If Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell are the Swedish House Mafia, Thomas Gold is some sort of German house music Godfather. “You come to me, asking for a rager…” The guy has a hardcore and devoted following of fans who have seen him grow from a rising star in the Ibiza house music scene to the global superstar he is today. He’s truly one of the biggest names in the scene today, and this sold out show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom goes to prove it.The venue was absolutely packed from the moment the doors opened as fans shuffled in early to catch openers Feenixpawl and Nari and Milani. Each act kept the crowd pumping while they awaited Thomas Gold to take the stage. Before he did though, a complete marching band took to the stage – snare drums, bass drums, trumpets – and just sort of greeted the crowd. Then an awesome video package was screened, pumping up the crowd with a countdown before the music hit and Roseland Ballroom was turned into a giant rave.Roseland’s production values are top notch, complete with more confetti than you could dream of, streams of lasers above the crowd, and constant blasts of CO2 that keep the crowd in a frenzy. The sound system and sight lines make it one of, if not the best place to see dance music in New York City. And that’s before you take into consideration the level of talent booked, where you’re getting guys like Thomas Gold spinning all night.And he did seemingly go all night. From 1:30am to a little past four, Thomas Gold manned the decks, bringing that pure house music sound to the masses. Most of Gold’s contemporaries tap out at around the 1.5-2 hour mark, so seeing him push it farther is a testament to his skills and endurance. Beyond his own megahits and classic cuts, Gold manages to build a fantastic set by throwing in his own personal favorites and a mix of what’s hot right now. But in a world where every DJ is mixing in a little dubstep or trap music, Thomas Gold is pure progressive house magic.Oh, and that marching band that greeted the stage? They came back at the end, dropping an awesome beat between the horns and drums while Gold spun behind them, before ripping into an absolutely incredible remix of Adele’s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. Seriously, if Gold’s original remix wasn’t amazing enough, add a bunch of live musicians on the stage. By the way – trend alert – this is something that more DJ’s should bring to the table. We’ve seen traditional drummers with guys like Pretty Lights and Chase and Status, but the variety of different drums, and most surprisingly the horns, work so well.Overall, such a memorable show. The whole production was top notch between the screens, on stage dancers and performers, blow up horns that fell from the sky – it was awesome. Just so much going on all over the place, it’s hard not to have an amazing time. Thomas Gold really went all out for this show, it’s clear that he thought this show was special – and it showed off in the overall product. New Yorkers will definitely be awaiting Thomas Gold’s next return to Manhattan.Check out a video of Thomas Gold with his Drumline on “Fanfare”:[Credit to Acoustic Space for the video]
Plan to Focus on Equity, Engagement, and Deep LearningVermont Business Magazine On July 1, Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan launched his first day in the Burlington School District (BSD) by announcing an ambitious 100 Day Entry Plan, focused on bridging opportunity gaps in equity, empowering student engagement, and deepening community learning.“As educators, as students, and as community members, equity needs to constantly be at the forefront of our minds. Prioritizing engagement and creating opportunities for deep learning, especially in consideration of COVID-19 and this era of remote learning, are two of our top priorities as a District and at the heart of this entry plan,” said Flanagan. “As your new Superintendent, I am appreciative of the hard work already accomplished by our passionate faculty and staff and conscious of the work still to be done.”The 100 Day Entry Plan encompasses Superintendent Flanagan’s core beliefs, goals, and three main phases of implementation.Burlington School District Superintendent Tom FlanaganPhase one, completed in June, laid groundwork for Superintendent Flanagan’s transition, emphasizing relationship-building and learning.Phase two, the heart of the plan, will extend 100 days—from July 1 to October 9. Some activities include, but are not limited to, an equity and race workshop series for District and school leadership, a review of the BSD special education program, town hall meetings to engage families and the community, and the establishment of a professional development plan in collaboration with the BEA.Phase three looks to the future past October, outlining goals to analyze data collected in Phase 2 and the development of a five-year strategic plan.“Over the past four months Tom has made it a priority to meet remotely with District leaders, school administrators and students one-on-one. Although his official start date was not until July 1, Tom felt it was important to hear from many voices and to lay the groundwork for the coming school year,” said BSD School Board Chair, Clare Wool. “The Board, our District, and our greater community as a whole are motivated by Tom’s commitment—we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work with Superintendent Flanagan!”The 100 Day Entry Plan was translated into multiple languages in written, oral and video formats to better access BSD’s many diverse families. “A key to getting started is to make sure I am reaching everyone in the community. This commitment to equity and engagement will be a common theme and is essential to developing a top quality school system together,” said Flanagan. “I can’t wait to get started.”Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-k-12 public school system of about 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential.Source: Burlington, VT — Burlington School District 7.1.2020 www.bsdvt.org(link is external)
The first St Lucia Triathlon took place in the Caribbean last weekend as around 150 international and local triathletes raced at the beautiful Landings resort on the island. The triathlon attracted competitors from the UK, USA, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere in the Caribbean – with athletes racing over various distances.The event also included a kid’s triathlon and aquathlon, which attracted a host of local kids, many of whom are coached by St Lucian Olympic swimmer and Race Director Jamie Peterkin.The St Lucia Triathlon course included a swim in the beautiful clear waters of Rodney Bay, a tough hilly bike ride and finally a flat run to Pigeon Island and back. Event distances included:The Dagger: 200m swim, 6.6K bike, 2.5K runThe Pistol: 750m swim, 13.2K bike, 5K runThe Cutlass: 1500m swim, 26.4K bike, 10K runFor the Children’s events there was a 100m swim, an 800m bike and an 800m run as their challenge.There were also a number of adult relay teams that competed across all distances and there were also 35 kids who took part in a children’s triathlon and aquathlon. The kids’ events in particular created a fantastic atmosphere as parents and lots of locals gathered to cheer on the youngest triathletes.The main event triathlon, which took place on Saturday 23 November 2013 in the tranquil surroundings of Rodney Bay and the picturesque Pigeon Island, was ‘fully powered’ by the telecommunications company Digicel, a key sponsor of the event.As well as event ambassador and Double Gold Olympic champion Daley Thompson, the St Lucia Triathlon attracted a number of dignitaries including Her Excellency Dame Pearl Louisy; Minister for Tourism Lorne Theophilus; and also Louis Lewis (Director of Tourism for the island) who took part in the triathlon.Human Race was also thrilled to welcome IOC member and St Lucian, Richard Peterkin; and prize winners were delighted to receive their prizes from the event’s special guests.Event ambassador Daley Thompson said “I am delighted to be involved with the first annual St Lucia Triathlon which has been a phenomenal success. All the athletes had a fantastic time and enjoyed competing in such a stunning location and I look forward to being involved in the triathlon for many years to come.”The St Lucia Triathlon, which was the brain child of John Lunt of Human Race, alongside Adam Gobat and Daley Thompson, was the culmination of a week-long schedule of events. These included a 5K run, sea swim and aquathlon, as well as a boat trip and pre and post race parties.The St Lucia Triathlon is an annual event and will take place again on the beautiful Caribbean island in November 2014.www.tristlucia.com Related
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Mississippi State quarterback Elijah Staley (left) and Nick Fitzgerald are the favorites to take over for Dak Prescott.STARKVILLE – Mississippi State begins bowl practices on Friday. The Bulldogs will hold nine workouts before breaking for Christmas. They’ll hold six more — including a walk-through — in Charlotte before the season ends in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30.Bowl eligibility often judges the success of a team’s season, but it also supplies two weeks of extra practices.For veteran squads, seniors can sleepwalk through the practices until workouts at the bowl site resume. Mississippi State loses Dak Prescott, its best player, and turns to unproven quarterbacks in 2016. The extra workouts are vital to MSU’s progression heading into spring workouts.The first five practices are open to the public (Dec 11-15). Here are the positions fans will want to focus on. Quarterbacks Two-sport athlete Elijah Staley plans to travel with Mississippi State’s basketball team this weekend for its trip to Kansas City. The quarterback will rejoin the football team to close out bowl practices. He’ll also travel to Charlotte for the game. Immediately following the Belk Bowl, he’ll become a basketball player again.Staley and Nick Fitzgerald are the favorites heading into 2016 to take over for Prescott. Fitzgerald played in seven regular season games, completing 11 of 14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. In two games, Staley completed 3 of 5 passes with a touchdown.MSU coach Dan Mullen has already said it will be an open quarterback competition heading into next year. Fitzgerald has the most experience among the freshmen. He arrived on campus early in 2013 and participated in bowl practices. He then experienced spring workouts in 2013. Staley has yet to be healthy during the spring. Last year, a knee injury limited his workouts.Damian Williams has the most game experience of any quarterback expected to return next year. The junior is the only signal caller on the roster that has started a game other than Prescott.Williams redshirted this season, but played in 12 games in his first two seasons on campus. He completed 37 of 70 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns.True freshman Nick Tiano also redshirted this year. Prescott has said Tiano is far ahead of where he was as a true freshman. Cornerback The Bulldogs lose two senior corners in Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond. Tolando Cleveland got a jumpstart on next year’s competition by starting nine games this season. Cedric Jiles tied a career high, playing in 11 games.The future is bright behind those who saw the field this year. Chris Stamps was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports out of Warren Central. Maurice Smitherman may be just as talented as a three-star recruit.Both redshirted this season, but will see a lot of time during the next three weeks with the first-team defense. Running back A solid running game is a quarterback’s best friend. Without Prescott, the Bulldogs will need one. MSU returns 11 of its top 12 players who carried the ball in 2015. The issue is that Prescott, who led the team with 541 yards rushing, won’t be back.Redshirt freshmen Dontavian Lee and Aeris Williams had success as bruising backs that complemented Brandon Holloway. Lee averaged 6.4 yards per carry, while Williams averaged 4.5 yards.Neither carried the ball more than 37 times this season. The coaching staff said the duo wasn’t ready in all aspects of the running and passing game to demand more carries. Williams and Lee enter their third years in the program in 2016. They should be ready to handle the responsibility that comes with a greater number of carries. Ashton Shumpert will be in his final year with the program in 2016. The former four-star prospect has rushed for 665 yards in his first three years.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.
By Greg and Amber Aregoni FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 5) – Darin Duffy solidified his rankings in the Red, White, and Blue Series with his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win at 141 Saturday night.Duffy pulled away late in the contest to a $1,000 payday and most importantly, took over the lead in the series at 141. The feature kicked off with an unfortunate bang as a melee resulted in the front of the field. Thirteen cars were involved in the red-flag incident and point leader Benji LaCrosse, among others, was not able to continue.When the race restarted, Eric Mahlik found his way in front of the field with Duffy behind. Sean Jerovetz ran to the front after a three-wide pass for the lead including Mahlik and Duffy. Shawn Kilgore made his way to second five laps into the event with Duffy dropping back to fourth.A caution on lap 12 waved as the front four were battling for the lead. On the restart, Duffy charged from fourth to second and moved outside Jerovetz for the lead. Jerovetz stayed strong down low but could not fend off Duffy.Duffy took charge with three laps remaining and pulled away for the victory. Kilgore ran to a late-race second. Johnny Whitman was involved in the opening lap imbroglio and came from the back to third. Jerovetz faded to fourth on the last lap with Mahlik fifth. Duffy was already on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Cody Schroeder earned his first career Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win while Larry Karcz Jr. ruled the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car ranks. Feature results – 1. Darin Duffy; 2. Shawn Kilgore; 3. Johnny Whitman; 4. Sean Jerovetz; 5. Eric Mahlik; 6. Josh Long; 7. Brad Lautenbach; 8. R.M. Van Pay; 9. Jeremy Jacobs; 10. T.J. Smith; 11. Tim Czarneski; 12. Randy Markwardt Jr.; 13. Lance Arneson; 14. James Tebon; 15. Daniel Deau; 16. Shawn Frelich; 17. Dave Zeitler; 18. Tyler Hackett; 19. Tony Wedelstadt; 20. Benji LaCrosse; 21. Mark Joski.