PHOTOS: The New Mastersounds @ The Joy Theatre 12/30/17

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday, December 30th, The New Mastersounds played their last full show of 2017 in New Orleans at the Joy Theatre. With opening support from Khris Royal, the funk-fusion quartet brought their signature tunes for a raging night in NOLA before heading to NYC the next day for a New Year’s Eve celebration.Direct from Leeds, England, for almost twenty years, The New Mastersounds have been defining the future of funk music. The British four-piece—composed of guitarist Eddie Roberts, bassist Pete Shand, drummer Simon Allen, and keys player Joe Tatton—has released over a dozen albums, including ten studio recordings, and earned fans globally for their tight infusion of jazz and funk. The band has earned accolades both in the U.S. and the U.K., with the group having performed with funk pioneers like George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Galactic, Papa Mali, and more.Check out the gallery from Saturday night’s NOLA show below, courtesy of photographer Adam McCullough.The New Mastersounds | Joy Theatre | NOLA | 12/30/17last_img read more

Hoop Dreams

first_imgMy mom was right. After age 40, things begin to shift. My waistbands feel a bit tighter, and my c-section scar seems to bulge out a little more than usual. I don’t feel quite as comfortable running in just a jog bra and shorts—a conservative singlet seems more appropriate. Although running is great for maintaining overall fitness, the fact is, it doesn’t do much for the belly area.I guess I could cut down on my daily ice cream intake, but that doesn’t feel like a great option. Of course there are the various attempts I have made at core strengthening exercises—doing yoga at sunrise, practicing Pilates in front of the TV at night, even squeezing in two minutes of push-ups and crunches in between meetings at work. My husband is a dedicated practitioner of core work: every evening he comes home from work and heads straight down to the basement to knock it out. Me, I’m not so disciplined. If I’m going to do core exercises, I want immediate results. If that’s not possible, it had better at least be fun.Given my resistance to any sort of formal core work, imagine my excitement when my friend Barbara invited me to a beginner’s hula hoop class. I checked out the website, which promised that hooping would “tone and strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and develop core strength.” One of the testimonials described hooping as “a fun way to lose weight, get in shape and feel good about yourself, all while you are having fun!” Okay, I thought, I’m not the most coordinated kid on the block, but I’ll give it a try.When we arrived at the studio, we were immediately greeted by dozens of beautiful, brightly colored hoops. It was obvious that these weren’t the hoops of our childhood. There were weighted hoops, glow-in-the-dark hoops with LED lights, and hoops filled with water. Before getting to take any for a test spin, however, we learned a bit about the history and culture of hooping. That’s right—it’s not called hula hooping any more. The activity—part sport, part dance—that has been around for thousands of years (Egyptians made hoops out of grapevines 3,000 years ago) and became a pop craze in the United States in the late 50s has evolved into much more. It is now a culture, brought back in the mid-90s by The String Cheese Incident. Hoping to get more people dancing at their shows, members of the jam band threw dozens of hoops into the crowd at the Telluride Music Festival, igniting a movement that is now present at festivals and shows across the country.From the looks of our teacher, professional hooper Melanie MacNeil, Barb and I were in for more than an exercise class. Decked out in bright shimmering clothing that revealed elaborate tattoos underneath, she moved with a dancer’s grace. Melanie began by teaching us beginner’s moves, the spinning hoops and swaying hips that we remembered from childhood. Nothing to it, I thought, especially using Mel’s custom-made, adult-sized hoops. Just when I was thinking I had conquered the hoop, however, she upped the ante and added more complex movements. Hooping with our eyes closed. Hooping while walking. Hooping on one leg. Putting our arms inside the hoop and easing the hoop up to our necks. How was it that she made it all look so easy, so fluid? We were supposed to holler or make a silly noise every time our hoop hit the ground, and soon yelling and laughter overshadowed the funky music accompanying our dance.After an hour of hooping, we were all sweaty, tired, and exhilarated. It was easy to understand how this child’s toy could also be a workout tool. The circular motion of hooping gets all of your core muscles working, including muscles in your abdomen, back, pelvis, and hips. Even my arms were burning. Still, the feeling was different than that you get from a typical gym workout. Maybe it was the music, maybe the moves, the likes of which one NPR commentator described as, “sexy, gymnastic, and mystical”—whatever it was, I felt relaxed and young again.Professional hoopers like Melanie know full well about the emotional and spiritual aspects of hooping. For her, viewing hooping as a fitness routine would be like Tiger Woods describing golf as his hobby. Melanie’s passion for hooping has been a journey that has allowed her to follow her heart’s work of promoting movement as a mode to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In addition to the physical benefits, she talks about how hooping “creates a mind-body awareness, increases personal empowerment and inward focus, breaks down the ego, and opens channels of energy.” How many exercise programs do all this?Now, armed with my custom-made glittery pink and black hoop, I can be seen practicing my moves in the yard nearly every afternoon. My abs are sore, my hips and legs are bruised from the hoop banging against them (yes, it’s possible to spin the hoop on your legs; no, that’s not what I was trying to do). My daughter says I’m embarrassing myself in front of the entire neighborhood, but I don’t care—it’s fun. Will I develop abs of steel? Maybe. Will I develop into a hooping goddess like Melanie, with flowing, mystical moves? Probably not. But I will have fun as I try. •Melanie MacNeil teaches hoop classes in Asheville and performs across the Southeast: www.ashevillehoops.com.last_img read more

Equifax made major errors that led to hack, Smith concedes

first_img continue reading » Equifax Inc.’s former chief executive officer said the credit-reporting company didn’t meet its responsibility to protect sensitive consumer information, confirming that the failure to fix a software vulnerability months ago led to the theft of more than 140 million Americans’ personal data.Richard Smith apologized for the breach and outlined a chronology of key events in testimony prepared for House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing set for Tuesday, according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg. He blamed human errors, particularly the failure to repair the problematic software despite warnings from the federal government and the company’s own security team.“To each and every person affected by this breach, I am deeply sorry that this occurred,” Smith said. “The company failed to prevent sensitive information from falling into the hands of wrongdoers.” 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PNP won’t follow Duterte ‘shoot them dead’ order

first_img “Sana naman they should not resort to these things. We’re mandated to enforce the law. People should understand that patience should be there,” Gamboa said. “Patience should be a virtue. He (Duterte) even assured that nobody is going to get hungry.” “Hindi pananakot ang sagot sa gutom. Hindi pananakot ang solusyon sa #COVID-19,” Pangilinan meanwhile wrote on Twitter. “Itigil na ang kalokohan. Solusyon sa gutom ang kailangan. Nasaan ang pondo at pagkain ng taumbayan?” “The PNP does not condone abuse in implementing the law,” the PNP chief added. “It has been the policy of the PNP that we always exercise maximum tolerance and within the bounds of the law.” Duterte placed Luzon under enhanced community quarantine starting March 17 – by enforcing strict home lockdown with some exemptions, suspending classes, and temporarily shutting down mass transportation – in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country./PN PRACTICING. Members of the Manila Police District Station 9 hold a dry run for the lockdown on vehicles passing along Quirino Avenue and Roxas Blvd in Manila on March 13, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Duterte’s statements came just hours after a group of Quezon City residents from Sitio San Roque protested along EDSA until they were arrested and dispersed by authorities for violating the enhanced community quarantine. Physical punishment must not be imposed on arrested curfew violators, according to the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield, tasked to implement government’s guidelines on the Luzon lockdown. Meanwhile, Duterte’s statements did not sit well with the opposition senators with Risa Hontiveros and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan issuing condemnations on the Chief Executive’s threats. “Probably, the President just overemphasized on implementing the law in this time of crisis. Of course, we will not follow that order,” Gamboa said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. “We see the strong message and I think all the PNP personnel understood it.” “Ang mga tao ngayon ay gutom, may sakit at nawalan ng kabuhayan. Ang kailangan ng taumbayan ngayon ay pagkain, ayuda, at proteksyon sa mga frontliners, hindi dahas at pagbabanta,” Hontiveros said. MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s “shoot them dead” order against leftist who will create chaos while the country fights the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Don’t threaten the hungry with brute police force. These threats will not fill empty stomachs. The President should give the people adequate food and jobs, not bullets,” KMU chairperson Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog said in a statement. Leftist labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said the Duterte administration should listen to the cries of the poor instead of turning a blind eye to their pleas and resorting to violence. In an address to the public on Wednesday evening, President Duterte ordered his troops to shoot and kill quarantine violators if the protests prove to be a threat to law enforcers’ lives. The President might have “overemphasized” the implementation of the law in time of the outbreak, according to PNP chief General Archie Gamboa. last_img read more

Van Gaal nears decision on players

first_imgLouis van Gaal will sit down with his players after their tour and tell them whether they have a future at Manchester United. Van Gaal and his 25-man squad fly back to Manchester in the early hours of Tuesday morning following their final game of the US tour against Liverpool. Van Gaal has racked up morale-boosting wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but he is still unhappy with certain aspects of his squad. Van Gaal thinks Van Persie is unlikely to be fit to face Swansea on August 16, but the other two could be in contention for United’s Barclays Premier League opener, depending on how they react to training. “I have to look at Robin van Persie if he is coming back or not,” said Van Gaal, who coached the striker at the World Cup. “But if you have three weeks holiday and only four days training before the Valencia friendly (on August 12) you are not fit enough. “For the first game in the Premier League it’s possible but I don’t think so.” United’s money-spinning tour of the US started amid a blaze of publicity in Los Angeles, but two-and-a-half weeks later, their presence in the US is a lot more low-key. Only a couple of hundred invited guests turned up at the Sun Life Stadium to watch United’s final training session in America. The session was more of a warm-down as they only played Real Madrid on Saturday night. On the eve of the match, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Van Gaal is facing a totally different challenge to any other he has faced in his long and successful career. Van Gaal, who has won titles in Spain, Holland and Germany, says he is up to the challenge. “That’s why I’m here,” he said. “Maybe he is right because I have to experience that but I was also in Spain and in my first year I won three titles, in Germany I won two titles. “If I win one here we will all be happy.” Van Gaal is expected to ring in the changes for the final in Miami, which kicks off at 1am BST on Tuesday. The winner takes home a prize of one million US dollars (£600,000). Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Wilfried Zaha face uncertain futures after limited playing time in America while Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, who have not made the trip, could also be shown the door. Van Gaal wants to tell his players whether they have made the cut well before the transfer window closes so he will approach them individually and inform them of their fate when they get back to England. “I shall make judgements after the tour,” the United boss said. “I have let all the players play so I know now more than I did before. “But in football you have to judge. Always you have to give a chance to a player to make a transfer when you see that his perspective is not so high to play. “You have to say it in advance. When you say it on August 31st it’s too late. I shall say to the players what I think after the tour.” Van Gaal has sent coach Marcel Bout back to England to work with the likes of Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj, and Fellaini, who have been given time off following their exploits at the World Cup. “They (Van Persie, Fellaini and Januzaj) have already trained. I sent Marcel Bout back to train them, along with Nicky Butt,” Van Gaal said. Press Associationlast_img read more

March still trumps the BCS chaos every time

first_img“Middle Ground” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Josh at [email protected] Every college football season for the past 10 years has featured a thunderstorm of complaints about everybody’s favorite whipping boy, the Bowl Championship Series.When fans, coaches and sports writers complain about the lack of a playoff system in college football, they immediately point to March Madness as the gold standard for determining a true national champion and giving us a heck of a ride along the way.To put it in Twitter speak: March Madness > BCS.Or at least, that was the consensus before this March.The particular wackiness of this year’s March Madness has caused some to claim college basketball is susceptible to the same disease as the BCS, only in reverse. Instead of letting the regular season largely determine a national title, March Madness weighs in postseason play too heavily, allowing subpar teams like Butler and Connecticut to get hot at the right time.Was UConn really the best team in the country this year? Does it deserve to be called the national champion?I’m appalled the debate even exists. First of all, what is the definition of a “true” national champion?If Kansas, Ohio State or any other top-seed were deserving of the crown, then they would not have lost. A championship team is the team that’s best when it counts the most.Just because UConn finished ninth in the Big East doesn’t mean it is not the best team in college basketball. What it accomplished this season should not be diminished because it took the players until the Big East Tournament to kick it into high gear.Same goes for Butler. Yes, it was a No. 8 seed in the tournament with some ugly losses this season (Evansville and Youngstown State among them). But until yesterday, it hadn’t lost on the biggest stage, and it came through at (almost) all the right times.The other problem with the debate is it assumes football and basketball are more comparable than they are. A good basketball team can easily lose to an inferior opponent. There are more games, less time to prepare for each opponent and nights when the shots just don’t fall.On the other hand, in football, a team has at least a week to get ready for each opponent. Upsets are also much less likely because of the physical nature of the game. A team isn’t going to lose four or five games to inferior teams.But in basketball, upsets are much more reasonable.The whole point is to make it to March, because that’s when anything can happen. People should be applauding the Butler-UConn final because it represents everything that is right in college basketball, while football continues to wrong us year after year.During this ridiculous debate, I don’t hear anybody calling for a change to the NFL playoff system.Didn’t the sixth-seeded New York Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII? Wasn’t this year’s champion, the Green Bay Packers, also a sixth seed?To suggest UConn is not the real national champion is ludicrous.Championship teams thrive in March, or January or whenever the postseason starts. It doesn’t matter if it took them until that month to come alive.You say this makes the college basketball regular season less meaningful? I say, who cares? If it leads to an entire month of mayhem in March and an open field is consistent with the fairness of competition, then I can live with that.All sports, especially sports with longer seasons like basketball, allow teams to develop incrementally over the course of the year. There might be a lot of ups and downs, but what matters is the finished product.And I’ve never bought the argument the college football regular season would be less meaningful without the BCS. There are only 12 or 13 games. If teams were fighting for only eight playoff positions, the regular season would hardly lack meaning.The college basketball champion is always deserving of its crown because it survived a true playoff.The college football champion often isn’t, because it can hide behind weak schedules and partial voters to get into the title game.Even USC’s last two football championships are tainted because of the broken system.The 2003 championship was a split title with LSU and in 2004, Auburn finished undefeated but was left out of the Orange Bowl. USC got to roll over a severely outmatched Oklahoma team instead.A true champion can say it took on all challengers and emerged victorious. A true champion is the best team at the end of the season, not the beginning or middle.In other words, a true champion is the last man standing after the dust clears in a field that started with 68 competitors, 67 of whom just didn’t have what it takes.last_img read more