Lotus & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Bring All The Jams To Columbus [Gallery]

first_imgPhoto: Phierce Photo Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been out on the road together for the last few days, turning heads each with their unique brand of improvisationally-influenced music. Whether it’s the funky rock approach of Pigeons or the smooth electronic influences of Lotus, both bands know exactly how to keep fans engaged when they’re on stage. Both bands continue to evolve with experience, as Pigeons are planning a new album release later this year and Lotus just released their first ever album with vocals on every track. With the two bands going back to back at Express Live in Columbus, OH, you can bet that this was a great night of music!Check out a full recording from the Pigeons’ set, courtesy of taper mott77.You can see the full gallery of images from the night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo, as well as a video recap from the performance. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Wading River Man Charged With Easter Road Road Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Wading River man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Hampton Bays man during a road rage confrontation in Calverton on Easter, Riverhead town police said.Officers found Brett Penny, 48, suffering from a stab wound to the chest and left hand on Sound Avenue near Fresh Pond Road at 3:36 p.m. Sunday, police said.Penny was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.Michael Doroski, 25, surrendered to authorities and was charged with assault. He will be arraigned Monday at Riverhead Town Justice Court.Riverhead town police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them at 631-727-4500 Ext 332.last_img read more

Lin Dan vs Lee Chong Wei: How badminton’s great rivalry was born

first_imgFifteen years ago in a packed Kuala Lumpur stadium, rising stars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei met in a final for the first time, setting the stage for what would become badminton’s greatest rivalry.Malaysia’s Lee, then 22, fell to the floor, punched the air and blew kisses to the crowd after his see-sawing, 88-minute 17-15, 9-15, 15-9 victory, when he fought back from behind in the first and last games.”Everyone saw how [Lin] played,” said Lee, who was the defending champion, after his win at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium. “He is excellent in attack and his overhead smashes and forehand crosscourt shots are dangerous. So it is very satisfying to beat him.”It was a fittingly tense start for a match-up that would span two Olympic finals and two world championship deciders, and drew a new generation of fans.But the match would remain one of the high points for Lee, who lost his four world and Olympic finals against the Chinese great and retired last year without winning either of the sport’s top two titles.”Their rivalry happened in a period when badminton needed inspiration,” K.M. Boopathy, a veteran Malaysian sports journalist who watched the 2005 game, told AFP. Topics : ‘We have to salute him’Lee launched a comeback and defeated Lin in a thrilling semi-final at the 2016 Rio Olympics — only to lose once again in the final, this time to another Chinese player, Chen Long.The sinewy star longed for a final shot at Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, now postponed due to the coronavirus, but his hopes were dashed after being diagnosed with nose cancer in 2018.He recovered after treatment but struggled to regain his form, and announced his retirement last year at a tearful press conference.With 705 wins and 69 titles, Lee is a national hero in Malaysia, which has produced few world-class athletes.The pair’s final match was the quarter-finals of the prestigious All-England Open in March 2018, which the Chinese won.But Lin has not hit his former heights in recent years, and with retirement looming he looked certain to miss the Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed to next year.When Lee announced his retirement, Lin posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo: “I will be alone on the [badminton] court and no one will accompany me.”And only last month, Lee described his nemesis, who is still playing, as a “legend”. “His titles speak for themselves. We have to salute him,” he said.center_img Bad boy vs nice guy Lee, now 37, and Lin, 36, played 40 times in total, with the Chinese player convincingly winning their head-to-head 28-12. Lee had lost his first and only encounter against Lin before beating him in the Kuala Lumpur final.The 2008 and 2012 Olympic title matches were among the most memorable showdowns between the men, who both enjoyed long spells as world number one.Lin won in straight games in Beijing in 2008, but Lee came agonizingly close to gold at London 2012, leading 19-18 in the deciding game before fatefully leaving a shot that dropped on the line. Bracketing the 2012 defeat, Lee lost world title matches to Lin in 2011 and then in 2013 in southern China, when the air conditioning mysteriously failed mid-match and the Malaysian was stretchered off with cramp as he faced match point.Fiery Lin and soft-spoken Lee are very different characters, although they were friends off the court and share a strong mutual respect.Known as “Super Dan”, Lin had a reputation as badminton’s bad boy — he sported multiple tattoos, unusually for a Chinese player, and strutted around the court with supreme confidence. The two-time Olympic and five-time world champion, often regarded as the best badminton player ever, often ran into controversy. In 2008, he threw a temper tantrum during a training session after which he had to deny striking his coach. In contrast, Lee was quiet and unassuming. But his humble demeanor belied a dazzling array of weapons on the court — he was blessed with lightning reflexes and once held the record for the world’s fastest smash. His 19-year career also had its fair share of drama, however.The then world number one was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships, and was sidelined for eight months until authorities eventually accepted his explanation he took it inadvertently. “They managed to make the sport extremely popular.”last_img read more

Brook vs Zerafa: Fight date, start time, card, how to watch, stream

first_imgThis will be the first time Brook will not have trainer Dominic Ingle in his corner. Ingle had other commitments, and Brook has opted to train at his gym in Fuerteventura, Spain, with ex-boxer and friend John Fewkes instead of at the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield.Join DAZN to watch Brook vs. Zerafa plus more than 100 fight nights a year If Brook wins, the pressure will build for a highly anticipated grudge match against Amir Khan for early 2019.Zerafa will look to offer Brook stiff opposition and is a former Commonwealth super-welterweight champion. “I thrive from being the underdog and I believe that Kell Brook’s team have made the mistake of overlooking me” Zerafai said in a press release, adding, “Kell is a true warrior and a great champion, but he’s been in some tough fights and put a lot of miles on the clock. I see a ship with a lot of holes and too many holes leads to a sunken ship.”Brook’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said in a Matchroom press release “I’m delighted to see Kell back in the ring, and I expect Zerafa to give it everything on Dec. 8.” Hearn added, “We know that the Khan fight is on the horizon, but this is all part of Kell’s preparation for being razor sharp and bringing his weight down to 147 pounds — Zerafa aims to spoil the party.”When is the Brook vs. Zerafa fight?Kell Brook and Michael Zerafa will clash on Dec. 8. The action for the undercard begins at 2 p.m. ET. It marks nine months since Brook fought last, when he defeated Rabchanka, while Zerafa’s last fight was in August, when he scored a TKO against Jose Agustin Feria. Where is it?The fight will take place at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, England. The venue opened in 1991 and has a capacity of more than 13,000. This will be Brook’s eighth fight at the arena.How can I watch?You can watch the Brook vs. Zerafa fight and full undercard live-streamed exclusively on DAZN in the U.S.DAZN is a sports streaming service offering over 100 boxing and MMA events a year, live and on demand for just $9.99 per month, with the first month free. Record and biosName: Kell BrookNickname: The Special One / Special KNationality: BritishBorn: May 3, 1986Height: 5-9Reach: 69 inchesTotal fights: 39Record: 37-2 with 26 knockoutsName: Michael ZerafaNickname: Pretty BoyNationality: AustralianBorn: March 25, 1992Height: 5-11Reach: 71 1/2 inchesTotal fights: 27Record: 25-2 with 14 knockoutsBrook vs. Zerafa fight cardKell Brook vs. Michael ZerafaJono Carroll (16-0) vs. Guillaume Frenois (46-1)Josh Kelly (8-0) vs. David Avanesyan (23-3-1)Anthony Fowler (8-0) vs. TBAKid Galahad (25-0) vs. Brayan Mairena (10-4-1)Anthony Tomlinson (8-0) vs. Innocent Anyanwu (25-38-3) Terri Harper (4-0) vs. Feriche Mashauri (6-1)Qais Ashfaq (3-0) vs. Jay Carney (5-3-2)Shakiel Thompson (1-0) vs. Konstantin Alexandrov (8-36-3) The “Special One” Kell Brook returns to the ring against Australian Michael Zerafa (25-2, 14 KOs) in a WBA world super-welterweight eliminator on Dec. 8 at the Sheffield Arena in the United Kingdom.The 32-year-old will fight once again in front of his hometown fans in Sheffield. His last time out, ‘Special K’ won the vacant WBC Silver Super Welterweight title with a second-round knockout victory against Siarhei Rabchanka in March this year. last_img read more

South Africa mourns Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen

first_imgLegendary Springbok rugby scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday 6 February after five years battling motor neuron disease. He was 45.Joost van der Westhuizen was instrumental in the Springboks’ World Cup triumph in 1995. But tragically, the legendary scrumhalf could not triumph over motor neuron disease. (screenshot via Youtube)Former Springbok rugby scrumhalf, captain and legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.The J9 Foundation, which Van der Westhuizen established to fight the incurable disease, confirmed his passing on Monday 6 February. After his vital organs began to fail on Friday 3 February, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday and placed on life support.The foundation said he passed away on Monday after “putting up an incredible fight” over the weekend.He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, in 2011. The disease attacks the body’s neurons, weakening the body’s voluntary muscles. This can result in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.Van der Westhuizen played a pivotal role in the Springbok’s first Rugby World Cup title in 1995. In his prime, he was considered the world’s greatest scrumhalf. He is still regarded as one of the legends of the game.Van der Westhuizen spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls, from 1993 until 2003, with great success. But he will be best remembered for his international playing career.He featured in 89 tests for the Springboks and scored 38 tries, a record only broken by Bryan Habana in 2011, at the Rugby World Cup. He captained South Africa during the 1999 World Cup where they finished third. Van der Westhuizen retired from international rugby in 2003 as South Africa’s record cap holder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Power of an Indomitable Mindset

first_imgImpossible to beat. Impossible to subdue.What does an indomitable mindset mean for salespeople? Why is it important? How do you develop one?The foundation of an indomitable mindset is an indomitable belief structure. As you go through life, you pick up dozens and dozens of infections. You don’t even know you’re picking them up, but these infections determine what kind of results you produce and what level of success you achieve.Maybe you were infected with the belief that the obstacles to better performance are external. It’s not you, it’s the economy. It’s not you, it’s your sales manager. It’s not you, it’s your competitors’ willingness to sell on price alone. These are very common infections, and they weaken your mindset.The wonderful thing about beliefs is that they are infections you can choose for yourself. You can choose to believe that the obstacles to better performance are all internal. You can believe that you are responsible for everything that happens to you. It’s not the economy, it’s the fact that you haven’t adjusted your approach to take advantage of new economic realities. It’s not your sales manager, it’s the fact that you aren’t selling him or her like you sell to your prospective clients. It’s not your competitor’s willingness to sell on price that causes you to lose opportunities, it’s your inability to justify the delta between your price and theirs.Your beliefs drive your behaviors and your behaviors determine your results. Without a powerful underlying belief system, you cannot have an indomitable mindset.In my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I identified nine attributes that make for a powerful mindset. Those attributes include self-discipline, optimism, caring, competitiveness, resourcefulness, initiative, persistence, communication, and accountability. These attributes are all part of what makes up an indomitable mindset.If you want to create an indomitable mindset of your own, study people that already have one. Adopt their beliefs as your own, especially the beliefs that make you uncomfortable. In short order, you’ll find yourself taking new actions, and producing new results. You’ll also find yourself with an indomitable mindset.last_img read more

Ishant Sharma’s parents elated at son’s stellar performance

first_imgTeam India’s man of the moment Ishant Sharma, whose seven wickets in the match against England ensured a Test win at Lord’s after 28 years, is getting congratulatory messages from allover the world. His parents, who live in Delhi, are also marvelling at the stellar performance of their son.  “Its a great feeling, hope the team keeps winning in the rest of the tour as well,” said his mother Grisha Sharma.His father Vijay Sharma, however, gave the credits to the entire team.”We are very happy, it was a total team effort,” he said.After drawing the first Test at Trent Bridge, India won the second match by 95 runs.Right-arm pacer Ishant rattled the England batsmen by bowling bouncers regularly which helped him earn career-best figures of 7/74 and the Man of the Match award.last_img read more

Hotel Tourism Association says synergy matters in aftermath of road trip

first_img Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Related Items:karen whitt, TCHTA, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – Nobody does it like the Turks and Caicos when it comes to overseas fam-trips; and the uniqueness of the Premier’s Investment and Sales Blitz was an idea trumpeted by Hotel and Tourism Association executives who yesterday explained, the synergy of the group which reflected public and private sector interests, made the biggest impression. Karen Whitt, Director, Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association (TCHTA): “As you would note from the video the highlights are really about the cultural aspect; the heritage, the friendliness and the warmth and the beauty of the destination as opposed to as I would say ‘bricks and mortar’ or anything individual and that as Nikheel (Advani – TCHTA Vice President) stated is one of the unique aspects of this whole initiative.”Whitt continued, “Nobody does this, and this is our second year and we got resounding feeding back everywhere we went that this was one of the most imaginative, creative, unique and quite frankly comfortable and fun atmosphere that anybody attended. All of the participants were overwhelmed with our own warmth, our friendliness, our unity and so forth and I think it made for a more enjoyable experience for all of them and it also gave an opportunity to open their minds to different aspects of what the country has to offer.” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singaporelast_img read more

Furloughs Salary Cuts and Employee Hours Whats Legal and Whats Not

first_imgIn an April 28th memo announcing salary cuts and a reduced work week for the summer months, Penton Media CEO Sharon Rowlands advised employees that they may be eligible for unemployment benefits and told them to check with their local unemployment office. She also noted that “special rules may apply to employees in California and to non-exempt employees, and we will be reaching out to these employees and their managers with specific information and specific instructions.”Pay cuts and layoffs are hard enough on employee morale but publishers have another reason to tread lightly in this area: Violation of state or federal labor laws could end up costing the publisher significant money and hamper future cost-saving steps.FOLIO: spoke with law firm Morgan & Lewis, which specializes in labor law, on what areas should be of particular concern to publishers trying to cut back. Government Eye on Small Businesses Smaller publishers that have made due with either a part-time human resources staffer (or none at all) may want to reinvest in that position. While some publishers may be too small to be eligible under Federal law (typically 15 employees or more), state law may still apply. All it takes is one phone call from a disgruntled worker to put you on some agency’s radar.   Be particularly mindful of the overtime demands made on low wage earners (most employees must take home at least $455 per week before deductions). The Federal Department of Labor  has announced investigations on low wage earners in variety of industries. “The Obama administration says it will pour a lot more money into that,” says Morgan & Lewis partner David McManus. “While the government might decide to focus on a particular industry, smaller companies get on a government agency radar because a former or current employee makes a complaint. Often an employee leaves for another job where they do similar work but they’re classified differently. Now that they get overtime, they scratch their head and say, ‘What‘s up with that?’ and file a complaint against their old company.”While “overtime” is a seldom-heard term in the publishing industry, publishers do have to be aware of company hours in relation to reduced wages. “You have to be vigilant in making sure you have an off-the-clock policy and make sure managers aren’t applying pressure to employees to work overtime that’s not reported,” says McManus. “Employees generally are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Act with exceptions, so many that the exceptions almost become the rule.” Don’t try to sneak work in during a furlough week, even with the promise of future compensation. “If for a week you’re furloughing people who are exempt from the overtime laws, you have to make sure they’re not working at all,” says McManus. “If they’ve done work and they’re an exempt employee, they’re entitled to their weekly pay. You may even lose the exemption for a whole class of employees based on that one employee.”Heightened Litigation with ContractorsPublishers are increasingly outsourcing core duties such as production, edit and sales to contract workers. However, that’s also becoming a growing source of litigation. New York State is considering investigating the status of independent contractors and whether they’re classified correctly. “We’ve seen an increasing trend in private litigation and in state and federal regulatory agencies going after claims that individuals who were treated as contractors, so they didn’t get benefits or overtime, actually are employees,” says McManus.Sales reps are a particularly touchy area. If a rep  is required to spend so many hours in meetings with the publisher, that rep could be classified as a full-time employee, and eligible for corresponding benefits.last_img read more