Guitarist John Scofield, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, and bassist Jesse Murphy, known formally as Scofield, Medeski, Murphy & Martin—or Bandemic—were the latest group of musicians to come together to deliver an online performance for fans to enjoy from the safety of their homes as many Americans remain inside to prevent the communal spread of COVID-19.On Thursday the quartet aired their pre-taped studio performance, which took place in Saugerties, NY on March 17th for Woodstock Sessions.Related: Neil Young Launches ‘Fireside Sessions’ With Acoustic Bust-Outs, Solo Debuts At Colorado HomeA statement shared with the event page reads, “During this difficult and confusing time while live experiences are on hold, Woodstock Sessions, John Medeski, John Scofield, Billy Martin, and Jesse Murphy are honored to give you this music.”“Last jam for a while I think,” Scofield also added in a post to his Facebook on March 17th. “Stay safe and practice social distancing everyone.”You can watch the full Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Murphy Woodstock Sessions performance below:
Bridgestone Americas has announced that Joe Venezia has been named president of Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), effective June 19. BSRO, a subsidiary of Nashville-based Bridgestone, operates one of the world’s largest company-owned networks of tire and automotive service centers nationwide under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works brands. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“In recent years, BSRO has developed and executed a singular focus on driving operational excellence and delivering a consistent, world-class customer experience across our retail store network,” said TJ Higgins, president, North America, integrated consumer tire group, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Joe’s diverse retail and operational background will help us build upon our progress in those critical areas.” Venezia brings more than 20 years of consumer goods and retail experience to Bridgestone. He most recently served as executive vice president of global store operations at Toys”R”Us Inc. In that role, Venezia was responsible for delivering an exceptional shopping experience across a retail network of more than 850 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States; he also provided strategic direction and support for store operations worldwide, including sharing operational best practices. Venezia joined Toys”R”Us in 2014 as senior vice president of store operations.Prior to Toys”R”Us, Venezia was senior vice president of operations and head of stores for The Pantry, an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S. He also has held leadership positions with Walmart and Wells Fargo Merchant Services, and began his career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. AdvertisementVenezia earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an Airborne Ranger Officer in the U.S. Army Infantry for nine years. To learn more about Bridgestone, visit bridgestoneamericas.com.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has admitted that he used to be uncertain of his ability to impress as a front man.Following the sale of fellow forward Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City in 2009, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger convinced the Dutchman to move more centrally from his previous wide role. Over the last few seasons, Van Persie has developed into one of the most lethal goalscorers in Europe and looks set to breach the 40-goal mark for the season.“I never really thought that I would end up as a main striker,” he told the club’s official website. “I actually never played there before – I did it a couple of times at youth level but it was nothing really special. We only tried it when Adebayor went.”Van Persie learned his profession as a supporting striker, playing behind the front line in the kind of position fellow countryman Dennis Bergkamp occupied for Arsenal.“That was the idea from day one,” Van Persie said. “The boss didn’t buy someone else because he was convinced I could do it.”The striker’s achievements this season have made him the overwhelming favorite to claim the PFA Player of the Year on Sunday.
Hansle Parchment has one of the most decorated trophy cases among Jamaican male athletes currently competing, having won medals at the Olympic Games, World Championship and Commonwealth Games. But apart from his victory at the World University Games in 2011, a gold medal at championships has been eluding the towering sprint hurdler. Parchment told The Gleaner that he is looking to put the drought to an end this weekend, when he takes part in the 110m hurdles at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Championship in Toronto, Canada. “I am always looking to win whenever I compete and this championship is no different,” Parchment said. “It would be nice to get a gold medal here.” The profile of the NACAC Championships has been raised since president of the IAAF Sebastian Coe stipulated that the champions of each event at the meet will be given a bye into next year’s World Championships in Qatar. And though Parchment’s event, 110m hurdles, is exempted for Jamaica since Omar McLeod is the reigning world champion and will take up that automatic spot, the 6 feet 5 inches athlete still has vested interest in the meet. “The emphasis that is being placed on the meet now certainly makes winning a title here more important,” Parchment said. “Also, I think a lot of people are looking to get the world ranking points and this is a meet where it can be done, so I will be going for that, too.” The 12.94 seconds athlete also said that he will use the championship to perfect his race execution in order to get back to sub-13 seconds next season. “It is really not a big year but it is another opportunity to get in some races to prepare for next year. And it is a championship, so I will get to practise running through the rounds,” Parchment said. “I always would want to run under 13 seconds but my efforts are not focused on that at this time now. I am trying to leave that for next year when it counts more. The objective now is to execute a good race and stay injury-free.” In 2012, Parchment shocked the world to win the bronze medal in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympic Games. He followed up that performance with a silver medal in the event at the World Championship in 2015 before winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. [email protected]
As judicial officials investigating criminal activities linked to Golden Dawn prepare to bring new charges against party officials and lawmakers, representatives of the country’s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) are seeking to determine what sources of funding were available to the ultra-right party.Apart from some 500,000 euros in state funding the party has received over the past year (and some 200 million euros from MPs’ salaries that went into the party’s coffers on the orders of leader Nikos Michaloliakos), GD is believed to have benefited from at least another 2 million euros from various sources, a source told Kathimerini. The cost of maintaining some 70 offices as well as financing the party’s “Greeks only” food distribution and blood donation campaigns is estimated at between 2 and 3 million euros, the source said. But determining which individuals or private firms contributed this cash is far from straightforward and an unprecedented task in the country’s post-dictatorship period, according to judicial officials who met with SDOE representatives last Friday.Meanwhile Kathimerini has learned that the counter-terrorism agency and the National Intelligence Service (EYP) used some of the most sophisticated wiretaps available to listen in on conversations between members of Golden Dawn. Sources said the eavesdropping intensified after the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a GD supporter on September 17 with the phones of more than 300 GD officials tapped by the secret services.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram