Lotus’ Mike Rempel Jams With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong On New Year’s Eve [Video]

first_imgBaltimore, MD-based funk jammers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought in 2017 with Lotus at Pittsburgh, PA’s Stage AE. The group played a rocking support set, that included a monster jam of “Poseidon > Moonwalk > Poseidon” and “Horizon > The Liquid” to end the set.During their set, Pigeons invited Lotus guitarist Mike Rempel out for a version of “Walk Outside” which featured a patiently built jam that peaked just at the right time, witnessing the crowd absolutely rocking out along with the group. Check out video of the song below:“Walk Outside” – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ft. Mike Rempel – 12/31/16 – Stage AE:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA – 12/31/16 SetlistPoseidon > Moonwalk > PoseidonFun In FunkOcean FlowsWalk Outside*Hava Nagila >Horizon >The LiquidNotes:* w/ Mike Rempel (Lotus) on guitarlast_img read more

Football leaders bury differences to tackle coronavirus

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodBERN, Switzerland (Reuters) – After months of bickering over new competitions, talks of closed super leagues and complaints of greed by elite clubs, football’s leaders have buried their differences to tackle the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.On Tuesday, UEFA agreed to delay its flagship Euro 2020 competition for one year to allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons, once football resumes, and FIFA in turn recommended postponing its new Club World Cup from 2021.“It was a relatively short call, probably the most united front of opinion I have seen in European football so far,” said Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of the global players’ union FIFPRO, after a video conference with UEFA and representatives of clubs and leagues. “It was a very cordial conversation — not at all tense or contentious.” That could not be said of recent encounters involving football’s various stakeholders.Only two weeks ago, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told his organisation’s annual congress that “no football administrator, no matter the size of the ego, should think we are the stars of the game. We are only the guardians of the game.”He didn’t mention any names but FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose efforts to create the Club World Cup have not gone down well with UEFA, was sitting in the front row. Last year, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA), proposed a reform of the Champions League which would have turned it into semi-closed competition from 2024 onwards.The proposal was eventually dropped amid widespread opposition led by Europe’s domestic leagues. In December, the Financial Times and New York Times reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had taken place over the possibility of setting up a super league featuring the world’s richest clubs split into two divisions. Ceferin said the idea was “far-fetched” and “insane”.Such reports of breakaways have become commonplace over the years as the financial gap grows between a handful of elite clubs and the rest. Only two weeks ago, Andrea Agnelli, president of Serie A champions Juventus, questioned the right of smaller rivals Atalanta to take part in the Champions League because the club lacked “international history”.FIFA’s ambitions for a 24-team Club World Cup have themselves been seen as an attempt to muscle in the lucrative club game and reduce financial dependency on the World Cup. But the tone was very different on Tuesday.“It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism,” said Ceferin, while Baer-Hoffmann recognised that UEFA had taken a “significant hit” with its decision to postpone Euro 2020.“Finding appropriate and fair solutions at global level is imperative,” added Infantino, who also proposed a fund to help those in football affected by the pandemic. “We need to think of all those around the world potentially impacted by our decisions.”last_img read more

Augustine Arhinful cautions Black Stars

first_imgEx-Ghana international Augustine Arhinful has cautioned the Black Stars to be wary of a ‘dangerous’ Mozambique side ahead of their 2017 AFCON qualifier today.The two teams will clash in Accra in their third group of the qualifiers.Ghana will be chasing a third consecutive win in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against bottom side Mozambique at the Accra Sport Stadium.The Black Stars must avoid defeat against the OS Mambas to make the return leg a mere formality on Sunday in Mozambique.Both teams have kept their cards close to their chest even though Mozambique have engaged in psychological battle ahead of the crunch tie at the Accra Sports stadium.The formal Liverpool player has tipped his men to silence the West Africans at their own backyard and the ex-international has warned the team to be cautious against a solid OS Mambas side. “We have to be cautious. No complacency. We have all the names but in football anything is possible,” Arhinful told Asempa Sports“We have the potential but we must be careful a bit against them. We should not make a mistake because our opponent won’t come cheap.”“They (Mozambique) do not have the quality, skills, materials that we have but they are a dangerous side.”“But I’m confident we can come to the party this afternoon.”Ghana tops Group H with Six points after two matches while The Mambas are without a win.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves,’ says Norwood

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas’ ‘lack of maturity’ showed in heartbreaking loss to Iran June Mar Fajardo came up empty at the line that would’ve given the Filipinos a three-point cushion with 2:20 left while Scottie Thompson threw one of the two bad passes with under 30 seconds to go when Gilas was only down by three.Gilas captain Gabe Norwood stressed there’s no point in putting the blame on anyone else but themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Dejected, frustrated, disappointed, all of those, but there’s no one to blame but ourselves,” Norwood said after losing to Mohammad Jamshidi-led Iran, 78-70. “We had our opportunities, two winnable games, and kudos to Kazakhstan and Iran. They both came out, made big shots, made big plays, and they were ready.”Still, Norwood has his head held high despite two crushing defeats. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas had a forgettable fourth quarter against Iran on Monday night.The worst part even came down the stretch–in the last three minutes–where the Philippines only made one out of its eight attempts from the field, missed two free throws and had a pair of errant passes.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I mean tonight the effort was there, we came out executed a lot better compared to our last game. So, in that sense, the improvement to one game to the next is uplifting. At the same time, but if you’re not winning games, it’s not the plan,” he said.Gilas slid to fourth place in Group F with a 5-5 card but its hopes of returning to the Fiba World Cup stays in its hands.“Like I said, no one to blame but ourselves. I’m not aware of the scenario. But all I know is we need to win two games. And I’m not sure if that would be enough. We got a couple of months to figure things out and the best plan is to get us ready then we’ll go from there.”The top three teams in Groups E and F plus the fourth-placer with the better record will book a ticket to China.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Liberian Returns for Nation-building

first_imgWhen Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first took power after the 2005 post-war election, she called on Liberian professionals living abroad to return home and help with the building of the war torn nation.Many Diaspora Liberians responded to Sirleaf’s call immediately with some even sending in credentials. But many never received any feedback. Despite the disappointment, scores of professional Liberians continue to return home every year to stay; most work in such fields as business, health, education, administration, and relief-aid. Among the latest returnees is Mr. Tamba Aghailas, a son of Lofa County.The Liberian civil war (1989 – 2003) affected every sector and aspect of our nation. One of the lingering effects is the brain-drain or human-capital flight it occasioned.Thousands of Liberians fled home to seek refuge in various parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, this created a vacuum in Liberia’s labor force.This vacuum gave rise to an influx of expatriates, mainly from English speaking West African countries, to fill the human resource gap in various sectors of the economy.To counter this trend, the Liberian government and citizens started urging the return of Liberians in the Diaspora who have acquired the requisite education and skills and are willing to contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Liberia.However, many Liberians find this to be a hard choice as the decision to return often means abandoning more financially lucrative and stable careers in the West. As a result, they are often unwilling to relocate permanently.While some Liberians return home to seek appointments in government or elected seats, their migration is only temporary as they return abroad as soon as they lose those jobs or elected seats.Nonetheless, some exceptionally patriotic and dutiful Liberians do exist. They are the ones who make the whole-hearted choice to abandon their comfort-zones in the West and commit to a life of service at home for the love of their country and people.One such person is Tamba D. Aghailas—who left Liberia to seek refuge in various West African countries, then landed in the United States of America during the height of the Liberian civil war. Mr. Aghailas broke the news recently that he is, without any precondition, coming home to contribute his quota to reconstruction.“As much as we appreciate the continued assistance of international partners, Liberians must step-up to steer the destiny of their nation.”According to Mr. Aghailas, he is coming home to contribute to reconstruction and to pass on and share the skills and experience he has acquired over the years with the future leaders of Liberia – the youth. At his core, he is a human rights advocate, one who has chosen to “lend his voice to the voiceless people of Liberia,” as he put it.He is founder and director of The Voice of Liberia—an online publication, from which he has written extensively on human right issues.This son of Liberia is indeed a trailblazer. His sacrifice sets an example for the countless skilled Liberians who live in the Diaspora, who have yet to follow his example.Their talent, skills and resources have the potential to unlock and accelerate the creation of a strong and viable middle class in post-conflict Liberia.Mr. Aghailas currently resides in New York City with his family and works as a Human Resource professional with an international nonprofit organization.Mr. Aghailas will bring with him extensive human resource and life experiences from which he expects his fellow Liberians to benefit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more