‘Tahoe Tweezer’ Pianist Holly Bowling Announces Phishy NYC Performance

first_imgPianist Holly Bowling made headlines last year when she remarkably transcribed the entirety of Phish’s epic 36-plus minute “Tweezer” jam into a solo piano composition. Bowling won’t stop there, as she recently announced a debut album, and is now planning to perform at NYC’s The Cutting Room on August 18th. Tickets for the show are currently available via TicketWeb. Watch the video for the Tahoe “Tweezer” below:last_img

Monster Energy All-Star Race format 101

first_imgRELATED: All-Star Race to honor 1992 classic BUY TICKETS: See the All-Star Race in person at Charlotte &<span _rtetemp="spchk" style="background-color: #ffffaa;" _rtespchksugg="Lt|alt|ult|flt|let|lit|lat|lot|ltd|t">am</span>p;lt;/p> The 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first All-Star Race under the lights in 1992. That race signaled a new era that became a tradition for the fan-favorite event. Below is a breakdown of how the event will unfold and answers key questions on the format, eligibility and more. Programming info for the Monster Energy All-Star RaceWhen: Saturday, May 20, events start at 6 p.m. ET with the Monster Energy Open followed by the Monster Energy All-Star RaceWhere: Charlotte Motor SpeedwayTV: FS1Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radiocenter_img What is the format? The race will have stages of 20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps for a total of 70 laps, run over four stages, as a nod to the 1992 race, which also had 70 laps. Only 10 cars will earn a spot in the final 10-lap segment.How does one advance to the 10-lap segment?The winners of the first three stages will lock up a spot in the final segment as long as they remain on the lead lap. The rest of the 10-driver field will be determined by the drivers with the best average finish in the first three segments. Yes, that means drivers will be eliminated from the race before the final stage.How is the starting lineup for the last segment determined?Cars are lined up by average finish of the first three stages with the best average finishing driver starting positioned first and the worst average finishing driver positioned 10th. Pit road is then open for an optional pit stop. The order off pit road sets the lineup for the final segment. Are there any strategy plays in this race? Great question. Yes, there are. Each team will be granted one set of softer tires to use at their discretion as part of the tires allocated for the race. A softer tire provides the car with more grip and thus, speed. There is a catch, though, as teams that choose to put on softer tires for the final stage must start behind those drivers that choose regular tires.RELATED: Sneak peek at ‘soft’ tiresHow does a driver qualify to be part of this event?Those eligible for the Monster Energy All-Star Race include drivers who have won a points event in either 2016 or 2017. Drivers who have won a previous Monster Energy All-Star Race and compete full time or drivers who have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full time also are eligible for the event.Based on that criteria, these 15 drivers are already in the field (as of April 11): Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. How else can one make the field?The Monster Energy Open is back, and will take place on Saturday night prior to the All-Star Race. The Open, comprised of those full-time teams not already in the All-Star Race field, includes three stages: 20 laps, 20 laps and 10 laps. Each stage winner earns a spot in the All-Star Race.In addition, the Fan Vote returns, and the winner (excluding Open segment winners) also will make the field.How is the starting lineup for the race determined?Qualifying will be held Friday night and include a no-speed-limit, four-tire pit stop. Each team will have three timed laps, one of which will include the mandatory four-tire stop. The five quickest teams will advance to the final round of qualifying to determine starting positions one through five.What is the prize?No points are on the line, but the winner gets a cool $1,000,000.last_img read more

‘Teddy Clinic’ Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids’ Fear of Hospitals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTeddy Beat Clinic, 2013 — Children’s Medical Center in DallasMedical students in Giessen, Germany, hosted a “Teddy Clinic” last week, dolling out free care to stuffed animals suffering from a range of imaginary illnesses.The clinic aimed to ease anxiety among children, an estimated 90 percent of whom have fears about hospitals and doctors, according to a 2009 study. It also gave med students the chance to work with kids and save the day by bringing their plush pals back from the brink.(READ more and SEE all the sweet photos at ABC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Panel examines gun control laws

first_imgSandra Froman, former president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Notre Dame political science associate professor Matthew Hall confronted the issue of gun control and Second Amendment interpretation in a panel discussion Tuesday afternoon. Froman said that the increased political dialogue over the Second Amendment has been hugely beneficial. “When I attended law school many years ago, we had a very thick red casebook,” Froman said. “And nowhere in the 1,400 or 1,500 pages was there any mention of the Second Amendment. Now, the authors of that casebook had the intellectual integrity to reprint the Bill of Rights in its integrity in the back, but there was no discussion of what it meant or any court cases about it. Things have changed.” While he agreed increased dialogue was positive, Hall said he took the opposite approach to interpreting the Second Amendment. “I’m going to try to convince you that when it comes to interpreting the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, we should adopt a traditional jurisprudential approach, rooted in the text, the original understanding and the Supreme Court precedent,” Hall said. There are many misconceptions surrounding gun regulations, including the availability of fully automatic firearms and gun show “loopholes,” Froman said. “It’s astonishing to me how intelligent, educated people can maintain a certain level of ignorance about the current state of firearms technology, policy, law and regulations, when the issues are so prominent in the media these days,” she said.Those misconceptions also extend to the purpose of the NRA, Froman said. “There are a lot of references to the NRA as a powerful gun lobby; what a lot of people who aren’t involved with the NRA and don’t know very much about the NRA don’t realize is that we are actually the foremost firearm safety and marksmanship training organization in the world,” she said. “That’s how we started, in 1871, that’s what we’re known for.” Hall focused more on addressing how the Second Amendment should be interpreted and said our “love affair” with guns hindered our ability to do so faithfully. “America loves guns; there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “We have almost 300 million guns in the U.S. — almost one for every man, woman and child in the United States — so when we sit down to try to read a constitutional text and apply that to gun control policy, love blinds us and sometimes, maybe we lose sight of those pesky principles like textualism and originalism.” “The Second Amendment is unique in constitutional clauses in that it explicitly tells us what its purpose is — we sometimes forget how unusual it is,” Hall said. “The First Amendment doesn’t have a preamble, telling us how important free speech is for democratic self-government. “We don’t get a little explanation of why we get most constitutional clauses and yet the framers of the Second Amendment seem to bend over backwards to write into the text the purpose of the Second Amendment: the preservation of a well-regulated militia.”Froman said the presidential election highlighted the differences between Democratic and Republican conceptions of what gun control should look like.“This recent presidential election presented a stark contrast between the Democrat candidate who openly called for registering not only firearms, but ammunition and argued for bans on commonly owned modern sporting rifles — which the media calls assault weapons — and called for a Supreme Court that would overthrow [District of Columbia v. Heller],” Froman said. District of Columbia v. Heller ruled to protect an individual’s “God-given” right to possess a firearm for lawful purposes, including self-defense.“The Republican candidate eschewed these overarching restrictions on firearms restrictions, was endorsed by the NRA and shocked the nation and embarrassed political commentators and pollsters everywhere by an unprecedented election victory,” Froman said. “The issues that have generated much controversy during the election, especially about firearms are continuing in the media today.” In his closing remarks, Hall said that given the restrictions on other rights in the constitution, gun ownership should come with stipulations.“Free speech isn’t absolute — why would gun ownership be absolute?” Hall said. On the future of gun control, Froman said she was supportive of President Donald Trump and his plans. “[Regarding] the election, there’s a new sheriff in town,” Froman said. “Whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s made it clear that he’s pro-Second Amendment.”Tags: Donald Trump, gun rights, second amendmentlast_img read more

Health officials say Port Arthur woman dies as a result of COVID-19

first_img This brings the total number of positive test results since testing began of Port Arthur residents to 763.Health officials said 70 local residents were released from quarantine between July 27-31.Please call the City of Port Arthur Health Department’s COVID line at 409-983-8880 for additional information and guidance on test sites.Port Arthur and Mid-County Fatality report:  (NOTE: Groves has not recorded any deaths due to COVID-19; date reflects the day local health officials reported the death.)April 6: Port Arthur white male, aged 45-50, had underlying conditions. Family identified victim as John Kirk Veillon, 47.April 18: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.April 21: Nederland white female, aged 85-90, had underlying conditions.May 3: Port Arthur white male, aged 65-70, was previously reported as COVID-19 positive and had underlying conditions. Family identified victim as Chris Dwayne Stewts, 68.June 5: Port Arthur African American female, aged 80-85, underlying conditions not known.June 29: Port Arthur African American female, aged 60-65, underlying conditions not known.July 3: Port Arthur African American female, aged 85-90, underlying conditions not known.July 9: Nederland white female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 14: Port Arthur African American female, aged 50-55, had underlying conditions.July 15: Nederland white female, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 17: Nederland white female, aged 80-85, had underlying conditions.July 20: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 21: Port Arthur African American male, aged 60-65, had underlying conditions.July 27: Port Arthur African American female, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.July 28: Port Neches White female, aged 70-75, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur African American male, aged 55-60, had underlying conditions.July 29: Port Arthur Hispanic male, aged 65-70, had underlying conditions.Aug. 5: Port Arthur White female, aged 80-84, had underlying conditions. A Port Arthur woman’s death was reported Wednesday by health officials, marking the city’s 15th coronavirus-related fatality of 2020.The City of Port Arthur Health Department identified the individual as a White female between 80 and 84 years old.It has been determined the individual had underlying health conditions, health officials said.Wednesday’s news follows a report from the Port Arthur Health Department, which indicated the city confirmed 16 additional Port Arthur residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.last_img read more

New 2XU female concept store

first_imgTo be located at 811 Burke Rd, the new 2XU Camberwell Run/Fitness concept store in Victoria, Australia, will open in mid October with a focus on female garments. The store shall offer an array of tights, singlets, tees, shorts, tanks, compression apparel, jackets, accessories and a brand new 2XU Support Bra line.Men haven’t been entirely forgotten, however. The new 2XU store will also stock a selection of best sellers from the brand’s acclaimed Men’s Run collection.In store, intelligent layout will facilitate easy navigation for shoppers and comfortable wear-testing thanks to spacious change rooms and highly trained Team 2XU Retail Staff to guide customers through their many options.Promising to deliver the ultimate apparel solution for female fitness fans of all shapes and sporting demands, 2XU engineers have spent the past 12 months refining the women’s Run/Fitness range to ‘achieve outstanding cuts, high performance fabrications, technical sport styling and form flattering design lines.’All garments utilize technical sports fabrics to ensure the wearer stays comfortable and confident. Tights, tanks and bras are engineered with 2XU’s new proprietary performance fabric – Power X – to ‘lift, support and enhance the female form like never before.’www.2xu.com Relatedlast_img read more

Helping to maximize tri sales: blueseventy UK is recruiting

first_imgAward-winning wetsuit manufacturer, blueseventy is recruiting. An opportunity exists to work in the company’s Sales and Events team, based in Bath and travelling to some of the most prestigious triathlon events in the UK and Europe.The Sales and Events position has responsibility for maximising triathlon sales by working alongside the existing Sales and Events Manager to support accounts, open new sales opportunities and attend various events.This position works closely with the entire blueseventy team, including the elite pool swimwear division, to create advertisements, plan sales promotions, design consumer communications and a variety of other duties including ‘working with some of the best triathletes on the planet’.Core tasks:Establish and maintain strong industry relationships, particularly with retailersDeliver excellent customer serviceHelp maintain a strong social media presenceAttend industry trade showsBe well connected with the triathlon world in order to keep up with current news and trendsFrequent travel for sales, staff education and triathlon eventsThe salary band is £20,000-£25,000 for ‘dynamic applicants with the right level of experience and passion’. To apply, send a covering letter and CV to teamuk[at]blueseventy.com by 09:00 GMT on 30 November 2015.Previous sales experience is highly desired, triathlon experience is preferable, and energy and creativity are essential.www.blueseventy.com Relatedlast_img read more

Court amends interpreter rules

first_imgThe Supreme Court has amended rules to require lawyers to use only registered language interpreters in court-related proceedings, with a carve-out for exceptional circumstances.In its October 1 opinion, the court also clarifies that interpreters must be used for those who are language impaired, as well as those who do not speak English.In March, the court adopted rules setting up a tiered system for interpreters, with those who are “certified” at the top, followed by those who are “language skilled,” and finally those who are not certified but have passed the oral performance exam at a lesser qualifying prescribed level and are provisionally approved. All three levels are required to register with the Office of the State Courts Administrator, as are interpreters who didn’t meet those qualifications but might be needed if no other interpreters are available.The rules also require a certified or language-skilled interpreter be used and that a provisional interpreter could only be used if no other higher-skilled interpreter was available. If none of those three categories of interpreter is available, then an interpreter who is only registered with OSCA may be used.The revisions, suggested jointly by the Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Court Interpreter Certification Board, allow courts to appoint interpreters who have not registered with OSCA in exceptional circumstances. The changes also create Rule of Judicial Administration 2.565 that require attorneys and self-represented litigants “to observe the same preferences when retaining interpreters for court proceedings and court-related proceedings as do the courts when appointing interpreters under Rule 2.560.”“The new rule requires a written declaration to substantiate good cause for the retention of an interpreter who is not certified, language skilled, provisionally approved, or registered with OSCA. The declaration must (1) swear that a diligent search has been conducted and neither a certified, language skilled, provisionally approved, nor otherwise registered interpreter is available; (2) state that to the best of the declarant’s knowledge, the interpreter is competent to interpret; and (3) provide contact information for the interpreter, identify the non-English language interpreted, and state the date and nature of the interpreted event,” the court said.Court-related proceedings include such things as depositions and mediations.The amendments also require interpreters for “limited-English-proficient persons,” as well as those who do not speak English, and defines those with limited proficiency.The amendments are effective immediately, the court said, because they permit an exception to the requirement, which became effective October 1, that all interpreters used in court or court-related proceedings be registered with OSCA.Because there was no previous opportunity, the court granted 60 days for interested persons to submit comments.The court acted in In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, case no. SC15-1594. On the same day, the court issued case no. SC15-1580, In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules for Certification and Regulation of Spoken Language Court Interpreters. Those encompassed amendments to rules proposed by the Court Interpreter Certification Board.“The amendments are largely technical and are aimed at clarifying existing provisions in the Interpreter Rules.“Notably, the amendments further clarify the registration process and the process by which individuals obtain a designation. The amendments clarify these processes by relocating a number of existing provisions and restructuring several of the Interpreter Rules,” the court said. The verified written declaration form may be found on the Office of the State Courts Administrator’s website at www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/court-services/court-interpreting/verified-written-declaration.stml . A dedicated email address — [email protected] — has also been established for the return of the forms. Court amends interpreter rules Court amends interpreter rulescenter_img November 1, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle discusses the return to campus for fall athletes

first_img“Student-athletes who test positive will have access to all necessary resources and will also be in daily contact with members of our athletic medicine staff. We will do contact tracing for individuals who had been around the person who tested positive, and those individuals will be asked to quarantine for 14 days and to monitor any potential symptoms,” he said. Though these practices will be followed by the entire athletics department, the virus could impact athletes differently. Studies have shown that the virus is disproportionately impacting Black Americans, and while some sports may be able to maintain some level of social distancing during play, it’s nearly impossible in a high-contact sport like football where a significant portion of the Gophers athletes on the roster are Black. Coyle described the heightened risk for certain athletes as an “added layer of concern.” As difficult to plan all of these safety measures are for schools, fellow Big Ten school Ohio State recently raised eyebrows over its methods. In an article published June 14, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the school’s football program was requiring its athletes to sign a “risk waiver” in order to return to workouts. While not legally binding, the document — dubbed the “Buckeye Pledge” — placed the responsibility to maintain healthy on the athletes themselves, and asked them to acknowledge that the risk of infection was still possible.“Although the university is following the coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections,” the document read.When asked if Minnesota’s athletes would be required to sign something similar, Coyle said that the athletics department would “provide our student-athletes with educational information about COVID-19.”“We will ask our student-athletes to sign these materials to acknowledge their receipt and understanding of the information. This is not a pledge, and there is no pledge language included in these materials.” Returning to a semblance of normalcy in sports in the middle of a pandemic comes with a multitude of challenges and potential risks, but Coyle said that while it is hard to predict the future, he is confident in the current plan and their ability to adjust when needed. Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle discusses the return to campus for fall athletesCoyle talked about the protocol for athletes, testing and what will happen if an athlete tests positive.Emily UrferAthletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the board of regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million. Julianna LandisJune 27, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAt long last, sports are moving towards a path of return, and leagues across the United States are devising strategies to make that return as safe as possible. University of Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle explained what that process will look like for Gophers athletes and the plans in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.When the University — and the NCAA at large — had to make the difficult decision to cancel end-of-season tournaments for winter and spring sports altogether, anticipating how the situation would change by the fall was difficult. Coyle said that with so many new challenges, nobody really knew what to expect, but he was grateful for the leadership from Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren and University President Joan Gabel during the decision-making process. The Big Ten formed the Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases in April, with representatives from all member schools to advise the conference on the best path forward. Coyle said the group provides “tremendous insight and guidance to the athletic directors.”“Decisions made at the conference and University level are data-driven, and they are following the science,” he said.Even with all possible precautions in place, the risk of virus transmission and infection is still present. Though the return to campus is entirely voluntary, the University began allowing certain athletes to return to campus June 12. Currently, members of the football team are the only athletes back, but the plan is to allow athletes from other fall and winter sports — volleyball, soccer and basketball — to join them soon.Coyle explained that the University would be following the recommended guidelines from local authorities in day-to-day operations, with the athletes and staff practicing social distancing, proper sanitation techniques and recommending mask-wearing. He also said that the testing of athletes was something the Big Ten was strongly recommending to member schools, and the University’s procedure would include multiple tests as well as symptom and temperature checks incorporated into a daily screening process.  In the event someone on either the staff or an athlete were to test positive, the next steps would follow in accordance with the CDC guidelines, meaning the individual would isolate for 10 days from the start of their symptoms and would need to show no signs of fever for three days after. Even though they would be isolated, Coyle said the athletes would not be without support.last_img read more

Volunteers Use Combined Knowledge to ‘Green’ School

first_imgChanges can bring about benefits and overhaul the way something operates. In the case of Canyon State Academy in Queen Creek, the greening process changes the way the academy operates, saving cost and building a firm foundation for present students and future youth.The project started with a meeting in 2010 between the academy and the President’s Group, an association comprised of leaders from the Valley’s industry groups.“CSA took on an initiative to reduce utility costs and make this campus environmentally responsible,” says John Motley, director of business and logistics for CSA. “The President’s Group had an initiative of providing community service to a school/organization to create ‘greener’ schools through our combined skills. It was at this point we came together.”This led to a multi-association volunteer effort for the academy by the President’s Group, the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), FM Forum, and Arizona Cool Roof Council (ACRC), says Dave Munn, chief technical officer of Chelsea Group.“(CSA) was chosen because we wanted to see what kind of changes could be done at a school when you don’t have to worry about the politics of a school board,” Munn says. “The hope was with the success of this project it would speak volumes to public school districts that changes can save money.”A team consisting of 33 volunteer auditors from AEE made the trip to the 50-year-old campus and performed energy audits of the entire campus and analyzed collected data on energy use. The results then were used to make recommendations for low- and no-cost energy conservation options.Additional volunteer projects by President’s Group helped CSA realize opportunities for efficiencies in other areas as well. A cool roof audit performed by Kim Scholten of ACRC showed a potential savings of 15% energy usage in one of the most utilized buildings. Landscaping suggestions by IFMA showed areas of water efficiency and maintenance savings. Ted Ritter of IFMA provided a software tool called Alteris, allowing paperless work orders and core asset lists for preventative maintenance practices. Finally, Curtis Slife of USGBC provided a comprehensive list of best practices for all assets, defined maintenance plans, develop a 10-year capital and operating and maintenance budget and benchmarking for all campus assets.“When all recommended efficient energy measures are in place, CSA will show an annual savings of $48,674 in electrical savings per year alone — a reduction of 20.2% from the 2010 energy consumption,” Motley says.Besides bringing in monetary savings, the project impacts the academy on an educational level, teaching students and the staff at the academy the value of being energy conscience, a lesson that will be passed along to generations, Motley says. Everyone at the academy welcomes the positive changes with appreciation. But the impact doesn’t end there.“The greatest value is having an organized facility management team armed with money-saving, earth-saving tasks,” Munn says. “They will save money in manpower, electricity, purchasing, and will be better prepared from year-to-year on large capital expenses and preventative maintenance practices.”Adds Motley: “All savings made through good conservation practices go directly back to the youth that we serve, allowing CSA to provide additional opportunities.”Canyon State Academy serves the needs of at-risk youth requiring therapeutic residential education and treatment. It is an academy model school for 380 disadvantaged youth, placed by DES between the ages of 11 and 18.last_img read more