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Trail Mix – Andrew Alli

first_imgI first learned of Andrew Alli’s music late last summer.Andrew and his musical compadre, Josh Small, were a part of a contingent of musicians from Virginia who traveled to the United Kingdom to perform at the Long Road Music Festival. I was blown away at first listen and began scheming as to when and how I could see him live.Last month, I was lucky enough to host Andrew and Josh for a listening room show here in Wise.It was an incredible evening of music.The energy in the music that this duo is able to create with just a harmonica and acoustic guitar is palpable. Alli’s blues harp combines effortlessly with Small’s jazz-inflected guitar playing. The crowd gathered here was wowed for sure.Andrew Alli and Josh Small recently released a self-titled EP featuring six tracks that prove the spirit of the blues lives and breathes still.I recently caught up with Andrew to chat about the blues, playing the harmonica, and his day job in trail maintenance at James River Park in Richmond, Virginia.BRO – What got you into playing the blues?AA – Well, I technically found the harmonica before I got into the blues. Ten years ago, when I was in college, I was inspired by a guy who was playing harp on the street. That day I went to the store and bought a cheap harp and instantly fell in love with it. Shortly after that, I discovered all of the legendary blues harp players and the rest is history.BRO – Who is on your Mt. Rushmore of harp players?AA – That’s easy. Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and George Harmonica Smith.BRO – Best part about playing music with Josh Small?AA – Josh and I have been playing together so long that we anticipate where the other is going. He’s also just a real down to Earth and easy going friend with great musical taste.BRO – We are featuring “My Stomp” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?AA – I wrote this song a while ago when I was a bit younger and playing out with other bands. I would often be questioned about my place in the blues community being so young. I feel that the blues is nothing but a feeling and experience. “My Stomp” tells a bit of my story and relationship with what we call the blues.BRO – Plan a great day in James River Park for me.AA – I would start the morning with a nice mountain bike ride on the North Bank and Buttermilk Loop Trail. After that, it’s down the river for a canoe trip to Williams Island to pick freshly ripened paw paws. Finally, we would hit the Texas Beach rocks for some swimming and a beverage and watch the sunset.You can catch Andrew Alli and Josh Small live at Hardywood Craft Brewery in Richmond later this month and in early February.For more information on Andrew Alli, when you can catch him live with Josh Small, and how you can get a copy of the new EP, check out his website.And be sure to take a listen to “My Stomp,” along with brand new tracks from Pierce Pettis, Melody Guy, and Amelia White on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Medsafe investigating claims on cannabis billboard

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 December 2019Family First Comment: “A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.”Exactly.Read our summarywww.SayNopeToDope.org.nz/medicinalMedsafe is “looking into” New Zealand’s first cannabis advertising campaign.The Advertising Standards Authority received several complaints this week after a billboard advertising cannabis as medicine was erected on Auckland’s Anzac Ave.Helius Therapeutics, a licensed medicinal cannabis company, launched the billboards following last week’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis manufacture, to “rebrand” cannabis.A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.“Sativex is the only cannabinoid product approved by Medsafe in New Zealand…Medsafe is aware of this campaign and is looking into it.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109435600/medsafe-investigating-claims-on-cannabis-billboardlast_img read more

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Schmidt grabs glory in all-English NSW Amateur Final

first_img24 Jan 2020 Schmidt grabs glory in all-English NSW Amateur Final Tags: Ben Schmidt, Callum Farr, England Men’s Team, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire Ben Schmidt has admitted he needed to play near flawless golf to defeat Callum Farr and win the all-English battle for the NSW Amateur Championship.The 17-year-old Yorkshireman turned in a dominant performance against Northamptonshire’s Farr in today’s 36-hole final at St Michael’s Golf Club near Sydney.The 7&5 victory was highly impressive and another landmark moment in the career of one of world golf’s most promising amateur talents.Last year, Schmidt won the Brabazon and Carris trophies, the Sir Henry Cooper, the Justin Rose Daily Telegraph Junior Masters and helped England’s men to Home International success.The latest trophy addition to his ever-expanding haul of silverware is yet more tangible evidence of a fantastic start to 2020 for England’s Golf’s contingent down under.Schmidt’s success follows hot on the heels of Charlotte Heath’s brilliant win in last week’s Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in Queensland.“It’s great to get a win and the first trophy for the season,” said a delighted Schmidt.“I have played really well all week and felt comfortable out on the course and was able to continue that feeling into the final.“To be honest I played pretty flawlessly and against a player of Callum’s standard that had to be the case.“My main goal before I started today was to treat the 36-hole final as two separate matches. It helped to narrow it down and focus on a shorter target.“I was able to win the first hole of the day hitting two good shots into the green and from there I just grew in confidence.” Schmidt was two up after four holes of the morning round, but was pegged back when Farr managed a brilliant birdie two at the fifth.Crucially, Schmidt won the seventh and eighth holes to extend his lead to three by the turn.After winning the 14th, 16th and making birdie on 17, Schmidt was able to head into lunch with a five hole cushion having played the 18 holes in two under par.The more experienced Farr may have been down at the halfway stage, but the 21-year-old refused to bow out and Schmidt knew he had to knuckle down and not get too far ahead of himself.However, when Schmidt won the fifth hole of the afternoon round with a par to move six clear, it was clear he had one hand on the trophy.With friend Shaun Carter on his bag, he was able to keep his mind clear and get the job done winning with five holes to spare.Schmidt was full of praise for Farr and admitted it was tricky taking on a pal in such an important final.“Callum’s a great mate and we get on really well,” confirmed Schmidt.“I had Shaun on my bag and Tom Plumb caddied for Callum so we were able to separate things a bit.“There were no hard feelings – we both knew we had to compete and someone had to win. Callum’s had a great week too and it’s great for English golf.“Over the last few weeks everyone in the England team has been able to find a bit of form and it’s great that I could follow up Charlotte’s win with this success.”Schmidt and the other six players representing England on the trip to Australia now have a day off before a practice round on Sunday ahead of the Avondale Amateur which starts on Tuesday.“The whole experience of being in Australia and coping with travel, time differences and style of golf courses has been amazing,” added Schmidt.“I’ve played four courses now and they all have different features, different types of grass and that’s all part of learning the game.“Hopefully, all the England players can show up well again in the Avondale.”Photograph credit: NSW Golflast_img read more

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Two La Masia players name dropped who were better than Lionel Messi at taking…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeAdvertisement 785fubNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst34yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65g26nbWould you ever consider trying this?😱vaCan your students do this? 🌚tsvRoller skating! Powered by Firework La Masia- a name every football watches has heard of, a name every FC Barcelona fan cherishes. The youth system has produced some of the finest players to grace the field, and there are more to come. In the wake of Lionel Messi’s 50th free kick goal, a former youth player has given a declaration on two La Masia graduates who could allegedly take better free kicks than the club talisman himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeRoger Giribet Sabartes, a Barça youth academy product who currently plays for CE Artesa De Segre in Segona Catalana, 6th tier of the Spanish football league system, has approached forward with two names- Víctor Vázquez and Juanjo Clausí, probably nobody has ever heard of them.However, the 32 year old defender has imputed that those two academy players were preferred over Messi, when a free kick was in question.Advertisement “Víctor Vázquez, who was amazing, and the left-footed Juanjo Clausí used to take them. Messi almost never.” Sabartes spoke to Goal.com, recollecting old memories of his ex teammates.Vázquez with Messi, and Clausí in CD Castellón kit. (Image Courtesy: Diario AS/Mediterráneo)Vázquez currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Umm Salal SC, and there have been examples of free kicks taken by the former Club Brugge midfielder that supports Sarbates’s claim.Advertisement Clausí, a winger at Tercera División side Paterna CF, didn’t make it to the level of Vázquez, and had his top tier experience only with the Blaugranas under 19 team.Wednesday’s 5-1 devastation of the Pucelle saw Messi scoring a brace, including the 35 yard screamer that completed his half century of free kicks. Valverde and his boys are now in the top spot of the table with 22 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Atoning

first_imgYes, I admit I am a weakling. Ask my good friends and family and they will attest to my lack of physical strength. I’ve made a second career of avoiding exercise, albeit a poor one. It’s a job without payoff or benefits and while I might have been working hard at avoiding hard workouts, my body has paid the price. I was tone deaf.But not any longer. A few weeks ago I began my latest mission — strength training and cardio workouts with my personal trainer Jenny Costello. Everyone should have someone like Jenny. She cares about my nutrition and how I feel overall, she motivates and inspires me. I was at a point in my life where it no longer made sense to avoid a structured exercise routine. Hiring Jenny made complete sense. It was an investment in me — in my well being.Jenny and I were a natural pairing from the start. And knowing how I love a good story, Jenny had one. A resourceful person, she made a career change from finance to fitness so that she could be closer to home to care for her young children. She turned her passion into a business. I love that kind of story.My recent dedication to fitness has helped in all areas of my life. I’m enjoying more of what I took for granted for many years: preserving the precious gift of living well. We all deserve this.Here’s to progress.For more information about Jenny Costello’s personal training sessions and boot camps, call (732) 778-2385.Please e-mail me at [email protected]last_img read more

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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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Humboldt State softball’s season comes to an end with 5-1 loss to Armstrong State at Nationals

first_imgNearly every inning Humboldt State and Armstrong State played against one another at Nationals a year ago, there was little separation between the two, with one-run games and plenty of nail-biting moments seemingly the norm.On Saturday, it was the same kind of story.Except this time around, one swing of the bat made all of the difference.Tazha Williams’ grand slam to right-center field off Humboldt State ace Madison Williams broke a scoreless deadlock in the top seventh and propelled …last_img read more

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Five players the Raiders might target at No. 35

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders completed their first-round haul Thursday night by adding Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram without trading up or back from picks Nos. 4, 24 and 27.They’ll be slightly less active on Friday during Rounds 2 and 3, when they currently pick only once at No. 35 overall, just three picks into the night’s action. The Raiders don’t hold a third-round pick after trading it to the Steelers in the …last_img read more

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Olsen looks at next season with hope-tinted glasses

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Tamaraws, who forged a rubber match with an 80-67 win on Sunday, looked poised to pull off a stunning upset when Jasper Parker gave FEU a 75-72 lead late in regulation, before Isaac Go’s triple sent the game to overtime and Matt Nieto helped get the job done for the Eagles.“I have to give credit to FEU,” said Go. “It was a 7-7 team but played better than its record.”“What we really wanted them to do in the last three games was to know how it is to play possession by possession,” said Racela. “That’s how you win games.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Serbian lifts Iriga past UST CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck PLAY LIST 01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH From almost missing out on the Final Four to being one defensive stop away from making the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT That’s the path Far Eastern U took the past couple of weeks, which was enough for rookie coach Olsen Racela to get excited heading to next season.Ron Dennison, Jojo Trinidad and Prince Orizu won’t be around by then as they are set to graduate by the end of the school year, but Racela feels his team has grown so rapidly the past two games that they’ll still contend next year.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 shutout“We were one stop away from making it to the Finals but the loss doesn’t define us,” said Racela after the Tamaraws dropped an 84-88 overtime decision to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their do-or-die clash on Wednesday.“I’m just proud the way we grew this season and I am really looking forward next year,” added Racela, who replaced younger brother, Nash, at the helm late last year. View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

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