Watch Joan Osborne Sing “Ophelia” With Warren Haynes & More On Last Waltz 40th Tour

first_imgFor the past couple of weeks, an all-star crew of musicians have been on the road touring in celebration of The Last Waltz and its 40th anniversary. The final concert by The Band is known as one of the best live performances of all time, and artists like Warren Haynes, Don Was, Michael McDonald, Terence Higgins, Jamey Johnson and John Medeski have all come together in its honor.Last night, the band brought their wares to the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA, treating fans to classic tunes from The Band’s catalog. The group also welcomed a special guest, Joan Osborne, to join in on vocals for a portion of the show. You can see her singing “Ophelia” in the video below, as captured by Sean Roche.Check out a few more highlights below, as well as a full setlist from this great performance!last_img read more

Children’s Safety Village To Host St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Fundraiser

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ASHVILLE – The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day later this month with a community celebration and fundraiser.Center officials say on Saturday, March 21 they are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.The event, dubbed the ShamROCK N’ Roll celebration, will feature a DJ, food, dancing, basket raffle, games, drink specials and more.Tickets are $40 per person and includes entry into cash jackpots of (1) $500, (2) $250, (2) $100, (4) $25, food and entertainment. Festivities will kick off with appetizers at 6 p.m. followed by a large a selection of food stations including a taco bar, slider bar, potato bar, salad bar, burger bar and pasta bar. Green desserts also be featured.Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (716) 338-0170.The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is nonprofit organization which works to promote the well-being of children and community members through a wide range of experiential safety training and services.For more information contact Jessica Dayton, the village’s Executive Director, at (716)338 0170 or via email at read more

Vermont Recognized Nationally for Student AP Exam Scores

first_imgThe College Board released its fifth annual AP Report to the Nation today, and highlighted Vermont as a national example in preparing students for college. Vermont saw the largest five-year increase in the country in the percentage of its student population scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP (Advanced Placement) exam in high school. Vermont is leading the nation in getting its students college ready for the second year in a row, said Michael Bartini, Regional Vice President for the College Board. Kids are thinking about college, and behind that are the teachers and administrators who deserve credit for the work they have done to provide these opportunities.The AP exam is a measure of a student s content mastery of college-level studies in specific academic disciplines. According to College Board, an exam grade of 3 or higher is a strong predictor of a student s ability to succeed in college and earn a bachelor s degree. In Vermont, 19.8 percent of the public high school class of 2008 earned a 3 or higher on one or more AP exams during high school. This compares to 15.2 percent of the nation.The number of Vermont students taking the AP exam is increasing. In 2008, 2,056 students (or 29 percent) from Vermont s public high schools took at least one AP exam during high school compared to 1,915 in 2007 and 1,377 in 2003. In 2008, 1,406 students earned a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam compared to 1,313 in 2007 and 961 in the class of 2003. What the results tell us is that more and more Vermont students are challenging themselves to college-level coursework in our schools, said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. And even better, more and more are meeting that challenge.College Board also reported an increase in the number of low-income Vermont students taking AP exams. Nearly eight percent, or 160, of Vermont s low-income students took the AP exam, with 92 earning a 3 or higher.To view the complete national report, as well as Vermont s results, visit is external).last_img read more

My First Obstacle Course Race

first_imgOn Saturday May 7 in Atlanta, Georgia I ran my first and (probably) last obstacle course race: a Tough Mudder.Initially, I was gung-ho. I’d signed up four months in advance at 2 A.M. on a snow-strewn January night in Staunton, Virginia. Slumped over my laptop, I studied event photos—these people looked fit, confident, determined to seize life by the throat and bark demands. Muttering something about middle-age, I plugged in my credit-card info.Soon enough, I realized my reasons for wanting to do this thing were senseless. Mostly it was the Finisher’s t-shirt. I fantasized about being saluted while jogging, pumped for details in café lines, surrounded by half-a-dozen wildly attractive coeds in the community college adjunct lounge. This was the ticket to a New Life, I thought.I’d spent 11 weeks avoiding any/all training. Where had the time gone? What had I done with it? Work. A breakup. Split-parenting. Christmas for two small children. Drinking. The routine of middle-age.Desperate for revenge, I did what any good journalist would do—phoned TMI’s spin-wizard and laid on the screws.“Is obstacle course racing just another weird fad that, having peaked, will soon be forgotten?” I asked.“Our participant numbers have remained consistent each year and are presently growing,” said Tough Mudder’s communications manager, Carol Gotshall. “In fact, four of 2016’s first five event-weekends have [seen an increase] in participant numbers.”“But why? Why would anyone do this to themselves? It’s not even a race. No one wins. In fact, people are paying to lose.”“Mudders have made it exceedingly clear they’re not looking for a typical timed race,” she replied. “Obstacle course racing taps into something much larger and deeper: a core set of universal values—to push your boundaries and overcome obstacles, to forge real connections and find a sense of community… Demand remains strong because our [events] tap into deep, innate human needs. People’s desire to connect and push themselves will never go away.”Checking into the Atlanta Airport Marriott, I gazed around the lobby. The place was overrun by Mudders—men and women decked out in distinctly athletic garb, much of it TM-branded. There were thickly bearded septuagenarians in spectacles with figures that would set Michelangelo salivating. College girls with dark paint under their eyes, looking like mutant pro-volleyball players. Grey-haired ladies, the chiseling of their thighs, biceps and abs alarmingly visible through hot-pink spandex.Fleeing to the bar, I took a seat alongside a 20-something African-American male sporting what looked to be a TM basketball uniform (head/wrist bands included). His shoulders read: “High-Gear Hopkins.” I snickered. He sized me up, squinting at my loafers and jeans, my tucked-in polo, its protruding belly-region. I buttoned my sport-coat. Overcome by laughter, Hopkins got me a beer. Three rounds later, I noticed the numbers tattooed along his calves.“GPS coordinates for all my events,” said High-Gear, shrugging. “Used to be 300 pounds. Barely finished my first race. Four years later, I’m doing three a year… Changed my life. I live for this shit, man. Live for it.”Eventually, he asked about me. “I am a jellyfish,” I said. “The king of all jellyfish.”Lucky for me, a handful of booze-flushed hyper-fit people swarmed High-Gear and, leaving him to deal with their high-fives and hugs—not to mention our tab—I made an exit.Next day I showed up at the ‘race’ in full-body spandex. Across my suit’s neon-yellow shoulders I’d scrawled, in permanent marker: “King Jellyfish.” Here, despite a 12-mile roadmap of obstacles with names like Shawshank, Birth Canal, Underwater Tunnels, Balls to the Wall and Beached Whale, people looked normal. There were teams of plump housewives supporting their overweight daughters. Beer-bellied lawyers. Scraggly teenagers. People looking like High-Gear pre-transformation. My confidence soared.And yet, approaching the course’s final obstacle I knew I was going to die. My head was spinning; my breath came in painful gasps; every muscle in my body screamed: QUIT!But no. Like a warped dream I watched myself hitting the dirt, belly-crawling like a man pursued by starving cannibalistic Nazis under 90 feet of tiny dangling wires charged with up to 10k volts of electricity. About midway, some fool came bull-rushing by and—ZAP!—crashed to the ground, knocked out cold.Then I was up, staggering like a whipped dog toward the finish line. Crossing the threshold, I fell to my knees. Weeping, gasping for air, I threatened my fists toward the sky. Then an officious young woman was standing over me, draping a medal over my neck.High Gear Hopkins was right. My life had changed. It was a small feat perhaps, but I had found a strength I never knew I had— a strength I would need to navigate the obstacles of my everyday life.Related Content:last_img read more

Argentina Imposes Controls on Maritime Traffic with the Falklands

first_img “Any ship planning to travel between ports located in continental Argentina and the Falklands or to cross Argentine territorial waters to reach the Falklands, or to carry merchandise between such ports, will have to apply for prior authorization from the Argentine government,” according to the decree signed today by Argentine president Cristina Fernández. Argentina renewed its warnings to petroleum firms operating in the archipelago and issued a reminder that they will be “liable to lawsuits in the highest courts of the land for the potential exploration and exploitation of Argentine resources.” On 11 February, Argentina moved from words to deeds and prohibited the ship Thor Leader, which transported supplies to the archipelago for the exploration activities of the firm Desire Petroleum, from operating in any port in the country. In addition, the Argentine government announced that it would file a protest with the United Nations in June. Argentina’s respect for international law with regard to the Falklands, the minister added at a press conference, “requires us, in defense of Argentine interests, to make decisions of this kind that may allow us to move toward a situation that guarantees not only the defense of our sovereignty, but also the defense of the totality of resources that may exist” in the islands. Photo Caption: Argentina took another step today in its strategy to prevent the start of British petroleum exploration in the Falklands and announced the imposition of controls on maritime traffic with the islands, sovereignty over which is claimed by both countries. center_img By Dialogo February 17, 2010 Are we going to have a war here in South America? The new conflict between Buenos Aires and London broke out when British intentions to begin petroleum exploration in the Falklands became public, provoking an angry response from Fernández’s administration. The conflict over sovereignty over the Falkland Islands led to a war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982, resulting in the deaths of nearly a thousand soldiers. The measure, Cabinet chief Aníbal Fernández explained, is accompanied by the creation of a commission with representatives from various ministries to coordinate the actions to be taken to implement the decree. last_img read more

Turkey, Tunisia and Greece expect excellent tourism indicators this season

first_imgMarkets that are in direct competition with Croatian tourism are certainly Turkey, Tunisia and Greece, among others. Greek tourism has been more stable for several years, but Turkey and Tunisia are returning to the big door this year. It is for this reason that we have decided to convey a brief overview of these three markets in terms of last year’s results, but also the expectations for the upcoming tourist season. Last year, domestic visitors realized 633,7 million overnight stays. According to the analyzed figures and announcements of relevant tourist institutions in certain countries, Greece is behind Japan and Australia. The Central Bank of Greece (BoG) said tourist arrivals increased by 7 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. TurkStat reported that the average number of overnight stays was 8,1 and the average cost per trip was 513 lira. Visits to relatives are cited as the main purpose of the trip (64 percent), and health reasons hold second place (4,6 percent). 443,6 million overnight stays were recorded in the homes of friends and relatives of travelers. Grčka Turska In the first two months of this year, travel revenues increased by 41,1 percent compared to the period from January to February 2018 and reached the figure of 441 million euros. Last year, the consumption of Turkish domestic tourism increased by 14 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), and reports Travel and Tour World. In the period between January and February this year, 1.64 million arrivals were recorded, which is 76 thousand more than in the same period last year. In the first four months of this year, Tunisia hosted more than 2,2 million tourists, an increase of 18 percent over the previous year. The highest number of arrivals was made by tourists from Europe, which is 22 percent more than in the same period last year. British tourists are alone at the top in terms of the number of arrivals (+140 percent), followed by the French (+23 percent) and the Dutch (+13 percent).center_img It has been reported that Greece has climbed to 13th place and is close to the global “top 10” tourist destinations. The tourism ministry said Tunisia expects 9 million visitors by the end of the current tourist season. According to René Trabelsi of the Ministry of Tourism, this forecast is based on good results in the sector despite the challenges facing the national airline Tunisair. The results are based on improving the security environment following the 2015 terrorist attacks that significantly affected the tourism sector. This year, Tunisia expects about a million French tourists, 390 thousand Germans and 640 thousand Russians. In 2018, a record number of 8 million tourists was reached, which is an increase of 14,28 percent compared to the same period last year. In 2018, a record number of arrivals was recorded. The number of trips with one or more overnight stays increased by 1,7 percent year-on-year, to 78,5 million in 2018. Tunis The travel costs of domestic tourists last year reached the figure of 40,3 billion Turkish lira, which is an increase of 35,3 billion lira compared to 2017.last_img read more

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Dominica promotes health and wellness through daily yoga classes

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Dominica promotes health and wellness through daily yoga classes by: – June 17, 2011 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: healthyoga.comWhile many persons may say that Dominica has shifted its dependence on agriculture to tourism, focus is now being placed on promoting health and wellness to visitors and locals alike.This statement came from yoga instructor, Miss Charity Robinson, who has been conducting yoga classes at the fort young hotel for the past three months.The yoga classes which have been endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, seeks to give locals and visitors an opportunity to experience wellness in Dominica’s pristine environment.Classes are being conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm, Tuesdays from 6am to 7:15am and Fridays from 7am to 8:15am.Miss Robinson says the sessions are divided into various segments.Miss Robinson says that the sessions cater to people of all ages and has received positive feedback from its participants.As of late, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism has been promoting Dominica as one of the prime locations in the world for health and wellness, where yoga, health eating and beauty therapy takes precedence.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Stayin’ Alive Releases Survey Results

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Stayin’ Alive, the Franklin County coalition promoting tobacco-free policies, is announcing results from a survey of local residents about their attitudes and use of tobacco.The survey was fueled by a grant from Interact for Health as part of a three-year initiative to plan and implement tobacco-free policies in the community.Stayin’ Alive collected opinions from 291 residents of Franklin County.Of those 291 respondents, 74% were in favor of tobacco free outdoor parks in Franklin County; and only 24% of the respondents replied people should be allowed to use tobacco products wherever they want.last_img read more

La Liga will return with matches every day—Tebas

first_img Loading… “There would be league games daily for 35 days, 24 hours before the game the players will be tested. “The lowest risk will be during games, I ask that health regulations are followed to get to the start with as few infected as possible. “We’re very on top of the control of players, at home I ask that they keep following the protocol. “Our conduct should be exemplary to society, I see a lot of responsibility on the players.” read also:La Liga chief hints at restart on June 12 Testing remains a significant hurdle with player and staff safety paramount in any season restart. La Liga will return with matches every day, league president Javier Tebas has revealed. Barcelona players Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele maybe playing matches everyday Spain’s top division has been shut down since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As lockdown restrictions are lifted players and teams have now begun to return to training with a resumption of the season being lined up next month. The logistics of doing so remain firmly up in the air but Tebas is confident that despite concerns a solution will be found to get players back on the field quickly and, most importantly, safely. “I don’t know when football will return. I don’t know if the most probable date is June 19, I would like it to be June 12. It will depend on spikes and contagions,” Tebas told Movistar.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more