Aqueous Announces Extensive ‘Random Company’ Fall Tour Schedule & Permanent Drummer

first_imgAqueous is bringing their genre-bending funkadelic groove rock out on Random Company fall tour across the country with multiple festivals and some great show partners. August will see Aqueous making their third straight visit to the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA and continuing a themed residency at Baltimore’s 8×10 club with moe. and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute shows lined up on Aug. 17 and 31. The band will also bring their soaring melodies to headline all three nights of the annual Night Lights Music Festival in Sherman NY at the hallowed grounds of Blue Heron festSeptember spotlights some tasty opening slots with Twiddle in CT (Sep. 9), Everyone Orchestra in Syracuse, NY (Sep. 15) and across the border in Toronto Sep. 30 with The Werks. October starts out at Flour City Station in Rochester, NY before returning to their hometown for a three-night EP release party at the Buffalo Iron Works as well as Nectar’s in Burlington, VT. Later in the month, the band will head to Colorado for tour dates with Perpetual Groove, before heading to NYC for a Phish tribute in November. You can see the full tour schedule below.The band has also announced a new permanent drummer, Rob Houk. Houk has been playing with the band over the past few months and accepted the gig for good last June. Houk started drumming at age five, completely self taught, and has never looked back. He cites major old school influences like John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Neil Peart as well as newer influences such as Carter Beaufort, Jon Fishman, and Kris Myers.Says Houk, “I couldn’t be more excited for the future. These guys put in so much hard work over the past ten years. I’m really lucky to be able to join them on this adventure. With the great attitude and effort these guys all put forth they really push me to be a better musician.”Right on! Check out the full tour schedule below.Aqueous Fall Tour 2016Aug 5 – Band on the Bricks | Rochester, NY w/ Turkuaz Aug 6 – Shadefest | Avenue, MDAug 11 – The Riverboat Bar | Alexandria Bay, NYAug 12 – The Peach Music Festival | Scranton, PA Aug 17 – 8×10 | Baltimore, MDAug 18 – Abbey Bar | Harrisburg, PAAug 20 – The Camping Trip | Jeffersonville, NYAug 25 – 27 – Night Lights Music Festival | Sherman, NYAug 31 – 8×10 | Baltimore, MDSep 2 – The Camel | Richmond, VA w/ The Southern BellesSep 3 – The Whiskey | Wilmington, NC w/ Groove FetishSep 9 – College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT w/ TwiddleSep 10 – Fete Music Hall | Providence, RISep 15 – Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY w/ Everyone OrchestraSep 17 – Martyrs | Chicago, IL w/ DigeometricSep 22 – Catskill Chill | Lakewood, PASep 30 – Hard Luck Bar | Toronto, CN w/ The WerksOct 1 – Flour City Station | Rochester, NYOct 5 – The Rex Theatre | Pittsburgh, PA w/ TAUKOct 6 – DRXVMS | Athens, OH w/ Broccoli Samurai Oct 7 – Beachland Tavern | Cleveland, OHOct 8 – Putnam Den | Saratoga Springs, NYOct 13 & 14 – Buffalo Iron Works | Buffalo, NY (CD Release shows) Oct 15 – Nectar’s | Burlington, VT (CD Release show)Oct 20 – TBDOct 21 – Lamasco Bar | Evansville, INOct 22 – TBDOct 25 – The Bottleneck | Lawrence, KSOct 26 – The Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveOct 27 – The Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveOct 28 & 29 – Cervantes | Denver, CO w/ Perpetual GrooveNov 6 – Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY (Phish Tribute Event)Nov 12 – Java Barn | Canton, NYlast_img read more

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Comprehensive public health approach urged to curb gun violence in U.S.

first_imgIn the wake of the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, three Harvard experts say the best way to curb gun violence in the U.S. is to take a broad public health approach, drawing on proven, evidence-based strategies that have successfully reduced other public health threats like smoking, car crashes, and accidental poisonings.The authors make the case for a comprehensive public health approach to gun violence in a viewpoint article published online January 7, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).For instance, in much the same way that media, celebrities, peers, teachers, and physicians worked together in the latter decades of the 20th century to “de-glorify” cigarettes—previously seen as symbols of power, modernity, and sexuality—an analogous campaign “could justifiably equate gun violence with weakness, irrationality, and cowardice” and reduce its glorification in movies, television, and video games, the authors write.last_img read more

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Endowments as engines of education

first_imgThe United States’ global pre-eminence in higher education is based, in part, on a time-honored partnership with the federal government, including an exemption in the tax code that supports teaching and research, officials from Harvard University argued in a letter to two congressional committees on March 31.This relationship enables Harvard and peer universities across America to make college affordable through generous financial aid programs; to support students and professors; to build laboratories, libraries, museums, and institutes; to contribute jobs and spending to the economy; and to graduate future leaders, the letter said.“America’s colleges and universities are admired the world over because of longstanding and shared commitment … to educating individuals regardless of their backgrounds, to driving discovery and innovation, and to serving the public,” Harvard President Drew Faust wrote in a cover letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) of the House Ways and Means Committee.“The federal government is a vital partner in this effort, providing strong federal student aid programs, tax benefits to encourage students to pursue higher education, funding for basic and applied research, and support for charitable organizations, as offered in the tax code,” Faust continued.Harvard was among 56 private colleges and universities that received inquiries from the two committees in February.In a 23-page document replete with facts and figures, University officials detailed the endowment’s critical role in supporting activities ranging from instruction and scholarship to financial aid for undergraduates and Ph.D. students.Harvard’s endowment, they wrote, consists of more than 13,000 individual funds, of which 84 percent (totaling $31 billion) are restricted by the terms of the original donations. Annual investment returns, the officials explained, are employed for two competing purposes: to fund current operations and to maintain the endowment’s inflation-adjusted value over time, enabling it to support Harvard’s mission in perpetuity. Overspending now, they said, would erode the endowment’s future value, crippling its ability to fund coming generations of faculty and students the same level of activities as it does today.“Harvard reconciles these goals — steady, predictable distributions and maintenance of purchasing power over time — annually in setting the endowment distribution,” Harvard officials wrote in the memo to the congressional committees. “The practice has been to target an annual endowment payout of 5.0-5.5 percent of market value, employing a formula that smooths market returns into the distribution over time to provide predictability of income for budgeting purposes.”Harvard, they noted, is made up of 13 Schools with more than 21,000 students. With a $4.5 billion annual operating budget, it is one of Massachusetts’ largest employers.All this, Faust argued, is made possible by Harvard’s endowment, which she called “the University’s largest asset and our largest source of financial support,” funding 35 percent of its operating budget. She also highlighted the endowment’s support for financial aid across the University, including at Harvard College, where one in five families pay nothing toward the cost of tuition, room, and board, and nearly 60 percent of undergraduates pay reduced costs.“Harvard’s graduate students also receive significant assistance from the University: doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are fully funded for five years or more, and Harvard’s professional Schools also provide need-based aid,” she wrote.last_img read more

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Smash-ing News! Bombshell to Play New York

first_imgIt’s time for a Bombshell revival…already?! The fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash will come to life again in a one-night-only concert in the Big Apple next year to benefit The Actors Fund. Cast and venue information for the June 15 event will be announced at a later date. The series starred American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty as the Marilyn hopefuls, as well as Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus and Jack Davenport. Here’s hoping at least some of those faces will make an appearance! Throughout the course of its run, we heard 22 original songs written for Bombshell, penned by Tony and Grammy-winning team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The numbers included “Let Me Be Your Star,” “Dig Deep,” “They Just Keep Moving the Line” and “Don’t Forget Me.” View Comments Smash premiered in February 2012 and followed the conception, development and Broadway life of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among the ladies to have donned the platinum blonde wig during Bombshell’s course were Ivy Lynn, a Broadway alum looking for her big break (Hilty), Karen Cartwright, a wide-eyed newcomer from Iowa (McPhee) and film star Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman, because of course). The show’s second season introduced Kyle and Jimmy (Mientus and Jordan), a singer-songwriter duo who write Hit List, a new Broadway-bound musical that ultimately competes with Bombshell at the (fake/super campy) Tony Awards. The series concluded after two seasons in May 2013. This isn’t the first concert presentation of a fake musical to follow the series’ cancellation. In December 2013, 54 Below presented Hit List, featuring Smash alums Jordan, Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez, as well as Carrie Manolakos.last_img read more

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SBA Launches Exchange Pilot Program

first_imgThe SBA is proud to announce the launch of the SBAExchange Pilot Program, an electronic tool designed to facilitate small business purchasing opportunities with the government sector. With SBAExchange, government agencies can award purchase acquisitions up to $100,000 and make payments with a government-wide commercial purchasing card.SBAExchange will help small businesses compete for purchases that are currently being obtained through other contracting methods.To participate, small businesses must obtain an Internet-based Supplier Web Site from www.SBAExchange.gov(link is external). Through the Supplier Web Site, a small business will receive the following benefits:a fully hosted, supplier-branded e-commerce website;an electronic catalog;a centralized order management system for receiving and processing Internet-based orders fromfederal, state, local and commercial buying authorities;a management system for tracking and submitting quotes; andtechnical assistance.The annual cost for a small business to participate in the SBAExchange is $1,500, with a transaction fee of 2% added to all orders. The first 2,500 small businesses to register will receive a $450.00 discount.There are no costs associated with agency participation in the program.To participate in the SBAExchange as a buyer or seller, simply follow the step-by-step instructions available at the website www.SBAExchange.gov(link is external). The SBAExchange Pilot Program will be active from October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2005.SBA Re-Evaluates 504 Loan ProgramThe SBA is considering ways to improve coverage of the Certified Development Company Loan Program (504 Program) to ensure that all small businesses have access to long-term fixed-rate financing. SBA is revisiting the 504 Program policies as a prudent management exercise in light of major changes in the economy, the financial services industry, technology, and in CDC operations since the program’s inception in 1980. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) was published in Vol. 67, No. 235 of the Federal Register on December 6, 2002.The ANPRM contains specific questions about the 504 Program. In particular, SBA is seeking comments on the following: Whether the 504 Program is meeting its statutory purpose; the appropriate long-term goals and annual performance measures for the program, given its statutory requirement; the appropriate data elements required to assure solid program oversight while minimizing public data collection burdens; operational or regulatory impediments to providing long-term financing in rural or urban areas; and programmatic change that could increase CDC competition and increase small business access to loans.After a review of public comments, SBA will consider proposing amendments to existing program regulations to improve overall program management. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments by February 4, 2003.A copy of the ANPRM is available at www.gpo.gov(link is external) or by contacting the Vermont District Office at (802) 828-4422.SBA TrainingThe Vermont District Office will conduct the following lender training sessions at the SBA office in Montpelier. Space is limited; to reserve a seat, call (802) 828-4422.Level I Training“Introduction to SBA Lending”Training will include a review of eligibility issues relating to Express and PLP loans.Wednesday, Jan. 29, 20039:30 a.m.—12:00 noonContact Val Vallerand, ext. 214SBA Liquidation TrainingWednesday, February 19, 20039:30 a.m.—12:00 noonContact Pete Downey, ext. 205last_img read more

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Skiing and snowboarding at Stratton on a 95-degree day

first_imgWith temperatures reaching record highs throughout much of the region, Stratton Mountain Resort celebrated the occasion, not with beach towels, but with skis and a snowboard. The attached photo and video comes from the setup for the first annual Mountain Mayhem Rail Jam, held on Sunday, May 30 at Stratton Mountain Resort. The snow chute was carved from the same 22 foot superpipe that Olympians Hannah Teter and Louie Vito rode at the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in March.Clearly the best way to beat the heat was on the snow!Source: Stratton. 5.26.2010last_img read more

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The Eastern Mountain Lion Mystery

first_imgPuma. Painter. Panther. Cougar. Catamount. El Leon. Ghost cat.With 18 native South American names, 25 Native American names, and 40 English names, this big cat has a big list of sobriquets that all boil down to the same thing: mountain lion. It was hunted to extinction last century, but throughout the Blue Ridge, there are claims from locals that the cat has returned. The folks with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service help set the record straight.The last confirmed records of the Eastern Cougar’s existence were in 1938 in Maine.Though the government states the species is extinct, hundreds of sightings are still reported on a daily basis, particularly after the 2011 sighting of a mountain lion in Greenwich, Conn. The cougar had voyaged nearly 1,500 miles from his home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, an incredible feat no doubt, but one that exemplifies the big cat’s dispersal instincts. Although the lone wanderer met a tragic fate on the Wilbur Cross Parkway, his legacy spurred a phenomenon of conspiracy theories. Determined big cat activists have been trying to deceive state Fish and Wildlife Service agencies with false sightings and photographs from the Internet.5913902092_052ac842c7_z“We’re really vulnerable to these hoaxes,” says biologist Tom French of the Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Service. “The people behind these deliberate scams claim that the state government has been keeping mountain lions a secret. We’re not that good. There’s no way in hell we could have kept that quiet.”Whether the “sightings” are hoaxes or genuine inquiries is irrelevant. If the Eastern mountain lion is extinct, what are these people seeing?“We get a lot of photographs from trail cameras that are actually domestic cats,” says Asheville-based Fish and Wildlife biologist Mark Cantrell.Others have confused lions with coyotes, bobcats, or even deer. Misidentification is typically caused by poor lighting conditions at the time of the sighting.This video footage of a confirmed female lion was captured in November 2015 in Obion County, Tennessee.“Fortunately, with the availability of cell cameras, we’re able to see more and more what people were just verbally reporting before,” says French. As a result, the Fish and Wildlife Service believes it has largely debunked local lore on the elusive cat.“The Eastern cougar was once a big predator in the Blue Ridge,” Cantrell says. “But like any big predator in this region, their story is one of demise and loss since the first settlers came. Now, it is genetically and geographically extinct.”That doesn’t mean that cougars cannot, and will not, make their rare appearances in the Blue Ridge.One subspecies of the cougar lives on in the East, although it, too, is in danger of becoming extinct altogether. The Florida panther typically roams in the south of Florida, but the occasional dispersing cat has found its way into Georgia and parts of Alabama. These days, the Florida panther’s numbers are down to fewer than 200 despite the state’s protection efforts.Aside from the chance Florida panther making its way to the Blue Ridge, Cantrell says that Fish and Wildlife does come across the occasional cougar that has escaped from captivity, either from a zoo or the home of a negligent pet owner, but that’s not reason enough for people to think the puma population is back.“I think the number of dispersing cats from these other populations could eventually, if left alone, develop a population,” Cantrell says. “That’s just a matter of time. Because of the fragmentation of the Southeast, I feel that the Blue Ridge is the only place where a mountain lion population could really develop.”French agrees, although he says the prospect of reintroducing the species into the area would likely encounter some opposition, particularly from livestock owners.“We’re scared of what we don’t know,” French says. “We have plotted models for mountain lion habitats, usually in areas with fairly big pieces of forest and good numbers of deer,” but those models, and the overwhelming increase in the deer population, aren’t enough to convince the general population.“The overarching concern is whether it would be universally accepted by the folks who live, work, and play in the Blue Ridge,” says Cantrell. So far, the general consensus has been no.Know It When You See ItCharacteristics: slender body, round head, pointed ears, long tailLength: (nose to tail) 5 to 9 feetWeight: 100-150 poundsColor: Tawny brown, lighter on undersideTracks: Four toes up front, three lobes on heel pad, claw marks do not showKill strategy: stealth; attacks back of the neckEats: Primarily deerLitter: 1-4 cubsWhat To Do When You Come Across a CatSTOP.Don’t run.Don’t play dead.Don’t make sudden movements.Maintain eye contact.Stand tall.Look big.Speak firmly.Throw items near the lion.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist, 52, Dies in Farmingdale Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old motorcyclist died Friday night in Farmingdale after colliding with an SUV, Nassau County police said. The man, who has yet to be identified, was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson west on Hempstead Turnpike just before 9 p.m. when the crash occurred. Police said a 1998 GMC Yukon driving in the opposite direction attempted to make a left turn when the motorcycle collided with the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital about an hour later, police said. The Yukon was released from the scene after passing a break and safety inspection. The motorcycle was impounded for safety checks, police said. The 48-year-old man driving the Yukon was not injured. Police said there appears to be no criminality at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Sunshine Coast beach home is classic Queensland luxe

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream home: Bokarina01:44Blending contemporary urban design with a tropical beachside setting, this Bokarina home is a quintessential example of Queensland luxury.The five bedroom, four bathroom home at 9 Driftwood Court, Bokarina is on 700sqm of prime real estate backing onto lush parkland and white sandy beaches.With white cladding, palm trees and stone and timber accents, the facade evokes a sophisticated coastal vibe in the private cul-de-sac streetscape.Picture: www.realestate.com.au/ buySoaring ceilings and a full-height atrium impress on entry, with large windows bringing the stunning outdoors in all year round.Polished concrete floors extend throughout the ground floor into the sprawling open-plan living area, which opens up to the outdoors in one flowing entertainer’s haven.The beautiful kitchen is truly a designer space – the benches and feature shelf were poured and polished on-site for a high-end bespoke finish. No expense was spared on the rest of the fittings and features, including European appliances, top-quality tapware and a generously sized butler’s pantry with timber benches.Picture: www.realestate.com.au/buyTo catch that balmy Sunshine Coast air, doors fold right down to open up the kitchen and dining zone into one seamless space.The north-facing alfresco area comes complete with stylish timber panelling and ceiling fans, perfect for particularly hot days when the sea breeze hasn’t kicked in. LED lighting allows the sunny afternoons to become illuminated sundowners.A turquoise pool takes centre stage outside, with frameless glass screens fencing it off from the undercover setting. There’s plenty of space for pool lounges to do exactly that.Picture: www.realestate.com.au/ buyIf you feel like wandering to another watering hole, the beach is accessible via a private pathway through the reserve parkland.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe upstairs is immaculately finished with Tasmanian oak floors and features overlooks the living area and pool from a mezzanine. Ocean views are available from the lounge area – imagine candy-pink sunsets over baby-blue waters.All of the bedrooms are oversized, including a guest suite on the ground floor. The master bedroom is a lavish retreat with its own balcony, wet bar, walk-in robes and luxury ensuite with a standalone stone bath and twin vanities.Picture: www.realestate.com.au/ buyAll four of the bathrooms have elegant floor-to-ceilings tiles and premium fittings and fixtures.Other features of this striking home include a four-car garage, a large laundry with convenient chute, low-maintenance tropical gardens, a study, rumpus room and a powder room.This home is listed for sale for $2.5 million to $3 million.last_img read more

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High Winds Boost Germany’s Offshore Wind Production

first_imgOffshore wind in Germany produced 12 billion kWh in the first half of 2019, which is a 30% increase compared to 9.2 billion kWh in the first half of 2018, according to preliminary calculations.The research is being conducted by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW).In the first half of the year, renewable sources provided 44% of the electricity supply in Germany, which is 5% more than in the first six months of 2018.The numbers are said to be due to good weather conditions as March had record wind conditions and other months also saw above-average winds.Although the statistics sound good, Germany requires more development of renewable energy to achieve the 2030 climate and energy framework, and in order to do this, policies need to be adapted, Frithjof Staiß, ZSW Managing Director, said.Last year, several German offshore wind organizations issued a joint press release urging the government to improve its offshore wind energy game if it wants to achieve the goal of covering 65% of power generation with renewables by 2030, emphasizing that at least 30GW of offshore wind capacity must be installed.last_img read more

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