The Marcus King Band Makes Sold-Out Headlining Debut At The Capitol Theatre [Photos/Full Video]

first_imgOn Friday night, The Marcus King Band made their headlining debut on the big stage at The Capitol Theatre. The show had historical implications at the iconic Port Chester, NY rock palace. The performance was originally announced as part of a two-show stand at The Cap’s smaller venue space, Garcia’s. However, due to overwhelming demand for tickets, The Marcus King Band’s second Garcia’s show was moved over to The Capitol Theatre’s 1,800-capacity main room—marking the first time ever that a show booked at Garcia’s was upgraded to The Cap. Adding to the exciting nature of the performance, Marcus King and company sold out their upgraded show.Thanks to Relix TV, you can watch full pro-shot footage of the performance below. You can also check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Kevin Cole.The Marcus King Band – The Capitol Theatre – 3/8/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: Relix]The Marcus King Band’s ongoing tour behind their latest release, Carolina Confessions, continues tonight, Saturday, March 9th, with a performance at Club XL in Harrisburg, PA. For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.The Marcus King Band | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 3/8/19 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-up

first_imgGareth Southgate says he has been impressed by Bukayo Saka’s performances for Arsenal (Getty)‘We’ve been impressed with his progress through our system.‘I thought at times for Arsenal last year, at times really exciting. Still very young, still learning, of course, but improving all the time. High potential, real good quality.‘Everybody that’s worked with him tells me he’s a very level-headed, intelligent boy.‘So it’s an area of the pitch we’re keen to look at a different profile of player. He can play a number of different roles very comfortably.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIn a separate interview with England, Southgate said of Saka: ‘I talked a little bit about him last month and we felt it was a bit early [for a call-up] and it probably is a bit early for Bukayo.‘But he is playing in an area of the pitch where we’ve not got great depth. We’re excited by what he’s done there.‘We think this is a good opportunity in this camp to have a look at him and for him to gain an understanding of how we work at senior level.‘We’re excited by the potential there, we think he can flourish as he gets older. Although he’s very young we’re happy to give youngsters a chance.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-up Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Oct 2020 3:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.1kShares Advertisement Comment Bukayo Saka is set to make his England debut this month (Getty Images)Gareth Southgate believes Bukayo Saka will add depth to England’s left side after the Arsenal winger was handed his first senior England call-up.The 19-year-old has rejected the chance to represent Nigeria and has made England’s squad ahead of their upcoming fixtures against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.Saka has impressed on Arsenal’s left flank under both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta and has shown that he is capable of playing either as a left-back or in a more advanced role.Southgate says he has been impressed with Saka’s performances for Arsenal and says the winger will improve the options on England’s left wing.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Saka’s decision to turn down Nigeria in favour of England, Southgate replied: ‘I’ve not talked specifically to Bukayo about that.‘I think so many of our players are eligible for dual-nationality, sometimes for more than two countries. Advertisementlast_img read more

How Syracuse’s newest threat, the tight end, strengthens the offense

first_imgDino Babers sees Syracuse’s tight end usage akin to a basketball scheme. On the hardwood, one player’s job is to set screens for a teammate to shoot 3-pointers. Babers’ tight ends are supposed to be no different, because their role is to draw a bigger linebacker or smaller defensive back, which could open up space or create mismatches for slot and outside receivers. Just like a pick-setter clears room for a shooter.“And based off what (the defense) does,” Babers said, “you decide whether you want to run the ball or throw the ball based on your advantage.”Syracuse has not only created more advantages with junior tight end Ravian Pierce, but it has capitalized on many of them. Through the tight end, Syracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) is running an offense that hasn’t existed here in five years. The SU coaching staff wanted to expand the responsibility of its tight end after last year, Babers said, when Syracuse tight ends pulled in six catches for 49 yards total. Pierce has about four times that total with three games remaining on the schedule.It is Pierce, a junior college transfer and four-star recruit, who has brought the tight end position at Syracuse back into vogue. There has been no tight end production similar to Pierce since 2012, when Beckett Wales’ 35 catches ranked second on the Syracuse single-season receptions list for the position. Through nine games, Pierce is up to 24 catches for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He averages 22.7 receiving yards per game, behind only Ervin Philips and Steve Ishmael.“They think ‘run’ and forget about me,” Pierce said. “Just putting the defense in a bind. They have to pick to run or guard me. This offense is pretty unique.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the last three years at Syracuse and Bowling Green, Babers’ starting tight ends averaged 8.3 catches, 51 yards and one touchdown per year. The bottom line is Babers-led offenses historically have not used tight ends. Neither has SU, yet this year Syracuse’s tight end usage is at its highest level in five years. It’s contrary to a larger theme across the college football landscape, as more emphasis is placed on receivers.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorHurry-up offenses in which receivers are spread out wide tend to minimize the role of the tight end. Players said football teams at every level, from high school to college to the pros, are finding that their offense runs more effectively with receivers.While tight end usage is up in the Big Ten, per the Associated Press, the proliferation of spread and no-huddle offenses has dimmed the spotlight on tight ends in college. As a result, NFL teams are more selective when drafting college TEs.That’s mostly because tight ends typically fall under one category: They’re seen primarily as blockers, without the speed to pose as a receiving threat. Or they’re receivers down field but not strong or reliable enough to block regularly.“It’s one of the toughest positions there is in football,” said Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, “because you have to run block, you have to pass block, and you’ve got to run routes and catch the ball and run after the route.”Pierce does both. At 6-foot-3 and 237 pounds, he possesses a combination of size and decent speed. He is part of both the run and pass game, especially when junior quarterback Eric Dungey breaks loose with his legs. Pierce has benefited from one-on-one mismatches against either smaller defensive backs or slower linebackers, and he benefits from the extra attention teams put on Ishmael and Philips, Babers said.Pierce also is a quality run blocker, said Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, whose Seminoles held him to one catch and zero receiving yards in a 27-24 win last week. Typically, SU operates power runs with Pierce as the anchor. He also can be flexed out wide, where he creates jailbreak screens for outside receivers.“You have to be aware of him,” Fisher said. “Then you’ve got those wideouts and they’re throwing it so fast. And then the quarterback can run, and they’re running the football. It makes it tough, and he is another weapon.”SU didn’t have a consistent tight end presence during Scott Shafer’s option-based system, and SU hasn’t had a tight end like this since the Doug Marrone era. Attacking defenses with a bigger body can be effective in the red zone, where Syracuse ranks among the top 40 red-zone offenses in the country. In the grand scheme of the offense, it provides Dungey an option not named Ishmael or Philips.“That’s a big schematical advantage that we have against other teams,” Dungey said.Ishmael, who ranks sixth in the country with 986 receiving yards, credited Pierce’s presence as one reason his own production has soared. Ishmael said Pierce is taking away opposing safeties. He added that he has seen “a lot more” one-on-one coverages this year because they are paying special attention to Pierce inside. Safeties shift over to watch Pierce, which tends to open up space for others.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorThe benefits extend to even the offensive line, where senior right tackle Jamar McGloster noticed Pierce’s impact. For the first time in McGloster’s career, there is a consistent, strong tight end who can help block defensive ends on runs. Pierce’s specialty, McGloster said, is the pancake block, which leaves a defensive player flat on his back as the running back exploits the hole.“Defenders don’t know if he’s going to block them or fake and release,” McGloster said. “He’s a big threat, helping the O-line and Dungey a ton.”Syracuse’s tight end usage shows no signs of slowing down, because Pierce still has the remainder of this season plus next year ahead of him. Babers said he wants to add bigger, more flexible tight ends in years to come.Back in February, Babers’ first commitment from the Class of 2018 was Gabe Horan, who brings the size (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) of an offensive lineman out of nearby Baker (New York) High School. His position: tight end.“When we’re really rocking and rollin’,” Babers said, “we’re 11 in what we call 21 personnel. That’s one tight end on the field, one tailback, or two running backs on the field, one tight end. I don’t like taking a tight end off the field … We love tight ends.” Comments Published on November 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Betby goes live with Advabet

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Betby’s Sergey Tsukanov: Esports is here to stay May 15, 2020 BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Sports betting supplier Betby has agreed a new partnership with Advabet which will make its sportsbook and Betby.Games esports offering available with the igaming solutions provider.Under the agreement, the Betby.Games offering will be available through the Advabet solution, which will include FIFA, NBA 2K and Rocket League competitions, with more events to be added.Leonid Pertsovskiy, Chief Executive Officer at Betby, said: “Advabet is an exciting, up and coming, innovative brand who we are proud to enter a commercial partnership with.“Our Betby.Games offering continues to go from strength to strength and with the return of live sports we see more appetite than ever to have a multi-product solution which appeals to a wide range of players. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”Advabet white label and turnkey online casino solutions will now be strengthened by Betby’s sportsbook offering which covers over 50,000 sporting events each month, encompassing a range of more than 80 sports around the globe.Sergiu Cravcenco, Chief Executive Officer at Advabet, added: “Betby’s innovative products and customer-centric attitude are things that stood out for us in our search for new offerings for our platform.“We both share an exciting vision for the future and working together we will look to continue to grow at an exciting pace.” Sharelast_img read more

Can the Green-Durant spat end Golden State’s ‘utopia’?

first_imgOAKLAND — I was going to write a big ol’ story about how the Warriors — despite having a roster full of big names, big games, and even bigger personalities — have managed to keep the waters around the team generally calm.I was trying to get to the bottom of how the passive aggressiveness and pettiness that has seemingly dominated this era of the NBA — the kind of nonsense that has hit the Rockets, Timberwolves, Wizards, and Lakers this season — has seemingly missed the Warriors, despite a ripe …last_img read more

Is a Darwinian Tree Visible in the Genes?

first_imgCurrent Biology1 has an article on the status of searching for Darwin’s “tree of life” via comparative genomics.  The expected simple picture has become complex and difficult to decipher:The traditional view of animal evolution is one of gradually increasing complexity.  The earliest-branching flatworms lack the body cavity known as a coelom, which is a characteristic feature of the two traditional groups of ‘higher’ animals: deuterostomes, including echinoderms and chordates, and protostomes, such as annelids, molluscs and arthropods.  Between these two extremes, according to the traditional view, lie the pseudoceolomate worms such as the nematodes, the body cavities of which lack the refinements of a true coelom.  This hierarchical view was shaken in the mid 1990s by a phylogenetic study of small subunit ribosomal (r)RNA genes.  This work elevated the acoelomate flatworms to a close relationship with the coelomate annelids and molluscs, in a group called the Lophotrochozoa, and pseudocoelomate nematodes moved close to the coelomate arthropods, creating a group called the Ecdysozoa.    Opposing the ‘new animal phylogeny’, as this new scheme has been called, are several analyses of huge numbers of genes – close to 800 in the most recent – sampled from the few animals with completely sequenced genomes: fruitfly, nematode and various vertebrates.  These multigene analyses are unanimous in grouping coelomate arthropods and vertebrates to the exclusion of the pseudocoelomate nematodes, so reverting to traditional views of their relationships.    The overwhelming number of genes supporting the old scheme might suggest that the new animal phylogeny was finished – an artefact of a small data set.  New work, however, suggests this conclusion is premature, and that the multigene result might itself be based on an artefact called long branch attraction.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Long branch attraction is a “pernicious effect” they say.  When “some species in a phylogenetic analysis have evolved much faster than others,” it makes them long branch species and confuses the tree.  What is the net effect?  “The result of this relatively common phenomenon is a tendency for all methods of tree reconstruction to group the long-branch species together regardless of their true relationship.”    They provide examples of how the choice of “outgroup” (the distant species) and the tree-building method can produce radically different or counterintuitive results.  For example,In common with previous studies Philippe et al. found that, using yeast as an outgroup, nematodes are located at the base of the tree with high statistical support.  The flatworms are long branched too, and they are also found at the base of the tree.  The change when short-branched Hydra is used instead of yeast is dramatic: both nematodes and flatworms jump up from the root of the tree to a position adjacent to the arthropods, strongly suggesting it was long branch attraction that placed them at the base.    But this result is troubling, as there is now an unexpected close association between nematodes – which, as presumed ecdysozoans are appropriately close to the arthropods – and flatworms which, according to the new animal phylogeny ought to be grouped with annelids and molluscs in the Lophotrochozoa.The authors describe efforts to counteract the effects of long branch attraction, some of which appear hopeful.  But much more data will need to be analyzed before any conclusions can be drawn.  Of the 28 animal phyla to be placed in the tree, only eight so far have genetic sequences available for analysis.1Maximilian J. Telford, and Richard R. Copley, “Animal Phylogeny: Fatal Attraction,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 8, 26 April 2005, Pages R296-R299, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.04.001.What if the pieces of this huge puzzle don’t fit the picture Darwin drew on the box?  The very term “long branch attraction” comes from evolutionary assumptions.  When the organism should be on a certain branch in their a priori evolutionary mindset but the software puts it farther up, they can just assume it “evolved much faster” than its relatives.  But what if it did not evolve significantly at all?  What if animals are not related by common descent from a single cell?  It could be a complete exercise in futility.    Science needs freedom to explore many possible avenues, some of which may become dead ends.  At what point do they give up and go the other direction?  What if complete representative genomes from all 28 animal phyla still don’t match expectations and produce “troubling” results for Charlie?  If a driver cannot read the dead-end sign, he might drive the wrong way forever.  Evolutionists know how to translate any warning sign into Darwinese.  It allows them to ignore No Trespassing signs and wander endlessly in storyland.    This article illustrates how phylogenomics is like a perpetual metaphysical research programme.  Every parameter is tweakable except the notion of Darwinian common ancestry.  Notice the evolutionary assumptions embedded in their phrase, “a tendency for all methods of tree reconstruction to group the long-branch species together regardless of their true relationship.”  Phylogeny is the art of forcing uncooperative data into the “true relationship” received from Pope Charlie’s scriptures (see 02/13/2004 commentary).  And you thought only religious people operated under dogma.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s 2010 stadiums near completion

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 1 October 2009 South Africa’s four new built-from-scratch 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums, as well as the flagship upgraded Soccer City stadium, are on track for completion by the end of the year, Fifa’s experts reported after a six-day, six-city inspection tour. A 50-member delegation from Fifa and the 2010 Organising Committee South Africa (OC) travelled 4 000 kilometres across the country this week to run the rule over the five stadiums, along with venue-specific team hotels and training sites. Physical construction of most of the stadiums is virtually complete, with almost all permanent seating in place and pitches newly laid at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium, Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium, and Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium. “Overall we are very impressed with the achievements made,” Ron DelMont, the head of Fifa’s South African office, said in a statement on Wednesday. “In addition to the stadiums coming together, we were equally pleased that the teams of the OC, host cities and Fifa are working on a common vision on the delivery of the event.” The OC’s Derek Blanckensee described the inspection tour as “very fruitful … Where before we had to visualise walls and seats, we now have been able to walk around freely in the stadiums as they will be during the tournament.” Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Organising Committee, said many had questioned whether South Africa would be ready in time for 2010. “This tour has provided ample evidence that indeed we will be,” Jordaan said. “Now the work of the Organising Committee and Fifa begins in earnest as we take these stadiums and get them ready to host World Cup matches.” This will involve setting up the temporary overlay infrastructure required to stage the tournament, such as the stadium media centres, hospitality areas, accreditation centres, signage and media tribunes. The tour comprised operational experts in broadcasting, media operations, medical, transport, logistics, safety and security, protocol, marketing, information technology, hospitality, ticketing and risk management. It also included a consultant from the South African Disabled Alliance, to oversee the provisions that have been made for access for spectators with disabilities. Of the 650 527 World Cup tickets sold to date, 7 863 are wheelchair tickets. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Zuma to take the field for Unity Cup

first_img2 July 2010South African President Jacob Zuma will swap his suit for soccer kit when he plays in the Special Olympics Unity Cup ahead of the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and Germany in Cape Town on Saturday.Zuma, as captain of his team, will lead an illustrious list of celebrities and football legends who will participate alongside 16 Special Olympics athletes at Green Point Stadium.Zuma’s team will include former Bafana Bafana skipper Lucas Radebe, former NewCastle United great Alan Shearer, Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan, Chinese actress and Special Olympics Global Ambassador Zhang Ziyi, NBA legend and Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, and former Mexican striker Enrique Borja.Those who have tickets to the Argentina-Germany match will be able to catch the President and his team as they take to the pitch at 2pm.Zuma says he is greatly honoured to have the opportunity to play in the squad.“I am excited to participate in the first Unity Cup so that I can witness first-hand the skill of the Special Olympics athletes, share their joy and demonstrate the importance of inclusion to leaders from all over the world,” Zuma said in a statement this week.“This World Cup tournament has been so exciting that I felt I cannot miss an opportunity to get onto the pitch myself!”The Unity Cup aims to champion the power of football to bring about social change by supporting the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities.The Presidency said Zuma’s participation would demonstrate that South Africa is “committed to ensuring that the freedom that was won in 1994 is enjoyed by all South Africans, including those with intellectual disabilities who even today, around the world, are denied access to education, sports, healthcare and employment.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Presidential Hotline calls on Joburg

first_img20 March 2012 The City of Johannesburg says it is busy clearing the backlog of complaints over billing issues, and has promised to settle new complaints within 30 days, after residents turned to South Africa’s Presidential Hotline for help on the issue. The Presidency met Johannesburg officials on Monday after its hotline received 8 000 complaints over billing problems in the city since April last year.“We came because we wanted to understand how the city is engaging with issues like the billing system – the system which has been an issue raised by residents,” Deputy Performance Monitoring Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela told reporters after the meeting.“We know the numbers that were clocked in by our presidential hotline and the premier’s hotline were over 8 000. The city has already begun to engage and resolve almost 5 000 of those particular cases.”‘To see how the city is dealing with issues’Bapela said residents had approached the hotline to say they were unable to get satisfactory responses from the city.“So instead of responding to all of them individually, we felt that let’s come in and engage with the city in a corporate governance model to see where the city is and how they are dealing with issues.”He said most of the cases reported to the hotline included the finalisation of deceased estates, complaints on amounts to be paid, cut-offs and clearance certificates.66 000 billing queries by end of JuneCity of Johannesburg mayoral committee member Geoffrey Makhubo said the city would seek to resolve at least 66 000 billing queries by the end of June.June was the deadline it had set to attain stabilisation of the revenue system.“We are confident that we are on track. We still have backlogs of queries that we are dealing with,” Makhubo said.“Today’s problems should be solved today rather than adding on to the backlogs. So we are focused on the backlogs. New queries will be resolved in 30 days. That is our promise to the residents of Johannesburg.”The number 66 000 reflected the total number of outstanding billing queries at present.City to launch customer charterMakhubo said the city would launch a customer charter at the end of March.“That customer charter would bind us to certain service levels, certain standards and would articulate the rights and obligations of the city and articulate the rights and obligations of the customer,” he said.City officials and Bapela had a two-hour meeting on Monday which included a visit to the city’s customer relations centre.“We are quite satisfied as the presidency with the response given by the city … Some matters are beyond them,” Bapela said.“Unfortunately we arrived when the system was down … We spoke to a customer who said the usual waiting period is 15 minutes. We call on Joburg residents to raise their problems, but they should also pay for services.”‘Pay for your services’Local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said after the meeting on Monday that the city was properly run.“There is no reason for the citizens of this city [Johannesburg] to have their stress level raised up … We are happy that the city is run properly. They are able to indeed report and account for what they are doing,” Mmemezi said.“If you want the services, we must indeed support the municipality, we must pay … The municipality must be supported, so start paying. With the municipality, the groceries and car payment must be the last.”Bapela said the presidency would also visit other municipalities to see what problems they faced.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 16th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring planting continued to be slowed heavily by cold, wet conditions. There was 1.0 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 15th. Corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water. Conditions have slowed emergence, and much of what has emerged is stressed. Some areas saw cool enough temperatures to have frost on Sunday morning. Oat progress is even with last year and the five-year, largely due to significant plantings made early in the season when conditions were drier. Similarly, wheat progress is ahead of the previous year and five-year average due to the warm temperatures in early spring contributing to quick maturation. Most field work this week was limited to spraying and fertilizer application.View the full report to check out the past week’s planting progresslast_img read more