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first_imgBeloved ensemble Greensky Bluegrass has announced their exciting return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as the group will be performing at the famed Morrison, CO venue on September 23rd. Greensky’s announcement comes just a couple of days after their exciting New Year’s run, which bookended a great 2016 for the band. The announcement of a Red Rocks show in September 2017 only gets us more excited for the year ahead.The band will be performing at Red Rocks with Oregon based bluegrass group Fruition, who will also be returning to the iconic venue. Fruition performed at RRX last May, supporting both The Infamous Stringdusters and JJ Grey and Mofro.In addition, Greensky will be performing at Boulder Theater on September 22nd, and will be selling two-day passes tomorrow, January 4th, for the Boulder and Red Rocks shows. The general on sale for Red Rocks tickets begins this Friday, January 6th. You can find more information here, and see the show’s artwork below.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Notre Dame class of 2019 had not officially set foot on campus or even received their dorm assignments when one of their own, Rebecca Draper Townsend, died in a car accident July 2 in Danbury, Connecticut.A resident of Brookfield, Connecticut, Townsend was a graduate of Immaculate High School and was going to start her freshman year this fall.In response to her death, the class of 2019 began an ongoing commitment to honor her memory.Incoming freshman Taja Reynolds said she and many of her classmates had gotten to know Townsend and were talking to her online.“We got pretty close to her so when we heard that she passed, we all immediately wanted to do something for her, let people know how great she was,” she said.According to Reynolds, a group of freshmen wanted to do something tangible to celebrate their friend. Freshman Nick Bufalino suggested creating and selling a bracelet in Rebecca’s memory to benefit She’s The First, a charity granting scholarships to impoverished girls in developing countries. Townsend worked closely with She’s The First, and started a chapter of the organization at her high school.“As soon as we heard about the loss of Rebecca, our classmate, the class of 2019 knew that we wanted to do something to honor and celebrate the selfless love that Rebecca embodied,” Bufalino said.Bufalino said they raised money for the bracelets through the website GoFundMe. Classmates raised more than $4600, Bufalino said, and they plan to sell the wristbands for $3 each at the start of the school year.“The positive reception and support from the Notre Dame family has truly been overwhelming,” he said. “As a first generation student at Notre Dame, I am so thankful to be part of a community that goes beyond the call of duty to show genuine support in a time of need.”Another member of the class of 2019 and friend of Townsend, Pamela Udoye said the actual fundraising was only part of their goal to spread Rebecca’s legacy.“We shared her story with as many friends and family as possible because Rebecca was such a special and amazing person,” Udoye said.Sophomore Travis Gayle also helped spread the word about the bracelet fundraiser on social media and said the experience demonstrated the power of the Notre Dame community to come together for a common cause.“As a freshman, coming in was intimidating whether anyone admits it or not,” Gayle said. “This was one of the silver linings in a cloud that gave me a chance to show the freshman that what we exemplify is family and togetherness at Notre Dame.”In addition to the bracelet campaign, the class of 2019 will make a quilt with messages of support for the Townsend family in memory of Townsend as part of official Welcome Weekend programming. On Sunday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m, the quilt will be assembled in a tent on North Quad and all members of the class of 2019 community are welcomed to participate. Townsend will also be commemorated at the first year mass welcoming new students on August 23.Tags: Class of 2019, Rebecca Townsend, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more


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first_img What about New York, which seems a more inevitable destination for someone in your profession? I’ve been to New York once but I did not go to see a show—how horrible is that? I went there because I was in love with a boy, so I had other things to focus on. There’s always the debate with this show as to how much it vilifies Eva Peron or glorifies her. You’d have to ask Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice what their intentions were, but I know for me as an actress the aim was to be truthful to what is written. My job is to interpret what I’m given, not to mimic her life story, and to find the humanity of the character, whether negative or positive, and to remember that she’s not the villain of the story—she’s the heroine of the story. I’m impressed! Tell me how you got the role. To be frank, it’s one of those things where I’m not sure who said it first or saw me first but it had to do with my being the alternate Piaf in a production of that play [Pam Gems’ Piaf] in Leicester and the sound engineer there works with [Evita producer and co-director] Bill Kenwright. He called Bill up and said, “You have to see this girl,” after which he came one night to see me as Piaf and decided to give me the role [of Eva]. You must have been stunned. It really was such a massive leap of faith on Bill’s part. He didn’t have a clue who I was but because he had Marti [Pellow, the Scottish pop star] on the bill as Che, he needed someone as Eva who he knew could pull it off. This entire week must feel like a dream come true. It’s quite hard to put things into perspective when you’re living them. For the past 10 years or more, since I first moved to London, I’ve been working towards this moment—this role—and it has felt as if all the previous roles I have done have prepared me for this. I’m hoping from now on that at least people will have seen what I do as opposed to walking into an audition with them not knowing who I am. View Comments Was it daunting at your West End opening to have the musical’s creators, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, in the audience? I’d met them a couple of times before, so I already had some sense that maybe we were on the right track but what’s been very nice is to have our production received as a celebration of their work. It must be amazing for them to see so many people appreciating what they did so many years ago. What’s the buzz at the Dominion Theatre on Evita’s opening week? A star is born. Portuguese actress Madalena Alberto, who plays Eva Peron in the new revival, is winning nearly across-the-board raves for her performance as the Argentine leader. London-based since she was 17, she might also be making history as the first Eva ever to perform eight shows a week. Broadway.com caught up with Alberto in the afterglow of opening night to discuss onstage endurance, following in some very notable footsteps, and the question—posed in one of Tim Rice’s lyrics for the show—of where does she go from here. Lloyd Webber’s score is famously demanding. How are you coping 6 shows a week? 6? I’m doing 8! Growing up in Portugal, what was your first exposure to Evita? I first heard about it, I think, from the movie, surely. I was very young when the movie came out and I remember watching it and not understanding it. And since the movie, up until I auditioned over a year ago for this production, I’d had absolutely no contact with the show whatsoever; I don’t think I knew what I was in for [laughs]. Did you look up clips of previous Evas on YouTube? When I first heard I was auditioning for the part, I did watch Patti [LuPone] sing “A New Argentina” online and I promised myself I would not look at any more YouTube videos because she was so awesome [laughs]. I was so scared thinking, “How am I going to sing this every night?” You’ve had quite a week, including an opening night that received raves from the critics. I don’t know if everything has sunk in yet, to be honest. The last few weeks have been very challenging physically and you just to do your best, really. I’m thrilled, of course, and I also think from now on I can start to relax a bit more. You are? That is a first in my experience of this show. I know it’s more normal for Eva to do six and on tour I did seven, but because this such a short run [through November 1], we all thought I could pull it off. I had two shows yesterday, including the mid-week matinee, so let’s see how it goes. If it gets too much, I will definitely have a backup. Was he an actor? Yes, unfortunately [laughs]. Have you given some thought to what happens next—or, as Eva puts it in the show, “where do we go from here”? I’ve been touring with Evita since January prior to the West End, so at the moment I’m really looking forward to taking some time off to see what I want to do. This has been such a journey and I don’t want to rush into anything that would ruin this moment. An album, maybe? I’ve actually recorded an album just recently that was produced by Bill [Kenwright], who has invested a lot in me and I definitely have him in my life as a mentor. The last song on the album is one of my own because I write songs as well, so whenever I’m not in a theater you can find me in a bar in Camden accompanying myself on the guitar! Have you ever been to Argentina? I haven’t, actually; I’ve been to Cuba but that’s as close as I’ve got. Argentina is my next big journey!last_img read more


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first_imgWhen you think about social media do you think about what your next post is going to do for your brand?  How many new followers, likes, and shares you can garner?  It seems social media these days is all about saying something. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if what you are saying is important or not, as long as it gets you noticed.But if that is all you are doing, you are missing the point.Recently Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed the mission of the platform from making the world more open and connected, to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.  To do that you not only have to be present, but you have to communicate. Half of all communication is listening; some among us might say listening is even more important than talking.What if we looked at a credit union’s social media presence from that perspective? How many of you fear a negative comment, dread a sub-par review, have anxiety that someone will go rogue in the wee hours of the night? Don’t pretend these things can’t or won’t happen… listen for them and be prepared to address them.Listen EverywhereIf a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?  If someone complains about your credit union on Twitter but your credit union decided not to establish a Twitter profile, does that Tweet still exist? Just because you didn’t see the Tweet doesn’t mean the rest of the Twitterverse didn’t see it. The riskiest thing you can do is to choose to ignore a particular platform or social media all together. Be present and at least listen. Have a PlanYou can’t please all the people all the time. And when that time comes, your gut instinct may be to delete that post. Don’t necessarily go with your gut. Sometimes deleting something negative can create even more negative posts. Unless the post contains information or content that would cause more harm, such as exposing nonpublic personal information or language that might open you up for regulatory review, take your time, work with your team–and within your strategic plan–to address the concern.In a study done by Bazaarvoice, 7 in 10 respondents indicated that when and how a business responds to posts impacts their perception of the level of care, support and the overall trustworthiness of the brand. In fact, studies show that consumers are more skeptical of businesses that have only positive reviews. Avoid Being Self-centeredYour credit union’s Vendor Management Program covers many issues, but are you able to continually listen across social media, news sites, blogs, complaint sites, etc. for mentions of your vendors or partners? Due to the nature of vendor relationships in the financial industry, what happens with vendors and partners can heavily impact your business. Don’t be the last to find out. Technology can help you manage all your social listening. You don’t have to rely solely on Google alerts archived in your inbox. Today’s tools can scan social networks and the web for a wide variety of content and allow you to customize how you receive, manage and store your search results. We live in a world of information overload, but don’t let that information overwhelm you. Listen for everything – good and bad – and deal with each result strategically. If you do that, you will start to notice that you have more followers, likes and shares after all. Build that community instead of creating a one-sided platform where you are talking, but not listening.For more information about the importance of social media listening for community financial institutions, watch the on-demand webinar, “Maximizing Social Media for Community Financial Institutions.” 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Harper Jeffrey Harper brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his position as president of ​BSG Financial Group. ​ where he heads up the Sales and Marketing divisions of the … Web: www.bsgfinancial.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti responds to rumours that Arsenal have agreed deal for Nicolas Pepe Advertisement Comment Lille star Nicolas Pepe is reportedly set to join Arsenal over Napoli (Picture: Getty)Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has responded to rumours that Arsenal have agreed a deal for Nicolas Pepe, insisting he would not be ‘disappointed’ to miss out on the forward.Widespread reports this weekend claim that Arsenal have won the race to sign Pepe after reaching an agreement with Lille for the 24-year-old attacker in a deal with around €80million (£72m).Pepe impressed with 22 goals and 11 assists for Lille last season and has been among Europe’s most sought-after players this summer, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich also linked in recent weeks.Though a deal still needs to be wrapped up between Arsenal and Pepe’s representatives, the Gunners are expected to make an official announcement over the winger’s arrival imminently.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt’s understood Napoli were also ready to meet Lille’s asking price for Pepe, but the Ivorian’s camp turned down the Serie A club’s offer.Asked about the prospect of missing out on Pepe to Arsenal, Napoli manager Ancelotti replied: ‘I’m not disappointed.‘I don’t like to talk about players of other teams. The market is so long.‘We are looking. If there are opportunities, we can do it.’ Ancelotti’s Napoli met Lille’s asking price for Pepe (Picture: Getty)Napoli have also been battling with Arsenal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, but Ancelotti poured cold water over the recent rumours.Asked about Napoli’s interest in the Scotland international, Ancelotti replied: ‘He’s a really good player. A Celtic player.‘We have two good left backs.’center_img Napoli and Arsenal have been at war of Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists Arsenal are working to sign players ‘who will improve the squad’ amid rumours of Pepe’s imminent arrival.‘The club is thinking on how we can improve,’ the Spaniard said following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup.‘There are different players on the table. Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad.‘We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.’Asked whether Arsenal need a new winger before the end of the transfer window, Emery replied: ‘Again, we really want players who make the squad better than last year.’MORE: Frank Lampard provides N’Golo Kante injury update ahead of Manchester United clash Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jul 2019 8:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for December 1st-6th.Players of the Week.Girls Basketball:  Eve Galbreath-Switz. CountyBoys Basketball:  Dida Ikongshul-Shawe MemorialORVC Weekly Report (December 1-6)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img


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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Holiday travelers and winter weather kept Indiana State Police officers very busy, and the holiday continues through the weekend with additional chances for snow.In the Indianapolis District troopers handled more than 300 traffic calls between Friday through Tuesday. There were 150 non-injury crashes and 25 personal injury crashes in the seven county district.  They also assisted 106 motorists disabled along the highways and helped 24 drivers that slid-off the road.  Many of these crashes and slide-offs could have been prevented had motorists just slowed down and reduced their following distances, commented Sergeant Trent Smith, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer.Trooper Nicholas Cox wasn’t immune to the chaos as his police car was also struck.  He was rear-ended while working a crash along I-465 near the US-52 exit on the east side of Indianapolis.  The subject who struck Cox had a suspended driver’s license and was arrested.  Two other Indianapolis troopers were also hit by motorists over the weekend.  None of the troopers or other parties involved were injured.last_img read more


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first_imgMERCED, Calif. – Inclement weather gets the blame for postponement of the Bill Egleston Tribute originally schedule for this Saturday at Merced Speedway.IMCA Modifieds now race for $3,000 to win and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $1,800 to win at the rescheduled event Saturday, April 14.Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Racing follows 4:45 p.m. hot laps.Car and driver is $50. Pit passes are $40.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, military personnel and students with ID, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for five and under.The Egleston Tribute is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Modifieds and Northern SportMods chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, California State and track points; Modifieds also contend for Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region points.Fellow racers and friends contributed to the purse for the event, held in honor of the late IMCA Modified driver. More information is on Facebook.last_img read more


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first_imgDubai: India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami took back the top position for bowlers in the ICC Womens ODI Player Rankings after playing an important role in a 2-1 home series win over England in the ICC Womens Championship.Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.The latest rankings update also takes into account performances of another ICC Women’s Championship series that saw defending champions Australia score a facile 3-0 win over New Zealand to move closer to clinching a direct berth as they are now at the top with 22 points from 12 matches.India are second with 16 from 15 while New Zealand are on 14 from 15. Reigning World champions England are behind South Africa in fifth position, with 12 points from 12 matches. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more


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first_imgFollow Aubrey on Twitter @aubreykragen After an embarrassing defeat that saw USC’s two quarterbacks combine for the fewest single-game passing yards since 1998, USC head coach Lane Kiffin announced via YouTube Monday that redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler will be the team’s starter moving forward.Time to shine · Newly annointed starting quarterback Cody Kessler has completed 18 of his 32 passes for 136 yards for one touchdown this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThough fans were frustrated with Kiffin’s inability to name a definitive starter at the beginning of the season, he defended his choice by explaining that he was confident enough in the abilities of both Kessler and redshirt sophomore Max Wittek to give them time on the field. But after a 10-7 loss to Washington State in which both players were ineffective and made costly turnovers, Kiffin described the passing game as “totally inept.”Now, fans might be relieved to finally have a permanent starting quarterback, but many are equally annoyed with Kiffin’s refusal to answer why he chose Kessler over Wittek.“I’m not going to get into [why Kessler was chosen] for protection of the guys,” Kiffin said. “We made a decision to go with Cody, and we’re excited about how well he’s gonna play Saturday.”Perhaps Kessler’s edge in statistics can help explain Kiffin’s decision. Kessler started against Hawai’i and Washington State and completed 18 of 32 passes (56.25 percent) for 136 yards, with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown and two interceptions. Wittek came in during the second half in both games, completing a total of 8 out of 18 passes (44.44 percent) for 90 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.Against Washington State, Kiffin’s conservative playcalling on offense indicated a lack of trust in both quarterbacks — Kessler threw mostly short screen passes, many of which were officially counted as rushing yards because they went backwards, and Wittek frequently handed the ball off to redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden, who finished with 151 yards on 32 carries.Now that Kessler has been tabbed as the starter going forward, Kiffin plans to structure his gameplan around the                     6-foot-1, 215-pounder from Bakersfield, Calif.“We’re going with Cody Kessler as our quarterback so we need to make sure that we’re doing things that he’s done really well,” Kiffin said.Coming off of last season, Wittek might have been favored to start, as he started against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech after senior quarterback Matt Barkley sustained a shoulder injury. During camp, however, Kessler was praised for his smart  decision-making and improvement in arm strength, and was considered the frontrunner for the starting position.When Wittek was asked during fall camp if he would transfer if not named the starter, he dodged the question, while Kessler clearly indicated that he would stay if he lost the battle. After officially naming Kessler the starter Monday afternoon, Kiffin acknowledged Wittek’s displeasure with the decision.“We don’t expect him to agree with us,” Kiffin said. “He’s very competitive, like all the guys we recruit. They all should think that they should be the starter.”Now that Kessler has been named the starter and Wittek the backup, Kiffin intends to redshirt Max Browne, the true freshman quarterback from Sammamish, Wash.Dominant defenseThough the loss to Washington State seemed like a disaster on all fronts, USC’s defense, led by first-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, only allowed three points, as the other seven for the Cougars came from an interception thrown by Kessler that was returned for a touchdown.“We played lights-out defense,” Kiffin said. “When we get the passing game fixed, we’ll win a lot of games with that.”After two games, USC’s defense leads the country with 11 sacks, three of which have come from redshirt junior defensive tackle George Uko, which puts him tied for second in the nation. The Trojans also lead the nation in rushing yards allowed after giving up a total of just 30 rushing yards in two games.The return of senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, who made his season debut after missing the first game due to injury, adds even more excitement to the defense. The preseason   All-American registered two sacks against Washington State and will look to contribute even more as he returns to full health.Injury reportThough Breslin came back from injury this week, senior tailback Silas Redd has yet to play this season, as he is still recovering from knee surgery he had last spring.  Earlier this month, Redd visited renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who has garnered attention for his rehabilitation work with Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. Once back, Redd will contribute alongside Madden and freshman running back Justin Davis in what appears to be a much-improved running game for USC.Other notable injuries include redshirt junior cornerback Anthony Brown, who was injured in the season opener at Hawai’i and missed the Washington State game, and cornerback Kevon Seymour, who played against the Cougars but was not completely healthy.last_img read more