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Watch Snarky Puppy’s Shaun Martin Sit-In With The Main Squeeze In NOLA

first_imgLast week, The Main Squeeze was posted up in the Big Easy, joining the other hundreds of musicians who flocked to the city for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. On May 3rd, the band took to Blue Nile, to celebrate the festival and the city. During their performance, as is the Jazz Fest way, a special guest came out and joined them — Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy — sitting in on keys for part of their performance.The Main Squeeze,Spafford, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaToday, The Main Squeeze just released a video of this collaboration via their “Squeeze Cam,” giving us folks a chance to see part of their performance from the stage looking out at the crowd. You can check out the video of Shaun Martin’s sit-in below.last_img read more

US sanctions four Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang

first_imgThe Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.However, China denies mistreatment of the minority group and says the camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.The sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, a federal law that allows the US government to target human rights violators around the world with freezes on any US assets, US travel bans and prohibitions on Americans doing business with them.A senior administration official who briefed reporters after the announcements described Chen as the highest ranking Chinese official ever sanctioned by the United States, adding that the sanction is “no joke. Not only in terms of symbolic and reputational affect, but it does have real meaning on a person’s ability to move around the world and conduct business.” The sanctions were also imposed on Zhu Hailun, a former deputy party secretary of the region and current deputy secretary of regional legislative body the Xinjiang’s People’s Congress, Wang Mingshan, the director and Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and former party secretary of the bureau Huo Liujun.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was also imposing further visa restrictions on Chen, Zhu, and Wang, as well as on other unnamed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, barring them and their immediate family from the United States.The US Treasury Department said that Chen implemented “a comprehensive surveillance, detention, and indoctrination program in Xinjiang, targeting Uighurs and other ethnic minorities” through the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau.Chen made his mark swiftly after taking the top post in Xinjiang in 2016, with mass “anti-terror” rallies conducted in the region’s largest cities involving tens of thousands of paramilitary troops and police. He is widely considered the senior official responsible for the security crackdown in Xinjiang.The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region.Pompeo earlier on Thursday called China’s crackdown in Xinjiang “the stain of the century … that rivals anything we’ve seen across the globe.”Former detainees of the detention camps report that fellow detainees died after torture and abuse by officials, the Treasury said.In a recent book about his time in the Trump administration, former national security adviser John Bolton said that US President Donald Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping should go ahead with building detention camps in Xinjiang.US Republican Senator Marco Rubio told Reuters the sanctions were “long overdue” and cautioned that steps needed to continue to be taken.”For far too long, Chinese officials have not been held accountable for committing atrocities that likely constitute crimes against humanity,” Rubio said.China threatened retaliation after Trump signed legislation in June with little fanfare, calling for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighurs.”The United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.Topics : The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Chinese officials, including a member of the country’s powerful Politburo, accusing them of serious human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing.The Trump administration targeted Xinjiang region’s Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who becomes the highest-ranking Chinese official to be hit with US sanctions, and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau. The highly anticipated action follows months of open hostility toward Beijing in Washington over China’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its tightened grip on Hong Kong.”The United States calls upon the world to stand against the CCP’s acts against its own minority communities in Xinjiang, including mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, religious persecution, and forced birth control and sterilization,” a White House official said.last_img read more

Puma, Ify Babes Set for Ajide U20 Championship Final Cracker

first_img“What I have seen are assemblage of genuine U20 players and I want to applaud the organizers and sponsor for doing the right think. The matches have gone without hitches and protest because everyone recognizes that these players are not overage.”Tajudeen Ajide who watched the semi-final matches in company of other ex-internationals said he is happy to with the organisation and the quality of play. “I have seen quality players here and the good thing is that they are young too. We have penciled down their names and this is what we want so as to add my own quota to development of youth and grassroots football in the country. In-fact most of these players are in secondary schools.”Dr Francis Akinremi, national president of Association of Proprietors of Football Academies of Nigeria (APFAN), organizers of the championship added that winner and first and second runners up, top scorer and most valuable player will be handsomely rewarded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Puma Football Academy and Ify Babes have qualified for the final of the ongoing Ajide U20 football championship in Lagos Puma FA defeated FC Phoenix 2-1 in the first semi-final played at the Hockey Pitch of the Surulere National Stadium while high-scoring Ify Babes beat another tournament revelation Banjoh FA 4-2 to get the second final ticket.The second match was particularly interesting with flurry of goals coming in the second half after the first half finished 1-0 in favour Ify Babes.Proprietor and coach of Banjoh FA, Kamilu Banjo said they have put behind them the semi-final loss and look forward to winning the third place match against FC Phoenix.The third place and final matches take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium.Ex-international and former captain of defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, Tajudeen Disu, has thumbed up the tournament for throwing up genuine U20 players.last_img read more

AUDIO: Why NPFL Stars May Not Make Super Eagles Squad – Rohr

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has said ‘it will not be easy’ for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to break into the first team because of the level of competition from their foreign-based counterparts.The home-based Eagles who are coached by Salisu Yusuf, are currently training in Kano in preparation for a 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifying double-header with the Squirrels of Benin later this month.Speaking in Kano after watching the team’s training session on Tuesday, the Franco-German tactician expressed satisfaction with their performance, even as he hinted that the door is open for the impressive players amongst them.“The CHAN team is the team of my assistant, Salisu (Yusuf),” Rohr said. “He made the first training this morning.“I saw the players and I told them that the door is open for the National Team but we want to have motivated players and players capable of playing good football with us and to have good discipline also.“I saw the training; it was OK on the synthetic pitch of Kano (Sani Abacha stadium). I think they are preparing well against Benin – Benin is a good team that eliminated Togo.“So I will have a look and I will watch them. It will not be easy for them to come to the Super Eagles ‘A’ team because we have a lot of players in Europe who have a good preparation now for the season. And we have good news from some of them. They are fit and they are playing friendly games.“It’s good to have a good competition between the players to come in my list,” the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach stated.Some of the local stars will be hoping to make Rohr’s list to face African Champions, Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier early next month in Uyo. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ROHR-August-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more