Chris MeyerRAQ, the progressive rock quartet hailing from Burlington, VT made a semi-cryptic message last night that stated, “We may be BAQ soon!! BEWARE!!” For RAQ fans, this is some seriously good news. With the future of the band uncertain since disbanding in late 2008, and various side projects from members becoming some legitimate touring machines, it was anybody’s guess as to when the RAQ boys would get back together, if at all.Since that time, RAQ has only performed a handful of shows together, most notably at The Bowery Ballroom in April of 2010, and last year at Brooklyn Bowl. Keyboardist Todd Stoops has a solid foundation with Kung Fu, the funk-fusion quintet that he began with Tim Palmieri (The Breakfast), which has garnered a fair amount of national attention and seen them hit the festival circuit hard.Guitarist and master-shredder Chris Michetti has found the most success while becoming a full-time member of Conspirator, a band that features Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits with KJ Sawka on drums. The last two years have seen an almost non-existent touring schedule from the Biscuits, which has given Conspirator the ability to gel as a band and become a legitimate touring act. They have been busy writing new material and debuting much of it during the extensive summer and fall tours.Jay Burwick (Bass) and Greg Stukey (Drums) have both kept much lower profiles during RAQ’s hiatus. Burwick plays the occasional gig at Nectar’s in Burlington, while Stukey played with Michetti for a bit, and has most recently enjoyed being a new father.Early on, RAQ received quite a bit of recognition. They were chosen as “A New Groove of the Month” by Jambands.com, and nominated for a “Jammy” award for Best New Band. Relix also named the band as one of the top bands to look out for in 2005. The last album that RAQ released was 2006’s Ton These, which was recorded at Trey Anastasio’s Barn in Vermont.RAQ was chosen as a ‘New Groove of the Month’ by Jambands.com, and nominated for a ‘Jammy’ Award in the category of ‘Best New Band’. Relix Magazine featured the band in its Spotlight section, saying “RAQ has the ability to captivate an audience, dropping jaws with hyperkinetic improvisational splendor.” The band was also highlighted by Relix as one of the top bands to look out for in the summer of 2005.There are many questions as to what is the impetus for this reunion. Are the Biscuits planning on doing some heavy touring in 2013, which would then put Conspirator on the backburner for the time being? Is Michetti feeling that it is finally the right time to get back with his old band mates, after gathering a strong following from his recent work with Conspirator? Or, if they do actually play together again, will it be a short-lived string of shows, or an extensive tour that will see them playing in various locales across the country?Whatever the reason, let’s just enjoy this recent news that our RAQ may be BAQ!!! It’s been a long time coming, and one thing is for certain….if these guys get back on stage together, expect some explosive shows.
The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.Today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway is the eighth race of the year at a 1.5-mile track with low- or medium-tire wear. That gives us plenty of data to work with to find the best value when betting matchups and other props.In particular, there are four representative races that we can lean on to best inform us on driver performance. We can also look back at 2019 data, which had a similar aerodynamic and engine package.This vast amount of relevant data has led me to recommend these three prop bets:NASCAR at Kansas Betting PicksAustin Dillon (+195) for a top-10 finishDillon has been very good at low-wear, 1.5-mile tracks this year. In seven races, he has three top-10 finishes, including a win at Texas and a fourth-place at the first Las Vegas race. He does have two races with major incidents, so his top-10 ratio is actually 60% in his incident-free races.Dillon has an average finish of 8.0 over a five-race sample size and, somewhat stunningly, is 10th place in the point standings. This line at FanDuel is just too good to pass up.[Bet Austin Dillon now at FanDuel and get a $1,000 risk-free bet.]Erik Jones (+100) over Aric AlmirolaBoth Jones and Almirola have had struggles at low- or medium-wear, 1.5-mile tracks this year, with each having three finishes outside the top 15. Head to head, Jones holds a 4-3 advantage over Almirola. Dating back to 2019, Jones holds an 8-7 lead.This edge improves to 3-1 for Jones at the four most representative races in 2020, where similar tires have been used. When looking at average green-flag speed from these four races, Jones comes in as the 11th-fastest driver, while Almirola is 16th. Even removing Almirola’s worst race, Jones still ranks better.Jones should be favored here, so this line at William Hill is good value. I’d bet on Jones as low as -115.Chris Buescher (+470) for a top-10 finishI debated between Buescher and Stenhouse, who are priced the same and each have two top-10 finishes to their name at low- or medium-wear, 1.5-mile tracks this year. The tiebreaker came down to three things.First, Buescher is more consistent, with only two DNFs all year. That gives him more opportunity to place in the top 10 if crazy things happen.Second, Buescher has just been better all year, leading Stenhouse, 3-2, at 1.5-mile, low-wear races where both drivers did not encounter major incidents.Third, Buescher’s two top-10 finishes came at the four races where at least one side of tires was the same as what’s being used at Kansas Speedway. Stenhouse has only one finish inside the top 10.Buescher has eight top-10 finishes on the year, and outside of superspeedways, 1.5-mile tracks are historically his best track type. All four of his top-10 finishes in 2019 came at 1.5-mile tracks.Snap him up at +470 at FanDuel and hope he keeps his nose clean while faster drivers have issues. Buescher has top-10 finishes in five of his last 13 low-wear, 1.5-mile races, so there is definitely value here.[Bet Chris Buescher now at FanDuel and get a $1,000 risk-free bet.]
For the past two years, the Mendoza College of Business has been building and testing a mobile app for undergraduate advising. The application, called Mendoza SMART, allows students to explore a breadth of opportunities and aims to help with the major discernment process.Alison Levey, Mendoza’s associate director for advising services, said many students enter the college with predisposed ideas about what they might be interested in.“We feel like a lot of students come in with a very predetermined idea of what they want to major in … and we often feel like they are under-informed about all of their possibilities,” she said. “Then they self-select out of events where they might hear the thing that makes them [consider other options].”Levey said she hopes Mendoza SMART will encourage students to explore other disciplines within the college so that they enter fulfilling work after graduation.“We wanted to try and find a fun way for students to get exposed to more things — both for making their major decision … and for doing things to prepare them for the recruitment process,” Levey said. “Really, this is about broadening our students’ horizons and getting them to look at all of their options so that they make an informed, intentional decision when they choose their major.”The app presents students with challenges such as attending lectures, meeting with professors, updating LinkedIn profiles and engaging with student organizations. Upon completing these challenges, students receive points, which can later be redeemed for prizes. One of the most popular prizes that students can earn is preferential registration for one business course. In addition to challenges, the app also features advising alerts, Mendoza news and campus updates.Mark Kimmet and Diego Wang, the app’s developers, said that a mobile app seemed like the best way to reach students who are already inundated with emails.“Mobile apps are better in today’s world. … Students have smartphones in their hands that they always check, so we think this is a better tool to communicate with students [than email],” Wang said.Levey echoed the sentiment that many students feel overwhelmed by the number of emails they receive, to the point that they may begin to avoid them. She said she hopes the app will give students a more streamlined way to receive information and that it will improve dialogue between students and advisors.“[The app] is very user-friendly and straightforward and it keeps information out of email and in a compact, easy way to [access],” she said.Kimmet said the app’s communication features have been updated so that the most recent version will strengthen students’ access to advising tools.“This time around, we’ve added more availability for communication through push notifications,” he said. “This gives the undergraduate advising office the ability to send out some news about general advising and the challenges.”Kimmet and Wang also designed the app so that it is integrated with the platform “YouCanBook.me”, which will allow students to easily book advising appointments.Mendoza intents in the class of 2022 will be joining the app next week following meetings with their advisors. Levey said that, with next year’s dissolution of the First Year of Studies, the app will be used by the class of 2023 in the Fall to begin their discernment process even earlier than previous classes.Tags: mendoza college of business, Mendoza SMART
Star Files Can’t choose between old-school Wilkinson and new-school Karimloo? Click below to hear their performances of “Bring Him Home” back to back! Les Miserables legend Colm Wilkinson is returning to the show that made him a star—but this time, he’s leaving the high A to Ramin Karimloo! Current Les Miz star Karimloo, who stars as Jean Valjean, confirmed on Twitter that for one night only Tony nominee Wilkinson will join the Toronto cast of Les Miserables as the Bishop. The performance on January 11, 2014 will benefit five charity organizations yet to be announced. Ramin Karimloo Wilkinson won’t have to do too much rehearsing for his stint as the Bishop—he also played the role in the 2012 film opposite Hugh Jackman. Wilkinson has played Jean Valjean in the West End, Toronto and on Broadway. Karimloo, who has led the Toronto production since September 22, will make his Broadway debut in the newest revival of Les Miz, beginning March 1, 2014, at the Imperial Theatre. View Comments
Santino Fontana Bertie Carvel wins the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Rupert Murdoch in Ink. Stephanie J. Block View Comments The 73rd Annual Tony Awards is under-way and the we’re slowly finding out who is taking home a trophy for their hard work. After first-time winners and repeaters alike take to the stage to make their acceptance speech, the newly-minted champions head to winner’s circle to show off their shiny new accessory. Check out the photos to celebrate their triumph! Stephanie J. Block wins her first Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for The Cher Show. Ali Stroker View the Full Gallery Here Bertie Carvel Raise a glass to Anais Mitchell who earned a Tony for Best Original Score for Hadestown. Star Files Celia Keenan-Bolger won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. View All (5) Santino Fontana wins his first Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Celia Keenan-Bolger
Through a special arrangement with VBM, Leonine Public Affairs (link is external)provides a summary of legislative activity in Montpelier for the week ending May 12. 2017.Leonine Public Affairs(link is external) While the Vermont General Assembly initially planned to adjourn Friday, May 6th, a disagreement between the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Governor, Phil Scott regarding education spending and teacher health insurance contracts prevented that from happening. As a result, the plan was to come back on Wednesday of this week for a two day session to wrap things up. However, even after going an extra day through today (Friday), the legislature and administration still had not reached an agreement. As a result, the full Senate plans to return on Wednesday or Thursday next week (5/17 or 5/18). The full House could return as early as Tuesday (5/16) and will be notified by email as to the exact return date.The point of contention has been Governor Scott’s proposal to cut property taxes by utilizing savings from a change in teachers’ health care plans. The Governor’s proposal included changing how teacher health benefits are collectively bargained – negotiating on a statewide basis instead of district by district.Governor Scott has said the state has a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to lower property taxes by $26 million without hurting school programs and ensuring teachers are held harmless. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have criticized the proposal, saying a statewide teacher’s health benefits plan eliminates the union’s ability to collectively bargain. House and Senate Democrats offered a counter proposal they said would save $13 million in FY18 but keeps collective bargaining at the district level. The Democratic plan reduces education spending and requires school districts to realize the savings. On Thursday the Governor rejected the Democratic plan, saying it only addresses one year of savings and does not ensure education programs will remain intact. In the meantime a handful of conference committees continued work to on their respective bills, and in some cases agreements were reached. CHEMICALSS.103, a bill that would create an interagency task force to identify, inventory and recommend changes to chemical management practices in Vermont has been referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee after passing the House. The bill became controversial when the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee added provisions that would amend Act 188, the program that regulates chemicals in children’s products. The proposed amendments to Act 188 gave the Commissioner of Health unilateral power to ban children’s products in Vermont if they contain certain chemicals. They also changed the scientific standards required for regulating the use of chemicals in Vermont. Since Act 188 passed in 2014 there have been efforts to expand its scope from children’s products to all consumer products, which would have a broad impact on manufacturing in Vermont.An effort on the House floor to strip some of the Act 188 amendments out was narrowly defeated and the bill was messaged back to the Senate. Senate leadership said the House amendments required further consideration and the bill was referred to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It is unclear if any further action will be taken on the bill this year. LIQUOR-LOTTERY MERGERH.238, a lengthy bill that updates Vermont’s alcohol laws, got caught up in the controversy regarding the Governor’s proposal to merge the Department of Liquor and the Lottery Commission. Earlier this year the Governor issued an Executive Order proposing to merge the department and the commission. The House voted for a Resolution that rescinded the Executive Order in April. The Senate then added the merger proposal to H.238 but the House balked. The conference committee report, approved by both the House and Senate this week, creates a “Department of Liquor and Lottery Task Force,” to draft a plan and legislation to merge liquor and lottery on or before July 1, 2018. This six-member Task Force consists of a member of the House, a member of the Senate, the Chair of the Liquor Board, the Chair of the Lottery Commission and two members that the Governor appoints. The bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature. MARIJUANAThe House gave final approval to a bill allowing small amounts of marijuana possession for personal use. S.22 would allow adults age 21 and above to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and allow home growers to have two mature and four immature plants. The law would become effective in July of 2018. It was a drastic turn around for a bill that appeared dead for the year. It marks the first time a legislature has legalized marijuana for recreational use. Other states, like Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana by referendum. The bill now goes to Governor Phil Scott for approval. He can sign the bill or let it become law without his signature. He can also veto the measure. After S.22 passed the legislature Governor Scott declined to say what he plans to do. He said he does not believe legalization is a priority in Vermont right now. He is also concerned there is no reliable roadside test for marijuana. LICENSE PLATES AND INSPECTIONSThis week the House and Senate approved a conference committee report regarding S.127, the Department of Motor Vehicle Miscellaneous bill. The final version of the bill makes numerous changes to DMV laws including the following:Preserves the current requirement that vehicles have two license plates and authorizes Vermont Strong license plates to be displayed indefinitely on the front of a vehicle. Requires the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, in consultation with the Commissioner of Corrections, to estimate the cost savings that would result from eliminating the requirement that most vehicles display front license plates and examine whether the redesign of Vermont’s license plate could lead to cost savings associated with the production of the plates, among other things. A report is due back to lawmakers by January 15, 2018. Requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop an educational resource for property owners related to the prevention of injuries arising from recreational use of property.Deleted the so-called “Keefe” amendment that authorized by law, and extended until May 1, 2018, DMV’s “conditional pass” policy for vehicles inspected under Automated Vehicle Inspection Program (AVIP) that fail the on-board diagnostic (i.e., emission-related) portion of the inspection but pass the safety-related portion of the test. The result is that DMV’s current “conditional pass” policy remains in place.
Financial assistance to Vermont households living in motels to help them enter safe housing arrangements $70 million recovery grants, in addition to the $70 million in S.350(link is external) $3 million to highway contractors $5 million in grants to women-owned and minority-owned small businesses $5 million in grants to establish a program to help our restaurants and farms create jobs and fight food insecurity $3 million for business technical support $5 million for working lands and our agriculture and wood forest industries Assisting with housing navigation and case management services Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont House advanced the Broadband, Connectivity, Housing, and Economic Development bill (H.966(link is external)). The passage of this bill brings the total Coronavirus Relief Funds appropriated by the House in the last week to nearly a billion dollars. $121 million in economic development funds and $16 million in services for homelessness were added to H.966 in amendments today, supported by the Commerce & Economic Development Committee and Human Services Committee, respectively. With last week’s bill, S.350(link is external), that’s a total of $191 million in economic development and $91 million to address housing and homelessness.Highlights of the amendments include:Economic Development:$90 million in business recovery grants including: Supplementing the General Assistance motel voucher program $3 million in marketing support for businesses such as restaurants, downtowns, and tourism properties $1.5 million to outdoor recreation businesses $20 million to provide hazard pay to frontline workersHomelessness:Expanding the Vermont Rental Subsidy program $5 million to assist our creative economy Capitalizing a housing risk pool for landlords to encourage rentals to individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity Chair of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, Representative Michael Marcotte (R-Coventry), spoke in support of the bill, saying, “we heard from Vermonters and Vermont business owners that there is a lot of fear and despair across the state. We are hopeful that the economic supports in this bill will bring much-needed assistance. We know we cannot do everything in this time of great need, but we are confident that the $121 million investment in this bill will provide relief and a path to recovery for many Vermonters and their businesses.”“The number of households living in state-supported motels or hotels grew from approximately 300 to over 1400 over the course of two months, directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” noted House Human Services Committee Chair, Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington). “Securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters is essential. The COVID-19 pandemic has made housing in shelters incompatible with maintaining public health; increased the number of households experiencing homelessness and in need of housing supports to obtain or maintain safe, stable housing; and has created a demand for diverse social services to safely house these vulnerable Vermonters. This critical investment of $16 million will provide essential assistance to Vermonters in this time of great need.” “These amendments are essential supports for Vermonters and Vermont businesses in their time of extraordinary need,” added House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero). “This economic development package, coupled with the immediate economic relief in S.350(link is external), make our specific business economic development total over $191 million. When you consider the significant economic development support in other Coronavirus Relief Fund bills, specifically the $13 million in child care assistance in H.965(link is external) and the expansive broadband and housing supports in H.966(link is external) and S.350(link is external), our economic development investment is over $325 million. Additionally, the $16 million in support for Vermonters experiencing homelessness will go far toward our goal of securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Speaker of the House 6.19.2020
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Hocker Grove student Wyatt Boyd, left, will represent Kansas in this month’s National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C. Photo credit Amy Boyd.Wyatt Boyd admits his answer was half a guess.As he stood at the front of the room in the final round of the Kansas state qualifier for the 2018 National Geographic Bee, held at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, he couldn’t help feeling that there was a hint in the way the question was worded.What was the name of the island approximately 450 miles away from Antarctica where Olympic Swimmer Lewis Pugh had completed a record-breaking swim in November 2017?“My first thought was the Falklands,” he said. “But then I thought they said ‘island’ and not ‘islands.’ So I started thinking maybe it was South Georgia Island.”Boyd was right. And with his correct answer, he earned the right to represent Kansas in the national bee in Washington, D.C. May 20 through 23.Boyd, a seventh grader at Hocker Grove Middle School, has been obsessed with geography for as long as he can remember. His mother Amy recalls that he would pour over maps and atlases starting in preschool. By kindergarten, he could name all the countries in Africa. Today, his bedroom is plastered with maps.“There’s no more room on the walls,” Amy said.His teachers at Hocker Grove thought his expansive knowledge of geography and culture made him a real contender in the state bee. Wyatt, who attended elementary school at Bluejacket-Flint and resides in Shawnee, told his mother the night before the event in Abilene that his teachers thought he might have a shot to win.“I told him, ‘Oh, sweetie. That’s nice. But I don’t know about that,’” Amy recalled. “He showed me.”
Editor’s Note: This story was updated in the afternoon of May 9 to report the suspected cases in France.May 9, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – Saudi Arabian officials reported today that their investigation of a healthcare-associated cluster of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases has uncovered two more illnesses, increasing the cluster to 15, as France reported two suspected cases related to its first nCoV case, reported yesterday.The Saudi cases involve a 48-year-old man who is hospitalized in stable condition and a 58-year-old man who recovered and was discharged from the hospital on May 3, according to Ziad A. Memish, MD, Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister for public health. He reported the cases via ProMED, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the cases in a statement today and said both patients “are from the same cluster reported since the beginning of May 2013, which is linked to an outbreak in a healthcare facility.” Press reports have linked the cases to a hospital in Hofuf, in the country’s Eastern province. Seven of the patients have died.The two cases raise the global total of confirmed nCoV cases to 33 with 18 deaths since the virus emerged in April 2012. Saudi Arabia has been the site of 25 of the 33 cases.Memish’s report said, “Actions implemented and fully applied by 1 May 2013 have been effective to date in preventing NEW cases related to this cluster from emerging. But in-depth look back and search among contacts of earlier reported cases and repeat testing of suspected cases revealed 2 new cases yesterday [May 8].”Memish said the 58-year-old man fell ill on Apr 6, which is 8 days earlier than the earliest previously reported onset date in the cluster, Apr 14. He also noted that the man had “multiple comorbidities” and that his case/ was confirmed through repeat testing.The 48-year-old got sick on Apr 29 and also had a comorbidity, according to Memish’s report. He did not offer any specifics on how the two cases were related to the others in the cluster.The WHO noted that the case cluster consists of 12 men and 3 women, with ages ranging from 24 to 94.The cluster has raised concern about a possible increase in person-to-person transmission of the virus. Several case clusters have been noted previously, but human transmission has been clearly demonstrated only once, in a three-person family cluster in the United Kingdom. No ongoing human transmission has been observed.Possible nCoV spread in FranceIn France, meanwhile, a patient who shared a ward with a 65-year-old man who had traveled to the United Arab Emirates and became the country’s first nCoV case-patient has also become ill, as has a physician who treated the 65-year-old, Reuters reported today.The patient shared a ward with the nCoV patient in a hospital in the northern town of Valenciennes at the end of April, and the physician treated the index patient there. The 65-year-old has since been transferred to Lille, where he is in critical condition, the Reuters story said.”They show symptoms which require a special infectious diseases consultation,” the local health authority said in a statement. “The results of the tests carried out on these two people will be known soon and will be made public.”The patient is in his 50s, and the doctor is 35, according to a machine-translated version of an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story.No change in recommendationsThe WHO continued to advise health authorities to be alert for severe respiratory infections, especially in travelers returning from affected countries. The agency does not recommend screening travelers at points of entry or imposing any travel or trade restrictions.An international team of experts is now in Saudi Arabia at the government’s invitation to help investigate the nCoV cases, according to a Canadian Press report today.Editorial director Jim Wappes contributed to the updated version of this story.See also: May 9 Memish report via ProMEDMay 9 WHO statementMay 9 Reuters storyMay 9 AFP article (in French)May 9 Canadian Press story