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Scoreboard roundup — 01/27/21

first_img Written by January 28, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 01/27/21 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 116, Charlotte 106Sacramento 121, Orlando 107Cleveland 122, Detroit 107Denver 109, Miami 82Milwaukee 115, Toronto 108Brooklyn 132, Atlanta 128 (OT)Philadelphia 107, L.A. Lakers 106San Antonio 110, Boston 106Oklahoma City 102, Phoenix 97Utah 116 ,Dallas 104New Orleans 124, Washington 106Golden State 123, Minnesota 111Chicago at Memphis (Postponed)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUENashville 2, Chicago 1 (SO)Vancouver 5 ,Ottawa 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLBaylor 107, Kansas St. 59Ohio St. 83, Penn St. 79Wisconsin 61, Maryland 55Florida St. 81, Miami 59Creighton 85, Seton Hall 81Virginia Tech, 62 Notre Dame 51Clemson 54, Louisville 50Michigan at Penn St. . (PostponedCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Oxford restaurant in BBC show

first_imgThe winning pair are then rewarded with a restaurant financially supported by Blanc. The show sees couples attempting to impress the celebrity with their business skills. Couples have to complete a number of challenges, including cooking and serving meals, drawing up menus and attracting consumers. An Oxford restaurant has been taken over by a BBC reality series on entrepreneurs. Sahara, an eatery on Blue Boar Street in Oxford city centre, is one of eight diners that will be featured in Raymond Blanc’s ‘The Restaurant’. last_img read more

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Oxford graduate under scrutiny

first_imgBo Guagua, a student at Balliol between 2006 and 2010, has been under intense international media scrutiny since his mother, the wife of a Chinese Communist party chief, was named as “highly suspected” in an investigation into the murder of a British businessman.Bo Guagua, who is now studying at Harvard, is now reported to be seeking asylum in the USA, after he left his Boston home with a police escort where Chinese men were seen watching his flat.His father Bo Xilai has been removed from his prominent position as party chief of the Chongqing branch of the Communist Party, following allegations from the Chinese media that his wife was involved with the death of Neil Heywood.In an article on Monday the Press Association suggested that Heywood, who worked as a consultant in China, and was closely associated with Bo Xilai, died from cyanide poisoning. State media also reported that “Bogu Kailai, wife of Comrade Bo Xilai, and their son were in good terms with Heywood. However, they had conflict over economic interests which had been intensified.”An orderly at Bo’s home, Zhang Xiaojun, and his wife have apparently “been transferred to judicial authorities on suspected crime of intentional homicide”.Police chief Wang Lijun, who later turned whistleblower and fled to a US consulate seeking asylum, allegedly told his officers to record Mr Heywood’s death as a heart attacked under Mr Bo’s orders.During Bo Guagua’s time in Oxford, he was rusticated, and moved into the Randolph Hotel. Despite his depiction by British and Chinese national media as a playboy and socialite, he eventually graduated with a 2:1 in PPE.However, Balliol refused to give a reference to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where Bo Gua gua is now studying for a masters in public policy.One student told Cherwell that while Bo Guagua was “not especially under-prepared” academically, he “spent more time on out of college stuff, like the Union and the PPE Society” than his degree.One anonymous student told the Telegraph, “He never held back on spending. He was always buying people drinks”. Another recalled his failed attempt to rise to prominence in the Union: “A whole bunch of Chinese students came to vote for Guagua. They couldn’t as they had only joined the day before. Guagua tried to argue about it but there was nothing he could do.”In 2007, three Chinese diplomats visited Balliol to request the university were more lenient on Bo Xilai’s son, as they claimed his rustication would reflect badly on the politician in a country where education is so highly valued. One source commented, “His tutors replied if that was the case they should get him to work harder.”A University spokesperson said, “All Oxford students are treated the same. Admission is based solely on academic merit, and there are absolutely no exceptions to that policy.”Bo Xilai, who was a popular contender for party leadership, is currently under investigation by central party officials for “serious disciplinary violations”.Bo Guagua, who is now studying at Harvard, is now reported to be seeking asylum in the USA, after he left his Boston home with a police escort where Chinese men were seen watching his flat.His father Bo Xilai has been removed from his prominent position as party chief of the Chongqing branch of the Communist Party, following allegations from the Chinese media that his wife was involved with the death of Neil Heywood.In an article on Monday the Press Association suggested that Heywood, who worked as a consultant in China, and was closely associated with Bo Xilai, died from cyanide poisoning. State media also reported that  “Bogu Kailai, wife of Comrade Bo Xilai, and their son were in good terms with Heywood. However, they had conflict over economic interests which had been intensified.”An orderly at Bo’s home, Zhang Xiaojun, and his wife have apparently “been transferred to judicial authorities on suspected crime of intentional homicide”.Police chief Wang Lijun, who later turned whistleblower and fled to a US consulate seeking asylum, allegedly told his officers to record Mr Heywood’s death as a heart attacked under Mr Bo’s orders.During Bo Guagua’s time in Oxford, he was rusticated, and moved into the Randolph Hotel. Despite his depiction by British and Chinese national media as a playboy and socialite, he eventually graduated with a 2:1 in PPE.However, Balliol refused to give a reference to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where Bo  Gua gua is now studying for a masters in public policy.One student told Cherwell that while Bo Guagua was “not especially under-prepared” academically, he “spent more time on out of college stuff, like the Union and the PPE Society” than his degree.One anonymous student told the Telegraph, “He never held back on spending. He was always buying people drinks”. Another recalled his failed attempt to rise to prominence in the Union: “A whole bunch of Chinese students came to vote for Guagua. They couldn’t as they had only joined the day before. Guagua tried to argue about it but there was nothing he could do.”In 2007, three Chinese diplomats visited Balliol to request the university were more lenient on Bo Xilai’s son, as they claimed his rustication would reflect badly on the politician in a country where education is so highly valued. One source commented, “His tutors replied if that was the case they should get him to work harder.”A University spokesperson said, “All Oxford students are treated the same. Admission is based solely on academic merit, and there are absolutely no exceptions to that policy.”Bo Xilai, who was a popular contender for party leadership, is currently under investigation by central party officials for “serious disciplinary violations”last_img read more

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Two Teams Tie in 48th Annual O.C. Surf Fishing Tournament

first_imgA six-member team from the Delaware Valley Surf Anglers’ A team and the Fish ‘N Fun team tied for first place in Ocean City Fishing Club’s 48th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17.Competitors in the Surf Fishing Tournament in Ocean City on Saturday enjoyed bright sunshine and glassy calm seas.Both teams had a total of 25 points, based on the lengths of fish caught. Runner-up was the Merchantville Fishing Club’s A team with 15 points.On a day with flat seas, moderate wind, and a mostly incoming tide, the tournament attracted 32 teams and 24 individuals competing for trophies and bragging rights.Taking home a trophy for catching the largest fish among men anglers was Anthony Meduli, with a 15.75-inch American shad. His counterpart was Jane Jeffreys, who landed a 12-inch kingfish and also won a trophy for the most points for a woman.Rich Bergman, of Fish ‘N Fuzz, had the most fish points in the men’s category.Two youngsters from the Brigantine Sharks team, Devin Wiest and Chase Kephart, won recognition for catching the most fish and the largest fish in their age categories.Co-sponsored by the Ocean City Department of Recreation, the tournament is under the aegis of the Association of Surf Angling Clubs.Ocean City Fishing Club past president Kieth Van Laarhoven and trustee Bob Dever co-chaired the event. Registration was handled by Frank Pizzutilla, Claudia Carris, and Dan Ladik. Club secretary Margaret Feil, of Ocean View, was in charge of food service before and after the tournament at the Ocean City Intermediate School.— By George Ingram for the Ocean City Fishing Club Teams set up at 17th Street Beach during the 48th annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17.last_img read more

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O.C. Faces Unfamiliar Foe in Playoff Semis

first_imgThe Red Raiders celebrate after defeating Mainland last week in the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs. (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com) By TIM KELLYGoogle Maps says Long Branch High School is 85.9 miles from Ocean City. The geographical divide is the most obvious thing separating the Ocean City High football team from its opponent in Friday night’s playoff game, but certainly not the only thing.“I’ll be honest, I don’t know much at all about Long Branch,” Red Raider Head Coach Kevin Smith said following his team’s thrilling 21-14 win in their opening round playoff game at Mainland last Saturday.Of course Long Branch has the same issue in preparing to face O.C.Though Smith has undoubtedly immersed himself in all things Green Wave since then, the Red Raider coach had more pressing matters to deal with at the time, namely directing his team at Mainland. It was decided in the final seconds and avenged a bitter 21-6 loss to the Mustangs in a regular season game the week before.With the win, O.C. earned the right to travel up the Garden State Parkway for a 7 p.m. Friday date at Long Branch (4-5), the sixth-seeded team in the tournament.The last time Ocean City won a playoff game it was 2001, a 21-14 victory over Lacey.“You just added to the storied tradition of the Ocean City-Mainland rivalry,” Smith told his seventh-seeded team after they used a goal-line stand and fumble recovery to knock off their archrivals.Mainland came into the playoffs as the undefeated and untied No. 2 seed.“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids for how hard they played, and for not getting discouraged when Mainland scored first,” Smith said.Smith would be the first to say that’s all history now and fodder for off-season chatter. The nature of the state playoffs doesn’t allow for relaxation, much less celebration. It does cause one to wonder why Long Branch, located in the northern reaches of Monmouth County, is part of the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs.Ocean City dominated the line of scrimmage against Mainland.Why must Ocean City travel closer to New York City than to Philadelphia in order to play a team in the “South” section?Jack DuBoise, assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said it was part of a new pairing system in which the top seeds of natural geographic regions stay in their normal areas, and the second and third seeds are sent to the opposite region. The next two seeds stay in their home environs and the fifth and sixth seeds are moved.The process, known as “snaking” the brackets, is designed to create a fairer seeding system for all the playoff teams and to avoid blowouts and mismatches, DuBoise explained. However, it comes at a price of sometimes breaking up the traditional regions, as was the case for Ocean City this year.“I think (the snaking process) has worked out well and it has created very interesting matchups,” DuBoise said when reached on Wednesday.Some Ocean City working families, faced with the prospect of trying to arrive in Long Branch by 7 p.m. on a Friday, would probably take issue with that assessment. Yet the fact remains, the Raiders have advanced in the big dance and can make the South Jersey final for the first time since 2000 with a win.Long Branch knocked off third-seeded Highland, 33-3, due at least in part to the fact Highland was missing 17 players for disciplinary reasons. The Green Wave won the last two Central Jersey Group 4 titles prior to being “snaked” to the South region, and they showed their playoff mettle against Highland.Long Branch also has a deceptive record. Even though they are just 4-5, every opponent on the Wave’s schedule is a playoff team.If the Red Raiders can prevail against Long Branch, they would next be matched against the winner of the other semi-final pitting Millville at Shawnee, the two-time defending champions.Ocean City’s Chris Armstrong, right, exults with Brian Beckmann (6) after Armstrong’s game-clinching fumble recovery at Mainland.last_img read more

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In Short

first_imgNew salt reportA new report on salt reduction methods in food production will be published later this year. The Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium have teamed up with Leatherhead Food Research to fund and deliver the comprehensive report, which will be a free resource for manufacturers.Waste successCereform’s manufacturing site in Corby has achieved ’zero to landfill’ status. During the financial year 2010/11 the site produced 46,498 tonnes of finished product. It achieved a 32% reduction in waste to landfill and a £2,893 cost saving on landfill charges. It also achieved a 105% increase in materials sent to recycling.SME programmeThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched a new national programme focused on growing small and medium manufacturing businesses. To find out more about the new Manufacturing Advisory Service visit www.mymas.org or call an advisor on 0845 658 9600.BB link for authorFormer British Baker reporter Hugh Darrington has recently published his autobiography on Amazon eBooks. Strawberries to the Moon chronicles his 40-year career in the food trade press, which started as a trainee news reporter on BB in 1963.last_img read more

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moe.: New Orleans, moe.down, And The Art Of The Run

first_imgmoe. | Civic Theatre | 4/29/17 | New Orleans, LASet I: Akimbo > Happy Hour Hero, Timmy Tucker > meat., Jungle BoogieSet II: Yodelittle > Down Boy, Skrunk, Fearless > Deep This Time, Cosmik Debris, Recreational ChemistryEncore: Wind It Up, Late In The Evening, Burning Down The HouseSadly, a surprise fourth show at the legendary Preservation Jazz Hall had to be kept from the rank-and-file fans, and tickets were sold out without even announcing who was playing. That kept an ever-growing army of music lovers and moe.rons from swarming the legendary venue for one last chance to hear the music they had spent the weekend soaking in.With the going-ons in New Orleans at the tail-end of April used as an indicator of how moe. will be approaching the 16th moe.down starting at the end of this month, then fans undoubtedly are in for a treat. With such a massive time allotment, the band is sure to offer sets designed specifically for older fans, busting out songs that have been tabled from rotation and getting into the nitty-gritty of savoring extended jams. In turn, the group is sure to similarly welcome out many other musicians to share the stage with them, taking advantage of the close proximity a festival has to offer. Perhaps most importantly, at moe.down 16, just as it was for the group’s past New Orleans run, both the audience and the band are sure to find themselves energetically tuned into one another — one of the greatest benefits of three-plus nights with your favorite jam act.While moe. also acts as a host band for Summer Camp Music Festival, moe.down makes no pretense about why its many fans have gathered. The limited scope does also limit the attendance, but it also unites those in attendance in one glorious primary objective — three straight days of extended jams with their beloved five guys named moe. Tickets are still available for fans, new and old, to immerse themselves in the twin guitar-led attack that has delighted audiences for twenty-seven years now. So come join moe. for seven sets of serious jamming that will surely encompass the length and breadth of their legendary catalog with a crowd full of the most ardent and jamming fans imaginable! Tickets available here. “Happy Hour Hero”“Timmy Tucker>Meat”“Jungle Boogie”“Yodelittle>Down Boy>Skrunk”“Recreational Chemistry”“Fearless>Deep This Time”“Cosmik Debris”“Late In The Evening” Setlist: moe. | The Civic Theatre | New Orleans, LA | 4/28/17I: Brent Black > Bring It Back Home > Blue Jeans Pizza, Puebla > Brent Black, Waiting for the PunchlineII: Spine Of A Dog > Plane Crash, Tambourine, Downward Facing Dog, Brittle End, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking* > McBainE: Soul Man, Ophelia, Life During Wartime4.29.17, Civic Theater, New Orleans, LAAfter two nights of top-notch performing, the expectations for the third and final night of the run were incredibly high. Jazz Fest itself was in full swing, and many in attendance found their way to the main fairgrounds during the day for the wild selection of bands that unwittingly served as openers for the second round of the explosive collaboration that is moe.kuaz. Not content to simply repeat the fun of night one, moe. upped the ante with one more special guest, longtime friend and percussionist Mike Dillon, who was welcomed with open arms for one of the most emotionally moving musical passages of the weekend.The night once again saw righteous Turkuaz sit-ins on tunes from moe.’s catalog and from that of Paul Simon and the Talking Heads. However, moe. was “Fearless ” in their approach to other covers, throwing in tunes from Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa along the way. In the midst of the guest mania, Mike Dillon and Loghlin used a long stretch of “Recreational Chemistry” to engage in a wonderfully robust and intense game of follow-the-leader up and down the electrified Mallet Kat. After showing he had progressed to the point where there was nothing Dillon could throw at him that he couldn’t match, focus shifted to the front of the stage where the two brothers-in-arms shared a hug that is literally the heart of the song and their friendship made manifest. The dual bands played an appropriate “Burning Down The House” after lighting the stage on fire with their sonic pyrotechnics. While we could go on and on about the mayhem, it is probably for the best for you fine folks to watch the fun for yourselves below: Setlist: moe. | Le Petit Theatre | New Orleans, LA | 4/28/17Set I: Crab Eyes > Threw It All Away > Crab Eyes, Queen Of Everything, Mar-DeMa > George > Time EdSet II: ATL, Annihilation Blues, Don’t Wanna Be, Rainshine > Rebubula > Four > RebubulaEnc: Johnny Lineup, House Of The Rising Sun4.28.17, Civic Theater, New Orleans, LAAfter the cozy confines of the Petite Theatre, moe. and crew were more than happy to see the Civic Theater, a room with a stage large enough to accommodate their full rig and the additions of their new friends Turkuaz. The downtown venue was perfectly situated among some stellar restaurants and the hotels that many of their fans were utilizing to enjoy their Crescent City adventure. Bellies full of local delicacies like Crawfish, Étouffée, begniets, and more, fans recovered from the previous evening’s hijinx and were back and ready for more. After a mutually enjoyable love-fest sit-in session on Jam Cruise, the bands moe. and Turkuaz had been looking for opportunities to share the stage for a longer and more involved set of tunes. Thanks to their long history of bringing in other acts for similar jams, moe. was more than ready with a selection of rollicking, hook-laden covers and band staples to bring out various combinations of their many faceted opening act.Thanks to a wonderful warm up set from Turkuaz, moe. seemed to start very much ahead of the game on night two, and their aggressive setlist gave fans little chance to catch their breath. Check out the clips below to see and hear highlights from their first performance at the Civic Theatre, including band classics like “Spine Of A Dog” and “Plane Crash” alongside covers of tunes from such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, Talking Heads and The Band.“Bring It Back Home>Blue Jeans Pizza”“Waiting For The Punchline”“Spine Of A Dog>Plane Crash”“Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”“Soul Man”“Ophelia”“Life During War Time” After twenty something years of being a touring unit, highly successful and long-running bands like moe. are always looking for new ways to approach what they do. Perhaps one of the best ways to see moe. in full force and at its finest is during the group’s extended runs in a single location, which come in addition to the group’s numerous one-off shows during a tour. Such runs are a treat for performers and fans alike. Performers get the chance to delve deeper into their catalog than they normally would and get to have fun with it, often putting on a string of unique shows that allow for more depth, both in their song selections and the variety of jams. In turn, dedicated fans who make the entirety of the run are treated to a diverse offering of what moe. has to offer, feeling more connected to the group as it uses the multiple performances to its benefit and treats the audiences to special surprises not frequently seen during a standard tour.Of course, moe. long ago came up with the absolute best way to experience their music over a weekend with friends and famoe.ly — a weekend long event known as moe.down. Usually held in upstate New York at the Snow Ridge Ski Lodge near the end of summer, this year sees the festival return after a two-year hiatus on the Fourth of July weekend, making this year’s event extra-special for friends and famoe.ly who’ve been eagerly anticipating a return to moe.’s iconic festival. Though there are some stellar supporting acts on the line-up this year — including Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, and Railroad Earth as well as some of the top up-and-coming jam bands on the circuit — the real attraction to moe.down is moe., who will play seven sweet, sweet sets over the festival’s course.Age hasn’t changed the energy moe.’s approach to performing multi-day runs or festivals at all, though their execution has gotten sharper with the passing of time. Listeners agree that moe. is in one of their most prolific and impressive eras right now, and the group has been for the last several years. Watching bassist Rob Derhak and the abandon with which he seems to approach the bass these days is a joy to behold. He isn’t going through the motions — he truly can’t wait to engage in his next lightspeed bass-slapping spree. Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey have refined their tandem style of play beyond telepathy. Each instinctively knows where the other is going musically and has complete faith in the ability of the other to get where they need to go while doing it in style. That high-wire act is all made possible by the impossibly precise yet completely reliable drumming of Vinnie Amico. With the scattershot of percussive fills, vocals, and impressive gains on the mallet-based instruments by Jim Loughlin, this edge gives moe. the most well-rounded sound they have ever enjoyed. Seeing that level of comfort has reassured long-time fans that not only is the future still bright for the band but that runs like these are simply too special to be missed.Because moe.down has the benefit of being moe.’s own festival, the band has complete creative control to get real weird with it, perhaps bolstered by the fact that the crowd is there to see them, setting aside obligations of careers and kids to truly commit time to see the band that they love. The mutual love built over the years since the band’s humble beginnings inspires both the artists and their fans to truly embrace the value of multi-day runs. And for this year’s moe.down, the band is sure to outdo itself, as always, with the goal — similar to touring — to make each year something special and create an intimate, family vibe. As we gear up toward moe.down, let’s take a look at moe.’s recent three-day visit to the legendary live music mecca, New Orleans, coinciding with Jazz Fest to dissect their methodology in making a run something beyond simply three-in-a-row, shall we?4.27.17, La Petit Theatre, New Orleans, LAYou would be hard pressed to find a venue with a more prestigious history that the La Petit Theatre in the heart of New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter. The small size of the venue and the narrowness of the streets frequently necessitate that a majority of the equipment be carried a few blocks by hand. The band and their dedicated crew saw this as a price well-worth paying for the opportunity to perform in such a legendary room.The first night’s tickets were only available in advance as part of a three-show ticket, so the room was packed but not as bad as it would have been had it sold out via sales to the general public, which it surely would have as a simple standalone. The chance to see moe. in such an intimate environment was icing on the cake for the diehards who packed the theater. Knowing the crowd was well stocked with superfans allowed moe. to deliver some frequently requested tunes to the delight of friends and family. The always-requested “Four” ended up sandwiched between arguably the best known moe. tune, “Rebubula,” while songs that had fallen by the wayside like “ATL” were able to make much requested comebacks. Long-form jammers like “George” and “Time Ed” were given plenty of space to breathe and stretch while new tunes like “Don’t Wanna Be” were able to find their place alongside long settled classics.Thanks to Rex Thomson we have video highlights of all three nights to get a true sense of the dynamic range and individual flavor of each night. Take a tour through the first night with the selection of full song clips below:“Queen Of Everything”“Mar De Mar>George>Time Ed”“Annihilation Blues”“Don’t Wanna Be”“Rebubula>Four>Rebubula”last_img read more

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Jackson Browne Joins Gov’t Mule For Allman Brothers Cover In Australia [Watch]

first_imgGov’t Mule got some help from some very special guests during their second performance at Australia’s Byron Bay Bluesfest on Friday night. Most notably, the Warren Haynes-led Southern rock powerhouse was joined by legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Eat A Peach classic “Melissa”.The Friday night show featured additional appearances by Lukas Nelson, Ivan Neville, and Promise of the Real percussionist Tato Melgar, who sat in for a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin in the Free World” (a tune that Nelson and Promise of the Real have played with Young on many occasions). Jeff Young also helped out on a rendition of Billy Cobham‘s “Stratus”. Thursday night’s set at the same festival saw Nelson and Melgar join Gov’t Mule for a take on Neil Young’s “Southern Man”.Gov’t Mule with Jackson Browne & Jeff Young – “Melissa”[Video: Steve Ingram]Gov’t Mule with Lukas Nelson & Tato Melgar – “Southern Man”[Video: Steve Ingram]Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Byron Bay Bluesfest | Byron, Australia | 3/30/2018 * with Jeff Young^ with Ivan Neville, Lukas Nelson, and Tato Melgar** with Jackson Browne and Jeff YoungSetlist: Gov’t Mule | Byron Bay Bluesfest | Byron, Australia | 3/29/2018 Railroad Boy, Mule, Banks Of The Deep End, Million Miles From Yesterday, Larger Than Life, The Man I Want To Be, Dreams, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, Southern Man*, Thorazine Shuffle * with Lukas Nelson and Tato Melgar Set One: Blind Man In The Dark, Bad Little Doggie, About To Rage, She Said, She Said >Tomorrow Never Knows, Which Way Do We Run, Time To Confess, Stratus*, Traveling Tune, Soulshine, Rocking In The Free World^, Melissa**, Rocking Horse, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Groundlast_img read more

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LEGO Club builds community through creativity, events

first_imgWhen the LEGO Club at Notre Dame talks about building community, they mean it literally.With over 35,000 plastic bricks and a group of students passionate about constructing sculptures of all shapes and sizes, the club allows for students to combine creativity with engineering and architectural skills.Junior Colleen O’Leary discovered the LEGO Club at Notre Dame during the activities fair her freshman year.“During the club fair, I saw a video of some students building a mural of the Notre Dame leprechaun,” O’Leary said in an email. “I thought that I absolutely had to be a part of it and signed up.”Now O’Leary is serving as secretary of the club for her third year in a row, and the LEGO Club is still constantly growing. O’Leary said her favorite part of being in the club is meeting new people and making friends from different backgrounds and interests.“The club has been a great outlet to meet people of different majors and years and throughout the greater Notre Dame community,” O’Leary said. Courtesy of Colleen O The Notre Dame LEGO Club was founded four years ago, and serves to engage Notre Dame students with kids from the greater South Bend area to engage in a creative and fun activity.The LEGO Club was founded four years ago by senior Colin Whelpley and his friends in Stanford Hall. A mechanical engineering major, Whelpley said LEGOs were the reason he decided to pursue a career as an engineer, but recognized that a LEGO Club would be popular for students in a variety of different majors and programs. The only LEGO pieces the club had at first were the ones that Whelpley had brought from home.“When I came to ND, I was surprised that with the diversity of clubs available, there was not already a LEGO Club on campus,” Whelpley said in an email.Although the LEGO Club had humble beginnings, in the last four years it has grown substantially.“The primary goals of the club were to unite LEGO fans and promote LEGO as a creative medium across campus and to the broader South Bend community,” Whelpley said.The club shares its love of LEGO through its events for both Notre Dame students and children living in the greater South Bend area. This past weekend, the LEGO Club hosted one of its largest events of the year in Duncan Student Center.“We teamed up with TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) at Notre Dame for our second annual LEGO Theme Park Build,” O’Leary said. ”We spent the entire day working with students and kids to create seven different ‘parks’ which included Saint Mary’s Boardwalk, Galaxy’s Rim and God Quad.”With the Theme Park Build over, the LEGO Club is already planning its next big event. On their annual service trip, club members will spend an afternoon building LEGOs with second and third graders at local elementary schools.“It is so much fun to play with the kids and be creative,” O’Leary said. “It is by far my favorite event we plan each year.”The LEGO Club offers members stress relief in the form of building new and exciting creations, and allows students to spend time with their friends while participating in a fun and inventive activity.“My favorite part of the club was being able to share my love of LEGOs with others and build things I would otherwise not be able to such as the LEGO Disney Castle, or a roller coaster,” Whelpley said.The challenging builds and creative processes that are shared in the LEGO Club also help to form friendships among members.“If I had to sum up the club in a word, it would definitely be community,” O’Leary said. “The community we’ve built has been absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see where the club will go.”Tags: LEGO, LEGO Club, tea, Themed Entertainment Associationlast_img read more

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Fighting obesity.

first_imgWhile soaring healthcare costs are draining the funding pool, education is often an efficient path to avoiding expensive healthcare problems. Increasing investment in a system that addresses resulting health problems in our society without addressing the root cause of many of these problems – poor diet and lack of access to fresh food – is like building an expensive house on sandy soil. By J. Scott Angle and Linda Kirk FoxUniversity of GeorgiaData released this week shows Georgia’s obesity rate is improving, but 28 percent of the state’s citizens still weigh in as obese. Growing health problems and rising healthcare costs are straining both the physical and economic wellbeing of America. Good health often begins with good nutrition, and good nutrition begins when you put a seed in the soil.Improving our food system by investing in research to enhance nutrition, increase yield and evenly distribute fresh food would go a long way toward solving long-term, underlying health issues in America. Finding a more holistic cure to troubling health trends through prevention and nutrition is more economically and physically sustainable than slapping a Band-Aid on the problem, offering only short-term treatment of the symptoms. Americans face two glaring related problems: obesity and inadequate healthcare. Both are especially prevalent in the South. While obesity cuts across all socioeconomic sectors, poverty in the South is likely a major factor. Many low-income areas are food deserts, large areas with limited access to healthy food.If you don’t have the means to get to a market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables or the space to grow them yourself, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a healthy diet. If the only store you can walk to is long on supplies of snack foods, soda and sandwich meat, but short on whole grains, vegetables or lean cuts of meat, then your options are limited. Education is a key component to solving this health crisis. Whether educating more healthcare workers in Georgia or delivering hands-on Extension health and nutrition education to local citizens, knowledge is power in the fight for a healthy life.In a recent speech to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Microsoft founder Bill Gates made a stark statement that struck at the heart of the problem. He said: “The rising share of both state and federal budgets committed to healthcare, broadly defined, leaves very little room for flexibility (to fund education). The mathematics are quite brutal.” Properly investing available funds in education and improved food systems can put Americans on solid footing and headed down a new road to better health. (J. Scott Angle is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Linda Kirk Fox is dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)last_img read more

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