Ben Sparaco Band Releases Debut EP, ‘Bring The Jubilee’ [Listen]

first_imgHot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP.Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the album features a unique southern blues rock-based sound with classic soul and jazz textures throughout. Driven by the lead and slide guitar of Sparaco, the record features Josh Foster on keyboards, Craig Stevens on bass, and Brian Jones on drums.The EP is available to purchase or stream on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp (with an exclusive bonus track), and will be available worldwide on over 50 online stores starting in late May.<a href=””>Bring The Jubilee EP by Ben Sparaco Band</a>To see where the Ben Sparaco Band is playing near you and to purchase a physical copy of the EP, visit their official website.last_img read more

Gary Clark Jr., Jon Batiste Deliver Grammys Tribute To Chuck Berry & Fats Domino [Watch]

first_imgFew people did more to launch rock and roll into the national consciousness than Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Accordingly, few people are more worthy of a tribute at the Grammys than those two men, who both passed away in 2017. Berry and Domino got their tribute on Sunday night, though, one could easily argue that innovators of that caliber deserve more than the paltry two-and-a-half minutes that were allotted in their honor.In any case, Gary Clark Jr. and Jon Batiste did a great job with what they were given. Clark’s blues-rock chops and Batiste’s New Orleans spirit made them perfect choices for the tribute, which featured a medley of Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” and Berry’s “Maybelline” (both of the influential tunes were released in 1955). You can check out the tribute below.“Ain’t That A Shame” and “Maybelline”[Photo: Screengrab of YouTube]last_img read more

Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Free 2 German Hostages Held Since November

first_imgBy Dialogo March 11, 2013 BOGOTÁ — Rebels belonging to Colombia’s National Liberation Army [Ejercito de Liberación Nacional, or ELN] on March 8 released two German tourists held in captivity since November 2012 in northeastern Colombia, near the country’s border with Venezuela. The rescue was delayed by one day because of logistical difficulties in the region. However, with the Colombian military ceasing operations in the area, coordinates were given to a humanitarian commission that included the International Committee of the Red Cross, representatives of the German Embassy in Bogotá and Colombian politician Horacio Serpa. “We are pleased that these two people are free again and we are pleased to have been able to provide our services to enable them to be reunited soon with their loved ones,” said Jordi Raich, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Colombia, reading from an official statement. Uwe and Günther Breuer, 69 and 72 years old respectively, were first mistaken for spies by guerrillas belonging to the ELN’s northeastern front, which is headed by a rebel known as “Camarote.” Then the guerrillas accused them of being international contractors for state-run oil company Ecopetrol. In fact, the brothers are pensioners who were enjoying a round-the-world trip — driving their 4×4 vehicle through various countries including Iraq, Iran and much of South America — before encountering problems near the Colombian border town of Teorama. This area, located in the department of Norte de Santander, lies in a traditional coca-growing zone. The two retirees were first transported to the nearby town of Ocaña for a complete medical checkup before being debriefed in Bogotá and flown back to Germany. The ELN tried to make excuses for its hostage-taking. “In the weeks that they’ve been detained, they haven’t been able to justify their presence in the territory,” the terrorists said in a statement issued last month. “For this reason, they’re being viewed thus far as intelligence agents and they will continue to be investigated.” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos shot back with a retort of his own. “Who would think that two Germans are spying here in Colombia?” he said at the time. “This is an excuse no sane person would accept or even understand, because it’s a lie. There are no spies and we demand that they be freed.” The Marxist-inspired ELN is the smaller of two insurgency groups fighting the Colombian government. The group has stepped up its policy of kidnapping and wrote on its website recently that it “protests the exploitation of sovereign mineral resources that the federal government is giving away to foreign companies.” Analysts speculate that the ELN rebels have stepped up kidnappings to force the Santos government to include them in the peace talks now underway in Cuba with the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The ELN, which has an estimated 2,500 combatants, still holds one other foreign national hostage. Jernoc Wobert, a Canadian citizen and employee of Geo Explorer, was captured in early January; two Peruvian colleagues were released in mid-February.last_img read more

‘ROTC revival to benefit students’

first_img“Other first-year college studentstaking up other courses in the university have the option though, to eithertake ROTC or the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS),” Garcia said. Students taking up ROTC are consideredArmy reservists while those who opted for the CWTS, the students undertaketraining on the delivery of literacy, civic welfare and disaster risk reductionand management programs and activities.(Witha report from PNA/PN) SAN JOSE, Antique – An assistantcommandant of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the past 30 yearsand now a college instructor at the University of Antique (UA), has expressedsupport in making ROTC mandatory. Around 1,500 students – enrolled in BSCriminology and BS Marine Engineering – were taking up ROTC this school year,he added. He added in UA, which is the onlystate university in the province, the ROTC is required for first-year collegestudents taking Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology and BS in MarineEngineering.   He also proposed that the course beoffered to first year-college students instead in senior high school, which isbeing pushed by the law’s version in the Congress. center_img The University of Antique main campus in Sibalom town has around 1,500 college freshmen from Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology and BS Marine Engineering taking up the Reserve Officer Training Corps. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY Pablo Garcia on Friday said he wantedROTC to be mandatory due to the discipline that the students develop from thetraining. “The ROTC at UA is being handled bythe Philippine Army,” he said. “There are many schools with Grades 11and 12 students so it would need more ROTC officers to conduct the training,”Garcia said. last_img read more

Mackay: I will not resign

first_imgCardiff manager Malky Mackay made it “crystal clear” he will not resign despite pressure from owner Vincent Tan to do so. “There is nothing else I can tell you that you don’t already know,” said Mackay. “I am someone who will absolutely not resign, I don’t think there is any need for that to happen. “Crystal clear there will be absolutely no way I will be resigning from Cardiff City.” Asked whether he now expected to be sacked Malkay added: “That is not a question you should be asking me. That is surely a question for someone else. “I am doing the job I have always done, which is preparing the team and looking after the club on a day-to-day basis. “I will be in work tomorrow if it is anything to do with me. One thing I can tell you is that I won’t be resigning as the manager of the football club.” Asked whether he had spoken to Tan after the game Mackay added: “That is not something that normally happens. “We are finishing here and then we have a plane back to Wales.” Mackay does not believe his record with the club, in which he has taken them to a Carling Cup final and got them promoted to the Premier League for the first time, warrants the sort of situation he now finds himself in. “My day-to-day job is to prepare a team for the Saturday. That is the main task I have and that is what I think I have been doing properly for two-and-a-half years,” he said. “Results in the main show that. Anything other than that you really have to ask the people who make the decisions.” The travelling fans certainly made their feelings known, singing pro-Mackay and anti-Tan songs throughout, and remained behind inside Anfield chanting their support some 45 minutes after the final whistle. Mackay also received warm applause from the home fans as he departed down the tunnel having acknowledged the support he had received from the away end. “The supporters have been immense since day one, two-and-a-half years ago,” he said. “This season they have shown everyone what a class act they are on their travels or back in south Wales. “They have shown they are a great addition to the Premier League and I hope it stays that way. “I am very humbled that our fans have taken to myself and my staff and the team. “They are very passionate people who love football and they desperately want success. “When we got to the Carling Cup at Wembley I saw 40,000 going bananas and they should really be enjoying the Premier League season. “But there have been situations for non-footballing reasons which have been in the press and that is why earlier in the season I apologised for what they have had to put up with. “I am proud of the job and the association I have (with the club) and I couldn’t walk away from the people who work for me: training ground staff, coaching staff, staff at the stadium, that group of players who I have so much respect for and also the fans. “I am not going to walk away from them either.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a close friend of Mackay, warned Tan he was making a huge mistake in getting rid of the Scot. “I spent some time with Malky last night,” Rodgers said. “Football aside it was difficult because he loves Cardiff, he loves being there and the job he has done there is remarkable. “He is a very proud man, he is proud of how that club has come together and it is sad for me to see it. “He is an outstanding manager and the dignity he has shown has been remarkable. “But he is a strong character and if one guy feels he needs to make a change then so be it – he is losing the best manager they have had in their history. “We all know as managers the sack is just around the corner in the modern game, you have to keep winning games and show progress otherwise you are out of a job. “This is a cut-throat business and you can lose your job very quickly but it is hard to accept someone losing their job when they have done such a good job, “The sadness for him (Mackay) is it is nothing to do with that.” Press Association On Thursday the Bluebirds boss was given an ultimatum by Tan to resign or be sacked. The Scot has no intention of doing the former and so will await the next move from the owner, who was present at Anfield to see Cardiff beaten 3-1. last_img read more

Togo coach accuses Adebayor of indiscipline

first_imgNew Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has accused captain Emmanuel Adebayor of a lack of discipline after the Tottenham striker failed to join up with the squad on time ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next weekend.”I saw him on Wednesday and Friday but he is not at the hotel,” Saintfiet told a news conference in Lome on Friday.The Belgian-born coach was speaking before they departed Togo for their friendly in Ghana on Monday.”He is among the important players for the team but I cannot work with them when they are not in the squad. They should have the same discipline as others.”Togo take on Liberia in Lome on Sunday 14 June in a Group A fixture that marks the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Nations Cup finals.Adebayor’s club Tottenham Hotspur gave him compassionate leave twice last season to return to Africa to deal with a personal family feud that the striker has discussed on social media. Two other key Togo players, goalkeeper Kossi Agassa from French club Stade de Reims and midfielder Floyd Ayite from Bastia, had also not yet joined up with the squad for preparations, Saintfiet added.”To me, discipline is very important in life. And that’s what I am already trying to impregnate in the team.”Discipline is important both for the players, the staff, etc. Discipline is everything to me. All players must be proud to be selected and accept the rules. I want each player to know it’s special to be selected for his country.”I have no problem with any player. Already I do not know everyone yet so I cannot begin to know who is who and who does what.”Since we assembled on Sunday, I’m happy to have those who are there,” he added. Saintfiet was appointed last month as coach of the west African nation.Meanwhile, Adebayor has dismissed speculation that he is planning to leave Tottenham for a move to Turkey.Some media reports had linked Adebayor to a man posing as the player’s agent.But on twitter, Adebayor vehemently denied the claims,  saying he had never heard of the man claiming to be his agent, and had “never discussed any move to Turkey.”He went on to say that he intended to stay at Spurs for another campaign. “I am very happy with Tottenham and look forward to the next season with them.”last_img read more