Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Keller Williams To Headline Adirondack Independence Fest

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong will play two sets when they headline the Adirondack Independence Music Festival on September 1st and 2nd. Keller Williams and Pink Talking Fish are also on the top of the bill for the gathering, which is slated to take place at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons in Lake George, NY.Other artists on the bill include Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Jen Durkin & The Business, Lucid (x2), Lespecial, Formula 5, Swift Technique, and many more. The festival has also revealed that a “big headliner” will be announced in late July.Additionally, Adirondack Independence Music Festival will host a late-night show with Gratefully Yours and Goose at the nearby King Neptune’s Pub. Admission will be free for those who already have a festival wristband.Tickets for the Adirondack Independence Music Festival are currently on sale.last_img read more

Senator Braun’s Mobile Offices Hit 300 Locations in 2019

first_imgBatesville- Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMMemorial Building 132 South Main Street Batesville, IN Recently, U.S. Senator Mike Braun announced his team held 309 Mobile Offices in 2019 in 236 Hoosier communities in all 92 counties.Mobile Offices allow constituents to meet directly with staff in a meaningful way in their home communities to discuss legislative and policy issues or to get help working with a federal agency. “Constituent services for Hoosiers are like customer service was to me in the private sector. I learned from growing a business that it’s important to listen to everyone how we can do better,” said Senator Mike Braun. “Public service is no different, and I’ve made clear to my staff that we will echo that sentiment in the Senate. Staff Mobile Offices given thousands of Hoosiers the opportunity to speak to my team directly about issues important to them or to seek help in dealing with a federal agency.” Rising Sun- Tuesday, January 14  at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMOhio County Public Library502 2nd StreetRising Sun, INcenter_img Senator Braun’s staff will host mobile hours in southeastern Indiana during the month of January.  They are :North Vernon- Friday, January 10 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMNorth Vernon City Hall143 E Walnut StreetNorth Vernon, INlast_img read more

Aguilleira calls time on international career

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Former captain Merissa Aguilleira yesterday announced her retirement from international cricket, bringing to end a stellar career that saw her play over 100 One-Day Internationals.The move comes a week after the 33-year-old Trinidadian was dropped for the upcoming tour of Ireland and England, following a poor domestic championship.“I wish to thank all members of the team with whom I worked and who worked with me to secure success in our endeavours to bring pleasure, pride, happiness and inspiration to West Indian people everywhere,” said Aguilleira.“It is an absolute honour to have been of service to West Indies Cricket. My continued goal is to assist CWI to build and develop women’s cricket and help others like me to achieve their dreams.”Aguilleira led West Indies in 74 of her 112 ODIs and in 73 of her 95 Twenty20 Internationals, and was in charge when the Caribbean side reached the final of the ICC 50-over World Cup in 2013 in India where they lost to Australia.With the emergence of Stafanie Taylor, Aguilleira handed over the captaincy four years ago but remained a part of the side, and played a key role when they won the historic first T20 World Cup in India in 2016.However, her performances declined in recent years and opportunities became fewer, most notably when she failed to get a single game at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean last November.Her last international came on the tour of Pakistan last February when she led the side in the three-match T20 series after Taylor opted out.Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, said Aguilleira’s professionalism would be her greatest legacy.“From my own experience this cannot be the easiest of times for Merissa. However, her dignity and candour in communicating this decision has been exceptional,” he said.“The highest accolades are due to her for a career spanning more than 10 years and which included over 100 ODIs. Far exceeding the statistics, Merissa has been the epitome of professionalism throughout her career whilst consistently upholding the highest possible standards on and off the field.”Aguilleira made 1 752 runs in ODIs at an average of 20, while claiming 78 catches and 26 stumpings. In T20s, she scored 768 runs at 14 and completed 38 catches and 34 stumpings.last_img read more

Nenagh Ormond into promotion playoff final

first_imgNenagh Ormond’s efforts to secure Division 1 rugby next season have taken a major leap forward.The North Tipp side overcame Highfield in an action packed encounter in Omagh today on a scoreline of 13 points to 9.Nenagh Ormond now go on to play Dolphin at Irish Independent Park in Cork next Saturday in the 1A/2B Promotion Playoff final. Photo © Twitter- Nenagh Ormondlast_img

Russia almost ready for World Cup with a year to go

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The stadiums are not the only key projects going up around the 11 cities due to hold the event.Transport and tourism infrastructure such as airports and hotels are being rushed towards completion to cope with the influx of foreign visitors to destinations that rarely draw many foreigners.– Security –There are also major security fears surrounding the World Cup in Russia with the shadow of terrorism and hooliganism looming over the event.Moscow has a long history of battling against terror and been the target of bloody attacks.A suicide bombing on the metro in Saint Petersburg killed 15 people in April, just over two months ahead of the Confederations Cup opener in the city.Jihadists from the Islamic State group have repeatedly pledged to attack Russia in revenge for its bombing campaign in Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad.In a bid to stamp out any problems, strongman Putin has ordered ramped up security measures throughout the World and Confederations Cup.“All the necessary work is going on to detect and prevent threats,” said Alexei Lavrishchev, the FSB commander in charge of coordinating security.But it is not just terror that has raised concerns for the tournament.After the brutal scenes in France involving Russian fans last year there were fears that visiting supporters could be in for a tough time.But both hooligans and Russian authorities say there is almost no chance of a repeat as the police have cracked down on suspected troublemakers with a barrage of searches, detentions and criminal probes.Moscow has stuck 191 fans on a blacklist barring them from games and introduced legislation to toughen up punishments and deport foreign hooligans. Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Despite fears over security and construction delays at several stadiums, Russia looks largely on course one year from the kick-off of the World Cup in June 2018.There was already a whiff of scandal around the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe after Swiss authorities opened a probe into possible corruption during the bidding for the event.Then worries of hooligan violence surged after gangs of Russian fans grabbed headlines by rampaging through the streets of Marseille at Euro 2016.But for strongman President Vladimir Putin the World Cup is an invaluable chance to burnish Russia’s prestige as the country has slumped to its worst standoff with the West over Ukraine and Syria.And authorities insist they have all problems firmly in hand as they gear up for a test-run with the Confederations Cup tournament starting in second city Saint Petersburg on June 17.– Stadiums –The World Cup will be the biggest international event that Russia has hosted since it lavished huge sums on staging the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.So far only four of the 12 World Cup stadiums – Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow — are up and running for the warm-up Confederations Cup.The finishing touches are also being put to the iconic Luzhniki stadium in Moscow — which is set to hold the World Cup opener and final — with a trial game scheduled for the autumn.While most of the arenas are running to time, there has also been a spate of scandals over delays, corruption and poor labour conditions.The stadium in Saint Petersburg ended up taking a decade to build and costing some $800 million (716 million euros), with groundsmen still ending up having to frantically replace the pitch a month before the Confed Cup.In the Volga town of Samara the bill for the 45,000-seater Cosmos Arena has risen to a reported $320 million as constructors had to make late design changes to keep from dropping too far behind schedule.Human Rights Watch documented how migrant workers have faced unpaid wages and dire conditions, with a reported 17 labourers dying at the World Cup sites.Meanwhile Moscow has also conceded that workers from repressive state North Korea were also involved in construction in Saint Petersburg.Despite the scandals, authorities across the World Cup host venues — which stretch from European exclave Kalingrad in the west to the Urals city of Yekaterinburg in the east — insist they will be ready on time.last_img read more

Ali still the Greatest as he celebrates 70th

first_img“Rumble, young man, rumble,” used to be his battle cry.But Muhammad Ali is an old man now, ravaged by his years in the ring and his decades of braving Parkinson’s disease. The voice that used to bellow that he was “The Greatest” is largely muted now, save for those times in the mornings when he is able to whisper his thoughts. FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE—In this May 25, 1965, photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. Ali turned 70 on Jan. 17. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File) The face, though, is still that of the most recognizable man on earth. Maybe not as finely chiseled as it was in his prime, but close enough.“It’s not like he doesn’t look like himself,” said his oldest daughter, Maryum “May May” Ali. “It’s the same face, the Parkinson’s hasn’t affected that.’”Ali turned 70 on Tuesday, giving Baby Boomers who grew up with him one more reason to reflect on their own advancing years.He’s fought Parkinson’s the way he fought the late Joe Frazier, never giving an inch. But it’s a fight he can’t win, and nearly 30 years of living with it has taken a heavy toll.His days at home with wife, Lonnie, in a gated community near Phoenix, generally follow the same routine: He gets out of bed and takes a shower before easing into his favorite chair for long hours at a time.Sometimes he will watch videos of his old fights. The hands will move, eyes will twitch, as he remembers the magnificent fighter and physical specimen he once was.Through it all he remains a proud man. There are no complaints. No time spent bemoaning his fate.It is, the devout Muslim would say, God’s will.“He would always just say to his family, ‘These are the cards I was dealt, so don’t be sad,’” Maryum Ali said. “He never played the victim. There was never any ‘Woe is me.’”That he is still alive so long after being diagnosed with the degenerative disease may be a tribute to the athleticism and inner strength that helped him stop Frazier on a brutally hot morning in the Philippines and helped him knock out the fearsome George Foreman in Africa. Among the heavyweights of his generation he was a big man, standing 6-foot-2 and usually weighing in at around 210 pounds.There are medications to help relieve his symptoms; there is no cure for Parkinson’s.“The Parkinson’s has affected him a lot, one of things he has is a lot of difficulty speaking,” said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix. “But he’s never downbeat about it. He’s a tremendous inspiration to everyone.”Ali, his daughter says, is in the late stages of Parkinson’s now, a time when doctors say patients are particularly susceptible to things that can kill them.Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among Parkinson’s patients, who are also at constant risk for other infections. The increasing inability to swallow can be fatal, and falls are always a major concern.“He’s had a very visible and courageous fight against this disease. He has not given up,” said Dr. Blair Ford, a professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University, who specializes in Parkinson’s research. “Three decades of Parkinson’s is devastating. This is a tougher opponent than anyone he’s faced.”How Ali got the disease will never be known, because not much is known about the cause of Parkinson’s—other than it is characterized by increasingly severe tremors and periodically stiff or frozen limbs.Ali once calculated that he took 29,000 punches to the head in a career that spanned more than two decades. He fought without headgear as an amateur, and never backed down while trading punches with brutal sluggers like Frazier, Earnie Shavers and Foreman.By the final stages of his career, he was slurring his words. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.Lieberman says he doesn’t believe Ali got Parkinson’s because of repeated blows to the head because he doesn’t have classic Dementia Pugilista, which afflicted the late Jerry Quarry, whom Ali defeated twice. Ali is coherent and his thought process is still intact, though the Parkinson’s forces him to communicate more with gestures and actions instead of words.Daughter Maryum believes her father’s choice of profession had something to do with his fate.“In my heart, I think it was a combination of Parkinson’s and trauma to the head,” she said. “He got hit a lot and he fought for a long time.”Indeed he did. Ali’s fights often went 15 rounds and he would often stick his head out and dare opponents to land punches just to respond with some flurries and, on a good night, perhaps even do the Ali shuffle.The stories of his legendary battles with Frazier and Foreman are etched in the fabric of the times, monuments to a sport that has never been the same since he retired. His fights were so big they had names like the “Thrilla in Manilla” and the “Rumble in the Jungle.”Back then, no one could have imagined the Ali they see now. He was a towering figure who won over a country with his mere presence when he fought Foreman in Zaire. Bombastic on the stage, he taunted opponents and teased world figures, once telling Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos: “I saw your wife. You’re not as dumb as you look.”“He was brash. He could shoot off his mouth. He could do things a lot of people want to do but couldn’t do, and he backed it up with his fists,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who traveled the world covering Ali’s fights for The Associated Press. “He was Muhammad Ali. There will never be another like him.”Other stories came later. Foreman tells how he tenderly helped Ali button his shirt as they prepared for a dinner honoring them in London. It was early in the progression of his disease, and Ali didn’t appreciate his old foe having to help him get ready, challenging Foreman to another fight.Later the world would be shocked at the sight of Ali trembling almost uncontrollably as he stood for what seemed like forever while lighting the Olympic flame in 1996 in Atlanta. It’s a moment indelibly etched in time, and it helped turn the final sentiment of public opinion—some resented his refusal to be drafted—in his favor.More recently, Ramsey tells the story of going with Ali to visit a dying boy in the hospital, something Ali has done with regularity since his championship days.Then, as before, the rule was no cameras, no press. Just Ali and the boy in the room together.“He just held the boy’s hand for a long time and they stared in each other’s eyes,” Ramsey said. “He didn’t say a word, they just connected.”Today, Ali still goes to occasional sporting events, where he is invariably greeted with warm, standing ovations.The festivities for his 70th birthday include a Feb. 18 bash at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, where celebrities and former fighters like Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Roberto Duran will pay tribute to him. Manny Pacquiao may sing a song, and millions of dollars will be raised for brain research.People will come because he’s Muhammad Ali. But they’ll also be there because of the person he is—the kind of person who never turned down an autograph. The kind of person who tried to help the less fortunate or the sick. The kind of person who never gets down because he wants to keep those around him up.“I would ask him how he stays so positive,” Ramsey said. “He would say, ‘I’ve got the best known face on the planet. I’m the three-time heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve got no reason to be down.’”“He just has a good heart. He doesn’t believe in being mean to people,” his daughter said. “If someone was in need, he would always help them without even thinking about it.”Maryum Ali said her father knows he didn’t lead a perfect life. But he takes comfort in his religion, and he accepts everything he’s been given.That goes for the Parkinson’s, too.“He would always say I’d rather suffer now than in the hereafter,” she said. “That’s just who my dad is.”last_img read more

Watch: Graeme Souness questions if Arsenal are a ‘proper team’ after meek 2-2 draw…

first_imgAdvertisement 6gknNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8yhjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eymjqs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fWould you ever consider trying this?😱9w6soCan your students do this? 🌚t5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Graeme Souness the former Liverpool manager and football pundit is widely known for his sharp tongue. Previously the Scottish had scathed Paul Pogba for his antics and now he has launched an attack on the Gunners following their 2-2 draw at Watford. Arsenal ended the first half with a 2-0 lead against the Hornets at home. But Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra ended the Gunners 3 points dream at the death, as shambolic defence by David Luiz and co helped Quique Sanchez Flores’ side earn a point at home.Advertisement Pierre Emerick Aubameyang bagged a brace in the first half but it was Quique Sanchez Flores’ side who should’ve claimed all three points, as they remarkably managed to fire 31 shots against a broken Arsenal defence; only to be let down by poor finishing. La Masia graduate Gerard Deulofeu dominated the left flank, but failed to test Bernd Leno, while Abdoulaye Doucoure wasted a glorious chance to score the winner in the the dying minutes.Advertisement Arsenal has been accused of collapsing as soon as their opponent start firing in their half and Souness, the Sky Sports pundit, criticised the Gunners while discussed their collapse at Vicarage Road.“They capitulated; proper teams don’t play like that.” he said.“They brought on some kids. That was a game when it was 2-1 and it was time to dig in. When the kids came on it was all over the place, it was like a game of basketball. Persisting with playing out from the back was going to cost them a goal, and they were lucky it was only one.” Souness further added.Arsenal will face Aston Villa at home next Sunday after their Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt this Thursday.  Advertisementlast_img read more