Elkhart man, 45, killled in snowmobile crash in Cass County

first_img (Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Office) An Elkhart man was killed in a crash involving three snowmobiles.The collision happened around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, on a trail near the intersection of Indian Lake Road and Topash Street in Silver Creek Township.The investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office shows a 21-year-old Coloma man and a 38-year-old Covert man were traveling westbound on the snowmobile trail. Keith Webster, 45, of Elkhart, was traveling eastbound. Both groups were approaching a hill and collided. The Michigan men were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Webster was killed.It’s not known if alcohol and/or drugs are a factor. Helmets were worn and speed is believed to be a factor, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Previous articleMan found shot to death near snowmobile in South BendNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Elkhart man, 45, killled in snowmobile crash in Cass County WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 21, 2021 0 249 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Debuts Song, Talks Alison Krauss, “Harry Hood” Origins, Rollerblade Beefs In PA [Videos]

first_imgOn Monday night, Trey Anastasio continued his February 2018 solo acoustic run with a performance at Pittsburgh, PA’s Byham Theater. As Trey approaches the halfway point of the tour, a rough formula for the shows has taken shape: It’s part Phish favorites and Trey Anastasio Band staples performed campfire-style; part story time, with a relaxed and amused Anastasio pausing periodically to chat, tell stories, and offer pearls of wisdom like “Do you guys ever think about faking early-onset dementia…sorry…I do think about it though, because you can, kinda…do whatever you want [laughs].”The Pittsburgh show would prove to follow the same thoroughly entertaining structure. After beginning with a haunting arrangement of “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan” (the first of the tour) followed by a sing-along “Sample In A Jar”, Trey addressed the audience for the first time. After spilling his glass and joking about not crying over spilled milk–”or whiskey”–he quickly backtracked to assure everyone that it wasn’t, in fact, whiskey (Trey has been notably sober for years). “Man, I always get into trouble in this town. See, it’s already started.” Trey went on to tell a story about a time in the “crazy ’90’s,” when he got into an awkward physical altercation with an overzealous parking garage security guard who opposed Trey’s rollerblading on his domain, and the ongoing guilt he feels about breaking the guard’s walkie-talkie all those years ago. Watch Trey tell the story below:Trey Anastasio – Rollerblading Story – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: Alex Bieger]Next, responding to an audible request from the crowd, Trey acquiesces to trying “Fee”, which he nailed for just its second-ever solo acoustic performance, and its first this tour. At Trey’s invitation, the audience helped enthusiastically when each chorus came around.The newly-introduced acoustic arrangement of “Everything’s Right” came next and featured a fun loop-assisted jam, followed by another tour debut, “Water In The Sky”. A run of acoustic go-to’s including “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, “Strange Design”, and “Limb By Limb” followed.Trey took another suggestion from the audience next–”If I Could”–and asked the audience to do an “imaginary harmony” to help him out. As he explained before starting the Hoist track, “I don’t usually play this song [solo] because the best thing about it is the harmony. He then told a story of the recording’s origins:Some time, probably in the early or mid-eighties sometime, Mike [Gordon] and I went to the Flynn Theatre in Burlington, and saw a concert called the “Masters of the Folk Violin”… A really cool concert with a lot of great American folk violinists. And the last [people] to come out, as kind of the finale, was a 90-year-old jazz violinist and a 16 or 17-year old young girl who was a long bow fiddle champion…named Alison Krauss [pauses for cheers].We’d never heard of her, nobody had…She came out and played some amazing fiddle, and all of a sudden, at one point, she opened her mouth and started to sing…Both me and Mike like fell on the ground, like, “oh my God!” We became obsessed and saw her play many times in the 80’s.He went on to explain how he and Mike saw the still-unsigned artist in L.A. when they were recording Hoist, and went and met her at the stage door after her show, introduced themselves, explained they were in a band (she had never heard of them), and asked if she’d sing on their album. She said yes, as we know from her eventual appearance on the album.Phish – “If I Could” ft. Alison KraussEven more impressively, as Trey explained, after laying down her first vocal take for “If I Could”–which through impressed the entire team–she came out of the booth with a dismissive “that sucked,” which Trey affected with his best (worst) southern drawl. He finally dedicated the performance of “If I Could” to Alison. You can watch the Alison Krauss story and the rendition of “If I Could” that followed below: Trey Anastasio – Alison Krauss/”If I Could” Story – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]The set continued with acoustic go-to’s “Heavy Things” and “Ghost”, followed by the first acoustic “Harry Hood” since Trey unplugged to play it at his 02/26/2011 gig with TAB. Another acoustic rarity, “Piper”, came next, and flowed freely into “Chalkdust Torture”. From there, fan-favorite Phish ballad “Dirt” got the crowd whistling along.Trey then took a pause to reflect on the origins of the uncommon acoustic arrangement of “Harry Hood” he had just played:When I was 19, Fish [Jon Fishman] and I, we were buskers in Europe. We played street music in Europe. We met when we were 18 up in Vermont, and hit it off immediately. We cooked up this idea to go play street music. We painted houses in New Jersey…it always takes so much longer then you think it’s gonna take…The cheapest way we could do it is we rented a car, a little Ford Fiesta, and slept in that all summer, never a bed. We played street music in Paris, and Munich, and Italy, and eventually we ended up in Greece and we slept on the beach for three weeks, and that’s where I wrote that song [“Harry Hood”], on the beach on an acoustic guitar.As Trey mused, sentimentally, “That was really fun…Fish is a fun guy to do that with, because he talks a lot…it was a really, really nice summer.” He then made his way back to music, offering a version of Fuego track “Wingsuit”, just its second acoustic appearance. Watch the Trey’s “Harry Hood” origin story and “Wingsuit” below: Trey Anastasio – Harry Hood Story, “Wingsuit” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]Ahead of the set’s final song, “More”, Trey expressed his gratitude toward the audience and made yet another “look on the bright side” nature analogy (“Can you tell I just watched Planet Earth?” he joked). For the encore, Trey began by debuting a never-before-played tune, “Empty House” (“I feel like playing this song, I don’t know if I’ve ever played this,” Trey wondered), which was recorded for his 2006 Bar 17 , before running his newly-rechristened ode to friends past, “Til’ We Meet Again”,  Trey Anastasio – “Empty House” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18[Video: NorthPittsburgh] Trey Anastasio – “Til’ We Meet Again” – Pittsburgh, PA – 2/12/18 [Video: NorthPittsburgh]SETLIST: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Byham Theater | Pittsburgh, PA | 2/12/18SET 1: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Sample in a Jar, Fee, Everything’s Right, Water in the Sky, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Strange Design, Limb By Limb, If I Could [1], Heavy Things, Ghost, Harry Hood, Piper > Chalk Dust Torture, Dirt, Wingsuit, MoreENCORE: Empty House [2], Till We Meet Again, Wilson[1] Trey solo acoustic debut.[2] DebutTrey’s solo acoustic tour hits its mid-point tonight in Wilmington, DE. For more information on the tour, head here. See below for a list of upcoming shows.Trey Anastasio Upcoming Solo Acoustic DatesFeb. 13 – Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera HouseFeb. 14 – Washington, DC – Sixth and IFeb. 16 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Knight TheatreFeb. 18 – Athens, GA – Classic Center[Cover photo: Instagram user @4run2]last_img read more

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Both marathoner and sprinter

first_img Fish teeth mark periods of evolution The best human runners specialize — with some devoted to covering ultra-long distances while others focus on lightning speed over a matter of yards.In the open ocean, though, tuna can do both — as highly efficient swimmers, they’re able to migrate thousands of miles across the Pacific from California to Japan, but when threatened or on the hunt, they’re also among the fastest fish in the water, capable of reaching speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour.But for scientists, like George Lauder, who hope to better understand how fish move by developing robots to model their underwater “gait,” that flexibility has been maddeningly difficult to capture until now.The Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology, Lauder and a team of researchers from the University of Virginia developed “Tunabot,” the first robotic tuna that can accurately mimic both the highly efficient swimming style of tuna and their high speed. The robot is described in a paper published in Science Robotics.“People have come up with some complicated ways of building fish robots. Some can move pretty quickly, but they take large amounts of power,” Lauder explained. “We wanted to create something that could approximate the energy demands on the fish and move efficiently over a range of speeds.“It’s like a Porsche going through Cambridge traffic,” Lauder said. “It’s not going 100 miles per hour, but it can go to the track and perform at a high level. Tuna are basically like the Porsche, they’re high-performance fish that have the capability of moving relatively slowly and efficiently, but they’re happy to ramp it up.”The challenge, Lauder said, was in designing a mechanism that could efficiently convert the rotation of a motor into the side-to-side flapping of a fish tail — and the solution proved to be surprisingly simple.,“A team led by Hilary Bart-Smith, a professor in UVA Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, did it by attaching a bent shaft to the motor,” Lauder said. “So it’s extremely simple, and it turned out to be very effective and very power-efficient. The whole thing only costs about $100.”And with tests performed in Lauder’s lab, the UVA team was able to show the robot’s performance and power consumption are similar to that of live fish.In fact, Lauder said, Tunabot was so energy-efficient that, with only the power supplied by an iPhone battery, it could swim as far as about 5½ miles. The same robot, though, was also capable of very quick motion, flapping its tail as many as 15 times per second.“You can think of it like miles per gallon, essentially,” Lauder said. “We want something that’s fish-like in performance so we can understand how the tail of a tuna fish works, so we can visualize the flow over the tail, and that’s hard to do in a live tuna.”That’s not to say the team didn’t compare Tunabot to its biological cousins.“We compared this quantitatively to data from live yellowfin tuna,” Lauder explained. “There is a group in Rhode Island that is raising yellowfin tuna, and we were able to go there and compare the robot with 2-meter-long tuna. That’s unusual, for a robotics paper to have quality biological data for precise comparisons.”Ultimately, Lauder said, the hope is that the Tunabot will help shed light on the biomechanics of how open-ocean fish swim.“That’s always been one of the goals of the project,” he said. “There are a number of fish robots that have been designed for a variety of purposes, but … it’s been hard to develop robots that in any way approach the performance of open-ocean fish. The idea of exploring this high-speed performance space, that had not been done before, and that’s our major contribution.”This research was supported with funding from the Office of Naval Research and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. As water temperatures increase, so does risk of exposure to toxic methylmercury The impact of ocean acidification Research depicts its negative effects on fish skeletons Painstaking research reveals extinction of dominant species allowed others to evolve rapidly Related Mercury levels in fish are on the rise The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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California AG Sides With Oakland in Refusal to Allow Kentucky-Utah Coal-Export Scheme to Proceed

first_imgCalifornia AG Sides With Oakland in Refusal to Allow Kentucky-Utah Coal-Export Scheme to Proceed FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享East Bay Times:State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a brief in support of the city’s ban on the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke in Oakland.The city ordinance was passed in July 2016, effectively killing plans to transport the ore through a lpanned terminal near the Port of Oakland, on a portion of the former Oakland Army Base land. The city based its findings on research that found such a facility would pose a serious health risk to both workers at the terminal and West Oakland residents, who already suffer from high levels of asthma and other respiratory illnesses from emissions from the port and truck and auto traffic on nearby freeways.This ban also reflected the extent to which these impacts would negatively affect communities of color residing in West Oakland near the Bulk Oversized Terminal, according to Becerra’s office.Phil Tagami, the developer of the new Terminal – is challenging the ordinance. Tagami plans to import coal by rail from Utah to the new terminal, where it would be loaded onto overseas ships.In his amicus brief filed Friday, Beccera argues that Oakland properly invoked its local police powers to protect health and wellness of residents; West Oakland residents are already overburdened by pollution and coal storage would increase this; Oakland’s ordinance was not preempted by any federal law; and the ordinance does not violate the dormant Commerce Clause of the Constitution.If the ordinance is reversed, it could mean that millions of tons of coal could be moved from Utah to Oakland annually by train, with that coal dust potentially affecting nearby neighborhoods, Becerra said.More: Attorney General sides with Oakland in coal banlast_img read more

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Best Mountain Towns

first_imgThe Best Mountain Towns poll is closed, but you can vote for your favorite places, things, trends, people, and more in our Best of the Blue Ridge Reader’s Choice Poll!The Votes Are In!Over 85,000 votes poured in for our Best Mountain Towns Contest, which wrapped up last weekend. Readers across the Blue Ridge region rallied for their favorite towns and generated a deluge of responses.Readers celebrated the trails, rivers, restaurants, pubs, outfitters, and especially the people of their favorite towns. We will be highlighting all 38 of our nominated towns in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and including specific comments from voters who chimed in.In our small towns category, the results came down to the final week—and even the final hour—of voting. One town led the polls for most of the six weeks of voting, but a late run by another town made for an exciting finish. Both towns represent what’s best about the Blue Ridge: small outdoor hamlets nestled in the heart of mountain adventure.Which towns won? Pick up the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine to find out.Congratulations to all 38 towns for mustering so much support from residents and visitors. As the overwhelming participation in our poll indicates, people feel passionately about their home towns and favorite adventure hotspots.last_img read more

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Brazil Says Only UN Should Be In Haiti For Long-Term

first_img But a US general, Douglas Fraser, would not specify Saturday how long US soldiers would remain in Haiti, saying it would depend on needs in the impoverished Caribbean nation. Only about 13,000 US troops remain in Haiti, compared to the 20,000 or more initially sent after the January 12 quake, which left more than 217,000 people dead. The Brazil-led UN mission in Haiti should be the sole operator there once the earthquake-ravaged nation gets past crisis mode, Brazil’s top envoy said in remarks published Wednesday that appeared to rule out a long-term US role. “It would be a mistake to think that the United States are resolving the Haitian crisis,” Amorim told Spain’s El Pais newspaper. In January, Brazil approved dispatching 900 more troops to Haiti, to supplement the ranks of the 7,000-strong UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti. The new troops add to the 1,200-plus Brazilian soldiers who were already part of the mission. center_img “The American forces help during an emergency situation, like all the others,” he added. By Dialogo February 18, 2010 “Once emergency work is finished, it’s best that UN forces are the only ones remaining on the ground,” said Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, referring to the United Nations mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. last_img read more

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Ecuador’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgBy Yuri Hernandez March 31, 2020 The number of coronavirus cases in Ecuador continues to increase with nearly 2,000 cases as of late March and nearly 30 deaths.President Lenín Moreno decreed a state of emergency throughout the country on March 16, and established a curfew from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. to contain the expansion of the coronavirus. “I have decreed a state of emergency in the country, which is why public services are closed, except for health, safety, risk care, and those that the authorities decide to keep open due to emergencies,” Moreno said in a televised national message. “Stay at home, work from home,” urged Moreno.According to Moreno, humanity is facing “a war” and that in this fight, he will “do everything possible and even impossible” to protect Ecuadoreans. The president announced that “the mobility of people and vehicles will be limited to the following activities: buying food, basic needs, and pharmaceutical products; attending health centers; moving to the workplace and going back home and caring for the elderly or disabled.”A soldier stands guard at Carondelet Presidential Palace in Quito on March 25, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Rodrigo Buendia / AFP)In addition to these measures, passenger transport between the provinces will be suspended for 14 days, as well as the movement of private cars, except in the case of those vehicles that are authorized to do so.Military responseAccording to a March 25 article by Ecuadorean daily El Universo, “The Ecuadorean Armed Forces are reinforcing operations on the northern border with a ‘Hypo-Mobile’ team that travels through sectors of the border with Colombia.” The mission of this team on horseback, during this period of emergency due to the coronavirus, is to prevent human trafficking and contraband that flows through 37 unrecognized binational areas that were identified a few weeks ago by the armies of both countries.El Universo also reported that Army Colonel Franklin Pico, commander of the Andes Brigade, based in Tulcán, explained that these tasks are related to shielding the borders and blocking unauthorized crossings while the health emergency lasts. The regional commanders of the cantonized armies in Carchi and Nariño in Colombia agree that they seek to mitigate the risk of contagion from the virus among the border population, which could be carried by foreigners who enter irregularly without complying with sanitary protocols, are asymptomatic, or have the virus.After President Moreno declared the province of Guayas as a “national security zone,” CNN en español reported on March 24 that the Governor of Guayas, Pedro Pablo Duart, and authorities of the Armed Forces and the Police have released details about a Joint Task Force that will operate in that province, which is the most affected by the coronavirus. The Joint Task Force foresees the presence on the streets of 3,300 uniformed personnel, comprised of the police force and military units, in about 300 vehicles. Controls will be more intense in four cantons: Guayaquil, Durán, Samborondón, and Daule.The chief of staff of the Navy, Vice Admiral Amílcar Villavicencio, said that “By reason or force, we will save people’s lives,” emphasizing that they must act in Guayas in the face of the accelerated expansion of the coronavirus. Vice Adm. Villavicencio added that the Joint Task Force involves the participation of all the security forces in Guayas to prevent the spread of the virus.last_img read more

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A Trump loyalist is installed at the National Security Agency.

first_imgA Trump loyalist has been appointed as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency, a sign that the administration is trying to help its political appointees land career posts that they can stay in even after a new president is sworn in, American officials said.The appointee, Michael Ellis, had served as a National Security Council lawyer and most recently as its senior director for intelligence. Formerly a lawyer for the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, he gained notoriety as one of two White House aides who helped his previous boss, Representative Devin Nunes, gain access to intelligence reports in early 2017 to advance President Trump’s political goals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In the summer of 2019, Mr. Ellis was a deputy to John A. Eisenberg, the National Security Council legal adviser. As White House officials raised concerns about the shadow Ukraine policy run by Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Eisenberg regularly consulted Mr. Ellis about what to do. Mr. Ellis was one of three finalists for the National Security Agency job. He was chosen by the general counsel for the Department of Defense, which the National Security Agency is a part of, after White House officials made clear that Mr. Ellis was their preferred candidate, according to a person briefed on the decision.Mr. Ellis’s appointment was reported earlier by The Washington Post.The two other finalists were the current acting National Security Agency general counsel, Teisha M. Anthony, and the acting general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Brad Brooker.center_img The position has been vacant since the previous general counsel, Glenn S. Gerstell, stepped down in February. The post is traditionally apolitical; the National Security Agency fiercely guards its reputation of being outside politics, and it is not clear how well a partisan lawyer will sit with the staff.The general counsel job is a Civil Service post, and it would be difficult for President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s administration to remove Mr. Ellis. However, Mr. Ellis could be reassigned to another legal job in the military.The National Security Agency declined to comment, and the National Security Council staff did not return a request for comment.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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British Land poaches Andersen man

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Show’s over for Quintain at Bristol Arena

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