Dave Matthews Band has announced their 45-date 2013 Summer Tour, via their website. With three dates scheduled in April (including a show at New Orleans Jazz Fest), the main part of the tour begins May 17th in The Woodlands, TX and ends September 8th in Mountain View, CA, with dates in Saratoga Springs, NY, Toronto, ON, Mansfield, MA, Wantagh, NY, Bethel, NY, East Troy, WI, Hershey, PA, 3-nights at The Gorge in WA, and many more.Warehouse ticketing request period kicks off on Thursday, February 21 at 10am ET and ends on Monday March 4 at 10am ET. Citi Cardmember presale starts on Monday, March 18. Tickets will be on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, March 22.Dave Matthews Band Summer 2013 Tour Dates04/06/13 Sat Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Pelham, AL04/27/13 Sat Snowden Grove Amphitheater Southaven, MS04/28/13 Sun New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA05/17/13 Fri Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX05/18/13 Sat Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX05/21/13 Tue Tower Amphitheater Austin, TX05/25/13 Sat Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY05/26/13 Sun Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY05/28/13 Tue Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto, ON05/29/13 Wed Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain Scranton, PA05/31/13 Fri First Niagara Pavilion Burgettstown, PA06/01/13 Sat Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH06/06/13 Thu PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ06/07/13 Fri Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT06/08/13 Sat Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT06/15/13 Sat Comcast Center (Great Woods) Mansfield, MA06/16/13 Sun Comcast Center (Great Woods) Mansfield, MA06/21/13 Fri Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN06/22/13 Sat Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN06/25/13 Tue Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY06/26/13 Wed Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY06/28/13 Fri Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ06/29/13 Sat Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ07/02/13 Tue Bethel Woods Center For The Arts Bethel, NY07/03/13 Wed Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, NY07/05/13 Fri Alpine Valley Music Theatre East Troy, WI07/06/13 Sat Alpine Valley Music Theatre East Troy, WI07/09/13 Tue DTE Energy Music Center Clarkston, MI07/10/13 Wed Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO07/12/13 Fri Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH07/13/13 Sat Hersheypark Stadium Hershey, PA07/17/13 Wed Live Nation Ampitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds Tampa, FL07/19/13 Fri Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL07/20/13 Sat Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL07/23/13 Tue Amphitheater at The Wharf Orange Beach, AL07/24/13 Wed Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC07/26/13 Fri Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA07/27/13 Sat Jiffy Lube Live (Formerly Nissan Pavilion) Bristow, VA08/23/13 Fri Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, CO08/24/13 Sat Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, CO08/27/13 Tue USANA (West Valley) Amphitheatre West Valley, UT08/30/13 Fri The Gorge George, WA08/31/13 Sat The Gorge George, WA09/01/13 Sun The Gorge George, WA09/04/13 Wed Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys Stateline, NV09/06/13 Fri Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA09/07/13 Sat Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Irvine Meadows) Irvine, CA09/08/13 Sun Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Police say the man had been drinking and had taken off his clothes. Somehow, he immersed himself in the holding tank. LEBANON, Pa. — Rescue crews had to cut apart a portable toilet to rescue a man who got stuck naked inside the potty. Authorities say the 31-year-old man used his cell phone to call 911 on Sunday from inside a portable toilet. Deputy fire commissioner Chris Miller told WPMT-TV, “I’ve been on the job in one form or fashion for 21 years, and this is the first port-a-potty rescue I’ve ever had.” Police charged the man with public drunkenness and creating a health code violation, but they have no idea why he was in the toilet with his clothes off. They said he didn’t suffer any serious injuries.
As part of the Last Lecture series, Lou Nanni, vice president for University Relations, outlined five life lessons in the Hammes Lounge of the Coleman-Morse Center on Thursday. Nanni said he has learned to seek to be faithful and not successful, to surround himself with great people, to keep the sense of being a beginner, to give abundantly and to develop a long-term vision. “Leadership is best when it is given, not sought after,” he said. “Be a person of integrity and let faithfulness guide you. Success will follow.” Part of seeking to be faithful is pursuing one’s passions regardless of what others think or the money to be made, Nanni said. “The toughest thing in life is having the courage to follow your passions,” he said. “If it is playing the flute that you love, play the flute day and night.” The second lesson is to find the best, most inspiring people and get to know them, Nanni said. “Find people whose lives you want to model your lives after, then emulate, imitate and find out what makes them tick,” he said. Nanni said the third lesson is expressed by a statement of St. Benedict to the effect of “If you think you’ve gotten ahead, it’s a sign you’ve fallen behind.” Nanni said he was at his best in his work with the South Bend Center for the Homeless when he first began and worked especially hard because he was aware of the knowledge he lacked. He also said it is important to remember where you came from. “Never forget where you came from, never forget your hometown and never forget childhood friends,” he said. Nanni said he has met people who regret not giving more, but has never met anyone who felt he gave to excess. “No one has ever said to me: ‘I’ve given too much’,” he said. Nanni’s fifth and final lesson was the need to have a long-term vision for one’s life. “You should be able to say in one sentence your vision for your life,” he said. “When I was 27, I came up with my vision to be the best Christian I could be, and have my identifying roles be husband and father.” Nanni said people need to overcome the tendency to think in small time increments and to think about the distant future and the end goals of their lives. A 1984 alumnus of Notre Dame, Nanni said he spent two years after graduating in Santiago, Chile, with the Holy Cross Associates, teaching school and meeting with female political prisoners. He said he fell in love with the poetry of Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti while learning Spanish. Nanni quoted a poem by Benedetti in which a dying woman writes: “To live means this: to be close.” Nanni said his father’s death after battling bone cancer taught him this lesson. “Death means separation,” Nanni said. “Death is loneliness, to be apart. I realized this wasn’t just a metaphor when my father died.” Nanni said he completed Notre Dame’s one-year Peace Studies master’s program after returning from Chile. He then worked on Catholic and economic issues in the Dominican Republic for three years. He spent the next eight years as executive director of the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Nanni said he was the fifth executive director in two years and that when he started, the Center was $100,000 in debt. “After working harder than I ever had before, we were no longer $100,000 in debt, we were $140,000 in debt,” he said. The Center eventually became a very successful national model, Nanni said. Nanne has been an administrator at the University for 13 years. “What brought me back to Notre Dame was that I wanted the energy to be present for my kids,” he said. To conclude, Nanni read from the end of Canadian writer Edmund Vance Cooke’s poem “How did you die.” “It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,” he quoted, But only how did you die?”
View Comments Esteemed lighting designer Howell Binkley, who won Tony Awards for Hamilton and Jersey Boys, died after a battle with lung cancer on August 14, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. His wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook that he died at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C.Born in Winston-Salem, Binkley attended East Carolina University in Greenville and began his career lighting dance pieces. His first Broadway credit was Kiss of the Spider Woman, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award; he went on to win an Olivier Award when the production transferred to London. Binkley also garnered Tony nominations for In the Heights, the 2009 revival of West Side Story, the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, After Midnight, Come From Away and Ain’t Too Proud. Binkley’s off-Broadway credits include The Petrified Prince, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Castle, Landscape of the Body, Chasing Manet, Notes From the Field and, most recently, Nantucket Sleigh Ride.Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda paid tribute to Binkley on Twitter, as did the show’s account. Howell Binkley(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)
Milton Braasch made a move toward the goal against St. Thomas Aquinas last month. Photo courtesy Tom Strongman.The Lancer lacrosse team this week wrapped up its regular season with a 14-8 victory over Blue Valley West, a win that puts it into contention for a high seed in the Lacrosse Association of Kansas City.The Lancers have amassed a 15-3 overall record and went 10-2 in the LAKC. Blue Valley North also finished the year at 10-2 in the league. Rockhurst is undefeated at 12-0 and has secured the top seed in the tourney.Led by Tripp Mohr and William Larson, the Lancers high-powered offensive attack has proven difficult to beat so far this year. But they’ll face stiff competition in the LAKC quarterfinals, which start next Thursday, May 19.The Lancers program has made it to the LAKC title game every year since the league started its tournament in 2012, winning the championship its first two years. In 2014, the Lancers fell to Rockhurst for the title. Last year, they lost to Olathe East/Northwest in the championship game.
Anderson will be playing her singles in the second flight, and is among a trio of freshmen – including Marina Bugaenco and Danielle Mousseau – that Thomson has high hopes for.“Obviously, I’m a little unfamiliar with our freshmen and their ability to compete,” he said. “But it wouldn’t surprise me if any of our three freshmen played well and won their flight.”Playing in the top flight of singles for the Gophers will be junior Nischela Reddy, sophomore Lindsay Risebrough and sophomore Ida Malmberg.Malmberg played on last year’s team, which was made up mostly of walk-ons. She said she can already feel the team is ready to go in a different direction.“If you look at our record last year, it wasn’t that good,” Malmberg said. “But I really enjoyed being around these girls, and I still do. They’re like a family to me now.”Thomson said that while for him, the season started on the first day of practice, tomorrow will be the team’s first chance to see its work fleshed out on the court.“The focus of our team has been on building a good environment,” Thomson said. “And it’s more about the process. Now is the time we can start to apply those things.” Tournament at Baseline Tennis Center the first gauge of the season for Minnesota Mike MullenSeptember 17, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s women’s tennis team does not start its season this weekend with the Gophers Invitational Tournament. Not if you listen to coach Tyler Thomson.“I think starting anew is more of a practice thing,” Thomson said. “And we’re starting to accept that and develop it. I think we’d be putting the cart before the horse if we focused on matches right away.”But Thomson said he knows that this event, which has individual players and doubles teams competing in flighted tournaments, is going to be meaningful to his players. Minnesota will play to host to five non-Big Ten teams, including Gustavus Adolphus and Drake.The tournament begins today at 9 a.m., but no Gophers are in action until 11 a.m. It runs all day today through Sunday, culminating in the doubles championship matches at 9:30 a.m. and singles championship matches at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.While Big Ten team competition does not start until January, the results of the Gophers Invitational will factor into the national rankings.“The fall schedule is very important if you’re trying to establish yourself on the national scene,” Thomson said. “(The fall season) is going to be a new experience for almost the whole team, since only two of our current players played in the fall last year.”One of the players who will see her first fall competition this weekend is Jane Anderson, a freshman from Edina, Minn. Anderson said that despite – or perhaps because of – her lack of experience, she’s not nervous about how she’ll play.“(Thomson) told us to just have fun and be relaxed,” Anderson said. “There are no expectations for us now. This is a starting point for us to base things off of.”
By LI WONGLos AlamosI would like to thank Joann Temple for her diligence in keeping Aspen Ridge Assisted Living COVID-19 free. She has handled the concerns of my family with aplomb, and has constantly gone above and beyond what her job calls for.Keep up the good work!
HOPE Pregnancy Center News:HOPE Pregnancy Center continues to serve our community through remote parent mentoring, material assistance porch-drops and take-home pregnancy tests. HOPE’s offices have remained closed since March 16 due to the stay-at-home mandate and to ensure staff and client health and safety and will remain closed until further notice. HOPE’s in-person activities and events are on hold until meeting restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted and the board and staff agree that the safety of the participants can be reasonably ensured.Even though HOPE’s offices are closed, clients are still receiving remote parent mentoring and check-ins through phone calls and video chats, material assistance through contactless porch-drops, take-home pregnancy tests and referrals to other community resources as needs arise. The support of the community has ensured that services are still provided and HOPE staff remains employed.“We’re thankful for the support of the Los Alamos community,” HOPE Executive Director Kim Ferguson said. “As the COVID pandemic continues, client needs have increased. HOPE has seen an increase in requests for parent mentoring services since the start of the stay-at-home order, and we’ve been checking in with clients to make sure that they are not completely isolated. We’ve also had an increase in individuals registering for services, including those requesting material assistance. As always, HOPE’s services are free to all, and we’re happy to help in whatever ways we can.”As HOPE continues meeting client needs, some specific material donations are needed:Diapers of all sizes;Baby Wipes;Baby shampoo;Lotion;Diaper rash cream;Sunblock; and Toiletries/consumables.To arrange for HOPE’s services or donate material items, call or text 505.500.4165 or email email@example.com. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.hpcla.org.About HOPEHOPE Pregnancy Center, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that upholds the sanctity of human life by providing individuals and families with free spiritual, physical, and emotional support related to reproductive health, parenting and relationships. At HOPE’s core is the understanding that healthy relationships build strong communities and all people need loving, honest support, no matter their age, circumstances or choices. The staff and volunteers at HOPE are committed to walking alongside clients throughout their relationships, pregnancy and parenting.HOPE serves all individuals with respect and compassion, regardless of demographics.
In the early 1980s, Manchester was in decline, the city’s traditional industries were dying off and the population was falling.Fast-forward to today, and the city has been transformed. Major development projects such as Spinningfields and MediaCity have changed the face of the city and many others like Mayfield are in the pipeline.GL Hearn brought together a panel of experts to discuss the factors behind Manchester’s success, such as civic leadership, long-term planning and investment in public transport, and considered what valuable insights other cities could learn from it.The panel also discussed how to secure the continued success and growth of Manchester and the key challenges that city and town centres face today, including an over-reliance on retail. DM: It’s also about understanding the commercial world and its drivers. Not all places understand how the sector works. The city’s leaders always meet people and talk to them at great length to really understand where they are coming from and what their drivers are and the value they can add. It is something that’s pretty unique here.DS: Members have got to understand that the private sector has got to make a profit. When I first started that wasn’t there. If you wanted to do a joint venture, there was a view in local authorities that making a profit was a bad thing. That was what changed in Manchester in the 1980s – the acceptance that to get growth you needed partners and they weren’t going to invest unless there was a return there.How can regeneration be spread from the city centre to the suburbs and the surrounding towns?DM: At a local level, the tram system extending to the surrounding towns was a significant investment that is really starting to bring life to those town centres that have been struggling. It brings places much closer to the city centre. You will see those town centres getting more residential development and more regeneration. You can already see land values starting to increase.JB: There’s an opportunity to reshape the uses in those town centres. This needs a mix of residential and some commercial schemes that stack up. That’s not necessarily grade-A office space; in fact, it invariably won’t be. But it is about creating really interesting spaces that go with the grain of the businesses in those areas. It has to draw on all of Manchester’s ability to do partnerships.How do you tackle the oversupply of retail in a lot of city and town centres?JH: People are too slow to accept change. Some of the town centres around the city core are fantastic and have the most amazing buildings. Actually trying to focus on retail and trying to keep hold of that retail centre is probably wrong. Does it matter if you convert some of those old retail units into apartments and people come back and live there? That’s part of the city growing and maturing. If they are going home and spending money near home, that’s going to encourage the development of local cafés, breweries and bakeries. It becomes a virtuous circle.TH: I’m a great believer in town centres but they’ve lost their way. The much-trumpeted example is Altrincham. Now it’s not every town that can have a trendy food market but it does reflect a wider trend. Everything used to be about convenience. You would drive to your supermarket and do all your shopping in one place. But now it’s more about experience. Town centres can offer that experience, it is something they can capitalise on. PanellistsJessica Bowles, director of strategy, BruntwoodHarry Dhaliwal, managing director, First Step GroupJames Heather, development director, U&ITim Heatley, co-founder, Capital & CentricEddie Smith, strategic director of development, Manchester City CouncilDavid Smith-Milne, managing director, PlacefirstDuncan Sutherland, regeneration director, Sigma CapitalDeborah McLaughlin, managing director, GL HearnGuy Montague-Jones, deputy editor, PropertyWeek (chair) GL Hearn assembled a strong collection of speakers in ManchesterAnd the assets that we’ve got in the city; we didn’t knock all the mills down and build a new city. We’ve embraced the culture and the assets so that developers such as Tim are bringing back some of the most beautiful buildings in the city, respecting the heritage. Manchester has also been courageous in not accepting the first investment that lands on its lap but choosing investment that is really going to add value long term.TH: That’s something Manchester does well – ensuring those who are developing the city have a long-term horizon. Other cities could be accused of having poor-quality developers and architecture that’s not added much and actually puts other long-term developers off because they know they are going to be undercut by low-quality product.Is there a blueprint that other towns and cities can employ?TH: For me it was relatively straightforward because I’ve grown up here seeing great architects and great developers, people like Bruntwood, Urban Splash, Ask and Muse, delivering fantastic buildings. So when other places say ‘can you come to our city and bring some of that Manchester stuff you do?’ I say ‘sure, I’ll bring my little black book of Manchester rules’. But really, you can’t masterplan a swagger or an attitude. It’s in the spirit of the people here. It’s hard to say what the checklist is.But are there at least some elements that other places can learn from, such as having a clear long-term plan?DSM: The whole landscape of city development is littered with strategies and failed delivery. It’s not just about the vision, it’s the tenacity to squeeze the pips out of everything. That’s what the city council is pretty good at. You look at Oxford Road – there was huge investment in hospital infrastructure, huge investment in the university. The city council didn’t just observe and enjoy that happening. The city council put a strategy together and squeezed the benefits out, economically, socially, culturally and from a retail perspective. That’s what you don’t see in a lot of other cities. Actually, you often see quite passive civic leadership.TH: When talking to chief executives of other cities about the black book of Manchester rules, one of things you’ve got to deliver is projects in areas where the pizza delivery man won’t go – places like Salford Quays. That’s where Manchester has been brave enough and bold enough to tackle. Market House food hall in AltrinchamES: Altrincham is fascinating. You had the most affluent community living around it but it was dead. You get one individual who comes along with a brilliant idea and works with the council. The catalytic effect that one individual has had on the town centre can’t be understated. Other places like Ramsbottom are also thriving. But yes there are places that are suffering. They need to be fundamentally rethought. We need to think about the purpose of those places. For me it’s about living and work. You have to be brave and think long term.DM: You need agility as well. You can have your plan but have to be aware the way we work and live is changing so quickly you can’t set in stone what your town centre is going to look like in 20 years. For example, people work more flexibly than we ever thought – having more flexible workspace available would be a great use of under-occupied retail.What are the key challenges for Manchester going forward and how can the city ensure it remains successful?ES: There’s a brutal fact confronting Manchester – we are going to run out of land. The city is going to run out of land in 15 years. We think that by the end of the 2220s we will have close to 700,000 to 750,000 people living in the city so the surrounding towns will have to play a key role in sustaining the city regions growth trajectory. They need to ensure they’re creating the right employment opportunities that can no longer and should no longer be served from the city centre and provide places for people to live. The role of public transport systems in that cannot be underestimated.HD: Tech is going to be really important – everything from the rise of autonomous vehicles and electric cars to ways of working and shopping. The whole of modern living is on pendulum swing. The vision that we talk about in 1984 was 20 years ahead of its time. Whatever is written now has to be 20 years ahead again to keep Manchester and the surrounding region prospering.in association with 2 St Peters Square in the city centre is part of Manchester’s ever-changing skylineSource: Mosley Street VenturesWhat are the key factors behind Manchester’s regeneration?ES: I’ve lived here for 33 years and I’ve worked for the council for nearly 20 years. I came to Manchester from Northern Ireland to escape a war basically and back then Manchester was not a great place. In fact, I would say back in 1986 Belfast was a better city than Manchester. What’s happened in the past 32 years is the death and rebirth of a city.The essential DNA of that has been very strong civic leadership that has embedded itself in a collaborative partnership-based approach to transforming the fortunes of the city and clear recognition of what was required to change its trajectory.It all kicked off with the 1984 city centre plan, which was the most transformative document ever written about the city. It talked about things like the need for light rail systems and it talked about the need for residential growth within the city centre. That plan laid the foundations for so much of what you see today and people still reference that document in the town hall to see what was said about parts of the city we’ve yet to get to.“What’s happened in the past 32 years is the death and rebirth of a city”Eddie Smith, Manchester City CouncilDS: Manchester was a mess. I remember when I joined English Tourist Board in 1986 and one of the first things I did there was a joint venture with Sir Howard Bernstein and Ted Kitchen [at Manchester City Council], Trafford and Salford councils for Castlefield and up to Salford Quays. That was the first time I sensed there was a real move from the city to do things. You wouldn’t recognise Castlefield at the time. It was just scrap yards. Nobody would go there. In fact, very few people came to the city centre. So the move to change was because of the personalities at the time really wanting to move things forward. I’ve been involved with Manchester ever since and when you look at what’s happened it is about the personalities in the city and their willingness to drive things forward and work in partnership.So the way Manchester has developed over the past 30 years is definitely down to the work of individuals rather than product of economic forces?DSM: I think definitely leadership as opposed to broader economic forces. I met an econometrician from Oxford Economics who had a forecast model looking at Liverpool, Manchester and Hull in the 1980s. It was a forecast based upon underlying economic indicators in 1980 and predicted that Manchester and Hull were going to follow a very similar economic trajectory. The long-term infrastructural and economic ingredients were very similar, so it can’t just be about location or basic infrastructure. It’s about the quality of the plan and the leadership behind the plan.DM: What’s different here is the courage to be innovative such as leading the way in devolution to city regions. There is something about the culture of place. You can’t necessarily lift and replicate what happened in Manchester somewhere else because Manchester’s strength is around its culture, its innovation, its history and its heritage.
I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent. This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced two recent hires. Janie Jeffries has been named director of membership and John Clark has joined the organization as editor/content manager for AutoInc. Magazine.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementJeffries comes to ASA from Colorado Springs with experience in direct sales and corporate management at brands such as Sara Lee, Coca-Cola, Coors and Kellogg.“ASA has had a longstanding history of providing valuable membership benefits to automotive service and collision repair shops,” Jeffries says. “I’m looking forward to increasing that value and making our whole membership process more efficient.”Clark joins ASA after serving as the editor of in-flight magazines for American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Most recently, he worked at the Boy Scouts of America as the managing editor of Scouting magazine. He says his priority is “to help evolve the magazine’s readability and relevance to further the association’s goals and to develop social media resources that provide useful tools for the ongoing success of automotive service businesses.”,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market. CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode.
Media and entertainment – Information technology – European Union R (on the application of (1) British Telecommunications Plc (2) Talktalk Telecom Group Plc) (Claimants) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Defendant) and BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd and Nine Ors (Interested Parties) and (1) Open Rights Group (2) Article 19 and Consumer Focus (Interveners): QBD (Admin) (Mr Justice Parker): 20 April 2011 The claimant internet service providers (B) applied for judicial review of the online infringement of copyright provisions (the ‘contested provisions’) in the Digital Economy Act 2010. They also challenged the draft Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011, which proposed to make service providers liable for 25% of the costs incurred by Ofcom in carrying out functions under the contested provisions. The 2010 act was designed to tackle unlawful file sharing. Under the contested provisions, B were obliged to send warning letters to those subscribers identified as unlawfully sharing copyright material and to compile a list of such subscribers. However, the industry code which brought those obligations into legal effect had not yet been introduced. It was B’s case that the contested provisions were incompatible with EU law. B submitted that the provisions: (1) constituted a technical regulation and/or rule on services within the meaning of Directive 98/34 and therefore should have been notified to the commission in draft; (2) were incompatible with articles 3(2), 12 and 15 of Directive 2000/31; (3) were incompatible with certain provisions of Directive 95/46 and Directive 2002/58; (4) were disproportionate in their impact on internet service providers, consumers, business subscribers and public intermediaries; (5) infringed Directive 2002/20. Held: (1) Notification allowed the commission and other member states to propose amendments that might remove or reduce any restrictions which a rule on services might create on the free movement of services or the freedom of establishment (see paragraph 60 of the judgment). However, the obligations were not yet legally enforceable against any individual and therefore did not have the ‘legal effect’ described in case law, Commission of the European Communities v Germany (C-317/92) (1994) ECR I-2039 ECJ, CIA Security International SA v Signalson SA (C194/94) (1996) All ER (EC) 557 ECJ and Sapod Audic v Eco-Emballages SA (C159/00) (2002) ECR I-5031 ECJ (5th Chamber) considered (paragraphs 64-78). It was the code that in strict legal terms would constitute the technical regulation and it was its enactment that would give legal life to the initial obligations (paragraphs 84-85, 88). (2) The provisions did not breach article 12 of Directive 2000/31 (paragraphs 99-108). Nor did they require service providers to ‘monitor’ the information they transmitted, in breach of article 15(1) (paragraph 110). Furthermore, the provisions did not fall ‘within the coordinated field’ for the purposes of article 3(2); article 3(3) and the Annex removed ‘copyright’ from the scope of article 3(1) and therefore the UK remained free to impose those provisions on internet service providers, established elsewhere in the EU, supplying the relevant services in the UK (paragraphs 119-131). (3) Under article 8(2) of Directive 95/46, processing would be necessary for the ‘establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims’. That was the precise purpose of the contested provisions: the copyright owner would be able to establish not only that there had been an infringement, but also who was responsible (paragraph 159). The fact that a copyright owner might not decide to pursue legal proceedings did not mean that the action he took under the act was not for the purposes of establishing or exercising such a claim (paragraph 160). Furthermore, if there was any doubt about the application of article 8(2)(e) to the relevant processing, the UK could, before the code came into legal effect, lay down an exemption under article 8(4), based upon a ‘substantial public interest’, namely, the better protection of the rights of copyright owners (paragraph 162). In relation to Directive 2002/58, the data processed was ‘traffic data’ for the purposes of article 2. However, it was indisputable that the contested provisions were intended to promote the protection of the right to property, namely copyright, and therefore fell within the derogation under article 15(1), as interpreted by the European Court of Justice in Productores de Musica de Espana (Promusicae) v Telefonica de Espana SAU (C-275/06) (2008) All ER (EC) 809 ECJ (Grand Chamber), Productores considered (paragraphs 163-166). (4) The contested provisions promoted the aim of judicial protection of copyright, and from the point of view of both copyright owner and subscriber, the act represented a more efficient, focused and fair system than the current arrangements (paragraphs 221, 228). There were good reasons for the court to attach substantial weight to the balance struck by parliament (paragraphs 210-212, 218). The fact that less than 40% of online copyright infringement was due to file sharing did not undermine the appropriateness of the contested provisions (paragraphs 230, 234). Furthermore, it was premature to conclude that any potential ‘chilling effect’, arising where the subscriber was not necessarily the copyright infringer, was likely to be such that the social costs of such measures plainly exceeded the likely benefits. Parliament had proceeded on the basis that existing procedures were inadequate and that legislative measures had to be specifically directed to, first, educating and, second, inhibiting unlawful copyright infringement at the level where it was occurring, namely through individuals. There was nothing disproportionate in that position. It could not be concluded from the evidence that the scale of the likely costs that would arise from the contested provisions would render disproportionate legislation aimed at substantially strengthening the protection of copyright material against unlawful file sharing (paragraphs 240-241, 262). (5) The contested provisions did not breach Directive 2002/20 (paragraphs 175-183). However, the draft cost order breached article 12 of the directive: charges to recover ‘qualifying costs’ from internet service providers would ordinarily be regarded as ‘administrative charges’ and would, in principle, appear to be administrative charges under article 12 (paragraph 195). Application granted in part. Anthony White QC, Kieron Beal (instructed by in-house solicitors) for the claimants; James Eadie QC, Robert Palmer, Alan Bates (instructed by Treasury solicitor) for the defendant; Pushpinder Saini QC, James Strachan (instructed by Wiggin) for the interested parties.
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The barges weighed around 518 tonnes each, with lengths of 70 m and heights of 8.95 m.OHT explained that the barges were loaded two at a time by crane onto the vessel and stacked in a unique two-layer arrangement. On arrival in Nigeria, the first layer of barges will be floated off the vessel, followed by the second layer. www.oht.no
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