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Trail Mix: On The Road With Mipso + Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgWR – Silence. Silence is wonderful. The last time I chatted with the band, they were less than forthcoming on what the band’s moniker actually means. But I can tell you this. After following the group the last few years, I know that Mipso is a bad ass acoustic band with a killer live show and the ability to write amazing songs.This North Carolina quartet will be rolling into Charlottesville for a show at The Southern Music Hall on Sunday, and I recently caught up with bassist Wood Robinson to chat about life on the road. WR – I keep a knife in my front right pocket and a bottle opener in my wallet. Gotta look cool when I eat my apples, and I gotta keep people from biting open their bottles of beer. WR – We’re feeling pretty excited this year to hit the road with two bands we love: I’m With Her in February and River Whyless in March. Both of these groups, in my opinion, embody the best of song craft and tasteful, sensitive musicality. It’s really something special to be sharing the stage with them. BRO: Last amazing thing you saw from the van window? Mipso and The Brother Brothers roll into the Southern Music Hall on Sunday, February 17. Trail Mix wants to send you and a friend to check out this SOLD OUT show! Roll the dice on the contest below and take a shot at a pair of tickets. A winner will be chosen from all entries received by 10 A.M. on Friday, February 15th. WR – I tend to prefer sunrises, just because they’re a little more precious. But usually, that accompanies a general air of “what the hell are we doing awake right now,” so I guess it’s a toss up. BRO: Band you would love to hit the road with? BRO: Better to see the sun rise, or set, from behind the wheel?? WR – Santa Barbara, California. We can’t wait to go there again, but I’m feeling pretty rushed about it, given the not ungrounded fear of it bursting into flame at any second. It’s home to one of our favorite taco joints in the country, too. BRO: One item you can’t hit the road without? What is a mipso? Good luck!What world famous parade did Mipso perform in – via float – in 2015? BRO: Favorite on the road guilty pleasure snack? BRO: City you have played that you can’t wait to visit again? WR – We did a four week tour of Sweden and Norway last November. It was really special, and while we didn’t get to catch the Northern Lights, we did see hundreds of reindeer. Coming from the South, I recognize that it was about the equivalent of going slackjawed at seeing a squirrel or a deer eating your carrots, but it was still pretty neat. WR – We’re pretty hardcore Sheetz enthusiasts. When I’m in need of high calorie/low nutrition food, I go for the the six inch pepperoni sandwich chock full of veggies and some pico with Zapp’s Voodoo chips. Rounds out to about $4.50 and really rounds out the middle. BRO: Best way to pass time in the van? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone.last_img read more

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NY Auto Giant Raises $103K For LI Girl With Rare Disease

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Full disclosure: This story involves New York Auto Giant (NYAG), one of the five organizations that sponsor the Long Island Press website. Details about their involvement can be viewed here. Every Press “Patron” waives the right to pitch the Press or influence our non-sponsored editorial content. The subject of this article arose from a conversation between the principals of the Press and NYAG. We think you’ll understand why we decided to write it. Danielle Carney of Bayport calls the people of NY Auto Giant her “angels in heaven.” Ever since the day, four years ago, when co-owner Michael Brown read an article about Carney’s daughter Marisa in a local newspaper, the roads between the Carneys’ journey and NY Auto Giant intersected for good.Marisa Carney is a bright, energetic 8-year-old girl who suffers from a disease called ROHHAD (Rapid-Onset Obesity with Hypothalamic Dysfunction, Hypoventilation and Autonomic Dysregulation), which affects her ability to breathe for extended periods of time off of a respirator. Since she was diagnosed with this rare illness at 4 years old, her parents have been working tirelessly to bring attention to this disease and to help her. ROHHAD affects only 75 people worldwide. Because it is so rare, there is virtually no research or funding to finding treatment or a cure. The life expectancy of people with ROHHAD is just 13 years old. This December, with a generous donation of $100,000 from NYAG, brought a shimmer of hope to what had thus far been a very bleak outcome.“This is not a charity to us anymore,” said Anthony Fiore, NYAG director of marketing and advertising. “Marisa is like part of our family.”Since meeting Marisa when he started with the company three years ago, Tony has taken a personal interest in her cause. He stops at her house almost weekly on his way home from work. He even threw her eighth birthday party at the Sayville movie theater, a red carpet event where the children pulled up in limousines, dressed in ball gowns. The event raised $8,000 for Marisa. “When it comes to kids, man,” Tony said, his voice trailing off as he choked up. “There isn’t enough you could do.”Marisa Carney and her parents pose with a $103,250 check from NY Auto Giant to help the 8-year-old and her family in their battle with the rare disease ROHHAD.Marisa is currently being treated at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago by Dr. Debra Weese-Mayer, who named the disorder and is researching the genetic origins of the disease, which affects the hypothalamus—the part of the brain that regulates functions that are automatic in most people, including the nervous system, the metabolism, her breathing and her temperature. Marisa depends on a ventilator to breathe for all except four to five hours per day. But she doesn’t let that slow her down. “She mopped up my daughters in this dance game,” said Michael Brown, NY Auto Giant co-owner. “She was holding a ventilator.”Brown took an active interest in Marisa four years ago, when he came upon a weekend article in Newsday detailing her disease and struggle. Brown has twin daughters who are the same age as Marisa. The story hit home for him. “I came in and handed one of my general managers the paper and said, ‘Listen. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but you figure something out. I’m not letting this story sit on my desk. We’ve got to do something. This is a real kid. We donate to all these charities. I want to help this kid,’” he told the Press. Dr. Weese-Meyer is conducting a genetic study with approximately 20 children who suffer from ROHHAD. Both the children and the parents submitted blood samples. Weese-Meyer will study the stem cells of the blood to see if she can isolate any distinguishing abnormality in the children participating in the research. The outcome of the study could provide more information on the disorder and possible connections to obesity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a disorder, like ROHHADS, where the lungs suddenly stop automatically pumping, leading to death. Participation in the study did not come cheap. The Carneys needed $100,000 to be included. NY Auto Giant donated $25 for every car sold during November 2014. They met and passed their 5,000-car quota and presented Marisa with a check for $103,250 in December. “They just love our daughter and I’m so happy someone got the point of just—we want to save this girl,” Marisa’s mother Danielle told the Press in a phone interview. “We want to save Marisa. So for us, it’s a blessing that someone took an interest in us and this disease, and especially Marisa, because once you see her—she’s my daughter, but she’s amazing. Her spirit. Her love of life. Her wanting to just be 8. She’s not going to let this disease stop her from being 8. She lights up a room when she’s there. Marisa makes it very easy to want to help her.”Marisa Carney, an 8-year-old in Bayport who lives with a rare disease, painted this for NY Auto Giant co-owner Michael Brown to thank him and the company for raising more than $100,000 to help her and her family. It hangs above his desk in his office at NY Auto Giant.Michael Brown pointed to a framed picture in his office that Marisa painted for him as a thank you this December. “This kid is the most amazing human being I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says.To learn more about Marisa Carney or about how you can help, visit www.ROHHADFight.org.last_img read more

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Successfully held Evening of Croatian vi (zio) nara

first_img“Evening of Croatian (zio) pomegranates”, a promotional project of the Croatian Tourist Board in Munich and tour operator ID Riva, which is an introduction to the promotion of Croatian tourism in Bavaria for 2018, was successfully held in the restaurant of the Ledić family “Gasthof in der Au” in Starnberg.The presentation was held in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Istria, IDRiva and Mrs. Christine Hinkofer, editor-in-chief of the Travel Journal. The aim of this event is to introduce German guests to Croatian treasures from wine cellars, archives and vineyards with an emphasis on Istria as a region. As part of this event, Agrolaguna, Benvenuti, Matošević and Meneghetti wineries presented their wines. These wineries also held meetings, talks and wine tastings for distributors and caterers who sell wines from Croatia throughout Germany, and in addition to wine, other indigenous Croatian products and oils were presented.During the presentation, Istria was especially presented as a gastronomic destination with an attractive year-round offer. The presentation was also attended by the famous German sommelier Paula Bosch, who recognized the quality of Croatian wines and awarded Croatian winemakers with great praise, according to the CNTB. Also, the mentioned events were held with the aim of gathering young ambassadors of Croatian tourism in Bavaria (Germany), with which it is planned to continue cooperation through a number of activities in the future.last_img read more

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Two Papuans shot dead by Indonesian military personnel

first_img“The son, Selu, walked ahead of the group and was stopped and interrogated by TNI personnel at a post near Keneyam river. He was also beaten during the interrogation,” the witness told The Jakarta Post on Monday.He said at the time of the interrogation, Selu was carrying an axe. “He used the axe to cut firewood or to make emergency bridges to cross rivers during the journey.”Upon hearing Selu’s arrest, Elias went to the military post to pick up his son.”Not long after I and other displaced people resumed our journey to Keneyam, we heard gunshots,” the witness said. “We knew that Elias and Selu had been shot to death after arriving at the district.” Two men, Elias Karungu and Selu Karungu, from conflict-prone Nduga regency, Papua, were fatally shot by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel on Saturday. Locals claimed the two were displaced civilians, while the Indonesian Military claimed the two were members of an armed group.The father and son were killed when returning to Keneyam district, the capital of the regency, after hiding in forests for more than a year to avoid conflicts between the TNI and an armed group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM), a witness who requested anonymity for security reasons claimed.The witness said that Elias and Selu made the trip with dozens of other displaced locals from Paro and Yengelo districts who were also seeking refuge in the forests. Read also: OPM says TNI, police shot medical workers in PapuaThe Indonesian Military have maintained a strong presence in Nduga regency since December 2018, following the killing of more than 30 workers of state-owned company Istaka Karya in the regency by an armed group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) lead by Egianus Kogoya.The construction workers were assigned to build a 275-kilometer section of road to connect Wamena and Mamugu as part of President Jokowi’s flagship trans-Papua road project.The killings led to a protracted security crisis in Nduga, forcing civilians to seek refuge in the neighboring regency of Wamena.Residents from Paro, Yengalo and Yal districts who had difficult access to neighboring regencies opted to hide in forests in the wake of the conflicts. However, after illness and starvation plagued their hideout they decided to return to Keneyam.As many as 139 refugees had died from starvation and illness caused by poor living conditions in the shelters, as reported by the Nduga Solidarity Civil Society Coalition in July last year. The government vehemently rejected the figure and claimed that only 53 displaced people had died.The death of Elias and Selu sparked outrage among locals who staged a rally on Sunday near Keneyam airport.”We did not go to the church on Sunday. We took to the street demanding the military hand over Elias and Selu’s bodies,” a local, who also requested anonymity for security reasons, said.After the military handed over the bodies, Elias and Selu were buried in a cemetery where Hendrik Lokbere was laid to rest. Hendrik was a close aide of Nduga deputy regent Wentius Nimiangge who was shot dead by an unidentified perpetrator on a road in Kenyam district in December 2019.Col. GN Sunastawa of the Joint Defense Area Command III (Kogabwilhan III) covering Papua and Maluku claimed that both Elias and Selu were actually members of the Egianus Kogoya armed group.”Military personnel have marked them as targets. They were members of an armed group led by Egianus Kogoya. We have the evidence, guns and ammunition,” Sunastawa told the Post on Monday. (nal)Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify the sources’ requests for anonymity and to better clarify the TNI’s claim that the victims were not civiliansTopics :last_img read more

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New post-lockdown record for France with 5,000 new virus cases

first_imgBlaming “IT problems”, Public Health France was unable to provide the numbers of people hospitalized or in intensive care or who had died with the virus in the 24 hours to Wednesday.On Tuesday, the figures were 4,600 hospital patients and 410 in intensive care. So far at least 30,544 people have been killed by the virus in France. French health authorities on Wednesday reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours, hitting their highest figure since May days before children return to school nationwide.Public Health France said it had recorded 5,429 new infections, after 3,304 on Tuesday.The daily figure has topped 4,000 several times in recent days, ahead of the September 1 return to school for millions of pupils. Topics :center_img The French public must act in “a spirit of responsibility” to limit the surge in new cases, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on France Inter radio Wednesday morning.”The state has its share of responsibility… but everyone has to feel like it’s their job to fight the pandemic,” Castex added.On Monday, German health authorities labeled the Ile-de-France region including capital Paris and the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region around Mediterranean port city Marseille “risk zones” for the virus.Anyone travelling to Germany from the two regions must submit to a Covid-19 test and quarantine themselves while awaiting the result.last_img read more

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Ahead of Future Winter Storms, Governor Wolf, PennDOT Stress Safety, Preparedness

first_img January 10, 2017 Ahead of Future Winter Storms, Governor Wolf, PennDOT Stress Safety, Preparedness SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As the winter season continues, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) are urging motorists to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws as part of Winter Driving Awareness Week, running through January 14.“You can take just a few simple steps to be prepared and help keep you and others safe,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge all Pennsylvanians to prepare for winter driving and upcoming inclement weather.”“It is important that drivers plan, and prepare their vehicles ahead of time, as weather patterns can change rapidly,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Taking the proper steps before you hit the road will help keep you and other drivers safe this season.”Drivers should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Tires should be also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.Richards urged drivers to get their vehicles serviced by a mechanic as soon as possible if they haven’t already. A properly trained, trustworthy mechanic can check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly.Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit. The kit should contain items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Motorists should also be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather does occur, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video released this winter, visit www.penndot.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.penndot.gov/safetyFollow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff in Lebanon County to Honor Firefighter James Yiengst

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff on the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Dauphin County and throughout all of Lebanon County to honor fallen firefighter James Yiengst.James Yiengst, 72, a resident of Myerstown, Lebanon County, and a 55 year member of Keystone Fire Company, died on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from injuries sustained in the line-of-duty.Flags shall remain lowered at half-staff until his internment.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff in Lebanon County to Honor Firefighter James Yiengst April 04, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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Statoil: Worker injured on Mariner A released from hospital

first_imgAn offshore worker who was injured this week while working aboard the Statoil-operated Mariner platform in the UK North Sea on Monday, has been released from hospital.A Statoil spokesperson confirmed to Offshore Energy Today on Tuesday that the incident had happened aboard the Mariner A platform, without providing details on the nature of the injury. The worker is not a Statoil employee, but a contractor.“The individual was taken shortly afterwards by Coastguard helicopter to Shetland for medical treatment and has since been released. The family of the person involved has been informed.“Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our people. An investigation is underway to analyze the cause of the incident and determine any remedial actions,” the spokesperson said.Statoil is the operator of the Mariner field, discovered in 1981 some 150 km east of the Shetland Islands. It is one of the largest projects currently under development in the UKCS.When Statoil and partners decided to develop the Mariner heavy oil field east of the Shetland Islands in December 2012, it was the largest capital commitment to the UK continental Shelf (UKCS) in more than a decade.The development includes a production, drilling, and quarters platform based on a steel jacket, named Mariner A, with a floating storage unit, called Mariner B. Drilling will be carried out from the Mariner A platform, with a jack-up rig assisting for the first four years.Statoil has recently informed that, on Wednesday, August 2 the final piece of the 38 000 tonne Mariner A topside had been installed, adding that the hook up and commissioning of the Mariner platform would last for more than a year. The Mariner field is expected to come on stream in late 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Van Oord’s Deep Dig-It Trencher Ready for Its First Job

first_imgTenneT, with the help of Van Oord, is building the Hollandse Kust (South) offshore grid to the north of the Maasvlakte, to connect new wind farms.The cables have to be buried more than 5 meters in the seabed for the first ten kilometers of the offshore cable route, as to be able to cross the busy Rotterdam Maasmond shipping lane.For this specific job, Van Oord designed and built the Deep Dig-It trencher, a gigantic and remotely controlled trencher.Van Oord, being part of the Van Oord-Hellenic Cables consortium, is conducting final tests with this enormous machine in the Alexiahaven (harbor), in preparation for the actual installation of the sea cables in July.The Deep Dig-It is a so-called “Tracked Remotely Operated Vehicle” (TROV), which drives unmanned over the seabed, creating a deep trench for the cables, while simultaneously inserting the cables and then closing the trench again.Special about this new trencher is that it is the largest and most powerful machine in its class. The trencher weighs 125.000 kilos, is more than 17 meters long, well over 8 meters high, and 11 meters wide.Next to the large power installed of 2,500 HP, the depth of burial that can be achieved by the trencher is unmatched: well over 5 meters.The Deep Dig-It will be controlled from Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel MPI Adventure, which is equipped with a crane that launches and recovers the Deep Dig-It into the sea.last_img read more

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District ordered to pay transgender student $75K

first_imgNZ Herald 3 December 2014A Maine court has awarded a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.Nicole Maines won her lawsuit against the Orono school district in January before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1vLJxyR ) reports that a lower court awarded her the settlement last week.Penobscot County Superior Court issued an order Nov. 25 that prohibited the district from “refusing access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity.”The order says the district must pay the $75,000 to Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Berman Simmons, a Portland law firm that represented Maines. The money will cover legal expenses and related costs, with a portion going to her family.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11367963last_img read more

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