Highways England traffic officers joined Road Safety Engineer Irene Stewart at the M5 Junction 19 service area to provide information and practical tips to all motorists with caravans, trailers and horse boxes.Behind the North East, the South West region has experienced the highest number of caravan/trailer incidents statistically, with 850 incidents across the network between January 2017 and May 2018, and 460 of those occurring in the summer months of May to September last year.And as part of an ongoing campaign, Highways England is encouraging drivers to carry out a few simple safety checks before setting off on journeys.Beverley Hannah, South West Regional Safety Co-ordinator for Highways England, said: Three further towing and tyre safety events are planned at Gordano Services – on Friday, 29 June, Monday, 2 July, and Friday, 6 July, between 10am and 3.30pm – and similar events are also planned for other areas of the South West.Media opportunityHighways England interviewees will be available at Gordano Services on Friday, 29 June between 10am and 12 noon. Please contact Neville Smith on 0300 470 4337 or Nicola Wesson on 0300 470 6218 to arrange.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Safety is always our priority and we’re delighted that so many people came along to speak to us while we were at the event. We received interest from general motorists, as well as caravan and motorhome owners, and it was a great opportunity for us to meet people that were taking their caravans or trailers away on holiday this summer and offer them pointers on how to stay safe while towing. Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: TyreSafe is a firm supporter of Highways England’s engagement activities with motorists as both organisations seek to reduce the number of incidents on the roads. Tyre checks are essential to reduce risks as they are the only part of the vehicle in contact with the road and, if they’re not roadworthy, steering and braking will be compromised, too. TyreSafe encourages all drivers to check their tyres at least once a month and before long journeys. Those stopping off at the services were able to learn more about Highways England and how it manages the safety of drivers and controls traffic following incidents, and also received key tyre safety tips and guidance from the Tyresafe awareness group.Both Highways England and Avon and Somerset Police, advise anyone towing a caravan, boat, horse box or trailer to take some simple steps to ensure a trouble-free journey, including: Carry out a final maintenance check before setting off, and leave plenty of time for your journey Be aware that driving while towing will inevitably affect the vehicle’s performance, especially braking distances Check that the vehicle and load are secure and the weight is correctly distributed in accordance with the manufacturers’ specifications Make sure you are adequately covered for recovery and breakdown Know the correct speed limit for your vehicle and the roads you travel on, and don’t drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road Towing mirrors not only allow you to view to the rear, in most cases they are a legal requirement when towing a wider trailer Driving licences place restrictions on the trailers that you can tow, you may need to take a further test to progress to towing larger trailers If your caravan or trailer starts to snake or swerve, it’s a sign you’re going too fast or the trailer is loaded incorrectly. Ease off the accelerator and reduce your speed gently Don’t brake harshly on a bend, as it makes the trailer unstable. Reduce your speed in plenty of time for any hazard You shouldn’t drive in the right hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes Supt Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety for Avon and Somerset Police, said: We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination so if you’re towing any sort of trailer please take extra steps to ensure you’re prepared before the start of your journey. Remembering these simple road safety rules while you’re driving can also reduce the risk of having an incident.
There are few bands currently touring that combine elements of jazz, blues, southern rock, and good ol’ Americana as effortlessly and beautifully as The Wood Brothers. With Oliver Wood’s pseudo-southern roots and bassist brother Chris Wood’s extensive free jazz experience in Medeski, Martin, and Wood, the group is undeniably one of the most raw, heartfelt, and genuine bands on the live music circuit today.Following a heavy, folky, punk-laced opening set from Indiana rockers (and Stanley Hotel legends), Murder By Death, the brothers took the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, joined by their other third, multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. The sun began to set on an unseasonably warm Friday night, and with a quiet hello and little fanfare, Oliver broke into the certifiable classic, “Postcards from Hell,” off of their 2008 release, Loaded. The song seems to be one of Oliver’s favorites, and tells the story of a man with a deep passion for the blues and for music. It’s not the first time the band has played this song at Red Rocks, yet it seems to strike a new chord each and every go around. In our current, rather unstable political climate, the song seems to speak to our beliefs and our commitments, serving as the perfect opening tune. The trio followed with “Tried and Tempted” off their debut album Ways Not to Lose. The stripped-down, bass-led groove got the crowd moving, and the band quickly slipped into another rocker, “This Is It,” from their latest release, One Drop of Truth.The group kept chugging along, playing the fan-favorite “Keep Me Around” off of 2013’s The Muse back-to-back with the classic “Mary Anna.” The chorus of “Mary Anna” featured a new, slightly faster, funkier arrangement that seemed to derive itself from many of the groovier, keyboard-led songs on One Drop of Truth. Perfectly transitioning into said new material, “Sparkling Wine” and the title track, “One Drop of Truth” came next, both keeping the crowd on their feet. Determined to keep the energy up, the brothers pulled out “Snake Eyes” from their 2015 album featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Paradise. Oliver’s rhythmic strumming and Jano’s steady beat allowed the song to really open up, and giving Chris a chance to dance around with his bass, both musically and literally. Following “Snake Eyes,” they continued to criss-cross their catalog, playing “Loaded,” “Shoo Fly Pie,” “Happiness Jones,” and “That’s Where My Baby Might Be.”Near the end of the set, Oliver took a moment to point out that he saw “a show at Red Rocks” as a 19-year-old kid from Boulder, Colorado. He noted, “I didn’t really realize how important it was at the time,” or something along those lines. The band then dropped into a blistering, original rendition of the late Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me.” Bearing an eerie resemblance to Petty, Oliver played the part perfectly, both vocally and musically, mentioning afterward, “oh yeah, it was Tom Petty!” Following the tribute to a guy who has to be one of Wood’s southern heroes, the band wrapped up the set with a sing-along take on their hit single, “Luckiest Man” before ending the night with “Honey Jar.”Not to be forgotten, The Wood Brothers were followed by California’s own The Devil Makes Three. Playing their own pioneering blend of bluegrass, folk, gypsy jazz, and Appalachian hick-pop, the band played to an absolutely ecstatic crowd that was eager to see them after too much time away. Playing a set heavy with tunes off of their eponymous album, “All Hail” and a spacey, feedback-laden “Chained to the Couch” came early in the set. “Hallelu,” “Graveyard,” and the quintessential “Old No. 7” closed out the evening, leaving the fans with little left to desire.Generally, early season Red Rocks shows can always be hit or miss with the weather and the music, but Friday night proved to be an absolute barnburner. With an incredible summer calendar ahead, it’s looking to be another divine summer at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/25/18Postcards From Hell, Tried and Tempted, This Is It, Keep Me Around, Mary Anna, Sparkling Wine, One Drop of Truth, Snake Eyes, Loaded, Shoo Fly Pie, Happiness Jones, That’s Where My Baby Might Be, You Wreck Me*, Luckiest Man, Honey Jar* – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover Photo: Chris Klein The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO| 5/28/18 | Photos: Chris Klein Load remaining images
China State News Agency: Coal Industry Requires Restructuring FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Reuters:Coal demand from China will slow over the next five years and the industry should focus on restructuring and upgrading, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday citing the China National Coal Association (CNCA).Jiang Zhimin, CNCA vice-president, told Xinhua that the service sector was now the main driver of China’s economic growth, adding that the government was increasingly replacing coal with cleaner, non-fossil fuels.“Over the 13th five-year-plan period (2016-2020), the coal industry should focus on promoting structural adjustment, restructuring and upgrading,” he said, adding that this included eliminating excess production capacity, building larger power plants and encouraging the development of downstream activities.He said, however, that coal remained China’s primary energy source and that trends such as urbanization and industrialization would support energy demand growth.Demand from China, the world’s top coal consumer, has been on the wane amid slowing economic growth and a shift away from fossil fuels to curb pollution.Last week, the cabinet said China will remove around 500 million tonnes of coal production capacity within the next three to five years and halt approvals of all new projects.Full article: China’s coal industry needs to restructure as demand slows – Xinhua
This semester’s first-year students were shepherded by Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, two GRAMMY-nominated professionals and professors of popular music performance in USC Thornton. There was no shortage of good words for them among the students. At the intermission, Abad thanked his young performers for their hard work and sang their praises, informing the audience that they were witnessing “the future of pop music.” It was easy to see that the thrill of performance was at the forefront of each performers’ mind space. Many of the performers did not face any anxiety before their sets. While she may find herself a bit nervous offstage in “party settings,” Balady noted that she doesn’t suffer from any pre-performance jitters. Mariah Quintero, a first-year pop music student, performs with cohort at Tommy’s Place on Wednesday night. (Lindsey Yu | Daily Trojan) “Performing is very much a mental thing,” Morcote said. “You just have to get in the mindset and have fun with it.” The night opened with an electric rendition of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” led by Quintero, a junior majoring in psychology who is entering her first year in the popular music program. Her magnetic stage presence and natural chemistry with her band set the tone for the night; it was clear from the start that this cohort wasn’t lacking in spirit nor talent. One performer, Tippy Balady, asked the audience for a little “Respect” before launching into a soulful rendition of Aretha’s finest. Song selection ranged from fast-tempo, high energy numbers, such as Amii Stewart’s “Knock On Wood,” to more reflective and romantic tracks, such as Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” The student performers had no trouble adjusting to the range of moods, finding their emotional base and engaging with whatever feelings the song demanded. Whether that called for sky-high ecstasy or subtle melancholy, they were tapped in. This proved to be a universal feeling among listeners, as many of the audience members found themselves standing up and dancing along to the soulful renditions of some of their favorite ’70s hits. It was very much a concert environment, and it would’ve been difficult not to crack a smile and bust a move while watching such a charming and lively group of young professionals. The Thornton School of Music’s first-year popular music students assembled at Tommy’s Place Wednesday for their first showcase. At the event, which was also their midterm, students divided into four bands to perform a set of ’70s Motown classics. Though their “first-year” label might imply inexperience, these students occupied the stage with uninhibited confidence, ready to put on a show. The performers’ sense of enjoyment was intoxicating. Their energy was infectious and lit up the basement at Tommy’s. For keyboardist Isabella Morcote, a freshman majoring in songwriting and popular music performance, getting in the right headspace was paramount. From the start of the night it was clear that this cohort — which welcomed themselves with a show-circle and group cheer — was a close one. Sam Bellavance, a freshman popular music major and bassist at Thursday night’s performance, recalls being extremely nervous for the first midterm in the fall, as he was unsure what to expect. But as time passed and the group became more comfortable, all nerves melted away. “It’s no ego, all love,” Quintero said. “This group really supports each other. We take each other to places we never would’ve imagined.” Throughout the night, there was no end to the adoration and gratitude the students felt toward Thornton’s faculty; it was clear they were all thankful to have a team of such encouraging and professional mentors. “The cohort becomes super tight within the first semester,” Bellavance said. “I love all of them, and I’ve been working gigs with some of the other singers too.” As she took the stage blinded by blue light and surrounded by an imposing crowd, Mariah Quintero was not one for nerves. She had put in the work and was ready to let that speak for itself. For her and her peers, that work spoke volumes. “Support” was the word of the night, as there was a tangible feeling of encouragement throughout the room. When the final performance of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” began, much of the room stood to sing and dance along with them. As singer-songwriter Cordelia Degher, a freshman majoring in popular musical performance, belted the final note and the night’s journey came to an end, it felt like a triumph for the entire cohort. “I wasn’t nervous at all,” said Balady, a freshman majoring in songwriting. “I was more excited to perform and do my craft. On stage, it’s me being my truest self.” “Everyone is actually really encouraging,” Balady said. “A lot of people think that it’s a high stakes, high pressure situation, but … everyone’s really there to support and we all learn from each other.” This sentiment was echoed by freshman popular music student and bassist Austin Brown, who appreciated how quickly the group had transitioned from cohort to community. “We’re really just kind of like a family,” Brown said. Throughout the semester, students were given three songs each week to perform and master for class. Of these, four songs were selected for the final showcase. As the showcase was a midterm, some of the songs were repeated between the bands, but they never felt stale. Each group brought their own personal flair and artistic choice to the songs; some opted for more contemporary vocals, while others adhered more toward the gospel-influences of the original Motown artists. Though each group’s arrangement varied in approach, there was a consistent energy throughout the show that unified the four bands. While their classmates performed, other members of the cohort shouted cheers of encouragement and even took to the floor to dance along to their friends’ performances. “The faculty is unparalleled,” Quintero said. “They give us such individualized attention and want to see us grow.” Throughout the department, encouragement and enthusiasm were abound among students to staff.
3. Caldwell makes a statementâ€¦Â One week ago at this time, the Bluejays were sitting at 1-1, having just played two low scoring games and having undefeated West Elk up next. Caldwell then throttled the Patriots 54-20.â€œWe really finally put it together offensively and played up to our capability,â€ said Sean Blosser, Caldwellâ€™s head coach for the fourth year. â€œDefensively, we got too complacent on tackling in the second half, and that was disappointing â€¦ But offensively we were completing drives that we werenâ€™t doing the first couple of weeks.â€ 1. The slate of Sumner County football games this week â€¦ 2. The last week before the stormâ€¦For 11-man football teams, the all-important district season – which determines what teams get into the playoffs â€” wonâ€™t be for another three weeks. But for the eight-man football teams, district begins next week.So this might be the last week to do some experimentation. Next week it gets all too real. 6. So what kind of team does Caldwell really have?â€¦Well, the Ward brothers are pretty good. Darin, who missed all of last season due to injury, is the senior quarterback. He runs a multiple zone scheme power-play offense, that may be in eight-man, but is as very much as sophisticated as any newer 11-man schemes out there.His younger brother, Colten, is only a sophomore but is already dominating defenses as a running back. He rushed for 195 yards and had five touchdowns.Defensively, Caldwell is a swarming machine playing mostly out of a 3-3 formation and manning the gaps. And the defense is not dominated by one person either. Against West Elk, eight different Bluejays made more than two tackles in the game. Sam Wencel led the evening in tackling against the Patriots with 7.5 tackles. Dilyn Lee had 7, Kyler Bruey, 7, C. Ward 6.5, Ross Kuhny 4, Kaden Halling 4, D. Ward 2.5, and Ian Young 2. â€œWe pride ourselves with great defense,â€ Blosser said. â€œIt may be eight-man football but we want to keep our opponent under 14 points every week.â€ 7. Elsewhereâ€¦ Oxford looks to reboundâ€¦The Wildcats had a promising start to the season. But that ended quickly in a non-league game with Udall where Oxfordâ€™s heated neighbor shellacked it 54-6.Oxford should rebound nicely against Flinthills, which is 1-2, which beat Elk Valley but was shellacked by Cedar Vale Dexter and Central of Burden. Caldwell at Cedar Vale/Dexter Skyline at Argonia-Attica Belle Plaine at W. Trinity 9. South Haven at Central-Burdenâ€¦Â This will be an interesting matchup. Central-Burden was manhandled by Argonia-Attica 74-34 last week. South Haven lost to Cedar Vale-Dexter 40-6. But both teams have the ability to win. South Haven beat Sedan 44-38 in week #2.Cardinals are 1-2 going in. Week #4 Douglass at Conway Sprgs. 10. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine should have uneventful weekâ€¦ Last week, the No. 2 ranked Conway Springs had the potential of losing to Garden Plaine, while winless Belle Plaine was hoping for a win over Bluestem. Neither scenario materialized.Look for Conway Springs to win big over Douglass this week. Belle Plaine may already be looking toward basketball season as it travels to Wichita Trinity this weekend.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Ten things you need to know about Sumner County football for this weekâ€¦ 5. A different yearâ€¦Expectations are nothing new in Caldwell. But last year the Bluejays opened with really high expectations after making the playoffs the year before. Then everyone got hurt. Five players suffered season-ending injuries and one more was hampered for most of the season.In 2014, the expectations were not so high going in, but Caldwell is looking good so far. The Jays opened with a two-point win over Central-Burden on opening weekend in a game that was considered a good learning experience.â€œWe didnâ€™t know what to expect and we learned quickly that we had a lot of work to do,â€ Blosser said. â€œIn the long run, it was better for us to get a scare like that. Because since then we have been getting better each week.â€Then came the Udall game. Caldwell lost to what may be the eventual 2014 South-Central Border League champions. Udall must be pretty good after beating Oxford 54-6 last week. South Haven at Central-Burden Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? 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But Blosser knows this is a game that wonâ€™t define Caldwellâ€™s season.â€œWe are more concerned about districts instead of the league to be honest with you,â€ Blosser said. â€œWe know we have to be on the top of our game because once district starts next week, and it will be a killer.â€Caldwell will open district hosting 3-0 Argonia-Attica, before traveling to Pretty Prairie and South Barber.â€œWe have to be ready to play,â€ Blosser said. 8. Pratt Skyline at Argonia-Atticaâ€¦The Titans have been impressive so far off to a 3-0 start in only its second year in existence.A&A, though, will be playing its toughest team of the season thus far at Attica. Skyline beat Pretty Prairie, which is pretty good, 52-34 last week. Oxford at Flinthills