Trail Mix – Lael Neale

first_imgNow based in Los Angeles, Virginia native Lael Neale released her debut album last month.Lael Neale’s current home couldn’t be more disparate than the home of her youth.Raised just outside Charlottesville, in the heart of Albemarle County horse country, Lael has since made the move to Los Angeles, from which she released her debut record, I’ll Be Your Man, last month.As Los Angeles is to Charlottesville, so to is this record a study in contrast. Prone to writing with an air of melancholy, Lael has penned a record that seeps and introspective sadness, with stories of lost love and fractured friendships. Despite painting what appears to be a sky gloomy and gray, Lael does mix in the occasional ray of sunshine, proving that the subject matter in her songcraft can move deftly between despair and hope.I recently caught up with Lael to chat about the new record, poetry, and what she misses most about her Virginia home.BRO – I know you are into poetry. What’s the last poem that made you cry?LN – Just a few days ago, my mom gave be a book of poetry by Peggy Freydberg, who was 90 when she started writing poems and didn’t publish them until she was 106. I was only halfway through the first one with tears already welling up. She is so simple and true and direct and unexpected. Some of the lines just catch you at the the throat. It’s also such a beautiful story. We can be beginners at any age.BRO – Who is your favorite poet? And if you could invite him over for dinner, what would you cook?LN – Favorites are always changing. For the past year, it has been Rumi. I would want to feed him some simple but symbolic foods. Homemade bread, wine, figs, and maybe artichokes. Those sound like foods Rumi would eat in his courtyard, surrounded by tapestries and water fountains and small birds in wooden cages.BRO – You were raised in Virginia but now call Los Angeles home. What’s the one thing you miss most about Virginia?LN – Early August afternoon thunderstorms.BRO – We are featuring “Born in the Summer” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?LN – “Born in the Summer” isn’t as lyrically dense as some of my songs, but it’s no less heavy. I wanted it to reflect the angst of being a teenager. Childhood’s death is kind of traumatic and we don’t really acknowledge it as a culture, so kids move into being adults really fast, absorbing a lot of the darker side of the world that was kept hidden from them as children. It’s also an exciting time, wanting to live up to something, but not really knowing what it is yet.BRO – So much of your music seems so sad. What is one thing that makes you happy?LN – A long walk and a really great cup of coffee.Tonight, if you happen to be out in California, you can catch Lael Neale in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel. There are more dates on the horizon, but they are hush hush. For more information on on those upcoming dates, or how you can get a copy of her brand new record, please point your browser towards her website.Also, be sure to check out “Born in the Summer” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Piper Ferguson.last_img read more

Dual-athlete Jefferson continues to balance track, football obligations

first_imgAt 6-foot-5, junior sprinter Kyle Jefferson is one of the tallest members of the Wisconsin men’s track and field squad. That size, along with Jefferson’s speed, is part of the reason Jefferson is also a two-year letter winner for the UW football team.Jefferson, a Cleveland native, splits his time between the football field, classroom and track. The varsity athlete is navigating the challenges of not just one Division I varsity sport, but two. According to men’s track head coach Ed Nuttycombe, the challenge is one he’s seen many athletes tackle over the years.“I’ve had a lot of dual sport athletes,” Nuttycombe said. “(But) Kyle makes it easy.”After what could be considered a less than successful season for Jefferson on the gridiron in 2009, Nuttycombe said Jefferson has had a breakthrough [track] season this year. He respects Jefferson’s enthusiasm for practice.Over the weekend, Jefferson finished fifth in the 200m at the Big Ten Indoor Championship in Minneapolis. He also anchored the third-place finish by Wisconsin’s 4x400m relay team.“He’s way ahead of where he was a year ago,” assistant coach Mark Guthrie, who works daily with Jefferson at practice, said. “This year he ran the full indoor season with us. He scored in the open 200 and anchored our 4×4 to third.”At the Indoor Championship, Jefferson ran the 200m in 21.82 seconds, just .25 seconds behind the first place finisher. Based on the makeup of the indoor track, Jefferson noted his size makes the result even more impressive.“I feel pretty good knowing that I’m a lot of legs running on a pretty tight track,” Jefferson said regarding the indoor season and his fifth place finish in the 200m.He added his finish was not only a big accomplishment for himself but also for his team.Jefferson said he looks forward to the outdoor season. The shorter indoor track means tighter turns, and Jefferson said he is not able to open up as he would on an outdoor track with his long legs and 6-foot-5 frame. Both his coaches agree the indoor track presents a challenge for the long-limbed sprinter.Before he was a sprinter, Jefferson spent his first athletic season as a wide receiver for the football team. Jefferson has seen his playing time on the football field diminish with each season.In 2007, his freshman year, Jefferson played in 13 games, starting six. That year, Jefferson recorded the highest statistics of his career thus far: 26 receptions, averaging 15.8 yards per reception and 2 touchdowns. In the 2009 season, Jefferson played in nine games and had four receptions on the season.Jefferson has never worried about the lack of playing time however.“I never put my head down because I’m a team person,” Jefferson said.Jefferson was not only a football letter winner and captain in high school but a track star as well.In addition to his track team winning four straight Ohio Division 1 state titles, Jefferson was also a four-time individual state champion. His senior year, he won the 400m state title and anchored his high school’s 4×200 relay team in their title-winning race.As a junior, Jefferson won state titles as part of both the 4×200 and 4×400 relays.Jefferson came to UW on a football scholarship but knew he was interested in continuing to compete in track, as well, because of his previous success.“Kyle came out of high school as one of the top 400m runners in the country,” Guthrie said.However, his first track season started on the heels of a concussion he’d received in football. Jefferson said he was also trying to add weight for football at the same time, something that has been difficult for him to do over his three years at UW.For those reasons, Guthrie said Jefferson wasn’t able to do as much as they would have liked his freshman year.In the following track seasons, Jefferson has improved and competed more. Guthrie noted Jefferson began running in relays his sophomore year.“Track keeps me motivated,” Jefferson said. “It keeps my spirits up, especially when things are going wrong in football.”Jefferson is looking to stay competitive and play his senior year on the football field. His primary goal for his final season is to help the Badgers return to the Rose Bowl or perhaps reach the national championship game.“I really don’t focus on how many catches I want,” Jefferson said, reflecting his team-first spirit. “Catches will come, yards will come and touchdowns will come.”Nuttycombe said this time of year it can be difficult to manage football and track.Football is doing a lot of hard, heavy training, he said, while track requires a high quality of running. He added the training season’s flip-flop, as track does its heavy training in the fall. Jefferson said balancing football, track and school is tough, but he sticks with it.Jefferson will run this weekend with the opportunity to continue to nationals. Jefferson will also practice with the football team in preparation for the spring game.After the game, he will return to track practice.“Quite honestly, I think the track helps the football,” Nuttycombe said. “They work well together.”last_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Single-Session Tickets Now On Sale

first_imgSingle-session tickets for the 2016 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are now available by clicking here, calling 515-271-3647 or visiting the Drake Athletic ticket office.In addition to single-session tickets, all-session and multi-session tickets remain available to guarantee that you don’t miss a minute of the action set to take place on the Blue Oval. As always, the 107th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee will feature the top high school athletes in the state of Iowa, some of the top collegiate teams in the nation and many of the world’s top athletes in the Rio Olympic Games Previews. Those 12 Rio Olympic Games Preview events will feature nearly 30 Olympians starting their march toward the 2016 Olympics and a bevy of Olympic hopefuls with their sites set on Rio.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Draymond Green takes a hit from the national anthem rendition that will not die

first_imgYou’ve got to hand it to Josh Duhamel. Dude can carry a grudge.It’s been more than eight months since Fergie’s squealing, overwrought, comically dramatic rendition of the national anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star game. And Duhamel, Fergie’s husband, is still taking shots at the Warriors’ Draymond Green for having been unable to keep a straight face.“I was (angry) at Draymond Green, first of all,” Duhamel told Kristine Leahy on her new FS1 show “Fair Game” recently. “I think he owed her an …last_img read more

Fingerprinting world first for SA

first_img7 October 2011In a world first, researchers at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a structural fingerprint classifier that is able to correctly classify a fingerprint using only partial information.The researchers also introduced novel fingerprint features – collectively referred to as pseudo-singular points – as a feeder to their “extensible structural fingerprint classifier”.The CSIR’s head of information security research, Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, explained the need for a classification module: “In fingerprint recognition, fingerprint templates normally sit in a database.“So when going through an identification process, the system has to sift through thousands if not millions of templates, making the system slow in yielding results,” Nelwamondo said in a statement this week.He added that a classification module essentially broke down the overall database into smaller, manageable chunks to improve the performance of a fingerprint recognition system.“Both the extensible fingerprint classifier and the pseudo-singular point detection module will allow the system to be extremely fast and accurate when database search is conducted,” he said. “This will add to the overall efficiency of the entire fingerprint recognition system.”National identification systemNelwamondo said that such a system was used on a daily basis in large and integrated solutions, such as the Department of Home Affairs’ national identification system.“However, this breakthrough could contribute to future systems that are even faster because of the system’s ability to match fingerprints using only partial information.”From this technological breakthrough, CSIR researchers are now rigorously studying the concept of pseudo-singular point detection (P-SPD) and false transition elimination, a concept that emerged from P-SPD.The latter involves identification and location approximation of a global fingerprint landmark.Pseudo-singular points are faux versions of the conventional singular points, yet they are easy to detect and provide almost the same classification accuracy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Celebrating Tourism Month in Qatar

first_imgSouth Africa is one of the world’s top tourism destinations owing to its diverse offering, world class infrastructure and positive global reputation. The country’s unique offering is that it boasts a range of exciting experiences including active outdoor adventure, wildlife safari, city lifestyle, scenic outdoors, cultural and heritage sites and beaches. This contributes to the global attractiveness of the tourism sector which creates important opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the country.As part of the Tourism Month 2019 awareness programmes, on 19 September 2019, Brand South Africa joined the South African Embassy in Qatar, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways at the South African Tourism Trade Workshop in Doha, Qatar, to unpack ways in which the Qatar tourism trade can contribute to the growth, development and continued success of the South African tourism sector.Speaking at the workshop, South African Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Faizel Moosa said “Tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy and it can increase the gross domestic product significantly.”“Tourism is a big contributor to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. Every tourist that visits South Africa, sustains twelve jobs” added Sadiq Dindar, Manager: Middle East and Turkey, South African Tourism.          The success of the tourism sector depends on the positioning of the Nation Brand as a globally competitive destination that is welcoming and culturally diverse. One of the ways that the country can ensure this, is by enhancing the ease of access for international partners seeking to visit South Africa. In light of this, in August 2019, South Africa announced that Qatar passport holders were visa exempted and could stay in the country for up to 30 days. Likewise, Qatar relaxed its immigration laws and South Africa became one of 80 visa free countries. This facilitation of easier travel will enhance cooperation and trade between South Africa and Qatar.In conclusion, Jimmy Ranamane, Programme Manager: Global Markets at Brand South Africa said “Connecting with global markets and diversifying the country’s global collaborations creates opportunities to showcase the country to a wider range of strategic potential investors and tourists.”last_img read more

What To Do When Your Computer Freezes

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… To stop a process: command + period (.)Open the Force Quit Applications window: command + option + escape Sleep, restart, or shut down the computer: control + media eject key (shows a triangle with a bar below it) Quit all apps and restart: command + control + media eject key How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? nicole nguyen Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.It’s the ultimate digital dilemma: you’re happily browsing the web, listening to tunes, and composing a little email when all of a sudden your computer freezes up. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to fix a frozen computer and identify the problem.As a good rule of thumb, always, always, always save frequently and back up your work. If the machine is sluggish — not frozen — then there are several quick fixes to speed it up. But if your Mac or PC starts to slow down and its hard drive revs up then stops altogether, follow our antifreeze recipe before forcing the computer to shut down (which should be a last resort, as you’ll probably lose precious data!).Here’s what to do if your computer freezes …… During Start UpIf your Mac is delayed for a second or shows a question mark when booting up, try going to System Preferences > Startup Disk and select a disk, if there isn’t one already selected. Disconnect everything that’s plugged into your computer. If your computer later starts up with no hubs, extension cords, USB, or Thunderbolt devices plugged in, one of those external devices was likely the culprit. If it is because of these plugged-in devices, then try installing the latest drivers for the device, or read its manual for troubleshooting steps. If the Apple logo does not appear after powering on the computer, then force shut the device down and, when it starting up again, hold down the option key until disk icons appear. Select one of the disks (for now, it doesn’t matter). After the desktop is fully loaded, go to System Preferences > Startup Disk > and select a disk. What to do when things get bad randomly or while running an application after the break.… While Running an ApplicationIf you can see your cursor and it moves, then the sluggishness is caused by one single program.On a PC, hit CTRL + ALT + Delete > End Task to force quit the application. On a Mac, use one of these shortcuts: The issue may be recurring, in which case you should uninstall any app plug-ins or enhancements from other manufacturers. It may no longer be compatible with the application after a system update.   … RandomlySometimes the entire system locks up, or the cursor will not move or disappears altogether. If force quitting the applications and waiting doesn’t work, then shut down the computer by holding the power button.On a PC, an important system document may have been corrupted or deleted accidentally. Go to Start > Accessories > System Tools and run the system restore utility. This will reset any registry issues without deleting any of your current files or personal settings. Restart your Mac in “safe mode” to help diagnose the problem. After pressing the power button, wait for the startup tone, and then hold down the shift key. Let go of the shift key once the Apple logo and spinning gear appear.… And You Have a Mid-2010 MacBook ProThe 15- and 17-inch models have known startup and operation issues. Download the Firmware Update 1.9 to fix freezing and external display problems. Don’t forget to back up.Image courtesy of Instagram user aaronxriceMore stories from PopSugar Tech:How a Geek Trains For a MarathonTurn a Pringles Can Into a Pinhole Camera in 7 MinutesUpcycle an Old iPhone to a Usable iPod TouchAirbnb Has the Perfect Thing For Traveling ProcrastinatorsCan’t Call? Text 911 in an Emergency Insteadcenter_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#Computer#freezing#frozen#Mac#PC#PopSugarTech#Save Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Serbian star Nikola Jokic to play in 2019 Fiba World Cup

first_imgFiloil: Allyn Bulanadi, RK Ilagan power unbeaten Stags past Cardinals in OT “A crown of this amazing season for me would be a World Cup medal for which I’m sure that Serbia can win and I am fully ready to contribute in achieving that goal,” said Jokic.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – Serbia’s power forward Nikola Jokic (R) shoots by Croatia’s centre Darko Planinic during a Men’s quarter final basketball match between Serbia and Croatia at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—Nikola Jokic, one of the best big men in the NBA today, is set to suit up for Serbia in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.According to Fiba’s official website, the Denver Nuggets’ transcendent All-Star will beef up the world No. 4 team that already consists of NBA players Boban Marjanovic, Nemanja Bjelica, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Milos Teodosic.ADVERTISEMENT Serbia is grouped with the Philippines, Angola, and Italy, which is also home to NBA talents in Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari.“I am very satisfied with everything I did in the past season in the NBA. I had a great year with my participation in the All-Star game and election in the All-NBA first team,” said Jokic in the report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJokic, who was included in the All-NBA First Team, averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field.The Nuggets, behind Jokic, finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference at 54-28 but fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in seven games in the conference semifinals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more