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Eric Krasno—founding member of the bands Soulive and Lettuce— will release his new solo album, Blood From A Stone, on July 8. Best known as a guitarist, the recording is the first to feature Krasno’s own vocals. The release comes at a particularly prolific time for Krasno. He’s producing new records for Allen Stone, Aaron Neville and Lawrence, while this past Friday he played to a packed house at Red Rocks in Colorado with Lettuce and the following night joined Kamasi Washington, Miguel and others as part of Bonnaroo’s SuperJam. His solo band will tour the U.S. throughout the remainder of summer and fall.For his new album’s second single, “On The Rise,” Krasno brought onboard Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Curtis Peel to direct the song’s accompanying video.Peel has a long resume. He fronted the band Futurist, cofounded the Burning Man theme camp and community, Camp Rock Star and has collaborated with artists including Dani Barbieri, Maxine Nienow, April Kidwell, Dawn of Man Productions, DMZL, and the Brooklyn bands Kylian, Turkuaz and Dopapod. Peel had this to say about his approach to illustrating the song:“When I first heard the track, I loved it instantly! I found it to be groovy and laid back with these sugary, psychedelic choruses; a sound somewhere triangulated in between Tame Impala, Beck, and James Brown on the style spectrum. So, I knew I wanted it to be really colorful, but I actually didn’t go into the project with much foresight regarding content or story line, which was kind of a departure from most of my other music videos.Essentially, I just started off illustrating the obvious lyrical imagery (mountains, moon, starlight, etc.) and just let the story develop in a stream of consciousness kind of way after that. Here’s this beautiful sunrise, now who is watching it? The observer became this cyclops monk and then his purpose grew out of that. Add in some mushroom tea, mountain top meditation and psychic flashbacks of a human civilization now buried beneath the ocean, he now had found his calling, to plant the seeds for a new population on the rise.”Eric Krasno adds, “This is one of my favorite songs on the record. We set out to create a psychedelic landscape with sounds and lyrics. Curtis Peel did an amazing job bringing that to life in the video. I knew I wanted an animated video for this song. When I spoke to Curtis and played the song for him, he got it right away and ran with it.”Watch “On The Rise” below.
Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door of a shipping container and slowly stepped out to the campus green, wiping tears from her eyes.“That was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time,” she said.Boley had just met a 15-year-old girl living more than 5,500 miles away near Amman, Jordan. Although the two were half a world apart, the exchange became emotional when the teen sang in Arabic about love and longing and Boley responded with “Ave Maria.”“It was a beautiful, spiritual experience,” said Boley, her eyes still red. “On the other end of the world, you’re sharing this really intimate part of you. I’m singing this song that means so much to me, and I could tell her song meant so much to her.”The exchange was made possible through an effort of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS and Shared Studios, a collective that creates “portals” inside shipping containers outfitted with immersive technology that enables real-time, face-to-face conversations between people in similar spaces across the world.Shannon Boley and a 15-year-old from Jordan exchange songs. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard StaffHDS is hosting one of the portals on campus through Thursday, allowing members of the Harvard community to have conversations with residents and refugees living in Germany, Gaza City, Jordan, and Iraq.Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project, partnered with the American Academy of Religion and the Henry Luce Foundation to bring the project to campus.In March, Moore had traveled to Erbil, Iraq, where she met with refugees, some of whom had been displaced for more than three years.“There was a concern that no one knows about them,” she said, “that they’re statistics, they’re massive numbers in the news — there was a concern they feel unseen.”The project allows participants in distant portals to make eye contact and feel as if they are talking in the same room. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard StaffAmar Bakshi ’06, the founder of Shared Studios, said the goal of the portal project is to make connections — whether between Gaza and Cambridge, or Gaza and Kigali, Rwanda — beneficial for those on both sides.“In some cases, it’s very clear — provision of legal advice to a refugee seeking legal asylum, because there are a lot of lawyers around here and there are fewer in Erbil, [Iraq],” Bakshi said.“It can be a lot more amorphous, though. It can be a game of charades between two kids. A kid in Erbil who has very little to do day-to-day, and a kid here who has only heard about refugees through the news.”Moore invited Cambridge Rindge and Latin School history teacher Rachel Otty, who is taking one of Moore’s courses through the Extension School, to bring her students to the portal.“The fact that the students have actually talked to people who are living in Jordan, or who have lived in Syria, at one point means they have context that most students don’t have,” Otty said. “Some of the [student’s] assumptions … are already starting to break down.”Through the portal, staff from the Division of Continuing Education planned to discuss improving distance learning for refugees with educators and students in Iraq; students from the Kennedy School’s Middle East Refugee Service Initiative spoke with young adults living in Gaza City; and a student from the Graduate School of Education talked about poetry with teens in Iraq.Moore said her students will discuss what it means to carry the refugees’ stories with them in their future scholarship, advocacy work, or ministry.“Many of our students are eager to understand the challenges that people are facing here in the U.S. and around the world where religion intersects with issues of public policy, humanitarian action, journalism, and other areas,” she said. “This is a perfect setting for us to connect not only with people around the world, but with each other.”
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It also welcomed added emphasis on the role of the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) and its being given new responsibilities, saying that a stronger SAB would “support member-direction over the pace and nature of change being undertaken through pooling”.Quinn said: “[We] is pleased to note the guidance reflects several of the key concerns exercising LAPFF member funds over the last few months about the direction of travel that pooling was taking. This new guidance alters that course for the better.”The LAPFF also said the guidance made two “very important” new points with respect to ESG, namely the requirement for the LGPS to commit to the Financial Reporting Council’s Stewardship Code, and to have a policy on corporate governance and voting.“This closes the door on those who have ignored their responsibilities by assuming that not having a policy is acceptable,” the association said. New guidance on investment regulations shows the UK government as having heeded local government pension scheme concerns about asset pooling, according to the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF).The association welcomed the guidance published last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for local government pension schemes (LGPS), saying it shows the government to be in “listening mode”.Kieran Quinn, chair of the LAPFF and of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), said: “The real value of this new guidance is that it reflects many of the views submitted to the government by funds about the challenges facing their plans for pooling and the new investment frontiers for local authority pension funds.”The LAPFF praised the guidance on pension fund governance in the pooling context, particularly the renewed emphasis on the autonomous role of pension funds and the need for pools to be accountable to their individual member funds.
A grandson of 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer was given the honor of playing the opening tee shot at the first hole. Sam Saunders, a 31-year-old professional who is in the field after battling through qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, said in the build-up to the tournament he was “incredibly flattered” to be asked. Palmer, one of golf’s all-time greats, died in 2016.Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, will have the honor of hitting the opening tee shot of the 119th #USOpen: https://t.co/lroYidZaEg pic.twitter.com/3w9r0PBBtg— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 13, 2019McIlroy was due off at 7:51 a.m. PT, looking to end his major championship title drought which stretches back to 2014, when he won both the British Open and the PGA Championship. He arrived at Pebble Beach buoyed by winning the Canadian Open in style last weekend courtesy of a final-round 61. Among the afternoon starters was Brooks Koepka, seeking a third successive U.S. Open triumph. He won at Erin Hills in 2017 and Shinnecock Hills last year, and was due to begin his latest challenge at 1:47 p.m. local time in the company of Norwegian debutant Viktor Hovland and Italian Francesco Molinari.Masters champion Tiger Woods was due out after Koepka, at 2:09 p.m., playing in the headline group of the day with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. U.S. Open 2019: How Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, others will attack Pebble Beach The 119th U.S. Open got under way at Pebble Beach on Thursday and Rory McIlroy was aiming to make an early impact.Action at the California course began at 6:45 a.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET), with players starting in groups of three from both the first and 10th tees. U.S. Open 2019: Three under-the-radar players to watch Related News
He received a trophy, which the Uganda netball team won last week in Barbados during a friendly match.The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, thanked God for enabling the delegation travel abroad to represent Uganda in the global games. She also thanked the President for making it a culture to flag off Ugandan teams whenever they travel to represent country.The Minister urged them to dedicate themselves to God and assured them of victory saying, “You should win for God, Uganda and your families.”State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakabulindi, who is also Chairman of the Organizing Committee, revealed that their target was to win trophies. He said that their ambition was to also prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Games.The President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Uganda,William Blick, saluted President Museveni for supporting them with a supplementary budget of Shs. 3.2 billion.****SOURCE PPUShare on: WhatsApp Museveni with Team Uganda at State House, EntebbeEntebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has stressed that it is vital for sportsmen and women to maintain discipline and cooperation while competing.The President made the call at State House, Entebbe when he flagged off Team Uganda for the 21st Commonwealth Games slated to start on 4th April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. The delegation comprises 69 sports competitors and 32 officials. The flagging off ceremony saw the President hand over the national flag to Winnie Nanyondo, the Captain of the contingent on ThursdayThe contingent comprises boxers, badminton players, cyclists, swimmers, squash, rugby and netball players. Other disciplines are shooting, table tennis and weight lifting. A total of 70 Commonwealth countries with 6,000 sports men and women are participating.“A sportsman must be fit, disciplined, be strategic, must be cooperative and have endurance. You must have a character of endurance. When 27 people went to the bush and defeated a big Army, it was due to endurance. These qualities are not only applicable to sports but in all spheres of life,” he said as he flagged the continent.As he called on the officials to ensure that the competitors get sufficient nutrition to enable them achieve the set goals, Mr. Museveni further noted the need for building the character of endurance. He revealed that he has been following up sports for about 50 years adding that cooperation is a vital component towards their success.He called on them to fully utilize their sports talent for the benefit of the global community adding that sportsmanship outcompetes other talents in fame. The President asked the Uganda contingent to strive and use their talents well on top of guarding them jealously.The President congratulated them for meeting the minimum requirements for the global competition in various disciplines as he wished them good luck in their competitions. He said that the High Altitude Institute in the Sebei Sub-Region in Eastern Uganda was instrumental in making good sports people.
RUMSON – “I wanted to express my deep and sincere appreciation for sending all of the care packages … particularly given how difficult the last couple of months have been for all of you with Hurricane Sandy. Care Packages help so much to keep that connection with our friends, family, and communities back home and remind us of how selfless our neighbors are.”That was the sentiment expressed in a letter written by Lt. Cdmr. Brendan Piccolo of the U.S. Navy and addressed to Rumson-Fair Haven High School and the Long Branch Housing Authority. Piccolo, stationed at Bagram Airfield in Northeastern Afghanistan, is one of the officers who received much-needed items and distributed them to troops as the result of a recent Care Package Drive.The Character Education Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has been organizing the Care Package Drive for the past few years. This year the students wanted to “raise the bar” and send a record-high number of items to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. They accomplished this goal by partnering with students from the Evolve Education Program of the Long Branch Housing Authority.Their efforts began in October when the RFH group asked fellow students and community members to donate troop-requested items such as energy drinks, instant coffee, gum, candy, DVDs, magazines, books, and more. Toys also were dropped off for distribution to children in the region.Once collection was complete, the RFH club teamed up with students from Evolve in Long Branch to sort, pack and ship the items. They worked under the guidance of RFH Character Education Advisor Jason Lippart and Evolve Director Theodore Drakeford. The collaborative effort, the first of its kind between the two groups, resulted in the delivery of 56 packages containing the comforts of home.In the letter Piccolo expressed his surprise. “I may have set a record for the number of packages received in one day, and have dutifully shared with the staff in this headquarters,” he said. “I speak for all of them when I say thank you so much for thinking of us.”A military reservist, Piccolo will return to his civilian job in Maryland when he arrives home in mid-January to his wife Amy and their two daughters, ages 2 and 4. Although he resides in Washington, D.C., he has strong ties to the shore area with family members residing in Belmar, Sea Girt and Spring Lake.“I was truly inspired by the hard work and generosity displayed by the students and community members who helped make the Care Package Drive so successful,” noted Lippart. “The willingness of people to pull together for a common cause, even in times of personal strife and hardship, really helps kick the holiday spirit into overdrive.”
2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Did I have any doubts as they were going up to the gate? No doubt, I had doubts! We had a good pace to run at in the San Felipe, but not a really fast pace. Today, we had a great pace scenario and he took full advantage. For me, this is like a dream. I mean, the (Kentucky) Derby is what everybody in this business dreams of. I think we’ll probably come in (to Churchill Downs) right on top of the race, maybe ship in on Monday or Tuesday.” MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, FOURTH: ”Well he [Exaggerator] was quite a bit quicker than we hoped, of course, but we kind of thought that would happen today. I was hoping he’d really take to the mud, to be honest with you, as long as I had him up underneath me he was okay but as soon as I had to let up and run along I felt like I was on roller skates out there. He just didn’t grab quite a hold of it the way we hoped.” JOCKEY QUOTES WHEN ASKED IF HE THOUGHT EXAGGERATOR CAN BEAT NYQUIST NEXT TIME: “We haven’t been able to beat him, what five (actually three) times? I don’t know if we can or not.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FAMILY DYNAMIC OF HAVING HIS BROTHER RIDE FOR HIM: “I would say we have a very frank relationship. If I feel a certain way about something, I don’t hold anything back, and the same for him. I’m not sure I’d talk to a Mike Smith the way I talk to Kent. We’re just very upfront about everything and express ourselves fully.” NOTES: The winning owners are Matt Bryan (Big Chief Racing) of Ft. Worth; Head of Plains Partners; Rocker O Ranch, and Keith Desormeaux of Maurice, La. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ADDED DISTANCE OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY: “Yes, the way he finished today and the way he galloped out…If we get a fast pace, and we should, yes, I don’t think there’s any problem with it.” RONNY ORTOWSKI, PART OWNER, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Kent just rode him perfect. It was a real good race. He’s a mud horse, and I had all the confidence in the world. He was feeling good this morning.” -more- GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He warmed up great and left the gate wrong, and we got hit by the first wave of water and mud going into the first turn, he slipped with me and started lunging. He came off the bridle, and the first thing I said was, ‘This is going to be a long race.’ When Kent came by me, he actually tried to go with him – he sort of re-ignited again, but he sort of just looked after himself. I’m real proud of him to run second.” GARY SHERLOCK, UNCLO LINO, THIRD: “The track didn’t make him run any better but I wasn’t worried about it. The biggest thing was to let him run. He ran perfect, that’s what we had in mind. The only thing that fooled me was that Iron Rob didn’t send! Uncle Lino made the lead and just got run down by two pretty good horses, that’s about it.“My next move? I have no idea.” KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.“I don’t think it has soaked in yet, I’m pretty much in shock. I’m just going to pray that unlike Texas Red, we make it there.“He was the fourth horse that I rode in the mud today and the others felt like they had ice skates on. Exaggerator felt like he had track shoes on. He really liked the going and I think that was part of his incredible effort today. He enjoyed the mud.“I don’t know (if he can beat Nyquist); we’ll find out Derby Day. I heard two people say that Nyquist couldn’t handle Mohaymen. When I tried to run with him in the San Vicente and he went twenty-two and change I thought I was going to go by him like he was tied to a pole but he wouldn’t let me by. That is a very good horse.” -30-
LONDON (AP):Alexis Sanchez ensured Arsenal’s stormy season will end with an FA Cup final after securing a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in extra time at The Wembley Stadium yesterday.The Chilean striker struck in the 101st minute to secure an all-London May 27 final against Chelsea. Arsenal are chasing a third title in four seasons in the competition that has provided a comfort blanket for Arsene Wenger during a 13-year Premier League trophy drought.But with Arsenal languishing in seventh place in the Premier League, and set to miss out on the Champions League, the heat remains on the manager, whose contract expires at the end of the season.”People can question my decisions but not loyalty and commitment to this club,” Wenger said coyly about his managerial future after goals from defender Nacho Monreal and Sanchez gave him a shot at a seventh FA Cup triumph next month.But Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of City will end without silverware and he even faces a fight for a Champions League spot. That’s not what City were expecting when they hired the serial winner who had won titles in every campaign with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.But Guardiola was outwitted by Wenger, who has adopted the three-man defence that has served the Premier League’s top two teams, Chelsea and Tottenham, so well this season.”Maybe we found in a period we needed a bit more security … a bit more defensive stability,” Wenger said.Uncharacteristically, Arsenal’s defence was holding up strongly, denying City space to threaten Petr Cech’s goal; for an hour at least, until the Gunners were caught out by a ruthless counter-attack.Aaron Ramsey conceded possession on the edge of the City penalty area as he dithered on the ball. Yaya TourÈ intercepted and quickly chipped the ball over the Arsenal defence to Sergio Ag¸ero. The Argentine raced past Rob Holding and Cech, who had been too slow off his line, watched helplessly as the ball was chipped over him into the net in the 62nd minute.It was the striker’s 14th goal in 15 FA Cup games, and a painful sight for Ramsey, who covered his face with his jersey as the City fans celebrated.EQUALISING GOALThis wasn’t one of those days Arsenal capitulated, instead drawing level in the 71st minute from an unlikely source. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed to the far post and Monreal demonstrated his ability by volleying past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo with his weaker right foot.Monreal’s third goal in four years at Arsenal came close to being wiped out. Only the woodwork spared Arsenal, with TourÈ’s shot beating a diving Cech before hitting the post and Fernandinho heading onto the crossbar.Having forced extra time, Arsenal displayed the resolve lacking so often this year to turn the semi-final around.Sanchez came through for Arsenal in extra time, just as he did for the joint-record 12-time FA Cup winners in the 2015 semi-final, producing a winner in the 101st minute. Mesut ÷zil’s free kick was headed down by Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck missed his attempt but Sanchez demonstrated his poacher’s instinct to nudge the ball over the line.”Our league form has not been good enough and, obviously, we are disappointed with how that’s gone,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “This was something we could hold on to for the fans. It was important we got to the final.”