Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaid

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued the following statement on news out of Washington, D.C. that Republicans are plotting another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid:“For the last year and a half, I have worked with bipartisan governors to stop Washington from dismantling the Affordable Care Act, undoing consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps, and making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid that would hurt seniors and people with disabilities.“As Republicans in Washington plot their next effort to take us backwards on health care, I want to make clear that we are still ready to fight to protect health care for our citizens, especially seniors and those with disabilities. The previous GOP health care proposals would have been devastating for Pennsylvania.“Medicaid expansion is working in Pennsylvania: our uninsured rate is at its lowest point in modern history and hospitals are saving hundreds of millions of dollars now that 720,000 more people have insurance.“Going backwards is not an option. Washington Republicans should be focused on stabilizing the system to lower the cost of health care, insurance premiums, and prescription drugs.” May 17, 2018 Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaidcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $69 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 Counties

first_img Environment,  Infrastructure,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $69 million for 20 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 14 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“The projects included in today’s approvals demonstrate our commitment to investing in clean water for Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding provided by the PENNVEST Board delivers the financial support necessary for communities to make the improvements required to ensure potable drinking water, adequate wastewater treatment, and storm water management that all work to strengthen our communities.”The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.“Funding through PENNVEST is critical in rebuilding the commonwealth’s aging water infrastructure, but our communities have countless infrastructure needs that are not currently covered by existing state resources,” said Governor Wolf. “We need Restore Pennsylvania to truly address the local infrastructure needs the needs of our municipalities.”A list of project summaries follows:Drinking Water ProjectsBeaver County• New Sewickley Township Municipal Authority – A $717,653 loan to replace 5,200 feet of aging asbestos cement distribution water mains with ductile iron pipe. The project will address related health concerns, unreliable service, and improve water quality.Bedford County• Bedford Borough Municipal Authority*– A $3,880,000 loan to replace 18,450 feet of antiquated asbestos cement and cast-iron water lines with polyvinyl chloride pipe. Fire hydrants and service lines reconnecting customers will also be added or replaced as necessary. The project will address unaccounted for water loss and improve service reliability.Blair County• Williamsburg Municipal Authority*– A $4,384,420 loan to install a new well pump, construct a new disinfection system/building, install two new packaged water booster pump stations, replace 7,300 feet of asbestos cement waterline, and install 3,700 feet of new waterline along Ridge Road to connect new customers. The project will provide for adequate disinfection, reduce high unaccounted for water loss, increase service reliability, and provide service to an area that is using private wells with insufficient yields during drier months.Monroe County• East Stroudsburg Borough – A $2,416,000 loan to replace the existing raw water supply intake and transmission pipeline. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with rehabilitation work on the Middle Dam water supply reservoir and is replacing the existing transmission line that is over 100 years old and at the end of its useful life.Northampton County• Easton Suburban Water Authority*– A $7,617,500 loan to construct a new 3.74 million gallon per day pumping station, install 2,600 feet of suction main, 6,900 feet of discharge main, and 7,600 feet of water main. The project includes nine new fire hydrants, and up to 75 service connection replacements. Fire flows, service reliability/efficiency, and water pressure will be improved with the implementation.Wastewater ProjectsBedford County• Bedford Borough Municipal Authority** – A $3,132,121 loan and a grant of $2,427,879 to install 29,900 feet of vitrified clay sanitary sewer pipe with new polyvinyl chloride pipe. The project will reduce inflow and infiltration due to wet weather conditions and raw sewage discharges into the Juniata River, and satisfy a consent order and agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection.Cambria County• East Carroll Township** – A $342,429 loan and a grant of $1,176,571 to construct a wastewater collection system to serve customers near the Village of Reilly’s. The project includes 13,000 feet of gravity sewer main and appurtenances and will address a documented 87 percent on lot system failure rate allowing untreated wastewater in publicly accessible areas. Sewage will be conveyed to the Patton Municipal Authority for treatment.• City of Johnstown – A $5,200,000 grant to install 4,500 feet of sanitary sewer lateral piping and 2,465 feet of pipe to connect to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority interceptor system. The project will reduce wet weather overflows of raw sewage into Little Conemaugh River and help satisfy the Consent Order and Agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection.• Johnstown Redevelopment Authority – A $11,125,000 loan to install 6,400 feet of gravity sewer, 275 feet of sewer installed by boring; 1,750 feet of sewer line rehabilitation and 6,000 feet of interceptor sewers to be cleaned in order continue to accept flows from Lower Yoder Township, Westmont Borough, and the City of Johnstown. The project will reduce wet weather overflows of raw sewage into Little Conemaugh River and help satisfy the Consent Order and Agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection.• Middle Taylor Township Sewer Authority – A $997,231 loan and a $2,622,769 grant to construct 27,000 feet of gravity wastewater sewers to an area currently served by wildcat sewers and malfunctioning on-lot systems at a rate of 54 percent. Sewage will be conveyed to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority for treatment.Erie County• North East Borough Sewer Authority – A $12,618,000 loan to construct a pump station and force main to convey treated effluent from the North East Site 2 wastewater treatment plant offshore into Lake Erie. Upgrades to the chlorination disinfection system, grease/oil removal system, replacement of a failing clarifier, and a backup generator will be included. The project will address operational issues and effluent violations.Lackawanna County• Greenfield Township Sewer Authority – A $2,000,000 loan to install a new influent screen, fine bubble aeration system, automated dissolved oxygen control system, new ultraviolet light disinfection control panel, and improvements to the chlorine contact tank. The project will improve operations and aid in the maintenance of the treatment facilities, and water quality of the receiving streams.Mifflin County• Union Township Municipal Authority – A $2,500,000 loan to install a new aerobic digester, a new raw pump station, replace two aeration blowers, improve the aerobic digester tank, and replace the reed beds. The project will address operational issues and bring the treatment plant into compliance with permit standards, ensuring proper treatment prior to discharge to the Kishacoquillas Creek, a tributary to the Juniata River.Storm Water ProjectsAllegheny County• Bethel Park – A $1,367,000 loan to install underground detention tank, rain gardens, reconstruct a flow splitting structure and expand retention ponds. The project will address the hazards associated with inadequate control of storm water flows causing flooding in residential areas and runoff of pollutants into the nearby unnamed tributary to Greaser’s Run.Westmoreland County• Penn Township – A $1,454,866 loan to construct a detention pond, drainage swells various inlets and piping, and replace three culverts with associated piping. The project will eliminate periodic flooding in residential areas and reduce sediment into Bushy Run.York County• Delta Borough Municipal Authority – A $650,000 loan to install 5,282 feet of pipe, 66 new inlets, 10 new headwalls and 295 feet of swales. The project will alleviate issues with deteriorated and collapsing storm sewer pipes causing flooding on private property and runoff into streams.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsLancaster County• Chester County Conservation District – A $420,625 grant to pay for a manure storage facility, manure reception pit, concrete cattle lot, reinforced gravel animal walkways, fencing, swales, roof gutters, and downspouts on the Michael King farm located in Bart Township Lancaster County. The project is expected to eliminate over 4,081 pounds of nitrogen, 1,854 pounds of phosphorus and 5,020 pounds of sediment from the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek, a High Quality Cold Water Fishery.• Lancaster County Conservation District – A $736,000 grant to cover the costs related to construction of manure storage facilities, waste transfer system, roofed stacking structure, heavy use areas, walkways, fencing infiltration bed, and storm water controls on the Elmer K. King farm located in Paradise Township, Lancaster County. The project is expected to eliminate 6,727 pounds of nitrogen, 2,926 pounds of phosphorus, and 4,800 pounds of sediment from entering Pequea Creek, an agriculturally impaired stream and is a Warm Water Fishery.Tioga County• Tioga County Conservation District – A $783,044 grant to construct a liquid and dry waste storage and collection systems, covered heavy use area, animal fencing, critical planning and vegetation restoration, vegetative buffer, improved access roads, storm water drainage, diversion swales, and structural storm water controls on the Metzler Dairy farm in Shippen Township, Tioga County. The project is estimated to eliminate 17,470 pounds of nitrogen, 5,329 pounds of phosphorus and 2,680 pounds of sediment from West Branch of Stony Fork a tributary to Pine Creek.• Tioga County Conservation District – A $659,132 grant to construct a waste storage system, reception pit, waste transfer system, covered heavy use and feedlot areas, concrete feed pad, animal fencing, critical planting/vegetated treatment, improved access road, storm water drainage swales, gutters, and downspouts at the Slaymaker Dairy Farm in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Project will address issues associated with a notice of violation issued by the Department of Environmental Protection and is estimated to eliminate 13,765 pounds of nitrogen, 4,469 pounds of phosphorus, and 2,140 pounds of sediment from entering Elk Creek.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving FundsFor more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798. Governor Wolf Announces $69 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 Counties April 17, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

That’s why they play the games — Thomson rink upset at Kootenay zones

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily On paper the Fred Thomson rink looked like one of the teams that would book a ticket to the B.C. Men’s Curling Championships.But when the final rock was played, it was Nelson’s Thomson, third Don Freschi of Trail, second Rob Norbert of Castlegar and Nelson lead Barry Marsh on the outside looking in at the Men’s Kootenay Curling Playdown this past weekend in the Bavarian City.Thomson lost to Tom Buchy of Kimberley in the first qualifier 9-7 Sunday before dropping the second qualifier 7-6 to Cranbrook’s Tom Shypitka.Both Buchy and Shypitka now represent the zone at the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championship Feb. 6-12, 2012 at the Parksville Curling Club.“We’re extremely disappointed,” Thomson told The Nelson Daily Tuesday. “We thought going in, as did most people, that (Tom) Buchy and our rink would be the two top teams.”Which is why the games are played.The Buchy rink proved to almost unstoppable on home ice. The Kimberley skip twice defeated Thomson, the latter coming in the first qualifier Sunday.Deuces, including the pivotal tenth end, in four ends proved to be enough to power Buchy to the two-rock win.“It was a war out there,” Thomson explained. “There were lots of good shots by both teams but in the tenth Tom played it really well, guarding (shot rock) with three or four guards.”“In the end I really didn’t even have a shot,” Thomson added.The loss dropped Thomson into the second qualifier against Shypitka.A mistake in the second opened the door for the Cranbrook skip to score four en route to the one-shot win.“We were up 2-0 and decided to go for the steal,” said Thomson. “We tried to freeze up to his rock but my shot never curled and they had a wide open hit for four.”“We made the decision as a team to go for it,” Thomson added. “Sometimes it works out great but when it doesn’t . . ..”There’s another shot at making the provincial meet coming January.However, Freschi has a previous engagement forcing the team to miss the regional final in Kelowna.“We knew going in we were not going to attend the back door playdown,” Thomson said.The backdoor open bonspiel determines the final four spots in the 16-team field.Already confirmed to be in Parksville are defending B.C. champ, Jim Cotter of Vernon and CTR leader Brent Pierce of New Westminster.Also advancing to the B.C.’s are former B.C. champ Shawn Geall, Buchy and Brian Windsor.EXTRA END: The Nelson rink of skip Brent Pihowich, third Nando Salviulo, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Greg Kinder finished 2-3 during the Kootenay zones. Pihowich lost to Thomson and Rob Ferguson of Trail. . . .The Ferguson rink lost to Tom Shypitka in the C Final. The Ferguson rink includes third Brian LeMoel, second Joey Ferguson and lead Justin Kitcher. . . . The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar also finished 2-3 and was eliminated by Shypitka. The rink includes third Garry Beaudry of Nelson, second Stewart Higgins and lead Rob Babiarz. [email protected]last_img read more

West Kootenay Basketball refs BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER

first_imgCancer can be beaten.And West Kootenay Basketball Officials are doing their part to help fight the deadly disease by participating in the fourth annual BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER — Pink Whistle campaign.The provincial campaign, which has the support of most hoop referees in the B.C. Basketball Officials Association, runs through the month of February and strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon Division.Hoop refs will be officiating games from high school to university using pink whistles. “As more and more men, women and children are battling this disease each year, we can take pride in knowing that our donations are helping fund researchers at the BC Cancer Agency at UBC, fight for public policies to make healthy living possible and providing support in the services the Canadian Cancer Society offers through their programs such as Cancer Information Service, Cancer Connection, Camps, Accommodation and Financial Support,” said Shelley Ganchar Director of Administration for the BCBOA.”Together we can help our fellow British Columbians living with cancer and relieve the effects on those individuals and their families.The Pink Whistle campaign runs throughout the month of February.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause may do so through the Canadian Cancer Society by clicking on this link:http://cancerevents.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=420153&team=5383215West Kootenay Association officials ref games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.”Please join us as we strive to “BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER ” this February,” Ganchar said.last_img read more

Turkish star Turan could face more than 12 years jail for brawl

first_imgSahin, who goes on stage by his first name Berkay, was also charged, with prosecutors demanding up to two years in jail.Turan, 31, had last week been summoned to an Istanbul police station to give a statement about the incident but was allowed to walk free.The incident, which took place outside an Istanbul nightclub and reportedly left Sahin with a broken nose, has transfixed Turkey over the last days.In a bizarre sequence of events, Turan then reportedly went to the hospital where the singer was being treated clutching a gun and begging to be shot and forgiven.The attacking midfielder, who won 100 caps for the national side, has for years been Turkey’s best known footballer and is a strong supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.He backed Erdogan strongly after the failed July 2016 coup, appearing at rallies outside his home, and the Turkish president even came as a witness to Turan’s marriage.Turan is notorious for poor behaviour both on and off the field.He was banned for a record 16 games by the Turkish football authorities in May after he shoved and verbally abused a referee in a game for Basaksehir.Turan joined Basaksehir last season on loan from Barcelona, where he had largely endured an unhappy spell on the bench after joining from Atletico Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arda Turan was the centre of attention when he returned to Turkey in January to play for Basaksehir © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct 15 – Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail.The prosecutors charged Turan, who is currently on loan to Istanbul’s Basaksehir, with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.last_img read more

Video: Callum Wilson’s best Bournemouth bits!

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Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards

first_imgIf you’re looking to enjoy the crème de la crème the next time you dine out, then the winners of the Ulster Irish Restaurant Awards will be a good place to start.Local restaurants, pubs, food heroes and chefs enjoyed great success at the regional finals last night in Monaghan, which was attended by over 450 restaurant owners and staff.The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Ulster’s nine counties. Harvey’s Point on Lough Eske was a big winner on the night as the team picked up four titles. The Donegal winners were: Best Restaurant – The Lemon Tree Restaurant, LetterkennyBest Chef – Colin McKee of Harvey’s PointBest Restaurant Manager –  Orhan Erinc of Harvey’s PointBest Customer Service – Harvey’s PointBest Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Rathmullan HouseBest Gastro Pub –  The House Gastro Pub, Donegal TownBest Café – The Salty Fox, BundoranPub of the Year – The Rusty Mackerel, TeelinBest Wine Experience – Harvey’s PointBest Newcomer – Fisk Seafood Bar, DowningsBest World Cuisine – Chandpur Restaurant, Donegal TownBest “Free From” – Wholegreen Healthfood LetterkennyBest Kids Size Me – Mill Park Hotel, Donegal TownBest Local Food Hero – Mairead Anderson of Killybegs Seafood ShackBest Emerging Irish Cuisine – Foyle Hotel and Restaurant, MovilleBest Casual Dining – Olde Glen Bar, GlenThose who won at county level will progress to the All-Ireland event on the 13th May with the restaurants that have already won in Leinster, where they will all compete for the Regional and All-Ireland titles.Speaking at the Ulster Regional Finals in Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 80,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.   Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Half-time: Hull City 1 QPR 1

first_imgCharlie Austin’s goal – his sixth of the season – put QPR ahead at the KC Stadium before Michael Dawson equalised.Austin met Tjaronn Chery’s 25th-minute corner with a glancing header which crossed the line before Andrew Robertson could clear.But the Tigers hit back when Dawson headed home Tom Huddlestone’s left-wing free-kick eight minutes before the break.Hull had been lively early on, with Sone Aluko bringing a good save from Rob Green before just failing to connect with Robertson’s dangerous cross.But Chery has been a consistent threat to the Tigers defence and had a long-range effort saved before delivering the corner which led to the opening goal.Chery then sent another long-range shot wide and Rangers seemed to be growing in confidence before Hull levelled.Green, available again after serving a one-match ban, was restored to the side along with Alejandro Faurlin. It meant Alex Smithies and Daniel Tozser dropped to the bench.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hall, Gladwin, Doughty, Mackie, Emmanuel-Thomas, Tozser.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Allsorts® Large Royal Hat Fascinator Weddings Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot – loved it and the wedding we went

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Celeb Sighting Bingo! CES 2013’s Zany Celebrity Lineup Grab Bag

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Chris “Ludacris” BridgesSOUL Electronics / 10pm, Thursday, January 10, TAO Nightclub Rapper turned actor Ludacris seems like a nice dude. I count this as a real celeb.Dr. Sanjay GuptaDigital Health Summitt (LVCC, North Hall, Room N250) / 9-10:15am, Wednesday, January 9 CNN’s overexposed rockstar doctor guy. If he had accepted the job as Surgeon General, that would be one thing.Dr. OzDigital Health Summitt (LVCC, North Hall, Room N250) / 10-10:50am, Thursday, January 10 Maybe Dr. Oz can tell you what that weird growth is on your foot. If not, try Sanjay Gupta.Carrot TopGibson Guitar Corp. (LVCC, CES Central Plaza, CP-30) We all know that the obnoxious comedian Carrot Top is just hanging out here in Vegas anyway. I don’t know what he brings to Gibson’s brand, but now that CES celebs are like trading cards, you might as well collect ’em all. Danny DeVitoPanasonic (LVCC, Central Hall, Booth #9406) / 2:30pm, Wednesday, January 9 Okay, Danny DeVito is actually kind of awesome. If he’s anything like his character on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, I’d like to commit a misdemeanor or drink stale beer with him. Ryan VogelsongJVC Americas Corp. (LVCC, North Hall, Booth #1810) / 11am and 2pm, Wednesday, January 9 A pitcher for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Who let all these athletes in here?! Brian SingerPrivate Event, Parnassus Group / 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, January 10, Cili’s at Bali Hai Singer directed the first two X-Men movies, which were awesome. But I’m still mad that he bailed on the trilogy to make a Superman movie. If you see him, ask him about that.Want to track down even more weirdo celebs? Check out the full list. As the annual Consumer Electronics Show grows away from its humble roots as, you know, a consumer electronics show, its focus increasingly turns to things altogether unrelated to technology – like celebrities!Last year I recall spending three hours chasing down Justin Bieber with my telephoto lens – he made a brief, grumpy appearance promoting some entirely forgettable robotics company that I have since entirely forgotten. This year, the celeb safari is back on.  Here’s who is showing up to CES this year and why you should – or shouldn’t – care.Get your bingo cards ready. No really… why not make a bingo card? Fill one up, find me and I’ll buy you a shot. (Just don’t blame me for knowing more about smartphones than pop culture – this is who I think these people are, anyway.)   Felicia DayThis year’s “CES Celebrity Ambassador,” you might know Felicia day from the World of Warcraft spoof web series The Guild, or just from being generally cool and having preternaturally perfect skin. She tends to appear at every geek-adjacent event known to man, and we imagine that she’ll spend most of the week in a cocktail lounge in an ivory tower somewhere in the South Hall. She’s the CES celeb bingo equivalent of a doubleword score.Maroon 5Qualcomm Incoporated Preshow Keynote / 6:30-7:30pm, Monday, January 7, The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom This is a band, I think. I’m honesty not totally sure. It sounds like a racecar. Or a craft beer.will.i.amThe Next Generation of Innovators Keynote / 11am-12pm, Tuesday, January 8, LVH Theater This dude is from The Black Eyed Peas and has the cojones to downstyle his name like an Apple product. He’s A+ in my book.Curtis “50 Cent” JacksonSMS Audio (LVCC, South Hall 1, #20206) / 3pm, Wednesday, January 9 Isn’t this guy blatantly sexist and homophobic? Surprise! He’s at CES 2013 representing SMS Audio, a brand that I will now ardently choose to not give a shit about. Travis BarkerPioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. (LVCC, North Hall Booth #1101) / 12-1pm and 1:30-2:30pm, Tuesday, January 8 The Blink 182 dude? Really? Don’t make me make the “what’s my age again” joke.Dana CohenHaier America (LVCC, Central Hall, #10939) I have zero idea who this woman is, but apparently she was dubbed the “Scallop Queen” on season 10 of Hell’s Kitchen, which is the best title I’ve ever heard of. All hail the bivalve queen! 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#CES 2013#events#Events Guide#film#humor#music#social#television center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts I Fight DragonsBém Wireless / 7pm, Wednesday, January 9, Luxor, Flight LoungeThis is probably an indie band. Okay, yeah, I looked it up and it is definitely an indie band. I hated them at first based on their name alone, but apparently they are into the chiptune retro video game sound thing, so now I’m totally into it.Lil TwistNikura (LVCC, South Hall 4, #37134) / 1pm, Thursday, January 10 A young rapper of sorts, I imagine. And apparently Justin Bieber’s BFF.LL Cool JCNET (LVCC, South Hall 3, CNET Booth) / 4:30pm, Tuesday, January 8 This guy is kind of actually famous! All these years and he never changed his name to something more pretentious or with fewer vowels – props to you, Mr. J.Rohan MarleyHouse of Marley (LVCC, Central Hall, #10544) / 11am-3pm, Tuesday, January 8 – Thursday, January 9 Bob Marley’s son is here every year with his crazy bamboo headphones and a big smile on his face. He’s a super nice guy and he’ll take a picture with you and you can almost pretend you met the “real” Marley instead of Lauryn Hill’s ex boyfriend.Nicole “Snooki” PolizziZeikos/iHip (LVCC, South Hall 1, #21142) / 1-3pm, Wednesday, January 9 Yep, Snooki.Tim TebowSOUL Electronics (Venetian Tower, #31-234) / 9am, Thursday, January 10Isn’t this that sanctimonious football player guy who never actually gets to play? We geeks come to these events to get away from you people. Whatever. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more