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Wenger expects big-name influx

Wenger expects big-name influx

first_img “It will contribute to get the best players all over the world to come to England. “The movement of the players is always linked with the economical and financial power in the countries. “When I was a coach in Monaco we bought the English players because we were the first to have the television money. “Today the biggest financial power is in England and the best players come to England.” Wenger praised broadcasters for their role in boosting English football’s popularity, but there was a note of caution, too. He added: “If football is so popular all over the world, the television (companies) in England have contributed to it a lot. “They have to pay heavy money now but they must have calculated. It looks to be more of a calculation of ‘we cannot lose this’ than ‘we want absolutely to grow and get bigger’. “Today the difference is so big that the English clubs have a power to attract who they want. “Will that last? That’s another question.” Press Association Domestic television rights were sold to Sky and BT Sport for a staggering £5.136bn across three years, with clubs and players set to benefit. “It’s an impressive number and it shows the popularity of the English game,” Arsenal boss Wenger said. center_img Arsene Wenger expects the world’s leading players to be playing in the Premier League after this week’s £5billion television deal.last_img read more

Leadership council camp helped Dodgers’ rookies; Angels’ Calhoun moving around in lineup

Leadership council camp helped Dodgers’ rookies; Angels’ Calhoun moving around in lineup

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. >> Chase De Jong had spent his entire career in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization before he was traded to the Dodgers last summer. A 22-year-old pitcher from Long Beach, De Jong is currently participating in his first major league camp with any club.When he arrived at Camelback Ranch, De Jong already knew what was expected of him. He didn’t have to guess. Neither did Jharel Cotton, a 24-year-old pitcher in his first major league camp with the Dodgers.That’s because both rookies had the benefit of the Dodgers’ first-ever Leadership Council retreat in January. Director of player development Gabe Kapler invited a diverse group of prospects to a house in Venice for three days, where the players became familiar with each other and the standards of the team.The players represented different ages, backgrounds and stages of development. On Day 2, Cotton said Kapler asked each player what they thought the organization was looking for from them.“I figured spin rate,” Cotton said. He was right, at least in part. Producing a correct answer wasn’t the point. The three-day moment established a direct line of communication from the Dodgers’ front office to a player on maybe every rung of the minor-league ladder. Kapler said he didn’t have that advantage when he was playing in the minor leagues some 20 years ago.“Our mission is devoted, organizationally, to developing strong human beings,” Kapler said. “Communication skills, leadership characteristics, general skills for navigating life, appreciation for cultural diversity … these are why we held our Leadership Council and why we will continue to emphasize strong teammate behavior throughout Player Development.”Shuffling Calhoun?Kole Calhoun could be a man on the move in the Angels’ lineup. The weekend offered a clue into manager Mike Scioscia’s thinking. Saturday against Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, Calhoun batted fifth behind Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Sunday against Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, Calhoun batted second ahead of Trout and Pujols.“The most important thing is we want to set the table for Mike and Albert,” Scioscia said. “If we can do that but also take advantage of Mike and Albert getting on, because they’re really our two best on-base guys. So I think Kole really fits in behind Albert nicely against right-handed pitching, and you have C.J. (Cron) who can hit behind Kole.”Against left-handers, Scioscia said, “we’re looking at a couple different lineups, one of which has Kole hitting two.”It’s an interesting thought. Calhoun, a left-handed hitter, has a higher OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) against right-handed pitchers in his career, .774 compared to .699. But Daniel Nava has made a career out of punishing right-handers (.787 OPS), and he got the nod at number-2 against Peavy on Saturday. Nava is the front-runner to start in left field against right-handed pitchers this year.AlsoAngels pitcher Garrett Richards threw four scoreless innings in a “B” game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He threw 52 pitches, allowed two hits and struck out three. … Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir will throw a “B” game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He’s allowed seven runs on 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings in Cactus League play so far. … Mike Bolsinger will start in his place against the Milwaukee Brewers at Camelback Ranch.sunday’s gamesDodgers 6, Rockies 4Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense at Salt River Fields. First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).Angels 7, Rangers 3Matt Shoemaker allowed two hits, one run, walked four batters and struck out four in four innings for the Angels (6-6-1). Geovany Soto hit a solo home run against Rangers starter Derek Holland, and Johnny Giavotella added a three-run shot against reliever Anthony Ranaudo. Cam Bedrosian and Fernando Salas each threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.–J.P. Hoornstra Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img There was Cotton, who finished last season at Triple-A. De Jong and Willie Calhoun finished last season at Single-A. Imani Abdullah and Brendon Davis were drafted out of high school last year. Starling Heredia is a teenager from the Dominican Republic who signed with the Dodgers last July. Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ first draft pick in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, might not throw a competitive pitch this season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.“It was a good camp,” Cotton said. “I learned a lot about what they’re trying to do as an organization. That knowledge can benefit me throughout my career.”This wasn’t a traditional “rookie camp.” On Day 1, De Jong said the players largely set their own schedule.“It was, ‘we’re going to have dinner at this time.’ I got there at noon and dinner was at 7 o’clock,” he recalled. “It was like, “what are we going to do before then?’ We could all be young 20-year-olds, sit at our phones in different rooms. Or, like we did, we could put our phones away, be in conversation with each other, create that sense of community, and learn where each other was from. “That sense of culture that they want, that was a big topic they kept talking about.”last_img read more

UConn nears Big East return after conference presidents’ vote, report says

UConn nears Big East return after conference presidents’ vote, report says

first_img Lincoln Riley has 4.6 million reasons not to leave Oklahoma for NFL If approved by trustees, a formal announcement of UConn rejoining the Big East could happen as soon as Thursday.Among the details of the move, unidentified sources told The Courant: “(T)he exit fee from the AAC could be as high as $12 million because UConn would not be giving a full 27 months notice. The first payment of $2.5 million would be due once UConn notified the AAC of its withdrawal. The Big East entry fee is believed to be about $2.5 million.” Related News Neither the Big East nor multiple athletic departments in the conference would comment to the Courant on Monday’s vote.UConn has not offered a statement since its one Saturday that read: “It is our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future. With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference.”But for how long?The UConn athletic department has struggled in recent years with finances, most notably facing a $41 million deficit in 2018 that was offset by school and student fees. While the Huskies women’s basketball team has continued to thrive, the department’s two biggest expected revenue-producers — the football and men’s basketball teams — have struggled.Now, where coach Randy Edsall’s football team stands is in question as the university appears poised to join a conference that doesn’t compete in football.For his part, Edsall continued to tweet about his program, sending updates Monday on recruiting, new uniforms and a renovated locker room.Just before 1 p.m. ET, however, Edsall tweeted a gif of the character Sergeant Schultz from the ’60s era situation comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” that said, “I see nothing, I hear nothing. I KNOW NOTHING!” UConn moved another step closer to rejoining the Big East after a vote Monday by conference presidents to extend an invitation, according to multiple reports.The details of the potential move from the American Athletic Conference are set to be reviewed by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and then the UConn Board of Trustees would meet at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday to vote on whether to accept, the Hartford Courant reported.center_img Why North Carolina basketball could look very different soon pic.twitter.com/lNcuu9Mb58— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) June 22, 2019Edsall has not spoken publicly on the pending move.Meanwhile, initial conversations this week among AAC officials and representatives from member schools indicate the conference is unlikely to replace UConn, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing an unidentified source.An 11-team AAC could eliminate divisions in football and instead match the two teams with the highest rankings in its conference championship game. That, the Enquirer’s source said, would help raise the conference’s profile and perhaps better position it for a College Football Playoff berth or, outside that, more prestigious bowl bids.last_img read more

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – The former cinema/live performance theater along the high-profile Avenue of Memories (Route 537) in Eatontown is part of the latest group of properties on the former U.S. Army base about to be offered for sale.Other parcels include the Commissary, Post Exchange, warehouse district, post office and parking areas.The parcels were approved for sale at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). Due dates for bids will be announced soon.The entertainment facility, built in 1968, consists of 18,883 square feet with a 995-seat auditorium, slated for “adaptive reuse as well as alternate uses consistent with or complementing planned uses in the area” according to FMERA documents. The authority reports “specific interest from prospective purchasers in acquiring and renovating the property for arts, entertainment and related uses.” The parcel includes the adjacent Dean Field, a 24-acre green space intended for recreation, outdoor seating, passive open space or parking. The entire site totals approximately 31 acres.A revitalized theater would become part of what is evolving into a cultural and entertainment hub located adjacent to the proposed futuristic Freedom Pointe, a 500,000-square-foot retail/residential/business/entertainment/restaurant/hotel complex announced earlier this year. The fort’s former bowling center was recently purchased by a North Jersey bowling facility firm that will renovate and reopen it as such. A microbrewery and event space is currently being created nearby. On the other side of the Avenue of Memories – the main thoroughfare through the fort – Red Bank’s Kenneth Schwartz, owner of the borough’s Detour Gallery, has purchased and is renovating six former barracks into an artists’ and performance community. Just yards away, rows of former officers’ housing along the parade grounds are being refurbished for sale and rental, some of the first on-fort residences to be offered to the public.When Fort Monmouth closed, some lamented the loss of the Commissary site, available to military personnel and veterans, built in the Oceanport section in 1998. Early interest failed to result in purchase or lease. Located at Murphy Drive and Razor Avenue, the site lacks frontage on a major thoroughfare. Now the site is envisioned as a future retail building that could serve the thousands of new residents and workers who are expected to soon populate the revitalized fort.The Post Exchange (PX) complex includes four circa-1970 wood frame buildings totaling about 45,626 square feet, along with a 5,563-square-foot 1941 building formerly used by the Army Service Corps. The reuse plan slated the site for demolition and future use as low and medium-density housing with open space. However, there has been recent interest in the Commissary and PX for office/research and development space, active recreation and/or other commercial uses. While not consistent with the original reuse plan, FMERA officials said redevelopment nearby, including reuse of the Paterson Clinic by AcuteCare, and the relocation of Oceanport municipal operations, has reshaped the configuration of the district, “opening the door to more appropriate and potentially higher uses.” Officials said that site has also received “specific interest from prospective purchasers.”The Warehouse District consists of three general-purpose administrative buildings constructed in 1943 and two circa-1954 warehouse buildings totaling 77,589 square feet. The over 7-acre district is bound by Razor Avenue, Murphy Drive and the future Monmouth County Emergency Adult Homeless Shelter (as reported in The Two River Times last week.) FMERA staff recommends offering the site for commercial, active recreation or office/R&D space rather than residential use.The four-building post office area, bounded by Alexander, Todd, and Razor avenues is an approximately 6-acre parcel zoned for institutional use. Buildings there include the 7,641-square-foot former fort post office built in 1971, a 1970 Ticket & Tour building, a 1942 administration and classroom building and the 9,267-square-foot recreation equipment facility built in 1941. The reuse plan envisions demolition of all four structures. At one point, the site was eyed by the Oceanport School District for a new elementary school, officials said, but as the district is no longer considering that location, the property can be offered for alternate uses.A site on 6 acres that previously provided off-street parking for the buildings adjoining it is being recommended to continue to be used as such, depending on the proposals received for the adjacent parcels. Scoring of those bids by FMERA staff will give additional consideration to parties proposing to purchase multiple parcels.It is FMERA policy not to disclose parties interested in or bidding on fort parcels during the negotiation process. Past disclosures have negatively affected the negotiations and/or caused interested parties to revoke their offers. Among reasons cited are informing competition of what a commercial enterprise may be planning, as well as initiating escalation of bid prices.Factors considered by FMERA staff evaluation committees include prices offered, potential job creation numbers, timelines and enhancement of the economic value and “highest use” of Fort Monmouth. When the properties become officially available, details will be listed on fortmonmouthnj.com.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers felt what it was like to be kicked around as the Kootenay squad struggled mightily at the Fulton Maroons High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Vernon.The shorthanded Bombers were outscored by a 2-to-1 margin in three games against Okanagan AA competition.“It definitely was a tough weekend,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“But on the positive side, it was nice to see our senior players be vocal on the court and lead by example.”Phelan, a Bomber grad and part of the two-time provincial champion team from LVR and Trafalgar, was talking about seniors Bjorn Morris, Tobin Eberle and Ethan Perkins.All three Bombers worked from tip-off to buzzer despite being shelled by stronger Okanagan teams. Against host Fulton, LVR lost 97-66.Perkins finished with 16 points while Morris added 15.Perkins, finishing with 12 points, continued his strong play during a shellacking at the hands of Kalamalka Lakers, 88-32.In the final game, against Sahali of Kamloops, the Bombers lost 89-51.Perkins again had 16 points to lead the Bombers.LVR played the tournament without a full roster as sickness and player commitments depleted the squad heading to the Okanagan.The Bombers get right back on the horse this weekend as the club travels to Golden to compete in the Kicking Horse Classic.LVR is slotted into a pool with Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The final is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Del Norte, Arcata shine at H-DNL meet

Del Norte, Arcata shine at H-DNL meet

first_imgThe Humboldt-Del Norte League track and field season is winding down and heating up all at the same time.On Wednesday, all 10 local schools traveled to McKinleyville for a league meet, with Del Norte taking first in the boys team event and Arcata denying Fortuna on the girls side.“It’s the first meet this year that our girls didn’t win,” Fortuna co-head coach Norm Sotomayor said. “Arcata outscored us. They had a lot of runners do well. But overall, I thought we did well.”Among the standout …last_img read more

OR Tambo cuts rate of ‘mishandled’ baggage

OR Tambo cuts rate of ‘mishandled’ baggage

first_imgThe redesigning of the baggage sorting area’s entrance and egress points to accommodate fully automated screening and reverse screening, thereby limiting access to the area.The introduction of a sterile facility where staff members leave all personal belongings before being screened and gaining access to the restricted area through a central security point.A biometrics system that gives restricted access once a permit holder has scanned both their permit and fingerprint.The implementation of a colour-coded permit system, restricting access to the baggage makeup area only to authorised employees and not all permit holders.Strict compliance to uniform requirements by staff working in the baggage basement. 10 February 2014 Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) has made significant reductions in baggage pilfering at O.R. Tambo International, where a multimillion-rand investment in new technology has yielded results, the company said in a statement last week. “In 2009, 18.65 bags per 1 000 departing passengers were mishandled at OR Tambo International Airport, and this has dropped significantly in 2013 to 9.79 per 1 000 departing passengers,” international general manager Tebogo Mekgoe said. OR Tambo International Airport’s baggage management statistics are “faring competitively” when compared to the global averages provided by Sita Worldtracer, a company that studies global trends and reports on baggage performance), Mekgoe said. Sita reported global mishandling rates at 11.39 bags mishandled per 1 000 passengers in 2009, improving to 8.83 in 2012. Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airports have consistently performed at levels below four bags per 1 000 passengers. The higher number at OR Tambo International Airport is the result of about one fifth of the airport’s traffic being connecting traffic. This is one of the major contributors to mishandled bags around the world. Although the handling of baggage is the airlines’ responsibility – they contract in service providers – Acsa says it plays a key role by providing them with infrastructure support for the process. Some of the Acsa’s successes in reducing pilferage can be attributed to a number measures that have been implemented. These include: Acsa said collaboration by all parties would see the number of mishandled bags significantly reduced. SAinfo reporter and SAAlast_img read more

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMats Hummels is full of praise for Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho.The England winger is being linked with Manchester United.”I could imagine him in just about any team in the world,” Hummels told Bild.”Although he’s not mature yet, Jadon is already an outstanding footballer. His one-on-one, the pace. He loves to prepare goals.”He is an absolute weapon that even has potential for improvement.” last_img read more

20 CANADIAN ALBUMS THAT TURNED 20 THIS YEAR

20 CANADIAN ALBUMS THAT TURNED 20 THIS YEAR

first_img Login/Register With: Chapter I: A New Beginning, The MoffattsMay 18, 1998While the ’90s boy band phenomenon overwhelmingly focused on American acts like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, it was a trend that found success in other parts of the world like Korea (which would later birth the K-pop movement), the U.K. and Canada. Arguably, Canada’s most successful ’90s pop boy band was the Moffatts, a group made up of brothers Scott, Dave, Bob and Clint Moffatt. In the mid ‘90s, the Moffatts had established themselves as a country group, even moving to Nashville briefly and performing regularly on Ralph Emery’s talk show, Nashville Now. But the group made a significant shift in 1998 with its third album, Chapter I: A New Beginning. Trading in country tunes for pop-rock melodies, the Moffatts realigned their sound to match what was happening on the charts south of the border and became a huge hit.The album was certified platinum in Canada, was picked up and released in the U.S. the following year and garnered two Juno nominations. (The Moffatts hosted the Junos in 2000 and scored two more nominations in 2001.) The music certainly fit a specific boy band mould — heart-on-the-sleeve, fairly straightforward love songs — but the Moffatts were one of the few groups who opted for playing live instruments over flashy choreography. And on top of that, their ability to write a catchy hook was evident all over the album, with hits like “Misery,” “Girl of My Dreams,” and “Crazy.” Even with the emergence of B4-4, SoulDecision and 3Deep, a large portion of Canada’s late-‘90s boy band legacy belongs to the Moffatts, and it’s something pop lovers can absolutely take pride in.— Melody Lau Twitter Advertisement Breath from Another, EstheroApril 28, 1998Walkerton, Ontario native Esthero (real name Jenny-Bea Englishman) and her debut album are some of Canadian music’s best-kept secrets. While perhaps not a household name, you’ve likely heard Esthero’s work somewhere since this 1998 debut — whether through her 2005 album Wikked Lil’ Grrrls (which featured the likes of Sean Lennon, André 3000 and Cee-Lo Green), her work on the viral “Yes we Can” Obama campaign song, or as a writer/vocalist on Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak. But, for ’90s-loving Canadians Who Know, Esthero’s greatest work remains this tragically underrated trip-hop masterpiece, which was recorded entirely with her then production partner Doc McKinney, who’s gone on to become The Weeknd’s executive producer.While Portishead and Björk’s moody lounge grooves thrived globally in the mid-to-late ’90s, Esthero’s album of a similar sonic essence failed to win over the mainstream outside its vibe-laden first single “That Girl.” While the singer has since savoured the chart love her first album didn’t get, you can’t help but wonder what magic might have happened had she stayed in this hypnotically soulful lane, which has made a considerable comeback 20 years later. — JH Tamia, TamiaApril 14, 1998If you didn’t realize R&B gem Tamia was Canadian, it might be cause to re-evaluate your patriotism. The Windsor native soared to international stardom right off the bat, after being scouted by music manager Brenda Richie (Lionel Richie’s ex-wife) and signed to Quincy Jones’ label Qwest Records less than a year into her career. She appeared on such songs as the Grammy-nominated collaboration “Missing You” with Brandy, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, which was one of three Jones-produced, Grammy-nominated collaborations she sang on in 1997.In 1998, she released this self-titled debut to mixed reviews, despite its renowned R&B classic “So Into You” (not to be confused with Fabolous’ equally delightful 2003 reincarnation), a “Careless Whisper” cover and “Imagination,” which features Jermaine Dupri and a Jackson 5 sample. While Tamia didn’t win the Juno in either category she was nominated in this year, she (and a few other formidable songstresses in this list) signified a brave new era of Canadian R&B.— Jess Huddleston LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Inner Urge, Dave Young Trio feat. Gary BurtonMay 4, 1998On the heels of his acclaimed three-volume Two by Two series for Justin Time Records, bassist Dave Young upped the personnel (but not by much!) for 1998’s Inner Urge, a superb outing for his trio with guitarist Reg Schwager and drummer Michel Lambert. Vibraphone legend Gary Burton joins them on three tracks: first, a propulsive reading of Joe Henderson’s title track, then Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” taken at a languid tempo, and finally Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia” on which Schwager lays down an especially accomplished solo. The remaining six tunes are a mix of Young originals and jazz classics, including Thad Jones’ “Three in One,” a great vehicle for a drummer of Lambert’s clarity. Other highlights include Young’s arco playing — warm, perfectly in tune — on “Psalm for E.M.,” the trio’s impressive cohesiveness on “Sir William,” and the breezy original, “Irie,” that closes the album in optimistic D major.— Robert Rowat Facebook When you think of 1998, you might remember the baggy fashion trends, your new favourite show Dawson’s Creek or the inception of a little-known search engine called Google.Here at CBC Music, 1998 brings to mind a number of classic, and not-so-classic (albeit memorable), Canadian albums that skipped in our Discmans — providing the soundtrack to the last few carefree years before Y2K.20 years later, revisit the retro Canadian sounds with us below — in chronological order — and let us know what we missed over on Twitter. How I Feel, Terri ClarkMay 19, 1998Clark’s third album, How I Feel cemented her country music star status in the U.S.A. thanks to the success of the record’s second single, “You’re Easy on the Eyes.” The track, a funny song that flips the script on the typical male gaze narrative, reached No. 1 on the country charts in both the U.S. and Canada. Clark puts her male subject on notice, and she’s the one objectifying and quantifying his cost/benefit analysis, as “easy on the eyes and hard on the heart.” The best zinger? “So why don’t you send me your photograph?/ It would hurt a lot less than taking you back/ then I could still have my favourite part of you.”Gender-flipping songs like this became something of a Clark trademark. It’s evident throughout How I Feel, and it’s something Clark reflected on in a recent interview with CBC Music. “Although a lot of my songs are female-empowering, I’m attracted to a lot of songs a guy would do or you could hear a guy doing, the tougher sort of edge that they have,” she said. Diving back into How I Feel with this framework puts a decidedly feminist lens on Clark’s subversive twist of the classic country sound.— Andrea Warnerlast_img read more