Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Announce New Album, Listen To The Rockin’ Debut Single [Premiere]

first_imgFunky reggae artists Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad have just announced a brand new album release! Titled Make It Better, the Rochester, NY-based group has put together one of their finest releases yet. The new album is due out on September 16th, and sees the Dub Squad taking a new approach to writing music, working economically with busy schedules yet delivering songs with an absolute purpose. The band really does want to Make It Better, and they’re doing so with great music and positive energy.Singer/bassist James Searl spoke about the new album, saying “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.”To get you in the mood for this new album, we’re honored to premiere the first single “Live And Travel.” Written by guitarist/vocalist Dylan Savage, the song focuses on “a person’s long journey making their way home to be with loved ones. It’s a love song not only for family and those close to us, but for the nature and beauty that surrounds us everyday.”Listen to the new GPGDS single, “Live And Travel,” below!Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will release Make It Better on September 16th on Rootfire Cooperative, and you can find pre-orders here! The band will be touring throughout the summer and fall, including an album release party on September 10th in their hometown of Rochester, NY. The full Make It Better tour schedule can be seen below, and you can find out more about the band on their official website.Make It Better Tour DatesAug 18: Richmond, VA – The BroadberryAug 19: Asheville, NC – New Mountain TheaterAug 20: Elkins, WV – Camp BarefootAug 21: Cincinnati, OH – Woodward TheaterSep 4: Salisbury, MA – SurfSide Salisbury BeachSep 10: Rochester, NY – AnthologySep 16: Hammonton, NJ – Camp Jam in the PinesOct 4: Cambridge (Boston), MA – Middle EastOct 5: Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory BrooklynOct 6: Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’sOct 7: Harrisburg, PA – The Abbey Bar at ABCOct 8: Syracuse, NY – Westcott TheaterOct 12: Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live DownstairsOct 13: Albany, NY – The HollowOct 14: Ithaca, NY – The DockOct 15: Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall[Photo credit: Stephen Reardon]last_img read more

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Sheriffs call for changes to state laws to protect public, officers

first_imgResisting Arrest: To make resisting arrest a Class E Felony, which cannot be reduced by plea bargaining, and make it an offense for which a judge could require the posting of bailFailure to Retreat: To make it a Class D felony for any person to approach or remain within 25 feet of a police officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties when such person is ordered by a police officer to halt or retreat and such person fails to immediately do soAssault on a Police Officer: To increase the level of seriousness by one degree for the following crimes regarding the assault on a police officerChange Assault in the Second Degree, causing a peace or police officer physical injury, to a Class C FelonyChange Assault on a Peace Officer, Police Officer, Firefighter or Emergency Medical Services Professional, causing serious physical injury, to a Class B FelonyChange Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer or Police Officer, causing serious physical injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, to a Class A Felony The sheriffs said they are unhappy with the fallout of New York State’s bail reform, passed in 2019. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Speaking for more than 40 minutes Wednesday morning at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, sheriffs and undersheriffs from multiple counties demanded the governor and legislature to change state laws to protect “the public and the force”. Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting said similar news conferences would be happening across New York State. Congresswoman Donna Lupardo weighing in Wednesday telling 12 News that “the goal of good public policy is to strike a balance so our values of respect, justice, and fair play apply equally to everyone.” She went on to say, “I am open to reviewing any legislation the sheriffs have proposed.” Before announcing 10 legislative proposals, Broome County Sheriff David Harder opened by accusing “many politicians and community activists, and some in the media” of creating an environment that “excuses, or even glamorizes, resistance to lawful authority.”center_img The Southern Tier’s chief law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with the New York State Sheriff’s Association, made the following recommendations: Aggravated Harassment of a Police or Peace Officer: To make it a Class D Felony for a person to cause, or attempt to cause, any police officer or peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties to be struck by any substance or object including, but not limited to, bottles, rocks, bodily fluids, spittle, urine, seminal fluid, feces, flammable liquids or other noxious, hazardous or dangerous substances or objectsHate Crime Against a Police Officer: Make any crime committed against a police officer because of his or her status as an officer a hate crime, with a concomitant increase in penalty, as is currently provided with respect to hate crimes against members of other protected groupsAggravated Offering a False Accusation Against a Police Officer: To make it a Class D Felony to falsely accuse an officer of wrongdoing in the performance of his or her duties, and create a private right of civil action for the officer against the false accuserCriminal Doxing of a Police Officer or Peace Officer: To make it a Class D Felony to dox a police officer or peace officer because of the officer’s status as a police or peace officer, or to dox any other person because of that person’s relationship to, or affiliation with, a police or peace officerStalking a Police or Peace Officer: To make it a Class E Felony to follow or surveille a police or peace officer for no legitimate purpose, whether such officer is on or off duty, or to approach within 100 yards of the private residence or place of lodging of a police officer, without the consent of said officer, for reasons related to the officer’s status or service as a police or peace officer, or for the purpose of intimidating the officer of the officer’s family During the news conference, Sheriff Harder and Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond said they frequently inform the public that many people they have arrested are released to the public as part of the state’s bail reform legislation. The New York State Sheriff’s Association also requested two other changes, one calling for a state holiday in honor of officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The other measure, if approved, would provide a $500,000 benefit for officers who are seriously disabled or die from injuries incurred in the line of duty.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy issues apology days after COVID-19 comments

first_img“I have been made aware that comments from my press conference have offended some. It was never my intention to offend anyone and I apologize. My first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.”DeCOURCY: Not all college coaches are as foolish as GundyGundy told a media teleconference Tuesday that COVID-19 should be treated in a similar manner as the seasonal flu, especially if expanded testing for the coronavirus is close.”In my opinion, if we have to bring our players back, test ’em. They’re in good shape, they’re all 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 years old, they’re healthy. A lot of them can fight it off with their natural body, the antibodies and build that they have. There’s some people that are asymptomatic,” Gundy said on the teleconference, per The Oklahoman.He also noted the economic impact of football season possibly being delayed if local governments keep quarantine and social distancing orders in place. The city of Stillwater, Okla., where OSU is located has a shelter-in-place order in effect through April 16, The Oklahoman noted. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has apologized for offending anyone with his plan to get the Cowboys football program back to work around May 1 while the coronavirus pandemic persists.Gundy’s 46-word statement was distributed to media Saturday afternoon (CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone provided a link on Twitter): “If that’s true (about people being asymptomatic), then yeah, we sequester ’em. And people say, ‘That’s crazy.’ No, it’s not crazy, because we need to continue to budget and run money through the state of Oklahoma.” Gundy said, per The Oklahoman, which added that Gundy said OSU’s football program is responsible for $77 mllion in revenue.Oklahoma State did not support Gundy’s initial comments.”We will adhere to the advice of public health experts who are making informed decisions in the best interest of the citizens of our nation and state based on sound scientific data,” the university said in a statement (per ESPN.com). “We will also abide by the federal and state mandates as well as Big 12 guidelines. We will not compromise the health and well-being of our campus community. This virus is deadly and we will do our part at Oklahoma State to help blunt the spread.”last_img read more

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Bartomeu’s informative telematic meeting with the captains

first_imgIt was Sports world who advanced this telematic meeting that was informative. Bartomeu reported on the changes of the Board of Directors but, above all, what interests the players the most, which is the update of the calendars.The players learned first-hand that LaLiga is already considering starting on June 30 in a hellish month of July that would try to put what remains of the championship. Barça players, like Setién, are in favor of deciding the title on the field of play. However, Bartomeu made it clear that the first thing is “health” and that the de-escalation to play again will only take place with the approval of the Government and the corresponding health authorities. After the telematic meeting this Tuesday between Quique Setién and the players, this Wednesday it was the president’s turn, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who called a telematic meeting with his captains: Messi, Piqué, Busquets and Sergi Roberto. Oscar Grau, CEO of the Barça club and right hand of the president, and Javier Bordas also participated in the summit, who has maintained his position as manager responsible for the first staff after the Board’s remodeling.last_img read more

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Ssimbwa beats Kerr to win August award

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka heaD coach Sam Ssimbwa has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Sofapaka tactician Sam Ssimbwa was on Tuesday awarded the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for August at their Eastleigh High School training ground.  Ssimbwa led title chasing Sofapaka to four victories and draw, scoring fifteen goals while at it win the gong ahead of Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr. The August goal-blitz saw Sofapaka edge Muhoroni Youth 2-3 away then dismissed struggling Thika United 3-0 at home. A seven-goal thriller between Batoto ba Mungu and Nakumatt ended Sofapaka’s way as they put five past Nakumatt.Their fourth victory came over Nzoia Sugar in a 3-1 result before Posta Rangers held them to a 1-1 draw.Sofapaka players congratulating their coach Sam Ssibwa for winning the August Coach of the Month Award. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASofapaka’s 13 point’s haul was only matched by Gor who beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at home and 1-2 away followed by two 1-0 wins over Nakumatt and Posta Rangers. A highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby ended 1-1, leaving Gor Mahia with 13 points but with a lower goal count than Sofapaka.Coaches Kerr and Ssimbwa then squared off in a vote which the Sofapaka tactician won in a landslide. He pocketed Sh75, 000 as a result in addition to the personalized trophy and looks ahead with greater enthusiasm.“We started the league as underdogs but it’s commendable we have done well, especially in the second leg. There is a slim mathematical possibility of getting to the title but Gor Mahia have a huge advantage. Anything is possible in football though, and all we need to do is just win our matches one after another.” An elated Ssimbwa said after picking his accolade.Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I’ve won such awards elsewhere in Uganda and Rwanda and winning in Kenya gives me so much joy. Credit to my players who worked hard all through and the technical bench who assist me in coaching,” Ssimbwa addedLeading scorer at Sofapaka Umaru Kasumba who joined mid-season is hopeful of eventually ending up with the golden boot, having notched 11 in the league and trail the leader by just one goal.“I work very hard and everyone here can attest to that. I want to go harder in the remaining matches with a view of getting the golden boot. There are no secrets and the Kenyan league is not easy but I just work hard and the goals come.” Kasumba said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mental tests set for bridge fire suspect

first_imgNORWALK – The trial of a homeless man accused of intentionally starting a fire that destroyed the Beverly Boulevard bridge was delayed Wednesday in Norwalk Court due to doubts over the man’s mental competence. Nelson Gastelum, 29, is charged with one felony count of recklessly starting the Nov. 1 fire. He was arrested Nov. 4. He had been living under the bridge, which spans the Rio Hondo channel between Pico Rivera and Montebello, for a year, authorities said. “My client is unable to assist in his own defense,” Roberto Guaderrama, Gastelum’s attorney, said Wednesday. Guaderrama asked for a suspension of criminal proceedings until his client’s mental status could be determined. To bolster his request, Guaderrama pointed to Gastelum’s history of mental illness, which his family testified to during his preliminary hearing on Dec. 19. At that time, Gastelum’s brother, Mario Gastelum, testified his brother was “different.” Other relatives testified that they knew Gastelum was living under a bridge. At the time of his arrest, Gastelum told police he had lighted a fire to keep warm. But at his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty, claiming that another homeless man ignited the blaze by tossing a burning cigarette under the bridge. Norwalk Court Judge Larry S. Knupp granted the suspension of Gastelum’s trial for six weeks while the defendant undergoes evaluation by two psychiatrists. A hearing was scheduled for April 4 in Norwalk Court, at which the psychiatrists will report their findings regarding Gastelum’s fitness to stand trial, said Guaderrama. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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