Baltimore-based funkers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have revealed dates for a major summer tour. Coming on the heels of their recently-released Pleasure album, the summer dates will take them throughout the country, hitting many major festivals along the way.The band’s summer dates begin later this month, when they host their very own Domefest from May 19th through the 21st. They’ll also appear at Summer Camp, Revival Fest, Disc Jam, Great Outdoors Jam, Merryland Music Festival, Camp Barefoot, The Big What?, Buffalove Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival and, last but not least, Catskill Chill. Is that a lot of festivals or what?!Of course the schedule features some standalone headlining performances, including sets at the NorVA, Terminal West, and more. You can catch the full schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more information.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates5/19-21 Bedford, PA Domefest 5/27 Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp 5/29 Harmony Park, MN – Revival Fest 6/9-12 Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam 6/29 Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall 6/30 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West 7/1-2 Branford, FL – Great Outdoors Jam 7/3 Charleston, SC Charleston Pour House 7/10 Columbia, MD – Merryland Music Festival 7/21 Mebane, NC – The Big What? 7/22 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA 7/29 Burlington, VT – Nectar’s7/30 Utica, NY – Saranac Brewery (w/ Moe.) 7/31 Westfield, NY – Buffalove Music Festival 8/18-20 Elkins, WV – Camp Barefoot 8/26 Lancaster, NH – NH Hempfest 9/16 Masontown, WV – Deep Roots Mountain Revival9/22-24 Thornville, OH – Resonance Music Festival 9/23-25 Lakewood, PA – Catskill Chill
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions provide outstanding service, earn members’ trust, and offer better rates than other financial institutions.But they struggle to meet members’ digital expectations, which are often formed by nonfinancial organizations, such as Uber and Netflix.“The industry is under a constant threat,” says Kirk Drake, CEO of Ongoing Operations, who addressed Disruption 17 by CU Water Cooler Tuesday in Madison, Wis. “And we’re stuck in this service-first model.”Drake says credit unions should remember to “DREAM” when crafting a plan to meet members’ digital expectations. That means:Differentiate with data. Most credit unions use data, but Drake says they aren’t using it to drive member engagement.“The answer is in the data,” Drake says. “If you look at your members and see, for example, they’re using PayPal, you may have to figure out how to get that business.”
The term “kicker” has a negative connotation for most football players.Usually, the kicker is easily identifiable because he is punier than his teammates, looking more like somebody who should be fetching water than competing on the gridiron. Kickers have a reputation for standing around on the sidelines, working harder on their tan line than anything else, while the “real” players sweat through grueling two-a-days.Stand out · Kicker David Buehler, a former Trojan, has made an immediate impact for the Dallas Cowboys with his physicality and size. – Photo courtesy of Sam Rubinroit Former USC and current Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler is not like most kickers. Not only is he in good shape for a kicker, but his athletic prowess has put some of football’s most physically imposing position players to shame.Buehler’s performance at the 2009 NFL Combine, where scouts put players through physical tests prior to the NFL Draft, cannot be described as anything less than legendary. At the kickers’ lifting station, Buehler shocked scouts by putting up 25 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, besting every single cornerback prospect, offensive tackle Michael Oher (a first-round pick and the subject of the movie The Blind Side), and former USC teammate and linebacker Rey Maualuga. He also ran an impressive 4.56 40-yard dash, which was better than the times for former USC teammates and linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.“I prepared for [the NFL Combine] like a job interview,” Buehler said after a training camp practice with the Cowboys in Oxnard, Calif. “My body was in the best shape it ever was, and I wanted to go out and show the scouts and NFL teams what I could do.”The Cowboys took notice, and used a fifth-round selection to get Buehler, despite already having a Pro Bowl kicker in Nick Folk.When Buehler signed with the Cowboys, he wanted to prove to his coaches and teammates that he was more than just a kicker. In training camp, he challenged defensive back DeAngelo Smith to a 50-yard dash — and won. This gave Buehler instant credibility with his new teammates.“Is he on steroids?” Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams asked, laughing.In 2009, his rookie season, the Cowboys’ coaching staff thought enough of Buehler to use him as an athlete on special teams. There Buehler excelled, making three tackles.“I got some respect. Playing special teams last year gave me an opportunity to show my teammates what I can do,” Buehler said. “I challenged DeAngelo to that race last year and beat him, so they know that I am competitive and a fiery guy, so I hope they have a little bit of respect from doing all that stuff.”With Folk still in the fold, the Cowboys primarily had Buehler handle kickoffs last season. His booming leg was an asset for the team. He led the NFL with 29 touchbacks, which forces the opposing team to start the possession on the 20-yard line.This season, Buehler earned the field goal kicker position. He has made 11 of 15 field goal attempts, with a long of 51 yards, and 21 of 22 extra-point attempts.“My confidence is higher than it has ever been,” Buehler said. “I feel like I transitioned night and day from where I was last year.”Off the field, Buehler is a quirky guy. He refuses to step on blue handicap paint, and when he cooks food in the microwave, he always sets the timer with seven as the last digit.“He is a good teammate,” Cowboys running back Felix Jones said. “He can surprise us sometimes. He is a really funny guy to be around.”Buehler almost always has a mischievous grin on his face, a trait that he shares with the late Trojan kicker Mario Danelo, who died in 2007 after falling off a San Pedro cliff.“I am living the dream. Mario Danelo once said it, ‘Living the dream.’ That is how I truly feel,” Buehler said. “He meant a lot to me. He was a good mentor to me, and he taught me a lot about the mental aspect of kicking, and a lot of other things. He was always happy, and always had a smile on his face. He was never down.”While at USC, Buehler started ahead of Joe Houston, the Trojans’ kicker this season.“Joe is a great kicker,” Buehler said. “I have learned a lot from Joe, and we learned a lot from each other … He is one of my good friends, and I enjoy watching him on Saturdays.”As the starting placekicker for the Cowboys, Buehler has focused more on making long field goals than big tackles, but his aggressive mindset is still there.“I have to keep myself poised and calm during games, and I cannot get too fired up,” Buehler said. “I have adopted that kicker’s mentality, but if somebody gets loose, I will be sure to light them up.”
A Broward County family is suing electric car maker Tesla after a deadly crash.Eighteen-year-old Barrett Riley died last year in Fort Lauderdale after his Tesla burst into flames after the high-speed crash, and this week, his parents sued Tesla. The lawsuit filed in California claims Tesla removed a speed-limiting feature on the car without their permission, and alleges the company was negligent for not taking steps to reduce the risk of fire. Fire fighters and paramedics were unable to use the jaws of life to extricate Riley and his friend for fear of being electrocuted.The Riley’s are alleging in their lawsuit that Tesla failed to fireproof the car’s battery to protect against a fire engulfing the Tesla, but chose not to install it.Adding that the airbag protected their son from significant injury, but then he burned to death. They hope their suit will convince Tesla to fix the batteries in its vehicles.The lawsuit says “Barrett Riley was essentially uninjured by the impact; he was killed by the extraordinarily hot and intense fire that started in the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery cells.”The family alleges in the lawsuit that they asked Tesla to put a speed limiting device on the car after Barrett got a speeding ticket for driving more than 110 miles an hour about two months prior to the fatal crash. The device was installed but the lawsuit claims that Tesla later removed the device after it was taken in for service in Dania Beach.The lawsuit says “the speed limiter was removed without their consent or permission. Outrageously, TESLA never told the Riley’s that it had done so — until after the fatal accident.”It’s a decision that still baffles Jim Riley, Barrett’s father.“We need to understand why would they take it off, one, and, two, if they did take it off, why would they take it off without disclosing it?” Riley told CBS4 News.The NTSB determined that Barrett Riley was driving more than 115 miles per hour three seconds prior to losing control and hitting a wall on A1A near Fort Lauderdale Beach. A passenger in the car, Edgar Monserratt, 18, also died. Another passenger, Alexander Berry, was thrown from the car and survived.The car quickly burst into flames.Jim Riley said people tried to help but couldn’t open the doors because of problems with the Tesla’s door handles.After the crash, Telsa did put software in their cars to allow owners to set speed limits. They named that feature after Barrett Riley.The NTSB is investigating the crash and the ability of firefighters to fight these types of battery fires.
Facebook180Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityFour incoming Saint Martin’s University students have been named as the second group of recipients of the University’s Abbot Scholarships.The scholarships honor Abbot Oswald Baran, O.S.B., Saint Martin’s first abbot and chancellor, who directed the school from its opening in 1895 until his death in 1928, and Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., its current abbot and chancellor. They are awarded to seniors graduating from Catholic high schools in Washington who have shown one or more of Saint Martin’s four core values – faith, reason, service and community – in their lives. The scholarships are full-tuition, need-based awards, renewable for four years. Abbot Scholars live on campus and act as leaders within the Saint Martin’s community, providing service to the University through work with Saint Martin’s Admissions, Campus Ministry, Career Development and with faculty members of their choosing.“The Abbot Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for those who have started their education at a Catholic high school to be able to continue to develop their faith and their commitment at Saint Martin’s,” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., the University’s dean of enrollment. “This is our second cohort and we are excited about what the four will add to our campus. Anyone wanting information about the scholarships for the future should feel free to contact me for additional information.”The Abbot Scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year are:Esteban Quiyono, Bothell, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. Esteban has been very involved in Greater Seattle Surf Soccer Club—he has participated as a player, a coach and a referee. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and was a member of the Archbishop Murphy High School Wildcat Band. He plans to take a pre-professional program in medicine.Keyla Cea-Benites, Lacey, a graduate of Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey. Keyla has held the office of secretary for a Hispanic youth group, worked as a child care aid and served as a medical interpreter for a service trip. In high school she was a part of Future Business Leaders of America. She was also a cheerleader. She plans to study psychology.John Sommer, Snohomish, a graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. John played football in high school, volunteered at summer camps for youth, served as a student ambassador, and has played the bagpipes for 10 years. He plans to study mechanical engineering.Sarah Zepeda, Pasco, a graduate of Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco. Sarah has been very involved in the performing arts program, started the Dance Club at her high school and works in a local law firm in the summer. She plans to major in English and education.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website.