Swipe Out Hunger broadens its message

first_imgFor the past four years, the student-run organization Swipes for the Homeless has been a fixture on campus for collecting unused meal swipes and discretionary funds.This semester, however, the organization has refocused its mission and adopted a new title to reflect its broadened vision: Swipe Out Hunger.During the last two weeks of each semester, members of Swipe Out Hunger set up a table outside of dining halls and dormitories to invite students to donate their unused meal swipes by providing their name, student ID number, meal plan option and signature. Students are also able to donate using the Tapingo app and selecting the Swipes option on the menu. When students sign up to donate, they are given information on local hunger and homelessness.Each year, the funds raised through the program are donated to local nonprofits. Last semester, the USC chapter collaborated with USC Hospitality to contribute its funds to Los Angeles Mission, a local homeless shelter and recovery program.“It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the USC community when the farthest place you go to is The Row … but there’s so much going on outside of USC. We can’t forget that we live in the homelessness capital of the nation. We need to be more aware of our surroundings,” said Nana Sarkodee-Adoo, president of USC’s Swipe Out Hunger chapter.According to representatives from Swipes’s national organizers, the recent name change stemmed “from a desire to operate closer to our core values of empowering students into action, ending hunger and having the Swipes brand better inform our actions in the world.”Individual campus chapters were given the choice to keep the organization’s founding name or adopt the new title.Students can continue to spend dining dollars after they sign up for the Swipes program; the remaining balance is contributed to the program.“I participate in Swipes because I like having the opportunity to be an on-campus advocate for homeless individuals and the struggles they are facing, which includes hunger, but also issues such as housing, finding jobs or receiving medial treatment,” said Thalia Henderson, a junior majoring in creative writing and social sciences.Swipe Out Hunger, founded in 2009 by UCLA alum Rachel Sumekh, now has chapters at 13 colleges nationwide including UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State.In the spring of last year, Sarkodee-Adoo served as Swipes campaign director, and this fall, she served as vice president.This semester, the USC Swipes chapter planned volunteer events at Midnight Mission, a non-profit on Skid Row that serves meals to the homeless three times a day. In the fall, Swipes partnered with the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Ground Zero to hold a canned food drive.The USC Chapter has six executive board members, including two individuals who joined the board last week.Last Wednesday, the organization made blankets for the Downtown Women’s Center, and soon the members will visit the shelter to donate them.“To be honest, leading the organization has been an interesting experience. It’s definitely hard at times when you’re at an event, and you don’t have enough volunteers or if you can’t convince students to go to a shelter and serve meals on a Friday night. But it’s always inspiring to see our numbers at the end of the semester. Last semester, we raised over $20,000,” said Sarkodee-Adoo, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning & development.In the coming year, Sarkodee-Adoo hopes to broaden the organization’s scope and transition from being active just at the end of the year to providing programming all semester. Next semester, the chapter plans to hold a service event at the end of each month and coordinate transportation to the events to improve student participation.Sarkodee-Adoo said that she appreciates Swipes because it provides a direct donation process for students.“I’ve always had the desire to help people. Swipes is just a different way of helping people because it creates a way for students to directly donate to the cause. I really like it because it stands out. It’s not something that everyone else does. It’s really unique to our organization,” Sarkodee-Adoo said.last_img read more

Rebecca Soni continues USC’s Olympic success

first_imgFor Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni, the last month of summer seemed nothing out of the ordinary for a Trojan alumna. She met up with old friends, relaxed as much as possible and took a trip to London.Back for more · Former USC swimmer Rebecca Soni won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She won two more at the 2012 London games, but has yet to commit to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. – Photo courtesy of Sports Information The primary difference was Soni returned from that trip across the pond with two gold medals.After taking home a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing after her junior season at USC, Soni successfully defended her title in  London. She also took home gold as a member of the U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team and nabbed silver in the 100-meter breaststroke.Among Soni’s surplus of accomplishments in London, the U.S. swim team captain singled out her gold-medal-winning swim in the 200-meter backstroke as her crowning achievement.“I was so happy to break the 2:19 mark,” Soni said.Before becoming the first woman in history to swim the 200-meter breaststroke in under two minutes and 19 seconds, the signs for Soni’s record-breaking performance were present.“In her warm-up preceding her 200-meter final, there was a breakthrough moment,” said USC swimming coach and Team USA assistant women’s coach Dave Salo, who has been Soni’s coach for almost six years.In pre-competition workouts, Soni always warms up the same way: three 50-meter laps. Salo noticed something about her on that night.“She hit those paces dead-on — [the] right number of stroke counts — and it kind of came easy,” Salo explained. “It was a quiet moment between her and me where we kind of looked at each other and had that acknowledgement that ‘you’re going to be really special tonight.’”Sure enough, less than 2 1/2 minutes later, the pair’s forecast proved correct. Before her journey to the Olympics, though, Soni arrived at USC in the fall of 2005 out of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, N.J.“It was a pretty big decision to come all the way from New Jersey,” Soni said. “Everything all kind of came together. It was a fit between the swimming program and the academic challenge.”Despite the adjustment, her success as a Trojan was immediate and resounding. She won the national title in the 200-yard breaststroke as a freshman in 2006, and proceeded to be the first woman in NCAA history to win the 200-yard breaststroke event four years in a row. She also won two national titles, one in the 100-yard breaststroke and another in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2008.More impressively, she won gold in Beijing the summer after being a full-time student. Though some Olympic athletes might take a semester or a year off to train for the Games, Soni took a full course load in addition to training during her junior year.Along the way, she continually received advice from Salo about swimming and life.“‘Swim in your own lane — in and out of the pool,’” Soni recalled as the piece of advice she remembers most from Salo. “He said to follow your own path and do what makes sense to you.”This attitude partially inspired Soni’s switch from majoring in business administration to communication.“Being a [communication] major was not my original interest, but it made me learn how to do something outside of my comfort level,” Soni said. “It taught me how to get my point across.”Though Soni has found success on an international level, her achievements have not overshadowed the pride she feels toward her alma mater.“It’s great being from such an amazing school with over 40 athletes in the Olympics, and a school that cherishes its Olympians,” Soni said. “My medals are not just for Team USA, but I’m also bringing them home for USC.”After earning three of USC’s 25 medals from London, Soni’s six total medals now ties her with track athlete Allyson Felix and former Australian swimmer Murray Rose for the most medals won by a Trojan alumna.In addition to her personal accomplishments, Soni is also active in helping the current generation of Trojan athletes find success.Soni has been a volunteer swim coach for the Trojans the last two years and will do so again this upcoming season. By swimming with the current squad and giving advice on technique, Soni feels her role is mutually beneficial.“I’m not a certified instructor,” Soni said. “I just go out there and teach. Even though I’m a professional athlete now, it’s helped me to stay a part of the team.”Salo has reaped the benefits of having the star around. “She’s a great resource,” Salo explained. “She’s still swimming and not too far removed from our program that she can’t enlighten the kids to what it’s like to be a Trojan swimmer.”Soni maintains other connections to USC swimming, as well. Though no longer a student, she and her boyfriend, fellow gold medalist Ricky Berens, and many of the world’s top swimmers are a part of the Trojan Swim Club.Coached by Salo, the team is exclusively for post-graduates and is another source of pride for Soni.“She really has changed the profile of the athlete coming to USC and the how post-grads and international swimmers view our program,” Salo said.last_img read more

Kenny Smith on Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington: ‘He made (New York City basketball) what it was’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Wednesday during a broadcast of NBA on TNT, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a former AAU teammate of Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, discussed the late Syracuse legend. He praised Washington for what he did for New York City basketball and the attention Washington brought to Smith and Mark Jackson, the former New York Knicks guard and past coach of the Golden State Warriors. Here is the transcript of what Smith said:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Washington) was a man amongst boys for us. He was the guy and the rabbit we all chased. We came out the same class … the best New York City basketball class with Mark Jackson, Pearl Washington and myself at that point guard position ever in that era.“So he was the guy we always looked up to. We always wanted to measure ourselves next to Pearl. We played AAU together. We traveled the world together. One thing he did was bring so much attention to New York City that people noticed us.“I’m so happy before he passed, I got an opportunity maybe like eight years ago, I called him up and said, ‘I just want to thank you, man … Thank you for being who you were, because I would never be who I am if it wasn’t for you. Mark Jackson, I know, would not be who he is without him.“… He made (New York City basketball) for my era, he made it what it was.” Commentscenter_img Published on April 20, 2016 at 8:48 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 101-59 victory over South Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished against South Carolina State on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The No. 18 Orange (4-0) defeated the Bulldogs (1-3), 101-59, thanks to a well-rounded offensive display that saw six players reach double-digits. S.C. State entered the game ranked as the 320th-best team in Division I and SU picked it apart as the game progressed.Here are three takeaways from the contest.Tyler Lydon shows versatilityIn the first three games of the season, Lydon went 2-for-8 from deep. On Tuesday night, he went 4-for-5 from long range. His fourth put Syracuse over the 70-point mark, before fans cheered for ‘Taco Time.’ Throughout the game, he found open spots on the perimeter and cashed in.Lydon finished with 14 points, three shy of his season-high 17 against Holy Cross. He also recorded 10 rebounds, good for the Orange’s first double-double performance of the year. (Frank Howard and Tyler Roberson also recorded double-doubles against SCSU, the first time three SU players did such a feat since March 2008.)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaurean Thompson returnsAfter leaving Syracuse’s last game with about two minutes remaining, Thompson returned with another decent performance. He landed awkwardly against Monmouth and didn’t put any pressure on his left foot as he was helped off the court. Five minutes into Tuesday’s game, Thompson checked in.He scored 12 points in 24 minutes. His most emphatic play came with just under five minutes to play in the half. He backed down his defender, spun toward the center of the court and threw down a one-handed dunk to put Syracuse up by 17.After Friday’s game against Monmouth, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he wasn’t encouraged by Thompson’s play. He scored 12 points but missed several rotations on the defensive end.In the second half on Tuesday, Thompson knocked down a mid-range jumper to push the Orange’s lead to 21. He held his follow-through as SU was well on its way to victory.The press still needs some workSyracuse got off to a 15-3 lead but cooled off from there. The Orange went to its press defense but the Bulldogs repeatedly used cross-court passes to move the ball up the court. Ten of S.C. State’s 31 first-half points came on the fast break.center_img South Carolina State hit only five of its 27 attempted 3-pointers. The Bulldogs had chances to expose the Orange but couldn’t knock down their shots.South Carolina State finished the game with 18 of its points coming on fast breaks. But that number could have been much higher considering how often the Bulldogs broke the Orange’s press. Commentslast_img read more

Statistics to consider ahead of the SUPER SUNDAY

first_imgRecord win & defeat Neutral Ground330091 Arsenal7 – 3Manchester City1956/1957 Popular Prediction: Both team to scoreManchester City vs ArsenalVenue: Etihad StadiumTime: 3:15p.mRecord:  Games against each other in all competitions. Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal At Home8753211316077 PlayedWonDrawLostGoal ArsenalGoal Man Citycenter_img Manchester City4 – 0Arsenal1912/1913 Arsenal Away88372229131118 Manchester City1 – 5Arsenal2002/2003 Facts to note :Manchester City :The club’s most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup under the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football for the only time in their history in 1998. Having regained their Premier League status in the early 2000s, the club was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group and has since become one of the wealthiest in the world. Since 2011, the club have won five major honours, including the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.Manchester City Football Club is a football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894.Arsenal :This will be the first season that Arsenal will not be participating in the UEFA Champions League since 1997–98The season will be the 21st straight season under manager Arsène Wenger and covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.Nickname(s)    The GunnersFounded          1886; 131 years agoThe club has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, the League Centenary Trophy, 15 FA Community Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. It has won the second-most top-flight matches in English football history,[3] and is the only English club to go a 38-match league season unbeatenMatch Facts:Man City have won their last 8 matches (Premier League).Man City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 4 home matches (Premier League)Arsenal are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches against Man City in all competitionsManchester City are clear favourites, they need to defend better than what they have in recent home clashes against the Gunners. Arsenal have scored at least two goals in four of their last five visits to the Etihad.Arsenal have won 10 of their last 13 matches in all competitions but we are still waiting for Arsene Wenger’s side to play their best football, which, in a sense, bodes well for the Gunners. However, failure to produce their best on Sunday may result in a big home win for City.Relatedlast_img read more

JackpotJoy CEO hails strong results despite ‘turbulent year’

first_imgShare Cash-focused Gamesys sanctions £40m debt repayment  March 3, 2020 JackpotJoy Plc has posted impressive growth figures in its maiden results on the London Stock Exchange after the online operator’s move from Toronto and rebranding from the Intertain name. The firm has announced strong group financial performance on a like-for-like basis with revenue growth of 15% and adjusted EBITDA growth of 19%, with record cash generation for the year in the shape of £83.0m of operating cash flow.CEO Andrew McIver commented: “The past financial year has been a turbulent one for the Group, so I am pleased to be reporting strong results today, which clearly demonstrate the strength of our brands across the portfolio. Strong group revenue growth of 15% has been driven by growth across all our business units, with our largest brand, Jackpotjoy, reporting impressive growth of 17%.”The company said that Jackpotjoy plc is ‘ideally positioned’ to take advantage of future growth in the online gaming sector, which it said will be driven by a combination of improved accessibility of customers through the growing use of mobile devices, expanding customer demographics, and regulatory trends that are opening more markets up to online gaming.The value of the global online casino and online bingo market is forecast to be approximately €12 billion by 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate of more than approximately 10% from 2014 (source: H2 Gambling Capital 2015) while mobile gambling is expected to grow at double-digit rates. Last year the company’s three business segments – Jackpotjoy, Vera&John and Mandalay – all reported organic growth.McIver added: “Looking ahead to 2017, I am excited about what the year holds for Jackpotjoy plc, following our listing on the London Stock Exchange in January 2017. I am confident that our strong portfolio of brands will continue to deliver strong organic growth and this is further evidenced by the 10% revenue growth year-on-year we are forecasting for Q1 2017.”Another important development for the group was the new deal it signed with its major supplier Gamesys. Chairman Neil Goulden emphasised the importance of this new agreement to shareholders. “Prior to the London listing, Intertain raised additional debt financing in an aggregate sterling equivalent amount of £160 million, whereby proceeds were used to fund a £150 million pre-payment of the earn-out relating to the Jackpotjoy and Starspins brands. This pre-payment to Gamesys also made effective the amendments to the Gamesys group agreements.”Key terms of the Amendments included wo-year additional non-competition covenants from the Gamesys group (to April 2019), a five-year extension of terms of the operating agreements (to April 2030), with a corresponding extension of the term of the content licensing agreement (to April 2040); and the introduction of an aggregate cap of £375m on Intertain’s aggregate earn-out obligations (previously uncapped).Goulden added: “It was an easy decision to renegotiate our contracts with the Gamesys group (our platform and service provider for the Jackpotjoy brands), as we believe the Gamesys group’s platform is the best in the market and provides us with a unique and competitive edge. We value our long-term partnership with the Gamesys group, the results of which are reflected in our market share and brand performance.“The additional debt financing was an important step for the Group. Not only did it provide certainty regarding our future capital structure, the amendments to the Gamesys group agreements will further solidify our strong operating relationship with the Gamesys group.” Share Related Articles Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020last_img read more

Dodgers slug their way past Brewers with 7 home runs in 21-5 win

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It was fun,” Bellinger said. “You never expect to score that many runs, but when you do, you just try to take advantage of it when you’re at the plate. I think we did a pretty good job of that today.”The 21 runs set a Dodger Stadium record and fell one shy of the franchise single-game record for any ballpark. According to Stats, LLC, Bellinger, Pederson and Puig became the first trio of outfielders with at least four RBIs in a game since 1964. All nine Dodgers starters recorded at least one hit, including pitcher Clayton Kershaw.Puig had three of the Dodgers’ 18 hits. Bellinger, Dozier, Max Muncy and Kiké Hernandez collected two hits apiece.Turner’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was his first since June 29. He had spent the previous 10 days on the disabled list resting a strained adductor muscle.“I felt good in the box all night,” Turner said. “I felt like I saw the ball good. Timing was good.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, has a little fun with Actor Kevin Hart along with Kourtney Kardashian as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp looks on after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) flips his bat after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) rounds third base after hitting a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson points to the sky after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates with manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun after striking out looking against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (22) smiles in the dugout after scoring on a passed ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado argues with home plate Brian Knight (91) after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts looks on against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig looks on against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig smiles at swinging and missing during a at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner against the Milwaukee Brewers during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches his three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates after teammate Brian Dozier (not pictured) hits a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Brian Dozier (6) celebrates with teammates Cody Bellinger (35) and Justin Turner (10) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of Thursday’s 21-5 victory over the the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier (6) high fives manager Dave Roberts after hitting a three run home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger after hitting a grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell walks to the mound to change pitchers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, left, takes the ball from Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (not pictured) singles past a diving Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich (not pictured) singles past a diving Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar high fives teammates after a hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado smiles during a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Dodgers won 21-5. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, right, is congratulated by Ryan Braun after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, front, as catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight watch during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, gestures as he scores after hitting a solo home run, next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, is hit on the ear by the bat of Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Schoop during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, center, holds his ear after being hit by the bat of Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Schoop, left, as home plate umpire Brian Knight looks on during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier hits a three-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches his three-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich, right, scores on his solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Erik Kratz at first during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits a grand slam during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his grand slam off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, foreground, during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, rounds third after hitting a grand slam as Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin stands near the mound during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) is congratulated by Justin Turner, left, and Manny Machado after hitting a grand slam, as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz watches during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson runs to first as he hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his two-run home run, next to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits a two-run home run in front of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig heads toward first on his two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Hernan Perez, front, normally an infielder, during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar hits a three-run home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal and home plate umpire Brian Knight during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw stretches in left field prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, left, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian throws out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Actor Kevin Hart, right, along with Kourtney Kardashian with Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, left, has a little fun with Actor Kevin Hart along with Kourtney Kardashian as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp looks on after throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 62Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger lost a home run Tuesday when Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain made a leaping catch above the wall. Bellinger lost a double Wednesday when a line drive landed inches outside the right-field chalk.Batting with the bases loaded in the third inning Thursday, you could see Bellinger gauge his unfolding fortunes like a cynic. As his fly ball drifted toward the right-field corner, Bellinger stepped cautiously toward first base, never letting go of his bat. When the ball clanged off the yellow foul pole, Bellinger at last turned toward his teammates in the third-base dugout. It was safe to celebrate.The Dodgers did a lot of celebrating Thursday.Bellinger’s grand slam was one of seven Dodger home runs in a 21-5 win. Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig homered twice. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner homered once. The Dodgers set season highs for homers, runs, and runs in a single inning; their nine-run outburst in the seventh turned a lopsided baseball game into a score more common to football.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire After Manny Machado singled with one out in the third inning, Turner was hit by a pitch by Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (10-4). The next batter, Yasmani Grandal, drew a walk to load the bases for Bellinger.After taking a fastball for a strike, Bellinger crushed a slider over the plate for his 18th home run of the season. He said he lost sight of it until it clanged off the pole. The Dodgers led 6-1, eliminating the night’s last glimmer of suspense.Bellinger had batted 102 times since his last home run on July 2. He hit .218 in that span.“I give Belly a lot of credit,” Kershaw said. “He really hasn’t gotten down too much. He really hasn’t pouted, hasn’t hung his head as much as he probably could or would have. I think it’s a testament to his maturity, a testament to him as a guy. We need him, we love him, and he’s a big part of our offense.”Bellinger, who finished 2 for 4 with five RBIs, conceded it wasn’t always easy to stay positive.“You want to perform every single day, and when you know you’re not performing to your capability it’s frustrating, but I have to give credit also to my teammates and my coaching staff for giving me good advice, helping me keep going.”Chacin, who allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 4-1/3 innings, saw his earned-run average balloon from 3.45 to 3.89. By the time the score was 15-5 in the seventh inning, Manager Craig Counsell turned to position player Hernan Perez to pitch. Perez was charged with five runs in one inning.The eighth inning was catcher Erik Kratz’s turn to pitch. He was the only Milwaukee pitcher who did not allow a run.It was a remarkable 48-hour turnaround for the Dodgers, who struggled to muster any offense in three consecutive losses. Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson carried a perfect game into the fifth inning on Wednesday, before a 10th-inning home run by Grandal walked the Brewers off the field.The Dodgers’ offense continued to steamroll into Thursday. They never trailed after the top of the first inning.Kershaw (5-5), who was making his 306th career start, had never benefited from more than 15 runs of support. In six innings the left-hander allowed two runs, including one when Christian Yelich scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Kershaw struck out seven batters before turning the game over to the bullpen with a seven-run lead.Related Articles The win lifted the Dodgers (61-49) into first place in the National League West, one game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (60-50) and two ahead of the Colorado Rockies (58-50).By splitting the four-game series with Milwaukee, the Dodgers took four of seven games in the season series.Thursday was the first time that Turner batted in the same lineup with Machado and Dozier, who were acquired in July trades. Muncy and Chris Taylor did not start, and outfielder Matt Kemp got the night off altogether. Austin Barnes rounded out the bench as Chase Utley began his stay on the 10-day disabled list.It might not have been the most accurate preview of the new-look Dodger lineup, but it was encouraging nonetheless.“I have to come to the resolution that we have a deep bench,” Manager Dave Roberts said, “and they’re not starting but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to come in and contribute at some point in time during that game. That’s the message to anyone that’s sitting that particular day. They all want to be in there and they all have in their own right a case to be in our lineup that night, but there’s only eight positions that can play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Round 2 of winter weather to impact area tonight through Tuesday night

first_imgURGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service Des Moines IA1038 AM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…A Wintry Mix of Precipitation Tonight Into Tuesday Night….A complex storm will bring a mixture of light freezing drizzle,light freezing rain, snow, and wind to the state. Over portions ofsouthern Iowa, even just rain may occur part of Tuesday. Theheaviest snow along with a glaze of ice is expected over northernIowa while over the southern Iowa a mixture of snow and ice isanticipated. Hazardous travel is expected over much of the statestarting later tonight into Tuesday night.IAZ006-007-016-017-025>028-036>039-047>049-059-060-072-073-081>083-092>094-220045-/O.CON.KDMX.WW.Y.0006.190122T0600Z-190123T0600Z/Winnebago-Worth-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Wright-Franklin-Butler-Bremer-Hamilton-Hardin-Grundy-Black Hawk-Boone-Story-Marshall-Dallas-Polk-Madison-Warren-Adams-Union-Clarke-Taylor-Ringgold-Decatur-Including the cities of Forest City, Lake Mills, Northwood,Manly, Garner, Britt, Kanawha, Mason City, Clear Lake,Eagle Grove, Clarion, Belmond, Hampton, Parkersburg, Clarksville,Shell Rock, Greene, Aplington, Allison, Dumont, Waverly,Webster City, Iowa Falls, Eldora, Ackley, Grundy Center,Reinbeck, Conrad, Dike, Wellsburg, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Boone,Ames, Marshalltown, Perry, Waukee, Adel, Des Moines, Winterset,Earlham, Indianola, Norwalk, Carlisle, Corning, Creston, Osceola,Bedford, Lenox, New Market, Mount Ayr, Lamoni, and Leon1038 AM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHTTONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 6 inches north of Highway 20; 3-5 inches along and south of Highway 20 to around Highway 30 with around 2 inches along Interstate 80. Ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch expected.* WHERE…Portions of southwest, central, and northern Iowa.* WHEN…From midnight tonight to midnight CST Tuesday night.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact travel starting later tonight into Tuesday night.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet orfreezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slipperyroads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from canbe obtained by calling 5 1 1.=======================URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service La Crosse WI323 AM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…Snow Returns For Tuesday…Several Inches Likely….A winter storm will bring another round of snow to the regionfrom late tonight through Tuesday night. The bulk of the snow willfall from mid Tuesday morning into the later evening hours.Periods of freezing precipitation are possible mostly south ofInterstate 90 overnight into Tuesday morning, with an additionalthreat into the evening for parts of far northeast Iowa andsouthwest Wisconsin.Snow accumulations near 6 inches are currently expected, butlocally higher amounts are possible. Where the heavier snowbandsset up, and how much falls, is still not certain. There is somepotential for higher amounts. Trace icing possible.Roads will become snow covered as the day wears on Tuesday, withslippery to hazardous conditions expected for the evening commute.Plan now for these travel impacts. This post was updated at 12:00 Noon on Monday — for updated weather statements, click here or on the red banner at the top of this websiteMASON CITY — The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories for most of our listening area, with a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Floyd and Mitchell counties from tonight through Tuesday night. An overview of the storm can be seen here, otherwise below are the weather statements from the National Weather Service: IAZ008>010-018-019-029-MNZ086>088-094>096-211730-/O.NEW.KARX.WS.A.0002.190122T0600Z-190123T1200Z/Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Houston-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Charles City,New Hampton, Oelwein, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona, Austin,Preston, and Caledonia323 AM CST Mon Jan 21 2019…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATETUESDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Snow. Wintry mix possible. Total snow accumulations near 6 inches. Ice accumulations of a light glaze possible.* WHERE…Portions of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From late tonight through late Tuesday night.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significantsnow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continueto monitor the latest forecasts.last_img read more

An Audio Junkie’s Desert Island Discs

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffrey Scott, Owner of Desco Audio & VideoThere is a BBC Radio 4 program that started in 1942 called Desert Island Discs.  The format is simple – a guest is invited to choose eight discs, a book, and a luxury to take with them as they’re castaway on a mythical desert island. They’re given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible. During the interview, they explain their choices and discuss key moments in their lives, people, and events that have influenced and inspired them and brought them to where they are today.The radio show still plays to this day and has aired over 3000 episodes. I’ve been an audio/music junkie since about 1977. Here are some of my favorite albums and why they are special to me.Steely Dan – Aja – Photo courtesy of Desco AVSteely Dan – Aja (new re-issued 180 gram vinyl)This album started my obsession with Hi-Fi and great music.  When my older brother was about 18, he got this awesome Sansui stereo system and threatened me with great bodily harm or death if I ever touched it.  So, as soon as he left the house, I snuck into his room and fired up his turntable and discovered music like I had never heard before. The album he had on the platter was the new Steely Dan Aja.  I was too young to understand all the lyrics and but the fusion of Jazz and Rock that came together makes this one of the greatest albums of all time.  I just knew I loved it.  I still listen to it, and we stock the new pressings in vinyl at our store.Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music in Me – Photo courtesy of Desco AVThelma Houston and Pressure Cooker – I’ve Got the Music In Me (Sheffield Lab Records direct-to-disc vinyl)In the mid-70’s Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga created a music label called Sheffield Labs that perfected direct-to-disc recordings.  Instead of making a master tape and editing it together, they cut the music straight to a lacquer lathe and made the master lacquer platter live!  I didn’t discover these albums until the early 80’s.  The music is Big Band, R&B, Jazz Fusion and is absolutely fantastic.  These songs are all done in one take and captures a magical music moment.  It is a very difficult album to find in good condition.  There is an unopened copy on eBay for $133.  If you buy it, give me a ring.  I would love to listen to that first play! I could not live without my copy of this recording.Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon – Photo courtesy of Desco AVPink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (180 gram vinyl and CD)Although The Dark Side of the Moon came out in 1973 and was an immediate success, I didn’t discover it until 1979 when it was re-mastered and released as a  Mobile Fidelity half-speed master. This was the first theme based album with songs that blended into each other.  It had sounds and effects that are unlike the albums of its day.  I am sure most of you are familiar with the work as it is still one of the best-selling albums of all time.  It has currently sold over 45 million copies worldwide.  This record makes me miss the way records used to be made – as whole concepts.  In this iTunes world we live in, concept albums seem a thing of the past.  Perhaps that is the appeal of vinyl.  With a record, the listener gets to enjoy the whole meal instead of an appetizer.Eagles – Hotel California – Photo courtesy of Desco AVEagles – Hotel California (vinyl or CD)Released in 1976, Hotel California, was the Eagles fifth studio album.  I liked the sarcasm and smart lyrics in this album as well as the great cohesion that this band has.  Every artist in the group had significant contributions to the final product. The members of the Eagles are all such accomplished musicians.  I always have an easy, peaceful feeling when listening (sorry, couldn’t help stealing their line).Erich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances – Photo courtesy of Desco AVErich Kunzel & the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Capriccio Italien and Cossack Dances (CD or vinyl)I was introduced to classical music in about 1981 when a girl I liked invited me to her All-State Concert in Seattle.  The All-State Symphony performed Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, and I was hooked.  I had never heard full orchestral music live and could not believe how moving and powerful it was.  The themed attacks of the music that built to this giant crescendo was both amazing and breathtaking.I did not have to look far for the best recording.  Telarc Digital had a vinyl record for sale of the Capriccio with the 1812 Overture as the headliner.  There were warning labels on the album. Most record players could not play the album because they recorded real cannons for the 1812 Overture. It made such wide modulations on the record that most needles would jump out of the groove.  Who doesn’t want a record with torture-your-system warnings?  I bought the album and enjoyed finding a cartridge that could play it.  If you ever find the vinyl album – be careful – it is a challenge for most phono cartridges.  The recording was an early digital master and is wonderful fun.Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas (CD)Mikhail Pletnev – Scarlatti Keyboard Sonatas – Photo courtesy of Desco AVI love listening to the piano, and this double CD recording is beautiful.  Never have I heard such passionate interpretations of Scarlatti’s music.  Mikhail Pletnev is a masterful pianist.  He took Scarlatti’s Sonatas originally meant for the harpsichord and elevated them to lush involving romantic interpretations.  Some harpsichord purists may not care for this piece, but I find that his playing combined with one of the best recordings of a piano to be captivating.  Bonus info is that this CD has been re-issued and is available on Amazon for only $12.93! Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto – Photo Courtesy of Desco AVJulian Lloyd Webber, Sir Yehudi Menuhin & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar Cello Concerto (CD or vinyl)There are many great recordings of the Elgar Cello Concerto.  This performance is not only well recorded, but the scale is large and the stereo image expansive.  Recorded in 1985 it still passes the test of time.   There are a few significant recordings of this piece, the most well known is the recording by Jacqueline Du Pré, who made the piece popular on the world stage.  But, Yehudi Menuhin was a musician who had worked with Elgar and Julian Lloyd Webber is a fabulous player who is often looked over due to the fame of his brother, Andrew Lloyd Webber.Elgar says that he wrote the Cello Concerto as an image of a man contemplating the meaning of life.  It is a haunting and passionate piece of music.  This is one of those pieces of music to be played late at night and savored.Crosby Stills and Nash – CSN – Photo courtesy of Desco AVCrosby Stills and Nash – CSN (vinyl and CD)David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash released this studio album in the summer of 1977.  CSN was the first studio album the three had created together since the Deja Vu album in 1970.  The writing is creative, and the vocals are tight.  One of my favorite tracks to use for demos is In My Dreams written by David Crosby.  The stereo recording has beautiful imaging with the guitars and voices focused across the whole soundstage.I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite Desert Island Discs.  I would love to hear your favorites. Post them in a comment below. I am always looking for new music to experience.  If you ever want to hear my list, stop by the store and ask for a demo.last_img read more

Kaptoum trains with Almeria, Di Plácido and Scarpa are falling and Rosic, Celta

first_imgWilfrid Kaptoum has already trained with the Almeria, although neither the rojiblancos nor the Betis They have made the loan of the Cameroonian midfielder official. The African fulfilled his contractual relationship with the Sevillian entity next June, so both have extended the contract before signing the transfer to a Almeria that a purchase option is saved. Betis, meanwhile, has a buyback for a Kaptoum who already traveled last week to Almeria after saying goodbye to his classmates. The Cameroonian will not be the only entry of the week, since the UDA should also announce the operation by Leonel Di Placido, coming from Lanús. The three parties reached an agreement before the new year and only need to formalize their arrival. The Argentine, with an Italian passport, develops in the right hand side, although it can also act as an extreme. The arrival of the South American will mean the march of Romera, being also on the exit ramp other names such as Chema and Gaspar, close to signing for Cádiz.Another one that is falling is Gustavo Scarpa. After several offers and despite the fact that Palmeiras did not accept an offer from Almería for eight million euros, the Brazilian club has finally agreed to the transfer so that the player will become the second most expensive signing in the history of UD Almería , behind Arvin Appiah (8.8 million euros).For its part, the Almeria and the Celtic they formalized the assignment of Dragan Rosic. The Serbian goalkeeper, signed by the UDA last summer, arrives in Vigo until the end of the season, although Celta keeps a purchase option by the 23-year-old goalkeeper, who last year played the U21 European Championship held in Italian lands .last_img read more