The Revivalists’ David Shaw Gets Mauled By Tiger Onstage, Keeps Going

first_imgThe Revivalists are true road warriors, selling out venues of all sizes nationwide. Beyond his charismatic stage presence and truly outstanding talents, frontman David Shaw is known for pushing the limits in extreme situations. Such was the case on Friday night when the band played an impromptu outdoor show in Pensacola, Florida.The band was going through their standard set, mixing songs from their 2015 release Men Amongst Mountains amongst fan-favorites like “Soulfight,” “Catching Fireflies,” and, of course, “Stand Up.” Frontman Shaw, pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, guitarist Zack Feinberg, drummer Andrew Campanelli, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keyboardist/trumpeter Michael Girardot then introduced a new cover, “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.Fans were stoked on the debut, until things suddenly took a turn for the worse. An escaped tiger barreled onto the stage and went straight for Mr. Shaw, who blocked its face with his newly-branded African-tribe tatted-up arm, then promptly wrestled it to the ground. After a brief scuffle, the tiger ran off, looking a little worse for the wear, but not before it was able to gash open Shaw’s head.That didn’t stop the Hamilton-bred, New Orleans-based rockstar, who was bleeding profusely onto the stage and, at points, crowd. The band quickly moved straight into their 2015 single “Keep Going,” bringing the energy in the crowd to an all-time-high despite Shaw’s blood volume being at an all-time low. It was a night to remember to say the least. Check out the photo of Shaw’s injury below.[photo via The Revivalists]Happy April Fools!last_img read more

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Embracing the unscripted life

first_imgIn a time of global change and uncertainty, Harvard continues to support, encourage, challenge, and prepare its students to face times of calm and crisis and help them to understand that “life never follows a script,” Harvard President Drew Faust told the College’s Class of 2010 on Tuesday (May 25).Faust’s remarks in the Memorial Church were part of the annual Baccalaureate Address, a Commencement week ritual dating to 1642 that gathers seniors for an informal farewell from the University’s president and the clergy.In her speech, Faust recalled the words of Robert F. Kennedy, who addressed South African students in 1966 who were fighting to end apartheid. Kennedy, said Faust, told those students that they lived in times of danger and uncertainty, but also in times of great possibility.“Now you have your own uncertainties and dangers and your own scripts to write,” Faust told the seniors. “The world has never needed you more. And we send you into that world with our confidence — our confidence in your commitment and our confidence in your abilities to create a script from the unexpected for which you are so well prepared.”On the hottest day of the year, the young men and women poured into the sweltering Memorial Church, dressed in their traditional black caps and gowns for their Harvard farewell.The time-honored ceremony included readings from Hindu scripture, the Holy Quran, the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Analects of Confucius. In addition, there were comments from the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.As is customary, Gomes was stationed at the church’s front steps and welcomed the seniors, who processed in a long line that snaked through the Old Yard. He greeted them with a solemn nod or friendly word.Faust said that changes at Harvard, ranging from the reforms in its financial aid programs to the successful introduction of a new undergraduate General Education curriculum, combined with a changing global landscape, provided lessons for the seniors that were “too important to forget.”Her first lesson concerned humility.“If Harvard graduates were writing the book on it, someone once said, the title would have to be ‘Humility and How I Achieved It,’ ” Faust joked. But, she added, “humility, in fact, is what makes learning possible — the sense of ignorance fueling the desire to overcome it.”Reiterating her “parking space theory of life,” Faust encouraged the seniors, in her second lesson, to be risk takers and aim for goals where they can do what they love.“Don’t park 10 blocks away from your destination because you think you’ll never find a closer space. Go to where you want to be. You can always circle back to where you have to be.”The students were well aware of her third important lesson, she said, that “the world really needs you,” acknowledging that they had already developed “a deep sense of obligation” through extensive humanitarian work and volunteer efforts.“You need to be the authors, the entrepreneurs, of your own lives,” offered Faust as her final lesson. “And this part I don’t have to tell you either. You are already doing it,” she said, referring to student projects such as a nonprofit group that built a girls school in Afghanistan. She also mentioned a soccer ball, born out of an engineering class assignment, that “can store energy and convert a playground ballgame into a power source for people in developing nations.”“Keep asking the big, irrelevant questions; keep thinking beyond the present,” Faust told the students. “Then live what you have learned.”Senior and Adams House resident Crystal Chang, a molecular and cellular biology concentrator who has plans to attend dental school, said Faust’s theme of embracing a life that doesn’t go according to a script is a message that everyone can appreciate.“It was very encouraging and very inspiring at the same time,” she said.last_img read more

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2nd Annual Centennial Awards March 23

first_imgAcomplete list of the businesses to be recognized with a Centennial BusinessAward is attached.2005 Centennial Business Award Winners Montpelier.  On Tuesday, March 23rd, Vermont’s 24 oldest businesses will be recognized at an awards ceremonyto be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Billings Student Center on the UVM campus. TheVermont Centennial Business Awards recognize businesses that have operated in Vermontfor at least 100 years.  This is a joint project of the Office of theSecretary of State, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. Special guestsinclude Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Fogel. PRESS ADVISORY CountyYear FoundedOld Tavern at GraftonWindham1801Newfane MarketWindham1825National Life GroupWashington1848Rutland & Whitehall Railroad Co.Chittenden1848G.S. Blodgett CorporationChittenden1848Community National BankOrleans1851Hastings StoreCaledonia1853Denis, Ricker & Brown  Washington1865Springfield Printing CorporationWindsor1870Greene Corporation Lamoille1872Harrington’s in VermontChittenden1873The Herald of RandolphOrange1874Union Mutual of Vermont CompaniesWashington1874A.C. Hathorne Co.Chittenden1875Randolph National Bank Orange1875Reynolds & Son, Inc.Washington1875The County Courier  Franklin1878White River Paper CompanyWindsor1881Verizon New EnglandChittenden1883Factory Point National BankBennington1883Rutland Fire Clay Co.Rutland1883Lyndonville Savings BankOrleans1884Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad Co.Chittenden1885Granite City Tool of VermontWashington1885People’s Trust Company of St. Albans.Franklin1886 Business Contact Kathryn Mathieson: 802-828-2148For Immediate Release: March 22, 2005This press release is available digitally at http://www.sec.state.vt.us(link is external) Secretary of State ToAnnounce Vermont’s2nd Annual CentennialBusiness Award Winners Wednesday,March 234-7 p.m.Billings Student Center, UVM Campus #30last_img read more

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Peruvian Police Dismantle Stolen Peruvian Arms Sold To Colombian Rebels

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2010 Peruvian police dismantled a ring of military personnel that was selling armament to Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas, La Republica newspaper reported. The ring included members of the Peruvian army and air force, but was led by Ecuadorian national Freddy Torres, who was arrested Dec. 19 in northern Peru and who represented himself to his accomplices as a logistics specialist with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The accomplices say that Torres, who has refused to give a statement to police, first entered Peru in 2004 to obtain arms and supplies for the FARC’s Southern Bloc, which operates in regions along the Peruvian border. Torres initially shopped for grenades and ammunitions. In recent months, however, he managed to obtain Igla surface-to-air missiles and Browning M2-HB machine guns that were stolen from Peruvian air force arsenals, La Republica said. From Peru’s army, Torres allegedly obtained rocket-propelled grenades and high-grade machine gun ammo capable of downing aircraft. The military accomplices delivered the stolen items to Julio Huapaya, who then re-sold them to Torres. “He bought weapons every 15 or 20 days and he had a lot of money. He also told me he was part of the FARC. He assured me they sent him around $100,000 a month for the purchases,” Huapaya – now in custody – told police, according to the newspaper. Also arrested was former Peruvian policeman William Cortenero, who was found to have RPG ordnance at his homes in Lima and on the Pacific coast. Three army non-commissioned officers are in custody for their part in the scheme, including one who was filmed by police as he sold stolen weapons, La Republica said.last_img read more

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Bush calls on Bar for assistance

first_imgBush calls on Bar for assistance September 15, 2005 Regular News Bush calls on Bar for assistance Help needed in locating housing for Katrina’s refugees Gov. Jeb Bush has asked The Florida Bar to help find property owners in Florida willing to provide temporary shelter for refugees left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.Last year, a number of Florida land owners offered their properties as temporary shelters under certain terms and conditions. Again, the State of Florida is working closely with FEMA and volunteer organizations to do the same for Katrina’s victims who have been displaced and are seeking refuge in Florida.“We are trying to identify like-minded individuals and corporate citizens who are willing to step forward similarly now,” said Bar President Alan Bookman.“The governor’s office has asked that I encourage Florida Bar members to contact your clients and others you know who own property in Florida to ask that they participate in these efforts,” Bookman said.“Time is critical for assembling this relief program. Gov. Bush and his staff appreciate all of our efforts and any assistance you can identify.”Once you have identified a possible participant in this program, send contact information — name, name of organization (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address—to Jill Igert, of the Florida Department of Community Affairs, by e-mail to [email protected]last_img read more

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He’s Back! Jon Stewart Inks Deal With HBO

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The revolution will be streamed.Jon Stewart, the famed former Daily Show host on Comedy Central whose comedic take on national politics dramatically altered the late-night TV landscape, has found a new home at HBO.The subscription-based network announced Tuesday that it has inked a four-year production deal with the comedian, who has been in semi-retirement since signing off as host of the popular satirical show in August.Under the deal outlined by HBO, Stewart will produce short-form content primarily for HBO NOW, HBO GO and other related platforms, all of which are streamed over the Internet. The network also noted that Stewart is collaborating with graphics company OTOY Inc. to develop “new technology” that will allow him to produce truncated clips on multiple platforms.“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show,” Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming said in a statement. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” said Stewart. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”The news should be music to the ears of legions of Stewart’s fans who have struggled to cope with the idea of a 2016 presidential election devoid of his often biting comedy.When Stewart’s content will hit HBO’s multiple platforms is unclear. But when it does, viewers will be able to view his comedy on HBO mobile apps and streaming devices that support HBO NOW and HBO GO, such as Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.By signing with HBO, Stewart will join his former Comedy Central colleague John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Oliver landed at HBO after he temporarily took over the reigns of the Daily Show during Stewart’s absence as Stewart produced his first feature film, Rosewater.Stewart is widely credited with reshaping political commentary on television. He essentially built a farm team of politically minded comedians such as Oliver, Stephen Colbert and current Daily Show host Trevor Noah, all of whom contributed as so-called “correspondents” prior to hosting their own respective shows.HBO’s new superstar personality first began lecturing politicians from behind his desk as Daily Show host in 1999.HBO has been aggressive in persuing larger-than-life figures to its network. Aside form Stewart, HBO announced that it has reached a deal with respected sports writer and podcast host Bill Simmons to create a weekly show for the network. Simmons had been editor-in-chief of Grantland, popular for its long-form sports journalism and unique perspective on sports and pop culture, which ESPN recently shut down.Fans and commentators alike have speculated what Stewart’s post-Comedy Central life would look like.Now that we know, presidential hopefuls should prepare for the worst.last_img read more

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NCUA takes credit unions’ RBC2 questions during webinar

first_imgNational Credit Union Administration staff provided a breakdown of the agency’s revised risk-based capital proposal (RBC2) during a webinar Wednesday. Staff also answered questions from stakeholders–many of whom wanted to know if the NCUA would be providing an online “risk-based capital calculator” to assess the plan’s impact on individual credit unions.“The purpose of the updated rule is not to prevent credit unions from taking risks, it only mandates that if they choose to do so, they must also commensurately hold capital in line with their risk profile,” said Tom Fay, senior capital market specialist with the NCUA, who was one of the presenters at the webinar.According to Larry Fazio, the NCUA’s director of examination and insurance, the agency will not be developing a calculator for its website like it did for the previous proposal. This is due to the data needed for estimations differing from the data the NCUA currently has on file from credit unions’ call reports.“We do have, on our website, what’s called a risk-based capital estimator. Credit unions can download a spreadsheet and fill it in themselves with more precise data,” he said. “For this go-around we’re providing a spreadsheet credit unions can fill out to get more accurate information on their individual situations.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Loan officer faces fraud charges

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakAn Ohio man will be arraigned April 2 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for allegedly embezzling more than $436,000 from Taupa Lithuanian Credit Union.Andrew Belzinskas, 45, of Lyndhurst, an eastern Cleveland suburb, is the seventh person to be charged in the $15 million fraud case that led to the insolvency of the Cleveland cooperative in July 2013.He was indicted last week on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud, according to court records.Belzinskas worked full-time at Taupa Lithuanian Credit Union in various capacities from 1991 through 2004. He eventually was responsible for originating loans for Taupa for about 10 years. Even though he left his full-time position in 2004, Belzinskas continued to work as a part-time loan officer. continue reading »last_img read more

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USDA names chicken plants with Salmonella problems

first_img “FSIS intends to post updated results of completed Salmonella verification sample sets for young chicken slaughter establishments on or about the 15th of each month, beginning in April 2008,” the agency said in its announcement of the move last week. “Each month’s posting will replace that of the previous month.” Feb 6 CIDRAP News story “USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems” See also: The FSIS’s current policy is to name the facilities in categories 2 and 3. Thirteen different poultry companies are represented by the chicken plants named by the FSIS. Pilgrim’s Pride has five plants on the list, while Tyson Foods has four. Five facilities appear on both the FSIS list and the Food and Water Watch list. Four of those are listed by the FSIS as category 2 plants, meaning that between 10% and 20% of recent samples were contaminated. But their appearance on the consumer group list signals they had more than 20% contamination at some point in the last 2 years. The plants listed are in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The two that failed the standard are a Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. facility in Ellijay, Ga., and a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Center, Tex., according to the FSIS. Only two plants actually failed to meet the USDA’s standard for Salmonella in chicken: a maximum of 20% of samples contaminated. At the other 19 plants, between 10% and 20% of recent samples had Salmonella, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week began publishing the names of broiler chicken plants that have had trouble with Salmonella, listing 21 facilities where more than 10% of samples were found contaminated in recent tests. The naming of the 21 plants came on the heels of a report in which the consumer group Food and Water Watch listed 27 broiler chicken facilities in 17 states that failed at least one round of Salmonella testing between January 2006 and January 2008 by having a contamination rate higher than 20%. The nonprofit group used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the information from the FSIS. An FSIS spokesperson declined to comment on the Food and Water Watch report. The Food and Water Watch report takes issue with that approach, saying that good performance in one round of sampling is no guarantee of continued success. The group’s findings show “that passing in one test period does not mean that contamination levels won’t increase beyond the performance standard in the next period,” the report states. Risk-based samplingUnder the risk-based sampling policy, the frequency of FSIS sampling is based on performance category. Category 1 facilities are tested at least once every 2 years and category 2 facilities at least annually, while category 3 plants may be tested several times a year, USDA officials have said. The group called on the USDA to publish Salmonella testing results for all chicken plants and to seek legislation to make its Salmonella standards legally enforceable. The organization also urged the agency not to reduce the frequency of sampling at plants that have the lowest contamination rates. “Such results undercut the position of FSIS that passing facilities should not be retested for 12 to 24 months,” the report adds. “With no government oversight and enforcement, previously good plants may allow themselves to produce unsafe food over extended periods of time, which obviously threatens consumer health and safety.” Food and Water Watch report, titled “More Foul Fowl” The USDA had said in January that it would begin listing facilities with higher Salmonella rates on Mar 28. The move is part of a control initiative the USDA first announced about 2 years ago, after several years of increasing contamination rates. About 16% of broiler chicken samples tested positive for Salmonella in 2005. The initiative includes a “risk-based” sampling program, in which FSIS focuses more of its sampling on plants that have higher Salmonella levels. For example, it says, a Perdue Farms facility in Kentucky failed Salmonella testing in February 2007, with 32 positive samples out of 51 tested, up from 9 of 51 (a passing score) in December 2005. FSIS announcement about publication of chicken plants in performance categories 2 and 3http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Salmonella_Verification_Testing_Program/index.asp The agency began naming broiler plants first because they have had the most trouble with Salmonella, but it is considering publishing results for facilities that produce other poultry and meat products, officials said. Three-tier rating systemThe FSIS sorts chicken plants into three categories according to their Salmonella test results as compared with the USDA’s 20% standard. Facilities that limit Salmonella to half of that standard (10%) or less in the last two sets of samples are put in category 1. Those that have Salmonella in more than 10% but fewer than 20% of samples are in category 2, and those that exceed 20% are in category 3. A set is a series of samples collected at one site on successive operating days—51 days in the case of broiler chickens.last_img read more

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It has never been more important to ensure the placement of a domestic product

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com President of the Professional Group of Food Processing Industry ŽK Split Paško Šuto he pointed out that it is necessary to strengthen local producers by connecting them with local consumers, as well as that domestic retail chains, hotels and caterers recognize the quality and benefits of domestic products and market them as much as possible. The meat industry Braća Pivac in Slavonia has about 150.000 pigs and about 10.000 cattle in cooperation, and their fresh and final product comes largely from domestic producers. “Our Dalmatian prosciutto has over 70 percent of the share of domestic raw materials, most of which are our delicatessen products, and we want to offer them to a greater extent in our hotels and restaurants, to whose needs we are ready to adapt.’, she said Elena Perkovic-Palos from the Pivac Group. The President of the Professional Group of Travel Agencies also testified to the importance of this initiative for the tourism sector. Dragan Kostadinović, since modern tourism generally strives for local and original, including food, as well as a representative of the Split Radisson Blu Hotel Katarina Banić.   Tomaš also emphasized that strengthening domestic production and raising awareness of safety and quality of Croatian products is one of the basic and most recognizable activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which it has carried out over the years through numerous actions such as Let’s Buy Croatian and the Original Croatian and Croatian Quality marking project. “Doing business in a pandemic and the lack of tourist spending encouraged a stronger turn to domestic food and beverage producers, and with this meeting we wanted to intensify cooperation and through direct talks to connect the three sectors involved in the production and marketing of domestic food and beverages – producers, traders and tourism workers.’, said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš. Today’s meeting is the third B2B meeting organized by ŽK Split in recent months with the aim of stronger connection of compatible economic sectors. This positive initiative, welcomed by representatives of manufacturers, retailers and the tourism sector, will certainly continue in the future, taking into account the specifics of small and large manufacturers, as well as the difference between sales channels and stores and HoReCa systems.  Dario Mamić from Tommy stated that the Tommy retail chain cooperates with almost all significant domestic producers and that it intends to continue to do so. “In the total range, the representation of domestic products is over 70%, and in some categories, such as fresh products, fruits and vegetables, it is one hundred percent. Our strategic orientation is to stimulate domestic production and stimulate the domestic economy, while we also expect domestic production to be better organized, competitive and to offer a quality product in sufficient quantities.”, Said Mamic. Representatives of the tourism sector and food and beverage traders were presented with prosciutto, meat and processed meat producers, representatives of fisheries, mariculture and fish products, bakers and producers of dairy products, olive oil, fruit and vegetable products and wine and spirits producers. . The meeting was attended by about 30 representatives of leading companies in Split-Dalmatia County from the food processing industry and professional groups ŽK Split from the food and beverage trade, hotel, catering and travel agencies, with the aim of networking and more intensive communication of all participants in the food supply chain and beverages in the domestic market. From the sea and fields to the shelf and the table, is the name of the intersectoral B2B meeting of professional groups of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, which was held yesterday in the Split Chamber. last_img read more

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