Keith Urban to headline Christus gala

first_imgBEAUMONT — Keith Urban — world famous country star currently celebrating his 22nd No. 1 song – will be taking the stage at the 37th Annual Christus Gala on Saturday, April 22.Keith Urban is a four-time Grammy Award Winner, 10-time Country Music Association Award Winner, and 11-time Academy of Country Music Awards Winner. His current number one song “Blue Ain’t Your Color” received two Grammy nominations, in addition to Album of the Year for RIPCORD, his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum album.Each year, the Christus Southeast Texas Foundation continues to raise the bar by offering world class entertainment, five-star cuisine, and elegant ambiance. Past Christus Gala entertainers include James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, and Reba McEntire, just to name a few. In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then, Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to Beaumont. His incredible success as a country musician, as well as his foray into the pop music scene, makes him relatable to a wide range of audiences. Each year, we strive to offer the Southeast Texas community a night of unforgettable entertainment, and we believe that Keith Urban will help us do just that, ” Ivy Pate, foundation president, said. The much anticipated and always exceptional Gala brings the community together to celebrate the Christus mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. The black tie benefit provides an opportunity for an intimate evening of entertainment starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m. followed by a gourmet meal at 8 p.m., all leading to Keith Urban’s performance at 9:30. Tables for eight starts at $3,000 and individual seating starts at $375. Seating is limited and expected to sell out quickly. To learn more or to receive an invitation, call (409) 236-7555. For more information about the foundation or to reserve your table for the event please visit www.christussoutheasttexasfoundation.org.A groundbreaking album for Urban, RIPCORD marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He is the only male Country artist to achieve this mark, not just once, but twice. The album thus far, has produced four #1 songs including “Wasted Time,” which moved Urban to #8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me.” It leaves Urban’s streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (37) well in tact – a streak that started in August of 2000.Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church.last_img read more

Funeral held for US soldier at center of Trump fight

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. President Trump to hold press conference from White House Recommended Published: October 21, 2017 12:23 PM EDT Updated: October 21, 2017 6:04 PM EDT Funeral held for US soldier at center of Trump fight center_img SHARE Woman suspected of sending poisoned letter to Trump arrested COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him.Some of the 1,200 mourners exiting the church after Saturday’s service said the portrait of Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, was joined on stage by photographs of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia. The four died Oct. 4 in Niger when they were attacked by militants tied to the Islamic State. Johnson’s family asked reporters to remain outside for the service.“We have to remember that one thing: that it wasn’t just one soldier who lost his life,” said Berchel Davis, a retired police officer who has six children in the military. He said the preacher and Rep. Frederica Wilson both made that a part of their talks. “That was a good gesture on everyone’s part.”He and others said the fight between Trump and Wilson was never mentioned during the service.Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia, had held the arm of an Army officer as she led her two young children and her family, dressed in white, into the Christ the Rock Community Church in suburban Fort Lauderdale. The modern hymn “I’m Yours” could be heard coming from inside.Johnson’s sister, Angela Ghent, said after the service that “it don’t feel real” that her brother was killed.“It hasn’t hit me yet, I haven’t had time to grieve,” said Ghent, who last spoke to her brother a few weeks before he died. She said she was glad mourners got to hear about her brother’s love for bikes and cars, not just his military service.The fight between Trump and Wilson had taken the focus off Johnson, whose widow is due to have a daughter in January. Sgt. Johnson told friends she will be named La’Shee. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, already had a 6-year-old daughter, Ah’Leeysa, and 2-year-old son, La David Jr. An online fundraiser has raised more than $600,000 to pay for the children’s education.Johnson’s mother died when he was 5; he was raised by his aunt. His family enrolled him in 5000 Role Models, a project Wilson began in 1993 when she was an educator where African-American boys are paired with mentors who prepare them for college, vocational school or the military.“We teach them to be a good man, a good husband and a good father. Sgt. Johnson typified all of those characteristics,” said mourner Carlton Crawl, a public school consultant who is one of the program’s mentors.In 2013, a year before he enlisted, Johnson was featured in a local television newscast for his ability to do bicycle tricks, earning the nickname “Wheelie King.” He said he learned his tricks by going slow.“Once you feel comfortable, you could just ride all day,” he told the interviewer.The war of words between the president and Wilson began Tuesday when the Miami-area Democrat said Trump told Myeshia Johnson in a phone call that her husband “knew what he signed up for” and didn’t appear to know his name, a version later backed up by Johnson’s aunt. Wilson was riding with Johnson’s family to meet the body and heard the call on speakerphone. She was principal of a school Johnson’s father attended.Trump tweeted Wilson “fabricated” his statement and the fight escalated through the week. Trump in other tweets called her “wacky” and accused her of “SECRETLY” listening to the phone call.Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, entered the fray Thursday. The retired Marine general asserted that the congresswoman had delivered a 2015 speech at an FBI field office dedication in which she “talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building,” rather than keeping the focus on the fallen agents for which it was named. Video of the speech contradicted his recollection.Wilson, who is black, fired back Friday when she told The New York Times: “The White House itself is full white supremacists.”The retorts persisted Saturday morning, with Trump tweeting: “I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”last_img read more

Jembatan Pamban, Selipkan Maut Dibalik Keindahan Pemandangannya

first_imgBaca Juga: Dari Mulai Tanjakan, Hingga Jembatan, 10 Jalur Ekstrim Ini Ada Di IndonesiaPada awal pembangunannya, banyak pertimbangan yang seolah menghambat terbentangnya jembatan Pamban ini. Selain mempertaruhkan nyawa teknisi yang membangunnya, lokasi pembangunan jembatan juga dinilai sebagai salah satu lingkungan paling korosif di dunia setelah Florida, AS. Benar saja, pembangunan jembatan ini memakan banyak korban jiwa. Kebanyakan korban meninggal tersebut jatuh ke laut ketika memasang material rel, ditambah keseimbangan para korban seolah dipertaruhkan dengan adanya hembusan angin keras yang tidak bisa diprediksi kapan datangnya.Ketika cuaca ekstrim melanda, jembatan ini seolah siap menenggelamkan kereta yang lewat. Hembusan angin keras yang mendorong air laut bisa saja menghantam dan merusak perlintasan kereta tersebut. Lantaran biaya perawatannya yang tinggi, jembatan Pamban kerap kali dianak tirikan, sehingga mengancam keselamatan penumpang. Hebatnya, hingga kini jembatan tersebut masih kokoh berdiri, walaupun sudah melewati beberapa kali renovasi, seperti pada tahun 2007, 2009, dan yang terakhir pada tahun 2013.Baca juga: Cisomang, Serba-Serbi Jembatan Kereta Tertinggi di IndonesiaSumber: istimewaJembatan laut terpanjang kedua di India setelah Bandra-Worli Sea Linkin ini pernah ditabrak oleh sebuah kapal tongkang yang tengah berlayar di dekat Pamban Bridge pada tahun 2013 silam. Alhasil, jembatan mengalami kerusakan minor dan ditutup beberapa waat untuk dilakukan renovasi. Adapun penyebab kapal tongkang angkatan laut tersebut menabrak jembatan yang hendak dijadikan situs warisan dunia versi UNESCO adalah karena kendala cuaca buruk.Baca juga: Cikubang, Jembatan Kereta Terpanjang di IndonesiaDalam kasus terbaru, jembatan ini sempat menunda keberangkatan dari beberapa kereta hingga dua jam akibat hembusan angin yang sangat kuat. Seperti yang KabarPenumpang.com wartakan dari thehindu.com, Rabu (17/5/2017), kereta Rameswaram-Chennai Sethu Express dan Madurai-Rameswaram tidak bisa melewati jembatan tersebut karena hembusan angin melebihi batas maksimal kecepatan angina, yaitu sekitar 58km/jam. Kereta Sethu Express yang bertolak dari stasiun Rameswaram pada pukul 20.20 waktu setempat terpaksa diberhentikan oleh pihak stasiun Pamban mengingat kerasnya  hembusan angin. Bahkan, kondisi tersebut semakin parah ketika waktu mendekati tengah malam, kecepatan angina malah semakin kencang, hingga 60km/jam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedChenab, Jadi Kondang Karena Ada Jembatan Kereta Tertinggi di Dunia14/03/2017In “Darat”Grand Danyang-Kunshan, Jembatan Kereta Yang Panjangnya Melebihi Jarak Jakarta-Bandung!26/02/2018In “Darat”Cikubang, Jembatan Kereta Terpanjang di Indonesia11/05/2017In “Darat” Sumber: istimewa Diam-diam menghanyutkan, mungkin peribahasa ini cocok untuk menggambarkan jembatan Pamban di India. Bagaimana tidak, kereta api yang Anda tumpangi akan membelah laut dengan mediator jembatan ini. Jembatan yang menghubungkan kota Rameswaram di Pulau Pamban menuju daratan India ini terbentang di atas selat Palk.Adapun rencana pembangunan jembatan ini telah diusulkan sejak 1870, ketika British Administrations sedang mencari cara untuk mendongkrak segi perdagangan dengan Ceylon, atau yang sekarang lebih dikenal dengan Srilanka. Namun karena menempuh berbagai halangan, kontruksi baru dimulai pada 1911, dengan membangun rel sepanjang 2.065 meter. Setelah memakan waktu tiga tahun pembangunan, akhirnya pada 1914 jalur kereta ini pun siap beroperasi.Jembatan kereta api laut pertama di india ini dulunya adalah jembatan dengan rel berukuran sedang. Namun, perusahaan kereta api yang dioperasikan oleh Pemerintah India melalui Menteri Perkereta-Apian India, Indian Railways merenovasinya agar jembatan tersebut dapat dilewati oleh kereta berukuran besar. Jembatan ini terdiri dari 143 tiang dan ditengahnya terdapat dua tiang penyangga yang membentang 67 meter dan masing-masing beratnya 100 ton.last_img read more

Odey Wins First Title With Club (Photo)

first_imgStephen Odey has won his first title with his FC Zurich side saw off Young Boys to win the Swiss Cup.FC Zurich defeated Young Boys 2-1 in the Swiss Cup final clash on Sunday to win the title at stake.Michael Frey gave FC Zurich an 11th minute lead before the eventual champions suffered a huge setback with the dismissal of Sangone Sarr after two yellow cards.The numerical disadvantage didn’t affect FC Zurich as Antonio Marsechano doubled his side’s advantage before Miralem Sulejmani pulled one back for Young Boys in the last 10 minutes thus setting up a grandstand finish but FC Zurich held on to win the Swiss Cup.Stephen Odey was an unused substitute as he sat out the entire duration of the game.RelatedStephen Odey Ends Goal Drought With FC Zurich As Onyekuru’s Galatasaray Defeat Abdullahi Shehu’s BursasporMarch 18, 2019In “Nigeria”Stephen Odey Joins FC Zurich From MFMAugust 31, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Ilechukwu Predicts Tough Season for MFM, Targets Top 10 Finish in NPFLNovember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more