Snarky Puppy, The Wood Brothers, & More Lead Immersive Weekend At GroundUp [Photos]

first_imgMatt Shotwell GroundUP Music Festival returned to Miami Beach, Florida, over the weekend for its second annual event. Hosted by Grammy-winning, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy and their associated label, GroundUP Music, the festival featured a special Snarky Puppy set each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international talents. For the second annual GroundUP Music Festival, the event saw performances by The Wood Brothers; The Flecktones Trio featuring Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, and Futureman; Robert Glasper; Knower; Roosevelt Collier; Joshua Redman; Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time; Banda Magda; and so many more.GroundUP Music Festival offered more than just great music, as fans had the opportunity to participate in intimate masterclasses and workshops. Charlie Hunter kicked off Friday’s festivities with an intimate performance workshop, followed by Becca Stevens & Alan Hampton’s waterside workshop titled “Song Trading on the Beach” and a headlining performance by the Flecktones trio. Saturday started with a percussion summit featuring Futureman, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), and Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty), among others, anda workshop led by Béla Fleck and Lionel Loueke titled “Exploring Your Individuality,” while the rest of the day saw performances by Roosevelt Collier, The Wood Brothers, and Underground System & Weedie Braimah, and more. To close out the three-day event, Sunday’s highlights included a conversation between bass heavyweights Victor Wooten and Michael League, a genre-bending lesson with Robert Glasper, songwriting with The Wood Brothers, and a capella on the beach with members of KNOWER and Banda Magda.Check out the full weekend gallery below, courtesy of photographer Matt Shotwell.GroundUP Music Festival | Miami, FL | Photos by Matt Shotwell Photo: Matt Shotwellcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date

first_imgNewsRegional Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mr Chavez – here wearing an indigenous head dress – says cancer will not stop his reelectionVenezuela’s presidential election will be held on 7 October 2012, the electoral authorities have announced. The date is earlier than expected, as Venezuela’s presidential polls are usually held in December. President Hugo Chavez has said he will seek another term to continue his left-wing “revolution”, despite undergoing treatment for cancer. The main opposition coalition will choose a candidate to stand against him in a primary on 12 February. Mr Chavez immediately expressed his confidence that he would win a third six-year term. He wrote on Twitter: “7 October 2012: your destiny is written! We will write another revolutionary victory on your page! We will live and we will conquer!”The left-wing leader, who has governed Venezuela since 1999, has said he wants to serve at least two more terms, which would take him through until 2025. Mr Chavez, 57, says he is now convalescing after having surgery for cancer in June and subsequent chemotherapy, but the exact nature and extent of his illness has not been made public. Speaking before the election date was announced, he promised an energetic campaign despite his ill health. “You won’t see Chavez hiding,” he said.“You’ll see a recuperated Chavez touring the country as a candidate, touring the streets at a rhythm set by circumstances.”ChallengersAs well as giving Mr Chavez time to recuperate, the October election date gives the opposition Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) plenty of time to campaign. The favourites to win the opposition nomination in February’s primary are the governor of Miranda state, Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the governor of Zulia state, Pablo Perez. Opposition leaders have welcomed the announcement of the election date, while expressing concern at the long transition period it will leave before the start of the next presidential term in February 2013. “This election date, two months earlier than is traditional, has an advantage in that we now have a date,” MUD executive secretary Ramon Guillermo Aveledo said. “But the disadvantage is that it extends the lapse between the presidential election and the taking of office,” he added. The opposition alliance says Venezuelans have had enough of what they say is Mr Chavez’s poor economic management and dictatorial style. They are also hoping that dissatisfaction with high crime rates, inflation and electricity shortages will boost their support. But Mr Chavez still has strong support, particularly among the poor who have benefited most from his socialist policies, which have seen Venezuela’s oil riches spent on services including health and education. Mr Chavez’s personal charisma and promise of revolutionary change have helped him secure repeated election victories since he first won the presidency in 1999. Parliamentary elections last year showed Venezuelan voters evenly divided between support for Mr Chavez’s socialists and the opposition. BBC Newslast_img read more

Vardy has Van Nistelrooy’s killer instinct, claims Van Gaal

first_img Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United. When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times. Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club. The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014. But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run. “More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said. “He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.” Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run. Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax. He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal. The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season. Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with. ”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said. ”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player. ”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that. “He is a player who is difficult to defend. “It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” Unlike Vardy, Wayne Rooney has struggled in front of goal so far this season. During United’s pre-season tour, the 30-year-old spoke of his determination to score more than 25 goals this season, but he has so far found the net on just two occasions in the league. Van Gaal said earlier this season that Rooney’s place in the starting XI was guaranteed because he is captain. Even if he was not wearing the skipper’s armband, Rooney would still be in the team, according to his manager. Van Gaal said: “Yes, of course (that is the case). Otherwise he is out of the team. “Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him.” Rooney started behind Anthony Martial in the number 10 position in the goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but the captain has been told his days leading the line are not numbered yet. “At this moment, he doesn’t play in the striker’s position, Martial is playing there,” Van Gaal said. “But it is possible he shall play other matches there. It is dependent not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan. And we have to decide that every week.” Despite being second in the table after 13 matches, some United fans are unhappy with the style of football being played under Van Gaal. Dissenting voices were heard again on Wednesday when United played out their fourth 0-0 draw in seven matches. When asked whether he was worried about criticism from supporters, Van Gaal said: ”Of course, because the fans have to be happy, you are playing for the fans so you cannot deny that.” Van Gaal will be without Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia for Saturday’s game. Louis van Gaal believes there are similarities between Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan odds, prediction, betting trends for middleweight fight

first_imgHere’s a guide to everything you need to know about betting on the ​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan fight, including updated odds, trends and our prediction.MORE: Join DAZN to watch Munguia vs. O’Sullivan & 100+ fight nights a year​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan oddsJaime Munguia: -1981Gary O’Sullivan: +1006Total rounds: 5.5Munguia is a heavy favorite to win his first bout as a middleweight. He is nearly a 1 to 20 favorite per the boxing betting odds, and he is expected to be just the third fighter to knock out O’Sullivan. Oddsmakers are very skeptical this fight will go the distance with an over/under of 5.5 rounds. The former WBO light middleweight champion is 23 years old, but he has plenty of experience for a boxer his age. Munguia turned pro at the age of 16, and he won the WBC Latino light middleweight title less than two years ago. He claimed the WBO light middleweight strap just three months later with a fourth-round TKO, and he defended the belt successfully five times before making the move up in weight. He is 34-0 ahead of this fight with 27 of those victories coming by knockout.O’Sullivan is 30-3 with 21 knockout wins. He is 12 years older than Munguia, but he has taken part in less bouts as his career has followed a more traditional path. O’Sullivan claimed the WBO International middleweight title in July 2012, but he lost the strap to Billy Joe Saunders a year later. He claimed another minor belt when he dominated Antoine Douglas to win the WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt in December 2017, but he suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of David Lemieux in his last big fight in September 2018.MORE: Get the latest boxing odds and betting trends from Sports InsiderAn Irish boxer gave Munguia his toughest test There is likely to be a little trepidation from Munguia’s corner as the only boxer to genuinely test him during his time as a light middleweight was Dennis Hogan. In a bout that Munguia was supposed to win easily, Hogan gave the champion all he could handle. They met in Monterrey, Mexico in April of last year, and Munguia did not look like himself in his lone title defense on home soil.  Most pundits believed that Hogan won the bout. Hogan landed the bigger blows and Munguia was constantly asking his corner whether he was ahead, but the judges gave the champion a majority decision. Munguia stated afterwards that he believed the fight was a draw, indicating that he felt he could have easily lost the fight. That might give him cause for pause against another Irish boxer in O’Sullivan.More than a mustacheO’Sullivan is most known for his distinctive facial hair. When he first steps into the ring, he looks like a boxer from the previous century, but underestimate him at your peril. Although he has yet to win a major belt, he dismantled an up and comer that was supposed to easily get past him in Douglas two years ago, and he has formidable power.In addition to dealing Douglas his first defeat, O’Sullivan recently knocked out another up and comer in Berlin Abreu, and he can upset Munguia if the younger boxer isn’t prepared mentally and physically. What’s next?Munguia’s camp wants to use this fight as a springboard to set up a major bout with one of the big names in the middleweight division. He had initially agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin in place of Canelo Alvarez before that was quashed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but a convincing Munguia victory could earn him a coveted bout with GGG, Alvarez, or Demetrius Andrade. After dominating the light middleweight division for almost two years, Jaime Munguia is looking for another challenge. Munguia will be moving up to the more competitive middleweight division this Saturday when he makes his debut fight at the weight class against the exciting Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. A partisan crowd will be cheering on Munguia at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and you can catch the fight exclusively on DAZN.This bout will headline a card on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and coverage will start at 7 p.m. ET with the main card scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET. Munguia and O’Sullivan are expected to enter the ring at 11 p.m. ET to cap off the evening.last_img read more