Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It

first_imgLawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, presents a road map for how to get the U.S. Congress back on track, and examines the issues of campaign financing, corporate lobbying, and other outside monetary interests that derail the government.last_img

Justice Friday discusses US Homeless Veterans

first_imgAs Sept. 11 approached, this week’s Justice Friday installment, presented by Saint Mary’s junior and Justice Education Social Relations Officer Alex Shambery, served as a way to promote social awareness for Homeless U.S. Veterans.Shambery began by sharing statistics she found through the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) website.“Eleven percent of homeless adults are veterans,” she said. “Of those 11 percent, 51 percent have disabilities and 50 percent have serious mental illnesses. Seventy percent have substance abuse which ties into mental illness issues.”In the bigger picture, Shambery said 1.4 million veterans are at risk of living in poverty.“About 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night,” she said. “America’s homeless veterans have been in World War II, the Korean War, The Cold War and Vietnam.”According to Shambery, one-third of the veterans who are homeless were directly in these war zones, although she added these numbers are approximations.“There’s no way of getting a very specific number,” she said. “It’s usually based on average and information they get from homeless shelters.”All of these statistics raises the question as to why these veterans are homeless. Shambery said the main reason is due to a lack of support.“Mainly because of an extreme shortage in affordable housing and a lack of family and social support,” she said. “You train to go over there and dedicate your life to try and save your country and then you come back and people tell you that your experience won’t help you find a job in America.”Saint Mary’s junior Alex Morales said she recently talked to someone who found himself in a similar situation after being deployed.“He said it almost felt like what would happen if you would die,” Morales said. “He said you lose all of those connections. It’s a weird gray area. I think it just spirals from there.”Justice Education president and senior Caylin McCallick agreed with Morales.“The training in the military isn’t necessarily transferring,” McCallick said. “When I was in ROTC, one of my military instructors was a captain in the army. He was an army ranger, but he couldn’t get a job better than working in a factory.”Shambery said it is the duty of students to reach out through volunteering at homeless shelters. In South Bend specifically she suggested the Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Senior Veterans Center.“A lot of people think the government is going to take care of it, but it’s all of our issues,” Shambery said. “Make a donation. If you can’t make a financial donation you can always donate your time. They’re going overseas to fight for us. An hour a week is nothing compared to what they’ve done for us.”Justice Education vice president and senior Katie Dwyer said spreading awareness among the community is key in helping the veterans.“I think it’s out of sight out of mind,” Dwyer said. “I think the first thing we should do is spread more awareness about it.”“[Veterans]need basic physical health care, counseling, job assessment, training, placement and assistance,” Shambery said. “But a top priority is a secure, safe, and supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.”Justice Education secretary and junior Morgan Matthews said students can help give veterans part of the supportive environment they need by merely spending some time with them.“They are coming from a life style that is hectic,” Matthews said. “Then they come to a life of boredom in comparison.”“I think that’s where we as students should come in,” Shambery said. “We’re not family members, but we can provide that support for them — at least the social support aspect.”“I think also what needs to be established is veteran-on-veteran support,” Matthews said. “You can sit with a veteran for as long as you want and try to understand, but I think in some cases it might not be enough compared to veteran on veteran.”Since 2005, Shambery said the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 70 percent since 2005, but she emphasized that this is not good enough.“We need to get all our homeless vets off the street,” Shamberry said.Tags: Justice Fridays, Saint Mary’s College, Veteranslast_img read more

100 Fests: Our Biggest Festival Guide Yet

first_imgThe festivals just keep on coming. Every time we appear to hit critical mass in a region filled with fun galas, more events keep surfacing. To keep you in the loop on everything fest, BRO is delivering its biggest Festival Guide to date, featuring 100 of the best bashes in our backyard. Whether you’re looking for stellar sounds, craft beer, art, or adventure, we’ve got you covered.Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and DanceSilk Hope, N.C.    May 4-7Shakori Hills brings a stacked line-up of roots acts together for a long weekend of family-friendly revelry. Headliners include Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Donna the Buffalo, Amy Helm, and Todd Snider. A fall version also takes place October 5-8. shakorihillsgrassroots.orgFrench Broad River FestivalHot Springs, N.C.    May 5-7French Broad River Festival was started two decades ago by a group of local boaters with great taste in music. In its 20 years the paddler party has grown into one of the region’s favorite low-key fests, staying relatively intimate at the Hot Springs Campground but featuring an impressive line-up of roots music and plenty of chances to play on the river. This year catch sets by Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Cabinet, Sol Driven Train, and Snake Oil Medicine Show. Also, recruit some friends for the French Broad River Raft Race, a nine-mile, class I-IV run that holds distinction as the biggest mass start raft race in the South. frenchbroadriverfestival.comCheat River FestivalAlbright, W.Va.    May 5-6Expanded to two days, this big annual party is filled with arts, boating, bluegrass, food, and fun, all to support the Cheat River watershed. Paddle in the Downriver Race, run a 5K, and catch tunes by the Hillbilly Gypsies and the Hackensaw Boys. cheatfest.orgShaky Beats Music FestivalAtlanta, Ga.    May 5-7The electronica sister to the older Shaky Knees Music Festival, this fest at Centennial Olympic Park will feature Griz and the Chainsmokers. IPA JambeereeCrozet, Va.    May 6Starr Hill Brewery hosts the second running of this new fest that will feature the best in hoppy brews from Virginia. starrhill.comBeale Street Music FestivalMemphis, Tenn.    May 5-7A mega fest in a musically historic city—Beale Street’s 2017 line-up boasts sets by Kings of Leon, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, and Snoop Dogg. memphisinmay.orgCarolina RebellionConcord, N.C.    May 5-7Hair metal and grunge live in Concord! Catch Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Tesla, and many more at Charlotte Motor Speedway. carolinarebellion.comNorth Carolina Brewers and Music FestivalHuntersville, N.C.    May 12-13A celebration of tasty beer and good tunes brings some of the region’s best craft brews and bluegrass tunes together on Huntersville’s historic Rural Hill. Bands this year: Mandolin Orange, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Mipso. ncbrewsmusic.comAiken Bluegrass FestivalAiken, S.C.    May 12-13This two-day celebration of bluegrass, biking, and beer returns to Aiken, featuring jams from the Infamous Stringdusters, Larry Keel, and members of Leftover Salmon. aikenbluegrassfestival.orgShaky Knees Music FestivalAtlanta, Ga.    May 12-14The Atlanta indie and roots rock throwdown at Centennial Olympic Park hosts big names including LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Phoenix, and Ryan Adams. shakykneesfestival.comLEAFBlack Mountain, N.C.    May 11-14The family friendly LEAF celebrates arts and culture from around the globe. Twice a year, in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell, traditions from around the world are represented through interactive exhibits, activities, food, and especially music. This spring the festival’s six stages will feature musicians from 13 different African countries, along with Macy Gray, Antibalas, Martin Sexton, and Sara Watkins. If you can’t make it in May, LEAF returns for its second yearly running in October, and the 3rd Annual Downtown AVL LEAF is happening August 4th and 5th. More info at theleaf.orgGettysburg Bluegrass FestivalGettysburg, Pa.    May 18-21This serious bluegrass festival celebrates its 74th running with the Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent, the Soggy Bottom Boys, and many more. gettysburgbluegrass.comDomefestBedford, Pa.    May 18-20Jam outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hosts this three-day festival at Fort Royal Farm. Additional acts include the Main Squeeze, Consider the Source, and Aqueous. domefestival.comMoogfestDurham, N.C.    May 18-21Sonic pioneer Bob Moog is honored at this festival in Durham featuring Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, and Michael Stipe. moogfest.comTrail DaysDamascus, Va.    May 19-21With the Appalachian Trail running through town, Damascus is the perfect place to host this big festival that’s an annual reunion for thru-hikers and a huge weekend party that lets all outdoor enthusiasts become immersed in A.T. culture. traildays.uThe Moonshiner’s BallIrvine, Ky.    May 19-21Indie folk and alt-country ring through the Red Lick Valley at this festival, featuring Con Brio, Lydia Loveless, the Marcus King Band, Margaret Glaspy, and Vandaveer. themoonshinersball.comSusquehanna BreakdownScranton, Pa.    May 19-20Pennsylvania bluegrass group Cabinet hosts this festival at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Additional acts on the bill include Greensky Bluegrass and the Wood Brothers. susquehannabreakdown.comDominion RiverrockRichmond, Va.    May 19-21Riverrock is a huge outdoor sports and music festival on the banks of the James River in downtown Richmond. Run the James River Scramble 10K, demo a SUP board, and catch sets by Hard Working Americans and the Steeldrivers. dominionriverrock.comHangout Music FestivalGulf Shores, Ala.    May 19-21Hang out for three sunny days on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and listen to top national artists like Mumford and Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and Frank Ocean. hangoutmusicfest.comVirginia Beach FunkoutVirginia Beach, Va.    May 20Virginia’s own Keller Williams leads the pack at this one-day groove bash in the Shaka’s Live Parking Lot. vabeachfunkout.comVirginia Beer FestivalNorfolk, Va.    May 20-21Enjoy the best offerings from 65 breweries at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. Tour De FatAsheville, N.C.    May 20New Belgium hosts this traveling celebration of “beer, bikes and bemusement” featuring a large bike parade and live music. The first date is in Asheville, featuring a show by Third Eye Blind, and additional regional stops include Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C. newbelgium.comDr. Ralph Stanley’s 47th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass FestivalCoeburn, Va.    May 25-27Ralph Stanley II leads his legendary late father’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, at this bluegrass festival at the Stanley old home place in southwest Virginia. drralphstanleyfestival.comRoosterWalk Music and Arts FestivalAxton, Va.    May 25-28This family friendly festival held near Martinsville continues to raise the bar with its impressive line-up of roots music. Bands this year: Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers, Anderson East, and many more. roosterwalk.comPapa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music FestivalEvans, Ga.    May 26-27Dig into some delicious BBQ and killer tunes from the Avett Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass.[nextpage title=”Read on”]DelFestCumberland, Md.    May 25-28When it comes to the High Lonesome Sound, it’s hard to top a festival that honors living legend Del McCoury—once a member of genre founder Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Del and his band headline the fest, which takes place in the scenic Potomac River Valley of western Maryland, with help from a generation-spanning line-up of top-notch pickers. This year the roster includes Hot Rize, the Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Tim O’Brien, and a duo set by Bela Fleck & Chris Thile. To avoid string overload, Delfest organizers also added some rock into the mix, including Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Gov’t Mule. delfest.comLong Creek Music FestivalLong Creek, S.C.    May 26-28This mountain rager at the Chattooga River Resort & Campground features plenty of jams in the woods to support the mighty Chattooga River. Catch the Marcus King Band, Charlie Wooten Project, and more. longcreekfest.comMountain Sports FestivalAsheville, N.C.    May 26-28This annual free fest in Asheville features a full slate of mountain sports fun—running, cycling, disc golf, climbing, and much more. Look for great vendors, live music, and kid’s activities at Carrier Park. mountainsportsfestival.comVirginia Mountain Bike Trail FestivalStokesville, Va.    May 25-29Virginia mountain bikers get together for a big hang at Stokesville Campground throughout a long weekend that includes some epic rides during the day and kicking back with fat-tire-loving friends at night. mtntouring.comSpoleto Festival USACharleston, S.C.    May 26-June 11For 17 packed days and nights this spring, the Spoleto Festival fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with a variety of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. spoletousa.orgBeer City FestivalAsheville, N.C.    May 27Head to Roger McGuire Green to sample beers from more than 30 craft breweries while soaking up some great local Asheville tunes. beercityfestival.comMountain Music FestivalOak Hill, W.Va.    June 1-3ACE Adventure Resort hosts this awesome convergence of music and adventure, pairing a roster of jam heroes with access to world-class whitewater and a top-notch trail network in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Alongside all your outdoor playtime, listen to sounds from a stacked line-up that includes Umphrey’s McGee, the Revivalists, Twiddle, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. mountainmusicfestwv.comGraves Mountain Festival of MusicSyria, Va.    June 1-3Three days of the best in bluegrass takes place at the scenic Graves Mountain Lodge in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park. Catch sets from the Steeldrivers, Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk, and many more. gravesmountain.comNelsonville Music FestivalNelsonville, Ohio    June 1-4With big names and small-town charm, this festival includes Ween, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, and Son Volt. nelsonvillefest.org1St Annual Brewmaster BallArrington, Va.    June 2On the same site as the Lockn’ Music Festival, this new beer bash will feature top craft brews from the Commonwealth and tunes by Keller Williams. infinitydowns.comCold Mountain Music at Lake LoganCanton, N.C.    June 3Support Lake Logan by catching the string sounds of Steep Canyon Rangers, Love Canon, and Town Mountain. coldmountainmusic.orgThe Roots PicnicPhiladelphia, Pa.    June 3Live hip-hop masters the Roots host this annual shindig at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, this year playing a set with Pharrell and adding Lil Wayne and Solange to the line-up. rootspicnic.comMondo Roots Cultural Arts & Music FestivalClayton, N.C.    June 3Homegrown grooves and artists converge for a day of fun in downtown Clayton. mondoroots.comBonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalManchester, Tenn.    June 8-11The mothership of mega fests returns to the farm in Manchester with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Weeknd. bonnaroo.comCarolina Country Music FestivalMyrtle Beach, S.C.    June 8-11Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, and Jason Aldean lead this huge country bash on the beach. carolinacountrymusicfest.comThe Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music HomecomingSouthwest Virginia    June 9-17A nine-day celebration of bluegrass and traditional mountain music takes place in 20 different communities around Southwest Virginia. Catch tunes by Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys with special guests Larry Sparks and Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Doyle Lawson, and many more. mtnsofmusic.comPlein Air, Art in the MountainsGilmer County, Ga.    June 9-11This celebration of open-air painting includes three days of artists painting outside, inspired by Gilmer County’s scenic mountain vistas, rivers, orchards, and vineyards. The popular event also includes a Family Fun Day and Picnic at Harrison Park on Saturday. gilmerarts.orgW.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue FestivalHenderson, Ky.    June 14-17Great grub and stellar traditional grooves highlight this festival that’s been around for a quarter century. handyblues.orgBrew Stash BashCharlotte, N.C.    June 17The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts this annual one-day bash filled with craft beer, live tunes, yoga, and a 6K trail race. usnwc.orgBayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food FestivalNorfolk, Va.    June 23-25Get your fill of crawdads, jambalaya, po boys, and beignets, as well as some of the best bands coming out of New Orleans. Northern Virginia Summer BrewFestCentreville, Va.    June 24-25A deep roster of breweries coupled with local music, food, and arts makes this annual fest a summer staple in NOVA. novabrewfest.comROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches FestivalOwensboro, Ky.    June 21-24This three-day fest aligns seasoned roots veterans like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with progressive string favorites including the Punch Brothers and Yonder Mountain String Band. rompfest.comHops in the Hills Craft Beer FestivalMaryville, Tenn.    June 23-24Taste the finest craft brews being made in eastern Tennessee at this annual festival in Maryville. hopsinthehills.comFunhouse FestWilliamsburg, Va.    June 23-25Virginia piano man Bruce Hornsby hosts a hometown gala at the Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg with help from Lake Street Dive, Rhiannon Giddens, and Sheryl Crow. funhousefest.comFloyd FandangoFloyd, Va.    June 23-25Taking place at the same site as FloydFest, this low-key companion festival features live tunes, craft brews, and plenty of outdoor fun, including a 5K race, disc golf tournament, and a mountain cross bike race. atwproductions.comBack Home Appalachian Arts & Music FestivalNew Martinsville, W.Va.    June 30-July 2A solid line-up of down-home roots bands anchors three days of good times in the Mountain State. Catch sets by the Rumpke Mountain Boys, the Davisson Brothers, and the Recipe. Festival for the EnoDurham, N.C.    July 1 and 4This annual event at Durham City Park features over 65 acts on four stages, along with great food and art—a big celebration of the great Eno River. Line-up TBA. enoriver.orgMaster Musicians FestivalSomerset, Ky.    July 7-8This fest is all about variety, bringing a big range of multicultural music— blues, bluegrass, Celtic, rock, jazz, country, and Americana acts—to the stage. Lineup includes Dawes, Blackberry Smoke, Old 97’s, and many more.[nextpage title=”Read on”]Funkatorium InvitationalAsheville, N.C.    July 8The venerable Wicked Weed Brewing hosts this celebration of sour beers from across the country. wickedweedbrewing.comRed Wing Roots Music FestivalMount Solon, Va.    July 14-16Virginia string band the Steel Wheels host this annual gathering at Natural Chimneys Park in the Shenandoah Valley. The line-up is always impressive, featuring a full slate of Americana and bluegrass heroes, and the atmosphere is intimate and friendly, meaning parents can feel good about bringing little ones to the party. The festival’s two main stages are within sight of each other, and the entire grounds are configured into a close-knit village, making everything—vendors, beer garden, local food booths—easily accessible at any time. This year grownups can dig the sounds of Steve Earle, Lake Street Dive, Tim O’Brien, and Sarah Jarosz, while little ones enjoy activities in the Shady Grove kid’s area and get to hear music for youngsters on the Kinfolk Stage. redwingroots.comCamp BiscoScranton, Pa.    July 13-15The Disco Biscuits host this multi-band electro rager at Montage Mountain. Additional acts: Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Griz, and Lotus. campbisco.comPasture Palooza Music and Arts FestivalBerryville, Va.    July 13-15Roots rock and jam bands dominate this low-key fest in the scenic countryside of northern Virginia. Line-up still forthcoming as of press time. pasturepalooza.comForecastle FestivalLouisville, Ky.    July 14-16Forecastle has grown to become one of the premiere music festivals in the country, taking place every summer at Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park. Bands: LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, PJ Harvey, Cage the Elephant, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats. forecastlefest.comSloss FestivalBirmingham, Al.    July 15-16Birmingham gets its own big band bash downtown at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Headliners: Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, Run the Jewels, and Spoon. slossfest.comDeep Roots Mountain RevivalMasontown, W.Va.    July 20-22This fest in its second year is bringing music back to Marvin’s Mountaintop, just outside of Morgantown. The impressive line-up includes Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Lettuce, Sam Bush, and JJ Grey & Mofro. mountainrevival.comBurning CanBrevard, N.C.    July 21-22Oskar Blues Brewery celebrates its claim to fame—being the first to put delicious craft brews in cans—at this annual fest, which takes place at a scenic spoton the edge of Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Hosting the two-day party at its REEB Ranch outpost near Brevard, Oskar Blues welcomes 50 killer breweries from around the country that put their best liquid in cans. In addition to plenty of imbibing, the weekend features live tunes and plenty of outdoor playtime, including a Beer Relay trail run, group mountain bike rides, a dirt-jumping comp, and paddle trips. Plus, there’s camping, so you don’t have to worry about getting home after drinking too many Dale’s Pale Ales. burningcan.comKaroodinha Music FestivalCentre Hall, Pa.    July 21-23New mega fest alert. John Legend, Odesza, the Roots, Chromeo, X Ambassadors, and Maren Morris take top billing at this event at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park. karoondinha.comArtscapeBaltimore, Md.    July 21-23Over 400,000 people regularly attend Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival. Situated in downtown Baltimore, the fest spans 12 city blocks and features a bevy of exhibits, music, dance, theater, and film. artscape.orgFloydFestFloyd, Va.    July 26-30FloydFest is a multi-stage musical blowout on a beautiful 80-acre mountain plateau reached right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Headliners this year include Thievery Corporation, Shovels and Rope, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Railroad Earth, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Outdoor adventure is also a key part of this established fest, which offers opportunities for mountain biking, running, disc golf, and shuttled river trips. floydfest.comAsheville Yoga FestivalAsheville, N.C.    July 27-30Get in touch with your body at this event in downtown Asheville that features expert instructors and experienced teachers leading classes and workshops, along with a schedule of live music and outdoor activities like SUP Yoga. Virginia Highlands FestivalAbingdon, Va.    July 28-August 6Arts and culture collide at this festival in historic Abingdon. vahighlandsfestival.orgWills Mountain FestivalBedford County, Pa.    August 4-6This three-day roots fest sits along the scenic Appalachians in Bedford County. Lineup TBA. wmfest.comThe Peach Music FestivalScranton, Pa.    August 10-13Widespread Panic and My Morning Jacket top the bill at this festival at Montage Mountain. thepeachmusicfestival.comStaunton Music FestivalStaunton, Va.    August 11-20This annual event features an extended program of world-class chamber music in a quaint historic town in the Virginia Blue Ridge. stauntonmusicfestival.orgMicrofestivus Craft Beer FestivalRoanoke, Va.    August 12Situated at Elmwood Park in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Microfestivus offers nearly 130 beers for your sampling pleasure, along with great music and local food. microfestivus.squaresociety.orgSmith River FestAxton, Va.    August 12Celebrate the Smith River with a full day of paddling, fishing, running, and biking, along with vendor booths, live music, and fun for the whole family. The fest takes place at the Smith River Sports Complex near Martinsville. visitmartinsville.comThe Big What FestivalPittsboro, N.C.    August 17-19With three big nights of camping and jams in central North Carolina, Big Something leads an impressive lineup. thebigwhat.comWildwood RevivalAthens, Ga.    August 18-20The hipness of Athens retreats to the countryside of 30-acre Cloverleaf Farm for a laidback, intimate festival that features top national acts playing in an open-air barn along with an artisan market, local beer and food, and even a Sunday morning Wiffle ball game. wildwoodrevival.comHot August Music FestivalCockeysville, Md.    August 19Soak up that hot August sun with the best of rock, folk, and bluegrass. Lineup TBD. hotaugustmusicfestival.comVirginia Craft Brewers FestCharlottesville, Va.    August 19Over 50 Virginia breweries make their way to this annual festival, this year moving to a new site at the IX Art Park in downtown Charlottesville. vacraftbrewersfest.comLockn’ Music FestivalArrington, VA    August 24-27The ultimate jam rock marathon takes place on the scenic grounds of Nelson County’s Oak Ridge Farm, located about halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The main stage at the Lockn’ Music Festival rotates like a turntable, so sets between acts are linked together and fans don’t miss a note of music due to overlap. Add morning and late night sets at the Blue Ridge Bowl side stage and you’ll be basking in sonic overload. The huge line-up mixes classic rock vets, roots heroes, and jam band upstarts, this year including Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Widespread Panic, and the Avett Brothers. locknfestival.comJam in the TreesBlack Mountain, N.C.    August 25-26Pisgah Brewing Company is the place to be for this two-day progressive bluegrass bash. Bands on the bill: Acoustic Syndicate, the Infamous Stringdusters, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, and Jim Lauderdale. jaminthetrees.comRte. 23 Music FestivalWise, Va.    August 26This fun little fest on the rise features a great line-up at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. rte23musicfestival.comFront Porch FestStuart, Va.    August 31- September 3This relaxed weekend campout sits on the picturesque Spirit Haven Farm in Patrick County. Bands this year: Col. Bruce Hampton, Brother Jocephus and the Love Revolution, and Dangermuffin. frontporchfest.comJam Fish Music FestivalMount Sidney, Va.    September 1-2This annual Labor Day weekend festival celebrates local arts and food and grassroots music. jamfishmusicfestival.comAppaloosa FestivalFront Royal, Va.    September 1-3Celtic-minded string outfit Scythian hosts this three-day roots music festival in Front Royal; this year featuring sets by Eddie From Ohio and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. appaloosafestival.comAbingdon Main Street BuskerFestAbingdon, Va.    September 2Street performers of all stripes are the main event at this festival in downtown Abingdon. mainstreetbuskerfest.comHopscotch FestivalRaleigh, N.C.    September 7-10Every year an eclectic mix of indie rock and experimental acts converge in downtown Raleigh for this annual festival. hopscotchmusicfest.comMountain Song FestivalBrevard, N.C.    September 8-10The Steep Canyon Rangers curate another weekend of spectacular bluegrass at the Brevard Music Center’s open-air auditorium. Additional bands: Hot Rize, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mipso, and Sierra Hull. mountainsongfestival.comGauley FestSummersville, W.Va.    September 14-17This bash brings together class V whitewater runs, live music, and boater shenanigans at the biggest paddling festival in the world. americanwhitewater.orgBrewgrass FestivalAsheville, N.C.    September TBDNew beer festivals keep popping up everywhere, but, started two decades ago, Brewgrass was around long before the current craft beer boom. This pioneering event features tasty offerings from 50 craft breweries and a full day of progressive bluegrass. brewgrassfestival.comBristol Rhythm and Roots ReunionBristol, Tenn./Va.    September 15-17This annual fest incorporates roots music from all generations, featuring a range of artists from national headliners to regional upstarts to down home Appalachian pickers playing along the bustling main drag of State Street. Confirmed acts include Hiss Golden Messenger, Southern Culture on the Skids, Jesse McReynolds, the Whisky Gentry, and Susto; with some big headliners still to be announced.[nextpage title=”Read more”]Watermelon Park FestBerryville, Va.    September 21-24This small Americana gathering in Berryville feature some serious sounds along the scenic Shenandoah River. The initial lineup includes Marty Stuart, Keller Williams, and the Seldom Scene, and more will be added in late May. watermelonparkfest.comWorld Chicken FestivalLondon, Ky.    September 21-24It doesn’t get much more Southern than this. Country music and delicious fried chicken dominate this Kentucky fest. Imagine Music FestivalAtlanta, Ga.    September 22-24Feel the untz. The Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of this electronic dance music blowout. imaginefestival.comHooplaRoseland, Va.    September 28- October 1This emerging festival at the Devils Backbone Brewing Company Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows will feature a long weekend of live music, as well as plenty of delicious craft beers and outdoor playtime. dbbrewingcompany.comWide Open BluegrassRaleigh, N.C.    September 29-30Always full of High Lonesome heroes, this two-day festival closes the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week in downtown Raleigh. Line-up still TBD. Graham Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival Waycross, Ga.    September 29-30The true country legend gets a proper tribute at this multi-band festival. stgdfest.comThe Festy ExperienceArrington, Va.    October 5-8Settled in to a new site, the expansive Infinity Downs in Arrington, about a half hour south of Charlottesville, this annual festival will feature its usual impressive roster of roots music acts, headed by the Infamous Stringdusters. In addition to the tunes, expect an experience full of local food, craft beer, and plenty of outdoor action, including the Blue Ridge Burn, the annual 10K/5K trail race hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors. thefesty.comRiverRocksChattanooga, Tenn.    October 6-21Celebrating the best of Chattanooga, this fest features mountain biking, trail running, paddling races, hikes, and outdoor activities for novices and seasoned athletes alike. At night, enjoy great food and music by the river. riverrockschattanooga.comRichmond Folk FestivalRichmond, Va.    October 13-15Celebrate the rich roots of American culture through music, dance, storytelling, and food at this yearly Richmond staple born out of this city’s previous reign as the host of the National Folk Festival. Lineup and events TBA. richmondfolkfestival.orgGo Outside FestivalRoanoke, Va.    October 13-15Roanoke continues to up its game as an outdoor mecca, boasting a bevy of recreation opportunities in town and in the surrounding Roanoke Valley. Highlighting all of the action is this annual festival, which turns River’s Edge Sports Complex into a mountain sports playground filled with running, biking, climbing, slacklining, paddling, and fishing. Organizers of this three-day fest, set along the Roanoke River, want it to be an event that offers more than gear gazing. Accordingly, they encourage everyone to participate, offering 125 activities over the course of the long weekend, from climbing clinics and bike demo rides to survival classes and a hiker obstacle course. The festival also features 12 races, including a half-marathon and beer relay. Live music, craft beer, and onsite camping mean you’ll have a chance to party after all the adventure. roanokegofest.comBridge JamOctober 20-21    Fayetteville, W.Va.Fayetteville’s legendary Bridge Day gets a complementary music festival downtown at the Cascade Festival Grounds. Get down to the sounds of bluegrass, country, and rock in this fun little town on the edge of the New River Gorge. thebridgejam.comTown Point Virginia Fall Wine FestivalNorfolk, Va.    October 21-22Taste 200 of the Commonwealth’s finest wines at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk. Townsend Grains & Grits FestivalTownsend, Tenn.    November 4Head to the Smokies and enjoy craft spirits and gourmet grub made in the South. grainsandgritsfest.comlast_img read more

West Nile magnifies need for mosquito control

first_img Nonetheless, he said mosquito control should be a public health function. He recommended the approach known as integrated pest management, which requires careful monitoring to determine “if, when, and where” to spray or otherwise combat mosquitoes. Jul 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Now that West Nile virus (WNV) is in North America to stay, mosquito control is becoming an important task of the public health system, West Nile experts said at a public health convention in St. Paul today. See also: In Colorado Springs, Colo., a program that combined mosquito control with public education and cooperation among local governments appeared to succeed in limiting WNV cases last year, according to another speaker at the meeting. Mosquitoes also spread the viruses that cause St. Louis encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse encephalitis, Nasci said. Cases of St. Louis encephalitis average only about 115 per year, and the other three diseases are even less common. Editor’s note: This story was revised Jul 19, 2004, to include additional information about the percentage of West Nile virus infections that result in illness. A recent study from the Chicago area suggested that mosquito control programs made a difference in WNV infection rates, he said. For example, the Des Plaines Valley district, with an intensive program to kill mosquito larvae, had four West Nile cases per 100,000 people, while the North Shore district, with a less ambitious program, had 51 cases per 100,000. Similarly, he said, a study from Michigan indicated that people in areas with no mosquito control program had a tenfold greater risk of WNV than those in areas where mosquitoes were controlled. ASTHO report, “Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs” Since 1999, West Nile has quickly surpassed four other mosquito-borne arboviruses as a cause of human disease in the United States, Nasci said. There were 9,862 cases of WNV illness reported to the CDC in 2003, and 2,775, or 28%, of those involved encephalitis or a related brain disease, Nasci reported. The disease killed 260 people. (However, only about 20% of people infected with WNV actually become ill, and only about 1 in 150 infected people suffers severe illness with brain inflammation, according to CDC estimates.) However, this pattern didn’t hold in a comparison of the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland in Colorado: Loveland had a higher rate of WNV cases even though it worked harder on mosquito control, according to Nasci. WNV, native to Africa and the Middle East, has spread quickly across the United States since it emerged in the New York City area in 1999. Birds serve as the virus’s natural host, and mosquitoes spread it to humans after feeding on birds. Nasci cited a new report from the Association f State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as a good source of further information on mosquito control (see link below). Rosemary Bakes-Martin, MS, MPH, acting director of public health for El Paso County, said the county began girding for the West Nile battle in the fall of 2002. Officials knew that public opposition would preclude spraying to kill adult mosquitoes. Instead, they mounted an effort to kill mosquito larvae countywide at the start of the season, and then followed up with larva-killing measures in areas where infected birds were found. Nasci said the scientific case for mosquito control as a way to fight West Nile is not yet compelling. “We know that we can document a reduction of mosquitoes through mosquito management,” but there is conflicting evidence on whether mosquito control programs reduce human cases of WNV, he said. Bakes-Martin said the county also used thousands of “tip cards,” posters, and brochures in two languages to educate the public about protecting themselves from mosquitoes. Other measures included generating heavy news coverage of West Nile and enlisting the help of all the county’s cities and towns in the public education effort. By October, El Paso had the second lowest WNV case rate among Colorado counties, fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 people, according to Bakes-Martin. “We felt like we did something right,” she said. Later in the season, the county took steps to kill mosquito larvae in areas where human West Nile cases turned up, Bakes-Martin said. Patients “all seemed to know when they were bitten by the mosquito that got them ill,” she explained. “I’d say in 90-some percent of instances, we found within a hundreds yards a place where there was mosquito breeding.” He said he doesn’t expect WNV to become so widespread in this country that most people will develop immunity from having been exposed at some point. In Africa the disease mostly affects children and teenagers, who then develop immunity and are protected in adulthood, he said. “We’re not going to find human herd immunity coming into play” in the United States, he said. “There’s a reevaluation of mosquito control as a public health function going on now,” said Roger Nasci, PhD, an entomologist who studies mosquito-borne viruses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory in Fort Collins, Colo. He spoke at the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). In response to questions, Nasci ventured a prediction about the future of WNV in the United States. He said the pattern for West Nile could evolve to resemble that of Japanese encephalitis in Asia. Modest outbreaks of the disease occur each year, but, depending on weather, it occasionally erupts on a much larger scale, he said.last_img read more

Wolf Administration: Globus Medical Manufacturing Expansion to Bring More Than 200 New Jobs to Montgomery County

first_imgWolf Administration: Globus Medical Manufacturing Expansion to Bring More Than 200 New Jobs to Montgomery County September 25, 2020 Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that Globus Medical, a Pennsylvania-based medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of musculoskeletal implants, will expand its manufacturing operations to Montgomery County, creating 243 new jobs and retaining more than 1,000 Pennsylvania jobs statewide.“Globus Medical has an established presence in our state and has worked with the commonwealth for years in their growth and expansion—starting with only four employees in 2003,” said Gov. Wolf. “With this manufacturing operation expansion, their workforce will grow substantially, and will build upon their continued commitment to bringing new jobs and opportunities to southeast Pennsylvania.”To access the workforce required to meet the company’s needs as it undertakes a major expansion, Globus Medical will purchase and renovate a facility in Limerick Township, near its worldwide headquarters in Audubon, which has been vacant for nearly two years. The company will invest $36 million into the expansion.“We are pleased to have a strong presence and strategic growth potential in Pennsylvania. The expansion into the Limerick facility will establish a best in class production facility supporting a growing global business and generate opportunities in our local communities,” said Dave Demski, Globus Medical President and Chief Executive Officer.Globus Medical received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $729,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Globus Medical is a leading medical device manufacturer with the goal of improving the quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Globus began by developing solutions for spinal pathologies, including spinal implants and instruments. Since that time, Globus has significantly expanded its musculoskeletal solutions to include treatment options for traumatic fractures, joint reconstruction, and robotic navigation. Since its inception in 2003, the company has launched more than 200 products.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Slam dunk for Queensland home with its own indoor basketball court

first_img“There’s nothing quite like it on the market.”The fun isn’t necessarily reserved for kids either — the polished concrete zone could make the ultimate man cave or even a sporty guest quarters.MORE: Inside the home with a built-in skate bowlLive next door to Thor aka Chris HemsworthCricketer Chris Lynn throws in luxury car to sell homeThe ultimate kids retreat or man cave? The new owner can decide.“The owner is a big kid at heart and thought it might be fun to have a basketball court inside the home,” Mr Jansen added.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s also a really good use of space given the slope of the block.”And when you’re done making buckets or sinking balls at the pool table, any extra energy can be unleashed in the above ground swimming pool, while listening to tunes on the integrated audio system.Cool off in the pool after a session on the court.“We’ve had stacks of enquiry coming through,” Mr Jansen said.“The home has had over one thousand views in a week and people are asking about the more fun features.”In nearby Burleigh Heads, the insane backyard pool in 7 Sharscay Close attracted almost 9,000 online views before the property went under contract last week.Meanwhile one Brisbane family has taken the fun factor to another level by installing a massive skate bowl inside their luxurious Hamilton home.Tenders on 14A Coffeebush Court close at 5pm on 1 June.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The fun features inside 14A Coffeebush Court, Reedy Creek are attracting plenty of interest.A luxury Queensland home has its own indoor basketball court because “a big kid at heart” thought it would be fun – complete with a graffiti crowd on the sidelines.It’s game on inside the newly-built Reedy Creek home which features a huge indoor basketball court and games parlour complete with a pinball machine and billiard table.MORE: Is this Australia’s best house?The beach house that looks like a superyachtWell-known buyer of crazy $66.9m mansion revealedYou can shoot hoops all day long at 14A Coffeebush Court, Reedy Creek.A graffiti artist from Brisbane was commissioned to decorate the walls inside the court while framed sporting and music memorabilia lines the walls in the games room.“The home certainly is unique,” said agent Zach Jansen of Black & White Estate Agents – Mermaid Beach who is marketing the property at 14A Coffeebush Court.last_img read more

Drug Foundation Uses ‘Deeply Flawed’ Study To Argue Legalisation Case

first_imgOn Friday, Radio NZ reported that the Drug Foundation say they are committed to keeping the public informed, fear mongering to a minimum and misinformation out of the news, ahead of the cannabis referendum.The head of the Drug Foundation said“I think the public can make up their mind, they can see through the misinformation, the hysteria [and] fear mongering that has been put out there at the moment, we can address that,”So in their model for regulation released on Friday, this image was front and center.Pretty impressive.This one study – published in JAMA Pediatrics – purports to show the legalisation of marijuana leads to a reduction in teen use of the substance.Here’s the problem. This study, funded in part by the pro-drug legalisation Charles Koch Foundation, is flawed for several reasons:It is based on the CDC YRBS, which completely omits Oregon and Washington – two large legal states – in 2017It also excludes young people who are not in school, such as dropoutsAccording to the most comprehensive survey on drug use, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health — which includes all young people in households, not just those who gave permission to take a school survey — youth use of the drug is on the rise in legal states while declining in states that have not legalized the substanceThe study was partially funded by the Charles Koch Foundation, which is partially dedicated to legalizing marijuana (like Koch Industries)“To put it simply, this study is awash with problems,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The data here runs counter to what we see from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health: youth use is on the rise in ‘legal’ states while declining elsewhere. If you truly think that the legalisation, commercialisation, and normalisation of marijuana has led to less young people using it, I have a bridge to sell you.”According to NSDUH data, the percentage of youth aged 12-17 using marijuana is declining faster in states where marijuana is not “legal,” and overall use is high in legal states while declining in non-legal states. Further, the percentage of youth in this age range using the drug in “legal” states was 7.7% versus 6.2% in non-legal states.Ironically, in 2014, this same publication – JAMA – published an article purporting that states that have legalized marijuana saw a reduction in opioid overdoses over states that did not. In the years since, this study has been among the key talking points of the marijuana industry and its supporters. Then just last month, a study using the same methods and published in the same journal showed the completely opposite result. When it comes to drug policy, we simply cannot put all of our eggs in one basket.”Also to note, the same researchers authoring this study have also previously claimed marijuana legalization reduces traffic fatalities (although the overwhelming majority of state data shows otherwise) and reduces suicide (although numerous studies show use of high potency marijuana is linked with suicide ideation).And just to confirm how questionable this study was as stand-alone proof, even the CNN coverage of the report noted concerns:The paper had some limitations, including that only an association was found in the study — not a causal relationship — and more research is needed to determine why this association exists. “Because many recreational marijuana laws have been passed so recently, we do observe limited post-treatment data for some of these states,” Anderson said…The CNN report then went on to show how inconsistent it was with other researchFor instance, a 2018 report from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics found that the proportion of high school students in the state who said they used marijuana ever in their lifetime or in the past 30 days remained statistically unchanged from 2005 to 2017.Meanwhile on the national front, the overall prevalence of marijuana-only use among youth in the United States since the early 1990s increased from 0.6% in 1991 to 6.3% in 2017, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health on Wednesday.If this is the Drug Foundation’s definition of being “committed to keeping the public informed, fear mongering to a minimum and misinformation out of the news“, then perhaps the first place to start might be in their own policy analysis and presentation.They may even be interested in purchasing that bridge.COMING NEXT: The (multiple) problems with their ‘model for regulation’.last_img read more

Leicester vs Aston Villa: Iheanacho tipped to lead Foxes attack

first_img Loading… Iheanacho To Lead The Line | 4-1-4-1 Leicester City Predicted Lineup Vs Aston Villa— LeIcester City FC News (@2019Lcfc) January 7, 2020 Wilfred Ndidi might come into the first-team as he operates in a defensive midfield role. His job will be to provide adequate cover for the Leicester backline by breaking down Villa’s attacks on the counter. Hamza Choudhury and James Maddison could get an opportunity to play together as the box to box midfielders. The dynamic duo will try to create some decent goal-scoring opportunities going forward. Read Also: CAF awards: Mane claims Africa’s best player for 2019 Ayoze Perez is expected to operate on the right-wing while Harvey Barnes focuses on using his pace down the left flank after his goal-scoring heroics versus the Latics last weekend. Attack Kelechi Iheanacho will get another opportunity to lead the charge for the East Midlands giants up top. Rodgers might be inclined towards saving Jamie Vardy for Southampton’s visit of the King Power Stadium later this weekend. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City will play hosts to Aston Villa at King Power Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to secure a first-leg victory in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. The Foxes have been enjoying an excellent run of form following their defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Boxing Day. Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Theories Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens Yet7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time However, the Villans could prove to be worthy adversaries if the East Midlands outfit get complacent in midweek. According to report, Brendan Rodgers is expected to go with a 4-1-4-1 formation, making a lot of changes to his first-team for this Midlands derby. Predicted lineup with 4-1-4-1 formation Defence Kasper Schmeichel is expected to return in goal for the Foxes after he was handed a rest in his side’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic last weekend. Rodgers might revert to his first-choice defensive duo of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu for this crucial League Cup semi-final first leg against the Villans. Midfieldlast_img read more

Football News No Spectators, No Coverage, No Foreign Media – North Vs South Korea Football Match Ends 0-0

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incheon: South Korea’s footballers had no idea their surreal World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang would be played in an empty stadium — a match Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min described as “very aggressive” and one official likened to warfare. The contest against North Korea ended 0-0 on Tuesday, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino one of just a handful of spectators at a match almost completely blocked off from the outside world. It was the first ever competitive encounter between the men’s sides hosted by the North — a historic face-off between two countries still technically at war — but took place with no live broadcast and no foreign media in attendance.  The debacle raises doubts over the prospects for further North-South sporting co-operation, once a driver of nuclear diplomacy. Until the very last minute, the South’s team had no idea that even North Korean spectators would be absent.”We expected 50,000 people to come pouring in once the door opened but they didn’t come,” said Korea Football Association vice-president Choi Young-il as the team arrived back at Incheon airport early Thursday. “The gates never opened. I was really surprised. The players and coach were surprised too.”   Choi said he had asked a North Korean official about the absence of local fans, who retorted: “Maybe they didn’t want to see it.”  Tottenham’s Son, who captained the South Korean team, was taken aback by the Northerners’ rough tactics. “The match was very aggressive to a degree that I think it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured,” Son said. “There was a lot of severe swearing.”  Choi added he had never seen such aggression on the pitch before: “It was like war.”   Nuclear tensions, Olympic doubts  Tuesday’s match came in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the US over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. Since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Koren leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February, Pyongyang has regularly excoriated Seoul, ruling out prospects of inter-Korean dialogue.  It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington discussion process.At the time, Moon and Kim discussed and agreed on further sports exchanges including a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency issued only a two-line dispatch on Tuesday’s match, saying: “The game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw.” In a commentary Thursday the South’s Joongang Daily said: “We may just have to thank North Korea for sending our football team back home safely.  “How can South Korea think of co-hosting the Olympics with such a treacherous counterpart?” FIFA president Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending the event and “surprised” by the absence of fans, along with other issues. Infantino has previously proposed the idea of the two Koreas jointly hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.Also Read | North Korea Successfully Test-Fires Submarine-Launched Ballistic MissileBut outraged South Korean fans, who had to settle for basic updates provided by FIFA throughout the match that were limited to yellow cards and substitutes, said they were fed up with sporting exchanges with the North.  “How can a country that blocks spectators and bans live broadcasts host the World Cup?” asked an online user. Another user added: “Don’t ever talk about joint teams with North Korea or co-hosting anything.”last_img read more

MILO Schools Football Tournament 2019 | CWSS, Lodge snag final semi-final spots

first_imgLINDEN’S Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School and Lodge Secondary have secured the final two spots in the ongoing MILO schools Football tournament.Following the final two quarter-final games at the Ministry of Education ground yesterday, the two teams had contrasting pathways to the next round.In the opening game, the Linden side was eager to show its worth against the West Coast Demerara side, Vergenoegen.The West Dem side wasted no time in showing their plans, getting a number of shots off within the first 15 minutes.However, it was CWSS, in the 18th minute, who scored the first goal– a curling free-kick just over 30 yards out which went over the wall and the Vergenogen keeper, nestling into the corner of the net.The CWSS (grey) enjoyed an easy second-half against Vergenoegen Secondary in their quarterfinal game at the Ministry of Education ground yesterday (Samuel Maughn photo)Vergenoegen were not about to take the game sitting down and a constant attack on the Linden side would finally yield the result they wanted when a counter-attack caught the linden keeper off his line in the 35th.Tyrese Lewis, three minutes later, restored the Linden side’s lead and the half ended that way.Two more goals by Lewis in the second half (70th and 72nd) ensured the Linden side cruised through to the next round.In the second game of the day, St Johns College could not overcome the one-goal advantage that Lodge Secondary had instituted in the 17th minute through Dorwin George.Meanwhile, in the semi-final lineup, CWSS will meet Annandale Secondary while President’s College plays Lodge Secondary next weekend.last_img read more