Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ Win Big At Blues Music Awards

first_imgTaj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’s—and the duo’s collaborative TajMo project—were the big winners at the 39th annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday night. Hosted by the Blues Foundation, the celebration took place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, a city considered by many to be the home of the blues.TajMo took home the awards for Album of Year and Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 album, TajMo. Taj Mahal, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, also won Best Acoustic Artist and was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Keb’ Mo’, for his part, earned the award for Best Contemporary Blues Artist.The new accolades come a few days after the announcement of TajMo’s upcoming tour, which will bring the 75-year-old Taj Mahal and 66-year-old Keb’ Mo’ across much of the West Coast and Midwest this summer. The pair also picked up a trophy for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.Other winners at Thursday night’s ceremony include Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Southern Avenue, and Rick Estrin, among others. Staples was honored with Best Soul Blues Female Artists for the second year in a row, while Trombone Shorty earned the award for Best Instrumentalist in the horn category. Southern Avenue won Best Emerging Artist Album, and Estrin took home three awards for Best Band (for Rick Estrin & The NightCats), Best Song (for “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere”), and Best Traditional Blues Male Artist.A full list of winners from the 2018 Blues Music Awards can be found here.last_img read more

New weekly unemployment claims jump to 900, highest in three months

first_imgFor the Week of 10/10/2009. There were 900 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 97 from the week before. Altogether 9,332 new and continuing claims were filed, the same as a week ago and 3,276 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,661 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 46 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,017 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 52 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Fish On!

first_imgFish On!I have heard these two words uttered in English, Spanish, with a southern accent, by a salty sea captain in the Gulf of Mexico, and many others commenting on the moment when fish and fly or fish and bait meet. This week my husband heard those words when a North Carolina Red Drum took his fly and ran.Fish On!For the recreational fisherman, the goal is not to catch the most fish. It is not necessarily even to catch the biggest fish.  Instead, the goal is to spend a day in communion with creation, where fish and man meet, say hello, then goodbye, and both are changed from the interaction.  The communion with nature and fish is real and lasting. I see the effect when my husband returns home from a day of trout fishing in a western Virginia mountain stream. Placing a small, colored, artificial bug in such a way on the cold clear water that a brook or rainbow trout would strike is nourishing to him.The connection to the particular place is often more fleeting, however.   When we travel, we drop into others’ worlds, and then move on.  Though our outdoor travel experiences give us great joy, they often lack the connection to place that we gain from fishing our home streams, or hiking or favorite local trails.  Fish on, then release, and then we plan our next trip that will involve fishing somewhere new and wonderful.This week however, my husband and his father had an opportunity to get more than just the passing glance at a new place, and much more than the isolated and fleeting “fish on” experience.   What started as a fairly standard guided fishing trip, ended up becoming an opportunity not just for them, but also for our whole family, to learn more about the place that we have visited many times before.Whit and his dad hired Captain Seth Vernon for a half-day’s fishing trip in the waters off of Topsail Island, North Carolina.  Seth was an outstanding guide, to be sure (as evidenced by the picture below), but he proved to be an inspiring advocate for his home waters.   After close to five hours with Captain Seth, Whit and my father-in-law had fish stories and the usual smiles and pictures to go with them.  What made this trip different, though, was the fact that they talked more about what they’d learned about the place where they fished than the fish they had caught there.  A good guide helps you catch fish, but someone who inspires a connection to the place separate and apart from the fish is truly unique.Red Drum pre releaseIn the coming weeks I will have a lot more to say about Captain Seth Vernon, the Red Drum, and the many issues that surround fishing and coastal preservation in eastern North Carolina.  In the meantime, if this has piqued your interest at all, check out Captain Seth’s website at www.doublehaulguideservice.com.  Please also check out www.redfishcantjump.com to learn more about a great film (that I will also write about more in the future) advocating for the preservation of North Carolina’s Cape Fear coast and North Carolina’s state fish, the Red Drum.Whit and a Red DrumPS – Thank you Whit for helping share your love of fishing and your introduction to Captain Seth this week.last_img read more

Complaints about spoofing could make it harder for CUs to reach members

first_imgFlorida’s Attorney General said skimming and spoofing scams are on the rise in the state, and that could make it trickier for credit unions and other financial institutions to get in touch with members about legitimate issues.In a June 27 consumer alert, the agency said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was getting a growing number of reports about criminals using skimmers to steal credit card and debit card data. The criminals then use spoofing technology to call victims and pose as employees of their financial institutions. During the calls, criminals tell the victims that their accounts have been compromised and that the financial institution needs the CV2 security code from the back of their cards in order to “freeze” their accounts. The scammers subsequently use the information to make fraudulent purchases, withdraw money from the member’s account or sell the member’s account information, according to the Attorney General’s office.“This scam incorporates some of the worst uses of modern technology to drain victims’ bank accounts and ruin their credit,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “Floridians must arm themselves with the latest information and take steps to avoid these fraudsters to protect their hard-earned money.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

House 4km from Brisbane CBD: $485K

first_imgGreat little DIY project for the handy ones in the family.A THREE bedroom house just 4km from the Brisbane CBD has fetched $485,000, one of the cheapest prices seen in any inner-city capital in months.The timber home was built in 1940 and sits on a 400 sqm block that’s close to schools and parks — and even has a bus stop right across the road.The agent declined to comment but the listing on realestate.com.au described the property as “in need of some tender loving care”. Brisbane apartment slump over Checklist for buying at auction Entire town for less than one average house A couple of bi-fold doors here would take this to another level. The Brisbane City Council’s Floodwise Property Report has flagged that the property may be affected by a waterway corridor in the area through which flooding may occur.The Brisbane Creek runs behind the property.According to the report, the minimum habitable floor level for the property was 19.1 metres (above sea level), which was 2m below the maximum elevation on the property. But being so close to the city, the area has attracted strong interest over the years, and this home in particular has fetched rental of $360 a week in recent years though it has gone as high as $410 a week. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe Brisbane Creek runs behind the home. Another three bedroom house on a 430 sqm block next door sold for $472,500 in January 2014, while the other neighbour with a three bedder on a 586 sqm site sold for $600,000 in December 2015.A three bedder across the road on a 407 sqm site sold for $600,000 in June last year. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLiz Tilley’s prestige property wrap 06:36last_img read more

Police say time to change drinking culture

first_imgAlcohol breeds violence, study findsOneNews 8 August 2013 Violent crime is more likely to happen in areas where there are more bars, clubs, supermarkets and grocery stores, new research shows. But the density of alcohol outlets does not directly translate into greater social harms, according to a report commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency. Instead, the relationship varies depending on the town or city in the North Island. In Wellington City, for every additional licensed club – such as sports and cosmopolitan clubs – there were four additional violent offences per year. For every additional licensed club in the Hutt Valley and Porirua City, there were an extra 1.6 car crashes each year.Waikato University economics lecturer Dr Michael Cameron said the effect of off-licences stood out in Porirua, as did the impact of bars and clubs in South Auckland. In most of Porirua City and parts of Upper Hutt, an additional off-licence outlet was associated with more than 10.5 additional violent offences per year, the report showed. “It’s not surprising given the amount of unrest there’s been in the area and community action against off-licence outlets,” Dr Cameron said. “This really shows that the community action is really warranted.”The agency’s report was based on data collected between 2006 and 2011 to help North Island councils develop local alcohol policies. These can restrict or extend trading hours of licensed premises, limit location and density of licences, and impose one-way door policies and conditions on bars.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/police-say-time-change-drinking-culture-5528882last_img read more

Ribeiro doubts Barca will sign PSG attacker Neymar

first_img “I think Neymar will stay at PSG because the [transfer] market is different,” he told Fox Sports. read also:Neymar: PSG forward ‘training hard’ for football return “The economic world of football will change,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wagner Ribeiro, a Brazilian agent close to the Neymar family, believes that the forward will remain at Paris Saint-Germain beyond this summer despite interest from Barcelona. The financial difficulties caused by COVID-19 will have a dramatic influence on the upcoming transfer window in the opinion of Ribeiro.Advertisement Loading… Paris Saint-Germain, PSG, attacker, Neymar is set to miss out on a return to Barcelona. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouIf Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien Szaniszlolast_img read more

Barton sees Marseille future

first_img Over a series of Tweets he insisted he held no grudges against QPR, made a pointed jibe at former boss Mark Hughes and referenced an apparent deal between Rangers and Marseille for his services. “Some strange people think that I’ll be playing in the Championship next season?? Good one! QPR might, I won’t! #fact,” he wrote. “It’s not up to QPR if I stay. Agreement already in place for me to stay here. Can’t see QPR wanting me on the wage bill in the Champ. “My QPR career was over when they decided to listen to the footballing sage, Mark of Hughes… “I’m loving life in France. Loving Marseille. They love me. All I want to do is give everything for this football club. They backed me when nobody else did, for that I will be eternally grateful. This club is now in my blood, its impossible to get it out (sic) #ForzaOM. “I really hope they (QPR) stay up. I have all season. Stay up/go down. Harry stays/goes. I don’t want to be part of it. Marseille is my home now.” Barton is currently on loan with the Ligue 1 club, who took him on in August while he served a 12-match ban incurred during the last game of the 2011/12 season against Manchester City. The midfielder, who is a frequent and controversial user of Twitter, used the social networking site to reveal that he would not be going back to Loftus Road regardless of their league status and that OM are now “in his blood”. Joey Barton claims he will still be a Marseille player next season as an agreement already exists with QPR.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Remi Garde hopes Aston Villa can be motivated by Leicester revivial

first_img Press Association Remi Garde has told his struggling Aston Villa players to use Leicester’s stunning survival story as inspiration to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. The Foxes – who were six points from safety on Boxing Day last year – won seven of their final nine games to stay up. “It’s quite private what I tell the players but this is one of the points that I said to try and motivate them,” said Garde. “The manager’s job is not only about having boots, a whistle and the training session. “I am fully aware that football has changed, individual behaviour can be very helpful for the team. But for the team you cannot ignore that. “You have to know that your 25 players, some can be in a bad mood because of many reasons. “You cannot ignore that. To have to try and resolve the problem but it’s a lot of work.” Villa face fellow strugglers Norwich on Monday and then Sunderland on January 2 in must-win games following their Hammers clash. But Garde ruled out using a sports psychologist to help Villa in their battle against the drop. He said: “I didn’t bring one in, I am interested in psychology but not to bring in someone within in the group, it’s very particular, football is something very different. “But individual and group psychology is very important, I’ve got experience around me of that, we talk a lot about that. Training is not only running and kicking the ball.” center_img Villa are bottom of the table and 10 points from safety, having won just once this season, ahead of Saturday’s visit of West Ham. Leicester beat the drop despite being rooted to the foot of the standings at Christmas last season and have gone from strength to strength under Claudio Ranieri this term, with the Foxes remarkably two points clear at the top of the table. last_img read more

Newly created fields have Acadia Fire back in business

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img LAMOINE — Thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, Acadia Fire Soccer Academy is back in business.After losing its spring season to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Acadia Fire has returned to action via a nontraditional summer session that began June 3. Unable to play at its indoor facility, the club has found a viable alternative just 5 miles away from home.Acadia Fire is currently playing on a patch of Lamoine land owned by Herb Watson, a passionate soccer fan and organization board member. The club has converted part of the 2-acre space into two soccer fields to provide players with fresh air and plenty of room to roam in the age of social distancing.“It’s a nice place because it’s open and out of the way,” said Watson, a retired Mount Desert Elementary School teacher whose land is on the east side of Mud Creek Road adjacent to the Mount Desert Narrows. “It’s a great spot for the kids to be able to get out and be active.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor years, Acadia Fire has conducted training sessions at its indoor facility on Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. The turfed facility provides a quality playing environment year-round, including the days in the winter and early spring in which outdoor play is not remotely tenable.The pandemic, though, has made the Trenton facility a less-than-ideal option. In addition to the facility’s limited spacing, the indoor air circulation posed problems for an activity dependent on group and individual interactions.“We knew we weren’t going to be able to play there,” Acadia Fire Marketing Director Emily Ellis said. “We needed something bigger in an outdoor setting if we were going to make it work.”After Acadia Fire exhausted a few other potential options, Watson stepped in with the possibility of making his land available for use. The club was interested, and after Watson did some preliminary work on the property to see what could be done, he was more than pleased with the results.“I figured, ‘Hey, it’s better than nothing,’” said Watson, who has two grandsons playing for Acadia Fire. “I didn’t know what kind of field we would get out of it, but after I mowed a section, I said, ‘Hey, I think this is going to work out.’”Watson begin mowing two fields to training specificities, and several Acadia Fire coaches lined them both to create a pair of new soccer pitches. Just a few days later, the club became one of the few in Hancock County and the state at large to formally return to youth sports.In most years, the fields behind Watson’s home are used for the purpose of gathering hay. This year, though, the possibility of using them for another purpose arose after a young farming family paid to take the hay off his hands.“It ended up being a win-win for everybody,” Watson said. “I’m not losing money on it because they paid me for it, and I get to look down and see all the kids playing and having fun. It’s a great thing to see.”In adherence to state guidelines in relation to community sports, training sessions do not allow for scrimmages or offensive and defensive drills. The club is also maintaining strict requirements for equipment sanitization in addition to conducting temperature checks and asking players questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms.That’s not to say all parents have been comfortable with being able to return to action. Yet after Acadia Fire conducted a survey of players and parents in the weeks prior to the start of play, most respondents indicated they felt safe with the club’s plan to get back to soccer.“I would say the majority of each team has come out to train,” Ellis said. “We’ve kept players and their parents informed about the protocols in place and provided a lot of information on our website.”At some point down the road, of course, Acadia Fire will be able to return to its home facility. As long as the pandemic lingers, though, those involved can rest assured that the club has a strong alternative.“We’re really glad it worked out this way,” Ellis said. “People have been so happy to have something happening again, and it’s great to see everyone’s faces and see everyone engaged about soccer.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Biolast_img read more