Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying

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Umphrey’s McGee To Debut 2 Songs On Vinyl Ahead Of New Album’s Release

first_imgYesterday, we reported on the forthcoming new record by Umphrey’s McGee called it’s not us, to be released in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary. Set to be released on January 12th, it’s not us is somewhat of a mystery, with very few details released at this time. However, buried in the list of releases scheduled for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday, the band announced a limited edition vinyl single, each side occupied by a new song from it’s not us.On November 24th, Umphrey’s will release one thousand 12″ custom die-cut records with one track from it’s not us on either side: “The Silent Type” on Side A, and “Looks” on Side B. Both are brand new songs that haven’t even been road tested before. The description lists “The Silent Type” as “classic UM: its infectious riff rock, the musical equivalent of the record’s unique shape, sawing through your turntable.” “Looks” is described as “an uptempo driving composition penned by virtuoso guitarist Jake Cinninger.”“Classic UM;” “infectious riff rock;” “uptempo driving composition;” These phrases should get any fan of Umphrey’s McGee really excited. If you are in fact excited and interested in purchasing this record, you can check if your local record store will be carrying “The Silent Type” / “Looks” by visiting the Record Store Black Friday website.last_img read more

John Mayer Releases Solo Track, “New Light” [Listen]

first_imgToday, John Mayer has released a new track, “New Light”. Produced by John Mayer and No ID, “New Light” is being released through Mayer’s own label, Snack Money, and was premiered today on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’.While the pop star-turned-Dead & Company vocalist/guitarist spends most of his free time in the studio, this new release will mark his first since 2017’s The Search For Everything. As teased on social media two days ago, “New Light” satisfies Mayer’s “summer bop” persona, matched with the cover photo above.The Search For Everything came four years after 2013’s Paradise Valley. While the time gap was never suggestive of Mayer taking any sort of musical break, it became clear that the time was spent working on himself. Now, he’s full speed ahead.“New Light” features the light-hearted, love-locked lyrics for which Mayer is affectionately known by his pop fans, as well as the gritty guitar riffs that keep blues aficionados coming back for more.Listen to John Mayer’s “New Light” below: <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>As of now, information has been shared regarding whether or not there is more solo music coming from John Mayer, but we’ll keep our teenage alter ego’s fingers crossed. Catch John Mayer on Dead & Company tour this summer, and head to his website for more information.Dead & Company 2018 Tour Dates:WED 5/30/2018 Mansfield, MA Xfinity CenterFRI 6/1/2018 Camden, NJ BB&T PavilionSAT 6/2/2018 Camden, NJ BB&T PavilionMON 6/4/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music CenterWED 6/6/2018 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterFRI 6/8/2018 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at LakewoodSAT 6/9/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut CreekMON 6/11/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts CenterWED 6/13/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY TheatreFRI 6/15/2018 New York, NY Citi FieldSAT 6/16/2018 New York, NY Citi FieldTUE 6/19/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake AmphitheaterWED 6/20/2018 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music CenterFRI 6/22/2018 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music TheatreSAT 6/23/2018 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music TheatreFRI 6/29/2018 George, WA Gorge AmphitheatreSAT 6/30/2018 Eugene, OR Autzen StadiumMON 7/2/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline AmphitheaterTUE 7/3/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline AmphitheaterFRI 7/6/2018 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm AmphitheatreSAT 7/7/2018 Los Angeles, CA Dodger StadiumWED 7/11/2018 Albuquerque, NM Isleta AmphitheaterFRI 7/13/2018 Boulder, CO Folsom FieldSAT 7/14/2018 Boulder, CO Folsom FieldView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

5 Ways to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

first_imgDuring National Service Dog Month, we’ve invited a few of the canine contributors at Dell to share their insights with us on Direct2Dell – as told to their humans. Today we hear from Maggie who shared with her human Travis Peterson tips for teaching an old dog new tricks.Hey, who are you calling old!?I’m in my early thirties, thank you very much! Well, I’m just a little over four years old in your human years. So be careful who you call old!Let’s start over. My name is Maggie. I am a service dog for my human, Travis. We’ve been a team for a year and a half now, but I know we were always meant to be together. Travis says it best:“The first day we met I was having an exceedingly rough day, the lowest levels of depression that comes with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. I was in a room with others when Maggie came in. I looked up and she walked right to me, looked me in the eyes, ignoring all the others in the room. Immediately I felt a release. Just like that, Maggie helped me relax, and I felt a calm come over me.”So that’s what I do – I help Travis cope with his heightened anxiety levels that came from his years in the military. When I sense him getting upset, I come right up to him for a snuggle, acting as a barrier between him and whatever is causing his angst. And I have to say, I’m pretty darn good at my job. In fact, Travis hasn’t needed medication for his PTSD since I came into his life. Now that’s an accomplishment!I wasn’t always a service dog, though. In my younger years, I was actually in charge of keeping cattle in line. Things got a little hairy on that job. In fact, right before Travis and I became partners, a piece of cattle tag was found in my belly. What can I say? That cow needed to learn a lesson.So I guess you can teach a not so old dog new tricks. I went from cattle herding to being a coping partner for Travis. Have you ever considered changing careers? Moving from one industry to another? It can be a bit daunting, so as an expert dog, let me give you some advice on how to teach an old dog new tricks:1. Build on your skills and passionsYour resume may not be a laundry list of experiences within your newly chosen field, but that doesn’t mean you lack the skills to be hired and to be successful. My breed alone made me a good fit for my job as a service dog. I offer intelligence from my Labrador Retriever side and fearlessness from my Great Pyrenees side. I came into my new role knowing that I would be a good fit due to my temperament and willingness to learn. Beyond that, I just love people and I’m thrilled to have a job centered around my passion.2. Be humbleLike I said, I was eager to learn, but I was also willing to be taught. You may have the passion it takes to enter your new career path, but are you willing to learn, to listen, to observe? I had to go back to school in order to land my current job with Travis. You may have been top dog in your old career, but with your new path, you may have to be a bit humble and start from the beginning.3. Ask for helpLearning a new trick is overwhelming at times. When I was in school, there was so much I had to learn about humans and how to understand their feelings. They are a lot different from cows, that much I can tell you! However, when I didn’t understand, I asked for help. And I learned that people really like to help other people, but they can’t sense your feelings like I can. You have to actually ask for the help.4. Be patientThe ideal job may not fall in your lap right away. You may have to sniff around at different opportunities before you find that perfect fit for the next step in your career. This is a big step; be patient, don’t rush into it.5. Take the first stepIt is a big step, but you are ready for it! All it takes to get started is that first step. Put yourself out there, reach out and open doors. Or, if you lack opposable thumbs like me, scratch at the door and make yourself heard and seen!Maggie is a 110 pound Labrador Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix.  She was rescued off the streets of Austin, Texas, in June 2015 and quickly deemed fit to be trained as a service dog due to her calm demeanor and intelligence.  Her favorite pastimes are sleeping, eating and saying hello to everyone she meets.last_img read more

Freshmen participate in sociology study

first_imgFitbits, the activity tracking wristbands, have become a popular identifying feature of Notre Dame freshmen this year. Five hundred Fitbit-wearing freshmen are participating in a study called NetHealth, which aims to explore the relationship between social networks and health.Notre Dame sociologists David Hachen and Omar Lizardo, in conjunction with University computer scientists Aaron Striegel and Christian Poellabauer, are conducting the study. Hachen said the National Institute of Health is funding the study through a $3 million grant.“The National Institute of Health is very interested in the social conditions that influence peoples’ behaviors, like sleep, diet and activity,” Hachen said.According to the NetHealth website, the Fitbit devices will be used to track each student’s sleep and fitness, while a monitoring app on their smartphones will record social activity. The study therefore attempts to find a connection between social activity and health, one already seen by freshman Brian Quigley, who is participating in the study.“I can see my friends on Fitbit and how many steps they have, and so I always want to have more steps than them,” Quigley said. “It’s a way to compete in a friendly manner.”Hachen said he believes “our patterns and health related behaviors are amplified by the people we hang out with.” The challenge, though, he said, will be determining the direction of the causality between friendship and health.“The biggest puzzle is we believe we are affected in our behaviors, attitudes, and taste by who we hang out with,” Hachen said. “… It’s also the case that we tend to choose as our friends people that are similar to us, so we’re trying to disentangle whether your networks are influencing you, or you select the networks to be like you.”In looking to solve that puzzle, Striegel said one of the major questions in this study is, “Do you conform to the group, or do you change the group?”Hachen said the researchers plan to note changes in each student’s social groups over time, which is made possible by the continuous data collection from the Fitbits and smartphones.“People’s networks are much more fluid than most social scientists have ever thought,” Hachen said. “So we want to look at how people’s networks change, because if I’m not healthy and I hang out with someone who is healthy, I could become more healthy, or I could stop hanging out with them. I could change my network.”Hachen also said the study’s use of Fitbits and smartphones will make it more accurate than similar past studies, which usually rely only on surveys for information.“On surveys, you may not tell the truth, you may not remember or recall your social networks. … By this method, we get continuous, reliable data that’s probably better than the self-reports that come from surveys.”In addition, Striegel said the study can be used to “improve the health of the network,” since the researchers receive data on how many times people try and fail to connect to the network in different locations on campus, thus allowing them to identify the network’s weaker points.Hachen said in the next few months the study will be expanded to include about 400 more students — without Fitbits — who, through smartphones and surveys, will further contribute to the data collection. Further, Hachen said in the future he hopes to perform the same study at different universities and with different age groups.Tags: Fitbit, NetHealth, sociologylast_img read more

Southern Vermont College dedicates Hunter Hall

first_imgSouthern Vermont College will dedicate on Saturday its newest addition to campus, the 41,000 square foot Hunter Hall, which includes living space for more than 110 additional students as well as a high tech Simulation Laboratory and a Science Laboratory for student learning, office and conference space, computer lab and Wellness Center. The SVC community has invited the public to join students, trustees, faculty and staff, public officials, major donors, and contractors for a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, at 11 am in the Greenberg Atrium of Hunter Hall. The event will be followed by a reception and tours.“Southern Vermont College is very proud of this beautiful new addition,” said President Karen Gross, who remarked that it is the first major building the school has built in 17 years. “This is a multi-purpose structure that personifies all the possibilities a career launching education at SVC offers.” The facility includes a permanent state-of-the-art Simulation Lab where students in nursing and other health care programs can practice a wide range of skills on anatomically correct, computer programmed, interactive patient simulators. The Sim Lab, one of only a handful in the state of Vermont, provides a valuable, realistic tool for students in the burgeoning field of health care, according to SVC Division Nursing Chair Patricia Wrightsman. “Having a Sim family – father, mother (who gives birth), young child and infant – and the supporting technology, facilitates clinical training in all areas of patient care in the safety of an on-campus lab.”The living and learning spaces that comprise Hunter Hall and Greenberg Atrium were made possible by private donors, institutions and organizations, including donations by the late Irene Hunter of Manchester and by Norman and Selma Greenberg of Bennington. Support for the science labs came from several entities including Senior Whole Health, SVC trustee Deborah Wiley, Adirondack Audio & Visual, and Federal support secured with assistance from Senator Patrick Leahy. Significant donations of equipment from Rutland Regional Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock.Medical Center also made the science labs possible.“This remarkable building happened because of the remarkable generosity and hard work of many individuals. The project, completed both on time and on budget, is cause for celebration,” Gross added. Reverend Jerrod Hugenot of the Bennington Interfaith Council and First Baptist Church will open the event with a non-sectarian dedication and Southern Vermont College Trustee Mary Wicker will speak on behalf of the College’s Board.The college broke ground on the $7.5 million building in June 2008 and was ready for students to occupy two of its wings in January 2009, a construction feat that is essentially unheard of, according to Chief Financial Officer James Beckwith. Beckwith credits the many local and regional contractors brought in for getting the job done in record time. Keeping this a project that would benefit local businesses was also a priority for SVC. “Most of the contractors were Bennington-based or resided within a 50 mile radius and most of the supplies were locally purchased,” Beckwith said. The new building uses many green technologies, including heavy insulation and efficient lighting.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 22 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s intercollegiate athletics teams are part of the New England Collegiate Conference. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Source: SVC.last_img read more

Brazil Donates Three Tucano Advanced Trainers to Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo January 04, 2011 The aircraft’s name is T-27 and not Tucano 727, and the picture shows an A-29B Super Tucano, which is an improved version of the T-27 Tucano aircraft. Brazil has turned over three Tucano 727 planes for advanced pilot training to the Paraguayan Air Force and has received in exchange four Xavantes planes out of service since 2007 and an old Boeing 707. The country’s president, Fernando Lugo, participated in the ceremony. “The Tucanos aren’t new, they’re refurbished, but they’ll serve for combat practice by our pilots,” Brig. Gen. Miguel Christ Jacbos, commandant of the Air Force, explained at a press conference. The planes, he affirmed, are unarmed for that reason and can carry two people, the pilot and the student. The Paraguayan officer explained that “legally, the Tucanos are a donation from the Brazilian government, by means of a law approved by the Congress, but in exchange, the Paraguayan state formally donated the 1967-model Boeing 707 to Brazil.” The aircraft’s empty weight is 1810 kg, and its maximum weight is 3175 kg. The wingspan is 11.14 m. The military cooperation includes technical advice and logistics, among other things, according to information provided by the Armed Forces Communication Directorate. The Boeing 707 made its last flight in 2005, carrying the Paraguayan soccer team to Quito to compete in a match in the elimination rounds for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was the last survivor of the fleet of the extinct Paraguayan airline Líneas Aéreas Paraguayas (LAP), sold to the Ecuadorean airline Cielos de América for thirty million dollars in 1991. The Paraguayan president received the three military planes during an event held at the “Silvio Pettirossi” Base of the First Air Brigade, better known as the Air Tactical Group, located in the city of Luque. The head of state viewed the planes and climbed up on a wing, where he received technical explanations from one of the Paraguayan pilots. Other participants in the ceremony were the Brazilian ambassador, Eduardo Dos Santos, and the head of the Brazilian Air Force General Staff, Manuel Sandín de Rezende.last_img read more

USS Nicholas, Coast Guard Team Intercept Drug Shipment Worth More Than $6 Million

first_img Guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) employed airborne use of force (AUF) to stop a vessel suspected of transporting illegal drugs, June 19, in support of Operation Martillo. The interdiction operation recovered 275 pounds of marijuana and 500 pounds of cocaine, a combined wholesale value of more than $6 million. “This interdiction is a clear example of our commitment to produce a safer and more secure region where criminal organizations no longer wield the power to destabilize governments,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F). “These organizations threaten national and regional security and public safety, so we need to prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs, violence, and transnational threats to countries throughout the region and to the United States.” A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion initially detected the speedboat. The drug traffickers then began to jettison the contraband when the P-3 turned over tracking of the speedboat to Nicholas while USCG District Eleven assumed control of the interdiction effort. An embarked SH-60 helicopter was launched with an AUF gunner on board to intercept the speedboat and mark the debris field with a smoke float. In an attempt to get the vessel to stop, the gunner fired warning shots across the bow and aft of the speedboat. When the vessel did not stop, the gunner fired disabling rounds, bringing the speedboat to a stop. Nicholas then launched a rigid-hull inflatable boat with Coast Guardsmen from the LEDET and seized the speedboat. “More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats,” said Harris. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, we will deny transnational organized crime networks these routes.” Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a National Task Force charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area primarily in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of operations. Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. By Dialogo July 05, 2012 Good feature story, but unfortunately it does not specify the area off the coast of what country. They only mention Central America. The naval forces of some countries of Central America have boats donated by the United States, with the exception of Guatemala which still has old patrol boats, that usually are kept in repair. What is the problem against Guatemala? The internal armed conflict is over, so?last_img read more

Freeport Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot dead in Freeport over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting gunshots fired on Colonial Avenue just east of North Main Street, where Lyreek Crawley was found in a backyard with a bullet wound to the head at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Britain ranks flu pandemic among top threats

first_img The document is part of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s overhaul of homeland security strategy, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. It said Brown ordered the drafting of a list of threats shortly after he replaced Tony Blair in June 2007, arguing that previously classified assessments should be made public. See also: Calling itself “a first attempt to inform the public more fully of the types of risks that we face,” the report invites readers to provide feedback for consideration in future updates. The report is described as “an assessment of the most significant emergencies which the United Kingdom and its citizens could face over the next five years,” including accidents, natural events, and malicious attacks. The National Risk Register, prepared by Britain’s Cabinet Office, depicts pandemic flu as the biggest threat in terms of potential impact on the country, well above such risks as terrorist attacks, coastal flooding, and major industrial accidents. It says a pandemic could infect as much as half of the British population and kill as many as 750,000. Noting that 228,000 Britons died in the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the document says that history, scientific evidence, and modeling suggest that up to half the UK population could contract the flu and between 50,000 and 750,000 people could die of it. Previous government assessments also have mentioned the possibility of 750,000 deaths, the AP story said. “Experts agree that there is a high probability of another influenza pandemic occurring, but it is impossible to forecast its exact timing or the precise nature of its impact,” the report states. Aug 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A new report from the British government ranks pandemic influenza very high on the list of major security threats to the United Kingdom. The government also has “advanced supply agreements” to buy enough doses of pandemic-specific vaccine for the whole population, if needed, but delivery of the first doses would not start until 4 to 6 months after the emergence of the pandemic, according to the report. Full text of report “Normal life is likely to face wider social and economic disruption, significant threats to the continuity of essential services, lower production levels, shortages and distribution difficulties,” the document states. The document also discusses the threat of other new and emerging infectious diseases. It says the risk that a major new disease will arise in or spread to Britain is low. However, the emergence of a flu pandemic or other widespread infectious disease abroad could cause some of the 12 million British nationals living abroad to return home, which would have “a short term but significant impact” on the areas where they settle. The Register is intended to help people improve their own preparedness for the various threats. It lists further information resources, discusses business continuity planning, and offers suggestions for individual, family, or community-based preparations. The 52-page report portrays a pandemic as somewhat less likely than terrorist attacks on transport and crowded places but just slightly less likely than severe weather. The report does not suggest a numeric probability for any given event, but it portrays the comparative likelihood and impacts of various threats on a graph. Although the report does not rank threats in order of overall seriousness, a spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said it does indicate that a pandemic is considered the most pressing concern, the AP reported. British Cabinet Office page with introductory information and links to the reporthttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/reports/national_risk_register.aspx Concerning preparations, it says the government has stockpiled enough oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to treat up to 25% of the population. “This should be sufficient to treat all those who fall ill in a pandemic of similar proportions to those that occurred in the 20th century,” it states.last_img read more