‘Time to move on,’ says Rockets CEO, announces plan to resign

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevork Djansezian/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown on Friday announced he will resign at the close of the season, ESPN reports.“It’s time to move on, and it’s time to take on other adventures that we’re looking forward to,” Brown said. “It’s been the greatest honor of my professional life to lead this organization. It’s been the ride of a lifetime.”Brown joined the Rockets organization in 2002 as vice president of corporate development before his promotion to CEO in 2006.The Rockets began a major franchise overhaul last fall with the departures of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey. James Harden, a key player for the franchise, also exited through a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Brown hinted at the impact these departures may have had on his decision.“It was a challenging fall,” Brown said, according to ESPN. “The people who left meant a lot to me.”Team owner Tilman Fertitta expressed only gratitude to Brown for his time with the Rockets.“On behalf of the entire Rockets organization and my family, I want to thank Tad for his stellar and tireless service to the Houston Rockets franchise,” Fertitta said in a statement.Fertitta also thanked Brown for his friendship and his role in building the Rockets organization, adding that he “could not have asked for a better leader to work with since becoming owner.”Brown helped to arrange Fertitta’s 2017 purchase of the Rockets from Leslie Alexander for a record $2.2 billion.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img April 24, 2021 /Sports News – National ‘Time to move on,’ says Rockets CEO, announces plan to resignlast_img read more

Julian Hunt, director of communications, Food and Drink Federation

first_imgForget all the hype around possible elections. Tucked away in Gordon Brown’s speech a few months ago at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth was a real gem: the PM talking about how he wanted the UK to be leading the global economy, with modern manufacturing at the heart of his vision of the future.That was music to my ears; manufacturing often feels ignored by government and Brown’s words chimed with the theme for FDF’s fringe event, hosted with the GMB trade union and entitled ’Feeding the nation and its economy – recognising the value of the UK’s food and drink manufacturers’.We had two ministers speaking at the event – Stephen Timms MP, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and David Lammy MP, Minister for Skills. I was particularly struck that both men felt the biggest challenge facing companies was raising the image of manufacturing to ensure it continued to attract the talent it needed to prosper. Lammy talked about the need for government, unions and industry to work together to ensure children really understood the benefits of building a career in manufacturing, while Timms floated the idea of creating a ’Manufacturing Media Centre’ to promote the good news stories from all sectors.Given that we are one manufacturing sector that sometimes feels taken for granted, this event was a positive session – and one on which we hope to build in the coming months.last_img read more

Free-from mix

first_imgMacphie has launched a gluten-free cake and muffin mix in response to rising consumer demand for free-from products. As well as gluten, the mix is also free from artificial colours, preser-vatives and flavours, and contains no hydrogenated fat. It can be used to make cakes, muffins, cupcakes and whoopie pies and is available in 12.5kg bags.The UK gluten-free market grew by more than 20% in 2009 (Mintel 2010) and is set to become the most valuable in Europe (Datamonitor), said the firm.”Macphie’s gluten-free mix has been introduced as a direct response to a growing demand among customers who are gluten-intolerant, but love cakes,” commented marketing manager Jania Boyd. “We wanted to develop a product that, while gluten-free, retained the moist, dense, delicious flavour and quality that people want from a cake.”last_img read more

Catholic bishops express concern about Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese) Hoosiers who are Catholic are encouraged to get vaccinated for coronavirus, but The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is also urging parishioners to be fully informed about how the available vaccines were made.Research shows that the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine was developed from abortion-derived cell lines.“If I had a choice I’d rather take the choice I’d rather take Moderna or Pfizer than Johnson & Johnson, but one is not obligated,” Rhoades said. “The Vatican has said that it is ‘morally licit’ to to use these vaccines.”Rhoades said the reason the Vatican says it is morally okay for Catholics to get vaccinated, even if it is the J&J shot, is because it is a remote material cooperation with abortion. The J&J shot was developed from cell lines of an aborted fetus from the 1980’s.Nevertheless, Rhoades and other Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. said parishioners should not be put out the use of abortion cell lines. He said Catholic theology already exists making it morally okay to take part things such as this as long as the cooperation between it and abortion is remote.He added that getting a COVID shot is an act of charity. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – March 4, 2021 3 293 IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Catholic bishops express concern about Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Previous articleIndiana prosecutors hoping for more resources to fight cybercrimesNext articleBig Ten Conference to allow a limited number of fans Network Indianalast_img read more

News story: How long is that winch? Almost 300ft!!

first_imgWe got the callout just minutes before 4pm on30 January from police Scotland who had received a report that there was a fallen climber in the Cairngorms with a suspected broken ankle.The Inverness coastguard helicopter – which was out training at the time – took a little over 10 minutes to arrive on scene in a bid to reach the casualty before the weather closed in.With the assistance of Cairngorms mountain rescue team, they used the full length of their winch cable – 296ft – due the extreme turbulent conditions to airlift the climber, who was safely roped onto steep ground.The casualty was then flown to Raigmore hospital. A second climber, who was the injured man’s climbing buddy, was uninjured but cragfast had to be assisted down the mountain by the Cairngorms mountains rescue team.Speaking after the rescue, the Inverness coastguard helicopter crew said: “Trying to land a helicopter in these conditions is just not going to happen. Getting any closer to the mountain and we would have risked causing an avalanche. It must have seemed like a long time for us to reach the climber but this was the safest thing we could do under these treacherous conditions. This was a great team effort between us and the Cairngorms mountain rescue team, who we think are real heroes for bearing the conditions so well and taking the second casualty off the mountain.”Cairngorms rescuelast_img read more

Listen To Greener Grounds’ Futuristic New LP, ‘Momentous’ [Premiere]

first_imgIt’s an exciting time to get down with Denver-based group Greener Grounds. The group has a stacked summer ahead, with performances set at festivals like FARM Fest, ARISE Music Festival, Backwoods Music Festival, Resonance Music & Arts Festival, Luna Light Music Festival and so many more shows nationwide! What better time for the jamtronica crew to unveil their newest creation, the album Momentous.The eight track, 54-minute album was recorded at the Decibel Garden by Everett Oklar, and mastered by Dom Gambone with Black Rock Music Productions. Opening with the psychedelic waves of “Resonate,” the five-piece build on tight grooves and complex compositions to create some totally unique and exciting music. The band consists of Joe Shur on lead guitar, Mathew Buelt on rhythm guitar, Roland Hanson on keys/synth, Jay Rieder on bass and AJ Gillman on drums.We’re excited to premiere the new album, which you can stream in full, below!Like what you hear? There’s good news, because Greener Grounds will be on the road all summer long! With an album release party coming up this Friday, July 8th at Cervantes’ Other Side, there are countless opportunities to catch these exciting up and comers on the road! Tour dates can be seen below, and more information can be found on the band’s website.Greener Grounds Summer Tour ScheduleJuly 8 | Cervantes’ Other Side (Denver, CO) ** Official Momentous Album Release PartyJuly 14 | Bluebird Nightclub (Bloomington, IN) w/ EarphorikJuly 15 | The Mousetrap (Indianapolis, IN)July 16 | Madison Live! (Covington, KY) w/ PeridoniJuly 17 | Scarlet & Grey Café (Columbus, OH) w/ PeridoniJuly 19 | Fete Music Hall (Providence, RI)July 20 | Brighton Music Hall (Boston, MA) w/ WobblesauceJuly 21 | Pacific Standard Tavern (New Haven, CT) w/ WobblesauceJuly 22 – 23 | FARM Music & Arts Festival (Hammonton, NJ)July 24 | Knitting Factory (Brooklyn, NY) w/ WobblesauceJuly 26 | 2720 Cherokee (St. Louis, MO)July 27 | The Bottleneck (Lawrence, KS) w/ Jahman BrahmanAug 5 – 7 | ARISE Music Festival (Loveland, CO)Aug 19 | Old Town Pub (Steamboat Springs, CO)Aug 31 | Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO) w/ Pink Talking FishSept 2 – 4 | Backwoods Music Festival (Stroud, OK)Sept 15 | Barkley Ballroom (Frisco, CO)Sept 16 | Frequinox Music Festival (Taos, NM)Sept 17 | Animas City Theatre (Durango, CO) w/ Digital Beat DownSept 21 | Patton Alley Pub (Springfield, MO) w/ Psychedeltribe Sept 22 – 24 | Resonance Music & Arts FestivalOctober 13 – 16 | Luna Light Music Festivallast_img read more

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band Added To Lettuce’s Funk Of Ages With Snarky Puppy, Turkuaz, & More

first_imgThis weekend, Lettuce is hosting their first-ever celebration of funk music at The Fillmore Philadelphia, dubbed Funk Of Ages: Past, Present & Future. The world-dominating future-funk trailblazers will host an incredible lineup of bands to honor the “Funk of Ages,” including multi-Grammy Award-winning funk/jazz/R&B ensemble Snarky Puppy, nine piece modern “power funk” act Turkuaz, Snarky bandleader Michael League‘s world-beat side project Bokanté (featuring Roosevelt Collier and more), and CT-based ensemble Funky Dawgz Brass Band.And now, The Brandon Niederauer Band has just been added to this incredible lineup! Fourteen-year-old “Taz” has been wow-ing audiences since before he entered double digits, gaining the respect of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, and George Porter Jr. along the way. The young guitarist is well-versed in all things funk, rock, and blues, with a pocket full of originals ready to rock.Armed with an un-fuck-withable crew of musicians, Funk of Ages is set to elevate fans’ understanding and appreciation of funk music, providing a tour of different eras and approaches to the sound. From early innovators and modern-day funk ambassadors (Lettuce), to avant-garde jazz-funk heavyweights (Snarky), to modern funk with mass appeal (Turkuaz), “Funk of Ages” will highlight and celebrate all ends of the genre’s sprawling spectrum for one incredible funky day of music!Live For Live Music Presents Funk of Ages: Past, Present & Future will take place on June 24th at The Fillmore. Tickets are available here.In addition to the evening’s festivities inside the venue, Funk of Ages will also include a free block party from 1-4pm. Outside of The Fillmore and Punch Line Philly, there will be gourmet food, craft beers, beverages, beer gardens, yard games, and more for guests to enjoy. Music will be provided by the Funky Dawgz Brass Band and others, while the day begins to take shape in a way like never before. Join Philly in showcasing their commitment to one-of-a-kind live music events at the first-ever Fillmore Block Party![cover photo by Josh Timmermans]last_img read more

Two GSAS physics students named Hertz Foundation Fellows

first_imgThe Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate, has awarded Hertz Fellowships to 15 students for 2010-11. Two of the award-winners, Adam Marblestone, a Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard Biophysics Program, and Tony Pan, a theoretical astrophysics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, are among the 15 national winners.The award lasts up to five years of the recipients’ for their graduate studies. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has provided the nation’s most generous Ph.D. fellowships to more than 1,070 gifted applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better. This year’s class of Hertz Fellows was selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants, and winners were “chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity, and their potential to bring meaningful and lasting change to our society.”last_img read more

Personality pressure

first_imgFor more than a century, scientists have understood that natural selection has profound effects on how an animal looks. Anole lizards that spend more time on the ground, for example, need longer legs for running, while species that remain in the trees usually have shorter legs better suited for climbing.But can different behaviors be favored by natural selection in different environments?Scientists have long believed the answer was yes, but without much backing from empirical data. Now, a paper authored by Oriol Lapiedra demonstrates a link between individual variation in risk-taking behavior and survival of animals in changing environments.Lapiedra worked on the research as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Jonathan Losos while both were still at Harvard. (Losos is now the William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and director of its Living Earth Collaborative.) Researchers from the University of Rhode Island, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Missouri also worked on the study, which was described in a paper published earlier this year in Science.“As biologists, when we describe animals, we have the genetic part, what we call genotypes, and we have what we can see about the animal, what we call phenotypes,” Lapiedra said. “Traditionally, when we think of phenotypes, we focus on morphology and physiology, but another important dimension of phenotype is behavior. Because behavior actually determines how animals interact with their environment, we expected it to be an important factor for animals to survive new ecological challenges. For instance, one would expect that behavior will play a relevant role in determining the survival of animals in the current context of global climate change.”Anole lizards, native to islands through the Caribbean, are widely studied by biologists, including Losos. They prefer to perch on low vegetation, but must forage for food on the ground, which exposes them to predatory lizard species.“As you can imagine, there’s a trade-off here,” Lapiedra said. “They need to go to the ground to get food, but that’s where the predators are. So you could make a prediction that, if ground predators aren’t present, the animals that are more bold, or willing to take risks, might go to the ground more often. They would get more food, have more offspring, and pass on their genes.“But what happens when there are predators on the ground?” he said. “Then you would expect the opposite to happen — the bold lizards would be killed more frequently. This is a very simple idea, but up until now, we didn’t have evidence from nature that natural selection acted on individual variation in behavior.”To test the idea, Lapiedra identified a number of tiny — only a few hundred square feet — islands in the Bahamas that had been wiped clean of lizards by recent hurricanes. The researchers trapped hundreds of lizards, and then carried out tests to evaluate their risk-taking behavior. Based on the results, each lizard was assigned a score on a spectrum from very bold to very shy, and then implanted with a unique “alpha tag” similar to those used to identify pets.“What we did was to simulate the process of natural colonization on these islands,” Lapiedra said. “On eight islands, we released lizards that ranged from very bold to very shy. On four of the islands, we went back one week later and also released native ground predators, namely curly tailed lizards, so what we have are two scenarios.“On four islands, the lizards can get as much food as they want, and they don’t need to worry about predators on the ground. On those islands we expected the lizards who were more willing to take risks to survive and produce more offspring.“On the islands with predators, however, we expected that lizards with bolder personalities would spend a lot of time on the ground, and would be more vulnerable to predation. After a few months, when we went back to the islands, that’s exactly what we found.”The researchers also found selection for different morphological traits that occurred in parallel to natural selection for behavior. This result is particularly exciting, they say, because it shows that natural selection is a complex process that can simultaneously shape different phenotypic dimensions such as behavior and morphology.Though the study demonstrated that behavioral traits can face pressure from natural selection, it’s not yet clear whether they can be inherited by later generations.“Natural selection is crucial for adaptation to new environmental challenges,” Lapiedra said. “But the presence of natural selection per se does not imply evolution. What we have shown is that there is consistent variation in behavior. If there is heritability in behavior … lizards that are more bold would have more bold offspring. But so far, we don’t have evidence for this. We can say that some phenotypes survive better than others in certain conditions … but that does not necessarily imply evolution.”That evidence may be on the way. Lapiedra and colleagues have been collecting genetic samples from the offspring born on the islands, and are using genetic tools to identify whether they inherit their bold or shy nature from their parents.“We have two years of data already,” he said. “From that we hope to be able to say if behavior is heritable or not, and if it’s changing in one direction or not. So that would provide actual evidence for evolution in behavior.”This research was supported with funding from a Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, a National Geographic Explorer Grant, and the University of Rhode Island.last_img read more

Revisiting Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming’s Most WTF Tony Awards Costumes

first_imgShakespeare Chic Is In This SeasonAfter Something Rotten! Tony nominees Brad Oscar and Brian d’Arcy James performed “A Musical,” the co-hosts wanted to see what all the Renaissance fashion fuss was about. Alan seemed to ditch the traditional codpiece in favor of his purple shorts, but they still looked like they’d fit in with Shakespeare and his posse. Nothing Says Swanky Like No PantsKristin and Alan kicked off the night with snazzy style. She was dressed in a sexy Chicago-esque black tuxedo jacket dress and he showed off his…um…knobby knees in an eggplant-hued short suit. Well, at least we knew were in for a lighthearted evening. From A Whole ‘Nother WorldImmediately after Fun Home Tony nominee Sydney Lucas brought everyone to tears with her “Ring of Keys” performance, Kristin joined Alan on stage in an—wait for it—E.T. costume. First, we thought, “WTF?” and then Alan explained: “I said Fun Home. Not phone home.” Well…it was out of this world, that’s for sure. Star Files I Keep A Cheno Under My Hoop SkirtAlan and Kristin swapped gender roles while spoofing the Tony-winning revival of The King and I. Alan looked splendid in the iconic “Shall We Dance?” dress and Cheno emerged from under his petticoat in a hilariously bad bald cap and King of Siam garb. Even presenter Rose Byrne could barely contain herself. Dance To Your Own Tommy TuneAlan and Kristin switched back to straight-up classy during a tribute to Tommy Tune, who received the Lifetime Achievement Tony. Kristin looked smashing in her red satin Oscar de la Renta dress and Alan embraced the modern day cabaret style with his metallic blue lounge jacket. Smokin’ hot. View Comments We positively loved Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth’s gig as hosts of the 69th Annual Tony Awards for many reasons, but we can all agree that their costume changes stole the whole show. Is that a purple short suit? Did she just crawl out from under that dress? OMG, is that…E.T.?! From dashing duds to goofy guises, Kristin and Alan didn’t drop the ball once and had us belly laughing all night long. Here’s a roundup of our favorite outfits the pair wore while emceeing Broadway’s big night. Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more