D.J. Williams Announces Bowls Fired! Featuring Members of DMB, TAB, Slightly Stoopid, & More In Las Vegas

first_imgKarl Denson Tiny Universe guitarist D.J. Williams and his band, Shots Fired, are on the front lines of SoCal’s new-era funk scene. An entire music community has materialized around the band’s residency shows, no two of which are the exact same, thanks to an impressive rotating roster that features some of the biggest names in today’s funk, rock, and jam scenes. Performing regularly for the past year almost exclusively in Los Angeles and San Diego, Williams has decided to take his band on field trips for a very limited number of quick strikes while they prepare to release their first album, Live From Over Where.For their Las Vegas debut, Williams has — for one night only — renamed his collective “Bowls Fired,” in recognition of the victims of the recent and horrific attack on the city by a lone gunman. The “Bowls Fired” moniker is also a double entendre that references the party’s host, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas, while giving a wink to the band’s cannabis activism. After being detained in the Middle East for 42 nights — in conditions that would make Amnesty International and the U.N. cringe — for possession of a vape pen, Williams was deported and immediately signed a sponsorship deal with Legion of Bloom, who handed out their top shelf “Monarch” vape pens during a recent LA residency.For this one-time-only engagement in Las Vegas, D.J. Williams’ Bowls Fired! will include Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Andy Geib (Slightly Stoopid), Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven) and John Staten (Pimps of Joytime) performing a selection of future funk classics.last_img read more

EIA: U.S. renewable energy consumption topped coal in 2019

first_imgEIA: U.S. renewable energy consumption topped coal in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. got more energy from renewables in 2019 than it did from coal, a year sooner than that same milestone is expected for the electricity sector on its own, according to the Energy Information Administration.Last year the U.S. consumed 11.3 quadrillion British thermal units of coal, the lowest level since 1964. By comparison, total consumption of renewable energy hit a record-high 11.5 quads, the EIA said Thursday, as the country’s base of wind and solar farms continued to expand.Prior to 2019, the last year that the country got more total energy from renewables than coal was 1885, back when wood was the main renewable resource on offer.Earlier this month, the EIA put out figures projecting that renewables will topple coal in the U.S. electricity mix for the whole of 2020, another major milestone. That already happened every day during April.While most renewable energy is used for power in the U.S., significant amounts are consumed in other areas, including biofuels for transportation.Total U.S. power generation is expected to fall by 5 percent in 2020 due to the virus outbreak, and the picture is much bleaker for coal, the EIA says. Coal-fired generation will tumble by 25 percent this year, against an 11 percent increase in total renewable output.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Renewables toppled coal in U.S. energy consumption last year, EIA sayslast_img read more

My View

first_img My View Ensuring care for each incapacitated person Sen. Burt L. Saunders Recent news articles on guardianship imply that Florida statutes governing guardianship are lacking and need revision. I wish to address this issue because I believe Florida is on the cutting edge of guardianship issues and is leading the nation in protecting our most vulnerable citizens.Guardianship is a complex and often misunderstood relationship. Often confused with the guardian ad litem program, guardianship is the process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals who lack the capacity to make their own decisions and have not made plans to address this possibility. Florida is a leader in protecting individuals who are declared incapacitated. The state needs to remain in the forefront of this effort by ensuring that our low-income citizens have access to public guardianship.Generally, there are three types of guardians in Florida. If a court determines a person needs a guardian and that person has a family member or friend who can serve, then the court may appoint that person. These people are considered nonprofessional guardians. If the incapacitated person does not have a loved one willing and able to serve, but does have assets, the court may appoint a professional guardian. If the incapacitated person has no family or friends and limited financial means, the court may appoint a public guardian. Each of these types of guardians must meet specific registration, education, and background checks as set forth in Florida statute.Many of the past legislative sessions have addressed public guardianship funding and other critical guardianship concerns. In 1999, the legislature, recognizing a need for administrative oversight of public and professional guardians, created the Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO). SPGO may not be the most comprehensive name, since the office is responsible for far more than public guardianship. SPGO not only appoints local public guardianship offices but is also responsible for the registration and education of professional guardians.In 2003 I filed a bill which resulted in two significant milestones for Florida guardianship. Florida became the first state in the country to require professional guardians to pass a competency examination. Since this requirement went into effect in July 2005, approximately 300 professional guardians have taken the exam, with an overall passage rate of 81 percent. The bill also created a Guardianship Task Force within the Department of Elder Affairs to examine guardianship and incapacity and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature for the improvement of processes and procedures related to guardianship and incapacity.The Guardianship Task Force quickly realized that Florida needs to examine more issues than just the number of persons who may require guardianship, including: uniform professional guardian education, funding for public guardianship, education of the persons responsible for determining incapacity, safeguarding minors’ property, promoting advance directives, and much more. Public testimony provided the task force with real-life examples of the issues and gave the members insight into the differences among the counties and within judicial circuits. Recognizing the importance of the task force’s recommendations, I have filed Senate Bill 472 for the 2006 Session, incorporating all these ideas.Guardianship in Florida has grown tremendously in recent years. Florida has seen an increase in public and professional guardians alike, but we still have work ahead of us as we seek to ensure that each incapacitated person is cared for. One way we can all help is by taking the time to speak with our loved ones about our wishes for decisionmaking, should we lose that ability. Additionally, every person over 18 years of age should have an advance directive. Although we all hope we will never become incapacitated, a simple car accident, fall, or other misfortune can cause even the healthiest person to lose his or her ability to make informed decisions. Regardless of our age or current health, it is never too early to plan. Sen. Burt L. Saunders, R-Naples, a lawyer, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, and is a candidate for Florida Attorney General . April 15, 2006 Regular News My Viewlast_img read more

Performing on patios: Musician brings concert to you

first_imgSo what he decided to do was simple: drive-up concerts, which provide entertainment at a social distance. Back in January, Reed left his job at Broome-Tioga BOCES in pursuit of touring opportunities with the band in the Northeast and out west in California. The tour not the traditional road trip of music, but one Reed thinks helps a little more during a time like this. “Music is the blood that pumps through my veins,” he said. “Without it, I don’t know what to do.” ENDWELL (WBNG) — Local musician Tyler Reed has changed the way he tours after the coronavirus pandemic forced him and his band, Second Suitor, to cancel upcoming concerts. “This is wonderful to be able to jump back into the world a little bit, and to bring some smiles to some people. I’m so excited people are happy about this idea,” he said. But for the concerts he has done, it’s helped give him the energy he needs during a difficult time for many. Family friends and “concert-goers” Michele and Chad Mapes enjoyed Reed’s acoustic punk rock performance.center_img “As much as I love providing people with this outlet, this fun and this happiness, this is important to me and my mental health,” Reed said. “Touring and playing music is all I am and all I do.” While the shows are no more, Reed’s passion for music hasn’t wavered or stopped. “It was fabulous,” Michele said. “It kind of gives you a new perspective on different ways to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily think of.” For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “This is kind of a way for me to tour still and promote…but also just promote happiness and being kind and making people smile.” Reed has performed solo as he and the other band members are still trying to figure out the best way to rock on while also staying safe.last_img read more

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By the numbers: Statistical comparisons between Syracuse and Johns Hopkins

first_imgSecond-seeded Syracuse (13-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) will take on Johns Hopkins (10-6, 4-1 Big Ten) in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on Sunday at noon in Annapolis, Maryland. The two teams met once before this season, with Syracuse escaping at home in a 13-10 win over the Blue Jays on March 14. Here are several key statistics, explaining how the two teams stack up against each other heading into the do-or-die matchup this weekend. Faceoffs:JHU: 54 percentSyracuse: 66 percentJohns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said there would be no way for his team to get into an offensive rhythm if SU’s Ben Williams does what everyone expects of him. The sophomore faceoff specialist won 16-of-27 faceoffs against the Blue Jays in the regular season matchup. It’s worth noting that Syracuse has been more effective at the X earlier in games, and as a result has taken 111 more shots than its opponents in the first half of games this year compared to just 43 in the second halves of games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMan-up goals:JHU: 35 (47 percent)Syracuse: 29 (49 percent)Syracuse converted on two of its four man-up opportunities in its 20-8 win over Marist on Sunday. In the last three games, the Orange has converted on six man-up chances. As a team SU has drawn 16 more penalties than its opponents and 13 more minutes on the man-up. Johns Hopkins, on the other hand, has drawn 25 more penalties than its opponents with an extra 16 minutes within the advantage. Opponents shooting percentage:JHU: 30 percentSyracuse: 28 percentMuch like the Orange offense, the Syracuse defense is stocked with upperclassmen. Three of the four primary defenders are academic seniors while Jay McDermott is a junior. SU has dominated winning ground balls by a 519-363 clip this season, and that’s not all because of Williams. JHU only has a plus-23 margin on ground balls, but the defense has stepped it up at the right time, allowing fewer than 10 goals in the past three games. Goals per game: JHU: 13Syracuse: 15The Syracuse attack stacks up with anybody in the country, but Pietramala said it’s the Orange’s secondary options like Henry Schoonmaker, Nicky Galasso and Hakeem Lecky on the first-line midfield that make SU so dangerous. Those three have combined for 29 percent of the team’s scoring while the attacks are at 48 percent. John’s Hopkins’ scoring comes largely from Ryan Brown, who has 58 of the team’s 207 goals. No one else has more than 25 goals.Turnover margin: JHU: -8Syracuse: +11John Desko was asked what, if any, were his team’s weaknesses. He mentioned turnovers as something his group needs to work on, as the Orange has totaled 11 more turnovers than its opponents this season. More than 30 players on the roster have totaled at least one turnover. Johns Hopkins has actually turned the ball over eight more times than Syracuse, but has also collected 27 more turnovers from its opponents than SU.Goals against average:JHU: 10Syracuse: 9Bobby Wardwell has been a better goalie late in games than early on. He’s made 44 saves in the fourth quarters of games this year compared to just 27 in the first quarter. Eric Schneider for JHU has seen a marked difference later in the season. In the past five games he’s allowed 6.8 goals per game compared to 12.4 during a rough seven-game stretch early in the year. ESPN analyst Mark Dixon said neither goalkeeper is the best out there, but both do a good job giving their teams a shot to win. Comments Published on May 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alpena and Rogers City advance to FIRST Robotics state championship tomorrow

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Bots across the state are heating up for another match. Two FIRST robotics teams in Northeast Michigan will advance to the state championship on Wednesday.Team 5505 from Alpena and rookie Team 7832 from Rogers City will compete at Saginaw Valley State University on April 10. After the district tournaments, Alpena became our region’s top qualifying team.Teams compete in the championship round if they get enough points from qualification matches, playoff matches and awards. This week’s tournament will last for three days.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Share cup of coffee with the head of Alpena Public SchoolsNext Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs discusses the future of art in northeast Michiganlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Trail Blazers looking to add another center after trading for Hassan Whiteside

first_img NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers get Hassan Whiteside from Heat According to source, Blazers will add one more player this summer – a center – and will enter training camp with 14 players. Will talk this and more today at noon in my @TheAthleticNBA Q&A https://t.co/0Mx8BE0ec5— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 17, 2019Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol, Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos, among others, are some of the veterans at the position who remain unsigned. Koufos has received interest from at least four teams, according to an earlier report from Yahoo Sports.The Trail Blazers have already acquired one big man this summer as they landed Hassan Whiteside from the Heat. Related News The Trail Blazers are still looking to bolster their frontcourt.Portland is hoping to add a center before training camp, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites an unidentified league source. “Acquiring Hassan is an impact move for our roster,” Portland president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in a statement earlier this month. “He is an elite shot blocker, rebounder and paint presence on both ends of the floor. We have pursued Hassan through multiple avenues at various times in his career and are ecstatic to be adding him to our organization.”Whiteside has averaged 13.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over 343 career NBA games.“This is a fresh start,” Whiteside said at his introductory press conference with Portland. “I really think this team is on the verge of doing something really special.”Watch: Portland Trail Blazers introduce center Hassan Whiteside at press conference in Las Vegas https://t.co/QPxx1yJ9Te— KGW News (@KGWNews) July 11, 2019Whiteside said he has already begun to develop a relationship with Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.“I’ve never had anybody approach me like that,” Whiteside said, via The Athletic. “What Dame showed me was how serious he is and what kind of leader he is. That made me even more excited about coming here because he was showing me his teammate side, his leadership side.”center_img NBA trade news: Trail Blazers acquire Kent Bazemore, send Evan Turner to Hawks Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg in late March and missed the rest of the season. There is no timetable for when he’ll be back on the court, although Olshey said in May that Nurkic was “on a great trajectory in terms of returning to play.”The Trail Blazers finished last season with a 53-29 record and advanced to the Western Conference finals, where they were swept by the Warriors.last_img read more

LIVE: Kiprotich, Mutai and Kiprop carry nation’s hopes

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PHOTO IAAFMen’s Marathon final 3.30pm – Solomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen KiprotichThe Ugandan team in Rio is in exactly the same position they were at the last Olympic Games – entering the final day with no medal.Like at London 2012, Kiprotich is the throw of the last dice only that this time he will not have the surprise element. The surprise element could actually come from his colleagues in that race Solomon Mutai and Jackson Kiprop.Kiprotich gets a chance to join Abebe Bikila and Waldemar Cierpinski as a two-time champion in the 42.1km event.There were fears hot weather conditions could play a big part in determining who will take the title. 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352384Tiidrek NURMEEST2:17:592:17:59 1422851Yared SHEGUMOPOL2:10:34 1282897Lungile GONGQARSA2:17:152:11:59 1522634Methkal ABU DRAISJOR2:17:24 812853Henryk SZOSTPOL2:12:402:07:39 392220Enzo YAÑEZCHI2:17:352:17:35 912534Hristóforos MEROÚSISGRE2:19:00 Ugandans have what it takesUganda will field its most experienced team when the marathon starts.The trio of Kiprotich, Kiprop and Mutai have competed at the very top level for the last five years. 1182195Reid COOLSAETCAN2:10:28 1323033Ihor RUSSUKR2:12:46 42947Tadesse ABRAHAMSUI2:06:402:06:40 502588Ageze GUADIEISR2:18:542:18:54 1312916Ambroise UWIRAGIYERWA2:18:262:18:26 1352533Michael KALOMIRISGRE2:29:30 1472786Abdi NAGEEYENED2:10:24 1502554Gábor JÓZSAHUN2:16:532:16:53 1232219Daniel ESTRADACHI2:17:302:17:30 892930Anton KOSMACSLO2:16:23 942258Andrés RUIZCOL2:17:392:17:39 1383039Martín Esteban CUESTASURU2:16:42 1192728Tsepo MATHIBELLELES2:15:392:15:39 262098Willem VAN SCHUERBEECKBEL2:22:062:12:49 952647Hisanori KITAJIMAJPN2:09:162:09:16 Kiprotich has since London 2012 added the 2013 world title to his accolades, while Mutai  snatched bronze at the last world championships in Beijing.Kiprop on the other hand has finished 10th in the last two world championships.World champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Kiprotich’s training partner Eliud Kipchoge will be the men to beat.Kenya’s Kipchoge has a 5000m silver medal from Beijing 2008 and a bronze in the same event at Athens 2004. He missed selection for London 2012 and then made the switch to marathon. He has been the outstanding road runner since then. 532641Suehiro ISHIKAWAJPN2:09:252:09:10 662584Paul POLLOCKIRL2:15:38 1552892Lusapho APRILRSA2:11:272:08:32 692824Raúl PACHECOPER2:11:01 1042223Guojian DONGCHN2:11:422:11:42 1082224DUOBUJIECHN2:13:162:13:16 1532091Florent CAELENBEL2:12:51 1292475Tsegai TEWELDEGBR2:12:232:12:23 582249Diego COLORADOCOL2:18:352:16:48 1462338Tewelde ESTIFANOSERI2:09:16last_img read more

Stuttering Atletico seek old habits to upset Liverpool and the odds

first_imgAtletico MadridMadrid, Spain | AFP | Atletico Madrid might once have relished the challenge of resisting an opponent like Liverpool, but reaching the Champions League’s quarter-finals will require a performance not yet seen from them this season.Diego Simeone’s side are no longer the same Atletico famed for their inch-perfect defence, relentless work ethic and a knack for grinding down even the most assured, attacking teams.Instead, they are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid in La Liga and last week sat sixth, a reflection of a deflating few months during which their old identity has blurred and their esteemed coach been questioned.When it was pointed out to Simeone on Friday that both of Valencia’s goals in their 2-2 draw at Mestalla had come from set-pieces, he said: “We don’t have the same characteristics now. Just like we attack differently, we also defend differently.”Out of the title race before March and knocked out of the Copa del Rey before the last 16, many in Spain believe Atletico’s season is in tatters, with the assumption they will soon depart the Champions League too.The debate has inevitably turned to Simeone and whether he remains the man to better those high standards he himself has set.“In the eight years I’ve been here, every year it’s been said the squad isn’t with me,” Simeone said in December.“There is always a rocky patch but I have always had patience, energy and confidence in what I believe. We can win or lose but I am convinced of what I want because I know my players.”To prove the doubters wrong against Liverpool, Simeone will have to extract a throwback display from a new group of players and against the finest team in Europe, both in terms of current form and the last name written on the cup.– Sense of inferiority –Atletico might take heart from their record at home, where they must surely avoid defeat on Tuesday to keep the tie alive ahead of a daunting second leg at Anfield. They have lost only once in 21 Champions League games in front of their own fans, even if Liverpool will hardly feel uncomfortable at the Wanda Metropolitano, where they were celebrating last June after lifting their sixth European Cup.And a sense of inferiority might also appeal to Simeone, whose Atletico have often appeared to excel when the chance of victory seemed lowest. In recent years, they have prevailed against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid.Yet all logic points to a Liverpool victory, particularly given Atletico are likely to be without Diego Costa and Joao Felix, the 120 million Portugese forward who has so far struggled to live up to the hype.Alvaro Morata’s fitness is also in doubt after he played only 24 minutes off the bench against Valencia.When Atletico thrashed Real Madrid 7-3 in pre-season, many wondered if they could repeat their remarkable title-winning feat of 2014, reinvigorated by new signings and fresh belief.But a promising start quickly fizzled and Simeone raised eyebrows in December by insisting this was always a “transition season” for his team, despite close to 250 million euros spent last summer.Those arrivals had big shoes to fill, after Antoine Griezmann left for Barcelona and the drain of leadership continued with the departures of Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis and Juanfran.Simeone said transition did not mean stagnation. “Anyone who believes the word transition means sunbathing and waiting for the flowers to come out doesn’t know me,” he said.Yet while he may never be under pressure at the club he has transformed since his appointment in 2011, Simeone is in need of a boost as he attempts to put Atletico back among the elite.Liverpool may remind them how far they have to go.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more