Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the one of a kind Serenity Gathering festival has been forced to relocate from Lake Hemet Campground to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The new home is a fortunate one, as Joshua Tree is known to be one of the most beautiful national parks in California, and will provide for the perfect location to house this festival.Held from March 17-20, Serenity Gathering will still see performances from Shpongle, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Emancipator and Del The Funky Homosapien, among dozens more artists on the lineup.See the full lineup below, and find tickets and more information here.
Press Association Irvine was the surprise name announced last weekend as Pepe Mel’s successor and some Albion supporters have hit out at the appointment, with talk emerging of an organised protest against chairman Jeremy Peace’s decision being planned. Peace did not attend a press conference on Wednesday where Irvine – flanked by Baggies technical director Terry Burton – was officially unveiled by the midlands outfit. New West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has called on the club’s fans to give him a chance – although he has no doubt the only way to win them over is with positive results. “It would be lovely if everyone was absolutely delighted and thinking this was the best appointment that could ever have been made, but the only way I’m going to prove that is by helping the team get success.” Irvine believes he is probably under even more pressure than incoming managers normally are given the reaction there has been in this instance, but is relishing the job nonetheless. He said: “People might not give me the time that they might have given someone else. But I hope that is not the case and people realise there is a lot of work to be done. “You don’t turn things round overnight and hopefully people will get behind us. I think the majority of fans will but, of course, it all comes down to results again.” Irvine has worked for many years as a coach. To take up this post, he is leaving his position as academy chief at Everton and before the Preston and Wednesday jobs, he was Toffees number two, assisting David Moyes. Moyes endured a tough time at Manchester United last term, but that was never going to put Irvine off when it came to the West Brom offer. “I didn’t think twice at all – I thought ‘what a fantastic opportunity’,” Irvine said. “I have missed the excitement of a Saturday, the thrill of being involved at first-team level, and I couldn’t even think about turning down this opportunity.” Irvine has already stressed the need for West Brom’s squad to be strengthened and he confirmed on Wednesday that Albion are in negotiations to sign former England defender Joleon Lescott. The 31-year-old centre-back, out of contract this summer after five years with Manchester City, worked with Irvine at Everton. Irvine said: ”There is an interest in Joleon, without a doubt. He is a player I know well. ”I believe negotiations are going very well at this particular moment. So hopefully we are able to meet Joleon’s demands. “Joleon has said he would be more than happy to work with me again.” But asked at the media gathering what his own message for West Brom fans was, Irvine said: “Keep supporting us and give us a chance – give us all the chance to make sure we can do the job. “I understand that I wouldn’t have been the name on everybody’s lips, but I’ve got this job now. “I know that the Albion fans are incredibly passionate, but I think they’ll find that I’m incredibly passionate as well and hopefully together we can help the team to get success.” Handed a 12-month rolling deal, Irvine has been tasked with turning the fortunes around for a club that finished 17th in the Barclays Premier League last season, just three points clear of the relegation zone. It is his first top-flight senior management role and his prior experience as a number one amounts to stints at Preston and then Sheffield Wednesday, with the latter coming to an end in 2011 when he was sacked with the club mid-table in League One. Tim Sherwood, who guided Tottenham to sixth in the Premier League last term before being dismissed, had appeared to be West Brom’s first choice to take over as their head coach and has claimed he was offered the job but turned it down – a situation Burton was reluctant to talk about on Wednesday. Irvine, meanwhile, simply emphasised his delight at the opportunity he had been given. And when asked about winning over those fans questioning his appointment, the 55-year-old Scot said: “The only way I can do that is by winning games, quite simply.
Published on April 3, 2013 at 2:06 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Kelsey Richardson and Alyssa Costantino receive most of the practice time in the cage. They rotate back and forth, clanking their sticks together in encouragement each time they pass each other.But Shannon Byrne isn’t forgotten. The freshman third-stringer still has her opportunities to practice in net. And the goaltenders’ sticks still clank together, regardless of which netminders are switching out.“I definitely really look up to them,” Byrne said, “and watching them play I think definitely helps make me better.”Byrne, who has yet to make her collegiate debut, may be left out of Syracuse’s two-goalie platoon, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a part of it. As No. 8 Syracuse’s third-string goalie, she is making the most of her practice time and has made progress in the cage in her first season at SU (5-3, 1-0 Big East), leaving the impression that she could be an answer in the future, after the departures of Costantino or Richardson.“I just appreciate her willingness to jump in and take shots when we need a goalie and shooting drills and all that,” head coach Gary Gait said. “Just that repetition alone will help her.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textByrne’s been playing lacrosse since second grade, she said, but wasn’t a goalie until her Skaneateles (N.Y.) High School team needed someone to step into the cage. Then a sophomore, Byrne volunteered, and she hasn’t regretted it since.But no college teams contacted her. Living 30 minutes away from SU, the school she “always wanted to go to,” Byrne reached out to the Orange’s coaching staff. Gait and assistant coach Regy Thorpe had seen Byrne play against their daughters in high school.“She’s a good kid and she’s certainly not afraid of the ball, and I think that was key,” Gait said. “We were looking for someone to come in who wanted the opportunity to get lots of shots and knowing that they were third goalie at this point and be willing to learn and improve. And that’s what she’s doing.”Not only is Byrne learning from the other goalies, but the freshman is also under the tutelage of Syracuse assistant coach Brett Queener, who Richardson called “one of the best goalies in the guys’ game.”As Byrne works with Queener, Richardson has noticed an improvement in Byrne’s fundamentals and positioning, as well as a boost in confidence. One of Byrne’s strengths, Costantino said, is her knack for intercepting passes.Richardson and Costantino are especially skilled in communicating with the defenders, Byrne said. Their ability to communicate is one of the many aspects of goaltending that Byrne observes and ultimately learns from her teammates.“All three of us work together,” Costantino said. “We help her every day in there. We all build off each other.”Practice isn’t easy for any of the Orange’s goalies. Each and every day, they face shots from talented players like Alyssa Murray, who led the country in points a year ago, and Michelle Tumolo, who is rapidly climbing SU’s all-time leaderboards.But that’s what helps Syracuse’s goalies improve, and Byrne is no exception.“She’s definitely getting better,” Gait said. “I think she’s learning how to be a goalie and she’s figured out her teammates, where they like to shoot, and that’s part of the learning process. When you can start understanding how players shoot and what their tendencies are, that’s a big step. And that’s a next step to starting to analyze opponents and the way they like to shoot.”Like every other player on the team, Gait said, the freshman has room for improvement before she’s promoted from the practicing rotation to the playing field – particularly on low saves and clears, Byrne said. The Orange hasn’t signed a goalie recruit from the next incoming class, but Gait expects to add a netminder in one of the following years.Regardless, the future of the goalie system will likely mirror the current pecking order on the Manley Field House practice field.Byrne will have her opportunity to compete – after junior Costantino and sophomore Richardson are finished with their turns.“I definitely think that she can be (the starter),” Richardson said. “If she keeps working with Brett, like how much she’s improved lately, I think that definitely coming in the next couple of years, she’s going to be a great replacement for Alyssa and I.” Comments
Esports Insider says: More and more appointments are now emerging as esports initiatives gather pace out in the States. We’re looking forward to the league getting underway next year. The NBA team Indiana Pacers announced last week that Robert “Cody” Parrent is to join the organisation as their Director of Esports Operations.Robert will report directly to Kelly Krauskopf, the Senior Vice President of the Pacers. The Pacers have yet to make a huge move in esports, yet are one of the 17 confirmed NBA teams who are set to participate in the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season which gets underway next year. Whilst Parrent is not an overly familiar name in the esports industry, he brings a wealth of business experience and work in and around the esports space. In the business world, he spent time at Berry Plastics Corp., as an IMS Business Analyst and recently was a Co-Owner of Blue Commerce LLC, a company engaged in market research and Ecommerce. The release also adds that Parrent was an active member of the Evansville community, where he attended university. He was an Associate Head Coach with the Evansville Soccer Club and volunteered with a variety of organisations and charities. “Cody brings solid competitive gaming experience in many esports titles such as Halo, CS:GO, FIFA, and NBA 2K,” said Krauskopf. “He has built numerous connections in the NBA 2K community through his background in developing the 2KLab which focuses on analysing data from the 2K video game franchise in order to give players an edge over the competition. We are fortunate to have him leading our operation.”“I am honored to become a member of the Pacers team and look forward to developing a first-class esports operation here in Indianapolis,” said Parrent, who earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. “I have been involved in the esports community since 2006 and am passionate about being a part of the movement of competitive gaming into the mainstream.”