Back Row from Left to right: Bob Wilcox (instructor), Sean Doxsey (chimes), Floyd Labbe (marimba/suspended cymbal), Zachary Mathieu (concert toms/auxiliary percussion), Emily Kropo (marimba/concert tom), Ethan Dupont (congas/hi-hat/suspended cymbal), Ethan Contreras (tympani/suspended cymbal), Shane Jones (chimes/suspended cymbal), Donny Binette (instructor)Front Row from left to right: Erin McLaughlin (instructor), Marissa Carter (vibraphone/suspended cymbal), Lindsey Schulte (vibraphone/concert tom), Vincent Biancarelli (marimba), Heylee Walker (concert snare/shaker/rain stick), Blake Andrews (concert snare/shaker/ocean drum), Melody Ky (bells/gong/tambourine), Cassidy Rosado (alto glockenspiel/tambourine), Charley Marenghi (xylophone/granite blocks/suspended cymbal), David Pelaggi (instructor)Not pictured: Emaly Pereira (concert bass drum/suspended cymbal/triangle), Amanda Stevens (bells/crotales/wind chimes)Band director: Robert HughesOur percussion arranger: Dave Dion] It isn’t every day that you come across a group of teenagers with an interest in the music of Phish. Sure, The McLovins burst onto the scene in 2008—has it really been 9 & 1/2 years?—with their rendition of “You Enjoy Myself.” But even if you’re a parent trying to encourage your son or daughter to listen to music other than EDM or hip-hop or radio pop, more than likely, Phish, isn’t at the top of the list for most high schoolers. However, it might be now, after a high-school ensemble in Connecticut rode their rendition of “Divided Sky” to second place in competition following their rehearsal of the Phish song going viral earlier in the year and earned high remarks from Trey Anastasio himself. Don Binette, a percussion instructor at Naugatuck High School since 1999—his own alma mater—and a long time Phish fan, had an idea in 2009 after being inspired by Trey Anastasio’s orchestral version of the phish song “Divided Sky.” Why not perform the piece in competitions with the winter percussion ensemble he leads and that he had been a part of as a student. Binette sent off a few emails to the Phish organization, which eventually reached Don Hart—Anastasio’s string arranger—and was given the go ahead by Phish and Hart. Presented then to the schools’ musical director at the time, it was passed on and back-pocketed by Binette. Forward to 2016 and current percussion director Dave Pelaggi reached out to fellow instructors for ideas. Binette offered “Divided Sky.” Another email dashed off to Hart, “Hey Don, it’s 7 or 8 years later and we’re about to get this off the ground…” and Hart was all in, even offering his own thoughts on how the piece could be presented by a percussion ensemble. “We started rehearsals—not the piece—in December,” says Binette when asked about how long this ensemble has been performing the piece. “We did two pre-rehearsals to see what kids were interested so we could see how many kids we had to write the piece for. We actually started rehearsing the music in January. We missed eight rehearsals because of snow and that really set us back. But, pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday, and then we started adding in Saturday’s in February and started our competitive shows the second Saturday in March.”Among the students that showed an interest in the winter percussion ensemble was fifteen-year-old Emily Kropo, who as a freshman played piano in the school marching band. A natural talent and dedicated student, Kropo found her way to the marimba and vibes and other instruments in the percussion orchestra. Now a sophomore, she’s the lead instrumentalist in the ensemble, leading a group of twenty fellow students—for whom percussion is not their primary instrument and from several schools in Naugatauk including middle school—in competitive performances of the piece. She nor any of her fellow bandmates had heard the song before being presented with it for the performance. “No I hadn’t. I was very surprised, because I haven’t been in a winter ensemble before. For marching band, you usually do something that’s like … formal,” she states when asked about her thoughts upon hearing the song. “And this is formal, but it’s more like, jazz type of groove. So it’s surprising to me that we’re doing something that you can relax to and you can enjoy it while your performing it. And use your improvisation skills, like you can see where in the piece things need to be loud and things need to be soft.” She liked the song upon first looking it up on YouTube and even checked out another Phish song. She says that elements of this performance have helped expand her knowledge of the jazz style. “So I take that criteria that we learned in the winter percussion ensemble—cause it’s kind of jazzy—and I put it into the piano playing I do for the jazz band.”The hardest part she says is keeping the entire orchestra in rhythm and on tempo. “I guess the tough part is that I try to pulse to what the beat is and if the kids can’t get it in time or they can’t feel the beat as I feel the beat, it just throws everyone off track.” This performance is strictly done on percussion instruments and does not include a drum set drummer; Marimbas, xylophone, bells, orchestra bells, chimes, timpani, concert snares & toms & bass percussion are all utilized. Binette notes that the competition called for different styles of music with multiple musical elements. The piece performed is supposed to have high, fast, mild tempos; soft, subtle textures, slow pieces.The student performances are judged by two judges, one judging execution & technical performance, while the other listens for interpretation of the piece; highs and lows, crescendos for impact. “Divided Sky” encapsulates all of those elements he says, all in under seven minutes, the maximum amount of time allotted for performance. “As a percussionist myself, I know that there’s different time signatures, it gives different moods. It’s almost like a fugue—a variation of a theme throughout the whole thing,” he says. “With this show, we have a very specific purpose. As much as we are all about being competitive, we are all about competitively beating ourselves each week. We’re not necessarily looking to chase the group that’s ahead of us,’ Binette says. But competitive they were—each week improving their scores & placing second in every performance including the championship. “It’s a real dedicated group of kids,” Binette concludes. ‘Some of them are doing school sports now too. They’re going to school, doing their sports activity and heading here straight from that. I get tingles listening to them, when they hit the times and tempos right. It’s a dream come true to mix those two worlds together and to have it come out as well as it is right now.”You can check out the video of the group rehearsing in the Naugatauk High School auditorium below, courtesy of MK Devo.
Georgia-grown Vidalia onions have hit the grocery and farmers market shelves. Farmers have been careful to handle the crop with kid gloves during the harvest. Now, consumers have to make sure to store them properly to keep them around as long as possible, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress.“While Vidalia onions are famous for their sweet flavor, there are numerous varieties and colors of onions,” Andress said. “Onions are used in many unique, flavorful condiments from relishes, salsas and pickles to jams.”For Vidalia onions that you plan to use within two to four weeks, Andress says to keep them dry and store them at room temperature in a cool, ventilated area.If you are slicing a Vidalia onion to eat fresh on a hamburger or with a big bowl of black-eyed peas, the National Onion Association says that any leftover sliced fresh onion can be safely saved for 7 days at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Andress, who is director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation, offers the following tips on how to properly freeze onions.Peeled, washed onions can be diced or chopped and frozen without blanching. The onion should be cut into one-fourth-inch to one-half-inch pieces.If you have room in your freezer, spread the pieces out on a clean baking sheet in a single layer. When the onions are frozen (hardened), promptly remove them from the tray and package them in air-tight freezer bags or containers while they are still hard.“This keeps the pieces separated in their freezer packaging so that you will be able to remove only as much as you want at a time in the future,” Andress said. “If they are all put into the bag or container at room temperature, the onion pieces will freeze into one large mass and not as separate pieces.”Freezer bags work best for freezer storage, she said, as you can remove some of the onions and then push the air out of the bag and reseal the remaining frozen pieces. When freezing with hard containers, the air that is held in the container can affect food quality and cause freezer burn, drying out the food.For other ways to freeze onions, and for more information on preserving and canning foods, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation online at nchfp.uga.edu. You will also find many options for using onions in relishes, salsas and pickled products.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia farmers grew 12,417 acres of onions in 2017. The farm gate value of onions that year was over $140 million. The top onion-producing counties in Georgia are Tattnall County (4,238 acres) and Toombs County (3,750 acres).
BOGOTÁ — The Colombian military must counter the symbols and rhetoric employed by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, specialists in psychological warfare and local politics told a group of officers at a four-day seminar in Bogotá. Ronald P. Archer, special advisor to USSOCOM (Special Operations Command) said that the FARC — Colombia’s most violent terrorist group — still has “significant power despite being defeated militarily.” Speaking Oct. 2 at Bogotá’s Club Militar, he said the FARC now focuses its ideological activities on recruitment, indoctrinating combatants, directing propaganda at civilians in conflict zones and feeding lies to Colombians and people overseas. “The Armed Forces needs to take the initiative in improving civilian-military relations and this will in turn combat the FARC’s claims that the state has abandoned their territory.” Archer told his audience. “The FARC’s propaganda must be studied in its minutiae to improve our understanding of the insurgent’s narrative.” Consistent messages work best Archer said the Colombian military’s narrative must be consistent — and that it must focus on cultural, religious and civic values shared by most of Colombia’s 46 million inhabitants. He pointed out that even though the family is the moral compass that guides Colombian culture and offers security, “the FARC rejects the idea of a traditional family and replaces it with a revolutionary identity.” Archer said that the terrorist group’s romanticized, revolutionary propaganda reaches universities — which are ideal recruiting grounds for new FARC combatants — yet is outdated and far removed from the realities on the ground. “The FARC realized very quickly in the 1980s that they had to get their message out there and directed their efforts to an international audience,” said Henry Cancelado, a political scientist at Bogotá’s Universidad Nacional. “The FARC’s reliance on actual foot-soldier activity is minimal alongside their management of the media and their political marketing — for example, publishing videos on YouTube. They truly believe and know that the more public they make their cause, the better and the further their message will reach.” Using social media wisely These days, said Cancelado, Colombia’s Armed Forces are up to speed on Facebook and Twitter, and in creating a counter-narrative to FARC propaganda. “If the FARC lose the support of their followers and active members, it does not matter how much money or how many bullets they possess. They are going to lose.” Salúd Hernández, a correspondent for Colombia’s El Tiempo and Spain’s El Mundo newspapers, suggested that the practice of using radio stations to call upon guerrillas to demobilize and turn themselves in be ended. She said it was well-known that guerrillas do not listen to those particular radio stations, and that those who do are subsequently punished by their superiors. Added Cancelado: “We should be affecting and damaging their support networks and image overseas. The struggle must be won with social support and showing up their moral corruption.” Archer noted that the FARC’s key support “comes from the regions of Colombia that have been subjected to years of guerrilla indoctrination.” And while those ideologies “may be leading the guerrilla group down an antiquated path,” he said that populations living in those regions need to see real change and promises fulfilled in order for the government to win their hearts and minds. The struggle for political power in the brother People of Colombia, between the incumbent Governments and the FARC guerrilla movement must be staged at the peace table. And the dialogue of the two parties should be free of hatred, the feeling of pain which generate wars, and of the pain and ardor of revenge. Leaving these and others negatives elements behind can help them achieve a good dialogue and a happy outcome for the homeland of Colombia, and everything because of Colombians, from Colombians and for Colombians. From Puerto Rico, we wish the best to our brother country. What a poor memory Colombians have. The Farc initially was the armed arm of the extreme left. At present, its previous philosophy of struggle for social claims disappeared as the Soviet Union is gone and it was changed for a lucrative business of death, based on the drug trade, kidnappings, extortion, robberies, etc. To begin to negotiate with bandits is difficult, because their business is so lucrative that it is also supported by hidden forces, they will never deliver it. This is shown in the history. LetÂ´s continue struggling and praying to our HEAVENLY FATHER to change their hearts is our exit. The vast majority was shocked by the war of bullets and don’t see other wars, for example, the life blood that is lost in hospitals by State corruption, the malnutrition of millions of Colombians that is reflected in their ravenous faces, the indignity of extreme opulence of very few “Christians”, opposite masses in misery of cramped capitals. IsnÂ´t that a war, you myopic people. they think they are so special with their army, and they haven’t even been able to handle a little group of rebels freedom for all those who are kidnapped. Innocent people… It doesn’t do any good to keep up a fight that causes so much pain and property damage, and that is frowned upon by the world. It is much better to implement government agreements for employment with fair remuneration, education and health for all combatants. This will truly bring peace, progress and a bright future for this great Colombian country. Foreign investment, industry and tourism will grow exponentially; consequently, the average Colombian will raise his standard of living like he never dreamed before. There will be no need to go to other countries, since Colombia will have everything readily available. Greetings. Wars helped reduce population, which in my opinion is the cause for the misery in Colombia and in many parts of the world. Today you don’t see that, a lot of technology and complex weapons are being deployed and very little results (deaths). The world population has to be decreased because in a few years we won’t even have water for our grandchildren, and there will certainly be wars. It is urgent to find ways to achieve this reduction, it is urgent to intensify the war, that way it will be over soon. As long as there is corruption, injustice, impunity, inequality, privileges and lack of opportunities, it will be very difficult to achieve real and long-lasting peace. The description for guerrilla is different: the dictionary says: the person who kills, sets fire, steals, kidnaps, etc. is a bandit. From now on they will be called BANDITS. Furthermore, 80% of the 40 millions residents, every time they commit arbitrary acts, the bandits will be left without mothers. GENTLEMEN JOURNALISTS, LEADERS AND SERVERS OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT: COULD IT BE THAT THESE ARMED GROUPS, SUBVERSIVE, PARAMILITARY OR OF ANY OTHER COMBATIVE DENOMINATION AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT, ORIGINATE BECAUSE OF THE INJUSTICE COMMITTED AGAINST DEFENSELESS, SIMPLE CITIZENS, BECAUSE OF THE GREED TO OBTAIN WEALTH, NO MATTER HOW, AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE COMPATRIOTS IN POSITION OF INFERIORITY OR VULNERABILITY? TO SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF THIS SOCIAL INEQUALITY, REFER TO THE NEWS AIRED BY NOTICIAS UNO ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9 OF THIS YEAR, DURING ITS BROADCAST AT NINE O’CLOCK AT NIGHT, HEADLINING THE DISPUTE ON THE REPEATED FRAUD COMMITTED AGAINST THE COLOMBIAN SOCIAL SECURITY, BY THE OCCUPATIONAL RISKS INSURANCE COMPANY POSITIVA S. A. AND THE AUTHORITIES AREN’T TAKING ANY ACTION! IMMUNITY?… CARTE BLANCHE? (“Z”)… IMPUNITY?… WHAT SECRET INTERESTS, OBSCURE AGREEMENTS OR PERMANENT BENEFITS HOLDS THE POLITICAL CLASS IN ORDER TO BE PERMISSIVE WITH THESE CORRUPT BEHAVIORS THAT COMPROMISE THE SUPREME EXECUTIVE POWER, MINISTERS OF CORRESPONDING DEPARTMENTS WITH THEIR CONTROL AND MONITORING BODIES; OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE NATION, OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC; HOUSE AND SENATE AS LEGISLATIVE POWER WITH THEIR POLITICAL CONTROL AND THE OTHER POWER THAT SADLY HAS BECOME TRIVIAL, THE WAY [“IN”]JUSTICE HAS. COMMENT OF MARINO VEEDOR, FIGHTING FOR THE PEACE AND EQUALITY OF THE COLOMBIANS, VICTIMS OF THE TYRANNY OF THE DISASTROUS CORRUPTION THAT IS DESTROYING OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, WHERE WE CAN ASK OURSELVES, MALICIOUSLY, AND WHERE IS THE MANAGER WE CHOSE FOR THIS COMPANY? for many years the separation between the state established legitimately and the groups outside the law has increased, because of capitalist inequality of services, education, health, paved access ways so that the one who grows food has the ability to take his products to the city; on top of all this we have to create a system so that the farmer is not robbed by intermediates, a farmer comes with a bag of bananas and the inter pays for it as they wish, there is no one to put a price on those products, that’s why they stop growing legal crops and they start growing the illegal kind, because the illegal is bought in bulk and they don’t have to carry and beg in order to be able to sell what they have produced. The day the government protects its farmers, things will change. the struggle for political power between the governments in the sister-country Colombia is not doing any good. The dialogue between the two parties should be free of hatred, of the feeling of pain caused by wars, and of the pain and ardor of revenge. What is happening with the Colombian people and our governors, any illiterate person with delusions of dictatorship comes around and takes away from us half of the Caribbean Sea, and nevertheless we go on as if nothing happened, our indolence and that of our ruling class have caused that, for several decades, our neighbors have been trying to take advantage of our natural resources under the accommodating watch of our governments, who only think about profiting during their time at power for their own stingy interests. I think and respectfully suggest that our army and our police must initiate projects, provide education, attend issues on primary health in all those small towns where the State has not arrived yet, with all that it takes farmers to avoid being bought by the outlawed groups. The army and the police should have two groups in parallel, one to maintain military and police presence and another to provide State presence by offering services like the ones described above. This way we will be restoring the confidence that peasants of Colombia have lost. In a prestigious newspaper form Tolima, I read the statements of a great man who was an attorney of the nation, and who states the actual truth on how all the bad things are not just the FARC and he’s right. Everyone in the country blames them for everything because the state is behind them, but they neglect or go along with what’s most damaging for the country, and that’s the fucking administrative corruption where a company steals billions and if they get caught, these criminals who steal our taxes are treated delicately and with benevolence, and are locked up in cells where they have all their toys, and if they are retired, they continue to receive their juicy pensions. This has to change and surely Colombians will live better in the future. How can I believe this lady Salud Hernandez, correspondent of the newspaper El Tiempo. I think it’s disrespectful to write these publications, according to her the army radio stations don’t fulfill their purpose as subversive people do not listen to them, because according to this lady, the guerrilla men are punished for listening to these stations. But I suggest she do more research on this topic because this issue goes beyond listening or not to the army radio stations, because in the course of these months and years the demobilization of these illegal armed groups has increased due to direct and indirect matters regarding radio broadcasting of the messages; as the demobilized guerrilla men themselves say, they have been listening secretly to these stations, and messages are given through relatives of these subversive people, informing them on the plans and benefits provided by the government regarding the demobilization. With this I’d like to tell this lady that this is only one part of what is done with the radio broadcasting and that I think it’s strange that this educated and experienced lady doesn’t study the topics before writing or speaking. I KEEP THINKING THAT IF COLOMBIA SHARES THIS CAKE, WE WILL REACH PEACE MORE OR LESS, OTHERWISE WE WILL CONTINUE PROMOTING WAR. By Dialogo October 08, 2012
BERN (Reuters) – UEFA is set to decide next week on how to conclude this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions which have been put on hold since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the European soccer body said Thursday.UEFA said in a statement that its executive committee would meet in a video conference on June 17 where the agenda would include “round of 16 onwards and related determinations” for both competitions.The Champions League final was originally scheduled to be played in Istanbul and the Europa League showpiece in Gdansk, Poland, however last month UEFA said “a variety of options” were being looked at for completing the two competitions.These could include playing the remaining stages of each competition in a single venue and reducing the quarter-final and semi-final ties to one leg instead of two.The second legs of four Champions League last-16 ties still need to be played, while Atletico Madrid, Paris St Germain, Atalanta and RB Leipzig have already booked their places in the last eight.In the Europa League, two round of 16 first leg ties still have to be played plus all the second legs.The mayor of Madrid said on Tuesday that the Spanish capital was in talks about hosting the Champions League final if it was moved from Istanbul.The meeting will also discuss the planned schedule and venues for the Euro 2020 tournament, which has been postponed until 2021, and the dates for the playoff ties which were due to be played in March.The 24-team competition will be held across 12 cities across the continent.
Erie, P.A. – Meghan Duggan has been honored as the best player in women’s college hockey.With 86 points, Duggan is tied as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s point leader, ranks second in points per game with 2.15, goals with 39, assists with 47, assists per game with 1.8 and power-play goals with 11. She has three short-handed goals on the season, which is good for third in the nation. Averaging .97 goals per game, Duggan is fourth in the nation, and with six game-winning goals, she ranks sixth nationally.All these statistics lead to one thing: Duggan, a senior forward for Wisconsin women’s hockey, is the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner.“It’s an incredible honor,” Duggan said. “Obviously it’s a very prestigious award, and there have been past winners that I look up to a lot. Patty Kazmaier, it’s incredible to be on a level equated with her. It was a great year for our team, and I was just happy to be a part of all that success.”Along with Duggan, Boston College’s Kelli Stack and Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta rounded out the top three nominees.When the winner was revealed, ‘Meghan’ was announced followed by a short pause, causing most in the room to draw in a quick breath. When ‘Duggan’ was finally announced, the squad and its families exploded with cheers as their captain was named one of hockey’s best.“My heart stopped a little bit,” Duggan said of the pause. “It was really an honor to be up for the top three. As well as how today went, I was going to be gracious either way. I think the two other nominees – Kelli [Stack] and Meghan [Agosta] – are incredible players, and to be on the same level with those guys is an honor in itself.”Duggan is the third Badger to be honored with the award. Sara Bauer was the first Badger to win in 2006, and Jessie Vetter won in 2009. In both 2006 and 2009, Wisconsin went on to win the national championship game – a tradition that still lives on.Head coach Mark Johnson noted the similarities between Duggan and the former Badgers who won the Patty Kazmaier Award.“I think the one common thing is certainly their performance on the ice,” Johnson said. “You look at each of them in their time winning championships and leading teams, very similar situations. Meghan, the way she conducts herself off the ice and goes about business and respect she has for her teammates speaks volumes for who she is.”Duggan has captained a team that has some of the best chemistry Johnson and the team as a whole have ever experienced.“She’s certainly a difference maker from a leadership standpoint,” Johnson said. “She seems to say the right things at the right time and leads by example. One of the main reasons this team has great chemistry is because of Meghan.”Leading a squad that refers to her as “Alpha,” it’s no wonder she has been named the best player in the league.“I think we saw it [Friday],” junior forward Brooke Ammerman said in a post-game press conference Friday. “She scores the first goal on a scrum at the net, and then we needed the big goal the end, she just comes through. She toe drags this girl in front of the net with 40 seconds left and gets the puck on net. She is an Olympian. She is one of the best leaders I’ve ever played with. We all look up to her and play hard for her. She is our Alpha.”
Mark Clattenburg is ready to formally deny allegations he used “inappropriate language” towards Chelsea stars John Obi Mikel and Juan Mata.Press Association Sport understands referee Clattenburg has been shocked and angered at being accused by the European champions of using comments that have been interpreted as racist remarks during their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.The Football Association launched an investigation on Monday after Chelsea made an official complaint against the 37-year-old, who has vowed to co-operate fully with their enquiries and is understood to be determined to clear his name.That would also apply should the police choose to launch their own probe after confirming on Monday night they were “considering” what they described as a “complaint” from the Society of Black Lawyers.The FA had yet to interview Clattenburg on Tuesday morning but are expected to do so, possibly after requesting a written account from him about what took place during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.Clattenburg has already filed what is known as an ‘extraordinary incident report’, which is understood to mainly deal with a meeting which is alleged to have taken place in the referees’ room after full-time. Sources told Press Association Sport that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, assistant manager Eddie Newton and chief executive Ron Gourlay were all present as Mikel angrily accused Clattenburg of abusing him.The referee, his assistants and fourth official are understood to have been stunned by the claims, with Michael McDonough, Simon Long and Michael Jones denying hearing anything of that nature over the officials’ microphone link-up.Clattenburg’s fellow professional referees are understood to be as shocked and angered as their colleague over the allegations against him and were rallying around him.