Music in the Mountains

first_imgThe hills are alive with the sound of music—now more than ever. As we look back on our past two decades, let us acknowledge the seismic shift in an industry that has left fans of live music with more options than ever. For musicians, the dream of getting a record deal is no longer relevant, as sales, sadly for the art form, of recorded music have steadily dwindled. In 1995, the year BRO was first published, the best-selling album of the year was Hootie and the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View, which moved more than 10 million units. In 2013 the top seller was Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience at just under 2.5 million.It’s no secret that the change in the sonic landscape is due to a digital revolution. From streaming services to 99-cent singles, people don’t pay as much, if anything, for recorded tunes. That leaves artists with one main option—hit the road. While they can use the same Internet accessibility to spread their sounds, a living ultimately has to come from ticket sales—ironically, music in its most analog form. As a result, we’re never short on shows in the South. Just look at the continuously increasing number of festivals or the full schedules of the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, or the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville—all old facilities that, in this century, were renovated and repurposed as rock clubs. That goes too for smaller spots, like venerable singer-songwriter haunt Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta or the Purple Fiddle, a tiny general store that hosts bluegrass shows in West Virginia. Scrappy musicians are hitting venues like this on a nightly basis, working harder than ever to impress new fans.The independent spirit of this ethic encapsulates why BRO added music to our growing coverage of mountain culture back in 2004. Appalachia’s musical roots are steeped in the tradition of sharing songs through spontaneous performance and front-porch authenticity. That continues to happen today at old standbys like the Carter Family Fold and new rooms such as Chattanooga’s Track 29, and from the living legends to the indie upstarts, we’ll continue to highlight the musical faces filling these places with sound.MUSIC NOTESREFLECTING ON SONIC TRENDSRalph Rambles OnRalph Stanley just turned 88, but retirement doesn’t seem to be in his plans. The bluegrass icon, who first made an impact with his late brother Carter in the Stanley Brothers back in the mid 1940s, still tours with his grandson Nathan and his longstanding Clinch Mountain Boys. He’s also getting set to host the 45th running of his Memorial Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival at his old home place in southwest Virginia. It’s impressive longevity from a man who can still make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when his haunting tenor sings signatures like “O Death.”Festival ExplosionIn 2002, the first Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival took place in Manchester, Tenn., drawing 60,000 music fans to a dusty 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., for what was then primarily a jam-band gala. The event has proven to be a game changer in the music business. While historically not the first of its kind, the festival sparked a revival, taking a risk and proving that music fans were willing to spend big bucks on one-stop multi-band galas. In the years since, festivals across the country have been multiplying like Gremlins. Counterpoint, Shaky Knees, and Lockn’ are just a few that have popped up in the South in the last few years and attendance has swelled exponentially at some of our old favorites like FloydFest and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.Bands aren’t complaining. These festivals typically mean a big showcase to make new fans and a bigger payday than club gigs. But many are starting to speculate that the crowded festival landscape is an expanding bubble that’s ready to burst. For now, we’ll just enjoy all of the options.The Ascent of Steep CanyonThe Steep Canyon Rangers are one of the region’s hardest-working bands, bustling around the region for the past decade and a half with a ripping bluegrass sound that respects traditions yet incorporates a progressive edge. In 2008 the Rangers were joined by a surprise guest at their own Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, N.C.—actor, comedian, and skilled banjo picker Steve Martin. Soon after, the comedy legend started devoting more time to his music. He’s released four albums (three studio, one live) since 2009 and toured extensively using the Rangers as his steadfast backing band for shows that integrate fast picking and plenty of humor. The exposure has helped Steep Canyon move into bigger venues—a well-deserved break for one of the Blue Ridge’s best bands.Avett ManiaThe Avett Brothers first caught our attention back in 2005, during an at-first unassuming set at Merlefest on the tiny Cabin Stage. It wasn’t difficult to realize the band was on the cusp of bigger things—even if the formula seemed relatively simple. Then touring as the original trio, the group looked like a typical young three-piece bluegrass outfit, armed with banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. The sound was immediately intriguing—a unique meeting of Doc Watson’s front-porch sincerity, Beatles-esque attention to melody, and the accelerated grit of Faith No More. But the visceral connection came from the powerful singing, as brothers Scott and Seth Avett delivered honest lyrics through ragged harmonies, fully entwined by familial bonds.The secret didn’t last long; venue size grew rapidly and the North Carolina band now plays arenas in its native Southeast. From Mumford and Sons to the seemingly endless number of small indie-folk bands, more and more banjos are falling into the hands of young rockers. While this may be just a trend, the Avett Brothers—touring as an evolved seven-piece band to fit the bigger stages—have become a regional institution. They bring a piece of Appalachia to the rest of the world and always come home to play Merlefest, where they will headline this April.Roots That SplinteredMusicians often say being in a band is like being in a forced marriage, which inevitably makes it tough to stay together. Many favorite bands from the past decade-plus have parted ways with key or founding members. Gone for good? Powerful vocal duo the Civil Wars. But fortunately, in many cases band splits have resulted in even more good music being made. Jason Isbell left the Drive-By Truckers back in 2007, and while his old band still rolls on, the solo tunesmith has found even greater success. Old Crow Medicine Show split with founding member Willie Watson, but last year both the band and now-solo folk singer released exceptional albums. It’s also hard not to miss the original line-up of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, now down to one original member. The latest to leave, Dom Flemons, released a broad reaching folk album last year that is also definitely worth a listen.STRAIGHT TALKMEMORABLE QUOTES FROM INTERVIEWS WITH ROOTS MUSIC ICONS“We didn’t grow up with bluegrass or any one particular rootsy kind of music. We found that throughout our journey. As long as we’re progressing and changing, we’ll stay alive and breathe well. The word acoustic has a huge power with a new movement that includes us and a number of other bands. We want to respect that and cherish that without being stuck with limitations.” –Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers, May 2008“The first time (late guitarist) Mike (Houser) and I were playing together, we realized something special and different was going on. That has to be the pinnacle moment, because it led to everything that has come since. Playing venues like Red Rocks and the streets of Athens were really big things, but they happened because of bigger things like knowing we were a band that needed to stay together.” –Widespread Panic frontman John Bell, reflecting on his band’s 25th anniversary, September 2011“I like the quietness of being out in the country. It’s peaceful and the air is cleaner. The only shame is the spray they use at the Christmas tree farms. It seeps down into the earth and gets in the water table. You need to have a well that goes below the water table.” –the late Doc Watson talking about his long-time Deep Gap home in the North Carolina High Country, April 2009“I’m lucky that so far certain songs resonate with people. All we have to go by is what pleases us, what we feel, and what rings true to us. In some ways our lives might be different than those that listen to our music; we probably spend more time away from our families than most people, but everyone knows what it means to be homesick. People aren’t all that different. It isn’t like we are the Rolling Stones, living some extravagant lifestyle. We all come from working class roots.” –Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, May 2008“My mandolin has become a new body part for me. I cannot live without it.”–Chris Thile, December 2006“I really enjoy country and rock ‘n’ roll and everything in between. I would attempt hip-hop, but it wouldn’t be any good. I’ve never thought about my own identity. I’m just out here trying to write songs that don’t suck.”–Jason Isbell, August 2011I love challenge, and I love the banjo. And I love the musicians I get to play with. It’s a lot of work to play so much different music, but it’s very satisfying.I know how lucky I am to get to spend my life doing this, and I never take it for granted.” –Bela Fleck, January 2014BRO_Cover_0508_sm BRO_Cover_0512_smlast_img read more

Infrastructure to build long-term regional prosperity

first_imgHappy Ntshingila, deputy chairperson of Brand South AfricaThe more locally produced inputs South Africa’s national infrastructure build programme uses, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. (Image: Brand South Africa )As South Africa prepared for the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, we looked at our membership of the increasingly influential Brics grouping of nations as a case study in how to create positive and significant growth similar to that seen in Brazil, Russia, India, China and other Asian economic tigers.Providing infrastructure to support both the economy and communities is one of the main ways South Africa will stimulate inclusive and jobs-rich growth. Quality, affordable infrastructure raises economic productivity, permits economic expansion and allows marginalised households and communities to take advantage of new opportunities.It also builds essential social capital and raises living standards as people have access to electricity, piped water, housing and reliable transport systems. Infrastructure is a critical pillar to strengthen key value chains across our economy.Strong infrastructure also strengthens the domestic demand for local capital goods, industries, services and products. Ultimately, the more locally produced inputs the national infrastructure build programme utilises, the more the country can grow its manufacturing industry, businesses and, importantly, create much-needed jobs. Gainful and consistent employment is one of the most certain ways in which to ensure the increase in a nation’s living standards.A vision for the year 2030South Africa’s National Development Plan – or Vision 2030 – has identified infrastructure investment as a key priority for South Africa moving forward. It provides an effective mechanism to support socioeconomic transformation and to build a new level of economic resilience in an increasingly challenging global environment. The development of critical skills to build, implement, operate and maintain our growing infrastructure assets, leveraging job creation and localisation through an infrastructure development pipeline over the next 20 years, South Africa will be able to collectively build an equitable society.The government needs to spend 10% of its annual budget on infrastructure development in order to achieve the desired levels of economic transformation, growth potential and job creation over the next few years.At this rate of spending by 2030, the NDP’s target date, the country would have spent a total R11.8-trillion on infrastructure, laying a new foundation for growth, providing decent work opportunities for its citizens, and stimulating business and industry.The National Infrastructure Plan, which was adopted in 2012, is a powerful framework through which to propel South Africa’s economic landscape onto a more employment-friendly, equitable and inclusive trajectory. It is an exciting new landscape that offers every citizen a real opportunity to develop their own personal capabilities and, as a result, be well positioned and equipped to share in the country’s long-term growth and prosperity.Social partnersAccordingly, the government recognises the vital role of the social partners in creating an enabling environment for implementing national infrastructure plans, mobilising human resources and ensuring accountability. These social partners will help develop the capacity and skills required to meet the demands of South Africa’s growing investment programme, not only for construction materials and structural steel inputs, but also for sophisticated equipment like locomotives and turbines. This includes developing the skills to implement, operate and maintain our infrastructure assets.Implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan will strengthen domestic demand for local capital goods industries, services and products. The more locally produced inputs the build programme uses, the more South Africa’s domestic manufacturing and support industries will thrive, with citizens benefitting from an expansion in the creation of jobs in these industries.African regional integrationSouth Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan is also strategically important from an economic growth perspective in terms of regional integration to stimulate greater pan-African cooperation and development. One of the plan’s 18 strategic integrated projects, or SIPs, focuses on supporting African development and integration as part of its mandate.Through the National Infrastructure Plan framework, there is a greater opportunity to participate in mutually beneficial infrastructure projects to unlock long-term socioeconomic benefits by partnering with fast-growing African economies that have a projected growth of between 3% and 10%.Such infrastructure projects would focus on the transport, water and energy sectors that also have the potential to provide competitively priced, diversified, short-, medium- and long-term development options for the South African economy. An example of such projects could be in Mozambique’s electricity transmission project (Cesul) which could assist in providing cheap, clean power in the short-term, while the Grand Inga Hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could provide a long-term development option for South Africa. Leveraging of such regional strategic integrated infrastructure projects on the African Continent would complement the free trade area discussions aimed at creating a market of 600-million people in South, Central and East Africa.Ultimately, South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan represents a tangible methodology for empowering a nation and triggering essential future development. It is a bold effort to successfully transform the economy for the long term, laying the foundation for sustainable growth and job creation.It provides an opportunity to effectively mobilise the nation behind one common and progressive vision. At the same time, it develops a powerful platform for delivery to the nation and the building of strategic partnerships with business and labour. It also cements South Africa’s position as a key driver and supporter of integration of African economies, further demonstrating the country’s strategic importance at a regional economic development level, together with its standing on the global economic stage as a member of the Brics grouping of nations.last_img read more

Facecard: Forget the JPEGS, Give Cash in Facebook

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups center_img dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When Facebook first welcomed 3rd party applications, Lending Club caused a stir with its peer-to-peer money exchange. While others like Prosper had paved the way for small online loans, only Lending Club dared to integrate its services into a social network. Today, Facecard aims to improve upon the model by expanding its pre-paid MasterCard service. As of tomorrow, the company will officially emerge from beta with a slew of new features including parental controls, alerts and most importantly, this Facebook application.In the past, parents have loaded Facecards with cash via their computers or mobile phones and used them to monitor their teen’s spending with a web-based dashboard. Because the Facecard is pre-paid, it has an advantage over regular cards. There is no risk of overdraft or lapsed payments. For those who’d like to give gifts or lend money to friends, the service also allows you to send money directly to other Facecard members. As of today, after linking your Facecard to the new Facebook application, you can give money in three additional ways: 1. Messages: In the same way that users email money to their friends via PayPal, Facecard allows users to send money to friends and family within the Facebook network using the message service. 2. Wish List: Users can add items to their wish list and notify friends of the items they are saving towards. From here, your friends and family donate portions of cash towards that goal. While this has great potential for birthdays and Christmas, this is also a fantastic tool for nonprofit fundraisers. 3. Thinking of You: This service allows users to send small gifts to each other via Facebook. Rather than simply purchasing an image of a coffee for someone’s birthday, you can actually give them both the image and a cash donation towards a real coffee. As with virtual gifts, friends can then choose to display these gifts on their wall. In addition to each of these lending and gifting options, users are also able to monitor their spending via an in-site application dashboard. The service monitors the client’s current balance as well as their transaction history. To test out the application, visit this link and sign up for a Facecard account. last_img read more

Finally! ‘Find in Page’ Comes to Mobile Safari

first_imgWhat important Web browsing feature is sorely missing from mobile Safari, the iPhone’s built-in browser? If you’re like us, you probably said the ability to search for text within a Web page. We’re accustomed to using this feature in the grown-up Web browsers on our desktop and laptop machines, but sadly, it’s lacking when we switch over to the mini-browser built into our mobile phone.Until now, that is. In yet another case of “there’s an app for that,” there is, in fact, a new iPhone application that adds the “find within a page” feature to the iPhone browser. And it’s well worth the $0.99 fee to finally have this function at our disposal again. Find in Page for iPhoneThe application “Find in Page” (iTunes URL), which was released last month in the iTunes App Store, is essentially a browser bookmarklet that adds an extra feature to mobile Safari. Not only does “Find in Page” locate all instances of a word within the displayed Web page upon launch, it also counts them, highlights them and lets you move from once instance to the next (and back again) by tapping arrow buttons. Of course, there are other free bookmarklets out there that provide similar functionality, but this one feels very much like a part of mobile Safari itself. It feels built-in.The key differentiating factor that makes this pseudo plugin stand out from the rest is the semi-transparent toolbar that appears at the bottom of the screen once the bookmarklet is activated. From here, you can access the arrow buttons, word count information and you can pull up the search window again if you want to edit your current search or start a new one. Also, if you perform multiple searches, you can do so without having to reload the page – a definite time-saver. Finally, an “X” button closes the toolbar when you’re finished. sarah perez Tags:#Apple#Browsers#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Although this small application may not sound as exciting as a revolutionary new feed reader or a brand-new interface for Facebook, it’s arguably going to be one of the most useful applications you’ve ever installed on your iPhone. For that reason, we think it’s well worth the $0.99 the developer is charging for the app. We’ve certainly paid far more for applications we’ve used much less than this. However, for those of you who balk at paying anything for apps, especially for ones that are essentially just a bit of code, you’ll be happy to know that a free “lite” version of this tool will be coming mid-month. Stay tuned to the App Store for its release. Otherwise, you can grab the paid version here. last_img read more

Vancouver man banned from US for pot investments seeks waiver to cross

first_imgVICTORIA – A Vancouver businessman banned for life from entering the United States over his investments in American marijuana companies says he plans to seek a waiver that permits him to cross the border.Canadian Sam Znaimer said he was recently denied entry at a Washington state border crossing by officials who said his investments in U.S. marijuana companies make him ineligible to enter the country.“I spent four hours, four-and-a-half hours at the border station and at the end of that whole process I was told that I’d been permanently banned from entering the U.S.,” he said in an interview.Immigration lawyer Len Saunders said he’s heard about a dozen similar cases recently where Canadians have been denied entry to the United States because of their connections to the marijuana industry.“I’m getting panicked phone calls from Canadian companies who are concerned about their staff being denied entry and liability issues, or about themselves because they are senior executives,” said Saunders, a Canadian whose law practice is based at Blaine, Wash.Saunders said he tells Canadians working with American marijuana companies not to cross the border.“You might as well be doing business with Pablo Escobar, selling cocaine in the U.S.,” he said, adding marijuana is still a so-called schedule 1 substance in the U.S., defined by having no medical use and a high potential for abuse.Znaimer said he’s been investing in numerous business ventures for more than 30 years, including marijuana companies. He said he has participated in public panel discussions about marijuana and has been interviewed in the media.“I’m purely an investor,” said Znaimer.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection office did not comment specifically on Znaimer’s case, but said in a statement that medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states, but it remains illegal under U.S. federal law.The statement said working in the marijuana industry, either in the U.S. or Canada, can still affect a person’s admissibility to the country.“Determinations about admissibility are made on a case-by-case basis by a (customs and border protection)officer based on the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time,” the statement said.Znaimer said he was told he can’t appeal the border decision, but has another option.“I will apply for a waiver,” he said. “I have no idea what my chances are of getting that. My lawyer is hopeful.”Saunders, who is Znaimer’s lawyer, said the waiver process can take up to one year to complete and cost about US$600 in fees plus legal costs. He said the waivers are not permanent and people will likely have to reapply.Saunders said he started seeing business people being barred from the U.S. in April.“They said he was aiding and abetting the U.S. marijuana industry because of his investments,” he said.Znaimer said Canadians with any ties to the marijuana business in the U.S. should be wary about crossing the border.“One distinction being made is that so far Homeland Security only seems to be interested in Canadians with some involvement in cannabis in the U.S.,” said Znaimer.Jordan Sinclair, a spokesman for Canopy Growth, the world’s largest medical marijuana company, said facing a border ban is concerning, but it hasn’t been an issue with anyone at the Smiths Falls, Ont., company.“We’ve never had any challenges at the border,” he said. “When I’m asked at the border what I do for a living, I tell them I work for a cannabis company, a federally regulated one.”Canopy Growth became the first cannabis-producing company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange last May.Former B.C. health minister Terry Lake, who now works for a Quebec-based medical marijuana company, said it is worrisome crossing the border for Canadians involved in the legal marijuana industry.“I’m hoping to run in the Las Vegas half marathon in November,” he said. “I would like to be able to cross the border without worry.”last_img read more

Winter Storm warning remains in place more snow on the way

first_imgHighways are snow covered in areas with slippery sections. Please use caution throughout your travels today and drive to road conditions. Please check for current highway conditions.Much the same in the North Peace, with a travel advisory still in place for the Alaska Highway between Wonowon and Fort Nelson.There is also a report of a collision on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.  Flaggers are on scene directing traffic, but delays should be expected.This photo was sent to of a truck on it’s side on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.For more on the condition of highways in the Peace, visit www.drivebc.caWarnings3:37 PM PDT Thursday 22 March 2018Winter storm warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverHazardous winter conditions are expected. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace remains under a winter storm warning.  Environment Canada says the Fort St. John Airport has received 14cm of snow since the storm started and the forecast says more is on the way.Anywhere from 20 to 30 cm of snow is expected by late Friday.  A low-pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.According to Caribou Road Services, most of the highways in the South Peace are snow covered. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected by late Friday.A low pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter

first_imgTUNIS- Tunisia’s national assembly voted on Monday to enshrine gender equality “without discrimination” in its draft constitution, a key step towards safeguarding the most liberal laws in the Arab world on women’s rights.“All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the text, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out of the 169 who voted.Tunisia has set itself a tight timetable for adopting the long-delayed new charter of January 14, the third anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the popular revolt that sparked the Arab Spring. Since the 1950s, when it gained independence from France, Tunisia has had the Arab world’s most progressive laws on women’s rights, although men remain privileged notably in the question of inheritance.Some have accused the outgoing Islamist-led government of wanting to roll back those rights.Ennahda, the ruling Islamist party, sparked a storm of controversy in 2012 when it tried to introduce the concept of gender “complementarity” rather than equality into the post-uprising constitution.The new formula was agreed during recent negotiations between Ennahda and the secular opposition aimed at thrashing out a series of compromises and ending the political crisis triggered by the assassination of an opposition politician by suspected Islamist militants last year.Rights groups had expressed reservations about the article on gender equality, arguing that it limits the protection of rights to citizens and not foreigners, and does not specify the prohibited grounds of discrimination.They urged the assembly, in a joint statement last week, to “enshrine the principles of equality and non-discrimination before the law and extend it to anyone subject to the jurisdiction of Tunisian authorities, including both citizens and foreigners”.“Article 20 should specify that discrimination, direct and indirect, is prohibited on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” said the NGOs, which included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.Article 45, which would guarantee the protection of women’s rights by the state and the “equality of opportunity for men and women,” has yet to be examined.But women’s rights activists in Tunisia welcomed the provisional approval of article 20.“We wanted to add details that would ban discrimination based on sex or skin colour,” Ahlem Belhaj, former president of the Tunisian Association of Women Democrats, told AFP.“But it is very good news that (gender) equality has been adopted. It was our demand and it’s a victory,” she added.The national assembly looked at the constitution’s “rights and freedoms” chapter on Monday, and earlier approved article 21 stating that “the right to life is sacred” and “nothing can harm it except in certain extreme cases established by the law”.The compromise was criticised for failing to abolish the death penalty, with a proposed amendment to do so rejected, although in practice no execution has been carried out in Tunisia since the 1990s.Different articles on freedom of expression and opinion are also up for scrutiny, which carry weighty significance in a country that only recently emerged from five decades of dictatorship.Examination of the draft constitution has been marked by raucous scenes and interruptions, including for several hours on Sunday, after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam”.The death threats claim came a day after the assembly adopted articles making Islam the state religion but guaranteeing freedom of conscience.Tunisia’s politicians have committed to adopting the draft charter – which must be approved by two-thirds of parliament’s 217 members or put to a referendum – by January 14.Under an accord reached by Tunisia’s divided political factions, members of the assembly must also pass an electoral law and set up a commission to oversee elections this year, whereupon Ennahda’s outgoing premier Ali Larayedh has agreed to hand power to a caretaker government of technocrats.The powerful UGTT trade union, which has been mediating in the political crisis, is insisting that Larayedh step down by Thursday at the latest.last_img read more

Rick Nash not leaving Columbus yet

After weeks of speculation and countless rumors making their way through the media, Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is staying put. But comments from Columbus’ general manager Scott Howson still leave room for speculation about how long Nash will remain at Nationwide Arena. The National Hockey League trade deadline came and went at 3 p.m. Monday, and Nash was not moved despite Howson entertaining offers for Nash from multiple teams, according to reports. The lack of movement for Nash could become an awkward situation for the Blue Jackets after Nash’s agent, Joe Resnick, issued a statement to The Sporting News that pushed for a deal to be done by Monday’s deadline. “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets,” Resnick said in his statement. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.” Resnick referenced reports that Nash’s list of teams that he would approve for a trade would change if the Blue Jackets moved him over the summer. A no-trade clause in Nash’s contract puts him in the driver’s seat for which team he would end up with if a trade were to be made in the future. And, in a twist contrary to initial reports, Howson said in a press conference following Monday’s deadline that it was Nash who approached him about a trade and not vice versa. Nash had been adamant with the media about never asking the Blue Jackets to be traded. The rift between Nash and the general manager likely won’t improve as they are now in a public disagreement about the origin of the trade rumors. After Monday’s trade deadline past, Howson said Nash first approached the organization about a trade. Though Nash was the focus of the trade deadline league-wide, the Blue Jackets did make a trio of moves in the week leading up to the deadline. The only move the Blue Jackets made Monday involved sending center Sammy Pahlsson to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two-2012 fourth-round picks. Former center Antoine Vermette was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for goalie Curtis McElhinney, a 2012 second-round pick and a 2013 fifth-round pick. Since the 2009 season, McElhinney has been a member of four NHL squads and is rehabilitating an injury in the American Hockey League. Former Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter was shipped to Los Angeles on Thursday for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first round pick. The condition is that the Blue Jackets will be able to choose if they want the pick to be in this year’s entry draft or next year’s. There was an audible roar from the crowd when the trade was announced prior to the start of Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Johnson, a former University of Michigan player, received an ovation from those in attendance when he arrived midway through the game. Howson made it clear that his most recent rebuilding of the Blue Jackets will be focused on drafting well as he stock-piled draft picks and only received two players in exchange for the three he dealt. The Blue Jackets will continue their season Tuesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. read more

Mens basketball former Ohio State commit Dane Goodwin announces intention to play

OSU commits Kaleb Wesson and Dane Goodwin battle for a rebound in a game at Upper Arlington High School on Jan. 25. Wesson had 49 points and Goodwin had 35. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter decommitting from the Ohio State men’s basketball team on June 21, four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin from the 2018 class has verbally committed to Notre Dame, the recruit tweeted Wednesday.He had committed to Ohio State — led by former head coach Thad Matta — on Dec. 1, 2014. Ready to be apart of the family!— Dane Goodwin (@danegoodwin23) July 6, 2017Previously the Buckeyes’ only 2018 recruit, Goodwin is the fourth-best prospect in the state of Ohio, 74th-best overall and 16th-best at his position, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Buckeyes have no commits in their 2018 class. The Upper Arlington native was the third prospect in his class to decommit from Ohio State, following decommitments from four-star small forward Darius Bazeley (now committed to Syracuse) on April 26 and four-star small forward Justin Ahrens on June 6. read more