If you found better music for $20 last weekend, find your local promoter and hug ’em hard, because they’re secretly Santa in disguise. Dead serious.As for Atlanta, Georgia this June 3rd and 4th – our Claus came in the form of Center Stage, Rival Entertainment, and Candler Park Music and Food Festival. Tucked in a green leafy corner of the city’s middle-east side, bands, fans, food, and brews joined in holy matrimony to throw a downright jammin’ time that still leaves echoes ringing through the soul.Bringing together Galactic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Revivalists, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and more out for the weekend (again… $20 freakin’ dollars!?) – the crowd knew exactly what to expect, and still somehow got more than they bargained for. Kicking off with local ATLiens Blair Crimmons & The Hookers, the gauntlet was thrown down for what was about to ensue over the next two days. Usually, the festival opener brings it up slow, easing the crowd into the night’s festivities. That apparently isn’t Blair Crimmons & The Hookers’ kind of hootenanny.Crimmons and his marauders brought the house down with their tasty brand of southern-edged ragtime that left one hearing rasps of Devil Makes Three and more in the back of their mind. A showman and string-thumping banjo player with a fiery band to back – the stage was immediately set for the weekend. Followed by Keller Williams’s bluegrassy tribute to the Grateful Dead, the acoustic raconteur brought the vibe back down easy street with classics like “Shakedown Street”, “Eyes of the World”, “Candyman”, “Friend of the Devil” (with Allie Kral taking the reigns, kicking ass and taking names), “Scarlet Begonias”, and more. Taking the stage next was New Orleans’ own funkaholics, Galactic, swinging the party on into full bore. If you’ve never seen Galactic, do. Hop on board that righteous jazzy funk train at the next stop you can; they’ll make you think that you were born just so you could catch ‘em once. Taking the stage as only they know how, arms hit the heavens and eyes the stage as the musical melee began. Funk, jazz, hip hop, and more – all blended to create a sonic fire in the purest sense of the words. Thus the boogie ensued and sweat dripped from our collective brow as we settled into the night we hoped would happen. Kicking off the second day of festivities were Webster (Candler Park’s own) and Great Peacock followed by fellow Atlanta locals, King Baby. King Baby brought the energy up early with a rockin’ jam feel and soaring organ that warmed into a midday steamer set that undoubtedly earned them scores of new fans throughout the crowd.Lee Fields & The Expressions came next, bringing back the soul of the 60’s with an R&B spectacular that couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. Following up their set was the one and only Yonder Mountain String Band, bringing their signature blend of bluegrass out to the crowd’s delight.New Orleans stalwarts, The Revivalists, quickly followed – dropping rock ‘n’ roll bombs like only they know how. As David Shaw’s incendiary croon drove over the beat, The Revivalists steamrolled through a fiery set that included old and new classics like “BTBD”, “Monster”, “Stand Up”, “Catching Fireflies”, “Amber”, “Wish I Knew You”, “All In The Family”, and more. Closing out the night was none other than Chris Robinson Brotherhood and their laid back southern-sauced jams. Meandering in and out of tunes reminiscent in more ways than one of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson and crew kept the crowd rocking and entranced throughout their entire set.In ways more fitting than words can explain, the Marietta, GA-born musician and crew left the crowd uplifted and ecstatic to end the night’s revelries. All in all, if you’re looking for a quick sum of all parts: Candler Park was a time to remember, plain and simple. Beautiful music, a beautiful city, and beautiful smiling souls to enjoy it with. It felt good. As worldly woes melted in sweet sound, Candler Park Music and Food Festival didn’t disappoint for even a single second. And, if this writer could do it all again, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither should you. Photo Recap – All Photos Courtesy of Connor McFadden.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaA strong field of international golfers will scramble for the FCT Classic on the West Africa Golf Tour at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.The 54-hole tournament will officially tee off on Friday following a practice round by the players on Thursday to get them familiar with the layout. The event, which plays through Sunday, will go down as the first professional tournament to be hosted by IBB Club this year after the hugely successful Nigerian Masters also on the schedule of West Africa Tour towards the end of last year.A statement by the organizers said that the FCT Classic will feature professional golfers from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe.The total professional prize purse offered is $25,000 of which the winner’s share is $4,000.The amateur tournament will be played on February 25-26 attracting players from all over Nigeria.The tournament is powered by Linea Furniture Production and supported by Berkshire Hotel, Nigeria Info and Cool FM, Zitadel Medicals and Diagnostics and Bolingo Hotels and Towers.FCT Classic is one out of the ten events on the schedule of West Africa Golf Tour in 2017 and it will mark the first anniversary of the Tour that was launched in February 2016 in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Mandeep Dhaliwal, director of the United Nations Development Programme, and Jeffrey O’Malley, former director of UNICEF’s Division of Data, Research, and Policy, spoke about HIV in Africa and India. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)The USC Institute for Global Health held an event on Wednesday to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the HIV epidemic and human rights. The event is part of the “Wicked Problems” multi-disciplinary practicum, a hands-on course for select USC students to tackle local issues of health, inequality and sustainability, but the seminar was open to the public.Mandeep Dhaliwal, director of the United Nations Development Programme HIV, Health and Development Group was joined by Jeffrey O’Malley, former director of UNICEF’s Division of Data, Research, and Policy.Dhaliwal, a physician and lawyer, joined the United Nations Development Programme in 2008, and spearheaded the creation of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Her work focuses on HIV/AIDS research, care and human rights issues in countries like Africa and India. Dhaliwal outlined the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which was adopted in 2015 by 193 member countries. “The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 interconnected goals with 169 targets,” Dhaliwal said. “The SDGs are much more narrowly focused … and the agenda is universal and indivisible.” Zero hunger, gender equality and clean water and sanitation are a few examples of the broad goals the organization hopes to achieve. While they are broad in language, the SDGs serve as a guiding framework for global cooperation, according to Dhaliwal. “[HIV] is one of the wicked problems of global health,” Dhaliwal said. “The global response has been remarkable on a number of fronts … [demonstrating] the power of human rights and solidarity across governments.” O’Malley specifically commented on the diseases’ impact on the LGBTQ community. “Why are queer people and queer issues linked to the SDGs?,” O’Malley said. “We need to understand how the SDG framework works for people with disabilities, queer people, migrants. Looking at these marginalized groups is a way to test whether this framework works for everybody.” Global health is rooted in a history of marginalization, he said. “The roots of global health are not altruistic. They were not about helping marginalized people or poor people,” O’Malley said. The event attracted both graduate and undergraduate students from all fields of study. Jake Anderson, a sophomore studying global health, attended the talk to hear about issues not discussed in the classroom. “We are future leaders in this profession,” Anderson said. “I think it’s interesting to see the progress that is trying to be made and to use that to see what it is I want to do with my life.” Sofia Gruskin, the director of the USC Institute for Global Health and a professor of preventative medicine and law, noted that both speakers were able to blend their passions with strategic thinking. “[The speakers] move policy and programs in the UN [and] work with governments and civil society around the world,” Gruskin said. “The world is a more inclusive and open place because of their work.”
Head of the Federal Government delegation to the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan who also doubles as the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic has given the Super Eagles a pat on the back for their outing against Algeria on Sunday, while charging them to go all out against Tunisia on Wednesday to win the bronze medals.The Senate President was at the Eagles’ dressing room at the Cairo International Stadium after the 2-1 defeat by the Desert Foxes of Algeria, which sent the North Africans into Friday’s final and Nigeria into Wednesday’s third place game.“The Government of Nigeria is proud of you and how far you have been able to go in this competition. You worked very hard and showed the desire to win, but this is football and these things happen. “The third place match is there and you have to forget the result of this match and prepare very well to win the bronze medals.”The Senate President’s delegation also included the President of Nigeria Olympic Committee and Nigeria’s Member of the International Olympic Committee, Habu Ahmed Gumel; a former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung; Senators Sani Musa, Bello Mandiya and Gabriel Suswam; Umar Saidu Gajo and; Ocheme Okopi.Similarly, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, alongside his 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko and General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi were on Monday at the Le Meridien Cairo Airport hotel camp of the Super Eagles to ginger the players ahead of Wednesday’s third place match against Tunisia.A last-gasp goal by Riyad Mahrez took Algeria to their first AFCON Final in 29 years and meant the Eagles will have to battle for the bronze medals with Tunisia, who lost to Senegal also on Sunday.“I must start by acknowledging that you gave your best out there against Algeria as you have done since the beginning of the competition. It is important that you put the loss behind you as the third place match is just two days away. The message from the NFF is simple: Let us not leave this championship empty –handed. This is the biggest and toughest AFCON ever and we must win on Wednesday to make Nigerians happy again.“It is good for us to win laurel here that we can present to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) back home. The Government and the people of Nigeria have supported this campaign in a robust manner.”Team captain Mikel John Obi promised that the team will fight hard against the Carthage Eagles on Wednesday in order to salvage something from the tournament.“We are as disappointed with the result as our fans, but that is football. We really and truly appreciate the support of the Federal Government and also the NFF.“We are determined to go into Wednesday’s game with renewed commitment and hunger so that we do not leave this competition empty –handed.”Nigeria and Tunisia will make it a date for the third place match on Wednesday at the Al Salam Stadium, one of the venues in Cairo. The match starts at 9pm Egypt time (8pm Nigeria time).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — As Magic Johnson cranked up the heat around the Lakers’ front office, Rob Pelinka attempted a different approach: standing down.The Lakers’ general manager spent most of a Monday morning press conference, meant to introduce new head coach Frank Vogel, deflecting accusations sparked by Johnson, who abruptly resigned as president of basketball operations on April 9.Johnson accused Pelinka of “backstabbing” him by telling league personnel and even Johnson’s friends outside of basketball that he was not often in the Lakers’ office. Pelinka responded by calling the charges “not true” and suggesting Johnson’s understanding was misguided by third parties. He said he enjoyed his two years working alongside Johnson, and that they had spoken since his resignation – as recently as a few days before Johnson smeared him on national television.“These things are surprising to hear and disheartening,” Pelinka said. “But I look forward to the opportunity to talk with him and sit down with him and work through them just like in any relationship. They’re just simply not true. I stand beside him, I stand with him as a colleague, as a partner, I’ve always supported everything he’s done and will continue to.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPelinka called Johnson an “unbelievable person to work with” who “fills the room with joy and vision.” It was a drastically different tone than what Johnson had to say about his former right-hand man.Johnson launched his salvo on ESPN’s morning show “First Take”, with Pelinka taking the brunt of the blows. Even though Johnson himself acknowledged splitting time between his Lakers role and his outside businesses (Johnson also is a part-owner of the Dodgers), he said he felt undercut by Pelinka who he thought sought more power within the organization.“If you’re going to talk about betrayal, it’s only with Rob,” he said. “I wasn’t having fun going to work, knowing that you want my position.”But Johnson also said his power was undermined in other ways by other Lakers staffers: He cited a meeting with team owner Jeanie Buss and chief operating officer Tim Harris in his final week with the Lakers when Harris, who oversees the business side of the franchise, argued to keep then-head coach Luke Walton when Johnson wanted to fire him.Johnson called it “the final straw” in his decision to quit, which he made public in an impromptu press conference without warning Buss or anyone else within the Lakers. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions He also cited strain from being a mentor to president of the South Bay Lakers Joey Buss and director of scouting Jesse Buss, who are half-brothers to Jeanie Buss. He said both saw themselves in higher roles within the team hierarchy.Johnson took accountability for several miscues from a 37-45 season, including allowing free agent Brook Lopez to walk and not signing enough shooters. He attempted to justify other moves that have been criticized, including the decision to trade D’Angelo Russell, who has become an All-Star in Brooklyn.But at the end of the day, Johnson surmised, there were “too many voices” directing the Lakers, which had led them to make other mistakes. Missing on Ty Lue in the head coaching search was apparently one of them in Johnson’s eyes: “Vogel is a good coach, but Lue is better,” he said.The Lakers attempted to counter Johnson’s narrative with a show of strength: Much of the team’s front office sat in the front row at Vogel’s introductory press conference, including Joey and Jesse Buss, Ryan West and Nick Mazzella. Kurt Rambis, a special advisor, stood in the wings, as did star player LeBron James. Notably, Jeanie Buss did not appear publicly at the press conference, but she was in the building on Monday watching it unfold.Pelinka painted the Lakers’ collaborative structure as a strength rather than a weakness.“I think the most important thing is that players look to who we really are and not what the impression is of what others are trying to create us to be,” he said. “And I think all of us know when we come to work every day that there is stability and strength and togetherness here.”Pelinka brought some clarity to the apparent streamlining of power within the Lakers: Johnson’s position as team president has been eliminated. Pelinka now reports directly to Jeanie Buss, making recommendations on all basketball matters for her to either approve or reject. He cited Vogel’s hire as a decision that he had made with Buss’ sole approval.Pelinka claimed that Kurt Rambis and Linda Rambis, two figures who appear to have gained increased influence on the Lakers’ key decisions, have remained in the roles they had before Johnson left.Related Articles Vogel said he couldn’t speak to Johnson’s experiences with Pelinka before he arrived, but that his dealings while going through the hiring process had been good. He described Pelinka’s values and vision as aligned with his own.“I’ve been very impressed with him as a front office man, the vision that he has for what we’re going to build with the roster, and I really look forward to working with him, honestly,” Vogel said. “It’s been all positive. It really has.”While Pelinka did his best to douse Johnson’s most serious accusations, one of the hardest outstanding claims Johnson made is that Pelinka cannot be trusted – a perception that has been reported in other corners of the NBA. But Pelinka said his ability to perform as a GM hasn’t been compromised, whether that perception is true or simply another rumor that has gained outsized steam.“My job is to not worry about what other people may think or say about me as a person,” he said. “My job is to do the work and what’s best for this franchise. I think that’s where my focus is. We all know in sports, that when you’re winning, great things are said. When you’re losing, the naysayers and the negativity comes out. That’s just the nature of this business.”