Guitar prodigy Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer is the busiest 13-year-old you know. Along with a constant stream of sit-ins with the likes of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, George Clinton, Gary Clark Jr., The Neville Brothers, The Nth Power, Twiddle and more, TAZ currently plays Zach in the Tony-nominated Broadway production School of Rock: The Musical, impressively covering lead acting and guitar playing duties.In celebration of Independence Day, School of Rock has posted a video of TAZ (rocking a red white and blue bandana) shredding a solo rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic sunrise performance of the national anthem at Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969.Check out the video of Brandon’s “Star Spangled Banner,” as well as Jimi’s version, below: Happy Fourth of July!
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The 2020 Dutch Grand Prix has been cancelled because of the global coronavirus pandemic.The race – returning to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1985 – was due to be held on 3 May but was initially postponed.“We were completely ready for this race and we still are,” said Dutch Grand Prix sports director Jan Lammers.“We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.“We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”F1 bosses are still in the process of putting together a revised calendar for this season. Two races at Silverstone have been agreed – provided the British government’s quarantine rules can exempt major sporting events.Belgium is another one of the countries at which F1 hopes to hold a race, after Austria was agreed before the Silverstone deal.Among the other potential hosts are the tracks originally intended to hold races this year in Spain, Hungary, France and Italy.Hockenheim in Germany, which was not on the original schedule, is on standby in case there is a vacant slot other tracks cannot fill.Each of the 10 teams will be limited to a maximum of 80 people each at races held without spectators when the delayed season gets going in July.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports EditorThe Nelson Selects completed the season much like the team started — by winning the tournament’s top prize.Goals by Nigel Ziegler, Oscar Seagram and Quinn Dawson powered the Select to a 3-0 victory over the host side in the U12 Boy’s Division of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.Parker Shaw-Lintz played flawless in goal to secure the shutout.“It was a fitting finale to a great season,” said coach Paul Dawson, whose team won the opening tournament of the season back in May in Trail.“The boys got stronger every game and I thought we used the possession game that we worked on all year to great effect in challenging conditions.”Playing in slick, wet conditions, Ziegler opened the scoring for the Selects. Minutes prior to the halftime whistle and Nelson awarded a free kick near the penalty area, Ziegler took a quick kick, passing the ball to a wide-open Seagram. Ziegler’s teammate quickly buried the ball in the back of the net.Team captain Quinn Dawson converted the only goal of the second half to complete the scoring.“I thought Kieran Marchand and Jaydon Wouters, in particular, played their best soccer of the season in Revelstoke,” said Dawson.Nelson opened the Little Bear tourney outlasting Williams Lake 5-3.Ziegler led the Selects with a pair of goals with Marco Falcone adding a single.Brother Andrew Falcone was stellar between the pipes to keep the northern opponent off the score sheet.Nelson advanced to the final by blasting Castlegar 7-0. Seagram led the Nelson attack with three goals. Game captain Taylor Pritchard scored one of the other goals on a great individual effort.“Overall I was pleased by the development of their players over the season, both in their skill and maturity levels.” Dawson explained.“(Co-coach) Dino Falcone and I pushed them a little and entered the team in tournaments in Cranbrook, Kelowna and Portland at a higher age bracket.“Despite not winning against the older teams, the boys responded well and learned from these experiences.”[email protected]
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn what is a preview to the first round the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division playoffs, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks found another way to defeat the Nelson Leafs.A goal by Daniel Bishop at 12:42 of the third period stood up as the winner sparking the Nitehawks to a 3-2 KIJHL victory Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the weekend Friday with a 6-4 victory over Spokane in the Lilac City.The win was the sixth in seven games for Beaver Valley, which opens the KIJHL playoffs against Nelson February 14 in Fruitvale.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games, we’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones.“I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start.” Nelson jumped all over the Hawks, out shooting the visitors 15-3 in the opening frame, but once again Beaver Valley backstop Zach Perehudoff shut the door.Taylor Love opened the scoring before Nelson finally saw some reward for all the hard work with 1:32 remaining in the frame. Cody Abbey, with his first of two, scored on the power play deadlocking the teams at 1-1 at the intermission.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro restored the Beaver Valley goal in the second with a power play marker. But Abbey once again tied the contest three minutes until recess.Nelson out shot the Hawks 29-20 in the game but saw it’s wide advantage dwindle in the third when Beaver Valley held an 11-6 margin.The teams do it all up again this afternoon in Beaver Valley to complete the season series.Stewart turns the heat up on former Spokane matesFormer Brave Joel Stewart continues to beat up on his old mates.The Spokane native scored twice to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Lilac City.The win secures third place in the Murdoch Division for the Leafs. Spokane trails Nelson by 12 points in divisional standings with six games remaining on the schedule. But the Leafs lead the season-series tiebreaker 6-2.However, Friday’s win was not quite according to way Leaf coach Chris Shaw designed the contest on the drawing board.Nelson twice overcame two-goal deficits, taking over the game with five goals in the second period. The goals came in a span of 11 minutes.Of course the 20-year-old Stewart, traded to the Leafs earlier in the season, got the ball going in the right direction with a power play marker five minutes into the second, his second of the game.Cody Abby, Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Walker Sidoni completed the onslaught for the Leafs.The goal for Stoddart, a grad of the Nelson Minor Hockey system, was his first since November 20 against Kamloops.Stoddart, finishing with two assists – his second straight two-point game — was his fifth of the season.Mitch Fowler, Van Stefanou, Rance Hughes and Jesse Collins replied for Spokane.Taylor O’Neil and Connor Enright each had two assists.Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first game of a two-game home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell has overtaken injured Gavin Currie for the Leafs scoring lead. Schell has a point Friday in Spokane. Currie has been out of the lineup since December 31 . . .Joel Stewart, with 25 points in 22 games since coming to Nelson, is three points behind Schell. . . .The Leafs won three of four games against Spokane both home and away, out scoring the Braves 30-20. . . . Stewart has eight points against his former Spokane [email protected]
The L.V. Rogers Bombers will make a run at a provincial berth during the Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s Basketball Zone tournament this weekend in Castlegar.The Bombers, the top ranked team in the Kootenay zone, take to the court for an important semi final match Saturday, followed by the final, if successful, Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give the Bombers a boost with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include Sian Nielsen, Shannon Oothuyzen, Allie Zondervan, Naomi Perkins, Ansleigh Dergousoff, Christina Champlin, Roxanne Baker, Katherine Bailey, Katharina Schmidt (Germany), Claire Young and coaches Chris Dergousoff and Willis Parnell.
…DDL reportedly using product for 15% of its power gridAhead of Guyana’s official start date for oil production in 2020, local companies that utilise vast amounts of energy to facilitate operations are actively being encouraged to pursue energy sources that burn at a cleaner rate and have less impact on the environment. It is against these considerations that the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) partnered with Trinidadian-based company ICON LNG toICON President and Chief Financial Officer, John Thompson told the gathering at Cara Lodge that natural gas is a safe and natural fuelprovide the beverage giant with natural gas supply on a pilot programme for six months.ICON specialises in providing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as an alternative to replace diesel, gasoline and heavy oil fuel. The company highlighted that the gas is lighter and safer to transport than propane gas.At the launch at Cara Lodge Hotel on Wednesday, DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo announced that the project’s technical feasibility has already been proven and noted that for the next few months, DDL will conduct financial and economic evaluation of the programme which will assess its viability. Samaroo stressed that with power taking up the second highest cost, the company saw it fit to select natural gas “to tackle” the cost that power rakes up as DDL operates on a 24-hour basis.“DDL believes in the future of natural gas as a form of reliable energy which will help pilot Guyana’s prosperity… our country is poised for greater economic buoyancy with the oil sector,” the DDL Chairman noted.“Given Guyana’s quest for clean energy, this project resonates very well with national policy,” he added.While ICON and DDL officials were reluctant to go into financial arrangements, Guyana Times was told that DDL is currently running on 15 per cent natural gas capacity for a few hours a day. It was pointed out that once ICON’s power is switched off; DDL reverts to using diesel for much of its capacity. During the launch, the company’s Chairman had however reminded that DDL produces steam through its methane gas plant.ICON President and Chief Financial Officer, John Thompson said the pilot programme with DDL is still in the initial stages. The gas will be obtained from Trinidad and in the next six months, six 20-foot containers will be shipped and it will last for 90 days. Thompson told stakeholders that the company has been around for three years and is active in regional markets such as St Lucia and Barbados. The ICON President added that natural gas is a “safe, natural fuel” which emits 30-40 per cent less Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Agency, in brief remarks, told the gathering that he has been encouraging the Guyana Power and Light to seek alternative forms of energy. Guyana Times understands that the National Milling Company of Guyana and the Beharry Group have expressed interest in utilising natural gas as an alternative means of energy use. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Local election candidate Christy Galligan believes there is an urgent need to establish the promised new Independent Garda Authority, so that morale can be returned to the Garda force in Donegal as quickly as possible. Election candidate Christy Galligan has called for morale to be restored within the Gardai.Speaking from the campaign trail this week, Galligan told Donegal Daily, “I know that morale among local members of the force is extremely low at the moment, and it’s a direct result of the recent controversies involving penalty points, whistleblowers, and alleged bugging.“I have been contacted by many of my former colleagues lately and it is clear that morale is on the floor. According to Galligan, the sequence of these controversial events has dealt a major body blow to the morale of the local members of the force in Donegal.Galligan feels while there is a pressing need to instill public confidence in the force once again, we also need to restore trust within the organisation itself.Galligan said, “At the end of the day, serving Garda members need to have full faith in the capacity of the organisation to carry out its duties effectively.“That is why the new Garda Authority, which has been promised by the Government, must be set up as quickly as possible so that members of the force can move on from this difficult saga in the knowledge that effective oversight mechanisms are in place, he added. Galligan has said in the past the importance that the Authority be set up under the ambit of the existing Garda Inspectorate.With existing expertise and manpower there, a move would save hugely on costs and resources.Galligan concluded, “There are many fantastic and enthusiastic members of the force in Donegal who go out to serve the public in what can often be an extremely dangerous and challenging job. Establishing the Garda Authority will go a long way towards boosting morale.GALLIGAN – “WE NEED TO RESTORE MORALE IN GARDAI AFTER CONTROVERSIES was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Election 2014: Christy GalligannewsPolitics
BY TIM HEDGLEY: PortAventura is preparing for a major party to mark the beginning of the summer season this Saturday. The first White Night of 2014 promises many surprises and is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the resort in a unique atmosphere.On 31st May, when the sun is beginning to set, the first major event of the season will kick off welcoming the summer with a magic evening full of exclusive shows. Attendants will be able to enjoy the entire park until 2 am taking advantage of the nice weather and experience PortAventura from a different perspective enjoying throughout the night most popular PortAventura Park activities and attractions.Fun for young and oldThe first White Night of 2014 will also include a special live performance by the group Blaumut in La Cantina (in the area of México) at 9 pm.Tickets for the concert are limited and must be acquired from 7 pm in China Square an Mediterranean. In addition, a musical orchestra will perform on an open-air stage and two bands will play on the streets of PortAventura theme park to liven up the atmosphere of a magic evening full with exclusive shows as well as performances in the Saloon and Teatro Imperial.Visitors will also have a great time at the disco and the customary foam partyand dive into six theme areas, feel the adrenaline of Dragon Khan, wander through Polynesia and cool down on Tutuki Splash, visit the Far West or dance to the traditional rhythms of México.For visitors with small children, the fun awaits in SésamoAventura with a special activities throughout the night.Tickets for the event can be booked at www.portaventura.co.uk only €15 (adult entry).DD TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA A HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DestinationEntertainmentFeaturesholidaysnewsNoticesPortaventura
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspirationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Paqueta is delighted with his move to AC Milan.The former Flamengo midfielder formally completed his move last week.”Kaka was one of my idols and my dream is to do as well at Milan as Kaka did, even if it’s probably not right to make comparisons. I’d simply like to do my job as well as I possibly can.”Paquetà will wear the Number 39 jersey and begin training with Milan ahead of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 16.He will be unveiled by Milan on Tuesday.