Phil Lesh & Friends With Bob Weir, Jim James Solo, And More Lead Sound Summit 2017 Lineup

first_imgToday, Sound Summit announced an impressive lineup for their 2017 event, including a very special Phil Lesh & Friends show featuring fellow founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, a solo set by Jim James of M Morning Jacket, and performances from indie rocker/actress Jenny Lewis, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and San Francisco-based folk band Vetiver. The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at the scenic and historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat stone amphitheater which sits at the top of Mount Tamalpais in the California Bay Area.Sound Summit is presented by Roots & Branches Conservancy, a group dedicated to raising funds for natural resource protection and conservation of Mount Tamalpais State Park and the surrounding areas. This year’s event is also sponsored by Birkenstock.For more information about the event, the mountain, and Roots & Branches Conservancy’s environmentally conscious mission, head to the Sound Summit website. Tickets to the fundraiser event will go on sale this Wednesday, June 21st at 10am Pacific Time/1pm Eastern Time here.[Cover photos via Jay Blakesberg (Phil & Bob) and Jason Koerner (Jim)]last_img read more

Mike Tyson is on steroids, MMA star accuses former world champ

first_img “How else could he have got into more or less top shape? Only on steroids, there’s no other option. “In my third or fourth year, when everybody weight trained, my friends brought nandrolone. I injected myself, to look good, to have a good body. “I remember my muscles were like rocks. I looked in the mirror and realized it wasn’t for me. Tyson has been linked with a comeback bout against 57-year-old Evander Holyfield. read also:Mike Tyson may die in comeback fight, Whyte warns The pair are said to be in talks about a Middle East comeback clash despite their combined age of 110. It also emerged this week Tyson once stormed into Donald Trump’s office and raged: “Are you f***ing my wife?!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Mike Tyson has taken steroids to get back in shape, according to an outlandish claim made by MMA star, Sergei Kharitonov. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson Iron Mike has been back in the gym ahead of a shock comeback age 53. But Bellator heavyweight Kharitonov reckons the boxing icon’s impressive physique has not come naturally. The Russian MMA fighter who last month said he would like to face Iron Mike said that kind of body can “only” be obtained with steroids at his age. In a recent interview Sport Express, he said: “He’s juiced up, but it’s fine. There won’t be any doping-control. “He’s taken testosterone, and some kind of health products. There’s no resentment towards Tyson here for that. He’s 53 years old.Advertisementlast_img read more

No. 19 Saint Louis avoids upset by Duquesne, 76-72

first_imgSaint Louis’ Jordair Jett (5), left, steals the ball from Duquesne’s Tra’Vaughn White during an NCAA college basketball game between Duquesne and Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Saint Louis coach Jim Crews is one of only a select few in NCAA Division I that starts five seniors. The No. 19 Billikens needed all of their experience to avoid an upset against Duquesne.Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as Saint Louis edged Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday night.Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe and Jordair Jett – all seniors – had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.“Our seniors have been through it,” Crews said. “They have good wisdom and poise about themselves. They move on to try to do the next right thing when we screw up or are behind. They’re pretty resilient that way.”The biggest play actually came from a sophomore, Austin McBroom, who made a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining to give the Billikens a 73-72 lead they would not relinquish.Ovie Soko scored 18 points to lead Duquesne, which scored more points and shot a better percentage than any of Saint Louis’ previous 19 opponents.The Dukes (8-9, 1-4) went ahead 72-70 on two free throws by Jeremiah Jones with 57 seconds remaining, but Jett found McBroom alone on the wing after a drive to the basket was not open for him. McBroom was the second option on the play.It was the second time in the final two minutes that Saint Louis had to erase a Duquesne lead. Jett made a jumper for a 70-69 lead with 1:50 left after Dukes guard Micah Mason put his team ahead with a 3-pointer on the previous possession.“They didn’t get rattled, not at all,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “They kept playing. We got up eight. They kept playing. How many teams have been to the NCAA tournament twice and have five seniors?”The Dukes had a chance to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining, but Dominique McKoy missed a reverse layup. McCall rebounded and was fouled. He made two free throws at the other end to seal the win for the Billikens.Saint Louis continued its recent dominance over Duquesne, beating the Dukes for the fifth consecutive meeting and for the seventh time in eight games.This one was much tougher than the previous games, though. Saint Louis entered ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense and led the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage and 3-point defense, but the Dukes scored more points and shot a better percentage than any team had against the Billikens all season.The Dukes came out and scorched the Billikens early, shooting 52 percent from the field (13 for 25) and 56 percent (5 for 9) from 3-point range in the first half while taking a 36-34 lead into halftime.Micah Mason paced the Dukes with nine first-half points, all on 3-pointers. Mason, a transfer from Drake, was 5 for 7 from behind the arc. His final attempt with 4 seconds left on the clock could have tied the score, but it was off the mark.“We’re pretty good on defense and they made our defense look not too good,” Crews said. “Tonight, they had our way with us most of the time.”While Crews was dissatisfied with his team’s defensive performance, he was thrilled with his team’s offensive efficiency and poise down the stretch. The Billikens shot 50 percent from the field and made 10 of 19 from 3-point range, including 6 of their 7 attempts in the second half when they had to erase an eight-point deficit.“We’re very fortunate to come out on the top end of that,” Crews said. “They’re so competitive and go right at you. They did a great job of getting spacing on us. Their two big kids had their way against us. But we were pretty good offensively throughout the night. We were still able to find a way to win. Different guys made big plays to win.”McCall was 4 for 5 from the field and 3 for 4 from 3-point range. Jett dished out 11 assists to go along with his 10 points and Glaze fell two rebounds shy of a double-double.But it was McBroom, a sophomore guard, who made the biggest plays in the second half. He scored all 11 of his points after halftime, including three 3-pointers.“This season, we’ve been in circumstances where we had to fight,” McBroom said. “We had to keep fighting and eventually it was going to fall into our hands.”last_img read more

Trivino serves up walk-off homer as Yankees beat Athletics in 11

first_imgThe A’s held two different leads in the Saturday matinee, but Aaron Judge tied the game at 3 in the eighth inning, hitting a home run off … NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu hit a walk-off home run on Lou Trivino’s first-pitch fastball in the 11th inning, sealing the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.Trivino made it through two innings unscathed before LeMahieu’s leadoff game-winner.DJ played Closing Time.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 31, 2019last_img

China signals a new day for Africa

first_img9 November 2007The recent acquisition by China’s largest bank of 20% of South Africa’s Standard Bank is a watershed event in the growing relationship between China and the development of the African continent.The symbolism is overwhelming.China is an emerging global power and the sheer scale of its economy is already beginning to dwarf anything that has come before it.The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), which made the move on Standard Bank, recently overtook Citigroup as the world’s largest bank, with a market capitalisation of US$254-billion (R1.4-trillion).Its $5.5-billion (R36.7-billion) stake in Standard Bank, the bank with the largest presence in Africa, is the largest ever inward investment in South Africa, as well as the biggest Chinese financial acquisition ever.It further consolidates the uniquely strategic relationship between China and South Africa, its major partner on the African continent, and marks the moment at which South Africa can look to the new “BRIC” global economic powers – Brazil, Russia, India and China – as the source of foreign direct investment which has fallen short of expectations in the case of traditional trading partners Britain, France, the United States and Japan.China moves on AfricaChina has in the past decade or so become the fastest growing investor in African infrastructure, one of the major source of soft loans to African states, one of the largest consumers of African oil and steel and the largest exporter of cheap manufactured goods to the continent.Bilateral trade between China and African nations has increased a staggering tenfold to $55.5-billion (R350-billion) in less than a decade. In the six years from 2000 to 2006, China pumped $6.6-billion (R43-billion) in foreign direct investment into Africa.China’s state financial institutions – such as the Chinese Export-Import Bank – are advancing soft loans for developing African infrastructure, which run into $25-billion (R152-billion) over the next three years or so in four countries alone: Nigeria, Angola, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).China’s strategic approach in building a long-term relationship with Africa to serve its own economic interests has opened up opportunities for African countries which were unthinkable even a decade ago.The Chinese approach of doing business without preconditions based on human rights and good governance has presented the continent’s traditional trading partners – and multilateral bodies such as the World Bank – with a major challenge.Beyond aid and debt reliefThe stark reality is that Western aid to Africa has not worked. It is estimated that since 1960 more than $655-billion in Western aid has been pumped into Africa, with little to show for it.That is six times more than the $111-billion (at today’s prices) invested by the United States in the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II, according to Richard Dowden, director of the Royal Africa Society.It is only in the past five years or so that the G8 and the European Union have started to recast the relationship with Africa in terms of a partnership in which aid could be jointly monitored and managed and sustainable joint ventures could come into being.The call for a Marshall Plan for African development – which has been made at various times by Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his term as Chancellor of the Exchequer – is an analogy which can only be taken so far.Clearly, what Africa needs, more than aid and debt relief – although it needs these interventions too – is trade and investment, and partnerships which will ensure a transfer of skills and technology that will enable Africans increasingly to become the architects of their own renaissance.African interventionsIn that sense, there has been much progress through the interventions of South Africa President Thabo Mbeki and other African leaders is setting new standards of political and economic governance through the reformation of the African Union, and the creation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).Mbeki has also been at the forefront of positioning Africa – which has contributed least to climate change but stands to suffer most from its impact – as a potentially key broker in the quest for a global deal on climate change.Then there are the interventions of homegrown African role models such as Mohammed Ibrahim, the former chair of Celtel, who set up a foundation to encourage African leaders to leave a legacy of development for their people and to monitor governance throughout the continent.Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano recently became the first recipient of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s $5-million (R33-million) award for his wise leadership and contribution to development. Mozambique is growing impressively from a low base.Neighbouring Tanzania’s former president, Benjamin Mkapa, is Reuters chairman Niall FitzGerald’s co-chair as head of the Investment Climate Facility, which seeks to remove impediments to investment and streamline registration and customs clearance procedures.African success storiesAngola, mainly beyond the scrutiny of Western correspondents, is undergoing an extraordinary economic revival and is set to become a regional power in the years ahead.Botswana, long a role model of good governance and economic efficiency, was described recently by Barclays Chief John Varley, at a symposium at the CASS Business School attached to London’s City University, as “one of greatest undeclared miracles of growth and economic management”.Nigeria, which is projected to be one of the word’s 10 largest economies by 2020, is moving on a trajectory of growth and accountability, and countries like Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia have become relative havens of peace and development.The advent of the mobile phone has given entrepreneurism a major boost throughout the continent, and the most pressing needs lie with infrastructure development – particularly in energy and transport – financial inclusion and access to capital, the revival of the continent’s universities, and a sound education and health infrastructure.Most pressing – and this is where the Western countries could deliver, but vested interests in the US and the EU prevent it – is the need for a levelling of the rules for global trade, in particular through scrapping agricultural subsidies.Seeing Africa in a different lightBut one can already begin to feel the difference in Africa. Investors are looking at Africa in a new light and increasingly seeing the need to have a foothold there, much as was the case with China 20 years ago. Banks talk excitedly about the opportunities, and venture capital is engaging increasingly in the once marginalised continent.“To be successful in Africa, business leaders must reject the image of a continent in constant crisis,” said FitzGerald, Britain’s most credible and passionate Afro-optimist. “Challenges remain but, in a continent of almost a billion people, so do huge opportunities. The potential dividends for businesses which are bold and forward-looking are huge.”China’s involvement in Africa is strategic and long-term. There are already signs of a shift in China’s terms for business in Darfur and Zimbabwe, and similar shifts are evident in China’s growing attention to intellectual property rights and anti-corruption measures.Western countries have long tended to dismiss China’s interest as inimical to human rights and sustainable development, but they might not be able to do so for much longer.“China is lining up its entrepreneurs behind a vision which is based on securing mineral supplies and building future markets,” said Fitzgerald. “This is very powerful and we ignore it at our peril.”The marriage of China’s largest bank and South Africa’s Standard Bank is the clearest sign yet that the global economic order is in the midst of fundamental change. Its centre of gravity is moving eastwards and southwards, and the trend is gaining momentum rapidly.As a strategic partner of China and closely allied to Brazil and India, South Africa is strategically placed to make the best of the new day that is coming … just around the bend.John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. He is based in London. This article was first published in South Africa magazine.last_img read more

Two Oceans — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe Skagerrak and Kattegat seas collide in epic fashion at Grenen Beach in Northern Denmark, near the town of Skagen. Splashing waves from both directions create dangerous undercurrents. Although swimming is prohibited, you can safely put your feet in both seas at once from sandbanks where the two seas meet. Location:DenmarkN 57° 44.696′ E 010° 39.228′ SharePrint RelatedRåbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012October 25, 2012In “Community”An Easter (Island) Geocache – Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2013In “Community”Happy Independence Day! – Granite Rushmore (GC33JW4) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 3, 2013In “Community” Another year has gone by, and our planet has done another rotation around the sun. Thus it’s only fitting that the final Geocache of the Week of 2017 is an EarthCache where two things come together. To log this EarthCache, head to the tip of the sandbank and give your theory on why sand is deposited where the two seas meet. If you want to do a little extra, take a picture of your GPS or mobile device near the bank, or take a picture with your feet in both bodies of water. The 810 Favorite points and 3,400 total logs on Two Oceans make it one the most popular caches in Denmark — but you should ‘sea’ it for yourself.Will you get your feet wet for this EarthCache?Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.center_img Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1Terrain:2 EarthCacheGC1BJ4Eby velslast_img read more

5 Filmmaking Tips for Acting and Directing (At the Same Time)

first_imgSome filmmakers have to do everything. So here are five tips to simplify acting and directing in your next video project.Cover Image by gnepphoto.From pioneer filmmakers like Orson Welles to classic genre stars like Clint Eastwood to modern legends like Spike Lee to crossover stars like Lena Dunham, filmmakers who can both act and direct in their own projects are a highly talented but rare breed.However, while it may seem like an easy solution (who better to star in your brilliant masterpiece than you?), it’s also a huge challenge to pull off without losing your mind in the process. So let’s look at some practical tips and tricks to help you succeed in both roles on your next project.Do The Majority of Your Directing Before You Arrive On SetImage by gnepphoto.As is true with most things in film and video production, the more you plan before you actually start filming, the better. This is especially true when you need wear multiple hats as actor and director. Both require good instincts and creative problem-solving skills, but you can mitigate risks with a solid production schedule that you follow to a T. When acting in scenes that you also direct, do plenty of table readings, walkthroughs, and rehearsals to get everything tightly blocked and worked out. Ideally, once you’re on set, you’ll just be going through the well-rehearsed motions.Use a Stand-In When NecessaryImage by gnepphoto.Another good trick when directing yourself (and others) in scenes is to use a stand-in for your actor-self so that you can focus completely on directing. Your stand-in doesn’t have to be a perfect double — all you need is a live body to help with technical aspects like lighting, audio recording, and camera movements. A double also allows you to fully visualize compositions, mannerisms, and movement throughout scenes.Have Someone You Trust on SetImage by Niphon Subsri.To truly jump between two such highly important roles, you need someone you trust as a de-facto stand-in director. If your production is big enough, an AD (assistant director) may be that person, but on smaller productions, it may have to be your DP, your Key Grip, or another actor. If it’s someone you trust and have a rapport with, they can give your actor-self feedback and notes and direction, which can help you stay in character when you need to act.Monitors Are A Huge HelpImage by guruXOX.One of the biggest problems with directing yourself in scenes is that you can’t see the performance. Luckily, you have cameras at the ready. Monitors become a huge help in this process so you’re not just huddling around a viewfinder after each take with the rest of the crew. If you have several and a mobile setup, you can keep monitors turned to you on set so that you can stay in your place and view takes without even abandoning your mark.Give Yourself Time to DisconnectImage by Studio 72.Probably the most important thing an actor-director can do when trying to wear both hats is to give yourself enough time to disconnect from one before you try to assume the other. You’re not a prima donna if you need to take a few moments to refocus yourself after directing a scene before you jump into acting in the next one. Acting is tough enough work, and it requires self-centering and a nuanced attention to detail that doesn’t just activate on command. Trust your friends and your crew to help, but take time to give your best performances in both roles.For more filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these resources.101 Filmmaking Tips & Tricks: a FREE Filmmaking eBook7 Tips for Low-Budget FilmmakingFilmmaking Tips: How to Develop an Anti-Hero9 Common Filmmaking Mistakes to Avoid7 Quick Production Tips for Film and Video Professionalslast_img read more

Many Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh without shelter water Oxfam Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Oxfam Canada says hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks, are without shelter and clean water in flooded refugee camps.The international development agency says nearly 480,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and more than 70 per cent are without adequate shelter, while half have no safe drinking water.It said in a release Wednesday that heavy rains and floods in camps have left people facing extreme hardship, and have slowed down the building of emergency shelters and clean water tanks, and the delivery of aid.Oxfam says is has reached nearly 100,000 people with clean drinking water, emergency toilets, water pumps and food rations and is planning to help more than 200,000 people during the first phase of its response.Oxfam Bangladesh’s humanitarian co-ordinator Paolo Lubrano says most of the families are huddled under sarongs and urgently need help.Due to the volatile and chaotic situation, Oxfam says it is concerned about abuse and exploitation of women and girls.“Women and children are particularly vulnerable, sleeping under open skies, roadsides, and forest areas with little or no protection,” Lubrano said.The head of the U.N.’s migration agency said Wednesday there are increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims.Director-general William Lacy Swing of the International Organization for Migration said he was “shocked and concerned” about the reports of sexual and gender-based violence among Rohingya in Bangladesh.IOM said rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence have been identified. It did not specify who was responsible for the violence.An agency statement on Wednesday said IOM doctors have treated dozens of women who experienced “violent sexual assault” since August, but that the known cases likely represent only a “small portion” of actual cases.The military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes of Rohingya Muslims, forcing members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.-with files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

No sleep for Alberta sheep farmer after cougar rampage in livestock corral

first_imgCOCHRANE — A southern Alberta farmer says he’s still trying to get over the shock of losing most of his sheep herd in a cougar attack.Barry Richards, who farms in the Cochrane area, says he spotted a sickly looking cougar lurking in the area on Monday and began patrolling his sheep enclosure to prevent the big cat from stalking his animals.He settled in for the night after believing the cougar had moved on, but the next morning he discovered the bulk his herd — 38 animals — either dead or nearly dead.Two rams weighing about 136 kilograms each, 20 ewes and 16 lambs were among the livestock attacked.Neighbours helped corner the cougar in a tree and Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were dispatched to euthanize it.Wildlife officials say the cougar was emaciated and in very poor health, adding that it’s unnatural for a single cougar to kill so many sheep at one time.Only 10 sheep, including two lambs, survived the attack.Richards said he’s been told he will be compensated for livestock lost in the attack.“I’m feeling kind of stunned still,” he said. “Feeling really tired and like I have post-traumatic stress syndrome … I’m not really doing very well.”Estelle Coulson, Richards’ daughter, said the family was attached to the herd.“A lot of these sheep I grew up with. It’s so shocking that they’re just gone. I just never expected something like this to happen.” (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more