Basketball registration ends Fri.

first_imgBookstore Basketball, the world’s largest outdoor five-on-five basketball tournament, is just around the corner, and the tournament’s organizers are hoping to break their own record by garnering even more teams to play than last year’s 650.Registration for the open and women’s tournaments ends Friday at 5 p.m., but the main goal of the tournament’s executive staff is to raise money and awareness for Jumpball, a basketball camp that provides free instruction and lunch to children in and around Kingston, Jamaica.“The more teams that participate, the more funding we get for the camp,” tournament organizer Jack Goonan, a junior, said. “We want to give kids the chance to play because they have limited funds and opportunities to do so.”Tournament organizer Kelly Flynn, a junior, said Bookstore Basketball funds the entire camp by itself. Last year’s tournament raised $12,000 for the Kingston camp and its satellite locations, making the camp completely free for its participants and providing equipment and personnel for the camp, she said.One of the camp’s coaches is from the Notre Dame community and two of the tournament’s commissioners travel to the camp every summer.“It’s a good charity and a good time, and you get to see where all the money goes to,” Goonan said.Goonan encouraged freshmen to sign up for the tournament since their participation is traditionally low.“Freshmen should sign up because it’s a long running Notre Dame tradition,” Goonan said. “If they sign up now, they can have four years of funny moments on the courts.”Although attracting more participation from the freshman class is a perennial concern, a more serious, time-consuming issue is the submission of inappropriate team names each year.“Every year, we have to sit and go through every single team name and approve them,” Flynn said. “Then, the Student Activities Office reviews and approves that list.”Flynn noted that many teams try to be as funny as possible in creating team names, but what is funny for college students is not always appropriate for such a highly publicized, University-sponsored event.The championship title is up for grabs because last year’s open winners, Hallelujah Holla Back, will not be competing this year, sophomore team member Dayne Crist said.“I can’t play this year because I’m recovering from ACL repair surgery, and [teammate] Joe Fauria transferred to UCLA,” said Crist, a quarterback on the Irish football team. “[Team member] Jonas Gray can’t play because of a new rule restricting football players from playing basketball.”Women’s tournament champions Four Girls and a Guy will be back to defend their title, under a new name with an additional teammate, said senior Molly McCarthy, a member of last year’s team who also helped organize the tournament.She said the team’s victory last year was especially meaningful because her father and teammate Jane Fleming’s father made a surprise appearance at the final game.“The victory with our dads watching is definitely one of my favorite college memories, but I expect nothing less than a great tournament this year,” McCarthy said. “It’ll be hard work to get back to the championship, but we look forward to every game.”The executive staff said they are enthusiastic about the tournament beginning.“We’ve been working on this since December, so it’s been a long process,” Flynn said. “We’re excited to see how many teams will come out.”This year’s open tournament will start on March 27 and end April 25. Any student, staff or faculty member from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross is invited to participate.The large number of teams requires the open tournament to be spread out over the course of a month. Because the women’s tournament only attracts around 70 teams, it begins later than the open tournament.The semifinals and finals will take place the same weekend as the annual Blue-Gold Game, which is set for April 24.last_img read more

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Students, alumni reflect on history of Notre Dame vs. USC rivalry

first_imgAs the Notre Dame vs. University of Southern California (USC) football game approaches, students and alumni prepare to witness once again the long-standing and celebrated rivalry between the two schools.One of the most widely-known rivalries in college football, the Notre Dame vs. USC faceoff began in 1926 and has occurred every year since, with the exception of 1943-1945 during World War II.How the rivalry actually began is a source of debate. Some cite a rumor that Bonnie Rockne, wife of Irish head coach Knute Rockne, was swayed by Marion Wilson, wife of USC athletic director Gywnn Wilson. Wilson’s argument, the rumor goes, was that a Notre Dame vs. USC rivalry would mean traveling to sunny and warm California for a bi-annual game during the frigid South Bend winter.Others claim the rivalry began because of the financial needs of the teams, as well as the friendship between Knute and Trojans head coach Howard Jones.Although there have been many famous games in this storied rivalry, the 1988 faceoff — wherein Notre Dame was ranked first in the nation and USC was ranked second with both teams carrying undefeated records — is remembered as one of the most nail biting yet.David Sauve (’90) attended the game at USC with a group of Notre Dame students.“For a period of about 20 years, the winners of the Notre Dame vs. USC game was likely playing for the national championship,” Sauve said. “So for that particular game there was still a lot of energy. … That entire aura around that game was spectacular because of that noteworthy status of both of those teams.”Sauve said he sat on the Notre Dame side with other students, and with some USC alumni and fans in front of him.“[The USC alumni] were all very kind and courteous to us because they knew we were students and treated us very well during the game,” Sauve said.He said he remembers the moment he knew Notre Dame would win the game. It happened after the first play, he said, when Notre Dame player Raghib “Rocket” Ismail caught the football, even after quarterback Tony Rice slipped while throwing it.“You knew as a Notre Dame fan when you saw that play that we were going to be fine because they weren’t afraid to be aggressive and take the tact to USC,” Sauve said. “We were ecstatic. We knew, since that was the last game of the year, that wherever Notre Dame ended up they would be playing for the national championship.”This year, the USC game will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Stadium. Community members are preparing with anticipation for the faceoff.Sophomore Reynold Hamar, a board member of the Notre Dame California Student Club, has helped organize an alumni reception party for Notre Dame students and alumni from California visiting the University for this weekend’s game.“I’ve been counting down the days, especially knowing friends that go to USC,” Hamar said. “It’s such a fun day and so great for our school. The way it brings people together and the whole campus together, I think it’s incredible.”Originally from Southern California, Hamar said he is familiar with the long-standing rivalry between the two schools.“Growing up 45 minutes from USC campus, I grew up hating Notre Dame and cheering against it,” Hamar said. “It’s interesting because I feel like, for me, Notre Dame and USC practically don’t make sense to be rivals. They are not geographically related … but in a lot of ways that is what makes the rivalry. Midwest vs. California. City vs. rural. … Football is the perfect catalyst for that. …  It is definitely one of the best rivalries in college football.”Tags: Bonnie Rockne, football rivalry, Gywnn Wilson, Knute Rockne, Marion Wilson, Notre Dame versus University of Southern California, rivalrylast_img read more

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Groundbreaking today for $15 million Champlain College welcome center

first_imgA groundbreaking ceremony will be held today for Champlain College’s renovation of historic Perry Hall. The $15 million student “Welcome Center” is one of Vermont’s largest, non-transportation construction projects. President David F Finney said the project is important to both the college and Burlington, especially during the current economic conditions. When completed, Perry Hall will house the admissions, financial aid, student accounts and advising and registration departments.“This will greatly enhance the ability to serve our students better and show off one of Burlington’s historic architectural gems restored to its former glory,” Finney said. “A project of this scope, expected to take 14 to 16 months, will employ a large number of local workers, it will help to stimulate the local economy and perhaps most importantly, when finished will provide a great first impression of Champlain College and Burlington to visiting prospective students and their families.”Perry Hall, built in 1859 by lawyer and diplomat Edward Phelps, is one of only 11 houses in the South Willard Street Historic District that predates the Civil War.Work on restoring the 150-year-old Italianate-style brick home with elements of Greek Revival is expected to be completed in August 2010. “Now is also a good time for this project because construction costs are significantly lower than even a year ago at this time. We want it to be finished in time to welcome the incoming class of 2014,” Finney added.  “Champlain College enrollment numbers for 2010 look strong, so we are comfortable that our budget will be balanced in 2010. The Board of Trustees unanimously expressed confidence in the college’s ability to take on this project at this time,” said David Provost, Champlain’s senior vice president for finance.An addition to the west side of the historic building will include: an elevator, stairs, offices, restrooms and a presentation and conference room. The original structure’s open staircase, ornate historic details and ground floor rooms will be preserved and used for reception and conference spaces. Perry Hall’s former library space will house a collection of documents, photos and historic artifacts related to the Burlington Hill Section District.Original owner Edward Phelps, who served in the administrations of Presidents Cleveland and Fillmore, sold the home to local financier John J. Flynn in 1913. Flynn, the founder of Chittenden Bank and many other ventures throughout Vermont, was one of the largest landowners in Burlington at the time. His wife, Nellie, had a lifelong interest in native flora of Vermont, published the “Flora of Burlington” in 1911. Her extensive collection of 22,700 specimens is now part of a permanent collection of state flora at Goddard College. The Flynn name adorns Burlington’s famous theater, as well as Flynn Avenue. Upon his death in 1940, Flynn bequeathed the house to the City of Burlington to serve as a home for older men. However, faced with high operating costs for the home, the city sold it to Gilbert Brewer, who in turn sold the home to Dr. and Mrs. Martin Cannon in 1955. The Cannon family lived in the home until 2004 when Champlain College purchased it and renamed it Perry Hall in honor of the newly retired Champlain President Roger H. Perry. It has since remained vacant, but was maintained by the College during the planning and permit process leading toward final approval of the Perry Hall Restoration Project.The project includes plans to restore the front and rear lawns and create a new promenade walkway. Champlain College has granted an easement to the City of Burlington to maintain the west lawn of Perry Hall as open space available for public use. Formal gardens around the building will be planted in the spirit of Nellie Flynn’s native species studies. An innovative wetland garden will be created at the lower edge of the west lawn to absorb stormwater runoff.The plan also calls for energy-efficient climate control systems, including a geothermal pump from Perry Hall’s deep wells. The ultimate goal, Finney said, is to earn certification from The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Engleberth Construction of Colchester will be the construction manager of the project.This past year, Champlain College completed the renovation of Aiken Hall, a circa 1885 brick manor house on campus using state-of-the-art preservation and restoration techniques emphasizing sustainability and reducing the impact on the environment.“We are thrilled to be moving ahead on this project to create a new administration and welcome center at the heart of the campus. It is a treasure from the past that we expect will be a landmark destination for many generations to come. I think our neighbors and visitors to Champlain will be pleased with the results when it opens next year,” Champlain College Trustee James Crook said.Champlain College, founded in 1878, offers “Education in Three Dimensions” – a distinctive educational approach to professionally focused majors, developing life skills and leadership based on critical and creative thinking. It has nearly 2,000 campus-based undergraduate students on campus and is ranked in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).         The groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday, May 28 from 4 to 5 pm at Perry Hall, 251 South Willard Street, Burlington.last_img read more

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Calvert County, Maryland: Fishing Southern Maryland

first_imgSurrounded by water on three sides, Calvert County, Marylandhas more than 140 miles of coast and waterway for fishing. For dinner with a view of the Chesapeake Bay, stop by the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant for some of the best seafood on the bay. Overlooking the Patuxent River, The Pier offers fresh recipes and live music. Sample the flavors of Calvert County in the tasting rooms of the five wineries and six microbreweries in the area. Explore the shore You will find spot, croaker, and blue fish in the Patuxent River to the west. Launch your boat from Hallowing Point Boat Ramp or fish from the pier at Kings Landing Park. Solomons Boat Rental can meet your boat and equipment needs for a day on the water.  One fishing trip to Calvert County will have you coming back again and again. To the east, navigate the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for rockfish, white perch, Spanish mackerel, and more. Access fishing in the bay from one of several local parks and beaches, including the North Beach Pier, Breezy Point Beach, and Flag Ponds Nature Park. Hire one of several local fishing charters in the area for the best experience on the Chesapeake. These boat captains know the best spots, techniques, and bait around. Make your reservations in advance for your group from the “Charter Fishing Capital of Maryland.” Further your experience on the water with an excursion from Solomons Island Heritage Tours or Patuxent River Heritage Tours. See the lighthouses that helped guide boats into the harbor or try your hand at crab potting for the day. These professionals have a cruise for you. Captain George at Tyler’s Tackle Shop and Crab House can answer all your questions about fishing in Calvert County. Stock up on bait, tackle, and live or steamed blue crabs while you are there. Whether you want to spend the day fishing the bay or kayaking the river, Bunky’s Charter Boats can get you outfitted for the day. center_img Take the kids to the Chesapeake Beach Water Park for a day of water slides and wave pools or immerse yourself in the nature of the bald cypress forests at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary before heading into town for the night.   Unwind on one of Calvert’s many pristine beaches. Scan the shoreline of Calvert Cliffs State Park for megalodon shark’s teeth from prehistoric times. More than 600 species of fossils from 10 to 20 million years ago have been identified at this site. Hike through the marked trails for a closer look at more than 1,000 acres of designated wild land. Visit the Calvert Marine Museum for regional paleontology, estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay. Whether you are looking for days filled with casting linesor exploring the town, choose Calvert County for your next bayside adventure. Maryland.Be Open For It. Walk along the boardwalk at North Beach’s public beach or rent a paddle board to float in the water. This waterside town has all that you need for a day of fun, including ice cream parlors, restaurants, boutique shops, and views of the bay. last_img read more

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Guerrilla Who Guarded Kidnapped Americans Arrested in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo February 23, 2011 so you see Alleged Colombian guerrilla Alexander Beltrán, sought for extradition by the United States and suspected of guarding three Americans whom the FARC kidnapped and held for five years, has been arrested by the police, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced. “Alexander Beltrán, responsible for the kidnapping of the three Americans, has been legally arrested. We arrested him in Cartagena (1,000 km north of Bogotá), and he will now surely be turned over to the U.S. authorities,” the minister announced in an interview with the radio station Caracol on 22 February. Beltrán, alias Rodrigo Pirinolo, moved to Cartagena following the military operation that killed Jorge Briceño or Mono Jojoy, a leader of the communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in September, the Colombian police’s anti-kidnapping group indicated. An extradition request for his appearance before a Colombian court, on the basis of a U.S. indictment handed down on 14 December 2010, is pending against Beltrán, who is accused of homicide, rebellion, terrorism, and illegal weapons possession. According to the police, the FARC Secretariat (high command) in 2003 ordered Beltrán’s transfer to the squad led by Helí Mejía (alias Martín Sombra [Martin Shadow]), who made him responsible for guarding Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and Marc Gonsalves, kidnapped on 12 February of that year in the department of Caquetá. The three Americans, State Department contractors, were rescued on 2 July 2008 in a bloodless military operation in which Colombian-French politician Ingrid Betancourt and eleven military and police personnel were also freed. Colombia previously extradited to the United States a FARC leader who participated in the kidnapping of the Americans, although the country’s Supreme Court of Justice later refused to send two other guerrillas to that country.last_img read more

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Foundation to distribute $11.6 million in grants

first_imgApplications for 2006 Florida Bar Foundation legal assistance for the poor general support grants were recently distributed to the state’s legal assistance providers.The Foundation expects to distribute approximately $11,632,797 next year.“The Foundation and Florida lawyers, through their participation in the IOTA program, as providers of pro bono legal services, and as contributors to the Foundation and local programs, remain committed to equal access to justice.” said Bill Davis, president of the Foundation. “While financial support for legal assistance for the poor remains woefully inadequate to fully address the need, the Foundation is pleased to be able to increase support in 2006 after several years of declining resources.”Currently, 31 legal aid programs receive general support grants under the LAP program and every county in Florida is served by one or more of those programs. Davis said the programs receiving the grants serve approximately 100,000 persons each year. Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, individual rights, income maintenance, consumer, and immigration.Applicants who are not current grantees must contact Foundation staff for information on submitting a concept paper prior to submitting an application.Grant application packages are available by contacting Andrea Horne at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at ahorne@ flabarfndn.org. Grant applications must be received by November 7, and the Foundation board will award grants at its December 9 meeting. October 15, 2005 Regular News Foundation to distribute $11.6 million in grantscenter_img Foundation to distribute $11.6 million in grantslast_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 13 – 19

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Driven to AbstractionTranscendental visions transformed through many mediums convey the emotional and visceral purity from which they were inspired to first take shape. An opening reception will be held for this new juried art show exhibit of abstract works created by local artists. Runs through August 29. Huntington Arts Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org Free. 6-8 p.m. August 14.The Dirty Vice BandThese funky soulful rock jammers headline this must-hear aural extravaganza, which features a great lineup of mostly local talent. Long Island/New York-based indie rockers Pandafan and Butchers Blind of Bellrose open the show, along with Quiet Hollars, who hail from Kentucky. Go mudfish! 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $7. 6:30 p.m. August 13.Cindy GoldrichThis insightful author and mental health counselor will speak about and sign her new parenting book 8 Keys To Parenting Children with ADHD. Rich with optimism, tips, tools, and action plans, this must-read offers science-based insights and systems for parents to help cultivate their skills in handling these special children. Combining expert information with practical, sensitive advice, the eight “key” concepts here will help parents reduce chaos, improve cooperation, and nurture the advantages―like creativity and drive―that often accompany all of that energy. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of Book. 7 p.m. August 13.Van Halen with David Lee RothFeaturing the VH Bros., original singer/madman Roth (!!) and Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass, the guitar-rock legends perform hits that no matter how you try, you just can’t get them out of your head. Plenty of deep tracks like “Jump” and “I’ll Wait” will make for one thumping-along-to-the-beat/air-guitar night. Drums and guitars galore paired with ear-piercing amps and synths will shake it up for one fiery crowd. Will Van Halen unleash his epic “Eruption”?! Sure as hell hope so. Opening the show are Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Tokyo Dome. Yes, yes and yes! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $50-$630. 7 p.m. August 13 & 15. T.J. MillerSince 2007, this comedian and Silicon Valley star’s career has stretched from television, film, music, to podcasting and standup. He even has an upcoming role as Weasel/Jack Hammer in Marvel’s Deadpool. Until then, come prepared for a rollicking night of hilariously awkward sarcasm. (Yes, that’s a good thing.) The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 8 p.m. August 13.JJ Grey & Mofro, G. Love & Special Sauce, Big Head Todd & The MonstersWhat a bodacious boullibaisse! Blues, Southern Rock, R&B and hip-hop. All on one menu at one venue! This multi-city tour has it all! Be sure not to miss this insane and unforgettable night! Just give yourself a hug for thinking of going. Then let G. Love show you in person how “special” that Sauce really is! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $52.50. 8 p.m. August 13.George Benson, Chrisette MicheleBenson has blended jazz with pop and R&B for more than 50 years. Chrisette has been singing since she was a girl in Central Islip and has released four albums since 2007. Together, these talents dominate the stage with a scintillating performance you don’t want to miss. Need a mega-mellow vibe? This is the time and this is the place. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$155. 8 p.m. August 14.Mike MarinoWith a razor-sharp tongue accompanied by a biting Italian accent, this comedian is your stereotypical New Jersey bad boy. Expect a lot of exaggerated claims. You know how those Jersey boardwalks are built on braggadocio.  Can’t make it to the show? No worries, shorty! Show your support and tweet #MikeMarinoForPresident! You know he’s got better hair than The Donald! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. August 14.The StolenDelivering original work since 2008, this five-man boy band has developed a loyal following, wowing crowds across the country. They’ve shared the stage alongside a host of popular groups and even performed at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Be sure to check out their upbeat jams like “Motion Sickness,” and their uplifting solemn songs like “Getting New at Growing,” all touching on getting older and perhaps wiser. Warming up the crowd are Pros & iCons, Passing Cars, Vigil Antics and Red Tide. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 5:30 p.m. August 14.Joe StarrKnown for his hilarious brand of standup that combines jokes and storytelling with physical humor, this diehard Charlie Chaplin fan has left nightclub, theater, casinos, Comedy Central and comedy festival audiences in stitches for more than two decades. Starr’s also recognizable from his many TV and silver screen appearances, including: ESPN’s award-winning mini-series “The Bronx Is Burning,” the Oliver Stone-directed World Trade Center, National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, Comedy Central’s series Important Things with Demetri Martin and the just-finished Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as well as The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg. Get ready to laugh your tuckus off! Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $20. 8 p.m. August 14.KidStockFestival acts will inspire and encourage children to celebrate and learn through the power of music and creativity. The lineup includes the Bari Koral Family Rock Band, and the Grammy Award-nominated Brady Rhymer, who have both played at the White House, as well as the Bach to Rock Kid Band. North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Free with $10 parking. 12-5 p.m. August 16.Clam-Eating ContestThe current clam-eating world record is 26 dozen cherry stone clams in six minutes, which was set at Peter’s Clam Bar in 2010. Will someone break the record this year? Perhaps the Press‘ very own “write-it-like-he-eats-it,” mollusk-hound, bottomless-pit-of-a-stomach food wildman Chris Cooke!? [Read About His Storied Feedings At Syosset’s It’s Greek To Me HERE] Only one way to find out. Look out, bivalves! They’ve got their mouths open and they’re ready to get stuffed. Peter’s Clam Bar, 600 Long Beach Rd., Island Park. Free to watch, $20 to compete. 2 p.m. August 16.Today’s Mixtape FestivalThe lineup for this two-day festival includes more than 20 bands and an after-party hosted by Andrew W.K.(!!) Included on this must-see roster are: The Movielife, Every Time I Die, Stray From The Path, Kill Your Idols, Real Friends, Crime In Stereo, State Champs, Incendiary, Iron Chic, Counterparts, and many, many more. The Emporium, 9 Rairoad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$79.50. 2 p.m. August 15, 12 p.m. August 16.Breaking BenjaminIf you haven’t been jamming with Breaking Benjamin, you’re missing out. The two-platinum-record rock band has sold more than 7 million albums worldwide, with their swelling choruses and angst-heavy lyrics inspiring so many to just simply get up out of their cubicles and dance, dance, dance! Forget office productivity! Those hard guitar riffs can’t be tamed! With opening act Young Guns. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$160 8 p.m. August 15.Opera Double Bill: Gianni Schicchi and Il TabarroBoth operas are from Puccini’s Il Trittico. Schicchi is a comedy about what happens after rich, old Buoso Donati dies. His family is understandably upset about his departure but they’re very, very interested in who gets all his wealth. When they find out that he is going to leave it all to the church, well something must be done, so in steps Gianni Schicchi, to their apparent rescue. Il Tabarro is another “squarcio di vita” slice of life, in the verismo-style, bringing an unhappy marriage, a cheating wife and an suspecting and rather violent husband all together in a combustible combination. The arias alone are worth it. Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $50. 8 p.m. August 15.George BensonThis 10-time Grammy Award-winner brings his soul, jazz and R&B singing to Long Island for a night of choice tunes you’ll be humming long after the gig. The former child prodigy and Hollywood Walk of Famer paved the way for jazz and pop music on an international scale, providing an endless list of classic songs from the `50s to the `70s. Come celebrate this legendary musician who redefined the world of jazz with the first platinum jazz album. Wow! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $225, $195, $165. 8 p.m.. August 15.Neil SedakaThis singer/songwriter/pianist will play his chart-toppers, such as “Laughter In The Rain,” “Bad Blood,” “The Immigrant,” “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” among others. He’ll also play songs from his latest album, released last year, The Real Neil, the artist’s first acoustic album ever. So what are you waiting for? NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$70. 8 p.m. August 15.The SmithereensNot many rock groups can say they came out of Carteret, New Jersey, but that distinction could be another reason the Smithereens are so freaking great. We love these guys to pieces! Maybe they found a way to take their suburban alienation to a deeper level and mastered it to musical perfection. Maybe they would have created an equally awesome sound if they’d been from Piscataway or Cape May. Or even Paramus. Some mysteries defy explanation. These philosophical questions are mere distractions from the essential truths that the Smithereens have been blowing their audiences away for years with their “Marshall-amped post-mod power pop,” as USA Today’s Brian Mansfield put it so well. From “Beauty and Sadness” to “Blood and Roses,” The Thrilla, Jim, Dennis, and Pat with Andy Burton from John Mayer’s band on keyboards will be in fine form. And so will we, once we hear that first fantastic crashing guitar chord. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. August 15.Bunktown FallsThis local reggae/punk/ska/rock/jam band is here to give Long Island faith in its local up-and-coming music again. With opening act Traffic Moving Well. You’ll be skankin’ the night away! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12. 8:30 p.m. August 15.SUMAQ Peruvian Food FestivalThis two-day festival celebrates Peruvian cuisine, which is conquering palates around the world. The gentle blend of ancient Incan cooking practices and immigrant traditions, from places such as Spain, Africa, China and Japan, have created one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines. Dig in! From the Andes to the Meadowbrook, they’ve come to cook for you! And all they expect of us is that we show up with an appetite. We promise, we will! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $20 adults, $7 kids ages 2-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. August 15, 16. Breakfast with Sibylle PfaffenbichlerAn informal talk about Sibylle’s new work, and her experiences leaving the South Fork and moving to Philadelphia. She will speak about her motion drawings, her life in a new city, and her recent show in Vienna and Italy. She’ll bring her new works for us, as well. Refreshments will be served alongside the enlightenment. The South Street Gallery, 18 South St., Greenport. thesouthstreetgallery.com Free. 10 a.m. August 16.Donavon FrankenreiterTo create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. He’s also performing the next day at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St., Montauk. Free. 7 p.m. August 16. John Gorka & Michael JohnsonGorka is touring to promote his 12th studio album, Bright Side of Down, out now on Red House Records—the first release in more than four years from the acclaimed songwriter widely regarded as “one of contemporary folk music’s leading talents.” Wow! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 7 p.m. August 16.Neil Berg’s PianomenThis show pays tribute to two ivory-key greats, Billy Joel and Elton John. Hear the crowd-pleasing popular hits and their forgotten songs from their repertoire that has marked their last four decades. These timeless tunes light up the stage as they are performed by this incredibly talented, award-winning composer, lyricist and producer Neil Berg, on piano, and two incredible Broadway-style vocalists. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 7 p.m. August 16.Chicago With more than 100 million records sold, this classic rock firestorm with a killer horn section continues to wow audiences and constantly demonstrate why so many across the globe love them. Jimi Hendrix reportedly dug the band so much he openly praised its horns and gushed that its guitarist was even better than him. Can you believe that! With an arsenal of songs way too voluminous to list here, expect one solid night of absolutely crushingly great rock tunes, and a gig you will remember for a long time coming. With Earth, Wind and Fire. Goodness gracious! Have mercy on our miserable souls! We’re not worthy for such blessings, but you know what, we will find a way to revel in this glorious pairing. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $40-$400. 7:30 p.m. August 16.Linda Lavin: Starting OverYou’ll be lovin’ Linda Lavin. The Tony and Golden Globe winner is known for playing Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice, apart from her other accolades on the Broadway stage. Since playing in New York at the start of her career, Linda is a veteran of cabaret in its truest form. She knows how to command a room. Watch her play Broadway favorites, jazz, and classics that will bring joy to all who listen! We want an encore, and she hasn’t even come on stage yet! Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. guildhall.org $38. 8 p.m. August 16.Machine Gun KellyThis Cincinnati-raised rapper, whose got his name from his rapid-fire delivery, is known for his high-octane live performances. At 2011’s SXSW he literally spit lyrics while hanging upside-down from the venue’s rafters. P. Diddy took notice, and signed the Gunster soon after. Expect lightning-fast rhymes from his 2012 debut Lace Up, as well as tracks from his upcoming sophomore effort, General Admission, expected to drop next month. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$70. 8 p.m. August 16.Kathleen MadiganMove out of the way, Amy Poehler. There’s a hilarious comedian over here who’s about to make you laugh like you never knew you could. The accomplished performer’s laurels include, but are not limited to, going on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Kathleen is the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other comedian–meaning no comedian would say they were funnier than her. Get ready to see why! Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. baystreet.org $69.50. 8 p.m. August 17.Jimmy Buffett & The Coral ReefersBest known for his hit songs “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” Jimmy Buffet is the undisputed emperor of the Land of the Laid Back Life. His live shows are legendary. Rumors are that some fans never left–they’re still in the back row dancing the light fandango and more. Or maybe they just forgot where they parked their car. His loyal following only furthers this notion, wearing Hawaiian shirts and calling themselves “Parrotheads.” His band, the Coral Reefers started collaborating with the country singer in 1975, and although many members have come and gone, The Coral Reefers will be active and alive as long as Buffet is. May their tropical attire never go out of style! Opening the show is Huey Lewis and The News. Oh man! This is the ultimate summer show! And it’s at the ultimate summer venue on Long Island! Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $70-$185. 6 p.m. August 18.Chris D’EliaUntil Chris D’Elia returns in October as the jovial womanizer Danny Burton for season three of NBC’s sitcom Undateable, the rising LA-based actor and comedian will be hitting up female fans (and males, too, come on) on the local stand-up circuit. Catch our forthcoming interview with D’Elia on longislandpress.com. Governor’s Comedy Club 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $34. 7:30 p.m. August 18.Todd RundgrenThis acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer is responsible for some of the most iconic albums of all time. He’s influenced countless musicians with a style that grows and evolves with each passing decade. Stage Fright by The Band, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, Straight Up by Badfinger, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Skylarking by XTCN, and New York Dolls by the New York Dolls are but a few blessed by his magic touch. Expect exceptionally crafted rock, punctuated by hits from his extensive career, including his signature songs: “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light.” This man is a living musical genius. No doubt about it. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. August 18.Collie BuddzThis is a rare chance to catch this Bermuda-raised reggae artist all up-close-and-intimate while he serenades you with his infectious and groovy tunes, such as his renowned single “Come Around.” We’ll be there, mon. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $60. 8 p.m. August 18.The Psychedelic FursLed by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim, The Psychedelic Furs have continued to meld several varieties of music together in a sonic smorgasbord since 1977. From new wave to hard rock, the band became an international success when film director John Hughes used their song Pretty in Pink for his movie of the same name. Poetic lyrics, strong melodies and rhythms combined with an aggressive, punky edge produce a spectacle to behold. The Furs are the real deal. Opening the show is The Church. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $47. 8 p.m. August 19.—Compiled by Daniela Weinstein, Chuck Cannini, Nicholas Semelak, Ayo Fagbemi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III.last_img
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McConnell still fighting providing COVID-19 relief as hope dims for help before next year

first_imgTrump is going to wash his hands of this. It’s going to be up to McConnell, who is going to be more focused on jamming through all the judges he possibly can, and trying to figure out how to keep Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock out of the Senate. There is a Dec. 11 government funding deadline that could help drive some kind of added action on relief—maybe. “We want the Republicans to come back to the table,” Pelosi said. “The imperative to act could not be greater.” – Advertisement – “Our economy is really moving to get back on its feet. That I think clearly ought to affect what size of any rescue package we additionally do,” he said, speaking to reporters in Kentucky. “I do think we need another one, but I think it reinforces the argument that I’ve been making for the last few months that something smaller—rather than throwing another $3 trillion at this issue—is more appropriate, with it highly targeted towards things that are directly related to the coronavirus, which we all know is not going away until we get a vaccine.” That’s completely ignoring the resurgence of the virus all over the country and the prospects of an extremely grim winter.Asked if she would consider a smaller package, Pelosi was firm.”No, no, it doesn’t appeal to me at all because they still have not agreed to crush the virus,” Pelosi said. “That isn’t anything that we should even be looking at, it wasn’t the right thing to do before,” she added. With Trump now a lame duck, the only way anything happens from that side is if Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continues to give a damn about the health of the economy and tries again. That would require a Donald Trump that was paying any attention to anything at all besides his grievances. Which is not likely.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Topland back with a bang in London and Bristol

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Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

first_imgDimitar Berbatov previews a packed weekend of Premier League action for Metro.co.uk (Picture: Metro / Rex)The Premier League’s big guns all fared well in Europe during midweek but there is no respite for title-chasing pair Liverpool and Manchester City, while the race for the top four is sure to take a few more intriguing twists this weekend.Jurgen Klopp’s side surrendered their flawless start to the domestic campaign at Old Trafford last weekend and will hope to get back to winning ways against an out of sorts Tottenham side who went some way to restoring confidence with a 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.Champions City also hit five against Atalanta and will hope to brush aside Aston Villa with similar ease, but the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all face stern tests of their credentials.AdvertisementAdvertisementBetfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews the action exclusively for Metro…ADVERTISEMENTManchester City vs Aston VillaCity are back on form and one man has them firing…Raheem Sterling’s development from where the player he was at Liverpool to now is amazing and it’s down to his personal ability and willingness to develop as a player and I’m sure Guardiola gives him the right advice all the time.Dimitar’s prediction: 4-1 Watford vs BournemouthWatford were unlucky last time out at Spurs. Sometimes teams just have a winning mentality, others don’t and they suffer, even if they are playing well. At the moment for me, Watford need to find that but I can’t see it against Bournemouth this weekend.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1 Advertisement Betfair Exchange match odds Norwich: 21% (7/2)Draw: 25% (3/1)Man United: 54% (5/6) Norwich vs Manchester UnitedNorwich will show no respect and will try to go at United. But as long as Solskjaer’s team they keep their shape and form, their winning DNA is still there, they know how to score one goal and take the three points and I think this is one of those games where they will be happy with that.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1 Brighton vs EvertonI was reading that Marco Silva is still under pressure to perform and I think there must be some kind of curse with Everton managers because they seem to be changing quite often, something isn’t quite working. They got a good result last week, but Brighton also beat Spurs at home 3-0 recently, so it’s going to be a difficult match for Everton.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 Betfair Exchange match odds Newcastle: 32% (2/1)Draw: 31% (11/5)Wolves: 37% (7/4) More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Betfair Exchange match odds Norwich: 21% (7/2)Draw: 25% (3/1)Man United: 54% (5/6) Comment Betfair Exchange match odds Brighton: 34% (2/1)Draw: 29% (12/5)Everton: 37% (13/8) West Ham vs Sheffield UnitedSheffield United beat Arsenal last time and nobody saw that coming, it just shows that anyone can beat anyone in the Premier League, West Ham will be up for it after a poor showing last time out but it’s not going to be easy.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1 Betfair Exchange match odds Arsenal: 66% (1/2)Draw: 20% (4/1)Crystal Palace: 14% (6/1)center_img Newcastle vs WolvesWolves had a great result midweek and they are on a bit of a run but they could be mentally and physically tired, St. James Park is a big stadium and the fans there really give their team a lift and because of that I can see both teams sharing the points for this.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1 Liverpool vs TottenhamLiverpool are probably in the top five teams in the world right now and I think it will be very tough for Spurs to take something. They will be in their faces straight away at Anfield with Mane, Salah, Firminho and everyone behind them, they are going to run like crazy and pressure them, so they need a good plan to approach that game. I think Liverpool will continue with their unbeaten run.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Betfair Exchange match odds Burnley: 21% (7/2)Draw: 23% (100/30)Chelsea: 56% (4/5) Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Betfair Exchange match odds West Ham: 46% (11/10)Draw: 27% (11/4)Sheff United: 27% (11/4) Betfair Exchange match odds Liverpool: 65% (8/15)Draw: 20% (4/1)Tottenham: 15% (6/1) Advertisement Burnley vs ChelseaThey love their team up in Burnley and it can be a tricky place to go but for me Chelsea are performing really well. Lampard is counting on the young talent in the team and although N’Golo Kante is missing again through injury, Jorginho has really stepped up in recent weeks.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-2 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 25 Oct 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link41Shares Arsenal vs Crystal PalaceIt was good to see Pepe producing for Arsenal midweek because he has had faced a bit of criticism recently, I like him though and he’s fast and runs at people. Arsenal’s confidence will be high and I think they will have too much for Crystal Palace.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Betfair Exchange match odds Watford: 44% (5/4)Draw: 26% (11/4)Bournemouth: 30% (12/5)last_img read more

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