Record Store Day Exclusives Are Being Sold On eBay

first_imgAmbassador Grohl is going to be very disappointed.Designed to help out independent record stores, Record Store Day has unsurprisingly been usurped by the internet and its secondary market. A number of “exclusive” releases for the April 18th holiday are already appearing on eBay for exorbitant rates:Consequence of Sound is reporting that over 120 exclusive albums are up for auction. However, the albums themselves won’t be available until April 18th, so bidders may as well support their local record stores instead of buying them secondhand for marked up prices.Feel free to comment on any of the auctions as you please…last_img read more

Logano discusses Truex bump in return to Martinsville

first_imgMARTINSVILLE, Va. — Joey Logano offers understanding, but no apologies.After he applied the bumper to Martin Truex Jr.’s Toyota in the final corner of last year’s fall race at Martinsville Speedway, Logano edged past Truex for the race victory and a guaranteed berth in the Championship 4 event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.In that season finale, Logano went on to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.RELATED: Almirola’s take on bumping for the winLogano understood why Truex was upset at being denied his first short-track win on the final lap. But Logano wasn’t sorry.Given that the series is returning to Martinsville this weekend for the first time since last November’s memorable race, it was inevitable that the subject of the bump-and-run would come up.“I mean, it’s in the past at this point,” Logano said. “But I think at that point Martin texted me and, like I told you guys, he was pretty clear that he was frustrated with the move. I understood, and I think he understood why I had to do it, and it kind of played out and worked out, but my move to him was that I didn’t wreck you. I gave the old bump-and-run.“That happened 15 times a race here at Martinsville, and that one was just a little more popular. I think there’s a fine line. You don’t want to straight out bump somebody on purpose, but you also, when it comes down to the end of the race like that and there’s that much on the line … that was our shot to win a championship.“So I think every driver has a line that they are OK with and that you can go to sleep at the end of the night and say, ‘I did what I had to do and I’m all right with it,’ and if it happened to me, you have to be OK with that as well. I think that was the situation for me that I was trying to explain to him.”last_img read more

Stranger’s Kindness Towards Anxious Senior on Airplane Leaves Witnesses Wiping Away ‘Happy Tears’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn airline passenger was left “sobbing with happy tears” after she witnessed a man’s compassion towards a frightened elderly woman on their flight.Megan Ashley had been flying from San Diego to Nashville last month when she overheard a 96-year-old woman saying that she was anxious because she had not flown in 15 years.When the plane began to take off, the elderly woman asked the young man sitting next to her if she could hold his hand. “She asked for this man’s hand during takeoff and then hugged him again when experiencing turbulence,” says Ashley. “This gentleman I should say, gladly took her hand, let her hold onto him, calmed her by talking to her and explaining everything that was happening … he helped her stand up to go to the restroom and watched her carefully walk down the aisle.RELATED: Mom Rains Praise On Airplane Passenger for Showing Compassion Towards Her Autistic Son Flying Solo“He knew just what to do the entire flight to help,” she continued. “This man was her flight angel.”The man didn’t just show the woman compassion for the duration of the flight, either; after they got off the plane, he insisted on holding her bag, helping her into a wheelchair, and staying with her until she had reunited with her daughter.Ashley was so touched by the incident, she snapped several photos of the exchange and posted them to Facebook so she could praise the young man for his kindness.MORE: Read Woman’s Heartfelt Open Letter to Flight Attendant Who Extended Simple Offer of Kindness 17 Years Ago“I walked away sobbing happy tears being so thankful for people like this wonderful human. She was so grateful that she wanted him to have her in-flight pretzels,” wrote Ashley. “Hats off to you sir, for your kind heart and your compassion toward someone whom you’ve never met. I have never been so touched on a flight before. This truly made my week.”Since Ashley published the photos to social media, they have been shared thousands of times by empathetic internet users.Fly This Sweet Story Of Kindness Over To Your Friends By Sharing It To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Gloria Ann Defice-Roberson

first_imgGloria Ann Defice-Roberson, 71, a native of Elton, LA and a resident of Port Arthur for 68 years, answered her Savior’s call on November 4, 2020 peacefully at her home. Her love and memories will forever be cherished by her husband, Phillip Roberson Sr.; daughters Adrienne Hunter (Randy), Shanda Smothers (Darrell), Phyllis Glaze, one son Phillip Roberson Jr. (Faye).Five sisters and two brothers, four grandchildren and one great grandson.Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at East Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 800 Thomas Blvd. Port Arthur, TX with Reverend  Dr Lee Fields Jr., officiating visitation 9am at the church.Interment Greenlawn Memorial  Park. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.last_img read more

Marine Meteorology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey

first_imgMISSIONThe Naval Research Laboratory is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps. The laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to improve the basic understanding of atmospheric processes and the atmosphere’s interaction with the ocean, land and cryosphere; to develop and implement automated analysis, prediction and weather interpretation systems for DOD users; and to study the effect of the atmosphere on naval weapons systems.ABOUTThe Marine Meteorology Division is part of the laboratory’s Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate, which contains six divisions performing broadly based scientific research and advanced technology development in the fields of marine geosciences, acoustics, oceanography, marine meteorology, remote sensing and space science — covering the bottom of the ocean to the top of the atmosphere to meet identified and anticipated needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.last_img read more

Taiwan Bike Tour: Ming Cycle – Private Label Production, Assembly & Strida Folding Bikes

first_imgThe latest models can be equipped with some pretty trick components. On the high end, you get a belt drive hooked up to a Sturmey Archer kick speed 3-speed bottom bracket. Pedal backward a step and it shifts into a harder gear. Do it again for another gear up. A third time returns it to the easiest gear.Clamshell pedals open flat against the crank for a narrower package when folded.Disc brake and belt cog are all on the right hand side. The front axle flops around to connect with the rear when folded.OEM MANUFACTURINGIt definitely would have been nice to see the manufacturing side of the facility, but at least we had a good look at the fruits of their labor. All of the bikes shown here are really proof of concept items to show potential OE customers what they can do. Look around and you’ll likely see familiar shapes and design cues. As part of our tour of Taiwan’s bicycle industry, we swung by Ming Cycle, one of the world’s largest OEM bike manufacturers.But they’re far more than just an OE manufacturer. For some brands, they’re simply an assembly middleman. Or a painter. And they own Strida, the unique folding bicycle brand started in the UK. Ming started making them in 2002 and bought the brand in 2007.We arrived a bit later than expected thanks to some very interesting routes, U-turns, stops for directions and other extensions to our bus trip. As such, the factory side of the building was closed for the day, but we did get to see some of the assembly line (above) and Strida build room. Then, we did laps on them around the conference room… They have two assembly lines that can put together 300,000 bikes per year. They assemble Look’s bikes, though they don’t make them. Alloy and steel bikes are assembled on conveyer belt lines that resemble what we saw at Giant Bicycles’ World HQ. Carbon bikes, however, are assembled in one-person stations. Above, the new Look 675 is inspected after final assembly, wiped down, then carefully wrapped and packaged.Like Giant’s plant, they have automated wheel building lines for the more mass produced items. Once the bikes are run through the assembly line, the first one for each model is pulled and quality checked for brake and shifting function, spoke tension and fit and finish. Then, bikes are spot checked by a line manager. While a good shop will still double check everything and fine tune it, it never hurts the brand when their bikes come well assembled.Ming’s Taichung plant also does paint, with their own automated paint booths for high volume models. For higher end bikes, they have teams that hand mask and paint up to 20 frames per day.STRIDA FOLDING BIKESThe Strida is instantly recognizable. It’s triangle shape belies it’s rather standard fit. You sit pretty upright, and reach and seat height are somewhat adjustable. It folds fairly quickly once you get the hang of it, too, and wheels along rather than needing to be carried.Riding one is awkward at first. The tiny wheels and slack head angle (the entire front tube is the steerer) make for some twitchy handling, but before long we were whipping around the conference room, dodging our hosts, each other and show bikes hanging on the walls. Good times.They make 65 a day with 12 people working on them. The frames are made in their mainlindChina plant, then assembled in here in Taichung.last_img read more

Secretary of State Jim Condos announces candidates for Vermont presidential primaries

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that, following yesterday’s 5 pm deadline, 14 candidates have qualified to be placed on the ballot in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. Ten candidates have qualified for the Republican ballot and four candidates for the Democratic ballot. Vermont law requires any candidate seeking to have his or her name printed on the ballot of a major party presidential primary to file petitions signed by no fewer than 1,000 registered Vermont voters, along with a $2,000 filing fee. Vermont’s primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Wednesday, February 24.The Republicans qualifying for placement on the ballot in Vermont were:Jeb BushBen CarsonChris ChristieTed CruzCarly FiorinaJohn KasichRand PaulMarco RubioRick SantorumDonald J. TrumpThe Democrats qualifying for placement on the ballot in Vermont were:Hillary ClintonRoque “Rocky” De La FuenteMartin J. O’MalleyBernie SandersVermont law requires any candidate seeking to have his or her name printed on the ballot of a major party presidential primary to file petitions signed by no fewer than 1,000 registered Vermont voters, along with a $2,000 filing fee. Vermont’s primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Wednesday, February 24.Anyone registering for the first time or in a new town can now do so online at is external).Once registered, voters can access and update information about their registration and polling place on the My Voter Page at is external).Also of note is a Constitutional Amendment passed in 2010 allowing 17 year olds who will turn 18 by the November election to register and vote in Vermont’s Presidential Primary. This will be the second presidential election in which this amendment has been in effect.last_img read more

IRONMAN back on a roll in Thailand with new IRONMAN 70.3…

first_img Related IRONMAN has today announced the addition of a new IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in the burgeoning market of Thailand, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Phuket on 27 November 2016.A release from IRONMAN confirmed that the Philippines-based company Sunrise Events, which is working on the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in the Philippines, among other events, and the Thailand-based company SportMaster, will team up to deliver IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand.“This race is further evidence of the growing interest in and development of IRONMAN throughout the region,” said IRONMAN Asia-Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer.“Thailand has had a long history with IRONMAN and it’s fantastic that we are back again in Phuket with an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon. An improved course and development in Phuket will allow us to grow the event beyond what we could in 2012 and we look forward to a great future in Thailand.”Phuket, one of the world’s premier holiday destinations, is famous for its crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches and stunning natural scenery – as well as its variety of attractions and entertainment.“Sunrise Events is pleased to announce that through our partnership with SportMaster, led by Kobkiat Sangwanich, we will be bringing the IRONMAN brand back to Thailand in November 2016,” said Chairman Fred Uytengsu.“Thailand is now ready to welcome triathletes from around the world,” said SportMaster Managing Director, Kobkiat Sangwanich.IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand will offer a US$15,000 professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, read more

the Wash: Capitol Hill, SW organizations fight to close pandemic’s education gap

first_imgEmily, 8, Blake, 7, and Kate Baker, 5, all struggle with distance learning. Although their mother, Kourtney Mills, tries to find creative new ways to keep them engaged and excited about school, she worries it’s not enough.“Sometimes I feel like my kids have lost the love and the joy for learning,” Mills said.Distance learning has magnified the educational crisis, Mills said. Citing Montgomery County public schools’ grim failure rates for the first term, Mills said she’s worried Capitol Hill’s Black students will fall farther and farther behind.“The pandemic has uncovered and exacerbated existing challenges and traumas for families living with few resources,” Parent-Teacher Association President Elsa Falkenburger told the Wash. “The silver lining is that people are starting to see the challenges that families live with.”Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, low-income Black students have struggled to meet the demands of distance learning. In Capitol Hill and Southwest Washington, community leaders are teaming up to help them.Little Lights launched Learning Hubs in Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartments and Benning Terrace to support children struggling with distance learning. (Courtesy of Little Lights)It takes a village…When Brotha’s Huddle reached out to Capitol Hill’s Tyler Elementary School with plans to support younger students struggling with distance learning, Brother Abdul Kareem Muhammad told the Wash that the school’s principal was very receptive.“We voiced our concern, and [Principal Jasmine Brann] voiced her concern,” Muhammad, co-founder and CEO of the community-based organization that supports children at Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments, said. “The concern is one in the same.”Brotha’s Huddle and Tyler Elementary School will work in tandem to close the educational gap exacerbated by the pandemic.Brotha’s Huddle reached out to Tyler Elementary School over Thanksgiving break with a plan to support younger students. (Tobi Raji/ The Wash)“We wanna make sure that our children, and particularly our residents of Potomac and Hopkins, aren’t getting left behind, especially on DCHA property,” Muhammad said.“We see that there’s a gap and this gap is widening. We wanna make sure that we can assist Tyler to close that gap.”Steve Park, executive director of Little Lights, a faith-based nonprofit organization, said the pandemic has given impetus for community organizations to band together to fight off inequity.“I think when you go through these kinds of major crises, you realize just how much you need to try to help each other,” Park said.Potomac Gardens Resident Council President Aquarius Vann-Ghasri said the challenge has been providing technological resources like laptops, reliable internet and space. Vann-Ghasri noted that on one occasion, a Potomac Gardens parent used their rent money to buy their child a laptop.“For underserved youth, remote learning just doesn’t compare to in-person learning,” Park said. “It was already a challenge to do in-person learning, but remote learning is definitely not adequate.”Little Lights Executive Director Steve Park says in order for virtual learning to be successful, resource availability, internet connectivity and space must be addressed. (Courtesy of Little Lights)To solve this problem, Little Lights created a Learning Hub where students have access to computers and reliable internet, and receive academic support. The learning hub, which serves approximately 120 students in Potomac Gardens, Hopkins Apartments and Benning Terrace in Southeast Washington, runs five days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Mills, who’s noticed students struggling to focus in class, said the program has been helpful.“The people that are at Little Lights—the workers—they are there focused solely on helping the kids and getting their assignments in,” Mills said.Little Lights has raised $30,000 to provide free tablets and laptops to students. Similarly, Brotha’s Huddle partnered with Ward 6 Mutual Aid to distribute laptops to students in need.…to raise a childIn Southwest Washington, a community-based organization partnered with D.C. Housing Authority to help public housing students struggling with distance learning.Executive Director and Co-founder of GOODProjects Darius Baxter said that when he found out D.C. public schools would remain virtual for the 2020-21 academic year, his organization committed its time, resources and effort to ensure that children at Greenleaf Gardens would not be left behind.Kourtney Mills says she has had to find creative new ways to keep her children engaged and excited about school. Potomac Gardens Resident Council President Aquarius Vann-Ghasri (left). (Courtesy of Kourtney Mills)“In Southwest Washington, D.C., you have hundreds of families that at times have found themselves left out,” Baxter said. “The Learning Hub, when it opened up, was our effort to ensure that the same level of care that a child growing up in upper Northwest is receiving, is being provided to students growing up in Southwest Washington, D.C.”Baxter said the GOODLearning Hub serves 22 students in a supportive environment where they can learn and be successful.Each student receives a laptop, hot spot and individualized attention from experienced educators every day.“Our commitment and our love and our resources are dedicated to the Southwest housing community,” Baxter said.Brotha’s Huddle, Little Lights and the GOODLearning Hub are currently welcoming donations.Reaching acrossIn the same way that Little Lights supports her children, Mills plans on supporting others through the creation of the Great Expectations Kids Club. The 8-week program, run out of Potomac Gardens, focuses on dreams and goals, self-confidence, responsibility, respect, bullying and choices, education, homework and finance.The program starts this Thursday and already has eight students.There’s excellence in Potomac Gardens, it just needs to be supported, Mills said.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…last_img read more

A final piece of advice for SM East grads: ‘Remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer’

first_imgThe new SM East graduates throw their caps into the air after making the transition.On a chilly Wednesday night, the 384 new graduates of SM East High School heard a few final pieces of advice from Principal John McKinney. And among his final admonitions came the familiar refrain: “Remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer.”“Now it’s up to you,” McKinney told the graduates, “show the world what you can do.”“I will never stop believing that this is the greatest school on earth,” said senior class president Spencer Frank. He reminded fellow graduates that the class had made it a “school of champions.”McKinney said the graduates “made it look easy” getting through high school. A number of SM East teachers who are retiring at the end of the year were honored during the graduation ceremonies.After the tassels were turned, caps flew into the air and the 384 filed out of SM South stadium and into the next phase of life.The new graduates turn their tassels.A sea of blue covered the field.Graduates wait for photos after receiving diplomas.Frequent PVPost contributor Daniel M. Blom files onto the field with fellow graduates.Band director Kim Harrison conducts his last processional over three decades before retiring this year.last_img read more