By Chris MeyerTigerFace, the new album by Marco Benevento, begins with a driving drum beat and those experimental sounds that we have all come to appreciate from the mad scientist. As Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver lends her vocal talents to the dance-driven pop of ‘Limb of a Pine’, we witness an immediate change of pace for Benevento. For the first time, Benevento adds vocals to his body of work; a pleasant surprise. Traver again appears on the second track, ‘This Is How It Goes’, which has this sweet airiness to it; something straight out of the electro-pop world.While listening to ‘Eagle Rock’ (my personal favorite track on the album), you feel as if you are walking down the streets of New York to a movie score; it simply has that effect. It is such a beautiful song and violinist Ali Helnwein’s playing allows the music to breathe and move with you. This is a song that should be at the top of everyone’s playlist. Benevento delivers sheer brilliance here.Though this album appears to be a bit of a changing of the guard for the pianist, this has something for even the most old-school fans; case in point, the eerie ‘Soma’ and the super experimental ‘Do What She Told You’.The last track on TigerFace showcases Marco’s ability to speak to us through his piano playing. ‘This Is How It Goes’ brings the album full circle as we revisit the earlier electro-pop eloquence that Benevento is seemingly so adept at delivering. Benevento’s masterful finger work is evident, and allows you to sit back, close your eyes, and listen to the story he is telling you.Benevento evokes emotion so deftly with his music. He is able to create a whole scene in a listener’s mind, and does it so easily with his mastery of his instrument. Bringing in artists of the highest caliber such as Mike Gordon (Phish), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake), and Andrew Barr (The Slip/Barr Brothers), allows Marco to do what he does best – explore and experiment. His avant-garde approach allows for sonic explorations into the musical landscape. It is easy to get lost in listening.It is wild to hear how he can mix so many styles of music in just one song, let alone a full-length album. He does this effortlessly as we are given tastes of electro, synth-pop, hip-hop, avant-garde jazz, and psyche rock. Adding vocals to two songs for the first time is just another musical notch in the belt for Benevento, which adds yet another layer to this fantastic creation. TigerFace is a solid outing from Marco Benevento and company; it lends even more proof to the capabilities of this talented pianist, organist and composer.Check out two tracks from TigerFace right here:‘This Is How It Goes’: ‘Limbs of a Pine’To purchase the album, check out www.marcobenevento.comBenevento is set to begin an extensive fall tour, be sure to check him out when he rolls into a neighborhood near you.Tour Dates09/14 Terrapin Crossroads |San Rafael,CA09/19 Water StreetMusic Hall |Rochester,NY^09/20 Nietzsche’s |Buffalo,NY^09/21 Beachland Ballroom |Cleveland,OH09/22 Martyr’s |Chicago,IL^09/23 Cafe Paradiso |Fairfield,IA^09/24 Vaudeville Mews |Des Moines,IA^09/25 Record Bar |Kansas City,MO^09/26 Old Rock House |St. Louis,MO^09/27 Headliner’s Music Hall |Louisville,KY^09/28Woodland’s Tavern |Columbus,OH^09/29RexTheatre|Pittsburgh,PA^10/11 TT & The Bears |Boston,MA10/12 Bowery Ballroom |New York,NY10/13 The Blockley |Philadelphia,PA10/14 Bridge StreetLive |Collinsville,CT10/17 The Press Room |Portsmouth,NH10/18 The Press Room |Portsmouth,NH10/19 Higher Ground |Burlington,VT#10/20 The Iron Horse |Northampton,MA#11/07 The Southern |Charlottesville,VA11/08 Pisgah Brewery |Black Mountain,NC11/09 Ciderhouse |Knoxville,TN11/10 NewEarthMusic Hall|Athens,GA11/11 ThePourHouseMusic Hall|Raleigh,NC11/12 Casbah |Charlotte,NC11/13 The Soapbox |Wilmington,NC11/14 Jewish Mother |Virginia Beach,VA11/15 Capital Ale House |Richmond,VA11/16UStreetMusic Hall|Washington,DC11/17 8×10 |Baltimore,MD^ support Mike Dillon Band# support Superhuman Happiness» marcobenevento.com
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live!MORE: Fast facts on 2017 race format The first and second stages of the Camping World Truck Series race will be 20 laps each, with a 60-lap final stage to round out the 100-lap event (not including any additional laps should the race go into overtime). Stages 1 and 2 of the XFINITY Series race have been set at 30 laps, while the final stage will be 60 laps (also not including any additional laps should the race go into overtime). Stage lengths for the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 Truck Series race and Powershares QQQ 300 XFINITY Series race have also been announced. Stage lengths for most races beyond the Daytona 500 have yet to be announced. CONCORD, N.C. — This year’s Daytona 500 will consist of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps in the annual season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Additionally, one point per stage win will be awarded to those drivers qualifying for the 10-race playoff at the end of the season. Race-winning drivers also will earn five bonus points per win to be applied following the completion of the regular season. Upon the completion of each of the first two stages, drivers finishing first through 10th will be awarded additional points (10th for first, nine for second, etc.) that will be included in their final total for that race only. The Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR officials announced last month that all points-paying races in its three national series — Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series — would consist of three stages and that the format change would include the awarding of points to the top 10 drivers after the first two stages. Points will be awarded in much the same fashion as previous years upon the completion of the third and final stage. &lt;/p&gt;
Umphrey’s McGee brought their summer tour to Kettering, OH’s Fraze Pavilion for an end-of-the-weekend rock performance with support from SunSquabi on Sunday.Related: Inaugural Woodlands Music & Arts Festival Curated By Umphrey’s McGee To Feature BIG Something, SunSquabi, MoreThe rock band’s headlining performance at the outdoor venue saw Umphrey’s open their performance with the two-song combination of “Gents” into “40’s Theme”. The set continued with a groovy “Anchor Drops”, followed by another multi-song segue starting with “Spires” which transitioned right into an EDM-friendly version of “Blue Echo” and sing-along”Booth Love”. The set came to a close following “Orfeo” and “Rocker Part 2”.Umphrey’s returned from the set break to get the second frame started with “Hurt Bird Bath” from the band’s 2002 album, Local Band Does O.K. A two-song segue followed with “Much Obliged” into “Miss Tinkle’s Overture”, and kept rolling into another two-tune pairing with an abundance of hard rock energy for “Intentions Clear” into “Attachments”. Following a cover of Tyler Childers‘ “Whitehouse Road”, the band brought the set to a close with the performance of “Cemetery Walk” only to return a few moments later to end the show with a fitting “Cemetary Walk II”.Umphrey’s will next head east for a trio of performances with BIG Something along the east coast with shows at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH (8/29); the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ (8/30); and The Paramount in Huntington, NY (8/31). Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Scroll down for a gallery of photos from Sunday’s performance, courtesy of photographer Keith Griner.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Fraze Pavilion | Kettering, OH | 8/25/2019Set One: Gents > 40’s Theme, Anchor Drops, Spires > Blue Echo > Booth Love, Orfeo > Rocker Part 2Set Two: Hurt Bird Bath, Much Obliged > Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Intentions Clear > Attachments, Whitehouse Road (Tyler Childers cover), Cemetery WalkEncore: Cemetery Walk IIUmphrey’s McGee | Fraze Pavilion | Kettering, OH | 8/25/2019 | Photos: Keith Griner Load remaining images
The new semester welcomes to campus the new student organization, kiND Club, which focuses on performing random acts of kindness and spreading positive affirmations.“The overarching goal for the club is to create an infectious display of kindness on campus and in the community. … We want to use the concept of kindness to help, heal and educate,” Stephanie Gaal, assistant professional specialist in the Physical Education and Wellness Department, said.Gaal was instrumental in starting the club, which is a division of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She proposed the idea to students in one of her Contemporary Topics classes last semester. Sophomore Elaine Schmidt, who now serves as the club’s president, was one of the first students to show interest and participate in kiND’s official founding.“We’re really just people that want to get together to do nice things for others,” Schmidt said. “Taking a few minutes each day to do something nice for someone else keeps you centered and helps you remember what’s really important in life.”Before attaining full club status last spring, kiND organizers wrote positive affirmations on Post It notes and placed them on dining hall trays for their first random act of kindness, or RAK, Schmidt said. The club also posted flyers in the Hesburgh Library with tear-away strips of encouraging words during finals week.After receiving 319 sign-ups from Activities Night, Schmidt said kiND is ready to take it to the next level this school year. The club will host meetings every other Thursday at 8 p.m., during which they will plan regular, communal RAKs. Schmidt said they could be as simple as giving compliments in classes or as elaborate as a campus-wide flash mob dance to brighten people’s day. She said one of kiND’s first RAKs of the semester is planned for Wednesday.“This is really a grassroots club,” Schmidt said. “The members will have a big say in the kinds of events and RAKs we do, which is something that is really cool about our club. Everyone can contribute.”Gaal said the club is also planning a fundraiser with Notes to Self, a company that designs socks with positive affirmations written on them. The company was founded by Schmidt’s mother.“At Notre Dame, we are so busy. It’s nice to take a breath and remember what’s most important,” senior Sarah Very, who recently joined the club, said. “We can make a difference through acts of kindness, and it’s good to have something to remind us.”The next kiND Club meeting will be held Sept. 25 in a to-be-determined room in Debartolo Hall. Students interested can e-mail email@example.com to join the listserv and “like” the club Facebook page to stay up-to-date on organized RAKs.Tags: Kindness, random acts of kindness, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Carewww.care.comFind family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.Or you can post a caregiver job and the let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.Child Care Awarewww.childcareaware.orgImproving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.Utah Department of Human Services195 N. 1950 WSalt Lake City, UT 84116 801-538-4171www.hs.utah.govThe mission of the Department of Human Services is to help Utahns live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities. More than 4,000 employees statewide assist residents in divisions of aging and adult services, child and family services, juvenile justice services, services for people with disabilities, and substance abuse and mental health services.Child & Family Services Department of Human Services195 N. 1950 WSalt Lake City, UT 84116 801-538-4100www.dcfs.utah.govThe Utah Division of Child and Family Services strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe. The agency offers a multitude of services, including child abuse and neglect prevention education and outreach, investigations of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence counseling and shelters, foster care for children who cannot remain safely in their home, adoption services for children who cannot be returned to their biological parents and more. For more information, call the division or visit its website online.Ogden DCFS950 E. 25th St., Suite COgden, UT 84401 801-629-5800Bountiful DCFS57 W. 200 NBountiful, UT 84010 801-397-7640Clearfield DCFS1350 E. 1450 SClearfield, UT 84015 801-776-7300
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation has announced a call for the submission of project proposals to be included in the federally recognized Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the 27 town Windham region. Official request appears below. While no monetary awards will directly result from these projects being included in the CEDS, inclusion of your municipal, education, private sector or non-profit project in the CEDS indicates it is aligned with regional goals for growth.The deadline for submission of projects to be included in this years CEDS is August 9th ‘detailed information on SeVEDS, what a ‘CEDS’is, and the Windham Region CEDS process and submission guidelines can be found at www.seveds.com(link is external).Identification of your project as a vital project indicates the project is of the highest priority and expected to have the greatest impacts on achieving the regional goals.Again, while inclusion of your project in no way guarantees funding of any sort, many federal agencies look more favorably upon projects which have the kind of broad support inclusion in a region CEDS indicates.Project Overview: Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is seeking project proposals for inclusion in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as required by the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA). Information on the required component of a CEDS can be found www.seveds.com/ceds-projects(link is external)Proposal Contents: The proposal must identify the applicant and include a detailed description of the project; establish that the applicant has the authority, capacity and the wherewithal to successfully implement the project; establish the likely outcome of the project and establish how that outcome is consistent with the goals and strategies of SeVEDS. For a complete description of submission requirements, go towww.seveds.com/ceds-projects(link is external).Applicants: Any private or public entity or consortium of entities can submit a project for consideration. Applications will only be accepted from the entity(s) directly implementing the project.Proposal Instructions: Proposals are due no later than August 9 at 5:00 pm. Proposals must be received at: SeVEDS, 76 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301. A minimum of (5) paper and one (1) digital copy are to be submitted.Contact Information: All inquiries, questions and clarifications must be directed to Laura Sibilia at 802-257-7731 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).SeVEDS Regional Economic Development Goals & Strategies: Visit www.seveds.com(link is external) to review a list of regional economic development goals and strategies.
NEWS SCAN: Global H1N1 patterns, flu-strain predictions, antiviral mask, paid sick leave, H9N2-H1N1 reassortant, DRC cholera spread
Cholera spreads to more Democratic Republic of Congo areasHealth officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that a cholera outbreak has spread to three more provinces, which has prompted Doctors Without Borders teams to open several cholera treatment centers, according to a Jul 4 press release from the group. So far the outbreak, which has struck locations along the Congo River, has sickened 2,787 people and killed 153. The outbreak began in March and has spread to several areas, including the outskirts of the country’s capital, Kinshasa. The group said three cholera risk factors are all in place in the DRC: a dense urban population, poor sanitation, and little access to clean water.Jul 4 Doctors Without Borders press releaseIn other developments, the DRC recently received a $30 million grant from the World Bank to improve polio vaccine coverage and strengthen its capacity to deliver vaccines for other infectious diseases, according to a Jun 28 World Bank press release. The grant is part of $413 million in new financing to help the country build its social protection systems.Jun 28 World Bank press release Connecticut mandates paid sick leaveConnecticut will enact the nation’s first law to mandate paid sick leave when a law signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy takes effect Jan 1, according to the Hartford Courant yesterday. The law, signed on Jul 1, applies only to companies with 50 or more workers that don’t already offer at least 5 paid days off for full-time workers. It is available to workers after 4 months on the job and exempts manufacturers, salaried workers, temporary workers, and employees of nationally chartered nonprofits. In response to the law, Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) said in a news release, “Because of Connecticut’s new law, soon hundreds of thousands of workers in the state will no longer have to make impossible choices between their health and their economic security when illness strikes.” Studies have shown that not having mandatory paid sick leave was an impediment to ill workers’ taking time off during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.Jul 5 Hartford Courant storyJul 5 NPWF news release FDA clears first antiviral surgical maskThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted market clearance to BioMask, the first treated surgical face mask claimed to inactivate virtually all influenza strains in 5 minutes, according to Medscape News yesterday. The BioFriend BioMask (series A), made by Hong Kongbased Filligent, has an inside layer treated with copper and zinc ions, which have been shown in vitro to destroy most influenza viruses. Its outer layer is plastic coated. In a release, the company said, “Market clearance was granted under a new medical device classification for anti-microbial surgical facemasks, ‘OUK,’ created by the FDA to accommodate Filligent’s innovations in infection control and respiratory protection.” The company notes on its Web site that “Correlation between in-vitro testing results and any clinical event has not been tested,” according to Medscape, and that no clinical study has compared the treated face masks with untreated masks.Jul 5 Medscape News storyJun 27 Filligent press release Report shows global patterns for severe 2008 H1N1 infectionsIn the most comprehensive overview of severe 2009 H1N1 influenza patterns so far, a World Health Organization (WHO) working group reported yesterday that young children were more likely than other groups to be hospitalized from their infections, and though illnesses were less frequent in seniors, they were more likely to die from their infections. The study includes health ministry data on hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions, and deaths collected from April 2009 to January 2010 from 18 countries and Hong Kong. The group found that the proportion of patients with one or more risk factors increased by severity level. When the researchers looked at individual risk factors, they found that the proportion also increased by severity level for all conditions except for asthma, pregnancy, and obesity. Pregnant women were seven times more likely than the general population to be hospitalized and twice as likely to die, which the group said could show that doctors had a lower threshold for admitting and aggressively treating pregnant women. Morbid obesity also stood out as a risk factor, with a proportion that increased by severity level. Indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand had a higher burden of disease, but not Mexico or Thailand. Researchers concluded that concerns about high-risk groups during the pandemic were justified and that improved surveillance can help track differences between countries.Jul 5 PLoS Med study Study: Reassortant H9N2-H1N1 viruses transmit well in ferretsUS researchers have found that combining surface genes from H9N2 avian flu with internal genes from 2009 pandemic H1N1 flu produces reassortants that transmit readily to ferrets. In 2009 the researchers showed that an H9N2-H3N2 reassortant virus gained efficient respiratory transmission in ferrets. In the current study they created four reassortant H9N2-pH1N1 genes and found that three showed “efficient respiratory droplet transmission” in the animals. They conclude, “The results clearly indicate that H9N2 avian influenza viruses and pH1N1 viruses, both of which have occasionally infected pigs, have the potential to reassort and generate novel viruses with respiratory transmission potential in mammals.”Jul 5 Proc Natl Acad Sci abstract Early-season strains may foretell flu-strain dominanceUsing mathematical modeling, researchers may be able to predict how influenza strains will behave throughout a flu season based on which strains are circulating early in the season. Writing in PLoS Medicine, researchers from Harvard and the National Institutes of Health studied surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on strains of influenza A/H3N2, A/H1N1, and B from 1997 to 2009. They found that early-season prevalence of a particular strain predicted its higher prevalence later to the detriment of the other two strains. They then devised a statistical algorithm that accurately predicted the whole-season prevalence for a particular strain until either it or one of the other strains exceeded a specific threshold. An editorial summary of the study states, “These findings suggest that early circulation of one influenza strain is associated with a reduced total incidence of other strains, possibly because of cross-subtype immunity.” It also said the algorithm needs to be tested over more flu seasons.Jul 5 PLoS Med study Jul 6, 2011
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet is spotted taking a refreshing bath this morning near Mountain Elementary School and lifting spirits around Los Alamos. Kinglets are tiny songbirds with relatively large heads, almost no neck and thin tails. They have very small, thin, straight bills. Source: www.allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Greg Noeninckx
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