Playing the hard way

first_imgWho would live in the olden days? The poor sods had it hard. The minor matter of world wars and inadequate healthcare aside, everything was just so basic. Can we even imagine living in a world without dishwashers and washing machines, internet and mobile phones? We gripe about it now of course, this proliferation of modern technology turning us all into wired-up electronicjunkies, but we wouldn’t be able to go back to the days of sitting round a wireless to hear Churchill’s broadcasts – and most of us wouldn’t want to. The developments of science havemade our lives easier, but also richer and more expansive.But there is also an invisible line in this technology business, which we seem to have crossed. There seems to be a point up to which technology can only improve your appreciation of and ability in a certain field, but after which it rather seems to detract from it. The prime example is the world of music.Music as we know it has changed immeasurably with scientific development, perhaps more than almost any other field. Recording quality is leaps and bounds better than the crackling racket that used to pass for reproduction. Mixing desks have facilitated experimentation with styles and sounds, and even given birth to new genres like dance.Increased accessibility of equipment has made it possible for every household to have one or multiple sound systems. Instruments have been tweaked and honed, and new resources,such as the internet sharing system, have sprung up. In short, the position of the music lover has become easier. But the word ‘easier’ is a false friend – or certainly a two-faced one. Ofcourse the increased accessibility of music is a good thing, but the fact is easier doesn’t always mean better, and can sometimes mean worse. Just look at the iPod. The sleek, white(or pink or blue or olive green) little genius can store thousands of tracks in its clever memory. A few hours on the computer and you can have your entire music collection to be carried around with you on the train, to a lecture, available at the touch of a fingertip. Software like iTunes andthe much debated myTunes enable you furthermore to download tracks onto your computer and from there to your iPod like turning on a tap. It all, undoubtedly, makes much more sense than carting round a hundred CDs in one of those irritating wallets, or worse, faffing around with tapes. But with this ease and efficiency has disappeared much of what is wonderful about being a music lover. Scouting around record shops looking for a rare copy of an album, or nosingthrough random stacks to find something that grabs your attention just because of the cool cover (and then getting it home and discovering it is the best record you have heard in years); these are things of no value in a virtual cyber world. Most of all has gone the sense of slow, deliberate carethat record collectors take over their babies. Putting your iPod tracks in alphabetical order just doesn’t bring the same joy as pouring over your CD collection, carefully wiping jewel casesand dust-jackets and wondering why you never took Captain Beefheart out of his plastic jacket.The same is true of the machines themselves. As controversial as it may sound, an iPod, while a thing of aesthetic finesse, is not a machine designed to be loved. To be flaunted, yes, and flashed around and occasionally stroked in wonderment at its smooth, sleek shininess. But it is not like a record player. Record players are the true music lover’s dream. The machines themselvesare large and cumbersome and cannot be easily transported. They take quite a bit of looking after, what with cleaning their needles, changing their cartridges, investing in antistatic pads and the like. Records, too, must be meticulously looked after; no leaving them around on the topof a cupboard, because once they get scratched they are dead. The process of putting a record on a deck must be done slowly and carefully so as not to damage the record or the stylus. Andof course, you have to get up halfway through to change them over. You can’t skip between tracks except by physically moving the needle, and you can’t arrange playlists or shuffles. They are, in short, hard work. And yet despite all that, or perhaps because of it, they are beautiful, wonderful things.So what can record players teach us about listening to music? That what is quick and useful is not always better, neither in terms of effect nor in terms of overall appreciation. Anything in life worth doing is worth taking time over, and care and conscientiousness are rewarded in an increased overall pleasure. Record collectors unite! And just slow down a little.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass To Return Home For Annual Thanksgiving Run

first_imgBeloved bluegrass titans Greensky Bluegrass may be warriors of the road, but the band continually remains true to their hometown fanbase in the Kalamazoo, MI area. Aside from their annual summer visit to Bell’s Brewery, the band always finds time to return home for the Thanksgiving weekend, and 2016 is no exception.Today, Greensky Bluegrass has announced performances on November 25th and 26th at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Check out the band’s post below for ticketing details:Greensky Bluegrass just hit the North Coast Music Festival last weekend, where the band played a smoking set of music. Dobroist Anders Beck also sat in with Umphrey’s McGee for a killer version of “Glory” at the festival too! The band will soon release a new album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, on September 23rd, and has an exciting fall tour in the works. Don’t miss out!last_img read more

Lea Salonga & Telly Leung Will Join George Takei for Allegiance

first_img Salonga and Leung take on the roles of Kei and Young Sam, respectively, reprising their performances from the 2012 world premiere production in San Diego. They join the previously announced George Takei, whose personal experience as a child in a Japanese-American internment camp inspired the musical. View Comments Allegiance Salonga earned a Tony Award for Miss Saigon, her Broadway debut. Her additional Great White Way credits include Les Miserables (playing both Eponine and Fantine), Flower Drum Song and Something Good. On screen, her singing voice can be heard as two Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. She recently appeared as Mother in the 2013 Avery Fisher Hall concert production of Ragtime and served as a judge on The Voice of the Philippines. Related Shows Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II and beyond, the show follows WWII veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. Tony winner Lea Salonga, who last appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, and Telly Leung, a former Broadway.com vlogger for Godspell, will return to the Great White Way this fall in Allegiance. Performances will begin on October 6; opening night is set for November 8 at the Longacre Theatre. Additional cast for the Stafford Arima-helmed production will be announced shortly. In addition to Glee and Godspell, Leung has appeared in Wicked, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Rent. He currently stars in Manhattan Theatre Club’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016last_img read more

Barito Pacific donates Rp 30 billion worth of medical devices to hospitals

first_imgTopics : Diversified petrochemical giant PT Barito Pacific Tbk plans to donate Rp 30 billion (US$1.8 million) worth of medical devices to help a number of hospitals in Jakarta, Banten and West Java treat COVID-19 patients.Funds sourced from the company’s two subsidiaries, petrochemical company PT Chandra Asri and geothermal company Star Energy Holding Pte Ltd., as well as its Yayasan Bakti Barito foundation, would be used to buy medical devices for hospitals in Jakarta, West Java and Banten. The two subsidiaries are also to be in charge of channeling the donations.“We prioritize and are concerned for those who are directly affected by this pandemic,” Barito Pacific president director Agus Salim Pangestu said in a written statement issued on Wednesday, adding that the founder of the company, Prajogo Pangestu, wanted to help alleviate the burden caused by the pandemic. The medical devices, which are to be distributed gradually, will include 45,000 COVID-19 test kits, consisting of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid test kits, 120,000 surgical and N95 masks, two ventilators, 60,000 protective overalls, dozens of pieces of oxygen therapy equipment and hundreds of gloves, boots and other items. The medical supplies have been distributed since the end of March and will continue until the foreseeable future.Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force chief, Doni Monardo, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, expressed gratitude for the donations and asked other members of society to support the government’s policies for dealing with the health crisis as the number of patients continues to grow, even exceeding the capacity of existing hospitals.He added that there was a shortage of medical equipment and difficulty in attaining it, which was why donations like the ones given by Barito Pacific mattered.Currently, the hospitals listed to receive the help are the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, Harapan Kita Hospital, Persahabatan Hospital, Carolus Hospital and Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital in Jakarta, the Cilegon General Hospital, Serang General Hospital and Krakatau Medika Hospital in Banten and the Cibinong Bogor General Hospital, Al Ihsan Bandung Hospital, Hasan Sadikin Bandung Hospital, Syamsudin Sukabumi General Hospital and Slamet Garut General Hospital in West Java. (ydp)last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Pension funds’ objectives for 2019

first_imgEuropean pension funds are prioritising risk management while also squeezing as much out of their assets as possible in 2019, according to an IPE survey.The poll of 123 asset owners found that almost half (48.8%) considered risk management as their top priority this year. More than a third (39%) had “maximising return” at the top of their agenda.Pension fund objectives for 2019Chart Maker As to what risks they would be managing, it was evident that investors were particularly wary of a potential downturn in asset prices: two thirds (65.8%) of respondents said the end of the cycle was their top concern for 2019.Given the collapse in equity markets in the fourth quarter of 2018, it is hardly surprising this risk was front of mind. The S&P 500 fell by 14.3% in the last three months of the year, while the MSCI World index fell by 13.9%, according to Capital IQ.Already, a number of pension funds in the Netherlands and Denmark have reported losses for the fourth quarter – in many cases wiping out gains made over the rest of 2018.Which trends/issues are you most concerned about?Chart MakerUnsurprisingly, with Brexit unsolved and trade wars rumbling on, geopolitical risk was also a top concern for more than half (58.3%) of investors.While a little over a third (37.5%) of investors cited climate change as their biggest concern, far more stated that ESG and impact investing strategies were top of their asset class research priorities. More than half (57.4%) selected this option, while a quarter (26.2%) said they were most interested in learning more about green bonds and climate finance.Which asset classes/strategies are top of your agenda to learn about?Chart MakerIPE surveyed 123 pension funds in December 2018, asking for the objectives, concerns, and asset class priorities for the year ahead.last_img read more

First SeaMade inter-array cables linked to offshore substation

first_imgDEME’s cable installation vessel Living Stone started the inter-array works in mid-April. All foundations at the SeaMade project site have been in place since the beginning of January. Cable burial works will commence in the coming days, Otary states on social media. The first inter-array cables at the SeaMade offshore wind farm have been connected to the Mermaid offshore substation (OSS). The Seastar and Mermaid offshore substations will convert the electricity from 33 kV to 220 kV and export it into the grid via Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid (MOG). The installation of 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines should start on 15 June. Full commissioning is expected by the end of this year. The Living Stone completed the export cable works in December 2019. The Mermaid OSS, one of the two offshore substations the SeaMade offshore wind farm will connect to, was installed at the beginning of March. The 487 MW SeaMade wind farm is a combination of the 235 MW Mermaid and the 252 MW Seastar offshore wind projects.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie on Radio Live re Easter Trading Laws

first_imgFamily First NZ says that amendments to Easter trading laws thrust upon local councils has resulted in rushed decisions, often against the majority views of submissions, and inconsistencies across the country.Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Ronaldo buys £5.5m Yacht

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has celebrated winning yet another league title by spending £5.5 million on a new luxury yacht.Juventus were confirmed Serie A champions after a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday and it’s the seventh league title of Ronaldo’s career. The 35-year-old has decided to commemorate the victory by splashing out on the vessel, which boasts five cabins, six bathrooms, a large lounge as well as a kitchen.His girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez shared images on Instagram to give fans a peek inside.Ronaldo and Rodriguez set sail for the first time this week after the yacht caught the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s eye at the Azimut-Benetti shipyards in Viareggio.The Portuguese international picked out the yacht himself and also took his four children along.On the pitch, it’s been another scintillating season and Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in 33 league games this season. He is four goals behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in the Capocannoniere race with one game remaining.Juventus fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari last night and they face Roma on Saturday in what will be their fifth game in 12 days.Manager Maurizio Sarri has vented his frustrations post-match and has threatened to play an under-23’s team this weekend.“Conceding 40 goals this season might be a concern, but tonight’s game was not,” he explained per Goal.“We had injured players and we came off a championship win 68 hours ago, so it was an atypical game that should be taken for what it is. “We must become more solid. But we are the only ones in Europe who have played five games in 12 days, the league has created huge problems for us.“Let’s see how we are tomorrow and if it is appropriate to deploy the Under-23s on Saturday against Roma to make the best recovery.”When asked about starting Ronaldo with the league already wrapped up and Champions League looming, Sarri replied: “At times Cristiano and [Gonzalo] Higuain clicked because we did create chances, but we lacked a bit of class and ruthlessness tonight.“Cristiano was very motivated, he wanted to play because he felt good and ready to play.”RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Edo Election: Residents congratulate Obaseki Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Tags: CelebrationCristiano RonaldoJuventusLuxury yachtSerie AVictorylast_img read more

Pellegrini wants to stay at City

first_img There is precedent for the club to sack a title-winning manager, having done so to Roberto Mancini just two years ago, and rumours this week have already linked Pellegrini with a move to Napoli. But the 61-year-old said: “My future is very easy. I have contract here until June 2016 and I will finish my contract here and if I can extend my contract, I will extend my contract. “When I sign a contract, I always try to finish my contract in the amount of years I sign at the beginning. “If I am not happy, maybe you try and finish your contract before (but) here I am very happy. I will continue without any problems until the end of my contract.” Pellegrini lifted the club after Mancini’s reign unravelled in the second part of the 2012-13 campaign. He restored harmony to the dressing room after a fractious period and over the past two years stories of disharmony have notably declined. That changed this week, however, as reports surfaced of an alleged bust-up between captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Fernandinho during the recent loss at Liverpool It was claimed that Fernandinho reproached Kompany over a mistake which led a goal being conceded and an argument ensued. The claims were then given added weight by the fact neither player was selected for the next game at Leicester. But the incident has been played down by the club with Fernandinho himself saying it was “just a conversation”. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Saturday’s game at Burnley, said: “No, there is not any problem in the dressing room. That happened a lot of days ago. “It is normal that in one game that there can be a discussion between two players but it was not important for the team. Inside the dressing room, we don’t have any problems. There was a normal scene, nothing important.” Pellegrini also brushed off concerns that some details of the incident had been leaked to media. He said: “I don’t worry about what newspapers want to say about different things. I manage the squad in one way. I don’t have any problems with the players. There are no problems inside the dressing room so it doesn’t matter what newspapers want to tell.” Pellegrini said he left Kompany out of the side to face Leicester in order to freshen up the team physically and mentally after the dispiriting result at Anfield. Fernandinho has since said he had a slight calf injury and felt unwell. Both players are in contention to return at Turf Moor along with playmaker Samir Nasri, another who was left out against Leicester. City trail Chelsea at the top of the table by five points and have played a game more. They have little room for error and this weekend face a battling Burnley side that held them to a 2-2 draw at Eastlands in December. Pellegrini said: “Burnley are a very good team. They always play as an offensive team and try to win so we must work very hard.” Further speculation this week has seen two of Pellegrini’s players, key midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Stevan Jovetic, linked with Inter Milan, who are now managed by Mancini. With regards to Toure, Mancini has even been quoted suggesting the Ivory Coast international might like to try Serie A. But Pellegrini said: “I don’t know how he (Mancini) has so much information about the players. “Stevan Jovetic, the same as me, has a contract here and there has been so much news about Yaya from the beginning of the year. “Maybe everyone would like to have Yaya in their squad but he has a contract here, he is happy here and he will continue here.” Neither Matt Taylor nor new signing Fredrik Ulvestad will be in the Burnley squad. Taylor has played twice for the development squad as he continues his slow recovery from Achilles surgery but is not yet ready for the first-team squad. Norwegian midfielder Ulvestad, meanwhile, is seen more as a player for the long term after signing a three-year deal this week. Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both cruciate) are long-term absentees. And the Chilean, who led the club to the Barclays Premier League title last season, has said he would like to stay beyond his current deal, which ends in summer 2016. Pellegrini’s position has become the subject of scrutiny after an indifferent spell which has seen City’s title defence falter and left their Champions League hopes in a precarious state. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tried to quash speculation over his future by insisting he intends to see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Akmal for Champions Trophy

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Pakistan one-day international captain Azhar Ali and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal are back in the squad for June’s Champions Trophy in England, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.Azhar stepped down as captain in February and was eventually dropped from the squad after Pakistan’s 4-1 series defeat in Australia but the 32-year-old batsman has been recalled for the squad which will be led by his former deputy Sarfraz Ahmed.Umar had also lost his spot after managing only 131 runs in the five-match series in Australia.“Ali is making his comeback after looking at his track record in English conditions, and Umar Akmal has brought improvement in his fitness,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.“Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf are retained in the side to give the team variety in the shape of spin and fast bowling all-rounders, respectively.”Kamran Akmal, the leading run-scorer in the Pakistan Super League, is left out of the 15-strong squad after scoring just 68 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies earlier this month.Pakistan are in Group B of the Champions Trophy and will begin the tournament against defending champions India on June 4, before facing South Africa on June 7 and Sri Lanka on June 12.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.last_img read more