Band joins with Ugandan choir

first_imgWhen 2012 graduates Brian Powers and Nick Gunty traveled to Kkindu, Uganda, last summer, the pair gained much more than expected from their experience. Powers and Gunty, who comprise the band Frances Luke Accord, spent 18 days recording an album with the community’s Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir to raise money for members of the group. “During our stay, we were touched by the many people we met living in rural poverty, who at the same time abound in human potential and an unparalleled spiritual wealth,” Powers said. “Through our interaction with the children and with village leaders, it became apparent that many of these children face hardships that none of us would ever encounter in our lives.” Powers said one of the hardships for the 28 children in the choir is the lack of access to free, public education. “They are not prevented from attending school, but they cannot sit for the necessary exams unless they pay their school fees,” Powers said. “The costs associated with these school fees, including a school lunch and uniform, totals only 70 dollars a year.  But with an average annual income in Uganda of only 511 dollars per capita, many cannot afford even this modest amount.” To raise funds for the children to advance grade levels, the choir and Frances Luke Accord collaborated to record an album entitled “Kandote,” a Lugandan word meaning “I dream.” “All money from the sale of this CD is going directly towards paying these school fees,” Powers said. Kevin Dugan, an operations assistant for Notre Dame men’s lacrosse and the former manager of Youth and Community Programs for Notre Dame Athletics, developed the idea for the project. Dugan is also the founder and director of Fields of Growth International, an organization that uses athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages in Uganda. “The project was also funded in large part through grants from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement as well as some private donations,” Powers said. “Thanks to these generous grants, we had the unique opportunity to spend 18 days in the wonderful country of Uganda doing what we love: listening to, writing, performing and recording music -and bridging a wide cultural divide along the way.” Powers said the band sent the choir a CD before the trip so the children could learn the songs. Approximately 40 takes of each song were recorded before Frances Luke Accord selected the best one for the album. Kandote can be purchased at any online music store or at the band’s website, For fans to gain further access into the production of the album, the band uploaded a YouTube video entitled “Kandote” that details the group’s trip to Kkindu and its interaction with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir.last_img read more

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Bale fee was not enough – Sherwood

first_imgTottenham got a world-record fee for Gareth Bale but head coach Tim Sherwood cannot help feeling they were short-changed. After a marvellous few years at White Hart Lane, the 24-year-old last summer swapped north London for Real Madrid in a record-breaking 100million euros (£85.3million) deal. The gargantuan fee raised more than a few eyebrows but Bale has not wilted under the pressure brought by the price tag. Press Association The winger has shone in his debut campaign in Spain and so far netted 20 goals, the latest being Wednesday’s outstanding solo strike that secured Madrid the Copa del Rey crown at the expense of Barcelona. The strength, speed and composure shown by Bale in scoring left onwatchers open-mouthed and reinforced Spurs head coach Sherwood’s belief that Tottenham should have got more money for him. “His fee looks cheap now,” Sherwood said. “If he is going to deliver them the European Cup – which it looks like he might – then that looks good business [for Madrid]. “To have Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale – he’s a freak of nature what you see there. “When he was running on the track he’d run past three old ladies eating a hamburger and come back on the pitch, and still be fastest to the ball. “Look at his goal, he was playing against Barcelona, he’s had a great season.” Sherwood sent Bale a text message after Madrid’s win saying ‘Well done mate, keep it going’, but laughed as he revealed he did not get one back. It is no surprise given the number of well-wishers, which included the world’s best player present and past, Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, at the end of a game that left those connected with Spurs wondering what could have been. This season has been a tumultuous one at White Hart Lane and Champions League qualification is now almost certainly beyond them. “Give me Gareth Bale and I think we might have been realistic challengers for the top four this season,” Sherwood said. “You saw what Gareth did – eight winning goals last season out of 21 goals and nine assists. If you put them on to our season it would have a different complexion. “Speculation was rife at the time – nearly as long as the speculation surrounding me. “He certainly dealt with it and I think to be fair, he wanted to go. Once a player wants to go, it is very difficult to keep him. Unless you are Liverpool of course.” last_img read more

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USC Athletic Director Pat Haden hospitalized after collapsing

first_imgUSC athletic director Pat Haden suffered another health scare Wednesday when he collapsed on campus – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanUSC Athletic Director Pat Haden collapsed Wednesday morning outside Heritage Hall and was taken away in an ambulance to receive medical attention off campus, according to a statement from USC Athletics.Haden was walking back from a meeting on campus when he felt lightheaded and sat down outside Heritage Hall, at which time the athletic department’s medical staff tended to him.Haden was able to walk to his office in Heritage Hall under his own power and was alert and talking during the entire process. He was then transported to his doctor off campus.In an updated statement Wednesday evening, the Athletics department said that Haden was at a local hospital, “resting comfortably” and in stable condition.“He plans to be back soon watching his Trojans in action,” the statement read. “He thanks all for their concern.” In a tweet, Haden reassured fans and thanked USC director of athletic medicine and head athletic trainer Russ Romano. “Thanks for all the good wishes,” Haden said. “[Thanks] to Russ Romano and the USC docs! Hope to [be] home soon. Fight On!!”The Los Angeles Times reports that Haden will undergo a medical procedure “in the next few days.” According to the statement, the incident was very similar to the one Haden experienced at the Notre Dame football game in October. While observing warm-ups, Haden reported feeling lightheaded and went down onto one knee. After a period of brief hospitalization, Haden was allowed to fly home.The 63-year-old Haden has served as athletic director since 2010, but announced last week that he would retire from the post at the end of June. He will remain at the school until 2017 to guide the renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Haden’s tenure at USC has had its highs and lows, with the football program going through multiple coaching changes, most recently the Steve Sarkisian controversy that saw Haden fire the embattled ex-coach after Sarkisian’s noted issues with alcoholism. Haden also infamously terminated Lane Kiffin in 2013 and was fined $25,000 after a game in 2014 when he went down to the sideline and argued with the officials. Haden, who has a pacemaker, has been dealing with health concerns in recent months. Following the scare at Notre Dame, he resigned from the College Football Playoff selection committee because of the travel load and did not attend seven of USC’s final eight football games. “I haven’t been 100 percent, but I feel perfectly fine now,’’ Haden said to 710-AM radio last Friday regarding his health. “I could have done this for a lot more years. I just turned 63. My father died at a young age but I’m hoping to live a long, healthy life from here and spend time with my seven grandsons.”This post was updated at 6:19 P.M.last_img read more

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Retooled Marlins triumphant in return, beat Orioles 4-0

first_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US After enduring one final delay in their effort to return from an eight-day, coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Miami Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday night.Francisco Cervelli and Jesús Aguilar homered for the Marlins, who had their season halted after 18 players tested positive for COVID-19 following the opening series in Philadelphia.Pablo López (1-0) threw five innings of two-hit ball and the bullpen allowed just one hit in Miami’s first shutout victory since Sept. 8 against Kansas City.Late Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins were still awaiting the result of further COVID-19 tests, a process that stalled their arrival at Camden Yards and pushed back the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start by 41 minutes.Orioles starter John Means (0-1) allowed one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He retired 13 in a row before Cervelli drove a 3-1 pitch into the left-field seats to end the left-hander’s night.After the final out, the Marlins lined up and did “air” high-fives in which they didn’t make contact with their hands.NATIONALS 5, METS 3WASHINGTON (AP) — Star slugger Juan Soto danced on the dugout roof to celebrate solo shots by Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison, and Washington returned from a coronavirus-caused four-day break to beat injury-depleted New York in a rain-interrupted game.Kendrick — who missed Washington’s last two games with a bad back, so hadn’t played in a week — went 4 for 4. Harrison drove in two runs and stole a base, and Patrick Corbin (1-0) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight.When Kendrick drove a changeup from Steven Matz (0-2) over the wall in the first, Soto — who was sitting in the stands, wearing a red mask — hopped atop the home dugout and boogied as the speakers blared Montell Jordan’s 1995 hit, “This Is How We Do It.”Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 2DENVER (AP) — Germán Márquez (2-1) struck out nine in efficiently throwing into the eighth inning and benefited from an overturned home-run call for rolling Colorado. The Rockies moved to 8-2 for the second time in franchise history, joining a 2011 team that finished 73-89.Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, the Giants thought they tied it on a three-run homer by Steven Duggar that hit off the top of the wall. A crew chief review overturned the call and awarded Duggar a two-run double. Márquez struck out Mike Yastrzemski and got Alex Dickerson to fly out to keep it a 3-2 game.Nolan Arenado went deep for a second straight night, and Yency Almonte got five outs, including two double plays, pick up his first career save.San Francisco starter and Denver native Kevin Gausman (0-1) threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs in his first appearance at Coors Field. He struck out seven.ATHLETICS 5, RANGERS 1OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit Oakland’s second walkoff grand slam of the year and gave the club its fourth straight win.The late-game theatrics helped the A’s win on a night when prized pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched five scoreless innings in his first career start for Oakland and Texas starter Lance Lynn allowed first run of the season.Edinson Volquez (0-1) got into trouble quickly in the ninth inning when he walked two batters and gave up a hit to load the bases with nobody out. Volquez retired Robbie Grossman on a popup before Piscotty hit a first-pitch drive over the wall in center to match the opening night 10th-inning slam by Matt Olson against the Angels.Liam Hendriks (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.DODGERS 5, PADRES 2SAN DIEGO (AP) — AJ Pollock hit a pinch, go-ahead double in the seventh inning and added a solo homer, and Dustin May struck out a career-high eight.Mookie Betts entered the game in right field in the eighth inning after missing Monday night’s 5-4 loss in the series opener due to a finger injury.May (1-0) held San Diego to three hits and two runs in six innings, with one walk. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in three chances.After knocking starter Dinelson Lamet out of the game in the sixth, the Dodgers went ahead on an unearned run in the seventh. Austin Barnes reached on a two-out, two-base throwing error by reliever Craig Stammen (1-1) and scored on Pollock’s double to right off Tim Hill.TWINS 7, PIRATES 3MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Berríos (1-1) pitched six strong innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and Minnesota beat Pittsburgh in a game briefly delayed when an unauthorized drone flew over Target Field.The Twins won their fifth in a row and improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The other was 2001.Miguel Sanó doubled and Eddie Rosario dribbled a single through the shift — a swing where he reached out without moving his feet — as part of a three-run first inning off Joe Musgrove (0-3).The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when the drone flew over center field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the flying intruder, but missed.RAYS 5, RED SOX 1ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Austin Meadows got two hits after missing the first 10 games of the season with the coronavirus and Tampa Bay stopped its losing streak at five.Boston lost its fourth in a row, including a three-game sweep at Yankees Stadium over the weekend, and fell to 3-8 overall.Meadows hit an an RBI triple in the fifth inning off Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) and scored on Brandon Lowe’s single to put the Rays up 4-1.Charlie Morton (1-1) allowed one run and five hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings.BRAVES 10, BLUE JAYS 1ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried boosted Atlanta’s depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, and Austin Riley hit a three-run homer.The Blue Jays played their first game since Thursday. Their weekend series against Philadelphia was postponed in this virus-interrupted season.Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker (0-1) into the Blue Jays’ bullpen behind the left-field wall in the fifth. It was the third homer allowed by Shoemaker, following shots by Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers in the second.Fried (2-0) gave up only four hits.WHITE SOX 3, BREWERS 2MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Lucas Giolito (1-1) struck out nine and allowed two runs in six innings and Chicago won its sixth straight game for the first time since April 2017.White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder in the third inning after he was thrown out trying to get from first to third on a single up the middle. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion departed in the sixth inning with left shoulder soreness. Both are expected to undergo examinations Wednesday.Milwaukee’s Ben Gamel and Chicago’s Eloy Jimenez hit two-run homers before Abreu’s single off Devin Williams (0-1).Alex Colome earned his third save when Gamel grounded out with runners on third and second after consecutive two-out hits by Ryon Healy and Omar Narvaez.CUBS 5, ROYALS 4CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and Chicago overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat Kansas City for its fifth straight win.Kimbrel took over to begin the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead but struggled again and allowed two runs and two hits while getting only one out. He’s yielded six runs in 1 2/3 innings in three appearances this season.Cubs reliever Kyle Ryan closed it out for his first save, getting Bubba Starling to ground out to third baseman Kris Bryant with a runner on third to end it.Kyle Hendricks (2-1) tossed seven solid innings to help the Cubs improve to 9-2, their best start through 11 games since 2016 when they went on to win the World Series. Brady Singer (0-1), making his third major league start on his 24th birthday, allowed four runs.INDIANS 4, REDS 2CINCINNATI (AP) — Shane Bieber (3-0) overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Cleveland snapped a four-game skid.Reyes capped the Indians’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit with his first homer of the season after hitting 37 with San Diego and Cleveland last year. His shot in the eighth inning to deep right-center field against Nate Jones (0-1).The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition. There is no timetable for his return. Sandy Alomar, normally the team’s first base and catching coach, is filling in for Francona.Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his third save.ASTROS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2PHOENIX (AP) — José Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and Houston roughed up Madison Bumgarner (0-2) for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer’s bases-loaded double.Cristian Javier (1-0) was excellent in his second career start, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. Humberto Castellanos pitched a scoreless ninth for the Astros in his big league debut.Image credits: AP First Published: 5th August, 2020 10:43 IST Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 10:43 IST Retooled Marlins Triumphant In Return, Beat Orioles 4-0 After enduring one final delay in their effort to return from an eight-day, coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Miami Marlins found enough power and pitching within their vastly overhauled roster to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Tuesday nightcenter_img Written By COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TVlast_img read more

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Done deal: Why Liverpool fans should be excited by this signing

first_img Alberto Moreno (left) playing for Spain U21s 1 Alberto Moreno is the newest recruit at Liverpool as the club continue to flash the cash.The left-back joined for £12m and has already revealed he is ‘super-motivated’ to begin his new life on Merseyside. Here, talkSPORT’s Expert Eye found out what those who watch Moreno on a regular basis think about him…Moreno had an irregular season. But you should know how hard Unai tried to keep him. Work in progress but can be a more solid LF than Alba– Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague on Twitter @GuillemBalagueHe is a really good attacking left-back, he’s very like Jordi Alba– Terry Gibson, talkSPORT’s La Liga correspondentAlberto Moreno is a dynamic player, can perform various different functions and has played some great games recently– Spain manager Vicente Del BosqueThe fact he has played left-back and left midfield, he is very progressive. He is a really inventive player, really mobile, intelligent– Andy Brassell, talkSPORT’s European football correspondentHe’s the prototype of the modern full-back. He has great technique, is direct, quick, and overloads the flanks– Sevilla sporting director Monchilast_img read more

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