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first_imgTo add more to the Kanye West news circulating around, you can now interact more than ever into Kanye’s world. Kanye Quest 3030, a downloadable RPG game, is now available as an alpha version, which lets you play in this “hip-hop themed science-fiction 2D roleplaying game.”In the game West finds himself in a wormhole to a futuristic San Francisco in 3030, filled with clones of other hip-hop musicians including Tupac and Snoop Lion, whom he must rap-battle to continue on his journey.The game is available for download here.You can watch the trailer for the game here:last_img read more

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first_imgIn October, the second solo album by Frank Zappa, Hot Rats, celebrated its 50th birthday. On Friday, in honor of the anniversary, the Zappa Trust released The Hot Rats Sessions, a new deluxe box set featuring 59 unreleased tracks, alternate mixes, unseen photos, and a Candyland-style board game. Overseen by the Zappa Trust and produced by Frank’s son, Ahmet Zappa, and Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers, The Hot Rats Sessions is now available both digitally and as a 6-CD box set.Frank Zappa – Hot Rats Sessions – Promo VideoAccording to a post on the Frank Zappa Facebook page,This creatively fertile time in Zappa’s career is visually brought to life through a beautiful 28-page booklet featuring striking never-before-seen images of the recording sessions by Bill Gubbins, photographs of the master tapes and tape boxes, and stunning outtakes from original Hot Rats cover photographer, Andee Nathanson’s shoot with Miss Christine. Nathanson provides the collection’s new cover image and several unreleased photos, all from the same photo shoot, captured on Infrared film which gave the original album its otherworldly look. The photographer vividly details the shoot in the liner notes which also includes essays by Zappa collaborator Ian Underwood and Vaultmeister Travers and an appreciation from “The Simpsons” creator and lifelong Zappa fan Matt Groening, who recounts his first time listening to Hot Rats as a teenager: “From the opening moments of that unforgettable drum fill, I was transported. The kaleidoscopic, calliopean, dare-I-say-callipygian, mini-masterpiece ‘Peaches En Regalia’ elevated my scrawny body into the air, spun me around like a propeller beanie, and melted my brain.”You can stream the 67-track Frank Zappa The Hot Rats Sessions compilation in its entirety below. To order a physical copy of The Hot Rats Sessions deluxe box set, head here.Frank Zappa – The Hot Rats Sessions – Full Compilationlast_img read more

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first_imgAll contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. “We, too, share in their anguish,” Menifee said of Beauchamp’s family. “We know that they want answers. We’re trying to provide those answers but it takes time. We want to get it right, and we want to do it right.” Beauchamp’s family called 911 because she was unconscious and not breathing. Two Southfield firefighters who are parademics and two more firefighters who are emergency medical technicians responded. The emergency crew later called a doctor at a hospital who declared Beauchamp dead based on information provided at the scene. Staff at a Detroit funeral home discovered she was alive just before she was to be embalmed, said Geoffrey Fieger, an attorney for Beauchamp’s family. Follow Ed White at http://twitter.com/edwritez SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) – A suburban Detroit fire chief said Wednesday that he still can’t explain why a 20-year-old woman declared dead at her home was discovered alive hours later at a funeral home. Menifee took questions from reporters for the first time since the bizarre events Sunday. Beauchamp, meanwhile, remained in critical condition at a hospital. Beauchamp was born with cerebral palsy and has always needed constant medical care, Fieger said. Three police officers were also at the scene, although direct medical care was the responsibility of the fire department crew, police Chief Elvin Barren said. “These things have happened in the past,” Menifee said.center_img Menifee suggested it might be a case of “Lazarus syndrome,” a reference to people who come back to life without assistance after attempts to resuscitate have failed. “They feel terrible,” Menifee said. “Lazarus Syndrome” suggested in Southfield incident The firefighters are on paid leave while the case is investigated by the city. “These are good firefighters. I know the family’s hurting. These firefighters are hurting also,” the chief said. “We want to have these answers, and we plan to get these answers.” Southfield, Mich., Fire Chief Johnny Menifee holds a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Southfield, Mich., in response to questions about a woman, Timesha Beauchamp, who was found alive at a funeral home. A Southfield emergency medical crew said there were no signs of life when they were called to Beauchamp’s home on Aug. 23, 2020. (Ed White, Associated Press) Asked why Beauchamp was never taken to a hospital, Menifee said “that’s all under investigation.” An emergency medical crew did not “detect signs of life,” despite immediately attempting to revive Timesha Beauchamp and twice more returning to her room when relatives said she appeared to be breathing or had a heartbeat, Southfield Chief Johnny Menifee said.last_img read more

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Grandmother and Her Granddaughter Delight Community With Enchanting Fairy House Tours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis grandmother-granddaughter team have been making fairy houses for years, but when COVID-19 hit they got busy creating little magical vignettes they could place outside for the community to enjoy.The fairy tour begins on a New York state street, at a tiny mailbox next to a tree that holds a listing of each little house and its name—14 all together. “The fairies can sit by the waterfall and sneak into my grandma’s garden to steal fresh raspberries”, according to the granddaughter. “They can also play tic tac bug.”RELATED: ‘Wine Fairies’ Have Been Anonymously Gifting Booze and Treats to Neighbors Who Could Use a SmileAfter lunch the fairies can head over to ‘Flo’s Creek’ to sit under the gazebo and read or collect pink petunias.‘Aqua’s Flip Flop Inn’, looks very inviting for a swim, boat ride, or just for relaxing in the sun and sand.The Inn has a turquoise roof imbedded with shells, a rainbow door, and a one-inch tall sandcastle. A sparking boulder painted with a mandala pattern sits to the left of the door and a crystal covered rock to the right.MORE: Take a Look Inside Britain’s Tallest Cottage – It’s Filled With FairiesEach teeny-tiny house has a special feel about it: They’re certainly places any fairy would love to live. Hidden under bushes and burrowed at the bases of huge trees, surrounded by the smell of showy flowers and the gurgling of a waterfall, the settings couldn’t be more enchanting.At the end of the tour sits a three-inch tall treasure chest filled with colorful jewels. “Well, I hope you enjoyed your fairy garden tour”, say the words on the sign, “because I really enjoyed it so much. Please take a jewel to remember your visit.”This fairy land has been put away for the upcoming winter for now, but you can still take the full guided tour through this video.It’s a wonderful reminder of the magic all around us—and how we just need to slow down long enough to see it.SHARE The Fairy Magic With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore An arrow points the way to a lovely flower-filled garden where the houses are nestled in between greenery and colorful blooms.The first stop on the Finger Lakes tour is ‘Bernie’s Buttons’: a round mosaic house with a bright pink door and jewels that sparkle in the sun. It’s made out of a tin can, plaster of Paris, old buttons, glitter, and beads.“We love to use things that can be recycled, and other found objects, like old buttons” says the grandmother Carol. “We especially enjoy making the pathways. We just use plaster from the hardware store and inset all types of things from pebbles to glitter and plastic jewels.”Next stop is ‘Finley’s Shanty’, where an old stone pathway welcomes visiting fairies to enter via the round wooden door. A huge crystal ball glows with mysterious powers. A tiny handmade sign says ‘Welcome’ and a decorative wire bench invites tired fairies to sit for a spell.Where do the fairies go for lunch? ‘Beans Pod’.last_img read more

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The year’s Top 10 local stories: forensic audit to Little White Cross

first_img6) PA hires new city manager2015 started with a new Port Arthur City Manager. Brian McDougal took over the reins of the city on Jan. 19, the same day the city celebrated the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.McDougal, at the time, said he was pleasantly surprised to see the number of people participating in the annual event.McDougal quickly got to work while then Acting City Manager John Comeaux prepared for his last weeks on the job.McDougal came to Port Arthur by way of Oklahoma, where he was city manager in Shawnee. Prior to his tenure there, he was city manager in Athens, Valdosta, Royston and Remerton, all Georgia cities.Early on, McDougal identified key issues that needed immediate attention including the city’s water losses from aging infrastructure and the regular annual audit, which was nearing completion, but running months behind.He also took steps to ensure the city embarked on a citizens-led quest to have a forensic audit done on the city’s finances.“City finances are important in every city and having public trust in a city’s finances is important in every city,” he said in February. “Not having the audit ready on time is a very god way to lose a city’s trust in its finances.”McDougal was also introduced to his first Mardi Gras celebration, and the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. 3) City employees caught with hand in tillPort Arthur’s new city manager Brian McDougal had only been on the job a few months when a Jefferson County grand jury indicted a former city of Port Arthur employee for theft.Shauwn Williams, 41, was sentenced to a suspended two-year jail term for felony theft by a public servant in connection with a three-month period when she submitted fraudulent lawn care invoices totaling around $7,420 for work never done.At the time, Williams was a temporary employee with the city’s Housing Department.Williams wasn’t the only city employee accused to wrongdoing in connection with their jobs during 2015.In March, Sharon Shelvin was terminated from her position as court clerk after an investigation discovered evidence of theft of municipal court fines and tampering with official court documents.In October, three more city employees were fired after criminal investigations pointed to job-related misdeeds.Carlton Edwards, Steve and Randall Davis admitted they had stolen fuel using city-issued gas cards. Edwards, a superintendent with the streets department, has since been indicted by the grand jury.Investigations are continuing and more arrests could be forthcoming, McDougal said.The city also in 2015 instituted a fraud hotline, for people to call with tips if they have information about criminal wrongdoing among city employees. 4) LNG export becomes new industryThe area’s LNG plants — Golden Pass LNG, Cheniere Energy, and Sempra Energy — should fuel growth along the area’s waterways.Golden Pass LNG is continuing with its project to add exporting capabilities to the world-class facility in Sabine Pass.“Golden Pass is set to move the needle with this $10 billion proposed investment,” said Bill Davis, project executive. According to a third party study undertaken for the company, 45,000 direct and indirect jobs across the nation will be created during the five-year construction phase.Golden Pass’ LNG plant is to be constructed in mid 2016.The liquefied natural gas project will bring an estimated 9,000 direct construction jobs over a five-year construction period with peak employment reaching about 3,000 jobs. The project is expected to create the equivalent of about 45,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country during the construction phase, according to a study done by The Perryman Group.Cheniere Energy, meanwhile, is on the verge of making history by building the first LNG export terminal in North America in more than 40 years in Sabine Pass.The monumental event is five years in the making.Katie Pipkin, senior vice president, Business Development & Communications, said about 4,000 workers are on site for peak construction.Sempra Energy’s subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, is making strides toward the company’s proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility in Port Arthur.The San Diego-based energy company estimates construction will start in 2017 pending regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The proposed liquefication project is designed to include: Two natural gas liquefication trains with a total export capability of approximately 10 million tons per annum, or 1.4 billion cubic feet per day; two 160,000-cubic-meter storage tanks; marine facilities for vessel berthing and loading; natural gas liquids and refrigerant strorage; natural gas liquids and refrigerant storage; feed gas pre-treatment; truck loading and unloading areas; and combustion turbine generators for self-generation of electrical power.The project means additional jobs for the area. During construction an estimated 3,000 jobs would be created, and 200 permanent jobs for ongoing operations, said Anya McInnis, spokeswoman for Sempra. 1) Petition forces forensic audit in PA 2) Christus St. Mary transformedChristus St. Mary Hospital was transformed into a short-stay center, providing outpatient chemotherapy and infusion services, emergency room access, radiology and laboratory services, and surgical capabilities.Five departments relocated to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Patients that are “high-risk” or need prolonged treatment will most likely be transferred to St. Elizabeth or another hospital. “Underutilized services” being relocated include obstetrics, neonatal intensive care, pediatric, cardiovascular and general medicine inpatient services.The St. Mary campus will continue to operate the existing emergency room as it does today and it will not change how the hospital handles patients in crisis situations.Paul Trevino, CEO of Christus Southeast Texas Health System, said the new “community-centric approach” — that comes with an initial $10 million investment — will serve as the Launchpad for Christus’ plan to bring new healthcare locations to communities including Port Arthur, Mid-County, Beaumont, Silsbee, and Orange.A Micro Hospital off of FM 365 will be constructed by 2018 to meet the needs of Mid- and South-County, providing emergency, outpatient and physician services at a lower cost with limited beds. 10) PN apartment plan stirs controversyA dispute regarding variances for a luxury apartment complex led to a lawsuit between the city of Port Neches and its Zoning Board of Adjustment.The Port Neches Zoning Board of Adjustment granted three variances to Jeff Ahktar of Amron Housing Group for the construction of an apartment complex to be located at 3031 Eighth St. The proposed complex will be a mix of two and three story buildings with 140 units. The variances included going above the two-story height requirement, to place more than 12 attached dwellings units under one roof and go beyond the acreage density.The zoning board learned the mayor and city council filed a writ of certiorari on Nov. 19 stating “the board were illegal in that each variance exceeds the limits placed on the construction of multifamily housing units” by city code.The writ was filed in the Jefferson County Court at Law No. 1.The ZBA is being represented by Jane Leger of Dugas Leger Law Firm.Legal fees for the city versus the zoning board lawsuit are not yet known, as the issue is dependent on a variety of factors. Either way the city is paying for both sides of the is 7) Cross in park gains support in PNA 10-foot tall white cross that has stood in Port Neches Park for the past 45 years became the focus of attention for an atheist group and Christians alike during 2015.The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted Port Neches city officials objecting to the display of the cross on the public property as an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.Shortly after the issue came to light a group of locals responded by showing their support of the cross by making and distributing small, white crosses.Little White Crosses Mid-County group grew from the original handful of people, volunteers and donations came forward and upwards of 10,000 crosses have been distributed across the area and beyond.The city’s legal counsel is currently reviewing the issue with the cross at the park. Port Arthur residents’ pleas for the city to take a deep dive look into its finances were heard during 2015, when, in February, a petition drive with enough signatures to force the city’s hand was submitted.After failing to gain the needed signatures in December 2014, a supplemental petition was circulated around town, and was successful in garnering an additional 154 signatures to reach the number needed.With the support of new City Manager Brian McDougal, who started to work in January 2015, the drive gained traction in April when City Council bowed to the wishes of the citizen with a unanimous vote to go ahead and commission a forensic audit into the city’s finances. Since then the city has allocated $100,000 to fund what will be the first of a three-phase audit over the next three years, and a committee made up of city employees selected a firm to conduct the audit.The first phase includes the areas citizens asked for in their petition: the city’s housing, human resources, finance and public works departments.The next step is for the city and the auditing firm to perform a scope of work.McDougal said the city hopes to begin the forensic audit process in January. 9) Donald Trump visits BeaumontThousands of people converged upon Ford Park Arena for a chance to see presidential hopeful Donald Trump in November.Fans donned “Make America Great Again” shirts, caps and signs and cheered as Trump approached the podium to the tune of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Going To Take It.”Trump addressed the issue of illegal immigration and spoke about building a wall and how one day the illegals that left would come back to America the legal way.The event was one day after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. Trump asked for a moment of silence for those victims. Afterward he said the attack would have had a different outcome had the gun laws been different in Paris.Supporters of Trump told media they liked the fact the presidential hopeful isn’t a politician but a man who knows how to make money while another was in favor of building a wall and sending illegal immigrants back to their native country.A small group of protestors outside the arena held signs saying that Trump is the reason America need a change and signs in support of Hispanic and Latin American military members who served the U.S. 8) Edison Square dispute continuesA group of citizens residing around the proposed Edison Square apartment complex who hoped to put a stop to the project were not successful in Jefferson County District Court in 2015.Donald Floyd, presiding judge with the 172nd Judicial District Court of Jefferson Count, rendered his opinion in the case that originally centered on a zoning dispute between the 12th Street area residents where developers planned to build the apartment community for the elderly and handicapped.After hearing arguments in the case on Aug. 28, Floyd ruled his court had no jurisdiction over claims brought by Port Arthur residents Reginald Trainer, Efrain Avendano, Paul Hulin and Herman Leginston.Floyd dismissed the case on grounds that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate they had exhausted their administrative remedies under state law and the city’s zoning ordinance, and that circumstances of the chase had changed making it moot.Floyd’s decision came after hearing the case for the second time in two years. He was asked to determine whether the city had overreached its authority in issuing a zoning change that would allow developer The Itex Company to build 128 townhouse style apartments at a 15-acre site at 3501 12th St., where the old Edison school once stood.Itex was initially granted a zoning change from two family residential to multiple family residential.The city’s attorney argued the court had no jurisdiction in the case because the developer had changed course and decided to build duplexes rather than townhouses after the residents’ appeal to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments was upheld.The city argued that because the duplexes fell within the two family zoning restriction, the matter was moot.Floyd agreed.The case has been appealed and will be held in Corpus Christi later this year. 5) Oil workers go on strike at MotivaLast winter union employees at Port Arthur’s Motiva Enterprises refinery reached the end of their contract without an agreement, and opted to go on strike for the first time since 1982, when U.S. oil workers walked off their jobs to protest working conditions.It would be a month before the striking oil worker’s union, the United Steel Workers, ratified a new contract, and went back to work.During that month, more than 5,000 USW workers nationwide opted to strike, walking out of a chemical plant, a cogeneration complex and nine U.S. refineries that produce 13 percent of the nation’s fuel capacity.The vote on the agreement, taken by 500 Motiva United Steel Workers members, was unanimous and marked the first time all local USW members voted in favor of a contract agreement in 30-plus years.Union members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Office and Professional Employees International Union voted separately.All were Motiva employees.Highlights of the new Motiva agreement included health and safety issues related to fatigue, preservation and preservation of the retrogression clause, and a promise to start a conversation about the use of contractors. 2015 was a year of citizen involvement in Mid- and South Jefferson County. A petition drive forced a forensic audit in Port Arthur, people rallied around a cross in the park in Port Neches and activists sued to stop the Edison Square housing development. It also was a year of change, with a new city manager coming to Port Arthur, more companies wanting to build LNG plants and Christus Health making major changes in St. Mary Hospital. Here are the Top 10 news stories of 2015, as decided by the new staff at The Port Arthur News.last_img read more

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2 PA men indicted on two separate murders

first_imgTwo Port Arthur man were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury for two separate murders.James Earl Holloway, 18, was indicted in the March 4 murder of Kevon Jeffrey Washington, 18.According to a probable cause affidavit, Holloway and Washington had an ongoing disturbance and Holloway used females to communicate with Washington by mobile device in order to get Washington to come to the Lake View Palms Apartments, 5200 Gulfway Drive under the impression he was going to engage in a sex act with one of the females. The grand jury also handed down an indictment for OC Thomas, 69, of Port Arthur in the Oct. 24 shooting death of Michael Lynn Thomas (no relation).The victim, Michael Lynn Thomas, 56, suffered a gunshot wound to the torso area around 1:47 a.m. at or near the Fabric Care Washateria, located at 2925 25th St.Michael Thomas was known to sleep at night with other homeless people at the washateria. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, where he was pronounced dead.Police believe OC Thomas’ son had been involved in a verbal disturbance with the victim earlier in the day and went home and told his father. The two returned to the washateria; there, the suspect exited the passenger side of the vehicle, opened the front door to the business and fired one shot with a shotgun, striking the victim in the abdomen, according to a probable cause affidavit. Next UpWhen Washington arrived at the complex and met with the female, it is believed Holloway was lying in wait. Washington was accompanied by two females, at which time Holloway approached him. Holloway shot Washington as he tried to run away. The victim falls and Holloway stood over him and shot him multiple times, according to police.Holloway was arrested in mid-November after he was picked up by police at a local apartment complex. He was seen using crutches as he left to an awaiting squad car from the back door of the police station. Det. Mike Hebert said Holloway was using crutches because he had been shot in an incident in Louisiana. PAPD is working with Louisiana officials in that investigation.He is being held without bond.center_img Michael Thomas was described as having a mental illness and was known to police.OC Thomas is known to be a violent offender with a history of crime in the New Orleans area prior to his arrival in Port Arthur, police said.Bond for OC Thomas was set at $1.5 million.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.last_img read more

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Public forum on Vermont’s future March 31

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont economy is one of our most crucial and the least understood systems. The Vermont Futures Project was founded to conduct research and provide knowledge about the Vermont economy aimed at enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy we want—one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment. To help build this vision the Vermont Futures Project is sponsoring, in collaboration with regional entities, a series of discussions around the state. Johnson State College will host a meeting on March 31st for Lamoille Region businesses and residents.  The forum will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Stearns Student Center at Johnson State College. The event will build off the economic indicators in the Vermont Futures Project website focusing in three broad areas: economic performance, workforce, and quality of place. The unique Vermont challenge is balancing our commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to our people, and growth of opportunity. The Vermont Futures Project, created by the Vermont Chamber Foundation, has already published a website of economic indicators at www.vtfuturesproject.org(link is external) based on research funded by the Foundation and performed by the UMass Center for Economic Development. The indicators provide a profile of the economy which the Foundation is committed to update annually for at least the next ten years.The Foundation believes that achieving a shared vision, developing strategies, and accomplishing change in our economic future will take a decade or more—as the challenges facing us in workforce, demographics, productivity, industrial mix, and infrastructure will take time to address.The indicators and vision are the first two phases of a three phase project. The third phase concerns economic development learning, strategy and policy development, and continual attention to our shared economy. We have the responsibility and opportunity to make our economy what we want it to be and at the same time be consistent with our Vermont values, our tradition of hard work, and the needs of future generations.The event is sponsored by the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation, Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce, Lamoille County Planning Commission and Johnson State College. It will be led by Jeffrey Lewis, one of the principal organizers of the Vermont Futures Project.  While attendance is free, for planning purposes we ask that you please contact John Mandeville at 888-5640 or [email protected](link sends e-mail) and let us know you will be joining the conversation.last_img read more

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Increased awareness needed when open burning during dry weather

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont is currently experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions, and the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is reminding the public to exercise caution and follow all state laws and local ordinances with open burning. Open burning currently requires a permit from your town forest fire warden, and Vermonters should always check with their town forest fire warden before burning. A list of town forest fire wardens is available at https://fpr.vermont.gov/forest/wildland-fire/forest-fire-wardens(link is external).The northeast has been drier than normal with many areas receiving little rain over the summer months. The North American Drought Monitor(link is external), a cooperative effort between drought experts to monitor conditions across the continent, classified 51% of Vermont as experiencing moderate drought conditions and the remainder of the state as abnormally dry. The weather forecast over the next few weeks does not indicate any signs of relief, with little to no precipitation forecasted. The dry conditions call for extra attention when open burning—particularly with campfires—to reduce the risk of wildland fires. Under normal conditions, organic matter in and above the soil, leaves and branches that fall to the ground and decay helps to maintain soil moisture. However, the recent abnormally dry weather has resulted in low soil moisture in many areas of the state, increasing the risk of ground fires. Ground fires are wildfires that occur in the subsurface and consume buried vegetation. This type of fire can be difficult and costly to extinguish and is often started by open burning such as burn piles, bonfires, and campfires. Already this year, several ground fires have occurred in remote areas of the state caused by campfires that were not properly extinguished.Most years, there is enough moisture in the soil and woody material on the surface to quell any embers that smolder in open fires. This year, we need to use extra caution when open burning, especially with a campfire in the woods. Increased awareness can go a long way to limit the occurrence of wildland fires. Please do your part to help prevent wildfires by following these simple guidelines:Be aware of the current weather conditions before igniting a fire. Current conditions can be found at VTforest.com(link is external).Understand the open burning laws and obtain a permit from your Forest Fire Warden.Never leave an open fire unattended.Never build a campfire on top of duff; use a camp stove to prevent escaped fires. Extinguish fires completely before leaving. This can be done by dousing the fire in water including all embers. Use a live, green branch to mix and stir the embers. If water is not available use soil or sand to mix into the embers to cool them down. Continue to mix water and soil with the embers until the material is cool. Before leaving, use the back of your hand to check for heat in the campfire. For more information please visit: fpr.vermont.gov/prevent-forest-fires(link is external)Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Agency of Natural Resources and FPR are taking additional safety measures to protect our employees, partners, and customers. We are now working remotely and focused on keeping our normal business processes as fully functional as possible. Please communicate electronically to the greatest extent possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding that responses may occasionally be delayed.Source: Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation 9.24.2020last_img read more

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BrewDog gets the beers in at Rouleur Classic LDN

first_imgTaking place from 31 October to 2 November, the 2019 Rouleur Classic LDN is the fifth edition of ‘the world’s finest cycling show’. This year’s show in central London sees Scottish craft beer company BrewDog join the growing list of show partners.BrewDog has got on-board as Drinks Partner for the 2019 Rouleur Classic ‘reinforcing a commitment to cycling following the launch of its global cycling club, the BrewDog Chain Gang’. The company will be taking its top beers – Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club, Lost Lager, Clockwork Tangerine and Zombie Cake – along to the show for customers to enjoy, as well as offering a social tasting experience.Alongside it will be hosting an official after party for guests and speakers at the BrewDog Seven Dials venue.Rouleur Managing Director Bruce Sandell said “It is a great honour add such a reputable brand to our list of partners, a brand from outside the industry that is becoming more involved in the sport.“The [show] team work tirelessly to bring the greatest names to the greatest show in international cycling – the Rouleur Classic. With one of our best line-ups of Grand Tour legends and bicycle industry visionaries, alongside a wealth of exclusive brand launches and cycling memorabilia, this year’s show is set to be the best yet.”James Brown, BrewDog Director of Retail, said “We are excited to join as the Official Drinks Partner for Rouleur Classic LDN. The partnership is a natural fit for BrewDog as we continue to increase our commitment to the cycling community through our global cycling club BrewDog Chain Gang.“We share a belief in achieving greatness through hard work, determination and dogged, uncompromising persistence, but most of all think there is nothing better at the end of a long ride than a cold beer.”Rouleur Classic LDN will showcase over 50 premium cycling brands, exhibiting the latest in performance bicycles, clothing and accessories. Special guests at the show include Greg LeMond, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Phil Anderson, Sean Yates, Simon Gerrans, Mat Hayman, Damiano Cunego, Adam Blythe and Giulio Ciccone.Tickets to the Rouleur Classic LDN are now available with prices from £35.Show exhibitors include: 100%, 4iiii, Abus, Bianchi, Campagnolo, Cannondale, Castelli, Ceramicspeed, Cervélo, Colnago, Craft, De Rosa, Elite, Exept, FFWD, FSA, Fizik, Gore, HJC, HEXR, Hope, Knight, Koo, Lazer, Le Col, Limar, Look, Maurten, Mavic, Met, Panaracer, Pedaled, Pegoretti, Pinarello, Pirelli, POC, Polartec, Ribble, Santini, Scott, Shimano, Sidi, Specialized, Speedplay, Silca, SRAM, Stages, Swift Carbon, Tacx, Titici, Velohawk, Vision, Wahoo, Wilier, Zipp.Partners include: Action Medical Research, BrewDog, Madison, Saddleback, Sigma Sports, Visit Switzerland / Made in Bern, World Bicycle Relief, Zyro Fisher, Halewood Wines.www.rouleurclassic.ccwww.brewdog.com Relatedlast_img read more

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If you’re serious about leading, you should ask more questions

first_imgWhat would you work on if you had more time and why would that be valuable? Inquiring about where those you lead would invest more time helps people consider possibilities for the future that often get lost in the busy-ness of doing the work of today.Note that asking these questions is only the first step. It will only work if you listen to the responses and exercise the patience not to critique or correct too soon.The point is that shifting your perspective from being the problem solver to being the one seeking solutions is a powerful and important step in becoming a more effective leader. It won’t happen overnight, and the first few times you ask the answers you receive may not be as good as you would like, but that doesn’t mean you should stop asking.Make the commitment to weave these questions into your interactions with the people you lead and you’ll increase your leadership impact and develop the capacity of your team—two of the most essential responsibilities of any leader.Your Turn—What’s your favorite question to ask the people you lead or if you are among the led to have asked of you? Please take a moment and share your insight by posting a comment. What is the biggest obstacle you face and how can we eliminate it? Inviting your team members to openly share the things that are in the way of their producing more and better results reinforces your commitment to continuous improvement. What do you think you should stop doing (and why)? Soliciting ideas about things that the credit union should stop doing reveals a more strategic focus and an openness to change. What do you think we should do next? Inviting team members to share their ideas regarding next steps engages them at a different level and offers the chance to guide and coach their next step (instead of just dictating the desired action). What are you doing that you wouldn’t start doing if you weren’t already doing it? Focusing attention on what would not be started if it were not already underway conveys an interest in leveraging the knowledge, skills, and experience of the individual and helps you guide them to where they can do their best work.center_img What options do you think we should consider in this situation? Requesting options communicates that there is no one right answer and allows the responder to use their creativity and insight in defining possible paths to take. There’s an interesting disconnect that often emerges in my conversations with leaders and the people they lead.The leaders tend to talk about how their people don’t come to them with problems, don’t openly share ideas for improvement, and don’t always live up to expectations.The led often speak of not getting enough support, about their ideas being ignored, and about not knowing what is expected of them.While some might argue that these responses are inevitable and simply reflect the different nature of the positions held, it’s not an acceptable situation (especially the credit unions where they toil).Despite H. L. Menken’s famous warning that “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong,” let me offer a very single action step leaders can take to improve the situation: Ask more questions.Yes, it really is that simple.Asking more questions instantly changes the nature of the interaction between the leader and the people they lead because:It demonstrates that the leader values the input and respects the insight of the people they lead;It communicates that the leader recognizes they don’t have all of the answers; andIt reveals the shared responsibility of both parties to come up with the right answers for the organization.Here are 7 questions leaders can use on a regular basis in leading their teams—questions that will engage your people, develop their capacity, and increase your shared impact:What can I do to help you succeed? Asking this question positions you as someone who understands that their role is to help the people they lead succeed, and it provides a chance for you to hear how well those you lead understand the expectations of success that you have communicated. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Hudson Dr. Michael Hudson started his first business when he was just 7 years old…riding his bicycle from house to house selling greeting cards and holiday gifts. Since then he … Web: michaelhudson.com Detailslast_img read more

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