Crush Arizona Spreads Love At Annual Valentine’s Rager: A Gallery

first_imgSome of EDM’s premier DJs came out to Arizona last weekend to spread the love for an all-out Valentine’s rager of epic proportions. Keys N Krates, Seven Lions, Jauz, Netsky, Borgeous, Wax Motif and more brought high-energy sets to Crush Arizona for hours of nonstop beats and over-the-top production. The annual Insomniac/Relentless Beats event took place at Rawhide, just south of Phoenix, AZ.Photographer Tony Cottrell captured the essence of the fest, from the production to the people. Check out some photos, with a full gallery at the bottom. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Stand Up for the Gulf: Jay Leno to Perform Benefit for Oil Spill Victims

first_img”We did it for flood victims in Iowa; we did it for auto workers in Detroit; we did it for victims of Katrina and others. We tell a few jokes and help out people.”Tickets cost between $40 and $150 for the show at the MGM Beau Rivage Theatre in Biloxi. The $150 tickets include an exclusive Jay Leno meet & greet reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTonight Show host Jay Leno will perform a benefit Saturday night for Mississippians impacted by the Gulf oil spill.Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Mississippi Oil Spill Recovery Fund, established to support non-profits working to help the state’s fishermen, coastal communities and wildlife impacted by the disaster.“It’s great to be able to do shows like this,” said Mr. Leno about the benefit, which carries the long title, Stand Up for the Gulf Coast: A Special Evening with Jay Leno to Benefit the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.last_img read more

Groves Police arrests, responses: Feb. 26–March 3

first_img Next UpFeb. 26n assault report was processed in 6200 block of Dave Street after a call in reference to a disturbance.A minor car accident informational report was processed in the 3200 block of Main Avenue.A 39-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 3800 block of Main Avenue after a traffic stop.An assault-family violence impede breathing/circulation was reported in the 4200 block of Main Avenue after a call in reference to a domestic disturbance.An informational report was processed in the 4200 block of Main Avenue after a call in reference to harassment.An assault cause’s bodily injury-family violence report was processed in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.Theft of a wallet was reported in the 4400 block of Gulf Street.A 24-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants and a 27-year-old man was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at Twin City/Dryden.Feb. 27A noise disturbance was processed.A 26-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 2800 block of East Parkway after a traffic stop.Feb. 28A 31-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6300 block of 39th Street after a traffic stop.A 39-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 5200 block of 25th Street after a pedestrian stop.A 38-year-old woman was arrested for outstanding warrants and failure to identify with intent in the 5200 block of 25th Street after a traffic stop. March 3A theft report was processed in the 4200 block of Main Avenue.A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 2800 block of Oleander after a call in reference to criminal mischief.An accident involving damage to a vehicle report was processed.An assault cause’s bodily injury report was processed.Debit/credit card abuse report was processed.A citation was issued for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3300 block of East Parkway and a Black Taurus G3 9mm handgun was seized. Groves Police officers arrested the following individuals from Feb. 26-March 3Feb. 26, Michael Allen Bobb, 40, warrant other agencyFeb. 27, Joshua Aaron Joseph, 25, warrant other agencyFeb. 27, Ryheme Jamal Prevost, 28, unlawfully carrying a weapon, possession of marijuanaFeb. 27, Joshua Aaron Burns, 27, warrant other agencyFeb. 28, Jarvis Jarone Jones, 32, warrant other agencyFeb. 28, Clifford Austin Ates, 40, warrant other agencyFeb. 28, Stacia Leyna Morris, 39, failure to identify fugitive intent to give false information, warrant other agencyFeb. 29, Myrtle Johnson, 60, driving while intoxicated, secondFeb. 29, Seth David Werner, 21, terroristic threat of family/household-family violenceMarch 2, Laquailia Denise Brooks, 37, driving while intoxicated, MBMarch 2, Jasmine Cunningham, 29, public intoxicationMarch 2, Kobey Ryan Gore, 19, warrant other agencyGroves Police Department responded to the following calls from Feb. 26-March 3Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 114Offense reports filed — 29Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 3center_img Feb. 29A 59-year-old woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 3900 block of Twin City Highway after a traffic stop.A 20-year-old man was arrested for terroristic threats-family violence in the 5400 block of Hogaboom after a call in reference to disturbance.March 2An assault-family violence report was processed in the 3100 block of Berry Avenue after a call in reference to a disturbance.An assault-family violence report was processed in the 3500 block of Canal Avenue after a call in reference to a disturbance.A 36-year-old woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and a 28-year-old woman was arrested for public intoxication in the 5300 block of Gulfway Drive after a call in reference to two unwanted subjects.A criminal trespass warning was issued in the 5600 block of West Washington after a call in reference to an unwanted subject.An 18-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 2800 block of Berry Avenue after a traffic stop.last_img read more

Euro-bites 2017: Day 2 unique bits from Haibike, Koga, Brooks, Hunt & Ritchey

first_imgFor the second day of Eurobike teasers I’ve turned over a couple of bikes that caught my eye this day out running along the halls. They are just a taste of what we saw today and what will get more detailed coverage over the next week or two. To be honest it’s hard to walk past a 200mm travel e-bike like Haibike‘s XDURO Dwnhll 10.0. Besides a flashy paint job, the bike’s downtube integrated battery suggests an attempt to blend in, even though you’ll be self shuttling the DH runs hours after the lifts close for the night.We were introduced to the sporty bikes of Koga by their sand dune racer. Well that bike gets an overhaul for next year, but this bike was a bit of a surprise too. That’s because the Koga Grandtourer starts life as a pretty unoriginal aluminum touring/trekking bike. But Koga is doing some more customization, and this Grandtourer S bike gets a full set of Ortlieb bikepacking bags to head out on an adventure.The new Brooks Cambium All Weather collection adds a new material to the top of the vulcanized saddle to make it more water and UV resistant. It also gets a new construction that is probably both more durable and less expensive.Hunt Bike Wheels started with the idea of making silver polished hubs & spokes. That apparently grew quickly into a desire for polished alloy rims to match for the new Sprint Aero Wide. It then became the training & even racing tool for their UK Continental cycling team.Last year we got a preview look at the light WCS Kite dropper seatpost from Ritchey. Well it took more time to fine tune & test, but Ritchey has the updated Kite dropper ready to roll.That’s enough teasers for today. Dig into our Eurobike 2017 coverage for a detailed look at all kinds of new gear. And keep coming back as we continue to provide the most in-depth coverage available on the next in new bike tech, and link to more detailed coverage of these small bits.last_img read more

ITU appoints VERO to develop international communications strategy

first_img Related The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has contracted VERO Communications, the London based sports communications consultancy led by Chairman Mike Lee OBE.Vero has worked with a number of clients in sport and the business of sport, including: Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Paralympics, the UCI and UEFA.VERO’s scope of work will include helping to develop ITU’s international communications strategy, liaising with international sports media and promoting the federation. VERO will also assist ITU in strengthening its social media platforms, as well as helping to create a digital media strategy to increase public engagement internationally.Marisol Casado, IOC Member and ITU President, said “We are very pleased to appoint VERO as our communications partner and we look forward to working with them to further develop our international communications strategy. Since triathlon joined the Olympic Programme at Sydney 2000, the sport has grown in popularity around the world.“ITU is immensely proud of triathlon’s Olympic and Paralympic status and we look forward to continuing the sport’s development internationally and engaging new participants and fans. With VERO’s proven expertise in international sport, combined with the work of the ITU team, we know we have a very strong group to help us grow our communications and engagement over the coming years.”Mike Lee, VERO Chairman, said “We are thrilled to be appointed by ITU as the organisation’s international communications advisors. The federation has a real ambition to harness the appeal of triathlon in existing markets and spread the message of the sport to new parts of the world. ITU has a very positive story to tell and our role will be to help ensure that this story is communicated effectively to international sporting stakeholders, media and fans.” read more

Shawnee nonprofit running school supply drive for Nieman, Shawanoe elementary schools

first_imgA Shawnee-based nonprofit is raising funds for a school supplies drive to support students this fall at Nieman and Shawanoe elementary schools.Moneytalk Financial Foundations is trying to raise $50,000 for the two elementary schools by mid-July. So far, it has raised $1,100. The two schools have roughly 1,000 students combined, which allows about $50 of supplies for each student.The fundraising effort is part of the nonprofit organization’s initiative alongside Caring for Kids KC to ensure the students have the school supplies they need to start the school year, regardless of what the school year will look like because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Shawanoe Elementary has a larger concentration of students living at or below the federal poverty level, qualifying it for Title 1 funding.Both of the elementary schools are Title 1 schools, since they have larger concentrations of students living at or below the federal poverty level. Teresa McGarry, founder and executive director of MoneyTalk Financial Foundations, said the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdowns have put even more stress on the families of these students.Nancy Miller, a grandparent with a student at Nieman, said she and her husband, Stephen, adopted three grandchildren and have four other grandchildren at home.“It’s very hard for us because we’re on a fixed income,” Miller said, noting that she and her husband decided against buying diabetes medication so they can care for the grandchildren first. “We only get so much, so for us to buy clothes and school supplies and cover our medical bills, you just never know where our next meal is going to come from. We’re just struggling. It would just be amazing if we could at least get the school supplies, that would free up the money for something else.”McGarry said administrators have shared concerns with her about families struggling to cover school-related expenses.“The staff and principals have mentioned concerns about how normally, they have a hard time with families being able to afford the kids’ school supplies anyway,” McGarry said, citing financial hardships by families who can’t pay for things like school shirts that make their students feel included at school.McGarry said school administrators also shared concerns that, once restrictions on evicting tenants are lifted, then families who are still financially strapped through unemployment or reduced wages may become homeless.Teachers at Nieman and Shawanoe elementary schools will be able to use leftover funds from the drive for classroom supplies.“There’s no way they’re going to be able to afford school supplies,” she added. “We would like to gift these families with school supplies for their children, and then the money that they would have spent on buying supplies, they can put towards rent, utilities, groceries, shoes, clothes, those kinds of things.”If the nonprofit exceeds its goal, then McGarry plans to use leftover funds to help students with meals on the weekends and also support for teachers’ supplies in the classroom. In the event of remote learning similar to what the Shawnee Mission School District had this spring, then the school supply list will look different based on what teachers need to continue education.“We have a plan to make sure it all goes to them somehow, in whatever way they need it, and in a priority list of how that will be applied,” McGarry said.Monetary donations allow the nonprofit to purchase supplies in bulk, she added.last_img read more

Minnesota women take first at SDSU, second at Eau Claire

first_imgMinnesota women take first at SDSU, second at Eau ClaireThe Gophers recorded a near-perfect score of 18 at SDSU. Dane MizutaniOctober 3, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesotaâÄôs womenâÄôs cross country team dominated its first encounter with a flat course this season, winning the South Dakota State Invitational on Saturday with a near-perfect team score of 18 points.âÄúWe had a good meet,âÄù head coach Gary Wilson said. âÄúEverybody was tough today. Everyone fought the whole way and moved up. It was a great effort.âÄùAll-American Steph Price captured her second title of the season in South Dakota. She won the meet and finished the 5,000-meter course with a time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds.Missa Varpness found her way back to the front of the pack after falling behind at both the Oz Memorial and the Roy Griak Invitational earlier in the season. Varpness finished second overall and 13 seconds behind Price.âÄúI thought Missa Varpness ran a great race,âÄù assistant coach Sarah Hesser said. âÄúShe was really patient, whereas she has been a little impatient the last couple weeks. She really showed herself she can still run really well if she starts off a little slower.âÄù Molly Kayfes (fourth), Laura Docherty (fifth), Ashlie Decker (sixth), and Katie Moraczewski (seventh) rounded out the top finishers for the Gophers. Twelve Minnesota runners placed in the top-20. âÄúThe best thing about today was we only had [a] 28-second split between our first and sixth runner,âÄù Wilson said.Success running on a relatively flat course bodes well for the team, as the remainder of its schedule is loaded with flat courses âÄî most notably the Big Ten championships at Illinois on Oct. 30. Other team members competed at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational on Friday.These runners battled for the final two spots on the roster that Minnesota will take to the Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., in two weeks.Liz Berkholtz won the meet running unattached for the Gophers with a time of 22 minutes, 9 seconds.Kaila Urick and Kate Bucknam finished third and fourth and also ran unattached.Andrea Rediger took sixth as MinnesotaâÄôs first official finisher. She was running in uniform and Berkholtz, Urick and Bucknam were not.âÄúOverall we were really pleased with what they did,âÄù Hesser said. âÄúIt was a good meet after a big week of training for us.âÄúWe didnâÄôt really pull back for this meet at all, so the fact that people went in there and ran [personal bests] or close to [personal bests] was definitely impressive given the week of training they had.âÄùHesser said the team will take next weekend off and forego their scheduled meet at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Invitational in preparation for the Adidas Invitational.last_img read more

Elderly Acting Just Might Improve … Line, Please!

first_imgThe New York Times:As a 65-year-old working actor who wants to continue working, Lynn Ann Leveridge relies on her experience, her reputation and, above all, her memory.“It’s imperative,” says Ms. Leveridge, who lives in Los Angeles. “Although an audition doesn’t have to be memorized, you need to be as familiar with the material as possible to audition well, particularly if it’s an on-camera audition.”A native of Riverdale in the Bronx, she made her Broadway debut in 1975 playing Hadass in the musical “Yentl” (the role played by Amy Irving in the film version). She then went on to a recurring role as Tango Humphries in the TV soap opera “Edge of Night” and parts in TV dramas like “Southland” and the FX hit “American Horror Story,” where this year she enjoyed the distinction of being beat up by Jessica Lange’s character.A married mother of two adult daughters, Ms. Leveridge also works in regional theater. Her memory was really put to the test recently memorizing 50 pages of dialogue, including two or three pages of monologue, for a play titled “Therapy” staged in Los Angeles.Surely, given such evidence of cognitive strength, Ms. Leveridge is immune from the “where did I leave my keys?” lapses so common among those of her age.Well, no.“I still forget names, still have those senior moments,” she says, with a chuckle. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m very sharp at all.”Ms. Leveridge’s experience says something about memory — its specificity, how it can be improved and the limits of that improvement as we age.…“Good acting involves retrieving the dialogue and movements from long-term memory but using them spontaneously,” says Helga Noice, a psychologist at Elmhurst College in Illinois. “That is a highly complex cognitive process.”Read the whole story at: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Experts: DRC Ebola outbreak fueled by attacks

first_imgBy early February 2019, transmission of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Ituri province was largely under control, and declines were observed in Katwa and Butembo, several leading experts on the outbreak wrote yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).But a sudden increase in violent attacks on healthcare workers and facilities throughout North Kivu province have caused the outbreak to spike in the last 2 months and become intractable.The experts, including DRC Minister of Health Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, and the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, MD, published a special report on the 10-month-long outbreak, the world’s second largest.”Numerous operational challenges posed by chronic insecurity are compounded by political tensions associated with contested national elections. Violence has increasingly been targeted at EVD response teams and facilities, exacerbating the spread of the virus,” they said.Today, Reuters reported that 26 members of a rebel group thought to be linked to the Islamic State were killed near Beni in a shootout with DRC military. The rebels are part of the Allied Democratic Forces, but the Islamic State is also claiming responsibility for the attack, which was directed against the Congolese army.Need for political will to end outbreakThe authors of the NEJM report said though the outbreak officially began on Aug 1, 2018, in Ituri province, cases likely date back to April of that year. This was the first time Ebola was recorded in this part of the DRC, and most residents had never heard of the virus before: Malaria, diarrhea, and childhood diseases were the common illnesses among communities.Nosocomial transmission likely played a large role in early transmission. Though the outbreak was quickly contained in Ituri province within 1 month, infected people traveling to Beni, Butembo, and Katwa, brought the disease to those locations.Violence is what has allowed Ebola to continue. The authors produced a graph that shows how major times of unrest in the outbreak region have been followed by increased Ebola transmission, including a massacre in Beni, violent protests after the DRC’s recent presidential election, and February’s burning of Ebola treatment centers.The authors concluded by saying that all the tools of outbreak control are in place, including an effective vaccine, surveillance means, and growing community engagement. But without political will, the outbreak will go on.”The alignment of key political and armed groups behind the response effort is essential to stop the violence against health care and rehabilitate the humanitarian space required for outbreak control,” the authors said.Total now 1,945 cases, including 2 newly infected health workersYesterday the DRC’s ministry of health confirmed 19 new cases of Ebola, raising the outbreak total to 1,945, including 1,302 deaths.Fifteen new deaths were recorded yesterday, and 297 suspected cases are still under investigation. Of the 15 newly recorded deaths, 10 occurred in the community, which raises the risk of transmission.There are now 108 health workers infected with the virus, including two newly diagnosed workers from Kalunguta and Mabalako. Both had been vaccinated. Thirty-six health workers have died during this outbreak.Vaccination efforts continue, with a total of 126,565 people reached as of yesterday.Lessons from West Africa outbreakYesterday in the Lancet, authors from the Ebola Gbalo Research Group published an article outlining lessons learned during the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2013-2015.Community engagement was the key, they suggested, for successful response efforts.”Burial teams and contact tracing worked best when the recruits were local,” the authors wrote. “Where local agents, including health personnel, government workers, and families, were strongly involved in planning and implementing the response it was more effective.”See also:May 29 NEJM report May 30 Reuters storyMay 29 DRC report May 29 Lancet articlelast_img read more

Governor Announces More Summer Resources For Families

first_imgSTATE News:Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunitiesSANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials. These resources are available on, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state. CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months.  “One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.” CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program. “Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.” The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on Check back often as content is always being added.“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.” The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020.  However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices. The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement.  Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area. The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance LearningSupporting Mindfulness in LearningCASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at HomeBuilding Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.last_img read more