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first_imgWednesday May 8, 2013 WIN a ‘Lions 2013 Down Under’ Rugbydump Shirt! We’ve just launched some awesome new shirts, hoodies, and coffee mugs in our store. We’d love to see you in them, so today you’ve got the opportunity to win one of our brand new Lions 2013 shirts!To enter, simply do the following:1. Visit the RD store to see what one of our new shirts says you should do to Keep Calm.2. Follow and Tweet @Rugbydump with: ‘I’ve just entered to win a Lions 2013 shirt!‘ and include the answer to the above question as a hashtag (as one word)OR: Emailing us with a photo of you in a RD shirt you already have will also count as an entry. [If you’re not on Twitter but would like to enter, you can leave a comment below (only registered users), telling us which new shirt is your favourite]While you’re entering, have a browse around and see if there’s something you like that can form as an entry for the next giveaway we run. We’ve got T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and even iPhone cases.Closing date for entries: 15 May 2013. Good luck! The competition is now closed. Thanks for entering!ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Competition Related Articles 182 WEEKS AGO WIN: Rugby Nations 18 mobile game 184 WEEKS AGO WIN: George North signed Wales shirt PLUS… 200 WEEKS AGO WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Soccer must utilize their speed to continue tournament success

first_imgLinkedin High school hoops: FWCD falls, Paschal and Arlington Heights win nail-biters Nick is a senior journalism student from Cleveland, Ohio. He covers the TCU soccer team for TCU 360. Nick is an honors student and is minoring in music. High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survives Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt + posts Linkedin printThe TCU soccer team celebrates their NCAA tournament victory over BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.For head coach Eric Bell, TCU soccer isn’t just an identifier — it’s a style of play that he believes is essential to his team’s success moving forward in the NCAA Tournament.“We have to play TCU soccer, which means passing the ball, speed of play and making the game look like soccer,” Bell said. “If we can do those things, I like our chances.”Yazmeen Ryan converts the winning goal against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.With a second-round match against 10th-ranked Texas A&M Friday, this “TCU soccer” style will be put to the test.Bell acknowledged the Aggies’ speed and skill, particularly on the counterattack and said the Horned Frogs will need to keep the game in front of them to be successful.One Texas A&M player who could cause trouble for TCU is junior forward Ally Watt. Watt, a player with significant experience for the U.S. under-20 national team, led the Aggies with 14 goals on the season and made the All-SEC first team.The good news for TCU is that they’re no strangers to speed. TCU defenders face off with forwards Messiah Bright and McKenzie Oliver daily in training, both of whom have shown their pace throughout the season and like to run behind defenses, using their speed to their advantage.Messiah Bright (11) celebrates her equalizing goal with Karitas Tomasdottir (17) and Yazmeen Ryan (2) against BYU on Nov. 9, 2018. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.The two teams already have some individual familiarity with each other. Bell said both programs recruit similar players and many have played together at the club level.“There is an added incentive, if you will, for personal bragging rights between a lot of the players on both teams,” Bell said.Off the field, Bell said he’s thrilled with what he’s seen from his team.“I think in terms of togetherness, we’re in a really good spot,” Bell said. “I saw the players’ faces yesterday, and they’re really excited about this opportunity.”TCU will take on Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. The winner will take on either Tennessee or Arizona in the Round of 16. Nick Stephens Nick Stephens Facebook Nick Stephens Nick Stephens Nick Stephens Twitter TCU soccer is still having a successful season despite COVID-19 challenges (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Managing Editor) High school hoops: Paschal and FWCD fall, Arlington Heights wins road tilt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Previous articleVolleyball overcomes road struggles, dominates West Virginia in four setsNext articleNew Associate Director of Admission for transfer students to be hired by December Nick Stephens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Horoscope: November 20, 2020

first_imgTamia Banks printA baby born today has a Sun in Scorpio and a Moon in Aquarius.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Nov. 20, 2020:Revolutionary, savagely funny and idealistic, you’d rather fight than give in. In 2021, by avoiding arguments you score a major success. Even under quarantine, you accomplish magic. Rewards aren’t long in coming. If single, you look younger than your age so you attract many. You will know when you meet him or her in 2021 — you will just know. If attached, you have the perfect partner. CAPRICORN has the power.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★★Today finds you accomplishing much in record time — so you can get to your weekend — and supports a nostalgic mood. Accept invitations from friends or plan a virtual get-together. An admirer gives you a positive recommendation. Tonight: Seek a happy stress release.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Today gives you vacillation, and a chance to prioritize. Your heart tells you to focus on home and family, but another part of you wants to advance at work. Make time for both. Balance is the key to success now. Tonight: Sigh of relief.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★★Today indicates a special link to the long-ago and faraway. Your antiques and scrapbooks most probably have messages. A recollection by a grandparent shared with a grandchild can play a part in a spiritual awakening, especially tonight. Tonight: Very excited.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★Do background research and check claims that others make today. Better safe than sorry. There’s a sense of fate in the air. Adapt to circumstances. Keep your perspective if love and emotional issues grow complex. Valuable insights come from close associates. Tonight: Early beddie byes.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★You’ll be noticed and sought after. Circulate and work at cementing bonds, and closest love connections can deepen in a wonderful way. Make certain that you enjoy the animals cherished by someone you love, and vice versa. Tonight: Insight can prove valuable.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Patience with reaching health goals is essential. Wellness is achieved through sustained effort right now. A few hours of extra sleep now and then is the best gift you can give yourself this year. Purchase a really good umbrella too. Tonight: Belated birthday gifts.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Today brings teamwork and cooperation to assure success. Charming and talented associates create opportunities for you to fulfill a cherished wish. If you get anxious with trust issues, which you will, take a leap of faith. Tonight: Balance your soul with creative color and sound.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★★Today heightens your devotion to relatives or extended family and illuminates the important roles they play. Take time off to care for your home and enjoy family life. You also catch up on important household chores. Tonight: Delicious dinner with loved ones.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★If a vehicle needs replacement, start to examine your options promptly. Verify departure times and reservations. There can be some last-minute schedule changes to allow for. Have dry, comfortable clothing available, especially footwear. Tonight: The weather might impact you.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★Well-meaning advisers or promoters can offer you the wrong advice. If in doubt, follow your instincts. Resist the influence of another’s ideas. Postpone entering into any business partnership. If others seek your assistance, provide them with encouragement and ideas. Tonight: Read between the lines.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★★Your writing and speaking abilities win you admiration and love. Your personality and appearance create a memorable impression on influential individuals. Take the lead in making suggestions and arranging projects. You feel the need to acquire more security. Tonight: A happy energy to the heart.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★Today points to a need for extra rest and retreat. Energy will be replenished, and you’ll be able to get organized during hours of peaceful solitude. By tomorrow you’ll be ready to be more interactive. Tonight: Reassure people by email that they’ll hear from you tomorrow.Born today: Astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889), actress Estelle Parsons (1927), comedian Dick Smothers (1939) Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Linkedin Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 1, 2021 ReddIt Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Facebook Twitter Twitter Horoscope: April 29, 2021 + posts Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Facebook Previous articleHoroscope: November 19, 2020Next articleHoroscope: November 21, 2020 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Horoscope: May 2, 2021 ReddIt Tamia Banks Linkedin Horoscope: April 28, 2021last_img read more

Deputy editor of daily brutally beaten at his office, another journalist driven into exile

first_img RSF_en June 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deputy editor of daily brutally beaten at his office, another journalist driven into exile Reporters Without Borders today condemned a vicious beating meted out to Luis Pablo Guardado Negrete, deputy director of the regional daily Noticias de Bahia, based in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit state in western Mexico. The worldwide press freedom organisation also voiced dismay after Emilio Gutierrez Soto, of the daily El Diario del Noroeste in Ascension, Chihuahua state in the north was forced to go into exile in the United States on 15 June after men believed to be soldiers repeatedly followed him and threatened to kill him.Guardado Negrete was accosted by two individuals as he arrived at the headquarters of the Noticias de Bahia, on 21 June, who pretended that they wanted to buy him a car. Once inside the building, they closed the door and began attacking the journalist, beating him with a car amplifier and a toilet lid, before trying to strangle him with a shirt-tail.His assailants tried to get him to name the author and the source of an article published the previous week that implicated the owner of a local gym in a sex scandal. The deputy editor finally managed to take refuge in the toilets where he hid until the two men left. He needed hospital treatment for a double fracture of the jaw and a 12-centimetre cut to his left arm apparently inflicted by a knife.His brother, Lenin Guardado, told Reporters Without Borders that his two attackers had been successfully identified.Emilio Gutierrez Soto, of the daily El Diario del Noroeste in Ascension, was driven into exile in El Paso, Texas, on 15 June after receiving death threats believed to come from members of the military. The paper’s management said that the journalist and his son had applied for asylum in the United States.Around 50 soldiers illegally searched the journalist’s home on 5 May, after breaking down the door while the journalist and his son were asleep. Nothing was taken during the raid. Gutierrez Soto said he had been regularly watched and followed, possibly by soldiers out of uniform.“If it is confirmed that Guardado Negrete’s attackers have been identified, we hope that they will be found and promptly arrested”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “This case proves, if indeed it was necessary, that journalists are just as much in danger at their own place of work and that editorial offices should be properly monitored.” “As for the exile of Gutierrez Soto, we urge the federal government to open an investigation among the ranks of the army and in the meantime that the US authorities provide him with permission to remain in the country”. May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News MexicoAmericas Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policiescenter_img News Follow the news on Mexico Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go further MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros

first_imgNews Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) secretary-general Robert Ménard denounced today as “disgraceful” the 1,000 euros fine imposed on him today by a Paris court for his part in occupying the Tunisian Tourism Office in Paris last June. “There was no attempt to find out the truth in this matter,” he said. “The judge refused to hear witnesses or to watch a video showing that I never touched, much less roughed up anyone. We know very well that the Tunisian government was behind this case.” RSF has appealed against the conviction.Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government premises last 28-29 June by Ménard and other RSF members in protest against the arrest of Tunisian journalist Sihem Bensedrine. A tourism official, executive secretary Samia Ayari Mattei, had filed a complaint against Ménard, saying she had to take six days off work sick after the occupation.Ménard said he would seize the opinion of the minister of justice and the National Council of Judges about the refusal of the judge to consider evidence that may have proved him innocent when the judge had a duty to ensure a person’s right to a defence and a fair trial.He said his prosecution was “part of the campaign of slander, insults and defamation against me in the official Tunisian press.” In an editorial on 4 February this year, the managing editor of government daily La Presse, Moncef Gouja, called Ménard “a notorious pervert”… “a defender of paedophilia” and “a son of the OAS, whose hands are covered in Algerian blood.”The RSF secretary-general appeared before the 28th division of the Paris magistrates’ court on 28 February and the verdict was announced on 7 March, along with a fine of 1,000 euros and a symbolic one euro in damages against him.voir le dernier communiqué News December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more March 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros November 12, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Robert Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government permises. Sentenced to 1 000 euros, Ménard will seize the minister of Justice and the National Council of Judges last_img read more

Journalists Expose Themselves To Risk Of Corona Infection During Pandemic: Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Decide On Plea For Financial Protection To Media Persons

first_imgNews UpdatesJournalists Expose Themselves To Risk Of Corona Infection During Pandemic: Karnataka HC Directs Govt To Decide On Plea For Financial Protection To Media Persons Mustafa Plumber1 Jun 2020 7:32 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has directed the Central and State Governments to consider and decide within two months a representation seeking directions to the government and private media houses to provide Rs 50 lakh compensation each to families of media persons, newspaper delivery boys, in case they die due to coronavirus infection. Disposing of a petition filed by one Jacob George,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has directed the Central and State Governments to consider and decide within two months a representation seeking directions to the government and private media houses to provide Rs 50 lakh compensation each to families of media persons, newspaper delivery boys, in case they die due to coronavirus infection. Disposing of a petition filed by one Jacob George, a division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said “The role of journalists and media personnel cannot be underestimated nor undermined during this pandemic and just like police, doctors, nurses, Government personnel and others who are carrying out essential duties, in the same way, the journalists and other media personnel are on the field so as to disseminate and convey correct information to the citizens of the Country about the impact of the pandemic and also other information from the world over.” It added :”The importance of the media in our democracy cannot be underestimated. Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution speaks about the freedom of speech and expression which includes the right to information and conversely, right to freedom of press and electronic media to communicate. The right to information is the right to know, which is an important aspect of the right of freedom of speech and expression.”The Court said that journalists exposed themselves to the risk of COVID infection while performing their duties during the pandemic.”Media is a channel through which governmental policies are disseminated to the people of the country so that there could be enough debate on the pros and cons of such policies of the Government. Hence, the need for responsible reporting by the media, which has to portray a correct and accurate picture of the health crisis particularly during times such as the present. For that, the media personnel would have to risk their health and life to be on ground zero, at hot-spots and in containment zones so as to collect information and convey the same to the public at large, either through the press or electronic media. Hence, journalists, whether working for the press or electronic media, either on the field or in studios/offices play a significant and important role. While discharging their duties, they face immense challenges in times such as the current pandemic as they expose themselves to the risk of being infected by the virus even as they perform their duties on the frontiers.”The Court disposed of the plea by ordering :”…having regard to the role of the Fourth Estate which is one of the pillars of democracy, we think that without making any observations on the merit or otherwise or of the representations made by the petitioner and bearing in mind the fact the petitioner has reached this Court without giving any time to first and second respondents to even take note of the representations made by him, we think it appropriate to direct the first and second respondents to consider the representations made by the petitioner within a period of two months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order”Submissions of petitioner Advocate Sunil Kumar H appearing for the petitioner had argued that during the pandemic, doctors, nurses, health care personnel, ASHA workers, Police and paramilitary personnel are functioning as essential services for the prevention of spread and control of the pandemic. Their services are considered to be essential and they are called “Corona Warriors”. Further, media personnel and journalists, both print and electronic media, are working day and night so as to create awareness amongst the general public about the harmful effects of the Corona Virus and also for prevention of its spread and disseminating news, views as well as information in that regard. The role of media, both print and electronic, in this regard is important and vital and it should also be considered as an essential service. The personnel working in the media are the primary source of information to the people and they depend upon the print media, television, news channels and radio for getting information about the Covid-19 virus pandemic. Moreover, various news reporters are interviewing doctors, government officials, patients who have recovered from the disease and family members of the patients infected by Covid-19 virus on a day-to-day basis at great risk of their health and the health of their families. The media personnel have no social security benefit in the event of an unfortunate death while in the line of duty as their families are not paid any compensation, either from the managements under whom they work or from the State or Central Governments.4Submissions of Centre Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Union government opposed the plea saying “It is for the Union and State Governments to decide for whom a scheme of compensation must be extended during the current pandemic, if any person is adversely affected by the Covid-19 disease or succumbs to the same. That the Union Government and some of the State Governments have extended a scheme of payment of compensation to police and medical personnel as they constitute essential services. That the same is purely a matter of policy and Article 14 of the Constitution does not apply in the instant case. That the media personnel cannot be equated with Police or medical personnel.” On the aspect of maintainability of the petition it was argued that “Journalists do not perform any public duty nor a State function. They are discharging their duties as per the directions of entities who are private media houses. That if any journalist working under them is infected by the virus and succumbs to it, his/her family could seek relief from the employer of the deceased and not from the State or the Union Government when no scheme in respect of the media personnel has been announced.” Moreover, the petitioner had approached the court without giving proper time for the government to decide on his representation. He also relied on the revised guidelines issued on March 5, 2019 for Journalist by the Central Government which is in the form of Welfare scheme. These are applicable to all journalist and they may seek relief under the same. In response, the bench said that in the present times media was also important for the government because “An independent and balanced press and media is not only a hallmark of a democracy but it is also vital for the Government to convey to the people its policies and programmes so that there could be a debate in public on pros and cons of such policies and programmes as a result of which, Governments could, on receipt of useful and suitable suggestions from the public, alter their policies so that they have utmost efficacy and in the execution of which would ultimately benefit the citizenry of the country.” Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Rain barrel workshop collects interest

first_img Rain barrel workshop collects interest By The Penny Hoarder Roling said rain barrels have gained popularity in recent years as the cost of utilities for water increases and more people are planting backyard vegetable gardens and landscaping their properties with flowers and shrubs.“Plants love rainwater because there are no added chemicals and it does have vital nutrients,” Roling said. “Rainwater is usually soft and free of dissolved minerals and I’ve heard that it’s good for human hair. You can use rainwater to irrigate your lawns and to wash your car or your dog. And in comes in handy if there are water restrictions during dry times.”Rainwater is easy to “catch” and it’s easily accessible.“Rainwater harvested from the roof would otherwise be lost to runoff,” Roling said. “Runoff can cause erosion and carry fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The biggest advantage of rainwater is that is free and can, therefore, reduce utility costs for water.“Using rainwater has many benefits and all we have to do to share in those benefits is collect it,” Roling said. “The workshop will give participants a way to do just that.”Roling laughingly said, that, at no extra charge, participants will also learn a rain barrel dance that can be done in the event of a dry season.Roling expressed appreciation to the workshop sponsors, Alabama Clean Water Partnership, world Wildfire Fund, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Montgomery, Alabama-Tombigbee, Cho-Pea-Yellow Rivers Conecuh-Sepulga and Blackwater Rivers Clean Water Partnerships and the Wiregrass RC&D Council. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Rain Barrel Workshop will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Troy. And, women can make the barrels as easily men.There is a supply cost of $25 for the workshop but the retail value of a rain barrel is between $80 and $100.Participants may register at the time of the workshop. Email the author By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Book Nook to reopen Published 10:04 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Latest Stories Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Studio hosts children’s film festival Fun-loving children between the ages of 3 and 12 are invited to The Studio in downtown Troy on Saturday when… read more The “Make and Take Rain Barrel Workshop set for Monday is generating a surprising amount of interest.Keith Roling, president of the sponsoring Pike County Chapter of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association, said he had doubts about the workshop at first but it could be one of the chapter’s most attended workshops.“Women are telling me that their husbands will be there for sure,” Roling said, laughing. “They all want rain barrels and they are ‘encouraging’ their husbands to make them one.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Coronavirus fears help push gun background checks to record levels in March

first_imgsuratoho/iStock(NEW YORK) — Nearly four million gun background checks were performed last month, the highest number since the federal government began tracking them, the FBI said.And gun safety advocates say they’re worried there isn’t enough being done to prevent shootings as the coronavirus heightens the public’s fears.There were roughly 3.7 million background checks performed by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) last month, which is the highest number of one-month checks performed in the system’s 21-year history. By comparison, there were about 2.8 million checks performed in February and about 2.6 million checks in March 2019, according to the FBI.So far this year there have been more than 9.2 million background checks, according to the FBI data. The FBI notes that the background checks underreport the number of actual gun sales, as some states allow for multiple weapons purchases with a single background check.In February, the internet retailer reported a 309% increase in revenue and a 222% jump in transactions. Gun stores, which have been declared an essential business by the federal government, have remained open and have seen a jump in customers in states across the country.Kyleanne Hunter, vice president of programs for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said she’s not surprised by the jump in gun sales, as similar jumps are seen during other major crises such as hurricanes or natural disasters. However, she said she was very concerned by the lack of response by federal and state leaders to push for more gun safety during these trying times.“One of our biggest fears is that we will have people, more and more people, in difficult situations because they’re stuck at home with a gun, especially with first-time gun owners,” she told ABC News.The spread of the virus has led to reports of armed persons threatening others out of fear from the pandemic. Police in Maine were investigating a claim that armed men blocked a resident’s driveway with a downed tree branch to prevent him from leaving his home.The biggest problem, Hunter said, is that the government’s gun inspection services haven’t been deemed essential on a national basis, which has opened the door for questionable sales.“We don’t know how gun dealers are acting,” she said. “Groceries are still open but the FDA is still open inspecting the food. Why aren’t agents inspecting the gun stores?”Hunter added that gun training and gun safety classes have been canceled across the country because of social distancing rules.And while President Donald Trump and elected officials have expressed concerns over increased suicides while people are sheltering in place, Hunter implored state leaders to do more to ensure that increased gun sales don’t lead to increased violence.States that have their own gun inspection offices should increase their visits to stores, and governors themselves should speak about safety daily during their press events, Hunter suggested.“They should use that pulpit to talk about the risks that guns pose at home, especially with friendly fire,” she said.Hunter suggested that civilians who either know someone who recently purchased a gun or live in the household where a gun was recently purchased should have thoughtful conversations about safety procedures, especially as the pandemic increases household stress.“We need to destigmatize the conversation in a very real way,” she said. “We are usually hesitant to ask people if they have guns and if they’re stored, and we need to normalize that conversation just like we normalize the conversations about drinking too much during stressful times.” If you or anyone you know have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

This week’s news in brief: computer giveaway

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A home computing package worth more than £1,000 is up for grabs in a prize draw to encourage participation in the Personnel Today/PWA Software Survey. Five crates of champagne will be given to runners-up. The survey takes an annual look at HR opinions on software. Contact [email protected] Gripes go unheard Nearly half the UK population now complains regularly about goods and services, but leading companies are failing to respond, a report by the Institute of Customer Service suggests. Many of the 3,000 employees surveyed from about 44 UK companies criticised their own organisations for the way they deal with complaints.Pension investmentNew pensions legislation will drive socially responsible investment to the top of the agenda in both the city and business, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. From this week, all UK private sector pension funds will be legally obliged to consider such investment as part of their overall investment policy.Harassment adviceThe Employment Appeal Tribunal has issued guidance on what employers must do to avoid liability for sexual harassment by one employee against another. The guidance states that having an equal opportunities policy in itself is not sufficient protection. Employers should also correctly implement a policy on sexual Graduate shortfallTwo-thirds of UK employers are experiencing difficulties finding the right graduates, a survey says. This is despite the number of newly-qualified students outnumbering graduate scheme places by 20 to one. The survey by recruitment web site found 82 per cent of the 500 companies questioned said it took too long to fill vacancies.Alternative therapyThe Employment Lawyers Association is setting up a working party on alternative dispute resolution. The working party will investigate the potential benefits of using mediation to resolve employment disputes. It will also consider which types of disputes are best suited to alternative dispute Minimum pay for allPizzaExpress is to pay all its staff, even those aged under 21, a minimum wage of £3.70 an hour. The company has announced a new package of better pay and perks which will immediately apply to all its employees. From this month PizzaExpress is dispensing with the gap between rates of pay for those under 22 and those over 22 years of age. All waiting staff will be paid the same increased rate of £3.70 an hour – a figure the Government will enforce in October. This week’s news in brief: computer giveawayOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

State to Honor Ocean City High School’s Macy Oteri

first_imgSydnee Lisa, Bryce Cox and Macy Oteri make Rice Krispies treats as part of a monthly group gathering of ‘Best Buddies’ at Ocean City High School.The Ocean City Board of Education and Superintendent Kathleen Taylor are most proud to announce that Ocean City High School senior Macy Oteri has been selected by the New Jersey State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education to be recognized at the New Jersey’s State Board of Education’s annual Student Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 20.The school district is honored to have nominated Oteri, who embodies the qualities of an outstanding student and who strives to achieve the mission of our School District, “Committed to Excellence.”The New Jersey State Board of Education annually recognizes outstanding achievement for a student or a group of students.  The purpose of this recognition is to honor students who have made a significant contribution to school, community, family or other groups. This is the first time a student from Ocean City School District is being recognized for this distinction by the New Jersey State Board of Education.Oteri is a high achiever academically, involved in sports, the arts, clubs and activities. She is featured in a local magazine for her work as a photographer and entrepreneur.In addition to these academic achievements, Oteri is nominated because of her work as the Ocean City High School Best Buddies Expansion Chapter President. The Ocean City Best Buddies Chapter is the first High School Chapter in South Jersey.Best Buddies promotes one-on-one friendships between students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with general education students. Ocean City High School’s Chapter has paired successfully 15 buddy matches and features a total of 41 members for its first year. Each buddy pair is held responsible for meeting at least twice a month as well as contacting each other at least once a week. At the end of every month, the Peer Buddy must write a short overview of their month with their Buddy, highlighting the activities they have participated in, any difficulties they may have had, and the stories of success.__________Read more: New ‘Buddies’ for Special Ed Students at OCHS Making ‘Huge Difference’ With ‘Little Gestures’__________The Best Buddies Chapter meets once or twice a month for a general meeting and additionally has a monthly group activity for members and pairs to socialize. Past group activities included: a Holiday Cookie Party, making Rice Krispies treats, learning how to finger-knit, participating in the Christmas parade, as well as writing Valentine’s Day cards for the troops overseas and more. As the year has progressed, matches have become comfortable with each other and other members of the club. Best Buddies allows the opportunity for new friendships to be created easily as members are truly accepting of one another.Please check the Best Buddies website, for more information.At the May State Board of Education’s Annual Student Recognition Ceremony, Oteri will be introduced to the State Board and to the public, as well as the State Board will recognize Macy for her many accomplishments and her impact on the school and students.— News release from the Ocean City School Districtlast_img read more

Kids Learn About Environment at “Fun Day”

first_imgJasmine, left, and Alexis D’Angelo check out a snake at the 2019 environmental fun day event. By Tim KellyEnvironmentalists will tell you it’s all about sustainability.  They are usually talking about keeping our planet green. It also holds true for the environmentalists themselves, who wish to build momentum for the green movement and to recruit and educate their next generation.“We have a series of educational lectures and other activities for adults,” said Chris Halliday, a member of the Ocean City Environmental Commission. “We thought, why not put together a family-friendly day for the kids?”The result played out in typical Ocean City fashion Saturday, as more than 300 parents and kids attended the Commission’s second annual Nature and the Environment Fun Day at the Community Center. The kids made arts and crafts projects using recycled materials, watched entertaining videos with environmental themes and played games. They also learned about serious issues facing Mother Earth and explored ways to address them. At last year’s inaugural event, about 50 people showed up. Bolstered by a sunshiny day and warm temperatures, the room that is the regular home of the Stainton Senior Center was taken over by dozens of young families. “We completely went through all of craft materials we brought,” said Environmental Commissioner Catherine Cipella. She estimated approximately 250 recyclable craft projects were created by the kids in attendance.The Environmental Commission has been increasing visibility with its lecture series an ongoing message advocating “coastal resiliency,” the practice of adapting and finding strategies to protect barrier island environments and help the community cope with flood hazards and other issues.Its next talk will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Free Public Library in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Reserve, will present the lecture, free and open to the public.Kristina Costello, of Brandywine, Md., helps daughter Klara and son Duke create decorative butterflies using recycled materials.On Saturday, the serious messages of the environmental cause took on a lighter tone for the little ones.The event was held in partnership with the Ocean City Free Public Library and the Cape May County Park & Zoo.“This is a great chance to get the kids out and do something educational and fun,” said Kristina Costello, who watched as son Duke, 5, and Klara, 2, made decorative butterflies using toilet paper tubes and recycled paper.The family, from Brandywine, Maryland, was in town visiting Costello’s husband’s parents, who live in the north end.“We come every couple of months, and there is always something going on,” Costello said. “This town does a great job putting the family events together.”Zoo Educators Kendra Verity and Nikki Licata engaged the children with a harmless snake and a jumbo-sized, floppy-eared rabbit named Bugs.Bugs, who couldn’t get enough hugs and pats from the kids, was the clear star attraction of the morning, according to an informal poll of the youngsters. Time and again, when kids were asked what was their highlight, “Bugs” or “the rabbit” was mentioned.Zoo Educator Nikki Licata shows Bugs the bunny to the Mullins family: 4-month old Julian, held by mom Jill, with Dakota, 5, and Cyprus, 8. The snake drew waves of new friends, and also those a bit wary.“Most children (with fear or dislike of snakes) have a parent or both who don’t like them,” Verity said.Admittedly, we forgot to ask the snake’s name. But one lad referred to him or her as “Sammy.”Jasmine, 8, and Alexis D’Angelo, 6, of Phoenixville, Pa., and Ocean City, looked on wide-eyed as the reptile slithered to within inches of the girls and then stuck out its lengthy tongue.“He’s smelling you now,” Verity said, to the children’s astonishment. “He uses his tongue to smell things.”Jill Mullins, of Ocean City, was anxious to take out 8-year-old son Cyprus, recently recovered from chicken pox, and daughter Dakota, 5. On her hip was Julian, 4 months. All three had their private moments with Bugs.“I caught it this morning (on social media) that this was happening, and said, ‘Let’s go.’” Mullins explained. “Ocean City just keeps doing it better and better. If Ocean City posts it, people will come.”Eco-friendly arts and crafts were a big draw, resulting in about 250 decorative creations.last_img read more

British Baker makes Twitter debut

first_imgBritish Baker is now on Twitter – the real-time social networking and micro-blogging website that allows people or companies to update their ‘followers’ on their latest news.Twitter has taken the internet by storm and is now being used by bakers as a method of communication with their customers.Among those posting their latest updates are Greggs, Cooplands of Doncaster and Hummingbird Bakery in London. Companies can sign up and create a profile on the website, including information about the business, and can post short updates on what they’re up to – of 140 characters or less.Albion cafe and bakery in Shoreditch, London has taken things one step further by installing the latest techno gadget – BakerTweet – which allows the bakery to send a Twitter alert to any of the cafe’s ‘followers’ on the website, whenever new products come out of the oven. BakerTweet is a gadget connected to the internet which sends a message out at the push of a button, whenever a product is ready, and different messages can be set up for the various products.It was produced by Poke, a digital creative agency based across the road from the Albion Cafe, which wanted a way for for its employees to, as they said, ‘perhaps selfishly’, get the freshest products first. The company soon realised its potential and is promoting it to bakers across the country.Follow British Baker on Twitter at read more

UK economy expands 0.5%

first_imgThe UK economy expanded by 0.5% in the final three months of last year.This compared to 0.4% growth in the third quarter, and was in line with expectations. Overall, the economy grew 2.2% in 2015, down on 2.9% growth in 2014.Mike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers Association, said: “I foresee challenging times ahead, because at present the high street is still very volatile.”In addition I have great concerns about the global market, because consumer confidence seems to have been lacking a little of late, and I think that will continue for a while longer yet.”Agriculture grew by 0.6% in the fourth quarter.Year on year (YOY), the economy expanded by 1.9% in the fourth quarter compared to 2.1 % YOY growth in the previous quarter.last_img read more

Hear Ye, moe.rons: An Open Letter From The Mayor Of moe.down In The Twilight Of His Term

first_imgI am fairly certain that the band and crew are all slightly worried/annoyed whenever I am around. I have to admit, I would be scared if I had a stalker like me. I mean…I know I’m not dangerous and I don’t have any of their hair or old finger nails in a shrine in my closet (or whatever), but they have to assume I could. Maybe I can get Frank to hook something like that up for me…but I digress. As the lead up to moe.down 2010 began, I made a bold decision: Not only would I commit to making it to moe.down this year, I would go all out–I would run for mayor! Little did I know, it would be one of the most defining choices of my life. Hell…it’s eight years later and here I am, still writing about it. I mean…how obsessed do you have to be to crash a wedding photo shoot to get the bride to wear a sash and endorse my campaign?Some of you know how that first run for mayor went for me…but for those of you who don’t–I lost. But I didn’t let that first setback stop me. I returned and ran again the following year and, once again, I lost. Same thing the next year. And the year after that. I lost my first four attempts in a row, to a mixture of persons, places and things. I was beaten by a drunk Rage-raham Lincoln, a mash-up of Bob Weir and a wig supposedly made of Bob Weir’s hair, Gold Bond medicated talc powder, and even a ditch in the ground. Humbling, I know. I figured that the only thing left to beat me was a concept, like “an ever growing sense of ennui.” But after each loss, I just made new posters and signs and started over. I admit, I maybe took it a bit farther than most people would have. I got endorsements from bands I knew like Yonder Mountain String Band……Del McCoury and his Family Band plus Keller Williams……heck…I even got my friends to help me make a full campaign commercial!I’ve had a lot of folks ask me why I did what I did, and went as far as I did. Was it for the attention? Was it to help my fledgling career as a photographer, writer and filmmaker? Did I really, really enjoy making red, white, and blue signs? Did i just like turning people into walking billboards for my campaign? I’m sure all of those were factors. I mean…when Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band) gets her own sash and wears it onstage, you know you’re doing something special…But the real reason was simple: it’s the most fun I have ever had. Taking the opportunity to spread the love of moe. as I worked at festivals around the country gave an extra purpose to what I was doing, and added a lot of extra fun. The number of folks with whom I have struck up conversations, made life-long friendships with as I stopped them and asked if they had “…ever heard if a band named moe.” still surprises me to this day. Eventually, people started making their own stickers, they started making me shirts. My good friend Franklin made a large crop of “Vote Rex” shirts out of a mixture of love and pity for my seemingly cursed quest to be mayor. Sure, I wanted to win…but the run was so much fun…The last few years have been exceptionally good years to be a moe.ron. The band is playing with as much fire as ever in their storied history. Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier both keep getting better and better every night, doggedly honing their already impressive abilities. I truly believe that they drive each other to be their absolute best every time they hit the stage.  Rob Derhak is still smacking his bass with unhinged, raging passion. Vinnie Amico has manged to get even more precise on drums, and his partner in percussion Jim Loughlin has taken his mallet game to a whole new level.Their stellar play over the last few years has made the lack of moe.down a particularly sore spot for diehard fans. We’ve been eager to have a weekend where we can sit back and truly appreciate the mad genius that these five guys and their stellar crew make happen. Now, at long last, we are just days away from the return of moe.down and the election of a new mayor. I can only hope that, whoever makes it through that insane “election” process and assumes the coveted title has as much fun as I had along the way.It has been one of the singular honors of my life to serve as your representative and evangelist of the nation of moe.rons. I’ve gotten to know the guys in the band and the crew and been pleased to see that the music I is coming from such good and generous and loving people. I’ve roamed the country working for Live For Live Music and managed to catch them whenever and whenever I can, sharing photos, videos and stories for my constituents who could not make it to the party. Next week moe. and their friends in Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and plenty more will be gathering at snoe. ridge in Turin, New York for a ritual interrupted: moe.down. There is still time to get tickets, make some signs, and come join the insanity of the mayoral race yourself. Or you could just find yourself a good spot on the hill and spend the weekend watching the best band in the land play music for a packed crowd of their biggest fans. Both are valid choices…but I gotta say, if I had the chance to do it all over again…well obviously I would do it all over again! Thanks to Shellie for making my sashes, to Lonny for being such an asset to the community, and to all of you for letting me have all this fun. I can’t wait to see what you lunatics have up your sleeve for this years election! Good luck to all.Love, as always, your mayor (for one more week),Rex ThomsonYou can purchase tickets for next weekend’s moe.down, featuring performances by Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Organ Freeman, Kung Fu, Blackberry Smoke and, of course, 7 sets of moe., at this link. For more information, and a full weekend schedule, head to the event website. According to moe.down Music Festival tradition, on the last night of the festival one lucky person, place, thing or even concept will make it through several rounds of crowd volume votes to be elected to the coveted office of ‘mayor of moe.ville.’ The last moe.down, in 2014, saw Live For Live Music’s Rex Thomson elected “mayor,” a title he has proudly held for three years during the festival’s extended hiatus. As thousands of die-hard fans from around the world descend on upstate New York for the return of moe.down next weekend, the sitting moe.down mayor reflects on his “term,” remembers the journey it took to win the “election” in the first place, and offers some parting thoughts for his “constituents” in an open letter to moe.rons everywhere:My fellow moe.rons, our long national nightmare has at last ended. One week from today, the moe.down Music Festival returns for its long-awaited 16th edition! I know I speak for all of us when I say “Hallelujah!” We are once again going to bask in three days of our favorite band playing four plus hours a night. No longer will we be stuck pondering the jams we might have heard. When I started my mad quest to be your mayor in 2014, I never anticipated the fact that my term would be the longest in moe.ville mayoral history. With no moe.down, there has been no new vote–a period of martial moe. law, if you will.While my administration has had many peaks and valleys over the last few years, no moments were lower than the passing of the last two summers without our annual gathering of friendship, and, importantly, three days of moe. in Turin! I never lost sight of my dream to see us all reunited on the hill, waiting for that first note to sound. And now, in just one short week, we will at last gather together to hear just that. The joy we all feel when our beloved band segues from one epic tune to the next in their signature free-form style will once again electrify us all as a whole–as a the course of my three years as your mayor, I have strived to live up to my original inspiration to run for the coveted office. Though my memoe.ry is not  what it once was, I can clearly remember the moe.ment when I decided to seek this illustrious position. As moe.down 2008 drew to a close, the band announced plans to take a hiatus of indeterminate length. I was devastated as I listened to that dreadful announcement from afar during the simulcast. As a Midwest native, I had never made it to the promised land of moe.ville, and I worried that this “promised land” would fade from existence before i could land my feet on its fertile grounds. As moe. closed the fest with a rousing rendition of Monty Python‘s “Always Look To The Bright Side Of Life,” I swore that if the band returned, I wouldn’t miss another chance to see them. Today, as I approach my 250th show, I know I have kept that solemn oath. I’m not alone in my deep love for moe. Not by a long shot. As many shows as I have seen, there are plenty of folks with bigger totals. moe.’s mixture of amazing musicianship, stellar improvisational skills and the ability to touch on topics across the spectrum of human thought is singularly impressive. Beyond that the camaraderie among the most dedicated fans–or moe.rons, as we are affectionately known–transcend simple friendship and move into the realm of efforts in 2009 to make it to moe.down fell through, thanks to various medical maladies, but although my health has been known to knock me down at times, I’ve continued to fight to keep myself not only on this side of the grave but on my feet and rocking. In all my struggles, there has been no light brighter, no force more inspiring than the five guys named moe. and the music they make.last_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream

first_imgThe loss of the legendary Gregg Allman shook the music community to its core back in May. With his final work Southern Blood officially due out on Friday, September 8th, NPR’s First Listen has the entire album available now for stream. Allman’s Southern Blood was produced by manager and friend Michael Lehman and Grammy-winning producer Don Was, with Rolling Stone noting that on the night prior to his death, Allman had just been sent four completed songs off the album and was excited to hear the tracks. In the same Rolling Stone article, Was notes, “It was kind of unspoken, but it was really clear we were preparing a final statement, in many ways. . . . It was so fuckin’ heavy, man. We weren’t going to a picnic.”Gregg Allman’s Final Album To Be Celebrated With Multi-City Events, Special Guests, “Gregg Allman Day” In MaconAfter fighting liver cancer for five years following a liver transplant in 2010, Allman went into Southern Blood with a very clear intention to make use of what would be his final studio session. A previous press release via Allman’s website notes that the late rock star was excited to “capture the sound of the ultimate Gregg Allman Band in flight,” as Allman considered the group the tightest kit combo of lineup that he had worked with over his multi-decade solo career, with Lehman stating, the group was “like a family or a well oiled machine, always knowing what the other band members were thinking and doing.” Recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Southern Blood simultaneous taps into the past while creating a statement for fans for generations to come. Fame Studios is the local that Gregg and his late brother Duane Allman recorded their pre-Allman Brothers Band project, Hour Glass, and Gregg considered recording his final album there a means “to bring him full circle.”The album itself is one of Allman’s most personal solo efforts, featuring a host of meticulously chosen and heartfelt covers, as well the crowning jewel of the album, an original titled “My Only True Friend,” which was released earlier this month and begins with the lyrics: “You and I both know this river will surely flow to an end.” Co-written by Scott Sharrard, the Gregg Allman Band’s guitarist and musical director, along with Allman, “My Only True Friend” is a retrospective that allowed Allman to reflect and, as Was notes, “contextualize the course of his life.” Was continues, “The man that his fans saw performing onstage was the essential Gregg Allman – he was whole and truly satisfied when he was up there playing music. The trials and troubles he faced in life were mostly the result of not knowing what to do with himself in between shows. In this song, he’s addressing a woman and explaining that, although he loves her and doesn’t want to face living his life alone, being away on the road and performing every night is his lifeblood. If you understand this about Gregg Allman, every other aspect of his life makes complete sense.”Listen to Gregg Allman’s final masterpiece, Southern Blood, on NPR: Southern Blood TracklistMy Only True Friend (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)Once I Was (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)Going Going Gone (Bob Dylan)Black Muddy River (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)I Love the Life I Live (Willie Dixon)Willin’ (Lowell George)Blind Bats and Swamp Rats (Jack Avery)Out of Left Field (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)Love Like Kerosene (Scot Sharrard)Song for Adam featuring Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne)Scott Sharrard will be celebrating Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band at the upcoming Brooklyn Come Alive with a very special The Road Goes On: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band set. Sharrard will bring together Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Nate Werth(Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band), along with special guests Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to perform classic Allman Brothers material. More information on Brooklyn Comes Alive can be found here.last_img read more

The Byrds Co-Founders Announce ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ 50th Anniversary Tour

first_imgRoger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Byrds seminal country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with a series of tour dates this summer and fall. The shows will find the two founding members of the pioneering ‘60s rock band teaming up with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives to perform songs from the LP and tell stories about the making of the 1968 record.“On March 9, 1968, Roger McGuinn and I along with many fantastic musicians began recording the Sweetheart of the Rodeo album at Columbia Studios in Nashville,” Chris Hillman reportedly said in a statement. “It was truly a pivotal moment in our lives taking a turn toward the music we always felt a strong kinship with. We are honored that it has left a strong, long-lasting impression on country and rock music.”“We’re all looking forward to taking the fans through the back pages of the recording,” McGuinn continued. “The concert will include songs that led up to that groundbreaking trip to Nashville and all the songs from the album.”Recorded in the spring of 1968, Sweetheart of the Rodeo marked a stylistic departure for The Byrds, who had risen to prominence with a potent blend of folk and psychedelia. Most notably, it helped the launch the career of Gram Parsons, who brought a country sensibility to the band just prior to the recording of the album. McGuinn and Hillman have only announced five tour dates so far, but the pair has confirmed that additional dates will be revealed in the near future. Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary Tour:July 24 Los Angeles, CA – Ace HotelJuly 29 Saratoga, CA – Mountain WinerySeptember 18 Albany, NY – Hart TheaterSeptember 20 Hopewell, VA – Beacon TheatreOctober 3 Akron, OH – Akron Civic[H/T – Rolling Stone]last_img read more