Brooklyn-based psychedelic indie rock band Rubblebucket returned to New Orleans, LA last Wednesday night to rock the stage at One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter. The eclectic group of musicians put together a set list featuring older favorites like “Sill Fathers” and “Came Out Of A Lady” from 2011’s Omega La La, newer hits “Carousel Ride” and “Origami” from 2014’s Survival Sounds, and even some brand new tunes, including “Donna”, just released on SoundCloud in September.Many can talk about the quality, talent, and craft that go into Rubblebucket’s songs until you run out of breath. A truly unique aspect of their live shows is that fans tend to leave the venue feeling like they’ve spent the last two hours among close friends, even if they came in knowing no one. Frontwoman and saxophonist Annakalmia Traver and bandleader and trumpeter Alex Toth–along with Adam Dotson on trombone, Daniel McDowell on bass, Ian Hersey on guitar, Jacob Bergson on keys, and drummer Max Almario of fellow New York experimental rock group Celestial Shore–create a world of positive creation and self-expression that breeds happiness and love which stays with the audience long after the performance.The band took plenty of time to interact with the audience, tell jokes, and dance their faces off, but as anyone who has been to a Rubblebucket show before knows, the best is always saved for last. This performance did not disappoint. Members of the crew and opening band ELEL dumped a purple balloon octopus–yes you read that correctly–off the venue’s balcony into the audience and the gang ended the show with a second line into the audience, telling everyone to meet them at the Hi-Ho Lounge for a late night DJ set.Rubblebucket and co. captured the essence of true New Orleans fashion, and we can’t wait until their next trip down here.[Photos by Katie Sikora Photography]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Martinsville Speedway, the smallest track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, is a special place for the Wood brothers, whose hometown is a close 30 miles away in Stuart, Virginia.The Wood Brothers Racing team has been competing at the legendary short track for seven decades and the current driver of the No. 21 Ford Mustang, Paul Menard, will be behind the wheel this weekend for the STP 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Late Wood Brothers Racing team founder Glen Wood made his first start in the Cup Series in 1953 at Martinsville. This weekend, a win at the short track would mean even more to Menard and the entire team.RELATED: NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood dies at 93“It would be huge,” Menard told NASCAR.com on Thursday. “It would be a big deal, especially this weekend as we honor Mr. Glen Wood, so I can’t think of a better way to honor him than to win at Martinsville.”Wood, who had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, passed away on Jan. 18 at 93.A win this weekend would not only honor the his legacy, it would also mark the team’s 100th Cup Series win.Menard has 23 starts under his belt at Martinsville with just two top-10 finishes, but the 38-year-old from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is on the hunt for his second career victory.With the debut of a new rules package this season, drivers have been faced with a lot of unknowns. As the series heads into the sixth race weekend of 2019, however, things are becoming clearer for Menard and Co.“We’re just trying to understand this package and what it wants. It seems like, for us, we can get on either side of the balance so easily, so trying to figure out how to make small adjustments to the car without overdoing it so we’re not teeter-tottering back and forth between loose and tight throughout the race,” Menard said. “That’s just work in progress. We’re building our notebook, our database and that’s just going to improve.”The veteran considers Martinsville a track that nods to the old days, putting a spotlight on the kind of aggressive, nowhere-to-hide racing that a lot of drivers — himself included — grew up on.“Martinsville is definitely a throwback to how our series started with the short-track racing and how a lot of us drivers started with running around little short tracks throughout the Midwest or California or the Southwest, or wherever you’re from,” he said.“… It’s a lot of fun to drive at Martinsville; you have all this horsepower and not much grip and the cars accelerate really hard, but they don’t stop very good. So, that always makes corner entry really exciting but once you get racing, it’s kind of like 100-mile-per-hour bumper cars. You’re literally around cars all day long, trying to pass cars, trying to stay off other cars’ fenders to keep your fenders from cutting down tires. It’s a battle for 500 laps.”Wood Brothers Racing also has an alliance with Team Penske, which has seen plenty of 2019 success thus far with two wins (Atlanta and Las Vegas) through five races. The partnership has given Menard and the No. 21 team confidence that their breakthrough is on the way.“For us, we know that with the alliance we have with Team Penske, we have the equipment to get it done. It’s just up to us to make the right adjustments throughout the race and keep track position. Maintain track position and make good adjustments and we’ll have success,” Menard said. “We have everything we need, just a matter of putting all the pieces together to make it happen.”MORE: Wood Brothers through the yearsFor those interested in honoring Glen Wood, Menard and the team will be at the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, Virginia, on Friday for a tribute to the late team founder. Fans, family members, friends and former drivers will be there from 4-7 p.m. ET.His son Eddie Wood said the tribute will be open to anyone who wishes to participate.
Lyle Divinsky has released the first chapter of his new Together Wherever series with a cover of “Weak” by SWV. The singer’s rendition of the 1990s R&B classic features backup vocals from Sammi Garett and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) as well as Kim Dawson (Matador! Soul Sounds).The new series will see the accomplished crooner teaming up with new and familiar faces to record music together—in spite of the necessary physical distance between both performers and audiences by the pandemic. Prior to the cover of the chart-topping single, Divinsky begins the video like the opening credits of a sitcom as b-roll footage of him hanging out around the house flashes onscreen and he sings “we can make it through if we’re together.” Soon enough, chapter one of Together Wherever begins with just Lyle on acoustic guitar. True to the moniker, Divinsky is soon joined virtually by the trio of talented backing vocalists to fill out the vocal harmonies.“In this crazy confusing COVID era, we need each other more than ever,” Divinsky said of the new series. “So, while we can’t make music in the same space, we can find new ways of being Together Wherever we are in the world. I am so excited to share this with you.”Watch the first installment of Lyle Divinsky’s Together Wherever series, featuring the former Motet singer covering SWV’s “Weak” with Sammi Garett, Shira Elias, and Kim Dawson.Lyle Divinsky (ft. Sammi Garett, Shira Elias, Kim Dawson) – “Weak” (SWV) – Together Wherever In addition to launching the Together Wherever series, Divinsky is reviving his Wednesday Live Stream series, which became a fan-favorite throughout the early months of quarantine earlier this year. You can tune in to the next Lyle Divinsky Wednesday Live Stream this Wednesday, October 21st via the Lyle Divinsky and Live For Live Music Facebook pages.Last week, Divinsky announced his amicable departure from The Motet after several years as the Colorado funk outfit’s vocalist. Trumpeter Parris Fleming has also left the group, like Divinsky, in order to pursue his own creative path.“The Motet are my brothers for life,” Lyle wrote of parting ways with the band. “The community is my family forever. I love these guys to my core and cherish every moment we spent together on and off stage over these past 5 years. I could not be more grateful for all of the memories and music we’ve made together – for every mile traveled, every note played, every lyric, every smile, every struggle, every lesson learned… it’s part of who I am now. The community they built has become my community, my family. It is an absolute honor to be a part of The Motet legacy, and I am so excited to see and hear the incredible things they have in store. They will continue to crush, to inspire, and to keep booties shaking for decades to come.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the most significant problems facing any ecosystem and the conservationists who work therein is the problem of non-native, invasive species. Goats nearly destroyed the Galapagos Islands; feral cats and foxes are devastating the rich diversity of marsupial species in Australia; and large species of Asian python are too much to bear for many creatures in the Everglades.The same is true for the lionfish within the reefs of the western Atlantic Ocean where the motto among local fisherman is “If you can’t beat it, eat it”.Coveted by marine aquarium enthusiasts in the 1980s, the lionfish entered the Atlantic ecosystem similarly to how most invasive species are introduced all over the globe: its owner released it into the wild without knowing any better. While the charismatic Indo-Pacific fish may prove to be a stunner on an aquarium catwalk with its bold stripe pattern and mane of long diaphanous fins, it’s a plague on reef ecosystems where it devours defenseless fish species that have never been forced to evolve to protect themselves against such a threat.LOOK: This Woman and Her Pet Otters Have Spent the Last 40 Years Protecting the Species From Extinction in England“They can eat fish up to half their body size and a single lionfish can eat dozens of fish in a day,” says Stephen Gittings, a coral reef ecologist for the National Marine Sanctuary System. “Since no native species prey on lionfish, you’re not losing very many of them over the course of time so they just dominate and take over.”As if all that wasn’t enough, female lionfish can lay up to 2 million eggs a year enclosed within a protective and inedible sack. All of these characteristics make for the perfect invader—but a man and his Roomba are seeking to turn back the tide on this unchallenged fish.Roomba of the SeaIn addition to being a passionate diver, Collin Angle is also the co-founder of the iRobot company, creators of the famous Roomba automated vacuum. He believes robots can be utilized to tackle environmental problems, which led him to create his non-profit company called Robots for Environmental Services (RSE).LOOK: Firefighters Spend 2 Hours Freeing Hapless Raccoon From Sewer Grate—‘We rescue citizens both big and small’Angle directed RSE to create a robotic submersible that was capable of diving to depths unreachable by the average hobbyist spear fisherman. The result of their efforts was the Guardian: a 20-pound submersible robot armed with lights, cameras, and stun guns capable of delivering non-lethal jolts of electricity to unsuspecting lionfish.Like the Roomba, the Guardian is also a vacuum cleaner—only instead of dust and cat hair, it vacuums up the stunned lionfish into an onboard water tank that can hold up to 20 fish. Once full, the Guardian can return to the surface with its catch.Adam Cantor, director of engineering at RSE, explains to CSM that while many coastal communities in the United States host spearfishing competitions to see who can bag the most lionfish, it’s not enough to prevent the effects of the invasive species on nearby reefs because they breed at a depth of 200-400 feet, which is far past the diving range of humans.WATCH: This Circus Uses Elaborate Hologram Light Show in Response to Mistreatment of Performing AnimalsMoreover, lionfish aggregate together as far down as 1,000 feet, putting them out of reach for line and net fishing as well.RSE is trying to market the Guardian for $1,000 per unit—and considering how markets like Whole Foods will buy up nutritious and tasty lionfish catches for $5 per pound, the Roomba of the sea makes for a sensible financial investment that can boost the economic livelihood of coastal fishing communities and protect sensitive Atlantic reefs at the same time.“I think absolutely there’s a market for it. There’s a ton of lionfish down deeper that we can’t get to,” Andy Lowe, a professional diver and lionfish hunter tells CSM. “The thousand-dollar price point is very good, but for me to personally consider buying one I’ll need to see it get a lionfish off a reef at depth. If it can do that it’s got great potential”.Be Sure And Share The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media — File photo by Larry D. MooreAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
November 15, 2008 Regular News ATTORNEYS FROM LOWNDES, DROSDICK, DOSTER, KANTOR & REED in Orlando, in collaboration with Ferrell Wealth Management, took part in the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Team Build on Saturday, October 18. Among the participants were firm attorneys Matt Brenner, Quino Martinez, Jamie Walson, and Kim Hosley. Brenner is a member of the Habitat board of directors. Martinez is the current vice president and also serves as a member of the Habitat board of directors. Hosley is a member of the Family Selection Committee and Walson was the co-chair of the recent “Who Will Build It” breakfast fundraiser which raised approximately $75, 000 for the Habitat Orlando affiliate. Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed works with Habitat for Humanity
NPR: Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.“By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great orchestras. So it was pretty meteoric,” Haimovitz says. “I grew up with a lot of classical music in the household. My mother is a pianist and took me to many concerts.”But nothing in his family history explains where Haimovitz got his extraordinary talent. And that’s typical, Ellen Winner, a psychology professor at Boston College who has studied prodigies, tells NPR’s David Greene.“People are fascinated by these children because they don’t understand where it came from. You will see parents who say, ‘I wasn’t like this; my husband wasn’t like this.’ It seems to sometimes just come out of the blue,” Winner says.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Facebook Pinterest Email LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter More than 1.6 million college-aged adults meet the criteria for problem gambling. This can lead to difficulties at work, school or home, and with relationships, personal finances, and mental and physical health. Counseling for problem gamblers can be expensive and time consuming; a new study from the University of Missouri has found that college-aged adults who were diagnosed as problem gamblers significantly changed their behaviors after receiving personalized feedback from computers.“We don’t want to replace the one-on-one counseling work that is being done. This is another tool that could be very useful for gamblers who might not be interested in seeking personal counseling services, for counselors who are looking to supplement what they offer, or for college wellness centers who want to mitigate risky behavior before it gets worse,” said Matt Martens, professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education. “Typically, younger problem gamblers are not interested in seeking help. While their behavior might not be at a significant risk level yet, this tool would allow them to receive an assessment without talking directly to a counselor.”In the study, Martens identified 333 college-aged adults and, after determining the level of gambling for each individual, gave them one of three interventions. One group was provided with standard information about the effects of problem gambling; the second group was not provided with any information; the third group answered survey questions and was provided with individualized feedback from a computer based on their answers. Martens followed up with each group three months after the initial intervention and found that those who received the personalized feedback generated by the computer assessment tool experienced a significant decline in problem gambling behavior compared to the other two groups. Prior to the intervention, Martens asked study participants to describe their current gambling behaviors, which included how many times they gambled each week or month, how much money was wagered, how much money was lost, and what problems they experienced based on their gambling. Participants also were asked about the types of gambling games they played, including slot machines and games of skill such as golf or bowling. They also reported on how often they purchased lottery tickets, played cards for money, or wagered money on sports games.“At-risk gambling rates are particularly high in the college-age population, and these problem gamblers may not recognize that they are experiencing problems,” Martens said. “They may think that they are gambling at the same rate as their peers, when that’s really not the case. That’s where these types of programs can help because individuals receive an unbiased, personalized assessment that shows them the social norms of their gambling activity and how they compare.”Martens said this type of intervention could be used most effectively on college campuses at health centers or as a part of comprehensive wellness programs targeting students. Targeting those individuals who might be at a greater risk could help prevent them from developing behaviors that would have negative effects on the rest of their lives.Martens said that further research should be conducted to determine if this intervention is more effective with certain types of gambling behaviors, such as those individuals who only bet on games of skill compared to those who bet on games of chance.The study, “The Efficacy of a Personalized Feedback-Only Intervention for at-Risk College Gamblers,” will be published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Funding for the study was provided by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.
Long-term follow-up results in three large phase 2 and 3 trials suggest that an experimental dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV, lowers dengue-related hospitalization risk in older children but may increase the risk in younger ones, according to a report today in the New England Journal of Medicine.The report covers two phase 3 trials, one (CYD14) conducted in five countries in the Asia Pacific region and the other (CYD15) involving five Latin American countries. In addition, it includes children ages 4 through 11 years from a single-center phase 2b study (CYD23) in Thailand. The children all received three doses of the Sanofi Pasteur vaccine, at baseline, 6 months and 12 months. The vaccine covers all four dengue serotypes.The authors said the pooled efficacy for preventing symptomatic dengue infection in the first 25 months of the two international trials was 60.3% for all ages (95% confidence interval [CI], 55.7% to 64.5%), but efficacy was higher in children 9 years and older (65.6%) than in younger children (44.6%).Hospitalization data dissectedIn the new study, the researchers report the incidence of hospitalization for dengue in the third year of the international trials and years 3 and 4 of the Thai trial. They used hospitalization as a surrogate marker for disease severity to evaluate whether vaccinees have a predisposition to more severe illness.For the three trials combined, 65 of 22,177 participants in the vaccine group and 39 of 11,089 participants in the control group were hospitalized for severe dengue. For vaccinees, the overall relative risk of hospitalization was 0.84 (95% CI, 0.56 to 1.24), but the risk for those younger than 9 years was 1.58 (95% CI, 0.83 to 3.02), versus 0.50 (95% CI, 0.29 to 0.86) for those 9 and older.The team also found that during year 3, hospitalization for severe dengue, as defined by an independent monitoring committee, occurred in 18 of 22,177 participants in the vaccine group and 6 of 11,089 in the control group. All of the children recovered.Chance findings in younger set?In an accompanying editorial, Cameron P. Simmons, PhD, of the University of Melbourne writes that it is unknown whether the higher hospitalization rate in the younger children reflects a higher incidence of symptomatic infection in that group, because the surveillance was hospital-based only. He observed that the increased risk of hospitalization was most pronounced in children 2 to 5 years old.Simmons said the results could be chance findings. Alternatively, he wrote, they may suggest that the vaccine generates only transient immunity in some young children with no previous dengue exposure, with subsequent waning of antibodies predisposing them to infection that leads to hospitalization. The study authors note that a person’s second dengue infection can result in more severe illness than the first one.”A critical question,” Simmons wrote, “is whether the elevated risk of hospitalization for dengue that was observed in young recipients of CYD-TDV is a short-term or long-term phenomenon; potentially, booster doses of vaccine might be used to break the disease-risk profile.”See also: Jul 27 N Engl J Med reportJul 27 N Engl J Med editorialRelated Jan 9 CIDRAP News item
LA County reports first sexually transmitted Zika caseHealth officials in Los Angeles County today announced the area’s first sexually transmitted Zika case, which involves a male resident who traveled to Mexico and had Zika symptoms in early November and his female partner, who did not travel.In a statement today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) said the woman had Zika symptoms that began after the man returned to Los Angeles County. The country routinely tests mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus. No cases transmitted by local mosquitoes have been reported in the county. Since 2015, 122 Zika cases have been reported in Los Angeles County, of which 121 were imported.Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, the county’s interim health officer, said in the statement, “This case is a reminder to take precautions during sex or avoid sex if you or your partner have traveled to an area with risk of Zika.” The LACDPH said Zika transmission is still occurring in Mexico, other parts of Latin America, and other regions.Jan 4 LACDPH press release Philippines fines Sanofi over DengvaxiaToday the Philippines health secretary announced the country has fined the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur $2,000 and suspended use of the company’s Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.Health Secretary Francisco Duque cited violations on product registration and marketing of the controversial dengue vaccine, which has been linked to severe dengue infections in children.Last month, Sanofi said Dengvaxia should not be used in people without evidence of a prior dengue infection, as the vaccine may make subsequent infections with the flavivirus more severe. Since then, the Philippines has been mired in a public health crisis, as more than 700,000 school-age children have already received at least one dose of the trivalent vaccine.According to Reuters, the Filipino government spent 3.5 billion pesos ($70.2 million) for the Dengvaxia public immunization program in 2016 to reduce the 200,000 dengue cases reported in that country annually.Jan 3 Reuters story WHO prequalifies first typhoid vaccineThe World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV, allowing United Nations (UN) agencies to procure and use it.In October, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization, which advises the WHO, said typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) should be used for children over 6 months of age in typhoid-endemic countries. TCVs are long-lasting vaccines that can be incorporated into standard childhood immunization programs.SAGE also called for the introduction of TCVs in countries with the highest burden of typhoid disease or evidence of antibiotic resistance to Salmonella enterica serotypeTyphi, the bacterium that causes the disease. The WHO said use of the vaccine should reduce the use of antibiotics for treatment of presumed typhoid fever and limit antibiotic resistance in Salmonella Typhi.Typhoid can be a deadly infection transmitted by contaminated food and water. Globally, the WHO said there are between 11 million and 20 million cases and between about 128,000 and 161,000 typhoid deaths annually.Jan 3 WHO statement Trusting ‘complementary’ practitioners linked to poor vaccine uptakeA new survey of Australian parents shows that those who do not vaccinate their children are more likely to trust non-mainstream sources of medical information and advice, including complementary medicine (CM) practitioners.The results of the survey were published yesterday in Vaccine. A total of 429 parents of children ages 6 or older participated in the online survey. Approximately 12.9% of participants reported taking their children to a complimentary medical practitioner, including chiropractor or herbalist, in the previous 12 months. Children were much less likely to be vaccinated if their parents had been influenced by a complementary medicine practitioner (odds ratio [OR], 0.03) or had visited a CM-practitioner (OR, 0.09) in the previous year. In contrast, children were much more likely to have been vaccinated if they had visited a pediatrician within the previous year (OR, 5.01).The fast majority of parents in the study, 93.5%, reported that their child’s immunizations were up to date, and more than 78% said they followed advice on vaccines from pediatricians.”Concerns about pharmaceutical medicine safety and post-modern beliefs (e.g., rejection of authority) can be associated with CM use,” the authors concluded. “These beliefs may translate to vaccine-hesitancy, and parents may trust advice from a CM-practitioner about vaccination if they value this form of health care more broadly.”Jan 3 Vaccine study Real-time C diff notification reduces time to effective therapy, study findsImplementation of a real-time notification system to alert a pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients reduced the time to effective antimicrobial therapy, a team of pharmacists reported yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.The single-center, retrospective cohort study was conducted at a 433-bed tertiary medical center in Lexington, Kentucky, and consisted of two arms: patients treated for CDI prior to implementation of a real-time notification system for CDI, and those treated post-implementation. The system notified the pharmacist-led ASP team via a secure listserv when toxigenic strains of C difficile were detected in the microbiologic laboratory. The pharmacists then notified the patient’s healthcare provider to ensure that effective antimicrobial therapy and contact precautions were initiated.The primary outcome of the study was time to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy. Secondary outcomes included time to enter an order of effective antimicrobial therapy in the electronic medical record and time to initiate contact precautions.The total number of patients in the study was 66: 44 in the pre-implementation cohort and 22 in the post-implementation cohort. Comparison of the two study arms showed that the median time from CDI detection to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy fell from 5.75 hours in the pre-implementation patients to 2.05 hours post-implementation. The notification system also resulted in a shorter time from CDI detection to order entry of effective antimicrobial therapy—0.6 hours compared with 3 hours. In addition, median time to contact precautions dropped from 4.8 hours to 9 minutes.The authors of the study say further research is needed to investigate the clinical impact of these outcomes on hospital length-of-stay, mortality, incidence of CDI, and total costs.Jan 3 Am J Infect Control abstract
FALCONER, NY — Truck-Lite, a producer of lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories for the heavy duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries, has announced several executive appointments this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Tim Walker, formerly senior vice president of worldwide sales for Truck-Lite, has been named executive vice president, sales, for Europe and Asia. In this role, Walker will be responsible for coordinating sales activities of Truck-Lite’s operations in Birmingham, England; Flexible Lamps in Harlow, England; and FER in Eisenach, Germany. In addition, he will drive new sales initiatives for Truck-Lite throughout Asia, with special emphasis on commercial vehicle market opportunities in China and Japan. Walker began his career with Truck-Lite in 1979, and advanced to the position of vice president, sales and marketing in 1984. He has since taken on many roles for Truck-Lite and has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC, TWNA and CVSN. He is a member of the Heavy Duty Business Forum, the Overseas Automotive Council and a past chairman of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Walker is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird. Truck-Lite also announced today John Howells has been named vice president of sales the Americas. Howells began his career with Truck-Lite in 1995 as a regional sales manager in the Chicago area. He has since taken on the roles of OE sales manager for both truck and trailer markets, area sales director and more recently held the position of national sales director focusing on Truck-Lite’s aftermarket sales and national fleet activities. In this new role, Howells will be responsible for OE, aftermarket and fleet activities, coordinating customer driven sales efforts for all of North America, South America and Canada. Advertisement Howells graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of business administration degree with magna cum laude honors. Howells has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC and CVSN. He will report directly to Brian Kupchella, president of Truck-Lite, and will reside in the Western New York area close to Truck-Lite headquarters. In addition, Daniel McCann has joined Truck-Lite’s Sales Team as its new national sales director for North America. McCann has more than 30 years experience in global sales and marketing of products similar to Truck-Lite for the commercial vehicle industry. McCann will be adding value to sales activities directed towards the U.S. and Canada and will reside near Truck-Lite’s headquarters. McCann has been active in many key industry associations including Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Transportation Safety Equipment Institute and the Council of Fleet Specialists. He will report directly to John Howells.