first_imgOn Friday, The Black Keys announced that they will no longer be a part of the Woodstock 50 festival set to take place from August 16th–18th in Watkins Glen, NY.As the blues-rock duo notes in a Facebook post, “Due to a scheduling conflict, The Black Keys will unfortunately need to cancel their set at Woodstock. The band wants to let fans know as soon as possible and before tickets go on sale.”The Black Keys recently released their first new song in 5 years, “Lo/Hi”, and announced an extensive 2019 fall tour featuring support from Modest Mouse and more. For more information on the tour, head here.While The Black Keys’ Woodstock cancellation is disappointing to fans planning to head to the anniversary celebration, the lineup still features an extensive, stylistically diverse roster of musical acts.Artists scheduled to perform on day one of the festival on August 16th include The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifter, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Dorothy, Larkin Poe, and more.The second day of the event on August 17th will feature performances from Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Jade Bird, Country Joe McDonald, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, and more.The third and final day on August 18th will see performances by artists including Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius (the indie rock supergroup comprised of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus), Reignwolf, The Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Cherry Glazerr, Marcus King Band, and many more.Tickets for Woodstock 50 go on sale on April 22nd. For more information, head to the event website.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission respond to questions from reporters, during a press conference in Georgetown Guyana. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has indicated its commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in Guyana’s general and regional elections, to be held on March 2.During a media conference on February 6, EU EOM Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, stated that the mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process.“The presence of the EU EOM demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the conduct of inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Guyana,” Paet said, noting that the observation not only focuses on election day, but also “on the entire electoral process, including the campaigning, the results and the resolution of any election-related dispute, after voting has finished”.The Chief Observer emphasised that the mission will be impartial in its findings and conclusions.“The Mission is independent in its findings and conclusions, and EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct of international observers that requires strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work, and do not interfere in the electoral process,” Paet stated.This is the largest EU EOM mission, which will comprise almost 50 observers. It includes a core team of nine analysts and 14 long-term observers, deployed to the 10 administrative regions. Twenty short-term observers will join the team, shortly before the March elections.The mission was deployed to Guyana, following an invitation from President, David Granger.The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its observation of an electoral process: the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views; the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration; the fairness of access to state resources during the election; the universal franchise afforded to voters; the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular, the state media; the conduct of polling, counting and tabulation of votes; other issues related to the democratic nature of the election (e.g. legal framework; campaign violence; rule of law; and campaign finance).On March 4, the EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement, which will be followed by an official statement, which will include the mission’s observations and recommendations, two months after the General and Regional Elections are conducted.last_img read more


first_img2020 FANTASY RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe next tier of QBs — the veteran pocket passers — remains mostly unchanged aside from the addition of Brady. We weren’t high on him before, but now that he’s on a team with some of the best pass-catchers in the NFL, he could really put up numbers. He’ll likely get drafted ahead of some of the other veterans, but for now, we see him just inside the top 12 because of his age and immobility. Many will rank Ryan Tannehill higher than where we have him after his resurgent 2019, but with low volume and a reliance on big plays, his margin of error is slim. The guys in front of him have much better weapons, too, but once you’re in the backup tier, anything goes during the draft. Some owners might jump on Daniel Jones or Joe Burrow, thinking they’re getting “this year’s Lamar,” so rankings only matter so much.  Tom Brady is a Buccaneer, Kyler Murray and Josh Allen both got new weapons to throw to (Murray more so than Allen), and Jarrett Stidham is finally getting his chance to shine! OK, that last one isn’t quite as important, but the opening of the NFL free agency period saw some major signings and trades that shook up the 2020 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson stood firm at the top, but the movement started early and saw some new sleepers populate the middle and lower tiers. Murray moved ahead of Deshaun Watson after the Cardinals acquired DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans. Many owners will put Murray ahead of Wilson, but we’re still giving the benefit of the doubt to the veteran, who has proved he can put up numbers regardless of supporting cast. We see Watson the same way, which is why he only fell one spot from our initial offseason rankings, but there’s a case to be made for moving Allen in front of him after the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs. Either way, once you get past Jackson and Mahomes, the next tier of QBs, at least through No. 7 Dak Prescott, is full of similar guys who can get points with their legs in addition to their arms.  With the Chargers seemingly content with Tyrod Taylor as their starter (we’ll see if that still holds after the draft), he becomes a sneaky sleeper. He’s a solid runner and has all kinds of weapons around him. If he really is expected to be under center for the Bolts heading into Week 1 next season, he’s another guy who will likely rise in the rankings. New Panthers starter Teddy Bridgewater could garner more interest, too, but he’s probably not as exciting as young gunslingers like Gardner Minshew or Drew Lock, both of whom could rise depending on what their teams do in the draft. Overall, the 2020 QB rankings are stacked, and there are several exciting rookies (Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love) who could shake things up even more if they’re in positions to start in Week 1. Former fantasy studs Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are also still on the free agent market, so you know this list will change plenty of times before the season starts. We’ll update it after any big moves, so check back for the latest. 2020 Fantasy Football QB RankingsRankings based on four-point passing touchdown formatsRankPlayer1Lamar Jackson, Ravens2Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs3Russell Wilson, Seahawks4Kyler Murray, Cardinals5Deshaun Watson, Texans6Josh Allen, Bills7Dak Prescott, Cowboys8Matt Ryan, Falcons9Carson Wentz, Eagles10Drew Brees, Saints11Aaron Rodgers, Packers12Tom Brady, Buccaneers13Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers14Baker Mayfield, Browns15Jared Goff, Rams16Matthew Stafford, Lions17Joe Burrow, TBD (likely Bengals)18Daniel Jones, Giants19Ryan Tannehill, Titans20Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers21Tyrod Taylor, Chargers22Philip Rivers, Colts23Kirk Cousins, Vikings24Derek Carr, Raiders25Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers26Gardner Minshew, Jaguars27Sam Darnold, Jets28Drew Lock, Broncos29Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins30Dwayne Haskins, Redskins31Nick Foles, Bears32Jarrett Stidham, Patriotslast_img read more