Leading up to their debut, self-titled album release in October of 2015, you could find The Crooked Vines performing throughout New Orleans in various small venues. Their freshman effort appeared with a fresh new sound, and although it lacked big studio publicity, it displayed a birth of artistic brilliance that was welcomed by a small-but-growing fan base.Their sophomore effort, Alive, was partly funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and as a result the band was able to take a new approach to the creative process: every member made contributions both large and small to the composition, arrangement, and studio production of the new songs. This album is rich with musical diversity. The lyrics run the full gamut of emotions and topics that touch many relatable nerves in the human experience, while the music spans a wide range of moods and sounds. Thought-provoking narratives move through hope, fierce independence, optimism (tempered by disappointment), acceptance of reality, lessons learned, and nostalgic looks back at former relationships. A theme of personal growth that weaves through many of the tracks seems to echo TCVs own growth between albums and their musical transformation.Perhaps no number better exemplifies that transformation than “Who To Be.” With an intro and fade-out that sound like a scratchy old vinyl record, it carries the listener on a journey from youthful self-doubt to mature self-confidence, with a beguiling score that instantly gets under your skin and draws you back for repeat listens. An ethereal instrumental segment is worthy of its own track, sending tingles up the spine with eerie horn lines and a “spirit-world” vocal moment. Just when you think this number can’t get any better, a rap segment (written and performed by Evan Thibodeaux) adds a new layer. His continued commentary through the balance of the number brings a male voice that plays off lead singer Mikayla Braun’s for an energetic exchange. The pace shifts upward yet again into a confident stride in the wrap-up, reflecting the storyteller’s newfound self assurance.The first single, also the title track, “Alive” ponders the individual determination to rise above the dreary sea of workday conformity. It previews the wider-ranging musical tone of the album, and a screaming guitar solo by George Wilde (Sexual Thunder) infuses the track with even more energy.Alive is scheduled to be released November 10th 2017 on all major platforms.The Crooked Vines will host an album release party at The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans on Thursday 11/9 supported by Aaron Benjamin and Kathryn Rose Wood. The full project is available for pre-order now via iTunes, and will release on all major platforms on Friday 11/10. For more information find The Crooked Vines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit their website at www.TheCrookedVines.com
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration is delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trump’s last days in office that would have drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law protecting wild birds. The rule had been set to take effect next week. But Interior Department officials said they were putting it off at Biden’s direction and will open a public comment period. Government studies say the rule could mean more birds die, including those that land in oil pits or collide with power lines. Under Trump, the government sided with industry groups seeking to end prosecutions of accidental but preventable bird deaths.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Syracuse defense couldn’t catch a break. Standing at one end of the field, it watched the offense give up turnovers at an alarming rate. When the unit thought it had a minute or so to regroup, Villanova was running right back toward it in a furious haste to score.There was no way to recover from the feelings of fatigue that the back-and-forth game brought.‘Talk about our defense being tired,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘Well, they probably should be tired when they played defense for most of the game tonight. We probably played defense for three quarters of the time.’And yet no matter how tired the Orange defense got during the course of the game, it never yielded a game-changing mistake. Instead, it clamped down on Villanova’s versatile offensive attack and never let the opportunity for Syracuse’s offense to score slip away. In a game in which that offense was far from its best, the defense never looked better.For the second consecutive game, SU’s defensive unit was left with the responsibility of holding the lead at all costs. In its last game against Johns Hopkins, the defense held the Blue Jays in check for four quarters and two overtimes. Against the Wildcats, it had to hold its opponent again. The Orange simply couldn’t find the back of the net. As the SU scorers have gone into a mini-slump, the defense has kept the Orange’s winning streak alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVillanova couldn’t find the back of the net, either. The Syracuse defense held the Wildcats scoreless for a 36:22 stretch that spanned the second and fourth quarters. The Orange also forced 23 turnovers.Much of that has to do with the preparation of the unit. Now more than ever, the defense has the best chemistry. Any communication issue has been resolved, leaving room for near-perfect results. And that preparation was on display against Villanova.‘I think the first couple games, we were still finding our chemistry,’ SU defender John Lade said. ‘The last couple games, really we’ve been talking a lot better, watching a lot more film. We’ve been coming a lot more prepared.’The extra film is paying off. The Wildcats feature a two-headed offensive threat in attack Kevin Cunningham and Jack Rice, who lead the team in scoring with 21 and 18 goals, respectively. And during the game, the attention shifted to those two formidable scorers.Cunningham never found a way to break through Syracuse’s defense to get anywhere close to the net. He spent the game running around behind the cage, trying to get an open look. But he could never find one. When there was an opening, it was closed up almost immediately. Cunningham scored only one goal — albeit a very important one — with 57 seconds left to go in the game. Rice, on the other hand, was held scoreless.‘They were really good. They were big, physical,’ Cunningham said. ‘I thought we had some good looks on them, but we couldn’t cash in.’That was evidenced by a near 13-minute span in the first half during which the Wildcats were beaten down by an aggressive Orange defense and never scored. Syracuse’s defensive unit had to do exactly that, as the theme of another low-scoring affair developed early.Even when there were defensive breakdowns, SU goaltender John Galloway became even more of a force in the goal. On a night when his 51st career win tied the NCAA Division I record for most in a career, Galloway showed exactly what he’s done for each one to pile up.‘He played tonight like he always plays,’ Lade said. ‘He had a lot of great saves, he helped us out when the defense broke down, and I expect nothing less from him because he’s one of the best in the country.’Almost one year ago exactly, the Wildcats traveled up to Syracuse, where the Orange beat them in a 20-6 onslaught. SU scored five goals in each period. It was almost the complete opposite that took place between the two teams one year later.Coming into the day, though, that was to be expected. Villanova is now a higher nationally ranked program, and the Syracuse defense knew how important it was to be at its best.‘I think we executed pretty well,’ SU midfielder Jeremy Thompson said. ‘We did what we needed to do.’[email protected] Comments
AN energy scheme which could create hundreds of jobs in Letterkenny has been stalled by EU officials because of a stand-off over cash.The REFIT scheme — backed by the Government and the EU — is intended to create jobs and meet targets for the use of renewable fuel in the generation of energy at a series of small power plants here.Farmers and companies running the plants are guaranteed a minimum price for green electricity they produce and are paid for the amount of energy generated per hour. But now it has emerged forestry agency Coillte is demanding those prices be increased. The semi-state company will benefit from higher prices because it would be the biggest supplier of fuel to run plants, as it controls 50pc of Irish forestry.But Brussels officials, who have to clear the proposals under state aid rules, are unhappy with the company’s demands and have put the scheme on ice until the Department of Energy redrafts the plans.It is understood Coillte wants up to 16c per kilowatt hour of energy generated — significantly higher than the 12c proposed for biomass energy.The scheme was supposed to be up and running this year but the Department of Energy has received correspondence from European officials in the past month highlighting their opposition to Coillte’s demands. Renewable energy companies say the hold-up is delaying the creation of thousands of jobs because they cannot access any funding until the scheme gets the green light from Europe.These would include construction, operational and transport jobs, said Alan Fox, owner of Shamrock Renewable Fuels who is ready to employ up to 300 staff through the scheme.The company has a biomass plant ready to go in Letterkenny – and another one in Meath.Mr Fox said: “We have already invested €4.5m in obtaining grid connections and planning permissions ahead of the scheme. As a manufacturer of biomass energy systems we are losing out in exports.”COILLTE STANCE WITH EUROPE PREVENTING CREATION OF DONEGAL JOBS- CLAIM was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Display Team, along with coaches and Olympic Medallist Beth Tweddle (MBE), at Gymfusion 2012 which was held in University of Ulster, Jordanstown.The team performed at the display event; which was one of the stops on Olympic Uneven Bars Bronze Medallist, Beth Tweddle’s, 2012 Olympic Tour. Beth Tweddle is a triple World Champion, Commonwealth Champion and six time European Champion.The Donegal team were lucky enough to have the opportunity to personally meet Beth Tweddle as well as two Finesse gymnasts, Cara Nulty and Aoife Mc Carron (front row centre of photo) were also given the opportunity to hold Beth Tweddle’s Olympic Medal. DONEGAL GYMNASTS’ DELIGHT AT MEETING OLYMPIC’S HERO BETH was last modified: November 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Display TeamDONEGAL GYMNASTS DELIGHT AT MEETING OLYMPIC’S HERO BETH
Tottenham will ‘throw everything’ at Jose Mourinho in a bid to entice him to White Hart Lane if Harry Redknapp leaves, the Daily Mirror say.The former Chelsea boss is tipped to quit Real Madrid this summer and has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.Paladini was at QPR for six years.Blues fans are desperate for him to take over, but the Mirror suggest Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to appoint Mourinho at all costs if Redknapp becomes England manager.Meanwhile, controversial former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has angrily insisted he was misrepresented in the popular behind-the-scenes film The Four Year Plan.In an interview with The Sun, he says the film made him look like “a madman” and that a number of scenes – including Flavio Briatore kicking him – were left out.It is claimed Paladini spent millions of his own money in order to save Rangers from bankruptcy and persuaded Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone to buy the club.Paladini said: “I have worked in football for many years and I am one of the longest-serving chairmen at QPR. It would not be possible to have achieved that had I behaved like that.“If it wasn’t for me there would have been no Flavio, Bernie, the Mittal family, Tony Fernandes or the Premier League.“I helped make all of that possible but the film did not recognise that. It made me look like an inbetweener — the man who Flavio sent to sack the managers.”Finally, The Sun say Chelsea are close to signing highly-rated midfielder Nick Powell, 17, from Crewe in a deal that could be worth up to £5m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rainy weather did nothing to hinder the quality of the incredible pork being served up at the 2018 Ohio Pork Rib Off. It was high quality across the board according to the judges for the 22nd annual Pork Rib Off competition at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 31.Bark Bros. of Columbus was awarded Grand Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork. Red Pig Inn of Ottawa was awarded Reserve Champion Ribs, while Kyptonite BBQ of Hartville was awarded Grand Champion Pulled Pork and best Soybean Oil BBQ Sauce. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City took home the People’s Choice award. There were nine contestants from across the state competing in the annual event.The competitors were scored by a group of five judges, including: Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair General Manager; Senator Larry Obhof; State Representative Brian Hill; Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal; and Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council.The annual Pork Rib Off is held on the first Tuesday of the Ohio State Fair and is hosted by the Ohio Pork Council, with generous support from the Ohio Soybean Council.“We are thankful to partner with the Ohio Soybean Council to host such a great event each year during the Ohio State Fair,” said Dave Shoup, President-Elect, Ohio Pork Council. “Every year, the Rib Off brings together a great group of barbeque experts from across the state for a fun, interactive competition.” The folks at Red Pig Inn from Ottawa were serving up delicious pulled pork and the Res. Champion Ribs. Hickory River Smokehouse from Tipp City Baney-Q worked in the rain to get ribs ready for the contest. Good ribs and mac and cheese at The Pit BBQ. Kryptonite BBQ had the Champion Pulled Pork in the Ohio Pork Rib Off. Smokem if you Gotem BBQ of Middleport OCJ’s Matt Reese had the honor of judging this year and he said it was a tight contest. Ty Higgins was the MC for the event Res. Champion Rib: Red Pig Inn- Ottawa, OH Champion Pulled Pork: Kryptonite BBQ- Hartville, OH
OTTAWA – The country’s largest national park could be declared to be in danger by the UN’s World Heritage Committee if Canada doesn’t meet new deadlines next year to prove it is taking action to protect the park from development.In March, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization gave Canada 17 recommendations to help improve the status of the Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.Now it has set a deadline of February 2018 for Canada to show its plan to meet those recommendations and another deadline of December 2018 to show progress on that plan.UNESCO experts, who visited the park last fall at the behest of First Nations, agreed with them that the park’s ecosystem was in jeopardy because of oil sands development, hydro dam construction and climate change impacts in the region.In a draft decision issued June 2, the World Heritage Committee expressed pleasure that Canada is taking most of the recommendations seriously but was dismayed that approval of the Site C dam project in British Columbia — which could affect water flows in the Peace Athabasca Delta within the park — won’t be revisited.The park was designated as a world heritage site in 1983; only a handful of UNESCO sites have ever been designated “in danger,” mainly because of government breakdown and war.