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WPTZ, Seven Days announce news-sharing partnership

first_imgSource: BURLINGTON, VT/PLATTSBURGH, NY April 22, 2009 — WPTZ NewsChannel 5 and Seven Days, Vermont s alternative news weekly, have announced a partnership. The two news organizations are involved in a content-sharing agreement servicing residents of Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. As part of this agreement, Seven Days contributors will appear twice a week during NewsChannel 5 s 11 p.m. newscast. Elements of Shay Totten’s political column, “Fair Game,” will appear on Tuesday nights, in advance of the paper’s Wednesday distribution. On Thursday evenings, Music Editor Dan Bolles will recommend upcoming events from “Notes on the Weekend,” Seven Day’s email newsletter.The reporters made their first appearances on Newschannel 5 the week of April 20th. It s an exciting move that will benefit the news consumer across the region, both online and over-the-air. The partnership will widen the exposure of both NewsChannel 5 & Seven Days, said Sinan Sadar, news director of WPTZ.Seven Days online editor and associate publisher Cathy Resmer agrees. “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Newschannel 5,” she said. “Everyone wants to be on TV, right?”Both NewsChannel 5 and Seven Days plan to explore further opportunities to deepen their relationship as time progresses.NewsChannel 5 is owned by Hearst-Argyle Television. Seven Days is owned, operated and edited by Burlington residents Pamela Polston and Paula Routly.last_img read more

Trail Mix | Thomas Cassell

first_imgJust the other morning, I was cranking out some bike trainer time while watching a couple episodes of The Office.One of the episodes was the season four premier. Fans of the show might remember this as the episode where former temp Ryan Howard is hired for a big corporate gig and, while sitting in his Manhattan office, muses on those describing him as a wunderkind.Wunderkind. Someone who achieves an extraordinary level of success at a relatively young age.That term was fresh on my mind as I was considering Thomas Cassell, a phenom of a mandolin player who lives about five minutes from me in Norton, the smallest city in the state of Virginia.I have been keeping up with Cassell’s musical career during recent months, noting where he has been playing and watching videos here on the web that prove what a prodigious player he has become. To say the least, he struck me as quite impressive.That talent was validated on a national level late last month, when Cassell traveled from our Southwest Virginia mountains to Colorado and snagged top honors in the mandolin contest at Rockygrass.So. Thomas Cassell. The wunderkind. Absolutely. But not for long. This recent high school graduate is poised to make a big mark on the bluegrass world.I recently caught up with Thomas to chat about winning the Rockygrass competition, the new mandolin that came as the prize, and what the future holds.BRO – Describe that moment just before you heard your name announced as the winner at Rockygrass.TC – I was already at peace with any possible outcome, mainly because I had already had such a great time at Rockygrass, which is an amazing festival. Hearing my name called was pretty cool, though, as was playing on the main stage – the same stage where I had just watched some of my heroes play – in the finals.BRO – You graduated from high school in the spring. Where do you go from here?TC – I graduated with 65 college credits under my belt, thanks to my high school, so I am lucky to be starting college in the fall as a junior. I’m going to East Tennessee State University for a degree in bluegrass, old time, and country music. They have an amazing program there, and I feel like putting myself in the middle of it all will be very beneficial to my progress as a musician.BRO – When you want to push yourself as a player, what mandolin players to you listen to?TC – Pushing myself is something that I constantly have trouble with, so I’m always trying to figure out new ways to do it. Of course, listening to some of my mandolin heroes – Sam Bush, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall – always puts me in the right place, but I try not to narrow it down to just that. Listening to other musicians playing other instruments, both in and out of the bluegrass genre, can be really inspiring. A few insiders that come to mind are Bryan Sutton, John Hartford, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and David Grier. Some folks that don’t play this type of music, but still inspire me, are Randy Newman, Julian Lage, Duke Ellington, and Tom Waits. I could go on and on.BRO – We are featuring “Chief Benge’s Saddle,” a stunning instrumental, on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?TC – This has always been one of my favorite original tunes. For those that don’t know, Chief Benge’s Saddle is a place on High Knob, above Norton, Virginia, that has a lot of history and tales behind it. The saddle is on the side of a rock that hangs over a one hundred foot or more drop off, but the story goes that the height never stopped Chief Benge from crossing it. I sure have no desire to try! This tune didn’t have a name for a while, but this place came to mind one day and I saw that it was a perfect story to compliment the melody, and vice versa.BRO – That’s a mighty pretty mandolin you brought home from Colorado. What will you take for it?TC – Hah! I do really like this mandolin. Sam Bush has always been my favorite artist, since I was little even. It meant a lot to get one of his signature mandolins and to have him sign the back of it and show me what makes it his. It’s a really great axe, and it was extremely nice of Gibson to provide it to the festival for the contest prize. I’m very grateful to have come home with it.Being involved in a couple different projects keeps Thomas Cassell pretty busy during these dog days of summer. Between now and the middle of September, his two bands – Fox Run and The Thomas Cassell Project – have gigs lined up across Southwest Virginia. You can catch them in Wise, Norton, Abingdon, and Bristol, among other places.Be sure to listen to “Chief Benge’s Saddle” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jason Wamsley.last_img read more

UW’s last home series rife with emotion

first_imgEric Springer is the only senior skater on the Badgers’ roster this season. In his career with UW thus far, Springer has scored two goals and notched eight assists for a total of 10 career points.[/media-credit]The only thing that will be missing from a playoff-like atmosphere Friday night in the Wisconsin series opener against Denver is an actual playoff game, but emotions will certainly be running high for players and fans alike at the Kohl Center.Prior to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (12-14-2, 7-13-2 WCHA) taking on Denver (17-9-4, 12-6-4 WCHA) Friday night, a touching moment for all in attendance will take place as former Wisconsin All-American goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck will serve as an honorary captain and drop the ceremonial first puck exactly one year after surviving a car collision with a tractor-trailer on Feb. 17, 2011. The accident left the Badger great in a coma after sustaining serious head injuries.Daubenspeck’s story may provide inspiration for UW, currently mired in a season-long four-game losing streak and coming off a bye week. It is something they will need to beat a Denver team coming off an impressive series sweep of WCHA leading Minnesota.“Except for our freshman, they were all in the room last year when [Daubenspeck’s former teammates] Mark Strobel and Jamie Spencer came in and spoke to the team about Dauber, his life, his career, the things he had gone through and what they were trying to do,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “[Strobel and Spencer] talked about the family of Badgers and how they were pulling together and they tried to help their teammate. It was an eye-opening experience for everybody.”In what will be the only regular season matchup of the two teams, Friday and Saturday will also mark what is likely to be the final home series of the season for the Badgers as well as lone UW senior Eric Springer’s final chance in his career to skate in front of the Wisconsin fans at the Kohl Center.The series has been dubbed senior and parent weekend and will no doubt leave at least one Badger reflecting on his experience as a University of Wisconsin student-athlete.“We are a team; it’s kind of like a brotherhood,” Springer said. “We are all there for each other, and the fact that I am the only senior, [but] the first time I’m really going to feel that way is going out there for senior night. I try to be a leader for the guys and try to set an example … as much as I can. You feel like one of the guys in the locker room. It’s a great feeling, and I am going to miss it.”It seems as if the storylines surrounding this series could make it easy to forget that the Badgers and Pioneers still have to go out and play two games of hockey that could have WCHA playoff seeding implications for both teams.The Pioneers sit third in the WCHA with 28 points, and the Badgers are in 11th place with 16, but both squads are within striking distance to improve their positions.“We are playing a very good team, and it’s another opportunity for our kids to step up and get better,” Eaves said. “We have beaten some pretty good teams in our own building. We just need to play to that level once again. We haven’t played in a couple of weeks; that first 20 minutes will be really important for us. We need to get out there and compete.”Eaves doesn’t want the team sitting back on rest as an excuse to play better, however.“There has been more energy just because of the fact that we’re fresh, but there is a tradeoff there,” Eaves said. “There is the freshness that you have in your leg, but that still doesn’t compensate for not being in games. That’s why that first period on Friday night will be important for us.”The home ice should provide the Badgers with some much-needed familiarity, as the Kohl Center has played host to 11 of Wisconsin’s 12 victories this season. And if the two weeks of rest and ceremonial activities planned for the weekend weren’t enough, Eaves has reminded his team to live by a particular quote he firmly believes in by inspirational figure, Charles Swindoll.“Ten percent of life is what happened to us,” Eaves said. “And 90 percent is how we react to it.“We have a choice now. [The team has] heard it before. It is one that is in our locker room all the time. It is one of our cornerstones. It’s one of those fundamental truths of life that I have come to believe in.”last_img read more

As Syracuse’s 3-point shooting improves, its offense could look a whole lot different

first_img Comments Sticking to an old shooter’s adage became the reason for Buddy Boeheim’s breakthrough. For much of the first half of the season, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim repeatedly reminded his son: “Be patient. It’ll come. Just keep shooting.”Patience prevailed Saturday for the freshman sharpshooter. His four-straight made 3-pointers in Syracuse’s (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) 74-63 victory over Pittsburgh (12-6, 2-3) at the Carrier Dome are indicative of two emerging themes. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle is attacking the basket more, which opens up spaces on the perimeter. And while the Orange sits near the bottom of the ACC in 3-point shooting percentage — more than 10 percent worse than league-leading Virginia Tech — they’ve found a rhythm from the outside in the past two games. In wins over No. 1 Duke and against Pittsburgh, 40-plus percent shooting displays drove SU.Over the past two-and-a-half seasons, Syracuse hasn’t been a consistent threat from deep. Long gone are sharpshooters Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson, a trio that drilled 3s at a high clip. This year, the Orange aren’t necessarily a 3-point shooting team, but they’re drilling deep balls with more consistency of late. Its reliance on 3s has opened up driving lanes and made Syracuse a more dynamic team, all the more important during the middle of conference play.“We did shoot the ball well from 3, which makes a big difference,” Boeheim said. “We need to do a better job of finding open shooters on the wings. Buddy gives us the threat to shoot from the outside. A couple of times when Tyus (Battle) was driving, they were staying right with (Buddy), and Tyus got some room to drive.”Syracuse improved to 4-1 in the ACC for a number of reasons, not the least of which being 3-point shooting. Without knocking down 3s at a 44 percent rate against Duke, the Orange would’ve been out of the game. And had Buddy not had his “best week” of practice, his father said Saturday, he wouldn’t have played as much as he did (19 minutes) and made four 3s on five tries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You need to have 3s if you want to score a lot of points,” Buddy said. “It’s a big factor, it opens up the floor and it helps us tremendously on the offensive end.”Buddy isn’t alone. Five SU players attempted at least three deep balls and each of them made at least one. Battle drilled three. Senior point guard Frank Howard and junior forward Elijah Hughes each hit a pair. Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett hit a 3-pointer as well.To Brissett, the 3-point explosion this week wasn’t by accident. The shooting streak isn’t happening because SU’s simply making the shots they used to be missing. The shots are more open, and they’re coming in rhythm — not off slow ball screens or at the end of the shot clock.“We know the shots are going to be there,” Brissett said. “We just have to make them.”Seventy-five minutes before practice Thursday, Brissett and associate head coach Adrian Autry went through a 3-point shooting drill. “Sit,” Autry told him after a miss. The idea is to get low in the shot. After a few minutes, Autry instructed Brissett not to land over the 3-point line after the ball was released. He’d have to shoot up and down.Players are shooting more 3s before and after practice, Brissett, Howard and sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj said. They realize SU’s interior scoring is mediocre, at least for now. A number of players are capable of driving to the basket and scoring on drives and floaters. But an added dimension to the SU offense, even as one of the ACC’s worst shooting teams, could provide a boost down the stretch.“We’ve done a great job of adjusting in games,” Howard said. “If we need to shoot 3s, we’ll shoot 3s. If there are other options, great. We didn’t do that in our last loss.”Battle, who scored a game-high 22 points, said the 3-point barrage is a result of aggressive moves to the basket, not the other way around. When Battle, Brissett, Howard and Hughes attack off the dribble, they open the wings for shooters to spot up. The open looks are there because defenses feel they need to defend drivers, foremost.Across college basketball, teams live and die by the 3-point shot. The balance of power in college basketball has transferred to those who can shoot the trifecta. If Syracuse continues to improve from beyond the arc, its offense could look a whole lot different. Published on January 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ASSESSMENT OF DONEGAL CHEMICAL DUMPSITES NEEDED BEFORE LIVES LOST – CLAIM

first_imgCouncillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh has demanded that the Government commission an immediate and thorough risk assessment report into chemical munitions’ dumpsites located off the Donegal Coast.Location of known chemical munitions dumpsites (Red Stars) off the Donegal Coast.)Councillor Ó Fearraigh, who earlier this month raised the issue in a motion put before Donegal County Council, says that the Government must now take urgent action and investigate these sites as they could pose a very real and substantive risk to the public.Cllr Ó Fearraigh said “Earlier this month, following concerns from local residents in the west of the county about this issue, I put forward a motion before Donegal County Council in which I called on the Department of the Marine to investigate claims that hundreds of barrels containing potentially toxic and hazardous material lie dumped just a few miles off the coast of Donegal.” “Past investigations by intergovernmental organisations and research agencies have confirmed that sites containing such material do in fact exist and have their origins dating back as far as the First World War.”“A report compiled in 2010 by the OSPAR Commission into past dumping at sea of chemical weapons and munitions, explicitly states that there are in excess of 150 known dumping locations throughout the convention area of which Ireland is a contracted party.”He added that while many of these dump sites contain conventional weaponry, some have been found to hold chemical munitions with the report finding that five such dumping sites have been identified off the Donegal coast.“According to the report, marine dumped chemical munitions pose a very real and substantive risk to life, particularly if it’s found that such weapons contain substances such as mustard agent or phosphorus which are both strongly mutagenic and carcinogenic.” “The report states that much of what we know about these dumping sites comes from information supplied to Ireland by the various overseas contracted parties and organisations such as NATO, the Royal Society in the UK, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and the Scottish Office of Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries Department.”“It’s crucial if we are ever to know the true extent of the risk posed by these chemical weapons present off our county’s coastline that the Government here initiates a report into these sites so that the true nature of the problem may be made known.”“As well as my motion earlier this month into this issue, my party colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty has also tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for the Marine in which he has asked what action the Minister plans to take to investigate this matter.”“Working together, we are now calling on the Government to immediately commission an immediate and thorough risk assessment report into chemical munitions’ dumpsites located off the Donegal Coast before the worst should happen and lives are lost.”“This is a very serious situation and one which the Government cannot simply afford to ignore any longer.” ASSESSMENT OF DONEGAL CHEMICAL DUMPSITES NEEDED BEFORE LIVES LOST – CLAIM was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:chemical dumpsitesdonegallast_img read more