In March, up-and-coming guitar prodigy Billy Strings made his debut at Nashville, TN’s historic Country music radio program, The Grand Ole Opry. The evening also saw brief performances by Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandon Lay, Smithfield, Gary Mule Deer, Jesse McReynolds and more.The Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous, featuring a dynamic lineup of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s musical style.Billy Strings and his band stepped up for one of the final performances of the evening, first offering up a high energy take on “Dust In A Baggie”, off of Strings’ 2016 self-titled EP. To round out their brief performance, Strings and company worked their way through “While I’m Waiting Here”, off of Strings’ 2017 Turmoil & Tinfoil LP.Watch Billy Strings’ “Dust In A Baggie” performance from The Grand Ole Opry below:Billy Strings – “Dust In A Baggie” (Pro-Shot)[Video: Grand Ole Opry]Next up for Billy Strings is an appearance at Las Vegas, NV’s Bender Jamboree. For ticket information and a full list of Billy Strings’ upcoming tour dates, head to his website.
Champlain College business student and entrepreneur Ben Kaufman isn’t getting a lot of sleep these days. He’s exchanging late-night e-mails with manufacturers in China who are creating his newly announced products for the iPod.At age 19, Kaufman has just launched his second round of sleek iPod accessories and he’s flying high after returning from last week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, where his products were awarded “Best in Show in Innovation” from iLounge, a top Web site for iPod accessory reviews.”Just being at Macworld, facing off with so many multimillion dollar companies, has been as experience in itself, Kaufman said, Our products really spoke for themselves. Getting the Best of Show award, I was like – ‘could this get any better?'”Kaufman is the dreamer and designer behind the company he calls Mophie–named after his two dogs back home in Long Island. Since coming to Champlain College in August, he has set up shop in the Wing Building on Burlington’s waterfront. He has a dorm room on campus, but rarely sees it as he shuttles between his office and his business classes.”At Champlain, I’ve been taking practical business classes,” Kaufman said. “What’s really cool is that I’ll be sitting in my International Business class at four in the afternoon and then be on the phone that night with China to hash out real manufacturing issues.”Last week’s launch of Kaufman’s new products–the Relo line of iPod gear–and the notoriety gained at Macworld have created a whirlwind of activity. Distributors are calling in from everywhere from Nicaragua to New Zealand to get their hands on these colorful products that eliminate the distinction between iPod protection and function.Kaufman has just signed an agreement with Linckia of Williston, to do fulfillment, customer service and back office operations in an effort to better handle the demand. Kaufman has also recruited three Champlain College students to help him with graphic design, product illustration and Web programming, so he can concentrate on future product design.One more Vermont connection: Kaufman’s booth at Macworld was designed by Andres Arango at MacKenzie Architecture–also in the Wing Building in Burlington.To see Ben Kaufman’s new Relo products and his press releases, please visit: http://www.mophie.com(link is external). Kaufman’s first product, called the Song Sling, was launched in summer 2005. It’s also found on the Mophie site.
British horseracing is to see the evolution of its officiating model from 2019, designed to raise the bar on the sports regulation, in addition to how it handles issues of integrity, safety, welfare and the management of risk on the racecourse.Coming as the result of an extensive consultation process, the new raceday regulatory system was born on the belief that strong changes were necessary amongst stakeholders, participants and fans.Amongst the key features of the new model are a “one team” approach, introduction of a new Chief Steward role, voluntary stewards to fulfil the role of Stewards’ Panel Chair and the addition of a multi-skilled BHA Raceday Assistant.Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority, explained: “Horseracing is a major British sport, with a proud history, a global reach and with aspirations of continuing growth. It has always evolved with the times, keeping pace with wider social, political, economic and technological changes.“Now, as always, we face a number of challenges. Not only are we facing increased competition from other sports for support, publicity, sponsorship and investment, we are also at continuous risk from unscrupulous interests, who seek to exploit and corrupt the sport for financial gain.“The framework of raceday regulation currently in place in Britain has served us well. However, to ensure that Racing is best positioned to mitigate and manage the risks posed by contemporary integrity threats to so many sports, it’s essential that we continue to evolve and improve our regulatory systems.”Adding: “We believe that the new officiating model retains the best elements of the current model, while raising the bar on integrity, welfare and the management of risk and major incidents. “We expect this to bring together all our raceday teams, including our volunteer and professional stewards and other officials, into a more coherent, supportive, consistent, flexible and effective operation.“Threats and challenges are always best addressed by working as a team, and this ‘one team’ concept is central to the development of the new model we will be establishing.” Share Submit UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE June 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon