Watch The Foo Fighters & Rick Astley Rickroll CalJam To The Tune Of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

first_imgOn October 7th, CalJam took over the Glen Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California, serving as a kickass record release party to celebrate the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold. In founding the event, Dave Grohl drew his inspiration from the original California Jam, a 1974 rock festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway that featured Deep Purple; Black Sabbath; the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Emerson, Lake and Palmer among others. Surprisingly, this weekend’s CalJam felt much closer in spirit to its predecessor than even the 16-mile and decades-long divide would suggest. CalJam 2017’s lineup was dominated by hard-driving, ear-splitting rock and roll—the likes of which are rarely seen topping major festival bills, let alone clumped together for a single Saturday.Watch Dave Grohl’s 8-Year-Old Daughter Rock The Drums In Iceland On Friday With The Foo FightersRoyal Blood brought more than enough brash head-bangers to set off a massive afternoon mosh in the pit at Glen Helen Pavilion, dubbed the CalJam 17 stage for the occasion. The UK-based duo of vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher placed itself in the close company of acts like the White Stripes and the Black Keys with standards such as “Figure it Out” and “Little Monster.” By the same token, the Brighton residents distinguished themselves with their bluesier forebears—and jumped whole-hog into heavy metal—with the dynamic distortions of “Lights Out” and “Come On Over.”They weren’t the only purveyors of a bootstrapped music spirit. The Kills aren’t strictly a duo anymore, at least not after adding a collection of percussionists to their act. But in Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, the band still has a two-part core that can compete with groups of all shapes and sizes at its end of the sonic spectrum. Mosshart reminded the crowd of as much with her menacing farewell during “Black Balloon,” as did Hince with both his guitar and his drum machine on “Hard Habit to Break” from Ash & Ice, the group’s latest release. Unfortunately, only the truly dedicated festival travelers managed to catch their set on the smaller Sun Stage in between acts at the main venue.In that way, CalJam fell victim to the same #FirstWorldProblem that’s become the bane of every festival from Coachella to Bonnaroo: the dreaded overlap. The difference here, aside from the scrunched schedule, is that the acts stepping on each other’s toes weren’t from wildly different genres who happened to land at the same eclectic festival. Instead, the conflicts at CalJam often pitted likeminded rockers against one another.Foo Fighters Respond To Westboro Baptist Church Protest In Most Epic Way PossibleCage the Elephant brought American blues-rock and punk back to the fore in the evening, but only after nailing their rendition of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” the lone Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover of the day. Lead singer Matt Shultz then commenced his typical command of the stage, thrusting and wailing his way through “In One Ear,” “No Rest For the Wicked,” “Mess Around,” “Trouble,” and “Shake Me Down” while stripping from a full suit and tie down his skivvies (mic belt included).The garage rockers from Bowling Green eventually gave way to the desert daze and dazzling lights of Queens of the Stone Age. The sunburnt metal ensemble relied heavily on its 2013 release …Like Clockwork, opening with “If I Had a Tail” and belting out bangers like “My God is the Sun” and “Smooth Sailing.” Considering the proximity to QOTSA’s home base in Palm Desert, it was only fitting to also hear sand-aged standards like “Millionaire,” “No One Knows,” “I Wanna Make It With You,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” and “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” sprinkled in—if not cemented—between groovier new tunes like “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “The Evil Has Landed” and “Domesticated Animals” from this year’s LP, Villains.As much as Queens made of its 75-minute set, there was no competing with the Foo Fighters’ epic two-plus-hour journey to close out the festival. Grohl slowly and steadily brought his whole band into the mix with an opener of “Times Like These,” followed by a face-melting run of “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly” and “The Pretender.” The new album, for which this whole shindig was arranged, got plenty of shine. Grohl proudly introduced “The Sky Is a Neighborhood,” one of the singles off Concrete and Gold, before inviting Mosshart and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz on stage for “La Dee Da.” The group allowed the dusty crowd to catch its breath with more mellow additions to the Foo catalog, like “Sunday Rain” and “Dirty Water,” the latter of which featured The Bird and the Bee’s Inara George among the supporting vocalists.With all that stage time on their hands, the Foo Fighters were bound to bust out some surprises. They rickrolled the entire Inland Empire with Rick Astley himself, brought on Joe Perry to play Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line,” and invited Liam Gallagher back onstage for a rendition of “Come Together.” It wouldn’t have been a proper Foo show, though, without ample callbacks to the band’s ever-expanding discography—”My Hero” here, “Monkey Wrench” there, “White Limo” in between and, of course, “Everlong” to close out the festival. [Video: Albert Lam]The lineup itself would’ve been enough to satiate rock-and-roll fans for three days at a weekend-long festival. Instead, CalJam packed all that into a single day, along with carnival rides, water slides, a Foo Fighters museum, a recording studio set up by Gibson, and a slew of scrumptious options from a variety of food and beverage vendors. And if you camped at the adjacent park, you probably indulged in Friday night vibes from the Police Experience, the Atomic Punks, and Trouble Funk if you weren’t busy reminiscing about the Ramones to “Rock N’ Roll High School” at the outdoor movie theatre.Indeed, the new CalJam had something for everyone. The festival offered plenty for anyone who grew up on the alternative rock of the 1990s and 2000s, but more importantly, served as a tribute to the electric pioneers who paved the way more than 40 years ago.last_img read more

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Recap: Ghanaians playing abroad: Amankwaa scores

first_imgIn the English Premier League, Jeffrey Schlupp played 79 minutes in the 2-1 away defeat to Aston Villa after starting the game for his Leicester City side.Jose Leonardo Ulloa scored the first goal of the game for Leicester but goals from Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton saw Aston Villa come back to claim all three points.Schlupp received a yellow card booing in the defeat for Leicester City.Richmond Boakye Yiadom, after scoring a brace to qualify Atalanta to the next round of the Coppa Italia in midweek did not play a part in the league game against Cesena on Sunday.Atalanta who were playing at home came back from two goals down to win 3-2 against Cesena in the Italian Serie A.Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari all missed AC Milan’s 1-0 defeat away at Genoa in the Italian Serie A. Luca Antonelli scored the only goal of the game that denied AC Milan of taking anything from their away fixture. Afriyie Acquah came on as a 69 minute substitute for Parma in the Italian Serie A as his side lost at home 2-1 to Lazio.The Ghanaian player who replaced Daniele Galloppa got a yellow card booking two minutes to the end of regular time.In the French Ligue 1, Jonathan Mensah was not involved for his Evian Thonon Gaillard side as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Lyon.Danny Amankwaa was on the scoresheet for FC Koebenhavn in the Denmark League as his home side won convincingly by three goals to nil against FC Midtjylland.The Ghanaian who scored the second goal of the fixture played in the entire duration of the game for Koebenhavn.last_img read more

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30 years after ADA: stronger voices

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Many people living with disabilities say becoming a self-advocate is one of the benefits afforded by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which took effect 30 years ago this month.The milestone anniversary officially occurs on July 26th, and it’s being celebrated by the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and other groups.The law brought civil protections in areas such as workplace discrimination, while also resulting in public accommodations.Brady Werger, a council member from Glenwood, says living with conditions such as bipolar disorder has its challenges. But through policy changes enacted over the decades, he was able to speak up for opportunities in his life.“The more you advocate, the more you will find out what’s out there as far as services and things,” he points out. “And that’s what I did to get into the community where I’m at now.”Despite advancements, advocates still see challenges, including transportation access in rural areas, and new construction not always being in compliance of the law. And they say enforcement isn’t always easy.Meanwhile, advocates say ADA is unique because society in general has benefited from the law, citing baby strollers used on access ramps, and the rise in text messaging, which initially was used by people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.As for the community support described by Werger, self-advocates credit the Developmental Disabilities Act, now in its fifth decade.This year, the council is sharing inspirational stories tied to that separate law.Executive Director Brooke Lovelace says the project shows how the people the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council serves are just as active in calling for change, and are standing with council leaders, not behind them.“The stories where they’re doing that and they’re affecting the lives of people in their community to make it a better place, to make it more inclusive — those are the stories that I think really touch my heart,” Lovelace states.Council member Rob Fisher is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and says he’s been able to used his voice to push for change. For example, at an intersection in his community of Adel, there was a need for pavement to roll his wheelchair up to a traffic light button.“I called my engineer and I told him to put that cement down,” he relates.The Adel City Council gave the request consideration and replaced the grassy area with pavement.More than 365,000 Iowans are living with a condition recognized by the ADA. Nationally, one-in-four adults has a disability.last_img read more

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Ganta Revenue: “Traffic Violation Fines Not Forthcoming”

first_imgGanta revenue office says fines from accidents and other traffic violations in the area are not reported.The local office of the Liberia Revenue Authority situated in the commercial city of Ganta has been accused of not making payment of any traffic violation fine to the revenue office, since almost six months, the Ganta Revenue Agent has disclosed.During the visit of this reporter to the office of LRA in Ganta on September 14, to ascertain government revenue collection in and around the Ganta Collectorate, the Revenue Collector Morris Kiazolu explained that many institutions, including schools, stores, shops as well as other business places and institutions within his control were complying and paying their taxes on time. He however cautioned that the branch of LNP traffic division in Ganta had not sent any violators to their office since almost six months.“We hear about lots of accident cases, but the violators are not forthcoming like before to pay their fines as it used to be,” he said. “Traffic violators come to the LRA office to pay fine only when they are given tickets by the police, but if the police do not give them tickets, how will they paid the cost of violation?” he questioned.Accidents and traffic related issues in Ganta are rated high, but what becomes of traffic violators is yet to be established, leading many to believe that cases of such nature are compromised by police.When contacted, the Ganta Detail Traffic Commander, Martha Saylee, said she was not clothed with authority to speak to the press on the issue.Some of the many motorcycles plying the streets of GantaThe LRA also explained that they had not received any money from the Liberia Immigration Service from the issuance of “Border Crosser Passes” (a pass issued by Immigration at the border to a traveler) on the charge of over L$ 200.Citizens as well as some ordinary security officers are concerned about the fees collected from issuance of the Border Crosser Passes and are curious to know whether the intakes are deposited in the government revenue.This reporter has observed that immigration officers assigned at the Ganta border taking the passes from the travelers, upon their return to Liberia, and destroying them immediately.However, the LIS in Ganta has denied collecting any fee for the issuance of Border Crosser Passes. However, one of the officers, who spoke on the condition anonymity said, what is collected from travelers for the issuance of Border Crosser Passes is considered as ‘processing fee’ and the pass is only issued to those who do not travel with a passport, though he could not state the amount collected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cairo women take to the American football field

first_imgThe version played by women here is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands.For the young women who have taken up the game, which faces stiff competition for attention in a nation mad about soccer, it’s a chance to escape the many pressures of city life.Habiba Mohamed, 19, says her friends and parents were surprised about her new passion.For the young Egyptian women who have taken up the game, American football is a chance to escape the many pressures of city life in Cairo © AFP / KHALED DESOUKI“When I told them at home I will practice American football, my father and mother told me: ‘How is this possible? You need to be careful,’” she says.Mohamed is kitted out in the green-and-yellow jersey of her team, Gezira Thunder, which is playing rivals the AUC Titans at the Maadi Olympics Centre, a stadium that normally functions as a soccer venue.It proves a good day for her, as Gezira storms to victory, albeit in a largely empty arena, save for a smattering of cheering friends and family.A teammate is keen to emphasise the non-contact nature of flag football.“My friends thought it was a violent sport but it is not, as I have told them, and when they came to watch the games, they liked the sport a lot,” says 20-year-old quarterback Yara Tawheed.“The level of violence in this sport is similar to that in ballet,” she adds.– Release for stress and anger –In a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIBut some would prefer to play the full contact version. Alia Haytham, 22, a student at Cairo’s American University, says she hopes to play the undiluted game, to help her release anger and energy.“But this does not detract from flag football being fun,” she says. “All of us here have problems at university and at home, but as soon as we enter the pitch we forget everything that preoccupies us.”The coach of another female team, the adventurously named Hell Hounds, is proud of his players.“If you see how hard these girls work, I think you would really admire what they put into it,” says 30-year old American Matthew Kershey.Some of the women would prefer to play the full contact version of the sport © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIEgypt became a member of the International Federation of American Football in 2014. The federation is leading a drive to register teams outside Cairo and expects several new clubs will be up and running in time for next season.But the game “is not new in Egypt, where it was initiated among men in 2007”, Asmaa Marie, a spokeswoman for the Egyptian Federation of American Football, tells AFP.Marie, who wears the Islamic hair cover and plays regularly, cites similar motivations to Haytham. “The game has helped me control my anger and release stress.”– International games –Games have even been organised against teams in other countries. Last year, Cairo Warriors, another of the capital’s teams, played a Moroccan outfit in a friendly, and early this year they took part in a tournament in the US.Games have even been organised against teams in other countries © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIIn a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women — especially games traditionally associated with Western men.But Marie believes that “the game’s popularity in Egypt will surpass that of many team sports, like volleyball and handball”.“The American football community in Egypt has grown, and we feel that we all know each other,” she says.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The version played by the Egyptian women is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 10 – It’s a spectacle that few would imagine in Cairo — an American football field full of Egyptian women.From humble beginnings in 2016 with only three teams, Egypt’s all-female informal “flag football” league now has eight clubs vying for supremacy in the capital.last_img read more

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