Watch How Happy These Kids Are With Their New Musical Instruments Funded By Phish Fans

first_imgAs you can see in the movie, Ms. Howe is a passionate music educator, and her students love her for it. The students in Howe’s kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are able to use the the instruments on varying levels. “I just felt so honored and empowered and I know my students felt the same way,” Howe said. “To say, ‘Hey, these people liked our school so much and our class so much that they choose us to give money too. You guys are musicians, you’re real musicians because these real musicians choose to honor that by giving you money.’”**Watch the video here**Thanks to the Mockingbird Foundation for all you do bringing music education to our nation’s future generations, and to Khara Howe for showing the kids of Winston-Salem the magic of music.To donate to the Mockingbird Foundation, head to the non-profit’s website.[h/t – WXII Winston-Salem] In celebration of Phish’s 13-show Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden this past summer, the board of the Mockingbird Foundation–a non-profit started and run by Phish fans to help promote youth music education–identified 13 of their favorite Phish shows and donated “miracle grants” to worthy music programs near where each show took place (learn more about the program here).One of those donations this summer, given in honor of Phish’s 11/23/97 show in Winston-Salem, was awarded to the music program Winston-Salem, NC’s Easton Elementary School. Enthusiastic young music teacher Khara Howe initially submitted the application for the grant to the Mockingbird, and when her proposal was accepted, she decided to spend the money on simple instruments for her students to use in hopes of instilling them with a lasting love of music.Earlier this week, local news station WXII aired a package about the grant, the Easton Elementary music program, and the positive effect it is having on the kids of the town.last_img read more

Admissions releases statistics for Class of 2020

Many high school students across the U.S. have come to see the college application process as a numbers game. Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment Don Bishop challenged this mentality when commenting on the newly-admitted class of 2020 and said that Notre Dame’s process is uniquely holistic rather than just a quantification of ability.Susan Zhu “We’ve chosen to use the SATs less and the ACTs less to identify talent,” Bishop said. “It’s not that we don’t use it, we just don’t use it as as much of a separator as we did ten years ago. Class performance remains the top factor – those test scores are a part of that academic view of you, but then we set that aside and we look at your personal attributes, your motivation for accomplishment. Notre Dame’s tried very hard to identify students that don’t want to just be singularly successful. They want to embrace the responsibility of forming themselves more for the benefit of others. So how do you evaluate that when they’ve applied? We read the essays, we read the other statements that they make. We look at their activities, the school recommendations. We do our very best on multiple reads and discussions on applicants to see what motivated them to do what they did and what they’ve done stronger, and give more evidence to this sense of reaching out, helping others and feeling you’re there for others, not just for yourself.”According to Bishop, Notre Dame is more selective now than at any time in its history. Undergraduate applications to Notre Dame are up by “about 5,000” over the past six years, marking a 34 percent increase. This year, applications rose by 1,342, marking a seven percent increase, and over half of this increase in applications was comprised of applicants “who presented academic credentials that place them in the top one percent of the nation – an 18 percent increase over last year’s pool with similar credentials.”The admitted class is 52 percent male and 48 percent female. Forty-eight percent ranked in the top one percent  of their high school, while 94 percent of all admitted students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school. The middle 50 percent of admitted students presented best SAT scores between 1420 and 1540, and best ACT scores between 33 and 35.It was also a year of record numbers for diversity: The admitted class was 13 percent Hispanic, nine percent African American, 11 percent Asian, and one percent Native American.Ten percent of admitted students are first generation college students.This year’s admitted class makes Notre Dame the most geographically dispersed admitted first-year class among national research universities. Twenty-three percent is from New England and the Mid-Atlantic; 15 percent is from the South and Southeast; 33 percent is from the Midwest and central Midwest; 23 percent is from the West and Southwest; and six percent is from outside of U.S. states.As academically competitive and diverse as the admitted class is, however, Bishop said that the numbers were not nearly as competitive as they could have been had Notre Dame employed admissions strategies used by other schools looking to improve their university’s ranking.“There are colleges being criticized for going out there and getting a large number of applicants that they’re going to reject,” Bishop said, “A group of schools that seemingly are recruiting students they’re going to turn down. Notre Dame has not engaged in that practice. We don’t need a lower admit rate to feel good about what we’re doing, or try to be rated higher in some guide book. We’ve chosen not to play that strategy … We have a higher responsibility to not just over-encourage students that are not going to get in to apply. So that’s why you can have a seven percent rise in applications but an 18 percent rise in students that five years ago were being rated at a 50 percent rate or higher with those credentials.”“The metrics on academics are easy to track and provide — so we have done so,” Bishop said, “However, even more impressive are the service, leadership, creative and entrepreneurial accomplishments and attributes of our students. Theses attributes have become more important in choosing our vastly talented applicants.”About 50 percent of admitted students were viewed as a top leader in their school and community. An additional 45 percent were viewed as a strong leader in their school and community, and were most likely rated by their school to be in the top two to five percent of leadership and service.“We’re trying to not be overly impressed with an applicant who posts good numbers,” Bishop said, “Our bet is they’re going to be a stronger, better community servant and leader than other students who have singularly good numbers, but [whose] motivation is just producing good numbers and don’t seem impressed with the opportunity for formation. Who say ‘Whatever, but what grad school am I going to get into if I go to Notre Dame? How much pay do your grads make in ten years?’ If that’s the way that they’re measuring success, they’re really just not open to this broader philosophy of what Notre Dame intends to do to you.“So our goal is to find 2,040 freshman that are open to formation as much as possible. That they’re highly motivated, energetic, creative, but that at their core, they want to be there for others, not just their own success. We think that will make them more successful.”Although this has been a record-breaking year for Notre Dame admissions in many respects and although selectivity for Notre Dame is at an all-time high, Bishop said the greatest selectivity that determines admission to Notre Dame is more than just a numbers game.“We’ve been more selective on match,” Bishop said, “We’re not really interested in being a generic top ten university. We think we’re number one at who we are, and we want to keep getting better every year at being that, and not really caring about ‘where does this SAT average or admit rate put us?’ We’re looking for that fit, and fit here means mission. Notre Dame has a strong sense of who it is, and what its mission is., and we’re looking for students that we think will take full advantage of that.“It is the philosophy by which we’re trying to engage the right kids to apply, for us to admit the right students and for them to decide whether to come or not. … What they get is, ‘I’m coming here to keep forming who I am, who I want to be, and how I’m going to be the best version of myself.’ But a part of that is not this external validation of success. And I think too many students in America today, no matter what highly selective college they go to, seem to be under a lot of pressure to conform to a certain status of what they think is impressive to others, but doesn’t impress them internally.”Tags: Admissions, Class of 2020, regular admissions, statistics read more

Ancient Wisdom.

first_imgWater, water, everywhere,Nor any drop to… put on the flowers.(I hope Samuel Taylor Coleridge will forgive me.)The Ancient Mariner was telling his story in order that others might benefit from it.The gray beard, glittering eyes and weathered hands of gardeners past can teach us manylessons, too. Maybe it’s time to “stoppeth” today’s gardener and tell the taleof water conservation.Many Georgians haven’t learned their lesson from the past. Georgia has been devastatedby drought over the past three years.Be Sure to MulchWhat can be done now? Any part of the landscape with growing plants can be mulched. Inmy neighborhood in Athens, more than 20 dogwoods are dead or dying. Not a one of them ismulched.Mulching is the single most important water-retention process you can install for yourplants. Shred and mulch all of the leaves that will fall this year. Don’t bag them and throw them away.Assess Your LandscapeWhat needs to be done for the future? Assess your landscape. What do you have thattakes too much water? The high-impact-color area may need to be reduced. These areas arelarge consumers of water. No, you won’t lose the effect you have now. A large color bed can be cut in half andstill have the same impact with half the water. Just give it a little height. A raisedbed, mounded in the center, shows off much better and gives greater impact than a flatbed. Drip irrigation under mulch can make the bed a high-impact-color spot that uses verylittle water.Another idea is to use the entire array of greens and flower colors nature gives you.Green is not just green! It’s blue-green, yellow-green, gray-green, silver-green and allshades in between.Long-lasting ColorIn the green plants that form the architectural basis of your landscape, color can bepresent over an extended time. Just think of the crape myrtles that give color all summer.And one of my favorites, the althea, blooms all summer, and drought doesn’t seem to affectit. Camellias give us color when nothing else is blooming, and hollies show off thosewonderful red berries in the dead of winter.Once established and mulched, all of these plants are drought-tolerant. They take verylittle water and give back much more than we put into them.Now that you have listened to my story, “may you rise a wiser man on the morrowmorn.”last_img read more

Vermont lowest as preterm birth rate drops

first_imgThe nation’s preterm birth rate declined slightly in 2007 a finding that the March of Dimes hopes will prove to be the start of a new trend in improved maternal and infant health. Vermont had the lowest rate in the nation at 9.2 percent; New Hampshire was second at 9.4 percent. They were the only two states under 10 percent.The preterm birth rate declined for babies born at 34-36 weeks gestation (late preterm) and among babies born to African American and white women.”We’re encouraged by this drop in the preterm birth rate, and hope that the emphasis we’ve put on the problem of late preterm birth is beginning to make a difference,” said Jennifer L. Howse, Ph.D., president of the March of Dimes. “Through our Prematurity Campaign, we can build on this success and begin to give more babies a healthy start in life.”The rate of preterm births (less than 37 weeks gestation) dropped to 12.7 percent from 12.8 percent in 2006, a small but statistically significant decrease, according to preliminary birth data for 2007 released by the National Center for Health Statistics.The preterm birth rate has increased by 36 percent since the 1980s, and despite the decline in the 2007 preterm birth rate, the number of babies born too soon continues to top more than 540,000 each year.Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, mental retardation and others. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon (34-36 weeks gestation, also known as late preterm birth) have higher rates of death and disability than full-term babies.The March of Dimes has a four-point plan to help reduce the preterm birth rate in the United States, which calls for:1. A voluntary review of all cesarean-section births and inductions of labor that occur before 39 weeks gestation, to ensure they meet established American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines regarding medical necessity of elective procedures.2. Expanded federal support for prematurity-related research to uncover the causes of premature birth, strategies for prevention, and improved care and outcomes for preterm infants.3. Policymakers to improve access to health coverage for women of childbearing age and to support smoking cessation programs as part of maternity care.4. Businesses to create workplaces that support maternal and infant health, such as providing private areas to pump breast milk, access to flextime, and information about how to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. For detailed national, state, and county perinatal data, visit marchofdimes.com/peristats.last_img read more

Not Your Grandpa’s Bluegrass: String Bands Messing with Tradition

first_imgIf you’re an open-minded acoustic music fan, check out these new releases from top pickers taking unconventional routes.Love Canon: Cover Story (featured)Cover bands are easy to initially dismiss, but Love Canon is definitely an outfit that deserves your ears. The Virginia-based quintet consists of first-class pickers that play inventive acoustic takes on popular (mostly) 80s tunes. Resonator guitar player Jay Starling is the son of the Seldom Scene’s John Starling, and a couple of the other members, including soulful lead vocalist Jesse Harper, were part of unfortunately defunct Old School Freight Train, a band that temporarily backed and recorded with David Grisman.The group’s latest album, Cover Story, is a guest-filled ride through familiar old favorites, interpreted not as party reboots but as thoughtful reimaginations. Songs from an era known for indulgent electric sheen get broken down and rebuilt with serious bluegrass chops. There are obscure, once-popular FM radio gems that are instantly recognizable: Howard Jones’ “Things Can Only Get Better” and Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie Eleison.” In Love Canon’s hands, the latter, once a synth-heavy anthem, becomes a pastoral country cruiser, enhanced by an appearance from Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas. The greater transformations are even more interesting. A take on Billy Joel’s “Prelude (Angry Young Man)” turns a frantic piano jam into a jazz-grass workout, and Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” becomes a gentle chamber ballad with dramatically arranged classical strings.Throughout the record, the band dips into its deep rolodex of musical friends, tapping quirky troubadour Keller Williams to sing lead on R.E.M.’s “Driver 8,” which features blazing solos and an extended reggae breakdown. Ace fiddler Michael Cleveland and singer Aoife O’Donovan also show up for one of the album’s best tracks, a mountain-hop version of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” Bluegrass has always been about passing songs down the line and sharing them with friends; Love Canon is toying with that tradition in a good way.Performing at Soulshine Farm Music Festival in Green Mountain, N.C. (August 10), the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, Va. (September 22), and Devils Backbone Hoopla in Roseland, Va. (September 30).Trampled by Turtles: Life is Good on the Open RoadComing out of its shell after a recent extended hiatus, Trampled by Turtles is back with its first studio album in four years. While armed with acoustic instruments, the six members of this crew are more about string pounding than picking, eschewing flashy solos for a hard-charging collectiveness that blends a front-porch aesthetic with punk fury. This rowdy edge, a favored element of the sextet’s energetic live shows, is alive and well on Life is Good on the Open Road.“Blood in the Water,” a backwoods head-banger, finds the cross section between Bill Monroe and Black Flag. Another chugging foot-stomper, the lively, fiddle-led “Kelly’s Bar,” offers cautionary advice about blurry youthful nights.The full-force fist-pumpers are fun, but the band also has a reflective folk side. When navigating more gentle country terrain, primary singer and songwriter Dave Simonett exhibits a knack for crafting catchy hooks and sings with an earnest ache about solitude (“We All Get Lonely”) and taking disappointment in stride (“I Went to Hollywood”). On the title track he shares, “The light inside you comes and goes, but it never really goes out.” After 15 years on the highway together, this band has more miles to cover.Performing at UnionBank Pavilion in Portsmouth, Va. (August 17), the Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, Md. (August 18), and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta (September 20).Town Mountain: New Freedom BluesA new set of songs is also on the horizon from Town Mountain, the International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning band from Asheville, N.C. In years past the band has been a steadfast practitioner of the high lonesome sound, and purists shouldn’t fret, because on New Freedom Blues, which will be released on October 5, much of that reverence is still intact. The band confidently delivers hard-driving straightforward bluegrass tunes, like “Tar Heal,” a fleet-fingered instrumental, and “Underdog,” which would sound right at home in a Del McCoury set. But the group has also decided to extend its roots-music reach. A swinging drum beat paces the honky-tonk shuffle “One Drop in the Bottle,” and on album closer “Down Low” special guest Tyler Childers shows up to trade verses with banjo player Jesse Langlais on a dark outlaw anthem about overindulgence that includes dirty electric guitar runs to set the mood.Performing at Soulshine Farm Music Festival in Green Mountain, N.C. (August 11), Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, Ky. (August 16-17), Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, N.C. (August 19), and the Capital Ale House in Richmond, Va. (August 31).last_img read more

Underwood Recovers 49 Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea

first_img The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, on Aug. 3. Underwood pursued a “go-fast” speed boat late on Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before the frigate was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the “go-fast” dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, which marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water. “Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area,” said a member of the LEDET. “After that, the ship vectored us in to different sections that they could see from a further distance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in.” An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three launched to assist the search from the air. “Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern,” said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. “We got vectored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called the position back to the ship and they began directing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages.” In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics. “Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million” worth of narcotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services Special Agent familiar with the case. Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. By Dialogo August 09, 2012last_img read more

Be a better problem solver in 6 steps

first_imgIf you’re able to, think back to a time pre-the-current-crisis, when some within your organization (just like any organization) were no doubt bothered about this or that change, this or that problem, or whatever else.I mean, it almost seems like a different era, doesn’t it? Maybe even epoch? (Geologists, please don’t get upset with me; I’m using those terms colloquially, not technically.)Times sure have changed. Gosh, I sound like everyone’s parents.And along with those changes come myriad opportunities.Opportunities to pivot, to grow, to thrive. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chevron Island offering first unit development in almost a decade

first_imgTarcoola Riverfront Residences.“Recent changes to the Gold Coast’s City Plan have seen a slew of developments announced, but this project will be out of the ground and on the market,” Mr Arthur said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“In our first weekend representing the project we achieved two sales and consistent with our unique approach, we are promoting Tarcoola to our national and International database.”Designed locally by Burleigh Design architects the project is being developed by Fourbro Developments Pty Ltd.The $13 million development will house three two-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom plus study apartments and two three-bedroom apartments with their own large rooftop areas.“This boutique, luxury project represents an opportunity to live or invest in the heart of the Gold Coast,” Mr Arthur said.“Walking distance to a myriad of cafes, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, and of course the iconic Surfers Paradise beach, it’s urban Gold Coast living at its very best.”Residents also have access to a private rooftop terrace with stunning views, a wet edge pool and barbecue and entertainment area. Tarcoola Riverfront Residences, set to start construction next month, will be the first development on Chevron Island since 2009.FOR the first time in almost eight years a residential apartment development is taking place on exclusive Chevron Island at the Gold Coast.Sitting just West of Surfers Paradise, the Island is home to around 1500 residents and is a stylish one-stop shopping precinct with more than 150 businesses.The multi-million dollar project “Tarcoola Riverfront Residences” on the Nerang River, will start construction next month, offering 17 boutique apartments. Sotheby’s International Realty Queensland CEO Paul Arthur said that Tarcoola would set the tone for future projects on the Island. Tarcoola Riverfront Residences rooftop area.Construction is expected to be completed by March 2018.Tarcoola is just one of 11 exclusive projects currently being marketed by Queensland Sotheby’s new project arm across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.Mr Arthur’s partner in the division, Mr Patrick Pancur said he was very pleased with the response to the recently announced launch of the new venture.“We are fielding inquiry from developers across Queensland, all are most interested in our unique points of difference in marketing projects, and our amazing access to international databases,” he said.last_img read more

Hunting season officially opened

first_img Tweet Share Crayfish. Image via: en.wikipedia.orgThe hunting and fishing season for 2011 has officially opened and officials of the Forestry and Wildlife Division say during that period, only licensed hunters and licensed freshwater fishermen may hunt and or fish Agouti, Manicou, Crabs and fish freshwater fish to include Crayfish, Mullets, Eels and Ramier.Assistant Forestry Officer Ronald Charles says it is an offence under the Forestry & Wildlife Act to hunt or fish in freshwater streams without a valid licence.“The general public is reminded that it is an offence under the Forestry & Wildlife Act to hunt or fish in freshwater streams without a valid licence, and that the hunting of all other species of animal, including the Mountain Chicken, all Birds, and Iguanas is strictly prohibited. The public is therefore advised that from today, hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased at the office of the Forestry & Wildlife Division on the Windsor Park link road, and at the Sub-Treasuries in Portsmouth and Marigot,” he said.Meantime Charles says due to the recent collapse of the Matthieu Dam fishing is not permitted west of the Matthieu River where it joins with the Layou River.“We want to ensure that the river repopulate itself. We are asking people to understand that it is a very serious matter. The river lost lots of its life and like we did in 1997, we want to give it some time to recover,” he explained.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Hunting season officially opened by: – October 7, 2011center_img Share Share 120 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Foxes sign Schwarzer

first_img Schwarzer has made over 500 appearances in the Premier League for Middlesbrough, Fulham and the Chelsea, while he also played 109 times for Australia. “I feel really excited about the challenge. When I first arrived, got a great buzz and feel about Leicester,” Schwarzer told the club’s Twitter account. Schwarzer, who played both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final encounter with Atletico Madrid last season, could get the nod ahead of Ben Hamer for a starting place in Saturday’s Premier League match with Aston Villa. Schwarzer is likely to be joined at Leicester by Andrej Kramaric, who is expected to soon complete his move from Rijeka. The striker is at the Foxes putting the finishing touches to a deal after travelling to the city with the Croatian club’s assistant sporting director Ivan Mance. Press Association Sport understands Croatia international Kramaric is poised to sign a three-and-a-half year contract. Kramaric has scored two goals in four games for his country after starting his career with Dinamo Zagreb. Chelsea had been interested in the forward but they failed to agree terms with Rijeka after their initial offer. The 42-year-old has joined on a one and a half year deal and is likely to go straight into the team with regular number one with Kasper Schmeichel absent with a foot injury. Schwarzer was third choice at the Blues behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech and had not played for the west London club this season. Leicester have announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea on a free transfer. Schwarzer was keen to work with Nigel Pearson, whom he played with while at Middlesbrough in the 1990s. “Automatically, when I got here, I got a great buzz and feel about the club,” Schwarzer told the Leicester website before explaining why he chose to sign for the Foxes. “The opportunity to work with Nigel Pearson, who I played with back at Middlesbrough, and to be more involved and play more football. “At Chelsea I didn’t play a lot and the last six months has been the toughest part when I haven’t been involved at all at times. “The opportunity of playing some games is very enticing for me.” Press Associationlast_img read more