2 Mar

Coachella Is So Popular, They’re Probably Expanding To The Fall

first_imgRegardless of your musical preferences, most everyone is familiar with Coachella. The annual event has become a mainstay in the festival circuit, attracting so many fans that they added a second weekend back in 2012, and haven’t looked back since. In fact, according to a new report, they’re looking forward at a third Coachella event to be held in the fall.According to the Phoenix Desert Sun, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice have an agreement with the city of Indio, CA to hold up to five events there, annually. Between the two Coachella weekends and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, there’s still room for two more events on the calendar. Those two events could be the fall counterparts to Coachella and Stagecoach, if all goes to plan.The report says that “significant progress” has been made on the additional events, with the city eager to expand its reputation as “The City of Festivals.” According to Indio mayor Glenn Miller, “It brings a different group into the community that wouldn’t be here in the summer heat, so it brings in money, business and jobs to the city.”Considering the estimated $1.4 million that each festival brings to the town, it seems quite reasonable to believe that more Coachellas are coming to Indio soon. Not to mention the Panorama Festival event that Goldenvoice is bringing to New York, NY. Good festival tidings are ahead.This year’s Coachella boasts a lineup with Guns N Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris at the top.[Via The Desert Sun]last_img read more

20 Nov

Republicans are recovering their voices, and speaking up to choose Trump over democracy. Again

first_imgRepublican politicians and right wing media sources sized on the news that some number of Georgia ballots remained to be scanned. Not only was this played up as “Trump ballots being discarded” in a process where no Republicans were watching. In fact, the ballots — all 342 of them — were from heavily Democratic Fulton County, and they were scanned in not just with a Republican observer watching, but under the supervision of a monitor sent by Raffensperger. None of that stopped either Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates, or Donald Trump’s campaign, from claiming the incident is “proof” of fraud.For the moment, none of the hastily constructed legal challenges offered by Trump’s campaign have gone anywhere, even when boosted by a Trump-friendly presence on the Supreme Court. But there’s no reason to believe that Trump’s team is about to let any of their claims drop soon … or ever. For the record, in 2016 Hillary Clinton’s campaign informed Donald Trump that, should Trump win, they would call within 15 minutes of AP’s declaration. But in the end it didn’t go that way — because Clinton called just seconds after the announced decision to give her concession, congratulate Trump, and offer to help in any way she could.There is a huge difference between being unhappy about the outcome of an election, and accepting that outcome. With McConnell’s blessing, Republicans are coming down strongly on the side of supporting Trump, even as it requires rejecting democracy.Among the Republicans most eagerly rushing toward a reverse coup, is Lindsey Graham. Freshly blessed with evidence that he can get away with anything, Graham has decided to make it clear to Trump that his tongue has not been lured by any other boots. “We win because of our ideas,” said Graham on Fox News. “We lose because they cheat us.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A long held political truism is that Democrats fall in love with new leadership, while Republicans simply fall in line. The native authoritarian streak within the GOP expressed itself this week as Mitch McConnell gave the all clear for Republicans in Congress to join Donald Trump in assailing the outcome of the election with precisely zero evidence.As The New York Times reports, McConnell didn’t just say that Trump was “100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” he applauded Trump’s refusal to accept the results of voting, while claiming that Democrats “just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.” – Advertisement – Meanwhile, in Georgia, the dynamic is even more astounding. Facing a runoff election for the two seats that will determine control of the Senate, it might seem that David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler would find it beneficial to support the Republican governor and Republican secretary of state in charge of the elections there. Instead, they issued a joint missive attacking the state’s handing of the election, calling it an “embarrassment,” filled with “problems,” and complaining of “too many failures in Georgia elections this year.”Perdue and Loeffler aren’t just placing their support of Donald Trump ahead of their loyalty to Republican leadership in their own state, they are betting that Georgia’s Republican voters will do the same. They’re betting that those voters will agree with them in attacking their own state, for the benefit of Trump. And what’s the will of the people, compared to the will of Trump?This intra-party mudslinging might seem like the sort of action that would generate a massive schism within the GOP. If it was happening on the Democratic side, it would certainly generate a raft of “Dems in disarray” stories to be blissfully amplified by every media outlet. But Georgia’s once and would-be-again senators aren’t wrong; because support for Trump is all that’s left of the Republican Party. To the party, Georgia governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger committed the grievous sin of running a fair election. – Advertisement –last_img read more

19 Oct

Table tennis world team championships postponed over virus

first_imgVolleyball, basketball and handball have taken similar measures as confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 893 in South Korea, with eight deaths.”In light of the emerging situation in Korea Republic and to best preserve the health and safety of players, officials and fans, the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan have been postponed with the dates of 21-28 June provisionally reserved,” said an ITTF statement.”By continuing to work hard and in close cooperation with all stakeholders in Busan, the ITTF remains confident about putting on a great World Championships in June.”The coronavirus has had a serious impact on sports events worldwide, with football matches in Italy, China and Japan postponed as well as the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and elite women’s LPGA golf tournaments in Thailand, Singapore and China. Table tennis’s world team championships, due to take place next month in the South Korean city of Busan, were postponed on Tuesday following a leap in novel coronavirus cases.The International Table Tennis Federation said the event, originally planned for March 22-29, had been provisionally rescheduled for June 21-28 following an emergency meeting with local organisers.South Korea’s K-league had already postponed the start of the new football season on Monday as the virus causes chaos in the country’s sporting calendar. The Korean Volleyball Federation said it would hold matches behind closed doors until “an improvement in the situation”.The Women’s Korean Basketball League took a similar decision last week and offered fans full refunds.And the Korea Handball Federation cut its season short, cancelling the playoffs and finals.Nearly 2,700 people have died in China but the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths elsewhere has deepened fears about a potential pandemic.More than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths have been reported outside China.Topics :last_img read more

16 Sep

Badger offense could use some extra Gass

first_imgNov. 14 was a long time ago.Back then, when it came to the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, nobody was talking about how underrated Jordan Taylor was or how improved Keaton Nankivil’s shooting percentage is. Nobody spoke about potentially beating No. 1 Ohio State at home, nor was anyone talking about Mike Bruesewitz’s hair.No, on Nov. 14, and in the days that followed, everyone was talking about Josh Gasser.On that day, Gasser formally began his collegiate career. Head coach Bo Ryan had spoken highly of the freshman guard’s maturity and court vision during the preseason, but nobody ever expected him to come off the bench and score 21 points, the second-highest scoring debut in the program’s history.Sure, it came against a team you had never heard of before and probably don’t remember now (Prairie View A&M) but hey, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger scored 19 against what sounds like a cell phone company (North Carolina A&T) in his premiere.And anyway, Ryan is a man of structure and formula; he doesn’t make decisions on a whim. But just two days later when North Dakota visited, Gasser was introduced in the starting lineup.He became just the third freshman to start a game under Ryan at Wisconsin (who’s in his 10th year now), the other two being holy figures Devin Harris and Alando Tucker.While that alone is enough to get some buzz going, his follow-up performances were enough to stomp it dead. He scored 12 points in the fourth game of the year against Manhattan, but other than that, he slipped away from mass amounts of attention.It took him 14 games to reach the double digits again. Over that time, he failed to score any points twice. His growing pains briefly returned him to the bench at one point but he didn’t remain there long, since nobody else filled his role adequately.And now look at this guy. In the heart of Big Ten play, Gasser has four double-digit outputs in the last eight games. He’s no Sullinger, but he doesn’t need to be. The Badgers have won all four of those contests (and the two non-conference games), in which Gasser reached double figures.If Gasser can further develop this emerging trend, it could be the tipping for the Badgers. It could send them deep into the postseason.Those four Big Ten games weren’t against the powderpuff squads of the conference, either. Two of them came against conference leaders Ohio State and Purdue while the other instances came against Penn State and Northwestern, two respectable opponents.Now that Nankivil is known as one of the country’s best catch-and-shoot players, questions surrounding the Badgers’ offense generally revolve around who can consistently be a reliable No. 4 scorer for UW.Primary candidates included Gasser and forwards Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans. There’s a healthy amount of potential there but what sets apart Gasser in terms of necessity is that he’s in the starting lineup.Senior forward Tim Jarmusz is, at times, an efficient shooter (.375 from the field, but about 86 percent of his attempts are from the arc), and is an efficient ball-handler (seven turnovers in nearly 600 minutes played). He doesn’t shoot the ball too often, but in the swing offense – where ball possession and efficiency are everything – that doesn’t mean he drags down scoring production much.But for a while, both Gasser and Jarmusz were playing the same role. Between the two, they’ve posted six scoreless games this year and eight games in double figure scoring.Gasser is fourth on the team in minutes played and Jarmusz is fifth. When two players who play so often are pedestrian from the field, it puts a lot of weight on others (Jon Leuer, Taylor, Nankivil) to score. The swing offense is also predicated on stretching the defense, getting that open look, and its difficult to do if two players on the floor are known for not shooting often.Defenses have made a point to pressure Taylor ever since his sensational play against Ohio State. That hasn’t slowed down his passing ability or caused an influx of turnovers, but he hasn’t been able to create much for himself at the perimeter lately (three attempts in the two games since OSU).With the ball at the top of the key, Taylor sometimes likes to bounce around on his toes a little before pulling up for a three, but now he’s been forced into deferring to someone else.If Taylor is neutralized from three and if Nankivil, Leuer or Bruesewitz (just two of those three) have an off night, Wisconsin will get eaten alive in the postseason.That scenario isn’t exactly unlikely, either. Nankivil and Bruesewitz have had their down days and Leuer hasn’t always been a rock from three.Gasser has converted four of his last seven attempts from three-point land. He’s been assertive, aggressive and sharp in some recent big games. If he keeps it up, Gasser can lift UW’s offense to a brand new level of efficiency that any engineer could appreciate. And if the offense falters, he could be the safety net.Elliot is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think Gasser is the key for postseason success? Is it Bruesewitz? Send him your thoughts at [email protected]last_img read more

28 Aug

Pantang win Madina Tigo Community Soccer

first_imgMadina affirmed its position as a hotbed of football when the Tigo Community Soccer rolled into town this past weekend.The football was captivating and for the first time in season two of the Tigo Community Soccer, the title was decided on penalties.Participants included Bawalashie, Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana, Adenta and Ashalley Botwe among others.The final saw the two outsiders, Haatso and Pantang go at it for the title.Both teams exhibited quality football prowess but failed to nick the game in regular time. Pantang eventually won the title 5-4 on penalties.They were duly awarded their cash prize of GH₵ 500 cedis, Tigo trophy, gold medals and Tigo souvenirs. It was double joy for winners, whose maestro, Clifford Agbeshi, took best player honours and took home a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.Haatso were consoled for their near miss of the title with a cash prize of GH₵ 300 cedis, silver medals and Tigo souvenir.Agbobga finished third and were awarded a handsome GH₵ 200 cedis and Tigo souvenirs.In a mass outpouring of appreciation, fans chanted out Tigo for the opportunity to celebrate football in the football-mad community.Stephen Amankwa, coach of the winner Pantang, summed up the feelings of the fans. “We thank Tigo for bringing us this tournament. It was very exciting and my team won. So all we have to say is thank you to Tigo.”Tigo Community continues this weekend in Tema and will attract communities such as Ashaiman,last_img read more

14 Aug

Gordon Lee Robare, 85, Wellington: July 31, 1927 – Jan. 22, 2013

first_imgGordon Lee Robare, 85, of Wellington, died January 22, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center.The Holy Rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 25th at the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington with the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. Graveside Services will be held at 11 A.M, Saturday at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Geneva, Neb. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial will be established with the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Geneva, Neb. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.com.Gordon Robare was born on July 31, 1927, on a farm southeast of Strang, NE in Fillmore County. He was the son of David Hamilton Robare Jr. and Alma Marie(Zimmerman) Robare and fifth born of six siblings. At the age of two, he was baptized a Christian in the United Brethern Church at Strang, NE. Gordon attended school in Fillmore County. At the age of four he started at District 84, and graduated from the eighth grade at District 45.He attended Geneva High School and was a 1944 graduate in Geneva, NE, at the age of 16.  Gordon enlisted in the United States Navy on July 16th, 1945 at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL. He faithfully served his country spending most of his time on the USS Bunker Hill Naval ship as a Seaman and Boiler Tech.  He served in the Asiatic Pacific American Theatre, received a Good Conduct WWII Victory Medal, and was awarded a Honorable Discharge on July 28th, 1948 in Seattle WA. Gordon joined the Catholic Church and married Julia Rose Kamler at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Shickley, NE. on August 10, 1950 until her passing in 1990. Together, they raised their family. Gordon worked for the Kaneb Pipeline for 36 years enjoying each challenge and opportunity.He started his gainful employment as a Terminal Operator in 1953, spent four months in England on Pipeline Operations in 1973, was Chief Engineer for the Eastern Half of the construction of the North Platte Pipeline in 1981, and served as Area Superintendent in Wolsey, Aberdeen and  Huron, SD, Geneva, NE and El Dorado, KS  from 1975-1989.  During that time he also mastered being an electrician, sold insurance, obtained a certificate in Industrial Supervision from Central Neb. Technical Community College in 1975, was a volunteer fireman, served his church, and was elected to the Geneva City Council serving for several years. His belief in a strong commitment, solid work ethic, and frugal lifestyle lead to a rewarding career and comfortable retirement in 1989.On December 7, 1991 he was united in marriage with Joan Elaine Biggerstaff at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wichita KS. They were able to enjoy traveling, playing cards, volunteering and time spent with family and friends, and have lived in the Wellington area since their union. Gordon was member of the American Legion, the V.F.W and the Knights of Columbus.Gordon used his God given talents in many aspects of his life to achieve his accomplishments. He was known to his family as “Mr. Fix It”, using not only his hands, but his head and heart. In his own loving way he reached out to family and friends that were not as fortunate as he in spirit for help and guidance. Gordon will be most remembered for his strong faith in God, being a devout husband, a great dad and fun grandpa and great grandpa. Gordon had enough tears to make him tender, enough hurts to make him compassionate, and enough failures along the way to keep his hands clenched tightly with the Lord by helping others.Surviving to honor his memory is his wife Joan Robare of Wellington, daughters, Marla Messman and husband Jerry of Ft. Collins, CO and Shirley Hafer and husband Bruce Geneva, NE, son, Richard Robare and wife Corinne of Draper, UT, sisters, Doris Weber and husband Don of West Palm Beach, FL, and Lois Owings of West Columbus, S.C. and Dona Leininger and husband Gene of Claremore, OK, 4 stepchildren, Danny Biggerstaff and wife Mary of Medford, OK, Kent Biggerstaff  and wife Teresa of Arkansas City, KS, Bernadette Osburn and husband Terry of Inver Grove Heights, MN and John Biggerstaff and wife Candy of Collinsville, OK, 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.Preceding him in death are his parents, wife Julia Rose, 2 brothers Kenneth and Dean Robare and 2 great grandsons.last_img read more