Perpetual Groove’s Brock Butler Brings Solo Acoustic Show To South Florida [Audio/Videos]

first_imgAfter a short break, Brock concluded the show with the always touching Perpetual Groove anthem, “It Starts Where It Ends”To listen to the show in its entirety, head over to Mixcloud.Catch Butler on the road!Brock Butler @ The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery, Boca Raton, FL 2/25/16 Setlist:Set I. No Time. Time To Get Going. A Go Go. Eyes On You. All This Everything Part I. Paper Dolls. Moon In The Water. Dear Prudence. Different Days. Railroad Man.Set II. Talk To Me*. Lovin In My Baby’s Eyes. She’s Gone. Us And Them > Pink Floyd Jam. I’ve Just Seen A Face. Living Life. *w/ Emily Carroll Set III. Like The Wheel. To Go Home. It Starts Where It Ends. E: Climbing To The Moon One month after Perpetual Groove’s triumphant 2-night stand at The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, PG lead guitarist and vocalist Brock Butler returned to previously familiar South Florida digs in the form of Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery on Thursday night (2/25/16) for a three-set solo acoustic performance, featuring a mix of P-Groove classics along with some deep rock covers.Thanks to our friends at CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS for capturing and sharing some of the magic.The first set featured Brock covering the John Scofield instrumental, “A Go Go”:…as well as a few older and newer Perpetual Groove classics, “All This Everything, Part I > Paper Dolls”:The second set was more cover-heavy and featured a set opener sit in with local talent Emily Carroll. Together they covered Peter Gabriel‘s “Come Talk To Me.” Other covers in the set included Hall & Oates‘ “She’s Gone” and Pink Floyd‘s “Us And Them.”last_img read more

Meet Bangladesh’s ground-breaking female coach who’s ‘married to football’

first_imgNot many Bangladeshis would quit a safe, public-sector job with perks and a pension to become a full-time football coach, especially not a woman in the deeply conservative nation.But Mirona, Bangladesh’s first female coach at club level, has done just that. And the 27-year-old, who comes from a humble background, has no regrets.”I have always dreamt of being coach of a top team and one day even the national side,” said Mirona, who stands barely 1.5 meters tall. The former Bangladesh international was speaking as she coached a group of male players — all much taller than her — on the outskirts of Dhaka.Mirona was an assistant coach at Dhaka City Football Club, a second-tier team, last year when Bangladesh Navy invited her to coach its women’s team.For most people in Bangladesh — especially the lower middle-class — this was like winning the lottery: a safe job with retirement benefits that many people can only dream of.But a few months later, Mirona got a call from her former club, which is owned by a garment entrepreneur. Topics : Overcoming barriers Her parents and most of her siblings, who still live in rural Bagerhat district, some 250 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka, want her to settle down and get married.But Mirona says she is “married to football” and that for now the sport “is my life and my family”.She says she has largely avoided criticism from the community, adding that her parents’ support played a big role when she started out as a footballer more than a decade ago.Mirona was a midfielder for the national side for eight years, and also played club football in the Maldives.”There was no family pressure when I took up soccer. Besides, I love the sport so much that I overcome all the barriers,” Mirona said.Mirona’s return to Dhaka City electrified the training ground.”We love being in her training sessions. We can feel our improvement day by day. She made us believe in fitness,” said midfielder Ataur Rahman.”She made me play in the midfield when I was a winger. But now I understand midfield strategy, thanks to her, very well,” the 19-year-old said.The club was so impressed that it signed two more female coaches, one for goalkeeping and one as an assistant, said team manager Ahsan.For now, Mirona’s main focus is the battle for the title in the second-tier championship league, which usually starts in June but has been delayed due to the worsening coronavirus situation.She has now gone back to her village where she spends much of her time watching matches of Barcelona and her favorite player, Lionel Messi.”He is technically so gifted. He is a superstar, yet so gentle. My ultimate goal is to watch him play a match at Camp Nou,” she said. She was offered the head coach’s position with full freedom — from recruiting players to preparing the team — to fight for its promotion to the premier league.Mirona, who grew up in a village among six siblings, did not think twice and she quit the Navy immediately, despite consternation from her senior military colleagues.Dhaka City’s administrative manager Robin Ahsan, also a former national player, said the club made the right decision in hiring Mirona.”Our team’s performance has improved since she joined us. Her honesty and hard-working attitude are tremendous,” said Ahsan. “She can mingle with players better than many male coaches in this industry.”Mirona said she is having the time of her life, despite some barbs directed at her by male coaches.”At first many people negatively commented about me being in this profession. Many male coaches couldn’t take that, a woman becoming a club head coach,” she said.”I believe in quality. If I have it then I know I can prove that I can train up the players,” she said.last_img read more

GO-TIME: DEP Increases Oil and Gas Drilling Inspections after Switch to Electronic Process in 2017

first_img Efficiency,  Energy,  Environment,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA –  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will complete more oil and gas drilling site inspections in 2017 than in 2016, as a result of a GO-TIME project that replaced years of paper forms with a mobile app.“Making the inspection process completely electronic has transformed the way our inspectors do their job, increasing productivity, customer service, and transparency,” said DEP Deputy Secretary Scott Perry.“This project is a great example of how agencies can work together on common challenges,” said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “We are leveraging the award-winning mobile technology cultivated at PennDOT so that other agencies can modernize how they perform their own field inspections.”DEP oil and gas compliance inspections have increased more than 300 percent in the past decade, from 10,566 in 2007 to almost 35,000 in 2016. All inspections were done with paper forms in the field, followed by data entry in the office.“We wanted to switch to all electronic inspections for a while. It wasn’t until the GO-TIME initiative that everything came together,” said Perry.The DEP Office of Oil and Gas Management and Bureau of Information Technology teamed up with PennDOT in 2016 to build off existing technology at PennDOT to create a mobile app with preloaded operator and well information; photo and voice recognition capability; and a connection to EFACTS, the DEP inspection and compliance management database.Duplicate entry has been virtually eliminated, and trips between field sites and offices are significantly reduced.The first phase of the app–for surface activities—launched in February 2017, and by November, surface inspectors were using it to conduct more than 99% of their inspections. In early fall, functionality for subsurface activities was added. Considerable gains have been achieved:DEP is on pace to complete at least 2,000 more surface inspections in 2017 than in 2016, for an 11.5% increase.Inspectors’ productivity has increased an average of 16 percent since April and 29 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.DEP will achieve over $500,000 in productivity savings — roughly equivalent to adding six additional inspectors.Because the app records results in real time, inspectors can provide outcomes to well operators sooner, in some cases the same-day.More inspection data are available to the public on the DEP web site, and more quickly, because the app enables inspectors to collect more robust data and the inspection reports are posted immediately.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. These efforts have saved taxpayers over $373 million since 2015 through projects aimed at reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving services to the public.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit December 18, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img GO-TIME: DEP Increases Oil and Gas Drilling Inspections after Switch to Electronic Process in 2017last_img read more

World Down Syndrome Day 2015 – “My Opportunities, My Choices”

first_imgWelcome to the PREVIEW for “My Opportunities, My Choices”, interviews with people with Down syndrome from 39 countries looking at their enjoyment of full and equal rights and the role of their families. This global video event is presented for World Down Syndrome Day, Saturday 21 March 2015 by Down Syndrome International.last_img

Karl Chevrolet, Karl Performance continue prominent contingency programs with IMCA

first_imgANKENY, Iowa – Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance continue prominent award programs benefitting IMCA drivers in all divisions in 2015.Notably, Karl Chevrolet, the new and pre-owned automotive dealership located in Ankeny, Iowa, returns as title sponsor for the Northern SportMod division and furnishes a portion of the $5,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final national standings.“For the past decade Karl Chevrolet has been the sole title partner of our Northern SportMod division, and during that time we have seen the membership grow from about 100 racers to 1,500 racers,” pointed out IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their steadfast support has been a cornerstone of that growth and something we take great pride in. We plan on continued expansion of this division in 2016 and a solid partnership with Karl Chevrolet for years to come.”All Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod and Hobby Stock drivers are required to display two Karl decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund checks, which will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Karl Performance, the Des Moines-based engine builder, Victory Chassis manufacturer and high performance parts retailer, returns as sponsor of the heat winner decal program.Decals will be given to heat winners in all IMCA divisions at sanctioned events. Drivers winning at least 10 heat races and providing a photo of their car showing the affixed decals will receive a $50 product certificate.Karl Performance is in its 16th season as an IMCA sponsor.More information is available at the or websites.last_img read more

Stannard returns to IMCA vice president post

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Jim Stannard’s newest role at IMCA is one he’s already familiar with.Stannard has been named vice president of operations for the automotive racing sanctioning body.He’ll continue most of the duties from his previous director of track relations post while taking over oth­ers for former Vice President of Operations Brett Root.“Jim’s responsibilities will largely be similar to those he has now,” explained Root, who became company president in January. “As director of track relations, he’s worked with all our promot­ers. Because of his long career in the racing industry, many of our drivers know him as well.”“He’ll continue to travel and make track visits while I handle more of the day-to-day management from the home office,” Root concluded.After stints as director of the Sprint Car division and director of the Mountain Region, Stannard was named IMCA director of marketing in 1994.He was vice president of marketing and corporate communications, then worked for Speedway Motors and JR Motorsports before returning to IMCA in March of 2011.“There isn’t a better sanctioning body in the world. It’s been a privilege for me to work at IMCA,” Stannard said. “We’ve already achieved a record number of sanctions this season and I believe our future is even brighter.”last_img read more

Eriksen passes Inter Milan medical

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Robben suffers fresh injury blow Christian Eriksen is set to be confirmed as an Inter Milan player on Tuesday. Eriksen passed a medical on Monday night after arriving in Milan earlier that day ahead of his £17.5 million move from Tottenham. The two clubs agreed a deal over the weekend and Eriksen is set to sign a four-and-a-half year deal worth an initial £130,000-per-week before tax. Spurs remain in talks with PSV Eindhoven over a move to bring in Dutch forward Steven Bergwijn. Spurs were previously keen on Bergwijn last summer but the two sides had a difference of opinion over his valuation. PSV wanted £30 million while Spurs valued the 22 year-old, who can play right across the frontline, at around £15 million. Spurs have identified Krzysztof Piatek as an ideal replacement for injured talisman Harry Kane. Negotiations to reach a compromise this month are back underway though Bergwijn has already been given permission to travel to London ahead of an agreement being reached. Spurs also still hope to sign a striker, following the loss to long-term injury of England captain Kane. Their attempts to land AC Milan striker Piatek have been held by the Italians wanting an obligation to buy the 24 year-old in any deal,while Spurs only want an option. Further complicating matters is the fact that cash-strapped Milan have offered Piatek to Chelsea in a bid to raise funds, with Atletico Madrid the likely destination of Frank Lampard’s preferred striker target Edinson Cavani.Tags: Christian EriksenInter MilanPSV EindhovenSteven BergwijnTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Keane hopes to improve Villa

first_img “I have thought about it. I’ve had three years off, I should be ready,” he added. “It was the whole package: that I know Paul, Villa is a top club, that I could continue working with the Irish team. “You weigh all these things up and I kept coming up with the same conclusion. “They (Villa) have had a difficult two or three years but that is part of the challenge. “I am aware the club is for sale but that did not put me off. “I have a chance to work with Paul at Villa: from a selfish point of view I think it would help me working with players in the Premier League. “I am fortunate to be still working with the Irish team, I don’t think it will be a problem working in the two roles.” Lambert also believes there will be no issues working with Keane as both know who is in charge. “There is no secret, it is someone I get on with and have known for a long time,” said the Villa boss. “I wouldn’t bring in Roy for the sake of his name, I think he can bring something to the table and I’m looking forward to working with him. “He is a top guy, a real football person with great football knowledge. “He had a successful time with Sunderland so there will be no problem whatsoever. “He will help me and is someone I will lean on as I will be able to trust him 100 per cent but you have to be strong yourself. “We’ve known each other for a while and have huge respect for each other but the manager of any club has the final word.” “From my experience so far alongside Martin I am a bit more hands-on with the players, which I have enjoyed,” he said. “It is a different role with Villa but I can adapt and I think my experience as a manager will help because it is tough being a manager. “Hopefully I will make Paul’s job easier. Hopefully I am someone Paul can trust; (I can) talk to the players and staff. “I have some good experience from my playing days – some bad ones as well. “I’ll keep my job description pretty simple. I’m here to help the team and get results. “I have some good experiences as a player and a manager and obviously he (Lambert) thinks I can bring something to the party. “I am not promising miracles but hopefully an improvement.” Keane was linked with the Celtic job earlier this summer when Neil Lennon left Parkhead but it was the opportunity Villa offered – allowing him to remain in a position with the national team – which helped convince him to move back into the Premier League. The Irishman, who will also continue as number two to Martin O’Neill with the Republic of Ireland, has been keen to make a return to the day-to-day workings of football since being sacked as Ipswich manager in January 2011. Keane, having also been in charge at Sunderland, insists he has no problems being an assistant. New Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane cannot “promise miracles” in his new role under Paul Lambert but hopes to have a positive impact on performances and results. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ranieri not fazed by pressure

first_img The former Chelsea boss, in his first international appointment following a well-travelled club career, has had a rocky start. The 62-year-old replaced Fernando Santos following this summer’s World Cup with high hopes of topping a Euro 2016 qualifying group conspicuously lacking in star power. “If we do not reach Paris it is a disaster me, for everybody, and I would be the chief executive of the disaster.” A spokesman for national association also stepped in to remove any doubt about Ranieri’s future, stating: “There is no fear. The Hellenic Football Federation is willing to travel not just to the European Championship but to the next World Cup with Mr Ranieri. We support him with all of our efforts.” Ranieri is taking the threat of Northern Ireland seriously, though Greece remain strongly fancied on their home turf. Having seen a number of surprising results over the past week, he is wary of any side carrying the underdog tag. “It is not important who is favourite, we know very well Northern Ireland play good football,” he said. “I am not surprised they are top because I know football very well and football is changing. All teams can win. Look at Spain, they lost (to Slovakia), look at Germany, they lost (to Poland), look at Russia, a draw (with Moldova). “This is and football is fantastic. The best team does not win every time. In other sports maybe, in football, no.” But it has not been an easy ride so far, with a 1-0 home defeat behind closed doors against Romania and a 1-1 draw in Finland on Saturday. Discontent is brewing beneath the surface and defeat at the hands of Group F leaders Northern Ireland on Tuesday could incite the notoriously fickle Greek fans. But Ranieri was in relaxed mood at his pre-match press conference and had a colourful response for the Belfast journalist who suggested he may face the same fate as Attila Pinter, the Hungarian boss who was sacked after Northern Ireland’s victory in Budapest. “You are my friend? F***ing hell!” the Italian laughed. “You are a very dangerous man. I am used to being under pressure. My job is hard but I love this job.” Ranieri later expanded on his sitiuation, admitting that qualification was a must for the surprise 2004 champions. “I know I have to arrive in the finals in Paris, that is my goal,” he said. “It is very important to beat Northern Ireland. Claudio Ranieri has laughed off suggestions he is already fighting to save his job as Greece manager. Press Associationlast_img read more