Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Festival: The Weekend In Photos [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival returned to Augusta, NJ this past weekend for the 30th-annual edition of the east coast homage to New Orleans music, food, and culture.What started as a small crawfish boil for 70 people homesick for boiled crawfish in 1989 has turned into Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Fest featuring the best music and food that Louisiana and New Orleans have to offer.This year, Arnone’s Crawfish Fest featured an array of memorable performances from the likes of Aaron Neville, Neville Jacobs (featuring Cris Jacobs and Ivan Neville), Rebirth Brass Band, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Cowboy Mouth, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Bishop Gunn, Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, John Papa Gros Band, Jonathon Long, Flow Tribe, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Amanda Fish, The Iceman Special, Jesse Lege and Bayou Brew, Tony Smith and the You Know How We Do Crew, and Big Mamou.Below, you can relive the weekend with a full gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Ken Spielman.For more information about the event, head to their website here.Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Fest | Augusta, NJ | 5/31/19-6/2/19 | Photos: Ken Spielmanlast_img read more

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Trail Mix – Breaking Ground With Richmond’s Wrinkle Neck Mules

first_imgFifteen years and six records later, the Wrinkle Neck Mules are still hard at it.Abstruse.I consider myself a man of many words, but I came across that word for the first time in my 42 years just last week. I was wandering around the internet, checking out what other folks had to say about I Never Thought It Would Go This Far, the new release from Richmond’s Wrinkle Neck Mules. A writer used abstruse to describe one of the tracks from the record and I had no idea what he meant.After consulting Webster, I learned that abstruse means “esoteric” or “complex.” Having spun the new record many times over the last couple weeks, I don’t know if I am buying into that just yet. Maybe it is just too fancy a word. Maybe I haven’t dug deep enough yet. I don’t know.What I do know is that I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is an alt-country gem. The Wrinkle Neck Mules, now fifteen years into their career as a band, crank out lyrically rich, twang-laden roots rock tunes drenched in gravely vocals and crunchy guitar.There is nothing abstruse about that.I recently caught up with Andy Stepanian, guitarist and singer for the band, to chat about the new record.BRO – You guys have been doing this for over fifteen years. Considering the title of your new record, did you think it would go this far?AS – Although the album’s title isn’t solely a reference to longevity, I’d say we certainly never thought this would last 15+ years at the outset. We probably wouldn’t have named ourselves “Wrinkle Neck Mules” if we did. I don’t think any of us thought we would be using those three words in that order for so long.BRO – You had a tune, “Central Daylight Time,” featured recently in a Geico commercial. What did that mean to the band?AS – Ironically, it gave us a lot of credibility. One would think that one of your songs being on a television commercial would do quite the opposite, but, for a lot of folks, it actually took that for them to feel like we were legit. You also get paid for this privilege, which is mighty nice.BRO – We are featuring “Heaven’s High” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AS – In essence, it’s a song about relief and how unburdening the feeling of being relieved can be. Like nearly all of our songs, it’s a pretty non-linear narrative and open for the listener to interpret, but underlying it all is something fairly heavy and scary that turned out not to be so. Don’t be alarmed, though, as it’s a pretty upbeat song.BRO – You guys recently shot a video for “Whistlers & Sparklers.” If you could debut the video on MTV, which old school veejay would bring it on?AS – Probably Doctor Dre and Ed Lover from Yo! MTV Raps.The Wrinkle Neck Mules just came off of a run of shows supporting the release of I Never Thought It Would Go This Far. It looks like the band is taking it easy in March, but fans can catch them in Atlanta, Charleston (SC), Wilmington (NC), and Vienna and Charlottesville (VA) in early April.Be sure to check out “Heaven’s High” on this month’s Trail Mix. And for more information on tour dates and how you can get a copy of the new record, please check out the band’s website.last_img read more

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ERAFP’s Desfossés questions fossil fuel divestment lobby

first_img“You won’t reduce, on a global basis, the carbon intensity, if you are selling the stocks to someone else.”The chief executive said it was more important to wait for a time when a company was raising capital to bring about change.“At that moment, maybe you can exert some pressure,” he added.His comments come after collective action was taken by a number of charitable trusts and US endowments.To coincide with the recent UN Climate Change conference in New York, the coalition, led by the $860m (€680bn) Rockefeller Brothers Trust, said it would divest its fossil fuel holdings.Desfosses repeatedly said that while focusing on specific niches of an investment universe was viable for smaller entities, those with more than €10bn needed to examine the entire investment universe and seek to rectify any perceived flaws through its behaviour.ERAFP pursues a ‘best in class’ investment strategy, opting to focus on companies that perform well in select categories rather than actively divesting companies.Desfosses also criticised the laissez faire approach taken by the pension industry on matters of engagement.“The truth is, pension funds have been sleeping partners,” he said. “They did not engage, they did not vote sometimes – and this has to change.”He also echoed comments by Donald MacDonald, chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), by arguing in favour of institutional investment to better connect national power grids across Europe to minimise wastage.“We are focusing sometimes on very minor things,” he said. “That’s not to say wind farms are not important, but just an efficient grid in Europe could save a lot of energy and a lot of money.”Desfosses, also a board member at the IIGCC, said the group was arguing in favour of change, but that the European Commission had yet to implement the proper framework to attract investment, distracted by other matters. Activists lobbying US university endowments to divest from fossil fuel should reconsider their stance, as divestment does little to address a polluting company’s carbon output, the chief executive of French pension fund ERAFP has said.Philippe Desfossés, head of the €16bn supplementary scheme for civil servants in France, also criticised fellow pension investors for long being “sleeping partners” in failing to engage with firms, and echoed comments by a trustee of the UK’s BT Pension Scheme that pension funds could lower carbon emissions by financing a more inter-connected European power grid network.Speaking at a RobecoSAM conference near Zurich, Desfossés noted attempts by US student bodies to have their university endowment divest from fossil fuel companies and was critical.“If you want to lower the carbon intensity of your portfolio by selling your stocks, what does it mean for the guy who has to buy your stocks?” he asked.last_img read more

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Billionaire Bob Ell sells Noosa holiday home for insane price

first_imgThis property at 8 Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads, has sold for $9.62m.Billionaire developer Bob Ell has sold his Noosa holiday home for $9.6 million — nearly $2 million shy of its ambitious price tag, but three times what he paid for the site.The founder of Leda Holdings had been chasing an $11.5 million buyer for the riverfront property, on the doorstep of Hastings Street. The view from the Noosa Parade holiday house.Ell and wife, Bridget, bought the 780 sqm Noosa Parade site in 2011 for just $2.75 million and built a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house. Described as offering ‘barefoot indulgence’, the trophy home has multiple living and dining areas, a gas fireplace, a commercial-grade kitchen, a $100,000 gym and an L-shaped pool. The pool at the property at 8 Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads.The house was sold with furniture including a timber chandelier, lavish alpaca wool carpets, textural wallpaper, remote-controlled curtains, a 10-seater dining table and sumptuous sofas. Upstairs, the bedrooms all have marble bathrooms, the master with a walk-in robe, a sunroom and a covered balcony with a sweeping view. This property at 8 Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads, has just sold.There is also a media room, reading room, kitchenette and laundry.Downstairs the sixth bedroom, currently used as a private study, reading or television room has an ensuite which includes a steam shower. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoInside the house at Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads.The wharf comes with a floating pontoon and a boat shed with storage for surf boards, paddle boards, boating and pool equipment.Selling agent Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate described the property as “arguably one of the finest, most sought-after riverfront properties”. Gold Coast-based developer and billionaire Bob Ell.“Add natural assets such as waves peeling off the point at National Park, winter temps of 23 degrees at 10am, the north-facing protected beach and pristine waterways,” Mr Offermann said. “No wonder there’s no place like Noosa.”The Ells are based on the Gold Coast.last_img read more

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RAA presents three performances of ‘Peter Pan’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Rural Alliance for the Arts will present three performances “Peter Pan” in the newly renovated Batesville high School auditorium This month.June 22 and 23 there will be shows at 7 p.m., on June 24 a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled.Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students. More information is online here.last_img

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Ice accumulation leads to power outages

first_imgBatesville, In. — Power outages are being reported throughout the area.Here is a link to the Duke Energy outage map.Here is a link to the Decatur County REMC outage map.Here is a link to the Southeastern Indiana REMC outage map.Here is a link to the Whitewater Valley REMC outage map.last_img

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Breaking: Club to fly Osimhen into Nigeria in private jet

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 French Ligue 1 side, Lille, has offered to airlift Victor Osimhen to Nigeria in a private jet.Osimhen lost his father late on Saturday. The striker, who has also featured for the Super Eagles, should join his family in Nigeria once the club gets the nod of the Federal Government for a landing permit following the stoppage of flights into the country over the Coronavirus Disease.Osimhen’s elder brother, Andrew, confirmed the development.Andrew said Lille was battling to secure travel permit for his brother.He said: “We hope he will be back in the country in the next two days.“Hopefully, he should be back between now and Tuesday.” Tags: CoronavirusNigeriaSuper EaglesVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED-ATHLETESAthletes have big adjustments to make March 24, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — It’s time for Olympic athletes to stand down, relax those diet rules and dial down the training. The 2020 Tokyo Games won’t be opening in July as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Delaying the Olympics to 2021 has come as a relief to some athletes but it also brings new challenges. Swimmer Federica Pellegrini has to delay her retirement to aim for her fifth Olympics while other athletes have concerns about how they will make ends meet financially.Qualifying is another issue. Only 57% of qualifying places for the Olympics had been decided before the pandemic started affecting sporting events around the world.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year Six-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behindTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWS As expected, Panthers release NewtonCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams.center_img Associated Press The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus.Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hurricanes sign brother duoRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to entry-level contracts with brothers David and Jason Cotton. The team announced deals Tuesday with the forwards who closed college careers this season. The 22-year-old David Cotton was a sixth-round selection of the Hurricanes in 2015. He went on to play four years at Boston College. He received a two-year deal along with a signing bonus of $185,000. The 25-year-old Jason Cotton received a one-year deal with a $25,000 signing bonus. He played three seasons at Sacred Heart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEARToppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seattle Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season. — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills. His agent made the announcement on Twitter.— The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington.NHL-HURRICANES-COTTON BROTHERS Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories.Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams.last_img read more

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Osimhen Will ‘Ole’ AlsoTake Him?

first_imgIf reports from French publication Le10 Sport is anything to go by, Nigerian international , Victor Osimhen maybe a Red Devil next season as Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have made getting the forward’s signature one of their priorities in the next transfer window. Aside from the claim that the Premier League giants feel Osimhen has “all the qualities” to succeed in England, the Norwegian Manager may have been buoyed by the Lille of France striker’s countryman’s success at Old Trafford.With less than a year after Nigerian international Victor Osimhen joined Ligue 1 side, Lille from Belgian club Charleroi, he has been in lethal form and has been attracting interest from top European sides, with Manchester United now the front runner.The United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate for striking reinforcements after losing Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan last August, but he did manage to bolster his ranks in January with the loan addition of Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. The ex-Watford ace has got off to a fine start at Old Trafford with four goals in eight matches, which may have inspired Solskjaer to be gunning for Oshimen.Reports also have it that European giants Real Madrid and Manchester United are already locked in a summer transfer battle to sign Nigerian international centre forward.It is claimed that Solskjaer is lining up a move for Osimhen as a replacement for Belgian hotshot Romelu Lukaku, who sealed a permanent transfer to Inter Milan last summer, while Real Madrid are said to be in the market for a striker to replace the aging Frenchman Karim Benzema and are also willing to offload Luka Jovic, who has failed to hit top form since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, the French website has reported.However, Spanish sports daily Marca, a trusted voice on Real Madrid has identified five potential targets Los Blancos are interested in signing and Osimhen has not been named to the list of strikers.Norwegian scoring sensation Erling Haaland is their primary target ahead of Kylian Mbpappe, Lautaro Martinez, Timo Werner and Neymar.Under contract with Lille until June 2024, Osimhen has caught the eye this season with 18 goals across all competitions, meaning any interested suitors will have to cough out big to sign him.The Nigerian is also Lille’s top scorer in this campaign, with Loic Remy coming in at a distant second with six goals in the league.In the entire league, only Wissam Ben Yedder, Kylian Mbappe and Moussa Dembele have scored more goals than the young Nigerian forward.He’s tied on number of goals with PSG’s Brazilian star Neymar, but the latter has two more assists (6) than him, while both are the only non-nationals in the top five goal scorers in Ligue Un so far this season.However, suitors will have to cough up a staggering €100m if they want to sign Nigerian striker. According to Le 10 Sport, Liverpool who enquired of Osimhen’s services have been told that they will have to come up with an offer of €100m (£92.8m) if they want to sign Osimhen from Lille during this summer’s transfer window.Lille fans were left in anguish when their jewel attacker-Nicolas Pepe left the French club to join Premier League side, Arsenal. And when the Ligue 1 side signed Nigerian international they felt he was not the kind of player that could fill Pepe’s shoes but Osimhen answered with a brace in his first game.Osimhen announced his arrival in Ligue 1 with a brace for Lille against Nantes despite having trained for just five days with his new mates. The then 20-year-old Super Eagles forward showed his control and speed when he outran Molla Wague and placed his shot past Alban Lafont.Osimhen then crashed a shot from the tightest of angles with 10 minutes left on the clock to score the winner after Nantes had earlier equalised in the 51st to the relieve of Lille fans and Manager Christophe Galtier, who acquired the Nigerian for 12 million Euros.Osimhen had been expected to struggle to fill the shoes of Pepe this season but the new arrival showed no signs of any pressure with both goals and was hailed as a potential new star in French football and he did not disappoint.Osimhen has been all smiles since. “I feel very good, I have been waiting a long time since I arrived here and I felt it was important to make a successful debut. Ligue 1 is a big jump up for me, I think it’s one of the best leagues in the world.“When I get opportunities on the field, I do not want to miss them. I am not yet 100 per cent but I train hard and I know that with time I will be at the top physically,” he told reporters after the match.Osimhen was liked with several European clubs before Lille paid 12 million euro to Sporting Chaeleroi to move the Nigerian to France for a new transfer record by the Danish-based club, breaking the six million euros fee they were paid by Pyramids of Egypt to sign Cristian Benavente.Inter Milan once contacted Osimhen’s representatives about a possible deal as a replacement for former captain Mauro Icardi who was involved in a row with the club after he was stripped of the captain armband and his relationship with the management have hit rock bottom levels.The deal however, encountered some complications as Charleroi are willing to use every means available to trigger the clause of buying him permanently before selling him for a hefty profit and also a percentage of his future sale.Wolfsburg on the other hand, wanted the striker back after his loan spell but it is believed they want to trade him off as their player to recoup some of their investment in the player they signed in 2015 following his exploits at the U-17 World Youth Championship.His impressive form earned him a recall to the Super Eagles squad for 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa and he also started in 0-0 friendly draw against Uganda in Asaba.“My confidence level was very low at some point and what going out on loan to Charleroi has done for me is unexplainable,” Osimhen said.“It was tough in Germany because of the high expectations – some people started doubting me and also pushed me to start doubting myself as well.“The football in Belgium has helped, I also have a wonderful group of players around me and the coaching crew have been great with me.”Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.After the tournament he decided against joining English side Arsenal, to sign with the 2009 German champions Wolfsburg in January 2016, but injuries restricted him to 16 appearances for the club in all competitions.Despite being a part of the squad for two years, his lack of games meant he missed out of the 2018 World Cup with Nigeria.On the back of his impressive performance at 2015 U-17 World Cup with the Nigerian emerging the top scorer to claim both the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, the attacker joined the former German Bundesliga champions.However, the 19-year-old failed to settle into the Wolves’ senior set-up amid injury struggles and was shipped on loan to Charleroi last summer.Since moving to Belgium, the youngster has rediscovered his form.Osimhen scored 19 goals in 34 league appearances last season, including the playoffs to finish as the highest-ranked Nigerian player in the European Golden Shoe rankings with 28.5 points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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