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first_imgLater this month, North Coast Music Festival will return to Chicago’s Union Park for its ninth edition, with headlining performances from celebrated British funk act Jamiroquai, Grammy-winning R&B sensation Miguel, the iconic electronic producers Axwell ^ Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia, and newer breakthrough electronic producer DJ Snake. The festival will also host performances by fan-favorites such as Vulfpeck, The Revivalists, Gramatik, RL Grime, Moon Taxi, The Polish Ambassador, KNOWER, TAUK, Maddy O’Neal, Snails, Cashmere Cat, Cofresi, and more.However, with the festival ending at 10 pm, organizers of NCMF have announced a series of official after parties to keep the celebrations going in some of Chicago’s most popular clubs & concert venues, including Concord Music Hall, the MID, Prysm, Bottom Lounge, and Studio Paris.The late-night after parties truly provide options for everyone, with Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Manic Focus, Snails, Two Friends, and Hometown Heroes on Friday night; Breaking Biscuits with Thriftworks, RL Grime & Cashmere Cat; and NCMF #RiffWars hosted by Cory Wong on Saturday; and Yellow Claw, Fearless Flyers, Midnight Conspiracy w/ PNC, and The Midnight w/ Maddy O’Neal on Sunday.The Fearless Flyers performance at Concord Music Hall marks the live debut of the band, which features Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri. With a record of originals and covers already available, and with this insane group of musicians together, The Fearless Flyers’ set will be 100% fire.Additionally, Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong will host the NCMF #RiffWars at the Bottom Lounge, featuring fellow Vulfpeck collaborator Antwaun Stanley, as well as Jamiroquai members Derrick McKenzie, Paul Turner, and Matt Johnson; TAUK’s Alric Carter; Michal Menert Band’s Nick Gerlach; RIPE’s Josh Shpak and Calvin Barthel; Ben Rector’s Kevin MacIntire; and Cory Wong’s own Petar Janjic and Kevin Gastongauy.In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay called Vulfpeck “magic”. With both of them on the lineup for North Coast Music Festival and Suwannee Hulaween this year, we’re hoping that Jay’s affinity for the Vulf leads to some exciting (and funky) onstage collaborations. Only time will tell.There is a limited supply of tickets available for each show, so snag yours today right here. Check out the full schedule below.last_img read more

first_imgFrom February 22 to December 29 of 2016, 23-year-old Crozet, Va., native and recent Princeton University graduate Adam Geilker did something rather astounding: Setting out from the peak of Hightop Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park at high noon, he headed northward on the Appalachian Trail, hiking first to its terminus at Katahdin in Maine, then to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia, whereupon he turned around and hoofed it right on back to Hightop. All told, the walk totaled over 4,400 miles—over 1,000 of which were completed barefoot.“I carried my own pack every step of the way and never slack-packed,” says Geilker. “I didn’t mail myself food or care packages, but hiked or hitched into town for resupply. And I didn’t use paid shuttles—although that was based more on frugality than any kind of purist principles.”His gear was also simple and self-reliant. It included a homemade wooden backpack; 10-inch bowie knife constructed from an iron railway spike and deer antler; self-welded hiking poles, trowel, and frying pan; knee-high pair of muck boots followed by shoeless-ness then 3D-printed sandals; military surplus body-bag as bivy sack; and a self-sewn tunic. Taken collectively, the setup weighed around 70 pounds. His do-it-yourself approach earned Geilker his trail name: “Handmade.”“I made the backpack prior to freshman fall orientation at Princeton,” says Geilker. “The college does this big, kind of iconic hiking trip every year. I didn’t want to be the guy carrying his dad’s old hand-me-down pack from the 70s, so I decided to make my own.”Geilker was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, and he “worked maniacally for something like 80 hours” to construct a custom external-framed backpack. First, he harvested with an axe a 6-inch diameter white oak for the frame, which he subsequently split, ran through a planer, and shaped with a jigsaw, drawknife, carving knife, and rasp into two uprights. Using the remaining chunks from the log, he fashioned cross-braces which, like an antique chair, were connected to the frame by means of mortise and tenon joints. For the pack, he used an old denim jacket reinforced with leather. Straps were made of recycled U.S. Army webbing, with buckles gleaned from old laptop bags and throwaway backpacks. While the unit weighed 10 pounds empty, aesthetically it looked more like an artifact from a Kerouac novel than a garage project pulled off on the cheap.However, Geilker’s intentions for the pack wound up unfulfilled. “The weekend of the camping trip it rained and they canceled the event,” he said. “But when I graduated and decided to hike the A.T., carrying the pack seemed appropriate—like a full-circle gesture connecting everything together.”He saw his A.T. hike as a one-time post-college rite of passage. “There’s this saying on the trail that goes, ‘Hike your own hike,’” he said. “When I was setting out to do this, I really took that seriously. I wasn’t—and still am not—planning on doing another thru-hike like this one, so, if I was going to do it this one time, I wanted to approach it in a way that was uniquely my own.”As you can imagine, in a realm dominated by hikers equipped with the latest most ultra-lightweight technologically advanced gear available, Geilker drew quite a bit of attention.“I met him on a stretch of trail outside of Hanover in New Hampshire,” said Sean Cardle, who was working on completing his own NOBO thru-hike at the time. “He had dirty blond hair, blue eyes, a wispy beard and was wearing this strange one-piece tunic that looked a bit like Peter Pan’s outfit, only brown.” Additionally, Geilker had on flip-flops and was carrying a full-sized axe. He looked pretty eccentric.”Geilker was using the axe to clear a section of trail littered with blowdowns. “He was cutting through thigh- and torso-sized trees by hand with an axe,” Cardle recalled.“I counted between 175 and 200 blowdowns over the course of a 75-mile segment of trail, which took about eight 16-hour days to cut through by hand,” Geilker explained. “I couldn’t stand to see a trail looking like that, so I did something about it.”Geilker tends to maintain a kind of no-nonsense pragmatism about his double thru-hike, describing the trip as more akin to a lengthy vacation than any sort of find-thyself self-discovery mission. “I set out from Crozet and hiked to the trail because, as an environmentalist, I couldn’t bear the thought of hitching a bus, plane, or train ride 1,300 miles to either end of the trail.”And yet, considering a trek that had him hiking through two winters and thousands of miles of mountains, Geilker doesn’t shy away from pointing out the philosophical virtues of spending that much time on the trail. “Our post-industrial society is somewhat alienating to the individual for two reasons. First, if you were to suddenly disappear, in many respects you’d just be replaced, which makes it feel like society doesn’t need you. Second, the basic necessities of life are so readily accessible that obtaining them sometimes fails to afford satisfaction. In other words, society can alienate you by giving the impression that it doesn’t need you and that you don’t even need yourself,” he mused. “But on the trail, I need food, water, and shelter—and other people—far more immediately than I do in typical day-to-day suburban existence. Not only do I appreciate these basic necessities far more on the trail, but I can appreciate my own agency in getting them. Fundamentally, I need me far more on the trail—my judgment and my physical ability constantly and directly translate into fulfillment of my needs, and are measured by my daily successes or shortcomings as a hiker. This sense of needing yourself and having greater agency is healthy, deeply satisfying, and serves as a kind of antidote to our day-to-day suburban existence.”Ultimately, while he confided the trek sometimes felt like a major indulgence, Geilker says he’s happy with what he accomplished and is confident that the experience will inform his life in a myriad of positive ways. “I’m not just a hiker,” he said. “I’ll take the tremendous personal capability I’ve shown on the trail and apply it to bigger, more significant situations throughout the rest of my life.”OESH SANDALSThree-thousand of Adam Geilker’s 4,400 A.T. miles were walked in two pairs of newly designed, 3-D printed OESH sandals he glowingly described as “the best shoes I’ve ever owned.” Geilker wore a pair of Athena Bubblegums—which are pink—for 1,000 miles and then a pair of black Artemis Obsidians for 2,000 miles.Developed through grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation, the sandals are the product of Dr. Casey Kerrigan’s obsession with human movement. A Harvard Medical School grad, Kerrigan published many scholarly papers based upon her research. “Eventually, I got fed up with the shoe industry continuing to make unhealthy shoes and decided we should make our own.”In 2010, Kerrigan left her job at the University of Virginia, where she’d become the first woman tenured professor to serve as the chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The name OESH was a pun suggested by a friend whom, upon considering Kerrigan’s research and what it would mean for women’s footwear, said the M.D. was going to turn around and twist the s-h-o-e industry inside out. This spring will be the first time the company markets its new line of 3D printed sandals.“We make the sandals on demand, and we’re piloting for local customers who can come into the factory for assessment,” said Kerrigan. “We’ll take your measurements and assess your biomechanics, and design sandals specific for your body.”last_img read more

first_img The Canaries were thrashed 3-0 at Tottenham on Boxing Day but remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Victory over Villa would move Neil’s team 12 points above their opponents, who are rooted to the bottom of the league after winning just one game all season. “There are games in and about you that you’ve got to win, so I would probably call it a must-win, even though I don’t think anything’s going to be determined by this particular game,” Neil said. “However, three points against them certainly makes things a lot better. “It’s a snowball effect between now and the end of the season. Every game becomes bigger if you don’t win games.” Norwich, like Villa, had just 48 hours between fixtures, but Neil was confident his players would recover in time. “It will be interesting to see how we respond but other teams will have to do it as well, it’s not as if it’s just us,” Neil said. “It’s not as if they’re called upon to do it all the time, it’s a one-off and we need to get ourselves ready because it’s an important game for us.” Midfielders Wes Hoolahan and Gary O’Neil were left out of the side at White Hart Lane but both could return for the clash at Carrow Road. Andre Wisdom and Matt Jarvis, however, are unlikely to be fit. “Wes was one where if I had played him against Tottenham, he wouldn’t have made the next one. The next game suits him,” Neil added. “Gary O’Neil was a different situation, he couldn’t make the (Spurs) game as he wasn’t quite ready. We had to give him an extra day’s rest.” Press Associationcenter_img Norwich boss Alex Neil admits Monday’s crunch basement battle against Aston Villa could set the tone for the second half of the season.last_img read more

US pledges support for Guyana’s development

January 12, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgUS Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchThe governments of Guyana and the United States of America (USA) have once again pledged their commitment to support and cooperation, as they aim to strengthen bilateral agreements with each other.This message was conveyed during a reception at the US Ambassador’s residence on Friday evening to celebrate the country’s 243rd Independence Anniversary.President David Granger – whose Administration is now a caretaker Government following the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling that it was toppled after the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 – who delivered remarks at the event, recognised that the two countries have shared excellent relations since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties back in 1966.“Our countries have cultivated a strong, stable and sound relationship over the past 53 years. Guyanese are bound by history, kinship and friendship to the USA, the largest economy and the third-largest country in the world. Guyana and the USA have founded their friendship on the principles of mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security” the President said.On that note, the Head of State highlighted the numerous cooperation programmes and investments made by the United States, which have contributed to the country’s national development and social change. In addition, the President underscored that Guyana looks forward to continued cooperation with the country as it is a significant trade and investment partner.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch pledged her country’s continued support and cooperation in Guyana’s future development.“We continue to collaborate with Guyana in preparation for this new days; partnering on the security front to make Guyana safer and more secure; partnering on the governance front to improve transparency and accountability and to reduce corruption; partnering on the economic front to increase trade and US investments in Guyana. Our partnership will continue to thrive and be successful with strong US and Guyanese leadership,” she explained.The Ambassador also used the opportunity to urge all of the country’s leaders to play their role in ensuring that Guyana is positioned for success.“I urge all Guyanese, Government officials, leaders and members of the Opposition, civil society and youth to help your country on its journey to success,” Lynch asserted.The event was attended by both members of the now caretaker Government and the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – along with members of the diplomatic community and civil society.last_img read more

Dow Jones closing in on 13,000

January 11, 2020 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgNEW YORK — Wall Street bounded higher Friday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close approaching 13,000 as investors celebrated a week of surprisingly strong earnings reports. The major indexes all had their third straight winning week, their longest such streak since October. Investors who had tempered their expectations for first-quarter earnings Monday were energized by the initial wave of upbeat results. So far into the earnings season, 16 of the 30 Dow components have posted financial results for the first three months of the year — with 10 surpassing analyst forecasts. Dow components Honeywell International Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Pfizer Inc., and McDonald’s Corp. all reported earnings Friday. Better-than-expected results allowed stocks to extend their best April rally in four years, and one that pushed the Nasdaq composite index and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to six-year highs. “It’s not a matter of 13,000 for the Dow, we could be looking at 14,000 by the end of the year,” said Robert Froehlich, chief investment strategist for investment firm DWS Scudder. “There’s too much money out there chasing too few companies. This story isn’t ending anytime soon.” The Dow closed up 153.35, or 1.20 percent, at 12,961.98, after setting a new intraday high of 12,966.29. The blue chip index — now about 38 points shy of 13,000 — has hit 34 record closes since the beginning of October last year. The S&P 500 index soared 13.62, or 0.93 percent, to 1,484.35, and the Nasdaq rose 21.04, or 0.84 percent, to 2,526.39. The Nasdaq, badly beaten down since its peak of 5,048.62 in early 2000, now stands at just over 50 percent of that record. For the week, the Dow surged 2.8 percent, the S&P 500 added 2.2 percent, and the Nasdaq rose 1.4 percent. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by more than 3 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 3.29 billion shares, compared with 2.94 billion Thursday. Bonds held steady as many investors focused on stocks. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 4.67 percent. The dollar was mostly lower against other major currencies, while gold prices spiked. Oil prices rose ahead of the presidential election in Nigeria, which is Africa’s top producer of crude. A barrel of light sweet crude rose $1.55 to settle at $63.38 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Friday’s advance brought fresh highs for several market indexes, indicating that the advance was more broad-based than simply a strong showing by the Dow industrials. Among the indexes setting records, the Dow Jones transportation average closed at a record level, as did the Dow Jones utilities average. The Wilshire 5000 composite index, a free-float weighted index that measures 5,000 U.S. based companies, closed above 15,000 for the first time Friday. The Russell 3000 index, which represents about 98 percent of the U.S. market, on Friday registered its fourth record close for the week. Wall Street’s advance signaled its recovery from the Feb. 27 worldwide plunge in stocks that sliced 416 points from the Dow. On Wednesday, the blue chips set their first new closing and intraday highs since Feb. 20. The February skid was caused in part by concerns that China’s economic growth might be curbed; the Shanghai stock market led the rest of the world lower. This week, Chinese stocks seesawed amid continuing concerns, but Wall Street suffered little damage. The abundance of relatively benign U.S. economic data released this week contributed to investors’ buying mood. New data indicated that builders picked up the pace of construction of new homes last month, and that there was a modest increase in core inflation. Federal Reserve Governor Frederic Mishkin said in a speech Friday that it might take a couple of years for inflation to ease toward levels the Fed is comfortable with, which could mean the central bank won’t be cutting rates anytime soon. Either way, Wall Street theorized this week that central bankers did not see enough evidence in recent reports to force a policy change. And that set up earnings to be a key catalyst for stocks. “The main impetus has been, most of the bears and the gloom-and-doomers thought that first-quarter earnings would stink. Once again, the gloomy Guses have been proven wrong,” said Alfred E. Goldman, chief market strategist at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. in St. Louis. Google gave a boost to technology stocks after it reported late Thursday a 69 percent jump in first-quarter profit to exceed analyst expectations. The results helped reassure some investors who had grown cautious about tech growth, and sent Google up $10.83, or 2.3 percent, to $482.48. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more