Jam Cruise made it to Mexico! Attendees spent the day enjoying the local culture, before it was back on the boat to get down for some rocking and rolling. So many artists came out with tremendous sets for day three of the Jam Cruise voyage, including Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Lettuce, Soulive, The Werks, Electron, The Infamous Stringdusters, Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath, Zach Deputy, Dumpstaphunk, Cabinet, Marco Benevento, Cory Henry, Stanton Moore Trio and more! With Mike Dillon and Eric McFadden leading jam rooms, a premiere of the Lettuce movie Let Us Play, and DJ Otto spinning it late night, there was no shortage of great music for a whole joyous day on the MSC Divina.Behold pictures from day three, courtesy of Phierce Photography: Load remaining images Full gallery below:
CONCORD, N.C. — Whether or not it’s a bold prediction in your book, it has been said that William Byron is on the cusp of getting his first career NASCAR Cup Series win and 2020 will be the year that he makes it to Victory Lane. A common thought from drivers on production days this week in Charlotte was that Byron is one of the most underrated drivers in the garage.Those sound like high expectations for the 22-year-old. With high expectations comes high pressure to meet those and succeed.Finishing 2019 with a strong Round of 12 playoff run and five top-five finishes for the season, Byron knows the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team has loftier goals for 2020.“There’s plenty of weekends to win all year long,” Byron said on Thursday at team headquarters. “The only way I’ve seen guys win is be consistently good. We have to be consistently good week in and week out to have a chance.”When asked if he felt like 2019 was a disappointment, Byron said, “Honestly, last year I don’t feel like we had the ammo to go out and win.”RELATED: Why Jimmie Johnson is changing his hashtagHis crew chief, Chad Knaus, welcomes the idea of building a successful environment for the “underrated” driver.“If we stick to the fundamentals and we build the best team we possibly can, the results are going to show up.” Knaus said.Knaus has been to Victory Lane 81 times with Jimmie Johnson but has yet to experience that with Byron.“The pressure people put on a driver to win is a real thing,” Knaus said. “We know that we’re putting ourselves in position to go out there and win. But as you grow, you can’t make the win the destination point. If you create that mindset, it does become a huge load to bear.”It may be high expectations fueling the driver, or everything finally clicking for Byron and the No. 24 team, but whatever the cause he already feels better about how far the team has come.“It’s going to be a sum of all the parts, I guess,” Byron said. “So, I feel like the sum of all our parts are a lot better than they were at the start of last year. If we’re consistent, then there’s going to be a day soon where it all lines up for us.”So, is his competition right? Is Byron the most underrated driver in the garage?It’s time to find out.
She slipped and fell,striking several rocks “It was these rocks that ultimately saved her from plunging into the ravine, a fall that would have likely proved fatal,” Lt. Mark Ober, Jr. said in a news release. “Her companion was able to descend to her position, place a call for help and keep her warm with a space blanket until rescuers arrived.” New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said the hiker, Ashley Furness, 35, of Bartlett, was with a companion on Sunday afternoon when she slipped and fell, striking several rocks. She was descending along the railway tracks and was about 2 miles (3,218.6 meters) up from the railway station. Rescuers could only get so far using an ATV and snowmobiles. There was no snow. Crews hiked the rest of the way and reached Furness after several hours, but her injuries were severe and she couldn’t walk, Ober said. Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the Northeast with a summit of 6,288 feet (1,916.5 meters). BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) – A hiker descending Mount Washington who fell about 200 feet (60.9 meters) and got hurt was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway train that takes visitors up and down the summit during tourism season. “Without the use of the train, we were looking at a potentially all-night rescue scenario which would have included calling in several dozen additional rescuers and technical rope teams just to get the injured hiker down the mountain safely,” Ober said. Due to the steep, icy, terrain and remote location, the Cog Railway prepared a train to retrieve Furness. In the meantime, a rescue belay was set up with ropes and other gear to hoist Furness up to the tracks. The train reached her and returned to a waiting ambulance at the base around 11 p.m. Sunday. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCbs2Chicago.com features the inspiring story of fourth grade teacher Patricia Donohue and her decision to donate a kidney to her 10-year-old student, Brandon Shafer.Brandon’s mother tried to donate her kidney but was not a match. Donohue knows what life is like for Brandon’s family. Her own father had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant.“I wouldn’t have my father without somebody donating to him, so I can’t imagine not doing the same thing for Brandon and his family,” she said. (details and photo here)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 MoreAddThisMoreThe world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, converting one-third of all chicken manure residue there into green energy. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. (Environmental News Network) 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 MoreAddThisMoreSuper powers like x-ray vision, the strength of a locomotive, or the ability to fly may be uplifting in a Marvel movie, but what better skill could uplift a victim in the real world than bringing smiles to children who are desperately ill?That’s how one man in a Spiderman costume fulfills his mission at children’s hospitals all across America—and with his visits to Alaska and Hawaii last September, he has now played that role in all 50 states.It’s all part of the fun for Yuri Williams and his Long Beach, California non-profit, A Future Super Hero and Friends, which not only counts hospitals as its turf, but any underserved community. Yuri has organized blood drives, toy drives, and movie nights—all while donning Superhero costumes, and a heart of gold. “They don’t even call me by my real name anymore, it’s just Spidey or Spider-Man,” the man behind the mask told Hawaii News Now.Yuri decided to conjure smiles for suffering children as a result of his own healing journey. The idea—to be a hero for those in the frightening grip of a serious illness—came about during his long bout of grief due to his mother’s battle with cancer.He decided that the best way to deal with his sadness was service to others—and he has since touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.RELATED: After Getting Laid Off, ‘Lasagna Lady’ Responds to Coronavirus by Cooking 1,200 Pans for Strangers in NeedHis surprise visits give the patients, who are sometimes in a dark place emotionally, the ability to be happy again and let down their guard.Yuri Williams – Facebook videoIn addition to his inspiring work with children, Yuri also actively visits homeless camps to hand out food and clothing. He has started a fundraiser on Patreon, to serve even more people, by “providing art programs and other services for the houseless, disabled, elderly, ill, children, veterans, and anyone in need.”In a powerful video on Facebook, Yuri described the life-changing emotions he experiences—no matter which costume he dons. “I live for this. When I have to do something the next day, I can’t sleep because I’m just excited to be helping people. It’s an adrenaline rush.”POPULAR: New Website “Pandemic of Love” Connects 132,000 People in Need of Aid With Those Who Can HelpAnd when this ‘caped crusader’ of hope sees the children perk up in those hospital beds, he knows he’s done a good day’s work. “I feel like a real superhero.”WATCH the heartwarming video…Rescue Your Social Media Feed—SHARE The Super-Good Deeds With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
On Monday, the Saint Mary’s Justice Education Program, along with the Gender and Women Studies Department, will host a student panel discussion about CNN’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium.Junior Bri O’Brien said eight students will share their reactions to the film and to the Saint Mary’s administration response and will also suggest what needs to be done by students and administration in response to “The Hunting Ground.”Bri O’Brien said the idea for a student-led panel on the documentary was brought up in a discussion after her Feminist Philosophy course taught by Dr. Adrienne Lyles-Chockley.“Some students expressed discontent and disappointment with how [last Thursday’s] panel was conducted and the administration’s responses to student questions,” Bri O’Brien said. “Many questions that were asked during this after-class discussion were able to be, at least partially, answered by fellow students.“Because students have different experiences and perspectives at Saint Mary’s, we can often turn to one another for answers, advice and opinions, especially in those times when our administration fails to adequately address and answer our questions. Furthermore, we realized the need for students to have their voices heard by not only fellow students but also by the administration.”Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said Saint Mary’s has a long history of fostering dialogue on important issues.“We are glad to know that our students are continuing the dialogue started last Thursday night when the College screened the film,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Students need to talk about this heartbreaking issue.”Senior Elizabeth Maloney will moderate the panel, Bri O’Brien said.Maloney, also a student in Lyles-Chockley’s Feminist Philosophy course, said it is important for students to speak out because the issue of sexual assault is “ours.”“We are affected by this and must start to speak up,” Maloney said.Maloney said since the panel last Thursday only had one student on it, the students in Lyles-Chockley’s course wanted to provide a safe space where students could discuss more of the issues brought up by the film.“As Dr. Davis pointed out during the April 9 administration-led panel, students hold the power to move forward on these issues,” Bri O’Brien said. “With everything we have learned, discussed and questioned in Feminist Philosophy this semester, many of us felt it to be our responsibility, as women with the ability to do something, to do something.”It is necessary for the panel discussion to be student-led because often college employees — not just at Saint Mary’s — are led to censorship because they are employed by the university administration, Bri O’Brien said.“Whether or not this is the case at SMC, the motives and interests of administrative members may not be in the best interest of students,” she said. “Additionally, administrative members are employed by the College, which obliges them to censorship. While students also have vulnerabilities, a collective discussion led by students, for students is significantly less vulnerable to censorship and undesirable consequences than the statement of an administrative member is.”Aside from issues of censorship and vulnerability, Bri O’Brien said, the student perspective on the issue of sexual assault is the most important one.“We choose to attend this institution, we pay to attend this institution, and we do so under the mutual agreement to receive an education, feel supported and safe on campus and express academic freedom in exchange for our tuition and participation,” she said. “Therefore, it is appropriate for students to address the concerns of students.”Gwen O’Brien said the president and administration knew “The Hunting Ground” did not portray Saint Mary’s in a positive light, but they felt, because of the subject matter, it needed to be shown at Saint Mary’s last Thursday.“The evening was an important step for our community to acknowledge the frustrations with the legal and college/university disciplinary systems,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Together we will work to understand what each other is saying — students, faculty and administration — and improve procedures where needed. Our students should feel respected, supported and empowered.”According to Bri O’Brien, the students who will speak on the panel are highly qualified and representative of each class year.“They have personal experience with sexual assault, encounters with administration of similar natures, knowledge of relevant policy issues such as Title IX, holding a leadership position on campus, and, above all else, being a woman and a student of Saint Mary’s College,” she said.The panel discussion seeks to voice the concerns of students through an academic and justice-focused perspective, Bri O’Brien said. It is important to distinguish this event from responses that originate outside of the Justice Education program.Bri O’Brien said Monday’s panel discussion will allow students to speak out and be heard by fellow students and take advantage of the sisterhood at Saint Mary’s.“We — the students — need to be heard and this is the way we are choosing to have our voices heard. The sisterhood among Belles is so unique, and it is because of this sisterhood that we must converse with each other, understand each other, and advocate for each other,” she said. “That’s what we are doing — we are women advocating for women. This is not to say that SMC does not advocate or support its students. It is to say that students should express their concerns the same as administration did on April 9.”Gwen O’Brien said it is important to note that, even though Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame are separate institutions, many protocols, policies and procedures have changed for the better at both schools over the past five to 10 years.“Student voices helped bring about some of those changes, and we appreciate their voices now,” Gwen O’Brien said. “Dialogue always makes a difference.” Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, Justice Education Program, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, sexual assault, The Hunting Ground
Now, the mountain bike bundles come preloaded with data from Trailforks which allows you to see and navigate through trails uploaded through their network. Stopping mid-ride provides a Forksight mode which shows you upcoming forks in the trail and your location within the trail network. Then there are features that will track your air time, jump distance, and jump count as well as ‘Grit’ which will tell you how difficult the ride will be, and ‘Flow’ which tells you how well you’re flowing the trail.If training is what you’re after, the computers have new features like an acclimation indicator, ClimbPro feature which helps you gauge your effort, and in-ride notifications to hydrate or eat.If you use compatible speed and cadence sensors like the new Garmin Speed & Cadence 2 sensors, it will also calculate your power curve to compare to previous rides.Like other Garmin computers, you can customize the device with apps, widgets, and data fields from the Connect IQ store including apps like AccuWeather MinuteCast, Yelp, and ride tracking apps like Strava and Komoot.Offered in different bundles, prices range from $299 to $499 and they’re available in May.garmin.com Measuring roughly the same size, the 830 is actually a bit shorter since it uses a touch screen where the 530 is button only. Both have a 2.6″ high resolution color screen, and offer up to 20hrs battery life without an external battery pack (with Garmin’s Charge that life is extended to 40hrs).When it comes to cyclist safety, the GPS units include a new bike alarm feature with a pin code for disarming it, group messaging and tracking, compatibility with the Varia rearview radar and lights, plus an incident detection function that will notify someone when it detects a crash.Mapping has also improved with functions like popularity routing which picks the route based on the roads that are most commonly uploaded as part of rides. Rerouting once you’ve gone off course is said to be twice as fast as previous models, and the mapping enters the mountain bike world like never before. Garmin has just updated their Edge cycling computers, and there’s a lot to talk about. No longer just a tool for the road cyclist, GPS computers have already come a long way. But with the latest updates to the new Edge 530 and 830, riders of all kinds will find features that are quite appealing.
The 2020 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series schedule boasts 35 events in 25 countries from February to September next year. The team at XTERRA adds that the series provides ‘a trail map to adventure for amateur and professional athletes looking to discover the planet and secure their spot on the start line for the 25th annual XTERRA World Championship in Maui on November 8.’From Ameland Island to Zittau, off-road triathletes can explore events at sea level and altitude, with ‘swims in lakes, rivers, and oceans – in big cities and mountain towns – from one end of the earth to the other.’The season starts on February 1 at the inaugural XTERRA Wellington Festival, on the North Island of New Zealand, then hops to Taiwan’s Kenting National Park, home to the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in March.In April, the tour heads back to New Zealand – this time to the Redwoods in Rotorua – before moving on to Argentina and Malta, across to Croatia for the first time, and over to Greece and the Athenian Riviera.May journeys to the jungles of Brazil, the horses of Golega in Portugal, the wine country in Chile, the barbeque in Alabama, the biggest lake in Italy – Lake Garda, and the island of Moorea.XTERRA Belgium gets under way in June with a race around the fortress in Namur, ‘then it’s off to visit the cows in the rolling green hills of Vallee de Joux, Switzerland.’In July, the action heats up with three European Gold events in a row – France, Czech, and Scanno – a big one in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the first of five stops in Canada that crisscross the country from coast-to-coast, with events in Victoria, Quebec, Sudbury, Canmore and Thunder Bay.In August, racing continues in the Tequila countryside of Tapalpa, Mexico, the wooded hills of Luxembourg, a new stop in southwestern France, an exotic one in the Dominican Republic, an important one at the European Championship in Zittau, Germany, and a ‘must-do experience among the purple flowers of Kunming in mainland China.’Come September the European Tour finale takes place in the Netherlands, the Asia-Pacific Tour wraps up with races in Korea and the mountains of Marunuma, Japan, and the America Tour crowns its champions in Utah.At each stop along with way amateur athletes can score points towards tour titles and a qualifying spot to XTERRA Worlds; and for elites, there is more than US$525,000 in prize money up for grabs.The 14-stop XTERRA European Tour awards US$187,500, the seven-stop XTERRA North American Tour awards US$142,500, the six-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards US$92,000, and the stand-alone XTERRA World Championship dishes out US$100,000.Elites racing the European Tour will count their best eight scores; those competing in the North American Tour count their best four; and on the Asia-Pacific Tour the top three scores count. In each tour, it’s mandatory for elites to count their score from the tour championship race.2020 XTERRA World Championship qualifying series schedule, as at November 22, 2019 27-JunXTERRA Switzerland * SilverVallee de Joux 25-JulXTERRA Conquer the Crater >
Mission reminds residents that Deffenbaugh pickup schedule won’t be delayed by New Year’s holiday. Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on the weekend this year has thrown a minor wrinkle in the way Deffenbaugh is handling waste pickup in some northeast Johnson County neighborhoods. Typically when there’s a holiday, Deffenbaugh will bump its normal pickup schedule back a day. But with Christmas and New Year’s Days on the weekend, the company is keeping its standard pickup schedule in Mission. “Regular service schedules will be maintained, so residents should not wait to set out their items an extra day,” said Mission Public Information Officer Emily Randel.Yard waste pickups backed up in Roeland Park. WCA/Town & Country has alerted the city of Roeland Park that there has been a delay in yard waste pickups from Thursday and Friday, but the company expects to be caught up by the end of the day Saturday.Re-elected State Board of Education member set to address NEJC Conservatives. District 2 State Board of Education member Steve Roberts, who won his second term in office in November with a victory over challenger Chris Cindric, will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the NEJC Conservatives. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at O’Neill’s Restaurant & Bar.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.