There’s no denying that Jack White has an obsession with vinyl. His company Third Man Records is essentially built off of that obsession, as White continues to support talented musicians and preserve musical legacies through the creation of vinyl. His Third Man Records booth made history when it became the quickest performing-to-vinyl pressing ever, but it seems White is not content with keeping his vinyl on the ground.In a new video posted to Jack White’s Facebook page, the musician writes “July 30th, Third Man Records is going to make vinyl history again” in gold letters, set over a background of stars in outer space. From there, a gold vinyl twirls its way into the foreground, revealing its title: Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn,” an album released on Third Man Records in 2009.Carl Sagan was a noted astronomer, perhaps best known for his series Cosmos that was popular in the 1980’s, and recently revitalized with Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. Some of his spoken excerpts were selected and released on the “A Glorious Dawn” album posthumously.When you couple that with some older interviews, it seems highly likely that White is going to boldly go where no man has gone before, and try to play a vinyl record in space for the first time ever. In a 2012 conversation with astronaut Buzz Aldrin in Interview Magazine, White talks about a “secret project” to accomplish this first-ever feat. White says, “We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player, and possibly that Carl Sagan record, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play.”Has White figured it out? I guess we’ll find out on July 30th. Watch the video below.
The latest update on services offered or events being held to help the Harvard community cope with the April 15 tragedy during the Boston Marathon.Concert for BostonAt 3 p.m. on April 28, the Dudley House Orchestra and Chorus present “Concert for Boston,” a charity event to benefit those most affected by the tragic events that occurred during the Boston Marathon and its aftermath. Proceeds will go to One Fund Boston.Crimson vs. Dartmouth Raffle and T-Shirt SaleThe Harvard softball team will be selling T-shirts and hosting a raffle during Sunday’s (April 28) 2 p.m. doubleheader against Dartmouth. The raffle and T-shirt sale is to raise money for charities and foundations that are supporting victims of the Boston Marathon attack. Raffle tickets are $10 and T-shirts are $20. Tickets will be sold through the first game of the doubleheader and the drawing will take place during the second game. Fans do not need to be present in order to win the prizes. Raffle items include: autographed pictures by the Patriots’ Vince Wilfork, autographed baseballs from Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz, Red Sox tickets, Harvard athletic apparel, tennis lessons, and more. For more information.Harvard Runs for Boston FundraiserOn May 1, reserve a treadmill at the Hemenway Gynasium for a 26-minute run or walk, with a suggested donation of $1 per minute. Donations of any size will be accepted. All proceeds will go to One Fund Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.One Fund BostonFor the many members of the Harvard community seeking to help the victims in the marathon tragedy and their families, consider donating to the fund established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.Harvard’s Employee Assistant Program offers aidAs a result of the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, many employees or their family and household members may be directly or indirectly affected. Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program is available for free, confidential assistance and consultation 24/7. The Wellness Corporation’s EAP therapists are equipped to handle any distress that people are experiencing even if it is unrelated to this event.
Twelve Nigerian men and ladies are also on the list of the 110 players confirmed international players exclusively made available to THISDAY last night.Iturrios won theÂ Lalla Meryem Cup in Rabat, Morocco last year, while Wessberg, a captainâ€™s pick for the European Solheim Cup team in 2007, had two LET winsÂ at the 2006Â Wales Ladies Championship andÂ Vediorbis Open de France DamesÂ in 2007.They are among the 41 lady pros that will compete for the $100,000 prize money in the category.The first African American on the Ladies PGA Tour, ShastaÂ Averyhardt of USA,Â Chloe Leurquin of Belgium, Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia and Christine Wolf, Austria, who all featured at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, plus Nigerian starlet, Georgia Oboh and Ugandan star Falvia Namakula are also part of the contingent.The list, according to Olawale Opayinka, the CEO of 3e Actuaries, was expanded to accord opportunity to up-coming golfers from developing continents.The other Nigerians already in the mix are Haruna K. Mohammed, two-time champion Oche Andrew Odoh, Sunday Olapade, Gift Willy, Daniel Pam, Sunday J. Odegha, Uloma Mbuko, Elisha Markus, Lucie Opayinka, Otolola Adesiyan and Niyi Jolaoso.The tournament, in its fifth year is considered one of Africaâ€™s biggest professional golf events.. Such is its attraction that it draws players from all parts of the world. Charlie Wi of South Korea, who plays on the PGA Tour, will also make his second appearance this year.Sixty male professional golfers will vie for $150,000 prize money over 72 holes. United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa and Sweden are the countries with the largest contingent of golfers from the 33 participating nations.Other are Brazil, Austria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Spain, South Korea, USA, Mexico, Germany, Senegal, Colombia and Cameroon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaLadies European Tour (LET) winners,Â Nuria Iturrios of Spain andÂ Linda Wessberg of Sweden are some of the star attractions forÂ the 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.The tournament with the cumulative purse of $250,000 will be hosted by PresidentÂ Teodoro Obiang Nguema MbasogoÂ fromÂ December 14-17.
Pioneer Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) and one-time Chairman of the Federal House of Representatives Committee on Communications, Hon Nduka Irabor, has called for urgent action for the revival of Nigeria sports.Speaking on the topic “Nigeria Sports: Strategies for Revival and Growth”, at a seminar organised by the Lagos chapter of the Sports Writers Association Nigeria (SWAN) as part of activities to mark their Merrybet-Lagos SWAN Week, Irabor outlined a number of measures that should be taken to stem the ugly tide and build capacity to enable the realisation of the full capacity of the sports sector. He also decried the prevailing situation where the Nigeria business community has developed a penchant for association and sponsorship of foreign sports bodies to the negligence of such bodies in the country.Irabor pointed out that while all the football leagues in Nigeria received only $10m in sponsorship in one year, the Nigeria corporate community paid out about N150billion to foreign football leagues and clubs, an attitude which he stressed seriously injures and negates efforts at nation building.Principal among the solutions proffered by Hon Irabor is that the government should properly re-articulate its policy for sports, taking into consideration the fact that sports has become a serious global economic and business factor.Also, the former lawmaker said the government should as a matter of imperative develop new creative ways for the funding of sports.He called for the involvement of businesses, communities, the public and individuals to contribute in tackling the critical deficit in sports facilities, equipment and trainers nationwide.While pointing out that the sports trust and lottery system has been developed and applied for the funding of both grassroots and elite sports in countries like the United Kingdom and Australia, he regretted that the Nigeria version of the same set up has remained only so in name. He insisted that Nigerians do not know how much is raked in and where and how the income is applied.Irabor also advised that the nationâ€™s sports governing establishment should be re-invented to give way for competent professionals in various sports administration, management and technical disciplines to be engaged in the implementation of planned programmes as against the present civil service driven system which is further worsened by constantly changing political appointees.He advised that no investment is too much in sports considering its social, economic and health benefits, noting that it behooves the government and people to realise their faults and seek to make amends in policies, institutions and practices if they are truly desirous of achieving global competitiveness in the sector.The two discussants at the seminar, Dr Kweku Tandoh, former Director of Sport at the Lagos State Sports Council and current Chairman of the Nigeria Sports Award Panel, and Mr Mitchel Obi, President of AIPS Africa, strengthened Irabor’s position.Obi warned that the Nigeria sports was now in a â€˜crisis situation’ while Tandoh called out for the â€˜political willâ€™ for action.The seminar which held on Wednesday, August 16, at the Lagos SWAN Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos was chaired by the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Mr Tunde Popoola, with the Lagos Liaison Officer of the Federal Ministry of Sports, Dr Segun Akinlotan, and Nigeria’s first and only individual Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa present at the event.Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, Director of Sports Development at the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Moses Kolawole, and representatives of Merrybet, sponsors of the Lagos SWAN Week, were also in attendance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram