Eric Johnson Web http://ericjohnsonweb.com/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Eric Johnson Web http://ericjohnsonweb.com/ 32 32 NRL 2022: State of Origin, NSW Blues, Nicho Hynes, Matt Burton https://ericjohnsonweb.com/nrl-2022-state-of-origin-nsw-blues-nicho-hynes-matt-burton/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 10:14:33 +0000 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/nrl-2022-state-of-origin-nsw-blues-nicho-hynes-matt-burton/

Blues center Matt Burton shrugged off concerns about his fitness for Origin III after sitting out training on Wednesday, but NSW manager Brad Fittler could consider bringing a new player to the squad after Nicho Hynes has tested positive for COVID.

Hynes was briefly in the NSW camp on Monday but did not travel with the team to Kingscliff as he was due to play for Cronulla in Thursday night’s game against the Storm, but a positive PCR test on Wednesday ruled him out.

Blues officials said the other 21 players returned negative RAT tests.

The Sharks playmaker was the 18th man in Perth and was due to join the Blues side on Friday but will now be quarantined in Sydney. His Sharks teammate Toby Rudolf also tested positive.

NSW officials said Hynes was only with the team from 3pm to 5pm on Monday at an airport hotel and all players and staff were RAT tested twice a day, all results being negative.



Hynes was the 18th man in Perth and was due to join the Blues side on Friday
©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


NSW officials said Hynes was only with the team from 3pm to 5pm on Monday at an airport hotel and all players and staff were RAT tested twice a day, all results being negative.

It’s unclear at this point if Fittler will want to add another player to the squad, but he doesn’t have a halfback in the squad should anything happen to Nathan Cleary ahead of Wednesday night’s series decider. next at Suncorp Stadium.

Jack Wighton was named as the 18th man, while Burton could also fill in as a five-eighth if needed, with Jarome Luai moving to full-back.

However, Fittler could turn to Mitchell Moses of Parramatta, who replaced Cleary in the last game of last year, if he feels the need for a specialist halfback in the 22-man squad.


Wighton, who was NSW's best player in Origin I, trained at center left

Wighton, who was NSW’s best player in Origin I, trained at center left
©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


Meanwhile, Burton is set to train with the Blues on Thursday after Fittler and his coaching staff decided not to take any risks with a minor calf injury hampering the Bulldogs star.

Wighton trained in place of Burton at centre-left, where he played in the opening series of the 16-10 defeat at the Accor Stadium before being dropped from Origin II due to COVID.

Burton, who retained his place ahead of Wighton after making his Perth debut, insisted he was fine but NSW staff felt it was best for him to be spared the heavy ground at Cudgen following a steady rain in northern NSW since the end of last week.

“It’s obviously a bit slippery out there so we didn’t think it was worth the risk today, but I’ll be happy to go tomorrow,” Burton said. “It’s a long week so I didn’t want to take any chances.”

The Blues flew to Kingscliff on Monday night to escape bad weather in Sydney, but conditions were little better in Lismore on Tuesday, where the team trained barefoot on a muddy Oakes Oval, or Cudgen.



Burton tells us about his debut with Origin

The team were originally due to train at Burger Fields in Kingscliff, but the ground was in poor condition after hosting home games in wet conditions.

However, New South Wales officials may have to find another training ground if the rain continues as the Cudgen Leagues Club ground was heavily waterlogged on Wednesday.

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The second annual Big Grass Bluegrass Festival planned for Paragould https://ericjohnsonweb.com/the-second-annual-big-grass-bluegrass-festival-planned-for-paragould/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 23:58:06 +0000 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/the-second-annual-big-grass-bluegrass-festival-planned-for-paragould/

The second annual Big Grass Bluegrass Festival will take place July 21-23 in downtown Paragould. The event is presented by the Collins Theater Foundation with support from KASU, as well as the Paragould Advertising and Promotion Commission, MOR Media, Hedge’s Roto-Rooter and First National Bank.

The center of festival activities will be the Collins Theatre. It was opened in 1925 and has hosted numerous concerts, community theater productions, theater screenings and community events over its history.

Since 2010, the Collins Theater has hosted KASU-FM’s monthly Bluegrass Monday concert series. The continued success of this concert series led the Collins Theater board to plan its first-ever bluegrass festival for 2020, which was later postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. This first festival featured Rhonda Vincent, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, High Fidelity, Breaking Grass and other nationally acclaimed bands.

The Collins Theater was awarded Venue of the Year at the 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards. The Big Grass Bluegrass Festival is a non-profit event, and proceeds will go to the theater’s foundation, ensuring many other events can continue to stand in this important place.

The Festival will open with an evening of “bluegrass meet rock-and-roll”. The Hillbenders, an acoustic band based in southwestern Missouri, will perform their WhoGrass show, which features bluegrass-inspired arrangements of songs by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Who. That same night, the Cleverlys will perform their unique and hilarious show which mixes comedy with bluegrass versions of pop, rock, hip-hop and rap songs.

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 2022 Artist of the Year, The Kody Norris Show, will perform on July 22, alongside two other artists nominated for the honor this year, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. and the Grascals.

Two shows will be presented at the theater on July 23, each featuring three well-known, chart-topping and award-winning artists: The Daryl Mosley Band, Nothin’ Fancy and the Lonesome River Band.

Local vendors and food trucks will be present as well as activities for children.

On July 23, in nearby Centennial Park, many local and regional bluegrass and country artists will perform for free in front of crowds. The 2022 Arkansas Country Music Award winner for Young Artist of the Year, Sylamore Special, will perform at this park alongside The Voice Season 17 contestant Cory Jackson, bands Magnolia Wind and Sand Creek and singer-songwriter Chad Garrett.

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‘This is not freedom’: 4th of July shooting shakes Chicago and shocks the United States | Chicago https://ericjohnsonweb.com/this-is-not-freedom-4th-of-july-shooting-shakes-chicago-and-shocks-the-united-states-chicago/ Tue, 05 Jul 2022 01:41:00 +0000 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/this-is-not-freedom-4th-of-july-shooting-shakes-chicago-and-shocks-the-united-states-chicago/

The shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park that left at least six people dead and 24 injured rocked the small, affluent community in suburban Chicago and shocked the United States as a whole.

It is the latest in a string of mass murders that have recently included a Texas school shooting and the racist massacre of black shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

But this latest mass murder took on a particularly symbolic note as the shooter took aim at a parade of flags celebrating the country’s National Day and – once again – has forced Americans to wonder how and why their nation is so often hit. by such bloody attacks.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said: “This morning at 10:14 a.m. our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to the core. Our thoughts are with the victims at this devastating time. On this day when we have come together to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and struggle against the terror that has been inflicted on us.

People run as gunshots are heard during 4th of July parade in Chicago – video

Video capturing the parade showed members of a marching band fleeing as gunfire was heard nearby. The suspect, described as a black-haired white man in his late teens or twenties, has still not been found.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill called the shooting a “horrific, senseless and random act of violence”.

the entire Highland Park community. Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody. If anyone has any information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.

— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 4, 2022

Giffords Courage, the gun advocacy organization led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot at a public event in Tuscon, Arizona, in 2011, responded to the shooting in the Illinois: “A mass shooting has people running for their lives at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Several people are reported dead or injured. It is not normal. We should be able to live without fear of being shot down.

A mass shooting has people running for their lives during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Several people are reported dead or injured.

It is not normal. We should be able to live without fear of being shot down. https://t.co/d0DSncsGIN

— Giffords (@GiffordsCourage) July 4, 2022

Shannon Watts, founder of gun reform group Mom’s Demand, said: ‘The media reported that the shooter – a white teenager or young male – had a rifle and was in a ‘sniper position’ on a rooftop as he picked up people below at the Highland Park parade. It is not freedom; it is terrorism.

American singer and 80s pop-rock icon Richard Marx, from Highland Park, tweeted: “My heart is still broken by this constant mass shooting no matter where it happens, but today I even more heartbroken. And even more angry at the absurdity.

Local politicians also weighed in and pledged to take action to end gun violence in the United States – although such sentiments are often expressed in the wake of these tragedies and there is rarely significant progress. to gun reform.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said: “Grief will not bring back the victims and prayers alone will not end the terror of gun violence rampant in our country…we must and we will end this scourge of armed violence.”

Shortly before the tragedy, the National Rifle Association gun lobby shared a message on Twitter in honor of Independence Day: “We are a country because of brave souls with guns that enjoyed and fought for freedom and freedom.”

A bald eagle was depicted in the video associated with the tweet, accompanied by a voice-over: “The only reason you celebrate Independence Day is because the citizens were armed. Happy 4th of July from the National Rifle Association of America.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Digital Center – London Jazz News https://ericjohnsonweb.com/edinburgh-jazz-blues-festival-digital-center-london-jazz-news/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 10:24:18 +0000 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/edinburgh-jazz-blues-festival-digital-center-london-jazz-news/

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is giving music fans the chance to access some of its programme, even if they can’t travel to Scotland’s capital in person. Rob Adams reports:

A new digital hub will host twenty concerts, which can be viewed online with a £10 pass, and while the festival runs from July 15-24, pass holders will be able to watch concerts until August 14. Plus, if they particularly enjoy them, they can go back and watch any of the concerts as many times as they want from the comfort of their own home.

The concerts, which include both live-streamed events and digital exclusives, include performances by some of Scotland’s finest musicians, including pianists Brian Kellock and Fergus McCreadie, new festival commissions and international talent in styles ranging from big band to electric blues. There’s also an exclusive concert by the San Francisco star SFJazz collectivewhose current line-up includes singer Gretchen Parlato and saxophonists Chris Potter and David Sanchez.

A live broadcast on Friday July 15 will allow viewers around the world to experience the festival’s opening gala concert, which features the singer, violinist and broadcaster Seonaid Aitken in front of a big band specially convened to celebrate the repertoire of timeless songs of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Guests, including young singing talent from Glasgow kittythe star saxophonist of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Konrad Wiszniewski and Italian trumpeter Daniele Raimondi will add on occasion.

Konrad Wiszniewski
Konrad Wiszniewski. Photo credit: Derek Clark

Wiszniewski and Raimondi will also be broadcast live on Tuesday 19, showcasing their remarkable talents leading a quintet with pianist Alan Benziebass player Mario Caribe and drummer Doug Hough. Two more of Scotland’s finest tenor saxophonists, Brian Molley (Monday 18) and John Burgess (Wednesday 20) will commemorate Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba and Buddy Rich’s Big Swing Face respectively.

Special Festival Commissions feature new music from the pianist and BBC Next Generation artist Fergus McCreadie (Saturday 16) and saxophonist Martin Kershaw (Wednesday 20). Both musicians chose to write for octets, although they were of quite different instrumentation, Kershaw continuing the literary influence of his David Foster Wallace-inspired suite, Dreaming of ourselvescelebrating some of his favorite poets.

Pianists Brian Kellock, David Milligan and Paolo Alderighi appear in different settings. Kellock joins Australian guitarist Dave Blenkhorn and bassist Roy Percy during a swing session on Tuesday the 21st. Milligan teams up with the saxophonist Norman Willmore to share their mutual enthusiasm for marrying jazz with folk music influences on Friday the 22nd. And the Italian Alderighi’s trio favors the joyfully playful style of Erroll Garner on Tuesday the 19th.

Brian Kellock
Brian Kellock. Photo credit: Louis de Carlo

Best British Quartet Dinosaur present their instrumental trumpet music on Sunday 17 and the singers Ali Affleck (Monday 18) and Kitti (Thursday 21) respectively delve into the soul, blues and gospel styles of Nina Simone and feature original songs that follow in the footsteps of Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys.

The southern states of America provide the musical roots of Blues Legends (Saturday 23) and brass okra (Sunday 24). Based in Edinburgh jaw walk will guide audiences through the first, tracing the blues’ journey from rural Mississippi to its electric urban developments in Chicago, and though their style is very close to New Orleans brass band tradition, Brass Gumbo will turn to a different riverside town, Liverpool, as they play Beatles favourites.

In addition to the SFJazz Collective’s musical expression of the unrest and polarization sparked by the current socio-political situation, there are digital concerts featuring Scottish bands fronted by drummer Richard Glassbysaxophonist Matthew Kilnerguitarist Conor Smithand trumpeter Colin Steel.

Glassby and Kilner are two of the most accomplished young musicians and composers on the Scottish scene with thoughtful approaches to creating powerful and imaginative music. Followers of the Hot Club school of jazz swing, Smith’s band will add a touch of steel pedal guitar to Tin Pan Alley standards, and Steele will lead a new sextet as he continues his a successful marriage of the harmonic and rhythmic heritage of jazz with the phrasing and melodic inflections of the Scottish tradition.

“Introducing the hub to our website to host these concerts is a continuation of what we have learned with online presentations over the past few years,” says Paula Duncan, Head of Marketing and Audience Development of the festival. “It gives us a chance to reach new audiences and continue to showcase jazz and blues in Scotland, the UK and around the world.”

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Fireworks, Country Fest, Music by the Sea series: events this week https://ericjohnsonweb.com/fireworks-country-fest-music-by-the-sea-series-events-this-week/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 01:04:02 +0000 https://ericjohnsonweb.com/fireworks-country-fest-music-by-the-sea-series-events-this-week/

Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Dover

Dover kicks off Independence Day with its annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday July 4. Artists from the Garrison Players Arts Center will portray John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and read the Declaration at 9 a.m. on the steps of Dover Town Hall. . Mayor Robert Carrier will also speak.

Naturalization ceremony open to the public at Strawbery Banke

Strawbery Banke Museum in partnership with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the United States District Court – District of New Hampshire celebrates Independence Day by welcoming 75 new citizens in a ceremony of naturalization on Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the museum. The public is invited to attend the naturalization ceremony free of charge. For more information, visit StrawberyBanke.org/events/American-Celebration.cfm. Parking at the Strawbery Banke Museum is extremely limited. If the car park is full, visitors are encouraged to try nearby off-site parking options, including Portsmouth’s two car parks.

4th of July Parade in Brentwood

There will be a 4th of July Parade starting at the Brentwood Highway Shed on Monday, July 4 starting at 10 a.m.

The Portsmouth fireworks display over South Mill Pond on Monday 5th July 2021 to celebrate the 4th of July.

Fireworks are on the rise in Hampton Beach

There will be a fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at the top of B and C streets at 9:30 p.m. in Hampton Beach. Check facebook.com/HamptonNHBeach for weather updates.

4th of July Weekend in Hampton Beach:Fireworks, music and more

Fireworks over Kennebunk Beach

A traditional fireworks display will take place Monday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at Kennebunk Beach.