first_imgJammers The Big Wu have been playing together for a long time, but not much symbolizes their history together than The Big Wu Family Reunion. Coming to Morristown, MN for the 16th year running, this year’s Family Reunion looks to be one of their best, with Peter Rowan, Leon Russell, Dean Magraw, Allie Kral, Cornmeal and more getting together for the event from August 12-13.“We’re excited to host Leon Russell and Peter Rowan this year. Peter is [Big Wu guitarist] Chris Castino’s personal Elvis, a dude who has written tons of great material. Leon is just a classic troubadour, his voice is cooler than a body on ice,” said bassist Andy Miller. “Not to mention that an artist from last year’s BWFR, Jon Cleary, won a Grammy. Now, I’m not saying that it’s because he played with us, but luckily for him, it didn’t hurt!”Miller also spoke to us about the festival’s storied past. “When we started the BWFR, we had played festivals from coast-to-coast. Big ones, small ones, crappy ones. No matter what, there were three things that mattered most to us as musicians, and thus prospective promoters: Sound/production, hospitality, and of course, crappers.” He continued, “A festival with a great lineup and site becomes a drag when the PA was procured out of the junkyard. Don’t go cheap unless you really hate your audience. The same goes for hospitality, or more deeply, how the bands are treated. Are they making enough money? Can we help them score a gig in Minneapolis to ride any momentum they picked up? There’s a difference between stuffing their bellies and feeding them like human beings. We’ve been on both sides of the coin, and it makes a difference.”When it comes down to it, The Big Wu are happy to do their festival on their own terms, and the group’s fanbase really appreciates it. “Our lives have been in pursuit of the kind of fun the Big Wu Family Reunion offers. It’s a proud tradition, a teacher of lessons, a bonding experience, a place where people meet (and sometimes get married!), and a chance to make memories that’ll last. Which is nice, as that’s all we’ll have when we’re old.”For more information about the festival, you can head here. Check out the full lineup below.last_img read more

first_imgTe Smokin’ Mule tour made its way to the Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines, IA, returning with the same musical formula of Blackberry Smoke opening, Gov’t Mule headlining, and a Smokin’ Mule collaboration for the final encore. Last night, it was Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr who got the call after a fine Mule set, joining the band for two songs in the encore: “Jesus Gonna Be Here” by Tom Waits and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” by ZZ Top.Mule’s set itself included a number of classic tunes, including “John The Revelator,” “Banks of the Deep End” and more to get things going. They included “Soulshine” in their set, as well as more fan favorites like “I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home,” “Inside Outside Woman Blues #2” and so many more.The Smokin’ Mule tour concludes this Friday, August 25th, with a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre that also includes moe. You can catch the full Mule setlist from last night, posted below. Edit this setlist | More Gov’t Mule setlistslast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Announces Free Software for Students and TeachersPromotes Enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as Economic Development ToolsMontpelier (July 16, 2008) Governor Jim Douglas announced today that Vermont’s students and teachers will soon be eligible for free access to some of the world’s most powerful design and mechanical engineering software as part of the Real World Design Challengea partnership between the State of Vermont, the US Department of Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Parametric Technology Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation and Flomerics, Inc.Governor Douglas said the partnership, and the challenge at the center of its curriculum, would help generations of young Vermonters obtain the skills they need to succeed in this century and help Vermonts economy grow.”Innovation is what will grow our economy and ensure that every family prospers in an increasingly competitive international market. We must ensure that our children are learning math and science, as well as core technology and engineering skills better than their counterparts throughout the world. We simply cannot afford to fall behind,” the Governor said.last_img read more

first_imgTom Tedesco, a Virginia Commonwealth University student and a Trip Leader for the Outdoor Adventure Program there, had his easy going Saturday flipped on its head while biking home from the library…Literally.As a Trip Leader and lover of the outdoors, Tedesco has a vast amount of experience with bikes, especially since that’s his main mode of transportation in his daily life. He has been biking around the city for years with nothing but ease and a few close calls. Unfortunately this time, he wasn’t as lucky.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.BRO: Describe the event: what went through your head?  TEDESCO: From my position, this was a blind intersection, blocked on my right by a building and a row of parked cars. It wasn’t until after I had crossed the threshold of the intersection that I noticed an SUV coming quickly toward me. I had three quick thoughts once I noticed the car that had run a red light:1. Swerve to my left and hope that the car breaks in time and I avoidthe collision, even if it means I crash my bike. 2. If I swerve to the left and the car doesn’t stop, instead of running into the car, the car will run into me and likely run me over.3. Continue on my path, hit the brakes as hard as I can, and hope for the best. Since I didn’t want to get run over, I chose option 3 – I continued to bike straight while engaging my brakes, but it was too late. I was going too fast to stop in time with such short notice, and the car slowed down enough to be directly in my path.At this point I knew there was no way to avoid impact, and I had the thought that I might be about to die.I collided with the drivers side hood/headlight and flipped over the windshield of the car, since the driver was still moving through his red light as we collided. As cliche as it sounds, time slowed down mid-air and I had two more thoughts:1. Thank god I have my helmet on.2. WOW my light is still green!! I finished the aerial somersault as I made impact with the pavement, meaning my head and back hit first, almost simultaneously, followed by my legs and arms. I remember almost immediately being surprised that even though pain was starting to run through by whole body, I was alive and conscious.I was too disoriented to fully understand the extend of my injuries, but as I tried to sit up, I couldn’t put any weight on my right leg. Several witnesses came running over within seconds of the accident, and told me to lay down and not move my head, and they called 911. I remained still until responders arrived, but was anxious to try and move all my body parts and make sure everything still worked.BRO: Do you feel changed? TEDESCO: I definitely feel changed. The entire accident truly put things into perspective for me. Prior to the accident, I was dealing with some other issues life had thrown my way, and although they weren’t necessarily trivial, the fact that I had just narrowly and luckily escaped death minimized all of my other concerns. Problems that seemed so large before no longer weighed as heavily on me, and important people and goals in my life that I had started ti neglect suddenly became incredibly important again.BRO: Will you continue biking?TEDESCO: Since this accident only happened three weeks ago, and I’m still dealing with injuries and processing everything that has happened, I feel that I am still being changed in ways that I don’t yet understand. I plan to continue biking as soon as I’m able to physically and can buy a new bike. I’m hoping that this accident doesn’t make me afraid to bike around the city, as it was my primary mode of travel in Richmond, but I don’t think I’ll really know untilI’m able to get back out there.BRO: Do you regret your speed? Do you feel at fault? TEDESCO: I don’t regret anything I did in this situation and I believe I was 0% at fault for what happened. I was obeying all traffic laws, paying attention, biking below the speed limit, wearing my helmet and traveling through a solid green light, while the driver of the SUV was clearly not paying attention, blew a red light, and did not react in time upon seeing me to avoid this accident. That being said, in the future, I plan to ride more vigilantly, and maybe slower, through city streets. Even if I was going slower, at this blind intersection, I wouldn’t have been able to see the driver coming around the corner, but I might have been able to slow down enough to not go airborne, over the car.BRO: What advice do you have for urban bikers?TEDESCO: First and foremost, I would like to say ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET. ALWAYS. Not just when you’re biking long distances or biking fast or mountain biking, but always. It doesn’t matter how far you’re going, or if you’re only going to be biking for a few minutes; accidents like this can kill you in an instant.I was less than a mile from where I was going when this happened, and only a few hundred yards from where I had started, and since I landed starting with my head, without a helmet, the outcome could have been far worse.I would also like to remind people, myself included, that even if you’re doing everything right, it’s important to remember that not everyone else is. We should all be biking cautiously, with the mindset that every driver on the road is on the phone and might run a red light.Tom Tedesco hiking in Utah with his dog Kaia photo courtesy of Tom TedescoThough it may seem his luck ran out on this one, Tedesco walked away from the situation with somewhat minor injuries. A concussion and many bruised bones, he will be on crunches and very sore for quite some time. But lucky for him, he has his friends and his dog Kaia to keep him company through his healing.last_img read more

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many who hear the expression “design thinking” mistakenly believe that it is all about aesthetics — something limited to “creative types” who specialize in graphic design. But that’s not the case. It doesn’t mean that aesthetics aren’t important, but a good-looking design that doesn’t meet consumer needs or solve consumers’ problems has no chance at success.Rather than focusing solely on style, design thinking is about applying the principles of design to the way people interact with the world. It’s an iterative process in which you seek to understand the user, challenge your assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative solutions that might not be instantly apparent using more conventional methods. Design thinking revolves around a deep interest in developing an understanding of the people for whom you’re designing products and services. It helps you observe and develop empathy with the target user.This is the reverse of how banks and credit unions traditionally design products and services. Instead of focusing on the consumer experience, financial institutions tend to develop products to meet their own internal processes and operational efficiencies. They then tend to put a pretty wrapper on the product and call it a day. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img21 Oxley Lane, New Farm, Qld 4005A DREAM inner city home that’s a master class in small lot living has sold for $1.5m.The three bedroom, two bathroom, double car garage house at 21 Oxley Lane, New Farm, was a new build created after a block with a character home was subdivided.New Farm — considered a high demand market by with about 710 visits per property, more than double the Queensland average — has seen its median house price jump 33.1 per cent in the past five years. Lovely entertaining space. Thoughtful touches have a strong impact in this home. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX A tantalising welcome home with the pool in the background.Agent Simon Caulfield of Place Kangaroo Point, who marketed the home with colleague Courtney Maguire, said the property has settled after going to auction a month ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“The house itself was actually a block subdivided from the original character home that settled the other day as well.”Both homes were a project of a developer who lived local and took on small projects with “a great eye for detail”.”She does things to a higher standard, it’s more about the finishes and quality rather than just trying to make a big profit margin,” Mr Caulfield said. Attention to detail was everything to the woman behind this project.center_img Indoor-outdoor flow.“What was so unique was this was a small lot home but it’s 8m wide frontage with all the mod cons, swimming pool, double lockup garage, butlers pantry, and three bedrooms upstairs with big ensuite, and a second bathroom.”He said the one comment everyone who visited the property made was that “for a house on a small block it felt like quite a large home. It’s a similar size to some of others on 400sq m allotments”. The open plan kitchen with the entry to the butlers pantry on the right. Lots of counter space to prepare canapés.The home had gone to auction four weeks ago and passed in at $1.46m, before a couple emerged as the new owners with a $1.5m offer.“It’s a pretty big price for that location as well,” Mr Caulfield said. “What attracted the two young ladies that bought it was that it’s got everything around the corner — cafes, bars, but you also have the benefit of walking into the CBD as well because of walkway under the bridge to the city.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun surveying the occupation defined contribution (DC) market to ascertain the prevalence of exit fees and charges, sometimes charged to members looking to transfer out.The UK government is to begin consulting on how to address excessive early exit fees placed on members, and improve the transfer process for DC savers – particularly in light of the new freedoms.TPR will question a sample of DC trust schemes, while the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has written to insurance-based DC providers seeking similar information.The regulator said the information would complement its work with DC schemes on how they adapt to offering flexible retirement options, now that annuitisation is no longer compulsory. In other news, the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has secured more than £1bn (€1.4bn) in pension fund assets to be directed towards UK assets.The outfit, created and managed by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), said the two specialist funds managed by Dalmore Capital and Aviva Investors secured nearly £650m in capital, alongside a further separate mandate.In its half-yearly update, the PIP said it agreed a separate £370m co-investment alongside Dalmore Capital, but the NAPF declined to provide further details on the investment, or which schemes were involved.The PIP is continuing to work towards authorisation from the FCA to set up the platform to become a not-for-profit asset manager and make direct infrastructure investments on behalf of UK funds.Meanwhile, the defined benefit (DB) deficit at private sector schemes has fallen over the month of June to £259bn, according to JLT Employee Benefits.The marginal fall of £6bn came as the result of a slight pick-up in yields bringing down liabilities by £63bn to £1.48trn.Asset values also fell by £57bn, providing the slight improvement in funding levels.Over the last 12 months, however, the situation has worsened, with funding levels falling from 87% to 83%, while liabilities are 11% higher.Asset values, now a total of £1.22trn, have also risen 5.6%.last_img read more

first_img “The business philosophy is that we don’t buy value, we create value. Spending a bunch of money on players isn’t creating value. “We’re probably the only club that spends less than 50 per cent of our budget on players. “Most of them are probably 80 to 90 percent.” And the deal for Balotelli would fit into that model due to the lack of transfer fee, although the much-traveled frontman is expected to demand a hefty wage package. Brescia appear desperate to get him off their books, with Cellino admitting it was a “mistake” to sign him. read also:Sidelined Mario Balotelli may settle for Serie C side Como Cellino said back in May: “He no longer has his head with us and I am taking his departure for granted. “It’s not necessarily different to what he’s always done in his career – he’s just a bit anarchic.” Balotelli has scored five goals in 19 appearances for Brescia this campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Mario Balotelli is in talks with Italian third-tier outfit Como over a potential transfer move. The former Manchester City and Liverpool star is due to be released by Brescia just 12 months into his three-year deal. Massimo Cellino, the Serie A side’s owner, had a public falling out with the 29-year-old and now wants to activate a clause in his contract that enables him to rip up his deal after a season. Now with Balotelli set to become a free agent, ambitious Serie C club Como have moved quickly to try and pull off a huge coup. Como chief executive Michael Gandler told Football Italia: “There’s been some contact between the two parties. “His representatives sat down to listen to us. I can’t say any more than that.” Como’s new owner Robert Budi Hartono is believed to have an estimated fortune of around £14billion. He has lofty ambitions to take the club into the top-flight and feels Balotelli is the man to fire them there. Gandler previously said: “Serie A is definitely the goal, however, it’s not an ownership group that’s just going to throw money at the problem.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

first_imgStatewide — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the recipients of $61 million in grants designed to improve connectivity and increase devices available to students and teachers through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund.Applicants submitted plans that included: the purchase of student devices including Chromebooks and iPads;new or upgraded laptops, MacBooks, Chromebooks, and iPads for teachers;and mi-fi devices with corresponding subscription plans for families who lack reliable internet connectivity.Local school districts that received funding include:Decatur County Community Schools, Greensburg Community School Corporation, Rush County Schools, Good Shepherd Christian Academy, St. Mary’s School (Greensburg), St. Mary’s School (Rushville), and Five Star Technology Solutions received $420,030 as a group; Jennings County School Corporation, Indiana Public Broadcasting, and St. Mary’s School (2 Combined Applications) who received $1,622,400 as a group; Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation received $625,000; Milan Community School Corporation, Batesville Community School Corporation, Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation, South Ripley Community School Corporation, St. Louis Catholic School, and Oldenburg Academy who received $250,000 as a group; Ivy Tech Community College received $759,864; andIndiana University East received $304,071.last_img read more

first_img “It’s a race I’d like to win. I think we may have won it, but not recently. We’ve been second and third in it,” Mullins told At The Races. “I think the ground will be getting drier and suiting him and we are looking forward to it.” It is a race the champion trainer loves to win, but he has drawn a blank since Florida Pearl was successful in 2002, despite having several horses placed. He has the favourite this year in Sir Des Champs, who has shown himself to be the best staying chaser in Ireland by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February as well as finishing second to Bobs Worth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Press Associationcenter_img Willie Mullins hopes Sir Des Champs can end his long losing spell in the Bet Online With The Punchestown Gold Cup by winning the Grade One feature on Wednesday.last_img read more