Trail Mix: Three from the Triangle

first_imgThe Triangle region of North Carolina is known for producing bands that successfully mess with various styles of roots music. Chapel Hill’s Southern Culture on the Skids has been filling venues for more than three decades with an irreverent brand of hillbilly rock. Squirrel Nut Zippers was a huge part of the rowdy swing revival of the late 90s, and Ryan Adams got his first notice in the Raleigh-bred, pioneering alt-country act Whiskeytown. This fall three steadfast bands from the area that carry the same spirit are releasing new albums.Four-piece string band Chatham County Line formed in Raleigh back in 1999. In the years since, the band has accrued a small but dedicated loyal following across the country and even beyond, in Europe, where the group completed several successful tours backing Norwegian folk hero Jonas Fjeld. The quartet is quite captivating in the live setting, clad in close-to-matching suits and crowded around a single mic, like a shaggy Del McCoury Band, though its music only partially incorporates traditional bluegrass.ChathamCountyLine_Autumn_COVER_FIXMain singer and songwriter Dave Wilson has an edgy tenor that’s more Jeff Tweedy than Bill Monroe, but his voice is often softened when placed in a cradle of strings. His lyrics range from the endearingly sentimental to the bitingly topical. His best song to date is arguably “Birmingham Jail,” from the band’s 2008 album IV, a scathing recount of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 that killed four young girls. There’s nothing quite as effective on the group’s new album, Autumn, which comes out September 2 on the venerable North Carolina independent label Yep Roc Records, but Wilson is still churning out great tunes.Opener “You Are My Light” is a minor-key confessional about leaning on a lover in times of darkness, while “Rock in the River” is a reflection of one that got away through gently cascading banjo rolls and some trickles of saloon piano. More upbeat moments come in the bluesy strut of the rollicking send-off “Show Me the Door” and the speedy newgrass instrumental “Bull City Strut,” a reminder that crisp chops are another ingredient in the band’s longstanding success.Not around quite as long, Mandolin Orange is an acoustic duo featuring partners Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, who met at a Chapel Hill bluegrass jam in 2009. The couple has familiar two-hearts-beat-as-one country chemistry that can lean towards the classic approach of Johnny and June Carter Cash or the more ethereal space of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, all in service to a dusty sound that draws from Appalachian mountain songs and vintage lonesome ballads. Throughout the group’s fifth studio album, Blindfaller (out September 30, also on Yep Roc), Marlin and Frantz enlist a full backing band to help fill out their own rotations on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. The extra personnel fortunately doesn’t hinder the casual intimacy the pair usually carries into live shows; in fact, gentle pedal steel and woozy drums enhance the sadness in the heartbreak duet “Picking Up Pieces.”Marlin is the duo’s primary songwriter, and his voice has a deep longing that casts a slight shadow of melancholy over most Mandolin Orange songs. With his lyrics placed in a traditional context, the millennial from a liberal college town can sound like a protest singer from an older generation when he expresses weariness over the current state of affairs. In the sunny bluegrass hopper “Gospel Shoes,” he sings about discontent for politicians who exploit religion: “Freedom was a simple word, so reverent and true/ A long time ago, it meant the right to choose/ Who you love and how to live, but now it’s so misused/ And twisted by the politics of men in gospel shoes.”Another deep thinker from down the road in Durham is M.C. Taylor, who delivers his songs through his cast-rotating indie alt-country-soul outfit Hiss Golden Messenger. Taylor, who got his start playing in punk bands, has released five albums as Hiss Golden Messenger since 2008, but his widespread breakout didn’t come until 2014’s Lateness of Dancers, an effort that tapped into gospel-rock grooves reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s 80s spiritual works like Slow Train Coming.A similar vibe pervades Taylor’s upcoming sixth album, Heart Like a Levee, which will be released on October 7, as the tunesmith grapples with shifts in his life. In the past two years he’s been able to tour across the country, opening for the likes of Dawes and the Tallest Man on Earth, but he often feels guilty about leaving his wife and two kids back at home; as he put it in a statement released on the latest effort, “wrenched apart by my responsibilities to my family and to my music.”hiss_golden_messenger_FIXThe album’s opener, “Biloxi,” deals with the tension right away, as Taylor recalls his own youth as a loner while watching a crowd have fun at his own child’s sixth birthday party. The introspection, though, comes through a jubilant folk-rock highway song with a chorus (“It’s hard, Lord/Lord it’s hard,”) that sounds much more uplifting than its message. Throughout the record Taylor is joined by some of the Triangle’s best indie roots players, including Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun and Grammy-nominated Americana songstress Tift Merritt, who, along with fellow back-up singer Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, helps sweeten the raw, intimate title track—a blatant front-porch lament on leaving home. Taylor’s heart may be full of emotional conflict, but it continues to let him spill out pure music.last_img read more

Long Island Blizzard to Shut LIRR, Roads and Other Travel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard forecast to dump up to three feet of snow on Long Island overnight Monday is halting virtually all modes of transportation, including planes, trains, buses, ferries and all roadways.The Long Island Rail Road will tentatively be shut down at 11 p.m. Monday, New York State officials said. Airline passengers were also grounded from flights in and out of New York Metro area airports, including Long Island MacArthur Airport. Nassau and Suffolk county officials said buses will stop running once the weather worsens tonight—while both Cross-Sound and Fire Island ferries also canceled service.“This is not a storm to take lightly,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned during a news conference Monday afternoon. “Getting stuck on alast_img read more

Beech forests in the national parks Northern Velebit and Paklenica from today on the UNESCO World Heritage List

first_imgAfter the great news from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which takes place from 2 to 12 July 2017 in Krakow, Poland, where it was officially confirmed that Zadar and Šibenik are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Croatia can boast that beech forests in the national parks of Northern Velebit and Paklenica are on the UNESCO World Heritage List as of today.At the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, on 7 July 2017, the Republic of Croatia, together with 9 countries, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine, registered the extension of the serial nomination “Primitive Beeches forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe ”on the UNESCO World Heritage List.The expansion of the serial cross-border nomination included 63 areas of beech forests, of which the Republic of Croatia participated with three areas, in the national parks Northern Velebit and Paklenica. These are 1.289,11 hectares of beech forest located in the Northern Velebit National Park in the Strict Reserve “Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi” and 2.031,87 hectares of forest at the locations Suva draga-Klimenta and Oglavinovac-Javornik in the Paklenica National Park. The uniqueness of the proposed pristine beech forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks is based on their originality, geographical position, age and size.The inscription on the World Heritage List is a confirmation that the natural beauties of Croatia are managed in the best possible way with the aim of protection for future generations and that Croatia is among the richest European countries in terms of biodiversity and natural beauties.Related news: ZADAR AND ŠIBENIK LISTED ON THE UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE LIST!last_img read more

Industrial evolution

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Governor Wolf Announces New SUPERVALU Facility in Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobs

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that SUPERVALU Inc., the largest public company grocery wholesaler in the United States, has selected the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, for its new facility, a move that will create at least 350 new jobs.“Any time a large employer like SUPERVALU chooses to expand in Pennsylvania, not only is it fantastic news for our workers, but it’s more evidence that Pennsylvania has the workforce and business climate that makes companies want to grow here,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is looking forward to building on our efforts to support our business climate in the years ahead so companies like SUPERVALU can continue to thrive. I applaud SUPERVALU for choosing to expand in the commonwealth.”Pennsylvania is the prime location for business growth and is within a day’s drive of nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of the Canadian population, four of the 10 largest U.S. markets, and 40 percent of all U.S. manufacturers. To better serve its customers in the northeast United States, SUPERVALU purchased and renovated a 750,000-square-foot warehouse distribution facility earlier this year. The company has committed to creating approximately 350 jobs in the area over the next three years and will invest approximately $69 million of its own in the project.“Harrisburg is a terrific geographic center for serving our wholesale customers in the Northeast,” said Mark Gross, president and CEO of SUPERVALU. “We are very appreciative of the support and financial commitments from the Governor’s Action Team in helping us bring our business and jobs to the area. SUPERVALU is committed to growth and we are thrilled to be a part of the Harrisburg community and the great state of Pennsylvania.”SUPERVALU received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $740,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $166,500 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The project was coordinated by Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $16 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,324 stores composed of 3,111 wholesale primary stores operated by customers serviced by SUPERVALU’s food distribution business and 213 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of December 2, 2017). SUPERVALU has approximately 31,000 employees.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit March 23, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces New SUPERVALU Facility in Dauphin County, Creating Approximately 350 Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brisbane’s most expensive home sells again for close to $18m

first_imgThis property at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, has sold for close to $18m.THE most expensive home ever sold in Brisbane has changed hands again for close to $18 million.Three years after setting a new record for a residential property sale in the city, the clifftop mansion at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, is believed to have been snapped up by a local buyer.Heath Williams of Place New Farm, who was the listing agent along with colleague Judy Goodger, declined to comment when contacted by The Courier-Mail, citing confidentiality reasons, but it is understood the property sold for close to the $18 million asking price.The infinity-edge pool overlooking the cliffs at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.The riverfront trophy home fetched $18.48 million when it last sold in March 2017, but the new, albeit lower, sale price is enough for the property to maintain top position as the highest amount paid for a residential property in the city.The sale smashed Brisbane’s sale record at the time of $14 million, which was set when Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart bought a home at Aaron Ave, Hawthorne, in 2014.The second highest residential sale in Brisbane was achieved late last year when the Tennyson home of Brisbane Broncos chairman Karl Morris fetched $17.6 million.The property at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, offers uninterrupted views of the city skyline.Chinese owners Huihui Zhai and Zijian Zheng bought the Leopard Street property off City Motor Auction Group boss Angelos Russo and his wife, Sandra.Mr Zheng told The Courier-Mail at the time of listing in May last year that a change in circumstances meant the time had come to sell.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenThe dream beachside family home!01:56“What we’ve loved about the home is the stunning 180 degree views that capture the city, river and beyond,” Mr Zheng said.“It has been one of our favourite places to live and we’re sad to be selling, however we have moved overseas for work purposes.”Inside the opulent home at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.The house spans three levels and sits on an 1184 sqm block with almost 72 metres of uninterrupted views of the city skyline.The six-bedroom home was designed by Greg Harris, has 1445sq m of living space and marble flooring imported from Greece in the living and entertaining areas.But the opulence doesn’t end there.The kitchen in the home at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.Other features include an internal lift, a gym, a cinema, a steam room, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a teppanyaki grill and a wood-fired pizza oven.There is also an infinity lap pool and spa running along the cliff edge.Speaking during the campaign, Mr Williams said he had received multiple cash offers above $15 million for the property from locals, expats and interstate buyers.The deck and barbecue area of the property at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.“There’s no comparison to the view,” Mr Williams said.“It really is one of a kind.”Mr Williams said Brisbane’s prestige property market represented “amazing value” compared to its Sydney and Melbourne peers.Even the bathroom has a stunning view.The top end of the market in Brisbane has already had a strong start to the year, with a number of big sales including Cintra House at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills, which sold for close to $7.5 million.BRISBANE’S BIGGEST HOME SALES1. 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo PointVendor: Anthony RussoCurrent owner: Huihui Zhai and Zijian ZhengSale price: $18.48m (before current sale)Sold: March 2017The view from one of the decks on the property at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.2. 1 King Arthur Tce, TennysonVendor: Karl Morris, Brisbane Broncos chairmanCurrent owner: Canstuct International CEO Rory MurphySale price: $17.6mSold: October 2019This property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, recently sold for $17.6m.3. 250/1 Newstead Tce, NewsteadVendor: MirvacCurrent owner: Howard StackSale price: $14.25mSold: June 2008A penthouse in this apartment building at 1 Newstead Tce, Newstead, sold for $14.25m in 2008.4. 46-48 Aaron Ave, HawthorneVendor: Gregory and Alwyne NunnCurrent owner: Gina Rinehart’s company Wingfield Ave Pty LtdSale price: $14mSold: August 2014(Note: Records show the property was transferred into Gina Rinehart’s name in 2017 in a ‘beneficial interest’ transaction, valuing the property at $18.5m)This sale of this riverfront Hawthorne property set a Brisbane price record when it sold to Gina Rinehart for $14m in 2014.5. 33B Harbour Rd, HamiltonVendor: Hamilton Stage 2 Pty LtdCurrent owner: Naiqi DuanSale price: $11.8mSold: April 2015This property at 33B Harbour Rd, Hamilton, is back on the market after selling for $11.8m in 2015.6. 39 Eldernell Tce, HamiltonVendor: The Corporation Of The Synod Of The Diocese of BrisbaneCurrent owner: John and Susan GeorgeSale price: $11.2mSold: April 2007This mansion known as ‘Farsley’ at 39 Eldernell Tce, Hamilton, sold for $11.2m in 2007.7. 106-110 Virginia Ave, HawthorneVendor: Arrow Energy chief executive Shaun ScottCurrent owner: Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse founder Anthony YapSale price: $11.13mSold: May 2018This property at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, fetched $11.13m in 2018.8. 27 Sutherland Ave, AscotVendor: Dominos Pizza CEO Don MeijCurrent owner: Glenn RutherfordSale price: $11mSold: January 2018This property at 27 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, sold for $11m in 2018.9. 21 Sykes St, AscotVendor: Noeleen and David MorganMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoCurrent owner: Emma KehoeSale price: $10.4mSold: February 201510. 33A Harbour Rd, HamiltonVendor: Karen TysonCurrent owner: Lorna Jane founder Lorna Jane ClarksonSale price: $10.3mSold: September 2010Fitness guru Lorna Jane bought a home in Harbour Rd, Hamilton, for $10.3m in 2010. Photo: AAP/Megan Slade.11. 14 Sutherland Ave, AscotVendor: Helen and Andrew GriffithsCurrent owner: Linda and Christopher MiersSale price: $10.2mSold: June 2014This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, is back on the market after selling for $10.2m in 2014.12. 36 Dickson Tce, HamiltonVendor: Soo Hian BehNew owner: Hotelier Steven ShoobridgeSale price: $10.138mSold: December 2017This house at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, was the former home of Christopher Skase and last sold for $10.138m in 2017.13. 128 Crosby Rd, AscotVendor: Brett WalkerCurrent owner: James and Kathryn CampbellSale price: $8.8mSold: September 2017This home at 128 Crosby Rd, Ascot, last sold for $8.8m in 2017.14. 102 Virginia Ave, HawthorneVendor: Nicola and John BriggsCurrent owner: Wendy ThorsenSale price: $8.6mSold: September 2016This property at 102 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, sold for $8.6m in 2016.15. 980/1 Newstead Tce, NewsteadVendor: MirvacNew owner: Peggy FlannerySale price: $8.55mSold: May 2011(Source:, CoreLogic; based on reported home sales)last_img read more

Nadal, Thiem, Medvedev move into third round

first_imgWORLD number one Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Australian Open tennis with a straight-set win over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.Nadal, bidding for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, swept aside 76th-ranked Delbonis 6-3, 7-6(7-4), 6-1.The Spaniard will face compatriot and 27th seed Pablo Carreno Busta next.There were battling five-set wins for seeds Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov on the fourth day in Melbourne, and an entertaining victory for Nick Kyrgios.Nadal has not won the Australian Open since 2009 but he has entered this year’s first Grand Slam as the top seed.While he was made to work against Delbonis during the second set, the Spaniard had his chances to wrap up the match quicker, converting just three of 20 break points.Nadal also kissed a ballgirl on the cheek and gave her a headband after he accidentally struck her during a rally.“I was so scared for her – the ball was quick and straight on to her,” Nadal said.“She’s a super brave girl.”THIEM, KHACHANOV BATTLE THROUGHRussian 16th seed Khachanov fought for four hours 36 minutes to overcome Sweden’s Mikael Ymer.Khachanov collapsed to the floor – and then struggled to stand with cramp – after sealing a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(10-8) victory over his 78th-ranked opponent.He will face Kyrgios next after the Australian’s victory over Gilles Simon.Fifth seed Thiem came through a five-set thriller of his own against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.Two-time French Open finalist Thiem overcame world number 140 Bolt 6-2, 5-7, 6-7(5-7), 6-1, 6-2.Thiem, one of the fittest players on tour, ultimately outlasted his opponent in three hours 26 minutes to set up a meeting with American Taylor Fritz.“The crowd was very fair. Of course they were for Alex, he’s an Aussie, that’s completely obvious,” Thiem said.“But it’s nice to play in front of a full crowd that’s against you than an empty one.”Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev reached the third round with a straight-set win over Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez.The 23-year-old, beaten in September’s US Open final, had a nosebleed in the second set but won 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena.Germany’s seventh seed Alexander Zverev, who has yet to go beyond the fourth round in Australia, beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 7-6(7-5), 6-4, 7-5.Qualifier Ernests Gulbis of Latvia reached the Melbourne third round for the first time in his career with a straight-set win over Aljaz Bedene.Gulbis, a former world number 10 who has fallen to 256 in the rankings, won 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 and will face French 10th seed Gael Monfils next.Monfils fought back to beat 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6(10-8), 6-4, 7-5.American John Isner claimed an unusually swift win, taking just 85 minutes to beat Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.Big-serving Isner, who has played in the longest two matches in professional tennis history, hit 32 aces.Kevin Anderson, who played Isner in the record-breaking Wimbledon semi-final in 2018, was beaten 4-6, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-4), 6-2, 6-2 by Fritz. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Nigerian Army Team Wins National Boxing Championship

first_imgThe Nigeria Police Force boxing team was third with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Ogun State finished fourth with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.The six-day boxing fiesta featured teams from 20 states of the federation, armed forces of Nigeria, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and nine boxing clubs including Kanu Nwankwo, Alafin, Golden Gloves, WWBA, Abbey International, Oba Adeyemi and Bukar Tiger.The championship also featured bouts in 10 weight categories for male and three weight categories for female boxers.On the whole, 209 male and 42 female boxers competed for honours during the championship. According to the spokesman of the army team, the good showing of army personnel in sporting activities in the country is part of the new resolve of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to re-establish the Nigerian Army as a power house of Nigerian Sports.A fortnight ago, the Nigerian Army Marathon Team had a fantastic outing at the 2nd Lagos City Marathon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Army team at the weekend emerged champions of the 2017 National Open Boxing Championships which held at the National Stadium in Lagos.To emerge winners, the army team won four gold, one silver and five bronze medals.The Lagos State boxing team finished second with three gold, six silver and three bronze medals.last_img read more

Defense leading No. 16 Wisconsin into conference play

first_imgThere’s no rest for the weary, and the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is learning the meaning of that very phrase. After going 5-2-1 against some tough competition, including undefeated No. 5 Portland and BYU, Wisconsin opens the Big Ten season on the road, visiting Iowa Saturday and Illinois Sunday.Iowa has struggled to get off on the right foot this year, going 1-5-2, with its only win coming against Air Force, winning 3-2 in overtime. In nine games this season, Iowa has allowed 16 goals while only scoring seven.Despite this, sophomore goalie Lindsey Boldt has tallied 43 saves in the net in seven games for the Hawkeyes. Despite their sub-par record, head coach Dean Duerst knows better than to take any team, especially a Big Ten team, lightly.”Iowa is that hardworking team that will never go away,” Duerst said. “They’re dangerous on things such as our set plays and that’s maybe where they can take advantage of us. For us, it’s just going after them and pressuring them because that’s where their weakness is.”The Hawkeyes’ lone bright spot has been senior forward Katelyn Quinn. Quinn has scored only one goal, but leads the team in shots (33) and shots on goal (10).”They have one impressive player, Katelyn Quinn, [who’s] done some damage to other Big Ten teams that you just don’t want to leave alone,” Duerst said.Unlike Iowa, Illinois has a balanced attack, and their record has backed that. The Fighting Illini are 4-2-1, including a tie against Stanford and a win against Nebraska.What makes the Illini so dangerous on the offensive side of the ball is that they have no player that stands out from the rest of the group. Four players are tied for the team lead with two goals scored on the year, while junior Jessica Bayne leads the team with four assists.”Illinois is a scary team this year, because they are a little inconsistent right now, kind of up and down, and they get a little rattled,” Duerst said. “They possess some good strikers. They have good speed and they have some very good one-on-one players.”If Wisconsin hopes to win its first Big Ten Conference title, it will have to do so on the defensive side of the ball. Anchored by fifth-year senior Jessica Ring, Wisconsin has been stellar all season long on defense, allowing two goals or more in a game only once.Wisconsin Goalie Lynn Murray has also contributed, stopping 39 shots in eight games. Despite the move to conference play, Ring believes that the tough non-conference schedule has prepared them for the rigorous Big Ten schedule.”The Big Ten is our conference and we want to finish well and finish higher than we have in the past,” Ring said. “At the same time, every game is another game and we have to prepare for every game.”Along with Ring, Duerst has made sure his team remembers their priorities: stick to the basics of soccer, take each game one at a time and put all the pieces together on a consistent basis.”We’re preparing for our game,” Duerst said. “We need to stick to our principles, which is just play smart, play hard and play together. I think that is what you saw when we played Milwaukee last weekend. We really put that game together and we have been able to do that this year. If you get into the conference and you are thinking too much about the other opponents, I think it will hurt you and go against you.”last_img read more

Senator Barbara Boxer will not seek re-election

first_imgLast Thursday, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer announced her decision to step down from her seat in the Senate. Hailed by politicians as California’s greatest Democratic senator, Boxer has been a prominent advocate for popular libertarian issues regarding women’s rights, gun control and abortion.Boxer, aged 74, informally announced her withdrawal from her seat in the Senate alongside her grandson, Zachary Rodham. Boxer has worked in Congress since 1982, when she was appointed to the House and has held a seat in the Senate since she was first elected in 1992. Since then, she has had influence over a generation of eager Democratic candidates.Dan Schnur, executive director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, discussed possible effects resulting in the aftermath of Senator Boxer’s withdrawal from the Senate.“Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein were first elected to the Senate in 1992, so it will almost be a quarter of a century that has passed since this seat last became open, which means there is a whole generation of young and not so young Democratic politicians with a whole lot of pent up ambition waiting to spill out over the next couple of election cycles,” Schnur said.In the three minute interview uploaded via Boxer’s YouTube channel, Boxer and her grandson formulated a Q&A-type discussion in which Rodham posed popular questions addressed to Boxer by the media.“I am never going to retire, the work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016,” Boxer said.Rodham opened the discussion by questioning why Boxer decided not to run in the 2016 election. Boxer assured Rodham and online viewers that her decision to withdraw from her seat in the Senate was not influenced by Washington’s bipartisan gridlock.“You know, when you stand up there and you fight to make sure there is a strong middle class, and you protect women’s rights to choose, and you fight for jobs and a clean environment — all those things, human rights, civil rights — that’s a fight worth making. So, that is not a factor in my decision.”Boxer made it clear of her intention to remain steadfast in the political arena.“I am going to continue working on the issues that I love,” Boxer said. “ I’ll have more time to help other people through the PAC for change community, I have to make sure the Senate seat stays progressive, that is so critical, and I want to help our democratic candidate for president make history. But you know what, I want to come home to the state that I love so much, California.”Rodham, a sophomore at USC, currently studies at the School of Cinematic Arts. Schnur commented on his role in the video.“I was just happy to use a USC student as her interviewer, but I understand she knew him before he came to USC,” Schnur commented. “It was a very creative way of making the announcement. I don’t know this, but I am willing to guess that her grandson may have played some role in how it came together —  either way we are really proud of him.”While Boxer’s decision to withdraw from a 2016 senatorial race took many by shock, others predicted her departure.“One of the best ways of deciphering whether an elected official is going to run for reelection is to watch how much money they’ve raised for the next campaign. Boxer has been a very prolific fundraiser throughout her career but had raised almost no money for the 2016 election, so, a lot of people had assumed that she was heading to the exit,” Schnur said.Boxer’s decision not to run for the 2016 election opens doors for other charismatic Democratic candidates such as California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who officially announced she will be running for the vacant seat.“Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, has just announced that she is running for the seat and Harris immediately becomes a very strong early frontrunner,” Schnur said. “Tom Steyer, the billionaire and environmental activist, said that he is considering running in the race, as is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Both would be formidable competition for Harris but there is no question that she starts in a very commanding position.”last_img read more