PHOTOS: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Bring ‘Mettavolution’ Tour To The Paramount Theatre

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOn May 21st, Rodrigo y Gabriela continued their spring tour in support of their new album, Mettavolution, with a performance at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY featuring support from Hudson Taylor.Related: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Announce First New Album In Five Years, Release 18+ Minute Pink Floyd Cover [Listen]Mettavolution marks the experimental classical guitar duo’s first studio release since 9 Dead Alive arrived in 2014. In, 2017 the duo celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their 2006 Rodrigo Y Gabriela LP with a deluxe reissue and celebratory tour. It was during that 2017 tour when the two utilized the opportunity to test out their new material in front of fans in a live setting. For continued work on Mettavolution, they teamed up with Grammy-winner Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem) to help produce the project.Related: Rodrigo Y Gabriela Share Thrilling Video For Title Track From Forthcoming Album, “Mettavolution” [Watch]You can check out a full gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.For a full list of upcoming Rodrigo y Gabriela tour dates, head to their website here.Rodrigo Y Gabriela w/ Hudson Taylor | Paramount Theatre | Huntington, NY | 5/21/19 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Lawyer provides a home for orphans

December 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Lawyers provides a home for oprhans Casa de Luz will serve children with severe disabilities Associate Editor Five years ago, Miami lawyer O. Frank Valladares was shocked by the sight of malnourished orphans with severe disabilities, abandoned at birth, and warehoused in squalor in the Dominican Republic, one boy kept in a 3-foot-by-4-foot cage.Today, Valladares is excitedly anticipating welcoming the first 64 orphans to Casa de Luz (House of Light), their sparkling new home near the Caribbean, where they will enjoy fresh air and sunshine from terraces.“One spoonful at a time,” is how Valladares sums up his sometimes overwhelming mission to feed these special-needs orphans, what he called the “forgotten children,” first chronicled in the Bar News in October 1, 2001.“God put it in our hearts to do whatever we can to feed these children, heal them, bring them comfort and relief, and alleviate their suffering,” Valladares said. “The challenges we face seem insurmountable at times, but they are actually a series of great opportunities disguised as impossible situations.”Consider these opportunities seized by Valladares and his wife, Lourdes, on their mission called Project Child:• In April 2003, they acquired about five acres of land, donated by the Dominican Republic government about 10 minutes from the airport.• In May 2004, Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia signed a decree recognizing their mission, Project Child, as a nonprofit corporation to facilitate construction efforts and allow them to bring in supplies duty-free.• Their dream to remove 85 children from the once dilapidated orphanage with no running water, faulty wiring, and leaky roof and give them a safe and pleasant new home is coming closer to reality. Casa de Luz hopes to welcome the first 64 children before the end of the year.The estimated cost of construction of Casa de Luz is about $600,000 in U.S. dollars, and will include a wing for boys and a wing for girls, with room eventually for 128 children. It will also have doctors’ offices, a pharmacy, cafeteria, kitchen, laundry room, rooms for physical therapy, occupational therapy, employee lounge, and open terraces where the children can get fresh air and sunlight.A staff of 13 full-time employees make sure the children are well cared for: eight nurses or care-givers, one medical doctor, two part-time cooks, a maintenance/custodian worker, and laundry person.“I certainly had no idea five years ago I would be doing this,” said Valladares,But there was no turning back once he stepped into that orphanage in 1999 and vowed to rescue these “forgotten children.”Now, Valladares calls it a “delicate balancing act” to continue to care for the orphans while raising money for the new home, and he admits their bank accounts are “dangerously low.”“It is not easy raising money for special needs children thousands of miles away in a Caribbean island, but that is the burden God has put in our hearts,” Valladares said.As always, he remains optimistic that help will continue to come from Florida’s lawyers and others who believe in their mission.“We are very hopeful and excited for the future of not only the 85 special needs children we currently care for, but other children in need in the Dominican Republic that are still suffering from neglect, lack of food, lack of care, and lack of love,” Valladares said. For more information about Project Child and how to become involved call (305) 271-0467; toll free (877) 807-5050 (for monetary gifts only); e-mail: [email protected]; Web page: www.projectchild.org; or write at 10030 SW 84th Street, Miami 33173. October 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyer provides a home for orphanslast_img read more

Fresh again

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThis is placeholder text Advertisement Published on November 13, 2014 at 1:03 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Kaleb Joseph took off his basketball sneakers and scrolled through his phone, crouching in front of the same locker point guard Tyler Ennis occupied a year ago. Then he was crowded by cameras and tape recorders, like Ennis always was, and smiled while rattling off answers — accepting as many compliments as he dished out.Chris McCullough weaved through a crowd of his teammates and reporters in nothing but a towel, retreating to the same corner that forward Jerami Grant used to sit in while he got dressed after games. Joseph and McCullough stood in the place of the players they’re effectively replacing — if not by exact position and skill set, then in the two starting spots that have both freshmen on an express track.“We are going to need them to do a lot,” SU assistant coach Adrian Autry said of Joseph and McCullough. “They know that and the team knows that. When you lose a lot of production and bring in two high-profile guys, the expectation is that they are ready. And they are.”As Syracuse heads into the 2014–15 season, one of its biggest questions is how it’s going to score. The Orange is returning just over 37 percent of its points from last year — the lowest in Jim Boeheim’s 38 years with SU — which places Joseph and McCullough in the middle of an offensive transition while they transition themselves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s a process that will be different for both freshmen, with Joseph captaining a stalled ship and McCullough polishing and rounding his offensive game while learning different roles. But they both started in Syracuse’s opening scrimmage against Carleton on Nov. 2 and figure to spend more time on the court than not as the No. 23 Orange looks to turn decreased expectations on their head this season.“When I think of the freshmen, I just know they can score,” junior Michael Gbinije said. “For us, when we need to make up for what we lost, we’re going to do it by committee and all the rotational guys are going to chip in.“But having those guys, fresh guys, will only make that easier.”KALEB JOSEPHSyracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara says it’s unfair to compare Joseph, ESPN’s 50th ranked recruit in the freshman class, to Ennis.Ennis replaced NBA lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams last year and played 35.7 minutes per game, averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 assists and just 1.7 turnovers, and forewent his last three years of college eligibility to be selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 18th pick of the first round in June.Joseph isn’t Ennis and isn’t expecting himself to be. But with the Orange lacking a refined sixth man and the 6-foot-7 Gbinije expected to assume point guard duties when Joseph needs a rest, he is like Ennis.“Tyler did some great things and yeah, it is a hard act to follow,” Joseph said. “But you just have to make it your team, that’s how you make fans and your teammates trust you. I like to run, we’re going to run with me at the point.”Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins sees a combination of Syracuse point guards of the past Jonny Flynn, Michael Carter-Williams and Ennis in Joseph. He likes to push tempo like Flynn, can rebound and stretch the zone like Carter-Williams and has similar poise to Ennis.Vincent Pastore, Joseph’s former coach with the Mass Rivals AAU team, also detailed a wide-ranging skill set.“He wasn’t the kind of player to just do one thing over and over because it worked,” Pastore said. “A lot of guys do that, most guys do that. They find that they can get to the rim or hit a jump shot in a certain place and they go back to that over and over. But Kaleb always made sure he could do everything as a guard.”What Joseph’s coaches and teammates have noticed is his ability to succeed in a pick-and-roll offense. Redshirt junior guard Trevor Cooney’s eyes lit up when talking about how Joseph’s ability to penetrate and draw defenders will create shooting opportunities for him. In SU’s exhibition win over Carleton, Joseph poured in 19 points and opened up the paint for Rakeem Christmas to explode for 13 second-half points.And when Joseph is asked about a hole in his game, he smiles and tilts his head back. Then he squints his eyes and it’s hard to tell if he’s trying to find or pick one.“I need to shoot the 3 better, I’m working on it,” Joseph said.In high school, Joseph headed to the Cushing (Massachusetts) Academy gym before school every morning and made 500 3-pointers. He doesn’t have the time to do that in college, but knows that a polished long-range jump shot would add another dimension to his encompassing game.“The janitors here know me well,” he says, laughing, of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. “They really do.”CHRIS MCCULLOUGHMcCullough took a ball at Orange Madness on Oct. 17 and smirked at his teammates.Then the 6-foot-10, 220-pound freshman ran at a girl holding a Jim Boeheim big head, leapt, spread his legs and cleared it clean before throwing a dunk through the rim. The feat didn’t even win the event’s dunk contest — sophomore guard B.J. Johnson did — but it was a flash of the McCullough’s athleticism.“Chris is really a freak,” Cooney said. “I know he wears C.J. (Fair)’s number, but I see a lot of Jerami in him and ability to get to where he wants on the floor and finish strong.”At the Salisbury (Connecticut) School, Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy and then IMG (Florida) Academy, McCullough was a standout player that surfaced as ESPN’s 24th-best player and fifth-best power forward in the Class of 2014. But his high school dominance creates an obstacle of sorts at Syracuse, where he won’t be able to get to the rim with ease and rely on his willowy frame to dominate on both ends.Instead, McCullough is being asked to play with his back to the basket in the paint in the high post and stretch the floor with deep mid-range jump shots, to serve as a liaison between the Orange’s guards and Christmas. Points will have to come from all of that.“The thing I’ve been focusing on most is working on the low post,” McCullough said. “Because I have worked in the high post in the past and know that role … If I can get my post moves down, I’ll be deadly.”To do that, McCullough has been working with Autry and the SU big men so he can play the center position in the team’s base four-around-one set. That spot is usually occupied by Christmas, but the Orange can’t expect one player to play the middle of the zone and offense for full games at a time.That’s where McCullough comes in — with versatility that is both apparent and ready to bloom.“He’s like a pterodactyl,” said Hopkins, stretching his arms out as far as he could. “He can just go up and grab both sides of the rim. It’s very impressive.”McCullough is Syracuse’s tallest player and, in different lineups, he will be an undefined forward as the season starts. The high post gives him an opportunity to establish a jumper and ensuing driving lanes. The low post is a chance to use his length around the rim and draw fouls. A roaming spot on the wing is where he can experiment off the dribble and mix in 3s.Against Carleton, McCullough elevated from the top of the arc and buried a triple. No one could contest it and it swished through the net without nicking the rim.And the next step for McCullough — looking past offense, defense and what he’ll need to do to contribute right away — is for him to be a presence.He’s quiet, almost shy, but demanding the ball will be a huge factor in how big of a factor he’ll be.“I’m not too worried about getting the guys to look to me,” McCullough said. “I think the coaches are going to make it happen, and then I will have make it keep happening.”Fresh OutlookTwelve years ago, Syracuse headed into the 2002–03 season with 41 percent of its scoring from a season before — just 4 percent higher than the number the Orange has now.That team was led by two freshmen — one that plays for the New York Knicks and another that sits on the Syracuse bench — and finished the year clipping down a championship net.Joseph’s not McNamara. McCullough’s not Carmelo Anthony. The prospect of Syracuse winning the second national championship in program history is a slim one and doesn’t rest on Joseph and McCullough’s shoulders.But the freshmen have each been given a set of keys.“I’ve seen a team be led by freshman,” said McNamara, almost wistfully. “This team needs those guys to be locked in.” Commentslast_img read more

DURO’S RUSSIA NOTES…

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTrips to Essentuki (Super Eagles’ Base Camp), Kaliningrad, Volgograd, St Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan, have really given this reporter more insight about the Russian than his first time out here. And St Petersburg, with its beauty and warmth to foreigners, appeals more to me to warrant my making the place my base. Imposing four-star Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltyskaya was first home for a couple of days before opting for a more manageable accommodation in an apartment building in Pulkovskoe area of St Petersburg.Unlike the Park Inn, the Salut Apartments are three imposing 15-story buildings overlooking the Mercedes Centre on the highway from the Pulkovo Airport. Apart from its alluring facilities that make the place home away from home, it is less than 20 minutes drive away from one of the busy airports servicing Russia’s second biggest city.But our love for the place almost turned sour with an early morning alarm signal thursday. Few minutes after the alarm, a voice in Russian boomed through the speakers in each of the apartments. We were lost of what was happening until another voice whipped the three Nigerian journalists, (Vanguard’s Tony Ubani, Christian Okpara of The Guardian and my humble self) into panic mode. The voice simply said: “Vacate the building there is fire.” Fire? How, where? The three of us sprang out of our rooms into the lobby of the 8th floor. While one dashed towards the lift, another started screaming no use of lift in time of fire like this. Funny enough, the two exit points were written in Russian language but we had to use our initiatives to follow the direction of the arrow which ultimately led us to the staircase. In what appears to be race for life, we hopped several steps to ensure we beat other nationals also trying to get out of the building which is the Block A. In less than three minutes we were down at the reception try to catch our breath. Five other Nigerians who came in from the UK but also resident in the building also joined us in safety at the designated points.We looked out for where the fire was burning in any of the floors, but there was none. Most staff of the apartment were going about their duties as if nothing was amiss. Then, one lady who appears as the Manager of the Salut Apartments came to address us that what we have just experienced was routine for their guests. She said it was meant to keep everyone in the high-rise building in check and to know what to do in case of an emergency. Did we feel angry? Your guess was right: “This Oyinbo people dey craze, why dem go dey play with something like fire?” muttered my colleague Ubani of Vanguard.Reminded that it was good that we have known our ways round the emergency exit points in building, that sort of quelled the early morning false fire alarm. It was worth all the stress as I now know what to do in case of similar situation next time. No panic is the watchword that we learnt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIRE IN THE BUILDING, EVACUATE!Those who have never experienced an emergency situation of fire alarm in a 15-story building will not understand what some of us (Nigerian journalists) went through this morning here in St Petersburg, Ruassia. Let me give you the preamble.On arrival here in Russia for the World Cup three days to the June 14 kick off date at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, one was filled with excitement of going to tour at least eight of the 11 Russian cities designated to host the 2018 Mundial. Of course, having visited Moscow as first time visitor in 2013 for the IAAF World Championships where Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor equaled Nigeria’s best outing at the competition, winning a silver and bronze in the 200m and long jump, I truly wanted to know and feel the rest of the Russian cities.last_img read more

David Silva joins Real Sociedad

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFormer Manchester City playmaker David Silva has joined La Liga side Real Sociedad for two seasons.The Spaniard’s 10-year spell at City came to an end after Saturday’s Champions League defeat by Lyon.Signed from Valencia in 2010, the midfielder, 34, made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies.Italian side Lazio were reported to have offered former Spain international Silva a three-year contract. but he joins Real Sociedad on a free transfer.Sociedad finished sixth in La Liga and were in search of a new playmaker after Martin Odegaard returned to Real Madrid following a one-year loan spell.Silva made 309 Premier League appearances, scoring 60 goals and playing an instrumental part in City’s four title wins in 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2019.In domestic cup competitions, he played 57 times and won two FA Cups, five League Cups and three Community Shields.Silva holds the record for the most European appearances for City, having played 70 Champions League matches over the past decade.He was also in the Spain squads that won the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012. Source: BBClast_img read more

Wednesday August 21st Local Sports

August 13, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa redshirt freshman D.J. Johnson hopes to be money in the cash position. It is a position named by defensive coordinator Phil Parker. The Hawkeyes replace a linebacker with a defensive back who must cover as well as be a factor in the run game. It has allowed Iowa to remain in its traditional four man front even against modern day spread offenses.Parker says the term cash was used to distinguish it from their nickel and dime packages.It is a position Amani Hooker played so well he left early for the NFL after being named the Big Ten’s top defensive back. Johnson hopes to follow in his footsteps.Johnson feels the cash position fits his style.Iowa opens the season August 31st hosting Miami of Ohio MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those 10 days off sure didn’t hurt Nelson Cruz’s swing.Whatever’s been thrown his way this season, Minnesota’s designated hitter has rarely been deterred.Cruz homered and drove in three runs on four hits in his second game back from a wrist injury, yet another powerful performance at the plate by the 39-year-old for the Twins in a 14-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to stay one ahead of Cruz for the team lead, starting pitcher Michael Pineda (9-5) stayed strong for seven innings, and the Twins raised their lead on Cleveland in the AL Central race to three games. That’s the biggest it’s been in two weeks.Cruz, who gave the Twins a scare by rupturing a tendon in his left wrist during a swing in a game against the Indians on Aug. 8, returned from the minimum stay on the injured list on Monday. He’s 6 for 11 with four RBIs after his reinstatement, pushing his age-defiant season totals to 33 home runs and 80 RBIs in just 89 games.Cruz, who signed with the Twins for $14 million this year with a club option for 2020 at a market-bargain $12 million, has 15 homers in his last 20 games. He hit a career-high three doubles in this one and became the first Twins player since Michael Cuddyer in 2005 with four extra-base hits in a game. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double, Chelsea Gray added 17 points, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-71 on Tuesday night.Los Angeles used a 23-4 second-quarter spurt to take a 49-32 lead at the break and opened the second half on a 17-4 run for a 30-point advantage.The Sparks scored just six points through the first 8 minutes of the fourth quarter as Minnesota pulled to 74-67 on Lexie Brown’s fourth 3-pointer of the game. But Parker answered with a 3 and the Lynx did not get closer than eight points from there.Alexis Jones scored a career-high 15 points — all in the first half — for Los Angeles (16-10). Nneka Ogwumike added eight points and eight rebounds for the Sparks, who have won nine straight at home.Brown led Minnesota (13-15) with 20 points, and Napheesa Collier added 14. The Lynx have lost three straight.last_img read more