Belvoed rocker Gregg Allman unfortunately had to cancel a number of tour dates earlier this year, as the Allman Brother came down with a serious case of pneumonia. Fortunately he’s back in action, performing as recently as last weekend with his full band at the Laid Back Festival in Atlanta, GA.Now, Allman has announced a major winter 2017 tour schedule, starting with two nights in Savannah, GA to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Allman will continue through January of 2017, touring extensively through the Southeast throughout the month.Allman also has a major 10 night run scheduled at City Winery in New York, NY, runnning from November 6th through the 18th. You can see the full tour dates below, and head here for details!NOVEMBER6 – New York, NY – City Winery7 – New York, NY – City Winery9 – New York, NY – City Winery10 – New York, NY – City Winery11 – New York, NY – City Winery13 – New York, NY – City Winery14 – New York, NY – City Winery16 – New York, NY – City Winery17 – New York, NY – City Winery18 – New York, NY – City WineryDECEMBER30 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The Arts31 – Savannah, GA – Lucas Theatre For The ArtsJANUARY3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre4 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre6 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Casino7 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Lake Charles10 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City11 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City13 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino14 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre17 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House18 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House20 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House21 – Macon, GA – The Grand Opera House
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians may think of spring as the beginning of tornado season, but University of Georgia experts say tornadoes can occur almost year-round. “Statistically, the odds of a tornado hitting a particular point are like 1 in 5,000 or so,” she said. Tornadoes typically occur when “the humidity is high, the winds change with height and there’s sunshine,” she said. They most often form in front of a “push of energy” like a cold front.Too cold for twisters Tornado warnings may seem to last forever, but Knox says an average tornado lasts about 15 minutes. If you live in a state like Colorado, you may be able to see a tornado coming from 20 miles away, Knox said. Georgians, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury. Tornadoes are part of what Knox calls “a whole suite of things that can happen in a thunderstorm.” “Most meteorologists get hooked on weather at an early age,” she said. “I was hooked in the third grade when a tornado hit two blocks from our house in Michigan. It took the middle of a church and left the two ends standing.” “A weather radio is one of the best purchases you can make for your family’s safety during any weather emergency,” she said. Slim odds It can be too cold for a tornado, Knox said. Remembering such dates is part of Knox’s job as assistant to Georgia state climatologist David Stooksbury. It’s also part of her nature. “Tornadoes can happen any time of year, any time of day,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist and a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s true, spring to early summer seems to be the time of year we think about tornadoes. But Georgia has had them all year.” “Sometimes tornadoes are wrapped in rain so you don’t see them,” she said. “And we have lots of hills in the Southeast, so you can’t see tornadoes coming. That’s why most tornado photographs are taken in the plains of Oklahoma or Kansas.” You can’t see them coming “They won’t happen if the temperature’s 32 degrees or lower,” Knox said. “That said, there are also isolated tornadoes that happen outside these atmospheric conditions. Many form in the right front quadrant of a hurricane like before (Hurricane) Ivan in Georgia on Sept. 15-16, 2004.” Many tornado survivors liken the sound of a tornado to that of a moving freight train or a swarm of angry bees. But don’t rely on sound or sight during a tornado warning, Knox said. Instead, rely on weather reports from the National Weather Service. Don’t trust the movies Despite this experience, Knox isn’t scared of tornadoes, because she understands how they form. She also knows the math. Knox also warns people to remember that tornado movies are often more fictional than factual. The average tornado follows a well-defined path of about 10 miles and usually touches ground for just one mile. “Sometimes a tornado will skip along the ground, and sometimes it never hits the ground,” she said. “When that happens, it’s just a funnel cloud.” “The movie ‘Twister’ significantly increased the number of students majoring in meteorology,” she said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t very true to life. It usually takes 10 tracking trips to see one tornado. We meteorologists have to suspend our scientific beliefs when we watch tornado movies.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) laughed when asked if campaign finance reform might pass the state legislature, a billionaire developer’s lawyer testified at the senator’s corruption trial.The anecdote was just one of many heard at the trial that showed the way ethics reforms are treated behind the scenes in corruption-prone Albany. In another, the former chair of the state Senate ethics committee, Tony Avella, recalled on the stand that in his role he found it impossible to make real change.But the real estate industry was most concerned that the state might pass legislation to close the so-called LLC loophole, which allows businesses to skirt campaign donation limits by issuing checks from various limited liability corporations to disguise their source.“That’s how we get our voice out,” said Charles Durego, general counsel and Senior Vice President at New Hyde Park-based developer Glenwood Management Corp., the biggest political donor statewide, last week during Skelos’ trial at Manhattan federal court.Glenwood, owned by billionaire Leonard Litwin, is one of three companies that Skelos, the former state Senate Majority Leader, allegedly coerced to get $300,000 in bribes. They took the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Durego said he asked Skelos the LLC loophole question on behalf of the Real Estate Board of New York, a group representing landlords and developers, which was also concerned about the possibility it would pass.In general, Democrats favor closing the LLC loophole because Republicans mostly benefit from those donations, prosecutors noted, adding that the GOP would rather make illegal other types of donations that Democrats mostly receive. As a result, the reform effort ends in a legislative stalemate.State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), one of the witnesses to testify at the Skelos trial, said that when he joined the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a small group of senate Democrats who caucused with the Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, he was named chair of the Senate ethics committee. First elected in 2011, Avella said that as chair of that committee he quickly learned that talk of ethical reforms in Albany did not see any follow through.“No bills had ever been referred to that committee, and no bills ever came out of [that] committee,” he said on the stand. When Avella decided to hold a hearing on the issue instead, he was told it had to be postponed.Even now, with both Skelos and his former counterpart, ex-Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), on trial for similar but unrelated corruption charges in the same courthouse at the same time, state lawmakers remain reluctant to pass any additional proposed reforms, such as enacting term limits or stripping convicted lawmakers of their pensions, beyond making a few changes to disclosing outside income which passed earlier this year.Last week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), Silver’s replacement, told reporters that further reforms are unlikely, according to Capital New York.Skelos’ replacement as state Senate Majority Leader, Sen. John Flanagan (R-Northport), reportedly shares Heastie’s view.One reason why the sentiment prevails may be found in phone calls between the senator and his son that the FBI recorded. In one exchange played in court, Adam criticized his father for working with the Democrats in the IDC, but Dean reminded his son to take the long view.“I have to think about the next election,” the senator reminded him.In between the push-pull of prosecutors and defense lawyers making their cases, the corruption trail of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) details how much money and politics remain intertwined.
Real coach Zinedine Zidane this week spoke of his admiration for Hazard, who is favourite to be crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after a sparkling season for Chelsea. Zidane is 24-year-old Hazard’s idol and the comments were interpreted as the beginning of a courtship designed to lure Hazard to the Bernabeu. Press Association Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho values Eden Hazard at £200million and says if Real Madrid wanted the Belgium playmaker, he would be among the first to know. His work ethic and willingness to play for the team has impressed Mourinho as much as his individual skill. “We are not the kind of group that is looking for somebody to be special, for somebody to be more than the others. This is not our culture,” Mourinho said. “He knows that he’s a special player for us and that we need him in many occasions to be decisive for us but, he’s such a normal boy that he doesn’t belong to that glamour. “He wants to be a special player and a normal person. He’s a fantastic boy, a golden boy. “The way he behaves, the way he wants to be, the way he respects people, even the way he respects opponents. “I don’t think you can have one opponent who can say ‘He insult me, he made fun of me, he played with his shoulder when he was winning 5-0, he did 20 bicycles (kick-ups) in front of me’. “He doesn’t cheat. He doesn’t dive. Nothing. So I think, even for opponents, I think he’s a fantastic kid.” Hazard announced his move from Lille to Chelsea by saying he would be joining the European champions after their 2012 Champions League success. Three years later, the Belgian hopes to lift the Premier League title. “I just feel him also with a great motivation to win the title,” Mourinho added. “What gives you credit is the title. If we win the title he knows that he was fundamental in the team season. “This is what he deserves. He deserves to be champion.” Hazard’s consistently high level has delighted Mourinho. “These are the kind of players that win matches for the team, but you must work them in a way where they don’t lose matches for the team,” Mourinho added. “In my career I lost matches because of my best players. In this moment Eden is in a state of mind and a tactical approach where this season we won matches because of him and we didn’t lose matches because of him. “This is the player I like because he’s a talented player that understands what the team needs.” Mourinho’s focus is on the collective prize, not individual awards, and following the Arsenal game, attention will immediately turn to Wednesday’s match at Leicester, with preparations taking place at St George’s Park, the Football Association’s National Football Centre. “For Sunday the only thing I want is to win at Arsenal,” Mourinho added. “After the game I go home because Monday I go to St George’s.” Asked if £100m would be enough for Chelsea to part with Hazard, Mourinho said: “Plus one of their three best players. £100m each leg, because he’s very young.” The prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez or Karim Benzema moving to Stamford Bridge would appeal to Chelsea supporters, but they would not wish to lose Hazard. Mourinho, who left Real in 2013 to return to Chelsea, does not expect it to happen. “I don’t believe (it) because they didn’t tell me,” he said. “If they want him, I think I would be the first one to know, because my relationship with the president (Florentino Perez) and with the CEO (Jose Angel Sanchez) doesn’t give space for something to happen behind me. “I trust them completely. If they want him they get on the telephone and they call me to tell me they want him.” Hazard has scored 18 goals this season ahead of Sunday’s trip to Arsenal, who are 10 points behind. Victory at the Emirates Stadium would see the Blues move within three points of a first Premier League title in five years.
NOBODY was to blame for the death of Australian opener Phillip Hughes in 2014, says the coroner who led the inquest into his death.Hughes died from a brain haemorrhage, two days after being hit on the neck while playing for South Australia in a first-class match in Sydney.New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes did, however, make recommendations to ensure the sport was safer.Cricket Australia said it would make the changes as soon as possible.“We want to do everything possible to avoid this sort of thing happening again in the future,” chief James Sutherland told reporters in Perth.Mr Barnes said there had been no “malicious intent” from New South Wales’ Sean Abbott, who bowled the fatal delivery at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and “no failure” to enforce the laws of the game in respect to the short-pitched deliveries.“Of the 23 bouncers bowled that day, 20 were bowled to him,” he said. “Phillip was comfortably dealing with short-pitch balls. I conclude they did not contribute to his death.“Hughes was dealt a fatal ball with a high bounce. He could have ducked but such was his competitiveness he wanted to make runs from it.”The coroner added: “A minuscule misjudgement or a slight error of execution caused him to miss the ball which crashed into his neck with fatal consequences.”During the five-day inquest, Hughes’ fellow Australia internationals Brad Haddin, Doug Bollinger and David Warner, who were playing for New South Wales, denied there was any element of unsportsmanlike behaviour in the match.Those sentiments were echoed by Tom Cooper, who was batting alongside Hughes at the time of the incident.Questions had been raised over whether one bowler told Hughes: “I’m going to kill you.”Mr Barnes said while he could not be certain sledging – verbal abuse designed to unsettle a batsman – had taken place, it was “difficult to accept” it had not, but it would not have played any part in Hughes’ death.“Hopefully the focus on this unsavoury aspect of the incident may cause those who claim to love the game to reflect whether the practice of sledging is worthy of its participants,” he added.During the inquest, the Hughes family walked out of court because they believed unsportsmanlike play had contributed to the tragedy.“The family’s grief at losing their much-loved son and brother was exacerbated by their belief that unfair play had contributed to his death,” Mr Barnes said.The family were not at the court to hear the findings of the inquest.Mr Sutherland said he did not believe sledging was an issue for cricket, but was mostly good natured and in the spirit of the game.”If it has become a problem, then I’d say the umpires are not doing their job,” he said. (BBC Sport)
The family of on-the-run murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin have appealed to him to hand himself over to police.DCI Ian Harrison appealing to McLaughlin to hand himself in. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyAt a hastily arranged press conference held this evening in Strand Road police station, the detective leading the investigation, Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, made a personal appeal to McLaughlin to contact him directly.DCI Harrison said the suspect’s family were “in bits” and were supporting the police appeal for him to come forward. He also issued a telephone number – o2871210775 – for McLaughlin to contact police directly.DCI Harrison said: “This whole incident has caused a significant degree of concern within the local community. We are liaising closely with Mr McLaughlin’s family and they wish to see this come to a peaceful conclusion – and that is our wish also. So tonight, Mr McLaughlin, if yo are watching please contact us o2871210775 and help us bring this to a peaceful conclusion.“We don’t want to see any more risk posed to you or the wider community and if you make contact with us we will facilitate your ease of passage into the police station.“We have one grieving family and another that are distressed because we wish to speak to their father. “We are not prejudging you, Mr McLaughlin, and I speak to you now directly, please make contact with us. It is of concern to us that there potentially is a firearm on the streets of Derry tonight and I again ask you to please come forward and give your account of what happened on the 10th of October. Please contact o2871210775 and officers will happily to talk to speak to you tonight.DCI Harrison concluded: “The McLaughlin family are supporting the police appeal. I have spoken to the wider family and, to be honest, they are in bits at the moment. It is causing a great degree of distress to them. They want their family returned safely to them and that is our intention also.”McLaughlin (58), from the Galliagh area, has been on the run following the shooting dead of Barry McCrory (35) in a flat in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning last. Police took the unusual step of naming and releasing a photograph of McLaughlin as the person they wanted to speak to in relation to the killing.BREAKING NEWS: FAMILY APPEAL TO MURDER SUSPECT TO HAND HIMSELF OVER TO POLICE was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appealfamilymurdersuspect