2 Mar

Widespread Panic Hits The Ground Running On Panic En La Playa Night One

first_imgIt’s been a long two months since Widespread Panic had last performed, but that was all washed away on the shores of Riviera Maya, Mexico. Last night was the opening performance of the band’s sixth annual Panic en la Playa, bringing their high energy rock and roll down South of the border for the first of four nights under the stars.The band got things rolling with “One Arm Steve,” keeping the energy high with favorites like “Send Your Mind,” “Weight of the World,” and more. The band really got into a jive during the later half of the set, rolling through “Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety” to close out the hourlong offering.The energy level never waned in the second set, opening up with a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” before jamming out “Visiting Day” and “Second Skin.” From there, the band wouldn’t stop rocking until the end of the set, segueing into “Rebirtha,” “Cease Fire,” “Drivin’ Song” and more. They took “Drivin’ Song” into a funky “Disco” before returning to the “Drivin’,” ultimately dropping out into a percussion jam for Sunny Ortiz and Duane Trucks. They would be joined by bassist Dave Schools for some “Drumz & Bass,” which eventually resolved into a huge “Proving Ground.”Check out the video of “Drumz/Bass jam > Proving Ground” below, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show kept rocking with “Solid Rock,” which segued back into “Proving Ground,” and ultimately the band closed out the second set with “Action Man.” They kept the mood light for the encore with the song “Vacation,” and closed it out with the fan favorite “Bust It Big.”See a video clip from “Bust It Big” below, courtesy of LoadOffAnnie.Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of PanicStream. You can also head to PanicStream for a full audio stream of the performance. Widespread Panic returns to the stage tonight, February 28th.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic en la Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 2/27/17Set 1: One Arm Steve, Send Your Mind, Weight of the World, Old Neighborhood, Cotton Was King, Honky Red > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Blight > Climb To Safety (64 mins)Set 2: Mr Soul, Visiting Day, Second Skin > *Rebirtha > Cease Fire > Drivin’ Song > Disco > Drivin’ Song > Drumz / Drumz & Bass > Proving Ground > Solid Rock > Proving Ground > Action Man (104 mins)Encore: Vacation, Bust It Big (20 mins)[Photo via WSP FB]last_img read more

1 Mar

Shedding light on Internet use among the poor

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Chan School’s Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath co-authored a study that looked at how low-income people use the Internet.According to your study, there’s not a lot of data on how this population uses the web. Why would that data be helpful? The lack of information is a problem, because if we want to create websites that take into account their needs and behaviors, we need accurate information. Until now, most studies have relied on self-reported or anecdotal evidence, and some have suggested that the poor use the Internet mostly for entertainment or social networking. Some studies have also found that these individuals don’t seek online health information as frequently as those in higher socioeconomic brackets. We wanted to gather more accurate data.How did you measure Internet use, and what did you find?In our study, which was led by Rachel McCloud, a research fellow in our lab, we tracked the Internet use of 118 low-income people recruited from Boston-area adult education centers who had not previously had home Internet access. They were set up with home computers, computer training, and Internet access. We tracked their Internet use with software that logged each URL they visited. We then assigned each URL visit to one of three categories of sites: entertainment, social networking, or “capital-enhancing information,” which we defined as sites focused on upward mobility or improving one’s life circumstances. Examples of those include financial services, housing, education, or career advancement sites.last_img read more

20 Sep

Wenger relishing Chelsea challenge

first_img Wenger accepted his team selection for the semi-final was “a bit risky”, with full-back Mathieu Debuchy starting for the first time since mid-January following shoulder surgery, while there were also run-outs for Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, as a substitute in extra-time. With such competition for places now within the Arsenal squad, Wenger feels players must take their chance when it comes. “Debuchy is a French international. He must be capable to play in a semi-final against Reading. You wait, you wait, but at some stage you have to play a game,” he said. “Gibbs has not played for a while but he didn’t suffer physically too much.” Centre-half Per Mertesacker could be a doubt for Sunday’s game because of an ankle problem which forced him off during the second half. Wenger accepts he will have some tough decisions to make on team selection between now and May 30, when Arsenal will face Aston Villa after their win over Liverpool on Sunday. “You want everybody to be happy. It is part of the job and the most important is to get results, for the fans and everybody involved with the club,” he said. “The majority dominates the minority. Ideally you want respect and honesty.” Few of the Arsenal players, though, are likely to be complaining of fatigue or fitness concerns ahead of the return to Wembley. “The final is better than any doctor,” Wenger said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes next week’s showdown with Barclays Premier League champions-elect Chelsea will provide his FA Cup finalists with the perfect opportunity to show they can challenge the best once again. The Gunners stayed on course for a successful defence of their first trophy for almost a decade when defeating Reading 2-1 after extra-time at Wembley, where Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici spilled a low shot from Alexis Sanchez into his own net. While it was far from a vintage Arsenal display, it was another example of how the current squad can produce the end result even when having to battle through a testing spell. Any realistic hopes of a late title dash were all but ended, though, by Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, with Jose Mourinho’s men sitting on a healthy 10-point cushion heading into the final six matches. Nevertheless, following a run of nine straight victories and 19 wins from 22 in all competitions, Wenger is in no doubt his team have what it takes to challenge again next season. “We struggled for a while. We have learned from our hiccups, we have matured a little bit,” said Wenger. “(Against Reading) when we had difficult moments, the team kept going. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just kept our gameplan. “We were backs against the wall and responded well. The team has great spirit and togetherness and that helps. “We have to show that now on a consistent level, we have the opportunity to do that next Sunday [against Chelsea].” Asked if Arsenal now have the mentality of champions, Wenger replied: “Let’s finish this season well. We have six games, a big game next weekend. “I believe we have the spirit, which is encouraged by the results, so that is what we have to produce until the end.” Press Associationlast_img read more

26 Aug

Another Clayton Kershaw gem moves Los Angeles Dodgers into share of first in NL West

first_imgOn the day their ace turned in yet another dominant performance, the Dodgers regained a share of first place in the National League West.With Clayton Kershaw striking out 13 and running his scoreless innings streak to 28, the Dodgers earned a 6-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and caught the San Francisco Giants atop the division, a team they trailed by 9 1/2 games just three weeks ago. Kershaw held the Cardinals to five hits over seven innings and improved his record to 9-2 in front of a crowd of 47,739 on a gorgeous Southern California afternoon.“As a starting pitcher, you want to keep your team in the game early,” said Kershaw, “then we can break through (offensively). … We’ve been scoring a lot of runs (lately), and that’s a sign for a good team.” The closest St. Louis came to scoring came in the second inning, when catcher Yadier Molina’s deep fly ball down the left field line short-hopped the fence and went for a leadoff double. But Kershaw struck out Peter Bourjos and Shane Robinson for the first two outs, then got former Dodger Mark Ellis to ground out to third.Matt Carpenter and Ellis also doubled in later innings, and Carpenter stole second following a single in the third, but no St. Louis runner moved beyond that point against Kershaw.Since an early-season stint on the disabled list, Kershaw has gone 8-2, including a 6-0 mark in June that included a 15-strikeout no-hitter and a 0.82 ERA.“He had one rough outing (an 18-7 loss to Arizona on May 17),” said Matt Kemp, who was 2 for 3 with an RBI Sunday, “and since then he’s been the best pitcher in the world. He’s getting better and better every year, and that’s hard to do. … It’s fun to watch.”Sunday’s victory, coupled with San Francisco’s 4-0 loss to Cincinnati, moved the Dodgers into a share of first place in the division. Los Angeles trailed the Giants by 9 1/2 games on June 8 but has gone 13-6 since then. Over the same stretch, San Francisco has gone 4-15. “Everyone in here is confident in this team’s ability,” said Kershaw. “When we were struggling, everyone knew in the back of their minds we could do it. … It goes back to being a veteran team and not getting too high or too low.”St. Louis starter Shelby Miller (7-7) retired the first eight hitters he faced and held the Dodgers hitless until the fourth. Yasiel Puig led off the fourth with a walk and Adrian Gonzalez beat the Cardinals’ defensive shift with a perfectly placed bunt up the third base line for L.A.’s first hit. That brought up Kemp, who singled over Ellis at second base. Puig scored from second and Gonzalez moved from first to third. One out later, Juan Uribe’s fly ball to deep center easily brought in Gonzalez for a 2-0 lead.Los Angeles added four more runs in the fifth, with Andre Ethier’s three-run home run to right doing most of the damage. Gordon beat out a bunt to reach first base with one out, but was thrown out trying to steal by Molina. Puig followed with a hustle double, taking second base when Matt Holliday slid toward the left field line to field the sharply hit ball.Gonzalez then singled to left-center to score Puig for a 3-0 lead, and Kemp’s bloop hit over first base fell for a double, putting runners at second and third. Ethier then homered to right on a 1-0 change-up.“I didn’t need to contribute much with the way Kersh is pitching,” said Ethier. “Miller did a good job challenging the strike zone, but after the first time through, we saw what he was doing and made adjustments.“We got it going with a walk and a bunt from our three-hole hitter.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

29 Jul

BENS BLOG Tom Kerr 100 correct regarding Kempton

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat an outstanding article, in the Racing Post, by Tom Kerr. He describes, to the T, the type of people who have been involved in the decision making process, regarding Kempton’s closure. Self-satisfied and self-important examples of the arrogant racing Establishment personified. Mr Kerr then sums it up, when he says that London is a place now, without sport (unless you want to watch boring football, of course) or affordable culture. It’s just the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) all over again… THANK GOD SOMEONE STILL SAYS IT, THE WAY IT IS.CLICK HERE TO READ TOM KERR RACING POST ARTICLEIn other news:Tomorrow afternoon Mildenhall are staging a full open-race card; to promote themselves (long overdue!). If you haven’t been yet; do come. The atmosphere is unique, (like stepping back in time), and the food excellent. SOMEONE TIP ME A WINNER.Over and out, B xlast_img read more