Trail Mix – Wes Charlton

first_imgThe spotlight found Virginia-born singer/songwriter Wes Charlton early.Barely a twenty-something, Charlton’s debut solo record, 2005’s American Bittersweet, led to licensing agreements with film and television companies and his music spread to the masses. A move to Nashville followed and Charlton made his mark in the Music City before Virginia called him back home.Now a dad – Wes and his wife have three kids – Charlton returns with third long player, Morning Stars. Charlton extends his streak of well crafted Americana rock and roll on this latest collection of songs.I am not surprised that Charlton’s songcraft resonates with me. I have spent the morning preparing this post and digging into his early catalog, cruising through both American Bittersweet and his second record, World On Fire, and his writing distinctly reminds me of so many of Charlton’s contemporaries that played the Eastern Virginia college circuit between the mid-1990s and early 2000s.I always appreciate an artist that brings to mind my younger days.I recently caught up with Wes to chat about the new record, the morning stars, and raising kids up right in a musical household.BRO – Considering the title of the record, are you a stargazer?WC – I live in rural Virginia, so there’s less light pollution and stars are bright. This also creates a sense of yearning for home, as well as a way to find your way back to what really matters.BRO – Which transition brought more trepidation – Virginia to Nashville or vice versa?WC – I don’t think there was any trepidation either time. I loved, and still love, Nashville and consider it a second home. Virginia, though, will always be part of me.BRO – We are featuring “Comeback Kid” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?WC – This is a song that sort of wrote itself and the story just kind of came to me. In short, it’s about two childhood friends growing up together and them one of them disappears, leaving the other friend wondering where he went and what he’s doing. The missing friend then returns as a suicide bomber.BRO – I know you are a father of three. How do you go about sharing music – yours and that of others – with your kids?WC – My house is littered with instruments, both regular and “kids” instruments. My oldest daughter, five year old Nora, has already started writing songs with me. I think she’s the better lyricist. It’s just in the air in our house. I also try out new songs on them. If they dance or bop their heads, I know I’m on to something. A while ago, they were really into The Wiggles, specifically a song called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Preschool” that sounded just like The Ramones’ “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” I tried to slip “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” on the car stereo, but they didn’t go for it.BRO – For better or worse, got a kids’ song that you can’t get our of your head?WC – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Preschool.”Listeners beware . . . . . That Wiggles’ tune is a legit ear worm. Share with your children at your own peril!Late September and October find Wes Charlton on the road with shows in NYC and around Virginia and Tennessee. For more information on Morning Stars or when Wes will take to a stage near you, please check out his website.In the meantime, be sure to check out “Comeback Kid,” along with brand new tracks from Sammy Brue, Mandy Barnett, and Benjamin Jason Douglas on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

García suggests union of pro-globalization countries

first_imgBy Dialogo September 20, 2010 What I am saying, Mr President, is that we, Chileans, Colombians, Ecuadorians and other countries with democracy, are all willing to tell the world that we love freedom and peace. And that democracy should be extended to other countries. Regards During the Peru-Colombia Roundtable 2010 on September 16 in Lima, President Alan García proposed a process to regionally integrate countries that believe in globalization, investment and economic freedom with a democratic society. In his speech to inaugurate the event, the Peruvian leader suggested that this proposal “should include the free circulation of goods, services, capitals and people” among member countries, according to Andina news agency. “What I’m suggesting is an integration of countries that do believe in globalization, investment, economic freedom and also in democracy, because all that is easy to have without democracy, but we Colombians, Peruvians, Chileans, Ecuadorians believe in democracy,” pointed out García, according to the same report. The roundtable included members of the textile industry, including Colombian clothing and manufacturing sectors, which have an attractive market in Peru. Attendee María Claudia Lacouture, president of Colombian export, tourism and foreign investment promoter Proexport Colombia said, “Peru is one of the countries with greater dynamism in Latin America for Colombian exports.”last_img read more

Berger at Hill hearing: Data security is ‘everyone’s responsibility’

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While sharing the credit union perspective during a data security hearing Wednesday before the House Small Business Committee, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger explained that any data security bill needs three components to be successful: information sharing, timely notification and a national standard for retailers and merchants.A national data security standard for retailers and merchants would “level the playing field” and ensure all parties are held accountable, Berger told committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio. Berger reiterated that credit unions and other financial institutions are already held to strict data security standards under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.Berger was responding to a question from Chabot, who asked panelists their thoughts on an information-sharing bill, H.R. 1731, introduced by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas. The House is expected to vote on the bill today; Berger noted NAFCU’s support during Wednesday’s hearing but said more is needed for effective protection of data. continue reading »last_img read more

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Blurs Reality

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Directed by Michael “explosions” Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi details over a month leading up to and during the 2012 Benghazi attack.So, it’s actually almost 900 hours, not 13.Anyway…Everyone remembers Benghazi, right? One horde of Islamic extremists, plus four dead Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, multiplied by a storm of media mayhem and suspicion concurrent with the 2012 presidential elections equaled one stressful Thanksgiving dinner.Don’t worry, all that’s apparently way too complicated to condense into a two and half hour movie. Instead, Michael Bay adapts Mitchell Zuckoff’s book of a similar title, written from the confused perspectives of the six covert contractors hunkered down too long in a barrage of bullets and mortar fire.Bay impressed and surprised by humanizing the troops, the most memorable roles being John Krasinski (The Office) as Jack Silva and James Badge Dale (The Pacific) as Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods. Jack watched his kids grow up and learned about his wife’s fourth pregnancy through Skype. Rone tucked a picture of his newborn beneath pounds of combat gear. The rest of the team read Joseph Campbell or played Call of Duty.Bay emphasized that, regardless of the politics, these are average dudes in extraordinary circumstances whose lives are forever altered. Considering Bay’s immature and downright horrific Transformers films, this was a definite step up.And then he overdid it.We’ve all seen it before in war films. The sad piano music, the slow motion “Nooo!” while sparks and dirt rain down, tearing off the helmet with glassy eyes while kneeling before a fallen brother. Was this really how the soldiers acted?And let’s not forget the American flag waving gently in the glimmer of the morning sun, then later wrinkled and torn following devastation. The soldiers noticed that in all those 13 hours of chaos?Almost everything relating to the Benghazi attack and the people involved felt scripted or dramatized in some way. This works fine as piece of entertainment, but the film sacrifices realism, which tends to be important when telling a true story. It comes off as dishonest when audiences are trying to better understand or even care about this controversial story.Was Michael Bay trying to make another action film or a biography? The answer seems to be something in between.last_img read more

Cal Cunningham concedes to Senator Thom Tillis in North Carolina.

first_img– Advertisement – With a vast majority of votes counted, Mr. Tillis was leading by just under 100,000 votes, according to Edison Research, in an election that drew more voters and political spending than any in the state’s history. Mr. Tillis took a lead on election night and never lost it, but because of an influx of mail-in ballots, the result was still not official on Thursday, long after most other races were called.In a pre-emptive victory speech last week, Mr. Tillis said North Carolinians were “letting everybody know that the truth still does matter, letting everybody know that character still matters, and letting everybody know that keeping your promises still matters.” – Advertisement – The result was a relief for Republicans, who viewed the seat as a potential tipping point whose loss could have cost them control of the Senate. A win by Mr. Tillis would give Republicans 49 Senate seats to Democrats’ 48. Another race remained uncalled in Alaska, where Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, is favored to win.Either way, Mr. Tillis’s apparent victory only increased the already towering stakes of a pair of January Senate runoffs in Georgia, where a clean sweep by Democrats could hand them a working majority, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris empowered to cast tiebreaking votes.Republicans view that outcome as a long shot in a state they have historically dominated, but both parties were already pouring tens of millions of dollars into the races and honing messages to try to frame the holiday-season fight.center_img Cal Cunningham, the Democrat challenging Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, conceded the race on Tuesday after a protracted vote count, as the incumbent appeared headed for a narrow victory in a crucial swing state that would bolster his party’s hold on the Senate.Mr. Tillis, 60, had been one of the Democrats’ top targets this year, a decidedly unpopular first-term Republican in a fast-growing and increasingly competitive state. But he was able to capitalize on unexpected Republican strength in North Carolina to outrun Mr. Cunningham, who was damaged by late revelations of an extramarital affair.- Advertisement – Mr. Cunningham said in a statement on Tuesday that the election results suggested “there remain deep political divisions in our state and nation.” He added that he would “always be proud of the work we did together to lift up the voices of North Carolinians who feel left behind by our politics.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Don delivers in dramatic Durkan

first_imgDon Cossack maintained his unbeaten record this season with a third victory from as many starts in a dramatic renewal of the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. Press Association Gordon Elliott’s seven-year-old, a Grade One winner as a novice a year ago, was settled in third by Brian O’Connell but soon found himself in front when Baily Green and Rathlin fell at the same fence, doing Boston Bob no favours. The 13-8 chance was there to be shot at between the final two fences as Boston Bob and Texas Jack both attacked, but he dug deep to emerge the winner by four and a half lengths. center_img The favourite Boston Bob was being niggled at some way out but held second spot, while Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere ran a fine race on his seasonal bow, running on stoutly to take third late on. Elliott said: “That’s great. He deserves that, in fairness to him. He’s always gotten plenty of stick and people have said he’s been disappointing, but he’s a dual Grade One winner now. “I’ll have to talk to Michael and Eddie (O’Leary), but if I had my way he wouldn’t run until Cheltenham and go straight for the Ryanair. I have to discuss it with the owners as they have a lot of horses. He won’t go to the King George. “He’s a year older now, which makes a difference, but he was never a bad horse last year and things didn’t work out for him. He might have had a bit much last year and we’ll try and train him differently. “He had to do it the hard way today. They all came to beat him, but he picked up and galloped all the way to the line. “I’d said he’ll go any trip once he relaxes. It was a good performance today and we’re happy.” RaceBets quote Don Cossack at 8-1 for the Ryanair at Cheltenham in March. Rider Davy Russell was thrilled with the effort of the Jim Culloty-trained Lord Windermere. He said: “He was a bit sticky early on, but without winning I couldn’t be happier with him. He’ll come on from that.” Culloty added: “Once he’s OK in the morning, and he hasn’t had a hard time of it, it will be all systems go for Christmas. He galloped all the way to the line and didn’t have a hard race. “Nothing is set in stone because you have to take these races one a time, but the plan originally was the John Durkan, the Lexus, the Irish Hennessy and Cheltenham, and at the moment that is still the plan.” last_img read more

Black coaches not being given the chances – Yorke

first_imgFORMER Aston Villa and Manchester United star Dwight Yorke has a struggle on his hands.Just as he did when he tried to break into Premier League football in England, so it is today, where the Trinidad and Tobago native, the most successful footballer in the countries history, is finding it today.Based in Dubai, Yorke is now trying his hand at managing but has found that the colour of his skin provides barriers just as it did during his playing days.“I’m actually trying to get into coaching here, which is another challenging part of my career. It’s a different challenge now,” said Yorke during an interview with T&T radio station i95FM.“The challenge was to break in as a black player in the UK,” said Yorke speaking of his 10 years with Aston Villa where he scored 97 goals before becoming a household name with Manchester United in a famous partnership with Andy Cole.“I managed to do that, and now I have to fight extremely hard and … it’s the same thing coming to management. You have to fight extremely hard to get a look-in to it,” Said Yorke.“You just have to look around the world; it’s very challenging. I’m not ashamed to say it – the black aspiring managers are not getting a look-in. You look in the Premier League and you look around globally.”(Sportsmax).last_img read more

Women win, men struggle in golf events

first_imgUSC’s women’s golf team outplayed the competition and took home first place at the Windy City Collegiate Championship yesterday. The team, which was coming off of a sixth-place finish at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, had a combined final score of 12-over 876 (294-287-295). Northwestern, Iowa State, Arizona and Oklahoma State rounded out the top five, respectively.Amazing Annie · Junior golfer Annie Park came out on top at the Windy City Collegiate Championship yesterday with a 5-under 211. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe Woman of Troy enjoyed a successful first day of competition at the Windy City Collegiate Championship. The team was led by junior Annie Park, who returned to the team this week,  after qualifying for the final round of the LPGA “Q” school. The team had a six-stroke lead after the first day with a score of 5-over 581 (294-287). Northwestern and Oklahoma State rounded out the top three teams. Park finished the day at 2-under 142 (73-69) which put her in fourth place in her first competitive day of the year.Senior Doris Chen tied for sixth and sophomore Karen Chung tied for ninth. Chen had five birdies in the first two rounds while Chung had five birdies in the second round, enough to help her recover from her first 18 holes. Other results from the first two rounds included sophomore Gabriella Then tying for 26th, sophomore transfer Elizabeth Doty tying for 37th and junior Victoria Morgan tying for 66th.On Tuesday, Park led her team and finished atop the individual leaderboard with a final score of 5-under 211 (73-69-69).“It was really fun to be back around the team after being gone for the previous tournament,” Park said. “Collectively, we had a good plan to attack this really difficult golf course and I’m very pleased with the way we played both days.”Chen had another successful outing on Tuesday as well, finishing in a tie for fourth with an even score of 216 (71-73-72). Sophomore Karen Chung struggled after an impressive first day and fell to a tie for 19th in the individual rankings with a score of 6-over 222 (75-70-77). Junior Victoria Morgan made a jump in the rankings and finished in a tie for 54th with a score of 26-over 232 (78-80-74). Other results from the tournament included Then tying for 37th at 12-over 228 (75-70-77) and sophomore transfer Elizabeth Doty tying for 41st at 13-over 229 (75-77-77).“Thankfully we were able to pull out the win,” said women’s head coach Andrea Gaston. “Annie [Park] had a really strong back 9 that helped lead the team to the title, and Doris [Chen] hung in there with a top 4 finish. The Windy City lived up to its name.”The men’s team struggled on the first day of competition at the Nike Golf Collegiate. The team finished the first day in seventh place with a 22-over 582 (293-289) putting them 14 strokes behind first place Oregon. Washington and Texas were second and third after the first day. Freshman Sean Crocker tied for seventh with a combined score of 1-over 141 (73-68), which led his team after the first day of competition.Sophomore Rico Hoey overcame his six bogeys with four birdies to finish the day in a tie for 10th at 3-over 143 (72-71). Other results from the first day included senior Eric Sugimoto tied for 28th at 8-over 148 (74-74) and both junior Bobby Gojuangco and freshman Jonah Teixeira tied for 43rd at 11-over 151.The Trojans improved from their first day of competition by moving up a placement and finishing in sixth place in the inaugural Nike Golf Collegiate. The team finished with a combined score of 32-over 872 (293-289-290). Oregon finished in first place with a final score of 11-over 851. Stanford, Oklahoma, Washington and Texas rounded out the top five.Crocker climbed the player leaderboard on Tuesday and finished in fourth place with a final score of 2-under 208 (73-68-67).“We were extremely fortunate to play a famous PGA Tour course this week, Colonial Country Club. It was a true test and we had one player in particular meet the challenge in freshman Sean Crocker,” said men’s head coach Chris Zambri. “He played beautifully all three rounds.”Hoey had a rough final day of the tournament and dropped 12 spots in the standings and finished with a 10-over 220. Sugimoto finished in a tie for 29th with a final score of 12-over 222. Other results from the day included Gojuangco by finishing in a tie for 43rd at 15-over 225 and Texeira finished in a tie for 46th at 16-over 226.The Women of Troy will head up to Palo Alto, California, for the Stanford Intercollegiate from Oct. 17-19. Next up for the men’s team is the Bill Cullum Invitational in Simi Valley, California, from Oct. 20-21.last_img read more

Harrisburg University announces esports summer camp

first_imgHarrisburg University announced the institution will be holding a summer esports camp for high school students next week. The goal of the camp will be to improve skills in esports and gain a strategic advantage in games like League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone. The “Esports Immersion Bootcamp” will give an overview of the esports industry and teach about future career opportunities in esports management, production and entertainment.Harrisburg University’s Esports Program Director, Chad SmeltzChad Smeltz, Harrisburg University’s Esports Program Director explained: “Many players don’t know where to start and what it takes to get to the next level in gaming. We’re offering a summer camp that shows multiple facets of professional gaming. Esports are just like regular sports, and there is a multitude of levels, opportunities and careers that we can teach to younger players.”These summer camps come right off the heels of Harrisburg University’s collaboration with ReKT Global and announcing it’s collegiate esports program along with membership of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). This will be HU’s first and only varsity sports program and will offer 15 full athletic scholarships this fall in games like League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch. Dr. Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University stated: “We approach collegiate esports as a melding of academics with gameplay. Our students have the opportunity to pursue degrees in today’s sought-after STEM industries while training under world-ranked coaches. Our players are always students first. Our coaches teach knowledge needed by the students to succeed in their degree as well as skills in gameplay to be a well-rounded player.”Harrisburg University certainly has a strong dedication to the video game industry as other summer camps included are “Exploring Video Game Development” and “Video Game Design”. These camps take place on the Harrisburg University campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania June 18-22.Esports Insider says: Harrisburg University is known for its offerings in STEM and it only makes sense for it to fully invest in an industry like esports. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the industry and how they can take their passion to the next level. It will be interesting to see if other institutions or even gaming companies follow suit in the same fashion.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Jordan Ayew, Partey score as Black Stars qualify to Round of 16

first_imgStory updated to reflect that Ghana will face Tunisia in the next round Ghana’s Black Stars have secured a place in the next round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations after a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday.Goals from Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey helped the Stars remain unbeaten in the tournament and finish top of Group F.Despite being widely expected to be a walkover for the Black Stars, the match with Burkina Faso was anything but, at least in the first half as Guinea-Bissau started as the better side.Thomas Partey, who has struggled all tournament, yet again found himself in a bit of bother as he gave the ball away in the middle of the pitch and was beaten for pace.Joseph Aidoo made a clumsy tackle on the onrushing Guinean in the box but the referee waved away the penalty appeals.With the Black Stars struggling to keep the ball early on, the Guineans threatened and almost took the lead as Brito e Silva’s powerful bending shot was pushed onto the bar by Richard Ofori.Having survived the early scares, the Black Stars grew into the half and created a number of good chances, the best falling to Jordan Ayew who put through on goal and hit the post.The rebound from Andre Ayew was blocked by the Guinean defence.Some good work from Samuel Owusu down the right saw him work in a good cross which found Kwabena Owusu unmarked in the box but he headed wide.Thomas Partey then had a long-range drive scrambled out by the keeper as the Black Stars ended the half strongly.It must have been some team talk from Kwesi Appiah at half-time as the Black Stars came out firing.Jordan Ayew ran onto a long pass forward, beat his marker easily and bent a delightful finish into the top corner.He almost got on the end of another long pass but was adjudged to have fouled the defender this time.Guinea-Bissau almost equalised but a shot from outside the box hit the post.They hit the woodwork again direct from a corner before Mendes’ effort was palmed away by the impressive Richard Ofori.Ghana then secured all three points and with it, qualification, as Andre Ayew played in Baba Rahman, whose cutback was turned home by Partey.Jordan Ayew hit the post again for good measure with Guinea-Bissau failing to threaten for the rest of the game, exiting the tournament without a goal.With Cameroon and Benin drawing 0-0 in the other game in the group, the Black Stars topped the group having scored more goals than the Indomitable Lions.Ghana avoid an all West African meeting with Nigeria and will now face Tunisia who were runners-up of Group E while Cameroon go on to have a showdown with the Super Eagles.last_img read more