Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds Dates To Summer Tour Schedule

first_imgBeloved Grateful Dead tribute artist Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has extended their summer tour schedule, tacking on a handful of additional dates to their plans. The group had previously announced plans to perform at High Sierra Music Festival and at Red Rocks, alongside Umphrey’s McGee and The Main Squeeze; now, it seems the band will fill out those dates with some additional stops along the way.After playing High Sierra, Almost Dead will hit The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT on July 1st, then travel to the Belly Up in Aspen, CO on the 2nd. The Red Rocks show had already been scheduled for the 3rd.Aside from those dates, Joe Russo and co. were also included on the lineup for Hot August Music Festival, scheduled for August 20th in Cockeyesville, MD. More information about that festival is available here. You can visit the band’s website for more ticketing information about the newly-announced shows.last_img read more

Debate on student goals

first_img“If a school is meeting 17 out of 20 \ criteria, no way should that be considered underperforming,” Elbling said. “Let’s be real and decide what’s truly attainable, without pie-in-the-sky standards.” Cirasole, 59, a school consultant, agreed, saying NCLB has set “awfully high standards for California, and they’re not real- istic. We’re chasing our tails on these things.” But it has helped with teacher quality, Cirasole added, saying 99 percent of district teachers have met the federal criteria of a highly qualified teacher. Gallardo, 45, a school administrator, says NCLB has also led to some good things, like the alignment of curriculum to state educational standards and more collaboration among teachers about what material should be taught at specific grade levels. “Schools should continue to collaborate and provide the staff development that is necessary for teachers to provide \ level of learning,” he said. On the other hand, it’s good to set high goals, said Aparicio, 28, a middle school teacher. “In that sense, NCLB has been good,” Aparicio said. “For me, as a teacher, it’s been hard the last few years. “But if we’re aiming for that mark, we will get there,” he said. “I just don’t know if we’ll get there in the next six years – in 10 years, yes, I believe so.” All four board contenders also said they were in favor of after-school programs, articulation with high schools their students feed into, and more emphasis on nutrition, P.E. activities and parent/student education about how to combat childhood obesity. The forum was co-sponsored by the Whittier-Pico Rivera Council of PTAs and the Whittier chapter of the American Association of University Women. For information on the LWV forums, call (562) 947-3634. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The candidates running for school districts will help produce the adults of the next generation,” she said. “And our livelihood will depend on those students.” The board candidates are hoping to snag the current seats of Robert Ehlers and Alison Pigott, both of whom decided not to run for another term. At the forum, all four agreed the federal NCLB law, which calls for all students to be proficient in English-language arts and math by 2013-14, was created with good intent. But its goals aren’t realistic, said Elbling, 43, a middle school teacher. WHITTIER – Covering topics like the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act and childhood obesity rates, four candidates offered up their views at a forum this week in their bid to win a board seat at the East Whittier City School District. Carlos Aparicio, Michael Cirasole, Dimitri Elbling and Angel Gallardo were on hand Wednesday night at City Hall for the forum organized by the Whittier League of Women Voters. The forum, one of several scheduled in the next two weeks to help familiarize voters with candidates in the Nov. 6 elections, allowed school-board hopefuls to introduce their platforms and be questioned on the issues by the small audience. “School boards are our most local level of government, the people who are most \ to you to communicate with, to express your ideas,” said Margo Reeg, a LWV member who served as the forum’s moderator. last_img read more

A.P. Learning to Report Science Wars More Accurately

first_imgThe Discovery Institute’s media-watchdog blog Evolution News watched Associated Press fumble at first, but then get it right to show that new science standards adopted by South Carolina do not mandate teaching intelligent design.  The AP story printed in South Carolina’s Channel 10 News included a comment that certain officials “worried the change would open the door to teaching alternative theories such as intelligent design.”  It also first contradicted itself about what the standards said about teaching critical thinking.  To clarify what the standards said and did not say, Casey Luskin listed five points on Evolution News why “critical analysis” of evolution does not require “teaching ID.”    Another “critical analysis” debate is going on in Michigan.  Evolution News reported that microbiologist Ralph Seelke testified in favor of HB 5251 that calls for students to be able to “use the scientific method to critically evaluate scientific theories including, but not limited to, the theories of global warming and evolution,” and to be able to formulate arguments for and against such theories.  Seelke argued this is a sound strategy for teaching any subject about which there is considerable disagreement.  “There is a term used when we only want student[s] to learn one side of a story,” he said.  “It is called indoctrination, not education.”With polls continuing to show a majority doubt evolution, and with more school boards showing boldness enough to stand up against ACLU and Americans United threats, and with the inherent and obvious reasonableness of allowing controversial subjects to get a critical analysis, the AP and other mainstream media may be slowly catching onto the fact that they cannot continue to lie and sell papers.  Keep those well-written and soundly-argued letters to the editor flowing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Quality Hotel taylors lakes scoops awards pool at AHA Victorian state

first_imgChoice Hotels Australasia’s Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes has received recognition as the Best Gaming Venue and Best Pub Style Accommodation at the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) State Awards for Excellence, held in Melbourne. The awards, which honour the diversity and success of metropolitan and regional Victorian hotels, were a significant achievement for the first-time nominee property. Choice Hotels Australasia General Manager Sales and Marketing, Aileen Cobern, believes these awards are great accomplishment for Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes. “This award is evidence of the hard work of the management team and staff of Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes who strive to provide the best product and service to their customers. The strength of the industry was on display and the property’s General Manager, Eric Visscher, should be very proud of this achievement,” said Cobern. Located 23 kilometres North West of Melbourne in the flourishing suburb of Taylors Lakes, the property provides its visitors with a range of entertainment facilities including a Sports Bar TAB, restaurant and bars, bottle shop and a cafe. As well as extensive conference and function facilities, an onsite gym and indoor swimming pool, Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes also houses 58 modern accommodation rooms ranging from Deluxe King Spa, Deluxe King, Deluxe Queen, Standard Queen and Standard Twin. Over 1,000 people attended the AHA State Awards at Peninsula on Central Wharf Docklands. The Australian Hotels Association is the national voice of Australia’s hotel industry and represents more than 5,000 members across Australia in the hospitality and liquor industry.  Source = Choice Hotelslast_img read more

Rep Cole Hillman biomass facility is crucial to region

first_img Plant transforms wood debris, tires to power for 18,000 homes and businessesState Rep. Triston Cole this week toured the Hillman Power Company facility in Montmorency County, emphasizing its importance to northeast Michigan as both a job creator and biomass-based producer of energy. “The benefits of Hillman Power can be felt across the state, transforming otherwise unusable wood chips, railroad ties and many of the 10 million tires coming off Michigan roads annually to power area businesses and homes,” said Cole, a member of the House Energy Policy Committee. “We invited Anne Armstrong, the executive director at the Michigan Agency on Energy, to join us for the tour of the facility as part of her review of our state’s energy infrastructure. Biomass facilities are crucial to Michigan as part of our energy needs, in addition to accounting for over 600 jobs beyond the plant itself. That includes the loggers cutting down trees to build furniture to the materials that would otherwise would be costly health hazards sitting in landfills, such as tires. These are crucial for northeast Michigan today and into the future.”The Hillman facility generates power to 18,000 homes and businesses in partnership with Consumers Energy, serving as a key contributor among the state’s five other biomass facilities. Its production helps keep electrical bills in the region 40 percent lower than if the power was created by wind or solar sources.Cole emphasized the plant as a win-win to residents beyond Montmorency County.“This is the ultimate recycling program, primarily benefiting from the ripple effects of good landfill and wildlife habitat management,” Cole said. “Michigan is among the top five states for producing energy from biomass and there’s a very good reason for this — it is an environmental-friendly source of power.”This week’s tour included six northern Michigan-based facilities serving multiple roles and using diverse methods of energy production throughout of the region. Categories: Cole News,News 19Jul Rep. Cole: Hillman biomass facility is crucial to regionlast_img read more