October 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Remains No. 4 in FCS STATS Poll; No. 5 in AFCA Coaches Poll Tags: Northern Arizona/Southern Utah/Stewart Stadium/Weber State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, after dismantling Southern Utah 29-14 at Stewart Stadium Saturday, Weber State football remained ranked No. 4 in the FCS STATS poll and No. 5 in the AFCA Coaches poll.The Wildcats are currently 4-2 and 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play as they prepare to host Northern Arizona Saturday at Stewart Stadium as the conference season ensues.Saturday’s game against the Lumberjacks is Tackle Cancer Day at Stewart Stadium as part of breast cancer awareness month. Written by Brad James
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail By Peter FuntMost of us have never been to Cuba and yet we easily conjure images of brightly colored vintage American cars, of deeply creased yet smiling faces, of bare-chested young athletes bounding in the bright sun, of cigar smoke wafting above crowded dance floors.President Obama’s wise decision to try a different approach in relations with the Castro regime is likely to improve things for Cuba’s economy and its people. A nation frozen in time will change, but many Americans — especially tourists — hope the images are preserved.Photographer Lorne Resnick understands, having spent the last 20 years chronicling the island nation and its people. His large and striking book, “Cuba: This Moment, Exactly So,” could not be better timed nor more useful in depicting the Cuban experience.Resnick’s 250 photographs, culled from over 400,000 he took during more than 50 trips to Cuba, are truly remarkable. And I would say that even if Resnick were not my brother-in-law. His photographic passion can be examined at www.ThisCuba.com.“Just like the buildings have exposed their raw structure as the paint peels away from decades of wear and lack of funds for upkeep,” Resnick observes, “it seems to me that the Cuban people’s social masks have also faded away to reveal honest, open, kind, warm humans who will engage you in intense, frank conversations about politics, religion and life.”“The Cubans are incredibly family and friend centered,” he continues. “If you spend enough time in a family home it makes you weep at how beautiful their closeness is. The warmth and love is really extraordinary.”Much of Cuban life is an enigma. For instance:“Health care is free in Cuba. They have world-class doctors and not enough tongue depressors — largely due to the embargo. They have a Parkinson’s treatment center that people fly to from all over the world. They have cutting edge cancer research. But the hospitals are old.“Fidel Castro actually admitted not long ago that he made a mistake and over-educated Cubans, so that now they have too many doctors and not enough mid-level service people.”Pressed at an awkward news conference on Monday, Raul Castro mentioned free health care as he sought to deflect questions about Cuba’s rights violations. Cuban “rights,” he declared, include health care, free higher education and equal pay for women.That brought a reply from President Obama summing up this turn in U.S.-Cuban relations. “I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels we are falling short,” he said, “because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.”Over time, shiny new American cars will line the streets of Havana, in front of tall, modern hotels and rows of U.S.-owned businesses. Eventually Havana’s photo album might look more like San Diego’s.Photographer Resnick probably won’t care as much about those images, but he’s developed a keen appreciation for the Cuban people.“I was in Cuba on December 17, 2014, when the Obama announcement came that things were going to change,” he says. “Everywhere I went people were quietly celebrating, each raising a glass to a potential bright future, hugging and kissing everyone.”For Cuba, that is the bigger picture.
Milford Haven coastguard operations centre received a call from South Wales police at 3pm today reporting a substantial rock fall at Oxwich Bay beach, along the coastline towards Oxwich Point. Police and Oxwich and Rhossili coastguard rescue teams attended to keep nearby members of the public safe and to cordon the area off to prevent anyone unknowingly putting themselves in danger.The photograph taken by Oxwich and Rhossili coastguard rescue teams, shows one part of the fall which has slid down the cliff as a block, with trees remaining on the top.The size of the fall is estimated to cover an area of 30 metres by 30 metres and is reportedly larger than a previous significant rock fall in 2009 in the same area. The local council, natural resources Wales and the landowners have also been informed.
After a series of albums with high profile guests and off the wall themes, The Flaming Lips return to their roots with a beautiful, collection of psychedelic wonderment on their new album Oczy Mlody. While the band has spent the last couple of years working off and on with Miley Cyrus, they finally found time to create some fresh tunes of their very own. This is their first album since since their long time drummer Kliph Scurlock left the band over creative and personal differences, and while The Flaming Lips are sure to miss his thunder during their live shows, their studio efforts on this disc show the band ready to make some eloquent music.Oczy Mlody is a dreamlike return to the pop psychedelia that marked the band’s beloved middle period, recalling classic albums like The Soft Bulletin. The disc kicks off with the title track, a mellow instrumental meditation that features as many of Flips beloved trademarks: Looping percussion, droning mid range art noise and a delicate melody that lights the path to the next next phase. The melody flattens into the opening strain of the second track, “How??,” before the always confounding Wayne Coyne makes his first vocal declarations. A loving, tranquil surrealism in the music and his intonations belie the confrontational tone of his actual words in a weary look at the state of the world around us.The Flaming Lips are at their best when they merge challenging thoughts with undeniable beauty, and on “There Should Be Unicorns,” they craft a perfect picture of their work. Punctuated by a rousing spoken word outro by musician/comedian Reggie Watts. Reminding us that even the most mythical of beasts are still just beasts, beholden to their natures. More than just the frontman of the band, Coyne, for better or worse, personifies the band for most fans and his struggle with the way things are and they ways he wishes it was permeates the entirety of Oczy Mlody. On “Sunrise (Eyes Of The Young),” even the promise of the new morning being born fade far too quickly as the thoughts of reality erode hope.Though they receive nowhere near as much attention in the media as their enigmatic frontman, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins are the architects of the lush soundscapes that can hypnotize or obliterate the consciousness of listeners. Sparse instrumentals like “Nigdy Nie (Never No)” show what they can do on their own, but when the band is all together in intention as on “Galaxy I Sink” and the wonderfully revelation that is “One Night While Hunting for Faeries and Witches and Wizards to Kill”, The Flaming Lips are firing on all cylinders. By maintaining a droning and languid tone, the Flips moments of bombast and crescendos gain more importance. That a band so well known for their love of excess can find such contentment and creativity in the quiet moments truly speaks volumes for their range and skill.Much has been made about The Flaming Lips recent partnership with singer and media lightning rod Miley Cyrus. From confounding live performances to what some fans feel is a sublimation of the Flips aesthetic, there have been prevalent fears that the days of the wildly idiosyncratic nature of the band was fading. Oczy Mlody feels like a repudiation of that mindset from the band, while closing song, “We A Family,” features a prototypical mix of strings and drum machines and a expansive and truly beautiful guest appearance from their wildly famous friend. The song touches on themes of family and unity, speaking towards the relationship between the artistic collaborators and life itself. Their shared chuckle as the album closes with their declaration of mutual admiration is a perfect way to quell any fears that The Flaming Lips are anyone’s backing band.For more than three decades The Flaming Lips have been evolving. Each new album sees them adding a new wrinkle to their very core concept. While a case could be made for Oczy Mlody being a step backward musically, their return to their most dreamlike sound is accompanied by a much sharper lyrical vision and a far defter hand in their execution. It is safe to assume that there are still plenty of twists and turns and disquieting moments ahead, but for now they seem content to revisit their more spacey side with the far steadier hand that wisdom provides us all.We have all wished we could face the problems of the past with the knowledge of the present. The Flaming Lips show on this amazing release that, musically at least, you can go home again, and that when you get there you can do some incredible things with what you learned along the way.
The Revivalists have announced their 2019 winter tour, which will follow the release of their brand-new and long-awaited studio album, Take Good Care, due out on November 9th via Loma Vista Recordings. The New Orleans-based band will bring the headlining tour to major cities including Philadelphia, Boston, St. Paul, Tucson, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Key West and more, as well as two-night runs at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY and Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, TX.The Revivalists have already shared two tracks from the new release: “All My Friends“—which has already hit “#1 at Triple A Radio” and “Top 10 and climbing at Alternative Radio”—and fan-favorite live staple “You and I“.As noted in a press release,Marked by songwriting that is both intensely personal and also an escape, Take Good Care is brimming with sonic complexity, celebration, and catharsis. Sometimes raising more questions than answers, it is a reflection of the up-and-down journey of life that we’re all on together. For the first time, The Revivalists recorded and co-wrote with multiple producers and writers, enlisting the talents of Dave Cobb [Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton], Andrew Dawson [Kanye West, Fun., Sleigh Bells], and Dave Bassett [Elle King, Vance Joy] for sessions in New Orleans as well as Nashville, where they recorded at the iconic RCA Studio B, soaking up the aura of one of the most storied studios in music.The Revivalists are currently out on the road to hype their new studio effort, with a mix of upcoming headlining dates and fall festivals on their calendar, which are listed below in addition to the newly-added 2019 dates.Coming up on Thursday, October 18th, The Revivalists will swing by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform their new hit single “All My Friends”. Tune in at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 PM CT on CBS to witness the band’s infectious live energy. Then, The Revivalists will play a special show with Imagine Dragons on October 20th at Toyota Stadium during the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, followed by sets at Voodoo Music & Arts Experience on October 26th in the band’s hometown of New Orleans, and Suwannee Hulaween on October 28th in Live Oak, FL.Early next year, The Revivalists will bring Take Good Care to the stage at iHeartRadio’s second annual ALTer Ego concert, headlining alongside twenty one pilots, The Killers, Muse, Weezer, Rise Against, and Bishop Briggs at The Forum in Los Angeles on January 19, 2019. The show will be broadcast live across over 70 alternative and rock iHeartRadio stations.The Revivalists’ upcoming 14-track LP is currently available for pre-order, in addition to instant downloads of hit singles “All My Friends” and “You And I”. For more information about Take Good Care or for live show ticketing, head to the band’s website here.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Washington-based Syrian rights group has filed a case with the International Criminal Court, calling for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity by Greece for its mistreatment of refugees. The Syria Justice and Accountability Center said on Thursday that this is the first legal challenge to the European Union for its treatment of refugees at Greece’s borders and inside overcrowded refugee camps in the country. The group says witness testimony and video evidence back its claims of mistreatment and abuse of refugees. The prosecutors at the ICC still have to review the claims before accepting or dismissing the case.
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp, a US-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing, today announced that it has received contracts from the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police for new duty firearms from the M&P Pistol Series. The Massachusetts State Police has selected the M&P45 pistol, while the Vermont State Police has adopted the M&P40 pistol as its new service firearm. Both of the statewide law enforcement agencies have initiated the transition process and Troopers are currently using the M&P pistol in the field. Vermont State PoliceThrough its contract with Smith & Wesson, the Vermont State Police has ordered 390 M&P40 pistols. During its open evaluation process, the M&P40 pistol received high marks by the Vermont troopers for its low perceived recoil, reliability during testing, and consistent performance. The new side arms are being supported with a full range of services from Smith & Wesson, including armorer’s training and advanced firearms training courses.Massachusetts State Police As the nation’s oldest statewide police agency, the Massachusetts State Police has a rich history of service to its citizens and support of national events. Employing over 2,300 Troopers and 400 civilian support staff, the agency is responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulations across the state. To better assist its Troopers with these responsibilities, the Massachusetts State Police has ordered 2,500 M&P pistols chambered in .45ACP.During the agency’s independent testing and evaluation process, the M&P45 was judged against the department’s previously standard sidearm, as well as numerous other competitive products. At the conclusion of the trial, the M&P45 was selected due to its ergonomic design, accuracy, reliability, and the pistol’s ability to be customized to meet individual preferences. Smith & Wesson will support the firearm contract with a full range of services including armorer’s training. In addition to the M&P45 pistols, theMassachusetts State Police previously adopted the M&P15 tactical rifle from Smith & Wesson that currently serves as the State issued patrol rifle.”We are extremely pleased with the decision by the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police to transition to the M&P pistol,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “We take pride in supplying law enforcement professionals with highly advanced, duty proven equipment, and we believe the M&P Series lives up to that standard. Selected for numerous awards and trusted by both officers and civilians, the popularity of the M&P pistol has been enduring. Today, over 800 law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved for duty use our M&P products. Our commitment to those who have put their trust in Smith & Wesson is steadfast.”Pasantes added, “We are especially honored to serve the Massachusetts State Police, our home state force. Our employees take great pride in aligning with local law enforcement, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with the Massachusetts State Police and to seeing the M&P45 on the hips of our State Troopers.”About Smith & WessonSmith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing. The company delivers a broad portfolio of firearms and related training to the global military, law enforcement, Federal and sports markets. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation companies include Smith & Wesson Corp., the globally recognized designer and manufacturer of quality firearms, and Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting firearms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson and its companies, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com(link is external). SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr From the world’s first ATMs, debit cards and online banking systems to our ever-expanding shared branch network, credit unions have brought to market some of fintech’s most impactful innovations.So, what is it about our movement that makes it such a hotbed of ideas? And, how can we continue to unleash our creativity going forward?These are the questions behind the formation of three new CO-OP Co-Creation Councils, collaborative councils comprised of credit union leaders from across the country led by CO-OP executive management team members and subject matter experts.Launched in January, Co-Creation Councils are ultimately tasked with advancing the credit union movement, elevating the member experience and unlocking the Next Big Thing in payments. continue reading »
With millions of Americans feeling like they have been let down by their government, big banks and institutions across the board, NAFCU’s Dan Berger called on credit unions to be the “refuge people are searching for” in an op-ed published in Credit Union Journal.Berger, NAFCU’s president and CEO, noted the industry’s efforts in helping communities during natural disasters and the recent partial government shutdown. “This is what the credit union industry is all about: extending a hand to those in need,” he wrote.Advocating on behalf of the industry is empowering because of credit unions’ altruistic actions, Berger said as he explained the association’s approach: “Be it state or federally-chartered, large or small, NAFCU will represent the industry. In the lead up to the 2020 elections, we anticipate a noisy political scene. But that will not prevent us from fighting for you.”“We are proud to stand by [credit unions’] side – just as they do for their members. To us, its personal,” concluded Berger. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Advertisement Aubameyang and Lacazette combined superbly to see off Valencia in the first leg (Getty)Nevertheless, Aubameyang says he is not keen on the prospect of facing Maurizio Sarri’s side for a third time and feels Frankfurt are a slightly easier proposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘No, I don’t want them,’ Aubameyang told reporters when asked about the prospect of facing Chelsea in Baku.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We know they are a great team but hopefully first we will go to the final and then I prefer to play Frankfurt, because we have already played against Chelsea.‘I know Frankfurt are really good and if we both go through to the final it will be a hard one.’ Ewan RobertsSaturday 4 May 2019 9:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Comment Pedro netted Chelsea’s equaliser in Germany as they drew 1-1 with Frankfurt (Getty)Aubameyang is currently two goals behind Mohamed Salah in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot and has not given up hope of overtaking the Liverpool man.He continued: ‘It’s a tough battle. We have great strikers in the Premier League. Hopefully they won’t keep scoring, but I’m a guy who is confident and I know that I can do it. If I don’t, no worries, that’s no problem. But there are still two games to play in the league so I have my chances. Why not?‘I won it two years ago in Germany, in the last game. Me and [Robert] Lewandowski were level on 30 goals and on the final day I scored a penalty. When you are a striker it means a lot. If you want to be the best you have to win the Golden Boot.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The Gabon striker isn’t keen on the prospect of an all Premier League final (Picture: Getty)Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he would prefer to avoid facing Chelsea in the final of the Europa League and would rather take on Frankfurt.The two English clubs are heading towards what could be an all Premier League final after the Gunners secured a 3-1 win at home to Valencia and Chelsea bagged a potentially crucial away goal in Germany.Arsenal lost away to the Blues in just the second game of Unai Emery’s reign at the very start of the Premier League season, but comfortably won the reverse fixture at the Emirates in January. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he’d rather face Frankfurt than Chelsea in Europa League final