Watch The HillBenders Perform A Bluegrass Version Of “Pinball Wizard” To Kick Off Roots Revival

first_imgThe inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival Festival got off to a wild start in Live Oak, FL last night, as Missouri’s favorite bluegrass sons The Hillbenders performed their epic rendition of The Who’s classic rock opera Tommy. With a packed crowd of early arrivals ready to blow off steam, the reception in crowd was as raucous as the antics of the band onstage. Our own Rex Thomson is on the scene and captured the rip-roaring rendition of the tune for us all to enjoy!Check out the fun below:Suwannee Roots Revival continues throughout the weekend! Keep it tuned to L4LM for exclusive videos and more.last_img read more

One Worldwide Culture of Supporting Customers

first_imgOn a recent trip to India, I was struck by how quickly the market and the capabilities of the EMC Center of Excellence (COE) in Bangalore have matured since the COE operational model was kicked off in 2006.EMC’s Centers of Excellence are part of a coordinated global network of operations that enables multiple EMC business units to tap into talent pools to deliver world-class innovation and services to our customers in a consistent manner. From the beginning, Global Services’ goal has been for customers to not be able to tell whether a service was delivered by a team from down the street or half a world away. To us, global service delivery means giving sales and services teams everywhere the ability to pull together the right mix—in language, skillset, time, cost, and location—to meet their specific customers’ needs quickly and effectively.It was great to see the Bangalore COE adding to the depth and breadth of its capabilities and investing in new structural assets, such as a network command center that will provide more proactive monitoring for Managed Services customers worldwide.But for me, truly great progress has happened outside the COE. It’s exciting to see how sales and delivery teams all over the world are increasingly bringing in teams from Bangalore right from the start—as a collaborator, to help with pre-sales strategies and technical sales presentation materials—as well as with post-sale services.For customers who visit the Bangalore COE, the first thing that strikes them is the state-of-the-art facility. But what ultimately matters is the caliber of the people working inside the facility. Everything, from the management style, to the tools and training, to the building and grounds, has been designed to attract and retain the most talented and trustworthy service professionals. And we got it right. Today, we’re an employer of choice in India.As much as the local culture and landscape may vary from India, to Ireland, to New England, the minute you walk into a COE, whether in Bangalore, Cork, or Hopkinton, Massachusetts, you suddenly find yourself “back home at EMC.” It’s something our multinational customers recognize, too. There’s a “one EMC” culture that crosses geographical borders—and that’s something our customers very much want in a partner on their own IT transformation journey.last_img read more

2016 panel asks ‘Are we ready for President Trump?’

first_imgVantage Point Radio, an NPR production based at Notre Dame, recorded “Are We Ready for President Trump: A Panel About the 2016 Elections” at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night. The panel discussed current developments in the primary elections and consisted of three Notre Dame professors: Luis Fraga, the Arthur Foundation Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Africana studies, David Campbell, the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy and chair of the political science department, alongside moderator Agustín Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Notre Dame.The panel first discussed the Republican primary field, one of the largest in recent memory and with an unusually wide variety of backgrounds possessed by its candidates.The current primary field is historically unusual for reasons beyond its large size and mixture of different backgrounds, Campbell said. Historically, the Democrat field tended to be the more fractious one, while the Republicans exhibited greater order and cohesion, Campbell said.“In the past, Republicans have had a tendency to coalesce around a front-runner and to nominate someone who has run before. … In this cycle, it’s exactly the opposite,” Campbell said.The strategy of the Republicans in terms of appealing to minorities has shifted this cycle, as they have begun to accommodate some variation in the population, demonstrated by the relatively high diversity of the Republican field this primary, Pinderhughes said.Touching on recent incendiary comments made about Muslims by Republican candidates, Pinderhughes said the attitude of many minorities towards the Republican party has grown more negative over the past few electoral cycles, and this may have a negative impact on the electoral prospects of the GOP.“In general, Republicans are seen as so far to the right they’re kind of out of the realm of consideration. … The Republicans are positioning themselves way out beyond the possibility of being able to sustain their hold on the presidency for some time to come,” he said.The notion that, at least for the next five or so years, the Republicans could win general elections by relying only on white voters may also be obviated by increasing turnout from minority, and particularly Latino, voters, Campbell said.The Democratic field attracted less attention, with its much smaller and Trump-less slate providing less fodder for discussion.“The Democrats … theirs are actually all elected officials, and with experience, so they’re a very different field,” Pinderhughes said.The panel discussed the members of the Democratic primary, with the majority of the attention split between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, all members seemingly agreeing when Fraga said it was basically a two-person race.Hillary Clinton is likely to remain a significant contender thanks to her tremendous resources and high rates of name recognition, even though Sanders has tapped into Democratic constituents Clinton did not, Fraga said.“Bernie Sanders … has generated attention the way that Obama did in 2008,” Pinderhughes said.Late entrants to the Democrat field were unlikely though not impossible, Campbell said.“In the case of Joe Biden, he would face a huge set of obstacles entering the race as late as he would be,” Campbell said.The panel’s comments on Trump were similarly skeptical.While Fuentes said Trump has been in control of the race, Campbell said while his large lead in the polls may seem imposing, at this stage of the race, we shouldn’t put too much stock in polls but rather in endorsements.“He is his own man, and inimitable. … In a sense, he’s sort of a perfect storm,” Campbell said, rejecting the notion of a comparison to Trump.Pinderhughes said Trump is good at hitting the sensitive spots of American public life, though she doubts Trump believes everything he says. Concurring, Campbell said Trump doesn’t seem to have a coherent ideology, and his supporters appear not to care.“Except for the position of immigration, where his position has been very clear,” Fraga said.Though the panel expressed skepticism on the odds of a Trump electoral victory, Fraga made one final point that drew no objections.“Nighttime television will blossom if we have a Trump presidency,” Fraga said. Tags: election 2016, vantage pointlast_img read more

50 Shades! The Musical Parody Will Welcome Four New Faces

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015 View Comments 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band. 50 Shades! The Musical The cast will continue to feature Daniel Bentley, Tim Murray, Amber Petty, Casey Rogers, Alex Varcas and Chloe Williamson. The parody of E.L. James’ bestseller, directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, is currently heating up the Elektra Theatre, where it opened officially on March 12. Some new faces are about to get kinky off-Broadway! Jack Boice, Melanie Brook, Alexis Field and Zach Kononov will join the cast of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody beginning July 22. The four step in for Chris Grace, Ashley Ward, Kaitlyn Frotton and David Andino, respectively. Related Showslast_img read more

High-tech help for Haiti’s farmers

first_imgHaitian farmers have toiled for more than a century to grow crops in the nation’s notoriously ravaged farmlands. A new soil-testing lab, scheduled to open in June, should help farmers in Haiti improve their yields. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Atlanta-based non-profit League of Hope teamed up with agriculture officials in Haiti to open a soil-testing laboratory to measure plant nutrient elements, like phosphorus and potassium, on farmers’ fields. “The soil in some places is in very bad condition,” said agricultural scientist Eddy-Jean Etienne, who is helping to launch the soil lab. “To increase the productivity, it’s good to measure what is in the soil and what it’s lacking.” The lab will allow agricultural advisors in Haiti to help farmers find the fertilizers and soil additives they need to make their farms more productive. The information – including nutrient contents and pH levels – can also help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields. Haitian farmers produce only 30 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. Before the earthquake the average Haitian ate 2.6 meals per day. After the quake that number fell to 1.6 meals per day, said Graham Huff, director of League of Hope. The organization has been working on infrastructure; education and food supply issues in Haiti since 2009. “Even though the world’s been shipping in relief food, you have still seen a reduction in the amount of nutrition people are receiving,” Huff said. “It’s critical that Haiti supplies more of its own food, so the agriculture sector is a key focus for the long-term recovery of the country.” League of Hope partnered with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2010 to put UGA Cooperative Extension and outreach know-how to work in Haiti as part of the Haiti Agriculture Virtual Technical Assistance Program. The program uses the same web-based learning programs used in Extension offices across Georgia to help Haitian farmers get the information they need to improve their crops. So far they have built two agricultural outreach stations to serve farmers, one along the northern coast and one near Port-au-Prince in Mireballais. The new soil lab will be located at the station in Mireballais, about 50 miles north of the capital. Etienne trained this spring with UGA soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon in the college’s Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab in Athens. The new lab will basically be a scaled-down laboratory equipped with simple instrumentation and easy-to-follow analytical methods. The instruments are compact, tough enough to withstand harsh conditions and inexpensive to operate. Kissel and Sonon secured soil samples from Haiti to test while Etienne was in Athens. They knew the soils were going to be deficient, but they were still surprised at how poor some of them were. “We tested (the samples), and some were deficient in plant nutrients – either low in soil phosphorus or potassium, or both,” Sonon said. “These are the soils that the farmers are using to make a living … On some of the samples, the levels of plant nutrients were so low that the machines failed to give a reading. Poor soil fertility is no doubt one of the factors that explain the low crop yields in some parts of the country”. League of Hope and agriculture officials in Haiti plan to help farmers locate and develop locally available supplies of soil amendments once they find out which amendments are needed most, Huff said. “They are limited in what’s available to them,” Huff said. “They would use natural fertilizers like manure versus chemical fertilizers.” Sonon noted that farmers would only be given recommendations for amendments that are readily available in Haiti. Even if no soil amendments are available, farmers can still use the information provided by the tests to make better decisions about what crops to plant and where, Huff said. “We could select a plant or variety that is most likely to grow in that type of soil,” Huff said. “So it does give them information that will be useful, even if they don’t have the specific plant nutrients that are most deficient. Etienne believes the testing service will become very popular after farmers see the improvements in their yields. “Communication is very quick and easy in Haiti,” he said. “All you have to do is do a good job for one or two people, and farmers will be lining up.” Small farmers, spread out through the nation’s central valley and along the northern coast, grow most of the nation’s domestic supply of staple crops, Etienne said. While the CIA’s world fact book reports that about 40 percent of the labor force in Haiti is engaged in some sort of agriculture, they produce only about 30 percent of needed food supply, Huff said. Etienne, who graduated at the top of his class from the North Christian University of Haiti in 2004, is a veteran of other agricultural outreach projects.last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Longboarding Fails Edition

first_imgIn honor of us anticipating stepping on a Freebord for the first time, here are some longboarding fails for your Trauma Tuesday.Is there anything more terrifying than going really, really fast on a longboard? If you have not had the pleasure, let me assure you it is. Just stepping onto a longboard on flat ground is enough to send shivers down the spine, for one reason: they are built for speed and there is no control. The longboard is the toboggan of concrete, the land rocket of asphalt, the derailed train headed right for the side of a mountain. One high speed wobble and you are picking your teeth out of gravel, getting a skin graft, or looking at your own bones poking through the skin. The results are stunningly blunt, and the consequence severe.As this video can attest, the worst part is you don’t even have to be going fast for things to go horribly wrong. My personal favorite is the robust gentleman at :53 who appears to be maching down a busy street with cars coming the other way as he gets a little cattywompass, narrowly misses an oncoming car, starts a long, hilarious groan as he anticipates his own demise, and then tries to run out the crash going 45 mph. At least he made it to the relative safety of the grass before going ass over teakettle.Wear a helmet.See more of Trauma Tuesday here!last_img read more

Uruguay Deals Blow to Organized Crime

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo September 02, 2020 On July 8, the Uruguayan Police, with the support of the Uruguayan Navy and Air Force, dismantled a narcotrafficking organization as part of Operation Guaraní. Law enforcement forces carried out more than 23 raids in several cities in Colonia department, as well as in Montevideo.Authorities arrested 29 people, including leaders of the organization and drug suppliers, the Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release published on the same day. During the operation, they also seized weapons, ammunition, drugs, vehicles, cell phones, and cash. According to Uruguayan news portal La Colonia Digital, authorities had been investigating and gathering intelligence for 11 months to support the operation.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed Forces strengthened the country’s land, air, and maritime borders as part of the fight against organized crime. (Photo: Uruguayan Army)“Over the last few months, there have been many operations against organized crime,” Uruguayan Minister of Defense Javier García said in a statement published on July 10. “The last one was yesterday [July 8], a joint operation […] that consisted of several raids and the seizure of drugs and other items.”In another operation on April 29, in Artigas department, authorities seized 454 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride (valued at $11.3 million) and 61 kg of coca base paste, which were jettisoned from a light aircraft. Agents captured two individuals during the operation, the Ministry of the Interior said in a press release on April 30.“This is a modality used by drug cartels to ship the substance from one place to another, and our country has paid close attention to these types of maneuvers, which is why we set up this important operation,” the Ministry of the Interior said.Upon taking office in March 2020, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou announced measures to strengthen land, air, and maritime borders, so as to keep up the progress made in the fight against narcotrafficking in late 2019, Uruguayan newspaper El País reported.In December 2019, Uruguayan authorities seized more than 4.4 tons of cocaine hidden in containers in the port of Montevideo that were bound for the city of Lomé in Togo, Africa. Jaime Borgiani, Uruguay’s Customs director, told El País that the finding was the largest cocaine seizure in Uruguay’s history.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed forces launched patrols and reconnaissance missions at the borders, in compliance with the Border Control Act that was passed in 2018, the Ministry of Defense said on its Twitter account. Some 1,000 service members deployed to combat crime in all its forms, more particularly drugs, arms, and human trafficking, and contraband, the digital magazine Infodefensa reported.“We are in areas where the Uruguayan State was not present before, because it’s in the middle of nowhere, where organized crime used to take advantage of the situation, and there is a deterrent effect,” García said in a press release.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 19

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCats get justice, but unborn babies don’tRegarding the Daily Gazette June 12 headline: “Man guilty of stomping death of cat: Defendant faces 2 years in jail.” Un-headlined: The cat had been hit by a car.I have a confession. Seventy years ago, I shot and killed a healthy unwanted dog. Later that year, I graduated from college and went on to a 69-year engineering career. Question: Rather than graduating from college, should I have spent two years in Idaho state prison for killing a young nuisance dog?Meanwhile, in the United States, we kill more than 600,000 unborn babies a year, with government sanction. Question: Have we, as a nation, gone insane?Clyde MaughanSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Tax extortion drives New Yorkers awayWe recently sold our home in Lake George and at closing had to pay a transfer tax to New York state of over $2,300 just for selling our home. In addition, we were also charged a $5 filing fee. It is any wonder why people are leaving this state in record numbers when this type of tax extortion is allowed.We lived on a private road and received no benefits from the state, such as plowing, road repair, water and sewer. The most dysfunctional corrupt legislature in the country votes itself a pay raise and King Andrew(Gov. Cuomo) wants to provide free services to undocumented immigrants and convicted criminals and sends our money to other parts of the country and Puerto Rico, while legal residents struggle to live in this state to meet the greedy whims of New York state government.Jim FosterLake Georgecenter_img VanDeusen best for Fulton Co. sheriffI’m writing to endorse Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County.I retired as captain of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in 2016 after 35-plus years and am currently a patrolman for the village of Northville.Don is my brother-in-law of 34 years. I have seen his career in law enforcement progress from Basic School to chief of police for the city of Gloversville. I personally believe that Don’s resume and extensive knowledge of law enforcement make him the best candidate for sheriff of Fulton County.Throughout both of our careers, Don and I have worked closely with our respective departments on various investigations. I have known him to do his job in a professional and dedicated manner to his department and the citizens of Gloversville.Don has proven his knowledge of the law and has shown he is an effective leader with great integrity who has worked to earn the respect of those around him. I know that Don would serve all of Fulton County with as much pride and integrity as he served the city of Gloversville. Please join me in voting for Donald VanDeusen for sheriff of Fulton County on Tuesday, June 25.Brian E. VanNostrand, Sr.Mayfieldlast_img read more

Grills Resigns From Ripley County Sheriff’s Office

first_imgGrills will serve his last day as Ripley County Sheriff on April 1.Sheriff Tom Grills has submitted his resignation from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1.Grills, 38, was first elected sheriff in 2006 and has led the law enforcement agency for nearly eight years. Due to state statute, a sheriff in Indiana can serve just two consecutive 4-year terms before reaching the end of term limit. Prior to the announcement, he would have officially been relieved of sheriff duties on December 31.Before beginning a law enforcement career, Grills graduated from East Central High School and received degrees from Vincennes and Ball State University. Those college diplomas are proudly displayed in his office, flanked by law enforcement achievements, John Deere memorabilia, a deer mount and photographs of family.He reflected on his tenure as sheriff from his desk Tuesday.In nearly eight years, he substantially increased the amount of deputy training, along with the implementation of advanced technology including in-car cameras, Nixle and a redeveloped agency website.The sheriff explained the early departure from office is due to a job opportunity.“I have enjoyed being Sheriff of Ripley County for the last seven years and three months, but have been offered a great opportunity in the private sector with this being my last year of my second term as Ripley County Sheriff,” Grills said.Grills would be eligible to run for sheriff again in 2018. He did not rule out a return to law enforcement in the future.“I have always known there would be a time I would seriously have to consider transitioning from public safety,” said Grills.“Being elected the Ripley County Sheriff has been the highest goal of my professional law enforcement career. I have been honored to serve and protect citizens of Ripley County and the State of Indiana.”The office has dealt with its fair share of difficulties during his tenure. Grills noted,“I just wish there was more teamwork and more professional interaction between elected officials over serious matters.”Ripley County Council member Mark Horstman commented Tuesday on the sheriff’s departure.“It’s a shame Sheriff Grills had to leave this early with just six months or so on his term,” Horstman said. “Ripley County appreciates all of his years of service and wish him the best of luck.”The resignation comes just a month before the May Primary as three republicans and two democrats are vying for the sheriff’s seat. County officials indicated that a caucus may be held within the next 30 days for a replacement.Grills  is retiring from the position, but due to state statute for constitutionally elected officials, he was required to send a resignation letter.last_img read more

July 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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