AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Is Retiring After Current Tour

first_imgAC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.last_img read more

Dirty Bird Swoops Back Into Hawksnest with Challenging New Downhill Bike Course This Weekend

first_imgThe Dirty Bird Downhill Race series returns to Hawksnest Resort this Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22, for round two of the three-part race series.For round two, race organizers have constructed two new tracks: one for the pro racers, and another for the amateur categories. The brand new, highly anticipated downhill courses will be unveiled for the first time during this Saturday morning’s practice round and will give registered riders and spectators a chance to see the wide variety of new challenges the recently designed course offers.According to race organizers Will Washam, Michael Thomas, Andrew Mueller and Steven Trottier, the new tracks that have been under construction since late last year are their best yet. The course designers believe that the new track should prove to be a step up in difficulty from the first track of this year, the original Dirty Bird course—a screaming fast descent through the hardwood forest over boulderfields and across jumps that proved to be full of thrills and excitement for both riders and spectators during last year’s events. The latest design from the Dirty Bird Crew offers a longer, more difficult boulderfield, faster berms,and a variety of different lines to choose from as the riders rip through many of the technical sections of the course.“It’s a completely new challenge, compared to the original track,” Washam said. “It’s rougher and it’s definitely steeper.”Andrew Mueller PhotoAnother mainstay of the new track at Hawksnest is the ability of the racers to choose a variety of different lines through certain sections of the course, opening up a wider range of different possibilities that, as Washam said, leaves the track up for interpretation by the riders, which, in the end, makes for a more exciting race format.“When you have a wider course that has multiple line options in every section, it really lets the racers separate themselves from each other, and that makes for good racing because there are certain sections where the riders can find the fastest line for their riding style and it really gives people places to individually separate themselves from the crowd,” Washam explained.Andrew Mueller PhotoIf the excitement that recently released photos and videos of the new course is generating on the internet is any indication, there should be no shortage of riders making a special trip to the High Country to race the new track this weekend.“I think they’re going to be extremely stoked on the pro course,” Washam said. “It’s really going to allow all of the extremely talented pro racers of the Southeast to open up their skill set on some of the most challenging terrain that has been raced on in years,” Washam continued. “By having these three full downhill runs it has opened up a huge opportunity for downhill mountain biking, and it really solidifies Hawksnest as the premier gravity riding spot in the High Country.”The event will offer cash prizes to the pro categories and will offer merchandise prizes for the other categories from a variety of different suppliers. Sledgehammer Charlie’s will offer catered food for the riders and spectators while D.J. Trill Will provides fresh music and running commentary on the races. Spectators are encouraged to come out to both the practice rounds and the official races, which will take place this Sunday, August 22.For more information about the Dirty Bird Downhill Race series, click to www.dirtybirddh.com.More information on Hawksnest Resort found at Basecamp, http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2583last_img read more

Colombian Vice President Calls on Human-Rights Organizations to Change

first_img In his statement, released by his office in Bogotá, Garzón insisted that “Colombia is a country that respects human rights and international humanitarian law and one of those most committed to and that has most cooperated with the United Nations human-rights system and the inter-American human-rights system, as well as with their proceedings.” On 10 April, Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón called on regional and international governmental human-rights organizations to develop contextualized analyses of the progress achieved by each of their member states. “International organizations can’t live off of the problems and difficulties of their member countries, but rather should work jointly with them to solve them,” he added. Finally, he recalled that, “as indicated in the report, on 27 December 2011, the Colombian state sent to the IACHR its observations on each of the points of special concern, and the Commission appreciated the state’s readiness to engage in constructive dialogue with the IACHR in order to move forward in protecting the human rights of Colombia’s inhabitants.” Responding to the annual report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), released on 9 April, Garzón said that the reports written by that organization should “make clear the progress achieved by countries and the difficulties that they face, including the violence generated by illegal armed organizations and criminal practices such as drug trafficking.” center_img Nevertheless, he indicated that the Colombian Government “will move to make a careful and detailed review of the [IACHR] document and will continue promoting, jointly with civil society, the adoption of the actions and measures that may be needed to guarantee to the entire population the right to live in tranquility, wellbeing, and peace.” When referring to Colombia, the IACHR said that it continues to suffer “very serious human rights violations” due to its internal conflict, and it noted that despite the Government’s efforts, there remains a “serious problem” of internally displaced people and a lack of legal proceedings against agents of Government forces accused of extrajudicial executions. By Dialogo April 12, 2012last_img read more

Chance leads rivals a merry dance

first_img Settled towards the rear by Kevin Manning, the top weight made stealthy headway before striking the front at the furlong pole. Jim Bolger’s 5/1 chance came clear, and though Magnolia Beach sneaked up the inner to mount a serious challenge in the closing stages, Chance To Dance was too strong, scoring by half a length. Chance To Dance produced an excellent weight-carrying performance to land the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Nasrullah’ Handicap at Leopardstown. Bolger said: “There’s a little race at Naas on Wednesday for him (Michael Higgins And Co. Race), then I’ll apologise to him and give him a break. “He will be okay as he has been turned out quickly before and we can’t pass up an opportunity. “We will school him for the Champion Hurdle after that! I think he could be the real deal over jumps. “He goes on any ground and six furlongs to a mile and a half is all the same to him. All my horses jump and he’ll be no different.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NTTF Ratifies Federation’s 2019 Draft Constitution

first_imgThe President of NTTF, Ishaku Tikon in his welcome address at the maiden edition of NTTF General Assembly in Abuja, said the ratification of the federation’s draft constitution would address issues which were not attended to and also meet up with the April, 30, 2019 deadline set by the Federal Ministry of Sports.Tikon, who spoke on the issue of funding, commended the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for its help.He said: “We are expected in this assembly to address issues that concern the federation that have not been attended to, such as funding. The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has tried, it has been the one supporting us. When they are not available, we go round to see how we can come up with something but later on they always see how they can help. They have been there for us.”He said that mass grassroots sports participation and involvement is the catalyst for sports development.Tikon also appealed to state association chairmen to key into the federation’s vision of grassroots sports development drive by organising tournaments in their respective states annually.Speaking further, he said the federation is ready to partner and support any state that will be organising competitions with logistics and equipment.He said many senior and junior players have been exposed to ITTF Pro Tours and competitions to improve on their World and Africa rankings.The NTTF in conjunction with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) will hold the Olympic Solidarity Course in June, 2019 for 15 Nigerian coaches, who have attend the ITTF Level 1 coaching certification to further enhance their experience. The course is to be conducted by ITTF Course Instructor.Meanwhile, for making the final of the team event at the ongoing ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships, Nigeria and Egypt have secured their places at this year’s World Junior Championships (WJC) holding in Thailand.In the boys’ semifinal tie, Nigeria had an easy 3-0 win over Togo while Egypt was made to work hard for their 3-1 victory over Tunisia.For the girls’ clash, Egypt recorded an emphatic victory over Tunisia but Nigeria had to give their best against the Mauritians to be sure of their spot in Thailand.Today, the battle for the gold medal will be between Nigeria and Egypt in the boys and girls’ finale.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Nigeria, Egypt qualify for ITTF World Junior ChampionshipsOlawale Ajimotokan and Udora Orizu in AbujaThe Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has ratified the federation’s draft constitution for 2019 that will enable it move the sport forward and enhance the lots of players and administrators.last_img read more