Critically acclaimed jazz/funk ensemble Snarky Puppy rang in the New Year in New York City, playing on December 30th at Irving Plaza before delivering two separate performances at the Union Square venue on New Year’s Eve. Snarky Puppy had a tremendous 2016, winning a Grammy award for Sylva, their collaborative album with the Metropole Orkest. They also returned with their first Snarky Puppy album in years, an impressive released entitled Culcha Vulcha.The two-night, three-show run was full of incredible music, keeping the good times rolling as fans danced the night away. Check out some videos and a full gallery below, courtesy of Capacity Images. Load remaining images
Saka and Aubameyang’s contracts will expire soon (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta confirmed talks are ongoing with young Arsenal starlets Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun and insists he’s ‘not worried’ about their situations, but he would not offer a fresh update to give hope over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new deal. Saka, Balogun and Aubameyang’s current deals all expire at the end of next season with the Gunners risking losing all three on a free transfer if agreements can’t be struck. There may even be temptation to cash in on the players this summer to avoid losing them for nothing. Saka, 18, has established himself as a first-team regular under Arteta, while Balogun is tipped to breakthrough after being a prolific goalscorer at youth level. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have already batted away interest in Balogun from Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford in January, while Southampton have been linked with his signature. Saka has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund after his eye-catching displays in numerous positions. Comment Balogun has impressed at youth level (Picture: MINews/NurPhoto via Getty)Arsenal have been guilty of losing players in cut-price deals after their contracts ran close to expiry in recent times but Arteta is hopeful the same won’t happen again.‘I’m not worried because I know the club is trying to keep them.’ Arteta said of Saka and Balogun’s situations. ‘They know how much I like working with them and hopefully we can find agreements with them.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAubameyang has been locked in contract talks for months with Gunners chiefs but there are fears he will move on amid links to Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea.But Arteta refused to be drawn on his future. ‘I don’t have any updates, sorry,’ said the Arsenal manager.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 1:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta provides update on contract talks with Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Folarin Balogun Advertisement Advertisement
Wales lock Ian Evans was sent-off for reckless use of the boot in the 20th minute when the scores were tied at 3-3 – a moment of madness that leaves his Six Nations involvement in real doubt – and the Ospreys also had to cope with first half injuries to Ben John and Ryan Jones. Two penalty tries and scores from Cian Healy, Jordi Murphy and Isaac Boss, with fly-half Jimmy Gopperth kicking11 points, saw Leinster progress, as Dan Biggar’s early penalty remained Ospreys’ only score. Leinster advanced to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals as Pool One winners after seeing off 14-man Ospreys with a bonus point 36-3 win at the RDS. Gopperth and Biggar swapped penalties in the first 13 minutes, the visitors keeping edgy Leinster at bay until a penalty try and Healy’s score shortly before half-time. It was far from vintage stuff from the Irish province, who were error-strewn at times, and they finally added to their 17-3 lead with a penalty try past the hour mark. Richardt Strauss’ sensational return from recent heart surgery was warmly applauded, before fellow replacements Murphy and Boss touched down to close out the bonus point win. Leinster’s round six efforts leave them in home quarter-final territory as things stand, but a Dublin date is likely to slip from their grasp by the end of the weekend. The accurate kicking of scrum halves Eoin Reddan and Rhys Webb was an early feature, as both sides went the aerial route. Amid some crunching hits, man-of-the-match Healy bore a hole in the Ospreys defence and a strong Leinster scrum was rewarded by three points from Gopperth’s boot. Already hampered by injuries in the back-line, the Ospreys lost the services of centre John but gritty work at the breakdown allowed Biggar to level matters – with the aid of the crossbar. Aisea Natoga’s smart break was foiled by Gopperth’s penalty-winning contribution at the ensuing ruck, although the Welsh region continued to look nothing a team lying bottom of the pool. Press Association Their task grew significantly harder when Evans was picked out by referee Romain Poite and TMO Laurent Valin for stamping on McCarthy on the ground as the Ospreys mauled forward. The match officials agreed there was deliberate contact with McCarthy’s head and the red card was produced, with the bloodied Leinster lock having to be replaced. It was a real dog-fight up front and Leinster struggled to make their numerical advantage count as the Ospreys – despite also having to replace the influential Jones – battled for every ball. That was until the 33rd minute when a monster lineout maul was collapsed illegally near the Ospreys line and Poite awarded a penalty try which Gopperth converted. Biggar then got back to deny the New Zealander, positioning his leg so that Gopperth was unable to touch down under the posts following an eye-catching Martin Moore run. But Leinster did register their second try before the break, the defensive workload taking its toll on the visitors as electric prop Healy muscled over from close range. Gopperth converted and further injuries to Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard and his replacement Scott Baldwin led to uncontested scrums with half-an-hour remaining. Leinster’s hunt for more tries stuttered as a Dave Kearney effort was cancelled out for a knock-on and handling errors ruined a couple of Luke Fitzgerald-inspired attacks. The scrum became a factor again upon Marc Thomas’ introduction and Ryan Bevington’s move to hooker, and Leinster used to the set piece to earn their second penalty try – Webb deliberately infringing as the home pack powered up to the line. The third try of the night was converted by Gopperth and his half-back partner Reddan just lost control of possession – under pressure from Matthew Morgan – as Leinster hunted for the fourth. It arrived with eight minutes left as Boss’ short feed was finished off by young back rower Murphy for his second try in as many European games, and Boss then gobbled up Fitzgerald’s inviting pass for the fifth. Murphy, Brian O’Driscoll, Boss and Ian Madigan all had a few bites at the cherry for a sixth try, however a couple of knock-ons let the overworked Ospreys off the hook.
CHARLES CITY — The Floyd County Fair’s ground entertainment and grandstand attractions have been cancelled for this year.A statement says it was determined after consulting with Floyd County public health officials, Floyd County FFA chapters and Extension, and the Fair Board to cancel those events due to the uncertainty of what the public health situation may look like in mid-July.Livestock shows will be held in a “show and go” format with no overnight stalling allowed, and livestock shows will be live-streamed on the fair’s Facebook page.Static exhibits will be dropped off and judged based on a write-up only with no face-to-face judging.A fair queen contest will be held with a number of restrictions put in place, with the “Lil Miss & Mr.” competition being cancelled.No commercial exhibits or camping on the grounds will be allowed.The 2020 Floyd County Fair was scheduled for July 15th through the 19th.
Blida, Algeria | AFP | Reluctant favourites TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo are poised to win the CAF Confederation Cup after drawing 1-1 at Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria Saturday in the first leg of the final.Jonathan Bolingi, one of four Congolese in the Mazembe starting line-up, converted a late first-half penalty to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead at Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida.Bejaia captain and playmaker Faouzi Yaya equalised midway through the second half direct from a free-kick before wasting a good chance to win the match.The second leg is next Sunday in Congolese mining city Lubumbashi and a goalless draw will give Mazembe the trophy for the first time after finishing runners-up three seasons ago.Although Mazembe have won nine CAF titles — including five Champions League successes — French coach Hubert Velud disowned the tag of favourites before the first leg.He insisted the title-decider in the African equivalent of the Europa League was a “50-50 affair” after two close-fought group games between the clubs.Mazembe forced a 0-0 draw in Algeria last July and won the return match 1-0 thanks to a goal from Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba.Bejaia began with nine Algerians plus Malian Soumaila Sidibe and France-born Chad international Morgan Betorangal. Apart from four Congolese, Mazembe fielded three Zambians, two Malians and two Ivorians.New Algeria coach Georges Leekens from Belgium was among a large, noisy crowd in the 37,000-capacity stadium as Bejaia dominated early territory and possession.Mouloudia, competing in the Africa for the first time this year, had a chance to take the lead on 20 minutes when they got behind the Mazembe defence.But Betorangal only got a timid poke at a low cross and goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo smothered the ball.Mazembe went ahead on 43 minutes after sloppy defending by Sofiane Baouali allowed Roger Assale to break through and he was fouled by goalkeeper Chamseddine Rahmani.Bolingi, the son of a former DR Congo goalkeeper, scored his fourth Confederation Cup goal of the season with a spot-kick into the corner of the net.Yaya fluffed a chance to equalise early in the second half before levelling on 66 minutes with a free-kick that drifted over the defensive wall and high into the net.A weak back-header by Salif Coulibaly seven minutes later offered Yaya a chance to score again, but he shot straight at the onrushing Gbohouo.Share on: WhatsApp
Dennis Drazin is the CEO of Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO The battle to overturn PASPA took six years of litigation that ultimately succeeded when the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in May 2018, allowing individual states to set their own rules. When racing begins at the track in May, the roster of additional events will include food truck festivals, concerts and other opportunities for on-site fun. Darby is partnering with Legends Hospitality, LLC for food and beverage services for racetrack venues with the exception of the Blue Grotto, a popular beer garden and live music venue already drawing a crowd at the racetrack. “That will be a prime part of the activity this summer,” Drazin said. The transformation has come about through the efforts of Red Bank attorney Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operator of Monmouth Park; the support of the state; and the backing of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the thoroughbred industry. “I didn’t sit idle,” Drazin said. Former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) strongly supported the proposal, Drazin said. Several years ago, the future of Monmouth Park was precarious. After hearing the arguments before the Supreme Court in December 2017, Drazin felt confident in the outcome. The future of Monmouth Park has implications far beyond its boundaries. The racetrack is the largest employer and the largest taxpayer in its hometown of Oceanport. “With sports betting comes new opportunities to market to your customer in different ways,” Drazin said. “You want to try to establish a crossover.” Drazin, who had served as counsel and advisor to the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for many years and as president of the group for two terms, led the organization in leasing the facility from the state. In 2012, the group entered into a long-term lease with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Drazin’s company partnered with William Hill, the oldest bookmaker business in the world, to create the first sports book at Monmouth Park. The racing industry is also benefiting from $100 million in state funding to be paid out over a five-year period based on the industry demonstrating significant progress in generating revenues; 2019 was the first year the subsidy was in effect. “The higher purses we were able to create as a result of the added revenue made a significant difference,” Drazin said. “The breeding industry got a shot in the arm with 30 or 40 more brood mares coming in to New Jersey.” By Eileen Moon “Monmouth Park was the one (racing facility) in New Jersey that was willing to take on this battle,” Drazin said. But a formidable hurdle remained. In order to operate a sports betting facility, proponents needed to overturn a federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which outlawed sports betting in all but a few states. In a budget-cutting measure, then-Gov. Chris Christie ended subsidies to the racetrack, announcing that he wanted New Jersey’s racing venues to privatize or close. Knowing it was unlikely they’d succeed in bringing a casino to Monmouth Park, Drazin approached the governor and legislature with the idea of instituting sports betting. To bolster the state’s struggling casinos and racetracks, the legislature adopted a constitutional amendment that legalized sports betting. At its official opening June 14, 2018, Drazin said, “There were thousands of people that showed up at Monmouth Park, and Gov. Murphy made the first bet. We were the first sports book to open in the state and for the first time in many years, I saw a solution to the problem (of maintaining the racetrack). Sports betting produced enough of a profit that I felt we could at least break even.” Vast, with Joe Bravo riding, left, won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes for Two-Year-Old Fillies at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO. Wagering and gaming opportunities continue to evolve with technology and Monmouth Park plans to stay ahead of the curve with innovative ideas that include bets that combine racing and sports, fixed odds wagering and exchange wagering, which allows people to bet after the horses are out of the gate and before they cross the finish line. “I began plans to renovate the racetrack for what I anticipated to be larger crowds than the first venue could handle,” he said. Citing a study by the Rutgers Equine Science Center, the horse industry in New Jersey is responsible for 13,000 jobs and the preservation of some 222,000 acres of open space that might otherwise fall to development. “Even though it was illegal, sports betting was a $400 billion a year business in the U.S.,” Drazin said. “It’s not like people weren’t doing it.” Once at risk of closure and potential development, the historic home of the sport of kings is successfully reinventing itself as a destination for sports wagering and entertainment while it maintains its status as a premier venue for thoroughbred racing. OCEANPORT – Now in its second year, sports betting at Monmouth Park appears to be paying off in a big way. “Without that, the industry would not have survived,” said Drazin, who traces his lifelong interest in horse racing back to his childhood years accompanying his father to Monmouth Park. Plans are now in the works to add another state-of-the-art sports book facility on the valet parking side of the racetrack. Scheduled to open in 2021, it will be an “upscale, Las Vegas-style, sports book,” Drazin said. While it won’t feature casino-style table games or slots, he said, “it will be almost like a typical sports book you would have in a casino in Las Vegas.” It’s critical for Monmouth Park to succeed in attracting a younger demographic who will help the facility endure for many years to come, Drazin noted. “We want to create a fun environment where customers want to spend time.” “They were losing money,” Drazin said. “They were struggling to survive.” As the litigation made its way through the courts, Drazin’s development company embarked on enhancing the offerings at Monmouth Park, renovating a former cafeteria to serve as a sports bar where customers could watch games and engage in some limited, legal forms of sports wagering.
Two weeks ago, the media had a feeding frenzy over Tim White’s claim that his team found bones in Ethiopia from three hominid species lined up in a vertical row, showing a clear progression toward humans. Now, the fine print has come out. A review in Nature1 begins, “Deciding whether our ancestors evolved as a single lineage may depend more on philosophy than fossils” (emphasis added in all quotes). Rex Dalton wrote some juicy lines in his article that creationists will love, and evolutionists will insist are taken out of context (because evolution is a fact). You be the judge:The team suggests three species evolved as a single lineage between at least 4.4 million years ago and 2.9 million years ago – an era when humankind refined its ability to walk upright while developing new ways to live (see timeline below). The idea is one of the most contentious in palaeoanthropology. The fossil trove, reported earlier this month (T. D. White et al. Nature 440, 883-889; 2006) has confirmed [sic] some important aspects of the trail towards the genus Homo, which appeared around 2.3 million years ago [sic]. But experts are still bickering over the relationship between the species that have been found.Experts have squabbled over the relationship between Ar. ramidus, Au. anamensis and Au. afarensis ever since they were discovered.This month’s Nature paper makes a bold argument, and shows the Awash team seeking to put its mark on the record. Others in the field are impressed. “When you find 30 new hominid fossils, you are allowed a certain amount of conjecture,” says Bernard Wood, a palaeoanthropologist at George Washington University in Washington DC. “As always, they have done a fantastic job.” But he and others are unconvinced by the Awash team’s conclusion: “This is only the first half of the rugby match,” says Wood.Meave Leakey, lead author on the Au. anamensis discoveries in Kenya, is more blunt. “I don’t believe this,” she says. “We do not have the specimens to fill the gaps.”The existence of other species would cloud or eliminate the argument for a direct lineage. “My prejudice is there are more lineages rather than fewer – more diversity,“ says Wood. “I have to concede these new data are dramatic. But we should beware coming out with a complete explanation when we don’t have all the evidence.”This argument frustrates White. “There were Martians there back then too,” he says. “And spacecraft all over the Pliocene – we just haven’t found them yet.”Similar arguments run for various phases of hominid evolution, for example whether Homo ergaster evolved into H. erectus, or whether they were two coexisting lineages – White advocates the former. But ultimately, the argument comes down to the point that more fossils could always be found, so it is unclear that the two sides will ever agree.One of Dalton’s subtitles is, “Theory of Relativity.” The context is the lineage of these fossils, but the subtext is the differing interpretations about their relevance to the human story. Everyone in this rugby match, however, can agree on one thing. The Ethiopian National Museum, which has the new fossils, is a nice place for the stadium. Dalton ends, “This strengthens the museum as an ideal centre to study human evolution.”1Rex Dalton, “Feel it in your bones,” Nature 440, 1100-1101 (27 April 2006) | doi:10.1038/4401100a.Didn’t we foretell this? Go back to April 12 when all the news media were slain in the spirit over White’s holey relics. We warned that “the field of evolutionary paleoanthropology is filled with rivalry, contradiction, deception, exaggeration and outright fraud.” Notice that Dalton’s depiction of rivalry applies not just to this case, but to “various phases of hominid evolution” – indeed, all of them. We also said, “Too bad the news media are all dupes; they think this is science instead of mud wrestling.” Our only mistake was getting the sport wrong. We should have known that rugby is more bloody.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
zoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), representing a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year.With this number, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.“The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway’s expansion and its impact on global maritime trade,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the canal, accounting for 159 million PC/UMS tons of the total cargo, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the expanded canal. Tankers, including LPG and LNG carriers, followed close with a total of 130.3 million PC/UMS tons.The third ranked segments included bulk carriers with 73.7 million PC/UMS tons, while vehicle carriers took fourth place with 49.5 million PC/UMS tons seen during the year.In terms of cargo tonnage, the main routes using the Panama Canal in FY 2018 were between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and Europe, the West Coast of Central America and the U.S. East Coast and intercoastal South America.Panama Canal said that the main users during the period were the U.S., China, Mexico, Chile and Japan, while some 62.8 percent of the total cargo transiting the canal had its origin or destination in the United States.
Following devastating flooding in West Virginia, Save the Children has announced that it is partnering with actor Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children Trustee and a native of West Virginia, on a T-shirt campaign with Omaze, a charitable giving platform.Jennifer Garner With West Virginia Strong T-shirtCredit/Copyright: OmazeThirty percent of the retail price from each exclusive “West Virginia Strong” T-shirt will aid flood-affected children and families who Save the Children serves, and those in their community areas. Save the Children has been working in West Virginia for years and with the help of funds raised from this T-shirt campaign, is committed to continuing to make an impact for kids in this critical time.Children and families in West Virginia have lost homes, vehicles, and in many areas, children’s education has been disrupted, as the floods have damaged resources and closed schools. In response to the deadly storms, Garner was inspired to help her home state and those whose lives have been turned upside down. “No matter where you’re from, you can stand West Virginia strong with me,” said Garner. “West Virginia’s children are near and dear to my heart. Let’s join forces to support these children and families and show compassion and love in this time of need. Together, we can make a difference.”Created to raise funds and awareness for Save the Children’s recovery efforts in West Virginia, shirts will be on sale at www.omaze.com/wvstrong for $25 beginning today through July 26. The T-shirt aptly features mountains, as West Virginia’s official state nickname is “The Mountain State.”Jennifer Garner, Save the Children and Omaze invite supporters and influencers to get involved, take a photo in the shirt and spread the campaign on social media using #WVStrong.