ABC News(NEW YORK) — The wife of a former Navy SEAL, now on trial for the murder of a teenage member of ISIS while he served in Iraq in 2017, said she believes the government’s prosecution is finally being revealed as “vile and corrupt.”Two days after a shocking twist in the trial of former Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, his wife, brother and lawyer sat down with Good Morning America to say they anticipate Eddie Gallagher will be found completely innocent.“I feel great after a week of listening to the government’s witnesses,” Andrea Gallagher told GMA. “I feel more confident than ever that my husband will finally get his day in court and get the ability to prove his innocence.”On Thursday, Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott revealed for the first time that he saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner in 2017, but said it was himself who suffocated the teen to death, describing it as an act of mercy.Gallagher’s wife downplayed Scott’s admission and said her husband would be found innocent regardless.“The witnesses’ inconsistencies to me were as powerful as Corey Scott taking responsibility,” she said. “I felt like that every single witness they brought forward was pretty inconsistent.”But the prosecution has presented text messages sent by Gallagher to his platoon, where he admitted to the crime, including one that allegedly read, “I’ve got a cool story when I get back, I got him with my hunting knife.”Eddie Gallagher, 39, spent nine months in prison, but was released on May 30, exactly two months after President Donald Trump interjected in the case and said the SEAL would be “moved to less restrictive confinement.”Andrea Gallagher said she’s enjoyed having her husband home — as she maintains should have been the case all along.“He’s confident. My husband has always maintained his innocence from the beginning; he has been confident,” she said. “He’s wanted to go to trial. We have waited so long for this opportunity.”Gallagher was reportedly considered for a pardon by Trump in May, a request his wife said did not come at her request, saying she didn’t “really have too much thought on the pardon issue.”“In regard to the pardon, no one was ever asking for a pardon,” she told GMA. “We were asking for fairness in this process and that’s what we have been crying out this whole time.”She did leave the door open for more presidential intervention in the future, though.“What we’re seeing right now is just playing out what we’ve always known, which is my husband will be vindicated at face value,” Andrea Gallagher said. “But we’re thankful for the president’s intervention and if something were to go south, but we’re not anticipating that.”Gallagher’s charges was triggered by an interview conducted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent Joseph Warpinski in April 2018 with a fellow soldier, Craig Miller, after he allegedly saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner. He testified on Wednesday and repeated that claim, also admitting they posed for a photo with the body.Andrea Gallagher lashed out at the prosecution and said they should be ashamed for arresting her husband — a decorated combat veteran who spent 19 years in the Navy — while he was being treated at Camp Pendleton on Sept. 11, 2018.“The [Uniform Code of Military Justice] UCMJ is really struggling in this matter, and also the fact that the NCIS investigator lead agent, Joe Warpinski — we will really get a chance to deem all of the things he did as completely vile and corrupt,” Andrea Gallagher told ABC News. “We believe that this case never would have gotten to this point if a real investigation had been done. The fairness aspect is what we’d always been going for.”“I say to you that this case, as unique as it seems, it’s not. It’s not the first time that this has been done to one of our war fighters,” Gallagher’s lawyer, Tim Parlatore, said. “There are several prior cases that this has happened to. The difference here is two things. One, they arrested a Navy SEAL, which builds media attention just by the name recognition. And two, they arrested Andrea Gallagher’s husband. This is not something that anybody expected for a family to come out and shine the light the way they have.”Gallagher had been transitioning to a role out of combat when he was arrested.“The thought of Eddie in jail, unjustly,” his brother, Sean Gallagher, told GMA, trailing off. “There are two motivating factors in this: love and truth. We love our brother, we love our husband, we love our dad, we love our son. And then, the fear of this travesty of justice perpetuating beyond what it already has. It’s gone on for too long.”In addition to the charge of murder, Gallagher is accused of firing on civilians in Iraq. Three government witnesses testified to that fact during the first week of trial.“My husband stayed on target the whole time,” Andrea Gallagher said. “He is an aggressive operator. He is an aggressive leader. And I don’t think that he’s ever apologized for that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsEnric Masip (43) is no longer in Barcelona. He stated that he didn’t deserved to left the team through the “small door” after all he has done for the team, where he became a handball legend as a player:– I dedicated my life to the club – said Masip to the Spanish journalists.F.C Barcelona decided for reconstruction of organization in wnich coaches of non-football sections will work also as a technical secretary. This function will take Xavi Pascual, with whom on the bench Barca won VELUX EHF Champions League 2011.“Mundo Deportivo” writes that problem with Masip began since he refused to talk about reduction of his salary. He was earning 300.000 EURO per year, what was the highest salary in the handball section of the F.C Barcelona, since Serhei Rutenka agreed to play for less many then before. New president, Sandro Rosell wanted to sign contract with Masip on five years basis except three to pay that amount of money…At the end Spanish media ask question “Is possible that Zubizareta has higher salary than Messi?” Xavi Pascual not optimistic about season: It’s crazy to follow this calendar ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Related Items:Enrique Masip, F.C Barcelona Intersport, handball salaries, Xavi Pascual Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment Four BIG names in 2020: Ribera, Jicha, Cervar and Pascual for the 2020 award! CSM Bucharest salaries – Neagu has 17.500 EUR, Mork 14.200, Lekic 11.300…
Hundreds of artists have signed an open letter to Congress requesting federal aid for ailing independent music venues as the live event hiatus continues due to COVID-19. The new push from artists joins the ongoing efforts of the National Independent Venue Association, a coalition of independent venues and promoters that’s been lobbying the federal government for financial assistance since forming in April.As the letter explains, “Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.”The open letter was co-signed by hundreds of entertainers including Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga, Gary Clark Jr., Coldplay, Neil Young, Kacey Musgraves, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Brittany Howard, Billy Joel, André 3000, Brandi Carlile, St. Vincent, Earth Wind & Fire, Justin Vernon, Cher, David Byrne, Norah Jones, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, Josh Homme, Carole King, Aaron Neville, Leon Bridges, Kamasi Washington, Wyclef Jean, Joan Baez, Trent Reznor, Graham Nash, Jack Black, Billy Porter, John Mayer, The Lumineers, Bob Weir, Jason Isbell, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Ilana Glazer, Carly Simon, Damian Marley, Michael Franti, Drive-By Truckers, Beck, Kim Gordon, Eric Andre, Flatbush Zombies, Jon Hamm, Mickey Hart, and many more.The NIVA mission statement notes, “These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry.”You can read the full open letter to Congress from artists and check out a full list of co-signees below:Artists’ Letter To CongressJune 18, 2020We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages. Artist Co-Signees – Full ListAdam ConoverAdam Lee MillerAdelineAdolescentsAfterlifeThe AgonistAhmed GallabAidan AlexanderAlabama ShakesAlan ParsonsAlex GreenwaldAlex HallAlex MaliAlexa MansourAlgebra BlessettAlice CooperAlison Mosshart (The Kills)Alison WonderlandThe AlmostAlpha WolfAlter BridgeAmanda Anne PlattThe Amazing KreskinAminéThe AmoursAmy SchumerAna PopovićAndre BenjaminAndrea RicciAndrew KyneAndrew LaubacherAndrew Savage (Parquet CourtsAndy CabicAngela JohnsonAngelica GarciaAnna St. LouisAnnie HartThe AquabatsArmand MajidiARTHURArthur MoonAsh CostelloAshlee SimpsonAugust Burns RedAyron JonesBAILENThe Ballroom ThievesDack JanielsDamian MarleyThe DamnedDan SmithDan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy)Dance Gavin DanceDaniel NorgrenDaniela BojorgesDarius KoskiDarkest HourDarlingsideDaryl Hall (Hall & Oates)Dave AlvinDave Grohl (Foo Fighters)Dave MasonDavid Byrne (Talking Heads)David CopperfieldDavid CrosbyDavid GrayDavid LettermanDavid Ryan HarrisDavid WestDean WarehamThe Dear HunterDeb NeverDebi NovaDeep Sea DiverDeer TickDehdDemon HunterDeon ColeDermot KennedyDerrick DonaldsonDeva MahalThe Devil Wears PradaDIIVDinosaur Pile-UpDJ Beauty and the BeatzDon McLeanDonnell RawlingsDonnie ShawDoug BensonDoyle Bramhall IIDragged UnderDrive-By TruckersDrug ChurchDuane LauginigerJeff TweedyJeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers)Jerry SeinfeldJesse MalinJesse McCartneyJessie MuellerJessy WilsonJewelJim AdkinsJimbo MathusJimi PrimeTime SmithJimmy BuffettJimmy Eat WorldJoan BaezJoe HottingerJohn BonnelJohn Cafferty & the Beaver Brown BandJohn JorgensonJohn LeeJohn MayerJohn MellencampJohn P. HammondJohn Paul WhiteJohnny SimonJoJo BentonJon GabrusJon HammJon MohrJonah SwilleyJonathan KirchnerJoni MitchellJordan KlepperJoseph EscalanteJoseph Lally (Fugazi)Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)Josh RouseJosh SmithJulien ChangJuly TalkJune Diane RaphaelJustin Vernon (Bon Iver)Kacey MusgravesKaki KingKalbellsKamasi WashingtonMichael Ian BlackMichael Martin MurpheyMichael SeyerMichael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies)Michaela AnneMickey Hart (Grateful Dead)MijaMIKEMike CooleyMike KrolMike MattisonMike Patton (Faith No More)MILKKMinistryMipsoMiranda LambertMisery SignalsMiss May IMiss TessMisterwivesMitskiMoaningMolly Hamilton (Widowspeak)Moon TaxiMoon ToothMotionless In WhiteMovementsMr. BungleMundy’s BayNahkoNatalie PortmanNate Mendel (Foo Fighters)Negative GeminiNeil YoungNew Years DayNicola KuperusNight BirdsNight MovesNo AgeNoah GundersonNorah JonesNorth Mississippi AllstarsNothing Leftnothing, nowhere.NOTSO.A.R.Scott MulvahillSean Eden (Luna)Seth WalkerSevendustSharon Van EttenSharp ShockShawn PhillipsSheer MagShinedownShirley JonesShovels & RopeSick Of It AllSidepieceSilent PlanetSilversteinSilversun PickupsSkating PollyThe SlackersSleater-KinneySlothrustsmrtdeathSoccer MommySon LittleSonny LandrethThe SoundsSpeedy OrtizSpike SlawsonSpirit of the BeehiveSquirrel FlowerSquirrel Nut ZippersSt. PantherSt. Paul and the Broken BonesSt. VincentStarkillThe Starting LineSteady Rock & CodeThe SteelDriversSteve ForbertSteve VaiStick To Your GunsStray From The PathSUBHUMANSSunn O)))SunsleepSuperetSuzanne SantoSweet Tea TrioThe Baylor ProjectBayonet RecordsBe//gottenThe Beach BoysBeach BunnyBeach HouseBeartoothBeing As An OceanBen WhiteleyBenjamin RuttnerBenjamin ScheuerBi TYRANTBiffy ClyroBig GiganticBig WildBill BellamyBillie EilishBilly Gibbons (ZZ Top)Billy JoelBilly PorterBilly SquierThe Black Dahlia MurderThe Black KeysBlack Stone CherryBlack ViolinBlue Oyster CultBLUEOXBob CorritoreBob Weir (Grateful Dead)Bonnie RaittBorn Of OsirisBoy Named BanjoBradd MarquisBrady BladeBrandi CarlileBreakup ShoesBrett DennenBrian OwensBritt Daniel (Spoon)Brittany AnjouBrittany Howard (Alabama Shakes)Britton WalkerBroadsideBroken Social SceneBrothers OsborneThe Cadillac ThreeCahalen MorrisonDuckwrthDuncan ShiekDylan Slocum (Spanish Love Songs)The Early NovemberEarth, Wind, and FireEclair FifiEdie BrickellEilen JewellEli MaimanElizabeth PentaEllie GoodmanEmancipatorEmmureEnda ScahillEntheosEric AndreEric RobersonEvan RossEve 6ExodusThe FaimFastballFaye WebsterFayucaFit For A KingFlatbush ZombiesThe Flesh EatersFlying BuffaloesThe FormatFoster The PeopleFoxingFrank TurnerFrank VicarioFrankie CosmosFreddy Cricien (Madball)Frederic YonnetFree ThrowFRENSHIPThe FrightsFu ManchuFur CoatGang Gang DanceGareth EmeryGary Clark, Jr.GatecreeperGentle TemperGeorge ClantonKaren O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)KassianKatey SagalKathryn Crutchfield (Waxahatchee)KayeKelly ZutrauKelow LaTeshaKendollKenny Wayne ShepherdKeshaKevin PhillipsKevin RossKevin SecondsKhemmisKill The LightsKim GordonKingsmenKitchen DwellersKublai Khan TXKurt VileKvelertakLa Santa CeciliaLady GagaLance Hoppen (Orleans)LATENIGHTJIGGYLaura VeirsLauren ZettlerLee GreenwoodLee James (Lee Ving)Lee Roy ParnellLeft AloneLennon StellaLeslie MendelsonLifetimeLike Moths To FlamesLimbeckLindsay EllLisa LampanelliLizzy CaplanLocate S,1LogicLorrie MorganLos LobosLos Nuevos BajosLos StraitjacketsLouis Freese (B Real)LucatiODESZAOh LandOK GoThe Old Firm CasualsOliver FrancisOshima BrothersOteil BurbridgeOughtOver the RhineOzzy OsbournePaint It BlackPalaye RoyalePalehoundParker MillsapParquet CourtsParty FavorPascal StevensonPat BoonePat Smear (Foo Fighters)Pat TraversPatrick BriggsPatrick Carney (Black Keys)Patrick GlynnPatterson HoodPatti SmithPatton OswaltPatty GriffinPaul CebarPaul KostabiPayton SmithPete KollerPete YornPhilip GlassPhillip PhillipsThe PicturebooksPigeon KingsPigeons Playing Ping PongPinegrovePlain White T’sPlayboy ManbabyPom Pom SquadPortugal The ManPower TripPropagandhiQueensrÿcheRa Ra RiotRachel BloomRachel BradleySwitchfootSydney Silver (Lunachicks)SylarTamarynTamsin WilsonTank and The BangasTanya TuckerTaylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)Taylor Scott BandTeddy Gentry (Alabama)TerrorTheo KoganTheory Of A DeadmanThey Might Be GiantsThe Third MindThird WorldTHOMAS MACThree Sacred SoulsThriceThurston Moore (Sonic Youth)Tiffany HaddishTig NotaroTim DarcyTim GreenTim KasherTom Higgenson (Plain White T’s)TomahawkTori KellyTrent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)Trew CultureTriathalonTrombone ShortyTwiddleTWIN XLTwiztidUke-HuntThe UMAUnderoathUniformUpstateVacationerValley MakerVanessa WilliamsVeil of MayaCailin RussoCaitlyn SmithCalexicoCan’t SwimCannibal CorpseCarly Rae JepsenCarly SimonCarmen VandenbergCarol BurnettCarole KingCass McCombsCat CooreCaylee HammackChaos in The CBDChapelCharlene KayeChelsea GrinCherChris AikenChris EricksonChris ShiflettChris SmitherChris StapletonChristopher OwensChristopher Paul StellingChristopher TitusChuck ProphetCindy CashdollarCitizenCitizen FishThe ClaudettesColin FarrellCon BrioConor OberstThe ContortionistControl TopCordovasCorey LaitmanCounterpartsCraig SetariCrown The EmpireCryogeyserCulture ShockCurrentsCursiveCyancaThe Cybertronic SpreeCyndi LauperGeorge LopezGeorge WinstonGin BlossomsGina VolpeGio BenedettiGiraffageGlittererThe Good LifeGood RiddanceGooseGraham NashGrayscaleGreg HumphreysGRiZGuccihighwatersGWARThe HalestormHarvey Mason Jr.HavokHayes CarllHex CougarHighly SuspectThe HillBendersHONNEHope SandovalHopesfallHot Water MusicHovvdyI PrevailIan FowlesIan MacKaye (Fugazi)Ian RobertsIlana GlazerIliza ShlesingerIntervalsJack AntonoffJacob KileyJames Mercer (The Shins)James RouseJamie KennedyJason IsbellJason Schwartzman (Coconut Records)Jay LenoJay MohrJay SomJed Hilly (Americana Music Association)Jeff Cook (Alabama)Lucie SilvasLucinda WilliamsLucy DacusLucy WoodwardLuka KuplowskyLundThe MachineMacklemoreMadeline FollinMadison BeerMadison CunninghamMaggie RogersMaggie RoseMaimouna YoussefThe MaineMakonnenMandolin OrangeMandy MooreMara ConnorMarco BeneventoMarcus MachadoMarcus StephensMargo PriceMarielle KraftMars WilliamsMartha ScanlanMartie MaguireMary LattimoreMason JenningsMatt and KimMatt BesserMatt WalshMattiel BrownMaurice TorresMavis StaplesMax LeoneMax Savage (Parquet Courts)Mayday ParadeMe First And The Gimme GimmesMeg & DiaThe MelvinsMemphis May FireMia Berrin (Pom Pom Squad)Michael DiamondMichael FrantiRachel BrosnahanThe Rad TradsRafiq BhatiaRAMI JAFFEERancidRandy Owen (Alabama)Randy TravisRatboysRay LaMontagneRay RomanoThe Re-VoltsReal FriendsThe Red Clay StraysReggie WattsRenée FlemingRenee LaGoffRhea ButcherRhiannon GiddensRhyeRichard LewisRichard ThompsonRichie James FollinRick BurchRickie Lee JonesRings of SaturnRita OraRiverboat GamblersRob Ickes & Trey HensleyRob Thomas (Matchbox 20)Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)Robert RamosRobert Williams (Big Sandy)Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)ROLE MODELRufus WainwrightRussell PetersRyan GaulRyan MattosRyan ScottSad13Sam AmidonSam DeRosaSam MeansSamy NameSarah BorgesSarah SilvermanSASAMISatellite ModeSavoir AdoreViolent FemmesVolumesVon VargasWalk The MoonWalker & RoyceWalton GogginsWar On WomenWarren HaynesWatskyWayne Kramer (MC5)We Banjo 3The Weather StationWenzdayWesley Schultz (The Lumineers)Western CenturiesWeyes BloodWhitechapelWhitney CummingsWhoopi GoldbergWHY?WilcoWill StrattonWilliam CanningWilliam HehirWilliam TylerWilliam WildWillie NelsonWilsenWingtipThe Wonder YearsThe Word AliveWukiWyclef JeanX AmbassadorsYowlerZac BrownZach LindZakk Wylde (Black Label Society)ZeddZeena KodaView List of ArtistsFor more information about the National Independent Venue Association, head here.
MANTECA, Calif. (AP) – Officials say one person is dead and five are injured after a highway collision involving two big rigs and cars on a San Joaquin County highway. California Highway Patrol Officer James Smith tells Sacramento’s KCRA-TV (on.news10.net/1a0aAxG) that the collision was reported at about 3:15 p.m. Monday in Manteca (man-TEE-kuh) northwest of Modesto. The eastbound side of State Route 120 was shut down for about four hours while the injured were helped, the wreckage was cleared and the CHP investigated. No further details have been released on the cause of the crash or the number or seriousness of the injuries. ___ Information from: KCRA-TV. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
This year in particular things were going really well for the team, until Tuesday when, on their way to Colombia for a tournament, their charter flight ran out of fuel and crashed, killing 75 people in the worst accident in the soccer history.RELATED: Flight Crew and Passengers Do Sweetest Thing for Grandma of Orlando Shooting VictimBetween the tears and grief (the Brazilian and Colombian presidents declared 3 days of mourning), this disaster brought out the best in people. The Colombian team scheduled to play against Chapecoense, Atlético Nacional, sent an official message to FIFA – the Federation that organizes the tournament – stating they wanted FIFA to declare Chapeconse as the 2016 champions. They also invited every football fan in the region to go to the stadium to say goodbye to fallen roster.“Tonight was supposed to be a party in celebration of football, but we decided to use this time to invite fans to pay their respects to the athletes and staff of Chapecoense. We would also appreciate FIFA’s understanding in declaring Chapecoense the 2016 Champions of Copa Sulamericana,” according to a translation of the official note.MORE: Policeman Drives 100 Miles So Youth Can Be Home After His Sister DiesOther members of the Brazilian Major Football League also took action, sending FIFA and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) an official letter suggesting that every team on the League should offer a player for free to help rebuild Chapecoense’s roster. They also suggested an amendment to the rules that would save the devastated team from being demoted to the lower leagues over the next three years, in case a losing record would merit it.Soccer teams, players and cities around the world also expressed their condolences. Players and teams are changing their official social media pictures to the Chapecoense’s logo, and major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and the Orlando eye, in Florida, are adorned with lights of the team colors – white and green.WATCH: An A-League Soccer Player Stop Game to Rescue Felled SeagullAs this text is being written, the soccer stadium where the match was supposed to happen in Colombia is packed with fans paying their respects for the players. The whole stadium as well as many cities Brazil are singing the chorus “vamo vamo chape” (let’s go Chape), a beautiful gesture from fans everywhere.FIFA released a note saying they will evaluate the possibilities in a meeting on December 21st. CBF says the agenda of 2016 Major Soccer League includes one more game for each team and they will evaluate what will be done when it’s appropriate.The Major Football League of 2016 already had crowned a champion, Palmeiras, and that team has obtained authorization from the appropriate authorities and sponsors to play the last game using Chapecoense’s jersey on their final game.(WATCH the amazing outpouring in the Medellin, Colombia stadium below, where thousands more fans packed the grounds outside)Click To Share The News With Your Friends – Photo by UOL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA wave of solidarity and sportsmanship has swept through the world of professional football days after a plane accident killed nearly the entire Brazilian soccer team of Chapecoense and their staff.Founded in Chapecó, a small city in the countryside of southern Brazil, the Chapecoense team was founded a little over 40 years ago. In the past seven years they managed to play convincingly well to remain in the country’s Major Soccer League.
The In the Heights film may be a year away, but we can breathe knowing that we have a perfect Abuela Claudia. Powerhouse Broadway veteran Olga Merediz, who originated the role on and off-Broadway, has signed on to reprise her Tony-nominated performance on-screen.In addition to her stage turn in In the Heights, Merediz has been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Reckless, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables and The Human Comedy. Her screen credits include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Marvin’s Room, The Sunshine Boys and Evita.Also newly announced to join the film is Emmy winner Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) as Kevin and Gregory Diaz IV (Carrie Pilby) as Sonny.They join a previously announced slate of stars that includes Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, Tony nominee Corey Hawkins as Benny, Melissa Barrera as Vanessa and Leslie Grace as Nina. Jon M. Chu is the film’s director.Featuring the Tony-winning score of Lin-Manuel Miranda and a screenplay adapted by Tony-nominated book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes, In the Heights follows Washington Heights bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos) and the trials and celebrations of his neighborhood of friends and family, including his Abuela Claudia (Merediz).The movie musical is scheduled for release on June 26, 2020. Olga Merediz on Broadway in “In the Heights”(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments
Starting today, Comcast X1 customers in Vermontwill be able to access their TV lineup on any connected screen in their home. Additionally, they will be able to download programs they have recorded on their digital video recorder (DVR) to watch on IP-enabled devices or stream them using an Internet connection, anytime and anywhere. The in-home streaming feature provides access to virtually the entire channel line-up and Xfinity On Demand programming on mobile devices and computers. The content is presented to customers via the familiar X1 user experience. “These new features — live in-home streaming and X1 DVR with cloud technology — give our customers more flexibility for watching their favorite shows and movies in and out of their home,” said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. “Now, any screen in the house can become a personal TV, and recorded programs can be accessed anytime, anywhere.”According to the Consumer Electronics Association(link is external), nearly 46 percent of all TV households watch video on a laptop, notebook or netbook, and 43 percent view videos on a smartphone. That’s up from 38 percent and 33 percent, respectively, from the year prior.X1 DVR with cloud technology gives customers more flexibility for viewing their favorite programming at home or on the go. While in the home, they can watch any recording on IP-enabled devices over Comcast’s managed network, or download recordings to take on the go. Out-of-home, they can use an Internet connection to stream or download their recordings as well.To deliver these new features to Xfinity TV customers, Comcast has launched an Xfinity TV app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, and a dedicated portal(link is external) for viewing on computers. To live stream their TV lineups or watch DVR and On Demand programming while on tablets or smartphones in their homes, customers can simply download the Xfinity TV app from the App Store, open the app and sign-in with their Xfinity TV credentials.Live in-home streaming and X1 DVR with cloud technology were announced today in Connecticut; Western Massachusetts; Putnam County, New York and Vermont. They are also available in Atlanta, Augusta, Baltimore,Boston, the greater Chicago area, Houston, Nashville, Knoxville, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Comcast will continue to roll these features out to more of its X1 customers next year.About Comcast Cable:Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com(link is external) for more information. www.comcast.com/X1(link is external). SOURCE: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast Cable
Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC,Vermont Business Magazine Flex-A-Seal, Inc, based in Williston, and Houston-based Momentum Engineered Systems, Inc announced Monday a merger to provide a unified mechanical seal and systems approach to the fluid sealing market. The two companies will each commit their assets to the new entity and the combined group will operate under the name Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed.The new company will maintain operations in Williston, VT, Houston, TX, and Gonzales, LA, with the corporate headquarters in Williston. Employment is broken down as: Williston: 120 people; Louisiana, 6 people; Houston, TX, 23 people; Sao Paulo, Brazil, 55 people.Hank Slauson, former President of Flex-A-Seal, Inc. now Chairman of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC said in a statement, “I am proud to announce this merger as the next step in our path to increasing our share of the fluid sealing market. This merged company has the rare combination of strong technology and a customer-centric business ethic. It is a timely opportunity to integrate our unique company culture with another forward-thinking force in the fluid handling market.”Alex Slauson, former VP Sales of Flex-A-Seal, Inc. now President of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC commented “Combining our expertise in seals and sealing systems is a win/win for our customers and solidifies our ability to tackle challenges today and in the future.”Flex-A-Seal founded in 1983, known globally as a leader in the manufacture of welded metal bellows and fully split cartridge mechanical seals, offers engineered solutions for virtually any sealing application. Flex-A-Seal has customers in over 50 countries worldwide.Momentum Engineered Systems founded in 2013, disrupted the poorly served seal support and lubrication markets through innovative customer service. Momentum Engineered Systems is currently the largest independent seal systems manufacturer in the USA.Both companies are distinguished by their commitment to “Made in the USA” and their Vermont, Texas, and Louisiana workforces and cultures. The merger now vertically integrates and supplies Flex-A-Seal and Momentum products under one entity, providing a complete sealing package to customers.Trey Maxwell, former CEO of Momentum Engineered Systems, Inc now CEO of Flexaseal Engineered Seals and Systems, LLC said, “Our customers are looking for a change, our goal is to bring service back. Our American manufacturing and dedicated professionals will be a disruptive force.””Our facilities continue to operate business as usual.”More details regarding the merger will be updated on www.flexaseal.com(link is external).Source: WILLISTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–Flex-A-Seal, Inc 10.19.2020
Related Strava, the social network for athletes, has enhanced its social and community experience with the introduction of clubs to mobile.Strava’s latest mobile update further connects athletes across the globe and is seen as the first step in an evolving club experience that will give athletes a comprehensive home for group activities: one place to meet athletes, get inspired by each other’s training, share routes and events, organise group activities, track those activities and analyse and discuss afterwards.Strava Clubs for Mobile is being used by parkrun, the organiser of free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. Strava has ‘taken everything that’s fun about parkrun; the camaraderie, friendly competition and inspiring weekly runs and given it a home on their member’s phones.’ Strava athletes can join their local parkrun Strava club to connect with other runners and extend the parkrun community experience all-week-long.“We’re always looking for new ways to help our community of athletes engage with each other,” said William Lee, Product Manager at Strava. “A lot of our athletes rely on their mobile devices for running and riding, so it made sense to bring clubs to mobile and make them as easily accessible as other Strava features.“Now you can see the top ten athletes of the week on the leaderboard, interact with club members on discussion boards, share news and updates and post announcements all via your phone, to keep the club active, motivating and growing.”Strava developed new club features to make exploring, joining, sharing, and interacting with club members simple. There are already 134,391 active clubs on Strava.The latest updates include:Discussions and comments: athletes can post comments to discussion boards as well as manage and interact with club members, all from their mobile device.Explore: athletes can search and navigate clubs that they are part of, and explore new clubs that are relevant to them depending on their location, athlete network and interests.Push notifications: new push notifications make it easy to stay in touch and interact via discussion boards, posts and comment.Share and promote: Strava athletes can now promote their clubs via Facebook and Twitter.In addition to search and engagement updates, athletes can also have a more in-depth look at their own and other club members’ activities by opening the club’s feed. Improved leaderboards within clubs allow athletes to compare their weekly stats to fellow club members. A newly designed scatterplot aims to make it simple for athletes to see how their training compares to the rest of the group, and is positioned as a way to stay motivated or on-track with a group training plan.Club pages also display basic information such as the club name, profile photo, cover photo, sport type and location, and athletes can view a summary of the club’s engagement as well as the number of members, activities and discussions for the week.Strava’s club features are available now on iOS and Android.www.strava.com
The Shawnee Mission West Vikings and Blue Valley Tigers faced off in a match Feb. 28 on the academic quiz show, ‘Categories.’For more than three decades, students from the Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley school districts have gone head to head on “Categories,” an academic quiz show broadcast on local cable TV.The show gives student participants the opportunity to flex their mental muscles. They have to think on their feet; if they answer a question incorrectly, they must shake it off and prepare for the next one coming 10 seconds later.The Shawnee Mission School District produces the show at the Indian Hills Technology Center (which recently housed Brookwood Elementary while a new building was being constructed).Owen Denniston, right, leads the communications staff who produces ‘Categories’ each week.“I really enjoy just watching the kids develop the answers to what I would consider fairly difficult questions,” said Owen Denniston, television production coordinator for the Shawnee Mission communications department. Denniston leads production of the show each week. “I’m always amazed at the breadth of their knowledge. It’s just really astounding to see what they can answer.”Denniston has worked for the district and assisted with the quiz show since 1981.How the show worksThe SM West Vikings are, top row from left, Sean Perkins and Jonathan Nelson, and bottom row from left, Dane Worthington, Ben Phillips and Eric Hancock.Here’s how it works: Each of the 10 high schools in the two school districts has its own team. Two teams of five students each will face off in a match, which is recorded and later broadcast on cable TV. The two teams vie for the most points by answering the most questions quickly and correctly.The quiz show is called “Categories” because each question is presented in a category. A match involves two rounds of 12 minutes each; in that time, teams answer dozens of random questions. Each round features a broad range of questions, from geography and current events to mathematics, science, art, music, language and pop culture.Each season has 24 matches and runs from the end of October until spring break. The top four teams from the regular season face each other in the playoffs and vie for the championship. The show airs three days a week on three area cable news channels and is also posted on YouTube.Dane Worthington, a junior at Shawnee Mission West, is now captain of his team after three years of competing on the show. He said he sticks with it because his team has a winning streak.“I just like it; it’s fun,” Worthington said, adding that he’s interested in and good at trivia. “I don’t play any sports or anything, so this gives me an opportunity to compete and represent my school in something. And we’ve made it to the playoffs every single year, so I gotta keep the streak alive.”The large room where the show is filmed is set up like a typical studio; students on set face half a dozen cameras, which film each match and capture each student as he or she responds. In the back of the room, production staff oversee the operation in a dark studio.Communications and information technology staff from the Shawnee Mission School District, and a few student interns from the two school districts, keep the show going backstage. Meanwhile, Principal John Bartel of Crestview Elementary plays host for the quiz show, and Principal Paul Colwell of Horizons High School judges the competition.“The teams have a lot of camaraderie,” Denniston said. “It pulls together students; it’s a nice way to demonstrate their academic prowess in the school districts.”