Recognizing Evansville North girls golf team Evansville North High School girls golf team recently joined me at the Statehouse to celebrate their victory in the 2018 IHSAA state championship.The team worked incredibly hard all season, winning both the sectional and regional championships before taking home the state championship title. Their stellar performance earned them the school’s fourth championship title in five years.Abigail Whittington and Chloe Johnson were both selected to play as a part of the 2018 all-state team, while Katelyn Skinner tied for second place individually and was named the 2018 IHSAA Girls Golf Mental Attitude Award winner.These student-athletes have put in the time and hard work to be successful, and I look forward to seeing what is in store for the team in the 2019 season. Congratulations, Huskies!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
After years and years of anticipation, delays, and a variety of obstacles, the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be made available to the public on May 26th via Amazon Prime Video. The film, produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, made its debut at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to glowing reviews. Running nearly four hours in length, this sprawling look at the history of one of the most influential bands in American music history features in-depth interviews from roadies, band members and extended Dead family members, along with incredible unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage spanning from the band members’ childhood through the various rungs of their climb to success.Long Awaited Grateful Dead Documentary Will Soon Be Available On AmazonEarlier this week, Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive clip from the movie, which features interspersed video interviews of Garcia (from the ’90s) and bassist Phil Lesh (in the present day) talking about the origin of the band’s name. As they explain in the clip, the band had been using the name The Warlocks, but after discovering another group with that name, they had to pick a new moniker. While brainstorming ideas, Jerry opened a dictionary to a random page, and written on the page, nestled in the small print, were the words “Grateful Dead.” You can check out the clip below, via EW:The movie is broken into six distinct parts, touching on Jerry Garcia’s well documented history of drug addiction, the complications of the band’s increased popularity in the 80s and the unique community that grew an unwieldy size by the early 90s. While the film’s scope is wider than any film about the band to date, it is less concerned with displaying a detailed chronology of The Grateful Dead and more focused on conveying the bands adventurous and idiosyncratic essence–how their music manifested as a truly communal artistic effort, and garnered a following closer to that of a religion than that of a rock and roll band. As clips, clues, and reviews continue to surface ahead of its public release, our level of excitement could not be higher for the long-awaited Long Strange Trip this May![h/t – Entertainment Weekly]
WNY News Now’s Justin Gould anchoring our daily ‘News Now @Noon’ broadcast. File photo.App users, tap here to watch the video interview.JAMESTOWN – WNY News Now News Director Justin Gould says that he found out Thursday morning that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, less than 24 hours after being tested at Jones Memorial Hospital. The announcement came after his girlfriend, McKenzie, received a positive test Wednesday evening. Gould says he wanted to share his status with the community in an effort to provide transparency throughout the process, including the precautions that the he and the WNY News Now staff have taken to minimize the spread of the virus.Gould explains that his girlfriend started exhibiting symptoms of the virus over the weekend, which resulted in her getting tested. Gould, himself, started to experience symptoms earlier this week, which ranged from a “tickle” in the throat, to a temporary loss of taste as well as cold symptoms. “Both of us are doing well, minus general cold symptoms,” Gould told me Thursday. “A lot of people say what separates COVID from a cold can be loss of taste, without a stuffy nose. This morning I have a stuffy nose. Last night I didn’t have a stuffy nose, and it was within an hours time, my taste faded. I was busy working on my computer here, and then I went to eat dinner and I couldn’t taste anything, and at that point, I had a pretty good suspicion I was going to test positive.”Gould is the first person to be exclusively interviewed by WNY News Now after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. I asked him to guide us through the emotions that he and his girlfriend were experiencing after receiving the diagnosis.“It is upsetting. Very upsetting,” Gould said. “Last night, when my girlfriend learned she tested positive, we were both pretty upset, mainly because with PPE and precautions that we’ve taken, we like many other people, are out in the community. And we’re very concerned for the loved ones that we’re in contact with. It’s not so much we are concerned for us because we are young and healthy and, thank God, right now our symptoms are mild, but our concerns were for other people.”The News Director says that he began the transition of working from home Tuesday afternoon in preparation of a positive test for himself, as well as his girlfriend. Gould additionally details how he worked remotely from home that evening as WNY News Now provided live coverage of the 2020 Chautauqua County election night.Gould explains that his contagious period is considered to have begun on Monday, according to information that he’s received from contract tracers.At the start of the pandemic, WNY News Now implemented sanitation, social distancing and other CDC guidelines for the staff when working for the company, whether it’d be in or out of the newsroom.Gould did wear extra PPE Monday and Tuesday as he transitioned to working from home.“As essential workers, we still go into work, but I’m still very much afraid for you guys, (others who work in the newsroom) all of you, because I don’t want us to have bad side effects of it,” Gould said. “And it’s not even so much I think about us, but I think about the people that we’ve come into contact with. That’s what was going through my mind.”A journalist who is writing a story very rarely uses the words “I” or “Me” in their articles, simply because the story is not about the writer. In this case, the story really isn’t about Gould or myself.I am making an exception in this case, though. I want to inform those who’ve watched the interview and who’ve read the article that I am also quarantining myself effective last night, other than working in any essential capacity, pending a negative test. I will be tested through my other place of employment Thursday afternoon, with the results expected by Friday evening.As of publish time, I am awaiting an expected call from a contact tracer. The rest of our staff will also be working from home for the time being as a precaution.The video above contains the full 22-minute Zoom interview with myself and Gould. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Over the past six months, according to SimilarWeb, Airbnb has generated about 60 percent of its total traffic without paying Google or other search engines. On the other hand, Booking.com recorded much higher numbers, but only 45 percent of traffic was generated without intermediaries. Expedition CEO Mark Ockerstrom, is open to the fact that Google is their strongest competitor. Airbnb is aiming to market its shares to the public by 2020, and given that the company is focused on brand awareness and promotion so they shouldn’t pay billions of dollars a year to Google, the decision to participate in Google’s rental package is important. Google recently unveiled its new package for renting accommodation within Google search, and it is a feature that is a kind of announcement of Google’s travel service. Source / photo: Skift; Airbnb In the debate over whether Airbnb should join the package, the question is whether the company wants to give Google a “piece of the pie” of profit by helping Airbnb in marketing, especially since the two companies will increasingly compete for their place at the top of the most used online travel agencies. . While many investors and experts are debating whether Airbnb or Booking.com will eventually rise to the very top of short-term rental agencies, it now seems that Google is the biggest threat to Airbnb in the long run. Asked if he thought it was wise for Airbnb to participate in Google’s rental package, Kayaka co-founder and CEO Steve Hafner said it would be a rational move for Airbnb. “Google allows them additional distribution and, most likely, for free”, He concluded. Google has initially gathered big players in the online travel scene, and smaller agencies are yet to join, the source said. Google’s new service works in such a way that when users search for accommodation, through the Google search interface, they can choose an online agency such as Agoda or Hotels.com and make a reservation on the website of the selected agency. Tim Choate, founder and CEO of real estate management company Red Awning Group, believes Airbnb will take the wrong step if it doesn’t join Google’s program. However, within the mentioned package, along with other online travel agencies such as Expedia, Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor, there is no trace of Airbnb, reports Shift. “I fully understand why Airbnb is not participating in the program as they try to maintain the exclusivity of their offerings”, Said Choate and added:”But at the same time, we feel that additional publicity is never too much, and not participating in one of the potentially largest travel channels is the wrong decision.” Airbnb declined to comment on the co-operation question, and Google was reluctant to comment on the decision. For now, all clicks within Google’s new search feature are reportedly free. Google does not currently plan to monetize this program, as long as it works to improve the user experience.