Taste Of Randolph Street Festival Announces Great Initial Lineup

first_imgHitting Chicago, IL for the 20th straight year, the annual Taste Of Randolph Festival has just revealed their initial music lineup. From June 17-19, Taste of Randolph will host a number of great artists, including headlining sets from Peter Bjorn & John, MS MR, Atlas Genius, Devotchka, The Motet and Patrick Watson.The full lineup also includes musicians like Eryn Allen Kane, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, Turkuaz, Joshua Davis Trio, Kevin Garrett, SunSquabi, Marco Benevento, Holly Bowling, Cornmeal, and many more!You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s official website for details.last_img read more

Catherine Ricafort on Her Olsen Twins History & Getting ‘Friki-Friki’ in Vegas

first_img “My degree is in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. It’s in the special skills section of my musical theater resume.” “When I was in the womb, my mom only listened to Broadway CDs. I would play The Secret Garden and Once Upon a Mattress every night as a kid. I’ve basically been a musical theater nerd since birth.” View Comments Age: “In my 20s” Current Role: Mahi, a Hawaiian seductress with a trick up her sleeve and a hilarious song, memorably entitled “Friki-Friki,” in the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. “Mahi is such a surprise. She’s like a play on [South Pacific characters] Bloody Mary and Liat combined into one, but with a lot of humor. She looks like the epitome of an island girl with her pink bikini and hip-shaking hula movements, but then it all comes crashing down.” “I did the Mary Kate & Ashley Fashion Show when I was 12. We did a choreographed pillow fight and a beach segment with swimwear and had a skater punk band on stage.” Stage & Screen Cred: Ricafort appeared on TV’s The Sing-Off, played Connie in A Chrous Line on tour and appeared in the ensembles of Broadway’s Mamma Mia! and Cinderella. “I would crash Equity auditions when I first came here. I was just so excited to be here. I was like the Star to Be Annie—I would freak out if I saw a Broadway star chilling in the hallway while I was waiting.” “I’m learning how to cook. I would try to make rice—which is the food of my people [in the Phillippines]—and burn it. It was so embarrassing. Now I’m obsessed with Blue Apron. I feel like an adult.” Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CAlast_img read more

Icy learning

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaI don’t drink coffee at night. But I did at the State LivestockShow at the Georgia National Fairground in Perry, Ga.That was the night north Georgia got snow, west Georgia got mixedsnow and sleet and Perry got ice-cold rain. Even with thermalunderwear, sweater, insulated coat, rain parka and a hat on, Ithought I was going to freeze to death.But I wasn’t the only one freezing.Almost 2,000 4-H Club and FFA members from all over Georgia wereat the livestock show from Wednesday through Sunday. They wereshowing some beautiful cattle, sheep and, if you can call a hogbeautiful, hogs.And they were all cold.Chilly jobMy job Wednesday night was helping check in more than 600breeding heifers. I spent about 3 hours sitting in a huge metalbarn, checking the registration papers and ear tattoos of blackAngus, red Angus, Charolais and Hereford show cattle. Othercattle breeds were checked in the same way.If the tattoo number on the registration paper matched the numberin the heifer’s ear and the registration paper and entry formmatched, the 4-H or FFA member owning that heifer got acontestant number to compete in the breeding heifer show onThursday and Friday.In all, 279 steers, 221 dairy heifers, 77 breeding ewes, and1,300 hogs were checked into the show on Wednesday and Thursday.In spite of the cold rain, these 4-H and FFA members kept givingtheir animals the best of care through the weekend. Even the rainand mud didn’t stop them from looking after them.Valuable lessonsThat kind of responsibility is part of the learning process inthis project. Kids learn to faithfully provide for the animals intheir care, even when conditions make that hard.Training animals for the show teaches them the value ofconsistency and persistence, too. And the fact that the kids haveto look after another living creature teaches them that we, ashumans, are responsible for this world we live in. They learn tobe good stewards of the earth.Kids learn to get along with each other, too. They pitch in andhelp each other out, partly because they learn that getting beatis part of growing up. Their time to win will come, even if itisn’t in the show ring.Livestock projects teach kids the kinds of things that will helpkeep this world a nice place for their kids to live.My hat’s off to all of these young people in the livestockproject. Well, except for that Wednesday night in that cold barn.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Magazine:Final testing has begun on South Australia’s 150MW Hornsdale Power Reserve, the biggest lithium-ion battery in the world, which is owned by Neoen.The South Australian Government provided $15 million from its Grid Scale Storage Fund for the project.South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, said the start of testing is a key milestone for the Hornsdale Power Reserve, which will allow the huge battery to provide new grid support services at a scale unmatched in the world.Mr van Holst Pellekaan said that the additional storage power and capacity would result in a faster response to disturbances such as network faults, so that the Hornsdale Power Reserve could assist in stabilising the grid within milliseconds.“Independent modelling indicates that the Hornsdale Power Reserve has already delivered more than $150 million in savings to consumers in its first two years of operation. Upon successful completion of testing in the next few months, we expect these savings will continue to grow.”[Imogen Hartman]More: SA’s big battery hits final testing phase Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australialast_img read more

Op-Ed: High School’s Misguided Islamic Art Assignment Shows Ignorance On All Sides

first_imgA Virginia high school geography teacher’s controversial Arabic calligraphy writing assignment last month is the latest unfortunate example of ignorance in America.Ignorance of history and the law, that is.Located in rural Shenandoah Valley, the Augusta County public school district made national headlines on Dec. 18 when it closed all of its facilities after outraged parents voiced concerns over a homework assignment asking students to write Islamic religious statements by copying Arabic calligraphy. One parent even accused the school of “Muslim indoctrination.” Many observers have criticized the school parents for being ignorant and intolerant. The county sheriff reportedly said the school received messages that called for firing the teacher and putting “her head on a stake.”While some parents have undoubtedly overreacted and deserve ridicule, the assignment seems to have been in violation of “separation of church and state,” a legal doctrine set forth in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And that’s not OK, either.Although students may be taught about religion, public schools may not teach religion. It’s an important distinction, and the line was arguably crossed in Cheryl LaPorte’s geography class at Riverheads High School in Staunton, Va.Given that the assignment’s stated learning goal was to “give [students] an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy,” why have students copy—of all things—the Shahada, the Islamic creed? The unnecessary injection of religion into the assignment put the school district on very shaky legal ground.The “lesson plan was problematic,” observed Americans United for Separation of Church and State in a press release. “A statement of faith could be studied as part of an objective course about world religions, but students can do that without writing it out. If students were expected to copy passages from the New Testament, Hindu scriptures or even Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, there would be obvious problems. If [the teacher] wanted to help students understand how challenging calligraphy can be, there are other examples she could have chosen.”This controversy harkens back to a similar situation faced by Long Island school parents.In 1962, a group of families of public school students in New Hyde Park complained after the Board of Regents had authorized a short, voluntary, nondenominational prayer to “Almighty God” be recited at the start of each school day. In a landmark case, Engel vs. Vitale, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that by providing the prayer to students, New York officials officially approved religion, which was unconstitutional.Subsequent court decisions have further limited school-directed classroom activities involving religion. For example, in a 2009 case involving a suburban Philadelphia public school district, a federal court ruled against allowing Bible verses to be read aloud as part of a show-and-tell assignment.The lawsuit, Busch vs. Marple Newtown School District, stemmed from an assignment inviting kindergarten students to present important aspects of their lives to their classmates. In addition, the students’ parents were asked to “share a talent, short game, small craft, or story” with the class that would highlight something about their child. One student made a poster displaying a church and asked his mom to read five Bible verses to the class.The principal blocked the presentation, saying it was “against the law … of separation of church and state,” and the parent sued. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the parent, stating that “reading from the Bible or other religious text is more than a message and unquestionably conveys a strong sense of spiritual and moral authority … Parents of public school kindergarten students may reasonably expect their children will not become captive audiences to an adult’s reading of religious texts.”If school officials can’t create a prayer that students may voluntarily recite and if a student’s parent can’t read a handful of verses from a religious text, it follows that a teacher requiring students to write a prayer found in the Quran would also be problematic in the eyes of the law.As the Joint Statement of Current Law on Religion in the Public Schools, which is co-signed by the American Civil Liberties Union, American Muslim Council, American Jewish Committee, and many other religious and legal organizations, states: “Teachers may not require students to modify, include or excise religious views in their assignments.”The Augusta County high school’s assignment arguably violated those guidelines, since it required students to write out in Arabic the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, which translates to: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” These phrases, present in the Quran, are recited by Muslims as part of their worship.Some parents who objected to the assignment may have been motivated by the wrong reasons, such as Islamophobia. But those who defended the teacher are equally ignorant—about the Constitution.Mark Grabowski is a lawyer and an associate professor at Adelphi University in New York, where he teaches communications law. For more information, visit markgrabowski.com. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Mark Grabowski Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Second Vietnamese nurse free of avian flu, report says

first_imgMar 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A second Vietnamese nurse who had cared for an avian influenza patient was reported to have a suspected case of the illness 2 days ago, but a Vietnamese newspaper said today that the nurse is free of the virus.The nurse, a 41-year-old woman from Thai Binh province, was hospitalized in Hanoi Mar 10 with a high fever, cough, and a lung infection, according to a Mar 12 Associated Press (AP) report.But an online report by Than Nien News today said the nurse tested negative for avian flu at the Center for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. Vietnam’s Central Institution of Sanitation and Epidemiology reported the test results yesterday, the story said.The AP said the nurse had cared for a 21-year-old Thai Binh man who remains in critical condition with avian flu. Last week a 26-year-old male nurse who had helped care for the same man was reported to have the illness. He is the first healthcare worker known to have contracted the disease, though health officials said he probably acquired the virus from poultry rather than from his patient.The 21-year-old patient is part of a family cluster of cases that includes his 14-year-old sister and 80-year-old grandfather. The grandfather tested positive for the virus but was asympotmatic, according to reports last week.The Than Nien News report gave no details on the condition of the 41-year-old nurse.The story said Vietnamese health officials are doing “extensive research” on how the virus has spread in Thai Binh, where at least eight cases have occurred since the beginning of this year.The recent cases in Thai Binh include two asymptomatic ones, that of the 80-year-old man and that of a 61-year-old woman whose husband died of avian flu Feb 23.Today Peter Horby, a World Health Organization epidemiologist in Hanoi, issued a clarification about a statement attributed to him in a Reuters report on the asymptomatic cases last week.A Mar 10 story had quoted Horby as saying, “There is no evidence that asymptomatic infection like this poses any significant risk of onward transmission, so it is not alarming in that sense.”In the clarification, posted on ProMED-Mail, Horby said the statement referred specifically to the experience with the H5N1 virus in Hong Kong in 1997, “where there was no evidence of onward transmission from asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic H5N1 cases.”Horby said his office is advising that asymptomatic patients be placed in isolation or home quarantine and treated with the antiviral drug oseltamivir. In addition, he said authorities should search for evidence of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases among their contacts.See also:Horby statement on ProMED-maillast_img read more

Kapiti baby dies of head injury in Wellington Hospital, man arrested

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 July 2015A Raumati Beach home has been cordoned off and a homicide investigation is under way following the death of a six-month-old girl from severe head injuries.The baby girl died in Wellington Hospital at 8.30pm on Tuesday night after being admitted on Monday.Security guards were guarding the Kapit Coast property on Wednesday and animal control from SPCA were also present at the address.Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson said on Wednesday morning a Kapiti man ha d been charged with assault on a child and a homicide investigation was ongoing.Police wanted to talk to anyone who had contact with the baby in the time leading up to her being hospitalised.“We want to build a full picture of the circumstances which led to emergency services being called to the address,” he said.“This is a tragic death of a young baby and the investigation team is very focussed on establishing exactly what happened to her.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/70057111/Kapiti-baby-dies-of-head-injury-in-Wellington-Hospital-man-arrested#2  Police investigate death of baby in Christchurch Stuff co.nz 4 July 2015A forensic investigation unit remains at a Christchurch house where a baby was discovered with fatal injuries.A St John’s Ambulance spokesman said two ambulances were called to a Truman Rd, Bryndwr house at 10.43pm on Friday night, where a baby boy was found unconscious.The 15-month-old was taken to Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department in a “very serious condition”, and later died, the spokesman said.Police confirmed the baby died shortly after arriving at the hospital.The forensic examination was expected to take up to four days, a police spokesperson said in a statement.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/69962690/police-investigate-death-of-baby-in-christchurch# 3  Police interview parents of dead toddler Stuff co.nz 14 May 2015Investigators have sought advice from international experts as they try to piece together how a West Coast toddler suffered fatal head injuries.They have also interviewed the 15-month-old boy’s parents and spoken to dozens of their associates, including family and friends.Leith Allen Hutchison, from Greymouth, was taken to Grey Base Hospital’s emergency department by his father, Dane Blake, shortly after midnight on April 21.The toddler had stopped breathing and was in cardiac arrest, police said.Medical staff revived Leith and stabilised him before he was flown to Starship Hospital for specialist treatment. Doctors established he had suffered bleeding on the brain. The toddler’s condition deteriorated and he died two days later after life support was removed.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/68519320/police-interview-parents-of-dead-toddlerlast_img read more

Virtual SONA for Duterte eyed

first_imgSenate President Vicente Sotto III has earlier proposed for President Duterte to deliver his next SONA at Malacañang Palace on July 27. Article VI, Section 15 also prescribes that the Congress “shall convene once every year on the fourth Monday of July for its regular session.”/PN The SONA is a constitutional obligation, required by Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution: “(T)he President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session.” “When we say blended, ‘yung iba nasa location, ‘yung iba hindi,” Cayetano said  “But the worst thing that can happen is kung ganito pa rin ang sitwasyon at walang immunization, walang vaccine, pupunuin namin ang Batasan tapos magkaka-outbreak dahil nandoon kaming lahat.” MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will likely deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) via teleconferencing, the method being used by Congress to hold sessions and committee hearings. Duterte delivered his past four SONAs in the Session Hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.center_img He added that the adjustment is a must in the conduct of the 5th SONA amid the pandemic, noting that no vaccine has been developed to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. The SONA is delivered by the President of the Philippines every year to report the state of the country, unveil the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures. House of Representatives Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said under the “blended” style SONA, there will be a limited number of guests who would be physically present in Batasan while others attend through a teleconferencing app. “So, safety will be the (priority) of the day but we will make sure that the President’s speech will be communicated nationwide,” he added.last_img read more

Marshalltown Speedway celebrates 50th on The Fourth

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 4) – Marshalltown Speedway celebrated its 50th anniversary with fireworks and visits by dignitaries of the track’s racing history Friday night. Luke Wanninger took over the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified lead on lap 11 and drove to his fourth win here in 2014. Ronn Lauritzen worked his way up to finish second. Tyler Droste was third, Tony Snyder was fourth and Joel Rust was fifth.Dave Atcher held Donavon Smith at bay over the last eight laps to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Clint Luellen inherited the lead when mechanical problems sidelined Jenae Gustin Luellen and held off several challenges from Andy Tiernan over the last four circuits to take his fifth Big Eight Tyre Center IMCA Northern SportMod win of the year at Marshalltown. After capitalizing on a late restart, Eric Stanton sped to his third local IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory of the season. David Moorman led start to finish in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.last_img read more

Updated Volleyball Camp Information

first_img Share Updated Volleyball Camp Information July 3, 20072007 ACE VOLLEYBALL CAMPSHeld on the University of West Florida campusSession I: GENERAL SKILLS CAMP9th-12th grade girls – Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26Daily Schedule9:00-Noon & 1:30-4:00pmYOUTH EVENING CAMPBoys and Girls ages 4th-8th – Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26Daily Schedule6:00pm-8:00pmSession II: TEAM CAMPGirls High School Teams JV or Varsity – Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29Friday: Check in @12pmCamp ScheduleFriday: 1:30-4pm & 6-8:30Saturday: 9:00-Noon, 1:30pm-4:00pm, 6:00pm-8:30pmSunday: 9:00-Noon, 1:30pm-4:00pmFEESSession I (General Skills)Commuter . . . . . . .$200 (Camp only)Resident . . . . . . . . $280 (Camp & housing)Resident . . . . . . . . $360 (Camp & housing & food)Youth CampCommuter only . . . .$60Session II (Team Camp)Commuter . . . . . . . $180 (Camp only)Resident . . . . . . . . $260 (Camp & housing & food)If you attend the individual camp AND the team camp, your overall cost will be discounted 25%!INDIVIDUAL CAMPSIndividual camp sessions are designed to improve the fundamental skills of volleyball: serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking, and individual defense. In addition, campers will work on team defensive and offensive systems. Campers will be placed into groups of similar ability.YOUTH DAY CAMPFor boys and girls from 4th-8th grade. This camp is a great way for your child to learn about volleyball in a fun environment. Youth Evening Campers participate in special activities designed just for their age group. Youth Evening Camp uses lighter and larger volleyballs for maximum learning and enjoyment.HIGH SCHOOL TEAM CAMPTeam camp is designed for high school junior varsity and varsity teams ONLY, not junior high. – Team strategies as opposed to individual skills will be emphasized. Competition amongst other schools takes place during each session. Team camp concludes with an all-camp tournament.HOUSING AND MEALSResident campers stay overnight at the camp dorm and receive all meals during camp. Commuter campers do not stay in the camp dorm and are responsible for their own meals. All overnight campers will be housed on campus in air conditioned dorms within walking distance of the field house. All resident campers will be supervised by both University of West Florida residence hall supervisors and volleyball camp staff 24 hours a day.REGISTRATION STEPSComplete registration form with all the necessary fields and sign the release formMail registration form and a $100 non-refundable deposit (Youth Campers need to pay in full) to ACE Volleyball LLC, 7171 N 9th Ave E6 Pensacola, FL 32504 by July 15th, 2007. The balance can be paid at camp registration or before.A $15 late registration fee will be added for any application received after July 15th, 2007.CAMP REFUND POLICYAll refunds are charged a $50 processing fee. Your fee, less the deposit, will be provided without questions if you cancel your enrollment prior to June 1, 2007. After June 1, you must provide a physician’s note to receive your fee.2007 ACE VOLLEYBALL CAMPSCamper’s Name___________________________ Grade Entering in Fall 2007______Address________________________________________ Phone_______________City________________________ State_______ Zip______ Birthdate_____________Parent/Guardian’s Name__________________________ Email ___________________Coach’s Name__________________________ Coach’s Phone______________________School Name___________________________ Club Name ________________________Circle Session Session I (General Skills) Youth Camp Session II (Team Camp)Release Form: Parent/Guardian must sign if under 18In consideration of acceptance, I, intending to be legally bound for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, do hereby waive and release all rights and claims for damages I may have against ACE Ltd, Liability Corporation, or it’s representatives, and/or assignees, for any and all damages which might be sustained by me in connection with my participation or entry in this camp, and which may arise our of my traveling to, participating in, or returning from the camp. I give permission for my child to be videotaped in the camp environment. All disputes to be settled in the state of Florida. In the event of illness or injury, ACE is authorized to obtain any medical care or treatment deemed necessary.X______________________________________________ Date:____________________Signature (if under 18, legal guardian)Insurance Company:_________________________ Policy #:____________________Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more