Easily one of the biggest album releases of 2015 was Ashes & Dust, a collaborative release led by Warren Haynes with Railroad Earth. The two bands toured the album this past summer, before Railroad Earth would eventually get back to business and Haynes would form the Ashes & Dust Band.See where Ashes & Dust places on our Top 20 Albums List Of 2015!One noteworthy track from Ashes & Dust was the band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.” While the studio version features Grace Potter, this live version absolutely nails it! Check it out below:
MOORESVILE, N.C. — Front Row Motorsports (FRM) today announced a new season-long partnership with SelectBlinds.com, the leading online retailer of custom window coverings, that will begin on NASCAR’s biggest stage, the Daytona 500.SelectBlinds.com will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford Mustang beginning this weekend in Daytona Beach and will be Ragan’s primary sponsor during the “TicketGuardian 500” at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, the prestigious “Coca-Cola 600” at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the “South Point 400” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this year. The company will be an associate sponsor all season.The partnership with SelectBlinds.com began after Rick Steele, co-founder and CMO, recently purchased a No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford from Ragan and the team at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, to support the children’s hospital. Steele has since begun a relationship with Ragan, leading to the sponsorship that will introduce SelectBlinds.com to the millions of NASCAR fans. SelectBlinds.com is the online home for all your window covering needs. The company offers child-safe cordless blinds to prevent injury along with a wide variety of blinds and shades for your home or business. Their online home makes it easy, affordable and secure for fans to purchase new window coverings. They are excited to enter the sport and introduce their products.“You really can’t find more passionate and dedicated people than NASCAR race fans,” said Steele. “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Front Row Motorsports and David Ragan to introduce our products to them. Meeting David, his values align with ours. He puts family first and thinks of others, too. This is going to be a great partnership and we can’t wait to start at Daytona.”Ragan is ready to return to Daytona where he has one win and three top-five finishes. He is thankful for SelectBlinds.com for coming on board and has enjoyed getting to know their team.“Rick and the team at SelectBlinds.com have been great to work with,” said Ragan. “They have really stepped up in a big way to support our race team and they’ll make a big impact at the Daytona 500. It makes me excited to get to Daytona, kick off our season, and have a great run with them. I’m looking forward to it.”The No. 38 SelectBlinds.com Ford Mustang will make its race debut at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17. The race will be televised live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET and broadcasted on the Motor Racing Network and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR radio.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreI took some time recently to work on updating the archives at GNN-i, where all the stories are stored that I published from 1997 through Jan. 2004, before leaving for a two-year sabbatical. There is still much content to be uploaded, but am happy to report a large chunk of the Business stories are now online again! One of the most uplifting stories from Aug. 2001 is about a new sports arena in Dallas where city officials tried to avoid sending sports fans — and tax dollars — to the suburbs, by building the complex where a toxic waste dump once had been… Brownfield is the term for a contaminated area with the potential for reuse. The Victory Project, which was developed by Ross Perot Jr., son of the U.S. presidential candidate, has become a stellar example of cleaning up a “brownfield.” ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Where there once was arsenic and lead leftovers from a 100-year-old city dump, the American Airlines center opened this summer, serving sushi and sea bass to its sports and entertainment fans. Where once motor oil and benzene spills leached into soil and groundwater from abandoned industrial and railroad facilities, 8 million sq. ft. of apartments, offices, stores and entertainment will meander around the arena, providing auto-weary Dallas commuters with a place to live, work and play downtown. Read the full story in the Good News Network Business Archives: Sports Arena Rises From Toxic WastelandAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Eric Richelsen The Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) is hosting a Green Dot Activism Week at the College to encourage students to take action against sexual violence.Connie Adams, director of BAVO, said “Green Dots” are simple decisions made to make communities safer and can include actions, words, behaviors and attitudes that express an utter intolerance for violence and promote safety and support.“‘Green Dots’ are moments when we take ownership over our community and demonstrate that violence is not one of our community values,” she said in an email.The YWCA will be on campus Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Stapleton Lounge to share information about how to support a friend or family member who has experienced power-based personal violence, Adams said.“It can be difficult to know what to do when confronted with a situation directly, especially because we could know the person who was victimized or who perpetrated the act,” she said.A “green out” is scheduled for Wednesday, Adams said.“It’s a simple act to wear green to demonstrate the fact you care about this issue, but imagine how powerful it will be to see green everywhere,” she said.Adams said nationally-known speaker Tom Santoro will be on campus Thursday at 7 p.m. in Rice Commons to deliver a presentation on dating violence and warning signs.“Mr. Santoro has been touring the country for nearly two decades, and he is retiring from this work,” she said, referencing Santoro’s public speaking on his and his family’s traumatic experience with dating violence. “We are his final presentation of ‘Dear Lisa.’ He also shares a powerful personal story.”Other events this week include signing a pledge to be an active bystander and frosting a cookie in the dining hall, Adams said.“We will also have a display of red solo cups in the Student Center Atrium demonstrating the number of students impacted by sexual assault based upon the national statistic,” she said. “These are the ‘red dots’ we want to change and can change.”Adams said it is easy to become overwhelmed, frustrated and helpless when thinking of issues such as sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.“While these emotions are understandable, the truth is that we all have power,” she said. “When we think of the issue as simply a global problem, we overlook that we have an individual responsibility and opportunity to reduce violence in our community. … Green Dot is a form of social responsibility, a core component of our [College’s] mission and captures what it means to be an empowered woman.”Students should feel empowered by this week’s events and find new ways to make an impact, she said.“It’s not about everyone doing the same thing but finding the right action for each person. ‘No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something,’” she said, quoting a Green Dot mantra.“When everyone asks [themselves], ‘What is my Green Dot?’ and discovers the difference they can make, then we will see a dramatic reduction in violence. I have no doubt.”Tags: Green Dot Program, ND, SMC
Lee Cortry Medford, Jr., 67 of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Friday, September 30, 2016. A native of Port Arthur, he attended school in the Port Arthur school system and later attended Lamar University. Lee moved to Union, MS and retired from Taylor Machine Works with 25 years of service. Next Up He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Elma Grace Medford; two sons, Jason C. Medford, Sr. (CoCo) and Benjiman Overton of Union, MS; one daughter, LaShonda Overton of Union, MS; two grandsons; one granddaughter, one niece, one nephew; and a host of aunts uncles, other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
On the bottom half, Gore was displaying their new Xenon Bibs which feature a new Cytec Chamois. The chamois uses 3 different densities of foam and claims to dissipate road vibration force with horizontally reducing deflection and counteracting foam. Basically improved foam technology results in a more comfortable ride.Elsewhere on the bib you find laser cut webbing shoulder straps for less pinch and pull, a stretch mesh panel on the front for breathability, coldblack fabric, and an improved stretch hem on the legs to grip without being uncomfortable. Xenon is specifically geared towards race oriented riders who are putting in 5h+ rides in varying conditions. Many road jerseys present you with a choice for long rides: load the pockets of your jersey up until they sag like 10 year old spandex, or be forced to run a saddle bag (gasp!). A few jersey manufacturers have looked at ways of improving the support of the rear pockets of a jersey, but few seem to rethink the pocket system like Gore’s new Oxygen SO jersey.See how Gore plans to manage your junk in the trunk after the break. The key to the Oxygen SO’s load supporting nature is essentially a harness system built into the jersey. Most of the white sections of the new jersey are interconnected, providing the necessary lift for all your gear on a 4h+ ride. Making the jersey even more appealing is the addition of a stretchable Windstopper soft shell in key areas for a jersey that is great for warm weather, but also for cooler and variable conditions that you find late in the season.
Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Seyfried(Photo: Paramount Pictures) View Comments Mean Girls Related Shows The new stage-musical adaptation of the film favorite Mean Girls has set dates for its world premiere production. The musical will play out of town at Washington, DC’s National Theatre prior to a planned run on Broadway. The DC engagement will play October 31-December 3.As previously announced, the musical with a book adapted by the film’s screenwriter, Tina Fey, will include an original score by Jeff Richmond (music) and Nell Benjamin (lyrics). It will be directed and choreographed by Broadway hit maker Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin). Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 film) will produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson.After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.Full cast and creative team will be announced at a later date. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020
11th PD fears privatization of some of his case load April 1, 2010 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News 11th PD fears privatization of some of his case load But legislative leaders say there is nothing to worry about Senior EditorEleventh Circuit Public Defender Carlos Martinez is the first to admit he desperately needs help with his crushing case load — but not the kind of help he fears is roiling behind the scenes at the Legislature.Both the Florida Public Defender Association and the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers recently passed resolutions against any proposal to transfer public defender funding to private firms to represent indigent criminal defendants in third-degree felonies in Miami-Dade County. Both groups were responding to concerns of Martinez, who said he is being proactive to voice his opposition to any such plan that would further hurt his budget that has been cut by 14 percent during the last two fiscal years.But the chairs of the appropriations committees in both chambers responsible for the PDs’ budgets say there are no plans on the table to privatize any of the PDs’ operations.Martinez’ fear stems from budget proviso language that surfaced last year in a Senate committee meeting, but was never acted on.Martinez said the language turned up in the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee two days before the end of the 2009 session. It would have created a pilot project and taken money from PD-11’s budget for third-degree felonies and given it to a private law firm to handle all of those cases, estimated at 2,000 a month. The proviso, while in the meeting backup materials, was never discussed during the meeting, Martinez said.Panicked that his budget would be cut even greater, Martinez flew to Tallahassee, but was reassured no such plan was actually in the works. The PPDA and FACDL resolutions say the money would be spent on a “no-bid, sole-source contract to a private law firm” and would cost much more per case than if they remain handled by the 11th Circuit PD’s office.Martinez said he is afraid the plan for a pilot project will resurface this session, and he wants to attack the idea out in the open.“To me, it makes no sense why you’d pay more money for a case than I am already spending per case on third-degree felonies,” he said.Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, chair of the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, said he was aware of the proviso language late last year, but it was never taken seriously, and there is nothing to worry about this year.“To the best of my knowledge, there are no attempts to do this language,” Crist said March 16. “I haven’t even heard it discussed this year. We have been having open committee meetings. It has never been an issue. It hasn’t even been a whisper.“I don’t see this being an issue at all. At least not in the Senate,” Crist said. “Now, I don’t know what the House is doing at this juncture, because we’ve been focused on the Senate. But on this side, I haven’t even heard a whisper on this. Nothing.”In the House, Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Oviedo, chair of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, said she has not heard of any plans to privatize any of the public defenders’ operations.The Miami Chapter of FACDL’s and the FPDA’s resolutions aim to make sure the issue stays “nothing” this year.According to the FPDA resolution signed March 4 by President Howard Babb, Jr.: “Awarding such a contract is fiscally irresponsible because the average cost per third-degree felony case for PD-11 is approximately $125, but the proposed contractual price for the private law firm would be $700 per case, a 460 percent increase over current costs. The cost of this contract would be subtracted from PD-11’s already inadequate budget.”Both resolutions address the professional standards and training at the PD-11’s office compared to “an untested law firm.”“The Public Defender’s Office handles the work more cost effectively and with higher quality because the office has the benefit of economics of scale, training, and supervision,” said the FACDL-Miami Chapter resolution, signed February 25 by President Hector Flores.Third-degree felonies became an issue when then 11th Circuit PD Bennett Brummer took his slashed budget and crushing caseload to court as a constitutional crisis, asking to refuse all new noncapital felony cases. In September 2008, 11th Circuit Judge Stanford Blake gave Brummer some of what he asked for: He was allowed to stop taking new third-degree felony cases.But on May 13, 2009, the Third District Court of Appeal reversed Blake’s ruling.“We understand the difficulties faced by PD-11. With an ever-increasing quantity of cases and a tight budget, their important task is certainly made more difficult,” the Third DCA ruled.“The office-wide solution to the problem, however, lies with the Legislature or the internal administration of PD-11, not with the courts,” the DCA said.Meanwhile, as Martinez seeks review with the Florida Supreme Court, he is going on the offensive to prevent a possible legislative solution that would farm out third-degree felonies to private firms.Martinez said that one law firm lobbying for the pilot project is the Private Defenders Clinic, in Miami, where Raul De La Heria has touted his services on billboard, radio, cable TV, and newspaper ads as “the public defender alternative.”Asked whether he was the private law firm interested in receiving state funds, De La Heria said: “I can only tell you that the Private Defenders Clinic is not involved with anything with respect to public dollars. We are a private entity that fills in a gap. That’s it.”De La Heria said his firm will represent clients on third-degree felonies for $900.“Whatever started with respect to Carlos Martinez was done by his own hand. It was Carlos Martinez who asked Judge Blake to be relieved of all third-degree felonies,” De La Heria said. “And he told the Third District Court of Appeal he could not competently handle those cases. Because of that issue, we opened the Private Defenders Clinic.”So far, De La Heria said, “We have had a lot of response. I think it’s going great.”The Private Defenders Clinic has hired lobbyist Richard Pinsky.“We are looking at stuff that possibly the state Legislature will do to address the crisis that Mr. Martinez obviously wants to be relieved of,” De La Heria said. “I don’t know of any mysterious, behind-the-scenes lobbying of anything. We are simply interested in finding out what the Legislature is ending up doing about the crisis. We want to know what they are going to look at as a possible solution.. . . We want to be kept abreast like anybody else. Now, we are on the sidelines waiting to see.”
Traditional modular views of cognition suggest that, to encode and comprehend the meaning of a word such as ‘throw’, the brain’s “language module” does not to involve any structures related to the meaning per se (i.e. the “motor module” responsible for the associated movements programs such as the arm and hand movements involved in the act of throwing.An alternative is offered by an embodied or distributed view suggesting that the brain areas encoding the meaning of a word include both the areas specialised for representing linguistic information, such as the word’s acoustic form, but also those brain areas that are responsible for the control of the corresponding perception or action. On this account, in order to fully comprehend the meaning of the word ‘throw’, the brain needs to activate the cortical areas related to hand movement control. The representation of the word’s meaning is, therefore, ‘distributed’ across several brain areas, some of which reflect experiential or physical aspects of its meaning.A team of researchers from Denmark, England, and Russia (Nikola Vukovic, Matteo Feurra, Anna Shpektor, Andriy Myachykov, and Yury Shtyrov) investigated the nature and the mechanisms of such distributed word representations. They carried out a series of experiments aiming at finding out how stimulating motor cortex using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) affects word comprehension.28 volunteers took part in these experiments. A TMS magnetic pulse was delivered to the areas in motor cortex responsible for hand movements as participants engaged in one of the two computer-based experimental tasks: detecting whether a presented string of letters is a word or not, and choosing whether the presented stimulus relates to an abstract or a concrete action.‘We used TMS to inhibit neural activity in the motor cortex as participants tried to distinguish between words related or unrelated to hand movements,’ says Andriy Myachykov, leading Research Fellow at the HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making and a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He notes: ‘The advantage of TMS methodology is that it allows to establish the causal link between the stimulated brain area and the cognitive function or behaviour it’s hypothesised to support. This distinguishes TMS from many other existing neuroimaging methods. If motor programmes are directly involved during the comprehension of action words, then suppressing neural activity in hand-related motor cortex would interfere with word processing but only if the word also denotes hand movement. Namely, this should lead to increase in task performance errors and longer reaction times. This is exactly what we found’.These new findings suggest that language-specialised brain areas work in constant interaction with other areas known to support other cognitive processes, such as perception and action. The resulting distributed meaning representations act as dynamic cortical networks rather than a series of specialised modules as suggested by traditional theories. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Share Email Researchers from HSE, Northumbria University, and Aarhus University have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word’s meaning involves not only the ‘classic’ language brain centres but also the cortical regions responsible for the control of body muscles, such as hand movements. The resulting brain representations are, therefore, distributed across a network of locations involving both areas specialised for language processing and those responsible for the control of the associated action.The results have been published in the journal Neuropsychologia.One of the basic issues related to the nature of human cognition is the question about the correspondence between physical experiences and feelings, on one hand, and the nature of the brain representations of words and sentences describing these experiences, on the other. Share on Twitter
Suffolk County officials continue to trace the activities of a visitor from Europe who was infected with measles and urge anyone who may have been in contact with that individual to contact them immediately for testing.Meanwhile, the federal Centers For Disease Control warned over the weekend that many people who received vaccinations and think they are immune are not — a booster shot may be required.The infected person came to the United States from Europe on April 2 to attend a workshop sponsored by Ohio State University. Though the person stayed at a dorm in Ohio while taking part in the internship, none of the 13 others who slept at the facility have tested positive. The carrier then came to Hampton Bays and visited the Bridgehampton Bank at 48 East Montauk Highway on Saturday, April 20, at about 12:15 PM. Health officials say other customers may have been exposed to the disease at that time.The carrier then went to King Kullen, located at 52 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays at 2:30 PM and CVS, located at 111 South Main Street in Southampton, between 4:45 and 7 PM.That evening, the individual began noticing symptoms and checked into Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where tests confirmed a strain of the measles virus, but not the same strain as has been identified elsewhere in the state.The person in question is still in the area but no longer carries the risk of infecting others; he or she did from April 14 through April 22, however. During that time, anyone who came within 20 yards of the carrier, or who was in the same location up to two hours later, was at risk. “It is so highly contagious. This is a real wake up call for everyone to get vaccinated,” said Grace Kelly-McGovern, public relations director for the Suffolk County Department of Health. Anyone who visited the above locations have likely been exposed, she added.Though there is only one case reported thus far in Suffolk, there have been hundreds in New York City, though the number has stabilized. Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a state of emergency and made vaccinations mandatory.In Rockland County, a sect of Hasidic Jews who do not believe in vaccinations have stymied attempts to force them to do so or keep those with measles isolated.The national outbreak began in October, with the visit of seven travelers from Israel, and has been centered in mainly Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish areas of the country. The CDC reported that from January 1 to April 19 there were 626 confirmed cases of measles in 22 states.On April 29, the CDC said the number of cases nationally had risen to 700.The CDC warned that those who are vaccinated might have a false sense of complacency. Adults in the United States who were vaccinated against measles decades ago may need a new dose, depending on when they received the shot and their exposure risk. Up to 10 percent confirmed measles cases in the current outbreak occurred in people who received one or two doses of the vaccine, according to the CDC.The measles virus is highly contagious and can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, or death. It is currently spreading in many parts of the world.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said April 26 those who fear they are infected should call their health provider or the county before going to a public clinic to prevent infecting others. The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated, Bellone added.Rockland County Executive Ed Day and those opposed to the vaccinations have been waging a court battle. Day wants vaccinations mandatory and those not vaccinated to be kept off the public streets.Day’s original emergency order issued March 26, which was subsequently halted by the courts, will remain in effect until May 25.“Over the last 30 days since my original declaration, we have lost the one thing we couldn’t afford to lose, valuable time,” Day said. “With nearly 50 new confirmed cases in less than a month what we predicted has come true; this outbreak continues to rage despite the best efforts of our Department of Health.”[email protected] Share