Tedeschi Trucks Band Donates $48,000 Worth Of Musical Instruments To Jacksonville High School

first_imgSouthern soul juggernaut Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of Jacksonville, FL’s most notable exports. Created by combining the solo bands of Jacksonville native guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and his wife, guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, the band has kept on growing ever since, releasing a number of award-winning albums and extensively touring the country playing to bigger and bigger crowds. The band recently wrapped the fourth-annual edition of their multi-band summer “Wheels of Soul” tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band with a pair of sold-out performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.However, despite their upward trajectory, the band has never forgotten their roots and continues to aid and take pride in their local Jacksonville community, particularly with regard to music education. According to the city’s WJCT FM station, the 12-piece powerhouse recently made a substantial and deeply personal donation to the city’s Englewood High School. The band supplied the school with 38 brand-new musical instruments for its students to use, valued at roughly $48,000.The students and staff of Englewood High School were informed of the reformative gift to the school’s music program earlier this summer when Tedeschi Trucks Band hit Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place Amphitheatre on June 29th to open their 2018 “Wheels of Soul” swing. Explains WJCT, the kids and faculty were invited to the hometown performance as special guests. There, they were invited to come meet the band backstage, where they were informed of the donation.Notes Dr. Diana Greene, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent to WJCT,We are deeply thankful to the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their incredible support, not just of the Englewood High School music program, but music programs across the district. Through their generous donations over the years, they have truly given hundreds of students the gift of music. Knowing that these instruments came from an alum from that school, and two very gifted local artists, makes the donation even more special. The students and staff at Englewood High School will benefit from this transformative gift for years to come.As Derek Trucks explains,Susan and I were both fortunate to have instruments available to us when we were young. Sadly, this is not the case for so many students these days, at a time when having the tools to express creativity is so vital to their education. We were happy and humbled to be able to help.The donation was made possible through Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Notes WJCT, the foundation was created by Michael Kamen in 1996, named after the 1995 film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, which examines the profound effect that a particularly dedicated music teacher had on several generations of students.You can see a list of the instruments donated below:3 Eastman ECL230 clarinets3 Eastman EEP421 4-valve euphoniums2 Eastman EBB534 4/4-size 4-valve tubas2 Eastman EFL210 flutes2 Eastman ETB432 trombones with F-attachments1 LP LP646NY-AW conga set1 Accent Drive LC17511 drum set2 Eastman EPH324 sousaphones2 Jupiter JMP1000M mellophones20 Cordoba CP100 acoustic guitars[H/T WJCT FM Jacksonville]last_img read more

Liverpool visits Harvard

first_imgBritish football club and English Premier League member Liverpool practiced at Harvard University this week prior to the team’s friendly exhibition against Roma at Fenway Park July 25. A training match between staff and coaches of both institutions was held on their last day on campus, featuring Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.last_img

Archbishop Lori, upcoming speaker at ND Forum, has history of blocking transparency in the Church sex abuse crisis

first_imgArchbishop of Baltimore William Lori, the subject of controversy for his history resisting Church transparency efforts, is among seven individuals invited to speak over the course of the 2019 Notre Dame Forum, the University announced in a press release Wednesday.Lori will be speaking on the forum’s keynote panel, “The Church Crisis: Where Are We Now?,” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Leighton Concert Hall. He will be joined by Kathleen McChesney, former executive assistant director at the FBI; Juan Carlos Cruz, advocate for survivors of clergy abuse; and Peter Steinfels, former editor at Commonweal and former columnist for the New York Times.According to a Sept. 2 profile by the Washington Post, Lori has led efforts to address clergy abuse as early as the 1980s, when he was an aide to then-archbishop of Washington, D.C. James Hickey.As bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, from 2001 to 2012 Lori helped lead his diocese in the charge against clergy sex abuse. According to the profile, Lori pushed for a number of reforms seen as progressive for their time, “including removing suspected sex offenders from ministry, offering abuse awareness training, doing criminal background checks on diocesan employees, and — for the first time — reporting allegations of clergy sexual abuse to state investigators.”However, the archbishop has made repeated efforts to protect the identities of abusive clergy as well as many powerful Church leaders with ties to them.In 2002, Lori helped write the Church’s landmark Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Dallas Charter), which outlined a “zero-tolerance” policy toward sexual abuse.As a member of the document’s drafting committee, Lori helped narrow the scope of the charter to omit bishops. The first draft of the document held all clerics accountable for sex abuse; the final version, however, applies to only priests and deacons. When asked why, Lori reportedly said the drafting committee “decided [they] would limit it to priests and deacons, as the disciplining of bishops is beyond the purview of this document.”Over the next several years, the then-bishop fought to keep documents containing the names of abusing clergy in Bridgeport secret despite a state order calling for their publication. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the documents’ release in 2009.In 2018, Lori was asked by the Vatican to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Bransfield, who is Lori’s acquaintance of nearly 20 years.According to records of the investigation obtained by the Washington Post, Bransfield gave $350,000 in cash gifts to other clergy “including young priests he is accused of mistreating and more than a dozen cardinals in the United States and at the Vatican.”At Lori’s request, the names of 11 high-ranking clergy who had received some of the money were cut from a report of the investigation to the Vatican — including his own.The Post reported Lori received $10,500 from Bransfield. He has since returned $7,500.“In light of what I have come to learn of bishop Bransfield’s handling of diocesan finances, I have returned the full amount to the diocese and have asked that it be donated to Catholic Charities,” Lori wrote in a letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.According to a June 6 article from WBAL-TV, an unnamed spokesman for the archdiocese said the remaining $3,000 was payment Lori received for celebrating two Masses in West Virginia.The spokesman also said the 11 names were omitted from the report because “including them could inadvertently and/or unfairly suggest that in receiving gifts for anniversaries or holidays there were expectations for reciprocity,” despite that “no evidence was found to suggest this.”The University press release did not include any information about the $10,500 Lori received from Bransfield, his efforts to conceal the identities of abusive clergy in Bridgeport or his work on the Dallas Charter, only stating he investigated “allegations of sexual harassment and financial impropriety by the former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.”When asked for comment, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said in an email Lori was selected because “like each of the panelists, Archbishop Lori has an informed, unique contribution to make to this important discussion, including his role in crafting the Dallas Charter.”Browne pointed to an opinion piece about the forum by Crux editor John Allen, who will be moderating the panel.“The best characterization of the panel I’ve read is from [Allen],” Browne said in the email.Browne did not specify who was involved with selecting the speakers, nor respond to inquiry into whether Notre Dame was aware of or if there was internal discussion regarding Lori’s controversial history.Lori was not available for comment at the time of publication.Tags: Archbishop, ND forum, Notre Dame Forum 2019, William Lorilast_img read more

Sudan’s popular traditional street food

first_imgRelated Zanzibar bans street food over cholera outbreak Street food among cultural attractions in Somalia South Sudan Street Theatre Street food in Sudan can be described in 3 words: tasty, convenient, and cheap. It’s still popular among residents of the capital, Khartoum, and not even warnings about the potential health risks of buying street food, are putting them off.last_img

CBL Governor Urges Entrepreneurs to Prioritize ‘Local Contents’

first_imgThe Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, is calling on local entrepreneurs and owners of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to focus on locally produced merchandise in the country.Governor Jones said doing business is not just going to Lebanese, Chinese or foreign stores to buy imported products or commodities, but rather business people should be innovative and creative in reaching out to discover new marketable products within the country that will add value to the Liberian economy.The CBL Governor made the statement recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County during a two-day seminar which was organized by the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) and collaboration the Citizens Progressive Saving Club of Bassa.Dr. Jones reiterated the need for Liberian business men and women to work harder, especially in the agricultural sector. The agriculture sector if taken advantage of by Liberian business people, the CBL boss noted, would help bring economic prosperity which will subsequently development the country.“Doing business is not just going to the store to buy imported commodities, but your need to work hard as business people, especially in the agricultural sector, to help bring development to Liberia,” said Dr. Jones.He told the business community that the CBL wants to encourage Liberian owned-small businesses to network and think about adding value to local products, thereby ensuring that more can be produced in this country.“If this is donein our country, local products can also besent abroad for marketing as well as in many countries to help alleviatepoverty in Liberia,” the CBL Governor said.He was however quick toremind participants and business owners that, “development is not a project, but to empower the fortunate poverty striking Liberian.Dr. Jones has on many occasions stressed that Liberians should be the ones in stores doing business and not foreigners who are dominating the economy of the county.He proffered the unwavering support of the CBL to the Liberian business community.“CBL would remain a friend to the private sector, especially the business community and will continue more financial loan scheme to them,” he promised.Governor Jones indicated that the access to credit initiative, which is the CBL’s own way of helping Liberians to do business and build the private sector, will enable Liberia reach the middle income mark that it is targeting in the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).The AfT is the government of Liberia five development programs that seeks to improve the provision of basic social services and infrastructural development. It is a subset of government’s Vision 2030 agenda. Vision 2030 is an initiative intended to ensure that Liberia becomes a middle income country in 18 years.Dr. Jones said: “This is not going to happen by talking, not by playing politics, but it is going to happen by actually putting citizens to work in the private sector, in this trend Liberia will grow from a low to middle income” country.“CBL is not throwing away money, but trying to invest in the future of Liberia,”he told them.He told detractors that as Governor of the CBL, he sees “nothing wrong with empowering citizens of Liberia, and therefore, sees no reason to apologize to anybody for doing that.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South America talents reshaping Major League Soccer

first_img0Shares0000Miguel Almiron (R), the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with the Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Kevin C. CoxLOS ANGELES, United States, Feb 28 – A new generation of South American players will be on display as Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 season this weekend, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the competition as a destination for emerging talent.More than a decade after David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles was followed by the arrival of several fading European stars, MLS teams are increasingly looking to South America to strengthen their rosters. More than 60 South American players will be sprinkled across MLS this year, many of whom are still in the early stages of their career, hoping to use the league as a stepping stone to bigger things.Miguel Almiron, the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with expansion side Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017.Almiron, who scored nine goals in 30 games, has attracted interest from several European clubs, with Inter Milan, Arsenal and Newcastle all reportedly monitoring his form in recent months.The Paraguayan has made no secret of his desire to use MLS as a springboard for an eventual move across the Atlantic.“It’s a bridge to Europe,” he told reporters at a recent media day in Los Angeles.Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez of Atlanta United heads the ball during a game against the New York Red Bulls, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, in March 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Mike Zarrilli“The league is being watched so much around the world. My objective ever since I was at Lanus is to go to Europe.”Almiron’s strike partner at Atlanta, the 24-year-old Venezuelan international Josef Martinez, is similarly unambiguous about the long-term objective.“If you perform well here, you have a chance to go to Europe, so you welcome that opportunity,” Martinez said.Both Almiron and Martinez are developing under the tutelage of former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who steered Atlanta to the playoffs last year in their maiden MLS campaign.– ‘Excellent opportunity’ –Martino was instrumental in securing the services of another rising South American talent, the 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco.Barco, who has made eight appearances for Argentina’s under-20s, joined Atlanta from Independiente in an MLS-record $15 million transfer last month.Barco’s capture represents something of a coup both for Atlanta and MLS. In previous eras, the young Argentine would almost certainly have headed directly to Europe rather than take a career detour in North America.Bob Bradley, the former United States and Swansea coach who will take the helm of expansion side Los Angeles FC in their debut season, said the South American influx indicates MLS is on the right trajectory.LAFC themselves are hoping to have recruited their own South American gem in the shape of 19-year-old Diego Rossi, who has joined from newly crowned Uruguay champions Penarol.“As MLS has grown, I think a lot of these young players realise that it’s an excellent opportunity to come and build a name, in some cases to use it as an opportunity to maybe move onto another league,” Bradley told AFP.“Or it can be simply because this is where they want to be. Anybody who has spent any time in South America knows there is amazing talent there. It’s no secret. For MLS to get these young players to come here, it shows that the league has moved in the right direction.”Federico Higuain, the elder brother of Juventus and Argentina star Gonzalo Higuain, says the arrival of young talents like Barco reflects the maturity of MLS, where Atlanta attracted an average crowd of 48,200 fans per game last season.“Around the world, people are looking at this league growing up very fast,” said Higuain, who has played for Columbus Crew since 2012.“Players want to come here. If anyone asks me about the league, I say ‘Yes, come. You will enjoy it and you will love it,” the 33-year-old added.Higuain also believes MLS provides a relative refuge from the pressure-cooker atmosphere of many domestic leagues in South America.“A good thing about the league is nobody bothers you,” Higuain said. “The pressure is a little bit lower. I’m not saying there is no pressure. But in other countries, the pressure is very crazy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more