Load remaining images Heavy Seas brought together good music and good beer on Saturday at Blunderbuss Music Festival in Baltimore. The one-day fest boasted a fun lineup loaded with hometown heroes. With low ticket prices and a high concentration of talent, Blunderbuss is likely one of the higher bangs-for-buck this summer.Sweet Leda started things off for the early risers with local favorite, Ron Holloway joining them on the sax. They played a new single, “Make it Happen,” off their upcoming album and have a slew of shows coming up around Maryland this summer.Next up was another hometown crew, Cris Jacobs Band, the solo project of The Bridge frontman. Jacobs has a new album in the works which will be out this fall and has been debuting bits and pieces of it at shows in the area.BIG Something brought the dance jams in the late, hot afternoon. The six-man heavy rocking funk band will be making appearances at festivals all over the country this summer.BoomBox continued the dance party in the early evening. These two never disappoint, with smooth lyrics and full jams. The pair will be heading out west until late July, when they come back to the East coast for F.A.R.M. Fest.Baltimore’s own, Robert Randolph & the Family Band headlined the night, bringing the fest to a high-energy ending with fans dancing on stage and multiple encores as the sun went down. The family is off to G Fest and FIBARK Festival this upcoming weekend.Blunderbuss was the second festival put on by Heavy Seas in Baltimore, and the largest one to take place at the harbor this summer. You can check out a few soundboard recordings and a gallery from taper Will Urquhart below.BoomBoxBIG SomethingCris Jacobs Band:
LifeNews 15 August 2013A new Pew research poll finds Americans say abortion is morally wrong by a 3-1 margin. However, Americas are still divided on the issue of embryonic stem cell research — even though it destroys human life and still has not helped any patients.Pew surveyed 4,006 adults nationwide from March 21 to April 8, 2013 and asked them about abortion, stem cell research and in-vitro fertilization.Roughly half of U.S. adults (49%) say they personally believe that having an abortion is morally wrong, about the same percentage as in previous Pew Research surveys. A very small percentage of Americans say abortion is morally alright. From the Pew poll:Asked whether abortion is morally acceptable, morally wrong or not a moral issue, only about a quarter of U.S. adults (23%) say they personally do not consider having an abortion to be a moral issue, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.The percentage of U.S. adults who consider abortion to be morally wrong (49%) far exceeds the percentage who express this view about in vitro fertilization (12%), non-embryonic stem cell research (16%) or embryonic stem cell research (22%).Only 15% of the public thinks that having an abortion is morally acceptable. By comparison, about a third of U.S. adults say they personally view IVF and both forms of stem cell research as morally acceptable practices.The poll found black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to say abortion is morally wrong than Americans who are members of mainline Protestant churches that take pro-abortion positions.Opinions on the morality of abortion differ widely among religious groups. Fully three-quarters of white evangelical Protestants consider having an abortion morally wrong, as do about two-thirds of Hispanic Catholics (64%). A majority of black Protestants (58%) and about half of white Catholics (53%) say the same. Fewer white mainline Protestants (38%) and religiously unaffiliated adults (25%) hold this view.Relatively small percentages of people in all religious groups consider it morally acceptable to have an abortion. However, among the unaffiliated, roughly equal shares say having an abortion is morally acceptable (28%) and morally wrong (25%).http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/15/americans-say-abortion-morally-wrong-by-a-three-to-one-margin/
AFTER two days of competition, five teams have recorded victories in the Georgetown Football Association’s (GFA) STAG Premier League, which got underway last Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground with a triple-header and continued on Monday with a double-header at the same venue.In the latest set of results, hosts GFC secured a walkover from Flamingo while Santos brushed aside Northern Rangers 3-0.The goalscorers for Santos were William Europe who netted a brace in the 22nd and 31st minutes and Orin Yarde who slotted home one goal in the 47th minute.When the tournament got underway on Sunday, Beacon defeated Black Pearl 4-1, Camp[town edged Pele 2-1 and Police scored a 4-1 win against Riddim Squad.In the Beacon versus Black Pearl encounter, Deron Bowen found the opposition’s net in the 25th and 45th minutes, while his team mate, Quacy McAulay netted a brace as well in the 32nd and 50th minutes.Jason Clarke pulled one back for Black Pearl in the 56th minute.Richie Richards scored a double for Camptown in the 52nd and 62nd minutes against Pele, while Lloyd Anderson netted for Pele in the 85th minute.In the feature game last Sunday, Kester Dundas, Dwayne Jacobs, Shemar Fraser and Travis Jones scored one goal each for Police in the 31st, 37th, 41st and 90th minutes respectively, while Amos Ramsay pulled one back for Riddim Squad in the 76th minute.The tournament will continue on Friday at the same venue with a double-header and continue on Sunday with a triple-header.On Friday, Police are down to play Flamingo from 18:00hrs and Northern Rangers come up against Camptown from 20:00hrs. On Sunday, GFC will take on Black Pearl from 16:00hrs, Riddim Squad will oppose Beacon from 18:00hrs and Pele face Santos from 20:00hrs.
The mood of these Nigerians is understandable. Playing second fiddle to the same Argentina, a record fifth time, starting with Eagles debut defeat at the Mundial in USA in 1994, has sort of become an anathema. And in all of these defeats, only one goal separates Nigeria from the euphoria of victory. What makes this particular defeat more painful is perhaps, Nigeria was just four minutes away from making it to the knock out stage.With the South Americans in the Top 10 bracket of global football and Nigeria in the 49th, nobody expected them to fall so easily. Not with top players like Barcelonaâ€™s Lionel Messi, Manchester Unitedâ€™s Rojo, Manchester Cityâ€™s duo of Sergio Kun Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi, PSGâ€™s duo of Angel di Maria and Gionani Lo Celso, Juveâ€™s duo of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, and several other top players too numerous to recall here. The Albiceleste were clear favourites to pick the second ticket after Croatia had topped the group going into the third matches with two wins.But the never-give-spirit in us gave several Nigerians here in Russia and elsewhere around the world the hope that miracle was possible against the Argies. And they held on to that faith. Not even Messiâ€™s brilliant early goal against Eagles could stop these incurable Nigerians from dream of a possible berth in the Last 16. Some of them chorused that after all, Nigeria defeated Iceland who held the South American nation to a draw.And then a part of Eaglesâ€™ Oyinbo Wall, Leon Balogun was fouled by former Barcelona defender, Javier Mascherano, inside Argentina box to earn the penalty beautifully converted by Victor Moses. That equalizer reinforced that belief that miracle was on the way. But all that was not to be as the experienced Turkish arbiter stood his ground that it was not a penalty despite television replay showing the ball bouncing off Rojoâ€™s left arm.At the end of 95 minutes encounter inside the St Petersburg Stadium, the Argentines who constituted 98 per cent of the 64,468 fans inside arena celebrated the way they have done in the previous encounters at USA â€˜94, Korea/Japan 2002, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.And so, all the grooves planned ahead to celebrate Nigeriaâ€™s triumph over Argentina for the first time at competitive level failed to hold. Top Nigerian artistes like Tu Face, Sound Sultan, Timi Dakolo and Oritshefemi among the Shaku Shaku artistesand several others including comedians in town for the Shaku Shaku dance party failed to hold. Instead, forlorn and angry faces replaced the excitement with which the few Nigerians here entered St Petersburg.With Qatar 2022 just four years away, only posterity can tell if the hoodoo surrounding the perennial agony inflicted on Nigerians will continue if Eagles &India themselves in the same group as the Albiceleste.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram DUROâ€™S RUSSIA NOTE…Everywhere you go here in St Petersburg since Tuesday night, what you see on the faces of Nigerians is annoyance and anger. They are yet to get over the Group D loss to Argentina here at the World Cup in St Petersburg.What you hear mostly from these Nigerians are: If only Odion Ighalo had scored that opportunity that came his way, deep into the second half; If only Turkish Centre Referee, Cuneyt Cakir, had awarded Nigeria a second penalty from the ball handled by Marcos Rojo inside Argentinaâ€™s box. Perhaps, Nigeria will not be home-bound now so early in the tournament.