A Major Platform for Local Talent

first_imgTo be successful in the music world, it definitely takes talent. But getting audiences to recognize that talent is another factor, one that takes a special combination of luck and knowhow, and using whatever tools a musician has at hand.For local country music upstarts, the Majestic Valley Arena Country Showdown, presented by The Bear 106.3, offers a chance to show hundreds of valley residents the depth of talent living in the Flathead.The 32nd annual Country Showdown offers local singers and songwriters the chance to work and win their way to the big time, with local talent showcases leading to a state showdown, then the regional finals competition, which leads to the televised national finals.The overall winner receives the title “Best New Act in Country Music” and $100,000.From April 6 through April 22, online voters can cast their clicks for the top 25 contestants from Western Montana. The top 15 acts chosen by voters will be announced on April 24, and those acts will perform at the showdown showcase on May 1 and 2.Several of those acts were from the Flathead, including relative newcomers Dean & Riley, a country-folk duo made up of Whitefish resident Kyle Dean and Amelia Riley Thornton, who grew up in Kalispell and now lives in Missoula.Before forming their group, the two musicians had only played together a handful of times, having met while working at the Laughing Horse Lodge on Swan Lake. Thornton, who holds a master’s degree in violin performance, would play for diners while also working as a server, catching Dean’s ear as he worked as a chef.“We met just completely on chance, I (was) a chef at a lodge in the Swan Valley, and she was waiting tables that summer. She was always bringing in her violin,” Dean said. “I thought it would be cool to play with her someday.”The duo only played music together once that summer, and Thornton moved away to pursue her MA degree at Ohio University. When she returned, she went to one of Dean’s shows held during one of Whitefish’s Art Walk evenings.Afterward, they decided to play again together.“We started messing around with cover songs, and he started playing his own songs,” Thornton said. “I just fell in love with his songwriting and his fingerpicking style on the guitar.”Formally joining forces last August, the duo got to work on their music and on the business side of their venture, trying to promote themselves while still building their repertoire.On April 25, Dean & Riley will perform as one of the top five finalists for the Zoo Music Awards in Missoula, and that morning will release their first single on iTunes.They also finished recording the music and vocals for their forthcoming album, which was recorded at SnowGhost Studio.As an act, Dean & Riley bring country folk and indie folk to their show, and Thornton likes to work in a wide range of violin capabilities, from classical styles to Irish fiddle.The Country Showdown is a way to get their band name out to new fans, the duo said, and a way to connect with the Flathead music scene.For Andrew Sweeney, the Country Showdown showcase is an opportune means to remind his existing fan base that he’s back on the scene. An accomplished musician, Sweeney took his foot off the gas on his music career for the past couple of years, but is now working full force again.He’s competed in the showcase three previous times, and each one was a worthwhile experience, he said.“This year, this is, for me, local exposure, which I think is why anyone should be doing it,” Sweeney said. “And that’s what’s so cool about the event, it’s the biggest venue we have in the valley.”With new agency representation and a career that has included performing in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and recording with platinum-selling artists, Sweeney said he is ready to get back on stage.“For me, it’s definitely about the exposure and letting everybody know that, ‘hey, I’m still here,’” he said.For more information, visit www.flatheadcontest.com or www.kdbr.com. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia reports 2 more MERS cases

first_imgSaudi Arabia reported two new MERS-CoV cases today, marking the first time the government has cited more than one case since Jun 9.Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed and supplied some new details on two MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases that were reported by the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) last week.Cases in Riyadh, JeddahThe two new cases involve a 46-year-old male expatriate who is hospitalized in Riyadh and a 57-year-old Saudi man hospitalized in Jeddah, the MOH said in today’s update. Neither man is a healthcare worker, and only the younger one has a preexisting condition. As usual, the statement gave no information on how the patients were exposed to the virus.The infections raised Saudi Arabia’s MERS count to 710 cases with 292 deaths, the MOH said. Forty patients are still receiving treatment.The two new cases bring the number reported by Saudi Arabia in the past week to six (although the link for a case reported Jun 20 has disappeared from the MOH coronavirus Web site).The last time the MOH reported two new cases was Jun 9, and the last report of more than two was on Jun 6, when there were four. The current slow pace contrasts sharply with the pattern in April and early May, when hospital-based outbreaks sparked hundreds of cases in a few weeks.The MOH reported no new cases yesterday but noted a death in a previously announced case, that of a 36-year-old male expatriate in Al Baha.WHO updateThe two cases confirmed by the WHO today involve a 42-year-old man who died on Jun 18 and a 58-year-old who is in stable condition. The agency said it was informed of the cases on Jun 17.The younger man was a Jeddah resident who was hospitalized in the city for “a medical condition” from May 26 to Jun 4, the WHO said. On Jun 13 he experienced respiratory symptoms, was found to have pneumonia, and was readmitted to the hospital. MERS-CoV was confirmed on Jun 16, 2 days before the man died.How the patient was exposed to the virus is unclear, the WHO said. Preliminary investigation showed that there were no MERS patients in the hospital ward where the man was initially treated, and he had no reported exposure to other MERS patients or to animals and no recent travel history.The WHO description matched up with a case announced by the MOH on Jun 17, except that the MOH said the man was from Mecca.The 58-year-old, a Riyadh resident, got sick on Jun 4, was hospitalized on Jun 12, and tested positive for MERS-CoV on the 15th, according to the WHO. He had traveled to Mecca to perform Umrah on May 31 and from there to Egypt on Jun 3, returning to Riyadh on the 9th.The patient is reported to have had no contact with other MERS patients or animals, the agency said. The WHO description matches a case reported by the MOH on Jun 15.See also: Jun 25 Saudi MOH statementJun 25 WHO statementJun 24 Saudi MOH statementlast_img read more

News Scan for Aug 21, 2019

first_imgUS Customs has no plan to vaccinate migrant detainees against fluUS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it will not vaccinate migrants, despite concerns some have raised about infectious disease spread, particularly the deaths of three children who died after falling ill with flu while in US custody, according to media reports.In response to queries, the CBP issued a statement saying it nor its medical contractor administers vaccines because of the short-term nature of CBP holding, CNN reported yesterday. According to the report, migrants are supposed to be held by CBP for 72 hours or less, but are often held longer.Children without parents held by CBP are handled by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which does distribute flu vaccine, Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Office of Refugee Resettlement told CNN.In responding to the CBP stance, public health experts contacted by CNN said short-term detention should not be an obstacle to vaccinating migrants.In a related development, on Aug 5 two lawmakers wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and HHS raising concerns about infectious disease spread, following their Jul 15 visit to a DHS detention facility, according to the CNN report. The members of Congress who wrote the letter are Reps Rosa DeLauro and Lucille Roybal-Allard, both California Democrats.Aug 20 CNN story CDC records 3,700 more hepatitis A cases in widespread outbreaksEarlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated information regarding a 3-year hepatitis A outbreak, and said 24,280 cases, including 236 deaths have been recorded in 30 states.This case total represents an increase of 3,768 cases since late June, when the CDC recorded 20,512 cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV). Sixty percent of all cases have required hospitalization, the CDC said.A total of 28 states still have ongoing, active outbreaks, with Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, and West Virginia reporting the most cases since August 2016. Drug users, the homeless, men who have sex with men, people currently or recently incarcerated, and those with chronic liver disease are the most heavily affected in these outbreaks, the CDC said.”One dose of single-antigen hepatitis A vaccine has been shown to control outbreaks of hepatitis A and provides up to 95% seroprotection in healthy individuals for up to 11 years,” the CDC said. “Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in the last 2 weeks; those with evidence of previous vaccination do not require PEP.” Aug 19 CDC update Jun 24 CIDRAP News Scan “CDC: 24 hepatitis A outbreaks in US since 2016 total 20,500 cases” Nigeria reaches wild poliovirus eradication benchmarkThe World Health Organization (WHO) today said Nigeria has reached a major milestone in its efforts to eradicate wild poliovirus by reaching 3 years with no new cases.In a WHO statement, Faisal Shuaib, MD, DrPH, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Nigeria’s accomplishment is a step toward certifying the whole African region as free of wild poliovirus. And he added that the achievement is very fragile, “one which we must delicately manage with cautious euphoria.”He commended novel strategies used in the fight against the disease and the strong domestic and global financing of the efforts. Remaining challenges are low immunization rates in some areas that have led to outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio and the difficulty that immunization campaigns have in reaching children in some inaccessible areas.Following Nigeria’s recent achievement, the African Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication will start a rigorous effort to confirm that each African region country is free of wild poliovirus, and Nigeria will submit its final data for evaluation in March 2020, if there are no new cases. The whole region could be certified as wild polio–free as soon as the middle of 2020, leaving only one region of the world as endemic: the Eastern Mediterranean.Aug 21 WHO Africa regional office statementlast_img read more

County Shares Tips To Be Bear Smart & Do Your Part

first_imgRemember, bears can’t change their behavior, only humans can. Courtesy/VTGame&FishCOUNTY News:Bears are waking up from hibernation and they will be making their way back into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit*. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:County code requires trash to be set out for collection no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior to collection, but to avoid attracting bears to your property, try to set out trash roll carts the morning of trash collection.Strong and smelly odors will attract bears, so try to reduce odors by keeping smelly items out of the trash until the morning of trash collection. Roll carts have to be placed out before 8 a.m. collection day. Keep your trash roll cart clean by bagging all trash.Request a grizzly bear tested, Bear Tough Cart, for a reduced fee of $77. Call the Eco Station at 662-8163 or email [email protected] (Locks must be unlatched for collection day)Hang bird feeders at least 10 feet above ground and away from buildings, including porches, and use a tray to catch spills. Discontinue using bird feeders if a bear is in the area.*Feed pets inside or remove uneaten pet food between feedings.*Clean barbecues and store in a secure area.*Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and property safe: store your garbage in your garage or shed until the morning of your collection*Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear. Do not feed the bears.These are just a few safety tips to help minimize encounters with bears in residential areas. Notify New Mexico Department of Game and Fish immediately if you encounter a bear, or have any questions or concerns. They can be reached at 505.328.2572 or call dispatch at 505.827.9376.REMEMBER, BEARS CAN’T CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, ONLY HUMANS CAN.**Source Arizona Game and Fish Departmentlast_img read more

Brad Johnson Named Rep Of The Year By MAHLE

first_imgBrad Johnson, a regional manager for N.A. Williams, was honored with the “Spirit of Mahle Award” at the annual Mahle Aftermarket Sales Strategy Meeting held on January 16 in Livonia, Michigan. The award recognizes Mahle’s “Rep of the Year” for 2018. In addition to Johnson’s honor, N.A. Williams was also recognized by Mahle as the manufacturers’ representative agency with the highest sales increase in 2018. John Bender, vice president of traditional sales for N.A. Williams and Johnson accepted the award on behalf of N.A. Williams. Left to right: Jon Douglas, president, Mahle; Brad Johnson, regional manager, N.A. Williams; John Bender, vice president of traditional sales, N.A. Williams; and Jim Kahut, vice president of sales, MahleBrad Johnson, regional manager for N.A. Williams, was honored with the “Spirit of MAHLE Award” at the annual MAHLE Aftermarket Sales Strategy Meeting, held Jan. 16 in Livonia, Michigan. The award recognizes MAHLE’S “Rep of the Year” for 2018.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We want to congratulate Brad on this tremendous honor,” said John Bender, vice president of traditional sales for N.A. Williams. “By receiving this award, Brad was recognized by MAHLE for his hard work and leadership, working closely with our partners at MAHLE. We are not surprised that Brad was recognized for his outstanding efforts and everyone at N.A. Williams congratulates him on this well-deserved award.”The Spirit of MAHLE Award is presented to the MAHLE employee or agent who represents all of the intangibles of what a MAHLE representative should characterize: work ethic, determination and the willingness to go above and beyond to reflect MAHLE in the most positive way.In addition to Johnson’s honor, N.A. Williams was also recognized by MAHLE as the manufacturers’ representative agency with the highest sales increase in 2018. Bender and Johnson accepted the award on behalf of N.A. Williams.“The sales increase award from MAHLE is truly a team award and I want to thank everyone at N.A. Williams for their support and dedication in helping us achieve this honor,” added Bender.last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: St. Andrews is as good as golf gets

first_img Golf tournament Friday for children Related Forecast calling for rain at The Open Norman notches 15th hole in one McIlroy ties record, takes lead As much as I love the Masters, the ultimate tournament in golf to me is the British Open Championship when it is played at The Old Course at St. Andrews.The tournament starts today at the venerable old course on the northeast coast of Scotland as it is every five years in the British Open rota (USGA officials should learn from the British and play the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach every five years).I was fortunate to attend the 1978 Open at St. Andrews with my father, the year Jack Nicklaus won his third Claret Jug. Thirty years later I was able to experience another Open with my son at Royal Birkdale in north England.As a kid, I used to watch the British Open on television when it was on tape delay and finished on Saturday. The only one I remember specifically was the 1970 Open because my favorite golfer at the time, Doug Sanders, missed a 3-foot putt on the final hole at St. Andrews that would have won the title. Instead he had to come back the next day and play Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff. You can guess who won.However, I didn’t appreciate the real significance of the tournament until ’78 when, after attending Wimbledon the week before, I told some British folks in northern England that I was heading up to the British Open. I got some puzzled looks before one chap finally said, “Ohhhhhh, you mean,” and he said this in almost reverential tones, “The Open.”Yes, The Open.That’s how it is referred to in Great Britain and throughout much of the world. The Open Championship, actually.This isn’t any old Open. It’s not the U.S. Open, the Irish Open, the Canadian Open, the Australian Open or the Waste Management Phoenix Open.The Open Championship is the oldest golf championship in the world, dating back to 1860 when it was played at Prestwick in Scotland. It rotates among nine courses, with St. Andrews going every five years.When I took my son to Royal Birkdale in Southport two years ago, the two things I noticed hadn’t changed from 30 years earlier were the bright yellow, manually-operated scoreboards and the weather.In ’78, I remember wearing a sweater the entire week and often a jacket as well. In ’08, the weather was even worse, with rain and an incessant wind coming off the Irish Sea.I remember a frustrated Mike Weir saying, “It doesn’t even die down at night. It blows seven straight days, nonstop, doesn’t slow down. I’ve never seen anything like it.”In 2008 after the Open at Birkdale, my son and I drove north to visit St. Andrews. It happened to be a Sunday, which is the best time to visit if you’re not playing. That’s because the course is closed every Sunday and is open as a city park.We were able to stroll around the course, get our pictures taken on the famous Swilican Bridge, check out the infamous Road Hole, where your tee shot must fly over the sheds by the Old Course Hotel, and walk on the double greens. It was sunny and must have been warm because the pictures from that day show us in shirtsleeves.However, it looks like more typical Open Championship weather this week. The scheduled “Champions Challenge,” featuring 26 former champions playing four holes, was wiped out by the “frightful” weather on Wednesday. Wind and rain is predicted for the rest of the week, and the scores may soar.So who is going to win this week?St. Andrews always seems to produce a worthy champion, no one-hit wonders such as Paul Lawrie, Todd Hamilton or Ben Curtis.The last seven Opens at St. Andrews have been won by Tiger Woods (in 2000 and 2005), John Daly (1995), Nick Faldo (1990), Seve Ballesteros (1984) and Nicklaus (1978 and 1970).Because this seems to be the summer of Spain, with Rafael Nadal winning Wimbledon, Spain winning the World Cup and four Spaniards in the Top 10 at the Tour de France, including two of the top three, I’m going with Sergio Garcia.Whatever happens, I’ll be watching and wishing I was there, even if I was walking around in my sweaters and rain gear. After all, it is The Open.e-mail: [email protected] Weir wants better finish at The Open Blair exits Public Links in first round 3 keys to claiming Claret Juglast_img read more

Lucas Moura hat-trick downs Ajax as Tottenham reach Champions League final

first_img IN SPORT.ES Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick, including one in the final minute of stoppage time, as Tottenham came from three goals down to beat Ajax and set up a Champions League final with Liverpool in Madrid.  Spurs still needed one more to progress via the away goals rule and the game opened up as they pushed. Ziyech came close to sealing it, hitting the post.  But Spurs, perhaps inspired by Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday, roared back after the break to set up an all English final on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano.  Ajax won the first leg last week 1-0 in London and looked comfortable in the tie when Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech moved them into a 2-0 lead on Wednesday night at the Johan Cruyff Arena.  It was the latest turnaround in what has been a crazy knockout stage in the competition. From Ajax against Real Madrid, Juventus against Atletico Madrid through to Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool against Barca.  Everything will come to an end in the Spanish capital next month and it will be an English side whose name is on the trophy: Liverpool or Tottenham.  Ajax looked set to hold on when Jan Vertonghen and Son missed good chances in the final stages of the game, but they were punished in the 95th minute when Moura completed his treble with a good finish inside the area.  Moura gave them home in the 55th minute and then drew them level on the night four minutes later.  Sport.es ¡Un hat trick de Lucas Moura mete al Tottenham en la final! CEST Upd. at 23:50 08/05/2019 It’s impossible to call given everything that’s happened in Europe this week. It may even be a better tactic to concede the first goal and play for the comeback…last_img read more

Backwards strategy powers Kootenay canoe team to sixth place

first_imgBy Daniel Routley, BC Summer Games A wild ride on the water has left a canoe team from Nelson smiling. With a time of 6:51, Kootenays (Zone 1) members Gino Catenacci, Galen Boulanger, Stuart Milde and Jacob Timmermans completed their 500 metre, four-person canoe race Saturday morning by paddling hard in reverse. Starting in lane #5 on the far right of the course, the four boys pulled ahead of the others only to begin an accidental journey to the left of the course. With teammates and the referee calling on the team to go right, the boys still managed to end up off the course, in the bushes, and then eventually completely backwards. “We were actually going better backwards than forwards,” said Timmermans after the race. “We were more in sync going backwards!” “That’s how they paddle in the Kootenays, backwards.” announced chief official Bill Rublee on the radio. “We’re no good at the canoeing,” commented Catenacci. “We’re much better at the kayaking.” But, with only two months of training between them all, even a sixth place finish is an excellent feeling, they said. Boulanger called it “the best race I’ve ever had,” and, with smiles on their faces and excitement in their hearts, it was certainly an exciting event.last_img read more

Turloughmore to honour 1956 county champions

first_imgTurloughmore GAA club will hold a very special celebration day on Saturday 12th of November to mark the 60th Anniversary of the first Turloughmore Senior Hurling team to capture a Senior County title in 1956. The 50th Anniversary of the last title achieved by the historic 6- in a row team of 1961 -1966 will also be celebrated. The festivities will commence at 1.30pm where the adult hurlers of the parish will take part in a novel inter-club tournament at the Pitch in Lackagh. Four teams will be selected to represent the four original clubs in the parish namely – Lackagh, Knockdoe, Coolarne and Cregmore and will play for a parish cup. Celebrations will continue in the GAA centre at 5pm where commemorative plaques will be unveiled to mark the historic achievements of the 1956 and 1961-1966 teams. Players and those associated with these teams will be in attendance and there is an open invitation to the entire club and community to come along and celebrate with these history makers. Light refreshments will be served.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Semi-Final Preview Live From Seven Bar

first_imgOllie Turner was live at Seven Bar, Bridge Street, Galway with Alan Mulholland, Conor Mortimer, Cathal McGinley, John Hynes and Tierney Talks as they looked forward to Sunday’s Connacht Semi-Final at Pearse Stadium between Galway and Mayo…. Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/LIVE%20FROM%20SEVEN%20BAR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Throw in on Sunday is at 4pm print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img