8 May
2021

Pac-12 football plans remain in holding pattern

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAny plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference.The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23.The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices.The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. Written by Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/Pac-12 September 16, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Pac-12 football plans remain in holding pattern Associated Presslast_img read more

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7 May
2021

GDC wins licence extension for Matanda block in Cameroon

first_img The block is situated in the northern part of the Douala Basin. (Credit: Terry McGraw from Pixabay.) Gaz du Cameroun (GDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Victoria Oil & Gas, has secured ministerial approval for the extension of the Matanda block licence in Cameroon.The Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development of Cameroon has approved one year extension from 17 December this year for the exploration phase of the licence.Located adjacent to GDC’s Logbaba concession, the 1,235km2 Matanda block is said to offer an easy monetisation route for gas discoveries.The block is situated in the northern part of the Douala Basin, with approximately 30% of it located in shallow water, whilst the remainder is onshore.In 2018, GDC secured a 75% stake in the block and became its operator. Afex Global, an independent oil exploration and production (E&P) company, holds the remaining 25% interest.Prospective Resources of Matanda Bbock increased to 1,196 BcfIn July this year, GDC reported a material increase in management’s estimate of prospective resources, onshore Matanda.Prospective resources on the Matanda Block increased to 1,196 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from the previously reported 903 Bcf.The increase in estimates was due to a detailed internal prospect evaluation that found 19 gas prospects in shallower Tertiary-aged reservoirs, as well as seven prospects in deeper, Cretaceous-aged prospects.Victoria Oil & Gas CEO Roy Kelly said: “We are extremely pleased to have received this extension for one year.“The first well will undoubtedly be in the onshore area where nearby wells in the Bomono license have derisked the shallower plays, and proximity to the GDC-operated gas distribution infrastructure allows easier monetisation of discoveries.“We are further encouraged by the ESIA that will soon be completed.” The Matanda block is located adjacent to GDC’s Logbaba concession, offering an easy monetisation route for gas discoverieslast_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

The Disco Biscuits ‘Spraypaint’ A Friday Night Victory On Day Two At Camp Bisco [Video]

first_imgWhat has been a stellar Camp Bisco this year, continued on Day Two with some serious sets from acts such as Odesza, Griz, Thundercat, Lettuce, 12th Planet, The Polish Ambassador, Mija, and more. And, as always, day two witnessed two full sets of pure, unadulterated Biscuits, which featured monster inverted “Mulberry’s Dream” in the first set that came out of “Caterpillar”. Also of note during the first set was the dark, techno jam that came out of “Feeling Twisted” (check it out below around the 1:22:00 mark).Second set was non-stop party as the Philly band opened up with “Strobelights & Martinis > Spraypaint”, and instead of going into “Rainbow Song” the Biscuits took a re-route to “Lunar Pursuit > Helicopters (ending only). The beginning of “Nughuffer” finished off the dyslexic version that the band began the previous day, and finished the set properly with the ending section of “Spraypaint”.Check out video of the first set from Day Two below, courtesy of UphoricTV Presents. We will update when set two is available:The Disco Biscuits Setlist – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA – 7/15/16Set 1: Jamilia > Park Ave. > Caterpillar > Mulberry’s Dream* > Feeling Twisted > CaterpillarSet 2: Strobelights & Martinis > Spraypaint > Lunar Pursuit > Helicopter#, Spaga, Nughuffer > Spraypaint[cover photo courtesy of Dave Vann @dv_in_sf and Camp Bisco]last_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

City Of The Sun Announces Extended Residency At Blue Note Jazz Club

first_imgBlue Note Jazz Club and City Of The Sun have just announced an upcoming prolific late night residency, spanning from October 2016 through January 2017, at the Blue Note Jazz Club on weekend nights at 12:30AM. Following a recent sold out headlining performance at Irving Plaza on Fri, Oct 14, City Of The Sun is gearing up for four Blue Note late night shows, promising to deliver surprise special guests and new original music.City of the Sun is an instrumental post-rock trio based in Brooklyn, NY. Formed in 2011, COS features guitarists John Pita, Avi Snow, and percussionist Zach Para. They gained their initial popularity in NYC playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Performing at Ted talk conferences and Sofar Sounds secret shows helped to bring their worldly, “genre-bending” sound to more ears––cross-country and world-wide. Their live LP, “to the sun and all the cities in between” was released in March 2016, landing at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.To get you in the mood for the upcoming residency, City Of The Sun has shared a teaser video for their brand new song “Sugar.” Check out the exciting new video below, exclusively via L4LM.The residency will include four dates in total: October 28th, November 11th, November 26th, and January 6th. Tickets for each show can be found by clicking the corresponding date. You can also find out more information about the band and shows by heading to the band’s website.We can’t wait for this exciting residency! Check out the full run artwork below.[Cover photo by Drex Drechsel]last_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

Umphrey’s McGee Continues Brooklyn Takeover With Members Of Snarky Puppy, TAUK, Huntertones [Audio/Photos]

first_imgOn Friday night, Umphrey’s McGee continued their ongoing Wax On, Wax Off tour with their second of three performances at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY.Umphrey’s McGee Pulls Out Rarities, Covers Prince & Blue Öyster Cult In Brooklyn OpenerAs a special treat for NYC fans, Umphrey’s revived the horn-enhanced version of their cover of INXS‘s “What You Need”, which was originally debuted on New Year’s Eve at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. For the set-closing cover, Umphrey’s welcomed out trumpeter Mike Maher (Snarky Puppy), trombonist Chris Ott (Huntertones), and saxophonist Dan White (Huntertones).The horn section returned in the second set for versions of Little Feat‘s “Fat Man In The Bathtub”, which was also debuted on NYE, and their own “Bad Friday”. To close the second set, the band welcomed percussionist Isaac Teel (TAUK) for “August”, which featured a “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson intro.Thanks to taper opsopcopolis, you can listen to the full show below:Umphrey’s McGee – 2/15/19 – Full Audio[Audio: opsopcopolis]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/15/19Set 1: Maybe Someday > Push & Pull, Red Tape, Example 1 > Night Nurse > Little Gift, Wife Soup, What You Need[1]Set 2: Plunger > Turn & Dub, Fat Man in the Bathtub[1], Bad Friday[1], August[2]Encore: Much Obliged[3] > Kula[1] with Mike Maher on trumpet, Chris Ott on trombone, and Dan White on tenor saxophone[2] with Human Nature (Michael Jackson) intro from Ryan; with Isaac Teel and Jake on percussion[3] unfinishedUmphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/15/19 | Photos: Capacity Images Photo: Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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27 Feb
2021

Are You Ready to Bundle?

first_imgAt VMworld US, we talked to many customers, partners and other attendees about some exciting new advancements to our Ready Bundle for Virtualization. Version 2.0 of this powerful solution includes compelling features and benefits, delivering greater flexibility, confidence and time to value.We are also excited to announce that the Ready Bundle is now VMware Validated Design (VVD) certified. This makes it easier than ever for customers to build a private cloud solution following prescriptions for deployment, operation and updates. Learn more by visiting the VMware Compatibility Guide.The Ready Bundle includes the newly designed, 14th generation of Dell EMC’s PowerEdge server portfolio, giving you a secure, scalable compute platform ideal for cloud, analytics or software-defined data center initiatives.According to Michelle Bailey, Chief Research Officer at 451 Research, “The next transition in enterprise architecture will increasingly be built on flexible hyper-converged infrastructures, those that simplify procurement and ongoing operations with a single supplier, lowering risks of implementation while helping speed time to delivery. Dell EMC’s new generation of servers is geared toward addressing many of these issues with intelligent management and automation capabilities.”[1]Storage also gets an upgrade in our Ready Bundle update, so customers can get exactly what they need for your specific application requirements. They can now choose all-flash from our Unity Storage portfolio to suit their performance, capacity and cost parameters.Build a Ready Bundle for Virtualization in Minutes.The Dell EMC System Builder can help customers quickly configure their system, with a comprehensive recommendation optimized for interoperability, performance, and stability.Anxious to learn more? Let’s get ready to bundle! Check out the Ready Bundle for Virtualization solution overview and our handy System Builder.__________________________________________________________________________[1] Press Release – “Dell EMC Drives IT Transformation with the New 14th Generation of PowerEdge Servers,” May 8, 2017last_img read more

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1 Jan
2021

> WCAX-TV’s Creative Services Department Wins Two New York State Broadcasters Association Awards

first_img> The Creative Services Department of WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont has> been awarded two first place honors for Television Commercial> Production and Public Service Announcement in the 2003 New York State> Broadcasters Association Awards. The awards were presented at a> ceremony in Lake George, New York on June 22, 2004.>> The New York State Broadcasters Association conducted its 39th Annual> Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting at the Sagamore Resort Hotel.>> WCAX-TV Head writer Thea Dion and Writer/Producer Eric Ford accepted> the awards from CBS Anchor Dan Rather. WCAX-TV was awarded first> place in the Television Commercial category for Johnny Danger, a spot> for Lenny’s Shoes, written and produced by Eric Ford. First place in> the Television Public Service category was awarded to Bop ‘Til You> Drop, a public service announcement for the Sara Holbrook Community> Center, written and produced by Thea Dion. Bruce Babbitt served as> Art Director and Dan Burke served as videographer/editor on both> projects.>> This competition encourages professional performance and recognizes> outstanding achievement among radio and television stations serving> New York, and all stations in the state are urged to submit entries.> WCAX-TV serves the Burlington, Vermont-Plattsburgh, New York> television market. Stations compete based upon market size.>> “I’m especially proud of the creative team and thankful that they have> been recognized by the News York State Broadcasters Association for> the second year in a row,” said Creative Services Director Jim> Strader. “Their creativity, teamwork, and desire to consistently> deliver the best shows everyday, but I am happy to see them recognized> and honored again.”>> Earlier this year, WCAX-TV’s Creative Services Department was> presented similar awards in the commercial, public service, and> promotional categories in competition of the Vermont Association of> Broadcasters, in Montpelier, Vermont.>> WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont, and is locally> owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This Summer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Beachgoers have begun swarming to the shores of Long Island to cool off now that school is out and summer is in, but the region’s favorite pastime isn’t all fun and games.To keep a day at the beach from turning into a trip to the emergency room, swimmers—and in some cases, even sun worshipers who stay on the sand—should be careful of common local hazards ranging from pollution to rip currents.“As we enjoy the start of summer at our beautiful beaches, it’s important for neighbors to recognize the joy of playing in the ocean is accompanied by the potential for danger,” warned Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray.LI’s shores are not alone in giving bathers something to worry about. Florida leads the nation in shark attacks with the Carolinas close behind given the upswing in recent incidents, some California beaches have been cleaning up oil inexplicably washing ashore and the Gulf Coast is still recovering from the BP oil spill five years ago.Although the issues on the Island aren’t as dangerous as shark bites and oil spills, there are still some risks that can roll ashore worth keeping in mind. Here are six:Swimming was prohibited at Lake Ronkonkoma beach due to increased bacteria levels and a blue-green algae bloom advisory on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Lake Ronkonkoma reopened to swimming on Thursday, July 2, 2015. (Long Island Press photo)A Day At The Petri DishRain doesn’t only keep sunbathers away from the shore when the skies open up, but also can force health officials to temporarily close beaches on sunny days that follow storms.That’s because stormwater runoff washes pathogens—disease-causing bacteria or viruses—into local waterways, which often prompts health officials responsible for testing the water quality to temporarily close affected bathing beaches the day after heavy rains. Bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, officials say.Studies have shown that such pollution is the result of stormwater runoff washing domestic and wild animal waste as well as partly treated human waste from septic tanks and sewage treatment plants into LI’s bays, rivers and streams.The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ranked New York 20th in beach water quality out of 30 states, according to last year’s annual report that examines beach closure data. The ranking by the nonprofit environmental group was the result of 13 percent of samples taken in 2013 exceeding the national Beach Action Value, a system developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to test safe levels of bacteria in the water.Also contributing human waste to bathing beaches are some boaters who flush untreated sewage into local bays even though the EPA made doing that illegal when the South Shore Estuary, Peconic Bay Estuary and the Long Island Sound were all deemed a “no discharge zone” five years ago.The public can help keep beaches open and prevent pathogens from entering waterways by disposing of animal waste properly, maintaining septic systems and reminding boaters to use a pump-out station. Before swimming, check local beaches for any posted warnings by calling Nassau County’s beach hotline at 516-227-9700 and/or Suffolk County’s beach hotline at 631-852-5822.Toxic TidesAside from swimmers avoiding pathogens, those who go fishing or clamming in the waters off LI’s shores have another kind of pollution to worry about.Years after industrial sources polluted the waters with heavy metals such as mercury and carcinogens such as PCBs, those and other toxins have been found in fish and shellfish caught off both the north and south shores of LI, studies have shown.“The primary chemicals of concern in New York City waters and Long Island marine waters are PCBs, dioxin and cadmium,” the New York State Department of Health wrote in its pamphlet on eating locally caught fish. “In Long Island freshwaters the primary chemical is chlordane. These chemicals build up in your body over time.”In its advisory, the health department suggests that fishermen and women limit eating fish caught in certain waterways, with extra precautions urged for children and women under 50. Fish caught in water farther offshore is less contaminated, the agency said.Aside from issuing warnings for certain fish caught in Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay, Jamaica Bay, the South Shore and Peconic Bay, there are also guidelines for freshwater fishing in lakes, ponds and streams around LI, including Freeport Reservoir, Lake Capri, Loft’s Pond, Smith Pond and Fresh Pond.As for clams oysters and other shellfish, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued an emergency closure in May for shellfisheries in Shinnecock Bay after marine biotoxin contamination was found. For the latest advisories, call the DEC’s local shellfish office at 631-444-0480.About 40 volunteers picked up trash on the Montauk beaches collecting everything from shoes and straws to mylar balloons and fishing trash as part of the Surfrider Foundation Clean up on Wednesday, June 17. (Photo credit: Dain Ning)Watch Your StepEven those only going for a long walk on the beach should be careful of debris, as anyone who’s ever stepped on trash buried in the sand at Jones Beach State Park knows too well.Broken glass, rusted metal and fishing line are just some of the garbage that can occasionally be found littering local shores. Not only is it unpleasant for humans to step on such trash, animals are often entangled in discarded ropes and fishing line.“Last year, 56,891 volunteers cleaned and documented 92,677 pounds of debris along 245.52 miles of New York State’s shoreline,” The American Littoral Society said on its website. That total is about the weight of a fully grown sperm whale, which can reach a length of 59 feet.The public can help by disposing of trash properly and volunteering for beach cleanups through the society, The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and other environmentally oriented groups.Tens of thousands of dead bunker fish have been washing up along the Peconic River and Flanders Bay due to low dissolved oxygen levels caused by overabundant nitrogen, which fuel brown and red tides. (Photo: Long Island Coastal Conservation Research Alliance Facebook Page)Red Tide is HighLook no further than the mass turtle die-off and back-to-back fish kills that flooded East End waterways with tens of thousands of dead bunker fish last month for proof that red tide is a problem on LI.Officials and experts credited all three events in Flanders Bay to red tide—an overabundance of algae that contributes to the depletion of oxygen in the water and causes a host of other problems. The blooms are caused by nitrogen pollution.“No question the biggest problem is nitrogen in our waters,” said Jim Gilmore, head of the state DEC’s Bureau of Marine Resources. “We have had several occurrences of fish kills but never of this magnitude. And nitrogen exacerbates the problem. We want the fish in the water, not dying on the beaches. Algal blooms fueled by nitrogen are making it worse.”The toxic condition first emerged in LI waters three decades ago and is widely believed to have contributed to—along with overfishing—the collapse of the local shellfishing industry, which is now a shell of its former self.Excess nitrogen leaches into local bays from a combination of sewage treatment plant outflow pipes, stormwater runoff and antiquated septic tanks. The problem is exacerbated in Suffolk County, where 74 percent of homes and businesses still use septic tanks since most of eastern LI isn’t hooked up to the public sewer system.After the recent fish kills, local health officials warned the public not to touch the dead fish. But people should avoid contact with some of the algae blooms as well—notably the blue-green algae and red tide, which contains neurotoxins that can cause paralysis.Pets are also at risk if they drink from water where blue-green algae is present. In 2013, a dog died after drinking water from an East Hampton pond that was contaminated with blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Similar fatal incidents have been reported nationwide.Swimming in brown tide, which has been spotted in the South Shore bays this summer, is not known to be harmful. But ingesting water with high amounts of algae can be risky. An NRDC study found that those exposed to certain types of algae might suffer from a variety of symptoms such as neurological complaints, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory issues as well as skin and eye irritation.To help prevent algae blooms, choose organic compost instead of fertilizer for yard work and gardening.Lion’s Mane jellyfishThe Lion’s DenFew things ruin a day at the beach like a jellyfish sting—especially if the culprit is the Lion’s Mane jellyfish, which is believed to be the world’s largest.These big, bad jellies are native to the North Atlantic and are no strangers to LI waters. This species of jellyfish can grow to as large as 6-feet wide and 49-feet long. Although the lion’s mane jellyfish has a beautiful crimson-colored, bell-shaped head, be warned that these creatures’ tentacles can leave a very painful sting.Take it from this reporter, who’s personally been stung by the lion’s mane: This jellyfish’s sting can lead to hives and blisters. Don’t ignore signs posted on the beach that warn about jellyfish in the waters, and always use caution when swimming. Beware ‘Grip of The Rip’In addition to all of the above-listed hazards, top among them are rip currents.Rip currents are channels of water that are caused by water pressure building up along the shoreline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).While standing at the water’s edge, swimmers may feel a tugging at their ankles as the water pulls away from shore; this is the undertow. If the pull is strong enough, it can lead to drowning. While an undertow and riptides are dangerous, the number one danger is rip currents, mostly because people have an instinct to swim against it and exhaust themselves to the point of drowning.“When we say beware of the ‘grip of the rip,’ we mean it,” said Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony Santino. “Even the most experienced swimmers can be endangered by rip currents, so it’s imperative to be prepared if a situation arises in the water.”To escape out of a rip current, swimmers should remain calm, swim parallel to the shore and allow the oncoming waves to assist them back to shore. If a swimmer has enough energy, it is strongly advised to signal for help. Always remember to stay within areas that have lifeguards, and don’t swim too far away from shore.Otherwise, have a blast at the beach but don’t forget your sun block.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

7 greatest wealth lessons picked by an entrepreneur who finally ‘made it’

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When Roberto Monaco left Tony Robbins’ company to start his own business, he struggled. For 6 years he had worked as a Peak Performance Strategist and speaker for Anthony Robbins Companies. He gave over 3,000 talks–a good number of them in Portuguese, his native tongue– and was extremely successful, consistently ranking as one of the top performers in his role.But in 2008, Roberto decided to make a change and go into business for himself. Success was not overnight. He quickly discovered that a business owner carries many responsibilities that he’d never dealt with before as a speaker.Roberto’s search for answers led him to attend one of our live workshops in Utah, where he had the first of many breakthroughs that helped him transform his business, his finances and his overall personal fulfillment. Now Roberto runs a very successful business that has helped thousands of people grow their influence.Recently I met up with Roberto again on a live Webcast where he recounted several important lessons that I was able to teach him. Here are the 7 lessons that Roberto says helped transform his life and his business: continue reading »last_img read more

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