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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG TUESDAY 18TH MARCH 2014 Posted: Tue 18th Mar 2014 - 14:03

 "Gotta little drunk last Night" COULD BE what happened to the Eli Young Band after hearing that their new cd went to Number ONE! The guys landed their first number one country album with 10,000 Towns. It also gave the Eli Young Band it's first Top 5 album on the all genre Billboard 200 Chart beating out other releases from Pop Hit makers. Stereo 974 are playing tracks from the album and you can catch them by listening to Hot Country throughout the weekdays and overnight.
In addition to being one of the only country artists ever to play every instrument on every song of his debut album, Hunter Hayes is chasing a Guinness World Record.
He'll attempt to play 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours to break the Guinness World Record for most concerts played in multiple cities in a 24 hour period. Currently his new single "Invisible" is being hear on your favourite station. We look forward to his new album "Storyline" out soon!

If you really love Country Music, you'll forward to a batch of new releases in the coming months .

The Charlie Daniels band will bring out "off the Grid Doin' it Dylan" an album of Bob Dylan covers. New country act Dan and Shay release their first album "Where it all began".
Josh Thompson's latest, "Turn it Up" and Martina Mc Bride returns with "Everlasting" a series of classic songs. Rodney Crowell will release "Tarpaper Sky".

New single on the way for Jon Pardi . It's about the fun things you can't put down. Just about drinking, smoking, girls and playing music .  Everything you can't put down. Pardi co wrote ten of the 11 tracks on the album "Write you a Song".

Singer/songwriter Morgan Evans won three CMC Awards during CMC Rocks The Hunter in the NSW Hunter Valley. Morgan took home Oz Artist of the Year, Australian Video of the Year and Male Oz Artist of the Year. Female Oz Artist of the Year was awarded to Jasmine Rae off the back of her album If I Want To, while New Oz Artist of the Year went to Tasmanian group The Wolfe Brothers. All artists are featured heavily on Stereo 974 - congrats to everyone.

Adam Brand and Troy Cassar-Daley will perform at the inaugural Mount Isa (Queensland) Isa Fest music festival "to boost the spirits of drought-affected graziers". The festival, due to be held on Saturday May 10, is the brainchild of Mount Isa mayor Tony McGrady.

Lady Antebellum land their eighth Number one with "Compass" from their latest album "Golden".

Cassadee Pope has broken a country record as she becomes the first solo female country act to achieve a certified debut single since Taylor Swift's 2006 release of Tim McGraw. Listen up for her follow up to "Wasting all those Tears".

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG TUESDAY 11TH MARCH 2014 Posted: Tue 11th Mar 2014 - 14:03

Brad Paisley took a side trip to Paris during an overseas tour, and a song idea took off.
"Mona Lisa", Brad's current single was inspired by the Da Vinci Masterpiece.
Brad and co writer Chris Du Bois turned the idea of first love into a song.

The new David Nail Album is filled with great songs including a stunning version of a Glen Campbell Classic! Glen is a favourite of David and the selection for the album gave David a chance to work with Lee Ann Womack.
Galveston is one of the songs you'll hear from the album, "I'm on Fire" if you keep your dial tuned to Stereo 974....

One of the busiest acts in Country, The Eli Young Band from Texas are expecting big things from the newest album, "10 Thousand Towns" hits the stores in the coming weeks.... Lead single "Drunk last Night" went to Number One!
Stereo 974 will be featuring tracks from the new album over the next few weeks.

Robby Johnson is a star in the making, with a video that has been seen by over 2.7 million viewers on You Tube when it was released a few months back. The French Canadian is getting good airplay for his release "South of Me"'.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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We've now moved into Autumn. We've started March and it's interesting to watch how dry it still is across Victoria. Central Victoria, Western Victoria still as dry as it's been through all of January February. There has been no rain of significance which tells us we've got to be careful. The days start to get shorter so the fire risk is reduced, however, we've got to be really careful about what the conditions bring. This week for example we see increased fire danger ratings in some parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the fact that there's drier air, temperatures are up a bit, and the wind increases in speed. So we need to be really careful about that and obviously stay attuned to the fact that we can still have fires that do damage.

It's also interesting to see that we've still got the east Gippsland fires burning, although they're only burning in some areas and there's been significant work done in the last week about getting them somewhat contained. Although it's still large in size the areas of most concern are only in small parts. For all Victoria everyone knows the Hazelwood mine is still burning. We believe we've still got another 7 days, so around about the 10th or 11th of March is the control strategy. We're very careful when we say that though because with weather conditions we can see all the good work that's been done over the last four days could be lost one afternoon if the wind speeds are up and the fire expands and extends in the burned area of coal.

That fire in itself is really interesting in the sense the fire's not seen by the community. All that the community sees is smoke. It smells, and it's got ash that's falling from time to time. To those in Morwell it's frustrating, there's no doubt about that. It's now in its third and heading into its fourth week.

A lot of work's been done around the community. Volunteer and career staff from multiple organisations. Volunteers reaching across Victoria not only from CFA, but from Red Cross, Council of Churches, organisations have been supporting not only the response but the relief, moving into recovery and what they've done with some of the areas to be relocated. So that's critical and we'll keep at it and keep close to the Morwell community because they need that level of support.

The other thing that happens this week is the long weekend. A lot of recreation, a lot of sporting activities, a lot of major events across Victoria. That means a lot of people will be on the roads and travelling. So again the message will be out about travelling, about campfires, about people doing the right thing in still very dry conditions. We think very mild fire conditions over the weekend which we welcome, but that doesn't mean a small fire couldn't start and cause someone some grief.

The other thing as we move into March is that DEPI will reactivate their planned burns program - small burns that are well planned to reduce the hazards, so a hazard reduction program. That will be kicked off in small, focused fires in some parts of Victoria so stay tuned to where DEPI is planning those, it's all on their website.

So it's still a busy week but we welcome the fact that summer's behind us and we've moved into a new season with autumn in front of us, but a very dry autumn.

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MEDIA RELEASE TUESDAY 4TH MARCH Posted: Tue 4th Mar 2014 - 14:03

- Victorian Coalition Government urging people to be extra vigilant with temperatures reaching 30 degrees across Victoria
- Ambulance Victoria data reveals two-thirds of the 620 triple zero calls for people locked in cars were... for children under the age of 13
- Minister reminds parents to take your child with you - No Exceptions No Excuses

Paramedics were called to an alarming 620 cases of people locked in cars in the five months from September 2013 to January 2014, the latest Ambulance Victoria data reveals.
Of the 620 call outs, 99 people needed treatment by paramedics, with 24 taken to hospital.
Almost two-thirds of the 620 triple zero calls reporting someone locked in a car involved a child aged under 13.
Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the weather across Victoria was forecast to top 30 degrees today and there was no room for complacency.
"A car's temperature starts to rise from the moment the door is closed and can be double the outside temperature in minutes," Ms Lovell said.
"This means that even when it's 30 degrees outside, your child could be sweltering in up to 60 degree heat.
"It is not worth the risk - if you are travelling with a child and you need to get out of the car, even for just one minute, make sure you take your child with you. No exceptions. No excuses."

The warnings follows research conducted by the Victorian Coalition Government on parents leaving children alone in parked cars that showed one in three parents admit to doing it.

Ambulance Victoria Group Manager Brett Drummond said that tests by Ambulance Victoria found that even on a 29-degree day the inside of a car can reach 44 degrees within 10 minutes and hit 60 degrees within 20 minutes.

"It doesn't have to be a scorching hot day for the car to quickly heat up," Mr Drummond said.

The No Exceptions, No Excuses campaign was launched by the Victorian Coalition Government in partnership with Kidsafe Victoria to increase parents awareness of the dangers of leaving children in parked cars.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG TUESDAY 4TH MARCH 2014 Posted: Tue 4th Mar 2014 - 12:03

Joel Turner's first book, "Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood," will be out soon. It's a book full of life lessons, life stories, from experiences, things Turner learned throughout his life. Turner says Thomas Nelson approached him about doing a book after People magazine named him the "Hottest Dad in Country Music" in 2011.

Glen Campbell, who has been battling Alzheimer's disease in recent years, will be honored with the inaugural "Glen Campbell Courage Award" this month. Glen is known for big hits like Witchita Lineman and Galveston that feature on a new cd by Country Singer Collin Raye that you can hear on Stereo 974.

Trisha Yearwood as you know has a cookbook out and now Martina McBride has her own "Around the Table" coming out this year. Her new cd "Everlasting" a collection of Martina's favorite songs comes out next month.

A fun new track "Donkey" is just one of the tracks from the upcoming Jerrod Niemann cd "Journey to High Noon" Check it on your favorite station for Country.

The Doobie Brothers are teaming up with a slew of top-notch country stars, including Toby Keith and Brad Paisley, to record an album of the band's hits. They'll then 'take it to the streets.' The partnership between some of country's biggest stars and the legends of classic rock is guaranteed to excite fans worldwide. Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, and Love and Theft will also help the four-time Grammy winning act create an album of all new recordings of Doobies Brothers hits. The album, which will be released later this year, allows the country artists to pick their favorite Doobie songs, and then record them with the band. The band has sold more than 30 million records, and with the exciting addition of fan-favorite country singers, the Doobies are well on their way to an even higher number.

New rising talent the Adam Eckersley Band will release its debut album - The First Album - on Friday March 14.

Triple Golden Guitar winner Luke O'Shea released his latest single from his highly anticipated new album - Sing You Up - which is due to be launched mid March. The single - Three Brothers (The Great War) - was written, to "punch listeners in the nose - with the hope that the sting and the song's message will then be forever remembered!" Luke picked up two Golden Guitars in January for back-to back Heritage Song of the Year and the coveted Song of The Year with the Joy McKean inspired first single from the new album, Lady Of The Land. Of the second single, Luke said Three Brothers is about July 28, 2014, the centenary of the first world war...listen up for it on Stereo 974.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 24th Feb 2014 - 16:02

Florida Georgia Line singer Tyler Hubbard is recovering following an injury in a motocross accident earlier this month. The country crooner was reportedly enjoying a dirt biking session on February 16 when he misjudged the distance of a jump and crashed, injuring his back.

David Nail has announced that "Kiss You Tonight" will serve as the next single off of his album I'm A Fire.

Carrie Underwood was honored for her efforts with the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award during the opening ceremonies of the Country Radio Seminar at the Nashville Convention Center. Underwood's charitable highlights include donating $1 million of her last tour proceeds to the American Red Cross, starting her own foundation C.A.T.S. Foundation (Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation) to help with general causes, needs and services in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma.

Canaan Smith co-wrote Jason Aldean's "Black Tears" with Tyler Hubbard from Florida Georgia Line. The songwriter recently spoke about how the song about strippers came about and surprisingly Canaan says he wrote the song out of sadness. The song has also been recorded by Florida Georgia Line and is the new single by Jason Aldean Listen up on your favourite station Stereo 974.

Eric Church"s highly anticipated 4th album "The Outsiders" has landed at # 1 in all genres on the Billboard Charts. It's Eric's biggest album so far . You can hear cuts from the cd over your favorite Station for "Country" Stereo 974.

The Bellamy Brothers got a bit of a surprise when touring India and Sri Lanka - becoming the First country act to tour in these areas. Their music is already well known and the guys are lapping up all the attention.

Greg Bates lives his song - "Did it for the Girl" and gets engaged and the girl said Yes.

Tim McGraw revealed a new song "Shotgun Rider" off of his upcoming album on Feb. 19 on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'

Luke Bryan -  The ACM Award and Entertainer of the Year's newest is titled Spring Break 6 Like We Ain't Ever and will feature songs all co-written by Luke himself.

Triple Golden Guitar winner Luke O'Shea released his latest single this week from his highly anticipated new album - Sing You Up - which is due to be launched mid March. The single - Three Brothers (The Great War) is on your favourite station Stereo 974.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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Transcript - Craig Lapsley - Fire condition update - 24 Feb 2014

It's been yet another busy week across Victoria. We've seen the East Gippsland fire still burning, and we've certainly got a fire of significance in the Hazelwood mine at Morwell. First though I'll just reflect on what the weather brings this week. We've got a milder week but  it's interesting to see that across the state on Tuesday the fire danger ratings will be Very High across all districts is the forecast.

With a south westerly change that moves through on Tuesday or Wednesday. Now with that we've got to be really careful that we just don't get into the slide along that it is just another day, I think Tuesday is a day that people should take note of. Because if we did have fires that start they would run and they could have the potentail to do damage. We are not out of it, and we need to make sure even though we have had cooler conditions, that we don't forget that we can still have fires that will do damage. And the reason I say that is that last week we saw a number of fires run. Goongerah for example in East Gippsland, a new start within the area where the major fire is, was caused by lightening and in a very short period of time that fire developed that it was actually crowning through trees.And that tells us that conditions are still dry. And it means it doesn't have to have excessive temperatures or low relative humidities and high wind speeds, you don't need all three to get a fire to run. You may only need two of those and I think in Gippsland last week it was obviously wind and a very low relatively humidity.

So that is a bit of warning, a little bit of focus and we just need to stay attuned to that as one of the key issues for this week.

East Gippsland fires are still burning. People will say they've been burning for a long time, and they have. They're deep seated and there is significant resources still down there working on it and that will continue. We've revisted the East Gippsland strategy to make sure we get the extinguishment right of that fire and that is something that the East Gippsland or the Gippsland region are working on with the Incident Controller out of Orbost. Though what it means is across the state we need to offer up the support and resources to make that successful. And obviously there will be some ongoing issuesin the recovery area that DHS and the local shire will lead. Some of that has already kicked in obviously but there will be more to be done.

And the big one that has been sitting now since the 9th of February is a fire in the Hazelwood mine. So the Hazelwood mine just south of Morwell. And that is causing us significant problems. That is it's a deep seated fire in coal, it's burning and putting up smoke over the township of Morwell and obviously causing significant issues.

In quick there are four ways to look at that fire. First is the fire strategy which is being run out of the Incident Control Centre at Traralgon, with an extension operational structure on the site itself. With the MFB, CFA, we've got Tasmania,we've got South Australian metropolitan fire services, we've got ACT, we've got Fire Rescue NSW backed into or stepped into a number of CFA stations to give capability  and huge resources from MFB and CFA. It's a big operation.

The second part of it is actually the smoke. And it's interesting that for the community they see this fire as all about the smoke. In a bushfire you normally focus on the fire and the smoke is a subset. This fire however is all about the smoke for the community because they can't see the fire and the fire is not going to come and burn them, so the smoke will be the issue.

The smoke is one part of it. Carbon monoxide is the second part, and ash is the third part of the environmental issues. And obviously the EPA and the Chief Health Officer are working through that to make sure that every day the community is warned about what the smoke hazards are, any potential for carbon monoxide and what ash actually means in the town.

The third part is how to engage the community. There's been some fantastic work done about how to engage with the community. The latest plan for example has people travelling on the trains to get information, so people travelling in and out of Morwell in they're on trains they get information. That's only one example of how the extensive program of community engagement that has now been put in place. And there's buses in streets, there's corner meetings, there's information out of a respite location in Moe where Red cross, Council of Churches, DHS and La Trobe City and others are in attendance to give people information and have respite. And likewise Department of Health and Ambulance Victoria have got a health assessment centre in Morwell. All places where people can get information and get an understanding of what it means for them, and that is really good.

And the fourth part of the whole incident is all about the recovery side. It's about what happens after this goes away, what happens in the community, what happens in business, what happens in commerce in the town, what it means to Morwell and the district. That's quite significant in it's own right.

So it's a complex, long incident that is not going away. We think it is another 10-14 days to extinguish the fire, at best. And that relies on a lot of issues.

I will leave it there but you can see there is still lots happening in Victoria. La Trobe Valley is one of those that is a really key issue particularly for the Morwell community. So thank you.

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Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nudpQFjcwXQ&list=TLYDUgy-uSxtU_fAqw01zI3X_LBQlttM6e

It's been a busy week. Across Victoria we've seen fires across all sorts of places. A very interesting week, a very successful week but for those that lost properties a very sad week. We should think about those - 45 houses were destroyed since Saturday. So in a week we've seen 45 houses disappear. Add to the houses lost in the Grampians previously, that's 78 houses destroyed in Victoria so far this summer and you can only hope that stops with the change in the weather.

A busy week but a really successful week. I think Victorian communities have really seen the fire services step up and step up so well and they've acknowledged that and said congratulations to everyone. So whether you're a volunteer or a career person, whether you're on the back of a truck or in a management team, whether you're home protecting your area or you're away at major fires I say thank you to everyone, because it's been a fantastic commitment. And it extends past the fire services. Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, local government, Red Cross, local community groups, it shows the commitment people will give when there's a time of need. It's something that's very special and we should say well done to everyone. We should also stop and think we've done it and done it so well.

But you can't do it without the community, the community have done so well. We focus sometimes on the loss of 78 houses, but think about how many houses have been threatened by fire and survived. We should think about people. We haven't lost a life, not one life lost and we've had horrendous fires, very intense, fast moving, unpredictable, which means we've got that right. Likewise we haven't seen significant injury. I know there have been injuries but none have been significant injuries and that's also been a positive takeaway from what's been a very busy week.

It hasn't left us, East Gippsland's still got fires, and we don't want to forget East Gippsland because it's a very important part of Victoria. So those in the Goongerah, Bonang, Tubbut area have got fires around them, have lost property. Some of them are only regaining access to their communities now and their properties. So that's a long haul for them. Right at the start, the lightning that started three weeks ago now has been with them with fires around them, smoke in the area and fire threatening them ongoing. So we've got to say to East Gippsland we're all with you. Those communities that have had the biggest impact now are only just getting back on their feet now and it's a hard road to come from.

The other one that's challenging us significantly is the fire that's in the Hazelwood open cut. A grass fire ran in there on Sunday the 9th and has been burning since then. Likewise in Yallourn open cut there's a small fire that's difficult to get out but they've done very well to get it contained to where it is now. And during the past week have had fires in the Australian Paper Mill just north of Morwell. So the Latrobe Valley's had grass fires, coal mine fires, fires that have impacted on the stockpiles of the Australian Paper Mill and huge CFA and MFB resources, telebooms, aerial appliances, aircraft in the sky, a huge ongoing operation. I think the Hazelwood mine will burn for a number of weeks and the biggest concern with that is the amount of smoke that it's putting up over Morwell. It's certainly a key issue between the fire authorities, EPA and the Department of Health to make sure we get the messaging right and make sure the Morwell community get the information they need about their safety and wellbeing.

The next week, the weather is milder. The highest fire danger rating we believe in the forecast is very high. We've had some rain particularly in the northern part of the state, but it doesn't take long for that rain to disappear because it was only 10 or 15 millimetres. So that's critical. In the very north western corner there was more rain so that's obviously welcome, but we have got most parts of Victoria still very dry. The fire danger rating won't be in the higher levels, but people still need to be mindful about fires, particularly small fires that can do damage, and we need to stay on the ball, but certainly let's take the welcome respite forward with us.

So in closing thank you to everyone. It's been a great week, great things achieved, we've had losses and our hearts are open to those who lost their properties and hopefully they get the help they need to re-establish themselves. We'll enjoy what is a milder week across Victoria.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 17th Feb 2014 - 14:02

Frankie Ballard released his new album "Sunshine & Whiskey" last week and its lead single "Helluva Life" is his first Top 10 hit and is on its way to the Top 5! The chorus says, 'The bad times make the good times better!

The message was going to be true for a lot of people's journey in life outside of the music business."

Garth Brooks is slated to perform five sold-out shows at Dublin, Ireland's Croke Park in July 2014. About 400,000 people are slated to attend the shows, which run from July 25th to 29th. However, Croke Park operators agreed limit the number of concerts it hosts to three per year. Residents of the area have threatened a High Court injunction if licenses are allowed for the fourth and fifth Brooks concerts. Promoters have 10 weeks to apply for a license before the first show, and residents are allowed five weeks to protest the application. It has been 17 years since Brooks' last concert in Dublin.

Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns .known as Trick Pony, have reunited to record new music and tour in 2014.

Suzy Bogguss has been around country music for a while and has just released an album of Merle Haggard songs - in fact 12 of Merle's finest.

Singer-songwriter and Georgia native Cole Swindell has been part of the Nashville music scene since before his current hit, "Chillin' It," became a radio sensation. While on the road with good friend Luke Bryan, Swindell used the time to master his craft and wrote several songs for Bryan's Spring Break EPs as well as cuts for Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Craig Campbell. Now with Warner Bros. Records!

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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MEDIA RELEASE WEDNESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Wed 12th Feb 2014 - 12:02

Crews working to make road access safe

Fire authorities working on the Mickleham Kilmore fire have begun turning their attention to clearing

dangerous trees left by the fire which has claimed at least 12 homes.

Deputy Incident Controller John Leben said easing fire conditions meant crews could now access areas

affected by fire with the intention opening roads for residents to return home.

"We've got many, many dangerous trees right around the fire area and particularly along roads. Roads in

these areas burnt are very, very dangerous," Mr Leben said.

"It's important to recognise the danger doesn't pass when the fire does."

Mr Leben said he understood the frustration of residents who were desperate to return to their

properties, and was keen to make access safe for them at the earliest opportunity.

"At first light crews, with the help of local government authorities and VicRoads, will continue clearing

assessing and removing dangerous trees. It's vital we help people get back to normality at the earliest


Mr Leben said an example of the danger was an incident on Monday evening when a falling limb struck

a firetruck. Luckily no-one was injured.

Impact assessment teams will continue to enter fire affected areas and cataloguing losses of homes,

outbuildings, fences, and community infrastructure today.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Animal Health staff have begun visiting fire affected

properties to make rapid impact assessments and help landowners with urgent animal welfare needs.

For assistance landowners can call the DEPI customer service centre on 136186.

Mr Leben urged anyone who didn't need to be in the area to stay away and that generous donations of

stock feed and other items should be made via recovery agencies, rather than directly to affected areas.

He said while conditions had eased residents needed to stay on their toes.

"There's still a chance the fire could pose a threat if conditions change. Stay informed by listening to

ABC radio, monitor the CFA website and download the FireReady App," Mr Leben said.

Information on relief and recovery support, including emergency financial assistance from the Victorian

and Commonwealth governments, is available at www.recovery.vic.gov.au. People affected by fires can

also contact the Red Cross on 1800 727 077.

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BOBíS WEEKLY BLOG 11TH FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Tue 11th Feb 2014 - 14:02

Miranda Lambert has released "Automatic," the lead single from her fifth studio album. The song, is about slowing down and appreciating the good things in life: "taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply,"

The Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association, has added Kenny Chesney as an honorary board member. Founded in 2010 to enable people who love and enjoy the oceans!

The Grand Ole Opry celebrates 40 years of country music at its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House, beginning next month, with special events kicking off weekend March 15 and continuing throughout the year.

Six months after a life-threatening health crisis, it appears that Randy Travis could be getting ready to get back to work. Travis has begun to ease back into playing his guitar, and is "anxious to get back to work and connect with his fans.

Hunter Hayes, the Zac Brown Band and the Band Perry are among the artists who will appear on a deluxe reissue of Sir Elton John's 1973 album, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'

Clay Walker hosted his second annual Band Against MS Ride in Houston, Texas, joined by over a thousand eager riders: February 1st.

The bicycle trek benefited Band Against MS (BAMS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational material and support for those living with MS.

If you've wondered how Tim McGraw looks great, here's the answer: Working out and eating healthy keep the 'Lookin' for That Girl' singer at the top of his game and helps him enjoy touring.

With strict tour schedules and a hectic traveling lifestyle, McGraw hopes being healthy on the road will help keep him doing what he loves for even longer. "Looking for the Girl "the latest from McGraw's newest cd and you can hear it as a key song on Stereo 974.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor.

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 10 FEBRUARY 2014 Posted: Mon 10th Feb 2014 - 22:02

The Hon Michael Keenan MP
Minister for Justice

The Hon Kim Wells MP
Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services
and Bushfire Response


10 February 2014

The Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response Kim Wells today announced that disaster assistance was now available to communities affected by the weekend's bushfires in Victoria.
"The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have moved quickly to activate financial assistance including personal hardship assistance for families, and for councils to conduct emergency relief operations, clean-up activities, and to begin restoring or rebuilding essential public assets damaged by the fires," Mr Keenan said.
The support is provided under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-Victorian Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
The emergency financial assistance is available for eligible residents in bushfire-affected local government areas in outer Melbourne, Central and Northern and North-East Victoria, and Gippsland.
Under Victoria's Personal Hardship Assistance Program, the following financial assistance is available to eligible households:
• Emergency relief assistance, which provides payments of up to $500 per adult and $250 per child up to a maximum of $1,250 per household to cover emergency accommodation, food, clothing, or personal items, and personal and financial counselling; and
• Emergency re-establishment assistance, which provides up to $31,050 per household for clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding and replacing some damaged contents. It is also available to eligible Victorians in extreme hardship whose homes have become uninhabitable as a result of the fires.
"People experiencing personal hardship and distress should contact their local council in the first instance, or call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 to enquire about what assistance they may be eligible for," Mr Wells said.

"They could also download further information from the Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria website, at www.recovery.vic.gov.au."
Minister Wells said that authorities were continuing to assess the damage caused by the weekend's bushfires, and that if assistance was required in other communities, it would be extended to those locations.
"Many fires continue to burn today and I urge people to ensure they are aware of their surroundings and monitor more than one form of emergency advice.
"Victorians should be mindful of the ongoing bushfire risk and make appropriate preparations for their families, homes and businesses," Mr Wells said.
For further information contact the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232 or visit the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au


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