Damon Albarn Says New Gorillaz Album Is Complete, Live Rehearsals Are In Action

first_img@_JackWinstanley he told me he’d got a new hat for the gorillaz tour and started dancing I’m literally crying— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017Dope.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] One lucky fan had a glorious interaction with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, who apparently revealed that the new album is “finished” and that live tour rehearsals are currently in practice. Jack Winstanley was waiting outside a venue that he works at when he scored the conversation with Albarn, then proceeded to share the news with the world in a series of tweets. See below:DAMON FUCKING ALBARN pic.twitter.com/z4ZQ5z0asA— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017 @sidneyphlegm he says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! — Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 23, 2017last_img read more

Public urged to give input on Auckland high-rise brothel

first_imgNZ Herald 4 April 2012Public comment is being sought on a bid to build a 15-storey building, including a brothel, on the site of the demolished Palace Hotel, in Victoria St. This follows a decision by Auckland Council’s hearings committee to rescind its December decision to have an independent commissioner decide whether the public should have a say. The deadline for comment to the council is May 4 and a hearing of the resource consent bid could follow about five weeks later.….The committee said there was the “sensitivity of the people” to the proposed brothel activity. Opponents include Auckland’s Catholic leader, Bishop Pat Dunn. The committee said the council needed to consider the impact on the community in terms of nuisance or incompatibility with its surrounding precinct, including Federal St which has views of St Patrick’s Cathedral.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10796525Making a submission: Any person may make a submission on the application.MORE DETAILS on making a Submission Send written submission to Auckland Council, Private Bag 92300, Auckland, 1142.  Submission form here: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/Form98SubmissionForm.pdfOnline Submission form: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/BuildingPropertyConsents/ResourceConsents/NotifiedApplicationsSubmissions/Pages/Resourceconsentsubmissionform.aspxNote that a copy of the submission must also be sent to the applicant at the address for service stated above as soon as reasonably practicable. Green Group , PO Box 105153, Auckland City, Auckland 1143, Attention: Martin Green.last_img read more

Have you heard this one before? Winter storm packing rain, sleet, snow on the way

first_imgMASON CITY — Forecasters say Iowa will get another one-two punch from winter weather this weekend, with the potential for rain, sleet, snow, ice, blizzard conditions and even flooding.Meteorologist Chad Hahn, with the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says the first round tonight won’t entail much snow, if any, though a layer of ice is threatened. “Expect freezing drizzle to develop across much of the state of Iowa later on this evening and overnight,” Hahn says. “Even some light glazing is possible across portions of the state overnight and that will continue into the morning hours on Saturday.”Temperatures are predicted to warm up into the upper 30s tomorrow, changing the snow to rain and raising the chances of ice dams, ice jams and flooding. “We’ll have a break as we get into the day on Saturday where we actually transition much of the state into rain but it’ll be pretty short-lived because the colder air will filter in later on Saturday afternoon and especially overnight on Saturday night,” Hahn says. “We’re expecting significant accumulating snows across the central part of Iowa.”The heaviest snow is forecast to fall roughly from the Omaha area to Fort Dodge to Mason City. That region may see six to eight inches of snow. As the storm front moves through Iowa, there’s the potential for blizzard conditions on Sunday. “Winds are going to increase significantly behind the low pressure area with wind gusts out of the northwest at 40 to 50 miles an hour,” Hahn says. “In areas that do see that snowfall, they can expect significant blowing and drifting as we work into Saturday night and during the day on Sunday.”A series of winter weather advisories, watches and warnings are being posted through Sunday for wide sections of the state. Visit weather-dot-gov for details. In the long-ranger forecast, Hahn says we may see more snow Monday and Tuesday in what’s already one of the snowiest Iowa Februarys on record.last_img read more

Top seniors named for England’s Euro challenge

first_img Senior champions Cath Rawthore and Jackie Foster are in the six-strong England side for the European senior ladies’ team championship at Siarra Golf Club, Poland, from 30 August to 3 September.  Rawthore, from Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Foster, from Hertfordshire, will be joined in the team by Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Karen Jobling of Yorkshire, Helen Lowe of Leicestershire and Katherine Russell of Sussex. Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, is the reserve. England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014 and the silver last year. Brown and Rawthore were members of both those teams and Lowe played in 2015.  The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Rawthore, Foster, Jobling and Russell. The players Julie Brown (Trentham) is the British senior champion and topped the England Golf senior order of merit last year. She won the English senior championship in 2014. Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) is the English senior stroke play champion and was a semi-finalist in this year’s English senior amateur.  Karen Jobling (Richmond) was runner-up in the English senior amateur and finished 13th in the stroke play. Last year she also figured strongly in both championships. Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) won the 2015 English senior amateur championship and had a top ten finish in the British seniors for the second year in succession. She was seventh in this year’s English stroke play. Cath Rawthore (Sale) is the English senior amateur champion and a past winner of the stroke play title. She won the 2014 British seniors and topped the senior order of merit that year. Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) won the 2012 British senior championship, and has played for England in two senior home international matches, helping the team to victory in 2014. She led the qualifiers at this year’s English senior amateur and was ninth in the stroke play. 22 Jul 2016 Top seniors named for England’s Euro challenge last_img read more

Commentary…Arenas’ practical joke backfiring on him and NBA

first_imgby Jim LitkeWhat apparently began as a practical joke would have turned out a lot funnier if only Gilbert Arenas brought a squirt gun to work instead of the real thing.Now there’s no laughing it off.The Wizards star is scheduled to meet with law-enforcement authorities to present his side of the story about a locker-room dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton nearly two weeks ago. Not only does Washington, D.C., have some of the strictest handgun laws in the nation, but federal authorities are investigating as well. GILBERT ARENAS Yet even if Arenas’ legal headaches end there, he still could face a lengthy suspension from NBA commissioner David Stern and tempt the Wizards to invoke a morals clause in the standard NBA player contract and seek to void the remainder of a six-year, $111 million deal signed in 2008.“I know Gilbert is a good guy,” Pacers guard T.J. Ford said. “I don’t think, like he said in his statement, that he was trying to hurt anybody.”Probably not.But Arenas has already tarnished his image as one of pro basketball’s more entertaining and eccentric personalities, and put the league on the spot. The NBA’s gun culture is no more prevalent than that of other leagues, nor the population in general, yet every time an athlete gets caught with a weapon, the publicity feeds the public notion that officials are incapable of policing their players.That perception, in part, led to the NBA’s toughened antigun stance in the collective bargaining agreement, which bars league personnel from bringing weapons to league property, sites or charitable events.Arenas has already admitted bringing three unloaded firearms to the Verizon Center—to get them out of the house and away from his kids—and storing them in a locked container. According to Yahoo! Sports, he took them out of the container before a Dec. 21 practice and laid the guns on a chair, then told Crittenton to choose one and make good on a threat that stemmed from a card game on a late-night flight from Phoenix back to Washington two days earlier.As the game got more expensive, Crittenton joked about what could happen to people who didn’t honor their debts. Arenas has a well-deserved reputation as a prankster and laying out the guns apparently was his way of trying to diffuse any lingering tension between the two.Instead, the gesture enraged Crittenton. According to a New York Post report, Arenas and Crittenton wound up drawing guns on each other.“I can’t speak on that,” Arenas said Saturday. “But if you know me, you’ve been here, I’ve never did anything (involving) violence. Anything I do is funny—well, it’s funny to me.”Asked if the accounts of what happened have been blown out of proportion, Arenas laughed and said: “A little.”His standing with the Wizards was already shaky. Arenas missed almost two seasons because of knee surgery, and his problems with former coach Eddie Jordan have only exacerbated under new coach Flip Saunders. Arenas’ production barely justified his selfishness in seasons past, but he hardly resembles the scorer he was then.Teammates who tolerated Arenas once now find him frustrating.His defenders say the needling, as well as the need to laugh everything off, is Arenas’ way of coping—with insecurity, a tough childhood and being overlooked at the start of both his college and pro careers.“I’m a goof ball and that’s what I am, so even doing something like this, I’m going to make fun of it and that’s how I am,” Arenas said. “Some people say I’m not taking it serious, but why be depressed at home when I can just make myself laugh?”The problem with gunplay, though, is that it’s never funny and that a casual attitude toward violence only encourages more of the same. Arenas has already been suspended once, after pleading no contest to misdemeanor weapons and vehicle charges following a traffic stop in California 2003; he sat out Washington’s season opener in 2004.No matter how this latest incident is handled by authorities, Arenas should know better than to expect leniency this time around.Another former NBA player got off easy the first time he, too, was charged with a weapons violation, lecturing schoolkids and taking out ads in the local newspaper touting gun safety.His name is Jayson Williams. As you read this, he is scheduled to be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge in the shooting death of a limousine driver during a party at his home.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected])last_img read more