Spafford Welcomes Cracker’s David Lowery In Georgia

first_imgEager fans gathered in anticipation last Wednesday for Spafford‘s debut performance in Athens Georgia and they were not disappointed! After Spafford’s customary “Soundcheck Jam”, their two sets included a groovin’ 19-minute “Minds Unchained”, an uplifting 13-minute “Windmill”, and a tasty “In the Eyes Of Thieves” into JJ Grey‘s “On Fire”. However the most memorable and surprising moment of their peach-state debut was when Spafford brought up longtime songwriter-rights advocate and University of Georgia professor, David Lowery, to close out the first set with Cracker original, “Low”.David Lowery, in addition to being the founder and co-founder of “Camper van Beethoven” and “Cracker” respectively, is most well know for his fight for songwriter royalties from digital distribution services like Spotify and Pandora. An established professor in UGA’s Music Business program, Lowery has brought to light the prevalent issues of digital music services taking advantage of copyright loopholes and neglecting to pay songwriting royalties, or mechanical rights, to the artists. In the complex system of royalties for online music distribution Lowery is an outspoken advocate for musician’s rights to their songs, and while his lawsuits may fizzle out in court it highlights a bigger issue of importance whereby creative artists are compensated for their work in the digital age.Conversely, jam band fans have historically opted not to monetize the taping and sharing of live performances, which is what makes their live performances so amazing and this sit-in so surprising! The 6-minute “Low” was met with cheers as audience members recognized the acoustic guitar bearing staple of their community. By the time the chorus came around, bewilderment turned aside and a hundred voices sang in unison. There was no doubt in the crowd’s mind that they were witnessing a rarity inside the historic 40 Watt Club.So while David wont get songwriting royalties on the audience recording of Cracker’s biggest hit, his unexpected collusion with Spafford paints a more poignant picture: that beautiful 6-minutes of keyboard riffin’, bass groovin, and guitar soloin’ brought together two unlikely heroes and will surely resonate in the hearts of music lovers as a moment of solidarity across genres.Setlist: Spafford | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA | 10/25I: Plans, It’s a Bunch > Mind’s Unchained, Windmill, People, Low*II: Lonely, The Remedy, In The Eyes Of Thieves > On Fire^, All InE: Todd’s Tots*Cracker – with special guest David Lowery (of Cracker)^JJ Grey[photo by Tipping Point Designs]last_img read more

Irving Oil takes gas savings to the streets of Rutland

first_imgIrving Oil is offering even more opportunities to save on gas this summer by taking savings directly to customers through Irving Rewards. Over the next two weeks Irving street teams will be traveling throughout New England giving away thousands of dollars in Irving Gift Cards to customers at select locations as part of the Irving Rewards program.In Vermont, the Irving Rewards street team will be at the Rutland Rte 7 Irving located at 258 South Main Street on Wednesday July 20th from 11AM ‘ 2PM. Customers that fill up will receive an Irving tote bag that could contain gift cards ranging from $20 to $100. In total, $1,000 in gift cards will be distributed to customers at the Rutland location.Irving Oil launched its new Rewards gas savings program for customers on June 1. Irving Rewards allows visitors to over 300 participating Irving locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island to save at the pump and possibly win free gas for a year. In Vermont, customers can save at 28 participating Irving locations.Every $200 in fuel purchases earns 10 cents off per gallon at the next fill-up. Customers can obtain an Irving Rewards card, register it online at, and use it at every fill-up at participating Irving locations. When the card recognizes $200 in fuel purchases, it will automatically roll back the price at the next visit. The more drivers fill up at Irving between now and August 31st, the more they’ll save on gas this summer.Customers who register their card online are also entered to win one of six prizes of free gas for a year or one of 100 Irving gift cards for $100.The Irving Rewards promotion runs through August 31st, 2011 for earning rewards, and all rewards are redeemable 30 days from when they are earned. For more information on Irving Rewards, visit IrvingIrving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional refining and marketing company. Irving Oil operates Canada’s largest refinery, just over the border in Saint John, N.B., and has nearly 900 service stations and travel plazas in New England and Eastern Canada. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information about Irving Oil, visit read more

Headless Animals, Opossum Shooting Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Suffolk County SPCA is asking for the public’s help in finding who shot this opossum in the face.Two decapitated animal heads were found in East Northport on Tuesday, the same day an opossum was discovered to be suffering from pellet-gun wounds in Holtsville, Suffolk County SPCA investigators said.The pair of severed heads—belonging to either sheep or goats—was in a plastic bag near the intersection of Elwood and Warner Roads in East Northport, authorities said.“We find this deeply disturbing,” said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, noting that it’s the second time in less than a year that animal remains have been found in the same area.The Holtsville resident who reported finding the opossum alive in a garbage pail took it to a veterinarian who determined that the animal had been shot in the face with a pellet gun, officials said.“This is a blatant act of animal cruelty and we will do everything we can to see that those responsible are apprehended,” Gross said of the opossum shooting.The animal head case comes after a bag of decapitated animals was found Deer Park last year, 18 headless chickens were found in Manorville in 2011 and a beheaded goat turned up in Islip in 2009.Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.last_img read more

‘Drop everything, scramble’: Singapore’s contact trackers fight coronavirus

first_img“We have to drop everything, scramble and figure out where these patients have been,” said Philip, an employee of Singapore General Hospital (SGH), who wore spectacles and a bowtie.He typically tries to jog patients’ memories by asking them about their meals, all the way from breakfast to supper.”Because once they can remember who they sat down with for a meal, that would give a rough estimate of the number of people in their surroundings, and they can usually remember what they did,” Philip added.Singapore has won international praise for its painstaking onslaught on the virus, which has infected almost 135,000 people and killed more than 4,900 worldwide. Initially, it had one of the highest tallies of infections outside China, but other nations have since outpaced it.How seriously the Asian travel hub takes the virus fight was highlighted last month, when it charged a Chinese couple with giving false information about their movements to authorities looking to trace their contacts.Philip, who once had to do a patient interview at 10 p.m., usually has two hours to gather all the information he can about patients’ whereabouts, travel history and contacts in the two weeks before they come to hospital.He also relies on work calendars, diaries in Microsoft’s Excel app and receipts, as well as hospital records, to identify health workers the patients encountered.He gives the results to a health ministry team that speaks to individuals figuring in interactions, and sometimes tap police and security cameras to find those at risk.Singapore aims to gather a full picture of patients’ movements within 24 hours of confirming infections, helping to identify close contacts and quarantine them. It has quarantined 4,550 people.Even if it is tough to get ill people to recall small details, it helps to keep cheerful, says Philip, who gained his experience by tracing patient contacts for other diseases, such as measles.”You have to be very, very patient with them,” he added. “Don’t get angry, because, just like you and me, most of us can’t remember a lot of things.”Topics : After a coronavirus outbreak began to disrupt lives and activity in Singapore late in January, Conceicao Edwin Philip keeps himself ready to rush to hospital at a moment’s notice, if summoned.Philip is not a doctor or nurse, but his work, using a telephone to question patients separated from him by two glass walls, has become crucial in the Asian city-state’s fight on the virus, which has caused 187 infections in Singapore.As one of a team of contact tracers, Philip, 31, swings into action as soon as virus patients are diagnosed, to piece together the jigsaw of their prior movements and contacts.last_img read more

As world cowers, China glimpses coronavirus aftermath

first_imgTopics : Masks and temperature checks are essential to enter most places and many eateries are banning diners from facing each other in a mass “social distancing” campaign — no easy task in the world’s most populous nation.Beijing retiree Wang Huixian was among a dozen women practicing the national pastime of dancing in unison to music from portable speakers in a public park — but now with a gap of three meters between them.”During the epidemic, everyone was very tense and afraid. So we want to relax now,” said Wang, 57.But she added: “Everyone is cautious and keeping a distance from each other to avoid getting infected.” Alongside more than 3,200 deaths and over 81,000 total infections, the coronavirus outbreak has left further scars.China, the world’s second-largest economy, was shut down for weeks, with factories silent and massive cities locked down.The pain from that is expected to persist, with a surge in joblessness and many businesses gone bust. Restaurants are reopening, traffic and factories are stirring, and in one of the clearest signs yet that China is awakening from its coronavirus coma, the country’s “dancing aunties” are once again gathering in parks and squares.As the rest of the world runs for cover, China — where the virus first emerged — is moving, guardedly, in the opposite direction as domestic infections fall to nil following unprecedented lockdowns and travel restrictions.But ordinary life is far from normal. Sense of relief Most of the country is now slowly lifting restrictions and people are returning to work, unlike many Western countries where governments have ordered sweeping restrictions not seen during peacetime.Many European countries are in near-total internal lockdown, and popular tourist spots are deserted.But after weeks of empty streets and citizens sheltering at home for safety, Shanghai has transformed in recent days.Cafes and some tourist sites have reopened, and residents of China’s biggest city are re-emerging for tai chi in the park, or to take selfies along the riverfront under bright spring sunshine.”I was very scared. A sense of fear persisted,” said 50-year-old Zhang Min, the owner of an office-supply company, while strolling in a Shanghai park.”But now all is good… not like the people overseas who are engaged in panic-buying.”The flow of daily commuters into Shanghai’s financial district is picking up and some inter-provincial travel restrictions have eased.However, many provinces and cities like Shanghai now require citizens to show a downloaded QR code on their mobile phone that rates them as “green”, “yellow” or “red” — based on tracking of whether they visited a high-risk zone — before entering many businesses.”My feeling is that people with [virus] issues can’t come out, but people who can are safe, so we’re reassured,” child-care worker Lai Jinfeng, 41, said while strolling the Shanghai’s famous Bund.People shrink from an offered handshake, many restaurants have removed half their chairs to disperse customers, and other restrictions on large gatherings remain in place.And the now-ubiquitous face mask is being worked into cosmetics routines, with online beauty influencers instructing millions of women on applying make-up only to the upper half of the face, without staining the mask itself.President Xi Jinping declared during a March 10 visit to the still locked-down epicenter city of Wuhan in Hubei province that China had “turned the tide,” and a top economic official said Tuesday that 90 percent of businesses outside Hubei were operating again.But as China emerges from the worst of the virus on its soil, the costs of the pandemic will become clearer in the coming weeks and months, analysts say.”Basically before the epidemic, last year, my business was very good, but not now,” said Cai Qizhen, 52, who runs a small cobbler’s shop in Shanghai.”Now basically I don’t come in the morning… and I’m finished by 3 pm with nothing left to do.”last_img read more

Fixer downers: DIYers coming unstuck

first_imgLadder-falls are the most common DIY injury. Photo: ThinkstockMr Campbell said another big risk for DIYers in Queensland was asbestos.“Most people don’t realise what’s asbestos. Things like the glue under vinyl tiles, silicones used back in the day, the rope used in old ovens, downpipes and water pipes can all contain asbestos,” he said.“People will go smash a wall out not knowing its asbestos and they’ve gone and exposed their whole family to it. “Get a professional in at the start to point out where (the asbestos) is, even if you don’t want to remove it, just so you know where it is.”Being a qualified asbestos remover, Mr Campbell said he had seen plenty of DIY fails involving the material. “I had one (homeowner) cut through asbestos. It got into the aircon and went through the house,” he said. “There were fibres on everything so every single personal possession including photos, couches and the TV had to be thrown out.” Handyman business, Hire A Hubby, surveyed Australians and found injuries weren’t the only downside of amateur renovations. Nearly one third had tried to fix something themselves only to make it worse, and close to 60 per cent had to call in an expert to fix the problem. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoBrendan Green, Hire A Hubby executive officer, said people should stop and think before dabbling in DIY. “Always look at your options before DIY – if you’re confident, make sure you have the right tools and consider safety as a priority,” he said.“If the job is too much, call your local handyman and we’ll come over do it for you.” Chris and Tiffany Campbell found painting the exterior of their home the most challenging part of their renovation. Picture AAP/David ClarkMr Campbell and his wife Tiffany have recently renovated their 1940 California bungalow in North Ipswich and even they found some things were beyond their expertise. “The hardest thing was getting a good finish on the exterior paint,” Ms Campbell said. “We hired professional tools to try do it ourselves but it was a costly exercise. “It looks easy but it’s not when you’ve got 100-year-old paint and casement windows. “In the end it was much easier to get professionals in.” Ms Campbell said as a non-professional there were still plenty of tasks she was comfortable tackling herself. “Hanging curtains, sanding floors, puttying – it’s all quite easy to do,” she said. “And give the internal painting a go. You can’t fail at painting inside.”Mr Campbell said structural, wet area and electrical jobs should be left to qualified tradesmen. “Legally you can’t touch electrical and when it comes to structural jobs like decks, a lot of people build things that aren’t to code because they don’t know the right fixings or materials to use,” he said. “Don’t attempt bathrooms unless you’re a professional – they need to be waterproofed and they need to have falls a certain way. “I had one bloke where we’d prepped the bathroom and he jumped the gun and tiled the floor himself. “I turned the shower on and the water missed the drain and went out the door.” Tiffany and Chris Campbell renovated their North Ipswich Queenslander. Picture AAP/David ClarkTHOUSANDS of wannabe home renovators are ending up in hospital with injuries ranging from concussions to amputated fingers thanks to attempts at DIY.Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed 3318 Australians were hospitalised as a result of an injury from a DIY job in a single year. The most common causes of injuries were ladder-related falls (38 per cent) followed by powered hand tools and household machinery (29 per cent) and falls from buildings or structures (13 per cent).Men accounted for 81 per cent of the wounded. Digging further into the gory details, 11 per cent of powered saw related injuries were partial or complete amputation of a finger and 17 per cent of powered nail gun injuries resulted in an open palm wound. DIYer and professional builder Chris Campbell, of Blue Built, said he had heard of plenty of amateurs coming off second best when attempting projects around the house. “You often hear horror stories about chainsaws – people trying to cut back trees and the chainsaw kicks back into their face. I’ve also heard about grinder blades exploding and lots of people falling off ladders,” the tradie said.“Ladder injuries are probably the most common. A lot of older blokes push themselves too far and their balance isn’t what it used to be.” last_img read more

Big Ten Second Best

first_imgSince Michigan State won the NCAA Championship in 2000, the Big Ten has been the runner-up 6 times in basketball.  The question continues–is the ACC better than the Big Ten in basketball?  The following are the 6 runner-ups for the Big Ten.  IU was 2nd in 2002, Illinois was 2nd in 2005, and Ohio State was 2nd in 2007.  Since that, Michigan State was 2nd in 2009, Michigan in 2013, and this year Wisconsin was the runner-up.This year the Big Ten is supposed to be loaded with talent, but we have to wait until March of next year to see what happens.  It will be a different look in the Big Ten, because Maryland, Purdue, and IU are all supposed to be loaded with talent.last_img

Tony Pulis backs Salomon Rondon to hit goal trail for West Brom

first_img The boss has moved to ease any pressure on the £12million striker with the Baggies having scored just four goals in their first six league games. The Venezuela international has netted once in his first six outings, leading the Baggies’ line while Saido Berahino was left out during his transfer saga with Tottenham. Press Association Rondon will return against Everton on Monday after being rested for the Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich and Pulis insisted the summer buy from Zenit St Petersburg can cope with the expectation and fee. “We’re just hoping he gets a bit more luck in front of goal, but it doesn’t seem to affect him. He doesn’t seem that type of character,” he said. “Nothing seems to faze him, he’s just a good lad. “He could have had four or five easily, I’m sure he’ll score the goals. “Salomon has been fantastic and every game we’ve played he scored a goal or two and has been very unfortunate not to. “He’s another one who’s come into the club whose attitude is fantastic. “That’s something you look at as a manager and already he’s got tremendous respect in the dressing room, not only for his ability but the way he conducts himself.” Berahino is likely to partner Rondon in the Barclays Premier League on Monday after also being rested for the 3-0 loss at Carrow Road on Wednesday, but Pulis dismissed any suggestions the defeat will have a bearing against Everton after he made 10 changes. “It has no reflection on what we do against Everton,” he said. “People will not question Sheffield Wednesday who made 10 changes because they won (against Newcastle) – that’s the difference.” center_img Manager Tony Pulis has backed record buy Salomon Rondon to handle West Brom’s goalscoring burden and ignore his huge price tag.last_img read more

SB : Early offense, Caira’s dominance push Orange into Big East title game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Lisaira Daniels just wanted to put the ball in play. After Stephanie Watts led off the first inning with a triple, she knew a simple groundball would likely score her teammate.‘I was actually thinking about slapping one, just because I know that it would be a groundball and sacrificing myself just to score the run in,’ Daniels said in a phone interview Friday.But after seeing a changeup, Daniels kept her hands back and sent the ball to the center field wall. She didn’t hesitate out of the box and slid into third base safely to match Watts’ triple and give Syracuse a quick lead over DePaul.Daniels later scored to push the lead to two runs early in the first inning. Third-seeded SU (43-11) didn’t score again and the No. 2 Blue Demons (39-13) didn’t score at all as the Orange earned a 2-0 win in the semifinals of the Big East tournament Friday. Syracuse moves on to the championship game for a rematch of last year’s title game with Louisville, which beat Notre Dame 6-0 in the other semifinal.The Orange will take on the host Cardinals at Ulmer Stadium at 5 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be televised on ESPN2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe big first inning highlighted by the back-to-back triples proved to be the difference in the game. For Syracuse, playing with a lead the entire game was a nice change of pace after its dramatic last-inning comeback to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in the first round of the tournament.‘It takes a lot of pressure off of you when you can just get on the board right away,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘That was big right away with Steph (Watts) and Sai (Daniels) going back-to-back triples, it was huge.’The early lead was the only support junior pitcher Jenna Caira needed in the circle.Caira said after scouting DePaul Thursday, she and assistant coach Mike Bosch devised a plan. She wanted to set up the hitters with her rise ball and finish them off with her off-speed pitches.That strategy proved to be an effective one. Caira held DePaul to two hits and struck out seven in a complete-game shutout.DePaul threatened in the first inning with runners on first and second and no outs, but the SU ace worked out of the jam to keep the second-seeded Blue Demons off the board.The Blue Demons never got a better opportunity and couldn’t break through against Caira. She said getting out of that first inning was key for her team.‘First inning’s always tough, because you want to make sure the momentum is on our side,’ Caira said. ‘It was close.’Caira said she just tried to hit her spots in the first inning to get into the flow of the game. The Orange lineup then took the lead in the bottom half of the inning to give the team all the momentum early.SU held onto that advantage the rest of the way despite missed opportunities to add to its lead. The Orange had runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth inning, but the middle of the lineup couldn’t capitalize.Daniels struck out on a check swing. Lacey Kohl struck out swinging and then slammed her bat into the ground in frustration. Finally, Hallie Gibbs fouled out to the first baseman. But the frustrating sequence was neutralized by Caira’s dominance in the circle.Ross said with Caira, a two-run lead is safe more often than not. And that was true on Friday.‘You don’t want to just live on two runs, but games like this where it just so happened we scratched a couple together and that’s all we got for the rest of the game,’ Ross said. ‘It’s nice to know that you’ve got that pitcher on the mound that can hold a team.’Caira held on against the DePaul lineup for the final two innings after SU’s disappointing turn at the plate in the fifth. And after getting the final out, Caira pumped her fist and then jumped to hug catcher Ashley Dimon.The pitcher is excited for another shot at the championship but said Louisville will be a tough matchup. She said both teams know what to expect after playing each other four times during the regular season. And though it will be hard to beat a team for a fifth time in one season, Caira thinks SU can pull it off.‘We were called the Cinderella story last year, but I think we’ve proven to everyone again that we’re here for a reason,’ Caira said. ‘ … I honestly think like we can really do this, and I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we can take another championship.’[email protected]last_img read more

Thurles claim U21A hurling crown

first_imgHe says their players’ familiarity with each other helped them come out on top.Meanwhile, Gortnahoe-Glengoole have claimed the Tipperary Water U21B Hurling Championship at the second time of asking.They defeated Ballinahinch/Templederry 0-18 to 0-15 in the replay of the competition final yesterday. Thurles Sarsfields are this year’s Tipperary Water County U21A hurling champions.The Mid Tipp club defeated Toomevara 2-16 to 2-11 in yesterday’s final, which was played in The Ragg.Tony Lanigan is a member of the Sars management team.last_img