Circles Around The Sun has announced that guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) will be joining them for a three-night run in Colorado to ring in the new year. The band shared the news on social media, noting, “We look forward to ringing in 2020 and celebrating new beginnings with everyone!”Related: The Collaborative ‘Circles Around The Sun Meets Joe Russo’ EP Has Officially Arrived [Stream]The New Year’s celebration will include three stops in Colorado. On December 29th at Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, December 30th at Gothic Theatre in Englewood, and on December 31st at Public House in Crested Butte.The future of Circles Around The Sun was thrown into question when founding guitarist Neal Casal took his own life in August. Casal’s last performance with CATS took place days before his death at LOCKN’s Garcia’s Forest stage. During an all-star tribute to Casal’s life and music at The Capitol Theatre one month later, Peter Shapiro announced that the stage in Garcia’s Forest will henceforth bear Neal’s name.While the continuation of CATS was not a sure thing, the band explained that Neal left specific wishes for the project to continue without him in the note he left behind. Guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), stepped into the role in the interim and has played a number of shows with the band since then. These Colorado shows mark the first CATS shows with Scott Metzger handling lead guitar duties.Tickets for the band’s new year’s run are on sale now on the Circle’s Around The Sun website.
During Wednesday’s Student Senate meeting, student body president Alex Coccia, vice-president Nancy Joyce and chief of staff Juan Rangel presented the report they will give to the Board of Trustees next Thursday to hear senators’ feedback. “The topic for the fall report is mostly dictated to us by the chair of the student affairs committee,” Joyce said. “This year, Anne Thompson [the committee chair] asked us to focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as students who are marginalized on campus.” The report focuses on four main areas of diversity: racial and ethnic diversity, sexual orientation and gender issues, socioeconomic status and undocumented status, Joyce said. At the center of the group’s suggestions surrounding socioeconomic status is the Rector Fund, a little-known cache of funds raised through The Shirt Project that helps students purchase tickets for athletic events, hall dances and other “important facets of the Notre Dame experience,” Joyce said. Joyce said student government wants to “make sure rectors are aware of [the Rector Fund] and using it to its full potential and reaching students in the middle in terms of socioeconomic status. “Are there students in the middle who are also constrained but who are not meeting financial aid requirements?” Carroll Hall senator Joe Kelly said he was unaware of the Rector Fund. “I had no idea this even existed. I think a lot more students might take advantage of it if it were better publicized,” Kelly said. In its section on racial diversity, the report proposes a visible statement of inclusion be placed in residence halls and classrooms and a mandatory in-service for all club advisors, Coccia said. In the discussion that followed the report’s presentation, Alumni Hall senator Juan Jose Daboub Silhy said he was wary of how effective a statement of inclusion might be. “If students don’t feel welcome, a piece of paper with a statement on it is not going to make them comfortable,” Daboub Silhy said. The report will also suggest ways to improve the University’s relationship with undocumented students as well as students of all sexual orientations – particularly with regard to transgender students in residence halls. On that note, the report suggests “active conversation” moving forward, Coccia said. Senate also continued dialogue about student and official university response to sexual assault on campus. Coccia and Joyce will be meeting with NDSP in the coming week to address concerns from Senate and the student body about the issue. The group approved and welcomed junior John Wetzel as the new president of The Shirt Project. Student Union treasurer Andrew Lall said Wetzel joined The Shirt Project as a freshman, when “he played an integral role in its design and, as a sophomore, served the project as vice president.” Wetzel said those in charge of The Shirt Project have not yet chosen a manufacturer for this year. Last year, the group chose fair trade company Alta Gracia to produce The Shirt. “We originally chose Alta Gracia because we wanted to combine their social mission with our own,” he said. “Last year we wanted to continue their message and story. … In the end our cause as a charity is to serve our students.” Wetzel said his group will keep options open for this year’s The Shirt manufacturer. “Every year companies come in and re-bid,” he said. “We only have a one-year contract.”
View Comments Cate Blanchett ATHLETE: Jefferson Mays“Come see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and you’ll understand.” Bryce Pinkham Related Shows APP: MindSnacks“Apps for all languages! I am trying to brush up my Portuguese because I am hoping to sneak off to vacation at the World Cup in Brazil next summer!”CELEBRITY: Russell Brand“One of the quickest, smartest, most daring comic minds that seems to be out there.” A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Star Files RANDOM OBSESSION: Antique Stores“I never really buy anything, but I love being around all that old stuff.” Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, and Broadway.com loves to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. This week, we are getting movie, music and iPhone app advice from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder star Bryce Pinkham, who plays Monty Navarro—the gentleman from the title—who learns that he’s ninth in succession to become the Earl of Highhurst, and goes on a quest to murder the eight people (all played by Jefferson Mays) ahead of him in line. This Broadway favorite opens up about believing Cate Blanchett went to Hogwarts to study acting, being guilty of loving Broadway’s A Time to Kill and why he’s learning Portuguese. TV SHOW: Derek“How do the English manage to make something that’s simultaneously so funny and so sincerely heartfelt? I’ve never cried watching American TV, but damn that Ricky Gervais, I was weeping like a wee babe at the end of the series.” MOVIE: Blue Jasmine“I was mesmerized by Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. I don’t pretend to know everything about acting, but I do know she is doing something in that film that I don’t see many other actors do. I think she might be a wizard.” SONG OR SINGER: Camaron Ochs“When she’s not busy writing new hit songs for people like Miley Cyrus, she’s laying down some of her own caramel-voiced goodness. Check her out.” STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN): A Time to Kill“I am a big fan of director Ethan McSweeny. He gave me my first lead part out of school, and I’m thrilled that he is back on Broadway. I love John Grisham’s story and can’t wait to see that cast perform.” BOOK: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach“Doesn’t matter if you grew up playing baseball or not, this book is a beautiful read.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016
Veterans in Curry and Roosevelt counties are within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 17 — VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, with the nearest major service center in Amarillo, Texas, about two hours from Cannon Air Force Base. VISN 22 serves veterans in the state of Texas and portions of New Mexico and Oklahoma with eight health care systems. The closest community-based outpatient clinic is in Clovis.Veterans in southeastern New Mexico can arrange for free transportation to a medical center or a nearby community-based outpatient clinic through a program provided by the Southeastern New Mexico Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. To arrange transportation, call 575-622-0729.Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center6010 Amarillo Blvd. W.Amarillo, TX 79106 806-355-9703www.amarillo.va.govThe Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center provides primary, specialty and extended care to veterans throughout the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and eastern New Mexico. It offers a spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services, from dental services to surgical care.The closest community-based outpatient clinic is in Clovis. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.amarillo.va.gov.Clovis VA Outpatient Clinic921 E. Llano Estacado Blvd.Clovis, NM 88101 575-763-4335New Mexico Department of Veterans Services407 Galisteo St., Room 134Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-383-2400Veterans Crisis Hotline 800-273-8255www.nmdvs.orgThe Department of Veterans Services improves the quality of life for New Mexico’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.It operates one service office in the area:Clovis NMDVS Office904 W. Sixth St.Clovis, NM 88101 575-762-6185
by Rebecca Holcombe and Scott Giles Fifty years ago, on November 8, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. This historic act marked our first commitment to universal access to higher education, and represented one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights movement. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, President Johnson proclaimed, “This legislation passed by this Congress will swing open a new door for the young people of America. For them, and for this entire land of ours, it is the most important door that will ever open – the door to education. And this legislation is the key which unlocks it. To thousands of young men and women, this act means the path of knowledge is open to all that have the determination to walk it.”Unfortunately, for too many Vermonters this is a journey still unfulfilled. Our nation, once the international leader in access to higher education, has fallen below the average for developed nations in less than 13 years.Despite having one of the highest levels of high school completion in the country, Vermont’s college-going rates lag behind those of the nation as a whole, and lag the most for boys whose parents did not go to college.Having just returned from the White House “Reach Higher” summit, a gathering of education leaders from across the country, we had an opportunity to discuss strategies and best practices to enable more students to pursue the education and training they need after high school.New data from the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. suggests when parents support and encourage their children to pursue post-secondary education, and when students have had exposure to higher-quality education, including advanced math (algebra II or higher), they are as likely to persevere in college as are students from more affluent backgrounds whose parents also went to college.What can parents do? Parents can help their children understand that completing a degree or nationally recognized certification opens up valuable opportunities beyond high school. Parents can talk with their children in middle school as they are forming their aspirations and expectations. And most of all, parents can emphasize that their children deserve the kinds of opportunities that come with postsecondary education. What are we doing? New education policy tools in Act 77 of 2013 and the Education Quality Standards provide the tools and opportunities to better support postsecondary aspirations in our young people. Act 77 gives our children access to college courses while they are in high school, so they can all see themselves as capable and worthy of postsecondary education. Act 77 also provides opportunities for work-based learning and career and technical education, which is where many of our first-generation boys can develop high levels of skill, especially in mathematics, through applied learning.Starting this school year, every seventh grader will have a personalized learning plan, developed by educators in collaboration with the student and parents. The planning process should help students clarify their aspirational goals beyond school, then map out the courses and opportunities to learn and provide the support each child needs to realize those goals.It’s a collective effort. Together we can help keep children on track by strengthening their commitment to pursue higher education. Vermont’s future economic and civic vitality depends on it, because better-educated Vermonters:Earn more, pay more in taxes and save more for retirement;Have better health outcomes and are more likely to have time to invest in their communities;Raise children who are more likely to perform well in school and pursue college themselves; andHave higher employment rates and fewer demands for social services.And on that historic occasion 50 years ago, President Johnson’s closing remarks made a promise we must uphold:“I want you to go back and say to your children and to your grandchildren, and those who come after you and follow you–tell them that we have made a promise to them. Tell them that the truth is here for them to seek. And tell them that we have opened the road and we have pulled the gates down and the way is open, and we expect them to travel it.”Rebecca Holcombe is secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education. Scott Giles is president and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
BMC Switzerland is looking to raise the industry standard for content and customer engagement with a re-launch of its newsletter, now in the form of a digital magazine called Tempo. Comprised of six separate sections, ‘Tempo offers quality information and engaging content to BMC customers, dealers, media and other industry partners, and cycling enthusiasts everywhere.’ Tempo is offered in five languages: English, German, French, Dutch and Italian.“We created Tempo for several reasons,” said Matt Heitmann, BMC Switzerland’s Director of Marketing in the USA. “First, to further distinguish the BMC brand. Like our bikes, we wanted to be different and better in connecting with our audience. Second, we wanted engaging content that we hope will appeal to the diversity of BMC owners and the general cycling community, but without sacrificing our principles for a premium experience.“Lastly, we wanted to relate BMC’s passion, not just for engineering great bikes, but for experiencing life on and off the bike.”Tempo’s six sections present articles along the following general themes:CultureBlast – Topics of interest related to cycling, Swiss culture, and everything that ties these two togetherDesignEye – Themes about the brains and manufacturing behind BMC’s high?end bikesEventRadar – Keeps tabs on what’s happening in the bike racing world, and delivers information on events of special interest to the readershipTeamSpirit – From road to mountain to triathlon, content covers BMC Switzerland’s sponsored teams and athletes as they train and competeHealthFocus – Topics of interest for a healthy, active lifestyle including themes on food and exerciseBMCVoice – Keeps current with recent developments and announcements coming from BMC Switzerlandwww.bmctempo.comwww.bmc-racing.com Related
Kansas House Rep. Emily Perry withdrew her name for reelection to the 24th District ahead of Monday’s filing deadline with the Secretary of State’s office, ensuring the district that includes part of Merriam, Overland Park and Mission will have a new representative after this November.Perry is set to get married this August, and will be moving out of the district to live with her future husband at his home in Prairie Village.Two candidates, Democrat Jarrod Ousley and Republican Brandon Hermreck, have filed to run for the seat.Perry endorsed Ousley in a press release announcing her departure from the race. He is the husband of Heather Ousley, who organized a trek from Johnson County to Topeka in a show of support for better school funding. “I met Heather and Jarrod because of their passion for our public schools,” Perry said in a statement. “Most of you know Heather from her 60 mile walk to Topeka to advocate for school funding. I’ve met with Jarrod and I know that he shares our values and he will be a voice of reason for us in Topeka.”Perry said she plans to remain active in political issues.“I will continue to be active in my community and fight for the values we all share,” she said.
Apr 29, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The reach and number of H7N9 infections in China continued to expand over the past 3 days, with Hunan province reporting its first case and four others reporting six more, lifting the outbreak’s total to 126, according to the latest official and media reports.The detection of the case in Hunan province moves the scope of the human infections farther south and toward the center of the country and follows recently reported H7N9 infections in another more southern area, neighboring Jiangxi province.Among the newly reported cases are some middle-aged adults, plus a 4-year-old boy from Shandong province whose illness reflects another family illness cluster.In addition to the new cases, two more people died from H7N9 infections, both of which were cases reported earlier from Jiangsu province, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, based on a weekly update from China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission. The deaths push the outbreak’s fatality count to 24.Illness-onset dates for the new cases reported by the WHO, which include some previously reported cases over the past week as well as the most recent ones, range from Mar 8 through Apr 27, signaling that the outbreak is ongoing.Though China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) has transitioned to weekly reporting of cases, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is still issuing regular updates that include the patients’ conditions.The patient from Hunan province is a 64-year-old woman who is hospitalized, according to the CHP. The woman started having symptoms on Apr 14, which was 4 days after she had been exposed to poultry, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported on Apr 27.Fujian province reported its second H7N9 infection, in an 80-year-old man who started having symptoms on Apr 17 and is hospitalized in critical condition, according to the WHO and CHP.The new cases from Jiangxi province involve an 80-year-old man who got sick on Apr 21 and is in stable condition and a 31-year-old woman who got sick on Apr 23 and is in serious condition, according to the WHO and CHP. Another patient is a 54-year-old man who is hospitalized, according to the CHP.Zhejiang province’s latest case is in a 38-year-old man who started having symptoms on Apr 18 and is hospitalized in serious condition, according to the WHO and CHP.Meanwhile, the 4-year-old boy is the son of Shandong province’s first H7N9 patient, a 36-year-old man, according to an update today from the CHP. The boy is hospitalized in stable condition.Infections in family member can represent shared exposure to the same virus source, and complex investigations are needed to confirm human-to-human transmission. Health officials have said they expect to see some limited transmission, especially in family members who have extensive contact with each other.So far there is no sign of sustained person-to-person transmission that would signal a greater threat, and health officials are continuing to closely monitor the contacts of confirmed cases, the WHO said.On the veterinary front, testing at a poultry market in Dungun City in Guangdong province has apparently turned up one positive H7N9 sample in a chicken, according to a microbiologist from China who monitors Chinese media reports on behalf of CIDRAP News.The finding, from a batch of 130, was confirmed by the Guangdong Provincial Animal Disease Control Center on Apr 27 and has been reported to the China CDC. So far the disease has not been detected in market workers, and all poultry in the market have been culled.The finding is concerning, given that humans seem to be sentinels for the H7N9 virus, so if it’s in poultry, there is a high likelihood that it is also circulating in humans, the scientist told CIDRAP. So far no human cases have been reported from Guangdong province.In an epidemiologic update today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said China has intensified investigations into possible sources and reservoirs for the virus, but so far the source and mode have not been confirmed, though the most likely scenario is close contact with poultry or poultry products.The ECDC said it expect sporadic cases to increase in number and geographic spread in China and possibly neighboring countries over the coming weeks. Taiwan is the only area outside China’s mainland that has confirmed an H7N9 case, in a man who had recently traveled to a province that has reported several infections.See also:Apr 29 WHO updateApr 27 Xinhua storyApr 29 CHP statementApr 28 CHP statementApr 27 CHP statementApr 29 ECDC update
A boy, one of four swimmers caught in a rip current off the Ocean Road beach in Bridgehampton, was escorted to a waiting Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance to be checked out on Sunday, September 16.Independent/Stephen J. Kotz Ocean Road in Bridgehampton is usually busy at the end of the day with people dragging beach chairs and umbrellas back to their cars after a long day at the beach, but on Sunday,September 16, the action at thebeach was of a different variety.The Bridgehampton Fire Department, East Hampton Ocean Rescue, and Southampton Town police converged on the scene at about 6:30 PM after receiving reports of at least four beachgoers in distress because of rip tides.Erling Hope, a Bridgehampton resident, was at the beach with his family, celebrating his daughter Soren’s 25th birthday, when he noticed commotion nearby and saw a police officer on the beach.He said he saw a woman and her son in the water, who were caught in the current and unable to return to shore. “They were fighting as hard as they could and they weren’t making any progress,” he said. Hope said he entered the water to the side of the struggling pair, but they were out of reach. Soon, though, they were able to swim to the side and escape the current on their own, he added.Elsewhere on the beach two other swimmers were also reportedly in distress, emergency personnel said. One person was taken by Bridgehampton ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. A short time later, emergency workers raced off for Mecox Beach, a short distance to the west, after receiving another report of swimmers caught in rip tides. Police officers at the scene said those swimmers were able to get out of harm’s way [email protected] Share
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