Red Wing Roots Announces Headliners for Seventh Annual Festival Harrisonburg, Va. – The Red Wing Roots Music Festival will return to Natural Chimneys Park in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the seventh time this summer – featuring, as always, local favorites and festival hosts, The Steel Wheels. The 2019 festival will take place from July 12-14 in Mount Solon, Va. Festival organizers are excited to announce the full lineup of artists who will join The Steel Wheels in performing at the seventh edition of Red Wing. They include First Aid Kit, The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, Peter Rowan, The Tim O’Brien Band, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae and many more! With more than 40 bands scheduled to perform across several stages, great music will remain at the heart of the Red Wing Roots experience. Great food and great fun for the whole family in the great outdoors have also been key features of the festival since it began in 2013. A kids’ climbing wall and play area, organized bike rides, group runs and morning yoga sessions beneath the rock towers at Natural Chimneys Park will be on the schedule once again. “Lucky number seven, can you believe it?” said Trent Wagler of The Steel Wheels. “The changes of seasons in Virginia are always something to behold. The colors of fall, the cool, quiet, darkness of winter, and the new growth of spring bringing us to our full bloom in the heat of summer. Summertime brings vacation for many, perhaps a slower pace, but in our modern age, it also comes with so many great choices for recreation and fun. We are charmed and delighted that somewhere along the way, among all the different choices, so many of you have joined our Red Wing family.” Festival tickets typically sell out before the festival begins, and organizers are committed as ever to retaining the small, family-friendly feel that makes Red Wing special. Sellout crowds are expected once again this year! The Red Wing Roots Music Festival is also proud to be a responsible community partner, emphasizing sustainability and hosting a raffle that raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations. To download photos or the festival logo, please visit: www.redwingroots.com/media/ On-site camping is an extremely popular aspect of the festival, selling out far in advance every year so far. Organizers have added an additional 200 campsites to accommodate demand, but still expect everything to sell out well before July––interested campers are encouraged to reserve a site as soon as possible. To schedule interviews or request more photos, please contact Michael Weaver at Black Bear Productions: 540-820-7847 or [email protected] For tickets and more information, visit www.redwingroots.com.
ENGLAND have dropped Moeen Ali and replaced him in the squad with slow left-armer Jack Leach for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.Off-spinner Moeen returned match figures of 3-172 and scored only four runs in the 251-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston.Jofra Archer is likely to make his Test debut, with pace bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone missing through injury.The second Test of the five-match series begins on August 14.Leach, who has played five Tests, was man-of-the-match when England beat Ireland at Lord’s in July after making 92 as a nightwatchman.Archer was named in the squad for the first Test but was left out of the team to give him more time to recover from a side strain.He took 6-27 and hit a 99-ball century for Sussex 2nd XI this week.Anderson bowled only four overs at Edgbaston after aggravating a right calf injury, while Stone will be out for two weeks with a lower back injury.England, who trail the series 1-0, have not lost a home Ashes series since 2001.England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt.), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wkp.), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wkp.), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.Batsman Joe Denly, who made scores of 11 and 18 in the first Test, has kept his place in the 12-man squad, as have Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, who scored a combined 20 runs at Edgbaston.Moeen has struggled for form throughout the summer and was dropped by England in the decisive stages of their World Cup campaign.He has taken 181 wickets in 60 Tests and in the last 12 months he has taken more wickets – 48 in 10 Tests at 25.12 – than any other bowler in Test cricket.However, he has made just two half-centuries in his past 20 innings for England and has particularly struggled against Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon, who has dismissed him nine times in 11 matches.The left-hander has made four ducks in nine Test innings in 2019 for a total of only 90 runs, 60 of which came in one innings in Antigua against West Indies.Moeen was unable to profit from a turning pitch at Edgbaston, while Lyon took 6-49 on the final day to bowl England out for 146.He has scored 476 runs at 25.05 in 11 Tests against Australia and taken 20 wickets, with a best of 3-59, at 64.65.Former Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Monday that he “feels” for the all-rounder, adding: “His record against Australia isn’t that great. I can feel for him a bit but that’s part of playing professional sport.”Leach has taken 20 wickets in five Tests for England since making his debut against New Zealand in 2018.The selectors have chosen general tinkering over a mass cull, however tempting that might have been after the disappointment of Edgbaston.Moeen’s form with bat and ball is suffering, to the extent that on the evidence of the first Test, he cannot be trusted as the only spinner.Leach will be expected to give Root the control that was lacking there while Archer will bring some much needed pace and hostility, which can be channelled towards Steve Smith in particular.However, the batsman that failed last week will be under no illusions that they need to step up, otherwise further changes will be necessary. (BBC Sport)
Ghana drop down one place to 20th in the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday which revealed very few changes.The Black Stars who will resume their qualifying campaign for 2014 FIFA World Cup later this month with a home match against Sudan have been leapfrogged by Belgium.Despite the drop, Ghana now have 883 points, thus gaining 18 points more.Kwesi Appiah’s team are still ranked the second-best side on the African continent behind Ivory Coast. Mali are third on the African ranking table.New African champions, Nigeria are fourth.The top three in the World rankings remained unchanged as champions, Spain cling onto the number one spot ahead of Germany and Argentina. A total of 18 ‘A’ international matches were taken into account for the March edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Virtually all of the games in recent weeks have been played in the AFC, with 15 of the 18 games being AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit targeting Iowa’s use of seclusion and restraints at a state home for male juvenile offenders has been granted class-action status.The lawsuit filed in November 2017 by two advocacy groups says the school is failing to provide adequate mental health care to the boys and instead is administering powerful drugs without proper oversight or consent. The lawsuit alleges that the boys at Boys State Training School in Eldora are given medications “as a behavioral management tool” the groups likened to a chemical straitjacket.The Des Moines Register reports that class-action certification means that, if the lawsuit is successful, required fixes would likely be more holistic in their approach.State attorneys argued unsuccessfully that allowing the lawsuit to proceed as class-action litigation is overly broad and vague.