The Marcus King Band Satisfies Souls In Charleston Performance [Video/Gallery]

first_imgRising rock phenom Marcus King brought his band to the Charleston Pour House last weekend, on September 24th, treating fans to a soul-drenched marathon set at the famed Charleston, SC venue. King’s show came as a late night celebration, as fans packed the house following the Umphrey’s McGee Chucktown Ball showing. King was his usual impressive self, as you can see from his guitarwork featured in the video below.The band also brought out a cake to celebrate keyboardist Matt Jennings’ birthday, only adding to the energy of the night. Check out photos from the show below, courtesy of Ellison White Photography. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Firefighting puts strain on the heart

first_img Read Full Story Firefighters appear to be at increased risk of heart attack from the stress, heat, and other physical demands of the job, according to a new study by University of Edinburgh researchers.The study and an accompanying editorial were published April 4, 2017 in Circulation.About 50 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities each year in the U.S. are attributed to cardiovascular disease – primarily heart attack, stated an April 4, 2017 CBS News article about the study.  Intense heat and other job demands may lead to blood clots and impaired blood vessel function, the researchers reported.Health professionals should pay more attention to firefighters’ medical needs, Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who co-authored the editorial, said in the CBS article. In addition to dealing with toxic smoke and high heat, “The firefighter [unlike most athletes] wears 40 to 50 pounds of gear, which increase the workload and also encapsulates the firefighter, impairing all usual means of dissipating heat,” he said.last_img read more

American Studies club awaits official status

first_img“We want to make sure people know what American Studies is and increase the presence of American Studies as a major on campus,” she said. “Beyond bringing all the majors together, we wanted to bring American Studies to the rest of Notre Dame,” she said. “We study the complexities of the American identity, or identities, and it’s really challenging and enlightening.” Ruiz said the students who founded the club were looking for a way to enrich the meaning of their major.  Senior Cynthia Curley, one of the club’s founders, said her primary motivation in starting the club was to get young majors involved in the American Studies community on both an academic and social level.  “The club will give members an opportunity to meet their fellow students, as well as professors, outside of the classroom and in a more relaxed setting,” he said. “And if that isn’t enough, we’ll also be making t-shirts because, apparently, Notre Dame students love t-shirts.” Although the club currently consists of only American Studies majors, non-majors are certainly welcome, Johnson said.  “Hopefully we’ll be granted the status of an official student organization by April, and then things can really get started,” she said.  Junior Amanda Johnson, acting vice president of the club, said once the club is officially established, the members hope to sponsor at least one event each month. Possible events include film screenings, movie nights and field trips. According to Johnson, plans for a trip to the Chicago Art Institute are currently underway. Although Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies has been in existence for nearly 40 years, the American Studies club is a recent addition to the University.The club, still waiting for official recognition from the Student Activities Office (SAO), began the initial formation process last semester, according to Jason Ruiz, assistant professor of American Studies. “The department hopes to help form a community among the American Studies majors,” he said. “That is really our goal in sponsoring the club.”   Students interested in joining the American Studies club should contact Ruiz. The club’s first trivia night, hosted by the Department of American Studies, will take place March 18 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Alexander’s Grill in South Bend. last_img read more

Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Modifications to Backcountry Camping Permits

first_imgPhoto: Dawn breaks over the Blue Ridge Mountains – Getty Images Groups of campers larger than ten (10) people are prohibited.No More than six (6) people are allowed to occupy any one campsite.Camping at Johns River Road will be limited to 2 sites (10-person total area capacity)Camping at Basin Cove will be limited to 8 sites (10-person total area capacity)Camping at CCC Camp will be limited to 8 sites (10-person total area capacity) Camping more than three (3) consecutive nights in any camping area is prohibited. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at the Blue Ridge Parkway is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels. The Blue Ridge Parkway is limiting the allowable camping permits at established backcountry campsites located at CCC Camp (Rock Castle Gorge, Milepost 167.1), Basin Cove (Bluffs North and South, Milepost 244.7), and John’s River Road (Milepost 296.9) to total occupancy of 10 people or less respectively. New backcountry camping restrictions are as follows: Permits may be acquired by phone only from district offices closest to backcountry site location. More information related to backcountry camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway is available on the park website. (NC/VA) – The Blue Ridge Parkway is announcing additional modifications to its operations in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of March 22, 2020, and in order to best provide for social distancing as called for in state and CDC guidance, the Parkway will impose a 10-person maximum use permit at all backcountry camping locations. The NPS encourages people who choose to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. Outdoor spaces at the Blue Ridge Parkway remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance.last_img read more

The 5 phases of strategic planning

first_imgOne of the Board’s primary responsibilities is to set direction for the organization through strategic planning.A strategic plan or framework serves as a roadmap and a tool for assessing the credit union’s progress.Working side-by-side with the Leadership Team, the Board should play an active and essential role in developing, approving, and supporting your organization’s strategic plan.The nature of strategic planning is changing in response to the turbulence caused by the recent recession and the challenges of planning in a constantly changing environment.However, regardless of type of planning process your organization follows, all strategic planning often unfolds in a series of five phases, with each phase building on the one that came before.When beginning a new phase of strategic planning, it is important to keep a few key questions in mind.Phase 1: PLANNING TO PLANThe planning to plan phase focuses on what the strategic planning process will look like and who will be involved.  The CEO is responsible for preparing the staff and Board.  Begin by addressing the following questions: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Condemns Anti-Health Care Ruling, Vows to Protect Pennsylvanians

first_img Healthcare,  Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman and Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller today condemned a Texas federal judge’s decision ruling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional, saying this action could jeopardize comprehensive health coverage for millions of Pennsylvanians. However, the Wolf Administration reminded consumers any health plans they have purchased or buy today, the final day of open enrollment for 2019 coverage starting January 1, will still contain vital protections such as those for pre-existing conditions, preventive care, mental health and substance use disorder, and prescription drugs while the court proceedings play out.“If this decision were to be upheld by the higher courts, it could jeopardize coverage for the over 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who have gained coverage only available to them because of the ACA,” Governor Wolf said. “This would move our health care system backwards to a time when millions of Pennsylvania residents weren’t protected from losing their insurance and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate was almost triple today’s rate. These outcomes are simply unacceptable. If any court does damage to the Affordable Care Act, I vow to do everything in my power to enact changes at the state level to protect Pennsylvanians, especially vulnerable populations and those with pre-existing conditions.”“We fully anticipate an immediate appeal of this decision, and expect the courts will ultimately keep the ACA and its vital protections for millions of Americans in place, as they have consistently ruled in previous legal challenges,” Commissioner Altman continued. “It is important for all consumers to understand that the plans they are enrolled in today have not changed and any individual health plans they have purchased during open enrollment will still contain these important comprehensive benefits for 2019. Open enrollment continues today, and anyone purchasing a plan on will also have access to coverage for their children up to age 26, and get all the essential health benefits guaranteed by the ACA.”“Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, along with his entire administration’s work to get more people insured, has led to our state’s uninsured rate dropping to an all-time low of 5.5 percent in 2017,” Secretary Miller said. “We will continue to fight to protect the comprehensive coverage for vulnerable Pennsylvanians, including Medicaid access, especially for people with pre-existing and chronic conditions and substance use and mental health disorders. We want more Pennsylvanians to have coverage and access, not less.”The Wolf Administration said a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found about 27 percent of Pennsylvanians, roughly 3.5 million people, have pre-existing conditions. These include such common conditions as asthma, high blood pressure, or a prior history of breast cancer. Individuals with these conditions and others could have coverage for these conditions denied if this ruling were to ultimately stand. This was the case prior to passage of the ACA, when Americans were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums if they had pre-existing health issues. December 15, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Condemns Anti-Health Care Ruling, Vows to Protect Pennsylvanianslast_img read more

Insurer tenders $130m global mid and small cap mandate via IPE Quest [updated]

first_imgAn insurer is searching for global mid and small cap equity strategies for a $130m (€114m) mandate, via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2563, the asset owner is after a high-conviction, concentrated strategy to be implemented via a segregated account – fund solutions are not wanted.The insurer said ‘high conviction’ would “not necessarily” be defined by the strategy’s active share or tracking error, but said it “would expect 50-70 positions”.The investor has specified the process should be active, and the style “growth”. The tracking error should be at least 1.5%, and the benchmark should be the S&P Global MidSmallCap index, denominated in US dollars. Small-cap only or mid-cap only managers are not being sought, and multi-manager options will not be accepted.Interested parties should have at least $750m in assets under management in the asset class, and $1bn as a firm. A track record of at least five years would be preferred, although the absolute minimum is three years. The investor has requested live track records only.The deadline is 27 September at 5pm UK time.This article was updated on 10 September 2019 to add further information provided by the investor.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Family violence is still not just a male problem

first_imgREPRINTED fromNZ Herald 13 May 2016The NZ Herald is to be congratulated for its series highlighting NZ’s atrocious record of family violence, but there is an inconvenient truth not being spoken, and reinforced by Kyle McDonald’s column Domestic violence is a male problem (May 11).Kyle McDonald is partly right – but based on the facts, he’s also partly wrong. Family violence is not just a male problem.If we as a nation are really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about family violence in all its forms and all its causes.The last time I spoke up about this issue was in 2011 and the political response and condemnation was swift.But I’m more interested in the facts and research and solving the problem than concerns around being politically incorrect.Here are the facts.The Ministry of Justice’s most recent NZ Crime and Safety Survey 2014 found that 6% of women and 4% of men were victims of violence from an intimate partner during the year, and that 26% of women and 14% of men have experienced partner violence at least once in their lifetime.Last year, research conducted in association with the Department of Internal Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand and the Canterbury Men’s Centre found that 38% of recent victims of family violence in the Canterbury region had been male and that male victims were not gaining support. The researcher said that media coverage has only focused on female victims and that there is reluctance for men to speak up as victims of family violence.As one male victim shared in a story as part of the NZ Herald series this week, “I guess I kept it private because it was embarrassing. I eventually talked to a few close friends around the time we separated. They were shocked.”The Family Violence Death Review in 2012 revealed that children were more often killed by their mothers than any other group of suspects, and that family violence death victims were almost evenly proportioned across male and female adults and children. The resultant heading in the NZ Herald was “Children most at risk from mothers.”Where was the indignant outcry from the politicians then?A 2009 report on family violence by the Families Commission – a government organisation – also identified that 48% of abuse and neglect in 2006 was committed by women. And just last year, Starship hospital child protection team leader Dr Patrick Kelly said “..In very young infants the mother can often be the offender, particularly if there are issues like postnatal depression.”In the just-released Ministry of Social Development paper on gangs and their social cost, it said in relation to substantiated findings of abuse or neglect by gang members “Mothers were just as likely to be the alleged perpetrator as the gang member father”. Prominent New Zealand researcher Professor David Fergusson argues that we need to broaden our perspective “away from the view that domestic violence is usually a gender issue involving male perpetrators and female victims and toward the view that domestic violence most commonly involves violent couples who engage in mutual acts of aggression.”Ex-ACT MP and journalist Deborah Coddington said “Men are physically stronger, cause more damage and fear, but women are abusers too and domestic violence can be mutual. We need to focus on where it happens, not politicise it by blaming all men.”Ideology (and political correctness) is blinding us to the protection of all victims of family violence, and the need to tackle all perpetrators.In the UK, data from the Home Office statistical bulletins show that men made up about 40% of domestic violence victims each year between 2005 and 2009.In the USA, a 2010 report from California State University examined 275 scholarly investigations, 214 empirical studies and 61 reviews. It demonstrated that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men.And it’s not just heterosexual couples at war. The U.S. Center for Disease Control’s “National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey” found that same-sex couples reported levels of intimate partner violence at rates equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals, and that same-sex couples experience sexual violence at much higher rates than heterosexual men and women.The Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire found that the overall rates of violence for cohabiting couples were twice as high as for married couples and the overall rate for “severe” violence was nearly five times as high for cohabiting couples as it was for married couples.If we’re really serious about reducing family violence, we need to talk about family violence, our violent culture, and the role alcohol and drugs and family breakdown and instability play in fueling this environment.We all – men, women and children – need to pledge to stop violence towards men, women and children.We have a family violence issue – not a gender violence issue.ENDS read more

Pardew thriving on rivalry

first_img The 51-year-old added: “For me, this fixture is important because I think it’s great for the Premier League to have Newcastle and Sunderland in the division – and I hope we both are for next year. We are both fighting for that at the moment.” Pardew and then Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill were involved in a heated exchange during the corresponding fixture last season, but the former West Ham manager will face a different opponent this weekend. He wrote to Paolo Di Canio following his appointment at the Stadium of Light, and is relishing the chance to go head-to-head with him. Pardew said: “He’s a winner and I have got no problem with anything he has done or said since he has been at Sunderland in terms of how he has conducted himself with us. “He is very professional and that’s how he will be on the sideline, I am sure. He knows the spotlight will be on him, as it is on me as Premier League managers, and we have to conduct ourselves in the right manner. “I have said before that this fixture has a little bit too much of a personal level of intensity. Actually, it’s a game of football, that’s what it is, and hopefully the better team will win on Sunday. We are in good form. We have got some players coming back who make us a little bit stronger, and I think it’s a tough game for Sunderland.” Pardew’s derby record to date is impressive – he is unbeaten in four attempts, a run which includes a win and two draws at the Stadium of Light – but he would dearly love to record a first home victory this weekend. He said: “It’s a passionate game played by two clubs who are 15 miles apart or whatever it is, passionate Mackems, passionate Geordies. But we have got 50,000 and that gives us a slight advantage, and I am sure they will want to make themselves heard.” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will attempt to plunge Sunderland deeper into relegation trouble on Sunday even though he believes the Barclays Premier League needs both north-east clubs. The two sides will meet at St James’ Park with the stakes as high as they have been for years. Victory for Newcastle – they last lost to their neighbours on home turf in 2000 – would leave the Black Cats facing an uphill task to drag themselves out of trouble with just five games remaining, while an away win would suck the Magpies back into the mix. Pardew said: “Sometimes, the north-east gets a little bit left to one side. The Manchester clubs get a lot of attention and London clubs do, and it’s nice that we have raised the profile of north-east football.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hockey News Hockey World Cup 2018: France stun Olympic champions Argentina, New Zealand knock Spain out

first_imgBhubaneswar: France stunned Olympic champions Argentina 5-3 to cause the biggest upset of the Hockey World Cup 2018 in their must-win last Pool A match and book a place in the knock-out stage of the men’s hockey World Cup. After New Zealand and Spain played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the day, world no. 20, the lowest ranked side in the competition, France needed an outright win to qualify for the cross-overs and they came out with intent to achieve the goal. France ended their pool engagements on the second spot behind toppers Argentina (6 points) on four points on account of a better goal difference than New Zealand (4 points). France secured the second spot with a goal difference of +1 as against New Zealand’s -2 (minus 2). Spain will have to pack their bags and leave early as they have been eliminated from the tournament. As per the format of the tournament, the top four teams from four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths. In the last Pool A match, France scored four field goals through Hugo Genestet (18th minute), Aristide Coisne (26th), Gaspard Baumgarten (30th) and Francois Goyet (54th), while the other goal came from a penalty corner conversion by skipper Victor Charlet (23rd).  World no. 2 Argentina’s goals came from the sticks of Lucas Martinez (28th) and two penalty corner strikes from Gonzalo Peillat (44th, 48th).Read More | Neymar injury mars Paris Saint-Germain’s match against BordeauxEarlier, New Zealand fought back two goals down to hold Spain to a 2-2 draw in their penultimate Pool A match and qualify for the knock-out stages of the World Cup here.  Read More | Superclasico and Old Firm: Here is a look ‘deadly’ football rivalriesWorld no. 8 Spain scored two field goals in the opening two quarters through Albert Beltran (9th minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th) to go into the halfway break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.  But the Black Sticks made a stupendous comeback in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored through Hayden Phillips (50th) and Kane Russell (56th) to share the spoils and secure their place in the cross-over round of the tournament.  It was the Black Sticks who had the first shy at the goal in the sixth minute but Hugo Inglis strike from close range was saved by Spain captain and goalkeeper Quico Cortes.  But it was Spain who struck first when Beltran scored from a through ball from Pau Quemada.  Thereafter both the teams made a couple of good moves but they lacked the final touch inside the box.  Spain earned their first penalty corner in the 25th minute but failed to utilise the opportunity.  They extended their lead in the 27th minute when Iglesias scored from close range in the midst of a crowd of Black Sticks from a Ricardo Santana feed.  After an uneventful third quarter, New Zealand pulled a goal back in the 50th minute through Phillips, who received a pass from Inglis on the left side and took his time to smash it into the roof of the net.  Pumped up by the goal, New Zealand went all out in search of the equaliser and four minutes from the final hooter their efforts bore fruit when Russell found the back of the net from the Black Sticks only penalty corner of the match. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more