pairings:(1st leg 7/8 February – 2nd leg 14/15 February)TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Werkselfen (GER) vs Buxtehuder SV (GER)H 65 Höörs Handbollsklubb (SWE) vs Team Esbjerg (DEN)Rostov-Don (RUS) vs Dunaujvarosi K. Kezilabda Akademia (HUN)Érd HC (HUN) vs Rocasa Gran Canaria ACE (ESP)Astrakhanochka (RUS) vs ASC Corona 2010 Brasov (ROU)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN) vs Handball Club Lada (RUS)Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP) vs Muratpasa Belediye SK (TUR)Issy Paris Hand (FRA) vs HC Dunarea Braila (ROU)Women’s Challenge Cup Last 16 pairings:(1st leg 7/8 February – 2nd leg 14/15 February)JAC – Alcanena (POR) vs Pogon Baltica Szczecin (POL)ABU Baku (AZE) vs WHC Knjaz Milos (SRB)ZRK Naisa Nis (SRB) vs Fram (ISL)Ardesen GSK (TUR) vs Winner Kosova (KOS)/Zelina (CRO)Amyntas Amyntaiou (GRE) vs Galytchanka (UKR)Yellow Winterthur (SUI) vs Union Mios Biganos-Begles (FRA)HAC Handball (FRA) vs Gorodnichanka (BLR)Colegio de Gaia (POR) vs DHC Sokol Poruba (CZE)last_img read more

Struga 2016 to start tonight!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe 44th international tournament in Struga starts on Wednesday on beautiful city on Macedonian Ohrid Lake.GroupsGroup AAlingsas (Sweden)Chartres (France)PelisterGroup BMetalurg SkopjeSteaua (Romania)EurofarmWednesday – 17.08.201619:30 Opening ceremony20:15 Alingsas (Sweden)-Chartres (France)21:45 Metalurg-Steaua (Romania)Thursday – 18.08.201619:00 Chartres (France) – Pelister20:45 Metalurg- EurofarmFriday – 19.08.201619:00Steaua (Romania) – Eurofarm20:45 Alingsas (Sweden) – PelisterSaturday – 20.08.201618:00 Fifth match place19:45 Bronze medal21:45 Final STRUGA 2015: Besiktas and Cesson win openers Related Items:Struga hanbdall, Struga handball The 44th International tournament in Struga starts on August 17 Click to comment Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. STRUGA 2017: Chartres, Alingsas, Besiktas and Metalurg for the trophylast_img read more

Russia beat Norway to make Scandi golden era over!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Related Items:rio 2016 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsRussia and France will fight for the gold at the Women’s Olympic tournament in Rio! The Norwegian left wing Camilla Herrem missed the last tricky shot only 10 seconds before the end of extra-time, to bring the happiness on the faces of Russian girls after 70 minutes of great battle – 38:37 (31:31 – 18:16).The team led by Evgeny Trefilov since 1999 (with a small break in 2013) will have the second chance to win the Olympic tournament. They lost in first attempt in Beijing, where golden era of Norwegian girls began. This was a sweet revenge of the new Trefilov’s generation, who has everything to stay among the best in years to come.Heidi Loke saved Norway from losing match in regular time, with equalizer four seconds before the final buzzer – 31:31, but Scandinavian girls led by Nora Mork (14 goals) simply weren’t good enough to beat the big rival last night.Bobrobnikova netted eight goals for the winners, Dmitrieva scored one less.PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud THE END OF GOLDEN SERIES: France lose first final after 23 years! Click to comment RIO 2016: Handball was the most popular after football! PSG Handball outplay “wild” Esperance for TOP semi-final! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

HULK IN DKB BUNDESLIGA: MT Melsungen sign Nebojsa Simic!

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Andre Gomes to join MT Melsungen? Click to comment HSG Wetzlar win first friendly match against MT Melsungen IFK Kristianstad (SWE), 2015 – 2017 ShareTweetShareShareEmail RK Mornar (MNE), 2008 – 2010 HK Malmö (SWE), 2013 – 2015 MT Melsungen (GER), from 2017/18 Related Items:MT Melsungen, Nebojsa Simic ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMontenegrian goalkeeper with suggestive nickname “HULK”, Nebojsa Simic, is the new signing of the German MT Melsungen for the upcoming season! The 23-years old goalkeeper will join DKB Bundesliga team after a few years in Sweden, where he made his “name”, especially in the last two season with IFK Kristianstad at VELUX EHF Champions League.Simic is also a member of the Montenegrian national team, but he wasn’t a choice of former coach Ljubomir Obradovic.He will join the 30-years old Johan Sjostrand, who extended contract until 2020.Simic’s career:RK Sedmerac 2004-2008 CORONA VIRUS TREAT: MT Melsungen forbid autographs and group photos H43 Lund (SWE), 2012 – 2013 RK Lovcen (MNE), 2010 – 2012 Recommended for youlast_img read more

Meshkov Brest last SEHA Final4 2017 participants

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsIt is know clear that SEHA Gazprom Final4 will have the same four teams who will fight for the title between April 7 and 9. Like in a year before, when Croatian city of Varazdin hosted event, Meshkov Brest and Telekom Veszprem will meet in the semi-final.In the last match of regular part of the season, Belarusian champions won away match against RK PPD Zagreb 31:25 to secure position No.3 ahead of Croatian best team and Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko.PPD Zagreb and RK Vardar Skopje will play second semi-final. Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

Four matches to decide TOP 8 teams on Saturday

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Related Items:EHF Champions League 2018/2019 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsFour matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League knock-out stage will be played on Saturday afterward will be known which teams will qualify for the TOP8.PGE Vive Kielce – Motor Zaporozhye (first match 33:33) – 16.00Veszprem – Sporting (first match 30:28) – 17.30 HBC Nantes -Rhein Neckar Lowen (32:34) – 18.00RK Vardar – RK PPD Zagreb (27:18) – 19.30 center_img EHF CL 2018/2019 knock-out stage starts in Mannheim Recommended for you TOP 5 goals of EHF Champions League 2018/2019 Round 6last_img read more

IHF reaction on #DontPlayThePlayers: We are open for discussion

first_imgPingback: IHF reaction on #DontPlayThePlayers: We are open for discussion — Sport Land Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsInternational Handball Federation put statement on official website as reaction on #DontPlayThePlayers campaign launched by European Union of Handball Players.Take a look on it…The players are the International Handball Federation’s main resource and the IHF is always open for discussion and to examine new proposals. Their health is the IHF’s priority.  ReviewIHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa how to reduce the workload of the players on the part of the IHF during the 2019 IHF Men’s World Championship in Germany and Denmark and put an initiative forward at the General Assembly of Forum Club Handball (FCH) on 26 January in Hamburg, Germany where the clubs were asked whether or not they would agree on a longer World Championship period, so that more rest days could be included. The FCH General Assembly unanimously agreed to his proposal. Dr Moustafa thus presented it to the IHF Council at their meeting in Herning, Denmark on 28 January 2019 and the IHF Council decided to increase the number of rest days.Match scheme / rest daysAs mentioned above, the players’ health is a priority at the IHF. For this reason, the IHF is working closely together with the European Handball Federation, aiming to have an international calendar which puts the athletes first. The IHF is willing to meet with the players’ representatives, discuss the matter and work on a solution together. Taking a look at IHF events, the increase of the number of teams to 32 at World Championships, which was decided by the IHF Council in their meeting on 18 October 2018, was introduced with one of the main reasons being that a new match scheme could be applied – a schedule with more rest days, designed to protect the players’ health. The IHF introduced a new schedule for senior events from 2021 on. In the new system, there are no more back-to-back matches and the maximum number of matches per team is reduced. At first glance, it does not seem logical that a team has less matches if the overall number of teams increases, but, with the new match scheme, the maximum number of matches per team has been reduced from ten to nine.The IHF believes that the new schedule is providing many good opportunities but is always open to receive further proposals. However, it is also clear that there are many interests to be taken into consideration and with the new schedule, a good solution was found.Additional changes and size of squad to be analysedFurthermore, the IHF analysed the feedback from the national federations as well as some players which was received with regard to the 2019 Men’s World Championship in Germany and Denmark. As a result, the possibility of additional changes in the squad is being considered as well as an increase in the number of players per team to give the coach the options to give more rest to the players.Amending the IHF Rules of the GameMoreover, in order to reduce the rather aggressive physical contact, thus reducing the risk of injuries, the IHF referees received new guidelines, which have been applied since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Due to the high acceptance of the new guidelines on the part of the players, handball was ranked number two with regards to the spectators at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which was a fantastic result. The players have shown the beauty of the sport of handball to the world and in return, handball got an outstanding result.Athletes’ representation within the IHFAs for the voice of the athletes, the IHF is always willing to listen. The players are represented by the IHF Athletes’ Commission, which is chaired by Gro Hammerseng-Edin, one of the best Norwegian players and IHF Player of the Year 2007. The Athletes’ Commission is very committed and makes sure that the players’ interests are always taken into consideration. The IHF is the only International Sports Federation which determined in their criteria for election to the Athletes’ Commission that the player must be active in order to have a person in this important position who knows the situation of the players on the field. It is much better than having persons responsible who stopped their careers many years ago. Gro Hammerseng-Edin was voted into the Commission during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games together with Diego Simonet (ARG), Mouna Chebbah (TUN), Igor Vori (CRO) and Cristina Neagu (ROU). Overall, 94.6% of the 336 athletes competing in the 2016 Olympic Games took part in the voting. The Chairperson of the Athletes Commission represents the voice of the players on the IHF Council, as long as he/she is an active player, according to an IHF Council decision taken at their meeting in August 2017.Insurance / Financial supportThe IHF pays a compensation to the National Federations, which in turn forward this amount to the clubs of the players as a compensation for the release of the players to the National Federation in order for them to take part in the World Championships – this system has been applied since 2011 for Men’s World Championships and since 2013 for Women’s World Championships. In addition, the IHF is having a loss-of-salary insurance for the case that a player is getting injured during a World Championship. Hence, the IHF is taking precautions taking different aspects into consideration: the technical and financial factors as well as the aspects of health and rules.  On 1 April, the IHF received a letter from the European Handball Players Union (EHPU) asking for a meeting and explaining the current situation in handball from the players’ point of view. As usual, the IHF President welcomes the proposal of a meeting and is convinced that meetings on a regular basis should be carried out in order to improve.In conclusion, the IHF is always on the move with regard to the players’ health. Therefore, initiatives and actions were considered and decided upon long before receiving any petition or request. It is the IHF’s obligation to continuously analyse not only the development of handball but also the impact of this development on our main resource, the players. 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items:last_img read more

Handball-Planet.com in 2019: Hungary, Denmark and Germany TOP 3 nations!

first_imgRelated Items:Handball-Planet.com 2019 visitors ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHandball-Planet.com, launched in May 2010, celebrating the end of another successful year.Source of handball people from all over the world made nice results in the last 12 months.Among 380.000 unique visitors during 2019, the highest number came from Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Norway,  North Macedonia. Croatia, USA, Spain, Romania and Portugal.The biggest number of visits Handball-Planet.com had from Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, North Macedonia, Poland, Croatia, Romania and Portugal.Thank you all and see you in the most important – Olympic 2020! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Market ‘challenging’ for First UK Bus

first_imgFirstGroup’s final figures for the year to 31 March show that it improved its profitability, despite falling revenues.Group revenue fell from 6bn to £5.2bn, with operating profit down by £3m at £300m. Operating margins increased from 5% to 5.8%.First’s USA business (First Student, First Transit and Greyhound) accounts for nearly two-thirds of turnoverUnderlying revenue was broadly flat, while reported revenue decreased by 13.8% mainly due to changes in the rail franchise portfolio.Overall, the USA business (First Student, First Transit and Greyhound) accounts for nearly two-thirds of First’s turnover.In UK Bus revenue fell to £870m (2015: £896m), but operating margins improved from 5.8% to 6%, resulting in a £52m operating profit (2015: £51.8m).Says CEO Tim O’Toole: “UK Bus reacted well to disappointing passenger volume trends across the industry in the year, rapidly adjusting commercial and cost efficiency plans including our depot footprint while maintaining a focus on long term investments in smarter ticketing, improved connectivity for our passengers and better partnerships with our local authorities.“In UK Bus we expect market conditions to remain challenging in the year ahead.“We therefore expect moderate margin progression from the full year benefits of past cost-saving actions, additional cost and operational efficiency initiatives, and some benefits from our fuel hedging programme.”Full results at goo.gl/I8UrrOlast_img read more

Pulhams Coaches appoints new Ops Manager

first_imgSamantha Kinch has joined the team at Pulhams Coaches as its new Operations Manager.Sam has been in the industry for over 11 yearsIn her new role Sam will be working closely with General Manager, James Baugh, who joined the team in January 2017.Sam has been working in the public transport industry for over 11 years, joining her father’s family firm, Minety-based Kinch Coaches, at the age of 18.Says Sam: “Joining Pulhams felt like the most natural move for me. The whole team has been very accommodating and that’s made my transition into the business easy.“The professionalism and duty of care shown by the staff at Pulhams is second to none and I’m looking forward to contributing to that going forward.“I’m already proud of the fact that we are one of 23 members in the Guild of British Coach Operators. “All the staff work hard to ensure we remain at the top of our game and I’m excited about being part of that in the future.”Kathryn Pulham, Director at Pulhams, adds: “We’re thrilled to welcome Sam into our business.“We know she will bring superb leadership skills to an excellent team of operations and driving staff.”last_img read more

Blackburn Bus Company ‘heroes bus’ unveiled

first_imgBlackburn Bus Company is one of the latest to recognise NHS staff and key workers with a specially liveried ‘Blackburn Heroes’ bus, as a reminder of the role NHS staff and key workers have had in maintaining vital services in the region.The bus is finished in blue with an NHS heart and rainbow, and carries images of local key workers and health service staff, each nominated by friends and relatives via social media.Work from the firm itself is recognised on the back of the bus, which shows photos of drivers, engineers and support staff at its Intack depot.It is one of several ‘heroes buses’ being introduced by parent Transdev in partnership with local media organisations to recognise community heroes during the pandemic.Blackburn Bus Company CEO Alex Hornby says: “We know there are many unsung heroes doing all kinds of jobs right now who deserve our community’s thanks, and so we decided to recognise them by covering our ‘Blackburn heroes’ bus with their photos, along with the jobs they do – with our amazing NHS workers given pride of place.“I hope the ‘Blackburn heroes’ bus will make all who see it pause to think for a moment about the vitally important work being done to keep our community going. We are so grateful for their support.“I hope that the contribution of NHS staff and all the other carers and key workers will always be remembered, and they’ll continue to be held up as the heroes that they are.”last_img read more

Chalkwell recruits seven young people through Kickstart

first_imgChalkwell Coach Hire has successfully bid for funding through the government’s Kickstart scheme. The Sittingbourne operator will take on seven young people through Kickstart, which serves to get into work those that are aged between 16 and 24 and whom would otherwise be unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Those that join Chalkwell will carry out roles that include trainee driver, cleaner, trainee technician and marketing graduate. Trainee drivers will be instructed by an outside training company using one of Chalkwell’s vehicles.The Kickstart scheme has a minimum requirement for employers to take on 30 people, but Chalkwell has worked with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, which has acted as a Kickstart ‘gateway’ and aggregated the needs of many smaller employers in the county.Says Chalkwell Managing Director Roland Eglinton: “There are some great young people in the community who have seen their job prospects reduce due to the pandemic and rising unemployment.“By working with the Kickstart scheme, we intend to give these people meaningful experience and the prospect of training and future employment with us. I encourage other employers to look at the scheme, and to work with local bodies if they need to.”Kickstart covers the wages for each placement at the national minimum wage rate for 25 hours per week over a six-month duration. It also covers National Insurance and pension contributions. The employer is able to claim £1,500 per person to help with setup and training expenses.An employer may spread the start date of job placements until the end of December under Kickstart.last_img read more

Amazing new foods to eat at the Indiana State Fair

first_imgIndianaNewsSouth Bend Market By 95.3 MNC – June 26, 2019 0 406 Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana State Fair) Livestock shows are a tradition, the Midway offers fun for all ages, and our Heroes in the Heartland are sure to entertain and inspire. But, indulging in fair food is an absolute must when visiting the Great Indiana State Fair. And, once again, with new, wacky recipes and culinary creations, this year won’t disappoint.New food items featured at this year’s Indiana State Fair include:The Hawaiian Haminator (Offered by Pork-n-More)Indulge in a ham and bacon masterpiece mixed with Pork N More’s very own Grand Champion BBQ Bacon Sauce and famous Yum Yum Sauce. Served on a sesame seed bun and topped with provolone cheese and two pineapple slices.Bison Hush Puppies (Offered by Red Frazier Bison)Red Frazier Bison puts a new twist on an old-school favorite with their Bison Hush Puppies. Here, hush puppies are made from cornmeal batter, jalapeño and Red Frazier Bison, then deep fried and served with seasoned sour cream.Buffaloaded Fries (Offered by Urick Concessions)Don’t miss this jumbo plate of French Fries topped with a blend of white meat chicken, creamy cheddar cheese sauce, buffalo hot sauce and blue cheese. Garnished with ranch dressing, real bacon bits and chives.Monroe’s Midwest Hero (Offered by Monroe’s Big Dog Diner)A Hoosier classic! Try this fresh hand-breaded tenderloin with cheese, bacon, and of course Monroe’s special sassy sauce. Top with a dill spear and you’ve got yourself a meal!Indiana Pork BBQ Split (Offered by Indiana Pork Producers)The Indiana Pork BBQ Split is served just like a banana split! Prepared in a boat with three delicious scoops of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and cole slaw. Complete with a pickle on the side.The Trifecta Hero (Offered by Round Boy’s Concessions)This drinkable Dreamsicle is a shakeup, slushy, and vanilla shake mashup. Blended together with freshly squeezed lemons, limes, and orange juice, then mixed with homemade simple syrup and French vanilla cream with a splash of water.Deep Fried Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich (Offered by Urick Concessions)Gear up for this guaranteed sugar rush! Creamy vanilla ice cream will be sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. Then, dipped in a funnel cake batter, deep fried, and garnished with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.Lamb Taco (Offered by Spectrum Catering)Spectrum Catering’s Lamb Tacos include flour tortillas filled with Barbacoa lamb and served with pico, lettuce, onion and cilantro. Finish off with cheese, sour cream and a side of salsa.Poutine (Offered by North American Midway Entertainment)Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat to a perfect crisp with a splash of kosher sea salt, garnished with cheddar curd cheese nuggets and smothered in a very special Poutine secret recipe sauce.Cajun Queen (Offered by Bayou Concessions)Starting with a bed of jambalaya rice, Bayou Concessions adds 1, 2 or all 3 of their famous meats (blackened chicken, New Orleans steak and Andouille Sausage). Next, they throw in grilled onions, grilled bell peppers, melted sharp cheddar cheese and their homemade hot sauce to top off this tasty platter.Hoosier Hometown Hash (Offered by the Dairy Bar)The Hoosier Hometown Hash features two hash brown patties grilled to perfection, surrounding FOUR types of cheese: muenster, pepper jack, cheddar and swiss.American Hero (Offered by R.E. Smith Food and Drink)This hardy hoagie is made with Virginia ham, salami, and pepperoni, topped with a lettuce/slaw mixture, and covered in a freshly made special sauce. Add a layer of fresh tomatoes and top this American Hero off with slices of American and Jalapeno cheese.Superhero USA All the Way Pancake (Offered by Meatball Factory LLC)Start your day like the superhero you are with the Superhero USA All the Way pancake! This freshly made Dutch pancake is loaded with RED-strawberries, WHITE-fresh whipped cream, and of course BLUE-berries.Shepherd’s Pie (Offered by Spectrum Catering)This shepherd’s pie is made with seasoned ground lamb, vegetables and a gravy topped with mashed potatoes and garnished with green onions.Duck Fat Fries (North American Midway Entertainment)Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat to a perfect crisp with a splash of kosher sea salt. Served with the quack sauce secret recipe.Rollin’ Mac Daddy Egg Roll (Offered by Gobble Gobble)You can now walk and eat the original Gobble Gobble Mac Daddy with this new culinary creation! The Rollin Mac Daddy Egg Roll includes cheesy mac and cheese with pulled BBQ turkey on top. Add a side of BBQ sauce to get the full Rollin Mac Daddy Egg Roll effect.Bourbon Chicken (Offered by Freund Family Goods)Kick it up Cajun-style with a Bourbon Chicken Bowl! This dish features grilled chicken smothered in Freund’s super-secret, sweet and tangy bourbon sauce, along with fresh cut broccoli – all piled high on a bed of steamed cilantro rice.Carmel Coffee Milkshake (Offered by the Dairy Bar)Creamy vanilla ice cream, caramel AND coffee! This treat from the Dairy Bar is perfectly acceptable for breakfast.Relleno de Papa (Offered by Da Portable Rican)The Relleno de Papa includes one mashed potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef and fried golden brown. Served with rice, this treat will satisfy the hungriest of fairgoers.“Angry” Pretzel Poppers with “Mad” Ranch Sauce (Offered by J. Wilson Group)These pretzel poppers feature diced jalapenos mixed in a made-from-scratch dough, then rolled in diced jalapenos. These hotter than hot bites are then baked, buttered and salted. This snack pairs perfectly with a jalapeno ranch dressing.Poutine with Bacon (North American Midway Entertainment)Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat and sprinkled with crispy hickory smoked peppery bacon! Garnished with cheddar curd cheese nuggets and smothered in a very special Poutine secret recipe sauce…this is a don’t miss!Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister (Offered by Pork-n-More)When the Indiana State Fair heats up, you’ll want to cool off with Pork-n-More’s new TWIST on blue raspberry lemonade. They call this thirst-quencher the Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister.The 2019 Indiana State Fair will offer traditional fair foods such as corn dogs and elephant ears, but the new food items will be featured in “Taste of the Fair,” a contest that encourages fairgoers to vote on their favorite new fair food item.Fairgoers can vote at any of the Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms throughout the 17-day fair. The winning food stand will receive a $2,500 cash prize, followed by second place receiving $1,000, and third place receiving $500. Facebook Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Amazing new foods to eat at the Indiana State Fair WhatsApp Previous articleFormer Warsaw attorney accused of stealing from employee’s withholdingsNext articleChicago man arrested after driving wrong way on I-94 in Berrien County 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

20-minute closures set for Tuesday at “dogbone” interchange

first_img Facebook By Jon Zimney – August 26, 2019 0 280 Twitter Google+ Facebook 20-minute closures set for Tuesday at “dogbone” interchange IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Transportation) The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that the “dogbone” interchange project at State Road 2 and U.S. 20 in LaPorte County will have a series of 20-minute road closures Tuesday, Aug. 27, as crews set beams on the newly-constructed bridge.Closures will begin around 7 a.m., with four closures each in the westbound and eastbound lanes. Crews will begin in the eastbound lane before switching over to the westbound lane. Work is expected to be complete sometime Tuesday afternoon.Drivers are advised to avoid the area throughout the day on Tuesday. Previous articlePort of Indiana-Burns Harbor to invest $20M over 4 yearsNext articleGov. Holcomb: ILEARN tests to show decrease in student performance Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Tests show Porter County patient does not have coronavirus

first_img Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – February 2, 2020 0 301 This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) Indiana appears to be safe from the Coronavirus, for now.The Porter County Health Department has determined a person who was being isolated last week because of the possibility of having the virus tested negative.The unidentified person was traveling through northern Indiana on Monday and was hospitalized and infection control protocols were implemented.The patient has since been released. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleEx-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in NovemberNext articleJanuary 2020 makes Top 10 list of warmest, wettest ever Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Tests show Porter County patient does not have coronavirus Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Jams today but no jams tomorrow

first_imgBut Eurocontrol Director-General Yves Lambert denies it is a case of “too many cooksspoiling the broth”, adding: “These parallel institutional exercises are not inconsistent with each other. They are complementary and are going on in an atmosphere of positive dialogue.”Traffic has increased by an average of 8% per month during most of 1996. But Lambert believes Eurocontrol’s central flow management unit has handled expansion extremely efficiently, arguing that harmonisation of ATM under the amusingly-titled EATCHIP system has headed off the danger of “total disorder”.But the basic problems caused by the growth of air traffic can only really be dealt with by increasing capacity, an option which is politically difficult.Both the Commission and ECAC have made Eurocontrol a central pillar of their approach to the situation and Eurocontrol officials, aware that they need to follow the will of their political masters, have no problem with Commission involvement in its structure.But Commission officials, who expect a proposal to update the 30-year-old Eurocontrol Convention to be ready next month, are clear that their preferred model for the future differs from that of ECAC. The Directorate-General for transport (DGVII) is keen to establish an EU negotiating position to give it added bargaining power in final talks within the ECAC.The Commission also warns against Eurocontrol maintaining too great a hold over both the institutional and operational sides of ATM.Some EU member states, including the UK, France and Portugal, are less enthusiastic about the Commission getting in on the decision-making act. The solution is less obvious and, at first sight, the amount of work currently under way on the future of European Air Traffic Management (ATM) looks likely to muddy the waters still further.In the light of evidence that 18% of European flights were delayed by more than 15 minutes in 1995, Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock has suggested giving the Commission a more central role in ATM by making it a fully-fledged member of Eurocontrol (the European organisation for the safety of air navigation), which has 22 members from within and outside the EU.Elsewhere, the 33-member European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has been working on a number of models for the future of ATM, initially under the acronym INSTAR and latterly INSTRAT. The Commission suggests a new definition of the term “new entrant”, which could be reserved for carriers with no presence at an airport, allowing them to benefit from priority allocation of new slots. Alternatively, the term could include carriers with a specified percentage of slots on a particular day.“This would increase the number of new entrants compared with the present possibilities and give a preference to a third operator on a route and therefore maintain competition,” says the Commission.Efforts are being made to ensure that new entrants are offered high-quality slots, rather than the commercially unattractive ones which have traditionally been their lot.center_img A recent report from the UK’s House of Lords summed up their concerns, claiming this would merely add another layer of bureaucracy to a system already creaking under the shortfalls in capacity.Their feelings were echoed by the Association of European Airlines (AEA), which expressed disappointment with Kinnock’s White Paper, claiming that “without proper analysis, it jumps to the least satisfying solution – that is the Community joining the Eurocontrol Convention”.AEA chairman Dr Herbert Bammer sounds a stark warning. “If the civil servants find cause to reject what the whole community of civil airspace users has proposed, they had better be ready to explain their decision to the airlines and their hard-pressed customers.”Hand in hand with the evident headaches involved in controlling the flow of aircraft in the air, the surge in traffic has extended the system of slot allocation to breaking point.With three-quarters of Europe’s international routes already congested and 15 more airports expected to be full by the millennium, the Commission is finalising plans for reform.The system is now so stretched that new entrants often find themselves with no access to some of the world’s busiest airports.A Commission paper currently nearing completion suggests changes to the 1993 regulation, including a minimum aircraft size, a system to cap the frequency of flights and a “market mechanism” for allocating slots which could see precious take-off and landing times going to the highest bidder.last_img read more

A quiet economic success in the North

first_imgAnd all this has been achieved under a highly centralised system of wagebargaining and while maintaining an extraordinarily generous welfaresystem.Denmark went through a very painful period of adjustment. In 1970, thecountry had full employment. But a marginal growth in net jobs over thedecade was insufficient to absorb inflows to the labour force andunemployment surged to 7% by 1980.When the last recession finished in mid-1993, it marked the end of sevenyears of slow growth and unemployment had hit 350,000 – 12.4% of theworkforce.The US economist’s remedy would be to cut taxes, take on the labour unions,introduce flexibility to bargaining over wages and conditions, and removethe disincentives to hire.Most of this advice was followed, but only slowly and through negotiation.Even now, wages are largely set nationally, through contract negotiationsbetween the Confederation of Trade Unions and its affiliated nationalbodies on one side and the Danish Employers’ Confederation on the other. One day, perhaps in 2002 when euro notes and coins start to appear andunder the cover of a British application, the Danish authorities hope theycan sneak in. This simple fact seems to make the Danish economy invisible when plauditssuch as ‘Celtic tiger’ and ‘Dutch miracle’ are being handed out.The Netherlands is repeatedly acclaimed for achieving that ‘unique’combination of creating employment while flattening inflation and cuttingstate spending.Yet just north of Germany lies a country where the budget is in surplus,the ratio of public debt to national income is just over 60% and falling,inflation is under 2% and unemployment is heading below 5% of theworkforce, as measured by the EU.center_img These set the pattern for the whole labour market, even though thecontracts apply directly to only one third of union members.Over the past few years, these deals have kept wage rises down in returnfor non-wage benefits.Over the lifetime of the Rasmussen government a series of reforms to thetax and labour market, supported in key areas by Conservatives andLiberals, has fed through into jobs growth.Between 1994 and 1998, the government cut the 70% tax rate on anyadditional income gained by top-earners to 60% while, for average earners,this marginal tax rate was reduced from 50% to 42%. These changes were madeas part of a fiscal reform package which saw ‘green’ taxes introduced oncarbon dioxide emissions, petrol and water use. Denmark remains,nevertheless, along with Belgium, one of the EU’s top taxers.The Danish success story is intensely frustrating for those working in theCopenhagen political establishment. They have done everything they can toqualify for EMU, but they simply cannot sell it – yet – to the Danishpeople.At least for the first few years, Denmark will have to make do withestablishing a currency peg whereby the krone will shadow the euro to suchan extent that the country might as well join.last_img read more

Distance selling rules watered down in attempt to win over opponents

first_imgBut its suggestion that member states should be barred from introducing tougher laws at home than those agreed at Union level is set to spark angry protests from consumer groups and those governments which favour giving customers stronger protection.The Commission has been battling to persuade member states to adopt new rules on ‘distance selling’ for more than two years. Under its latest proposal, due to be unveiled by Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti and his consumer affairs counterpart Emma Bonino on 14 October, an earlier clause which would have allowed individual member states to go beyond the terms of any EU legislation has been dropped.While this will be welcomed by those member states who fear that allowing others to provide stronger protection would distort the single market, others are likely to continue fighting for the right to set tougher national laws. “We have a general policy concerning all consumer protection issues that there should be a minimum harmonisation and member states should be allowed to introduce more stringent provisions,” said one Swedish diplomat.Other countries say that while the new proposal is not as strong as they would like, they would welcome any progress in the long-drawn out campaign for EU rules.“We are all very interested in getting a directive on this issue,” said a Danish diplomat. “We just hope to have an agreement on this. It is better than nothing. Of course, it will have to be a little watered down, but that’s not the same thing as saying it’s a bad proposal.”A spokeswoman for Monti said this week that allowing member states to go it alone would violate single market principles and insisted that the latest proposal would ensure adequate consumer protection. “The new version will ensure a high level of protection for everybody under Community law,” she said.However, some in the industry argue that the planned new rules would be costly to implement and maintain EU-wide legislation is not necessary.last_img read more

Reaction to terror attacks hitting air cargo firms

first_imgBut, 12 years on, Mulders said all cargo express air operators still face a hotch-potch of regulations which do not take into account the low levels of threat to the sector, nor its self regulation designed to weed-out potential terror attacks.He said the situation is unlikely to improve much in most world markets – despite EU efforts to set harmonised safety rules for the sector.“Realistically,” Mulders said, firms will be “operating within non-harmonised, non-threat assessed regulatory regimes, and subjected to industrial and network disruption every time that an aviation terrorist incident occurs which is targeted at a passenger carrying aircraft.” Jaap Mulders, chairman of the European Express Association, a group of Europe-based express delivery firms including the US’s United Parcel Service and Holland’s TPG, said cargo companies had taken a similar hit from regulators to one they suffered after the Lockerbie tragedy 12 years ago.He said Lockerbie “marked a defining point in realistic aviation security”.He added that “knee-jerk reaction to this major incident severely impacted” industry.last_img read more

Denmark takes a closer look at EU laws

first_imgIntroducing a reform of the Danish EU scrutiny system will allow Denmark to maintain its leading position in safeguarding the democratic accountability of the EU.Since Denmark joined the then European Economic Community in (EEC) in 1973, the European affairs committee of the Folketing has exerted control over the EU policy of the government. Prior to leaving for negotiations in Brussels, a Danish minister must obtain a mandate over negotiation from the European affairs committee in order to be able to negotiate and to vote on behalf of Denmark. This arrangement has proved its strength for more than 30 years and has been an inspiration to other EU member states. But irrespective of this fact there is a need today for new ways of handling EU matters. The vast number of cases and the complexity of them require that, to maintain Denmark’s long tradition of exerting thorough democratic control over EU policies, the standing committees play a greater role. To put it quite simply, we shall draw on the great expertise of the standing committees to a far larger extent than hitherto. Furthermore, the government is obliged to brief the standing committees on its stance on a given EU proposal. This means that the standing committees will have a better basis for making their decisions and that they will get an opportunity to have real political discussions with the government on a new EU proposal at an early date. Finally, the government will be obliged to give the standing committees its view as to whether a given EU proposal respects the principle of subsidiarity. In other words, the government has to inform the standing committee in question as to whether it finds it expedient to make EU rules apply in an area that is under the sphere of competence of the committee.I am pleased with these new initiatives, as I feel very strongly that our parliament should deal with EU matters in the same comprehensive way as is the case with Danish legislation. Thus the standing committees must play a greater role in EU matters.Currently, we adopt laws in the EU which apply to the individual member states in precisely the same way as if the national parliament in question had adopted the laws. As it is the EU alone which may subsequently amend these laws, one can hardly turn a blind eye to the decision-making process. That is the reason why we should become more involved in EU matters at a very early stage. Formerly, it was primarily the European affairs committee of the Folketing which dealt with EU matters. But shortly before Christmas, the Folketing decided to alter the procedure so that its standing committees would come to participate more actively in the scrutiny of EU matters. In my opinion, this change will give Denmark a leading position in ensuring democratic accountability in the EU.To be precise, the standing orders of the Folketing have been amended so as to make it apparent that standing committees can deal with the EU matters related to their sphere of competence. center_img At the time of its founding, the Danish European affairs committee was a new democratic instrument and we still need to prove today that we are forerunners in exerting democratic control. My vision is to place the Danish parliament in the group of parliaments that already today includes the standing committees in the scrutiny of EU matters.I might venture to add that the structure behind the reform has now been finalised and that it is up to the politicians to put actions behind the words of the reform in order to implement our ambitious goal.This is a responsibility which we should assume and which we will assume. By strengthening our parliamentary commitment to EU policy, we can contribute to reaching better EU decisions and also to making the EU more relevant and indeed closer to its citizens. Christian Mejdahl is speaker of the Danish parliament, the Folketing.last_img read more

Cyprus ratifies Lisbon treaty

first_imgHowever, the treaty cannot be enacted without the support of all member states. Ireland has already voted against the treaty, creating a challenge that the EU’s leaders intend to address again when they meet in October. The difficulties facing the treaty have been compounded in recent days by the refusal of the German and Polish presidents to sign the treaty immediately despite the backing given it by their respective parliaments. In Germany’s case, the reason is a legal challenge. Poland’s President Lech Kaczyński has delayed putting pen to paper until, as he said in an interview on 2 July, “it will no longer be a problem and it will no longer be a problem when we know that all [EU] countries will ratify the treaty”. Seven other EU countries whose parliaments have backed the treaty have yet to complete the formal ratification process. The Cypriot parliament approved the Treaty of Lisbon late on 3 July in a vote that was relatively close by standards set elsewhere in the EU. The vote was carried by 31 votes to 18, with one member of parliament abstaining. The principal opposition coming from the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL), the island’s largest party and the senior partner in the governing coalition.Cyprus is the twentieth of the EU’s 27 states to have approved the treaty, which is intended to make it easier to manage the EU and adjusts the balance of power between its institutions. last_img read more

Poles protest new media law

first_imgWARSAW — Opponents of Poland’s new conservative government staged mass rallies in support of press freedom across the country on Saturday afternoon.The demonstrators — the third such protest since the Law and Justice party took power two months ago — were upset by a new law that gives the government led by the Law and Justice party more power over public media.“Polish Television and Polish Radio will become government, not public stations,” said a letter from the organizers of the protest, the recently formed Committee for the Defense of Democracy. Most of the demonstrations took place outside local state radio and television buildings, with protestors waving Polish and EU flags and vowing to resist the government’s new media measures.“We the citizens own the public media, not the government and the politicians,” read one sign at a rally in Kraków.As many as 20,000 people gathered in front of a public television building in central Warsaw.The government’s media bill raced through parliament and was signed into law by President Andrzej Duda on Thursday. It allowed for the immediate removal of senior management at public radio and television. Their replacements, who include Law and Justice loyalists, were chosen by the treasury minister.The government argues that public media were too favorable to the previous governing coalition led by the Civic Platform party, and that the law restores balance. Previous governments have also tried to influence public media, but none have moved as swiftly to assert control.“Objectivity and accuracy are journalistic virtues,” Dawid Jackiewicz, the treasury minister, said on Friday when naming the new media chiefs. “If there are journalists here who did not keep those standards, then they may feel uneasy.” Some senior Law and Justice politicians have said that the main role for the public media is to broadcast positive news about the authorities.“Voters will finally find out what is being done for them by the government, parliament and president they elected,” wrote Krystyna Pawłowicz, a Law and Justice MP.International media watchdog groups have warned that the media law contradicts fundamental EU values. The European Commission plans to discuss the situation in Poland next week, citing concern over both the media law and new legislation on the Constitutional Tribunal, the country’s highest constitutional court, that critics say limits the independence of the judiciary and weakens the system of checks and balances. Also On POLITICO Poland strikes back at EU on media law By Jan Cienski and Maïa de La Baumelast_img read more

Dutch votes to be counted manually over hacking fears

first_imgThe Netherlands is to change the way it counts votes in elections because of software problems and fears of Russian hacking.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk told the broadcaster RTL on Wednesday that all votes cast in the March 15 national election will be counted manually.”Since there is international evidence that the Russians might have interest in the electoral process, we must rely on good old paper,” Plasterk said. RTL reported earlier this week that cybersecurity experts in the Netherlands had warned of vulnerabilities in the country’s electoral system. The Electoral Council had known about some of the issues since 2011 but no action had been taken.Dutch voters already make their choice using paper and pencil. The results of the manual count are then transferred to a USB stick. Experts said the USB is not encrypted and is easy to manipulate.Foreign Minister Bert Koenders earlier this month said the government was on “high alert” for any Russian attempts to intervene in the election. Also On POLITICO Czech foreign ministry cyberattacked by ‘foreign state’ By Laurens Cerulus EU fights Russian fake news machine from the shadows By Jacopo Barigazzi and Ryan Heath Jens Stoltenberg: Cyberattacks targeting NATO have spiked By Cynthia Kroetlast_img read more

Massive opposition protests challenge Putin

first_img Also On POLITICO From the archive Alexei Navalny, Russian dissident in winter By Francesca Ebel US foreign office condemns Russian crackdown on protests By Rebecca Morin Anti-Putin opposition leader Alexei Navalny, protesters detained at Moscow rally By Nicholas Vinocur “We want the downsides of the Kremlin not letting Navalny stand in the election to grow higher than the downsides of allowing him to run,” Leonid Volkov, his campaign manager, told POLITICO. “This will happen when everyone recognizes that keeping him off the ballot is a sign of weakness by Putin.”A video watched by millionsMore than 13 million people have so far watched an online video in which Navalny alleges that Medvedev funneled funds from charities and NGOs into mansions and luxury yachts. The Kremlin has refused to comment on the claims.This week, lawmakers from Russia’s Communist Party, the second largest party in parliament, asked for a parliamentary investigation into the allegations, in a move that raised eyebrows in Russia’s carefully-managed political system.While Putin’s popularity remains high, almost three years of economic decline have plunged millions into poverty and the Kremlin is sensitive to allegations of high-level corruption. As many as 41 percent of Russians are struggling to feed themselves, according to a recent poll from the Moscow Higher School of Economics.“Navalny is pressuring and will continue to pressure the Kremlin, but he is unpredictable and his participation in the election would make the campaign very difficult for Putin,” Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin advisor who is now critical of Putin, told POLITICO. “The Kremlin will want to keep him off the ballot.”This article was updated with new figures for the number of people arrested in Moscow. A bid from the oppositionNavalny’s presidential bid looked to have been derailed last month when he was convicted on fraud charges he said were revenge for his opposition to Putin and handed a five-year suspended sentence.Under Russian law, anyone under criminal conviction is barred from running for public office. Navalny, a liberal politician with a foot also in the nationalist camp, says the constitution stipulates that only people serving jail time are banned from standing in elections. In an audacious attempt to force himself onto the ballot, he has recently begun opening election campaign offices across Russia.“I represent the interests of millions of people who want to see real change in Russia,” he told hundreds of campaign volunteers in Tomsk, a university town in west Siberia, this month. “I demand my right to participate in this election.”Navalny and his supporters have faced mounting pressure as they take their message of dissent to Russia’s heartland: The opposition leader was twice assaulted by pro-Kremlin activists last week, while campaign volunteers have had their apartments and cars vandalized. In Barnaul, in south Siberia, Navalny was sprayed with a green dye, while in Volgograd, in Russia’s south, he was attacked by people who claimed to be Cossacks. He escaped uninjured.Despite the threats and intimidation, Navalny plans to open more than 80 campaign offices in the coming months. His campaign team says it has registered over 40,000 volunteers and raised 26 million rubles (€422,000) in public donations in just three months.While Putin’s popularity remains high, almost three years of economic decline have plunged millions into poverty. “In any normal European country, allegations that the prime minister was involved in large-scale corruption would result in an investigation,” said Pavel Troshin, a 20-year-old student, shortly before dozens of police officers in body armor began the first of several attempts to clear the square. “But in Russia, there is absolutely zero reaction from the authorities.”‘Russia without Putin’The size of the Moscow rally was hard to estimate but police, who traditionally significantly downplay attendance at opposition protests, said 7,000 people had turned out. The real figure may have been much higher. The protests were the first time that Russia’s National Guard, a new security force formed last year to quash mass dissent, was called into action. Protesters later marched toward Red Square, where they chanted “Russia without Putin!”The scale of Sunday’s protests and the fact that opposition supporters defied the authorities’ ban on demonstrations will cause concern in the Kremlin.Protesters in Moscow included thousands of young people who have lived their entire lives under Putin. “Young people are more in tune with the situation in our country,” said Yekaterina, 17. “We get our information from the internet, while most adults just watch state TV.” It was a sentiment echoed by Vladimir, 37. “Young people still have faith that Russia can be a normal country,” he said. “But most adults lost hope long ago and are resigned to corruption.” Both declined to give their surnames for fear of reprisal.Protests also took place in Russia’s far east, Siberia, the Urals region, the Black Sea coast and the far north of the country. In Vladivostok, a Pacific Ocean port city, police made dozens of arrests. More than 5,000 people defied police warnings to attend a protest in St Petersburg. Police said 130 people were arrested in that city.Navalny leading the protest, prior to his arrest | Evgeny Feldman for Navalny campaign/EPAThe scale of Sunday’s protests and the fact that opposition supporters defied the authorities’ ban on demonstrations will cause concern in the Kremlin ahead of next year’s presidential election. Putin has not formally announced he will run, but high-level leaks to Russian media suggest he will seek a fourth term in office that would take him to 2024 — and a quarter of a century in power. Only Joseph Stalin ruled Russia for longer. MOSCOW — Russian police detained Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic who wants to take on Vladimir Putin in next year’s presidential elections, during the largest nationwide protests for more than five years.Sunday’s opposition rallies, which had been called by Navalny over allegations that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took over a $1 billion in bribes from state banks and wealthy businessmen, took place in more than 80 towns and cities across Russia, as furious protesters defied police bans on unsanctioned political gatherings.More than 850 people were detained in Moscow, according to rights activists, including Navalny’s entire anti-corruption organization, and 130 in St. Petersburg. Protesters filled a square just a short walk from the Kremlin, plastering a statue of Alexander Pushkin, the country’s 19th-century national poet, with anti-government stickers and signs. “Put Medvedev on trial!” read one sign. Clashes broke out between protesters and riot police after Navalny, a 40-year-old anti-corruption lawyer, was arrested near the square.last_img read more

Donald Trump: Without the US, the French would be speaking German

first_imgTrump’s tweet is his second over the past five days that accuses Macron of suggesting European nations need more robust militaries to protect themselves from the U.S., a mischaracterization of what the French president actually said. Macron, in an interview with Europe 1, suggested that Europe needs to better position itself militarily against an increasingly aggressive Russia.Macron also lamented a U.S. decision to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that prohibited the manufacture of intermediate range nuclear missiles. The “main victim” of that move, Macron said, is “Europe and its security.”“I believe in the project of a sovereign Europe. We won’t protect Europe if we don’t decide to have a true European army,” he said. “We have to have a Europe that can defend itself alone — and without only relying on the United States — in a more sovereign manner.”“We should protect ourselves when it comes to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” the French president also said, alluding to the decision to pull out of the missile treaty with Russia.Trump has repeatedly called for NATO allies to rely less on the U.S. for their defense and has railed against nations that he says do not put enough of their gross domestic product toward defense spending. Trump has regularly demanded that NATO countries increase their defense spending to a higher percentage of their GDP, forcing the issue at last summer’s NATO summit by seeming to threaten to pull the U.S. out of the pact if spending targets were not met.Macron, in his interview, agreed that Europe should become less dependent on the U.S. for its military. PARIS — U.S. President Donald Trump took several potshots at Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, saying that in France “they were starting to learn German before the U.S. came along” during both World Wars.In response to Macron’s call for a “true European army,” Trump wrote on Twitter: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two — How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”The tweet, and others that followed, was “made for Americans,” according to the office of the French presidency. “Never easy bringing up the fact that the U.S. must be treated fairly, which it hasn’t, on both Military and Trade,” Trump tweeted after he returned to the U.S.The pair held a meeting on Saturday morning to smooth over their differences but Macron also went on CNN — the U.S. cable network that Trump loathes — and gave an interview in which he said that while Europe should spend more on defense, he did not want the money going to purchases of American weapons and other hardware.Macron also gave a speech Sunday, saying “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism,” which could have been taken as a rebuke of Trump declaring himself to be a “nationalist” in the run-up to the recent U.S. midterm elections.Red, red whineA short while later, Trump was back on Twitter — this time taking aim at French wine. The U.S. president — who owns vineyards but is a non-drinker — tweeted: “France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!”The EU — and not France — decides common external tariffs for products such as wine for every country in the bloc. Still, the president’s statement echoes longstanding frustration from the U.S. wine industry regarding market access in the European Union. The office of the French presidency said Trump’s tweets were “made for Americans.” Speaking to BFMTV, a spokesperson for the French presidency declined to comment on the series of tweets but added: “There is a link between the president of the Republic and Donald Trump.“Beyond tweets, what matters to us is that they speak several times per week about the problems in the world,” the spokesperson was cited as saying.The French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, said that Trump had mischaracterized Macron’s comments about a “real European army,” the remark that sparked Trump’s ire. “For the sake of truth, Pres. @EmmanuelMacron didn’t say that EU needed an army ‘against the US.’ It was an erroneous press report.”French people on Twitter pointed out that Trump was criticizing Macron on the third anniversary of the Bataclan terror attacks in Paris.The Trump-Macron relationship, which began with warm words and long handshakes, has gone sour.Just after landing in Paris on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to call Macron’s comments “very insulting,” adding a new layer of tension to the weekend’s ceremonies, although the two leaders discussed the issue during Trump’s visit. Trump added: “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!”He followed this with “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”Trump wasn’t finished with his Twitter rant and addressed criticism that he missed events over the weekend because it was raining. “By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving. Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!” Also On POLITICO Merkel joins Macron in calling for EU army to complement NATO By Maïa de La Baume and David M. Herszenhorn Macron’s ‘arms control’ deal for cyber warfare By Laurens Cerulus and Mark Scottlast_img read more

Trump announces departure of chief economist Hassett

first_imgKnown for his consistently upbeat demeanor, he strongly supported Trump’s idea that the economy can achieve a sustained 3 percent annual growth.More recently, he helped Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, write the president’s new immigration plan, unveiled last month, which is still being put into bill form. The emerging legislation, which boosts security at the southern border and pushes the nation to admit more high-skilled, well-educated immigrants, rather than immigrants who enter the U.S. based on family ties, is expected to be released in the coming days.Hassett, a former scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, wasn’t a perfect fit for Trump’s ideology, given his free-trade inclinations and his past writings on the benefits of immigration. But he avoided becoming the target of Trump’s wrath during his tenure.The Council of Economic Advisers serves as the in-house economic analysis operation for the White House. It helps produce the annual Economic Report of the President and serves as the main liaison between the West Wing and the economic data offices at the labor and commerce departments and other federal agencies.Hassett’s replacement will have to be confirmed by the Senate.Trump will return to the U.S. next weekend. President Donald Trump announced Sunday night that Kevin Hassett, his chief economist and a prominent promoter of the president’s tax cuts, will be stepping down from his position, with a replacement to be named soon.“Kevin Hassett, who has done such a great job for me and the Administration, will be leaving shortly,” Trump, who is visiting the U.K., said in a tweet. “His very talented replacement will be named as soon as I get back to the U.S. I want to thank Kevin for all he has done – he is a true friend!”Hassett, who was confirmed as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in September 2017, has been one of the more traditionally conservative voices in the White House and one of the few prominent economists in Trump’s circle. Anita Kumar contributed reporting.last_img read more

Anti-Brexit alliance to target 60 seats in election

first_imgAllen left the Conservatives over Brexit, joined Change UK and then moved on to the Liberal Democrats. She has announced she will not be standing at the December 12 election.She said: “This isn’t easy, which is why isn’t has’t happened since the Coupon Election … in 1918 [when candidates for the Liberal Party who had supported the coalition government of David Lloyd George during World War I were issued with a letter of support signed by both Lloyd George and Andrew Bonar Law, leader of the Conservative Party]. “Allen said the big difference between this agreement and smaller ones in the past is that “we are facing that real danger of a no-deal Brexit or a hard Brexit through a Boris Johnson government and that sense of a common and shared purpose really focused minds.”She added that this is “country-first stuff, its not about them winning and what they want to achieve, it’s about what’s best for the country.””This is not a normal election, this is about Brexit.”Asked if she had tried to work with the Labour Party, Allen said “it just hasn’t been possible” at least in part because “Labour are not a Remain party unequivocally.” A new anti-Brexit alliance of three parties will target 60 seats in the December 12 U.K. election, in what the group’s leader said was a “country-first” strategy.Unite to Remain is a pact between the Liberal Democrats, the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru and the Green Party in which just one candidate will stand in selected constituencies order to boost the Remain vote.The full list of 60 seats will be revealed later Thursday morning, but Unite to Remain leader Heidi Allen revealed a few of the target seats on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program. She said the Greens will stand unopposed by the other parties in the pact in Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavilion (the latter the seat of the Greens’ former leader Caroline Lucas); the Lib Dems in Richmond Park and Cheltenham; and Plaid Cymru in Arfon.last_img read more

Wanted: Imams made in Germany

first_imgHAMBURG, Germany — Among imams, Abdulsamet Demir is somewhat of a novelty: He’s one of only a handful of Muslim faith leaders who grew up, studied and trained entirely in Germany.Some 90 percent of imams at German mosques come from abroad, usually from Turkey, often holding their sermons in a foreign language. A smaller group have been brought up in Germany but trained or studied abroad.Demir, the 28-year-old imam of the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Germany’s second-largest city of Hamburg, believes that needs to change. “We were thrown into the deep end when we graduated,” he said. “What we need is something like the seminaries for priests and rabbis. It needs to meet the expectations of academics, the state, the communities, the associations — a difficult job given the diversity here.”The program “shouldn’t reinvent the wheel,” said Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, an umbrella organization that has signed up to the Osnabrück project. But it needs a “dedicated program for our country” that addresses topics such as secularization, he added.Imam shortageBesides the make-up of the course itself, many Muslim communities are wary of receiving funding from Germany’s interior ministry and potentially opening the door to state intervention in religious matters.The interior ministry is in touch with the Osnabrück project leaders about potential government funding for the training course, a ministry spokesperson said, though the amount has not yet been specified.The ministry stressed that although it considered developing “alternatives to foreign influence on training and work of religious personnel” to be important for the integration of Muslims in Germany, there would be no state-led imam training — for constitutional reasons alone.Not everyone is reassured by this. “Financial support always leads to dependence eventually,” said Mehmet Karaoğlu, the chairman of the Alliance of Islamic Communities in Northern Germany, an umbrella organization of 17 mosques belonging to IGMG.Mehmet Karaoğlu is hoping for two graduates from that course to join his community next year. Germany, he says, is suffering from an “imam shortage.”Karaoğlu, who came to Germany aged 12 from the Anatolian village of Kalfat, studied alongside Demir at Osnabrück and also sees the need for more locally trained imams.He thinks the religious associations should be in charge of the practical side, not the state. IGMG, for instance, has established a training institute meant for students that graduate from high school at 16, meaning that unlike Osnabrück and DITIB’s courses, it requires no academic qualification to enter.Karaoğlu is hoping for two graduates from that course to join his community next year. Germany, he says, is suffering from an “imam shortage.”Muslim faith leaders, including imams, do far more than hold prayers, he pointed out. They may teach, organize social clubs and offer pastoral care, among other things. Demir described his work as a 24/7 job. They have their own approach to training imams, with DITIB launching its own program in early January 2020.Sehitlik mosque in Berlin | Carsten Koall/Getty Images“We are in the middle of a societal change. Teenagers today know German better than Turkish,” said Eyüp Kalyon, coordinator of DITIB’s planned course and an imam himself. “We’re aware, and we know we have no option but to participate in this reorientation.”Fears of foreign influenceOver the past decade, Berlin has gradually started paying closer attention to who leads German mosques. The interior ministry set up an Islam Conference in 2006; its current focus is on mosque personnel and training. The country’s first Islamic studies degrees were launched with state support in 2010.Germany isn’t the only country grappling with these issues. Several European countries are also trying to foster local training courses, with varying success. In the Netherlands, Islamic theology and training courses foundered. Sweden launched its first state-funded imam course in 2016. France, which brings in most of its imams from the Maghreb and elsewhere in the Arab world, has struggled to formulate a response due to its strict separation of religion and state.In Germany, the issue of foreign imams has become a major subject of public debate in recent months in part because of developments in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken his country down a more authoritarian and conservative path.DITIB, the largest German Islamic umbrella association with 960 member mosques, has close links to the Turkish state, specifically the country’s religious affairs directorate Diyanet, which answers to the Turkish president. The Diyanet sends Turkish imams, whose wages are paid by Ankara and who tend to be Turkish civil servants, to German DITIB-run mosques for a limited amount of time. The organization also sends German high school graduates who want to work in mosques to Turkey to study theology. The new generationAbdulsamet Demir thinks the government’s German-language demand isn’t such a bad idea. It may sound radical, he says, but fluent German is enormously important for an imam.“The problem is the new generation,” he said. While many first- and second-generation immigrants are often more comfortable in Turkish, younger people “speak better German than Turkish. They prefer German. And they’re not going to the mosque anymore because the imams don’t speak German.”In his mosque — housed on the ground floor of a residential building with only a small sign marking its entrance — Demir has tried to find a balance. Friday sermons are held in German; during the week, when mostly older members attend, he leads prayers in Turkish.Demir, with his laid-back attitude and ready laugh, has a different approach to what an imam can be.Many Muslim communities are wary of receiving funding from Germany’s interior ministry | Carsten Koall/Getty Images“Today, we speak about everything — sexuality, love, drug addiction. The image [of an imam] changes to a person who still commands authority but can speak to young people on equal terms,” he said.Demir, who described being an imam as his “dream job,” jumped at the opportunity to study Islamic theology when Osnabrück University began offering the degree in 2012. Besides Osnabrück, six other universities offer degrees in Islamic theology. But Demir thinks there should be a practical training course too. Also On POLITICO We need a ‘German Islam,’ says interior ministry By Esther King Opinion Macron’s Islamophobic undercurrent By Bruno Maçães Karaoğlu serves as one of three imams at Hamburg’s Centrum Mosque, housed in a former public bath in the city center and flanked by two striking green-white minarets. Given the community’s size, it should have four imams, he said — but it’s a struggle to find new recruits.Most German mosques rely on members’ donations | Omer Messinger/Getty Images“We could get one from abroad, that would be easy,” he said. “But they can’t speak German.”The availability of training courses isn’t the only issue, according to Karaoğlu. The question of who pays an imam’s salary once trained is also a major point of contention.Ceylan, of Osnabrück University, agrees. “An imam college doesn’t solve the question of who will later pay the imams. And if someone’s graduated from university here, they won’t want to work for a few hundred euros at a mosque.”In Germany, Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a special tax that funds churches and synagogues. For Muslims, there is no such system — though that’s being debated — and most mosques rely on members’ donations, meaning particularly smaller communities are strapped for cash.Demir said many of his fellow theology students switched to teaching due to low pay for imams; the salary ranges from €1,000 to €2,000 a month, he added, and jobs are also difficult to find, with imam vacancies rarely advertised. The DITIB approachDITIB, which doesn’t suffer from the same shortage as it can rely on Turkish imams, also wants to keep imam training in-house.The organization agrees that there is an increasing demand for German-speaking imams, and for a practical training program to complement theology courses, according to Şeyda Can, who leads DITIB’s academy.Turkish DITIB imams have five or more years of experience, “while graduates are going straight from university to the communities,” she said.But the imam college at Osnabrück is “not relevant” to DITIB communities, according to Can.Details on the organization’s own two-year course, which launches in January, are scant — Can said she was unable to disclose much before the official launch — but it will be open to women, offering a broader faith-leader training rather than a men-only imam course. (Osnabrück’s planned course also aims to be open to all genders, Ceylan said.) The program will initially have 20 participants.“We are the vanguard — the third generation, the new youth that’s trained here, born here, brought up here. We are the pioneers” — Abdulsamet Demir “I think Germany needs German imams,” he said. “German means: university-educated and ideally born or raised here, with knowledge of the customs and traditions of this country.”Mainstream political parties and most Islamic associations agree. They worry that foreign imams hinder integration and allow countries such as Turkey to exercise undue influence over Germany’s nearly 5 million Muslims. Within the community, many, including Demir, also worry that imams who can’t speak German aren’t able to connect with younger generations.“We are in the middle of a societal change. Teenagers today know German better than Turkish” — Eyüp Kalyon, imamThe trouble is no one can quite agree on how to achieve that — as became evident when one university announced it would establish an imam-training program.Last month, the University of Osnabrück in northwestern Germany said it would set up a two-year course starting next summer, likely with financial support from the German interior ministry. The so-called imam college will be run by an association independent from the university, but supervised by its academics, and involve various German Islamic organizations.Yet two of Germany’s largest Islamic groups — the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) and the Islamic Community Millî Görüş (IGMG), together representing nearly half of Germany’s estimated 2,500 mosques — declined to participate, citing concerns over potential state interference. For now, however, DITIB has no plans to fill all its mosques with German imams. About 120 of DITIB’s 1,200 imams are “socialized” in Germany and are German-speaking, said Kalyon, Can’s colleague.“The German language will grow in importance, but we also have many first- and second-generation Muslims speaking Turkish. We cannot offer only German-language services. That’s why we’re glad to have imams from Turkey,” he added.For those worried about foreign influence, the prospect of home-grown DITIB imams does not necessarily allay their concerns. “The key problem is that [imams] should not be dependent on a foreign state,” said Ceylan, the professor.But to Demir, Germany is finally on the right path. The transition needs to be gradual, he said, warning against an abrupt stop to employing foreign-trained and Turkish-speaking imams.“What happens if there’s no more older imams, but there aren’t enough young ones yet?” he asked. Still, he’s certain that he’s at the forefront of an inevitable changing of the guard in Germany’s mosques.“We are the vanguard — the third generation, the new youth that’s trained here, born here, brought up here,” said Demir. “We are the pioneers.” “Today, we speak about everything — sexuality, love, drug addiction” — Abdulsamet Demir, imam in HamburgDITIB describes itself as politically neutral. But a number of recent controversies — including accusations that the organization called on Muslims to pray for the success of Turkey’s military incursion into Syria and a dropped investigation into allegations of spying — have thrown its connections to Turkey into sharper focus.German politicians have reacted by calling for domestically trained mosque personnel. Mainstream parties, including opposition groups such as the Greens and the Free Democrats, want local imam-training courses, as does Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said last year, “We need imam training in Germany.” (The far-right Alternative for Germany, on the other hand, has described such courses as a step toward the “Islamization” of Germany.)Last month, the government announced plans to introduce a German-language requirement for religious personnel coming from abroad.The proposal was roundly criticized. Rauf Ceylan, a professor of Islamic studies at Osnabrück University, described the move as “populist,” given that while it will in theory apply to all religious personnel, in practice it will mainly hit Muslim communities.“That’s completely missing the mark,” he said. “It’s not just a solution for people to speak German. Nationalists and fascists can speak German, too.”last_img read more

UK to import vaccine doses from India amid global jabs race

first_imgMeanwhile, both the U.K and EU now look poised to get Oxford/AstraZeneca from the Serum Institute of India (SII), which has been expected to be the main source of supply for less wealthy countries.On Monday, Reuters reported that the European Medicines Agency is auditing the SII to possibly import drug substance from the producer. So far, only three plants in Belgium, the U.S. and the U.K. are allowed to make the substance for the EU’s Oxford/AstraZeneca doses.It’s not clear yet whether the EU would actually receive doses from the SII. The Commission wouldn’t comment, and the EMA said it doesn’t comment on its inspections “until the publication of an assessment report.”The SII agreed to produce up to 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine and was a major stop-off during British Trade Secretary Liz Truss’ recent visit to the country. Truss discussed the Indian doses due to be sent to Britain during her trip, according to people familiar with the matter. An official didn’t deny the discussions had taken place but said they weren’t substantial.AstraZeneca declined to comment. The U.K. will receive its first tranche of 10 million Indian-made Oxford/AstraZeneca doses next week, according to U.K. officials, allowing Britain to speed ahead in vaccinations while less wealthy countries wait.As of February 28, India, with a population of around 1.4 billion had vaccinated 14.3 million people. The U.K. meanwhile, had vaccinated 21 million of its citizens by the same date, within a population of around 70 million.”The U.K. has ordered 100 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, of which 10 million doses will come from the Serum Institute of India,” a U.K. government spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. The 10 million doses form part of the U.K.’s original 100 million dose agreement with AstraZeneca. The SII was inspected by the U.K.’s Medicines and Health products Regulatory Authority and batches will be tested before use in the U.K. The spokesperson added: “The Serum Institute is one part of our supply chain for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which also includes production in parts of the EU as well as here in the U.K.” The U.K. had sought assurances from SII that providing British doses wouldn’t come at the expense of manufacturing the vaccine for poorer countries, the spokesperson added.However, the move comes amid a fierce debate about the help given to poorer countries to vaccinate their populations. Sandy Douglas, a researcher at the University of Oxford who worked on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, has called for the U.K. to send “small portions” of its doses overseas, arguing it would provide Britain with a soft-power boost and promote “stability in countries reeling from the pandemic.”Last month, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused rich nations of securing vaccines at the expense of COVAX, a mechanism to provide vaccines for low- and middle-income countries. He argued that even though wealthy countries are sending money to COVAX, they’re now snatching up all the available doses, leaving few for countries less well off. COVAX only began sending its first vaccines deliveries to Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire at the end of last week. last_img read more

Maz Festival Review: Instrumental Magic

first_imgInstrumental Magic:  A Recap of Maz Festival -By Chadbyrne R. DickensShhhh! I’m going to let you in on a secret!  Once the secret is out, then there is the possibility it may lose much of its special appeal and allure, so get in on the fun while it’s hot!  For those lucky few, like myself, who saw Phish play in a bar for 10 people for free in the late 80’s, we knew that it was magic to be bottled and probably never able to be captured again as they grew.  Much of the same can be said for the 3rd annual Maz Festival, the euphoric and enthralling musical weekend soiree set in Roscoe, NY in the Catskill Mountains over August 1st-4th.  Tickets cost $80 for the entire weekend, including camping.  Roscoe, NY located a mere 2 hours North of New York City, 4 hours from Boston and 200 miles from Philadelphia.With most of the sets scheduled with allotments as short as 40 minutes, this allowed for many more and varied artists to grace the stage when juxtaposed to other festivals.  Over 60 different musical artists performed over the weekend, covering music genres including but not limited to jam, rock, funk, bluegrass and electronica on multiple stages, with an unintentional focus on some of the great instrumental artists in the music sphere.  The Fest host and promoter, Jordan DuMond (Taste Da Thumb), along with his staff and volunteers, prepared an ideal music adventure.  It was intensely personal due to its intimate size and presentation.  One would make a new friend and see them over and over, like the first day at a small new school.  There was only one place to get food, minimal vending and it provided a feel of personal “ownness” and comfort inherent in such a small setting – something innocent and free that gets lost in a larger more commercial festival setting.  There were random people sporadically spinning fire and a troupe of girls swirling hips, including Vestopia Hoops, and strutting their ware with the hoop.  Sometimes when at one of the endless quality shows, one couldn’t help but feel that one was very fortunate, as if it was a private show just for you and your friends.  The entire experience is so peaceful and therapeutic – the ideal feeling we all seek from a festival experience.Many festivals claim to be about “family” when really it’s an excuse for narcissism and self-destruction.  Maz Fest was so small that you met so many friends and spent real time with them over a 3 night weekend, it was like bonding at an Outward Bound Course complete with indelible memories from a camping trip with like-minded strangers.  Maz Fest is a festival the way we wish it always could be – innocent, without crowds, without assholes, with no lines, and with friendly folks languishing in the language of imagery through music.Thursday, August 1stSome of the music on Day 1 included the local trippy dance band Squid Parade; the stimulating heavy rock of Maz Myth; the jazzy psychedelic rock from The Mushroom Cloud; the late night exploratory noodling from Cosmal; and a rare and exquisite and intimate acoustic set from Consider the Source.Friday, August 2ndSome of the bands that performed included the soulful rock funk fusion of The Kollectiv; the progressive rockers Avente; the brass heavy psychedelic Dixieland ragers Primate Fiasco; and the full frontal funk assault from Providence’s Resin Ed.Highlights:Mother’s Wine  ::  7:00pm – 8:10pm  :  Main StageFrom the exploratory noodling commencing the beginning of “Vector” to start the show, reminiscent of the band YES, the ascending band consisting of Eric Marcazo (bass), Joe Harris (guitar), Jordan Simms (keys), Mark “Mook” Mammano (guitar) and Nick Salgo (drums) quickly warmed up a blossoming crowd on a Friday evening to start of the weekend festivities at Maz Fest.  With tight transitions and jams one would never have known it was the live debut of two songs, “Curveball” and “Full Circle.”   However, the band didn’t always have to jam to be effective as “Blue Moon’s” opening melody is reminiscent of the floating guitar work of Phish’s “Esther” with Mook’s strumming proving pleasantly addictive, “Tweedle Dee Right” has a “Scarlet Begonias” style hook that allows Mook’s uber talent on the axe to shine through.  His stellar finger work and overall play trumps his skills (and jokes) behind the mic, but his groove more than impresses those in ear shot as he rips solos in “Curveball” that inspired many to dance.  Jeff Mann of Consider the Source added some bombastic beats on the final two songs, “Full Circle” and the cover of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” which saw vocals by drummer, Nick Salgo.Set List:  Vector, Blue Moon, Tweedle Dee Right, Curveball, Pharmland, Full Circle*, For Whom the Bell Tolls* > You and All You See (reprise)  *with Jeff MannConsider the Source  ::  10:30pm – 12:30am  ::  Main StageWriters keep repeating the band’s tagline for themselves ad nauseam, as if everyone needs to be pigeon holed with a specific “label” and for Consider the Source the mantra is, “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion.”  However, what does it mean?  The reality is that Consider the Source defies logic, barriers and traditional boundaries of genre setting.  Three extraordinarily talented musicians, Gabriel Marin (guitar), John Ferrera (bass) and Jeff Mann (drums) take us down an exciting path to the unknown.  Although personable and music-savvy gentlemen off the stage, they turn into face-melting powerhouses of instrumental psychedelic rock on it.  Unlike their peers, fans are guaranteed to be literally jaw-dropping in awe at the masterful musicianship at hand and the carnage left in its path.  Led by the double-necked fretless guitar wizardry of Guru Gabe Marin, the band forages new galaxies with a palette of unique time signatures and funky chord progressions over a bed of strict over-the-top relentless energy.  The trio, dressed in all-white, similar to the Droogs, continues to rapidly build a fan following and act unwittingly as trailblazers as progressive players making their own indelible mark.  It is refreshing to see a talented band continue to improve and one can credit their legendary practice habits for that.  They will continue to bend minds and impress new audiences next weekend at The Big Up where they will be performing an acoustic and electric set as well as teach a class.Set List:  Moisturize the Situation, Up to But Not to Exceed Whoa, The Great Circuiting, Tihai for the Straight Guy, Abesense of a Prominent tooth, This Dubious Honor, ./, Paranoid Android, Keep Your Pimp Hand Strong, Good Point Wandering Bear, You Go Squish NowSaturday, August 3rdSome of the acts that performed on Saturday include New Jersey’s progressive Jam/jazz rock act Cocktail Party Phenomenon, Nyack’s Mr. Breakdown playing in support of their Shake Daddy Jupiter record, the intense jam that is Blendmode, the funky improvisational quartet called Tigerman, and a late night jamtronica/trance set by Duntzcap.  Educating more than a few festival-goers in music, The Stick Men (Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Pat Mastelotto) delivered a heavy set of songs written with the rare instrument, the Chapman Stick.  Having released their 2nd album, Deep in February, Levin (from nearby Kingston, NY) and Mastelotto formerly worked together as part of King Crimson and their presence added professional credibility and experience to the weekend’s festivities.Highlights:Brummy Brothers  ::  4:00pm – 4:40pm  ::  Electric Love StageDave Brumberg (bass), Eric Brumberg (mandolin), Russ Gottlieb (banjo) and Andrew Morris (guitar) brought the banging bluegrass that left many breathless after a bout of bouncing to their bombardment of beats.  The only bluegrass act on the bill, the tight group of young men from New Jersey utilized the opportunity to dominate the groove.  Just like CSN, who found each other accidently at a party, BB also provide luscious harmonies and some of the players were found using Craigslist!  Each performer alternates taking lead vocals and each contributes equally to quality songwriting.  Having been busy touring throughout the northeast and at festivals all summer, the quickly-ascending band has only just begun their voyage, the night before Maz Fest marked their 100th show and recently a local NJ news television program shared a detailed expose on the bluegrass outfit.  Gottlieb’s penned “Cell Phone Blues” is traditional bluegrass with 4-part harmony, “cry cry cry” but with modern lyrics about a relationship gone wrong and a man avoiding the answering of his cell phone when his girl calls – its up-tempo, toe-tappin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fun!  Dave Brumberg’s “Bat Shit Crazy” resonates with many men as a song about an insane woman and it has a chorus that won’t escape your soul for days.  “Shaking Your Brum” at a Brummy Brothers show is a wonderful excuse to just act care-free and enjoy the simple things in life like dancing, smiling and an everlasting feeling of pure exalted joy.Set List:  Weed, Whiskey, Women, Batshit Crazy, Cell Phone Blues, Money, Comin’ Home, Sins & Lies, 60 Miles to BostonMun  ::  4:30pm – 5:20pm  ::  Main StageWiley Griffin (guitar) is a pretty cool cat and his on stage performances exude a calm confidence.  Backed by the heavy frenetic rhythms of Hershkowitz behind the kit, Andrew Ostenfeld (keys), and Doug Gresh (bass), funky transitory grooves ensue on the delightful track “Ufunko”, with call and response between Griffin and Ostenfeld.  Griffin’s guitar possesses an alluring tone which subtly mesmerizing one into a euphoric groove that slowly builds to a crescendo that cascades over the audience like a glowing waterfall.  These musicians create a brand of sound that forces one to get so caught up dancing that the set is over before one takes a breathe – 50 minutes of constant spinning.  While rooted in jam structure, they pull of a hybrid of multiple genres well.  They invited Plutonian Ode’s Kyle Ryan onstage for a rare vocal track, a cover of The Doors’ “Peace Frog”, as practice for their live karaoke set next weekend at the Big Up which should be a treat for all and one that Mun themselves are very excited about!Set List:  Alchemy, Ufunko, Celestia, Peace frog (feat. Kyle Ryan of plutonian ode), AyoTauk  ::  5:40pm – 6:40pm  ::  Main StageAn instrumental outfit named after the most Eastern town on Long Island, Montauk, The Beatles cover “She’s So Heavy” is an ideal vehicle to showcase the diverse skillsets of this talented NYC band.  At times heavy handed and at times played with subtle nuance, Tauk, Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (keys), Isaac Teel (drums) knows how to properly gel and fill up space.  The tight jam showcases each member’s prowess on their instrument as it builds to payoff. As a band that was once lauded by this writer as “Phish meets Lotus” they continue to improve, as evidenced by the reggae-tinged rhythms of “Dead Signal” which contagiously pulls one into its sphere like a tractor beam. Playing in support of their Homunculus CD, they are currently opening a few dates for Robert Randolph and are slated to do the same for Dopapod in NYC this fall.  You can catch them at Peach Fest on August 16th.Set List:  She’s So Heavy (I Want You), Sweet Revenge, Mindshift, Carpentinos Rebirth, Dead Signal, Energy Muff, The Chemist, In the Basement of the AlamoShwizz  ::  7:00pm – 8:10pm  ::  Main StageFounded in 2009, Ryan “Shwizz” Liatsis (guitar/vocals), Frank Coda (bass/vocals), Billy Schmidt (guitar), Gianluca Trombetta (keys), Paul Hollands (percussion), and Andy Boxer (drums) are a hard-working band currently a fixture at Olives and the Nyack area, and currently performing another residency at the famed Bitter End in NYC as they prepare for The Big Up next weekend and yet another throw down session at Catskill Chill soon thereafter.  The soulful jam outfit, heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and James Brown, delivers an abundance of fresh frenetic energy led by Coda who drops bombs on his bass with authority.  The gyrating groove and pulsating rhythms of the funk explosion “Doorbell” enlists the audience to participate in the rambunctious romp while showcasing the stellar slide work of Liatsis before Coda delivers deeper funkier beats as the song becomes more infectious as layers are added, including an impressive keys solo by Trombetta.  The more introspective “Dreamdrop” allowed fans to kick back and enjoy the dance-athon before the vocals of “Slow Down” hurriedly picked the tempo up and offered a frenetic stage jam led by Coda’s fast thumping.  The show concluded with the thicker and denser jam material of “Orange Wreck” and “#12”, leaving the audience satiated with delight from the non-stop barrage of sound.Set List:  My Bad Side, Doorbell, Dreamdrop, Slow Down–> My Good Side, Duggan, Orange Wreck, Du Hast Annie–> #12Sunday, August 4thHigh-energy jazz and funk fusion act, UZO, played in support of their recent release, Demolition of Pluto;  the sounds and style of Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd in the incarnation known as Jazzmosis; Taste Da Thumb’s Symphony was composer/arranger Jordan DuMond’s funk/rock fusion leadership of eight talented musicians; and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bernie Worrell, former keyboard player for Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads closed the festival with an intimate show-stopping performance with his Orchestra.Check out a full gallery of pictures from Maz Fest here. Thanks to Jill Smith, Nick Irving, and Paul Holland for the pictures.last_img read more

Chris Christie: Governer by Day, Springsteen Fan by Night

first_imgPolitics put aside, music lovers everywhere would be happy to know that Governor Chris Christie is just your average Bruce Springsteen enthusiast. The often loud and blunt politician even recently released his top 10 favorite Springsteen songs for Esquire Magazine, with number one being Thunder Road, also featured on Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits Album. Now knowing the great appreciation Christie has for Bruce, can we expect an endorsement deal between the two? Perhaps a collaboration? We sure hope not…last_img read more

Foo Fighters Complete Album, Set Premiere Date For HBO Series ‘Sonic Highways’

first_imgThe Foo Fighters have announced that their HBO series, “Sonic Highways,” will premiere on October 17th at 11:00 ET/PT. The series, which was announced several months ago, will document the band as they travel around the country, recording a song in several cities known for their musical communities.The band traveled to a total of 8 cities – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York – and recorded at renowned studios in each location. Guests also joined them in the various studios, including Gary Clark Jr., Joe Walsh, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.The first episode of the series will also feature the debut of a new song from the band’s 8th studio album, which, according to producer Butch Vig, has been completed. Vig tweeted the following last week: Dave Grohl, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, commented about the process of recording this album, and the evolution of Foo Fighters: “The music is a progression or an evolution for sure, but it’s a Foo Fighters record… Honestly, there are sections of songs that will really take you by surprise. And then there are choruses that you’ll just recognize as Foo Fighters within the first three seconds.”No word on an official release date on the new studio album, but we imagine it will be released near the premiere of the series. We’ll be sure to update once we know more!-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Gregg Allman ‘Midnight Rider’ Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dropped

first_imgFollowing the tragic accident that killed crew member Sarah Elizabeth Jones (details here) on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, Allman and his manager Michael Lehman were among the defendants involved with the subsequent lawsuits. Today, however, we have learned that Allman and Lehman are to dismissed with prejudice, meaning they will be cleared from all involvement with the accident.Lehman said, “Gregg and I are pleased that the claims against us have been dismissed, but it’s still with a heavy heart. We continue to have great empathy for the pain Sarah’s family is enduring and for the other members of the crew who were injured.” Allman continued, saying, “We know that this news doesn’t bring Sarah back. This was a terrible tragedy. Sarah’s memory must be an ongoing testament to film safety.” The producers and directors of Midnight Rider still face a wrongful death lawsuit from Jones’ family.last_img read more

Bono Seriously Injured After Central Park Biking Accident

first_imgU2’s frontman Bono injured himself while biking in New York’s Central Park earlier this week, forcing the band to cancel their scheduled performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. According to a new report in Rolling Stone, those injuries may have been pretty serious, though the Irishman is expected to make a full recovery.The article states that Bono was involved in a “high energy bicycle accident,” and underwent five hours of surgery after multiple CAT-scans and X-Rays. Bono fractured several bones, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three fractures in his left shoulderblade, and a fracture of the upper part of his left humerus – a particularly damaging injury which shattered “in six different places and tearing through his skin.” Ouch!Fallon did a great job filling in for the band on short notice, leading The Roots through a version of U2’s “Desire.” Watch that here.Here’s the full statement from Dr. Dean Lorich, who operated on Bono at the hospital:On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider.  Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye. 2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces. 3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected. Dean Lorich, MDOrthopedic Trauma SurgeonNew York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special SurgeryRead more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bono-intensive-therapy-bike-injury-20141119#ixzz3JXQBLbre Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Kanye? Paul McCartney Explains

first_imgThe recent Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaborations have come as a shock to many. The seemingly opposite performers and human beings have put out tracks that are surprisingly pretty good.Listen to ‘FourFiveSeconds’ Featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and RihannaIn a new interview with NME, McCartney explains what first attracted him to the rapper. It was when Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour came to the O2 Arena in London, and he finally “got rap.” “I was expecting it to be, ‘Oh it’s great, it’s hip-hop, it’s loud…,” he said. “But I hadn’t until then got the urban poetry aspect. Like, Bob Dylan is a poet. And so is Jay Z and Kanye.”New Video For ‘Only One’ Ft. Paul McCartney Shows Kanye’s Sensitive SideHe goes on to explain how what he saw in the music, a lack of formula, is the same thing that’s driven him all his life.“People used to say to The Beatles in America, ‘Who writes the words and who writes the music?’ And we’d say, ‘…Both of us!’ ‘So what’s your formula?’ We’d go, ‘Well if we had one, we’d bottle it but then probably break the bottle and lose the formula.’ You know, you don’t want a formula. I don’t ever wanna find out what I’m doing.”As for why someone at his age would go to a Kanye/Jay-Z show in the first place?“If I’m gonna do a tour I like to go and see what other people are doing. I didn’t wanna bring my tour out and be amazingly old-fashioned. So people if are going, ‘Oh man, Beyonce, she was killer!’ I like to go there and go, ‘Yeah, we can do better than this.’”Stay forever young, Macca.[Via NME]last_img read more

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Challenges, Profoundly

first_imgNo matter that To Pimp a Butterfly was released prematurely, fans of Kendrick Lamar are listening to it repeatedly across the globe and raving about the new project. Although the bar was set incredibly high after his chart topping 2012 release Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Lamar follows through with a story and message so thoughtful and new it can only be seen as a gasp of fresh air from today’s seemingly monotonous hip-hop world.On a superficial level, To Pimp A Butterfly has a very different sound, really contrasting with GKMC. The album embodies a funky and jazzy feel throughout, epitomized by female vocals demanding “the funk” in one of the hyped singles off the album, “King Kunta.” TPAB’s potency and depth establishes it as one of the most respected albums of 2015 thus far, earning accolades from celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kanye West on Twitter. Kendrick Lamar convinces the listener that every single second of every track has a purpose and was crafted so deliberately and with much intention with comments on today’s social, civil, and political scenes.What might separate this album from the rest to be released this year is the lack of a specific hit. It was clear that he didn’t make a specific song for radio plays or to be the next banger at a party. He clearly crafted this album without a desire for commercial success. Whether he gets it or not, however, is a different story. Overall, he exploded artistically and his fans reaped the benefits.Specifically, “King Kunta” is a song that (as the oxymoronic title suggests) contrasts riches and poverty, upper class and lower class, which is probably a take on his rise to stardom from his Compton roots. In congruence with his self-proclaimed throne dating back to the “Control” days, this track opens with him denouncing “monkey mouth motherfuckers” who may have forgotten who reigns supreme in the hip hop world.Delving deeper into Kendrick Lamar’s psyche, the juxtaposition of the positive, egocentric hit “i” with its complement “u” shows a lot of reflexive thought. “i” is the type of song you would listen to after finally getting that cute girl’s number or acing that final exam, filled with self-praise. In stark comparison, “u” is the type of song you would listen to during darker times, with Lamar ripping himself apart through the voice of an old friend between gulps of booze.These three tracks only scratch the surface in describing the masterpiece that is To Pimp a Butterfly, check it out for yourself.last_img read more

Stephen Stills Announces Summer Tour

first_imgStephen Stills has announced dates for a summer tour, hitting a number of cities across the country on an extensive tour between July 6th through August 5th. With stops at several City Wineries (including NYC’s) and various intimate venues, look for Stills to play beloved music both new and old.The tour will feature Stills playing both an acoustic set and electric set, the latter with backing band comprised of Kevin McCormick, Todd Caldwell and Mario Calire. Stills will also be debuting new music along the way.Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 15th, with more information on the guitarist’s website.Stephen Stills Tour Dates:July 6 Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere July 7 New York, NY—City Winery July 9 Glenside, PA—Keswick Theatre July 11 Louisville, KY—Brown Theater July 12 Greensboro, NC—Carolina Theatre July 14 Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre July 15 Richmond, VA—Carpenter Theater July 17 Nashville, TN—City Winery July 18 Atlanta, GA—Bulkhead Theater July 21 Tulsa, OK—Brady Theatre July 23 Austin, TX—Paramount Theatre July 24 Dallas, TX—Majestic Theatre July 26 Phoenix, AZ—Celebrity Theatre July 27 Riverside, CA—Fox Performing Arts Center July 29 Napa, CA—City Winery July 30 Paso Robles, CA—California Mid-State Fair August 1 Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up August 2 Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up August 4 San Juan Capistrano, CA—Coach House August 5 San Juan Capistrano, CA—Coach Houselast_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s New Year’s Eve Plans Leaked

first_imgIt looks like soon-to-be-opened venue The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA, is preparing for some major shows. While still unconfirmed, it appears that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at the 2500-capacity space.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Prove Why They’re So Much More Than A Cover Band At The Capitol TheatreJRAD has already dropped some hints via the band’s Facebook page, but perhaps this screenshot of a Joe Russo post is the most enticing:The venue is scheduled for a grand opening in Fall 2015. General public ticket sales will begin on June 4th via The Fillmore’s website.last_img read more

David Crosby On New Music, Old Music, And The Grateful Dead

first_imgThis piece originally ran in the Midlife Rocker blog. Writer Steve Houk had the unique opportunity to sit down with legendary rock icon David Crosby recently, to discuss his storied career, his ongoing solo tour, and his relationship with the Grateful Dead. Here’s what Crosby had to say: When you ask David Crosby what he thinks separates the music that he’s done solo, or with those three other guys named S, N & Y, from the rest of the pack, it’s a no-brainer.“It’s the songs, man. Everything is the songs,” an animated and engaging Crosby told me from his home in California as he prepares for his summer solo tour. “That’s what really separates the men from the boys. You can take a mediocre song and do all the production you want on it, and you’re still just polishing an ‘excrescence.’ There’s a polite word. But look, I think that we’re good writers. In whichever combination, either three good writers or four good writers, it gives us a very wide pallet of colors to work from. And I think that’s why the couch album and ‘Deja Vu’ were so strong. There’s a very wide scope of material there that one person couldn’t have written. I think that gave us a huge advantage.”As Crosby, 73, traverses through his 52nd year of creating music — still immersed in a career that has seen him enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, for his work with The Byrds and CSN — right now, his gift is in full bloom. Coming off his critically acclaimed solo release Croz in 2014, his senses are sharp, and his seasoned instincts appear keen. His songwriting spark is in the now, not just the then, the songs are coming fast and furious, and a lesser man might not know what to do with such a rush. But David Crosby does. If anyone knows how to handle a rush, it’s Croz. Take it and go with it.“I’ve always written in kind of bursts of activity over the years,” Crosby said with a twinkle in his voice. “I’ll write two, three things in a row and then a couple of months will pass by before I write another thing. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve been in now the longest most sustained burst of writing that I can remember in probably thirty years. I’m just amazed it’s going this long. I wrote two things this week. So I don’t know what to think. I feel very grateful, I don’t really understand it, but I guess I don’t have to understand it, I just have to work with it. I was stunned by the amount of material that’s coming my way and very grateful. And I’m smart enough to pay attention to it so that’s what I’ve been doing. I pick up the guitar every day several times, and try to work at it and it’s been working.”(L-R) Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Phil Lesh and Neil Young during recording of Crosby’s 1971 album If I Could Only Remember My Name (photo courtesy Jim Marshall)Although Crosby has been prolific in his songwriting, he has only released four true solo records, beginning with the stellar, star-studded If I Could Only Remember My Name in 1971. That record came at a devastating period in his life, when writing songs was the only thing that kept him going when nothing else could.“That was a life saver, that record man, absolutely a life saver,” Crosby said with a clear remembrance. “I was going through a really rough period in my life there, my girlfriend had just gotten killed in a car wreck. I had no way to deal with it at all. I was in pretty bad emotional shape when we finished ‘Deja Vu’ and the only place I really felt comfortable was in the studio. So I just stayed in there. And that’s the record that happened. Jerry Garcia was a good friend of mine and came almost every night, some of the other guys, Phil Lesh, and Paul Kantner and Grace Slick and people from Santana and the Dead and the Airplane and other bands up there would come by. And sometimes Nash and Joni Mitchell. It was a rough time but that’s how I stayed alive, making that record.”Forty-four years after that album was released, and as the Dead celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, Crosby recalls his relationship with the Grateful Dead band members with much fondness, relationships that continue even today.“I was friends with all of them, and I’m still friends with Phil, we are buddies and have been for a long time and I’m sure we will be for a long time. I love ’em, they are a bunch of great guys, we would jam alot and spend time at Bob Weir’s place in Mill Valley which is right near my place and I would go over there when they were rehearsing, and just interfere and get in the way and pester them. Start jams right when they were trying to learn new tunes and stuff.”David Crosby soars live (photo courtesy David Crosby)Crosby will be back out there with his longtime mates this fall for a CSN European swing — “Why do we do it? I guess we love it, that’s the answer” — but for now, it’s just him and his guitar, naked out there. And that’s just how he wants it to be right now.“It’s more challenging, it’s how I started out,” Crosby said. “One guy, one guitar. But it’s also a way that I can do one of the things I love the most, which is tell you the story of the song. The words really count, and if it’s just you and the guitar, you get to really actually make the words count. And they’re a big deal for me, poetry’s a big deal for me. A BIG deal to me. I love doing it this way, it’s much more challenging, and at this point in my life, challenging myself is a very healthy thing to do.”And as always, when it comes right down to it, it’s all about…the songs.“To carry it yourself, it has alot more to do with the song. If you got a whole band there, you can play something that’s only moderately good and get away with it. If it’s just you and the guitar, it has to be a really good song. That for me is crucial stuff. I really like that. I do have some good songs. It’s a different ball game than playing with the band, completely. Not everybody wants to do it and not everybody can do it. I do really love doing it.”And will Crosby be pulling out any buried treasures from his legendary canon, any big surprises, on this short solo soiree?“Oh definitely, but I’m not gonna tell ya,” he says, laughing. “You have to come to the show, man. I hope you do come, I think you’ll like it. If you like songs, you’ll love it.”last_img read more

David Gilmour Releases New Single And Adds International Tour Dates

first_imgWith his solo album Rattle That Lock due out on September 18th, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has unleashed the second single from the album. After releasing the title track a few weeks ago, Gilmour is back with “Today”.The song originally premiered on BBC Radio 2, but you can stream an audio rip of it below:Gilmour also shared a making-of “Today” video to accompany the new single, which you can check out below:Rattle That Lock is Gilmour’s first album since 2006’s On An Island. Gilmour also has added a handful of South American dates to his world tour, which kicks off next Saturday in Croatia. The full schedule can be seen below:David Gilmour 2015-2016 Tour Dates 09/12 – Pula, HR @ Arena Pula 09/14 – Verona, IT @ Verona Arena 09/15 – Florence, IT @ Teatro Le Mulina 09/17 – Orange, FR @ Theatre Antique 09/19 – Oberhausen, DE @ König Pilsener Arena 09/23 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall 09/24 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall 09/25 – London, UK @ The Royal Albert Hall 12/12 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque 12/14 – Curitiba, BR @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski 12/16 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Arena do Gremio 12/18 – Buenos Airs, AR @ Hipodromo de San Isidro 12/20 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional 03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl 03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl 03/31 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre 04/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre 04/04 – Chicago, IL @ United Center 04/08 – Chicago, IL @ United Center 04/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden 04/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Gardenlast_img read more

Exmag Announces Free Show In NYC Tonight With RSVP

first_imgThe only thing better than an amazing show on a Friday night is a FREE amazing show on a Friday night. NYC venue Webster Hall has just announced an exclusive promotion, where you can get into tonight’s top floor Girls & Boys showcase featuring Pomo, Exmag, Chris McClenney and Geotheory before midnight free of charge! All you have to do is RSVP here and tell the person at the door that you’re on the GBH guest list.The line up features serious future vibes, with each artist bringing their own unique, soulful, electronic flare. To say the least, it’s a far cry from your standard “EDM” show. These guys lean towards more tasteful, melodic stuff that will hit the the sweet spot for a wide range of listeners, from hip hop heads to chill-wave fans.Pomo’s exclusive THUMP single “Aerobix”, for example, features deep textures, silky smooth vocal samples, fat synth chords and a tasteful pinch of unusual percussion sounds. It does a great job of packing a dance floor punch, while remaining palatable for people who prefer more chill stuff. This is totally cliche, but it’s like something you’d blast in your headphones as you’re biking down a beach boulevard into the sunset.Exmag is returning for what is sure to be another stand out set. These guys have been isolated, deep in the lab, at a mysterious, undisclosed location in Pennsylvania, working on a new album for the past few months. Only through their extremely strange Snapchats have we been able to catch a glimpse of what they’ve been up to. Lucky fans may get a chance to get a sneak peek at the new music.As a bonus, today only, their intergalactic world is leaking out onto Webster Hall’s main Snapchat & Instagram channels (@websterhall). It’s essentially the social media equivalent of an alien sighting.Enjoy the show tonight!last_img read more

Listen To Captiva’s Exciting Self-Titled Debut EP, Premiering On L4LM

first_imgComing out of the Kansas City scene is Captiva, the alternative rock sensation taking the country by storm. Just a few years into their existence, Captiva has played stages at Backwoods Festival, SXSW, and Audiofeed, and has even opened for Twenty One Pilots! Not too shabby for a band started during a detention sentence in high school!The band is gearing up for the release of Captiva, their debut EP. The album is due out today, December 15th, and thanks to the band, you can stream it all below:Featuring the single “Road to Ruin,” Captiva shows their chops with powerful progressions and lyrics. The band will be celebrating the release with a televised performance in Des Moines, IA, followed by a two-week run in Colorado on the SnoDaze College Ski Trip.For all things Captiva, head to the band’s official website! Check out the tour dates below:Captiva Upcoming Tour Dates12/22 – Des Moines, IA @ KCWI 23 Live Performance1/5 – Copper Mountain, CO @ MU SnoDaze College Ski Trip*1/12 – Breckenridge, CO @ Iowa SnoDaze College Ski Trip1/13-15 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ KU SnoDaze College Ski Trip** w/ The Expendableslast_img read more

Ash Institute announces system reform semifinalists

first_imgEarlier this month, the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced eight semifinalists for the 2008 Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. These government programs were selected from a pool of 100 applicants and offer tangible solutions to children and family services issues. The 2008 winner will receive a $100,000 award toward replication and dissemination of best practices.The Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform was created in 2004 to highlight successful innovation in public systems affecting children and families, and to encourage other systems to adopt these reforms. Through a partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, this annual award encourages improvements in public policy to support disadvantaged children and families.After a series of thorough rounds of evaluation, a panel of child and family service policy experts selected the semifinalists. Five state, one county, and two city programs make up the semifinalist group. Finalists will be announced June 3, and the winner will be honored at an awards gala in September.“The eight semifinalists have shown us that effective and innovative programs can play a role in improving the futures of children and strengthening children and family service programs,” said Douglas W. Nelson, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “This is the third year that we are funding this Award, which we feel contributes meaningfully to the Casey Foundation’s mission: improving opportunities and outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families.”Established in 1985 at HKS by the Ford Foundation, the Innovations in American Government Awards Program has honored 181 federal, state, and local government agencies over its 23-year history. The program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life of citizens. Many award-winning programs have been replicated across jurisdictions and policy areas and serve as forerunners for today’s reform strategies and new legislation.“The semifinalists for the Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform are at the forefront of some of our nation’s most pressing children and family challenges,” said Daniel Paul Professor of Government Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. “They are bringing about core reforms in how we treat domestic violence, juvenile justice, and foster care issues.”The semifinalists for the 2008 Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform follow:• Child welfare reform, state of Maine: Motivated by the vision that every child needs a family, Maine has achieved child welfare reform over the past six years through conscious, data-driven management.• Construyendo Circulos de Paz/Constructing Circles of Peace: Santa Cruz County, Ariz.: A long-term, restorative justice counseling program that brings together multiple stakeholders (perpetrators, victims, families, and community members) in response to crimes of domestic violence.• Division of Youth Services, state of Missouri: A national model for juvenile justice reform, Missouri’s Division of Youth Services has achieved exemplary results and cost-effectiveness through regionally based, small, humane treatment centers; group and family systems approaches; universal case management; and community engagement.• Family Civil Intake Screen Process, state of Connecticut: A scientifically validated, comprehensive assessment methodology designed to identify parenting conflicts and match the dynamics of the family with a corresponding array of evidence-based alternative dispute resolution services.• No Child Left Inside, state of Connecticut: This initiative reconnects families to nature by exposing them to outdoor recreational opportunities, thus growing healthier kids, fostering environmental stewards, and showcasing the joy of playing outside.• Positive Youth Development, city of Washington, District of Columbia: The nation’s first juvenile justice agency that strives to meet the needs of young people by building their competencies and enabling them to become successful adults.• Project Zero, New York City: Department of Probation project that enhances public safety and reduces the number of juvenile delinquents removed from home and incarcerated in New York state facilities through family-focused, community-based programs.• Youth Leadership Advisory Team, state of Maine: A program that engages youth in foster care with state and federal policymakers to create significant improvements in child welfare policies, legislation, and programs.last_img read more

Police reports

first_imgFollowing are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending July 22. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at www.hupd.harvard.edu/.July 17: Officers responded to a report of a suspicious individual in the area around International House 199 in Boston. Officers arrived and conducted a field interview and background check. After finding negative results with the check, the individual was sent on their way with a trespass warning for all of Harvard University property.July 18: An officer was dispatched to Weld Hall to take a report of a theft. Upon arrival, the officer was informed that a box containing bank statements, a checkbook, and other personal information was gone. The case is open pending further information.July 20: Officers were dispatched to a report of an individual attempting to break into the bicycle cage at 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur. Upon arrival, officers conducted a field interview. During the interview, the individual attempted to flee the area. The officers gave chase and after stopping the individual, placed the individual under arrest.July 21: An officer was dispatched to Pforzheimer House to take a report of a stolen bicycle. There were no suspicious individuals seen in the area at the time of the theft.Near Gund Hall, officers observed an individual trying to light fireworks. Officers approached the individual and conducted a background check. The individual was sent on their way with a trespass warning for Harvard University.last_img read more

Davis Center announces 2008-09 award recipients

first_imgThe Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies has announced its fellowship, prize, research travel grant, and internship recipients for the 2008-09 academic year.A total of seven fellowships have been awarded for research pertaining to Russia and the former Soviet Union in the humanities and social sciences. Postdoctoral Fellowships have been awarded to Denis Kozlov, visiting assistant professor of history at Dalhousie University, for research on his project “The Readers of Novyi Mir, 1945-1970: 20th-Century Experience and Soviet Historical Consciousness”; Mie Nakachi (Ph.D., history, University of Chicago) for study on the politics of reproduction and demography in the postwar Soviet Union, 1944-68; Dassia Posner, a lecturer on theater at Boston College, for work on the Chaliapin family diaspora; Benjamin Tromly for investigation of the social and political meanings of higher learning in the Soviet Union through a study of student politics, 1948-64; and Emily Van Buskirk (Ph.D., Slavic languages and literatures, Harvard University) for research on the intermediary prose of Lydia Ginzburg. A senior fellowship was awarded to Jacques Rupnik, director of research and professor, Center for Study and International Research at Sciences Po, for research on his new project “The Other Europe Twenty Years On: Trajectories of Political Change in East-Central Europe and the Balkans Since 1989.” A regional fellowship was awarded to journalist Masha Gessen for a study of censorship in the era of the Web.Dissertation completion fellowships were awarded to Diana Kudayarova for her research on engineers in Soviet society and to Mikhail Pryadilnikov for his study of the evolution of regulatory reform in Russia.Fainsod Prizes, intended for top incoming graduate students in the field of Russian, Soviet, or post-Soviet studies, were awarded to the following students:Eric Ciaramella (Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies [REECA]), whose research interests focus on Russian and Soviet policy toward minority language groups; Melih Egemen (Inner Asian and Altaic studies), who will study relations between the Russian and Ottoman empires; Alexandre Gontchar (Slavic) who will examine the shift from the visual to the conceptual mode in the plastic arts in the early 20th century; Philippa Hetherington (history), who will focus on late 19th and early 20th century Russian and East European history; Mihaela Pacurar (Slavic), who will study the works of the first post-Communist generation of writers; and Yuri Zhukov (government), whose interests include military analysis, counterinsurgency, civil-military relations, Cold War studies, state-building, and institutional design.A total of 29 graduate students received research travel grants from the Davis Center. Details on the awards, including recipients’ names, departments or Schools, research topics, and destinations appear below.Masha Hedberg (government) received the Padma Desai Research Prize for her project “Representing Business Interests in Post-Communist Politics” in Moscow.REECA Alumni Prizes were awarded to Christina Jarymowycz (REECA) for “Clash of Memories: Reconstructing World War II in a Kiev Museum” and to Molly Pucci (REECA) for “How the 1948–1954 Show Trials Helped Build a Stalinist System in Czechoslovakia.”Eight students received Abby and George O’Neill Fund Awards. They are Jennifer Howk (government), “Losing Ground: Climate Change, Uncertainty, and Social Mobilization in Three Arctic Communities”; Diana Kudayarova (history), “Engineers in Soviet Society, 1947–1965”; Inna Mattei (Slavic), “How the Steel Was Corroded: Aesthetic Dissent and the Crisis of Utopia in Late Soviet Culture”; Ana Olenina (comparative literature), “Intersections Between Cinema and Biomedical Science in Russia in the 1910s–20s: The Cases of Rudovkin and the FEKS”; Maya Peterson (history), “Technologies of Rule: Empire, Water, and the Modernization of Central Asia”; Rebecca Reich (Slavic), “Pleading Insanity: Diagnosis and Self-Definition in the Late Soviet Period”; Katherine Rose (Slavic), “Folk Culture and the Remnants of Tradition: The Art and Culture of Irkutsk and Vladimir”; and George Soroka (government), “Representation and Democracy in the Post-Communist Space: Political Elites and the Conception of Governance.” Soroka also received an Optimus Award to carry out research for the same project in Warsaw, Poland.Maurice Lazarus Fund Awards went to 18 students. They include Mikhail Akulov (history), “The Origins and Development of the Atamans in Southern Ukraine during the Civil War (1917–1922)”; Johanna Conterio (history), “Constructing Soviet Paradise: Health Resorts, Environmental Medicine, and the Mobilization of Nature in the Proletarian State”; Nataliya Kun (Slavic), “Normative Literary Language and Conscious Mistake as Literary Device”; Kyongjoon Kwon (Slavic), “Archaism and Innovations in the Old Novgorod Dialect”; Hassan Malik (History), “Russia as an Emerging Market”; Kyle Marquardt (REECA), “Language and the Assertion of Autonomy and Independence: A Comparative Analysis of Language Policy in Kazakhstan and Tartarstan”; Dylan Myles-Primakoff (REECA), “Indigenous Land Rights in Russia”; Tamara Pavasovic (sociology), “Socializing Children into Ethnic Prejudice and Hostility in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia”; Sabrina Peric (social anthropology), “Silver Bosnia: Precious Metals and the Western Balkans, 1390–2008”; Maxim Pozdorovkin (Slavic), “Shadows of the Golden Man: Turkmenistan and Turkmenbashi”; Sara Rhodin (REECA), “Love for the Motherland Starts at Home: Russian Family Policy Since 1936”; Jonathan Schlesinger (history), “Natural Frontiers in the Qing Empire in Boreal Manchuria, 1570–1907”; Aleksandr Senderovich (Slavic), “The Soviet Shibboleth: Translation and Border-Crossing in Russian-Jewish Literature (1917–1939)”; Katherine Surmanski (REECA), “Surface and Substance: The Political and Economic Causes of Soviet-Era Pokazukha, and Its Post-Soviet Legacy”; Andras Tilcsik (organizational behavior), “Rebuilding Civil Society in Eastern Europe: The Effect of ‘Percentage Laws’ on the Nonprofit Sector”; and Olga Voronina (Slavic), “Winning Hearts and Minds: The Cold War in Russian Literature (1946–1968).”Two graduate students received grants for language study. Oliver Bevan (government) for Russian study and Sofiya Grachova (history) for German.Six undergraduates received Goldman Undergraduate Research Travel Grants from the Davis Center. Details on these awards, including recipients’ names, departments or schools, research topics, and destinations appear below.Alexander Berman (visual and environmental studies), “Another Russia: A Documentary on Rangers in the Kamchatka Penninsula,” Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky; Laura Crisafulli (Russian), “The Art of Russian Realist Vassili Vereshchagin,” Uzbekistan; Emmet McDermott (literature), “Banned Literature and the Investigation of the Satirical Purpose in Soviet Russia,” Moscow; Katherine Peisker (government), “The Relationship Between Religious Affiliation and Voting Patterns in Ukraine and Russia,” Lviv; Jan Straka (social studies), “The Relationship Between Charter 77 and Ecological and Pacifist Movements in 1980s Czechoslovakia,” Prague; and Anna Whittington (history), “From One Adopted Heimat to Another: German Emigration from the Soviet Union to Germany,” Berlin.The Davis Center expanded its awards for undergraduate internships this year, enhancing student support for work experience in the region. Details on these awards, including recipients’ names, departments or Schools, internship placements, and destinations appear below.Goldman Undergraduate Internship Grants were awarded to the following students: Arnold Behrer (economics, government), environmental education, World Wildlife Fund, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Alexander Brown (classics), archaeological excavation, Romania and Belarus; Dimitry Doohovskoy (Slavic, economics), real estate investment, Jensen Group, St. Petersburg; Davida Fernandez-Barkan, executive search, Accent Advisory, Moscow; Peyton Greenside, pediatric medicine, Hospital for Mother and Child, Chisinau; Sean Loosli (Slavic and psychology), Web-based curriculum development, Moscow State University Center for International Education, Moscow; Dimitrije Ruzic (economics), outsourcing, consulting, and auditing, Bellerage Vostok, Moscow; Saba Sulaiman (economics, Middle Eastern Studies) and Cathy Sun (social studies), corporate communications and public relations at MCS Global Strategies, Moscow; Mary Szpak (Earth and planetary science), political science curriculum development, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; and Jan Zilinsky (economics; applied mathematics), health care system analysis, Institute for Economic and Social Reforms, Bratislava.Two students were awarded Andrei Sakharov Program on Human Rights Summer Internships for 2008: Marino Auffant (history) interned at the Slavic Center for Law and Justice and the Civic Assistance Committee in Moscow; and Nafees Syed (government) interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague.last_img read more

Hasty Pudding Club Forms at Harvard: September 8, 1795

first_imgOn this day in 1795, 21 Harvard students gathered in a dorm room and formed a secret social club to cultivate “friendship and patriotism.” Members agreed to take turns providing a pot of hasty pudding for the meetings. Thus did the Hasty Pudding Club, the nation’s oldest dramatic institution, get its name…Read full storylast_img

Rick Hendrick: Earnhardt Jr. has ‘been an ambassador’

first_imgRELATED: Playoff standingsDETROIT — If Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final full NASCAR season ends without a playoff-clinching win, team owner Rick Hendrick says it won’t sour what has been an impressive body of work in stock-car racing.Hendrick’s remarks came Thursday at Chevrolet’s unveiling of the Camaro ZL1,which the automaker will field in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Earnhardt, 42, has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2008 and has 26 career wins, the most recent coming in November 2015; he announced in April that this season will be his last.Earnhardt sits 23rd in the series standings and in need of a victory in the remaining four regular-season races to secure a playoff berth. Hendrick said he would cherish a storybook send-off with one final trip to Victory Lane, but that Earnhardt’s legacy in the sport is secure regardless.RELATED: Dale Jr. photos through history | Playoff bubble watch“It won’t matter a bit,” Hendrick said. “To me, you’ll look at the championships that he won in XFINITY, you’ll look at his contribution, what he’s done to mentor young drivers, what he’s done to give people an opportunity, the way he’s conducted himself with the fans and the kids. I mean, his contribution … being a genuine, real person. If you’re a champion and you win a lot of races, that’s great, but I think you’ve got to look at what contribution did you make to the sport that wasn’t just for you, it was for a lot of other people.”The backdrop for Hendrick’s statements was Earnhardt taking selfies and chatting with General Motor employees attending Thursday afternoon’s Camaro reveal. It’s part of what has made Earnhardt the series’ most popular driver for 14 years running.“Of course, we’d love to see him win and get in the (playoffs) and how great it would be if he won the championship,” Hendrick said. “I think that would be great, but I think all the good things that he’s done, all the people he’s helped, and he has been a champion and he has won. When you see people like today just gravitating toward him, he’s been an ambassador.“He’s done a lot for a lot of people, me included. He told me he was going to make me popular,” Hendrick said through laughs, “so I appreciate that.”last_img read more

Johnson, Petty and fans lend voices to 2018 Daytona 500 commercial

first_imgRELATED: Weekend schedule for TalladegaIt feels quite appropriate. Seven-time NASCAR champions Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty open up the newly released 2018 Daytona 500 commercial with heartfelt sentiment and high expectations about this epic event.“There is no greater feeling,” reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Johnson says, opening the new commercial unveiled Saturday by Daytona International Speedway.“There is no greater history,” answers the legendary NASCAR Hall of Famer Petty in the very next frame.And there are no greater voices than the drivers and NASCAR fans featured in this spot to remind people to purchase tickets for the Feb. 18, 2018 Daytona 500 — the 60th anniversary of the sport’s most famous race.“We’re really proud of the commercial,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “We took a little different approach than we’ve taken in the past using fans as part of our creative. I thought the end product was just phenomenal.“Using Daytona 500 fans and champions to promote the 60th running of the Daytona 500 is a perfect mix of competition on track and fan experience we’ve been talking about for years.“This is a prime example of pushing the envelope and really melding the drivers of the sport and stars of sports with the fans who keep the sport going with the passion they have behind it.”Wile says there is much to look forward to as the track prepares a proper celebration of its six decades of celebrated competition.“We’re ultra-focused on making sure the 60th is special and this is one more example of doing that,” Wile said.last_img read more

Embroiled in a tight points battle, Stenhouse Jr. is a realist

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a realist.Approaching the halfway point of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, the driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford is embroiled in a tight points battle for one of the last spots in the Playoffs.MORE: Full Daytona schedule | Fords fast in early practiceThrough 17 races, Stenhouse is 16th in the standings, but the defending winner of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is not currently in a Playoff-eligible position, give that 19th-place Austin Dillon has secured a top-16 spot with his victory in the season-opening Daytona 500.But Stenhouse can make the points issue moot by repeating as the winner of Saturday’s race, and he’s practical enough to know that the last restrictor-plate of the regular season gives him his best chance.“Yeah, for sure,” Stenhouse said Thursday between practices at Daytona. “I think we’ve got Daytona, and I feel like Bristol—there are two tracks that we can still potentially win at, being able to go out and win a race. “Obviously, there are race tracks where things can play out. I don’t think we have the speed at the mile-and-a-halves yet to go out there and win like we want to, so I think, realistically, when I go to those mile-and-a-halves, I’m like, ‘Hey, let’s somehow manage a 12th-place finish.’ “Whether you get a couple stage points and you finish 15th and you’re averaging basically a 12th-place finish, that’s what we look at when we go to some of those tracks, but Daytona definitely Saturday night is a really big opportunity for us, but for everyone else, too.”last_img read more

Kevin Harvick surges to Busch Pole Award at ISM Raceway

first_imgKevin Harvick rolled to the Busch Pole Award in Monster Energy Series qualifying Friday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.Harvick, a nine-time Phoenix winner, landed a best lap of 139.340 mph around the 1-mile track, putting the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford in the first starting spot for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The pole position is the fourth for Harvick this season, his second at Phoenix and 25th of his Monster Energy Series career.RELATED: Qualifying results | See every car in the field | Weekend scheduleHarvick is competing this weekend with interim crew chief Tony Gibson calling the shots in place of Rodney Childers, who is serving a two-race suspension for a technical infraction after last weekend’s win at Texas Motor Speedway.“It’s pretty awesome to see a group of people come together — old man Tony Gibson and Nick (DeFazio, interim car chief) — coming out to fill the gaps for the suspensions,” Harvick told NBCSN. “Like I told the radio a second ago, everybody on our Busch Light Ford has been there before and we know what we need to do. This is a great race track for us. I really wasn’t expecting that. Our cars are usually a lot better in race trim than in qualifying trim, and just got fortunate to hit a good lap right there and it came at a good time.”Chase Elliott will share the front row after registering the second-fastest lap (139.152 mph) in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet.“Yeah, unfortunately not good enough,” Elliott said. “The guys brought me a great NAPA Chevy this week and one of these days I’ll figure out how to qualify on a non-plate track, maybe. I had a car to do it today, and I didn’t get it done. So, we’ll go to work on Sunday.”Elliott starts Sunday’s race 17 points behind Harvick for the final spot in the Championship 4.Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five in qualifying for the penultimate event in the 10-race playoffs, with title-eligible Kyle Busch snagging sixth.The 312-lap event is the final race in the Round of 8. After Sunday’s race, the championship-eligible field will be trimmed from eight to the four drivers who will race for a title Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Joey Logano, the only driver assured of a title shot after his Martinsville win clinched an automatic berth, qualified ninth in the 39-car field.Defending series champ Martin Truex Jr. was a late arrival to the qualifying grid after his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota failed inspection three times. The issues resulted in the ejection of Blake Harris, the team’s car chief, and a loss of 30 minutes in Saturday’s final practice.Truex was bumped out of the final round of the session by a last-minute lap from Brad Keselowski. Truex will start 13th.“It was a battle,” said Truex, who was 20th-fastest in Friday’s practice. “Kind of par for the course for us here lately, so I say 13th is a pretty good starting spot for the day we’ve had. I really didn’t get a good crack at anything in practice and we didn’t end up having much time and we were pretty far off. Made some good gains for sure. I wish we could’ve ran again. I definitely feel like I could pick up some more. Car was just pretty tight, so we’ll start 13th and get to work tomorrow.”MORE: Playoff standingsOther postseason drivers missing out of the final session were the Stewart-Haas Racing trio of Kurt Busch (starts 14th), Clint Bowyer (16th), Aric Almirola (18th) — all of whom sit outside of the elimination cut-off line.Cody Ware, who crashed during Friday’s lone practice for the series, did not make a qualifying attempt in the Rick Ware Racing No. 51 Ford.Contributing: NASCAR Wire Servicelast_img read more

Suarez on current state of driver etiquette: ‘If you’re polite, you won’t last’

first_imgBROOKLYN, Mich. – According to Daniel Suarez, if you want to win races, a drastic change in behavior among competitors leaves no room for kindness on the race track.During the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s media availability Friday at Michigan International Speedway, Suarez dove into detail regarding how much driver etiquette has changed since he first came onto the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series scene, a conversation he and Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie actually had at dinner with fellow Ford Performance drivers Thursday night.“In today’s racing, nobody gives respect,” Suarez said. “It’s way different than two years ago. When I came to the Cup Series in 2017, everyone was very polite. In the first half of the race, if someone was faster than me, I would let the guy go. But right now, … Lap 2 … we’re driving it with everything.RELATED: Suarez fast early at Michigan | Full schedule for Michigan, Texas“That’s how it is,” Suarez continued. “There’s just no more respect or polite drivers out there. If you’re polite, you won’t last.”With track position at a premium based on how competitive the Cup Series field has become, Suarez noted restarts have become more aggressive, with drivers jockeying to gain every position possible.“Everyone has to make positions,” Suarez said. “If you don’t make positions, you’re going to lose positions. You have to have that mentality.“I’ve had a lot of good race cars in the past where I’m good on the long run, but on the restarts I’m not great,” he added. “It takes me seven laps to finally get going. In today’s racing, you can’t have that. It’s one of those things where you have to be at least decent on restarts to have a good trade off.”Although Suarez acknowledged being nice doesn’t get you very far in today’s day and age, he’s also not complaining about it. He actually enjoys it.“Nobody gives anyone a break,” Suarez said. “It’s very hard, but it’s fun. I like it, driving hard; I don’t have a problem with that. It’s just a different style of racing now.“The lead cars — the guys out running the top 15, top 10 – I think it’s how it’s supposed to be. I don’t mind driving hard. That’s what we get paid for, right?”RELATED: SHR cars lead 10-lap averages in Michigan practiceDespite the lack of give-and-take on the race track, Suarez believes firmly in drawing a line in the sand to separate what happens on the race track from relationships in the motor coach lots.“Personally, I try to be good with everyone, but on the race track it’s a whole different deal,” Suarez said. “There’s a lot of drivers like that. Joey Logano … he’s a great friend of mine and we get along extremely well off the race track. But when we’re on the race track, we’re always banging and hitting and talking trash on the radio. That’s how it is and that’s how I like it to be.“It has to be that way. He (Logano) does a good job on that. He’s an extremely aggressive driver. I will say, I’m the same way. Maybe some people will say sometimes it’s too much, I prefer to be on the too much side and not too little.”If there’s any doubt that Suarez gets a thrill out of ultra-aggressive racing and standing up to his competition, he’s quick to remind of his scuffle with Michael McDowell at ISM Raceway in March.“Do you see when I was fighting in Phoenix, I was smiling, too,” Suarez said with a grin. “I don’t have a problem with that. I’ve been in tougher situations, believe me.”last_img read more

Emotions run high for Jimmie Johnson’s Kentucky return after positive COVID-19 test

first_imgAn upbeat Jimmie Johnson said Friday that his feelings have spanned anger, anticipation and ultimately optimism in the week since his positive test for COVID-19, setting an emotional tone for his return to stock-car racing this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.Johnson’s remarks came Friday morning in his first interview since he received clearance to return to NASCAR competition. The seven-time Cup Series champion will be back in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for Sunday’s Quaker State 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).RELATED: Jimmie Johnson cleared to return | Kentucky weekend schedule“Obviously, just an interesting week or so to have the positive test and then the two negative tests,” Johnson said in a Zoom video conference with reporters. “Just emotional and a journey that you go through worrying about your safety, your family’s safety, watching a race with somebody else in your race car and the emotion that goes with that. Coming to grips with the reality of all that has been challenging, but I’ve always subscribed to growing through these tough moments, and I feel like I’m a smarter, stronger person today experiencing all this.”Johnson revealed a positive COVID-19 test July 3, which sidelined him for last weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He also said that his wife, Chandra, had tested positive for the virus, while his children — daughters Genevieve and Lydia — had tested negative. Johnson said he has been asymptomatic throughout; he said Friday that his wife was in good health, save for allergy-like symptoms common this time of year near their Colorado home.NASCAR officials cleared the way for Johnson’s return Wednesday. The 44-year-old driver was required to have two negative COVID-19 tests spaced at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms, plus clearance by a physician.Johnson said his initial reaction upon receiving word of his first negative test was anger directed at multiple sources, in part from his uncertainty over the pandemic, his strange lack of symptoms, his children’s fears and his absence from the race track.RELATED: Jimmie Johnson’s all-time wins | Career highlights for Jimmie Johnson“I started cussing and used every cuss word that I knew of, and I think invented a few new ones,” Johnson said. “So it was just so weird, the anger, because I’ve been asymptomatic. So anger hits, and then speculation in my mind and it’s like wait a second, there is nothing good to come of this. It’s just time to move on. Then I got very excited, started looking at the facts that I’ve only missed one race, I’ve still got a good gap above the cut line and then this optimism about getting that second negative, and then I did. So I feel like I’m more on the optimistic side of things and really out of the dark headspace that I was in and just moving in the right direction and looking forward in all this.” The Brickyard absence snapped Johnson’s consecutive-starts streak at 663 races. Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier — on standby for Hendrick Motorsports as an alternate driver since the sport returned in May with coronavirus protocols in place — filled in with the No. 48 team. He mustered just a 37th-place finish when a pit-road pile-up ended his day after just 17 of the 161 laps, a result that Johnson said he felt short-changed Allgaier’s chance to shine in a top-tier Cup Series seat.Johnson said that the reality of missing the Indianapolis event began to set in as the hours ticked down to the green flag, but that participating in the No. 48 team’s pre-race meeting offered a sense of relief.“Saturday night was the peak,” Johnson said, adding that he had trouble sleeping on the eve of the Indy race. “Sunday morning wasn’t great, but I joined the team call that we do an hour, hour and a half before the race. I was just able to hear the voices of my crew guys, give them a shot in the arm and pump them up and just be involved in that team moment. It’s crazy how it just relaxed me because I was convinced I wasn’t going to watch the race. I’m like, I can’t do it.“But having that moment to talk to Cliff (Daniels, crew chief), talk to all the guys. Justin was clearly on the call and to hear the words he had to say to the team, it let a lot of that go and I actually watched the race.”One other element of the Indianapolis weekend that Johnson missed was a scheduled IndyCar test for Chip Ganassi Racing. He got a taste of the vehicle last Thursday at Indy chassis builder Dallara, where he turned laps on its driving simulator. While Johnson said all parties involved were eager to reschedule the session, he added that “everybody’s just giving everything a little time to breathe right now” before setting a makeup date.As for his stock-car pursuits in what is set to be his final full-time Cup Series season, Johnson sits 15th in the Cup Series standings, just inside the provisional 16-driver playoff field. He received a medical waiver for the postseason if he meets all other criteria for eligibility.Johnson’s self-reporting of a positive test made him the first driver in NASCAR’s top three series to reveal a COVID-19 diagnosis and to make his way through the sanctioning body’s health protocols for reinstatement. As other sports attempt to resume or start their seasons, and NASCAR continues to navigate through pandemic conditions, Johnson said he doesn’t necessarily have newfound perspective about the process, but only his own experience and course back to the track.“I don’t know how to add clarity and advice in what changes need to take place,” Johnson said. “I unfortunately feel that there’s a lot to still be learned in the professional field on this, in the medical field on this, and I — like everyone else — am eagerly awaiting that instruction, that knowledge, a vaccine, better testing if it’s required, better screening. There’s just more questions than answers for a lot of us. I certainly don’t have the answers for everybody.”last_img read more

Jimmie Johnson cleared to return to competition at Kentucky

first_imgNASCAR officials on Wednesday cleared Jimmie Johnson to return to competition this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.The seven-time Cup Series champion self-reported a positive COVID-19 test last Friday, forcing him out of the circuit’s most recent race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is set to return to the driver’s seat of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the Bluegrass State.“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said in a team release. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”RELATED: Every Jimmie Johnson victoryJohnson, 44, met the criteria established by NASCAR officials since the sport returned to action in May after the coronavirus outbreak. The requirements include two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms, and medical clearance from a physician.According to Hendrick Motorsports, Johnson tested negative twice this week – on Monday and Tuesday – and was cleared by his physician Tuesday evening in accordance with NASCAR guidelines. The driver never experienced symptoms.Following Johnson’s diagnosis, four Hendrick Motorsports crew members were tested for COVID-19 with all four receiving negative results, according to a team release. The No. 48 team will have its regular personnel roster for Sunday’s event at KentuckyJohnson became the first NASCAR driver to reveal a positive coronavirus test. A member of Hendrick Motorsports’ road crew who had been in closer contact with Johnson was also self-quarantined after Johnson’s positive test.Allgaier, an Xfinity Series regular for JR Motorsports, finished 37th Sunday at Indianapolis in an interim role in the No. 48 Chevy. His fill-in role ended after just 17 laps after he was snared by a multi-car tangle on pit road during the first round of stops.The driver change ended Johnson’s streak of consecutive Cup Series starts at 663, a span that stretched back to his rookie season in 2002.PHOTOS: Jimmie Johnson through the yearslast_img read more

Austin Dillon making good on his bracket-busting promise

first_imgAustin Dillon is delivering on his NASCAR Playoffs Media Day promise to “mess up a lot of brackets.”The Richard Childress Racing driver wasted no time backing up his runner-up finish at Darlington Raceway to open the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. A fourth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway — his first-ever run of back-to-back top-five finishes at the Cup level —  have catapulted Dillon into a strong spot heading into the Round of 16 finale at Bristol Motor Speedway.Dillon now sits at a +36 position on the cutline and a sixth-place spot in the standings — knocking on the door of playoff advancement with one race to go in the Round of 16. He is also only one of two drivers — Joey Logano is the other — with back-to-back top fives to open the playoffs.RELATED: Quick analysis of Richmond race | Keselowski scores win at Richmond“I felt that our team has turned the corner the last couple weeks and I felt like RCR as a whole has had speed all year,” Dillon said. “Between myself, Justin (Alexander, crew chief), my engineer Billy Scott, spotter Brandon (Benesch) and everybody at the shop — our mechanics — we got a really good team. We’ve shown a lot of speed this year and didn’t get some of the finishes that we deserved.”Dillon noted he had circled Richmond coming into the playoffs as a track where his crew could win, given his two top-six finishes in the previous three races there. He also noted driving up through the field “four times” into the top five at Martinsville Speedway in June before the car overheated.Dillon parlayed two second-place stage finishes into 18 stage points to grow his cushion to the cutline, but it wasn’t as easy as it looked on the points sheet. The 30-year-old had to overcome a speeding penalty after Stage 1 but rallied to get his track position back. The speeding penalty was the sixth of the season on pit road for Dillon, according to the NBCSN telecast. He later missed getting to pit road on Lap 336 while running sixth in a strategy play to bring everyone with him for fresh Goodyear tires.“I wish I wouldn’t have had the speeding penalty but we overcame that,” Dillon said. “I should have been a little more patient trying to get to pit road there to drag everybody down and it cost us a little bit of time. Either way, what a night for our team. I’ve been pretty confident in this team all year and now it’s starting to show more and more because we are getting finishes.”The race marked a career-best laps led in one race by Dillon — 55 — who first passed polesitter Kevin Harvick for the lead on Lap 21 and led late in Stage 2 before passed by eventual race winner Brad Keselowski with 18 to go in the stage.Those finishes are catching the attention of his competitors. Martin Truex Jr., the runner-up at Richmond, noted the No. 3 car has “taken a big step forward, so that’s cool to see.”This is a big moment for Dillon, a seven-year veteran of the Cup Series. While he has three Cup wins and has qualified for the playoffs four times (counting this season), he has only advanced out of the Round of 16 once.“I feel like I’ve matured as a driver,” Dillon said. “I’m in that age zone where things start clicking a little bit. You notice these guys when they get a little older in age that stuff starts coming to them really well and some people do it faster than others, but it’s a good time right now for me and the 3 team and everybody at RCR.“We want to keep seizing the moment. We get these opportunities to start up front, collect as much as we can. I’m not disappointed. Unbelievable top fives back to back, but that car was pretty impressive. Definitely could have finished second and had a shot at Brad (Keselowski) I feel like. We weren’t that great on a short run, but long-run speed I don’t think anybody had much for us.”last_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce Mission Ballroom Show With Michael Travis & Jason Hann

first_imgGrammy Award-winning bluegrass quintet The Infamous Stringdusters have announced a special performance at Denver, CO’s Mission Ballroom, set for Saturday, January 11th, 2020.The Dusters will be joined by The String Cheese Incident‘s Michael Travis and Jason Hann for some musical collaborations. Denver-based indie-folk outfit Trout Steak Revival will handle the evening’s opening duties.The Infamous Stringdusters’ official announcement reads,Oh hey Denver! The Dusters are pleased to announce that we’ll be playing the brand new Mission Ballroom on Saturday January 11, 2020 and we’ve put together something very special. Not only do we have support from our friends Trout Steak Revival, we’ll also be joined by Michael Travis and Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident for some musical collaborations. It’ll be a special night in a special venue. See you there! Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, August 23rd at 10 a.m. (EST) here.Head to The Infamous Stringdusters’ website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.last_img read more

Spike Jonze Announces Forthcoming ‘Beastie Boys’ Photo Book

first_imgSpike Jonze has announced a forthcoming Beastie Boys photo book that chronicles his work with the rap trio. The book will feature text from surviving Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond. The book is set for release on March 17th.Jonze, the American filmmaker, photographer, and actor, is well-known for his decades of work with the rap trio. In addition to directing music videos, designing album covers, and helping to write a memoir, Jonze has even directed a stage show with the New York-based group.Beastie Boys will be Jonze’s first photo book and it will contain 256 pages of photos highlighting his time with Mike D, Ad-Rock, and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. It will cover everything from the early “Sabotage” music video to “The Sounds of Science” album cover.The book is sure to satisfy the needs of Beastie Boys enthusiasts as well as fans of photography and hip-hop in general. Fans are certainly familiar with the work Jonze and the Beastie Boys have collaborated on. It’s a decades-long relationship that has produced some of the most iconic images of the three-piece.However, Jonze’s Beastie Boys will focus on a different aspect of the relationship between Spike Jonze and the Beastie Boys. It will chronicle the never-before-seen and take fans on a journey behind the scenes. It will also feature new text by Ad-Rock and Mike D in addition to an afterword written by Jonze.Fans can pre-order a copy of the book, due out on March 17th, here.last_img read more

Watch The Late Neal Casal Track New CATS Single “Money’s No Option” In The Studio [Video]

first_imgThis past Friday, Circles Around The Sun shared the single “Money’s No Option”, set to appear on the band’s forthcoming studio album. The band’s self-titled third studio effort is due out March 13th and will feature the final recordings of late founding member and guitarist, Neal Casal.On Saturday, the band followed the song’s arrival by sharing a behind-the-scenes video of Casal playing his guitar in the studio while tracking his guitar part to the recording.Related: Listen To Circles Around The Sun’s Aggie Theatre Performance With Scott Metzger [Full-Show Audio]The video runs at 91-seconds and showcases Casal front and center, riffing away on the funky rock track with a white Fender Stratocaster while accompanied in the studio’s control room by the wine-drinking session engineer. Casal looks totally locked in and even shows a little bounce in his legs during his performance throughout the video.“‘Money’ is Neal’s tune,” the accompanying copy reads. “We would play it in soundcheck and he pushed Adam to finish writing it. Then Neal basically ripped over the whole song!! Also credit to Sam Blasucci for help with the title.”Watch the behind-the-scenes video of Casal below.Neal Casal Records “Money’s No Option” In Studio[Video: Circles Around The Sun]Building up the March release of their final album featuring Casal, Circles Around The Sun will team up with guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) for a run of performances beginning later this month. Tickets are available via the band’s website.last_img read more

Hug Your Farmer Livestream Benefit To Feature Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Chadwick Stokes, More

first_imgDave Matthews, Grace Potter, Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch), and more will take part in the Hug Your Farmer virtual benefit on Thursday night (6/25) to raise money for local food systems as much of the country’s agricultural industry has also been turned upsidedown over the past few months due to COVID-19.The one-night event, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET and free of charge to watch, will also feature at-home performances from Broadway singer Kelli O’Hara, Martin Sexton, Kat Wright, Posh Panda, Bob Wagner, The Sweet Remains with the Hug Your Farmer All-Star Band, and Ashley Betton. Fans are encouraged to donate what they can to benefit Shift Meals, a non-profit which connects local farmers to restaurants and helps to provide food to communities in need.Related: Justice Comes Alive – A Virtual Festival For EqualityDave Matthews has been a longtime supporter of America’s commercial agriculture, as the guitarist helps raise large amounts of money with the annual Farm Aid benefit alongside longtime business partners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp. This year’s virtual edition of Farm Aid raised over $500,000 for farmers around the country.Click here to tune into Thursday’s Hug Your Farmer livestream beginning at 9 p.m. Click here to learn more about Shift Meals.last_img read more

Maggie Rose & Friends Recreate Bill Withers’ ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’ In Nashville [Full-Show Video]

first_imgThis past Monday evening, the sublimely talented Maggie Rose invited some of her musical friends to join her in Nashville, TN for a recreation of Bill Withers‘ seminole live recording, Live at Carnegie Hall. The live album is considered by many music critics to be one of the finest ever to put on record. Back in 2015, Rolling Stone even ranked the album 27th on its list of the “50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.”Rose felt compelled to pay tribute to Withers, who passed away in April, via last night’s livestream as well as with her recently released single, “20/20”. Rose indicated in recent interviews that she was actually thinking of Withers and his music when she penned “20/20” alongside co-writers Alex Haddad, Larry Florman, and Sarah Tomek.In a previously released statement regarding how “20/20” came together Rose commented,It started to form when those endless days under quarantine began to blur together, right around the time when all of those bread starters people had been making were ready to yield some loaves. Instead of bread making, I opted to trudge up the hill in our backyard to our shed where an old electric keyboard had been patiently waiting for someone to play it. Performing my songs on piano was the big one on my list of ‘things I will do when I have the time’ and let’s face it, I had the time and desperately needed the inspiration.Rose had some of Nashville’s rising stars join her for this past Monday’s stream that included local singers David Gilfillian, Joy Oladukun, and Wil Merrell. The songstress also tapped a few industry veterans for the performance such as R&B and adult contemporary artist Wendy Moten, the Barber Brothers horns, as well as her long time collaborators and tourmates, Them Vibes.Highlights from the evening of music were not hard to come by as the entire performance turned out to be brilliant from beginning to end. Rose herself may have had her best moment at the very beginning of the night with an effulgent and funky performance of the Withers’s classic, “Use Me”. The song lends itself to people coming together, embracing and even dancing with one another, thus it served as the perfect vehicle to start things off in Nashville.When Rose reached for the high notes in “Use Me” I’m guessing the walls in many viewers’ homes began to shake, rattle, and roll to the delight of any and all of the viewers taking in the performance from the comfort of their own living rooms.Another noteworthy performance from Monday evening came via Olakuden and Rose’s take on one of Withers’s most recognizable hits, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The song ended up having an uptempo reggae flavor to it with the two singers trading radiant harmonies throughout. Olakudun turned out to be an excellent choice for “Ain’t No Sunshine,” as her own music is raw, passionate and breathtakingly real. Anyone who knows Rose personally must not be surprised in the least that she and Olakuden found a way to find one another in Nashville.Another moment of brilliance from Monday night’s stream came in the form of Gilfillan’s slow burn take on Withers’s, “World Keeps Going Around”. The Nashville-based singer is an admirer of vocalists spread throughout the worlds of rock, soul, and blues thus he seemed to be the perfect choice to take a run at a song that aligns closely with his very own musical DNA. Gilfilian’s music itself has a classic sound interwoven into it, yet he’s seamlessly able to inject something new and contemporary into the equation. The singer’s performance of “World Keeps Going Around,” this past Monday in Nashville did little to alter that narrative.Another standout from Monday evening came via Merrell’s emotive rendition of “I Can’t Write Left Handed”. Withers wrote the song for a buddy of his he served with in Vietnam who had been shot and injured at one point during the conflict. Merrell shared a personal story of his own that was tied to his brother’s similar experience in combat while serving in the Army throughout several tours of duty in the Middle East.  There’s a certain kind of melancholy and darkness tied to Merrell’s own music that’s also laced with themes of hope and redemption. Thus for a number of reasons, it seemed quite apt that Rose tapped the singer to perform, “I Can’t Write Left Handed.”Rose herself rose to the occasion throughout the evening countless times. However, the singer seemed to make a point of ensuring that all those that shared the stage with her in Nashville were equally represented with each of them having their own time to shine in the spotlight. And you know what, that may have been the whole idea or even the theme behind the live stream altogether. Unity, friendship, love and music.If that was the mission statement Rose was seeking to represent with her recreation of Withers’s Live at Carnegie Hall, man oh man did she hit that one right out of the park and into the starlit skies Withers likely gleefully took in the performance from.Rose has been keeping quite busy throughout the country’s seemingly never-ending quarantine. On the heels of Monday’s performance Rose will be putting out another ‘Quarantine 45’ on September 20th in the form of the B-Side for “20/20”, entitled, “Only Human (I Want to Get Out)”. To celebrate the song’s release Rose will be hosting yet another live stream this upcoming Thursday September 17th.For all things Maggie Rose, including tickets to her upcoming live stream this week from Tweed Recording Studios in Athens, Georgia, simply head on over to her website.Watch the full performance below.Maggie Rose & Friends – Tribute To Bill Withers – Nashville, TN – 9/14/20[Video: Maggie Rose]Setlist: Maggie Rose and Friends | Undisclosed Venue | Nashville, TN | 9/14/20Set: Use Me, Friend of Mine, Ain’t No Sunshine, Grandma’s Hands, World Keeps Going Around, Let Me in Your Life, Better Off Dead, For My Friend, I Can’t Write Left Handed, Lean on Me, Lonely Town Lonely Street, Hope She’ll Be Happier, Let Us Love, Harlem/Cold Baloneylast_img read more

Remembering The Tortured Genius Of Jim Morrison On The Anniversary Of The Doors’ Disastrous Final Show [Videos]

first_imgThe last The Doors concert with Jim Morrison took place on December 12th, 1970, bringing a disappointing close to a dominant band in rock music. It’s hard to know when the music’s truly over, but the way lead singer and resident lunatic Jim Morrison finished this show at The Warehouse in New Orleans left little doubt in the rest of the bands’ minds that the end was here. Nothing in life lasts forever, and no one here gets out alive.When looking for bands to sum up not the spirit but the reality of the sixties, you need look no further than The Doors. They quite literally were the hottest band in the land—psychedelic rockers fronted by a dark poet who railed at the world from his pulpit. Jim Morrison didn’t sing to his audience, he preached sermons of indecipherable meanings with lyrical wordplay and a raw passion that kept listeners spellbound.The Doors – “The Crystal Ship”/”Light My Fire” – American Bandstand – 1967[Video: Diopriest2]Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and UCLA film school classmate Morrison shared a love of music and an ambitious creative spirit. In an all-too-perfect moment, the two famously formed the band on the beaches of Venice, CA, after Manzerek heard some lyrics Morrison had written. Recruiting John Densmore on drums and guitarist Robbie Krieger, The Doors were open for business in a matter of days. After writing music to Morrison’s words and coming up with a few fresh tunes together, the band took the Los Angeles music scene by storm and quickly earned a record deal with Columbia Records.The band went on to release eight studio albums in just five years, establishing their sound as a mixture of madness-tinged poetry, hushed lulls, and frenzied explosions of cacophony. Their name, The Doors, was taken from an Aldous Huxley book, The Doors Of Perception, written about a mescaline experience. Morrison was interested in writing and art since childhood and had headed to film school to try and find a way to express the roiling passions inside of him. He had long searched for a key to unlock the truth, and through his early use of psychotropic drugs, he found his release.Jim Morrison – “Shaman Dances” (Live)[Video: Faicchiocat]The rest of the band joined him at first, making their early shows wild affairs, almost pure hedonistic bacchanals. The staid and uptight atmosphere of the fifties and sixties had been covering up the fear of nuclear annihilation and constant war. The children of the baby boom were coming of age, rejecting the violence and inequality of the world as it was, and looking to change what they saw around them. The flower power generation exploded in the middle of the decade, wanting nothing more than to “Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out” of the roles society had waiting for them. And unto them came a voice telling them there was a way out.Songs like “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”, “People Are Strange”, and “Strange Days” showcased The Doors’ determination to get people to look at life through fresh eyes and see how it really was. The Free Love movement was also in full swing, and sexy songs like “Light My Fire”, “Love Me Two Times”, and “Twentieth Century Fox” helped create an air of hyper-charged sexuality that made Morrison an international sex symbol. Sadly, tunes like “The End”, “Five To One”, and “When The Music’s Over” also showcased Morrison’s near-obsession with death and finality.The Doors – “When The Music’s Over” – Hollywood Bowl 1968[Video: ROCK]The holy trinity of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” was joined in the music of The Doors by the ever-present specter of the Grim Reaper. As the sixties progressed, Morrison’s copious drug use greatly affected the band’s live shows. In concert, you were as likely to see a transformative meditation on the deepest subjects of life as you were to see Morrison mutter incomprehensibly into a microphone and howl in pain and confusion for reasons not even the band could truly understand.This unreliability took its toll on the friendships among the bandmates. Manzarek, Krieger, and Densmore were eager to play to the fans but were hamstrung by the unpredictability of their frontman. Though The Doors featured a stellar collection of instrumentalists, it was Morrison who was the lightning rod of attention. As the sixties wound down, the three found themselves dreading each performance, having no idea which Jim was coming out to play that night.The band was in Los Angeles finishing what would be their final studio album, L.A. Woman, when they were approached with the idea of doing a small promo tour for the upcoming release. Over the previous two years, Morrison had been arrested onstage during a performance, arrested again after a show for exposing himself, and exited the stage dozens of other times after he was unable or unwilling to continue performing. They reluctantly agreed to book two shows, with thoughts of extending the tour if things went well.The Doors – L.A. Woman – Full AlbumThe first night in Texas went off well enough, but the seeds of destruction had long ago been planted in Morrison, and they sprouted fully that fateful night in New Orleans on this date in 1970. Before the show, Morrison spent the day drinking and casually indulging in a cornucopia of drugs, including a strong dose of psychedelics. What was originally intended as a mind-opening religious rite had deteriorated into a way to stay awake long enough to perform.Cracks appeared early in the set, as Morrison was unhappy with the song selection and continually urged the band to play “St. James Infirmary Blues”, singing that song’s lyrics no matter what song was actually being played. The bearded, overweight, and out of his mind Morrison was prone to collapsing onstage, and their last show proved to be no exception. The band left the stage in disgust, with Manzarek later saying he felt as if he could “See Jim’s spirit leave his body, even though he was still standing right there” in his autobiography.Whether or not his spirit had left him, the will to perform certainly had. Lying on the stage, he urged concert-goers to cheer and call the band back out when he roused from his stupor. The band, not wanting to deny their fans a show, begrudgingly came back out. Their return was short-lived, however, as just a few songs later, Morrison, like a man possessed, began to hammer the base of his microphone stand into the stage itself. He rained blows down until the boards gave way, and the mic and stand disappeared from his hands for what would be the last time.Immediately afterward, the other three members voted unanimously to end their live performances, feeling that it was wrong to promise their fans a product that they could not produce. Morrison finished the overdubs for L.A. Woman and retreated to Paris to write and escape the temptations that so easily ensnared him. In a very real way, Morrison had closed the book on his live performance career by breaking on through to the other side, though not in a way his younger self would have imagined outside the worst of bad trips. Morrison was dead less than a year later, and any hopes of a reunion were gone along with him.America in the sixties rode a wave of budding idealism, breaking down social and sexual taboos in an attempt to be free. Unfortunately for many, that freedom was over-used and abused, and many of the brightest from that generation fell victim to the many forms of self-destruction that arise when limitations are discarded. The Doors had ridden the crest of that wave as well as any band, and like all waves, crashed into the shore and dispersed back to the sea.[Originally published 12/12/16]last_img read more

Colo. Didn’t Factor Risk in Earmarking Grants

first_imgThough the audit did not specify which risk level the Pikes Peak area falls under, Colorado Springs emergency management Director Bret Waters said he thinks the city could receive more help with its communications system if risk becomes a factor. Despite being near four major military bases, the city seems not to have gotten its fair share of homeland security dollars, he said. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado officials have not considered risk when doling out grants for public-safety communications, leading to more money going to low-risk areas than to higher probability attack locations, according to an audit released Tuesday. While we have been very good at giving out money, the Department of Local Affairs has not used very sophisticated analysis or strategic thinking in regard to some of the grant programs we provide, said Kirkpatrick, who took over the department earlier this year. About $135 million in state and federal money has been put toward improving communications systems, including the creation of a digital trunked radio system that links first responders covering 86 percent of Colorado. The recently hired state homeland security coordinator, Mason Whitney, is working to develop more tools to conduct risk-based analyses, Kirkpatrick said. The report by the State Auditor s Office recommended the state create a process to better assess which areas need the funds. Department of Local Affairs Director Susan Kirkpatrick agreed with the suggestion and said such a process has begun. I think it s just a logical approach to do that, Waters said of increased risk analysis. When you re looking at a huge investment of dollars into interoperable communications, we need a clear plan of why we re spending that money. But the department did not prioritize communications needs on the basis of risk when making grant distributions, the audit stated. As a result, those areas at medium risk level received $9.2 million in grant funds from 2004-06, while low-risk areas got $11.1 million. The audit also found the Department of Personnel and Administration, which oversees the state s 7,400-item inventory of digital trunked radios, had not kept constant track of whether the agencies that own those emergency-communications radios still had them in their possession. Interoperable communications — essentially, allowing local and state public-safety agencies to be able to talk to each other during an emergency — have been a focus of homeland security spending in recent years. But the DPA information technology division director, Todd Olson, said officials conduct a thorough inventory once a year and have the ability to cut off a radio if they find it s fallen into the hands of someone who should not have it.CONTACT THE WRITER: (303) 837-0613 or [email protected]last_img read more

Fla. Man Arrested for Assaulting Child & Paramedic

first_imgThe child started to cry, and Tambunga locked himself inside his room. The child did not require medical attention. The sister-in-law said she and her husband went out to the front porch. When Tambunga was arrested and inside the back of the patrol car, he became verbally abusive toward the deputies, Mackinnon said. He then began hyperventilating, spitting, coughing and foaming at the mouth. Nicholas Tambunga, of Fort Myers, was arrested on two counts of battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT and one count of cruelty toward a child without great harm. While Nicholas was going to his room down the hallway, her son … was walking down the hallway at the same time, Mackinnon reported. (The woman) stated she heard Nicholas yelling at (the child) to get into the living room. (The child s mother) stated she came around the corner to get (the child) when she observed Nicholas shove (the child), forcing him into a wall. According to deputy Ryan Mackinnon, deputies were called to the Prospect Avenue residence by Tambunga, who was reportedly intoxicated and arguing with his brother and sister-in-law. His sister-in-law ordered Tambunga to his room because he was drunk, but Tambunga dialed 911. center_img EMSwas called, and while en route to the hospital, Tambunga reportedly kicked a firefighter and blew snot and spit at an EMT. FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 21-year-old Fort Myers man was arrested by Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff s deputies Sunday after he reportedly assaulted a 5-year-old and a paramedic. He is being held on $21,500 bond at the Lee County Jail. After a time, Tambunga reportedly calmed down and apologized for his behavior. last_img read more

Cleveland EMT Battles for His Own Life

first_imgEMT James Taylor has been on the job for so long, it’s hard for him to walk down a Cleveland street without bumping into someone he once rescued. CLEVELAND — He spent more than three decades saving lives. Now a member of Cleveland’s first Emergency Medical Technician class is fighting for his own life. 62-year-old James Taylor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July.center_img While even in treatment for pancreatic cancer last week at University Hospitals, he shared a room with a man he twice transported to the hospital for respiratory distress.Read More, Cleveland EMT fights for his lifelast_img read more

Church Bus Plunges Over Side Of Calif. Highway

first_imgKTTV Fox 5 Los Angeles – A bus with around two dozen teenagers aboard went over the side of Highway 189 in the Twin Peaks area of San Bernardino County today. Two people on the bus, which belongs to a Pasadena church group, were killed.last_img

AED Vest Technology Saves Pennsylvania Man

first_imgWNEP – A man from Luzerne County who was having a heart attack was saved by a vest that literally shocked him back to life.Brian Jennings almost died in March, but the 58-year-old man from Hanover Township was wearing a life vest. It’s able to detect when the person wearing it has a heart attack and sends a powerful shock, essentially zapping them back to life.“It felt like a stainless steel plate falling on me from about 50 feet in the air. It was really powerful,” Jennings recalled.Doctors said Jennings is one of three heart patients at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital who have had their lives saved by the vest.“He had two cardiac arrests essentially where people actually don’t survive if they are not resuscitated immediately and the kind of cardiac arrest he had, the chance of survival goes down by 10 percent every minute,” explained cardiologist Dr. Gopi Dandamudi.The doctor said the vest is especially critical in life saving for folks like Jennings who live alone.With the traditional defibrillator somebody needs to work it. With the vest, everything is automatic.Doctors said the technology continues to improve and in the future the vest will shrink to the size of a patch. Jennings said he is in great health and he owes it all to a piece of technology.“Very grateful. It’s just wonderful they can do these things for people nowadays,” Jennings added.Copyright © 2011, WNEP-TVlast_img read more

One Critical, One Dead in Maryland Construction Site Collapse

first_imgHANOVER, Md. (AP) – Anne Arundel County officials say one construction worker was killed and another was injured when a 30-foot wall collapsed at the site of a casino being built at Arundel Mills Mall.Rescue workers were called to the site of the Maryland Live! Casino near the mall in Hanover on Friday morning. Police say one worker was pronounced dead at the scene. The other worker was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.County officials say an inspector from the Department of Inspections and Permits is being sent to the site.It was the second accident at the site this month. A worker was injured July 5 when a chunk of concrete fell on him.last_img read more

Neighbor Rescues N.Y. Woman from 20′ Well

first_imgYNN-TV in Buffalo reports that May Elliott was doing yard work Wednesday afternoon when she fell through the wooden board covering the well. Neighbor Ray Colpoys had heard her calling for help and held on to her for several minutes before Elliott managed to hook her arm and leg around a pipe inside the well. Firefighters eventually pulled Elliot out of the well in the southern Erie County town of Collins. Elliot suffered leg injuries and has been treated at a hospital.center_img Colpoys says Elliot was up to her neck in water and would have drowned if she hadn’t grabbed onto the pipe. COLLINS, N.Y. (AP) – A western New York man is being credited for saving his 76-year-old neighbor after she fell into a 20-foot-deep well on her rural property.last_img read more

EMS Providers Aren’t Equipped for Dangerous Patients

first_imgIn Brief: To read more about EMS safety, visit jems.com/trainingFor more of the latest EMS news, visit jems.com/newsThis article originally appeared in January 2012 JEMS as “On Target: Are EMS providers trained for dangerous patients?.” Physio-Control Leaving MedtronicPhysio-Control Inc., manufacturer of LIFEPAK monitors/defibrillators, the LUCAS chest compression system and AEDs, is leaving parent company Medtronic. A global, private investment firm, Bain Capital, has acquired Physio-Control for approximately $487 million. The deal should be finalized during the first quarter of 2012.Current President and future Chief Executive Officer of Physio-Control, Brian Webster says Medtronic’s divestment of Physio-Control is understandable because Medtronic focuses on treatment in hospitals and through surgery, rather than first-response scenarios. Always an EMS-centered company, Webster says Physio-Control now “can really put the emphasis on EMS and bring out great technology.” He predicts an acceleration of new products and markets with Bain’s investments in the company.Webster says Bain saw a business plan, robust product plan and product strategy, which they were looking to invest in.Bain Capital Managing Director Chris Gordon says, “Physio-Control is an impressive market leader. We are extremely enthusiastic about the company’s growth prospects, and we look forward to working alongside Brian Webster and the whole Physio-Control team to support their strategic plans.”Physio-Control was founded in 1955 by cardiovascular surgeon Dr. K. William Edmark. His research led to the first commercial defibrillator. Physio-Control joined Medtronic in 1998. From 2004—2006, Physio-Control was known as Medtronic Emergency Response Systems. It regained its original name when Medtronic said it wanted to release Physio-Control as a separate company. Pro Bono is written by attorneys Doug Wolfberg and Steve Wirth of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC, a national EMS-industry law firm. Visit the firm’s website at www.pwwemslaw.com for more EMS law information. EMS personnel need to make personal safety a priority, or they face becoming a grim statistic, say experts concerned about violence against medical workers.In recent months, there have been several states that have reported EMS workers being beaten or worse while doing their job of providing patient care. In many cases, the incidents expose a key area of unpreparedness in the field. “We have this belief in our EMS culture that there are calls that are dangerous, and there are calls that aren’t very dangerous,” says Mike Taigman, a security expert and general manager of American Medical Response. “The reality is, it is very difficult to predict safety.”For example, a man attacked a Chicago paramedic who was treating him after a crash in late November. Reports from the incident indicate the attack was sudden and unprovoked. And this past May, a Long Island (N.Y.) EMT was shot by a heavily armed man who the provider was helping following a wreck. Violence is potential on the job; that’s a given, but few are doing enough to prepare paramedics and EMTs to work in the field.“From the time somebody walks in the door of a basic EMT school, we treat safety like it’s someplace between a non-issue and a joke,” says Skip Kirkwood, MS, JD, EMT-P, EFO, CMO, chief of the Wake County (N.C.) EMS Division and president of the National EMS Management Association. “We now have a culture of denial. We pretend we’re not going to get hurt and we’re shocked when we do,” says Kirkwood. “We train for the best and hope nothing happens,” Kirkwood says.That kind of thinking leads to some taking safety for granted. For example, some EMS providers carry body armor but only put it on if the call is for a shooting victim, which leaves them unprotected if a routine call suddenly turns violent.Kirkwood says personnel in the field need training now to be more aware of how quickly a simple scene can go bad. “My personal effort is to raise awareness,” says Kirkwood. “If we all keep pushing it, somebody’s going to walk up and say we need more training for paramedics than running them through 1,000-hour puppy mills to get them past the National Registry.”Kirkwood and Taigman suggest some immediate changes to what’s now considered routine with EMS workers. They suggest putting away the multi-colored handled scissors and pocket knives many carry because those tools can and have become weapons in incidents against EMS providers. They also say EMTs and paramedics should become proficient in communication skills necessary for defusing situations, rather than escalating them. Further, they claim EMS officials should reach out to local law enforcement and set up some defense and awareness training.“EMTs and paramedics should spend some time on a regular basis rehearsing in their minds, “˜if this happens, what am I going to do?’” Taigman says. “What am I going to do if I’m caring for a patient and they reach for a knife? Or if I’m restraining a patient and they’re trying to bite me, what am I going to do? Or if I’ve got a partner who is using profanity, adding sarcasm and adding anger, and adding adrenaline to an adrenaline-filled situation, what am I going to do to stop my partner from doing stupid things?”Taigman says, “Nobody is going to take care of your safety for you. You’ve got to take care of your safety yourself.” –Richard Huff, NREMT-BPro BonoResponding in Personal VehiclesOne of the biggest contributors to EMS legal liability is vehicle operations. Crashes involving emergency vehicles are too common. However, the risks are even greater when EMS personnel respond to emergencies in their personally operated vehicles (POVs). This is common in volunteer agencies and in EMS systems that use on-call personnel. Sometimes these responses are to the station; other times, they’re directly to the incident scene. Either way, the risks of a crash–and the risks of costly legal liability–are multiplied as the number of responding vehicles increases. This liability may fall on the individual vehicle operator as well as the EMS agency with which they’re affiliated. The individual’s personal auto insurance will likely also be affected, as this may be the primary source of coverage in POV response accidents.Note that most states do not treat personal vehicles as “emergency vehicles” and do not grant them any special privileges under the law. This is usually true even if the personal vehicle is using emergency lights. Of states that even permit emergency lights on personal vehicles, many treat these merely as “courtesy lights” and don’t obligate other motorists to yield the right-of-way or permit the responder to illegally pass another vehicle. Be sure to check your own state law.EMS agencies that allow personnel to respond in their POVs should consider taking several steps to minimize or reduce the agency’s liability. First, agencies can, of course, elect to prohibit the practice of personnel responding directly to the scene. Not only does the act of responding pose risks, but the presence of multiple personal vehicles on an incident scene can also be hazardous. Alternatively, agencies can limit direct responses to the scene in personal vehicles unless the incident location happens to be in a direct path to the station and/or unless extenuating circumstances exist based on the nature of the call. If your agency permits direct scene responses in personal vehicles, consider adopting an operating policy regarding the parking, staging or placement of POVs on an incident scene. Of course, no personal vehicles should impede the response of emergency vehicles or be placed in a location that could delay patient access or transport. Another step that EMS agencies should take is to adopt a clear and strict company policy requiring any personnel responding in POVs, whether to a scene or to the station, to fully and completely obey all motor vehicle laws, posted speed limits, stop signs, traffic signals and other traffic control devices. This should expressly include requirements that the responder come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights, observe the proper direction of travel on one-way streets and other specific requirements.EMS agency policies can also require that individual responders complete emergency vehicle operator’s training to engage in POV responses. The policy can also require that responders carry personal automobile liability insurance, with appropriate liability limits (that the agency can–and probably should–set above state minimums) before being permitted to respond to any calls in a POV.EMS agencies might incur liability from the acts of their personnel when responding in their personal vehicles, so having appropriate policies, training and insurance in place can help to better manage these risks. Civil Unrest Take a look around the world, the country or maybe your city park: Civil unrest is no rarity these days. Law enforcement has traditionally been the agency dealing with crowds of people who are out of control.However, EMS and fire personnel also need to know to prepare for and respond to unruly, if not violent, crowds. The Firefighters Support Foundation provides a free course, “Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest” that includes a downloadable video and PowerPoint presentation. FireEngineering.com hosts the program on their website at www.fireengineering.com/training/ffsupport.html.Some of the topics covered are types of events, coordination with other agencies and law enforcement, approach strategies, the potential for violence, lessons learned from previous events and why no jurisdiction is too small.The course was developed and is delivered by August Vernon, operations officer with the Forsyth County (N.C.) Office of Emergency Management. Vernon says the potential for trouble exists “any time you get large numbers of people together.” He adds, “All communities, large and small, need to be prepared as we enter the hotly contested political season.”Vernon teaches courses in incident management, mass violence, emergency management and terrorism/weapons of mass destruction planning-response. He also spent a year conducting route clearance and long-range convoy security operations in Iraq.last_img read more

Illinois Teens Soon Could Start Helping EMTs

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Youngsters could get a jumpstart on becoming an emergency medical technician under legislation approved Friday by Illinois lawmakers.The proposal would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to serve as apprentice first responders in order to help emergency medical technicians in understaffed rural areas of the state.“This is about helping to provide manpower,” said Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, who sponsored the measure.Along with providing emergency medical assistance alongside trained personnel, the program is designed to stir interest in young people to serve their communities. Ambulance service is spotty in many rural areas where volunteer first responders are often working out of town during the daylight hours.“It will help us recruit future volunteers,” said Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, who co-sponsored the legislation.Sixteen- and 17-year-olds won’t be able to drive ambulances. The cut-off age for drivers will remain 18, he said.last_img read more

AG Agrees to Release Grand Jury Tapes in Breonna Taylor Case

first_imgGrand Jury Indicts One Police Officer in Breonna Taylor DeathLouisville (KY) to Pay Millions in Death of Breonna TaylorPolice Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting Fired “We stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool. Despite these concerns, we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday.” Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Of the three Louisville Metro police officers being investigated, one was indicted. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Cameron also acknowledged in a statement that the only charge considered by the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details about any charges prosecutors asked the grand jury to consider. “The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen,” Cameron’s statement said. Related LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record released to the public. Grand juries are typically held in secret.last_img read more

CMS Announces Strategy to Enhance Hospital Capacity Amid COVID-19 Surge

first_imgThe program clearly differentiates the delivery of acute hospital care at home from more traditional home health services. While home health care provides important skilled nursing and other skilled care services, Acute Hospital Care at Home is for beneficiaries who require acute inpatient admission to a hospital and who require at least daily rounding by a physician and a medical team monitoring their care needs on an ongoing basis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined unprecedented comprehensive steps to increase the capacity of the American health care system to provide care to patients outside a traditional hospital setting amid a rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hospitalizations across the country. These flexibilities include allowances for safe hospital care for eligible patients in their homes and updated staffing flexibility designed to allow ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) to provide greater inpatient care when needed. Building on CMS’s previous actions to expand the availability of telehealth across the nation, these actions are aimed at allowing health care services to be provided outside a hospital setting while maintaining capacity to continue critical non-COVID-19 care, allowing hospitals to focus on the increased need for care stemming from public health emergency (PHE). CMS anticipates patients may value the ability to spend time with family and caregivers at home without the visitation restrictions that exist in traditional hospital settings. Additionally, patients and their families not diagnosed with COVID-19 may prefer to receive care in their homes if local hospitals are seeing a larger number of patients with COVID-19. It is the patient’s choice to receive these services in the home or the traditional hospital setting and patients who do not wish to receive them in the home will not be required to. Acute Hospital Care at Home “We’re at a new level of crisis response with COVID-19 and CMS is leveraging the latest innovations and technology to help health care systems that are facing significant challenges to increase their capacity to make sure patients get the care they need,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “With new areas across the country experiencing significant challenges to the capacity of their health care systems, our job is to make sure that CMS regulations are not standing in the way of patient care for COVID-19 and beyond.” Ambulatory Surgical Center Flexibility The development of this program was informed by extensive consultation with both academic and private sector industry leaders to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect patients, and at no point will patient safety be compromised. CMS believes that treatment for more than 60 different acute conditions, such as asthma, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care, can be treated appropriately and safely in home settings with proper monitoring and treatment protocols. Today, CMS is announcing an update to that regulatory flexibility, clarifying that participating ASCs need only provide 24-hour nursing services when there is actually one or more patient receiving care onsite. The program change provides ASCs enrolled as hospitals the ability to flex up their staffing when needed and provide an important relief valve in communities experiencing hospital capacity constraints, while not mandating nurses be present when no patients are in the ASC. The flexibility is available to any of the 5732 ASCs throughout the country seeking to participate and will be immediately effective for the 85 ASCs currently participating in the Hospital Without Wallsinitiative. CMS expects this flexibility will allow these and additional ASCs enrolled as hospitals to serve as an added access point that will allow communities to maintain surgical capacity and other life-saving non-COVID-19, like cancer surgeries. Allowing these types of treatments to occur in designated ASCs enrolled as hospitals while hospitals are managing any surges of COVID-19 would allow vulnerable patients to receive this needed care in settings without known COVID-19 cases. Six health systems with extensive experience providing acute hospital care at home are being approved today for the new waivers and include Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Massachusetts); Huntsman Cancer Institute (Utah); Massachusetts General Hospital (Massachusetts); Mount Sinai Health System (New York City); Presbyterian Healthcare Services (New Mexico); and UnityPoint Health (Iowa). This immediately expands the at-home care options for Medicare beneficiaries in the regions served by these organizations. CMS has been in discussions with other health care systems and expects new applications to be submitted. To support these efforts, CMS has launched an online portal https://qualitynet.cms.gov/acute-hospital-care-at-home to streamline the waiver request process and allow hospitals and healthcare systems to submit the necessary information to ensure they meet the program’s criteria to participate. CMS will also closely monitor the program to safeguard beneficiaries by requiring hospitals to report quality and safety data to CMS on a frequency that is based on their prior experience with the Hospital At Home model. Participating hospitals will be required to have appropriate screening protocols before care at home begins to assess both medical and non-medical factors, including working utilities, assessment of physical barriers and screenings for domestic violence concerns. Beneficiaries will only be admitted from emergency departments and inpatient hospital beds, and an in-person physician evaluation is required prior to starting care at home. A registered nurse will evaluate each patient once daily either in person or remotely, and two in-person visits will occur daily by either registered nurses or mobile integrated health paramedics, based on the patient’s nursing plan and hospital policies. Today’s announcement builds upon the critical work by CMS to expand telehealth coverage to keep beneficiaries safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. CMS has expanded the scope of Medicare telehealth to allow Medicare beneficiaries across the country to receive telehealth services from any location, including their homes. CMS also added over 135 services such as emergency department visits, initial inpatient and nursing facility visits, and discharge day management services, that could be paid when delivered by telehealth. The flexibilities announced today, and the aggressive action taken by CMS to remove barriers to telehealth, ensure patients and providers have options when receiving and providing care given the challenges and additional stress placed on hospitals and the health care system during the COVID-19 PHE. As part of Hospital Without Walls, CMS also previously announced regulatory flexibility that allowed ASCs — facilities that normally provide same-day surgical care — the ability to be temporarily certified as hospitals and provide inpatient care for longer periods than normally allowed, with the appropriate staffing in place. ASCs are normally subject to a requirement that patients only remain in their care for less than 24 hours or require admission to a regular hospital. In March 2020, CMS announced the Hospitals Without Walls program, which provides broad regulatory flexibility that allowed hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls. Today, CMS is expanding on this effort by executing an innovative Acute Hospital Care At Home program, providing eligible hospitals with unprecedented regulatory flexibilities to treat eligible patients in their homes. This program was developed to support models of at-home hospital care throughout the country that have seen prior success in several leading hospital institutions and networks, and reported in academic journals, including a major study funded by a Healthcare Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). File Photo/A.J. Heightman last_img read more

Orphans in Remote Russia Cheered by Moscow Deliveries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Children pour out of orphanage No. 72, laughing and waving, and hurry to help unload the cars, stacked with boxes of toys, sports equipment, and coats – as well as cutlery and a new VCR with a selection of cartoons.” The donations are from Moscow adults 300 miles away who generously deliver to the orphans’ doors, stepping in where the state has failed. (CS Monitor)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Parrot Saved Girl’s Life With Warning

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA babysitter’s parrot is being credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old girl who was choking at a Denver area home while the sitter was in the bathroom. The parrot started screaming and flapping his wings and saying ‘mama baby’ “over and over and over again.”  (w/ video at CBS4Denver.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Satellite Launched to Provide Pictures of Greenhouse Gases

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEfforts to tackle global warming received a boost today with the successful launch of a Japanese satellite, the first to monitor greenhouse gases from space. The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe greenhouse gases and monitor changes in the effects they cause. It was launched from the island of Tanegashima, in southern Japan, by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a key partner in addressing disaster risk reduction and environmental issues for the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Using a high precision sensor, “IBUKI” can measure from outer space the concentration of greenhouse gases throughout almost the entire surface of the earth, including large regions where data was never collected before. The obtained data will be used to determine the emission, transportation and absorption of these gases with a view to eventually contributing to controlling global warming. Covering every region in the world, the satellite will play a fundamental role in monitoring an increase or decrease of greenhouse gases. After the operations start, the data will be obtained every three days from the observation points and distributed to scientists free of charge. 56,000 global observation points will be available thanks to “IBUKI”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Armed Shopkeeper Takes Pity on Robber

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA store owner who was being robbed turned the tables on the man pulling a shotgun from behind the counter. When the man started to beg and said he was only trying to feed his family, the shopkeeper provided the man with forty dollars and a loaf of bread and made him promise never to rob again. They even prayed together after the thief said he was inspired.Watch the interview with the inspiring shop owner (in the first of two videos)…last_img read more

Typo in Email Address Spells Romance For Two Salazars

first_imgTheir conversation flowed easy — even with 8000 miles between them — and love soon followed.(READ or listen to the StoryCorps tale at NPR)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis is the story of a romance that began with a typo. In 2007, Rachel Salazar was living in Bangkok, Thailand, and Ruben Salazar was in Waco, Texas. Their email addresses were nearly identical. Ruben received an email sent to the wrong person and forwarded it adding his own little message. “Something to the effect of ‘Hi, Rachel, it seems as if this message came to me instead of you. I’m in Waco, Texas, U.S.A. Have a great day. P.S. How’s the weather there in Bangkok?’”last_img read more

Diner Owner With Down Syndrome Serves Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTim Harris, owner of Tim’s Place, is the country’s only restaurant owner with Down’s Syndrome, and the joy he gets from serving people good food carries over into his diner’s most famous export: hugs.He even has a hug counter on the wall advertising the World’s Friendliest Restaurant and recently boasting, “Over 31,814 Hugs Given.”Since Tim was 14 he has wanted to own a restaurant and his parents gave him the money to live his dream – managing a real diner.(WATCH the video from CNN below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble to Phase-out Hazardous Chemicals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you know what’s in your cosmetics? Or your perfume? The nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will require suppliers to disclose and eventually phase out nearly 10 hazardous chemicals from the fragrances, cosmetics, household cleaners and personal care products at its stores.Similarly, Procter & Gamble cited consumer preferences last week as the reason it will eliminate hormone-like phthalates and the antibacterial triclosan, which is a known endocrine disruptor, from all its products. Triclosan has been used in some tooth pastes, mouthwashes, and many soaps with “anti-bacterial” on the label.In 2012, Johnson & Johnson pledged to remove those two chemicals, along with formaldehyde and parabens, from its personal care products worldwide.(READ the story in the USA Today)RELATED: For Your Health: Use Hand Sanitizers Without TriclosanPhoto credit: www.fitsugar.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Mail Carrier Saves Man Who Went 3 Days Without Medication

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor two decades Mickey Wheeley has delivered the mail to the same residents every day, so he knows something about these apartment dwellers.The observant letter carrier became suspicious when the mail began piling up in one of the boxes, which included the resident’s medication.So the North Carolina mailman decided to walk to the resident’s door to check it out — a decision that might have saved the man’s life.— WATCH the video below— READ the story from WGHPThanks to Joel Arellano for submitting the link on our Facebook Page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Lullabies Reduce Pain in Children, Say Academics

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA study at Great Ormond Street Hospital suggests lullabies do more than just help babies sleep – they reduce pain in sick children.Singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hushabye Baby and Five Little Ducks to sick children was found to alleviate their suffering, and in a more significant way than previously parents might have guessed. (READ the story in The Telegraph)Photo credit: joeforjette via Flickr -CCRELATED: Pharmacy Prescribes Music for PainAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Study Promises New Hope for Children with Autism

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn alternative and non-invasive treatment for autism has led to significant reductions in maladaptive behaviors in children, according to a new study published in the January issue of the peer-reviewed journal, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.Robert Weiner, the author and lead researcher of the multi-site study, calls the novel NeuroModulation Technique a “promising intervention for autism.”Weiner, a Dallas, Texas behavioral medicine psychologist who has been in private practice since 1987, told the Good News Network, “I started using NMT, a gentle consciousness-based therapy, in my practice in 2004 and observed remarkable results, particularly with allergies.” “I saw long-standing allergies in both children and adults clear in as little as a single office visit.”Children in the study, after receiving NMT sessions twice a week for 6 weeks — a total treatment time per child of 9 hours — demonstrated improved mood, speech, language and social awareness, as well as a decrease in irritability and repetitive behaviors.The mother of one child who participated in the study commented, “Before the NMT Autism Study, my son had an extremely difficult time keeping a calm body for any length of time. Now he can sit through his preschool’s 40-minute circle time with 0-2 reminders on most days.  He is doing better sitting properly at the dinner table and also in the shopping cart at the market.  He still has some issues waiting in line at school, but we’ve even seen some improvement there as well.” Weiner, who designed the study, said the traditional treatments for autism tended to produce slow, incremental results and, in some cases, may require years of therapy, which can be prohibitively expensive. He posited that NMT, if found to be effective, could speed up the treatment process, and thus be a valuable therapy to add to a child’s treatment regimen.He recruited 8 other researchers to participate, and though it is a preliminary study, he called the results “very gratifying.”“NMT may offer a new hope for parents who are looking for effective treatments for their children who have autism,” he said in an email. But he also thinks the therapy will prove to be helpful for any condition.“I believe consciousness-based interventions for healing including NMT will become more and more accepted as research studies in fields ranging from physics to psychology continue to demonstrate the ability for consciousness to produce changes in matter.”For more info you can email: [email protected] the study’s PDF report from the Mind-Body Wellness Center.Photo credit: D Sharon PruittAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Homeless Man Reunited w/ Inheritance Thanks to Good Samaritan and Police

first_imgA receipt in one of the bags led them to a shopping mall. Security camera footage from one of the stores gave them a picture of who they were looking for — a homeless man police identified as “Joe.” But after days of searching, Detective Danny Mursell still couldn’t find him.A week after the money was lost, and while Mursell was working on something else, he just happened to spot Joe drinking coffee and reunited him with his traveling money.(WATCH the video below from WFOR News) – Photo by 401(K) 2013, CChttp://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=latimes_hom_non_sec&videoId=29216968Help your friends find this story, share it (below)…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA volunteer on beach patrol who was looking for sea turtles, instead found a bag of money — and launched a week-long search to find its owner.Meanwhile, a homeless man who’d received an inheritance from a relative, was hoping to use the cash to return home to friends and family in Pennsylvania.The bag, discovered at a Florida bus stop bench, only contained half of his inheritance. A deputy sheriff spotted the other bag and together they contained nearly $10,000.Police believed it belonged to the same person, but finding him would take some detective work.5 Year-old Sings Grace for Homeless Man in Diner, Brings Tears (WATCH)last_img read more

Student Uses Coupon Clipping Skills to Buy $100,000 of Products for the Poor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreReality TV shows are good for something, it turns out.A 16-year-old girl actually learned a valuable skill while watching “Extreme Couponing,” and has turned it into a philanthropic powerhouse for aiding people in hospitals and homeless shelters.Instead of hoarding a stash of goodies, she uses those coupon skills to deliver food, household and personal supplies, and electronics to people in need. Hannah Steinberg has delivered many thousands of dollars worth of products by being a savvy shopper, stockpiling the goods that she buys super cheap–and continues the effort, even while in college, through her own nonprofit.SHOP FOR FREE GOOD NEWS WITH OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSThe Tufts University student runs her nationally recognized nonprofit, “Our Coupons Care” in Massachusetts.A youth coordinator at Coachman Family Center in White Plains says Hannah has donated $100,000 in products to that shelter alone, helping the 175 children living there.By understanding how “Extreme Couponing” works, Hannah tracks deals and stacks coupons and other offers together in combinations, which slashes the price of items to tiny fractions of their usual cost.RELATED:  Woman Donates Entire Toy Store to Kids in Homeless SheltersFunneling the money her nonprofit raises into buying more bargains lets her multiply every dollar’s purchasing power by five.She’s done so much good for her community, she has earned recognition by New York congressional leaders and her city of Scarsdale declared a Hannah Steinberg Day.“This has become something so much bigger than I would’ve imagined, for me and for the families,” Hannah told the Boston Globe. “What I’m doing is very simple.”CHECK OUT:  Food Stamps Double Their Value at Michigan Farmers MarketsEven in college, she finds time to organize a new donation drive almost every month and has rounded up donations for the Toys for Tots campaign and for Boston Children’s Hospital among her other causes.(READ more at the Boston Globe) — Photo: Chris Potter, CCShop This Story Around To Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Community is Overjoyed to Pitch in and Care For New Local Celebrity: The Island’s Only Duck

first_imgRegardless of the “how”, the intrepid mallard, who is named after Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, has already made a home for himself in a small puddle by the airport. Locals visit him every day to bring him peas, corn, rice, and sometimes a former New Zealand commissioner comes by to feed him bok choy. Tourists even stop by to take pictures with the feathery celebrity.RELATED: Endangered Parrots Won’t Stop Messing With Traffic Cones So the Cheeky Birds Have Been Given Their Own Roadside GymsFelicity Bollen, the chief executive officer of Niue Tourism, told the ABCs Pacific Beat: “We pride ourselves on being a funny, quirky little island and he fits with the quirkiness, so he’s a perfect fit from a marketing perspective for our country.”Even the local fire department is involved in welcoming their new neighbor; they’re in charge of refilling his puddle when it gets low.Bollen went on to tell The Guardian that interest in Trevor stems from the lack of land animals and birds in Niue. “We have whales and dolphins, we have a lot of things in the water, but not land animals… so for a duck to be wandering around the island, that’s why it’s so interesting.”WATCH: Mesmerizing Video of 10,000 Snow Geese Taking Flight Will Soothe Your SoulThe island residents are debating the merit of getting a companion duck for Trevor so he doesn’t get lonely – but for now, Niue is more than happy to provide all the food and love that a community could provide a wandering fowl.If you want to find out more about Trevor the duck, you can check out his official Facebook page.If This Story Floats Your Boat, Be Sure And Share With Your Friends – Photo by Trevor the Duck FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and splashes around like a duck? Well, for residents on the small island of Niue, the answer to that question is a duck – but they may not have been able to answer that before last month.A recent settler to the island, Trevor the duck has been causing a stir in the local community; because Niue has never had a duck before.No one knows how he could have gotten there, either. Theories range from him flying all the way from New Zealand to stowing away aboard a luxury yacht!last_img read more

Man Returns to Poor Neighborhood Where He Grew Up So He Can Give Away $12,000 in Free Toys

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Lauren WilhelmChristmas came early for the children living in these low-income neighborhoods and housing complexes.That’s because a former resident of the area returned to the streets where he grew up so he could hand out more than $12,000 worth of toys to the local children earlier this week.Adam Armstrong grew up poor in a mostly government-subsidized apartment complex in Harrisonburg, Virginia. When he was just 18 years old, he was sent to jail to serve a 3-month sentence for marijuana possession. By the time he was released, he knew that it was time to turn his life around. Armstrong, who is now the father of a 3-year-old girl, ended up moving to Baltimore and working a string of different jobs until he finally got into the mortgaging business.RELATED: After ‘Mountain Santa’ Dad Spent 42 Years Giving Away Gifts to Poor Families, His Son Decides to Do the SameAs Armstrong became more and more financially comfortable, he felt more and more compelled to give back to people living in poverty—so he began donating heaps of toys to local charities every holiday season.This week, the 35-year-old philanthropist drove to his former neighborhood in a 26-foot moving truck packed with 1,327 toys to give away to all of the children.Sara Lewis-Weeks, the property manager of the complex, says that when Armstrong had approached her about the giveaway last week, she had been wary of his intentions.Photo by Lauren Wilhelm“He comes [into my office] and says, ‘What are you doing on Saturday? I’d like to give away a lot of toys’ and I’m like, ‘Yeaaah, I don’t know about that,’” Lewis-Weeks recounted to NBC News. “I’m very skeptical at that point.”To her astonishment, however, Armstrong made good on his promise.“It wasn’t like stuffed animals—he was giving away bikes, remote-controlled cars, real Barbie dolls—not Dollar Store Barbie dolls,” says Weeks. “He didn’t miss anybody. His heart was truly in this.CHECK OUT: Dying 86-Year-old Bought 14 Years Worth of Christmas Gifts for His 2-Year-old Neighbor“They thought it was going to be a couple of stuffed animals, not, ‘And you get a bike, and you get a bike, and you get a bike,’—like an ‘Oprah’ for little kids,” she added.Armstrong simply told The Washington Post that he was happy to bring joy to little kids for the holiday season.“The kids were so innocent and sweet,” Armstrong told the news outlet. “You can’t put a price on looking at these kids’ happy faces. Some of them have nothing, and to be able to give them a small toy … the reward and the pleasure was mine.”(WATCH the news coverage below)Be Sure And Share The Sweet Story Of Holiday Cheer With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Company Emerges to Help Small Businesses Compete with Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery—But With Green Cred

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Target begin to dazzle us with the growing possibility of same-day delivery, it’s becoming harder for small businesses to compete in ways that provide the same speedy delivery without relying on high-emission forms of commercial storage or transportation options like renting space in large warehouses and air delivery.That is all now changing thanks to an organization called Ohi—a US-based warehousing and delivery service that allows small businesses to offer speedy, sustainable delivery options.Speaking with Fast Company, Ohi CEO Ben Jones detailed the problem that many small US businesses face when attempting to compete with nationwide distributers. “The problem that we’re solving for is that consumer expectations for e-commerce are getting faster and faster, driven primarily by Amazon, but also now by Walmart, by Target, and by all these other big brands enabling same-day delivery,” said Jones.RELATED: LEGO is Now Offering to Pay For You to Ship Your Unused Bricks to Children in Need“For smaller brands, it’s almost impossible for them to do that at low cost. If we’re going to build a replacement that will last for the next 60 years, we have to have sustainability as one of our core values.”From Seed to SproutOhi’s service allows small, growth-stage companies to expand their network of fulfillment centers across the United States in a unique way that saves money and energy.Since a small business might have only one pallet’s worth of product in any given city, Ohi allows them to expand their next- and same-day delivery capabilities by renting out space in “micro-warehouses” in unused office building spaces and retail parks.MORE: CEO Who Raised the Minimum Salary of His Employees to $70K is Now Doing It All Over AgainThe micro-warehousing means that brands can avoid the much higher environmental costs of maintaining traditional warehouses or offering next-day or two-day shipping on a plane. This also eliminates the much higher costs of long-term leases and fees associated with air travel.Reducing WasteOhi’s clients are also able to ensure sustainable next- and same-day shipping by cutting out various forms of middle men and extra steps between storage.“When you’re not throwing parcels around between various trucks in between the different distribution centers, you eliminate the need for a cardboard box,” said Jones.CHECK OUT: Canadian Credit Card Holders Are ‘Over the Moon’ With Chase Bank’s Decision to Forgive Outstanding DebtIf you order something from one of Ohi’s clients, it may be delivered to you on a bike, rather than from a truck—and it may be delivered in a in a recyclable cardboard bag rather than a cardboard box.Jones also said that this sustainable alternative to the standard fulfillment protocol has helped reduce cardboard, plastic, and paper waste associated with packaging and shipping by 75% compared to if Ohi used standard fulfillment practices.The service is currently only based out of New York City and Los Angeles, but the company hopes its success will help to expand their platform to other US cities within the next few decades.Be Sure And Share The Exciting News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Model Village for Alzheimer’s Patients in France Makes Residents Feel Like They’re Still Independent

first_img“It’s like being at home,” 82-year-old Madeleine Elissalde, one of the village’s first residents, told Reuters. “We’re well looked after.”The program costs in the neighborhood of 6.7 million euros to run each year. Residents and their families kick in about 24,000 euros in annual fees, but more than half the total expense is subsidized by government authorities.Expensive? Perhaps, but researchers at France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research Shows closely studying how such model conditions impact the progression of dementia may ultimately conclude the insights they gain for future treatment standards will be well worth the cost.RELATED: Though Her Alzheimer’s Worsened, Supermarket Still Found Creative Ways to Keep Her on the TeamIn the meantime, residents of villages in France, the Netherlands, and another prototype community in Canada are able to live out the remainder of their years with not only a measure of self-esteem, dignity, and sense of purpose but some true “liberté, égalité, et fraternité” as well.(WATCH the video tour of this French village below.)Build Up Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Built in the same spirit as De Hogeweyk, a purpose-built village for dementia patients in the Netherlands, it’s the first such facility in France.In addition to nursing facilities, the Landais campus includes a grocery store, hair salon, cafeteria, library, and music room.Residents are given as much freedom as their conditions allow, and treated to numerous entertainments.They’re also encouraged to participate in daily activities that can include shopping, cooking, and regular hairstyling appointments, as it’s believed sticking to a familiar routine may actually hinder the advance of the disease’s worst symptoms.WATCH: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual Reality AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs the old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but it seems that same wisdom may also hold true when it comes to caring for elderly Alzheimer’s patients.Village Landais AlzheimerRather than placing them in traditional memory care units, some groups charged with the care of these special seniors are taking a more innovative approach.In southwestern France near the city of Dax, a community has been created with the specific needs of its 105 residents—all of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s in varying stages.last_img read more

Howard Hall teeters, totters for water

first_imgOn Thursday, Howard Hall will host its annual Totter for Water event, aiming to raise $4,000 to build a water well in Cameroon.Photo courtesy of The Water Project Sophomore Mary Kate Marino, Totter for Water commissioner, said Howard’s 24-hour, teeter-totter fundraiser raises awareness about water needs around the world.“The Totter is fun and builds a good sense of community,” Marino said. “It also provides a good way to start conversations about the world population’s water needs.”Although the event begins Thursday at 5 p.m. on South Quad and ends Friday at 5 p.m., Howard already has started fundraising efforts.“Totter [for Water] is technically a week-long fundraising event,” Marino said. “We have sent e-mails to everyone in the dorm requesting that they gather donations from their friends and families.”This year, Howard changed the partnering organization for their project.“Last year, we worked with The Water Project,” Marino said. “This year, we partnered with Engineers Without Borders at Notre Dame. We are able to operate under the same principle of improving water development worldwide, but we are now more specific to a Notre Dame group.”Partnering agencies are not the only change, she said. Howard has also raised the fundraising goal from last year.“We beat our goal last year by roughly $2,000. So this year, we made the fundraising goal $4,000, and we hope to beat even that,” Marino said.Hannah Miller, a junior in Howard, said she looks forward to tottering from midnight to one a.m. on Friday.“Totter for Water is a really good cause and a good way to build dorm community,” Miller said. “It serves as a reminder about the needs of others, especially with something that we take for granted.”Marino said the project is having a positive effect on dorm residents’ habits.“Totter is an enviro