Industry to gather online to debate how renting can be improved

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Industry to gather online to debate how renting can be improved previous nextHousing MarketIndustry to gather online to debate how renting can be improvedTenant Satisfaction Summit on 29th April already has 700 attendees and 50 speakers lined up for its virtual conference.Nigel Lewis20th April 20210233 Views A renting conference to take place later this month will ask agents how the sector can up its game for ‘generation rent’.To be held online, the Tenant Satisfaction Summit will tackle some of the thornier issues facing the sector and ask why UK tenants are generally much less happy about their accommodation when compared to other developed nations.Its organisers say this is despite the gathering pace of build-to-rent, the tenant fees ban and raising safety standards, the UK is only 18th in the world for renting satisfaction.Some of the key speakers at the summit, who are due to speak on 29th April, include James Morris-Manuel (Managing Director EMEA, Matterport) and Karl Thomas (Operations Director, Foxtons); to the debating whether professional landlords will dominate the housing market with John Stewart (Deputy Director of Policy, NRLA) and Ellis Street (Head of Lettings, Folio).Renting leadersCompanies already attending the Summit include real estate funds, agents, and build-to-rent companies like Blackrock, Nuveen and BNP Paribas Real Estate.“Real estate has started a journey to become friendlier, but a lot remains to be done,” says Valentin Scholz (pictured), Kiko co-founder & CEO and founder of the Tenant Satisfaction Summit.“The British government has made some effort to improve the lives of residents, like introducing tenant satisfaction surveys, banning tenant fees, and mandating minimum energy efficiency for rented homes – but the United Kingdom is still only the 18th in the world in life satisfaction.“We founded the Tenant Satisfaction Summit because we believe that we all deserve to breathe cleaner air in greener cities, where technology is to improve our customer experience, and live in great conditions to enjoy a higher standard of living in our homes.”Free tickets are available here. The full line-up of speakers and agenda is on the Tenant Satisfaction Summit website.James Morris-Manuel Managing Director EMEA Karl Thomas (Operations Director John Stewart Deputy Director of Policy NRLA Ellis Street Head of Lettings Folio tenant satisfaction summit kiko Matterport Foxtons April 20, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Eleven Artists You Won’t Want To Miss At Night Lights 2017

first_imgThe Night Lights Music Festival started seven years ago as a two-day romp in the woods with friends and family. What began with less than 100 attendees, a dozen bands, one stage, and 10 hours of music spread over two days has now grown into a three-day event featuring over 30 bands over three stages and 36 hours of live music. This year, the event will return to The Heron, a music venue and organic farm in Sherman, NY, from August 24th through 26th. The woods surrounding the festival’s three stages are lit by a variety of LED installations, and the walk between the venue’s Main Stage and Café stages is truly an enchanted jaunt. The event continues to be owned operated by the same small group of friends that simply want to bring an end of the summer party to their friends.  Long time attendee Tom Sgrio explained, “I think it’s more of a homecoming festival. It’s really the close of the local season to me and it’s great. Like a big family reunion.”This year’s festival is anchored by a diverse line-up with a unique variety of music and tribute sets. It goes without saying that you won’t want to miss this year’s headliners space-rock masters Papadosio, who will be playing the event’s main stage, neatly centered under a huge patch of open night sky during the festival’s “Space Disco” theme night. Electronic, funk, rock fusion outfit Dopapod will be returning to Night Lights after playing the event in 2014. But beyond the headliners, here are eleven artists at Night Lights 2017 that you won’t want to miss this year!Aqueous In 2016, the Buffalo groove rockers Aqueous played 115 shows across the greater United States. Their hard work seems to be paying off, with 2017 seeing Aqueous support Umphrey’s McGee and Twiddle on tour, while maintaining their own jam-packed tour schedule, which included stops at Summer Camp, Peach Fest, and Disc Jam. 2017 will mark Aqueous’ fifth straight appearance on the festival’s line-up. The Heron is centrally located between Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA, two of the band’s proudest fan bases. With a high energy crowd and the band often digging deep into their catalog with unexpected breakouts, Night Lights is premiere time to experience the Aqueous Live Show. Brandon Barnhardt from Dansville, NY explained, “They play like they are comfortable. Like they are home.” Check out Aqueous in one of three sets including a special “AQoustic” on the venue’s cozy Café Stage. [Video: AqueousBand]Mihali SavoulidisUnless you live in the greater Burlington area, until recently, you really haven’t had the chance to see Twiddle frontman Mihali Savoulidis perform solo or with his side projects Gubbulidis or Mihali and Frends. Now, after a handful of solo dates already in 2017, Savoulidis will serve as the festival’s first-ever Artist at Large and showcase his skills over course of the weekend while working with a laundry list of former tour mates. Papadosio, Dopapod, Aqueous, Mister F, and Jimkata have all worked together over the past several years, setting up a plethora of weekend possibilities. The weekend’s Mihali and Frends (SIC) set will bring together some of Mihali’s favorite musical “frends” for a mix of Twiddle songs, covers, and improv jams. Each Mihali and Frends set is generally as varied as the musicians performing with him. Exactly who will be involved in the set is currently a well-guarded secret. The festival will make an announcement in the next few weeks. [Video: gort81]SunSquabiColorado live electronic trio SunSquabi is having a banner year in 2017. Their “Electronic Hydro Funk experience” has landed them on some major line-ups this summer including Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Camp Bisco, and High Sierra. They are quickly becoming one of the premier up-and-coming acts in the live electronic jam world. Their two debut EP’s Deluxe and Odyssey feature a variety of heavy hitters including GRiZ, Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Russ Liquid, Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), and Late Night Radio, proving that SunSquabi is respected by their peers along with their growing fan base. The band recently opened in support of Papadosio at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater this past May. [Video: SunSquabi]The Bright Light Social HourThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX. The four piece released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and, in March 2011, swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW,[6] with an unprecedented six awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The band doesn’t get to the Northeastern United States often, with a tour schedule that keeps them close to the Western United States, which makes The Bright Light Social Hour a must-see set at Night Lights. Check out why their complex musical structures, social commentary, tinges of Southern Rock, and high energy performances make them a hallmark of the competitive Austin music scene.[Video: The Bright Light Social Hour]MungionChicago four-piece, Mungion, is riding an incredible wave of buzz in 2017. Formed in 2015, Mungion is a young band with sheer technical skill. They combine elements of rock, jam, groove, and funk into live shows that are rich with musical storytelling. The band enjoyed several sold out shows with Spafford in Spring 2017 and continues to turn heads at several summer festivals. Based on Night Light’s history of bands producing creative, mind-bending sets, Mungion’s set this year is among the “be there” moments at this year’s festivals. [Video: Mungion Band]Mister F – The Game Genie SetThe Mister F “Game Genie” set at this year’s Night Lights Music Festival is a lifelong dream for Mister F keyboardist Scott Hannay. As a kid, Hannay taught himself to play by ear by hammering out 8-bit video game music on the family’s piano. Now, Hannay recreates some of his favorite bands including Twiddle, Dopapod, Aqueous, and lespecial into 8-bit tunes (check out his Soundcloud page.) The Albany four-piece will be weaving 8-bit video game classics amongst their own musical catalog. With the wide variety of 8-bit options, anything is possible as Mister F debuts this specialty set. Hannay wouldn’t give away the weekend’s pending secrets but did promise at least one or two sit-ins during their set.  Check out this clip of Mister F performing music from Super Mario Bros. 64 this past January at the Hollow in Albany. Boss Tweed and the CarpetbaggersNot much is known about the mysterious origins of this indescribable trio.  However, some local music fans swear that the masked musicians seem vaguely familiar. Wearing only Lucha Libre Wrestling masks and jorts, the band’s onstage antics feel part 13-year-old boy in the basement, part internet troll. No one knows what will happen during a Boss Tweed and the Carpetbaggers performance, not even the band themselves. But fans of the band will tell you once you see the Carpetbaggers, your entire life changes. The band doesn’t perform often. Jimmy Thompson of Falconer, NY, a die-hard Carpetbagger enthusiast, is planning on hyping the band’s set through Boss Tweed style tactics, noting “I plan on telling people what I know they want to hear, to lure them to the stage.  Once there, much like ‘Hotel California’, they will never be able to leave.”This video contains adult language and images.[Video: Nick Sonricker] Intrepid TravelersWestern New Yorkers are well in the know about the Intrepid Travelers. “IT” has only been together since 2013, but they already have been turning heads around the country. They have launched multiple full-length tours throughout the Northeast, Midwest and the Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Much like Aqueous, the band’s fanbase in WNY is strong, so catching a set at Night Lights will be packed with power and energy. Look for the Intrepid Travelers and their creative mix of funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock to make a strong showing on the festival scene over the next year. Fellow WNY musician Ellen Pieroni (Folkfaces) noted that the band’s appeal is their ever-changing repertoire. “I’ve never see the same show twice,” she said, “They might take you to church. Or they might take you to space. True improvisation by talented young musicians.”[Video: Intrepid Travelers]AircraftThere are only a handful of bands that have played the festival every year since the festival started in 2011. Buffalo-based psychedelic indie art-rock band Aircraft is one of them.  The band weaves spacy sounds and layered vocal harmonies with surf rock style hooks, combining into a finished sound that is uniquely Aircraft. Aircraft stays close to their roots, opting for smaller art-house venues and indie festivals, which makes them an unexpected continued tradition at Night Lights. You’ll leave the band’s set wondering why you don’t see this quirky four-piece at more festivals around the Northeast.[Video: Aircraft Band]Holy Hand GrenadeThis Brooklyn-based new music collective is “inspired by world-grooves and memorable melodies.” Holy Hand Grenade’s sultry mix of jazz, soul, hip hop, and funk is led by saxophonist and teaching artist Lynn Ligammari. Known for her versatility, Ligammari has played with a number of diverse artist at a variety of venues including the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Carnegie Hall, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent, The Newport Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival and Summerstage. [Video: Lynn Ligammari]Neon VeinsImagine your delusional but musically hip uncle combining rare cuts and booty-shaking favorites as you and your friends rage late night at your favorite music festival. Neon Veins aka Joe Urge aka Jorge the Impaler, a longtime mixologist (both beats and booze) is a name in WNY synonymous with a dance party. For the Night Lights Family, he’s literally the last thing you hear before packing up and going home to settle in for the fall and winter. Enjoy the late-night dance party as Neon Veins will literally keep it going until Sunday sunrise or until they cut off his supply of electricity. [Video: strawberryIsland Dweller]Night Lights 2017 is set to take place August 24-26 in Sherman, NY. Get tickets and more info here.last_img read more

Runner with Parkinson’s trains for Boston Marathon

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016center_img LAMOINE — Michael Westphal’s finish in last summer’s Great Run marathon on Great Cranberry Island resembled something out of a movie.The 58-year-old runner, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost a decade, approached the finish line of the 26.2-mile course to music, bells and cheers. But spectators fell quiet when Westphal lost his balance and stumbled to the ground. He pushed himself up and took one more step before collapsing again.Like any inspirational story, Westphal didn’t stay down for long. He not only finished the race, but also qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of three hours, 32 minutes and 56 seconds.Westphal is now training for one of the world’s best-known marathons, slated for April 18. He’ll be running to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, as he did for the Great Run.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWestphal was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49. The progressive, central nervous system disorder results from the dying off of dopamine-producing cells responsible for coordination.Westphal, who lives and owns a carpentry business on Great Cranberry, hadn’t run a marathon in 22 years before completing the Great Run on his home turf last June.On the subject of his dramatic finish, Westphal smiled and responded: “That wasn’t scripted.”Westphal said he could feel the dopamine replacement medication he takes for his Parkinson’s begin to wear off around mile 22. Once he spotted the finish, he tried to pick up the pace.“The top of my body went forward and my legs didn’t,” Westphal said. “I looked at the video, and my face was half an inch from the tar. I couldn’t have planned that.”That moving video of Westphal’s finish has been viewed more than 5,000 times on YouTube.In similar fashion, Westphal has unintentionally touched people across the world through his running, even attracting press and donations from England, Ireland and Australia. Westphal’s goal was to reach $4,000 leading up to the Great Run. He ended up with $38,000 — putting him among the top 10 of more than a thousand 2015 fundraisers for the Michael J Fox Foundation.As a result, Westphal has been invited to the foundation’s 10th annual MVP awards dinner in New York City on April 15, just three days before the Boston Marathon.Westphal recently started fundraising again, this time with a goal of $10,000. He has raised $4,120 so far.“It just tells you how generous people can be,” Westphal said. “They really do want to give.”Westphal is back on the roads training. In the final stretch of Saturday’s Lamoine half-marathon, hints of Westphal’s Parkinson’s were subtle. Other than a slight head bob, he seems to shed his symptoms between the starting and finish lines of races.Westphal said that while his running form has improved from last year, his excessive movement, or dyskinesia — a result of excess artificial dopamine — continues to grow more pronounced over time.“With Parkinson’s, the medication is what makes you move around a lot,” Westphal said. “As the years go by, you get a little more dyskinesia.”Westphal has encountered a few setbacks since last summer. On Oct. 18, he fractured his pelvis in two spots just two miles into the Mount Desert Island Marathon.“Only had 24 miles to go,” Westphal said. “I ran the whole thing in pain.”He finished the marathon in three hours and 44 minutes only to discover the extent of his injuries two weeks later in an emergency room.Westphal picked up his training again in January. He started with running 17 miles a week and has gradually increased that distance to 47 miles.Westphal said he hasn’t noticed any progression in his Parkinson’s since last year other than that he feels a little slower.“I’m just a little more tired,” Westphal said. “It takes a toll on you. Once I get up to around 50 miles, I’ll probably get my energy back.”“Today was good,” he added after finishing the 13.1-mile hilly race through Lamoine in 1:38:56. “Better than I thought I was going to do, so I think I’m a little ahead of the curve.”Decades before Westphal’s diagnosis, he was one of the top runners in the state. The University of Maine track star could run a mile in four minutes and 19 seconds.In 1979, Westphal paced the first female Olympic marathon gold medalist in the Boston Marathon before passing Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the women’s division for the first time that year.Westphal has finished 14 marathons — including three Boston Marathons — with a personal best time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 32 seconds.Westphal described running a Boston Marathon as “incredible.” The course passes through towns decorated with signs, and residents often stand outside their homes to offer water or, on a hot day, spray runners down with a hose.“You have crowds and people celebrating the whole way,” Westphal said. “It’s great support.”Westphal faded from the competitive running scene in the 1990s as he grew more involved with his family and operating his carpentry business, which he now runs with his two sons. But running always remained part of his life, that is, until 2006 when he began feeling soreness in his left shoulder.Slowly, Westphal began losing coordination, and the stiffness once isolated to just one arm began to seize his whole body.Westphal withdrew until last winter, when he returned to the road-racing scene to start raising awareness for Parkinson’s.Around that time, he also became a grandfather of a baby girl, who turned 10 months old on Friday.“It’s been the happiest year I’ve had in years,” Westphal said. “The running community has been really supportive. Everyone helps me and looks out for me.”Westphal said he now hears from countless people who have been affected by Parkinson’s. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with the disease.One thing hasn’t changed from last year. Westphal’s growing celebrity status in both the running and Parkinson’s communities hasn’t gone to his head.“There are a lot of people who have stories of friends or relatives who have Parkinson’s,” Westphal said. “There are stories out there that are more significant than mine.”To donate to Westphal’s fundraiser, visit www.michaeljfox.org. Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

ROSSES ATHLETES ALL MAKE PBs AT GREAT IRELAND RUN

first_imgCongratulations to Rosses A.C members who all set Personal Bests today while competing in the Spar Great Ireland Run, Phoenix Park, Dublin.  Left to Right, Fergal Mc Gee, Martin Forker, Liam Mc Fadden, Denis Forker. ROSSES ATHLETES ALL MAKE PBs AT GREAT IRELAND RUN was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Great Ireland RunROSSES AClast_img read more

DONEGAL HEAD TO LOUGH ERNE AHEAD OF ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH TYRONE

first_imgGAA NEWS: Donegal are stepping up their preparations for their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone next Sunday. Rory Gallagher has taken his squad to Lough Erne ahead of their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone.Rory Gallagher is taking his squad back to his native Fermanagh for an intensive three-day training camp at Lough Erne.Donegal face Mickey Harte’s Tyrone next Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park in what promises to be an explosive clash to start the Ulster Championship. With Monaghan and Kerry heading for camps in Portugal recently, Donegal have opted to remain closer to home.While Tyrone are expected to head to Carton House for their training camp.Tyrone have endured a difficult start to their 2015 campaign and were relegated from Division One.A whole host of stars have left the squad both during after the conclusion of the league campaign which would signal that the Tyrone camp is not a happy one. However, Tyrone U21’s winning the All-Ireland title will have given them a huge boost and is the shot in the arm Tyrone football needed.Donegal have enjoyed a solid start to life after Jim McGuinness and made a league semi-final before bowing out to Cork.With a fully fit squad to choose from Donegal look in healthy shape ahead of the clash and with home advantage are hot favourites to progress.However, Rory Gallagher is under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be.Speaking at Thursday’s official Ulster Championship launch in Donegal Town, Gallagher told BBC Sport, “We’re going to Costa del Enniskillen. “We are out in the championship really early so we didn’t want to head away too far.“It cuts down on the travel and we’re very happy with the Lough Erne.“We will be well looked after and it’s great preparation for us ahead of a huge match against Tyrone next Sunday.”DONEGAL HEAD TO LOUGH ERNE AHEAD OF ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH TYRONE was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAnewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more

Are you travel ready?

first_imgAs the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.last_img

Drama ensued when prisons pulled pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bacon, of course, is delicious, but pork tenderloin is a Reese family staple and one of the most-preferred swine products of choice for most get-togethers. In fact, pork tenderloin was the subject of intense hoopla in a recent Reese family culinary showdown.My dad makes tasty pork tenderloin — there is no point in denying this. He was making delicious pork on the grill long before I fired up my first outdoor propane burner. But, as my generation ages, my brothers and I feel we each have come into our own when making delicious pork tenderloin, surpassing the elder Reese.In an attempt to settle the ongoing dispute, there was a three-man pork cook-off last summer at the annual family reunion in Mt. Cory (I was not present this year). In the competition, my brothers Aaron and Jeff took on the more experienced, elder Reese. Those in attendance cast votes.All reports confirm the three entries were indeed delicious and the event was enjoyable for all involved, but it was not without controversy. In terms of actual votes, Jeff won narrowly with slow-smoked pork tenderloin glazed with the juice of fresh peaches.Dad claimed that his pork was the best and that his vote was the only one that mattered since he taught everyone else how to grill it. Aaron felt his entry was the winner based on the fact that none of his pork was left in a “popular vote” kind of victory. Jeff, however, squealed about that conclusion claiming that Aaron’s slices were cut thicker and his pork disappeared simply due to less supply, not greater demand. And, no matter how you slice it, any final conclusion is a moot point because I can personally confirm that an entry from the best Reese griller of pork was not even represented in the competition.While there is no doubt that properly prepared pork is delicious, this apparently is not the general feeling of inmates in the federal prison system. Despite the fact that October is National Pork Month (Porktober), the Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented its decision to remove pork from the menu at its 122 facilities beginning Oct. 1. The decision was based in part on a survey of inmates about their food preferences and costs. The announcement about removing pork from the menu for the 206,000 federal inmates caused quite a stir.Understandably, the National Pork Producers Council had some concerns about the decision. NPPC asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons for more details. In a letter sent in mid-October to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels Jr., NPPC expressed its dismay at the decision and requested a copy of the survey instrument and the results. It also questioned the cost factor, pointing out that pork prices are less than beef and nearly equal to chicken.“Pork is a very economical, nutrient-dense protein that ought to be a food option for federal prisoners, and the U.S. pork industry has a variety of products that could meet BOP’s needs,” NPPC said in its letter.The federal pork controversy did not stop there. It did not take long for the decision to get political. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) also sent a letter to Samuels Jr. pointing out the consequences to the nation’s pork industry and the concerns about the decision. Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the federal prison system, said in the letter:“According to a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences that reflected that pork has been the ‘lowest-rated food’ by inmates for a number of years.To corroborate the validity of the claim that prisoners indicated a lack of interest in pork products, I am requesting copies of the prisoner surveys and responses that were used to support the determination to no longer serve pork in federal prisons. Additionally, the spokesman indicated that pork had been the lowest rated food, ‘for several years.’ Please supply the surveys and responses dating back as far as prisoners may have indicated their dislike for pork products. In addition, please provide a line item description of the costs incurred to conduct each survey performed.The Bureau of Prisons spokesman indicated that pork was expensive to provide. Please provide any economic evaluations the Bureau of Prisons has relied on that detail the cost of pork as compared to beef, chicken, and non-meat products such as tofu and soy products.”From there, conservative political pundits began questioning the decision and weaving a tale suggesting President Obama was catering to the Islamic community by removing pork from the prison menu. This drew a response from the Islamic community in the Washington Post.“That this manufactured issue is even a controversy,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a statement, “is a clear indicator of the rise in Islamophobic conspiracy theories fueled by those who seek to demonize Islam and to marginalize American Muslims based on bigotry and misinformation.”At any rate, after a week or so of high-level prison pork controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of pork dishes from the menu for federal inmates, the government put pork roast back on the prison menu. It seems clear that none of the parties involved in the decision about removing pork from federal prisons have been to a Reese family gathering to taste truly delicious pork tenderloin. That could have saved quite a bit of pulled pork drama.last_img read more

Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour (GT34)

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTourAugust 9, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…March 2, 2015In “Community”Wisconsin’s West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)August 23, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Giddy-up geocachers, a new journey awaits!From 1821 to 1880, traders hauled manufactured goods from Missouri all the way to Santa Fe. There they traded these goods for silver coins, pelts, and mules. Known as the Santa Fe Trail, this trek spanned five states and nearly 900 miles (1,400 km) of challenging terrain—the early pioneers sure didn’t have it easy. You too can walk the Santa Fe Trail—luckily for you, there are now paved roads, National Park Service historical markers, over 1000 Favorite points, and 73 geocaches to discover, and on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour!You’ll crow for joy when you find GC4YXVK, right in the middle of historical Santa Fe! Photo by LoveYour geocaching adventure along this National Historic Trail will show you rich history, a varied and stunning landscape, pristine natural and historical resources, and well preserved historic sites. This beautifully maintained GeoTour is hosted with the help and support of the Santa Fe Trail Association and the National Park Service and celebrates its sixth birthday this year!Live your wild west fantasies on the Santa Fe Trail GeoTour (GT34) Yee haw! Photo by LitJoe77The GeoTour takes you through five states (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) of stunning wilderness, as well as urban areas such as Kansas City and, you guessed it, Santa Fe. “It’s clean and green and pretty, and they went and built a city out of clay.” Photo by ancognitoYou can keep track of your smileys on an eye-catching and extensive passport or simply pick the caches that suit your fancy. When you log all of the caches, you earn a collectible souvenir to display proudly on your Geocaching profile.If you’re tired of “micros in the woods,” this is the GeoTour for you—leave those searches behind and trade them out for some “regulars on the plains,” instead—69 out of 73 of these caches are regular sized!Git along, little doggie! Photo by CordovaBucksBut don’t just take our word for it:. . . This has been a remarkable journey. We have seen things and learned things that are beyond fantastic! We have had more ohhhs and ahaas than the 4th of July. Thank you for this experience!” —Smokie StoverWithout this series I doubt many of us would know about the role some of these places played in our country’s history.” —mamajhkSo saddle up your palomino, and move ‘em on out for a GeoTour filled with adventure, discovery, history and, most importantly, some first-rate geocaching.last_img read more

Irony Alert: In the Middle of Anti-Jailbreaking Lawsuit, Sony Tweets Code to PS3 Jailbreak

first_imgaudrey watters 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Sony’s fictional spokesperson Kevin Butler inadvertently retweeted the jailbreak code to the Sony Playstation 3 yesterday.“Lemme guess, you sank my battleship?” read the tweet from @TheKevinButler, who then retweeted the code that’d been directed to the account by @exiva.That account, Travis La Marr’s according to his Twitter profile, gave the code with a message to Sony: “come at me.”That challenge is a reference to Sony’s recent legal actions against jailbreaking. The game-maker is in the middle of a lawsuit against George Hotz, a well known hacker in the jailbreaking community, who published code and a YouTube video online in January, with details on how to jailbreak Sony’s Playstation 3. While the legalities around jailbreaking and intellectual property are one thing, Sony has added more fuel to the fire, arguably, with what Wired describes as “aggressive pretrial discovery demands.” Sony has demanded that Google turn over the IP addresses of those who have viewed or commented on the jailbreak video on YouTube. It has also demanded that Twitter provide the identities of those who revealed the hack.Sony has been granted a temporary restraining order against Hotz, who’s removed his information about the hack from the Web. For its part, Sony appears to have deleted the tweet containing the code. But as the company may be realizing with its failure to shut down Hotz, it’s not so easy to delete information from the Internet. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#NYT#web last_img read more

MI vs CSK: Mumbai stun Super Kings in CLT20

first_imgLasith Malinga emerged an unlikely hero as a truncated Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling three-wicket win over title holders Chennai Super Kings in the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, here on Saturday. ScoreA few lusty blows in the death overs by Malinga, who scored an 18-ball 37 not out, swept Mumbai Indians to a memorable victory that ended the Super Kings’ unbeaten run at Chepauk.Replying to Super Kings’ challenging total of 158 for four, courtesy a classic 81 by opener Michael Hussey, the Mumbai Indians, without eight regulars and struggling at 106 for seven in the 16th over, came through in the 20th with Malinga and skipper Harbhajan Singh (19 not out) adding 53 runs in 4.4 overs.Mumbai needed 25 off the last two overs and Malinga ensured they got those runs to script a believe-it-or-not win. Going into the final over, Mumbai needed 12 and a boundary off the fourth delivery by skipper Harbhajan Singh off Doug Bollinger tied the scores and then he scampered for a single off the fifth delivery to take his team over the line.Until the Malinga-Harbhajan partnership, Mumbai were never really in the hunt after they allowed Super Kings to race away in the second half of their innings. The hosts, who were 67 for two after 10 overs, got out of the jail with a late blitz, including 12 off the 18th over bowled by Malinga.Mumbai Indians began their chase promisingly with Aiden Blizzard and Davy Jacobs scoring at a good clip but when Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership, it triggered a dramatic collapse as Mumbai lost wickets in a hurry.advertisementAshwin lured Jacobs out of the crease and had him stumped by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni; Suresh Raina, replacing Ashwin, bowled Blizzard and in the next over, Dwayne Bravo had Ambatti Rayudu caught behind as Mumbai slid to 57 for three. Raina struck again by foxing Tirumalasetti Suman who fell to another stumping by Dhoni.It brought together two power-hitters, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard, but the expected fireworks did not come about as Bravo had an out-of-sorts Symonds caught in the deep.With half the side dismissed for just 63 by the 10 over, it was all over bar the shouting although big Kieron Pollard briefly threatened to perform magic, but top-edged a pull shot to be caught behind.Malinga then struck a few lusty blows to bring Mumbai Indians close to an improbable win that was eventually achieved with a ball to spare.Earlier, the Super Kings innings was mostly about Hussey who showcased his batting versatility in no uncertain manner with a truly magnificent innings that underlined the touch and form he is in.In fact, Hussey paced his innings quite beautifully and only sacrificed his wicket at the fag end when he tried to accelerate further. But until then, he dominated the proceedings with a mix of delicate shots and power-packed hits.Malinga provided Mumbai Indians a great start when he knocked out Murali Vijay with a near-perfect yorker, but was taken off the attack to be preserved for the death overs.It provided some reprieve for the Super Kings whose No.3 Raina survived a couple of uncomfortable moments facing Malinga before unleashing a few fine shots before departing following a freak incident.Raina missed a shot off Kieron Pollard and wicketkeeper Jacobs fumbled with a stumping. However, the ball hit the stumper’s pads and rolled on to the wickets and Raina was caught just outside the crease.The Super Kings innings somewhat lost its steam at this juncture with Subramaniam Badrinath unable to get cracking and it was not until his dismissal in the 16th over and the advent of Dhoni did the pace pick up noticeably.While Hussey duly reached his half-century and then perished in the 19th over, Dhoni delivered a few hefty blows to ensure Super Kings a fighting total.last_img read more