Beloved jammers TAUK continue to take the country by storm! The group has announced an extensive second leg of their fall tour, coming on in support of their new album Sir Nebula, which is due out on September 16th. The band had previously revealed a first tour leg taking them from coast to coast, and round two sees the band hitting hot spots throughout the Southern and Northeastern United States as well.Among that exciting tour schedule is a performance at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, coming on November 12th. Presented by Live for Live Music, this New Orleans show will feature support from Naughty Professor, merging some great local funk with the progressive offerings of TAUK’s instrumental fusion. Tickets for this exciting performance can be found here!The full tour announcement can be seen below, and you can catch the band’s full tour schedule in the artwork posted below. New Sir Nebula TAUK Tour Dates10/15/16 – TBD11/9/16 – Three Links – Dallas, TX11/10/16 – The Parish – Austin, TX11/11/16 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX11/12/16 – The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA (Presented by Live for Live Music) ^11/13/16 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS11/15/16 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/16/16 – The Social – Orlando, FL11/17/16 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL11/18/16 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA11/19/16 – New Mountain Theatre – Asheville, NC11/30/16 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/1/16 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA12/2/16 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD %12/3/16 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA %12/7/16 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY %12/8/16 – Putnam Den – Saratoga Springs, NY12/9/16 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT12/10/16 – The Outer Space (Ballroom) – Hamden, CT ^ with Naughty Professor% with Consider the Source[Photo credit: Dylan Langille]
Huge crowds of Belarusian protesters on Sunday flooded the capital Minsk, urging strongman Alexander Lukashenko to quit power, defying the threat of arrest and a massive deployment of forces.More than 100,000 people are estimated to have taken to the streets of the capital Minsk over the past three weekends and AFP journalists said the crowds in Minsk might have been even larger on Sunday.Troops, water cannon, armored personnel carriers and armored reconnaissance vehicles were deployed to the city center but protesters from all walks of life — from parents with children to students and even priests– rallied in a show of defiance. “I am convinced that protests will continue until we win.”Unprecedented demonstrations broke out after Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet state for 26 years, claimed re-election with 80 percent of the vote on August 9.Opposition rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya says she won the vote but Lukashenko’s security forces have detained thousands of protesters, many of whom accused police of beatings and torture. Several people have died during the crackdown.Tikhanovskaya left Belarus under pressure from authorities and took shelter in EU member Lithuania. ‘Tough nut’ Putin has been keen to unify Russia and Belarus, and Moscow has accompanied its recent offers of military aid with calls for tighter integration. Lukashenko has in the past ruled out outright unification and sought to play Moscow off against the West, but his options are now limited.On Thursday, Lukashenko hosted Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and said the two countries had managed to agree on issues they “could not agree earlier”.The mustachioed leader said he planned to “dot all the i’s” with Putin in Moscow in the next few weeks.Lukashenko made headlines this week when he claimed that his security forces had intercepted German calls showing that Navalny’s poisoning had been faked.Belarusian state television broadcast the “intercept” in which a Mike in Warsaw and Nick in Berlin discuss Navalny’s materials and call Lukashenko a “tough nut to crack.”Lukashenko also raised eyebrows last month when he brandished an assault rifle and had his 16-year-old son Nikolai appear next to him in a bulletproof vest while also wielding a weapon.Topics : ‘Honest elections’ Belarusians have been demonstrating across the country for nearly a month even though the protest movement lacks a clear leader, with many activists jailed or forced out of the country.On Sunday, the protesters marched towards Lukashenko’s residence at the Independence Palace where they chanted “Tribunal” and “How much are you getting paid?” One protester held a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who Germany says has been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent”Please only live,” said the placard, referring to President Vladimir Putin’s main political rival. Navalny has been in a coma for the past two weeks after he drank what his aides suspect was a cup of poisoned tea in Siberia.”Sasha, have some tea. It’s Putin’s treat,” some protesters chanted, referring to Lukashenko by his diminutive name.Many say they will keep taking to the streets until Lukashenko quits.”Lukashenko must go,” said Nikolai Dyatlov, a 32-year-old protester.Another protester, 40-year-old Anastasia Bazarevich, said: “Half of the village where my grandma lives comes out and protests every night.”Russia has said it will respond to any Western attempts to “sway the situation” and Putin has raised the possibility of sending military support.As demonstrators gradually dispersed later Sunday, images showed hooded men in civilian clothes with batons chasing and beating demonstrators. Around 250 people were arrested nationwide including 175 in Minsk, according to the Viasna rights group.An interior ministry spokesperson refused to confirm the figures.Many protesters held red-and-white flags and placards while a band beat drums and played other instruments. “Despite rain and pressure from the authorities, despite repression, many more people turned up in Minsk than last Sunday,” top opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova told reporters.
The completion, co-sponsored by Calabar Municipal and NorthWest Petroleum, is aimed at promoting football at the grassroots and also act as a talent hunt for Rovers FC and other clubs within the metropolis, the organisers announced.According to the organisers, the tournament will end on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Ishie Maracana Arena.They disclosed that the team that emerges champion of the competition will win a cash prize of N150, 000, while the second and third place winners will go home with N100, 000 and N50, 000, respectively.Chairman of Calabar Municipal Council and the initiator of the competition, Ntufam Donatus Etim, said:“I commend the NorthWest Petroleum for the sponsorship of the tournament. It was actually conceived to sustain the bond of unity amongst the youths.“It will also serve as a breeding ground for potential soccer stars while at the same time distracting idle youths from negative tendencies.”Commending the organisers of the competition, the Chairman, Cross River Sports Commission, Mr. Orok Duke, said: “It is interesting to see the private sector participating actively in sports development at the local level.”The sports commission chairman said he was optimistic the soccer fiesta will proved ample opportunity for budding football talents in the area to be discovered.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bassey Inyang in CalabarA grassroots football competition, the first of such, in Cross River State, has kicked off in Calabar.The soccer fiesta which will last for two weeks will feature ten teams within Calabar Municipality, among them: Ikot Ansa Rocks, Qua Rangers, Ikot Effanga United, Ishie Pillars, Eefut Strikers and Ediba Bombers.
In the awake of the financial turmoil affecting the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Capitol Hill is demanding a full-scale systemic and forensic audit of the company.The nation’s oil and gas regulator is facing a deep financial meltdown, a situation that has forced the one time “wasteful spending entity” into economic failure.Hitting Liberia’s “struggling economy” hard, the financial crisis at NOCAL shocked the state, forcing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to personally intervene in a move aimed at rescuing the public entity.President Sirleaf set up an interim management team with the responsibility of leading NOCAL to a comprehensive bailout.Despite her intervention, lawmakers have started to debate the need for the public spender to submit to a “comprehensive audit” in order to identify the root-cause of the financial meltdown.In separate comments, Representatives Gabriel B. Smith and Julius F. Berrian indicated that commissioning an audit of the entire NOCAL system which would unearth the financial transgression is paramount to addressing the crisis.According to Rep. Berrian, “dismissal or retirement benefits for NOCAL’s executives in the absence of a serious audit will have a negative bearing on national government.”These things happen everywhere, he said. “But ignoring the most important action to institute right now and focusing attention on non-essential issues is counterproductive.”The Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that despite Capitol Hill’s oversight responsibility over NOCAL, “there was no way for either committee of the Legislature with direct oversight to have seen this coming.”For his part, Rep. Smith described the crisis as a “turbulent time for Liberians, particularly those benefiting from NOCAL’s local and foreign scholarship program.”He noted that facing such a financial situation with scores of students placing their hope for a better future through NOCAL is “sad” and needs prompt action.Relative to reports of the President drawing-up a “fabulous retirement package” for few of NOCAL’s executives including Dr. Randolph McClain, the company’s CEO, Smith said; “If such a report is true, the President is not in her right mind.”Meanwhile, sources close to the Capitol Building hinted that the matter will form part of the House of Representatives’ agenda for discussion today Tuesday, September 8.According to sources, a majority of lawmakers have agreed to vote on a decision for the House’s plenary to order the commission of audit of NOCAL by the public anti-graft agency, General Auditing Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)