Morgan Freeman to speak at the Oxford Union

first_imgMorgan Freeman will be speaking at the Oxford Union on November 11th.His visit was announced at last night’s Thursday debate, the subject of which was ‘This House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government’.Freeman is speaking as part of the Union’s new partnership with the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) Foundation.Union President Mayank Banerjee said, “We are delighted to announce the first of what we hope will be a long and successful partnership with the SAG Foundation. It is an absolute honour to host Morgan Freeman at the Union and we genuinely think there has never been a better term to be become a member.“We hope to announce more speakers over the coming few days and encourage you to keep checking our social media for updates.”The star of recent children’s film The Lego Movie joins fellow acting royalty Ian McKellan (November 3rd) on a termcard which includes a number of important figures from the world of film and TV, including producers from break-out hit Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Punch Brothers Share Pro-Shot Performance Of ‘Three Dots And A Dash’ From 2018 Radio Spot [Watch]

first_imgThe Americana/Chamber-folk group known as Punch Brothers were a busy band of fellas in 2018. The band originally from New York City spent the second half of last year touring around North America and Europe in promotion of their fifth studio album, All Ashore, which arrived back on July 20th via Nonesuch Records. The progressive bluegrass album featured a mix of self-produced, organic-sounding folk tunes showcasing the band’s strong but often subtle use of their instruments which include mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright bass, and fiddle.One of the promotional stops during the U.S. leg of their 2018 tour included an in-studio performance at a Minnesota public radio station The Current. The brief radio set presumably took place ahead of their show at the Palace Theatre on August 11th, where they performed a trio of songs from the new album including “Jumbo”, “Just Look At This Mess”, and “Three Dots and a Dash”. The radio station had shared the pro-shot video of “Jumbo” back in August, but on Saturday they released the footage of the band performing “Three Dots And A Dash”, which can be watched in full in the video below.Punch Brothers – Three Dots and a Dash – The Current Radio Performance &lt;br&gt;&lt;br&amp;gt<g class=”gr_ gr_118 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style replaceWithoutSep” id=”118″ data-gr-id=”118″>;The</g> song actually pulls its name from a post-World War II rum-based cocktail drink, which also translates into meaning &#8220;V&#8221; or &#8220;Victory&#8221; when typed out in Morse code. Thankfully, the band&#8217;s performance of their new tune is much less complicated than that of aged mixology and pre-telecom communication coding. The organic tone of their instruments shines through the radio microphones with enough energy to make the listener feel like its being played in a packed concert hall. It can be challenging at times to really get enough vibrant energy to come out of unplugged instruments, but the Punch Brothers don&#8217;t disappoint this time around. &lt;br&gt;&lt;br&amp;gt<g class=”gr_ gr_119 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style replaceWithoutSep” id=”119″ data-gr-id=”119″>;The</g> band also spoke about the song and some of the new material heard on the album during an interview with the station, which can be &amp;lt<g class=”gr_ gr_120 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style replaceWithoutSep” id=”120″ data-gr-id=”120″>;a</g> href=&#8221;https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2018/08/13/punch-brothers-perform-in-the-current-studio&#8221;&amp;gt<g class=”gr_ gr_121 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Style replaceWithoutSep” id=”121″ data-gr-id=”121″>;heard</g> here[Video: The Current]The song actually pulls its name from a post-WWII rum-based cocktail and also translates into “V” or “Victory” in Morse code. The band’s live performance shines with a vibrancy which can be pretty difficult to pull off when dealing with acoustic-based instruments. Yet, the band has no problem filling the isolated room with plenty of musical energy, almost to the point where the listener can feel like they’re in a concert hall rather than a radio studio. Thankfully the collective use of their organic instruments comes much more naturally to the band than translating Morse code is for the common listener.The group also spent some time talking about the song and some of the other new material heard on the album during the radio visit. Their interview with the Minnesota radio station can be listened to in full here.Punch Brothers will head back out on the road with their new collection of songs for a spring tour that’s scheduled to begin on March 14th in Ithaca, New York. They’re also scheduled to perform at the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado come June. Tickets for shows on their 2019 spring tour can be purchased here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Colossus Bets launches ‘Conscious Colossus’ charity directive

first_img Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Eva Karagianni-Goel – Colossus BetsColossus Bets, the supplier of next-generation betting pools and global sports jackpots, has announced the formal launch of its ‘Conscious Colossus’ charitable campaign.The betting technology group underlines a commitment to supporting ‘three nominated charities’; Alive and Kicking, the Greyhound Trust and YGAM, with ‘Conscious Colossus’ covering critical causes from the advancement of sports within communities to responsible gambling education and animal welfare.Updating the market, Colossus Bets’ CCO Eva Karagianni-Goel commented: “As a company, we are fortunate to provide an inherently responsible product with a low impact ethos designed to minimise problem gambling.“The scheme is about engaging with causes that are close to our hearts as citizens and humans, not just providers of a gambling product, and we are really excited to start this journey with 3 amazing charities that have impressed us with their spirit and impact.”Ben Sadler – Alive & KickingEstablishing its lead charity mandate, Colossus Bets details that it envisions the development of meaningful long-term partnership with the three charities, as opposed to the technology group offering one-off donations.Backing Colossus Bets support Ben Sadler, CEO at Alive and Kicking, said: “Alive and Kicking’s mission is to use the power of sport to create ethical jobs, deliver vital health education and give thousands of people access to sport.”In addition, Colossus Bets states that its charity initiative will seek to harness the power and reach of betting’s multi-million industry strengthening relationships with sports and wider communist stakeholders.Lisa Morris – Greyhound TrustWelcoming Colossus Bets crucial support, Lisa Morris, CEO at the Greyhound Trust, added: “We are thrilled that Conscious Colossus have chosen to partner with the Greyhound Trust as one of their charities of choice. The Greyhound Trust homes between 3,500 and 4,000 retired greyhounds a year and helps them make the transition from athlete to pet, but we need to do more.“Our vision is a day when all racing greyhounds retire to loving homes and are treated with compassion and kindness – and this partnership takes us a step closer to this vision.”We are delighted to announce the launch of Conscious Colossus, a charitable initiative targeting a wide range of causes including…? Animal welfare⚽ Advancement of sport within communities❗ Responsible [email protected] | @BallsForAfrica | @YGAMuk— Colossus Bets (@ColossusBets) July 23, 2019last_img read more

Michel Platini will open training camp of BiH football team

first_imgAccording to the first plan of construction of the new training centre of BIH football team whose foundations were laid on 19 March 2011, and the construction is in final stages, so it should be opened soon near Zenica.The construction of the training camp was financed by FIFA and UEFA with 8.5 million BAM, and it will be solemnly open by the head of the UEFA Michel Platini.Municipal administration financed around 800 metres of access road and the total cost of the project with construction of 24 two-bed rooms is 10 million BAM.(source: tip.ba)(photo:scsport)last_img

England Golf celebrates the game’s hidden heroes

first_imgThe amazing army of volunteers who make the difference in golf is being celebrated by England Golf this week.  To mark Volunteer Week, the organisation is saying a big thank you to the 100,000+ people who give their time to support and grow golf in England.It is also pledging its commitment to support volunteers so they have a great experience, can connect with each other to improve their skills, and know that their contribution is valued.Volunteers are the backbone of clubs and counties and also take on a wide range of roles at national level.  Matt Bloor, England Golf Volunteer Manager, said: “Volunteers are vital to golf and the game as we know it wouldn’t survivewithout them. They really are the hidden heroes of the game.“They work across every area of the sport, they’re crucial to the club structure and they’re involved at all levels, from encouraging new players to nurturing the most talented golfers.“This week is our opportunity to highlight their work and to draw attention to the pledges to support them which have been made by ourselves and partner organisations.”Individual volunteers who were thanked included Norfolk’s Sammy Martin and Angela Loveday.  They set up a scheme at Royal Norwich Golf Club to give new golfers a great experience and keep them playing.Meanwhile in County Durham, new volunteers are swinging into action thanks to a partnership project run by the county union and England Golf.  “The county needed to recruit more volunteers and we supported them with publicity, flyers and content for their website. As a result about 10 people expressed interest and most are now actively involved,” said Matt Bloor.Durham County Union Secretary Jonathan Ward commented: “England Golf was a great help in providing guidance and support in putting together a project to help us recruit new volunteers to support our varied work.“From advising on a marketing plan, to providing templates to save time, they helped to bring the idea of volunteering in golf in Durham to the forefront of golfers’ thoughts.”Click here for further information about volunteering.Caption: Volunteer referee Sue McKeon in action at the Brabazon Trophy (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) Tags: England Golf, Volunteer 7 Jun 2018 England Golf celebrates the game’s hidden heroes last_img read more

Clippers 121, Warriors 116: Kevin Durant frustrated with Draymond Green & officiating

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Warriors’ championship fabric started to tear.The Warriors labored without Stephen Curry to guide them because of an injury. The Warriors struggled without Kevin Durant after fouling out. The Warriors became anxious, exhilarated and then anxious as Klay Thompson struggled with his shot, rediscovered it in crunch time and struggled again. And the Warriors saw Draymond Green fight through rustiness before having heated words with Durant on the bench.Yes, there is plenty to …last_img

Delhi to Mumbai, a roller-coaster day for Sena

first_imgIt was a day of hectic political negotiations for the Shiv Sena on Monday, though it did not bear the result the saffron party may have expected. Almost every Sena leader spent the day busy in meetings and discussions, racing against the 7.30 p.m. deadline set by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for the party to indicate its willingness and ability to form a government in the State.The day began with Sena MP and Union Minister of Heavy Industries Arvind Sawant announcing his resignation through a tweet around 7.30 a.m. He sent a letter to this effect to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day. The letter blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for going back on its promise to share the chief minister’s post with the Sena and attempting to call Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray a liar by saying this was never the deal. “That is why Uddhav Thackeray has decided not to stay with those not following the truth and promises. I don’t think it will be right and ethical to be a minister here,” Mr. Sawant said in his letter.‘BJP can’t blame us’As this development unfolded in Delhi, senior Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut held a press conference around 10 a.m. in Mumbai. “The Governor has given us 24 hours’ time while the BJP was given 72 hours. It is our responsibility to form a government, but when many people are taken together, it requires time. Some people are working to push this State towards President’s Rule. But we are trying until the last moment to give this State a stable government. Had the Governor given us more time, it would have been easier. But we are not complaining,” Mr. Raut said.He asked how the BJP could blame the Sena for not being able to form a government. “In fact, the BJP was so determined not to share the CM’s post with us, as pre-decided, that it decided to sit in the Opposition. This is ahankar (ego) and dwesh (hatred).”He further said, “I appeal to the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP): this is the moment to prove they will do what it takes to keep the BJP out of power. The Shiv Sena is forming the government, and the CM will be from the Sena. We want to build this government on a common minimum programme of farmers’ welfare, unemployment, inflation, education, health and development of the State. All political leaders need to come together to create a common minimum programme.”When asked about ideological differences with the non-saffron Congress-NCP, the MP cited examples of the BJP and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP aligning in Kashmir. “Forget that. These parties are not seditious parties, they were formed on Indian soil and have contributed to the country. We have had differences with the BJP also,” he said.An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Monday praised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his “maturity” in welcoming the Ayodhya verdict. “It would have helped if political leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi had shown the same maturity,” it said.Later in the day, the seniormost Sena leaders met at the Thackeray residence, Matoshree. At the same time, party leaders Anil Desai and Mr. Sawant also met senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel in New Delhi. Talks with PawarMeanwhile, Mr. Thackeray and Mr. Raut met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a five-star hotel in Bandra. Mr. Raut became indisposed later in the day and could not be a part of further parleys.Speaking during the day, Mr. Desai said, “The Governor has invited us, that is why we are going to meet the him to stake a claim for government formation. We have 118-120 [legislators]. But a crucial meeting of the Congress is under way. On the face of it, we feel the Congress is positive.”Another senior Sena leader, on condition of anonymity, said the Congress seemed to be divided on offering support to the saffron party. “That is why, today we are only going to express ability to form government while requesting for more time,” he said.As the 7.30 p.m. deadline grew closer, the seniormost party leaders, including legislative party leader Eknath Shinde and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray, reached Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor. Around the same time, the Sena legislators staying in a resort at Madh island started celebrating, shouting slogans hailing the party, its founder Bal Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray. They also distributed sweets and spoke to news channels about the late Sena founder’s dream of a Sena CM being fulfilled.‘Time not enough’Outside Raj Bhavan, however, Aaditya Thackeray announced that the Governor had refused to grant the Sena an extension. He said the State deserves a stable government and leadership that does not lie to the people. Senior leaders said the party has the capability of providing that government, but the time given to it to complete the process was too less.The Sena delegation had informed the Governor it had in-principle support of 162 MLAs, including those of the Congress, the NCP and about 15 Independents. The delegation included seven Independent MLAs. “If formed, this will be a government of farmers and labourers and the chief minister will be whoever Uddhav Thackeray wants to be,” said Independent MLA Bachhu Kadu. Sena leader Anandrao Adsul said, “We have the support of 160 legislators but could not produce letter of support from the Congress and NCP.” He said the party was confident of proving it had the numbers, soon.“The time given to us is not enough, but our claim still stays,” Aaditya said.last_img read more

Bowie gets gold, and Jamaica fails to win medal in the 100

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “The plan was to just come out here and execute, leave it all on the track,” Bowie said. “I didn’t want to come back saying, ‘Oh, I should’ve done this. I should’ve done that.’ That for sure wasn’t the case.”Much as Bolt did the night before, Thompson moved awkwardly out of the blocks. Her 0.2 second reaction time was the worst in the field, and from there, she was never a factor in the race.Quite a stunner, given the way she’s dominated the sprint game over the past year. Since she beat the previous champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, at the Olympics last year on her way to a 100-200 double, Thompson has been virtually untouchable. She came to London on a 17-race winning streak at 100 meters and her season-best time of 10.71 was the fastest in the world by more than 0.1 second.One thing: She had been dealing with an Achilles’ injury this year and ran — and won — a race last month in training shoes, not spikes. She refused to use injuries as an excuse.“I can’t complain,” she said. “I can’t re-run that race. I have to give those girls a lot of credit. It didn’t go as I planned.”Like Bolt, Thompson won’t be running in the 200, raising the distinct possibility that the Jamaicans could get completely shut out of individual sprint gold at the worlds.But Bowie will be there. The one-time long jumper who took up the sprint game only a few years ago posted a 21.77 at the Prefontaine Classic earlier this year, which is the fastest in the world this season.First, though, some time to heal.“I’m pretty sure I’ll feel much better tomorrow,” Bowie said.DAY 3 WINNERS: Rose Chelimo and Geoffrey Kirui took the titles in the marathon doubleheader. … Tomas Walsh won the gold in shot put for New Zealand — a result that was verified after Joe Kovacs lost an appeal over his last throw. The throw would’ve been a winner but the American was ruled to have foot faulted, and the call was held up on appeal. … Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece held off Sandi Morris of the United States to claim pole vault gold. … Nafi Thiam of Belgium added a world championship gold medal in heptathlon to her Olympic title. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Tori Bowie, right, hugs Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson after winning the Women’s 100 meters final during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — The American sprinter took a mighty tumble. Nobody, however, has fallen harder than Jamaica so far at this year’s world championships.The evening after Usain Bolt’s improbable loss to a pair of U.S. runners, the world’s best sprint island watched the red, white and blue paraded around the track once again at its expense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games She trailed Ta Lou by two paces as they headed into the last 20 meters but Bowie just kept charging. She caught Ta Lou at the end, and Bowie’s lean at the line was textbook. The photo finish actually shows Ta Lou’s foot ahead of Bowie’s, but Bowie beats her where it counts — her torso is over the line a fraction of an inch ahead of Ta Lou’s.Dafne Schippers, the 2015 world champion in the 200, took bronze in 10.96.“It’s not like there’s a training session for a lean,” said Bowie’s coach, Lance Brauman. “She did what she had to do to get to the line first. She’s scraped up and won and that’s all that really matters.”The lean was so extreme, it sent Bowie off balance and careening into Lane 8, where she landed on her left hip while the runner in that lane, Murielle Ahoure, had to slow down, then jump to avoid landing on her.Bowie stayed down for a few seconds. The “7” sticker on her left hip was torn almost completely off. She gathered herself and walked gingerly around the track for the victory lap. Afterward, she spent about an hour receiving treatment for abrasions on her shoulder, back and hip. The pain will go away. That gold is hers forever.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Tori Bowie leaned over the line for her 100-meter victory, then stumbled and crashed down to the track to put the exclamation point on the second straight sprint shock of the meet. Her .01-second victory Sunday over Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was a photo-finish thriller. The fact that the defending Olympic champion and the most dominant female sprinter of 2017, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, finished fifth was every bit as stunning.“The past few years, Jamaica has dominated,” Bowie said. “We’ve had no harsh feelings toward them, no negative thoughts. We’ve been extremely focused on ourselves. Just trying to get where they’re at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn snapping a stretch of four straight Jamaican wins at the Olympics and worlds, Bowie became the first U.S. woman to win the world title at 100 meters since Carmelita Jeter in 2011. This marks the first U.S. sweep of the 100 at the worlds since 2005.Bowie’s time, 10.85 seconds, was nothing spectacular. Her race, though, was something to behold. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more