Load remaining images On Friday night, the 2018 edition of LOCKN’ Festival continued to exceed fans’ lofty expectations with an evening of top-notch performances and exciting collaborations both planned and unexpected. One of the Friday LOCKN’ lineup’s defining moments came by way of hard-rocking jam favorites Umphrey’s McGee, who performed their third of three sets on the weekend as the sun set over the farm.With Jason Bonham, the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, billed as a special guest for the set, fans expected Umphrey’s to get the Led out for their Friday set. Rather than jump straight into Zeppelin territory, the band emerged with their regular lineup in tow, starting their final LOCKN’ set with business as usual. After opening with it’s not us track “Half Delayed”, the band kick-started “Plunger”, which made its way into “Walletsworth” before segueing back into “Plunger” and, finally, moving into another it’s not us single, “The Silent Type”.Live Umphrey’s staple “JaJunk” kept the crowd dancing from there, before Brendan Bayliss welcomed out his “new favorite person in the world, Jason Bonham!” (01:59:20 on webcast playback). To begin his extended sit-in, which would last for the remainder of the set, Bonham helped Umphrey’s McGee through “Conduit”, the longtime setlist stalwart which appeared on the band’s 2011 studio album, Death By Stereo.From there, the band began a run of Led Zeppelin classics with “Good Times, Bad Times”, drummer Kris Myers owning Robert Plant‘s vocal part as Bonham recreated his father’s famous drum line and Jake Cinninger nailed Jimmy Page‘s recognizable guitar solo with gusto. Cinninger stepped to the mic next, leading the band plus Bonham through Houses of the Holy track “Dancing Days”. Continuing through the Zeppelin songbook, the band brought out a surprise special guest, former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, to add vocals and harmonica to “When The Levee Breaks” (02:15:10), marking Umphrey’s McGee’s first performance of the tune since 7/7/12 (608 shows). Next, Bayliss took the reins for a rendition of “The Song Remains The Same”.As the band teased “The Rain Song”, Brendan Bayliss announced their final special guest with a proclamation that never fails to excite, no matter where or when it turns up: “That’s Derek Trucks, everybody. Let’s have some fun” (2:28:50). With Bonham and Andy Farag manning percussion duties and Trucks going toe-to-toe with Cinninger on dual lead guitar, Myers stepped out from behind his drum kit to lead the band through Led Zeppelin II hit “Whole Lotta Love” (their first in 444 shows) to close the set.You can also watch selected clips of Umphrey’s McGee’s Friday evening set below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Half Delayed” [Pro-Shot][Video: Relix]Umphrey’s McGee w/ Jason Bonham – “Good Times, Bad Times”[Video: Gregory Marcus]Check out a handful of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s set with Jason Bonham, Taylor Hicks, and more below courtesy of Dave Vann.You can stream all of the remaining sets at LOCKN’ this weekend here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee w/ Special Guests | LOCKN’ Festival | Arrington, VA | 8/24/18One Set: Half Delayed, Plunger > Walletsworth > Plunger > The Silent Type, JaJunk, Conduit, Good Times Bad Times, Dancing Days, When the Levee Breaks, The Song Remains the Same, Whole Lotta Love with Jason Bonham on drums debut, Led Zeppelin; with Jason Bonham on drums with Jason Bonham on drums and Taylor Hicks on harmonica and vocals with Jason Bonham on drums, Derek Trucks on guitar, and Kris on vocals (no drums)Notes:with Witchy Woman (The Eagles) tease before When the Levee Breakswith The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin) tease before Whole Lotta Lovelast When the Levee Breaks 7/7/12 (608 shows)last Whole Lotta Love 2/14/14 (444 shows)Umphrey’s McGee w/ Special Guests | LOCKN’ Festival | Arrington, VA | 8/24/18 | Photos: Dave Vann
By Chris Rotolo |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – If a kid from Highlands who worked at the Quick Stop can make it, so can you.It’s a sentiment that local icon Kevin Smith has used to inspire a generation of independent filmmakers and one that holds weight, considering the Henry Hudson Regional High School alum was in fact an employee of the Leonardo convenience store while he wrote, directed and produced his breakthrough 1994 hit “Clerks.”A champion of independent film and the creative minds behind them, Smith has announced he’ll be coming home next month in support of the Atlantic Highlands-based FilmOneFest, where he’ll lead an intimate Q&A session on Sunday, May 6 at the vintage Atlantic Cinemas.“Whenever Kevin has hosted events like this, he’s always encouraging and supportive of the artists who are there to ask questions of him,” said Corinna Thuss, FilmOneFest managing director. “He’s genuine and speaks from the heart. He’s able to make a connection. That’s why his story continues to inspire. It’s his authenticity. You can’t fake that and it resonates.”Thuss is in her fourth year with the FilmOneFest – a showcase dedicated to two-minute-long films – and alongside festival founder Robert O’Connor and their staff of dedicated volunteers, the Atlantic Highlands native has worked to make the 10th anniversary of this celebration of the short film a special one.“I know 10 years is a special milestone for Robert and everyone involved and being able to have Kevin be part of the celebration speaks to how far this festival has come. We’re at a place now where we can properly host and promote a huge event featuring a filmmaker of his stature.”Smith is home recovering from life-saving surgery after he suffered a massive heart attack Feb. 25 while shooting a stand-up special in California. According to social media posts by Smith, he had a 100 percent blockage of his left anterior descending artery, also known as a widow-maker. His recovery is not expected to affect his attendance at the event.This is the second consecutive year Smith will be headlining a Q&A event in support of FilmOneFest and festival volunteer Janet Petersen is the one responsible for bringing the filmmaker on board.“Kevin has been a longtime friend of mine,” said Petersen, who met Smith in the eighth grade at Henry Hudson Regional School. “We connected from the very beginning. He was always someone that you just felt comfortable around. He genuinely cares about people and I think that’s why he and his work resonates so strongly with audiences.”Petersen, who attended college in California before settling with her family in the borough, became involved with FilmOneFest two years ago when she learned of the event through her volunteer work with the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.“The Arts Council offers a free summer arts camp that my two boys take part in and I wanted to give back to the organization that has given my kids so much,” said Petersen, a wealth manager at Oppenheimer. “That’s when I gave Kevin a call and mentioned the festival to him. He was on board immediately and asked what we could do.”The “Intimate Q&A with Kevin Smith” is not part of the scheduled FilmOneFest events but rather a precursor to the festivities, as the festival itself is set to take place on July 21.Tickets for the event are limited and can be purchased at filmonefest.org. There are 22 rows of seating in the Atlantic Cinemas theater. Access to premium seating (Rows 2 through 5) is $60, while regular admission seating is $55.Event Prep – The Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey ShoreKevin Smith is the mastermind behind such revered cult classics as “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma,” a series of films that showcased the filmmaker’s adoration for his Bayshore roots by filming at least portions of the movies at various Jersey Shore locations.You can prepare for his forthcoming Q&A by taking this Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey Shore:The Quick Stop: The tour starts where it all began for Smith, at the Quick Stop convenience store located at 58 Leonard Ave. in Leonardo. Smith filmed the majority of “Clerks” inside the shop, save for some street hockey antics on the roof and select scenes at the now defunct RST Video Rental. He also brought “Clerks II” to a heartwarming conclusion at the shop. Head inside to check out the Quick Stop’s “shrine” to Smith and search for the perfect dozen eggs.The Kings Arms Diner: When Ben Affleck delivered a royalty check to Jay and Silent Bob at this Belford eatery back in the 1997 film “Chasing Amy,” it was called the Marina Diner. Located at 553 Route 36, the diner has since been renamed the Kings Arms, but the layout is still the same. Walk inside, head to the left and pop a squat in the third booth on the right.Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash: Stopping by The Secret Stash at 35 Broad St. in Red Bank is a must for any fan on the Kevin Smith Tour of the Jersey Shore. None of his movies were filmed at the location, but you can see memorabilia from the sets of “Clerks II” and “Dogma.”Jack’s Music Shoppe: After perusing the stash, head across the street to Jack’s Music Shoppe at 30 Broad St. where scenes from “Chasing Amy” were shot. You can also sit on the steps of the apartment to the left of the legendary record store, the upstairs abode that Affleck and Jason Lee called home in the 1997 film.Victory Park: Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Red Bank by heading down River Road to Victory Park in Rumson. It was on the swing set where Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams fell in love in “Chasing Amy.”Silver Ball Museum: One thing you may not have known about God – or Alanis Morissette, who played the supreme being in Smith’s 1999 production “Dogma” – is that the omniscient being is a big fan of ski ball, or at least that’s what Smith led us to believe in his star-studded spiritual satire. God can be seen strolling on the Asbury Park Boardwalk after a ski ball binge at the 1000 Ocean Ave. locale.The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel: In “Chasing Amy” Affleck and Lee play a pair of successful comic book artists who we first see at a local comic convention. The convention was shot in the ballroom at the storied Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel at 1401 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park.Ocean Ice Palace: After a long day of touring, the last stop on this trek brings you to the historic Ocean Ice Palace. Cool off with a skate or take in a game from the balcony seating above the ice where Affleck and Adams appeared in the climactic scene of “Chasing Amy.”This article was first published in the April 12-19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
The Soccer Quest camps, in partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to help deliver development summer camps throughout the BC Interior and the Kootenay area’s for 2012, focused on improving fundamentals needed in the ever-changing game.This is the second year of a Whitecaps partnership with Soccer Quest in the Kootenays.Soccer Quest is the only full-time soccer company in the Kootenays. With its indoor soccer facility located in Nelson and for the past five years it has helped raise the profile of soccer in the Kootenay area.The success of the program shows with several players gaining college scholarships and selection to the Whitecaps FC Residency program. Soccer Quest summer camps have been in the Kootenays and Central Interior of BC for the past 13 years.Soccer Quest is a Canadian company locally owned and operated with a full time C.S.A. licensed staff. The sun was shining no potential National Team players at the Soccer Quest camp held this past week at the Lakeside Pitch.Players from tots to teenager flocked to the pitch to receive expert coaching from the Quest staff.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A runaway 16 ¼ length first-out maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on April 10, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray heads a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1996, the Melair was taken last year by trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure and will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. HACKTIVISM: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this Square Eddie filly clipped heels late and was placed fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in Golden Gate’s Campanile Stakes May 1. A maiden winner at a mile on turf here two starts back on March 10, Hacktivisim has run three good races on turf, but it remains to be seen if she can be effective on dirt, as she was well beaten going six furlongs on the main track in her debut here on Jan. 2. Hacktivism, who is out of the Irish-bred mare Prima Creatura, will make her fifth career start in the Melair.THE $200,000 MELAIR STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 4 (of 11) Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDT SHY CARMELITA: D’Amato’s second entrant, she is also owned and bred by Alexander and is by Grazen, from the Malek mare Malley Girl. A first-out maiden winner at six furlongs Jan. 30, she comes off 4 ¼ first condition allowance win here going six furlongs on May 7. Shy Carmelita, who has shown she can press the pace or come from behind in four sprints, will try two turns for the first time in the Melair. MELAIR IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ENOLA GRAY: Trained by Phil D’Amato, Enola Gray is by the Alexander-owned Grazen and is out of his More Than Ready mare, Unsung Heroine. Off at 4-1, she demolished eight rivals with a front-running blitz under Tyler Baze in her debut and will likely employ similar tactics as she stretches out in the Melair. First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ALLSQUARE: A chestnut filly by Square Eddie out of the Decarchy mare, Showtime Apollo, Allsquare, who was bred by D’Amato, is his third entrant in the race. A game maiden winner going a flat mile on turf here two starts back on March 31, she disappointed as the 5-2 favorite in the mile turf Campanile, finishing seventh, beaten four lengths by Cheekaboo. CHEEKABOO: Trained by Peter Eurton, this chestnut filly by Unusual Heat from the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks comes off a come from behind win going one mile on turf in state-bred Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns and Joseph Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Cheekaboo broke her maiden coming from off the pace on dirt here four starts back on Jan. 10. With Enola Gray in the lineup, there figures to be a solid early pace and if good enough, Cheekaboo will hope to be flying late. Her overall mark stands at 6-2-2-1, with earnings of $137,680. Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–120Allsquare–Joe Talamo–120Cheekaboo–Rafael Bejarano–124Hacktivism–Mario Gutierrez–120The Spiral Jetter–Santiago Gonzalez–120Shy Carmelita–Martin Garcia–122 THE SPIRAL JETTER: Originally fourth, beaten two lengths by Cheekaboo, this Andy Mathis-trained filly by Don’tsellmeshort, out of the Renteria mare Early Arriver, was placed third in the Campanile Stakes and will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. A 2 ½ length open maiden special weight winner going a flat mile on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate three starts back on Feb. 7, The Spiral Jetter, who is 5-1-2-1, has been ridden in all five Golden Gate starts by Julien Couton, but will be handled for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez on Saturday.
The President of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology has warmly welcomed today’s announcement that €2.5 million funding will be granted to progress LYIT’s drive for university status.President Paul Hannigan said that the investment is a strong endorsement for the LYIT as it deepens partnerships in the Connacht-Ulster region and on a cross-border level.The funding was announced by Minister Joe McHugh, who said €2.5M was a “phenomenal level of financial backing for further and higher education in the north-west”. Some €2m is being made available to progress the Connacht Ulster Alliance.Another €500,000 is being invested in LYIT as part of its deepening links with Ulster University and the North-West College.Mr Hannigan said: “LYIT is delighted with the funding announcement today from Minister McHugh. “Two weeks ago the Minister launched our Strategic Plan 2019-23 which clearly articulates our ambitions to achieve technological university status with our partners in IT Sligo and GMIT and also shows our commitment to cross-border collaboration within the North West City Region with Donegal ETB, North West Regional College and Ulster University. “This funding is a strong endorsement of the Institute’s strategic direction and will help us continue the significant momentum evident in both initiatives at this time.”Mr Hannigan outlined how the funding means that LYIT will be at the centre of many future developments in education: “The €2m for the Connacht Ulster Alliance will allow the Institutes to continue their drive towards achieving the criteria for technological university. The announcement in Budget 2020 that €90m will be committed to technological universities over the next three years has shown the Government’s commitment to the development of this sector and LYIT will be at the heart of these developments.”He added: “As the BREXIT negotiations continue, the necessity to support successful cross-border initiatives has never been more important. The cross-border further and higher education alliance comprises LYIT, Donegal ETB, North West Regional College and Ulster University and has worked to ensure a seamless cooperation among these four bodies in the North West City Region. “This allocation of €500k a really important statement in supporting this strategy and will support the social and economic development of this region.”LYIT President’s delight with €2.5M boost in drive for university status was last modified: October 17th, 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)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCenter Joe Thornton might be looking at supplemental discipline from the NHL right when the Sharks will be trying to battle back from a series deficit against the Vegas Golden Knights.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Monday morning, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced it would hold a hearing with Thornton for his hit on Tomas Nosek in the second period of Sunday’s Game 3. …
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, let, congratulates center Enes Kanter who reacts after hanging from the rim after putting the ball in for a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The NBA reacted in support of Portland’s Enes Kanter on Thursday, not long after the league’s Turkish-centric Twitter account failed to mention Kanter’s efforts in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Denver in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series.The league also fired the Turkish company in charge of operating that account.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid, 76ers pull ahead 2-1 after rout of Raptors Kanter has previously said that he will seek a U.S. passport; his Turkish one was canceled in 2017. Citing security concerns and a fear of being arrested, Kanter chose to miss two games outside of the U.S. so far in 2019 — when he was with the New York Knicks he did not accompany them for a game in London in January, and he didn’t travel with Portland for a game in Toronto on March 1.His reluctance to leave the U.S. coincides with Turkish officials seeking a “red notice” through Interpol and pursuing Kanter’s arrest since January, alleging that he backed exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and provided financial support to his group. Gulen has been blamed for a failed coup on the Erdogan government in 2016; Kanter has dismissed that as a “fake coup” staged by Erdogan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kanter — who has been estranged from Turkey, his homeland, for at least two years and is a longtime critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — had 15 points and nine rebounds in Portland’s 97-90 victory Wednesday night. After the game, the NBA tweeted out a list of stat leaders and included Kanter; the Turkish account, @NBATurkiye, made no mention of Kanter.It’s the latest twist in a long saga, one where the Turkish government has sought Kanter’s arrest and he has claimed, among other things, that the government censors him and forbids the airing of Portland games in the country. The NBA said Turkish fans can still see all games through its various platforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Fans in Turkey can watch all playoff games featuring Enes Kanter and the Portland Trail Blazers on NBA League Pass and NBA TV International,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum said. “The NBA Turkey Twitter account was managed by a local vendor and we are terminating that relationship.”The National Basketball Players Association also put out a statement in support of Kanter on Thursday, saying it “fully supports our players using their platforms to stand up for their beliefs and the principles they support. We stand with Enes and, as with all of our players, will work to ensure that he is treated fairly and with respect.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Ex-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to doby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Pedja Mijatovic has questioned whether Zinedine Zidane is capable of leading the club out of it’s slump.Mijatovic was reacting to their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG.He said, “I did not expect such a game. I expected to see another game, I was very confident and I hope that Madrid will present itself in a better way in a competition in which it has made history. “PSG has been better in every way. It is a worry. The season looks like last year.”From minute one, Madrid was not involved in the game. When a team lets you play they all seem like phenomena to you. Madrid has to improve a lot. They have to worry and look for solutions. I don’t see Zidane finding solutions or helping the team to improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
WASHINGTON – Canada and the United States have responded in drastically different ways to bizarre attacks on diplomatic personnel in Havana, with the Americans pursuing a hardline approach that escalated Tuesday.The U.S. expelled 15 of Cuba’s diplomats from Washington, just days after removing more than half its personnel from Havana to protest the failure to protect Americans from unexplained sonic attacks that have caused dizziness, hearing loss and cognitive damage.Although several Canadian personnel were also affected this year, the federal government says the attacks have apparently stopped; there have been no incidents since the spring; the Cuban government has been co-operative in investigating the incidents; and there is no change in policy.A prominent anti-Castro hardliner says he doesn’t blame Canada for taking a different tack. While Sen. Marco Rubio urged the U.S. to respond forcefully, he said circumstances will differ from country to country.”Every nation will have to make their own determination, obviously,” Rubio told The Canadian Press.”But for us it was indisputable that we could not expose our diplomats and people serving abroad to physical attacks. If the host nation can not guarantee their safety, they can’t be there.”The U.S. announced Tuesday that it had given the Cuban government a list of 15 names of people who had to leave Washington within one week, the latest move in the fallout of the strange attacks and one which was criticized by the Cuban government..The move reverses several years of historic momentum toward closer relations between the old enemies, as the Cold War foes only recently re-established diplomatic relations and reopened embassies that had been shuttered for decades.But the U.S. was adamant Tuesday: diplomatic relations with Cuba will continue. It also stressed that the latest announcements do not mean it believes the Cuban government is behind the unexplained attacks.”This move does not signal a change of policy or determination of responsibility,” a U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.”We are maintaining diplomatic relations with Havana. The decision on expulsions was taken due to Cuba’s inability to protect our diplomats in Havana, as well as to ensure equity in the impact on our respective operations. …”We will need full assurances from the Cuban government that these attacks will not continue before we can even contemplate returning personnel.”The U.S. also disclosed that the attacks had produced a 22nd victim, one more than previously reported. That person was the victim of an attack in January. The incidents stopped for a time, but reportedly recurred as recently as late August.The Canadian government said there have been no known Canadian victims since the spring. Canada, which has historically had far warmer relations than the U.S. with Castro-led Cuba, announced last week that it is not following Washington’s lead in withdrawing diplomats.”We do not have any reason to believe Canadian tourists and other visitors could be affected,” said a statement last week from Ottawa.”Canada currently has no plans to change its travel advice and advisory for Cuba or remove its staff from Cuba.”The Associated Press reported that Cuban official called the American response “irresponsible,” and “hasty.”President Raul Castro’s government has denied involvement in the attacks.Before full diplomatic relations were restored in 2015, Cuba had about two-dozen accredited staffers at what was then called the Cuban interests section, according to a State Department list. The AP reports that the number at times climbed as high as more than 50, and the latest edition of the U.S. “Diplomatic List” identifies 26 accredited Cubans at the embassy, almost all accompanied by spouses.The removal of 15 will reduce the Cuban staffing to roughly a dozen accredited diplomats.In Havana, the U.S. had roughly 54 diplomats in its embassy until deciding Friday to pull more than half of them out and leave behind only “essential personnel.” The departing Americans are expected to have all left Cuba by week’s end, officials said.The Cuban diplomats being expelled will not be deemed “persona non grata,” officials said, a designation that would prevent them from ever returning to U.S. soil.To medical investigators’ dismay, symptoms have varied widely. In addition to hearing loss and concussions, some people have experienced nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. The AP has reported that some now suffer from problems with concentration and common word recall.___With files from The Associated Press