Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli (formerly of The Motet) will guest with Billy and the Kids at this year’s Lockn’ Festival. He’ll join a previously announced lineup of Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past, American Babies, Electron), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green). Bill Kreutzmann Sits In With Unsuspecting Band Covering The Grateful DeadLockn’ recently announced an all-star tribute to Joe Cocker ft. Tedeschi Trucks Band and more, Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals w/ JGB ft. John Kadlecik and many more. Lockn’ takes place September 10-13 in Arrington, VA. Get tickets and more info here.
Denny Hamlin placed fourth in the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, adding 45 points to his season total.Hamlin now sits at No. 2 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings with 4082 points. He’s collected 18 top-five finishes in 2019.Martin Truex Jr came away with the victory in the race, with William Byron taking second, and Brad Keselowski placing third. Ryan Blaney followed in fifth.Truex Jr won each of the race’s first two stages, and has advanced to the next round of the playoffs.Hamlin qualified in the pole position at 97.840 mph. The 15th-year driver has piled up 36 career victories, 160 top-five finishes and has placed in the top 10 in 257 races.There were 38 cars in the field, and the race endured 11 cautions and 69 caution laps. There were three lead changes.Toyota added 40 points to its season total with Truex’s victory. Overall, Toyota ranks No. 1 with 1207 points, followed by Ford in the No. 2 spot with 1161. Chevrolet sits at No. 3 with 1128 points on the season.Denny Hamlin Driver Page | Get Denny Hamlin Gear | Race Center
By Ken [email protected] Texas economy added 39,600 seasonally adjusted, non-farm jobs in April — success that may have bypassed this southeastern region of the state. LaurenVan Gerven, a labor market analyst in the TWC’s Beaumont office, said the drop in available workforce may suggest local retirements that could be replenished by May graduations. She said the short-term report is “not very concerning.” Oftentimes retirements come before the summertime, she said.She said no major local construction projects have ended.“With Harvey, it’s been a pretty goofy year,” she said. “Some people left the area and haven’t come back.” Manufacturing recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month, adding 8,600 jobs; the Professional and Business Services sector added 7,500 jobs in April; Education and Health Services added 6,200 jobs.Among the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Midland MSA had the lowest unemployment rate with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent. Amarillo MSA was second lowest at 2.6 percent; College Station-Bryan MSA was third lowest at 2.7 percent in April.At first glance, Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA appeared to show improvement with 6.2 percent unemployment, down from 6.7 percent in March. But the MSA, which includes Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Newton counties, also shows a loss of some 1,500 people from the workforce and about 500 fewer jobs.At 6.2 percent unemployment, Beaumont-Port Arthur is tied with Brownsville-Harlingen MSA at second-worst among 27 MSAs in Texas, ahead of only McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA, at 6.5 percent unemployment. The Texas Workforce Commission released last month’s employment numbers Friday, which, coupled with annual employment numbers, show the state staying on a successful economic course for the 22nd consecutive month of growth.For the year, the TWC said, Texas has added 332,300 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.7 percent in April. Private sector employers added 37,900 positions over the month.“Our state’s ongoing trajectory of success is linked to the innovation and competitiveness of employers in a range of industries providing workers more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class skills,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.
If you’re looking for a road bike with custom options that will stand out from the crowd and you like the sound of made in Italy, Scapin’s redesigned Ivor is definitely worth a look. As reported previously, the new verison of the Ivor eliminates the integrated seat mast in favor of an adjustable aero seat post to make traveling with and adjusting your saddle height much easier. Offered in 11 stock sizes, the Ivor also has a full custom made to measure geometry available along with a choice of color and personalization at no charge.Check out the details plus the all new Scapin Anouk, next… Scapin’s new Anouk could be viewed as a more affordable version of the Ivor built with stiffness and comfort in mind with more trail and a longer front-center. At $2199 for the frame and fork the Anouk is certainly much cheaper than the Ivor but lacks the custom options. The frame features a PF86 bottom bracket, tapered head tube, 27.2 seatpost. Complete bikes with the build kit shown only with Mavic Ksyrium wheels will retail for $3,495.scapin.comstage-race.com Using Scapin’s TT Matrix frame design, the frame uses monocoque pieces which are then joined in a tube to tube construction method. Combined with their Comfort Flex Seat stay system Ivors should be a fast, comfortable ride. Framesets retail for $4,999 through Stage Race Distribution. A number of aero seatpost designs suffer with slipping posts. Either you tighten them to the point that they don’t slip and risk damaging the carbon, or hit a bump and have your saddle drop an inch. Scapin solves the issue with a dual clamp seat post collar that tightens both around the frame and around the post. The top of the post still has the signature Scapin flair, but instead of acting as a seat mast cap, it’s built into the post.
May 18, 2010Los Angeles mumps cases have East Coast linkLos Angeles County is reporting nine mumps cases, four of which may be related to an ongoing outbreak affecting Hasidic Jewish populations on the East Coast, the Los Angeles Times reported on May 16. A Beverly Hills pediatrician told the Times that he treated two of the patients and that the cases may be linked to travel to the East Coast about 6 weeks ago for Passover celebrations. The county health department said at least nine mumps cases have been reported so far, six of which have been confirmed, according to a May 11 press release. Dr Jonathan Fielding, public health director, said the county has typically averaged between five and seven cases over the past 3 years. He said the local cases had links to congregate settings such as schools, colleges, and community centers. Fielding urged area residents to be alert for any signs of the disease and to protect themselves by getting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.May 16 Los Angeles Times storyMay 11 LA County Public Health press releaseUtah links pair of illness clusters to raw milkPublic health officials in Utah are investigating two distinct clusters of illnesses linked to drinking raw milk, one involving Campylobacter and the other Salmonella, according to a May 16 press release. Nine patients from three counties in the northern part of the state are in the Campylobacter cluster and six patients from three central counties near Salt Lake City are reportedly in the Salmonella cluster so far. All of the patients said they had drunk raw milk from state-licensed local vendors. Testing of raw milk from the dairy that reportedly produced the Salmonella-tainted milk tested positive for the pathogen in samples produced from Apr 5 to Apr 22 but not in samples from Apr 22 through Apr 30. Coliform testing at the northern Utah dairy associated with the Campylobacter cases showed high counts, which may be linked to disease pathogens in the milk. State health officials warned residents that purchasing raw milk even from licensed sellers doesn’t guarantee that the product is safe. They said further that infants, young children, pregnant women, and other high-risk groups should avoid consuming raw milk and its products.USDA offers guidance on reducing E coli shedding in cattleThe US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released guidance to help beef producers reduce Eschericia coli O157:H7 shedding in cattle. The 28-page document is designed to be a resource to producers and discusses the most current scientific findings behind a range of interventions, from feeding strategies to transportation practices. It said that no preharvest intervention has been shown to eliminate E coli shedding but that at least two preharvest interventions, certain probiotics, and vaccines might reduce shedding. Over the next 60 days FSIS is soliciting comments on the new guidance.USDA guidance on preharvest measures to reduce E coli O157:H7 shedding in cattleAvian flu outbreak reported in West BankAn outbreak of avian influenza in a West Bank community northeast of Tel Aviv has prompted the culling of 250,000 chickens, the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) reported today. The report did not specify the flu subtype but clearly implied it was H5N1. The outbreak occurred in Bala village in the Tel Karem area, a major area for egg and poultry production, the story said. Products from the area are often smuggled into Israel because of higher prices there, and the outbreak has prompted Israeli authorities to tighten supervision at border crossings, the report said. Israel’s agriculture minister, Shalom Simchon, said Israel assisted the Palestinian Authority by providing drugs needed for the poultry culling, and he called on international organizations to compensate Palestinian farmers for their losses. Earlier this month, Israeli officials reported finding H5N1 in two emus in a small zoo near the Dead Sea.May 18 IRIN reportWHA endorses continued negotiations on virus sharingIn committee action at the World Health Assembly (WHA) yesterday, World Health Organization (WHO) member states called for continuing efforts to strengthen the sharing of influenza viruses and flu vaccines in the interest of pandemic flu preparedness, the WHO reported. The meeting saw the passage of a draft resolution urging the WHO director-general to continue to support the efforts of the Open-Ended Working Group on these issues. Members described the May 10-12 meeting of the intergovernmental group on this topic as “transparent, substantive, collaborative and an important foundation for future negotiation in this area,” the WHO said in a statement. The draft resolution calls on the WHO executive board to report on the negotiations again at next year’s WHA meeting. Efforts to improve virus sharing began after Indonesia stopped sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO about 3 years ago, saying developing countries couldn’t afford to buy vaccines derived from the virus samples they supplied.WHO report on May 17 session of WHA meeting
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Keppel FELS Limited, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract from Crystal Heights Holdings Limited, a company specialised in the offshore oil and gas market, to build a high specification liftboat worth $85 million.The liftboat is designed by Keppel O&M’s liftboat design specialist, Bennett Offshore in collaboration with Keppel FELS. Scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2017, the liftboat will have provisions enabling it to operate in China, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico.Liftboats are vessels used to support offshore platforms in construction, accommodation and well intervention as well as maintenance and installation.Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel O&M (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, said, “This latest contract from Crystal Heights is the second liftboat based on Keppel’s innovative proprietary solution that Keppel has been contracted to build within a year.“We have leveraged our jackup rig technologies and expertise to develop our own series of liftboat designs that is able to value add to the industry. For instance, it will have a higher freeboard for safer operations and retractable spud cans flushed to the bottom of the rig’s hull which reduces drag when transiting between locations.“Even as the market for drilling rigs remains depressed, Keppel has the versatility and capabilities to design and build other products that are in demand, such as mobile units for plug and abandonment, accommodation and maintenance.”Kenny Cai, Director of Crystal Heights, added, “Despite the current low oil price environment, there are a large number of offshore platforms in the world that require more efficient and cost-effective solutions such as the use of a dedicated liftboat for their maintenance, upgrading as well as removal. Besides being utilised in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, they are also increasingly being employed by key operators in China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.“Building our first liftboat with a reputable shipyard will enable us to establish an early foothold in the market, especially in the Asian region which currently has the least number of liftboats available per platform. Having worked with Keppel on previous projects before, I am confident that we can look forward to receiving a best-in-class liftboat from them promptly and safely.”
The Company has signed agreements with certain existing shareholders, and, subject to certain conditions, with new investor Sankaty Advisors LLC and expects to sign such agreements with HAL Investments B.V. (“HAL”) and Project Holland Deelnemingen B.V./Project Holland Fonds (“Project Holland Fonds”) later today. These investors commit to provide Dockwise with fresh capital to support it in the next phase of its development. In addition, the three new investors have acquired all of the shares in the Company held by 3i Delphi Cöoperatief B.A. (“3i”). Dockwise, whose shares are already listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, also plans to seek a share listing in Amsterdam to increase liquidity in the Company’s shares.Most of the fresh equity will come from direct placement to HAL Investments and Project Holland Deelneemingen.Existing shareholders who have not participated in the directed placement will have rights to participate in the equity exercise through a subsequent offering.André Goedeé, Chief Executive Officer, Dockwise Ltd, said: “In the two years since listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, we have seen the business grow in annual revenues from USD 290 million to USD 457 million in 2008. The initiative announced today will provide Dockwise with a sustainable capital structure and a solid foundation for the Company’s future development.
Net sales in the cranes business stood at USD543.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with USD663.2 million in the same period of 2014.Crane operating earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 totalled USD24.1 million, down from USD45.3 million in the same period last year.For the full year, revenue in Manitowoc’s cranes segment declined 19.1 percent to USD1.9 billion, and operating earnings declined to USD64.3 million, compared with USD163.9 million recorded in 2014.Manitowoc attributed the decline to continuing weakness in rough-terrain cranes and boom trucks due to declining oil prices and its impact across energy-related end markets.However, said the manufacturer, this decline was partially offset by strength in crawler cranes driven by accelerating shipments of the company’s VPC technology.”Our cranes business performed as expected during the fourth quarter,” said Manitowoc chairman and interim ceo, Kenneth W. Krueger. “While orders improved sequentially from the third quarter, sales continue to be impacted by tepid customer demand. However, the benefits of cost control actions are beginning to take hold to improve overall profitability.”Barry L. Pennypacker, president and ceo of Manitowoc Cranes, added: “During the quarter, we saw pockets of better demand within our all-terrain category fueled by our new five-axle GMK5250L. However, the overall business remains challenged by an uncertain macro-economic environment.”In light of these circumstances, Manitowoc Cranes expects revenue for the full-year 2016 to remain flat.”The full-year 2016 net sales outlook for Manitowoc Cranes assumes no improvement in the global economic backdrop, but modest stabilisation in demand,” added Pennypacker. www.manitowoccranes.com
A Texas man has filed a petition at a small claims court seeking $17.31 in damages after his date texted while they were at the movies in Austin.Brandon Vezmar while talking to Austin American-Statesman claims he spent that much money to take his unidentified date to a 3-D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” on May 6.“After the movie started, defendant activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages, in direct violation of the theater’s policy, ” his petition states.He accuses his date of “adversely affecting the viewing experience” of moviegoers.“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” his petition says.According to Vezmar, he met the woman online and that the movie was their first date.“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, adding that texting at the movies is, “like, one of my biggest pet peeves.”The woman in her defence while asking the paper not to use her name said she was texting a friend who needed her.