Update 4/12/17: With the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival just around the corner (May 1-3 at Central City BBQ), we decided to revisit one of the standout sets of last year’s event!What do you get when you bring together thousands of pounds of crawfish, thousands of gallons of beer, and George Porter, Jr., Anders Osborne, Jason Crosby, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone and Billy Iuso? Well, in the case of the last set of the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival, you end up with a capacity crowd of smiling people eating, drinking and dancing!The new festival was held on the “daze between” Jazz Fest weekends, and the all-star lineup merged together with ease. Whether it was Radiators’ guitarist Dave Malone trading licks with NOLA staple Billy Iuso, or George Porter Jr.’s thumping basslines, or Higgins’ powerful rhythms, everyone in the capacity crowd was shaking it! The band even welcomed sit-ins from Jason Crosby and Anders Osborne throughout the set, only adding to the magic with their soul drenched musicianship.The band kept things loose and jammy, and no song went under ten minutes as the players took turns stretching the elements. Fortunately, we had our own Rex Thomson on hand to capture the magic at the NOLA Brewery. Without further ado, check out The Crawfish All-Stars at their finest!“Papaya”“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”“George’s Jam”“Them Changes”“Do or Die” The second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival will take place at Central City BBQ during the days between Jazz Fest weekends, May 1-3. This year’s lineup includes George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, John Medeski, Luther Dickinson, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, and so many more! Get tickets and more info here.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – IMCA Modified and IMCA Late Model drivers benefit again this season from support by Sweet Manufacturing.The manufacturer of the official steering box of IMCA continues contingency awards for a ninth season. Sweet is in its fourth season as part of the national decal program for Modifieds.Champions in each of the five Modified regions and the top driver in national Late Model point standings all earn steering boxes while second through fifth place finishers in each Modified region receive $50 gift certificates from the Kalamazoo, Mich., manufacturer.Drivers in both divisions must compete with two Sweet Manufacturing decals on their race cars to be eligible.Recipients of steering boxes awarded at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will include Modified and Late Model champions, plus the three Modified front row starters, longest tow qualifier, top non-qualifier in points, the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winners, and best appearing car contest winner.The final steering box to be awarded in 2018 goes to the Modified winner of the Duel In the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.Information about Sweet-manufacturer steering boxes and other products is available by calling 800 441-8619, on Facebook and at the www.sweetmfg.biz website.“We are approaching Super Nationals and we’ve got the Sweet steering boxes to be awarded at that event,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is such a diverse program that it is great to award so many quality boxes to so many different racers. We’re excited to partner with Sweet again in 2018.”
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed Paul Beresford as its International Team Coordinator for the female programme, including the senior female national team, commonly called “Lady Jags”, and the female youth national teams.Beresford, whose appointment was made on 1st July, 2017 and will be effective until 1st July, 2018, has been a longstanding partner of the GFF.Among his primary responsibilities will be creating scouting and recruitment networks for our female national teams, implementing overseas Talent ID Camps, coordinating ‘Lady Jags’ overseas-based training camps, tracking and monitoring performance of ‘Lady Jags’ and youth players, coordinating the ‘Lady Jags’ International Programme, ensuring clear communication links to all our overseas-based players, liaising with the Women’s Development Officer (WDO) to ensure there is an integrated system for locally-based ‘Lady Jags’ players and assisting in the continued development of our GFF Women’s Programme, both locally and overseas.Beresford’s appointment is strategically placed in the new structure for women’s football in Guyana as envisioned by the Executive Committee and developed by the Technical Director, Ian Greenwood. Greenwood, in an invited comment, explains: “This appointment will continue to strengthen the international outlook and professionalism of our female programme.Tracking and monitoring of our overseas ‘Lady Jags’ is a crucial part of the role to ensure we have up to date information on our players.Mr. Beresford is also tasked with the scouting and recruitment of potential new players at all age groups for the female programme which will be done with a clear and robust recruitment strategy. Overseas Talent ID and training camps will help ensure our ‘Lady Jags’ teams are in the strongest possible shape when competition and international engagements are upon us.”Greenwood added: “It’s fantastic that Mr. Beresford is on board as he has in-depth knowledge of female football both in Guyana and abroad, we are positive that his energy and passion for the role will improve the quality of the female programme.”Currently, the National U-17 Women’s team is encamped preparing for the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U-17 Tournament, scheduled for the 9th – 13th August, 2017 at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora.
The Director for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Tom Kenyon, says there is progress in response to the fight against Ebola by Liberians, unlike the past when denial overshadowed the fight.Dr. Kenyon, who is visiting Liberia with two other high profile U.S. officials, told a press briefing last Wednesday that people have begun to respond positively to health messages and preventive measures.He added that the erections of additional treatment units are also helping to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and exposing victims to more health hazards.Dr. Kenyon, who earlier visited Liberia along with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, attributed the rapid spread of the virus to movements of people and congested treatment centers that do not provide enough space for suspected patients to be accommodated.With such congested conditions, suspected cases could easily contract the virus because of close contact with confirmed cases.He also clarified that the Liberian who came down with Ebola in the U.S.A. was not diagnosed here in Liberia, but came down after spending several days in the U.S.Other officials that came with the CDC Global Health Director are Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lumpkin.Ms. Nancy Lindborg, in her remarks, said they had visited some ETUs around Monrovia and found out that the disease was claiming the lives of families.She expressed regret about the situation and said the partnership between Liberia and the U.S. can successfully fight to save lives.Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lunmpkin, said the presence of U.S. troop in Liberia is meant to provide technical assistance in various areas of specialty for the fight against Ebola.He stated that building ETUs, some recommended technical works at the Roberts International Airport as well as the construction of a 25-bed field hospital for health workers are some of the work that the U.S. troops are here to do.Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, during a reception earlier, told Liberian officials and diplomats that the U.S. officials were here to inspect the level of work done in Liberia and other Ebola affected countries.She urged Liberians and partnering diplomats to join in the mission to eradicate the Ebola disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)