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first_imgWilliam “Bootsy” Collins is a beacon of funk. His work as the bass player for James Brown in the original version of his band The J.B.‘s, and later as the long-time bass player in foundational outfit Parliament-Funkadelic, has led to some of the most important music across the funk spectrum. When you are getting down to “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” or “One Nation Under A Groove”, you are rocking along to Boosty’s inimitable funk magic.Bootzilla is also pretty good at keeping up with the funk on the Internet, praising bands like Lettuce, and now Vulfpeck, on his social media pages. Yesterday, the P-Master shared the Ann Arbor-bred quartet’s video for “Dean Town” from their 2016 The Beautiful Game release. “I love this group right here like a 16 number Combination Lock! Will be doin’ some funkin’ work with them soon & lookin’ forward to it,” he wrote.You read that correctly. Bootsy Collins just said that he will be doing WORK with Vulfpeck SOON. Bassist Joe Dart of course was taken back by this recognition, posting:We can’t wait to hear what this dream team sounds like! Watch “Dean Town” below:last_img read more


first_imgCitywide Classroom South Bend (CCSB) is a new initiative created by enFocus that is providing free internet access to students in the South Bend community during this unprecedented time. After receiving a grant of $1.8 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund in September, CCSB has put $1.5 million toward providing internet access to a projected 2,200 homes and 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. CCSB currently serves 20 schools in the South Bend area and is planning on adding nine more to the service in the coming week.Gillian Shaw, program director of research and development for enFocus and Notre Dame ESTEEM alumna, said she realized change was needed in the South Bend community to address the “digital divide,” or the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not. With the impact of COVID-19 on education, she said reliable internet service is essential for students, so enFocus partnered with the South Bend community to apply for the GEER grant this past summer. “We decided that we needed to apply for this grant opportunity to address the needs of the students in South Bend,” Shaw said. “They’ve been going through a lot with e-learning and having to adjust to that kind of learning environment. [We] identified this opportunity and knew that it was something that needed to happen with the students.”EnFocus is a non-profit company that focuses on community impact in the South Bend-Elkhart region through innovation. In collaboration with the South Bend Community School Corporations and its director of technology, as well as the City of South Bend Department of Innovation and Technology, enFocus created CCSB and has been working to bridge the “digital divide.”Madi Rogers, the project manager of CCSB and a second-year innovation fellow at enFocus, has been leading the initiative. CCSB first piloted free internet access in early October, then officially implemented the program on Oct. 2 to the first tier of 10 schools in the area. This week, they began serving 10 more schools and will finish with the third tier of nine schools next week. “We predict about 30% of students within South Bend Community School Corporation do not have access to stable internet in their homes, which can be anywhere from 2,700 students to 5,400 students who don’t have access when they’re at home,” Rogers said.However, this initiative serves more than just students. Along with the shift to online learning, there have also been many people who have adjusted to working at home. Rogers acknowledges that CCSB provides internet access that is available to the entire household and can benefit other family members such as parents or siblings.“These devices not only benefit the students who are able to do their work and stay active in school, but also can benefit the families, and using the devices to hopefully bridge the digital divide that we’ve seen in South Bend,” Rogers said.This initiative is helping South Bend adjust to the conditions created by the pandemic. While COVID-19 may have lasting effects on society and the way that education is distributed, Shaw believes that CCSB will have a lasting impact on the post-pandemic world, too, by providing internet access for years to come. For now, Shaw hopes to bridge the technological gap and give each student a chance to maximize their potential.“CCSB is very important to me because I’ve been working with the South Bend school district for so long, and I know that these students really want to learn and need to learn to be able to succeed in life,” Shaw said. “If [students] don’t have internet in their home, especially when they have to learn at home, it just puts them at an inherent disadvantage, and I think it’s really unfair. When I think about what I can do to ensure that everybody has a chance, this seems like something that really speaks to my heart.”Tags: Citywide Classroom, internet access, online learning, south bend schoolslast_img read more


first_imgScoil Chróine Parents’ Association have organised a Father Ted themed night in aid of Scoil Chróine.Ten local girls will enter the Lovely Girls Competition and will be tested on their sandwich making abilities! The event takes place tonight from 9:30pm at the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe, followed by a late bar and music by JD Disco!Thinking of joining? Sure go on, go on, go on, go on!  DDTV: Careful now! Father Ted night in aid of Scoil Chróine taking place in Dungloe was last modified: March 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloelovely girls competitionscoil chroineWaterfront Hotellast_img read more


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the live reactions from Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Blazers coach Terry Stotts as well as the players after Golden State rallied to pull out a thrilling 114-111 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night.Andre Iguodala stripped the ball from Oakland’s Damian Lillard in the final seconds to seal the victory, which certainly seemed in doubt when Portland held a 15-point halftime edge. …last_img


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — USDA will investigate reports of possible market manipulation following a fire that badly damaged a Tyson beef plant in Holcomb, Kansas, on Aug. 9.In the days following the plant fire, live cattle futures moved limit lower, adding strong pressure to cash cattle trade.In a press statement on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said USDA will examine the market concerns.“I have directed USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division to launch an investigation into recent beef-pricing margins to determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition or other unfair practices,” he said in a statement. “If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action. USDA remains in close communication with plant management and other stakeholders to understand the fire’s impact to industry.“I have spent this summer visiting with cattle ranchers across the country, and I know this is a difficult time for the industry as a whole.”DTN Analyst Rick Kment said cash cattle trade fell $5 to $10 per cwt in the week following the fire. October live-cattle futures fell $8.50 per cwt in that time.“The premise behind this is that without the Tyson plant up and running — and it may take months to rebuild — beef supplies will be tighter and cattle prices will fall based on lower packing capacity,” he said.The Tyson plant killed 5,600 head a week, or equal to about 6% of the nation’s beef-packing capacity. Boxed beef values surged on the idea that packers would not be able to deliver enough meat to the market, Kment said. Boxed beef values rose $22.32 per cwt in choice cuts.“Ultimately from my calculations, packer gross margins increased over $200 per head during the week,” Kment said. “Packer gross margins were already strong before this event, which added increased scrutiny to the entire system. The moves on both sides are overly aggressive, and had been driven more by fear and uncertainty than market fundamentals. But the speed at which these changes developed created its own momentum over the last two weeks. This has created even more volatility in the market.”National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston said in a news release that it was welcomed to see USDA’s reaction to market concerns.“We encourage USDA to look at all aspects of the beef-supply chain and to utilize internal and external expertise in this investigation,” she said. “We believe it adds transparency that will help build confidence in the markets among cattlemen and women.”Federal lawmakers have called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, to monitor cattle markets following the Tyson fire.Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President Bobby Simpson said in a statement the USDA’s action is warranted.“Cattle producers have sound reason to question market events that transpired after the Holcomb fire,” he said. “While a sharp decrease in slaughter capacity was anticipated, slaughter actually increased some 9,000 head from the week prior to the fire. Further, most expected this market disruption to cause uncertainty, but few could believe in one week fed cattle prices would drop 5% and choice boxes would spike 9% while total slaughter increased.”Iowa Cattlemen’s Association President David Trowbridge said his members understand there are market fundamentals at play, as well.“But given the extreme effect the current market conditions are having on Iowa’s cattle industry, we believe it is in our members’ best interests to eliminate any doubts regarding the market reaction,” he said in a news statement.Tyson announced on Aug. 12 that the plant would be closed indefinitely, but said its 3,800 employees would continue to be paid.The plant is often referred to as the Garden City plant, which is nearby. About 1,200 workers had to be evacuated from the plant on the night of Aug. 9 when the fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. CDT. No injuries were reported from the fire.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CZ/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Former New York Giants player Luke Petitgout (PEHT’-ih-goo) will serve 30 days in jail after being convicted of harassing his estranged wife and her date.The 39-year-old former major leaguer was sentenced Friday after being convicted of a harassment charge in Manhattan Criminal Court. Petitgout was found not guilty of misdemeanor assault.Authorities alleged Petitgout punched his estranged wife and her date during an altercation at a Manhattan cocktail lounge in June 2014.The Daily News of New York reports (http://nydn.us/1NBQitV ) that Petitgout’s attorney said his client didn’t throw any punches.In addition to the jail sentence, a judge ordered Petitgout to complete 26 weeks of a batterer’s counseling program.Petitgout played college football at Notre Dame and spent eight seasons with the Giants and one with the Buccaneers.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more