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Infamous Stringdusters, LCD Soundsystem Win First Grammy Awards

first_imgBruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, with Mars taking home six statues and Lamar earning five awards. While their victories didn’t come as that big of a shock, there were a few first-time winners that caught our eye.Festival favorites The Infamous Stringdusters picked up their first Grammy last night when their 2017 release Laws of Gravity was named Best Bluegrass Album. Founded in 2007, the band—Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)—has put out eight studio albums and recently announced the launch of their new record label. “Cannot thank you all enough for being along for this ride!,” The Infamous Stringdusters said in a statement. “Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent.” (In a rare tie, Vincent’s’ All The Rage – In Concert Volume One also won a Best Bluegrass Album award). After a handful of past nominations, LCD Soundsystem earned their first-ever Grammy for their 2017 single “Tonite”, which took home Best Dance Recording. Their comeback album American Dreams was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, though it lost to The National‘s Sleep Well Beast.Interestingly, electronic music legends Kraftwerk earned their first in-competition Grammy at last night’s show, despite having already been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The pioneering German outfit beat out a much younger field to win Best Electronic/Dance Album for their 2017 release 3-D The Catalogue, a record that was borne out of a retrospective project the band showcased at museums and music venues.In a less surprising move, the winners in the blues categories were decidedly on the older side as well. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ picked up Best Contemporary Blues Album for their collaborative release TajMo, while rock icons The Rolling Stones won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome, their first studio release in 11 years.Portugal. The Man beat out rising pop stars The Chainsmokers and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee to win their first Grammy, an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their single “Feel It Still”. Evidently, the group didn’t take the honor very seriously, as their acceptance speech saw frontman John Gourley pretend to wipe his butt with the trophy while bassist Zach Carothers declared “Hail Satan!”.Other winners at last night’s ceremony included John McLaughlin (Best Improvised Jazz Solo), Alabama Shakes (Best American Roots Performance), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song), The War on Drugs (Best Rock Album), and many more. You can check out the full list of winners here.last_img read more

10K run supports veterans

first_imgNotre Dame’s runners can look forward to another chance to test their fitness this Saturday at the ROTC-sponsored Warrior Run. Previously named the Race for the Heroes, the third annual 10K run will support of the Wounded Warrior Project, an initiative that aids wounded veterans and their families. This event, sponsored by the service organizations of Notre Dame’s Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC battalions, calls on the community to band together to raise money in support of these heroes. Patrick Kelly, Navy ROTC’s public affairs officer, said the idea behind this event was to solicit campus-wide support for the heroes who have given so much for their country. “It’s a great organization in general, and when the run started three years ago I think they were looking to do something that the entire campus could take part in,” Kelly said. “In the fall [Navy ROTC] does a 24-hour run to raise money … but we’re looking for something that everyone could take part in.” Lizzy Schroff, President of Trident Naval Society [Navy ROTC’s service organization], said the Warrior Run really hit home with the cadets. “It is a dangerous job in the military… many of us will probably be deployed to and in situations of combat,” Schroff said. “I think it really hits home for us because these people that we’re helping to support will be the men and women that we’ll be serving with when we graduate.” The Wounded Warrior Project provides crucial services to veterans and their families, Schroff said. “They provide a lot of different programs, such as financial aid, a combat stress recovery program, physical health programs and financial training,” Schroff said. Schroff said the Project builds a network among veterans, providing a crucial venue for communication between disparate recovering veterans. “It’s an open line of communication between veterans,” Schroff said. “Veterans are able to email each other, talk with one another and [have] a collective voice to make their needs and the needs of their families known.” Schroff said the proceeds will be given to the Wounded Warriors Project. She said she has high hopes for a large turnout despite the close proximity of the Holy Half to the Warrior Run. “Last year we raised about $5,000, so if we could reach that mark that would be great and if more that would be even better,” Schroff said. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Schroff said. The race will start off with a tri-military color guard featuring the Glee Club singing the national anthem. Schroff said the race starts at 9:30 with ROTC and non-ROTC divisions for male and female runners. “We have a lot of participants who are from our battalions from ROTC,” Schroff said. “We also have a lot of people from outside Notre Dame who are in the community [participating in the race]. It’s a great way to get everyone involved.” Kelly said the entire community should feel welcome to participate in this race. “I think people should know that even though at a lot of ROTC events people might feel like they’re not wanted or shouldn’t be included, we really want the entire Notre Dame community to get involved with this and to feel they should be a part of this,” Kelly said. Michael Falvey, sophomore midshipman in Notre Dame’s Navy ROTC battalion, said the service men and women are fighting for everyone in the community. “This is something that intimately involves everyone in the community. I think that it is imperative that the community supports these heroic individuals because these individuals give everything they have for the community,” Falvey said. Chris Patterson, treasurer of Trident Naval Society, said he wants to expand this event in coming years. “What we do here is close to everyone’s hearts. This is the job we’re going to be doing and these are people who have already sacrificed for their country,” Patterson said. “I want to make this event bigger to reach more people and to get more participation.” Patterson said this run is special because it’s for a cause greater than the concerns of a single individual. “I think we try to make it seem as though the run is really a run for something greater than yourself, a run for people who have done very important things for the country,” Patterson said. “We hope to spread that feeling throughout the community.” read more

Colleges unite with food drives

first_imgThe Holy Cross Harvest is rallying Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross campuses in a common cause to support the community through food drives. The drives will extend from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15 on the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College campuses, and throughout the month of February at Holy Cross College. All three institutions will have collection boxes for non-perishable foods available on their campuses. Notre Dame’s boxes will be available in both locations of the Hammes Bookstore. Saint Mary’s will have them in the atrium of the Student Center, in the lobby of Spes Unica Hall, and by the front desk in Le Mans Hall. Online donations are also possible through the websites of the various organizations each school will be supporting. “All of our efforts will go to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry,” Patricia Adams, director of Community Engagement at Holy Cross, said. Holy Cross will be utilizing the People Gotta Eat website at www.uwsjc.org for online contributions. Saint Mary’s has chosen the Food Bank of Northern Indiana to be the beneficiary of their drive. “[They were] chosen because they serve six area counties, not just St. Joseph [County]. They provide food to 185 agencies in these six counties,” director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement at Saint Mary’s Erika Buhring said. “By providing food and monetary donations to this one agency, the Saint Mary’s community can extend our help to many other agencies in our area.” Electronic donations can be made to the Food Bank through their website at http://donations.feedindiana.org/. “Last year the money went to the  [Food Bank of Northern Indiana]’s backpack program,” senior technical training professional at the University’s Office of Information Technology Anna Kolaczyk said. “This year we’re splitting the donations between several programs, but still supporting the backpack program.” The Food Bank of Northern Indiana’s Fun Packs Program provides a backpack of food for each weekend of the school year to underprivileged children. Notre Dame is also supporting People Gotta Eat, a United Way coalition of 17 food pantries in the area. “The United Way of Indiana has a grant that they’re giving this year to healthy eating programs, so any money given to People Gotta Eat will actually be doubled … but there are people on campus who believe very strongly in the mission of the Food Bank, so we are making it their choice,” Kolaczyk said, Kolaczyk said that Notre Dame will divide up the cash donations equally between the two organizations, food will be sent to the People Gotta Eat pantries, and that donations by check will be sent to the organization the check is written out to. Electronic donations can be made online at www.holycrossharvest.nd.edu/. “The various organizations … can do a lot more with the money than with the food,” Kolaczyk said. “Last year we raised 15,383 dollars. We are hoping to raise more this year.” Holy Cross has a head start on donations. “Already we have raised [more than] 1,400 dollars for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry,” student programming coordinator at Holy Cross Gonzalez said. “We will give St. Vincent de Paul this donation along with our other Harvest Drive donations.” “For Faculty and Staff, we are hoping to get 100 percent to make a cash donation or go online to People Gotta Eat,” Adams said. “They are recording our donations and will give them to St Vincent de Paul Food Bank.” “I think we will probably raise more monetary donations [than food donations] based on past drives,” Buhring said. “We will be happy to take contributions other than food. Families also often have trouble buying things like diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, baby formula and feminine products. Saint Mary’s will make sure these donations get to the right organizations.” Holy Cross and Notre Dame are providing alternative donation opportunities as well, with students in mind. “This winter we are giving the students the option of giving up one of their meals in the Dining Hall in exchange for a meal to feed those in need. Sodexo [a food services and facilities management corporation] is helping us in this endeavor,” Gonzalez said. “For every meal a student decides not to use throughout the month of February, Sodexo will donate that money to our Harvest Drive.” At Notre Dame, the student-aimed drive campaign is organized and run by a student service club on campus, affiliated with United Way. “We try to help the United Way in any way possible,” Frank Soler, the club’s president, said. “We’re their student arm. This will be our first year. … We’re still growing, but I think we’ve been a pretty good success so far.” Soler and other club officers will staff a table outside of the Huddle, the grocery story in LaFortune Student Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday night, encouraging students to purchase donation items from the Huddle with Flex Points. “We wanted to do it in a time frame with the Holy Cross Harvest,” said Soler. “We thought it would be better at the beginning [of the semester] when people have a surplus of Flex Points. The average student would be willing to buy a can. … We want to let everyone do something easy.” He said he has high expectations for the student response. “We don’t have a specific number in mind, just whatever we can do,” Soler said, “Whatever we get, we’ll be happy with, and we’ll just hope for the best.” Kolaczyk said she is glad to see this level of student participation. “This is the first time students are really doing something for the drive,” she said. “It’s been hard to find the right student leadership to lead the food drive. Finding the right approach [for students on campus] is really important.” She said there are few opportunities for students to donate their time to the Harvest, something that she thinks might increase student involvement. “We really need to figure out ways for the students to be involved that doesn’t require spending money,” Kolaczyk said. “If anyone has any ideas, I’d be happy to hear them!” Kolaczyk has also reached out to the Notre Dame alumni community to seek more participants in the Harvest for the first time this year. At Saint Mary’s, student volunteers will be in charge of monitoring the food donation barrels. “When they look like they are filling up we will contact the food bank, who will come out and pick up the food,” Buhring said. Buhring believes that the drive is important to the college community. “It provides a chance for the campus to come together and provide needed assistance for others in the community,” Buhring said. “It is also a chance to partner with Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame.” “I think it’s great,” Soler said. “It gives everyone an opportunity [to give] directly to our community.” “So many times we are focused on Notre Dame itself, or Saint Mary’s, or Holy Cross, and I think joining something like this puts the focus off of our schools and onto what we can do to help,” Kolaczyk said. “You should give because you’re supposed to and not because you want recognition for it.”last_img read more

Tips for the Young Lawyer

first_img Tips for the Young Lawyer April 15, 2006 Regular News Francisco Ramos, Jr. The key to writing is grabbing the reader’s attention and not letting go. Wander from your message, confuse or obfuscate it, and you run the risk of losing the reader. Make every paragraph, every sentence, every word, every syllable count, pushing the reader to your conclusion, getting him or her to embrace it like it was his or her own. What follows are some tips on how to improve your writing, whether it is addressed to a judge, a client, or opposing counsel. • Brainstorm. Before you write, take a pen and paper and brainstorm your ideas. At this stage, leave the computer off. Just you and a piece of paper, making lists, jotting down ideas, doodling perhaps, figuring out what you are going to write about. Put down whatever idea comes into your head, however foolish it may strike you. You can discard the foolish ideas later. Who knows? That foolish idea may not be so foolish after all. • Prepare an outline. After you have put your thoughts on paper,organize them in the form of an outline. Sort through your ideas, keeping some and discarding others. The outline will serve as a blueprint for your writing. • Know your audience. Remember, you are not writing for you; you are writing for your audience. Forget this and risk alienating and boring the reader. How you write a motion for a judge is different from how you write a letter to a client. • Bam! Hit the reader between the eyes. Hit the ground running with a strong start. You are not working up to a crescendo. You start at the crescendo. The first sentence or two must grab the reader’s attention. In those first sentences, you must let the reader know why he or she should keep reading. Remember, Alice was down the rabbit hole on page two or three. • Just say it. Be direct. If what you have to say is important enough to reduce to writing, just say it. Do not mince words; do not hem or haw. Be bold; blurt the words out and keep moving. • Keep it simple. Limit what you have to say. Say too much and you will lose the reader. If you can make two or three points that stick with the reader, you are better off than making 10 points that do not. • Limit each sentence to one idea. Do not overburden your sentences. Make a single point and put a period down. • Limit each paragraph to one idea. As with sentences, pick an idea and support it throughout the paragraph. If you have another idea that you need to address, start another paragraph. • Speak confidently. Do not be shy or bashful about what you have to say. If you are not confident about your position, do not expect the reader to be. • Tell a story. Make it a good read. Judges and clients read their share of letters and motions. If you want yours to stand out, tell a story. The beginning must captivate; the middle must hold the reader’s attention; and the ending must be strong. • Less is more. Say as much as you can with the fewest words possible. People have less time and shorter attention spans. Make your point in the fewest words and fewest pages possible. • Edit, edit, edit. Do not be happy with your first draft, your second, or perhaps even your third. Edit the excess sentences, phrases, and words. Make sure your argument holds water; the transitions are smooth, and the word choice is proper. • Keep your paragraphs short. Keep your paragraphs to three to five sentences. Longer paragraphs tend to lose the reader. • Keep your sentences short. Keep your sentences at 10 to 20 words. • Keep your words short. Use words that have fewer syllables. • Use the active voice. The subjects of your sentences should not be victims. Things do not happen to them. They make things happen. Speak in the active voice. Active sentences are clearer and get to the point faster. • Keep the subject, verb, and object close together. Keep the subject of the sentence, the verb, and the object close together. keeping them close together, you make your sentences clear, direct, and short. • Start sentences with the subject. starting your sentences with the subject, the reader knows right away who is performing the action. Follow the subject with the verb and object, and you can make strong sentences with very few words. • Make the verbs do the heavy lifting. The most important word in the sentence is the verb. Use strong, active verbs. You do not need adjectives and adverbs to make a sentence. But without a verb all you have is a group or words with nothing to do. • End strong. Just as you start strong, finish strong. You started by punching the reader between the eyes. • Read it out load. Read your writing out loud and listen to how it sounds. Likely, you will make additional changes after doing so. • Take a break. After you have written a draft and revised it, take a break and pick it up at a later time. With a fresh look, you may see errors or lapses of judgment you overlooked before. • Know when to stop. Once you have said everything you need to say, whether in a motion, a letter, or an article such as this one, know when to stop. Francisco Ramos, Jr., is a senior associate with Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery in Miami, practicing in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation. He can be reached at (305) 377-0700 or [email protected] Tips for the Young Lawyer Keys to becoming a better legal writerlast_img read more

365 MMP and desiGna launch Love Contest

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 87 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews 365 MMP and desiGna launch Love Contest by: – February 3, 2012 A Love contest is the latest collaboration between two internet based companies in time for Valentine’s Day 2012.365 MMP, an online based company which offers Media, Marketing and Production services through one of the most popular Social Networking sites, Facebook, and desiGna (www.shopdesiGna.com), Dominica’s first online clothing and accessories store, have launched a Love Contest in celebration of Valentine’s Day.One of the owners of 365MMP Elias Dupuis told Dominica Vibes News that the objective of the contest is to create value for the customers of both entities as well as introduce new comers to their brands.He explained that interested participants only need to “Like” 365MMP and desiGna’s Facebook pages, (http://www.facebook.com/pages/365-MMP/182372708453192) and www.facebook.com/shopdesiGna respectively, post a photograph of themselves and spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, then get friends to “Like” the pages and the photograph.The couple with the most “Likes” will be judged the winner.Six couples have already submitted their photograph and there is limit on the number of couples which can participate, however, participants must be 18 years and older to join the contest.The winning couple will receive a one night stay at one of Dominica’s top hotels, a $240.00 gift certificate from DesiGna and a free photo-shoot from 365MMP. The second prize winners will also win a photo-shoot compliment of 365MMP.The results will be released simultaneously on both companies Facebook pages on February 13th and the winners will be contacted via their Facebook pages.The Love Contest is opened until the 12th of February, start posting folks!Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

A’s designate pitcher Jharel Cotton for assignment, select Daulton Jefferies

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics selected right-handed pitcher Daulton Jefferies’ contract from Double-A Midland and designated right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton, the team announced on Wednesday.Adding Jefferies, 24, to the 40-man protects him from this season’s Rule 5 draft, and he certainly would have been meat on the market.The Cal alum, the A’s fifth pick in the 2016 draft, made major strides after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017, a procedure that capped a total of nine innings of …last_img read more

German Chancellor Tells Google: “You Can’t Just Go Around Scanning Books”

first_imgOn Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her weekly video podcast to attack Google and the Google Book Settlement. According to Merkel, the Google Book Settlement disregards international copyright laws. Merkel, who mostly focuses on the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in her rather anemic video, also stressed that Germany will do its best to protect German authors against what the government considers to be blatant copyright infringement. Both Germany and France filed complaints against the Google Book settlement last month.“The Internet Should Not Be Exempt From Copyright Laws”According to Merkel, the German government wants to protect its authors. Google, according to Merkel, is “just scanning books without any regard to copyright law,” and “the Internet should not be exempt from copyright laws,” she also adds.In this context, it is important to note that Germany has always been extremely protective of books as a cultural product. Book retailers, for example, have to sell all new books at a set price and can only discount older or damaged books under a limited set of circumstances. It’s currently not clear if these price-fixing rules also apply to eBooks.“eBooks Won’t Replace Traditional Books” Merkel also stressed that she doesn’t believe that eBooks will ever replace traditional books  – though she does mention that ‘new’ technologies like audio books have changed the book market over the last few years.Google Books and the Google Book Settlement have obviously been mired in controversy from the beginning. Just last week, Google’s Sergey Brin defended the project in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. The Google Book Settlement is currently on hold, and Google has until November to present a revised version of its plan. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#Google#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Important assurance: Omar Abdullah

first_imgNational Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah welcomed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was ready to hold the Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.“An important assurance on the floor of the House in the Lok Sabha. This should put to rest the motivated speculation that elections in the State will happen only after the general elections,” he wrote on Twitter.last_img

Tool Announce European Tour As Fans Wait For Album Release

first_img Tool Announce European Tour As Fans Wait For Album Release The tour will launch June 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The band will tour until July 2 in cities including Vienna, Austria, Amsterdam, Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. While an album release date has not been set, frontman Maynard James Kennan took to Twitter last month to update fans it’s a “Long way 2 go but much closer,” teasing a release sometime in 2019 with his hashtags.It is an understatement to say Tool fans are excitedly waiting for this album. It’s been 12 years since the band has dropped an album and their tour announcement is only adding to the growing anticipation. The band performed in San Bernardino, Calif., last year and has performed here and there, only bringing down hope that the tour announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the album will be ready before it.  In June, producer and engineer Sylvia Massy took us back to the album that started it all. Massy helped capture Tool’s live energy in their debut, Undertow.”Tool was a fantastic live band, and my biggest challenge was to capture the live energy in a studio setting, so generally during the first recordings I was just letting them do their thing,” Massy told the Recording Academy. “However, on Undertow as we started pre-production in rehearsals, I could see them getting stuck with some songwriting challenges so I stepped in as a tie-breaker.”The album, released in 1993, was the introduction to Tool’s intensely good, hard rock and something not heard at the time.”That is why it endures to this day. And for me it was a milestone in my career. It was when people started knocking on my door, instead of the other way around,” Massy said. “It’s been 25 years since Tool’s Undertow was released, yet I still get messages from Tool fans about it. It made an impact on a lot of people.”Years later, fans can only wait for Tool’s next clue. A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Tool Announce Europe Tour Dates tool-announce-european-tour-fans-wait-album-release Could the tour dates give us a clue as to when the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth-studio album will drop?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2018 – 2:46 pm GRAMMY-winning rock band Tool have announced European tour dates for summer 2019. The announcement comes as fans continue to wait for their much-anticipated fifth studio album. Could this be their next clue? Twitter center_img News Facebook Email last_img read more