Tool Announces New 2016 Tour Dates

first_imgBeloved rock band Tool has made a very exciting announcement, adding three new tour dates to what is otherwise an empty calendar. The band will perform three nights between October 24-28, playing in Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, and Little Rock, AR.The band surprised fans by playing a run of shows throughout January 2016, touring alongside Primus through most of the Southern United States. It’s unclear why Tool only played shows in January, or why they chose to wait nearly 9 months to get back on the road for another run of shows. As of now, no support for the three shows has been announced.You can see Tool’s full announcement below, with ticketing information provided. All shows go on sale this Friday, June 10th, at 10 AM local time. There’s also information about VIP Packages, a new web store, and more! We’ll keep our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of a major tour announcement!last_img read more

Polly want a vocabulary?

first_imgGriffin knows the names of a dozen objects. He can identify five colors and six shapes, and grasps his numbers up to eight. He can ask for his favorite treats and tell you where he’d like to go. And if he likes you, he’ll let you tickle his head.Obviously, Griffin is not your average student.In fact, he’s an African grey parrot, one of the stars of a research effort to understand the origins of human intelligence by exploring how parrots learn concepts and communication skills.“This is a way of looking at the origins of intelligence and communication,” psychology researcher Irene Pepperberg explained. “Unlike apes, our closest relatives, parrots are vocal learners. It turns out that birds have the same number of vocal learning areas in their brains that humans do, though they’re organized somewhat differently. Parrots are separated from us by 280 million years of evolution, so the fact that they can learn to use a simple communication system with us and acquire labels for objects and basic concepts says a lot about how deeply those abilities are embedded in our system.”Arguably best known for her work with another parrot, Alex, whose intelligence was estimated as equal to that of a 6-year-old child, Pepperberg in recent decades effectively rewrote concepts of animal intelligence and how those findings could shed light on the origins of human intellect. Earlier this year she relocated her lab from Brandeis University to Harvard, where she has continued her experiments with Griffin and a new bird, Athena, who is just 6 months old.Pepperberg’s most recent research, which was conducted with Harvard psychology Professor Ken Nakayama, showed that Griffin could correctly identify shapes even when they were partly obscured. This capacity likely has its origins in survival abilities — for example, in recognizing a partially hidden predator.Griffin’s performance is impressive, but can he really stack up to a toddler in terms of smarts?“We have shown in so many ways that this is not just simple stimulus and response or mimicry,” Pepperberg said. “The people who train the birds are not the people who test the birds. We do blind testing. Too, the birds will respond to almost anyone and to atypical objects.“If you were in the lab for a half-day, so they were no longer afraid of you, you could probably take a credit card out of your wallet and ask Griffin about its attributes. He could tell you that the shape is ‘four-corner’ and that the color is green. Alex was able to transfer concepts that he learned from one domain to another, so he learned ‘none’ with respect to same and different, and transferred it to size and to quantity.”In addition to offering new insight into the beginnings of intelligence, Pepperberg believes birds like Griffin can also be a boon for their wild cousins.“We’re demonstrating that these birds are sentient creatures,” she said. “In terms of conservation, people love to conserve animals that share qualities with humans, so if we can show that these birds — which are an endangered species — are really as smart as a 5- or 6-year-old child, that can help with conservation efforts.”last_img read more

Professor receives public policy fellowship

first_imgThe Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has honored biology professor Jennifer Tank as one of this year’s Leopold Leadership Fellows, a group of 20 academics selected to undergo intensive training intended to empower them to impact public policy. Tank will begin the fellowship with a training session this summer, joining the group from around the world at Stanford University in California. Tank said she applied for the fellowship to improve her communication skills, which would better equip her to discuss her work and its implications with the general public and leaders who make environmental policy. “The fellowship was developed a number of years ago because they were finding problems with scientists who were doing great work yet were unable to translate that science for the public,” Tank said. “It’s really a mechanism to link today’s great, cutting-edge science with better communication skills.” Tank described the program as a sort of “nursery school in communication skills” for scientists, named after prominent environmentalist Aldo Leopold. She said the extensive application process included a series of essays meant to show a serious commitment to sharing research with the public. “They want to keep the group very small because the program actually lasts for two years, starting with 10 days at a retreat center this summer,” Tank said. “When you go back for the second year, you’ve had the chance to practice, so you can focus on honing those skills you learned in the first year.” She said her specialty within ecology pertains directly to public policy as it relates to agriculture. “I’m a freshwater ecologist, so I work on streams and rivers, mainly on nutrient cycling,” Tank said. “The work I’ve been doing recently has to do with how land use, like intensive agriculture, influences freshwater resources.” Tank’s work focuses on finding a proper balance between the economic needs of farmers and the health of the environment and considers issues like fertilizer runoff and irrigation, she said. “You can’t protect the environment at the cost of the people who are supported by it, but you also can’t protect farmers at the expense of the environment,” she said. Tank will learn communication skills through the fellowship that will help her better convey the product of her research with policymakers who can take action to approach this balance, she said. “They really challenge you [through the fellowship] to see if you can relate the value of your research to the people who need to hear it, to see if you can give them a take-home message in a nutshell,” she said. “They’ll train you about print communication as well as various types of digital media, including the effective use of social network options like Facebook and Twitter.” Tank said she hopes to apply what she learns about communicating with the public to her work in the classroom. “All the things that go into being a good teacher also go into the process of being a good communicator,” she said. “I’m excited about it, and I hope I can do Notre Dame proud.”last_img read more

Cattaraugus County’s Second COVID-19 Case Confirmed, Officials List Possible Exposure Sites

first_imgLittle Valley: Hughes Hotel, Crosby’s, Dollar General Hamburg: Wegmans, McKinley Liquor, Tops on Southwestern Blvd., Blasdell Pizza Photo: PixabayLITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department says laboratory testing has confirmed a second case of COVID-19.Officials say a male resident who lives in the southwest part of the county with an extensive travel history to Buffalo developed joint pain and visited a Buffalo Chiropractor on March 20.The man then developed cough, congestion, shortness of breath and whole body aches.He contacted the Cattaraugus County Health Department where he tested for COVID-19 on Thursday and on Friday the test result indicated that he was positive for the virus. Officials say the patient is resting at home and now under quarantine. They say he will be assessed for any medical support that they can provide and they will monitor his symptoms closelyOfficials say the man visited the following locations after his visit to Buffalo:Town of Cattaraugus: Dollar General Killbuck: Hoag’s Williamsville: Monroe Chiropractic“We continue to ask our resident to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk,” said officials. “We would like to reiterate that if any resident experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to the Urgent Care or the Emergency room before calling).”Those with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department at 716-373-8050.center_img Olean: On The Side Liquor, Dollar General, Tops and BJ’s Salamanca: Edna’s, Sander’s Parkview, West End Liquor and McDonalds Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Does anyone know when he actually visited Crosbys in little valley?last_img read more

Joe Carroll Crowned Prince, Victoria Clark Returns & More Cinderella Casting Shake-Ups!

first_img Related Shows Greg Hildreth View All (6) Carroll recently appeared in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet and Once. His film and TV credits include The Carrie Diaries and All My Children. Clark won a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza and additional nominations for Sister Act and Cinderella. Her many Broadway credits include The Snow Geese, Cabaret, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Grand Night For Singing and Guys and Dolls. Buonopane’s Broadway credits include Grease, Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His film and TV credits include 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The producers and Claire’s Cambodia. Gibson’s previously Broadway credits include The Addams Family and Spamalot. Her film and TV appearances include Up All Night, You Must Be Joking, All My Children, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Victoria Clark Laura Osnes Joe Carroll Star Files Cinderella Santino Fontana The Cinderella kingdom is welcoming some new subjects! On January 28, Joe Carroll will join the Broadway cast as Prince Topher, succeeding original star Santino Fontana, Todd Buonopane will replace original cast member Greg Hildreth as Jean-Michel, and Cinderella ensemble member Stephanie Gibson will succeed Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle. But wait, there’s more! Original star Victoria Clark will return to her Tony-nominated role of Marie, Ella’s fairy godmother, replacing current star Rebecca Luker on January 21. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Marla Mindelle Additionally, new ensemble members Jessica Hershberg, Callan Bergmann, Nathan Lucrezio, Jeff Pew and Kaitlyn Davidson will join the cast in January. The new stars join previously announced pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen (of “Call Me Maybe” fame) as Ella, succeeding Tony nominee and Audience Choice Award winner Laura Osnes. The Nanny favorite Fran Drescher will also join the production as Cinderella’s stepmother, Madame. Both new stars will begin performances February 4 at the Broadway Theatre.last_img read more

Trail Mix October 2013: Free Music Playlist

first_imgTravis Book – Tennessee Side Of ThingsAnimal Parts – Where The Heart IsBreathe Owl Breathe – Silent Movie ReelBrian Wright – We Don’t Live ThereBurning Bridget Cleary – Oh My Little Darling_Fire on the MountainCharlie Robison – Look Out ClevelandChristopher Paul Stelling – You Can Make ItDinosaur Bones – SleepsickElephant Revival – Grace Of A WomanHa Ha Tonka – Colorful KidsHave Gun, Will Travel – Standing at the End of the WorldJ. Roddy Walston & The Business – Heavy BellsMelody Walker & Jacob Groopman – We Made it HomeNoam Pikelny – Road to ColumbusSteep Canyon Rangers – Stand And DeliverSWF – Let It Be ToldThe Bankesters – Cups (When I’m Gone)The Darcys – The RiverThe Devil Makes Three – StrangerThe Gospel Whiskey Runners – Shake It OffThe High Jump Heart – Signal FiresThe Howlin’ Brothers – Dixie FriedThe Rigneys – Double or NothingThe Royal Concept – RadioVikesh Kapoor – I Dreamt BluesWatermelon Slim – Blue FreightlinerWild Ponies – Trigger October is upon us. That means many things: the leaves are changing, mountain views across the Blue Ridge are spectacular, the temperatures are a little crispier in the morning, and Trail Mix is back at it with another tasty set of tunes.We kick Trail Mix October off with a brand new track from Travis Book, bass player for The Infamous Stringdusters.  Travis wrote “Tennessee Side Of Things” with Burle Galloway, noted songwriter who has recorded with Yonder Mountain String Band and the ‘Dusters, among others.  Travis and his mates are gearing up for the fourth annual Festy Experience, which takes place October 10th thru 13th in Nelson County, Virginia.  Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog next week, when we chat with Travis about the new tune, the Festy, and his new side projects.On the heels of my recent trip to IBMA, Trail Mix is featuring some top notch bluegrass this month.  Check out new tunes from Noam Pikelny, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Bankesters, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, and The Rigneys.Trail Mix is happy to welcome back some fantastic artists – Elephant Revival, Brian Wright, The Devil Makes Three, The Howlin’ Brothers, and Ha Ha Tonka all return with outstanding new tracks.There are some great Trail Mix first timers this month, too – take a listen to the offerings from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, The Gospel Whiskey Runners, Watermelon Slim, The High Jump Heart, Burning Bridget Cleary, Breathe Owl Breathe, The Royal Concept, and Have Gun, Will Travel.And there’s still more! At 27 tracks, October’s Trail Mix is almost too good to believe. But believe. Download it. Stream it. Share it with an old friend or a new buddy you meet on some bald summit while you revel in autumn’s glory. And, of course, get out and buy some of these great albums. Support these great artists that support Trail Mix.last_img read more

Live Outside and Play: May Gear Picks

first_imgIt’s May, which means it’s time for another gear review! One whole moon cycle teaches the rambling traveler some, but not all. Our good friend Einstein said it best, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”  We’re looking forward to the next seven months on the road, and what they have in store for us. While we’re stumbling, and discovering, check out some of the gear that keeps us on the trail and ready for the next adventure.La Sportiva Women’s Rocky Mountain Pant– If you haven’t had Stretch Cordura® grace your activewear wardrobe, have we got a treat for you! La Sportiva has created pants that combine the comfiness of leggings with the ruggedness of heavier protective mountain pants. This hardy, yet light, pant features Stretch Cordura®, which is a ying-yang of durability and breathability. I’ve hiked with these from daybreak to sunset through brambles and underbrush and walked away unscathed and cool. These pants come complete with large pockets for climbing overhangs without fear of anything falling out, elastic bottoms so they don’t snag on the trails, and a super comfy waistband so you can wear them all day. Can we talk about the waistband again? It really is a game changer.Appalachian Trail Map Guides-  Thinking of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Or just want to hike a section or two? National Geographic Maps has you covered. They’ve published a new, Appalachian Trail illustrated thirteen map set. Just like all of their maps, the A.T. maps are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant, paper that holds up like no other map on the trail. They’ve decided to print this set in booklet form instead of their usual fold-out style. We prefer the booklet on the trail. For us, they tend to be a little easier to deal with in windy situations, especially when you only need a small section of the map at a time. Each booklet covers 150-200 miles of the A.T. The whole set covers Springer Mountian, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin in Main. Each page is centered on the A.T. and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. Each booklet lists resupply information, town inset maps, camping options, and much more.You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy these beauties. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. We love maps.Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 35- Lowe Alpine is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and they have been making top notch gear since their inception. Lowe Alpine, who was founded by climber and mountaineer Greg Lowe, is responsible for some of the most commonly used climbing and mountaineering gear today.We’ve fallen in love with all of their packs, but today we’d like to introduce the Airzone Trail 35. This 35-liter pack is perfect for lightweight backpackers or for day hikers who need a little extra space. Checking in at 2.7 pounds, this pack edges out most others in its size class. The Airzone Trail 35 uses a top-loading, single clasp, design that cuts weight and increases stability and accessibility. The Airzone get’s its name from the tensioned mesh that separates the pack from the wearer’s back. The mesh promotes air flow and cuts weight. They’ve included unique trekking pole holders that fit various types of poles and ice tools. Our personal favorite thing about this pack is the way it holds weight. There are specific designs for each gender, with the female design taking into consideration back length, hip belt length, shoulder height, and load distribution. No matter which gender, it is incredibly stable and well balanced._______________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, National Geographic, and, Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Trail Mix: On The Road With Lilly Hiatt

first_imgShe had me at the reverb.Late last month, Lilly Hiatt released her third record, Trinity Lane, and when I took my first listen, I was hooked before I got it to the first chorus.Produced by Michael Trent, of Shovels & Rope, the record is a collection of solid Americana tunes – born of recovery, heartache, depression, and hope – that mix generous helpings of countryish folk with fuzzed out Sonic Youth guitar rock.Hiatt is now on tour in support of the record, and I recently caught up with her to chat about life on the road.BRO – Must have item in the green room?LH – Topo Chico, or some sort of sparkling water.BRO – Best sign, when you walk into a room, that it’s going to be a good night?LH – When the venue feeds us, I know it’s going to be a good night.BRO – When you hit a new city, are they any particular places you like to seek out?LH – I usually like to find a river or lake or ocean to walk by. Water calms me down.BRO – One item you can’t leave home without?LH – Black jeans.BRO – You have an hour to kill before show time. What do you do?LH – Probably take a little stroll, maybe call home, perhaps even pick up my guitar backstage. Depends on the night, really. But I keep my hands pretty busy until showtime.BRO – More exciting mile – the very first one of the tour or the very last one before you get home?LH – Wow. That’s tough. I’d say they both thrill me.Friday night, Lilly Hiatt will be rolling into Asheville for a set at Isis Music Hall. Show time is 7:00 and tickets are $10.Paying for the show is great, but Trail Mix wants to give you the chance to go for free! Take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answers to A winner of two passes to the show will be chosen from all correct responses received by noon tomorrow (Thursday).Good luck!Question . . . . . Lilly’s new record features an emotive ballad that she wrote following the death of what iconic music star?Remember . . . email your answers in! Don’t post below!And for more information on Lilly Hiatt, her tour dates, or how to grab the new record, please surf here.last_img read more

Nicaraguan Army Seizes Close to Two Tons of Cocaine

first_img The Nicaraguan Army seized at least two tons of cocaine and a speedboat from alleged drug traffickers in an area of the Caribbean, a Military spokesperson announced at a press conference on March 5. Rear Admiral Roger González, commander of the Nicaraguan Navy, explained that following a pursuit on the high seas, the suspects threw part of the drugs overboard, abandoned the remainder in the Eduardoño boat in which they were travelling, and fled. González added that the drugs were in 95 bags of 25 packages each. “We’re talking about over two tons,” and the seizure may be “one of the heaviest blows” struck against drug trafficking so far in 2012. The anti-drug operation took place in the early morning of March 4, in the sector known as Punta de Águila, 35 km south of Bluefields, in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region, he specified. The authorities were continuing to pursue the alleged drug traffickers, who escaped inland after abandoning the boat in an area of reefs and banks, González added. By Dialogo March 07, 2012last_img read more

How Go-Fast Vessels have Revolutionized Narco Maritime Operations

first_imgBy U.S. Army Major Brenda Fiegel, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas July 12, 2018 Authorities in Latin America face a constant and ever evolving battle with drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) in the sense that smuggling garners multi-billion dollar profits for these groups yearly. In turn, the profits are utilized by DTOs to do things that would be unimaginable to the normal citizen because of monetary constraints. For example, DTOs operating in virtually any country can purchase their “right to operate freely” by paying off law enforcement and government personnel in exchange for multi-faceted favors and protections. Another benefit that comes with a never-ending cash flow is the ability to build highly advanced trafficking vessels that are used to move maritime shipments from South America to profitable markets in the United States and Europe. What is most noteworthy about the vessels used by DTOs is that, although they have evolved over the last two decades, tried and true vessels such as pangas retrofitted into go-fast vessels are still a staple part of any cartel’s maritime trafficking arsenal. Brief history of the panga The original panga gained popularity in the 1960s in countries around the world at which time they were primarily used for fishing. However, the panga-style boat can be easily retrofitted into what is known in the drug trafficking world as a go-fast boat because of its design. As discussed by Boating Magazine in its issue of August 2017, the original panga model was built out of wood, but with the passage of time, producers realized that fiberglass versions could be mass-produced quickly and cheaply from molds rather than crafted from wood. Furthermore, the fiberglass models proved to be incredibly durable and could handle multiple outboard engines allowing them to move more quickly. For drug traffickers, Inside Costa Rica points out that the fiberglass addition alone is significant as it provides go-fast vessels the ability to evade radar detection. Additionally, the newest fiberglass models are constructed completely out of fiberglass, whereas only the hulls of traditional go-fast boats were made of this material. The use of fiberglass is important for several reasons, but mainly because it is difficult for radars to detect. Second, the newer versions are lighter, faster, and more spacious than the typical refurbished go-fast boat. For example, when comparing the time it takes for a refurbished go-fast and a fiberglass go-fast to make the same trip, the latter is two times faster. Finally, newer versions consume less gas meaning that logistical refueling stops are not necessary in some cases. Additional attributes of drug trafficking go-fast pangas Pangas utilized for drug trafficking purposes are generally equipped with GPS, satellite communications systems, and night vision equipment. Another important feature of drug trafficking pangas is that they are painted blue, black, or green in their interior to better camouflage themselves in open sea. Because of the paint color, if the crew members of a go-fast notice maritime or aerial patrols, they simply turn off their motors and cover the entire vessel with a blue tarp which has proved to be very successful because even at a very close distance, they are nearly undetectable. The design of these vessels is also important as they are versatile, and have good stability in both deep and shallow water. Furthermore, Colombian daily Semana reports that they can be out-fitted with multiple (anywhere from two-five) 250-300HP engines allowing them to travel up to 50-60 miles per hour in ideal sea conditions. Another feature of newer pangas is something known as the Delta pad which is a flat, slightly concave running surface that extends along the keel. This feature is approximately two inches wide towards the bow and about sixteen at the transom. It is beneficial to drug traffickers as it allows them to quickly pull their vessel from the ocean, into shallow waters, and onto the beach for a fast offload. Furthermore, the pad, combined with the narrow beam, influences the boat’s sea-keeping abilities. This means that the boat pops onto plane almost instantly and skips on top of a bay chop rather than cutting through it. For drug trafficking purposes, this is key because the hollowed out interiors of these vessels can carry up to 1,5 tons or more of cocaine in a single shipment and if the narrow beam and pad employed into newer models would chop through the water, it could potentially cause the panga to tip or become unstable. Go-fast pangas have been around for decades, but they will likely continue to be a mainstay for DTOs because of factors such as speed, versatility and cost. They are also difficult to detect at high sea and can often outrun patrol vessels utilized by law enforcement entities in Central America. In closing, the go-fast panga looks like it is here to stay no matter what model it is; fiberglass or more traditional. What we can expect is that DTOs will find additional means to make these vessels more effective and harder to detect.last_img read more