The Russ Liquid Experiment had the Purple Hatters Ball crowd at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park united in a dance floor rampage at the end of their set on Friday night. The band was clearly feeding off the crowd and feeling the love passed back and forth from stage to fan and back again. It was a beautiful sight to see. With the heart of the Purple Hatters Ball being a memorial to a fallen friend, any band that can tap that call and response level of love deserves a spot on the lineup dedicated to that very emotion.Multi-instrumentalist Russel Scott, AKA Russ Liquid, has found the perfect blend of talents to back him as he takes charge of the stage in a way few can. Razor sharp drumming from Deven Trusclair showed why no machine could hope to capture the human element on the stool. And on guitar, the unassuming Andrew Block, whose tame demeanor belies a rock and roll fire that is almost to passionate at times. One worries about flashes of temporary insanity in the audience at the sound and fury Block releases from seemingly nowhere.After a lengthy set that had the packed Amphitheater locked in full-on boogie mode, Russ made the sad announcement that the clock on the wall was telling it’s same old sad story. The sadness quickly disappeared when Russ asked the audience, “You guys wanna hear a new song?” The wild jams subsequently put down, especially by Block on his tortured guitar, kicked the rage factor up to eleven.Russ Liquid is a fierce performer and an insightful visionary when it comes to balancing his many fills and jams with the work his band mates are doing. But at the very end, as the stage lights started to come on and the workers began to clear the gear, he did something of note. He picks up a trumpet and blows out one last blast of jams for the fans begging for an encore. That burst of whimsy showed an artist more than happy to do all he can to make the world a better place.Watch the new Russ Liquid Test tune debut below, filmed by our own Rex Thomson, and keep an eye out for his ensuing video review. It is certain to have more on this special set of seriously fun songs. Enjoy!“The Russ Liquid Test”
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Neil Drysdale1621313%$140,220 Victor Espinoza3244313%$321,960 Mark Glatt1843322%$152,576 Jack Carava720029%$25,930 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 9) Richard Mandella921122%$71,170 Carla Gaines1432021%$175,155 Doug O’Neill302337%$146,180 ESPINOZA A WINNER DESPITE ECLIPSE SNUBLast year, Victor Espinoza recorded victories in the Santa Anita Derby, the KentuckyDerby and the Preakness, and posted solid efforts in the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Grade I races all. He was the regular rider of three potential champions and was a giving and gracious ambassador of the sport, but he won’t win an Eclipse Award as Outstanding Jockey of 2014.What’s a man to do?When you’re not one of the three finalists for the honor, to be announced Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, you can’t win. The three finalists are Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario and John Velazquez.“I’m a little disappointed,” said Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, “because his body of work over the entire year, from January to December, was pretty good, and it wasn’t just a one-horse show.“He rode the winners of nine Grade I stakes and was tied for third with Castellano in that category. He went to Royal Ascot and won a race there, and he did a lot of good things for racing throughout the year.“There are four Eclipse Award finalists that Victor was a big part of (American Pharoah and Hootenanny, 2-year-old male; Take Charge Brandi, 2-year-old filly; and California Chrome, 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year).“I don’t know how that stacks up in the history of Eclipse voting, whether there ever were three horses that won Eclipse Awards one jockey had ridden regularly, but it’s pretty impressive to me, anyway,” Beach said.Espinoza couldn’t have been more obliging during the Triple Crown run, signing autographs, making public appearances, bantering with David Letterman on “Late Night” TV.“Besides me, we had two or three other people handling all the requests for Victor,” Beach said. “Because he’s bi-lingual, the Hispanic media wanted time with him as well. Victor accommodated every single person and gave one-on-one interviews when he could, all the way until hours before the Belmont.“In addition to Letterman, he rang the bell on Wall Street for the traditional stock market opening, did all the things he was asked to do, and was such a good sport about everything.“Because this was his second time experiencing the Triple Crown (the 42-year-old Espinoza won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2002 aboard War Emblem), I think this time he was trying to enjoy it more. The first time, I don’t think he knew what to expect.”WARREN‘S VENEDA ‘OUTRUNS HER PEDIGREE’Warren’s Veneda isn’t in the exclusive company of Clubhouse Ride, a $22,000 bargain who has earned more than $1 million, but the 5-year-old mare is doing all right for a homebred.The California-bred daughter of Affirmative, owned by and bred by Benjamin C. Warren and trained by Craig Lewis, who also conditions Clubhouse Ride, has earned $407,012 with five wins, three seconds and five thirds from 19 starts.Lewis hopes she’ll add to her bankroll when she runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s outrun her pedigree, that’s for sure,” Lewis said. “Not bad for a handshake deal. She’s better than an empty stall. That was a heartbreaker there,” Lewis said, referring to the chestnut’s head defeat last out in the Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 6.The field: Legacy, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Valiant Emilia, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Zilber, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Tiz Midnight, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 3-1; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 3-1; Eblouissante, Gary Stevens, 10-1; and Taste Like Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2.FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, an Eclipse Award finalist for top male 2-year-old of 2014, worked seven furlongs at Santa Anita Saturday in 1:17.80, handily from the gate. Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was aboard for his brother, Keith, who trains the son of Afleet Alex, ticketed for the San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 1 . . . From HRTV’s Scott Hazelton via Twitter comes word that 2014 Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Candy Boy, formerly trained by John Sadler, is now being trained by Doug Watson and is a candidate for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28 . . . Drayden Van Dyke, heavily favored to win an Eclipse Award as Outstanding Apprentice of 2014, has dropped his appeal of Nov. 15, 2014 and will serve a three-day suspension Jan. 16, 17 and 18. -30- Mike Smith3265519%$517,561 Martin Pedroza3864516%$198,810 Michael Pender932033%$100,290 Peter Miller2863421%$331,396 J. Eric Kruljac821025%$73,170 CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS TOWARDS 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUTHorse of the Year finalist California Chrome had an “outstanding” workout at his LosAlamitos headquarters Saturday morning as the Kentucky Derby king prepares for his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7.With regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard and California Chrome wearing blinkers, theCalifornia-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, also up for an Eclipse Award as outstanding male 3-year-old of 2014, went six furlongs in 1:11.60.Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman, termed the move “outstanding. I got him in 1:11 2/5, but the official time was 1:11 3/5,” Alan said.Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak recorded fractional times of 23 1/5, 47 2/5 and 59 1/5. “He looked really good,” Hudak said. “He was kind of being eased up at the finish.”If the stars align properly, the Grade II San Antonio at a mile and an eighth could bring together Bayern and Shared Belief for a Breeders’ Cup Classic rematch in the San Antonio everyone in racing wants to see.Bayern led throughout the mile and a quarter Classic to win by a nose, with Chrome third by a neck and Shared Belief four lengths back in fourth after losing considerable ground due to a rough start.California Chrome, in a weekly work pattern each Saturday, will deviate from his agenda for his next breeze, which will be Monday, Jan. 19, instead of Saturday, Jan. 17.“Mom, Dad and I will be in Florida for the Eclipse Awards next Saturday,” Sherman said. Drayden Van Dyke483476%$231,356 CHROME IN ‘OUTSTANDING’ DRILL FOR SAN ANTONIOESPINOZA TAKES SOLACE IN A JOB WELL DONESTEADY WARREN’S VENEDA EYES PASEANA GOLD Robertino Diodoro921122%$35,610 Eddie Truman320167%$67,080 George Papaprodromou1022220%$72,670 Mike Puype1722212%$100,280 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3175423%$693,602 Gary Stevens1654231%$234,760 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS John Sadler232369%$158,618 Kent Desormeaux3684422%$428,608 Philip D’Amato1423214%$98,160 Jeff Bonde920222%$102,290 Rafael Bejarano491210524%$594,826 Steven Miyadi822025%$56,280 Tyler Baze58821014%$436,548 Peter Eurton2052325%$240,520 Mark Casse1833217%$241,300 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won A. C. Avila720029%$30,210 Corey Nakatani2553320%$246,796 Flavien Prat1630319%$87,330 Joseph Talamo4758611%$385,038 Elvis Trujillo4274417%$363,408
COMEBACKING FANTASTIC STYLE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES BY FOUR HANDY LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT FILLY GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08.79
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2016)–Comebacking Fantastic Style picked up where she left off Sunday at Santa Anita, as she cruised to a four length win under Rafael Bejarano in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert, she carried the red, white and blue colors of owner Kaleem Shah six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.79.Idle since a smashing 3 ½ length win in the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes on July 11 at Los Alamitos, Fantastic Style sat second to speedy longshot Amaranth down the backside, seized command leaving the quarter pole and went on to win in-hand.Off at 1-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares, Fantastic Style paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10.“I decided to use her a little bit from the gate to stay close,” said Bejarano. “I sat second the whole way and I knew the five, Amaranth, was done. She’s been working really well in the mornings, so I think she’s getting better and better.”In posting her third consecutive win and her fifth from seven overall starts, Fantastic Style, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $332,000.“She just cruised,” said Mike Marlow, assistant to Baffert. “He (Bejarano) was loaded all the way. She was off for a while but Bob had her ready. She was really impressive. It was a good comeback race.”Ben’s Duchess ran-on well from off the pace for second money and was ridden out past the wire by Abel Lezcano. Off at 6-1, she finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Cadet Roni and paid $4.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Cadet Roni out-finished Finest City by a neck. Off at 5-1, she paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.09, 44.66 and 56.50.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister M Najib Razak has confirmed that the flaperon that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from MH 370.“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Mr Najib said.At the press conference in KL he “committed to do everything to find out what happened to MH370” and added “it is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones.”Mr Najib said the “the burden and uncertainty faced by the families” in the 515 days since the aircraft disappeared had been “unspeakable”. “We now have physical evidence that flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he added.The confirmation came after the Malaysian PM spoke with Malaysia Airlines’ experts in Toulouse France. An international team of investigators In France is due to conduct a full forensic examination of the Boeing 777 flaperon later today. The team is made up of experts from Malaysia, France, Australia and US and may be able to shed light on what might have happened to MH370.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard.MH370: TimelineMH370: Only human inputYesterday in Australia Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss confirmed that Australia, at the invitation of the French judiciary, has sent an expert from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to Toulouse, France, to take part in the examination of the flaperon.The ATSB is leading the underwater search for MH370 1,800km west of Perth.Mr Truss also revealed that CSIRO drift modelling, commissioned by the ATSB, confirms that material from the current search area would have been carried to Reunion Island, as well as other locations.A drift modelling working group was set up, comprising a number of organisations including: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Asia-Pacific Applied Science Associates (APASA), the US Coastguard, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Global Environmental Modelling Systems (GEMS) to ensure that best practice modelling was put in place for the subsequent search. A number of search and rescue datum buoys were also deployed which were used to measure actual surface drift in the search area and to validate the drift models being used. Similarly, real-time wind and wave data from the search area was used to continuously update the drift model. .“For this reason, thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined underwater search area, covering 120,000 square kilometres, in the southern Indian Ocean,” said Mr Truss.The CSRIO has also conducted reverse drift modelling and while its states that it is “very imprecise when used for long time periods” it says that the results of reverse modelling are also consistent with the defined search area west of Perth.Yesterday the Australian Federal government’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre encouraged people to report any item of interest on beaches they find to the relevant local authorities.Malaysian Prime Minsiter’s full statement; PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICEMALAYSIAFEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE62502 PUTRAJAYA6 August 2015PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK STATEMENT ON MH370On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeksand months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amountof evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviationhistory, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veeredoff course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we haveshared the anguish of those who could find no comfort.Last week, on 29th July, we were informed by the French authorities that part of an aircraft winghad been found on Reunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean.Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that aninternational team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found onReunion Island is indeed from MH370.We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.This is a remote, inhospitable and dangerous area, and on behalf of Malaysia I would like tothank the many nations, organisations and individuals who have participated in the search.The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It ismy hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to thefamilies and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370. They have our deepest sympathyand prayers.I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia iscommitted to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened. MH370’sdisappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.And I promise you this: Malaysia will always remember and honour those who were lostonboard MH370.ENDS
A group of unprivileged women in Hout Bay use tea bags as a main resource to design products to support their families. (Image: YouTube)What started out as an initiative to empower unprivileged women in Hout Bay is now a business that supports families and reaches as far as Europe.Original T-Bag Designs was born out of a desire to help some women from ImizamoYethu, an informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town, earn money. It is now a registered company, the crafters are employeesof this company and the sale of their crafts pays their monthly salaries. And interestingly, those products are made out of recycled tea bags.They include gift cards, trays, coasters, bags, dolls, notebooks, and boxes. “With recycled tea bags as their canvases they are painting themselves out of poverty,” the company says of its artists.The items are sold locally as well as in Germany, where a supporter has been been ordering from the company for years. In February, the company was approached by a French designer, who asked Original T-Bag Designs to collaborate and and remake two of its products to sell in Paris.“The young French designer saw a bag that is made by one of T-Bag Designs’ staff, Gracious Dube,” says Helen White the operations manager. “She wanted to collaborate with Gracious to modify her bag and one of our products so that she could sell them in her shop, Ithemba Design Ethik in Paris.” These coasters are of the products designed by several artists who make use of tea bags as their canvas. (Image: Original T-Bag Designs)IN THE BEGINNINGJill Heyes, a former art teacher, moved from England to South Africa in 1996. Seeing the poverty in Imizamo Yethu, in the seaside suburb of Hout Bay, she decided to do something to help the underprivileged women.White says Heyes started in 2000 by teaching basic craft skills to a few women. She felt that the products she came up with were not special enough for people to want to buy them. A special friend of hers made the suggestion of using a tea bag and it was decided that this would be a canvas for the ladies to express their creativity on. The tea bags were then put on cards and stationary items.The company has been in full swing since 2003. “We grew from about seven when the company was registered in 2003 to currently having 18 staff members,” explains White, who has been working at T-Bag Designs for the past 10 years. We also have two full time managers and two part-timeoffice support staff.”Heyes wanted to make sure that Original T-Bag Designs was sustainable. White explains: “We do not need to ask for or rely upon donations as we have put profits from our sales back into the company as we have grown over the years.” Russell Chitanda, production manager, and Jill Heyes, founding member, are part of the team that ensures that the average of 3 000 tea bags are painted for a week. (Image: Original T-Bag Designs)THE WORKLOADMost of the artists paint 150 to 250 tea bags a week, depending on how the sales go, she says. “On average we would get through about 3 000 [tea bags] a week just for painting. We also use them for our Heart range. These are only painted one colour then a heart is cut out of the tea bag. This would bring the total up to about 4 000 a week,” White says.Donations of used tea bags are a continuous request. People are asked to dry the bags, remove the tea leaves and send the paper to Original T-Bag Designs, where each artist creates her own designs.For more information, go to Original T-Bag Designs.
The annual Trends of the Game breakfast was held at the Panthers Sports Club with Australian coaches Peter Bell (18’s Girls), Kerry Norman (Women’s Open) and Tony Trad (Men’s Open) taking turns to speak to the audience about all things touch. Australian Mixed Open player Tony Eltakchi was the MC for the event. Bell spoke about constructing an elite game plan and the tactics younger players need in order to step up to the next level. He also told how the planning he had in place helped contribute to leading his 18’s Girls team to victory in the Youth Trans Tasman earlier this year. His speech consisted of elements of the game including A’s, line attack, driving, mid-field defence and line defence. He also spoke about the formula of success = preparation. Norman spoke of the principle of rucking and its importance and that controlling the ball can ensure that you control the game. Norman also spoke of her observations of rucking issues on day one competition at the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships and how to solve these problems. Tony Trad was next to take the stage, teaching the crowd about principles of line attack and acting half running. He told the audience about high and low percentage options and phase play and the significance of seeking help from the best in the business. “It’s really important to answer questions here at the presentation, at the fields, or via email…the purpose of these breakfasts is that TFA are trying to make resources available to you and we are part of those resources,” Trad said. You can be sure that the players, coaches and referees that attended the event will no doubt try to implement the things they learnt at the breakfast throughout the rest of the tournament.
Mounie thanks Huddersfield away support after Fulham defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie praised the traveling support after defeat at Fulham.Over 2,000 Huddersfield supporters were in London for the 1-0 loss.Mpounie told htafc.com: “Our fans are always amazing and amazing to me as well.“I will thank them for that, they are always behind us and appreciate us and we all appreciate that.“That’s why I am sad today because we don’t give them enough, give them wins or draws to cheer and that’s why I’m really sad.“I hope they will keep going because we need that, we need their full support until the end of the season.“The dressing room, today, is very sad with the result, but we have the quality to change these results.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
dan patrick texas shaka smartThis past Thursday, Texas officially hired Shaka Smart away from VCU to replace Rick Barnes, who spent 17 season in Austin. In the days since, Smart has been on a bit of a media tour to talk about the move, along with how he plans to turn the Longhorns into an elite squad. Monday, he joined Dan Patrick to chat about his experience so far.In the below clip, Smart talks about how he was offered the job, how he plans on succeeding at a “football school”, and how he’s willing to eventually develop a hatred for Oklahoma. Check it out:Smart inherits a team that underachieved a bit this past year, so he’s going to need to restore faith in the program. It sounds like he’s up for the task.
Video: Memphis Ties Game Against Bowling Green With Ridiculous Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Touchdown
Twitter/@Tom_Schad The early games of this college football Saturday haven’t been great, but group of five powers Memphis and Bowling Green are putting on a show. With BGSU up 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drew up a double reverse flea flicker for a game-tying 50 yard touchdown pass. You’ll want to watch this one a few times.Memphis and Bowling Green are trading TDs on @ESPN3 (41-41!). None prettier than this incredible flea-flicker. WATCH: http://t.co/7lOOFLAhzS— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2015Memphis’ double-reverse-flea-flicker: pic.twitter.com/wICN50r7au— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) September 19, 2015Memphis has tacked on a go ahead field goal, and leads Bowling Green 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter. This could go down as the day’s best game.