Spafford Impresses With Jammed Out Performance In Baltimore [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Jam scene up and comers Spafford continued their takeover of the East Coast last night, hitting The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD for a thrilling Thursday night performance. The band has been firing of late, coming off of a major tour schedule with Umphrey’s McGee (who they’ll link up with again in March). As such, the group delivered a standout show that truly impressed the packed audience, treating fans to their improvisationally-fueled electro funk jams.Check out the setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Mark Raker Photography. Spafford will perform this evening in Pittsburgh, PA’s Spirit with the Mike Dillon Band.Setlist: Spafford | The 8×10 | Baltimore, MD | 2/9/17Set One: Ain’t That Wrong, Catfish John, The Postman, Shake You Loose, The RemedySet Two: Windmill, Take Your Mama, Electric Taco Stand > Weasel, Beautiful DayEncore: Galisteo Waylast_img read more

Ecuador Seizes Almost Two Tons of Marijuana Camouflaged amid Ice

first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2012 Ecuador seized around two tons of marijuana that were hidden amid blocks of ice in a vehicle travelling in the northwestern part of the country, the police announced on May 29. Anti-narcotics agents “seized approximately two tons of marijuana, camouflaged by ice, in a truck,” the police indicated via Twitter. The police added that the seizure took place in the town of La Concordia, in the coastal province of Esmeraldas. The driver of the vehicle, which had apparently left the town of San Lorenzo (in Esmeraldas) and was headed for the maritime port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), was arrested in the operation. Between January and April, Ecuador seized around 12 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine. Seizures of narcotics reached 26 tons in 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010 and a record of 68 tons in 2009. A week before the seizure, Interior Minister José Serrano said that Ecuador continues to be a transit location for drugs and an intermediary in their sale, but the volume of trade is far from that of its neighbors Colombia and Peru.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA CHROME LEADS LANDSLIDE ECLIPSE AWARD RESULTS AS SEVEN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-BASED HORSES TAKE HOME EIGHT ECLIPSE TROPHIES SATURDAY NIGHT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2017)–Headed by Horse of the Year California Chrome, Southern California-based horses fairly dominated last night’s Eclipse Awards Dinner at Gulfstream Park, as seven horses took home a total of eight Eclipse trophies. Not only did the legendary 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit win for the second time in the Horse of the Year category, he was also voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male as well.“Chrome,” who began his 2016 campaign for trainer Art Sherman with an authoritative victory in Santa Anita’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9, would go on to win six consecutive races, including the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes here on Oct. 1, before running second by a half length to Arrogate in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5.A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, California Chrome is tentatively scheduled to retire to stud at co-owner Taylor Made Farms in Kentucky following next Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream.Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Arrogate, who followed his record-shattering win in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 with his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory over California Chrome in only his sixth career start, was voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who completed his final work in preparation for a rematch with California Chrome yesterday morning at Santa Anita, was a perfect three for three at The Great Race Place in 2016, beginning with his maiden special weight win on June 5.In addition to Arrogate, Baffert also tasted Eclipse victory with Drefong, who was voted Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter. Unbeaten in three starts here last year, Drefong capped his championship season with a 1 ¼ length win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5.“It just goes to show you how tough it is out here in California,” said Baffert this morning from Clockers’ Corner. “We work very hard to compete at the top level, win big races and championships…that’s always our goal. I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished.”In a masterstroke that has been commonplace throughout his incredible Hall of Fame career, trainer Richard Mandella oversaw Santa Anita-based Beholder’s fifth and final racing campaign, which was culminated by an epic nose victory over previously undefeated Songbird in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4. That, along with two other graded victories at Santa Anita, enabled the Spendthrift Farm color-bearer to be named Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female–making her a four-time Eclipse Champion.Undefeated in seven starts leading into the Distaff, Santa Anita-based Songbird began 2016 by streaking to four consecutive victories; in the Grade II Las Virgenes on Feb. 6, the Grade III Santa Ysabel on March 5, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 and the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18, by a combined 20 ½ lengths.Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird’s nose defeat to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will no doubt go down as one of the greatest Distaffs of all-time, rivaling the 1989 showdown between Personal Ensign and Winning Colors.In what trainer Ian Kruljac, 28, described as “a once-in-a-lifetime day,” his prized filly, Finest City, won yesterday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, while Kruljac’s father, Eric, was on-hand at Gulfstream to pinch hit for his son and receive Finest City’s Eclipse Award as Champion Female Sprinter.Based throughout the year at Santa Anita, Finest City, a 4-year-old filly by City Zip, capped 2016 with a three quarter length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 5. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City was 8-2-2-2 on the year and she amassed annual earnings of $823,200.Like Kruljac, trainer Peter Eurton brought home his first Eclipse Award last night as well, as his Champagne Room was voted Champion 2-year-old Filly. Based at Santa Anita, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II Sorrento Stakes Aug. 6 at Del Mar and culminated her freshman season with an upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies here Nov. 5. Owned by Ciaglia, Exline-Border, Gulliver Racing, R. Christiansen and Sharon Alesia, Champagne Room ended 2016 with a 5-2-1-1 mark and earnings of $1,286,600.In addition to eight equine Eclipse Awards, Santa Anita-based Baffert and jockey Mike Smith were also finalists in their respective categories.Suffice to say, Santa Anita was The Great Race Place to be in 2016!last_img read more

Live updates: 49ers beat Saints 48-46 in instant classic

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (10-2) vs. Saints (10-2) at Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT).TV: FOX-TV (Ch. 2), Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Pam Oliver (reporter). Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Follow along Sunday morning for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers and Saints meet in an NFC battle in New Orleans.center_img ODDS: Saints -2.5. OVER/UNDER: 44.5.SERIES: 49ers lead …last_img

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. France won all three previous matchups with Japan easily, but the Tricolors are suffering from low morale after six consecutive tests without a win since the Six Nations. Coach Guy Noves tried to inject some life into the side by making eight changes after the drab loss to South Africa last week, but France was dominated by Japan. France has only three wins in 11 tests this year.Japan, bolstered by an impressive 39-6 win over Tonga in Toulouse, made all the running at U Arena, pinning France in its own half and tearing through the French with panache. But 15 turnovers by Japan undermined its attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trading early penalties, France blew a try when prop Jefferson Poirot knocked on at a ruck on the try-line.But Japan hooker Shota Horie made no mistake, collecting a pass on the left wing to score in the corner. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Wizards’ Wall expected to miss 2 weeks with knee injury View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan couldn’t finish off the French but achieved its best result against a tier one side since toppling South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City France’s Baptiste Serin, left, passes the ball during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. APPARIS  — Japan almost beat France for the first time and had to settle for a 23-23 draw in their rugby test on Saturday.Japan scored three tries to two, and the last try in the 73rd minute, the equalizer by replacement prop Shintaro Ishihara. But flyhalf Yu Tamura couldn’t convert it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harumichi Tatekawa then had to make a try-saving tackle on France wing Gabriel Lacroix to hold on to the lead, but France grabbed it against the run of play thanks to Francois Trinh-Duc’s second penalty and a Rabah Slimani try on halftime after the French forwards pounded the Japan try-line.France’s lead held up for only moments into the second half, when center Timothy Lafaele fended off two defenders and scored between two more.Tamura’s conversion gave Japan the lead for the second time. Flanker Kazuki Himeno couldn’t extend it when his try was disallowed because of a forward pass.France hit back with a Lacroix try from a perfectly weighted cross kick by Trinh-Duc for 20-15, but Lacroix was yellow-carded in the 61st for taking a player out in the air.Penalties by each side made it 23-18, then Ishihara barged through the middle of a ruck and history beckoned.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

12 IAS officials transferred in Uttarakhand

first_imgDehradun, Nov 1 (PTI) In a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Uttarakhand, the departments of 16 officers, including 12 IAS officers, were changed.Additional Chief Secretary Ranbir Singh, who held the charge of a number of departments including higher education, social welfare and infrastructure development, has been given additional charge of the forest and environment department, officials said.Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash has been given the additional charge of civil aviation in addition to his current charge of health and family welfare and the PWD departments.The charge of secretariat administration has been taken away from Principal Secretary Anand Bardhan who continues to hold the charge of irrigation, mining, food and civil supplies and home departments, they said.School education secretary Bhupinder Kaur Aulakh has been given additional charge of sports and youth welfare.CEO Tourism Development Council Amit Singh Negi has been made secretary planning. He will continue to hold the charge of other departments currently under him.Harbans Singh Chugh has been given the charge of secretariat administration in addition to the ones he holds currently.Additional Secretary Ashish Kumar Shrivastava has been discharged of his responsibilities as additional secretary agriculture and dairy development.The charge of excise department has been taken away from Additional Secretary Yugal Kishore Pant and additional secretary V Shanmugam has been made excise commissioner.Vimmi Sachdeva has been appointed as Director sports and additional secretary home, they said. PTI ALM ADSlast_img read more

9 months agoJuventus captain Chiellini: We care about Supercoppa

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus captain Chiellini: We care about Supercoppaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini says they’re determined to win the Supercoppa against Juventus tonight.Juve lost on penalties in the December 2016 Supercoppa in Doha.“We have changed a great deal in two years, but it is certainly a trophy we care about and want to win,” said Chiellini in his Press conference.“This appointment arrives mid-season, so it’s different to playing in August, but it remains an important competition and we’ve got to prove ourselves with actions rather than words, because we let a few too many of these trophies slip through our fingers in recent years and that is a shame.“We want to change that trend that has seen us lose the last two Supercoppa finals, and this is the ideal opportunity. It’s going to be a difficult match, but the objective is to start 2019 lifting a trophy above our heads.” last_img read more

Mogo secures new umbrella loan of up to 40 million from Fortress

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mogo Finance Technology Inc. (TSX:MOGO) says it has secured a new umbrella loan of up to $40 million from Fortress Investment Group LLC.The credit facility will be used to repay and replace the Vancouver-based digital financial company’s existing $30-million credit facility with Fortress.The loan, which has a lower effective interest rate of 14.5 per cent and extends the maturity date by two years to mid-2020, will primarily be used to fund Mogo’s line of credit products.The new credit facility is in addition to the company’s existing $50 million Fortress credit facility, which has an initial interest rate of 9.5 per cent and can be expanded up to $200 million.last_img

Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company

first_imgMicrosoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.The software maker’s prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company’s Windows system fell with a sharp drop in sales of personal computers.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by focusing on software and services over the internet, or the cloud, with long-term business contracts.That 1990s personal-computing powerhouse is now having a renaissance moment, as it eclipses Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.Apple had been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft surpassed Apple briefly a few times this week, but didn’t close on top until Friday, with a market value of $851 billion to Apple’s $847 billion. Microsoft hadn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock fell nearly 20 per cent in November, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Microsoft lost its lustre as people were shunning PCs in favour of smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said Azure is still in its early days, meaning there’s plenty of room for growth, especially considering the company’s large customer base for Office and other products.“While the tech carnage seen over the last month has been brutal, shares of (Microsoft) continue to hold up like the Rock of Gibraltar,” he said.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results in early November amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust, said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more