Vulfpeck Adapts Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ As A Musical In New “Disco Ulysses” Video [Watch]

first_imgVulfpeck has shared a new live video for their Hill Climber instrumental, “Disco Ulysses”.While the song itself has no lyrics, the always-eccentric outfit added some thematic context to the video by way of scrolling stage directions that frame the song as a scene-by-scene outline of a musical—with a book by Homer (sweet literary reference) and music by Vulfpeck. The titles move through dry, comical adaptations of various scenes in Homer’s The Odyssey (like Ulysses blinding the Cyclops) paired with fictional songs like “I Can’t See Good”. While the “scenes” are surely good for some amused chuckles, they also add some creative context for the song’s various distinct musical sections.Check out the new video for Vulfpeck’s “Disco Ulysses” below:Vulfpeck – “Disco Ulysses” [Official Video][Video: Vulf]Related: Vulfpeck Welcomes Cory Henry, The Fearless Flyers At Chilly Red Rocks Blowout [Photos/Video]Vulfpeck has only a handful of performances on the books for the remainder of this year, including a pair of performances at the Greek Theatres in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA (fittingly dubbed “Greek Week“) in July, a slot at this year’s LOCKN’ festival in August, and their debut performance at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden in September. For more information on the upcoming Vulfpeck dates, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

A Legacy Outdoors: Diamond Brand Gear in 2018

first_imgRecently I learned what a foot is. I couldn’t stop calling it a boot. It’s a tool. It’s a guide. It’s your best friend. Also called Presser Feet, these little pieces of metal are an essential part of the sewing machine, which at its core, is what Diamond Brand Gear is all about. Established in 1881, Diamond Brand Gear has a legacy of crafting high-end products for outdoor enthusiasts, by hand, in America.I recently stopped by their new pop up shop in Downtown Asheville to say hey, check out their new lineup of gear, and take some photos. It’s barely open, dimly lit, and really cool.An open, shotgun style space, the first thing you see when you walk in is an island of sewing machines. Their power cord lifelines reaching down to each machine from the ceiling, it’s a unique feature in the middle of a shop.“The machines aren’t just for production, we want people to get their hands on them as well,” Says John Delaloye, CEO of Diamond Brand. Folks will be able to sew right alongside the seamsters at the Diamond Brand Pop Up.When asking about sales, Procurement Director Trey Hellums simply put, “We need to make more.” While we chat, seamster Chris Della Posta is gathering and organizing a “mise en place” of materials. He’s about to start making more bags. Along with their facility in Fletcher, the bags are made, right there in the shop. When they are done, they go on the shelves to purchase. Literally made by hand in America right in front of you. I love how transparent the operation is.A History OutdoorsDiamond Brand Gear has been around since 1881. That’s 137 years for the mathematicians out there. They have accomplished a lot In that time, including making the first backpacks for the Boy Scouts of America in 1931. When the 1960s rolled around, Diamond Brand Gear started manufacturing products for the outdoors. It’s around this time when they moved south to Western North Carolina from Pennsylvania. Situated right between Asheville and Hendersonville, they were in the perfect spot to be on the forefront of the outdoor gear industry.The Great Day PackWhat’s New For Diamond BrandOld. Old is new for Diamond Brand Gear. They have done some rebranding (which as a designer, I love), bringing back a retro look to their gear. From the colors to the materials, you see it in everything. They’ve done a fantastic job of making these products feel organically retro, but still high quality.Now, I have an unhealthy obsession with bags and backpacks. I don’t know what it is, but I just love them, a lot. So it was love at first sight with the Great Day Pack.I had the pleasure of meeting Erin, the designer of the bag, at Get In Gear Fest. You could tell she was proud of her creation. The simple solutions to strap sizing, comfort, access, and storage all complement just how damn good the bag looks. Detachable compartments and straps allow the bag to simply adjust to its next adventure. One of my favorite features is the laptop sleeve, sitting a couple inches off the bottom, keeping your computer from getting dinged up everytime you set your bag down.All of these little features add up to a really well planned, beautiful backpack.The Double Take BagAnother favorite of mine is the Double Take, which is a rad little cooler pack that can accommodate six-packs of cans, bottles, and bombers. They come in several different colors, and like the rest of their lineup, you can mix/match colors to make the bag uniquely you.This cleverly designed bag has a separate, roll-top insulated interior made of wax canvas that keeps your brews cold while you’re on the go. The loops in the front allow you to latch the bag at different heights to accommodate different sized bottles and the latch doubles as a bottle opener.From purses and computer bags to messenger bags and tents, they have a number of other products available as well. Be sure to check out their ever-popular Belay Bag that is a revamp of an 80s model pack and the higher-end Biltmore Series.Grand Opening DowntownOn Friday, May 4, Diamond Brand Gear will host the grand opening of their Pop Up Factory in conjunction with the First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Asheville. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 69 Broadway Street.The following day, at 3 p.m., they will be offering interactive activities to the public as a part of the Creative Intervention in downtown.The Pop Up Factory will be open every Tuesday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Diamond Brand Gear truly does it different than most. The quality of their work and passion for the outdoors shines through in everyone one of their products.To learn more, check them out at DiamondBrandGear.comJustin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Cocaine Found Hidden in Rome Airport Trolleys

first_imgBy Dialogo November 18, 2010 Drug traffickers busted in Rome airport had found some ingenious smuggling methods — including hiding cocaine inside baggage trolleys, the police commander in charge of the inquiry told AFP on 17 November. “They were hiding the drugs in the handles of the trolleys to evade customs,” said Alessio Mauro, a lieutenant in the Guardia di Finanza force. Police officers also found drugs “hidden inside secret pockets sewn into many pairs of jeans transported in passangers’ luggage,” Mauro said. Drugs worth five million euros (6.8 million dollars) were seized in the operation at Fiumicino airport and six people have been arrested. The drugs were being smuggled by passengers from Argentina and Brazil. “We check passenger lists for certain flights every day against other lines of investigation. That’s how we found the smugglers,” Mauro said. The people arrested are an Italian man working for an airline, a German woman arriving from Brazil and four people travelling from Argentina.last_img read more

LI’s Fed Workers Return to Work as Govt Shutdown Ends

first_imgPresident Barack Obama, who refused to put the Affordable Care Act, his top legislative achievement, on the negotiating table, said there “were no winners” when lawmakers agreed to end the stalemate.“These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy,” Obama said, thanking federal employees and welcoming them back to work. “We come from different parties, but we are Americans first.”A continued shutdown would’ve had other consequences on LI: Calverton National Cemetery and Brookhaven National Laboratory warned that they would eventually have to furlough their employees.“If the shutdown lasted much long than it did, impacts to our programs and to our employees would have been unavoidable,” BNL said in a statement Thursday.Under the new deal, the government will be funded through Jan. 15, which means another showdown between this dysfunctional Congress could be on the horizon.-With Timothy Bolger Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Plum Island Animal Disease Center. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)Federal employees across Long Island furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown were told to suit up for work Thursday morning after Congress finally agreed to re-open the government, ending a 16-day shutdown that dangerously put the United States on the brink of default.The deal, struck by U.S. Senate leaders after Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were forced to give up on their quest to defund Affordable Care Act as part of a deal to end the shutdown, meant that LI’s two national parks—Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Fire Island National Seashore—would be open to visitors, though in the case of Sagamore Hill, only its grounds as renovations continue on Theodore Roosevelt’s Oyster Bay home.“We are open!” Sagamore Hill wrote on its Facebook page.The end to the 18th government shutdown in four decades allowed staffers at Plum Island Animal Disease Center to head back to work Thursday, as well as employees at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck.Students at the academy, forced to use their spring and fall vacations so they wouldn’t miss more than two weeks of classes, will return to the academy Monday, said Ted Dogonniuck, a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy spokesperson.Despite the significance of government re-opening, nobody appeared to be in a congratulatory mood.“Tonight, I supported a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and prevent the U.S from defaulting on its obligations,” Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) wrote his Facebook page. “It is unfortunate that it took 16 days to put an end to this reckless shutdown, however I am hopeful that going forward my colleagues will agree that we must always work together in a bipartisan way to ensure that this kind of stalemate never happens again.”Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who bucked his party during the shutdown and was an outspoken critic of many Tea Party members in the Republican Party, continued his attack on Twitter Wednesday.The agreement to reopen the government is a victory for America and a defeat for @SenTedCruz.— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) October 16, 2013last_img read more

Increasing scale allows Unilever scheme to slash asset management costs

first_imgThe pension fund attributed the cuts chiefly to an increase in assets, which stood at €4.5bn at the start of 2014.Progress’s board said the scheme’s increased scale had enabled it to invest more efficiently and negotiate better terms with asset managers.The pension fund reported a return of almost 16% for 2014, outperforming its benchmark by 1.3 percentage points.The scheme largely credited its 42% equity allocation – returning 15.4% and outperforming the standard portfolio by 0.8 percentage points – for the performance.Fixed income investments and property returned 11.7% and 18.9%, respectively, while private equity returned 28.2%.However, the pension fund lost 34.8% on its commodities portfolio, an underperformance of 0.7 percentage points.According to its annual report, Progress applied a dynamic, anti-cyclical investment policy aiming to generate returns during times of low funding, and take profits and protect assets in times of high funding. It attributed 7.6% of its 2014 return to a combined interest/inflation hedge through swaps.Kragten said the scheme’s dynamic hedge increased after real funding improved.As of the end of 2014, Progress had covered 53% of its interest risk and 52% of its inflation risk.Since last year, the scheme has applied an 80% hedge of the five main currencies, including the Australian dollar, and fully covered the currency risks on its holdings of commodities and government bonds.However, following the appreciation of the US dollar and the Swiss franc relative to the euro, it failed to benefit fully from its currency hedge, the scheme said. The official ‘policy funding’ – the average coverage over the 12 months previous – stood at 139% as at the end of the first quarter, equating to a real funding of 103%.In other news, the €5.3bn industry-wide scheme PNO Media reported a first-quarter return of 8.4% but warned that an increase in liabilities over the period, following the strong decline in interest rates, had offset the result.As a consequence, the scheme’s actual funding fell to 94.2%, while its policy funding stood at 102.2% at March-end.The media scheme reported quarterly returns on equity, property and private equity of 16%, 3.6% and 6.7%, respectively.US dollar-denominated emerging market debt generated 14.5%, while government bonds and Dutch residential mortgages delivered 12.4% and 1.5%, respectively.PNO Media lost 2.7% on its currency hedge. Progress, the €5.7bn Dutch pension fund of food and cosmetics giant Unilever, has cut administration costs per participant by €23 to €128, according to its 2014 annual report.Rob Kragten, the pension fund’s director, said the reduction had become possible after Progress created “approximately €500,000 in savings”.The pension fund also managed to cut total asset-management costs, including transactions, by 11 basis points to 0.48% of assets under management.Transaction costs fell by 50% to 0.06%.last_img read more

Eight Feeders in the Making for CNCo

first_imgThe China Navigation Company Pte. Ltd (CNCo), a wholly-owned ship owning and operating arm of the Swire Group, is set to expand its feeder fleet with eight newbuilds in the next two years.The ships are being built at the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Wenchong shipyard, starting delivery in 2019 and continuing into 2020.The initial four 2,400 TEU vessels were ordered from Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding in 2017 to replace tonnage that will be phased out between 2019 and 2020. The company subsequently declared options attached to this order for four more 2,750 TEU vessels which will be delivered in 2020.“China’s growth as a major player in the shipbuilding industry has truly been remarkable. The partnerships we have established with key Chinese shipbuilders is testimony of this growth,” James Woodrow, Managing Director of CNCo, said at the opening of the company headquarters in Shanghai, China, on November 5.“We will continue to assess modern and fuel-efficient designs to provide an industry-leading product to our customers in China far into the future.”“With our Shanghai office now being a full-fledged operating subsidiary as well as our other offices in Qingdao, Beijing and Guangzhou, we are even more confident of delivering innovative and sustainable shipping solutions that will meet the needs of our customers,” Randy Selvaratnam, country manager, added.Headquartered in Singapore, CNCo owns and manages more than 130 vessels through its three core divisions – Swire Shipping, Swire Bulk and Swire Bulk Logistics. Out of these, 37 ships have been built in China.The company offers four separate services from China covering the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and North Australia trades.last_img read more

New Fisheries Complex in Portsmouth to boost economic activity in the north

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the construction of a US $6.8 million dollar fisheries complex for Portsmouth will significantly enhance the lives of the people of the north.The Government of the Dominica officially opened the Portsmouth Fisheries Centre- the 3rd fisheries complex constructed by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  He further stated that the facility will also help in uplifting the community.“Notwithstanding the countries many challenges including that of having to respond to natural disasters, Japan has delivered on this project and we say thank you to the government and people…” he said.The Prime Minister says government is hoping that the new Fisheries complex will also boost economic activity in Portsmouth.Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Portsmouth and Tourism Minister Ian Douglas says the fisheries complex will also highlight the fishing tradition of the people there.He says many people in the north depend on fishing for their livelihood.According to Douglas, it is the start of the unfolding of a new era in Portsmouth.“That long awaited development is unfolding before our very eyes…I see a lot of potential in this facility. It will enhance our yachting in industry…it will enhance our entire harbor in general,” he said.And Japanese Ambassador to Dominica Tatsuaki Iwata says the fishing facility is a commitment from the Japanese government to help enhance Dominica.Photo credit: dominica.gov.dmDominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet 36 Views   no discussions LocalNews New Fisheries Complex in Portsmouth to boost economic activity in the north by: – June 3, 2011last_img read more

Aug. 23 is deadline for Super Nationals pit stall reservations

first_imgMore information is available from pit parking coordinator Belinda Davis at 515 689-3027 and the www.raceboone.com website, or by contacting IMCA at 319 472-2201 or emailing [email protected]  Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers must be pre-entered before they make pit stall reservations. BOONE, Iowa – Pit stall reservations for the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s must be made by noon on Friday, Aug. 23. Pit stalls at Boone Speedway are $100 and must be reserved online. In the event a driver does not show up as scheduled, their pit stall will be issued to another driver. center_img A waiting list will be started for overflow and drivers who cannot be accommodated will receive refunds. Pit stall reservations are not required for Late Models and Sport Compacts, which are both one-day programs.  Entry forms and pit stall reservation forms are posted on both IMCA and Boone Speedway web­sites, using the Super Nationals pulldown.last_img read more

We can handle pressure – Defoe

first_img Press Association Everton briefly applied the pressure before Defoe, playing wide right of a three-man forward line, bundled home substitute Adam Johnson’s cross with his thigh with the ball also touching his hand as it went in. “You need a bit of luck, and yeah and I think you get that luck when you work so hard as a team,” added the former England international, who joined from Major League Soccer side Toronto in January. Advocaat is pleased with the way his three-pronged strikeforce has performed in the last couple of weeks, having beaten Southampton the previous weekend, and despite Defoe being given an unfamiliar wide role the head coach said he does not insist the striker rigidly sticks to the position. “It is not his favourite position but we are in a position where we have to do everything for the club to stay up,” said the Dutchman, who has earned 10 points from the six matches he has been in charge. “If he scores as well it gives him a boost but he has the freedom as well to come away from that position.” After defeat at Aston Villa the previous week, Everton’s season is drifting aimlessly with a top-10 finish looking almost beyond them. “It becomes very difficult,” admitted manager Roberto Martinez. “I always felt the two home games left were very important but we are facing West Ham next week and are in a direct fight for those positions. “I think it is important we don’t lose the focus of looking for the top 10.” A 2-0 win at Everton meant the Black Cats recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season and it could not have come at a more crucial time. The result lifted Dick Advocaat’s side two points clear of the relegation zone but wins for West Brom, Aston Villa and Leicester and a point for Newcastle mean the quest for survival is far from over. “It was a must-win game to be honest, we knew we had to win,” said Defoe, who made sure of three points with an 85th-minute effort after Danny Graham’s fortuitous first goal for the club 28 months after joining. “We still have an important game next week (at home to Leicester) but it is back-to-back wins and we are delighted to have done it. “I think it has added a bit more pressure on the sides around us now. “There was a lot of pressure on us to get a result and we handled that and that is credit to everyone at the club. “We were solid, organised and patient as this is a difficult place to come. It was never going to be easy, so to win here 2-0 was credit to the players. “It was impressive to get the result – it doesn’t matter how you do it. There was a lot of pressure in a must-win game and we can go home happy.” Everton dominated possession but despite creating opportunities in each half, their best chances did not come until they were behind when Seamus Coleman volleyed wide and James McCarthy fired a low, angled drive against the post. By then Graham had ended his long wait for his maiden Black Cats goal, although it was not intentional as, with his back to goal, he appeared to be trying to get out of the way of Jordi Gomez’s shot when it took a deflection off his shin and looped over Tim Howard. Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe believes the players have proved they can handle the pressure of a relegation battle. last_img read more

Tennis News Alexander Zverev suffers meltdown, loses to Milos Raonic in Australian Open 2019 fourth round

first_img Melbourne: Milos Raonic kept his cool to reach the quarter-finals as young Alexander Zverev went into meltdown and crashed out of the Australian Open. The fourth seed erupted in frustration and fury during the second set of a 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) drubbing by the Canadian 16th seed, hammering his racquet into the ground eight times to leave it a mangled mess. “I just tried to stay composed, “said Raonic.  “It worked extremely well for me today. I played incredibly good, did a lot of things extremely well.” Zverev was tipped as a future Grand Slam champion after a breakthrough 2018 that saw him win the ATP Tour Finals, beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the process.               Instead it was a familiar tale of woe as his much vaunted-talent deserted him again before he could reach the sharp end of a major. The 21-year-old’s miserable record in Slams was extended to just one quarter-final, at the French Open last year, in 15 appearances. All seemed well when the world number four broke former world number three Raonic’s formidable serve in the opening game of the match. “I was glad I turned around that start quickly,” said Raonic.   highlights “I gave myself a lot of curse words after the first game.” But he then lost the next nine in an error-strewn display. Zverev committed eight double faults and 16 unforced errors against only eight winners as the first two sets evaporated in 63 minutes. When he dropped his serve to go 4-1 behind in the second set his seething anger was taken out on his unfortunate racquet, earning a code violation from umpire Carlos Ramos. Zverev left the court for a bathroom break at the end of the set to let off steam and was at least competitive when he returned.He stopped the flood of mistakes in the third set and took it to a tiebreak, saving two match points along the way. But it was too little, too late as Zverev’s abject record in Slams continued. Instead Raonic, who lost to Andy Murray in the last four in Melbourne in 2016, moves on to face Borna Coric or Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals. Zverev had won the 2018 year-ending ATP challengeZverev defeated Novak Djokovic and Roger FedererZverev has reached only one quarter-final in Grand Slams For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more