Press release: Gibraltar and UK Government agree measures to ensure strong relationship continues

first_img I’m delighted that the sixth meeting with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and his team saw us agree this set of measures to ensure UK-Gibraltar ties will endure and strengthen. Today we have agreed a positive package deal on issues surrounding our exit from the EU, once again demonstrating that we stand shoulder to shoulder with Gibraltarians in our unwavering commitment to the UK-Gibraltar relationship. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen said: This was agreed during today’s constructive Joint Ministerial Council (Gibraltar, European Negotiations) by Minister at the Department for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker and the Chief Minister for Gibraltar Fabian Picardo.The package sets out how we will continue to collaborate closely in a range of important areas, such as on the environment, online gaming, financial services market access, transport and the level of university tuition fees during our Brexit negotiations and beyond.The measures include a commitment to continued market access for financial services, assurance that British Citizens resident in Gibraltar will continue to be eligible for higher education home fee status at English Institutions, enhanced liaison on environmental issues, and that Gibraltar can continue to refer an unlimited number of their patients to the UK for free elective treatment. The full details of the deal are available in the UK Government statement here.Following the meeting, Minister Robin Walker said: Today our bilateral relationship grows stronger and the terms for it to endure are further cemented as we realise the commitment to maintain and enhance market access for Gibraltar service providers into the UK post-Brexit. There is a lot to celebrate in this and a lot of hard work to recognise on the part also of the team in Gibraltar, in particular the Deputy Chief Minister and the Attorney General, and in the UK FCO, DExEU, Treasury, DCMS, Cabinet Office and Downing Street. I extend the gratitude of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the people of Gibraltar to all involved.center_img Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo said: We know the people and businesses of Gibraltar have been asking for certainty, and we have heard them. We are ensuring that Gibraltar’s access to UK markets will continue unchanged until 2020, even in the unlikely event of no deal being reached. This will give us the time we need to work with the Government of Gibraltar to design a new, modernised agreement, based on similar, high standards of regulation and enforcement.last_img read more

Eric Krasno Releases Music Video For New Blues-Heavy Solo Project [Watch]

first_imgBetween his work with Soulive, Lettuce, Phil & Friends, and more recently Billy & The Kids, Eric Krasno has been on fire, with even more exciting projects on the rise. The guitarist recently opened up his own studio in Brooklyn, NY, and, between his performances and production work, managed to find the time for his own music. Last month, he announced plans to release his second-ever studio album, Blood From A Stone.The announcement came with a song “Waitin’ On Your Love,” which today comes in the form of a music video. Krasno described the song to Billboard, saying it is “a song about moving on. Realizing you can’t wait any longer on something that isn’t there.” Mixing together his most traditional influences, he recounts the song as “blues, but psychedelic, and has a hip-hop feel at the same time. The hypnotic vibe is a good introduction for what’s to follow.”He continues, “Growing up, I listened to Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead, along with a lot of hip-hop….When I linked up with Soulive, we played instrumental music, and that’s the path I’ve mostly been on ever since. This record loops back to those initial bands and songs I loved, but with the added experience and influence of the past 20 years.”“Waitin’ On Your Love” is the first record that Krasno takes lead vocals on. “It’s something I didn’t know was there,” he explains. “I would have been totally content just being a guitar player and writing songs for other people, but this inspiration just happened, and I’m really glad it did, because it’s changed things. I didn’t know I had this in me.”Enjoy Krasno’s new single, “Waitin’ On Your Love” below:The Grammy Award-winner’s new release is due out on July 8th, and features members of Soulive, Lettuce, The London Souls and guitarist Derek Trucks. He will tour in support of Blood From A Stone, including a hometown performance at the Brooklyn Bowl on July 7th.For fans of Krasno, do not miss him perform with Neal Evans, Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. for an edition of Foundation Of Funk at The Hall At MP on May 20th. More information can be found here.Check out the new album’s artwork below:[via Billboard]last_img read more

Tina Liu wins Women World Award

first_imgTina Liu, M.B.A., has been honored as a Gold Winner of the Women World Awards in the category of Female Executive of the Year for her contributions to developing a novel technology to make gene therapies safer and more effective. The Women World Awards are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run. Its annual awards program celebrates the achievements of all women in business and the professions behind the year’s most outstanding initiatives. Liu and other award winners will be honored in San Francisco during the SVUS Awards Red Carpet Ceremony and Dinner on Oct. 28.“Gene therapy is proving to be a powerful modality that has the potential to make a life-changing impact on patients across a whole range of diseases. It has been a privilege to work with Kai, George, and the rest of the fantastic team at the Wyss Institute who are striving to make gene therapy a reality for more patients than the small fraction for whom it works today,” said Liu. “I am excited to continue developing our technology for therapeutic use. We believe it could ultimately make a big difference for the entire field.”Liu served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Wyss Institute from 2017 to 2019, working with Founding Core Faculty member George Church and research scientist Ying Kai Chan to develop safer and more efficacious gene therapies. The technology on which Liu focuses dampens innate immune responses against adeno-associated virus (AAV), the most commonly used gene therapy vector. Prior to her work at the Wyss Institute, she received her M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School and worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a private equity investor at TPG Capital.Liu is currently working with Chan on commercializing their technology through a start-up company, the latest in the Wyss Institute’s legacy of turning groundbreaking science into successful businesses such as Emulate, Inc., Ultivue, Inc., and Root Robotics (now part of iRobot). “We are immensely proud of Tina and Kai for their tireless work to not only get the science right, but also to position this project as a valuable solution to a longstanding problem in clinical medicine” said Angelika Fretzen, Ph.D., M.B.A., the Wyss Institute’s technology translation director.“I can say with confidence that Tina is one of the highest-performing young entrepreneurs that I have known, and she deserves to be recognized for her innovative spirit, resilience, and creative thinking in bridging the proverbial ‘valley of death’ to bring this life-changing technology out of academia to the market,” said the Wyss Institute’s Founding Director Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Best of the Fests: Festival Guide 2018

first_img15 Years of Blue Ridge FestivalsBRO published our first annual Festival Guide back in 2004, and through the years we’ve witnessed major changes in the landscape of large-scale outdoor bashes. New festivals keep popping up across the country as an increasingly integral and influential part of the music industry. That means more competition among event promoters to book the right bands, who rely on fests for big pay days. This has resulted in higher ticket prices for attendees, who are in turn being more selective. All of this has led many to ask if our current golden age of festivals has created a bubble getting ready to burst.With that in mind, this year we’re honoring the events that have stood the test of time. Within our annual guide of more than 100 Blue Ridge festivals, we’ve highlighted galas that have been thriving for a decade and a half or more, offering authentic experiences in music, craft beer, art, and adventure. Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and DanceSilk Hope, N.C.  May 3-6Located on a 75-acre farm near the main cities of the North Carolina Triangle, Shakori Hills assembles an impressive line-up of roots acts for a long weekend of family-friendly fun. Headliners include Steve Earle and the Dukes, Rising Appalachia, Chicano Batman, and Ibibio Sound Machine. A fall version also takes place October 4-7.Beale Street Music FestivalMemphis, Tenn.  May 4-6Sounds ring through the streets of this historic musical city. This year Beale Street’s line-up features sets by Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Odesza, and Erykah Badu.Shaky Knees Music FestivalAtlanta, Ga.  May 4-6The Atlanta indie rock throwdown at Central Park hosts big names including Jack White, The National, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, and War on Drugs.Best River PartyFrench Broad River FestivalHot Springs, N.C.  May 4-6French Broad River Festival was started more than two decades ago by a group of local western North Carolina boaters with great taste in music. In its 20-plus years, the paddler party has remained one of the region’s favorite low-key fests, staying relatively intimate at the Hot Springs Campground but featuring an impressive line-up of roots music and plenty of chances to play on the river. Best of all, it’s a party with a purpose: Through the years the fest has raised boatloads of cash for river access protector American Whitewater and a handful of other local charities.This year, catch sets by the Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, Billy Strings, Sol Driven Train, and Dangermuffin. Also, grab some friends for the French Broad River Raft Race, a nine-mile, class I-IV run that boasts distinction as the biggest mass start raft race in the South.SpringDigBerkeley Springs, W.Va.  May 4-6Groove into spring with this fun little fest that takes place at Sleepy Creek on the Potomac. Acts on the bill include Keller Williams, Jeff Austin Band, and Dead Winter Carpenters.Cheat River FestivalAlbright, W.Va.  May 4-5This big annual waterfront party is filled with arts, boating, bluegrass, food, and fun, all to support the Cheat River watershed. Paddle in the Downriver Race, run a 5K, and catch tunes by Strung Like a Horse and Fletcher’s Grove.Carolina RebellionConcord, N.C.  May 4-6For those who love to rock, this three-day festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Rock City Campgrounds will feature fist-pumping sets from Alice in Chains, Muse, Godsmack, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more.Trondossa Music + Arts FestivalCharleston, S.C.  May 5-6Widespread Panic, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, and Moon Taxi lead the bill at this brand new festival at Riverfront Park.Best Multi-Cultural ExperienceLEAF FESTIVALBlack Mountain, N.C.  May 10-13Tucked within western North Carolina’s scenic Camp Rockmont, this family-friendly fest, celebrating 23 years in 2018, features one of the most diverse arrays of artistic offerings of any outdoor gala in the region, including live music from around the world, dance workshops, healing arts, and much more. At LEAF, well-known headliners like Ani Difranco, Rising Appalachia, and Snarky Puppy will play alongside African roots artists, Celtic singers, and representatives of many other cultures.Beyond the tunes, LEAF is designed to be interactive, with more than 50 healing arts workshops on a range of topics from yoga and holistic health to rolfing and ancient earth skills. The fest also features diverse global cuisine, a wide selection of artisan goods, and a popular poetry slam and provides a ton of fun for kids centered around eight different activity-filled Family Adventure Villages. In addition to the festival’s annual fall return to Camp Rockmont (October 18-21), organizers will also host LEAF Downtown AVL at Asheville’s Pack Square Park on August 3-4.Shaky Beats Music FestivalAtlanta, Ga.  May 11-13EDM and hip-hop sounds will be blaring throughout Atlanta’s picturesque Central Park. Topping the bill: Marshmello, Zedd, Kygo, Ludacris, and Excision.North Carolina Brewers and Music FestivalHuntersville, N.C.  May 11-12High-energy bluegrass bands will be picking and nearly three-dozen inventive craft breweries will be pouring at this popular event on Huntersville’s historic Rural Hill. Acts on the bill: Leftover Salmon, Chatham County Line, Acoustic Syndicate, and Larry Keel Experience.Aiken Bluegrass FestivalAiken, S.C.  May 11-12Aiken continues to up the ante at this annual progressive bluegrass bash. This year catch soaring string jams from Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, and many more.MoogfestDurham, N.C.  May 17-20The many innovations and lasting influences of sonic pioneer Bob Moog are honored at this festival in Durham featuring SOPHIE, Jenny Hval, Jamila Woods, and LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rayna Russom.Gettysburg Bluegrass FestivalGettysburg, Pa.  May 17-20This serious bluegrass festival celebrates its 76th running with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Cleverlys, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.Dominion RiverrockRichmond, Va.  May 18-20Held on the banks of the James River in downtown Richmond, Riverrock is a huge outdoor sports and music festival featuring plenty of opportunities to play and groove. Run the James River Scramble 10K, demo a SUP board, and catch sets by the Wood Brothers and the Marcus King Band.Best Trail FestTrail DaysDamascus, Va.  May 18-20Every year since 1987, the sleepy southwestern Virginia town of Damascus has hosted a big reunion for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and a wild party for everyone who loves the outdoors. Thousands of hikers, past and present, descend on Trail Town, U.S.A. to trade trail stories, wear crazy costumes and march in a parade, get goofy in a talent show, soak each other with water guns, check out a variety of gear booths, and get rowdy at the campgrounds in the evenings. The fest also features talks and presentations by A.T. legends of yesteryear, live music from regional roots acts, and plenty of displays of Trail Magic—with locals providing food and gear repairs for current hikers.If you need a break from the crowds, you can always hit the trails. From Damascus there are plenty of paths that wind through the surrounding Mountain Rogers National Recreation Area, including the A.T., the Iron Mountain Trail, and the family-friendly Virginia Creeper Trail.Hangout Music FestivalGulf Shores, Ala.  May 18-20Where else can you feel the sand between your toes, as you bob your head along to the sounds of Kendrick Lamar, the Chainsmokers, the Killers, and Halsey?Virginia Beer FestivalNorfolk, Va.  May 19Tasty libations will be flowing on the waterfront setting of Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. Pace yourself as you enjoy 150 beers and ciders from Virginia and beyond.Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 48th Annual Hills of Home FestivalCoeburn, Va.  May 24-26A Memorial Day weekend tradition, Ralph Stanley II leads his legendary late father’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, at this bluegrass festival at the Stanley old home place in southwest Virginia.RoosterWalk Music & Arts FestivalAxton, Va.  May 24-27This intimate rootsy bash held on an idyllic farm near Martinsville features a top-notch line-up of national acts in a setting that’s right for the whole family. Bands this year: The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.Papa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music FestivalEvans, Ga.  May 25-26This growing festival features a serious BBQ cook-off, an impressive line-up of craft beer, and killer tunes from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Infamous Stringdusters—all to honor the late Joe Pond and his loves of ‘cue and bluegrass.DelFestCumberland, Md.  May 24-27DelFest honors living bluegrass legend Del McCoury—once a member of genre founder Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys—whose band headlines the festival in the scenic Potomac River Valley of western Maryland, with help from a generation-spanning line-up of top-notch pickers. This year the roster includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass, and Richard Thompson. An intriguing addition this year is a set called the Bluegrass Congress, which features an all-star cast, including the host band, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, and Jerry Douglas. It’s sure to be a clusterpluck for the ages.Best Urban Adventure FestMountain Sports FestivalAsheville, N.C.  May 25-27Props to the Mountain Sports Festival for evolving and thriving since its inception 18 years ago. This long-standing free fest in Asheville has changed its programming through the years, but it always features an impressive variety of mountain sports activities—from endurance races to fun fringe comps. This year’s full slate includes a 20K relay, a downriver race in the French Broad, a half-century cycling ride, disc golf, a beer mile, and much more. Attendees can also browse goods from gear vendors, dance to live music, and enjoy kids’ activities at the festival’s central area at Carrier Park.Long Creek Music FestivalLong Creek, S.C.  May 25-27If you like low-key music festivals, escape to South Carolina’s Sumter National Forest and catch tunes at the Chattooga River Resort & Campground. Jams from Eric Gales, Charlie Wooten Project, and People’s Blues of Richmond support the mighty Chattooga River.Ole Time Fiddler’s & Bluegrass FestivalUnion Grove, N.C.  May 25-27Approaching its 95th year, the longest running fiddler’s convention in North America will once again feature the most authentic pickers in the mountains.White Squirrel FestivalBrevard, N.C.  May 25-27This fun street festival in Brevard will feature live tunes from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Songs from the Road Band, and Fireside Collective, as well as a parade and 10K/5K run.Virginia Trail FestivalStokesville, Va.  May 25-28Mountain bikers from around the region come together for a big hang at Stokesville Campground throughout a long weekend that includes some epic rides during the day and kicking back by campfires with fat tire-loving friends at night.Gears and Guitars FestivalWinston-Salem, N.C.  May 25-28Held in conjunction with the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, this growing festival features four days of music and family fun at Bailey Park. Bands on the bill include Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Cold War Kids, and Blues Traveler.Graves Mountain Festival of MusicSyria, Va.  May 31 – June 2For the past quarter-century fans of the High Lonesome Sound have flocked to Graves Mountain Lodge, set near Shenandoah National Park, to enjoy a packed line-up of world-class pickers. This annual event offers a peaceful festival experience—the chance to sit and watch some of the best in bluegrass on a stage near a flowing creek with the Virginia Blue Ridge in the background. This year catch sets from the Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Blue Mafia, and Molly Tuttle.Mountain Music FestivalOak Hill, W.Va.  May 31 – June 2ACE Adventure Resort hosts a fest that mixes music and adventure, pairing a deep roster of jam bands with access to world-class whitewater and a top-notch trail network in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Pedal, paddle, and listen to sounds from a stacked line-up that includes Umphrey’s McGee, Big Something, Aqueous, and Perpetual Groove.Nelsonville Music FestivalNelsonville, Ohio  May 31 – June 3With big names and small-town charm, this festival takes place in the hills of southeast Ohio on the campus of Hocking College. Bands: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco.Spoleto Festival  USACharleston, S.C.  May 25 – June 10Late spring is a great time to be in Charleston, as the Spoleto Festival fills the historic city’s theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with a variety of music, dance, theater, and visual arts.Beer City FestivalAsheville, N.C.  June 2The culminating event of Asheville Beer Week (May 25-June 2;, this festival at Roger McGuire Green features a couple thousand craft beer fans tasting the goods from 30 breweries while soaking up some great local music.The Roots PicnicPhiladelphia, Pa.  June 2Head to the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for this one-day party hosted by live hip-hop masters and Tonight Show house band the Roots. Additional acts include Dave Chappelle, Lil Uzi Vert, Dirty Projectors, and the Diplomats.Mondo Roots Cultural Arts & Music FestivalClayton, N.C.  June 2“Come for the art, stay for the music” is the call to action at this day of fun in downtown Clayton.Carolina Country Music FestivalMyrtle Beach, S.C.  June 7-10Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, and Zac Brown Band lead this huge country bash on the beach.Best Trend-Setting Mega FestBonnaroo Music & Arts FestivalManchester, Tenn.  June 7-10Bonnaroo gets credit as a pace setter for the current explosion of multi-band mega fests that still continue to pop up across North America and beyond. In 2002 the festival’s founders booked a bunch of jam bands and bet that tens of thousands of music fans would travel to a 700-acre farm in the middle of Tennessee for a long, hot musical marathon. They were right, and although the fest’s line-ups have wildly evolved through the years, it still attracts a loyal tribe to one of the country’s most eclectic, high-profile music extravaganzas. This year the festival is covering everything from hip-hop and electronica to indie rock and Americana. Top billing goes to Muse, Eminem, the Killers, Bon Iver, Bassnectar, Future, and Sturgill Simpson.Cold Mountain Music Festival at Lake LoganCanton, N.C.  June 8-9Now expanded to two days, this fest features a rock solid line-up of tunes on a gorgeous 300-acre property surrounded by the Shining Rock Wilderness. Catch sets by Mandolin Orange, Shovels & Rope, the Steel Wheels, River Whyless, and the Jon Stickley Trio.The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingSouthwest Virginia  June 8-16Appalachian roots run deep at this nine-day celebration of bluegrass and traditional mountain music, which features more than 25 concerts and 70 cultural experiences around southwest Virginia.HoustonFestGalax, Va.  June 8-9Big-time names in bluegrass perform at this growing festival at Felt’s Park that was created to honor the late Houston Caldwell. Acts include the Del McCoury Band, Flatt Lonesome, and Blue Highway.IPA JambeereeCrozet, Va.  June 9Starr Hill Brewery hosts this fest that will feature the best in hoppy brews from Virginia. This year the brewery is also adding a second festival in Roanoke on June 16.W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue FestivalHenderson, Ky.  June 13-16Grab a plate, then groove to some of the best blues artists in the country at this festival that’s been jumping for more than a quarter century. Delbert McClinton, Sugaray Rayford, Davey Knowles, and many more will take the stage at the scenic Audubon Mill Park on the Ohio River.Beech Mountain Resort Summer Concert SeriesBeech Mountain, N.C.  June 16Head to the High Country for some of the best in progressive string band music this summer. The series will feature shows by the Wood Brothers (June 16), Trampled by Turtles (July 14), and Yonder Mountain String Band (August 11).Sol FestCharlotte, N.C.  June 16A new festival created as an extension of the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s popular Brew Stash Bash, Sol Fest still features plenty of delicious craft beer, as well as live tunes, yoga, and multiple water and trail races.Sierra Nevada Beer CampMills River, N.C.  June 16It doesn’t get much more fun than day camp for beer-loving adults. Sip special Sierra Nevada beers created just for the event then challenge your friends to rounds of keg bowling, human foosball, and Strider bike cyclocross.Firefly GatheringLeicester, N.C.  June 21-24Taking place just outside of Asheville, the largest primitive skills gathering in the country features a long weekend of outdoor discovery. At Firefly you can connect with your natural surroundings through classes and workshops in homesteading, survivalism, plant identification, and much more.Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food FestivalNorfolk, Va.  June 22-24Get a taste of New Orleans on the Norfolk waterfront. Enjoy your fill of crawdads, jambalaya, po’ boys, and beignets, as well as some of the best bands coming out of the Crescent City, including the Funky Meters.Hops in the Hills Craft Beer FestivalMaryville, Tenn.  June 22-23Craft breweries from the South and beyond will be pouring their finest liquids at this annual festival in Maryville.Funhouse FestWilliamsburg, Va.  June 22-23Virginia piano man Bruce Hornsby hosts a hometown gala at the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg with help from Alison Krauss, Amos Lee, and the Wood Brothers.ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches FestivalOwensboro, Ky.  June 27-30ROMP bridges generations of bluegrass musicians, mixing seasoned veterans like Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs with progressive string favorites including Leftover Salmon and Billy Strings.Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music FestivalNew Martinsville, W.Va.  June 29 – July 1A big-time bluegrass hoedown anchors three days of good times in the Mountain State. Catch sets by the Del McCoury Band, David Grisman, the Steeldrivers, and Billy Strings.Wildwood RevivalAthens, Ga.  June 29 – July 1The hipness of Athens retreats to the countryside of 30-acre Cloverleaf Farm for a laid-back, intimate festival that features national indie roots acts playing in an open-air barn along with an artisan market, local beer and food, and even a Sunday morning Wiffle ball game.Avery County Wine & Beer FestivalBanner Elk, N.C.  June 30Taste the best of the High Country and surrounding areas at Sorrento’s Dining Complex in Banner Elk.Festival for the EnoDurham, N.C.  July 4 and 7This annual event at Durham City Park features over 70 bands on four stages, along with great food and art—a big celebration of the great Eno River. Line-up TBA.Yonderville Music & Arts FestivalRixeyville, Va.  July 6-7This growing festival features a mixture of electronica and jam acts at Verdun Adventure Bound. Catch sets by the Widdler, Of The Trees, Funk You, and Broccoli Samurai.Master Musicians FestivalSomerset, Ky.  July 13-14This roots music bash—blending Americana, bluegrass, country, and indie folk—turns 25 this year. Lineup includes John Prine, Amanda Shires, JD McPherson, the Felice Brothers, and many more.Camp BiscoScranton, Pa.  July 12-14The Disco Biscuits host this multi-band electronica rager at Montage Mountain. Additional acts: Bassnectar, Excision, Tipper, Lotus, and STS9.Pasture Palooza Music & Art FestivalBerryville, Va.  July 12-15Roots rock and jam bands dominate this low-key fest in the scenic countryside of northern Virginia. Line-up TBA.Red Wing Roots Music FestivalMount Solon, Va. July 13-15Virginia string band the Steel Wheels host this annual gathering at Natural Chimneys Park in the Shenandoah Valley. The line-up is always impressive, featuring a full slate of Americana and bluegrass heroes, and the atmosphere is intimate and friendly, meaning parents can feel good about bringing little ones to the party. The festival’s two main stages are within sight of each other, and the entire grounds are configured into a close-knit village, making everything—vendors, beer garden, local food booths—easily accessible at any time. This year grownups can dig the sounds of Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, Steep Canyon Rangers and I’m With Her while little ones enjoy activities in the Shady Grove kid’s area and get to hear music for youngsters on the Kinfolk Stage.Forecastle FestivalLouisville, Ky.  July 13-15Forecastle has grown to become one of the premier music festivals in the country, taking place every summer at Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park. Top national acts are featured alongside some of the city’s best cultural offerings, including an impressive bourbon showcase. Bands: Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, War on Drugs, and Father John Misty.Sloss FestivalBirmingham, Al.  July 14-15Birmingham gets its own big band bash downtown at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Headliners: Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, and Griz.The Peach Music FestivalScranton, Pa.  July 19-22Jams will be plentiful at this festival, initially started by the Allman Brothers Band, that takes place annually at Montage Mountain. Fittingly, the event will feature one of the recently announced comeback appearances by former Brother Dickey Betts. Additional acts on the bill include the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Gov’t Mule.ArtscapeBaltimore, Md.  July 20-22Over 400,000 people regularly attend Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival. Situated in downtown Baltimore, the fest spans 12 city blocks and features an array of exhibits in fine art, music, dance, theater, and film.Best Independent Music VarietyPhoto: Roger GuptaFloydFestFloyd, Va.  July 25-29FloydFest was started back in 2002 as a way to showcase the unique arts community and progressive lifestyle in Floyd, Va., a small Blue Ridge town that’s fostered creatives in the South for the last half-century. At first, the festival, which sits outside of town on an 80-acre mountain plateau just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, drew modest crowds, but as word spread about the carefully curated music line-up, attendance started to swell. In its first year the festival featured Doc Watson and the African Showboyz and ever since organizers have continued to bridge Appalachian traditions with the melting pot of roots music from around the rest of the world. While the event has certainly grown, the independent spirit remains intact. “We’ve gotten national attention, but we’ve never wanted to be mainstream,” Kris Hodges, one of the founders, explained in BRO’s 2015 festival guide. “With FloydFest we’ve tried to forge our own path.”This year’s line-up is heavy on Americana with the festival’s eight stages featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Gov’t Mule, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Hiss Golden Messenger. Set in a location that’s ripe for recreation the festival also offers a nice variety of adventure programming, including mountain biking, paddling, trail running, and disc golf.Asheville Yoga FestivalAsheville, N.C.  July 26-29Extend your body and expand your mind at this event in downtown Asheville that features expert instructors and experienced teachers leading classes and workshops, along with a schedule of live music and outdoor activities like hiking and SUP Yoga.Doah FestLuray, Va.  July 26-29This relaxed festival on the Shenandoah River features a range of roots acts, including the reggae sounds of See-I, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Black Masala.Virginia Highlands FestivalAbingdon, Va.  July 27 – August 5For 10 straight days, creativity comes alive in Abingdon with events focusing on music, photography, visual and performing arts, antiques, and much more.Soulshine Farm Music FestivalGreen Mountain, N.C.  August 9-11This intimate camping fest along the Toe River features favorites in bluegrass, jam and funk playing in a family-friendly setting. Acts include Love Canon and Town Mountain.Burning CanBrevard, N.C.  August 10-12Oskar Blues celebrates craft beer in a can at this three-day festival, which takes place at the brewery’s REEB Ranch, a scenic property on the edge of Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. Enjoy the goods from 50 breweries, as well as live music, and organized running and biking events.Smith River FestAxton, Va.  August 11Experience the best of the Smith River with a full day of paddling, fishing, running, and biking, along with vendor booths, live music, and fun for the whole family. The fest takes place at the Smith River Sports Complex near Martinsville.The Big What FestivalPittsboro, N.C.  August 16-18North Carolina’s Big Something hosts a three-day, multi-band blowout at Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.Hot August Music FestivalCockeysville, Md.  August 18Chances are it will be hot outside and onstage at this one-day fest just north of Baltimore; featuring an impressive line-up of jam rock, funk, and Americana that includes the Revivalists, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and the Marcus King Band.RiverFestAsheville, N.C.  August 18Party on the banks of the French Broad River with local tunes and brews, all for a good cause, as proceeds benefit the watershed’s nonprofit advocate, RiverLink. Organizers also host the accompanying RiverMusic concert series throughout the summer (June 8, July 6, September 7).Lockn’ Music FestivalArrington, VA  August 23-26The country’s premiere jam marathon returns for its sixth straight year, blowing it out with two nights and four sets of Dead and Company, as well as Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Sheryl Crow, and many more.Jam in the TreesBlack Mountain, N.C.  August 24-25Pisgah Brewing Company is the place to be for this two-day progressive string and roots bash in Black Mountain. Acts include the Travelin’ McCourys, Jerry Douglas Band, Shooter Jennings, and Elizabeth Cook.Meet the Mountains FestivalJohnson City, Tenn.  August 24-25The motto of this new festival is “Adventure for Everybody,” and that includes exploring the best of northeast Tennessee by boat, bike, or boot. Details are still coming together, but so far this fest is promising activities and entertainment at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City, as well as adventures in the surrounding mountains.Floyd Yoga JamFloyd County, Va.  August 30 – September 2Approaching its seventh year, the Floyd Yoga Jam is a four-day celebration of yoga, art, and music. This year’s eclectic line-up includes Oddisee & Good Company, Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, and Dangermuffin.Front Porch FestStuart, Va.  August 30 – September 2This low-key music and camping fest takes place on the picturesque Spirit Haven Farm in Patrick County.Appaloosa FestivalFront Royal, Va.  August 31 – September 2Celtic-minded string outfit Scythian hosts this three-day roots music festival in Front Royal.Abingdon Main Street BuskerFestAbingdon, Va.  September 1Street performers of all stripes are the main event at this festival in downtown Abingdon.Hopscotch FestivalRaleigh, N.C.  September 6-8An eclectic mix of indie rock and experimental acts converge in downtown Raleigh for this annual festival.North Carolina Folk FestivalGreensboro, N.C.  September 7-9As the National Folk festival moves along after its scheduled stint in Greensboro, the tradition will be continued with this new event. The line-up is still to be announced but expect a wide array of authentic sounds from bluegrass and jazz to zydeco, blues and world music.Mountain Song FestivalBrevard, N.C.  September 7-9Hosted by hometown favorites the Steep Canyon Rangers, this festival features a weekend of spectacular bluegrass at the Brevard Music Center’s open-air auditorium.Moon River Music FestivalChattanooga, Tenn.  September 8-9Tennessee tunesmith Drew Holcomb is moving his annual home-state festival from Memphis to Coolidge Park in Chattanooga’s scenic North Shore District. Holcomb and his band the Neighbors will perform, alongside headliners the Avett Brothers, the Head and the Heart, and Trampled by Turtles.Gauley FestSummersville, W.Va.  September 13-16Started back in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a dam project that would have disrupted flows of the mighty Gauley, this event brings together class V whitewater runs, live music, and boater shenanigans as the largest paddling festival in the world. In addition to plenty of river time, you can score some great gear deals in the whitewater marketplace.WA FestSeptember 14-16  New Castle, Va.Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing, an adventure camp and retreat center near Roanoke, is the site of this emerging festival that features a range of roots music from bluegrass to alt-country, local food, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor playtime.Best Pioneering Beer FestivalBrewgrass FestivalAsheville, N.C.  September 15Long before the current craft boom and the growth of its host city into a thriving beer mecca, Brewgrass was bringing independent breweries together for this annual celebration. Despite being surrounded by a growing number of beer bashes, this fest continues to hold court as a regional original, bringing 50 craft breweries together to pour their best liquids for a large crowd at Asheville’s Memorial Stadium. The full day of drinking is enhanced by a well-curated line-up of progressive bluegrass. Bands still to be announced.Watermelon Park FestBerryville, Va.  September 20-22This small Americana gathering in Berryville features some serious sounds along the scenic Shenandoah River. This year’s lineup includes Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart, Bela Fleck, and Molly Tuttle.Carolina FallWilkesboro, N.C  September 21-22The Kruger Brothers host this emerging Americana festival in downtown Wilkesboro. In addition to headlining sets by the fest founders, catch the Steel Wheels, the Roosevelts, Fireside Collective, and many more.Best Roots RevivalBristol Rhythm and Roots ReunionBristol, Tenn./Va.  September 21-23Known as the true Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol is a small Southern city where the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made some of their first recordings in the 1920s. Every fall the border town on the Tennessee/Virginia line celebrates the lineage of root music through a lively street gala that incorporates artists from many generations. This annual fest features a range of acts from national headliners to regional upstarts to down home Appalachian pickers playing along the bustling main drag of State Street on 20 stages—outdoors and inside theaters and bars. This year the festival will feature sets from Old Crow Medicine Show, Taj Mahal, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Marcus King Band, and many more.Asheville Van Life RallyAsheville, N.C.  September 21-23Celebrate the culture of van life at the June Bug Retro Resort, located 15 minutes outside of Asheville in Weaverville. The two-night campout will include live music, food trucks, a kids’ area, and plenty of space to enjoy the variety of adventure vehicles.Flow FestCharlotte, N.C.  September 22Head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for a long day of yoga, live tunes, and wine and kombucha tasting. This festival also features a trail race, climbing comp, and SUP yoga on the Catawba River.World Chicken FestivalLondon, Ky.  September 27-30Approaching 30 years of celebrating a Southern culinary staple, country music and delicious fried chicken dominate this thriving Kentucky festival.HooplaRoseland, Va.  September 28-30Surrounded by scenic ridgelines in the central Virginia Blue Ridge, Devils Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows is the place to be for a long weekend of live music and camping, as well as plenty of delicious craft beers and organized runs and rides. This year’s line-up includes Tyler Childers, Rayland Baxter, Larry Keel, and many more.Wide Open BluegrassRaleigh, N.C.  September 28-29Always full of High Lonesome heroes, this two-day festival closes the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week in downtown Raleigh. Line-up still TBD.Graham Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute FestivalWaycross, Ga.  September 28-29True country fans should not miss this tribute to one of the genre’s greatest songwriters. The spirit of the late legend will be revived with performances by the Kentucky Headhunters, Firefall, and many more.Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & DancePittsboro, N.C. October 4-7Lettuce headlines Saturday night! More music, movement, and dance programs will be announced! The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is a collaboration between the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center and the GrassRoots Festival Organization, providing a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art, and education – Music Lovers’ Paradise!The Festy ExperienceArrington, Va. October 5-7This annual festival, at the expansive Infinity Downs in Arrington, about a half hour south of Charlottesville, always features an impressive roster of roots music acts (line-up TBD). In addition to the tunes, expect an experience full of local food, craft beer, and plenty of outdoor action, including the Blue Ridge Burn, the annual 10K/5K trail race hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors.3 Sisters Bluegrass Music FestivalChattanooga, Tenn.  October 5-6Some of the best in bluegrass show up to pick at this lauded festival that takes place at Ross’ Landing. Best part—it’s completely free. Look for the line-up to be announced in late summer.RiverRocksChattanooga, Tenn.  October 5-21Celebrating the best of Chattanooga, this fest features mountain biking, trail running, paddling races, hikes, and outdoor activities for novices and seasoned athletes alike. At night, enjoy great food and music by the river.FloatLife FestAsheville, N.C.  October 11-14Returning for a second year, this festival hosted by Southern Raft Supply is a fun time for Onewheel riders of all levels, featuring races, comps, music, and more.Go Outside FestivalRoanoke, Va.  October 12-14The abundance of recreation opportunities in the Roanoke Valley are spotlighted at this annual fest, which turns River’s Edge Sports Complex into a mountain sports playground filled with running, biking, climbing, slacklining, paddling, and fishing. In addition to onsite activities, the event features a dozen races and comps, including a half-marathon, beer relay, kid’s bike race, and disc golf tournament.The Moonshiner’s BallMt Vernon, Ky.  October 12-14Now five years running, this fest always features an interesting mix of bluegrass, indie folk and alt-country. Moving to the fall this year, the backwoods bash is also relocating to a new home, the Rockcastle Riverside campground and concert venue in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Line-up TBA.Richmond Folk FestivalRichmond, Va.  October 12-14Celebrate the rich roots of American culture through music, dance, storytelling, and food at this yearly Richmond staple born out of this city’s previous reign as the host of the National Folk Festival. Lineup and events TBA.Sierra Nevada OktoberfestMills River, N.C.  October 13Find your lederhosen and get ready to party with festbier, feasting, and dancing at Sierra Nevada in Mills River.41st Annual Woolly Worm FestivalBanner Elk, N.C.  October 19-20Come to the High Country for some family fun in Banner Elk at this street festival featuring live music, craft and food vendors, and the annual woolly worm race.4th Annual Bridge JamFayetteville, W.Va. October 19-20Coinciding with the Bridge Day Celebration at New River Gorge, Bridge Jam is a two-day celebration featuring live music, craft beer, and more. Located at the Cascade Festival Grounds, the event is family-friendly and offers on-site campingBest Southern InstitutionMerlefestTBD, 2019  Wilkesboro, N.CBRO’s Festival Guide comes out days after this festival finishes every year, but we’d be remiss not to mention this longstanding institution that’s beloved by acoustic music fans around the world. One of the country’s preeminent Americana festivals, started by late icon Doc Watson to honor his son and fellow musician Merle, who predeceased him. An estimated 80,000 people flock to the campus of Wilkes Community College for a huge line-up of artists that blur the lines between country, blues, bluegrass, and rock. This year’s roster featured Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, and Robert Earl Keen.last_img read more

Why leasing? Why now?

first_imgAs the popularity of auto leasing continues to grow it’s hard to argue against any reason for not offering a lease program to members. As leasing continues to close the gap on traditional loans, in some regions of the U.S. it can account for over 70 percent of all new cars and trucks sold. These statistics are hard to ignore as credit unions look to compete as a full service auto lender versus banks and captives. Providing a lease option for members opens the door to increased auto loan growth, and depending on the location, that growth potential can be very significant.Leasing is the most efficient auto-lending product in the industry with credit scores averaging above 750, coupled with 65 percent approve-to-fund ratios, this is a great opportunity as interest continues to climb. In 2015 leasing accounted for 4 million of the 17.5 million new vehicles sold in the U.S. This is unprecedented. Based on demographics for the average lease customer, this number will only continue to rise in the years ahead. Ignoring this revenue stream can cost a credit union anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of the new car buying market.Nearly a quarter of the new car market obtained vehicles through leasing in 2015, as expected this number climbed to 31 percent in just the first half of 2016 according to Experian Automotive. Luxury brands such as BMW reported in 2015 that 60 percent of new car deliveries were leases, as were 54 percent of Mercedes-Benz’s, according to J.D. Power and Associates. While high-end vehicles benefited from leasing, the economy models had an excellent showing last year. Honda reported 32 percent of new car sales nationwide were a result of consumers’ purchases through leasing. In the New York region that number was higher, at 67 percent based on dealer feedback.Leasing is an easy fit for the car buying population, as everyone wants a lower monthly payment and leasing delivers on this. Credit union members need to have this option represented at the dealership. The profile of the average lease customer is a young American under the age of 35, the Millennial. They are leaving the big cities and auto-sharing options for the suburbs along with a traditional lifestyle they had opted to put off. However, it has found them, starting families, buying homes and cars are quickly becoming a part of their lifestyle. The youngest Millennial is estimated to be around the age of 19, so peak buying potential for this group is decades away.Establishing a lease program will also put your credit union on the path of establishing a relationship with this population segment an important growth marker for the future of credit unions. As we witness one of the longest periods of new-car sales on record, Millennials are leaders in leasing at a rate higher than any other age group.Leasing is influencing auto-buying throughout the nation, as numbers surpass the 31 percent mark as a national average, there are some regions where this number has climbed to 70 percent. For instance in South Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and northern New Jersey, the number is double the national average. One of the biggest advantages auto leasing offers credit unions is less competition. A typical dealership has between 5 and 15 conventional retail financial options including credit union financing. Credit union leasing is frequently the only competition other than the captive auto lender. Credit unions are in an excellent position to take advantage of this business model.One of the hurdles credit unions have wrestled with, when choosing a lease partner is the risk associated with estimating residual values on vehicles and managing the program. The risk enters the picture when estimating the vehicle’s worth upfront, for its actual value at lease-end. While this can be a guessing game, it’s important to vet out any company a credit union will eventually partner with. Longevity is a key component to look for in a potential partner. Experts in the field understand the history of leasing. They can, and do, avoid the pitfall of market fluctuations and have a system in place to mitigate the risks.A leasing program is a very important next step for a credit to take when strategizing growth plans for 2017. Dust off your vetting process and start looking at partners that can get your credit union to the next levels: portfolio and membership growth. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Rinaudo Frank Rinaudo is Senior Vice President of GrooveCar Inc. and CU Xpress Lease, he has been responsible for the direction of the company since 2001 following an 18-year career at … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Saudi Arabia imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew over coronavirus

first_imgSaudi Arabia has also suspended prayers inside all its mosques except the holiest two sites in Islam in Mecca and Medina, a sensitive move in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.The world’s top crude exporter faces plunging oil prices, the mainstay of government revenue, which have slipped to around $25 a barrel to touch multi-year lows on the back of sagging demand due to the virus and a price war with Russia.More than 1,300 coronavirus infections have been detected in the Gulf region, with most cases initially identified among travellers returning from Iran which is one of the world’s worst affected countries. Topics : Health sector employees as well as security and military officials will be exempt from the curfew restrictions, the royal order said.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned on Thursday of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.The Arab world’s biggest economy has shut down cinemas, malls and restaurants, halted flights and suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage as it steps up efforts to contain the deadly virus.Last week, the kingdom unveiled stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals (US$32 billion) to support businesses and said it plans to raise borrowing to 50 percent of GDP.center_img Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has announced a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew from Monday in a bid to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the latest in a series of restrictions.The curfew –- from 7 pm until 6 am –- will be imposed for 21 days, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a royal order.The move comes after Saudi Arabia on Sunday said the number of COVID-19 cases had jumped to 511, the highest in the Gulf. The kingdom has reported no deaths so far.last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers: Renewables highly compelling market for our future

first_imgThe ship is expected to be deployed globally, however, there is reach demand slated in Asia, Europe ad North America. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023. “While we know that we have a fair bit of work to do in building out the organization, we enter the market with confidence that we have the credentials to be on the same stage as very credible, long-term incumbents. The idea of venturing into the renewables started being explored two years ago, Emanuele A. Lauro, the company’s co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer said during a conference call held on Tuesday. The growth rate in the market is believed to be far more predictable than in dry bulk which was rather cyclical. The ship’s water depth survival in jacked-up mode will range between 65 and 70 meters. Commenting on the business organization and playing the market, Mackey said that specialist competencies involved during the construction of the ship and post-delivery are yet to be built up. The move into the renewables has been described as a natural progression for the company as many of Scorpio’s clients transition from fossil fuels to low carbon technologies and less-polluting energy sources. Having investigated the market outlook, from a customer-centric perspective, the company found that as turbines more than doubled in size and the growth in output quadrupled, a material shortage (up to 10 ships) of high-spec wind turbine installation vessels was expected from 2024. Scorpio disclosed that it was in a really strong liquidity position to fund the vessel, having secured approximately $161 million of liquidity over the recent period. Market trends and needs have basically shaped the future design of the vessel, with a major focus on deck space and turnaround times, as well as depth, as wind parks are being built further from shore. Furthermore, the company is confident that it would secure bank financing for the vessel as well, keeping the debt to equity ratio at 60-40 percent. The company signed a Letter of Intent with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc (DSME) to construct a wind turbine installation vessel, costing approximately $265-$290 million.  Hence, the NG-16000X design GustoMSC vessel will be able to accommodate around 130 people, and be fitted with a 1500 Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) from Huisman Equipment B.V The vessel Posted: about 1 month ago The final construction contract is expected to be signed in early Q4 2020, once the final design details are agreed upon, and will include options to construct up to an additional three units having similar specifications. The debt portion of the equation is likely to come from export credit agencies in Korea. Scorpio Bulkers breaks into new market with plans to build $290 million wind turbine installation vessel Based on the current data daily rates for an offshore wind installation vessel stand at around $220K, which is likely to go up in a couple of years once the company’s vessel is delivered, paving way for strong returns to the company’s shareholders. “When it comes to contracting we start today with the pre-qualification discussions with those customers in order to be in a position to tender for contracts within the next 12 months or so. And then it will be a commercial decision on what our risk tolerance will be and when exactly we want to contract the vessel.” Cameron Mackey, Chief Operating Officer, said four key elements characterize the vessel: precision, stability, capacity, and robustness. Business organization The hull length of the vessel will be 148 meters, its width being 56 meters while its depth will span 12 meters. Posted: about 1 month ago Scorpio decided to invest in the offshore wind after discussions with numerous stakeholders, renewable energy specialists, potential customers, and designers as it realized the sector had an enormous growth opportunity, offering very attractive returns. The company believes the vessel will be the most advanced, dedicated, turbine installation vessel in the world. “We believe that the strategic rationale, the financials, and the long-term outlook in this area of renewables is highly compelling for the future of our company,” he pointed out. It will be powered by a hybrid battery and is fuel-cell ready. “These will probably involve jacking engineers, project engineers, heavy-lift specialists, etc. But beneath that, there is a very clear endorsement from the customers that we have the health, safety, environmental, and quality (HSFQ) DNA required to credibly compete here and deliver the service,” Mackey added. Scorpio Bulker’s decision to invest in a wind turbine installation vessel, announced earlier this week, came as a major surprise for the market, with many questioning the motives behind the dry bulk operator’s bold move into a brand new sector. “We, as a team, are very excited about the potential this investment creates for our company.” The estimated life of the vessel is 25 years.last_img read more

NFL Rule Change

first_imgI am sure by now you have heard about the NFL owners and the league relaxing the rule on end-zone celebrating.  I am not interested in the reasons they gave, because the real reason (in my opinion) is they simply want to put more people in the stands.  The more “show” the players give, the more the fans will want to come to watch the celebrations.In my opinion, this is going to lead to more retaliations on the part of the defensive players in response to an offensive player showing them up with an end-zone celebration.  Do you remember some of the hits that offensive backs and wide receivers have received after showing off after they scored a touchdown?  Vontaze Burfict’s suspension last season should give you an idea of some of the hits that these offensive players are going to receive after the end-zone celebration.  Whatever happened to just playing the game?last_img read more

Roberts is latest IMCA Modified winner at Lee County

first_imgBy Brian Neal  In and out of the lead in the 20-lap Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, Roberts saw John Oliver Jr. use his high side momentum coming off turn four to edge ahead coming to the white flag.  DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 26) – Bill Roberts Jr. became the third different IMCA Modified winner at Lee County Speedway this season Friday night. Jeremy Pundt was the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car winner and Daniel Fellows was first in the Roberts Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMod main. Brandon reu topped the Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact feature. The two raced through turns one and two and down the backstretch side-by-side. Oliver drifted a little high coming off turn four to get the checkers, which allowed Roberts to go under him for his first win of the season at the track. last_img read more

West Florida Finishes First Tournament of Year in Top Ten

first_img Share Sept. 11, 2007Final Stats SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Playing in their first fall tournament of the year, West Florida finished seventh in the 18-school field at the Drury Regional Shootout, hosted by Drury College. The Argonauts finished with a two-round team total of +74 (324 326 – 650) at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri, 26 shots behind the first place team Tarleton State University.After shooting a 324 on Monday, the Argonauts followed with a 326 on Tuesday. Bhavna Shetty led the charge for West Florida also finishing with a + 13, good for seventh place. Shetty open the first day with a round of 76, which left her in eighth place. The redshirt-freshman was unable to improve on her second score shooting an 81, but was able to improve in the rankings to a seventh place tie.Teammate Natalie Espinosa finished the tournament tied for 19th place after shoot a +17 over both days. The sophomore improved on her first day’s round by three strokes for a total 161 for the tournament.Freshmen Tara Steakin and Meaghan Gulliksen swapped scores on the days both finishing in a tie for 39th place. Steakin shot a first day 84 while Gulliksen shot an 82 and on the second day the teammate swap scores good for a two day total +22.Rachel Christ rounds out the Argonauts who participated in the regional shootout as she finished in 63rd place with a two day total of 173.West Florida will continue their fall season by hosting the Bubba Watson Invitational at the Stonebrook Golf Course. The tournament will span across three day beginning this Sunday in Pace, Fla. Print Friendly Version West Florida Finishes First Tournament of Year in Top Tenlast_img read more