Davis Set For Super Featherweight Showdown Against Nunez | FIGHT SPORTS

It will be a true homecoming for Gervonta Davis, as the WBA Super Featherweight Champion will defend his title agianst Ricardo Nunez in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

The fight, produced by SHOWTIME, will take place inside Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Tickets will be on sale Friday, June 7 at noon ET.

A prodigy of Floyd Mayweather, Davis (21-0) has fought twice in Maryland after turning pro. The 24-year-old, who is also the IBF Super Featherweight Champion, defended his WBA title against Hugo Ruiz back in February. That was via a vicious round-one knockout. Beating Jose Pedraza for the IBF belt and Jesus Cuellar for the WBA belt, Davis is working his way up in the boxing world. With 20 wins by way of knockout, Davis is hoping for a large crowd featuring all of his friends and family.

“It was always a goal of mine to bring a world title fight back to my city of Baltimore,” said Davis in a press release, “I’m excited and grateful to my team for helping make this happen on Saturday, July 27. Tickets will go fast, so don’t wait on buying them! I can’t wait to put on a great show and to see all my supporters in Baltimore help me make it a night to remember at Royal Farms Arena.”

The 25-year-old Nunez (21-2) will be fighting for his first world title. With 19 wins via knockout, Nunez is looking to add a win over an established star like Davis to his resume. He last fought in April, knocking out Eduardo Pacheco in the first round. On a ten-fight win streak, Nunez has a specific goal in mind when it comes to winning the bout.

“My daughter is about to be born and with her in mind I am working very hard for this fight,” said Nunez. “I am dedicating this fight to my daughter and Panama, which has always supported me. I’m thankful for this opportunity and although some people don’t know much about me, after July 27, everyone will know me as the new champion of the world.”

Davis is set to become the first World Champion from Baltimore to make a defense at home in over 80 years. Nunez is making his United States debut.

Slow Down! Big Themes Ahead

Slow Down! Big Themes Ahead

July 2018.  There are lists, should you be interested.  The 3 most overused themes in films about WW2.  The 7 key themes in social psychology.  The 10 big themes in literature.  The 19 volumes of major themes in Economics.  If you go to MoMA Learning you’re advised to search by theme.  Under Abstract Expressionism there are 4 sub-themes.  Under Dada, 5.  Under Christian Art…well, MoMa Learning doesn’t register this category.

It’s been around for some time.  Christian art.  The major themes treated repeatedly throughout the years/centuries, the earliest dating back to around 70 CE.  Lots of changes over the years both in style and emphasis.  Production dependent on the current religious and political tone.

In the 19th century the line between Christian and secular art becomes more relaxed, or, if not that, the religious themes become more available, acceptable to secular artists.  This makes sense, the themes and the art such a part of our heritage.  Culture.  And naturally artists turned to these themes and continue to do so for many reasons, the material still relevant.

I’ve been following a number of these artists.  Delacroix, Gauguin, and Van Gogh all identifying with Christ the martyr.  Francis Bacon, drawn to the image of Christ’s crucifixion, stating:  ‘I haven’t found another subject so far that has been as helpful for covering certain areas of human feeling and behaviour.’  Gilbert and George.  Jake and Dinos Chapman.  All four, well, essentially all two using religious imagery politically.  Tracey Emin, autobiographically.  Sebastian Horseley using Christ as a symbol of heroism.  Ana Maria Pacheco focusing on the suffering and hope.  Marina Abramovic.

The artist I’ve spent most time with is Abramovic.  She is, perhaps, the catalyst for this show, so passionate, dare I say fanatical about her art, and identifying closely with Christian themes.   She seems quite naturally to straddle the line between saint, martyr and artist.  In the matter of pain, for instance.

Sacrifice, penance.  Pain.  Philosopher Emil Cieran makes fun of the saints who actively pursue pain, but while pain as a means figures prominently in, it does not belong exclusively to the Christian faith.  As an artist Abramovic talks a similar language in her quest for transformation and the creation of art.  For her there is no other way.  Sacrifice is necessary.  The body expendable.  At times it’s difficult to tell her and the saint apart.  If you didn’t know the one served God and the other served Art, you’d be confused.  And certainly she looks the part, levitating as St Theresa in her Kitchen series.

While noting how an artist like Abramovic enters the space and gives herself passionately to her chosen theme, I’m more of a voyeur.  Journalist.  In No Rest for the Pious I talk of being at some remove.  Even use the term dishonest.  That’s a touch extreme.  Rather, think theatre.  Theme as set design perhaps.  As context.  A place to consider something of what that context suggests.   Here’s a list:  The life and death of art.  The likelihood and look of a second life or narrative.  Performance in the service of both God and Art.  The temperament of the artist versus that of the saint.  Misogynistic tendencies among the Greeks and Hebrews.  The attraction of pain and its usefulness.  The hope also to be free of pain, to finally meet up with Godot.  

I’ve looked to writers who’ve worked with the biblical stories and themes, bringing to them perspective, nuance and quite often humor.  Have admittedly drawn on Anne Carson more than anyone else.  For her Isaiah and Lazarus.  Her discussion of female pollution.  Road trip to Santiago de Compostela.  I’ve read Karl Knausgaard and grabbed his Ezekiel, Colm Toibin’s Mary.  Turned to saint literature, to David Ives’ Lives of Saints.  To the somewhat anti-saint literature of Emil Cieran, Tears and Saints.  Owen Hulatt for his essay Has art ended again?  Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Abramovic’s Walking through Walls.  Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.  

And in the end…well, I don’t know that there is an end exactly.  Not having set out to argue a point or make a case I feel myself to be at loose ends.  There has been no precise goal other than engaging with the material and seeing what comes of it.  And if art, by definition, must have a narrative and a definite goal which is either reached or abandoned, then what of the art narrative which simply ends?  Of course I’m confusing things.  Pretending I’m involved in Big A Big N Art Narrative.  Nothing of the sort here.  No Big D Death either.  And certainly, no worries about the Second…or Thirtieth Narrative.   A series simply stopping.  Coming to a timely and somewhat arbitrary end requiring no more than a lower case rip.  Hmmm.  Doesn’t look right though.  Some things you just don’t mess with.  RIP.

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Continuing our monitoring efforts to understand Egyptian Vulture behaviour in the Douro (Spain-Portugal border)

One of the young Egyptian Vultures recently tagged with a GPS transmitter (c) Carlos Pacheco/Antonio Monteiro ATN/ICNF
One of the young Egyptian Vultures recently tagged with a GPS transmitter (c) Carlos Pacheco/Antonio Monteiro ATN/ICNF

The migratory Egyptian vulture carries out a 7,000km round trip between their breeding areas in Europe and their winter grounds in sub-Saharan Africa. To better
understand their behaviour, LIFE Rupis has been tracking Egyptian vultures with GPS transmitters, a first for Portugal. In the last few days,
the team has been monitoring the breeding success of the local breeding population and tagged two more young birds in the Douro area!

Monitoring Egyptian Vultures

Monitoring Egyptian Vultures in the Douro (c) Carlos Pacheco/Antonio Monteiro ATN/ICNF

The LIFE Rupis project continually monitors Egyptian Vultures in the Douro Valley on the Spain-Portugal border to help inform conservation initiatives. The latest
action happened last week, when our partners from Associação Transumância e Natureza and
Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas surveyed the breeding productivity of Egyptian Vultures in the
Douro, as part of the project. Fieldwork is still continuing, and data will be properly analysed, but a preliminary review suggests that breeding this year was not that good. Before they begin
their migration journey to Africa, the team also managed to equip two young birds with GPS tags provided by us here at the VCF under the LIFE project.

Following Egyptian vultures

Weighing between 30 and 40 grams, GPS transmitters are fitted on the backs of vultures to track their movements, without having any significant impact on the birds
themselves. The highly efficient solar-powered transmitters send their GPS position over the mobile communications network and can provide as many as 500 location-fixes per day. Each transmitter
has a lifespan of three to four years. Visit our online public maps to follow the movements of the LIFE Rupis Egyptian Vultures. The maps of the two latest birds will be put online as soon as
they leave the nest, which should happen in the next two weeks.

Understanding Egyptian Vulture behaviour

Egyptian Vultures are classified as endangered and are the only species of Europe’s four vulture species that have a globally declining population. The tracking
data is vital to help understand what measures can be implemented to help protect the species, and understand how they move across the whole of the migratory flyway to identify any risks they may
encounter and take action.    

The data from all of the tracked birds illustrate the high degree of ‘site fidelity’ for specific foraging locations, which is a characteristic of the species. In
contrast to Egyptian Vultures that have been tracked in the Middle East and the eastern Sahel, the birds from the Douro do not visit landfills in their winter ranges but tend to prefer to forage
in more natural Sahelian-savannah type habitats rather than human-modified landscapes.

Unfortunately, the conflict and insecurity in the region where Iberian Egyptian vultures winter make it difficult to conduct fieldwork to understand the behaviour
of the vultures there, and the threats that they face. But we are engaging with local stakeholders such as the Boundou Community Reserve in Senegal to receive valuable information. 

The tracking data continue to reveal interesting aspects of the Douro Egyptian Vultures’ annual cycle and will inform the implementation of conservation actions
throughout their range following the ‘flyway approach‘ that has been
pioneered in the east of the range.

We look forward to learning more insights into the behaviour of fascinating birds! The LIFE Rupis project team will continue their essential work to conserve this
vital population on the Spain-Portugal border.

LIFE Rupis

The LIFE Rupis conservation project, led by Portuguese wildlife organisation Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA), and funded by the European Union’s LIFE Fund and the MAVA Foundation, is working in the cross-border Douro
region of Spain and Portugal to protect and strengthen the populations of Egyptian vultures and Bonelli´s eagle. With around 135 breeding pairs, the region has one of the largest population of
Egyptian vultures in Europe. Creating a network of feeding stations, improving habitat and nesting sites as well as tackling the major threats of electrocution from electricity pylons and illegal
wildlife poisoning, the LIFE Rupis project will strengthen the population and improve breeding rates.

Five Griffon Vultures tagged in Western Iberia to reveal feeding behaviour

Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture feeding (c) Bruno Berthemy

Five Griffon Vultures are now equipped with transmitters and accelerometers in the Western Iberia in northern Portugal. The data collected from these vultures will
shed new light on their foraging behaviour in the region and help inform actions to restore the natural food chain in the area.

Invaluable data

Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) and Rewilding Portugal tagged the vultures in July as part of the five-year “Scaling Up Rewilding in
Western Iberia” project. The data collected will help support the restoration of natural food chains in the area and subsequently, the comeback of the species. Apart from fitting the birds with
transmitters, they equipped them with an accelerometer – the first time the species are monitored this way in the region. This technology will show when they are resting, flying or foraging, and
will provide invaluable insight into where the vultures go to feed and what types of carrion they feed on. 

“The tagging will allow us to see whether the vultures are feeding mostly on the carcasses of domestic livestock, or also on wild herbivores, and how often they
visit vulture feeding stations,” says Carlos Pacheco, a project manager at ATN. “This will ultimately enable us to improve the management of food sources for the birds and support the
restoration of trophic chains.”

Food chain restoration

The restoration of trophic chains is an essential element of rewilding the valley. Currently, both Griffon Vultures and Egyptian Vultures rely on a local network of
artificial feeding stations provided by organisations such as ATNatureza. The project aims to increase the availability of natural carrion in the area. They do so by encouraging Portuguese
authorities to allow local farmers to leave domesticated herbivore carcasses in the field, and by boosting the local population of wild herbivores, such as roe deer.

Comeback of Griffon Vultures in the region

Griffon Vulture in flight (C) Rewilding Europe Bogdan Boev
Griffon Vulture in flight (C) Rewilding Europe Bogdan Boev

According to the monitoring data since the 1990s in and around the Greater Côa Valley, Griffon Vultures have made a dramatic return to the Western Iberia rewilding
area. There are estimated to be around 200 breeding pairs in the project area, which includes the SPA Vale do Côa, Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve and Douro International Nature Park. Their
comeback would be further facilitated if authorised Portuguese farmers left their livestock carcasses in the field.

Regulatory impact and working for change

In 2001, after the “mad cow disease” crisis, the European Union prohibited the abandonment of livestock carcasses. This, in turn, had a significant impact on
vulture populations, which relied on these carcasses in the absence of wild herbivores.

The EU legislation has now relaxed and allows livestock carcasses to be once again left in nature (under special conditions). But not all European countries have
chosen to implement this change. Until very recently, this meant that farmers were allowed to leave carcasses in large swathes of the Spanish countryside, yet their Portuguese counterparts were
compelled to remove them. We reported the disparity last year when recent research showed GPS-tracked griffon and cinereous vultures on the Iberian peninsula almost exclusively avoiding
Portuguese territory

Recent changes to Portuguese regulations allow certain livestock carcasses, exclusively from farming, to be left outside of artificial feeding stations in areas
that the Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF) considers important for vulture conservation.

“Going forward, the Rewilding Portugal team and partners will work with national authorities to further develop an extensive network of farmers in the Côa Valley
and Douro International Nature Park who are authorised to leave carcasses in the field,” explains Sara Aliácar, a conservation officer of the Rewilding Portugal team who took part in the

Restoring natural food chains in the Western Iberia

The vulture tagging was carried out as part of the five-year “Scaling Up Rewilding in Western Iberia” project. Kicking off in 2019, and funded by a generous grant
from the Endangered Landscapes Programme, this will see Rewilding Europe (through Rewilding Portugal) and local partners further develop a 120,000-hectare wildlife
corridor in the Greater Côa Valley.

Sponsored by Mossy Earth, the tagging was carried out by Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATNatureza), together with members of the Rewilding Portugal team. As scientific collaborators, CIBIO-InBIO and Movetech provided the transmitters and will
also support with data analysis and the dissemination of results.

Another group of griffon vultures will be tagged towards the end of the “Scaling Up Rewilding in Western Iberia” project. This should highlight what impact changes
in the availability of food have had on the birds’ behaviour and distribution.

2019 election questionnaire: Las Cruces school board candidates

Election questionnaire: Las Cruces school board candidates

Algernon D’Ammassa

Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 8:55 PM EDT Oct 24, 2019
Voting in the School Bond Election Tuesday February 6, 2018, at the Doña Ana County Government Center.
Josh Bachman/Sun-News

The Las Cruces Sun-News asked Las Cruces School Board candidates the following questions ahead of the Nov. 5 election:

1.What is your definition of “student success” as it applies to students in the Las Cruces Public Schools?   

2. Did the administration and school board make the right decision when it voted to demolish and rebuild Columbia Elementary School, and what steps should the district take to ensure that new buildings are safe and healthy environments

3. By what criteria would you evaluate a superintendent, as your employee?

District 4

Jeffrey R. Silva

1. Student success in my opinion is that the students are confident in advancing to the next level in their education. Not only will the success be for grades, but a self discovery of what they want to accomplish in life such as careers, goals and happiness. I believe a student maturity level will develop over time and we may measure this by how emotionally stable and well rounded they have become. Success for high school students may be measured by advancement to a four-year college or a two-year trade school.

Jeffrey R. Silva
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. I believe the answer is no. I would have encouraged more input from the community and parents of this school. I believe cost needs to always be looked at as we need to be good stewards of taxpayer’s money. From the information I researched, the cost for the district to demolish would cost between $11.6 million and $14.5 million compared to $6.2 million to remodel at the current location. All buildings need to be inspected and repaired as a top priority so that no student is injured. Always use experts in their field to evaluate hazardous conditions and faulty equipment.

3. We should evaluate a superintendent by the following measurements: First and foremost is the graduation rate of our students. Should we consider other programs incorporated in the schools for at-risk and non-at-risk students such as beginner trade classes? Secondly, as any organization we must hold the superintendent accountable for the turnover of our teachers and administrative professionals. Lastly, the superintendent should be responsible for programs to develop engagement and collaboration with all of the staff of the school system with a confidential survey to measure the progress year over year.

See Jeffrey’s League of Women Voters profile

Teresa Maxine Tenorio

1. LCPS should aim to expand and connect the worlds of their students, offer them tools to cope with and grow from their challenges, make learning relevant to their lives so they can become competent and caring people who will contribute to, lead, and improve a society they will inherit. My beliefs align with those of education leaders I admire. Deborah Meier said, “The core mission of schools in a democracy is producing critical, thoughtful, interesting citizens and workers.” Maria Montessori believed that student success went beyond academics towards the character development and fulfillment as a human being.

Teresa Tenorio announced she is running for the Las Cruces Board of
Education last week. Tenorio would represent district 4.
Courtesy of Teresa Tenorio

2. Sadly, Columbia was a lemon from its beginning. Rerouting flood diversion, eliminating mold and spores, and reinstalling exterior vapor barriers aren’t simple projects. What else might we have uncovered? Would we have felt 100% secure that all was fixed and safe? Moving forward, the lessons learned include: do not rush these projects; demand reports to the board with responsive, critical, and continual oversight; bring in various experts from within and outside of LCPS for their input through all stages of planning and construction; and be vigilant with inspections and maintenance to hold contractor’s accountable per district agreements.

3. I want evidence of supportive leadership, honesty, willingness to communicate and be held accountable. I want evidence of supporting best practices in learning, listening to others to understand the challenges, creating thriving learning and work environments, and interacting with the district and community at large. I will have a critical eye for details and ask the hard questions to assess their knowledge and management of the school budget, human resources, the media, and IPRAs. I want to ensure that their priority is supporting our students first, working well with their principals, and rebuilding public trust for LCPS staff and families.

See Teresa’s League of Women Voters profile

Janice Marie Williams

1. Student success cannot just be measured by good grades and progress toward graduation. Once a student is out of school, grades are no longer relevant. Core expectations such as dependability, self-motivation, moral character, and academic and social competency are more important for future opportunities.To me, a successful student is able to cooperate and collaborate with others, takes responsibility for their own actions, behaves compassionately toward others, has developed their skills and has awareness of their abilities. Additionally, a successful student is prepared academically to enter post-secondary education or the workforce without remediation.

Janice Marie Williams
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. I don’t believe there was an informed decision made by either the administration, nor the school board. It was very apparent that the community’s concerns were not addressed, information was not made available for public review and the final decision was made surreptitiously. Steps the district needs to consider to ensure the safety, health and welfare for occupants of a new school would be to review building materials for those that can withstand the demands of the environment, review finishing materials for the effect on indoor air, be part of all phases of construction to ensure inspections are made by the proper jurisdictions and have a plan for operation and maintenance.

3. First and foremost, I would look for a candidate with great communication and interpersonal skills, a sound history of experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse populations, and experience with employee unions. I want to see a proven track record in enhancing student performance, implementing reform with positive results, and a demonstrated record of fiscal and operational oversight that assures accountability. I want a trustworthy leader that has the commitment to engage community members, embraces diversity, and above all, puts the needs of students first.

See Janice’s League of Women Voters profile

William J. Zarges

1. Children should enter the system ready to learn and exit with the necessary skills to optimize their future.

William Zarges
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. My understanding is that the decision to demolish and rebuild came after the promise of state funds to help offset the costs. I’m not in favor of the demolition and rebuilding in the same lot or on the Vista Middle School site. Vista Middle School is actually lower than the existing Columbia site. The area is prone to flooding. And I don’t believe it is good for the Columbia students to spend their elementary school careers on a high school campus for the 3-4 years (in the second year now) such a project will take. I don’t have all the information the present board has but from what I’ve seen, this is a decision that might require revisitation. 

3. LCPS Policy CBC lays out the responsibilities and duties of the superintendent. This policy should form the basis of evaluation. I would note that the policy was approved in December 2007 and should probably be reviewed in the very near future, preferably before a new permanent superintendent is hired.

See William’s League of Women Voters profile

Jesus Joaquin Favela Jr.

1. I believe there are three levels to which the term “student success” applies. The first level is in elementary education. LCPS needs to ensure all elementary students have strong foundation skills (reading, writing and math) on which to build on. The second level is the bilingual program. I believe the purpose of the bilingual program is to teach students in both languages. The goal should be to transition students into an English classroom with their peers. The third level is high school graduates. If a strong foundation was established and built upon then when students graduate they should be ready for college, trade school or the workforce.

Jesus Joaquin Favela Jr.
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. I believe the decision made was incorrect. The problem was the individuals making the decision have an education background. They do not have the understanding in construction or engineering to make an informed decision. The decision made reflects negatively on the board and district as it relates to being fiscally responsible. A step the district should take to ensure new buildings are built safely for students and staff is to consider the review comments made by government agencies during the courtesy review process. Along with working with local government agencies to provide building inspectors to oversee building construction.

3. All jobs have a job description and superintendent is no different. It is the responsibility of the board to collectively develop the job description in a manner that clearly indicates the duties, responsibilities and expectations. The criteria the board can and should use to evaluate the superintendent is the job description that which was collectively created by the board and presented at time of hire.

See Jesus’ League of Women Voters profile

Margaret A. Mendoza

1. Successful students are self-motivated, engaged, curious, and persistent. They are open to new ideas. They ask questions and search for answers. They are willing to try and able to learn from both failure and success. Family income and support can make success more likely but programs like community schools can fill those gaps and support all students.

Margaret Mendoza
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. Yes. The mold is extremely dangerous and the longer we wait the worse it gets. Each phase of construction should be carefully inspected and evaluated before the next one begins. The work should proceed in a timely manner but not be rushed. Safety precautions must be taken for well-being of the workers and the community. Deadlines should be reasonable. We need to learn from prior mistakes.

3. A superintendent has a broad range of responsibilities. They can be broken down to communication, service, innovation, organization management, and fiscal responsibility. As a new board member, I would base my evaluation on a review of prior evaluations, input from teachers, staff and community members, interviews with the superintendent, and a review of statistical data. I would look for benchmarks that have been met, areas that need improvement, and goals for the coming year.

See Margaret’s League of Women Voter’s profile

District 5

Carol Lynn Cooper

1. “Student success” implies that an individual has been studying an object or subject of interest and through his/her study has achieved a level of understanding that meets the student’s desires or needs. We don’t cease to be students when we are no longer in school. LCPS “student success” means that the student has learned information and “study skills” that prepare the student for studying innumerable questions that confront adult human beings. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, observing, ciphering and reasoning are skills necessary for any future discipline and, if valued and practiced, produce “student success.”

Carol Lynn Cooper
League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico

2. I don’t believe the decision to demolish Columbia Elementary School was the right decision. There was substantial evidence that the drainage issues had been mitigated and were not the cause of the mold; the mold could be remediated, air conditioning replaced, and the structure repaired and updated in substantially less time, less money than building a new school. Students could return to their elementary school much sooner! Life safety should always be the first consideration. Design and construction oversight should ensure that architectural and engineering design agreements adhere to the most current building code. The LCPS construction department should work closely with the construction manager at risk (liable builder’s engineer or contractor) to ensure the construction is built as designed.

3. The school superintendent should: 1) Demonstrate that he/she recognizes that parents and family, teachers, school support staff, school administration, community (and the school board members who represent the community) play different but critically important roles in the lives of students; 2) encourage school families and everyone involved with students to be focused on equipping students with learning skills and opportunities that will benefit them throughout their adult lives; and 3) be able to identify and manage the human and monetary resources needed to allow teachers to teach and students to learn. Excellent education for every student is the superintendent’s first concern.

See Carol’s League of Women Voter’s profile

Edward Frank (incumbent)

1. The primary goal of LCPS should be to graduate students who are prepared for college and/or a career. We should ensure that every graduate can write, read and do basic mathematics. Graduates must also have the ability to think critically and the motivation to be life-long learners. To me, confidence, persistence and resiliency are necessary ingredients in student success.

Las Cruces school board President Ed Frank had kind remarks for the administration on its transparency and explanation of the budget process at the board meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Algernon D’Ammassa/Sun-News

2. The school board had to choose between repairing Columbia, which was built in an arroyo, at a minimum cost of $7 million or to built a new school at a less risky location at a cost of $14 million. As a school board member, I chose the option that had less risk and voted to build a new school at a safer site on the Columbia/Vista campus. In the future, we need to use every available community resource to prevent the building of schools in unsafe locations. Let us resolve to never make another mistake like the one made in 2003 when Columbia was built in an arroyo.

3. The school board has an evolving tool that’s used twice per year to evaluate the superintendent. That tool measures the superintendent’s relationship with the board, their management and supervisory skills, their ability to promote educational opportunities, and their ability to monitor the business and financial aspects of the district. As a school board member, I take this aspect of my job seriously. Although formal evaluation happens twice per year, communication between the school board and the superintendent occurs on an almost daily basis. It is my opinion that improvement of performance of any employee is more likely in an atmosphere of trust.

See Edward’s League of Women Voter’s profile

Gloria J. Martinez

1. My definition of student success is preparing our students for all that life could bring them after graduation, whether it is pursuing a college degree, vocational-technical training, finding a job or parenting. This can be done by instilling education, good habits, emotional and social proficiencies, and abilities to ensure students reach their full potential and to help them become productive members of society.

Gloria Martinez, construction projects director of the Las Cruces Public Schools, is running for the school board. She promises to retire as an employee if she is elected.
Courtesy of Gloria Martinez

2. Based on the reports from the professionals that were hired to evaluate the building and the site, that the mold was non-toxic, and the time and cost difference from renovating Columbia at $14 million and 1-year duration, versus new construction at $35 million and 3-4 years duration to design and build, in my opinion we should have remodeled. To ensure all new buildings are safe and healthy we must follow the designs and specifications, and we must make sure during the construction process all building inspections are followed to the letter of the design plan and per engineering recommendations

3. According to the American Association of School Administrators, Superintendents should be evaluated under the following guidelines: 1: leadership and district culture; 2: policy and governance; 3: communications and community relations; 4: organizational management; 5: curriculum planning and development; 6: instructional management; 7: human resources management; 8: values and ethics of leadership. It is imperative that we have clear and defined performance standards so that the superintendent has the opportunity to be successful in meeting the school board’s goals.

See Gloria’s League of Women Voter’s profile

Maria G. Pacheco

1. The first thought of success is that of students completing high school and being college or career ready. The definition of success for one student may not be the same definition for another student. In middle and high school, student success has much to do with keeping them interested and engaged, offering classes that spark curiosity and get them excited about the future. I think about elementary students and success for them may be adjusting to being away from home and family for a full day. Learning to play and interact with other students. Success at this stage can be looked at as their happiness and well being, their comfort and enthusiasm to learn new things, as well as their ability to progress and thrive in their new environment. Times have changed and we have more students with social and emotional problems. Every child comes to school with an invisible backpack and some have more stressors than others. Students are more than just data points on a spreadsheet and we need to measure success for each student based on their own story.

Maria Pacheco is running for the Las Cruces Board of Education in District 5, challenging board president Ed Frank’s bid for a second term.
Courtesy of Maria Pacheco

2. It is hard to say if the right decision was made because of the lack of communication and transparency with the public. All I have to rely on is hearsay. It is virtually impossible to find any data or documentation regarding the rebuilding of Columbia when looking through the school board meeting minutes. There is said to be engineer reports that indicate Columbia can be saved and that only a certain portion of the school needs to be demolished and/or rebuilt. That could save the district millions of dollars. If this is truly the case, then I feel the decision to demolish was not the best choice. I would love to see reports that the board based their decision on. But without having all the information, it is hard to speculate. However, every district building, new and old, needs to be safe and healthy environments. We have current buildings, fields, and properties that are in need of some TLC. Proper maintenance of all district property needs to be priority. Mold is not the only dangerous thing that can hurt our educators and students.

3. I looked for information on the LCPS website to see what current criteria for evaluation is: “Evaluation criteria shall be based on district goals and success indicators agreed upon by the Board and Superintendent prior to the evaluation.” Seems vague, but maybe it needs to be based on annual goals of the superintendent. However, I would like to see the component come back where principals, administrators, educators are also able to evaluate the superintendent each year. They are the people in the “trenches” and their insight could be a valuable tool to see how the superintendent manages his/her staff. There should be a shared vision of what the superintendent, principals and teachers are working towards and allowing them to grade the superintendent on how he/she is performing should be expected and seems necessary.

See Maria’s League of Women Voter’s profile

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, adammassa@lcsun-news.com or @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

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Lions in Malaysia: Safuwan scores magical free-kick; Faris becomes a dad

<p><strong>FOX Sports Asia brings you a weekly watch on what the stars of Singapore football Shahdan Sulaiman, Faris Ramli, Safuwan Baharudin and Hariss Harun are up to both on and off the pitch in Malaysia.</strong> </p><p><strong>Shahdan Sulaiman – Melaka United</strong> </p><p><img class=”size-large wp-image-937084″ src=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/uploads/2018/09/Shahdan-Sulaiman-1024×341.jpg” alt=”” width=”1024″ height=”341″ /> <em>Photos sourced from <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/MelakaUnitedSA/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Melaka United</a> Facebook</em> </p><p>Melaka United slipped out of the <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/936215/asean-roster-ferns-to-keep-aung-thu-at-bay-sharel-patino-look-to-break-goal-duck/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Malaysia Cup</a> last Saturday after a 2-1 defeat to PKNS FC. </p><p>At the Shah Alam Stadium, the <em>Sang Kancil</em>, who started with midfielder <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/malaysia/malaysia-cup/935849/malaysia-cup-top-3-asean-players-who-have-stood-out-2/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Shahdan Sulaiman</a>, conceded the Red Ants’ opener early on in the 23rd minute when Colombian Romel Morales struck. </p><p>After the break, Melaka pressed hard and managed to force an equaliser with midfielder Syahrul Azwari netting at the 53rd-minute mark. But it was ultimately PKNS who had the final say after Brazilian forward Rafael Ramazotti ensured his team progress on along with Group B leaders Felda United. </p><p>The <em>Sang Kancil</em> have one more cup match left against Felda United next Saturday and sit third in their group with six points. </p><p>Following his team elimination, Singapore international Shahdan thanked his club staff, fans and teammates on Instagram before heading back home for his country’s international fixtures. </p><p>30-year-old Shahdan, who has been called up for national coach <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/aff-suzuki-cup/933805/fandi-ahmad-names-first-singapore-squad-as-national-team-head-coach/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Fandi Ahmad’s first ever Singapore squad</a>, is battling for a place in the Lions’ Starting XI to face Mauritius this coming Friday, September 7 and Fiji next Tuesday, September 11. Both friendlies will be played at the Bishan Stadium. </p><p><strong>Faris Ramli – PKNS FC</strong> </p><p><img class=”size-large wp-image-937101″ src=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/uploads/2018/09/Faris-Ramli-cover-1024×341.jpg” alt=”” width=”1024″ height=”341″ /> <em>Photos sourced from PKNS <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/thepknsfc/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Facebook</a> &amp; Faris <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/farisramli/?hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Instagram</a></em> </p><p>PKNS FC kept their cup dreams alive after coming out tops over Melaka United in Group B. </p><p>Singaporean forward Faris Ramli returned to the fold for the Red Ants and played his part in the 2-1 win which sent them up to second in their group. </p><p>PKNS, who have 10 points so far, take on last-placed PDRM FA in their last group game before moving on to the quarter-finals. </p><p>26-year-old Faris, who just <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/aff-suzuki-cup/937046/faris-ramli-welcomes-baby-boy-ready-to-return-to-singapore-camp/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>became a dad</a>, welcomed a baby boy with his partner whom he married last April. He was joined by family and close footballing pals Irfan Fandi, Farhan Rahmat and Ali Hudzaifi at the hospital. </p><p>The Singapore international has missed two days of training with the national side already after being <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/aff-suzuki-cup/936394/ex-lions-coach-barry-whitbread-drops-in-on-fandi-ahmads-first-singapore-training/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>given time off by coach Fandi Ahmad</a>. </p><p>After thanking his national team colleagues for their support, Faris went on to tell FOX Sports Asia that he is ready to rejoin the squad and his desire “to score a goal and cap off the best week of my life”. </p><p><strong>Safuwan Baharudin – Pahang FA</strong> </p><p><img class=”size-large wp-image-937118″ src=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/uploads/2018/09/Safuwan-Baharudin-cover-1024×341.jpg” alt=”” width=”1024″ height=”341″ /> <em>Photos sourced from <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/safuwanbaharudin/?hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Safuwan</a> Instagram</em> </p><p>Pahang FA sealed their Malaysia Cup quarter-finals berth last Saturday despite going down 3-1 to Selangor FA. </p><p>At the Darul Makmur Stadium, defensive midfielder <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/malaysia/malaysia-cup/935849/malaysia-cup-top-3-asean-players-who-have-stood-out-2/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Safuwan Baharudin</a> scored from a well-taken free-kick, placing his shot in the top right-hand corner of the Red Giants goal in the 31st minute. The stunner brought Pahang back on level terms after Spaniard Rufino Segovia found the back of the net seven minutes into the match. <br><blockquote class=”instagram-media” style=”background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% – 2px);” data-instgrm-captioned=”” data-instgrm-permalink=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BnNXRjnF7e4/?utm_source=ig_embed” data-instgrm-version=”9″> <br><div style=”padding: 8px;”> <br><div style=”background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 26.111111111111114% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;”> <br><div style=”background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;”></div> <br></div> <br><p style=”margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;”><a style=”color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;” href=”https://www.instagram.com/p/BnNXRjnF7e4/?utm_source=ig_embed” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>🎯</a></p> <br><p style=”color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;”>A post shared by <a style=”color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;” href=”https://www.instagram.com/safuwanbaharudin/?utm_source=ig_embed” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> SB21 🇸🇬🇲🇾</a> (@safuwanbaharudin) on <time style=”font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;” datetime=”2018-09-02T03:34:30+00:00″>Sep 1, 2018 at 8:34pm PDT</time></p> </p><p></div></blockquote> <br><script async defer src=”//www.instagram.com/embed.js”></script> </p><p>But the Elephants fightback never materialised as Selangor put their recent troubles behind them to increase their advantage courtesy of defender Willian Pacheco in the second period. Midfielder Sarkunan buried in a third for good measure in the dying moments of the match with the Red Giants out of contention for the quarter-finals. </p><p>Pahang currently sit in second in Group D with eight points. They play group leaders Sabah FA next on Sunday, September 16. </p><p>Aside from the Selangor game, Singapore international Safuwan also experienced a different type of loss this week. The Elephants number 21 sent his eldest son to pre-school for the first time EVER! </p><p>However, 26-year-old Safuwan had no time to dwell as he reported for national team duties. The 2012 Suzuki Cup winner, who had been troubled by a <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/malaysia-super-league/933873/lions-in-malaysia-birthday-delights-for-faris-hariss-indulges-in-lobster-reward/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>knee injury sustained against PKNP FC</a>, seemed fighting fit in Monday’s training session when former Singapore boss <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/aff-suzuki-cup/936394/ex-lions-coach-barry-whitbread-drops-in-on-fandi-ahmads-first-singapore-training/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Barry Whitbread</a> dropped by. </p><p><strong>Hariss Harun – Johor Darul Ta’zim FC</strong> </p><p><img class=”size-large wp-image-937177″ src=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/uploads/2018/09/Hariss-Harun-cover-1024×341.jpg” alt=”” width=”1024″ height=”341″ /> <em>Photos sourced from JDT <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/johorsoutherntigers.com.my/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Facebook</a> &amp; Hariss <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/hariss14/?hl=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Instagram</a></em> </p><p><a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/936215/asean-roster-ferns-to-keep-aung-thu-at-bay-sharel-patino-look-to-break-goal-duck/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) FC</a> still have an outside chance of qualifying for the cup quarter-finals after suffering defeat at the hands of Kedah FA. </p><p>In the Group C match at the Darul Aman Stadium, the Red Eagles’ Sandro Da Silva fired home in the fifth minute to get things underway, only for Argentine striker Fernando Marquez to rescue the Southern Tigers in the 36th minute – scoring in back-to-back cup fixtures! </p><p>Kedah furthered their advantage with more goals in the second period with both Akhyar Rashid and Liridon Krasniqi netting to give their team a 3-1 win. </p><p>JDT take on Group C leaders MISC-MIFA in their last Malaysia Cup group match and are in third with six points. They trail the group toppers by two points. </p><p>The Southern Tigers once again struggled with midfielder Hariss Harun missing out on the starting lineup as their number 14 was also noticeably absent from the matchday squad. </p><p>The Singapore international, who is currently back home for national team duties, begun training with new player mentor <a href=”https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/asian-football/936597/the-godfathers-midas-touch-on-alam-shah-could-reignite-singapore-football/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Noh Alam Shah</a> at the Geylang field on Monday. </p><p>Former Tampines Rover striker Alam Shah, who has no prior football coaching or management experience, led a Singapore Selection side to a 3-2 win over the Selangor Selection in the 2017 Sultan of Selangor Cup. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p><em><strong>Watch all three FOX Sports channels live on the FOX+ app. </strong></em> </p><p><em><strong>For more info on FOX+ click <a href=”http://www.foxplus.com/?utm_source=display&amp;utm_medium=fox_sports&amp;utm_campaign=fox_plus_b2c&amp;utm_content=editorial” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here</a> or to start your *<a href=”https://foxplus.onelink.me/QvhY/19″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>free 30 day trial download the FOX+ app</a>. </strong></em> </p><p><em><strong>* FOX+ is available in select territories</strong></em></p>

This Week In Concerts – Art Garfunkel, DaBaby, Wildermiss, Zhavia Ward and More

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the last few weeks of November 2019. The time seems to keep flying by this year, but when there are so many concerts to see, no wonder it’s going by so fast. As we enter into the third week of November, you can expect over 70 Denver concerts to check out over the next seven days. No matter where you are in Denver or what kind of music you’re into, there’s bound to be something for you out there.

Monday, November 18

A$AP Ferg + Ski Mask The Slump God

Where: Mission Ballroom

The Lowdown: To kick the work week off on Monday, rappers A$AP Ferg and Ski Mask The Slump God are headed to Denver to take over Mission Ballroom. If you’re a fan of rap in any capacity, this will be one show you won’t want to miss. A$AP Ferg and Ski Mask The Slump God have both made waves in the modern rap scene with hits such as “Plain Jane” and “Faucet Failure” under their belts respectively. Fellow artists Pouya, Murda Beatz, MadeinTYO, Danny Towers and DJ Scheme are on the bill for Monday night as well.

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Also see…

Pinback w/ Disheveled Cuss @ The Bluebird Theater

Motown on Mondays @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Sleepspent @ 7th Circle Music Collective

DJ Em Karaoke @ Goosetown Tavern

Benefit for Susan Eisman + Godjammit ft. Members of Phour.O @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

NILE w/ Terrorizer, Smackfactor, Pile of Priests, Manxome Foe @ Herman’s Hideaway

Beat Battle: Producer Tournament (Original Music Only) Vol. 4 @ Your Mom’s House Denver

Live Jazz Night @ The Meadowlark

Tuesday, November 19

Art Garfunkel

Where: The Paramount Theatre

The Lowdown: On Tuesday night, we’re taking you to the heart of downtown Denver where singer-songwriting legend Art Garfunkel will be taking over The Paramount Theatre. Garfunkel is world-famous for his angelic voice that stands the test of time on such unforgettable tracks as “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Sounds of Silence.” You have the chance to see this classic rock legend in action this week as he comes through the Mile High City, so grab some tickets before it’s too late.

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Also see…

Tiffany Young @ The Bluebird Theater

The Maine w/ Twin XL @ Summit Music Hall

Asian Doll w/ Miss Money, $toney, Snoww Bear, JayOhh, Nay Renee @ Marquis Theater

The Lituation @ Hi-Dive

Nots w/ Slugger, Dearborn @ Lost Lake

Colorado Symphony Presents: Ensemble Faucheux @ Dazzle Jazz

Dru Heller Quartet @ Nocturne Jazz

DJ Williams Shots Fired @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Sugar Walls @ Globe Hall

Wilco w/ Tuomo & Markus @ Mission Ballroom

Open Mic Band Jam w/ Nic Jay @ Goosetown Tavern

Buck Danger’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus Open Stage @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra @ The Venue

Keota w/ Restraint, Ceiva, Dopel, Sin7, GoldenMane @ The Black Box

Open Mic Night @ The Meadowlark

Wednesday, November 20

Zhavia Ward

Where: Globe Hall

The Lowdown: On Wednesday, 18-year-old singer-songwriter Zhavia Ward is headed to the Mile High City to take over Globe Hall. Ward first gained momentum with her appearance on the 2018 reality show “The Four” where her unique voice was displayed for the world to hear. Since then, Ward has released singles and an EP that debuted earlier this year. If you’re unfamiliar with Ward, check out any of her performances from “The Four” or any song of her latest EP 17.  Tickets are still available to catch Ward in Denver, so act now before it’s too late.

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Also see…

Summer Walker w/ Melii @ The Ogden Theatre

Jack Harlow w/ ALLBLACK @ The Bluebird Theater

Misterwives w/ Foreign Air @ The Gothic Theatre

Helmet @ Summit Music Hall

RE:Search ft. Sweater Beats w/ jackLNDN, Movesayer, Jordan Polovina @ Cervantes’ Other Side

Mayday Parade @ Marquis Theater

Mellow Fellow w/ RuRu, Pure Weed @ Larimer Lounge

Italo Disco Legacy Screening After Party @ Hi-Dive

G Tom Mac @ Lost Lake

John Gunther & the “Bad Hombres” @ Dazzle Jazz

The Teague Bechtel Quartet @ Nocturne Jazz

Mihali @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Caleb Caudle @ The Walnut Room

The Hot Sardines @ Soiled Dove Underground

Lion’s Lair Open Stage @ Lion’s Lair

Watermelon Funk @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

Johnny Luv w/ Mono Verde Collective, Reviva @ Herman’s Hideaway

Open Stage Denver @ The Venue

Pretty Poison w/ DJ Caddy Steeze & the Commissioner @ The Meadowlark

Thursday, November 21

DaBaby w/ Stunna 4 Vegas

Where: Mission Ballroom

The Lowdown: On Thursday night, Charlotte-based rapper DaBaby is headed to Denver to take over Mission Ballroom. DaBaby is one of the relatively new names in the rap scene today, after making his debut in 2015. Over the last five years, DaBaby has made quite the name for himself with songs such as “Suge” and “Baby” racking up millions of streams on Spotify. Fellow artist Stunna 4 Vegas is on the bill for Thursday night as well, so grab some tickets to catch these artists in action while supplies last.

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Also see…

Mt. Joy w/ Wilderado, Adam Melchor @ The Ogden Theatre

Syml w/ Handsome Ghost @ The Bluebird Theater

Pickin on Hip Hop ft. The Sweet Lillies w/ Special Guests @ Cervantes’ Other Side

Mystikal w/ Special Guests @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

Giuseppe Ottaviani @ Marquis Theater

Tow’rs w/ B.R. Lively @ Larimer Lounge

The Supervillans w/ Ufer, Uncle Lame Bake @ Lost Lake

Jukebox & Music Trivia w/ Rekha Ohal (Day Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

David Arthur & The Round Table (Frank Sinatra Tribute) (Night Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

SuperMagick (Amy Winehouse Tribute) (Late Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

Raúl Pacheco & the Cumbia Dragons @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Wild w/ Johnny Gates @ Globe Hall

SpaceDrippin w/ MC SLeR @ The Roxy Theatre

Ensiferum w/ Kalmah, Abigail Williams, Aenimus @ The Oriental Theater

Scarlett O’Hara w/ Sleep Waker, Somewhere to Call Home, Black July, BehindColoredGlass @ 7th Circle Music Collective

Motown Thursday @ Goosetown Tavern

Phish Thursday @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

Space Kadet + Chachuba @ Your Mom’s House Denver

Open Stage @ Quinlan Cafe at Swallow Hill Music

Holderr w/ Indokt, ProphetZ, ((diverse)), Messea @ The Black Box Lounge

Oakk + Leet w/ David Warren, Bass Battle Champion @ The Black Box

Public Rhythm @ The Meadowlark

Friday, November 22

Wildermiss (Record Release) w/ Slow Caves

Where: The Bluebird Theater

The Lowdown: To wrap up the work week on Friday night, we’re taking you over to The Bluebird Theater where local up-and-coming band Wildermiss will be celebrating the release of their brand new record. Wildermiss has made a name for themselves over the last few years and there’s no end in sight for what this Denver based band can achieve. From an appearance on national TV to the Red Rocks stage, there’s nowhere to go but up for Wildermiss. Fellow Denver band Slow Caves is on the Friday night bill as well, making this a great way to support local talent.

Get tickets here.
Also see…

King Diamond w/ Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, The Idle Hands @ The Fillmore

Aqueous w/ Evanoff @ The Gothic Theatre

Elephante w/ PLS&TY, Jamesik @ Summit Music Hall

Planet of the Drums ft. AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy, Messinian w/ Special Guests @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

The Funk Sessions w/ Emerald Quintet ft. Skerik, Stanton Moore @ Cervantes’ Other Side

Exhumed + Gatekeeper w/ Necrot, Judiciary @ Marquis Theater

Shredders @ Larimer Lounge

Briffaut w/ Down Time, Inaiah Lujan @ Hi-Dive

Wasteland Hop w/ Solsatellite, The Dollhouse Thieves @ Lost Lake

Black Asteroid @ Bar Standard

Andrew Bayer @ The Church

Annie Booth (Day Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

Stafford Hunter & Continuum (Night Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

FreeBear (Late Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

The Kenyon Brenner Quintet (Night Set) @ Nocturne Jazz

Patrick McDevitt Trio (Late Set) @ Nocturne Jazz

Tracy Byrd @ The Grizzly Rose

Gary Givant (Morning Set) @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Atomga (Night Set) @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Broncho @ Globe Hall

Emily Barns w/ Cole Scheifele, Young Pine, Sister Neapolitan @ The Walnut Room

Jeffrey Foucault w/ John Statz @ Soiled Dove Underground

November to Remember! @ Bellco Theatre

Lost Kings @ Temple Denver

Seven Lions w/ Jason Ross, Crystal Skies, Last Heroes @ Mission Ballroom

Hail Satan @ 3 Kings Tavern

Dead Zone @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

ROYAL BLISS (Album Release Tour) w/ Straight Six, Dirty Kings, Cody Temple Trio @ Herman’s Hideaway

Space Kadet + Chachuba @ Your Mom’s House Denver

Donna The Buffalo w/ We Dream Dawn @ Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music

Heather Mae (Album Release) @ Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill Music

Michael Morrow & the Culprits w/ The Remus Tucker Band @ The Venue

Caspa w/ Ternion Sound, Prophet, SixChakra, Dillard b2b Qilin @ The Black Box

Feyk Collective @ The Black Box Lounge

Good For Health Bad For Education @ The Meadowlark

Saturday, November 23

Ghostland Observatory w/ Holy Ghost!, MUNYA

Where: The Fillmore

The Lowdown: On Saturday night, Ghostland Observatory is headed to the Mile High City to take over The Fillmore. If you’re a fan of indie and/or electronic music, this will be the perfect show for you. Ghostland Observatory’s sound is a perfect blend of indie and electronic music, as exemplified by tracks such as “Sad Sad City” and “Sometimes.”  This also means that if you’re a fan of indie and/or electronic music, this will be the perfect show for you. Fellow artists Holy Ghost! and MUNYA are on Saturday night’s bill as well, so grab some tickets now.

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Also see…

Keller Williams Grateful Grass w/ Keller & The Keels, Love Canon @ The Ogden Theatre

Katastro w/ Bikini Trill, Dylan Reese @ The Bluebird Theater

Blood Indication w/ Vermin Womb, Dreadnought, Superstition @ The Gothic Theatre

Issues w/ Polyphia, Lil Aaron, Sleep Token, Mosaic @ Summit Music Hall

Funk You w/ The Green House Band, RADO @ Cervantes’ Other Side

Ponicz w/ Awminus, Codd Dubz @ Marquis Theater

Jirad The Completionist (Day Set) @ Larimer Lounge

Lusine w/ Juschill, Hu @ Larimer Lounge

Limbwrecker w/ Glacial Tomb, Berated, Whammer @ Hi-Dive

Consider The Source w/ Kaleid, Markafiki @ Lost Lake

BASS OPS: Dirtysnatcha w/ Catz ‘n Dogz @ Club Vinyl

Tenia Nelson Trio (Morning Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

Keith Oxman (Album Release) (Night Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

Kerry Pastine Cocktail Combo (Late Set) @ Dazzle Jazz

The Gabriel Mervine Sextet @ Nocturne Jazz

Brunch w/ Half Pint & The Growlers @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

WHIP IT! ’80s Dance Party @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Broncho w/ Hot Flash Heat Wave, Rinse & Repeat @ Globe Hall

FY5 w/ Michael Batdorf @ The Walnut Room

Green Velvet @ Temple Denver

Black Star Gang ft. Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli, DJ Premier w/ Brother Ali, Evidence, The ReMINDers @ Mission Ballroom

Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys @ Goosetown Tavern

Dead Zone @ Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple

Sons of Texas w/ September Mourning @ Herman’s Hideaway

Kalani Pe’a w/ Kalama Polynesian Dancers @ Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music

Strange Americans @ Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill Music

Chicano Heat @ The Venue

Lowercase Tres w/ Brett Starr, Todd Powers @ The Black Box Lounge

Kursa w/ GrymeTyme, pheel., parkbreezy @ The Black Box

Pantones @ The Meadowlark

Sunday, November 24

Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers

Where: The Paramount Theatre

The Lowdown: To wrap this week in Denver concerts up, we’re taking you back to The Paramount Theatre where songwriting legend Kris Kristofferson will be taking the downtown stage over. Kristofferson is responsible for multiple evergreen hits such as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through The Night” back in the ’70s. Years later, Kristofferson is still making moves to this day. On Sunday night, you have the chance to see this legend in action along with his band the Strangers.

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Also see…

Neyla Pekarek w/ Bluebook, Chris Fleming @ The Bluebird Theater

Hovvdy w/ Nick Dorian, Caroline Says @ Larimer Lounge

Lisa Prank w/ The Tangles, Horse Girl @ Hi-Dive

Vérité w/ Yasi @ Lost Lake

The Adam Bodine Trio @ Dazzle Jazz

Brunch w/ Ross James @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Mathias Olson @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Technicolor Riots w/ Colors & Static, Birdhouse View @ Globe Hall

Romaro Franceswa w/ Perry Porter @ The Walnut Room

Goon w/ Whiskey Autumn, We Are Not a Glum Lot @ Lion’s Lair

DJ Manape @ 3 Kings Tavern

Show Me The Body w/ Urochromes, Euth, Gack, Disposal Notice @ 7th Circle Music Collective

Collectors Corner ft. Wesley Summerhill @ Goosetown Tavern

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Play Ascension: Wired868 looks at upcoming fixtures and reviews Round Three – Wired868

Can anyone stop Defence Force? The Army/Coast Guard combination roll into Serpentine Road from 4pm on Sunday to face QPCC FC and the ‘Parkites’ have a real fight on their hands if they are to get anything out of the Ascension Invitational fixture.

Pro League heavyweights, Defence Force, are yet to drop a point or concede a goal after three matches while QPCC drew their opening two matches against fellow TTSL clubs.

Veteran striker Devorn Jorsling has a goal in each round so far although the Parkites would be buoyed by a double from former National Under-20 forward Ricardo John in their last outing.

There’s plenty at stake at the San Juan Secondary ground too where TTSL club Cunupia FC, fresh from their win over top tier team Club Sando last weekend, look for a second straight triumph against Pro League opposition in the form of San Juan Jabloteh. Kick off is also 4pm.

Police FC open Round Four against Matura ReUnited at the Police Academy in St James from 4pm on Saturday. The ‘Lawmen’ lost both of their opening two fixtures while Matura have one point from three matches.

And in Division Two, freescoring Deportivo PF travel to the Guapo Recreation Ground to tackle Club Sando Uprising Youths from 6.30pm in a southern debt that sees Deportivo’s Garcia brothers—Nathaniel and Judah—pitted against Uprising talent like Jabari Mitchell and Seon Shippley.

See below for last weekend’s results and upcoming fixtures as well as highlights and analysis from Terry Fenwick and Vidia Ramphal.

Ascension Invitational Tournament

Division One Results

(Sunday 28 July)

Defence Force FC 2 (Devorn Jorsling 44, Jelani Felix 81), Guaya United 0 at Larry Gomes Stadium;

San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Shaquille John 89), M’vt Caledonia AIA 2 (Johnny Noriega-Brito 35, Quincy Ballah 55) at San Juan North Secondary;

QPCC 2 (Ricardo John 1, 3), Matura ReUnited 2 (Carlon Hughes 23, Maurice Dick 42) at St Mary’s College;

Club Sando FC 0, Cunupia FC 2 (Kevon Woodley 13, 23) at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Prison Service FC 1 (Nathan Julien 52), FC Santa Rosa 2 (John-Paul Rochford 84, Noel Williams 88) at YTC, Arouca.

Division Two results

(Saturday 27 July)

Police FC 1 (Akeem Marshall 90+3), Moruga FC 0 at Police Academy, St James;

UTT 2 (Stevon Stoute 45, Kishun Seecharan 89), Club Sando Uprising Youths 2 (Kyle Celestine 29, Seon Shippley 85) at UTT, O’Meara;

Deportivo PF 7 (Andrei Pacheco 4, 42, Judah Garcia 12, 39, 49, Ackeel Jacob 53, Ezekiel Kesar 90), Erin FC 2 (Jason Gross 31, Israel Williams 75) at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin;

(Sunday 28 July)

Bethel United 2 (Makan Hislop 58, Shaquille Cox 85), Marabella Family Crisis Centre 1 (Rayon Alleyne 47) at Mt Gomery Recreation Ground;

Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd 0, San F’do Giants 1 (Kerville Jeremiah 79) at St Anthony’s College ground;

RSSR FC 0, Harlem Strikers 0 at Curepe Recreation Ground, Knowles Street.

Upcoming Division One Fixtures

(Saturday 3 August)

Police FC v Matura ReUnited, 4pm, Police Academy, St James;

(Sunday 4 August)

QPCC v Defence Force FC, 4pm, St Mary’s College ground;

San Juan Jabloteh v Cunupia FC, 4pm, San Juan North Secondary ground;

Club Sando FC v FC Santa Rosa, 4pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Prison Service FC v Guaya United, 4pm, YTC, Arouca.

Division Two

(Saturday 3 August)

Moruga FC v RSSR FC, 4pm, Grand Chemin Recreation Ground;

Police FC v UTT FC, 6pm, Police Academy, St James;

Club Sando Uprising Yths v Deportivo PF, 6.30pm, Guapo Recreation Ground;

(Sunday 4 August)

Marabella Family CC v Erin FC, 4pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium Training Field;

Petit Valley/D’go Martin Utd v Bethel United, 4pm, St Anthony’s College Ground;

Harlem Strikers v San F’do Giants, 5.30pm, Frederick Settlement Ground.

Ascension Division One Standings

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 3 3 0 0 7 0 7 9
2 3 3 0 0 7 3 4 9
3 3 2 0 1 7 4 3 6
4 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
5 3 1 1 1 4 6 -2 4
6 3 1 0 2 6 3 3 3

Man City among giants in European numbers and stats

We look at some of the meaningful statistics over Europe’s top five leagues. We are now far enough down the line to see some clear patterns and styles…


Most shots (per game)
Manchester City – 22
Juventus – 21
Lyon – 18.5
Real Madrid – 18.2
Chelsea – 8.1

Most shots on target (per game)
Manchester City – 8.3
Barcelona – 8
Paris Saint-Germain – 7.2
Roma – 7
Juventus – 6.9

Most shots conceded (per game)
Parma – 21.6
Burnley – 20.6
Levante – 20.6
Chievo – 18.1
Brighton – 18.0

Highest possession
Barcelona – 65.4%
Manchester City – 65.3%
Real Madrid – 64%
Real Betis – 63.9%
Bayern Munich – 63.3%

Passes (per game)
Barcelona – 727.2
Chelsea – 704.3
Manchester City – 701.4
Real Madrid – 685.9
Bayern Munich – 650.5

Pass completion rate
Real Madrid – 89.9%
Manchester City – 89.6%
Barcelona – 88.9%
Paris Saint-Germain – 88.8%
Juventus – 88.6%

Most tackles (per game)
Nimes – 21.8
Caen – 21.8
Sampdoria – 21.3
Reims – 21.2
West Ham – 21

Most fouls (per game)
Getafe – 19.7
Dijon – 16.2
Torino – 16.1
Augsburg – 15.5
SD Huesca – 15

Highest Premier League team: Brighton – 13.9

Most dribbles (per game)
Nice – 11.7
Manchester City – 10.6
Rayo Vallecano – 10.5
Lyon – 10.4
Toulouse – 10.2

Losing the ball through poor touch (per game)
Nimes – 20.5
Toulouse – 18.8
Nantes – 18.7
Rayo Vallecano – 18.5
Udinese – 18.4

Highest Premier League team: Everton – 17.9

Players (must have played at least 300 minutes to qualify)

Most shots (per 90)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 8
Nabil Fekir (Lyon) – 7.4
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 6.1
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – 5.4
Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) – 5.2

Most key passes (per 90)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 4.4
Memphis Depay (Lyon) – 4.4
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) – 4.3
Willian (Chelsea) – 4.2
Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan) – 4.1

Most passes (per 90)
Jorginho (Chelsea) – 103
Marco Verratti (PSG) – 101.3
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – 97.7
Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) – 96
Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) – 96

Most dribbles (per 90)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Rennes) – 5
Youcef Atal (Nice) – 4.9
Amine Harit (Schalke) – 4.4
Allan Saint-Maximim (Nice) – 4.2
Marcus Thuram (Guingamp) – 4.2

Highest Premier League player: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 3.2

Most tackles (per 90)
Adama Mbengue (Caen) – 7
Thilo Kehrer (PSG) – 5.5
Idrissa Gueye (Everton) – 5.4
Victor Sanchez (Espanyol) – 5.3
Allan (Napoli) – 5.3

Most fouls (per 90)
Moustapha Diallo (Nimes) – 3.7
Victor Sanchez (Espanyol) – 3.7
Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 3.7
Jaime Mata (Getafe) – 3.7
Simone Zaza (Torino) – 3.6

Most fouled (per 90)
Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) – 5
Darijo Srna (Cagliari) – 4.4
Filip Djuricic (Sassuolo) – 4.3
Yannis Salibur (Saint-Etienne) – 4.2
Ismaila Sarr (Rennes) – 4.1

Highest Premier League player: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 3.5

Most clearances (per 90)
Pablo (Bordeaux) – 10.6
Riccardo Gagliolo (Parma) – 9.8
Calum Chambers (Fulham) – 8.8
Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) – 8.6
Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin) – 8.4

Dispossessed the most times (per 90)
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 5.3
Fabian Orellana (Eibar) – 5
Neymar (PSG) – 4.7
Rajiv van la Parra (Huddersfield) – 4.6
Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – 4.1

Most saves (per 90)
Oier Olazabal (Levante) – 5.3
Fernando Pacheco (Deportivo Alaves) – 4.8
Luigi Sepe (Parma) – 4.6
Marco Sportiello (Frosinone) – 4.6
Bono (Girona) – 4.6

Highest Premier League player: Joe Hart (Burnley) – 4.4

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