first_imgCarlos Santana will perform a night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 10, 2017. The 10-time Grammy Award-winner has an expansive tour schedule, dating all the way out through November of this year, with over 25 performances at the House of Blues at Mandala Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. So the intimate-with-nature surrounding of Morrison, Colorado will truly be something special.Don’t miss the legendary, Latin American rock music of Santana. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10AM MST right here.Carlos Santana recently reunited with his classic Santana lineup of Gregg Rolie (keys/lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar/vocals), and Michael Carabello (percussion) back on March 21st of 2016 at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Soon after, the 1971 lineup shared a new album Santana IV that combined all their signature elements in 16 spellbinding tracks. Check them out below:last_img read more

first_imgHedrick Smith, former New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was the featured speaker at the 2014 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism at the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Wednesday night.Smith, a member of the team responsible for the publication of the Pentagon Papers, promoted his book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” and spoke about the problems plaguing American politics and the American news media.“I wish I could be really positive and upbeat about both the country and about journalism,” Smith said. “But the truth of the matter is that this is a troubling time for both the country and journalism.”Smith said there is extreme distrust toward both the government and news media as a result of economic strife and American unhappiness and dissatisfaction.“We know that public attitudes toward our major institutions–including the press–are poor,” Smith said. “Confidence in our political system as a whole is at one of its lowest points in the last 40 years.“One of the polls I read recently said that 63 percent of the people responding to that poll said that America was in decline. We also, unfortunately, know that the public has a low opinion of us in the media as well. There was a Gallup poll in 2012 where … 60 percent had little or no confidence in the press to report the news fully, fairly and accurately.”Smith said experts in the field of journalism attribute the negative opinion of the press to a decline in the quality of news media.“If you go inside the news media itself, the assessment is not good by the top editors,” Smith said. “Their conclusion — this is by news executives all across the country — is that news standards in the industry have declined and factual errors in reporting are on the rise.”Smith said this decline in quality, including increasing bias and increasing pressure to integrate marketability in reporting, have grim political implications.A successful democracy requires a good educational system,” Smith said. “It requires good quality journalism to keep them informed, and then it requires an effective political system so the people get the kind of policies they want. Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, most Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, was linked to Al Qaeda, so most Americans were misinformed.“When it came to the economic bailout … many Americans believed it did not help [the economy]. Very few economists, business leaders and very few governmental leaders on both sides would share that opinion, so the public’s opinion is at odds with what most experts would believe.”Smith said that, in order to the media’s image, journalism needs deeper coverage, more specialized journalists in law and the sciences and most of all a deeper drive to uncover underlying causes behind events.“Recovering history on the fly, we’re not going to get it right, you know that,” Smith said. “But that does not excuse us from trying to get the best obtainable version of the truth.“Now, [it] is not dots. We’ve got to connect the dots and say, ‘What does it mean? What is it telling us about the way America is working and how well is it working, for who?’”Tags: New York Times, Pulitzer Prize, Red Smith Lecturelast_img read more

first_imgAdult (season passes): $559 Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy? How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there? Our main village area is home to a variety of great bars and restaurants including the Junction, Cheat Mountain Pizza, and the Sunset Cantina. Skiable acres? 257 acres Opening day? Friday, December 4 (weather permitting) Under 4 (ages 0-4): $39 What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area? We have a wide variety of lodging options here on top of the mountain, the best of which are part of our Brigham Collection of luxury lodging. Almost all mountain top lodging is either ski-in/ski-out or a very short walk to the slopes. First Tracts Realty can help you find the perfect condo or mountain home. Yes! Almost all of the activities mentioned above are family friendly. Child(ages 5-12): $449 What activities are available beyond the slopes? Do you offer any family friendly activities? As we look forward to welcoming you back to the mountain this winter, please know that the health and well-being of our employees, community, and guests is our top priority. To help protect one another and limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be implementing new policies and procedures in line with state and industry guidelines throughout all facets of the resort. This will include capacity management, mask requirements, elevated sanitation efforts, social-distancing policies, pre-shift employee screenings, and much more. Number of slopes? 60 We’ve got snowmobile tours, off-road RZR tours, horseback tours, an arcade, an escape room, a full-service spa, and plenty of shopping and dining. Number of lifts? 14 Pass prices? Our annual Ridiculous Pass Sale is the best time to buy. It’s an unlimited season pass that we offer in early March, that is good for the rest of the current season and the entire next season as well. It usually costs less than $250. Pricing and timing is not yet set for this season’s sale. What guidelines and protocols have you put in place to keep visitors and employees safe during COVID-19? Average inches of snowfall? 180 inches What are the best runs and why? Of course! The Snowshoe Bike Park has gained global notoriety and hosted the UCI World Cup race in the fall of 2019. It’s not just for World Cup racers though. We have some of the best beginner mountain biking terrain in the country and our bike instructors are top notch. You can rent the protective equipment as well as bikes from the MAC. Shaver’s lake serves as our snowmaking reservoir in the winter, but in the summer it’s great for paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, or playing on our fleet of inflatables. We also have amazing hiking trails, off-road RZR tours, horseback tours, a village zipline, climbing wall, and a eurobungy. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as we continue to monitor the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check back to our website prior to your visit for the most up-to-date information. We’re going galactic. Tubing that is. With the inclusion of a fun new night tubing option at the Coca-Cola tube park, you can now experience the six story, eight lane experience ‘under the lights’ – taking the excitement level up a notch! 24 beginner, 19 intermediate, 16 expert, 5 terrain parks, and 4 glades Longest run? 1.5 miles Base/summit elevation? 3,348 ft/ 4,848ft We offer a variety of lesson packages and we utilize terrain-based learning, an innovative new approach to teaching folks how to ski or snowboard. It has worked wonders for helping it “click” for folks on their first day. That depends on ability level. For beginners, it’s hard to beat Log Slide. Intermediates love Skip Jack and Spruce. For experts, the Western Territory is the place to be. Driving distance to nearest major cities? Richmond, Va. – 3 hoursWashington D.C. – 4 hoursPittsburgh, Penn. – 4 hoursCharleston, W. Va. – 3 hoursStaunton, Va. – 2 hoursRoanoke, Va. – 3 hoursCharlotte, N.C. – 6 hoursRaleigh, N.C. – 7 hoursAtlanta, Ga. – 9 hoursKnoxville, Tenn. – 6 hours If we’re going to operate successfully for a full winter season here on the mountain, we’re going to need your help. As our guest, we ask that you do your part and accept the shared responsibility to take the necessary precautions. Let’s all be kind, be safe, and have fun. Teen (ages 13-17): $559 We have several great shops on the mountain. If you’re looking to buy, head to the MAC, Full Tilt, or the Tool Shed. For renting, check out Expedition Station or Top of the World. High performance demo rentals are available at the MAC. What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski or snowboard? Are there activities available in the off-season? Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear? What’s new at the resort this year? last_img read more

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in Rio de JaneiroAfter crossing the finish line of the men’s 4x100m relay event of the 31st Olympic Games here in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night (2.00am Saturday morning in Nigeria) Jamaican Usain Bolt equalled the best ever gold medal tally of a track won by any athlete in the 120-year history of the modern Games.The 29-year-old gangling Jamaican athlete eclipsed the earlier nine gold medals and one silver won by American Carl Lewis between 1984 and 1996. Four of Lewis’s titles were won in the long jump pit and not on the track.One of the first stars of the track and field, Finland’s Paavo Nurmi, is the only athlete to have won nine track titles from a wide range of distance events between 1920 and 1928. But given the global nature of athletics in the modern era, many track buffs will definitely see Bolt’s feats as more difficult to achieve.And the playful Jamaican made no mistake in claiming to be the greatest-ever athlete of all time at the Olympic Games shortly after leading Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade in 37.27 seconds to claim that ninth gold medal of his illustrious track career.Japan and Canada settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively while the USA quartet led by Justin Gatlin was disqualified from the sprint relay after initially finishing third for infraction.Did Bolt ever think it was possible for him to dominate track and field the way he has done since his first gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China in 2008?“Not even close. I would have never thought I could go back-to-back-to-back Olympics, you know what I mean.“That first one (Beijing 2008), I was just happy. That second one (London 2012) was a challenge. And then to come here (Rio 2016) and do the third one is just unbelievable.“For me, it’s something that I hope I set the bar high enough, so that no one can do it again. I’m just proud of myself,” gushed the Jamaican who had before the race claimed that he was on the verge of becoming immortal.Asked what he meant by ‘Immortal’ by the hordes of track and field reporters at the mixed zone of the Olympic Stadium here in Rio, Bolt, scanned the room in his playful manner before venturing an answer.“To me, (immortal) is unbeatable. People always ask me if I’m unbeatable, and when it comes to a world championship, personally I think I am unbeatable. I am the greatest now. As soon as I got my hand on the stick, I knew I won. Because there is no-one on that (last) leg that could outrun me to the finish line,” he said as a matter of fact with no apology to anyone before him in the sport.Bolt admitted that hard work is what has brought him this far in the business of sprint. He also revealed that self-denials are also some of the qualities that made him achieve the feat of nine gold medals in the sprint and relay of three Olympics back-to-back-and –back.“Hard work man. Hard work and sacrifice. I’ve sacrificed so much throughout the season, throughout the years. I’ve been through so much. It’s just sweat and tears man, sweat and tears,” observed the Jamaican who is the face of the sport in the last decade.Now that his ambition has been achieved, the 100m and 200m world record holder at 9.58secs and 19.19secs respectively is relieved and done with the Olympic Games as there is nothing more for him to prove.“Definitely, all the weight is gone now. It’s a relief, I’ve done it all. I’ve accomplished so much. I’m just proud of myself that I executed and got it done. I have a saying: ‘Nothing is impossible’. I never set limits for myself. I’ve always wanted to push the barriers and that’s what I did. I accomplished what I wanted to and it’s a joy. I’m happy. There’s nothing else I can do but to push on and enjoy what I’ve done over the years,” observed the Jamaican showman who is going to be missed by track buffs.On serving Jamaica beyond sport, Bolt admits he is going to remain a good ambassador of his Caribbean country. “I’m a great ambassador (of Jamaica). I try to live up to my country’s needs, and I always try to push my country on top and be the best I can be. I’ve brought more tourists to my country, more jobs. I’ve done as much as I possibly can for my country and will continue to do so after I retire from the sport. I will continue to uplift my country.”But before heading to his last competition before retiring finally next year at the IAAF World Championships in London, what is on Bolt’s mind now is holiday. He said he is longing for a good vacation. “Vacation is the next thing for me now. This is my last Olympics. I’m sorry guys but this is the last one,” stressed Bolt as he signed off from his last Olympic Games post-race briefing inside the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgPhotos by Ralf Cheung. For more photos, check out our photo gallery from the game. The Trojans ushered in the Steve Sarkisian era on Saturday afternoon following a chaotic week in Troy. USC’s 15th-ranked football team silenced all the whispers about senior cornerback Josh Shaw’s suspension and senior running back Anthony Brown’s departure by charging to a 52-13 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.The events of the past week proved to be no distraction at all, as the Trojans put up their highest yard total (701) since 2005 in Sarkisian’s first game as USC’s head coach. The Trojans achieved those 701 yards on 105 total plays, which broke the previous Pac-12 record.The Trojans looked a bit shaky out of the gates, as true freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith committed a holding penalty on the opening kickoff and redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler nearly threw a pick-six to Fresno State safety Derron Smith on the first play from scrimmage. But from then on, Kessler and Smith were two of USC’s most dynamic players.Kessler proved to have mastered Sarkisian’s new uptempo offense, putting up a career-high 394 yards and tying career-highs with 37 attempts, 25 completions and four touchdown passes. The Bakersfield, California native got the Trojans’ scoring storm started with a one-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game.Though Kessler’s aerial abilities might have surprised some Trojan fans, Sarkisian insisted that Kessler has always had it in him.“The way [Kessler] throws and his athleticism in short areas is better than a lot of people,” Sarkisian said. “He has the ability to buy time and make plays down the field and throw an excellent ball.”Kessler looked in sync with all of his targets, old and new. He spread the ball out between nine different receivers, including true freshman tight end Bryce Dixon and true freshmen wide receivers Smith and Adoree’ Jackson.Sarkisian lauded the abilities of the group of freshmen.“I’m not surprised, quite honestly, that they were able to go in and play,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve challenged them every single day and thrown them in with the ones, whether it’s JuJu or Adoree’ or Bryce Dixon or the young O-linemen that were in there, all those guys stepped in and played well.”Freshman Ajene Harris was slated to start at wide receiver, but Smith started in his place, and it made a huge difference for the Trojans. Smith, who also wreaked havoc on the defensive side of the ball, eclipsed 100 receiving yards early in the second quarter. Smith achieved that mark on just his fourth reception of the game, a 43-yard catch-and-run, and finished the game with 123 yards.Junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor looked capable of filling former All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee’s shoes at the Trojans’ No. 1 wideout at times, but dropped a few easy catches as well. In addition to hauling in two touchdowns, Agholor had a circus catch that bounced off his helmet and into his hands in the second quarter.After a hign-scoring first quarter for USC, the trains came off the tracks a bit in the second. Sophomore running back Justin Davis lost a fumble on Fresno State’s 42 yard line, but Fresno State quarterback Brandon Connette returned the favor by throwing an interception to senior safety Gerald Bowman. The Trojans handed the ball right back over, though, when redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen fumbled again.Like Bowman, junior defensive end Leonard Williams also hauled in the second interception of his career on Saturday.“It felt pretty wild to be honest,” Williams said. “I got one freshman year and even that one felt like it was good luck or something. I never thought I’d get another one. It felt crazy, it just happened so fast.”While Kessler and the Trojan defense flexed their muscle Saturday evening, the Fresno State signal callers struggled all game.Fresno State entered the game with no clear frontrunner at quarterback. Head coach Tim DeRuyter started Brian Burrell, but after he went 3-for-6 with only 14 yards in a little over a quarter of action, DeRuyter replaced Burrell with Connette, who transferred this spring from Duke. The two alternated throughout the game and finished with a combined 150 yards.Though the Bulldogs struggled on offense in the first half, they came out strong to start off the second. The Trojan defense looked sluggish, perhaps letting up a bit after the offense had built up a 31-7 lead at the half.The Bulldogs marched down the field and running back Marteze Waller punched in his second of two rushing touchdowns on the day. After a failed extra point by Fresno State kicker Colin McGuire, the score sat at 31-13.The Trojan offense responded, though, reeling off two straight touchdowns after that to increase their lead to 45-13. Allen, the 2013 team MVP, busted through Fresno State’s defense for a 9-yard touchdown before Kessler connected with Dixon for the Oxnard, California native’s first receiving touchdown as a Trojan.Kessler and the crop of freshmen stole the show, but there’s much to be said about USC’s defense as well — the Trojans held the Bulldogs to 317 total yards of offense, most of which came in the second half.With such a big lead in the second half Sarkisian allowed redshirt freshman quarterback Max Browne to get his first reps as a Trojan. Browne looked like a capable future leader, going 4-for-5 for 30 yards.Despite the record-setting performance and the impressive debuts of so many freshmen, Sarkisian seemed most proud of the fact that his team had fun. But it’s not all fun and games, as the Trojans must now prepare to head north to Palo Alto, California to begin Pac-12 play against Stanford, who has been a thorn in USC’s side for years.“We’ll enjoy it for a moment,” Sarkisian said. “We gotta get back to work.”last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom, in rallying international support aimed at addressing the needs of children throughout the world.The President commended the UNICEF Ambassador last week when he met with her at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia. Ambassador Bloom was accompanied to the meeting by UNICEF Country Representative Sheldon Yett.President Sirleaf used the occasion to praise UNICEF’s role in the fight against Ebola and its partnership in the cash transfer program being implemented by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection.She acknowledged the spirit of volunteerism and resilience of the young people, many of whom were working with UNICEF, who demonstrated leadership, empowerment and ownership to significantly reverse the trend amid the outbreak of EVD.The President intimated the pivotal role of surveillance in proportion to contact tracing that became a game-changer in the combat against the Ebola virus disease in the country. She had earlier, in an Executive Mansion press statement, praised the efforts of churches, faith-based institutions, doctors, nurses, the technical teams as well as everybody who rose to the occasion in the combat against the epidemic. It was important to recognize and support those that are making every effort to pull themselves out of a particularly challenging circumstance, she said.She then pinned Mr. Bloom with a Brussels Airlines inspired badge with the inscription: “Africa Is Not Ebola” and prevailed on him to continue to serve humanity.Ambassador Orlando Bloom had earlier thanked President Sirleaf and her government for leading the effort in bringing communities together to do so well for their country. He indicated that there is a difference between a war situation and the Ebola outbreak. “In war,” he said, “you can see your enemy unlike Ebola.”He said Liberians had indeed made remarkable progress. His visit was an opportunity to convey to the international community the need for support to keep blazing the trail.Mr. Bloom also visited Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties as well as the Township of West Point.Speaking to locals on the ground, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said his field visits to Bomi County brought him into contact with a lady who is a beneficiary of the cash transfer program.  She is currently engaged in the sale of charcoal and has managed to acquire a plot of land.  These kinds of interventions give hope and help to de-stigmatize people.Mr. Bloom praised the courage of young girls in the Township of West Point who have become the torchbearers of inspiration and a sense of belonging. For his part, UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Mr. Yett, informed President Sirleaf that the Goodwill Ambassador’s visit to Liberia was to see the incredible work government is doing in the fight against Ebola through social mobilization, community ownership and leadership structures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNita Ambani, founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation, has been nominated as an independent candidate to be a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) based out of Lausanne in Switzerland, it was announced on Friday.The election for membership, which officials say is a mere formality, is scheduled at the 129th IOC Session at Rio de Janeiro between August 2 and August 4. As per the new selection process, Ambani, when elected, will continue to serve as a member of the IOC until she reaches 70 years of age.IOC President Thomas Bach, announcing the eight candidates at a press conference in Lausanne, said: “This is a very outstanding group of personalities that are experts in their respective fields.”The list also includes Anant Singh of South Africa, a film producer who was raised in the country’s apartheid era and wrote a book on late President Nelson Mandela – “Long Walk to Freedom”. He also produced “Yesterday” that was South Africa’s first Oscar nominated movie.Among Indians, Ambani will be the first woman and the third individual to become a member of the IOC after the late Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh, who is currently an honorary member of the IOC.’HONOURED TO BE NOMINATED BY IOC'”It is truly an honour and a privilege to be nominated by IOC. I believe in the power of sport to shape our youth, to bring together communities and bridge gaps between cultures and generations,” said the 52-year-old social entrepreneur.”I am grateful to IOC for this opportunity, it’s a recognition of India and Indian women. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in meeting the goals of IOC,” she said in a statement.advertisementAmbani spearheads all of Reliance Industries’ initiatives in sports, notably cricket, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis and golf, either through the company, the foundation or its joint ventures.Sports is also an important component at the 13 schools overseen by her – which educate more than 15,000 students – and at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and the Reliance Foundation, company officials said.”Her grassroots programmes have reached out to over 3 million children.”Meanwhile, India’s Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has asked Mrs. Ambani if she would sponsor the Indian contingent for the Rio Games. Mrs Nita Ambani to be an IOC member from India ? How about sponsoring the Indian Olympic Team as a good will gesture ! Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 3, 2016AMBANI’S ROLE AS IOC MEMBERWhile she will represent the IOC and Olympic Movement in India, she is not a delegate of the Indian Olympic Association, which selects athletes to represent the country at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other global athletic meets.The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family – from the national Olympic committees, the global sports federations, the athletes themselves and the bodies organising the games, besides partnering with UN agencies.As regards its members, Since December 12, 1999, the number has been limited to 115, which includes a maximum of 70 individual members, 15 active athletes, 15 representatives of federations and 15 representatives of the national olympic committees.The nomination for Ambani also comes ahead of the upcoming Olympics games at in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from August 5-21. India’s medals count has fallen sharply from 71 at Atlanta and Sydney in 1996 and 2000 to 50 in Beijing in 2008 and 55 in London in 2012.SACHIN, SRK BACK THE MOVEBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar have welcomed the move and took to twitter to congratulate Nita Ambani. Both stars feel Mrs. Ambani will be able to promote sports at the grassroots level in India now.Congrats 2 Nita Ambani on being nominated to International Olympic Committee.Awesum darling.Now sports to b promoted at grassroots level Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 3, 2016Congratulations #NitaAmbani on nomination to #IOC. Her passion for sports development is laudable. Proud moment for India & Women Power! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 3, 2016last_img read more